475 Kent Update: Grain Removal, Media Strategy & Moving
1) The "explosive grain" from the illegal matzo factory has been removed from the building and the state Department of Agriculture has been informed.
2) The building is supposed to be open from today through Sunday from 10AM-4PM so that people can move things out. Everyone agrees (including a city official off the record), however, that "moving" 150 people out of building will be impossible. After Sunday, the building is supposed to be padlocked.
3) One resident advises on the 475kent website:
the way i see it is that we need to start developing a not only a legal strategy, but a media and communications one as well. these are not mutually exclusive. there is still a great deal of press interest in the story and we need to start using that media interest to begin to serve our legal aims. the fact that the grain has now been removed is a fine place to start. there's a wealth of messaging opportunity there.4) Residents are talking things through with attorneys and are likely to files some suits, specifically seeking an injunction and an order allowing them back into the building once major code violations are fixed.
on another front, we need to start a coordinated effort to pressure our electeds to take this issue on. i am very encouraged by councilman yassky's statement from last night. now we need to get assemblyman lentol and our state senator, marty connor, who is facing a well financed primary fight, involved as well. one side note: connor is being challenged by a man named dan squadron. he's young, but he's pretty sharp. if he decides to make an issue out of this, which is a very smart thing for him to do, connor will absolutely have to address it as well.
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