Monday, August 26, 2013

It Is Illegal To Feed The Homeless In Cities All Over The United States

Michael Snyder
Activist Post

What would you do if a police officer threatened to arrest you for trying to share a sandwich with a desperately hungry homeless woman who really needed it? Such a notion sounds absolutely bizarre, but this is actually happening in major cities all over the United States. More than 50 large U.S. cities have adopted "anti-camping" or "anti-food sharing" laws in recent years, and in many of these cities the police are strictly enforcing these laws.  Sometimes the goal appears to be to get the homeless people to go away.

Apparently the heartless politicians that are passing these laws believe that if the homeless can't get any more free food and if they keep getting thrown into prison for "illegal camping" they will eventually decide to go somewhere else where they won't be hassled so much.

This is yet another example of how heartless our society is becoming. The middle class is being absolutely shredded and poverty is absolutely exploding, but meanwhile the hearts of many Americans are growing very cold.  If this continues, what is the future of America going to look like?

An organization called Love Wins Ministries made national headlines recently when police in Raleigh, North Carolina threatened to arrest them if they distributed sausage biscuits and coffee to homeless people living in the heart of the city.

Love Wins Ministries had been doing this for years, but now it is apparently illegal.  The following is from someone who was actually there...
On the morning of Saturday, August, 24, Love Wins showed up at Moore Square at 9:00 a.m., just like we have done virtually every Saturday and Sunday for the last six years. We provide, without cost or obligation, hot coffee and a breakfast sandwich to anyone who wants one. We keep this promise to our community in cooperation with five different, large suburban churches that help us with manpower and funding.
On that morning three officers from Raleigh Police Department prevented us from doing our work, for the first time ever. An officer said, quite bluntly, that if we attempted to distribute food, we would be arrested.
Our partnering church brought 100 sausage biscuits and large amounts of coffee. We asked the officers for permission to disperse the biscuits to the over 70 people who had lined up, waiting to eat. They said no. I had to face those who were waiting and tell them that I could not feed them, or I would be arrested.
Does reading that upset you?

It should.

And this is not just happening in Raleigh - this is literally happening all over the country.

In Orlando, Florida laws against feeding the homeless were actually upheld in court...
Since when is it illegal to give somebody food? In Orlando FL, it has been since April 2011, when a group of activists lost a court battle against the city to overturn its 2006 laws that restrict sharing food with groups of more than 25 people. The ordinance requires those who do these “large” charitable food sharings in parks within two miles of City Hall to obtain a permit and limits each group to two permits per park for a year.
That is yet another example of how corrupt and unjust our court system has become.

The funny thing is that some of these control freak politicians actually believe that they are "helping" the homeless by passing such laws. In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg has banned citizens from donating food directly to homeless shelters and he is actually convinced that it was the right thing to do for the homeless...
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s food police have struck again!
Outlawed are food donations to homeless shelters because the city can’t assess their salt, fat and fiber content, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.
Glenn Richter arrived at a West Side synagogue on Monday to collect surplus bagels — fresh nutritious bagels — to donate to the poor. However, under a new edict from Bloomberg’s food police he can no longer donate the food to city homeless shelters.
Do you really think that the homeless care about the "salt, fat and fiber content" of their food? Of course not. They just want to eat.

It would be one thing if there were just a few isolated cities around the nation that were passing these kinds of laws.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.  In fact, according to USA Today, more than 50 large cities have passed such laws...
Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City and more than 50 other cities have previously adopted some kind of anti-camping or anti-food-sharing laws, according to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.
You can find many more examples of this phenomenon in one of my previous articles.

What in the world is happening to America?

The way that we treat the most vulnerable members of our society says a lot about who we are as a nation.

Sadly, it is not just our politicians that are becoming heartless.  Below, I have posted a copy of a letter that was sent to a family with a severely autistic child.  This happened up in Canada, but I think that it is a perfect example of how cold and heartless society is becoming...

Can you believe that?

Hearts are growing cold at the same time that the need for love and compassion in our society is growing.

As I proved the other day, there has not been any economic recovery for most Americans, and a recent CNBC article echoed those sentiments...
How strong the economic recovery has been since the Great Recession ended in 2009 probably depends on viewpoint.
For those in the top 5 percent, the recovery has been pretty good.
As for the other 95 percent, well ... maybe not so much.
Even though corporate profits have soared to record levels in recent years and Wall Street has boomed thanks to Federal Reserve money printing, most Americans are still really struggling.  The following very startling chart comes via Jim Quinn's Burning Platform blog...

Corporate Profits And Percentage Of US Population With A Job

The mainstream media continually insists that we are in an "economic recovery" and that the economy "is growing", but median household income is actually 4.4 percent lower than it was when the last recession officially "ended".

There aren't nearly enough jobs for everyone anymore, and the quality of the jobs that do exist continues to decline at a frightening pace.

As a result, more Americans are being forced to turn to the government for help than ever before.  At this point, more than 100 million Americans are on welfare, and that does not even count programs such as Medicare or Social Security.

But nobody should ever look down on those that are getting government assistance.

The truth is that you might be next.

In fact, according to the Associated Press, four out of every five adults in the United States will "struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives".

So don't ever be afraid to feed the homeless or to assist someone in need.

Someday you might be the one that needs the help.

This article first appeared here at the Economic Collapse Blog.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.


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Anonymous said...

Where is this in Raleigh and what do I need to do to help?...I'll be in town this weekend, and have absolutely no problem being arrested for doing the right thing...

Anonymous said...

Speak softly and carry a big stick and when the time comes use it to prove you mean what you say.

When the tyrants and their minions have skin in the game is when they will change their minds about what is important.

Anonymous said...

Weymouth New testament

"And because of the prevalent disregard of God's law the love of the great majority will grow cold; 13but those who stand firm to the End shall be saved. 14And this Good News of the Kingdom shall be proclaimed throughout the whole world to set the evidence before all the Gentiles; and then the End will come".

Anonymous said...

So the homeless are now animals in a zoo? If I have extra food I will feed a fellow human being and I don't give a rat's ass about the local draconian laws against it.

Anonymous said...

Proverbs 22:9 The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.

According to the US government, the Bible is wrong!

We can add this to: Greed isn't wrong; Lying is good; Stealing is good; Killing is good and Honesty is wrong.

Not only has the US government shredded the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the have shredded the 10 Commandments, the Magna Carta and common sense.

What a disgusting place america has become.

Anonymous said...

GENOCIDE and Population REDUCTION Psychopathic PLOTS are very BIG with This Glo-Ba'al Terrorist Administraitor[s] and His Glo=Ba'al Terrorist Elitist TAH=EL-MUdic Communist KleptocRAT special demon friends!

Hide Behind said...

Good clean nice warm fuzzy type people do not want that filth in their town so I always make a point of giving a bum , crack head or just some worthless teen whores that live on strret something poisonous, Mc Donalds has a whole billboard advertizing different varieties.

Hide Behind said...

Good clean nice warm fuzzy type people do not want that filth in their town so I always make a point of giving a bum , crack head or just some worthless teen whores that live on strret something poisonous, Mc Donalds has a whole billboard advertizing different varieties.

Anonymous said...

Don't feed these paupers ! Givem food stamps so they can spend your taxpayer money in casinos . ( food & drinks are free in those places ) §;-)

Barbara Mack said...

I was asked to stop feeding the hungray a few years ago. I stopped because I did niot want to go to jail because too many people needed me to be free.

Anonymous said...

Feeding for FREE CAN DESTROY their SATANIC ECONOMIC SYSTEM that is based on profit. Psychopaths who master the system must hinder us to SHARE, GIFT... it's about their system
FREE STUFF is the most dangerous weapon to them - that's why we should create FREE SERVICES, OBJECTS... AS MUCH AS WE CAN - working out of PASSION COULD BE

Anonymous said...

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable "Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it..." This pretty much sums up how I feel. I'll feed anyone I want to feed and anyone that needs fed.

Anonymous said...

Apparently some of these cities are being reversed. From a article in March 2013:

A federal judge forced Philadelphia officials to back down. U.S. District Court Judge William Yohn, Jr. issued an injunction in July that prevented the city from enforcing the ban against the plaintiffs, which include religious organizations that provide food to the homeless and less fortunate.

Judge Yohn later outlined the terms of an interim agreement that heavily favors the plaintiffs—by, for example, keeping in place the injunction, ordering the city to remove any signage related to the ban, and compelling the city of Philadelphia to pay the plaintiffs’ attorney fees.

The Philadelphia victory, though not yet complete, is just one of many such recent examples.

In Chicago, for example, at least one politician, Ald. James Cappleman, recently tried to banish a Salvation Army food truck from feeding the homeless in his neighborhood. (At least his position, enraging as it may be, is consistent with the city’s larger stance against food trucks.) Soon, under pressure, Cappleman backed down.

In Seattle, city officials recently ordered the Bread of Life Mission, which had been feeding people in the city’s Pioneer Square for more than 70 years, to halt its efforts. Facing a backlash, city officials relented.

While Chicago and Seattle have scrapped such bans, other governments have been moving to protect the right of individuals and groups to share food with others.

A recently passed New Jersey law strengthens that state’s Good Samaritan Law—modeled after a largely toothless federal law of the same name—by permitting “universities to donate food to charitable organizations without fear of lawsuit[s]” over unintended food contamination.

A similar law was passed recently in Nunavut, Canada. And Louisiana legislators have promised action after state health officials destroyed more than a thousand pounds of venison donated by hunters that would have been used to feed the hungry in the state.

Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight. It's legal for trigger happy cops to shoot dogs often in the presence of the dog owner, yet illegal for people to feed the homeless and said people who do feed the homeless can be arrested. Oh yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Does anyone see something wrong with this?

Laurence said...

In normal countries, it is illegal not to help someone in danger. US, you are not doing fine in your minds.

One Bridge To Cross said...

There will come a day, soon, that America will reap what it has sown.

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