Protest Against the Closing
East Harlem's Our Lady Queen of Angels Roman
February 18, 2007
Photographed by Angelo Rivera
New York Cool photographer Angelo
Rivera received this message from Marina Ortiz of
Virtual Boriqua, "Calling all Catholics ...
and Preservations... and East Harlem Residents ...
and Concerned Citizens... Sunday Mass Continues
at Our Lady Queen of Angels Roman Catholic Church,
Padlocks Notwithstanding." And he was off to
East Harlem where he got these images of the protest
outside the church on a cold Sunday morning in February.
For more infomation on the closing
of the church and the resulting protest, here is
a press release from East
"Despite their arrest after a 28-hour vigil
to protest the closing of their spiritual "home
away from home" by the Archdiocese of New York,
local parishioners have scheduled a Sunday morning
mass outside Our Lady Queen of Angels Roman Catholic
Church. The congregation is currently reaching out
to a local priest to officiate the ceremony. Please
join Carmen Villegas and other worshippers to demonstrate
support towards their efforts to prevent the closing
of this beloved 121-year-old parish. Our Lady Queen
of Angels Roman Catholic Church has served thousands
of local residents, and should not be a pawn in
the ongoing real estate battle that is East Harlem!"