By Melissa Kimiadi, Deputy Director for A Journey through NYC religions.
Wave after wave they cross the street. The people kneel, start to pray. And then handcuffs are thrown on. It is orderly, almost breathtaking in its poignancy. It is a plan of desperation. A sad tribute to misguided city government policies to eliminate religious groups from housing projects and public schools where working and poor New Yorkers gather for respite from a hard life.
Thirteen pastors and thirty civilians are arrested for their disorderly conduct in their civil disobedience.