San Antonio chapter president W. Patrick Cunningham issued a joint statement with the Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League and the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation condemning a Ku Klux Klan rally that was scheduled for June 1 in New Braunfels, Texas. It read, in part: “[W]e categorically reject their efforts to spew hatred and cause division in the community.”
North-Central Jersey chapter president Terence Kenny and executive assistant Barbara Moskal attended a luncheon at Jersey City’s City Hall. The guest speaker invited by Mayor Bret Schundler was Daniel McGroarty, author of Break These Chains. His book tells the story of the Milwaukee voucher and school choice program and how it affected the families whose children have benefited from it. The North-Central Jersey chapter is vigorously supporting Mayor Schundler’s voucher plan.
Long Island chapter president Charles Mansfield, Jr. contacted Winthrop-University Hospital on behalf of an employee who was terminated because he saw and removed a cartoon from a bulletin board that was disrespectful toward the Holy Family. He then sent a brief message over the computer system asking that all such displays be removed. The league has made some progress in dealing with the hospital but is waiting final resolution of this case.
San Diego chapter president Carl Horst wrote to the Blue Tattoo nightclub, urging that an offensive ad using the term “Sunday Mass” be discontinued. The promotional flyer also showed artwork that, in combination with the ad’s language, proved offensive to Catholics.
Also, Horst wrote to KNSD (channel 39) about an ad the San Diego Union-Tribune accepted about an investigative series the station’s news section was doing. Called “Lie, Cheat & Steal?” the promotional ad read “You’ll be surprised what happened when we put felons, nuns and cops through the honesty test.” Under the words was a picture of two men, one dressed as a felon, the other as a policeman, and a woman in full habit.
The Baltimore chapter registered a protest against Johns Hopkins University for three times flagging the work of anti-Catholic bigot Christopher Hitchens.