Rev. Griner will be at The Clock restaurant this Saturday morning at 10 am. to protest the treatment of a
veteran and his service dog.
TO MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL MEDIA:
FROM THE OFFICE OF REV. MILFORD L. GRINER, PRESIDENT,
THE ROSA PARKS QUIET COURAGE COMMITTEE
On Wednesday, January 21st, Mr. Jeff Woods, a Gulf War disabled veteran from Lake City went to The Clock Restaurant with his service dog, Tinie to have a meal. After he arrived, as chronicled in today’s Gainesville Sun written by reporter, Cindy Swirko, Mr. Woods was treated very harshly and with no respect at all because of the presence of his service dog, and attempts were made to bar the dog from the restaurant, which is against federal law. Not only was the restaurant management rude and harsh with Mr. Woods, but also with officer Crystal Castor of the Gainesville Police department upon her arrival.
Mr. Woods was humiliated and embarrassed by what took place, and because of this, as a member of the community, a pastor and president of The Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee, I intend to seek and demand that a written apology be written to Mr. Woods, a man who gave service to his country, was wounded for that service, and did not deserve the harsh treatment he received after coming all the way from Lake City, Florida to eat at The Clock Restaurant when he could have chosen to eat somewhere else.
I am going to arrive at The Clock Restaurant at 10am, and if I am not allowed inside, I am going to speak to this matter on the public sidewalk outside of the restaurant, and call attention to the inhumane treatment of Mr. Woods and his loyal service dog, Tinie. I am going to copy this media release out to many of my fellow clergy, fellow believers in justice and to organizations such as The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, The NAACP, and others who desire to speak out against injustice, and for our for citizens, and especially war veterans who deserve respect for what they have done for this country.
I am asking all who care deeply about this situation to join me at The Clock Restaurant this Saturday, January 24th at 10am, and let us stand together and support Mr. Jeff Woods and Tinie! For more information or questions, Rev. Griner can be reached at
“INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE”…Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.