In January 2012, New York State Court of Appeals banned religious groups from using public school buildings in New York City. This judgment marked an end for a battle between a Bronx church using a public school for worship and the New York City Board of Education.

In response, the Council of Korean Churches in Greater New York and the Korean American Voters’ Council created petitions to distribute to churches. In addition, letters urging support for the churches were sent out to all New York City Council members. Many councilmembers voiced their support through phone, email, and fax.

In the New York State Senate, a law allowing religious groups’ use of public schools has been passed. However in the New York State Assembly and the City Council, nothing was decided. As a result, all religious groups were forced out from NYC public schools on February 12th.


An online petition has been created to support this cause.

링크: http://signon.org/sign/support-bill-a8800?source=c.url&r_by=2297881

 
Attached are letters of support sent from several councilmembers and State Assemblymembers.


Sample of letter sent to NYC Council: Crowley.pdf

Sample of letter sent to NYS Assembly: 20120206 NYSA Miller.pdf


NYC Council:

20120124 NYCC Mark Weprin Response.pdf
[Councilman Mark Weprin (Queens)]

20120210 NYCC Debi Rose Response.pdf
[Councilwoman Debi Rose (Staten Island)]

Additionally, Councilman Peter Koo expressed his support.


NYS Assembly:

20120207 NYSA Crespo Response.pdf  [Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (Bronx)]

20120214 NYSA Saladino Response.pdf [Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (Nassau)]

20120203 NYSA Friend Response.pdf [Assembly Christopher Friend (Schuyler/Chemung)]

20120212 NYSA David Weprin Response.pdf [Assemblyman David Weprin (Queens)]

Assemblywoman Grace Meng voiced her support over the phone.

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