Today is the first Friday of the month which means it's once again time for the monthly 2600 meetings. A full list of meetings can be found here.
As reported on the August 25 edition of "Off The Hook," there is some confusion on building policies at the Citigroup Center where the 2600 meetings have been held since 1987. When the building was reopened to the public after the latest terrorist scare, a policy of bag searches and checks for identification was implemented. We've since received reports that this is not in fact the policy for the atrium but only for the offices in the building. We hope this is the case.
However, we need to be emphatic on this point. No 2600 meeting has ever - nor will in the future - require any sort of identification check for attendees. Our meetings are held in a public space. The atrium is a public space within the Citigroup building which was created as part of a deal that allowed the construction of the skyscraper to proceed. As a public space, it must be open to the public. We've seen this agreement violated many times in the past few weeks. It's entirely possible it will be violated again today.
If you are asked for identification to get into the public space, DO NOT present any. Do not allow your bags to be searched. Meet with the rest of us outside in the area we met last month when the entire building was closed. If Citigroup continues this policy, we will fight it in court and have the meetings outside or in another location until this is resolved. We hope it doesn't come to this. If we allow ourselves to yield here, we could well find ourselves showing identification to go to public parks or walk down streets. We simply can't afford to help this kind of a precedent be set.