Today's Date: February 27, 2024
Women of Global Change Las Vegas Chapter Launches Anti-Recidivism Project in Honor of Women's History Month   •   Women of Global Change Seattle Washington Chapter Collaborates with Abundance of Hope to Host Middle School Pop-Up Event   •   Carbon TerraVault Provides 2023 Update   •   Grindr Announces Date of Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Financial Results Earnings Call   •   Bone Voyage! Physician Publishes New Children's Book Teaching Kids About Their Skeletal System   •   Iconic Musicians and World-Renowned Artists Unite for Secret 7” Charity Auction by War Child UK in Collaboration With NOW   •   California Resources Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2023 Financial and Operating Results   •   Parkland Reports Strong 2023 Fourth Quarter and Record Year-End Results; Increases Dividend for the Twelfth Consecutive Year   •   Phreesia’s Hilary Hatch Again Named to the 2024-2025 NQF Leadership Consortium   •   Kathairos Solutions and Doig River First Nation Embark on Strategic Environmental Initiative to Reduce Methane Emissions   •   Kilroy Realty to Participate in Citi’s 2024 Global Property CEO Conference   •   THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF LEARNING   •   Fuel Tech Schedules 2023 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results and Conference Call   •   Foster Garvey and JMMP Announce Launch of Stone Scholars Class Honoring Rafael Stone   •   ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc. Announces Share Combination   •   RYAM and VERSO ENERGY Execute Memorandum of Understanding to Explore eSAF   •   Ecovyst Achieves EcoVadis Platinum Level Sustainability Rating   •   CIEE and AAIDN Announce the 2024 Douglass-O'Connell Global Interns   •   First Solar, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Financial Results and 2024 Guidance   •   Bumble Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results
Bookmark and Share

Hispanic Church Seeks Emergency Injunction

 BURBANK, IL  --The Chicago church Rios de Agua Viva has filed a Federal law suit charging violations of their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights, along with Federal and Illinois state religious land use rights. The suit was filed in the United States District Court in Chicago. 


In the suit, Rios de Agua Viva charges that the city of Burbank is maliciously attempting to change its zoning code to make it impossible for the church to occupy property it has under contract, the site of the former Old Barn Restaurant at 8100 South Parkside in Burbank. The suit also claims that the city is violating the Federal Religious Land Use and Institutional Persons Act (RLUIPA) by illegally requiring the church to apply for a special use permit while freely allowing non-religious assembly uses without a permit. Rios de Agua Viva, a Hispanic congregation of approximately 250 people, alleges that it has been exposed to unnecessary financial burdens caused by the litigation against the city's zoning code, which fails to follow Federal and state laws.

The Old Barn is located in a commercial zone, which under Burbank's current zoning code allows "Dance Studios, Schools and Halls," "Physical Fitness Facilities," "Business Associations," "Labor Associations," "Civic, Social and Fraternal Associations" and "Political Organizations" without a special use permit. In a recent federal appellate case, River of Life Kingdom Ministries v. Vill. of Hazel Crest, the 12-member court of appeals stated that a church may not be kept out of a commercial zone if the municipality allows non-religious, non-commercial assembly uses in the commercial zone.

"Burbank's actions are religious persecution. Rios de Agua Viva, in a gesture of good faith, applied for a special use permit, even though they need not have done so under Federal and state law," said John Mauck of Mauck & Baker, the church's law firm. "After the church started the special use permit process, Burbank leaders delayed reviewing the permit application while they surreptitiously began working to change the code to shut out this church from locating in the city. Federal law and past court decisions are on our side, and we will persevere in the fight to establish Rios de Agua Viva in Burbank."

"The way Burbank is treating our church is strange. The Old Barn Restaurant has been in bankruptcy and is deteriorating, and we plan to preserve this historic landmark and use the location to minister to the needs of the community," said the church's pastor, Luis Ruiz. "Families have celebrated momentous, life-changing occasions at the Old Barn for more than a century, so why won't Burbank's leadership allow us to continue to bless lives with the good news of Jesus and enhance the diversity of the community?" 


STORY TAGS: HISPANIC, LATINO, MEXICAN, MINORITY, CIVIL RIGHTS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, DIVERSITY, LATINA, RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News