Reaction To November 26 City Council Committee Meeting

Addressing the Committee with praise and concerns for the proposed plan.
Addressing the Committee with praise and concerns for the proposed plan.

As we mentioned earlier in the week, the Raleigh City Council’s Law & Public Safety Committee met last night to hear the Food Distribution Alternative Task Force’s recommendation to use a warehouse adjacent to Moore Square as a temporary solution to sharing food in Moore Square.

Click here to read the recommendations of the Task Force, including details on the warehouse space.

The meeting is the latest in a series of actions by the City of Raleigh since a police officer threatened to arrest me for sharing biscuits in coffee in Moore Square in August.

The Task Force very clearly accomplished a lot over the last three months, and their work has propelled the process to where it is now. That is, the process of making Raleigh a city for all of its citizens.

While the proposal has our overall support, the one concern we have is that the suggested $111,000 construction budget plan and $7,000 public education campaign budget calls for donations from the public and from churches.

The problem is that it’s the city’s responsibility to care for its most vulnerable citizens, and to care for them in the same way it would care for less vulnerable citizens. The city didn’t seek donations to build the new downtown amphitheater. It didn’t ask for downtown churches to help develop Glenwood South. The city has an incredible amount of potential to be hospitable to its citizens who are poor in the same ways it is hospitable to its citizens who are not poor.

Nevertheless, we are grateful for the Law & Public Safety Committee’s approval of the Task Force’s recommendations. It’s another step toward the capital city of North Carolina becoming a city for all people.

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Hugh Hollowell

Author: Hugh Hollowell

Hugh is a Mennonite minister and the founding director of Love Wins. He likes peanut M&Ms.