Monthly Archives: January 2014

Your Voice Has Been Heard

Dear freedom lovers and friends of CUPA,

Thanks to all who responded to the call to take a righteous stand regarding Council Bill 2013-323. This bill (aka the anti-feeding bill) was tabled for one year at last night’s meeting.  There was a great outcry from the Church of Springfield during the first and second reading of the bill prior to the scheduled vote last night.  There were many phone calls and emails that contributed to the effort.  That outcry coupled with the signatures of pastors, Christian community leaders, and Christian businessmen and women brought a temporary victory.  This is a testament to the power of proclaiming righteousness in the political marketplace.

The council’s next step is for the city’s “Park Central Square Task Force” to counsel with those who serve the poor and homeless to address the concerns.  We need to be mindful that it was the Task Force that recommended this ordinance.  I do not believe that we should leave the Task Force with the privilege of packaging conclusions for the Church.  With that being said, the Church should be proactive by forming a task force to report its own findings directly to the City Council or to make recommendations to the Park Central Square Task Force.

There are several pastors who have already committed to serve in this capacity.  I believe there should be a larger group participating to have a greater impact.  If you are a pastor and cannot put more on your plate, please consider sending a representative to be a voice for your congregation.

If you are interested in having a part in this, please email me at info@cupasalt.org.

Thanks again and may God bless you.

 

Calvin Morrow, Executive Director

CUPA (Christians Uniting For Political Action)

info@cupasalt.org

888-832-4316 office

 

Thou shalt not feed the poor! Unless I say so

Dear Mayor Stephens and members of the City Council,

My name is Calvin Morrow, and I am the executive director of CUPA (Christians Uniting for Political Action). I am writing you in regards to COUNCIL BILL 2013-323.

A general ordinance amending the Springfield City Code, Chapter 58, Health and Sanitation, Article II Food and Food Establishments, Division 2, Restaurants, by adopting a new section prohibiting the distribution of food without a permit in the COM-1, Commercial Street District, COM-2, Commercial Street District and CC, Center City District.

I am requesting that you postpone the vote until the parties that this bill affects the most get an opportunity to offer alternatives to the current proposal.

I have several reasons why this is not the best way to handle the poor or obstruct those who love and serve them.

  1.  This bill will put all individuals on the same level as a food establishment or restaurant, which could open the door to regulate them out of serving the poor.  In effect, they would be prohibited from distributing food unless they could navigate through the maze of regulations.
  2. The health concerns may be over blown.  Health concerns become a real problem when the homeless are reduced to eating out of trash cans.
  3. It is not in the best interest of this council to be perceived as cleaning up downtown by discarding of the poor.
  4. It is not in the best interest of this council to be perceived as punishing those who give of their time and money to love those who are lost and hurting.  Feeding the poor is overwhelmingly administered by the churches and individual Christians in the Springfield area.  Therefore, the net result will be that the city government grants permission to the Church in regards to how to love and serve others.   Some of the churches are already feeling targeted and marginalized for the good that they do and it is my assumption that this is not the intentions of this council.

I believe that the churches and other groups and individuals in Springfield should be given more time to consult amongst themselves and meet with merchants to propose something that may be more of a win-win scenario for all the citizens of Springfield.

It would be disastrous if through legislation, the unfortunate would be put in a worse situation.   The Apostle Paul was admonished the other Apostles to remember the poor.  Therefore, I ask this council to abandon the vote or put forth a proposal that would not forget the poor or punish the Church while improving the city.

Please find below the names of pastors and other community leaders in support of the position represented in this letter on the signature page.

Calvin Morrow

Executive Director

CUPA (Christians Uniting For Political Action)

info@cupasalt.org

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"Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature ... If the next centennial does not find us a great nation...it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces." - James A. Garfield, U.S. President and Minister
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