Monday, June 28, 2004
Local press coverage.
The sixth-largest city in California could use a better newspaper. There are 5,000 Unitarian Universalists holding their annual convention in Long Beach, but the city newspaper's four-page religion section on Saturday included not a single word about it. (Nor, I might add, did the UUA have any advertising in the section announcing its public invitation to people in the area to attend the General Assembly's Sunday morning worship service.)
But the General Assembly did appear in Sunday's paper, under a photograph (not on-line) showing marchers with an "Uncommon Denomination" banner and another sign prominently displaying the name of the Long Beach church and its address. Here's the start of the story:
Hoping to shed light on the city's homelessness problem and skyrocketing housing costs, about 150 Unitarian Universalists from across the country joined with community leaders and about 450 parishioners from across the city Saturday to rally at the First Congregational Church for affordable housing, an organizer said.
"We want to call our attention to this great need we have in the whole of Long Beach,' said rally chairman Nelson Gonzalez of the Greater Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization. The city has estimated that about 6,000 people are homeless in Long Beach, and a recent study by the ICO, the Long Beach Community Action Network and the Fair Housing Foundation indicated that 1,622 motel rooms were occupied by homeless residents this past year.
The rally also included an announcement of a $20,000 donation by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach on Atherton Street to help start a new year- round homeless shelter operated by the ICO, said Unitarian Universalist Association spokesman John Hurley.
("Churches rally for housing," David Rogers, Long Beach Press-Telegram 6.27.04, A3)
Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 28 June 2004 at 1:45 PM