Well-Armed Activists Openly Defy Texas Law to Feed the Homeless – Hundreds Clothed and Fed

homelessBy Matt Agorist

When feeding the homeless becomes an act of civil disobedience, Americans have been asleep for far too long.

Luckily, however, there are still good people who are willing to defy such arbitrary and ill-conceived laws and ordinances.

The folks over at the aptly named organization Don’t Comply, took to the streets just outside the Austin Street Shelter in Dallas this weekend to perform, what has now become a revolutionary act – feeding the homeless.


“We are not complying with a bad law today,” Matthew Short, PR director of Don’t Comply said. “Evidently the city of Dallas believes that it’s wrong, or bad, or unlawful for us to feed more than a certain number of people at a time. But, during Christmas, we want to show love to our community and give these people a chance to survive the winter, whether it be with blankets or coats, or just giving them a holiday party like today with all kinds of cookies, and goodies, turkey and dressing, and the whole nine yards.”

Last December, the Dallas city council enacted Ordinance No. 29595, which makes it illegal to serve food to the homeless without jumping through a statist myriad of bureaucratic hoops, including a fee, training classes, and written notices.

One should not need to file multiple forms and pay a fee to obtain a permit to give food to those in need who are willingly ready to accept it. The folks at Don’t Comply know this.

According to Brett Sanders, hundreds of homeless people showed up to not only enjoy a fantastic array of food, snacks and beverages – but there was also an assortment of winter clothing that was donated as well.

“All of the homeless people that I talked to during the event were extremely grateful for the support and there was a sense of humanity that is indescribable.  Interacting with other human beings whom most consider to be living life at rock bottom will likely alter your perspective on the world around you,” explained Sanders.

The event went off without a hitch, even after code enforcers showed up. Lead organizer of the event, Murdoch Pizgatti was confronted by the enforcers who told him to file the proper paperwork upon the event’s conclusion to which, Pizgatti politely replied, “no.”

“We’ve already had to speak to the police, they’ve already come and delivered code to us,” said Short, explaining what happened when the code enforcers showed up. “But, after shaking hands with them, they realized we’re all armed – and we’re gonna do what we’re gonna do because it’s not an immoral thing that we are doing.”

Below is the powerful video shot by Brett Sanders showing the powerful effects of such moral civil disobedience.

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h/t Brett Sanders

Matt Agorist writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com

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  • Mick McNulty

    These laws against homelessness is reactionary power against powerlessness. Dark. Sinister. Vindictive. Then when people with pitchforks and torches come after them they wonder why.

    • Tark McCoy

      Torches and pitchforks are my favorite rally banner! It gets the point across without worrying about your spelling.

      • I.M. Pistoff

        YES! TORCHES AND PITCHFORKS! HEADS ON A STICK!

        • Tark McCoy

          …and don’t forget: the nice thing about tar and feathers is how well they ignite.

        • Guitarzan

          Heads on a pike…

        • amongoose

          Tar, feathers, and a rail.

    • tomas rader

      It’s not that involved really unless you consider money the source of all evil. That is the actual motive of CE n cities. The cities are broke … paying 3 generations of pensioners does that. They’ll have to tax n fee oxygen to try n catch up but that won’t work either. Wait … they already are … in the form of carbon taxes. Progs aren’t aware of real world economics. Blissful ignorance is a mental defect. They lie … math don’t.

      • HENK-2

        Money is NOT the source of evil, it is the LOVE of money that is the source.

        The 3 generations of pensioners were at one stage underpaid workers and made other people rich or richer!!

        • Sam Durrango

          Usury is the source of evil. Banksters charge interest on money created from thin air while never actually creating extra money to pay the interest. It’s pure fraud and is now global. We’re being turned into debt-slaves to banksters. ABOLISH INTEREST RATES.

          before they abolish us!

          • HENK-2

            Now it is bankers instead of pensioners?

            At least and at last you are on the right track.

          • Sam Durrango

            I’ve known about usury & the banksters huge & nasty con trick of creating money out of thin air & lending it to us at interest for decades but few were prepared to listen. Now the damage done by banksters & their pliant politicians is becoming clearer each day & eyes & ears are opening.

          • artzilla

            They’ve gotten smarter. They have stopped making money poor of thin air and started creating DEBT from thin air!
            Now they insure that they pay no taxes by writing off debt that has no real world source.
            Then they pass that liability back to the debtor making them responsible for paying taxes on the unpaid balance ( non existent money ) due for any defaulted loan!
            Strangely the time value of money is meaningless of its your money in their bank. But if its their money that you have….look out…..better have your vasoline ready!

          • Guitarzan

            Our system needs interest rates, what we don’t need is excessive and or punitive interest rates. If banks treated lending as if every borrower were family maybe they could see fit to provide funds for businesses homes etc with compassion instead of greed. I truly believe that anyone who once they achieve extreme wealth doesn’t want to help others is a failed soul. I said HELP though not give to the lazy and inept.

          • jane flurry

            we don’t pay each other interest in my family & we get on just fine.

          • Guitarzan

            I realize that but the way banks are supposed to work is deposits are invested to increase the value of the money deposited. Our bloated financial system provides many jobs. Not all investments turn out with a positive result and interest helps to buffer and protect from loss. However, a bank that charges 11% on a loan and then pays out .017% on savings has it backwards.

          • Crash Burning

            If you as a nation. Say you have 100.00 of wealth.. You have 100 citizens.. Each gets a 1.00… but as time goes your citizens have babies.. Now you have 300 citizens and only a 100.00 in total… How do the new citizens survive… Thats is why bank came up with a scam to make money out of thin air… Every one needs some cash in their pockets and there is only so much gold… You can invest all you want but there is only 100.00 in all… Is it really that sinister.. Faulty I agree.. Sinister I do not…

          • Sam Durrango

            Money is not natural. It has to be created. I’m not against it being created from thin air as I believe it has to be done this way. What I do most strenuously object to is the imposition of interest upon the money created from thin air. This demanded interest is NEVER created which means we, the borrowers who need money in society, end up as debt-slaves having to borrow money to pay the interest of the last loan. Even our rotten governments do this as a matter of course. Politicians could cure this but they don’t. They’re paid well by their bosses, the banks, to keep the status quo intact to our never-ending misfortune. Watch them retire to very well paid non-jobs in finance when they leave politics. Sinister? More like malevolent.

          • Tothe

            By that logic, bread and simple huts are not natural since they have to be created. But humans, as rational, acting beings, find ways to solve problems. Using a medium of exchange to resolve the mutual coincidence of wants problem in barter is a peaceful, productive solution.

          • Sam Durrango

            Nothing wrong with money as a medium of exchange. Wealth has to be distributed. What’s wrong is when usury or the charging of interest is applied to the creation of money and that the interest money that is demanded is never created. This leads to unpayable & fraudulent debt that ends with society in thrall to the banks & debt-slavery encompasses all just like today & it’s getting worse. That’s how compound interest works.

          • Tothe

            Interest is not an inherently-evil concept. It places a price on the borrower’s time preference and the lender’s risk. Value is then created in the borrower’s ability to use money immediately, and the lender’s assurance of payment in exchange for his surrender of his own utility in that money until a later date.

            Now when inflation and central banking get involved, things do get messy. Arbitrary low interest rates set according to Keynesian principles flood the market with bad information about the stored wealth people have stored up to use, signaling that investments in infrastructure will be rewarded by buyers who can afford the products. Low interest rates signal a high supply of lendable funds, or a high level of savings. This was one of the major factors that led to the housing bubble and subsequent crisis.

          • Sam Durrango

            Banks don’t loan money that is deposited. When was the last time you were refused access to any of your monies because the bank had lent it to someone?

          • Guitarzan

            Look fine I get it you are of the opinion that anyone should be able to receive an interest free loan for anything.Good for you then never use banks…

          • Sam Durrango

            I also want my government not to use banks that have usury as a business model. Interest-free money is our right & such money must be paid back as it is honourable debt. The aggressive cancer that is the current usurious banking system needs to be extirpated forthwith for our mutual benefit.

          • Sam Durrango

            All interest rates = usury. Come on, I hear you say, a tiny rate of interest won’t hurt, it’s good for business, et c. It all adds up. Look at it this way: one can’t be a little bit pregnant or go on ½ a train ride. All interest rates are usurious. All rates lead to collapse sooner or later. Banish usury off-planet.

          • n’awlins

            Oh no you don’t! Keep your usury on your own planet! We don’t want it out here!
            The Martian.

          • jane flurry

            usury creates wealth & poverty. just plain wrong.

        • Jessica Klaus

          It’s lack of love for others actually.

          • Adrianus van Herp

            YES.

      • judynz

        Your Cities are NOT broke They’ve been skimming & hiding it forever. As for paying for pensioners they have been paying unnecessarily into pension schemes that govt steals…but quite apart from that watch a 5min video MEET YOUR STRAWMAN’ & see how you have been conned. Also listen to Walter Burien & Clint Richardson (utube). Only when you get your facts right can you start dealing with the realities & STAND TOGETHER.
        You are right though about taxed for breathing.

      • artzilla

        If the city had set aside the money that pensioners paid in to cover their pensions and the matching amounts the city was supposed to set aside, there would be no problem paying pensions. The democrap idiot mayors spent or stole that money that belongs to the pensioners!

    • Max Blancke

      It is about money. For-profit organizations that “help” the homeless lobby for these laws to prevent competition.

    • epitaxial

      You know the people who put that law through will begin every sentence with “As a Christian…”

    • LostSok

      Very well stated.

  • Dr. Detroit

    Keep up the good work. GOD bless. It is the duty of men to disobey unjust laws.

  • RJ O’Guillory

    …good for them….
    RJ O’Guillory

  • Poptoy1949

    Better to Feed Our Own and help them rather than an Illegal alien or a refugee.

    • Jeremy Lawrence

      Except people never gave a damn about our homeless and disenfranchised until it became hip to use them to justify political bigotry aimed at immigrants.

      • Whampol

        Moron. Use your brain. It’ll surprise you when you do.

      • Poptoy1949

        Perhaps.

      • Crash Burning

        Not true… You need to get out more and stop believing everything you read or hear on the TV….

    • HENK-2

      Realize that it is the USA that caused and causes the flood of refugees.

      • Poptoy1949

        Obama Yes. The United States…NOPE !

        • GIVVO6_B

          And Bush before him. Don’t forget the Robocop mental cases of the US military who go out and obey their orders to kill millions.

        • HENK-2

          51% of Usans want troops on the ground.

          • Poptoy1949

            What’s a USANS?

          • Unapologetically White

            He was choking on his weed – give him a minute.

          • Poptoy1949

            Probably. I love your handle. I feel the very same way.

          • HENK-2

            Usans are citizens of the USA.

          • jas

            US Americans would be more accurate, unless you’re trying to make it sound as stupid as possible.

          • HENK-2

            Usans is used a lot on the web but probably not in the US.

            US Americans is quite nice and acceptable and clearer so I will use that in the future.

            Thank you.

            Henk

          • Poptoy1949

            Haven’t heard that but maybe……

          • GIVVO6_B

            Who gives a monkey ‘s about them. They are the financial support for most of the world’s problems. I vote they have an occupation of the USA carried out by Chinese, Indian and Russia troops and see how they like it. The brainwashed by the US MSM are just brainwashed and should be pitied for their total arrogance and stupidity.

      • Holly_Wight

        Well… Duh. That’s what this country was founded on, moron. We’re a nation of refugees, immigrants, and political outcasts. Do you even understand how this nation was formed?

        • HENK-2

          Better than you!!

    • esqualido

      And how ironic it is to be told you are breaking the law feeding U.S. citizens out of your own pocket, but are forced to cough up taxes to pay for illegal aliens.

      • Poptoy1949

        Very Well Said. Happy New Year to You and Yours.

  • barbarakelly

    Way to go Well armed Activist. I hope obamas stomach is getting an ulcer. After all I’m sure he wanted these people to up and die, the way he has been thinking. He is a monster to this country.

    • awake

      well said.

    • Dickson

      It’s not Obama that passed the law, it was the City of Dallas. Not every little law that gets passed is his, use your head.

    • appleforaface

      Obama? WTH?

    • Ron r

      The president has better things to do than waste his time thinking about a bunch of wanna be revolutionaries , with visions of suicide .

  • rhondareichel

    Looks like Dallas needs to fire the mayor and the city council

  • Christine

    I prefer the non-violent Food Not Bombs approach.

    • Tothe

      There was nothing violent about this activity. Why do you imagine that being armed is inherently violent? The only violence in this scenario was the threat from government agents.

      • tleikheen

        these aren’t government agents ,these are the idiots you voted into your local government >>>>they represent you. Stop voting in ppl who represent big business and corporations if you care about your neighbors.

  • gwen

    goo for them.. wonderful – big hearted men and women.KUDOS and much love – have a Merry Christmas.

  • badbruce

    Some days I really love America, well that is to say I always love her just some days I don’t l like her very much.

  • dogman19552003

    And I thought Texas was better than Washington D.C. in understanding the needs of the people. This ordnance just provide s political corruption is everywhere. And the people know what is best.

  • Manimal

    This is why you don`t need a government or state – just a basic human touch and a gun against the bad guys ;-).

    • FalconMoose

      A nasty Libertarian, I see. 🙂

      • Manimal

        The best thing coming from ussa ;-).

    • Holly_Wight

      Dude, if you want that sort of country, you can go to Somalia right now and see how far it gets you.

      • Manimal

        ?!? Although I`m not ussaian, I love great things like the 1st and the 2nd Amendment, and this sort of HUMAN response. And you gov trolls are ALL the same, everywhere! 🙂

      • Tothe

        You mean the country where government collapsed? That’s your proof that government is necessary? You do know that post-collapse, Somalia improved by nearly every metric both compared to statehood and to surrounding countries, right? And that the warfare in Mogadishu was between competing would-be governments and foreign intervention by other governments, right? How does this prove a need for government again?

  • James Michael

    Ordinances are rules for municipal employees on duty…NOT law for we the people….The state has law making authority only within their sworn oaths…Cities have ZERO law making authority…

  • GIVVO6_B

    Well done the good people who help to fight the injustices of the rich and powerful. Every country has plenty of good people, but unfortunately most countries are ruled by psychopaths who prostitute themselves for money.

  • Cathy McMahan

    ordinances are not laws

  • Lana

    If the Gov’t would put as much effort into making sure the Gov’t & the rich pay their fair share, we wouldn’t have any homeless !

  • angf117

    im so glad these people showed up to do whats RIGHT….NO ONE should be homeless….i pray for them on this Christmas Eve…

  • Brian Bertha

    How dare anyone perform a charitable event that could possibly undermined the dependency on government why all the hoops to jump thru? Why is permission required for every form of legal human behavior?

    • Ron r

      You should check the political leaning of that towns political machine. It’s most likely as Reich wing as most on this site.

      • Tothe

        Is your view so limited that you think the entire political spectrum is “left” versus “right”?

        • Ron r

          No , is yours ?

  • Julie Smalley

    It’s sad the city of Dallas is doing this what is so wrong with people giving out meals clothing, and more to the homeless, or using their facilities paid for by parishioners, to put on a homeless party to help these cities are doing this I think cause to get more money from the generosity of people it’s shaneful. Leave the churches and the nonprofits alone that have been working hard to help the homeless, god bless these people for a loving gesture local gov. get out of the pockets of these people your nothing but a band of thives.

  • Ron r

    They did a good thing, but I really hope they don’t think the only reason they were allowed to finish was because they were armed.

    • OGIS

      Actually, that WAS the only reason… along with the good sense of whichever bureaucrat was in charge to not try and force the issue. You might like to read up on the actual mechanics of violent, bloody revolutions: how they get touched off (sometimes for the most trivial of reasons) and them grow out of control.

      But not to worry too much. My background in Poli Sci tells me that things will have to get a bit worse until the kindling on the ground is just right….

      • Ron r

        And my limited background in law tells me that you are wrong . I wonder how far they would have pushed this without their courage enhancers.

  • wcsbwk

    Bloomberg did the same thing in NYC. The government wants control of charitable giving so they can control the receivers.

  • OGIS

    It’s about time.

  • Tad Morse

    Shouldn’t have to do anything besides hand someone a plate. No permit, not anything but the heart and humanity.

    • Fred Bastiat

      But shouldn’t you have to have an eye wash station, two ada restrooms, a mop sink in its own closet, two kitchen sinks, a professional grade dishwasher that can steam dishes, employees earning at least minimum wage, a safe zone, and someone to inspect those facilites? If you can save even one person from getting a free meal when they are hungey then its all worth it!

  • MontieR

    Start recalling these asshats in city hall.

  • Teto85

    What Would Jebus Do?

  • Holly_Wight

    It’s like not a single one of these “Christian” lawmakers ever absorbed one word of Jesus’ sermons, or any of the New Testament they pretend to revere.

    • Tothe

      The true deity of all politicians is The State.

  • Kathleen Chambers

    Good for you all. It is time to reduce government’s control of our lives

  • John Burns

    Nat Guard is NOT the militia moron

    • Ron r

      The State National Guard is the well regulated militia you fake as constitutionalist. Any 1st year law student would know that. Idiot !!

      • esqualido

        When the Supreme Court declared that the federal government could override states’ governors and deploy Guardsmen wherever they wanted, including overseas, they ceased being militia in the traditional sense, though the feds allow them to be used by the governor when it suits them

        • Ron r

          The Mational Guard is the states Militia. There is no such thing as in a traditional sense. Dude, that’s law 101.

          • esqualido

            Yes, acting on the authority of the state governor. What has happened in recent years is that regardless of the governor’s intent, the “militia” can be deployed overseas, even in peacetime at the direction of the President. There has never been a controversy over the Reserves being deployed this matter, but it is a further infringement of states rights with regards to the Guard.

          • Ron r

            Stop it. There were guard units who served in Vietnam. You can look this up you know. There has only been a a problem with guard units and so called states rights since 2908. Like I said , a first year law student would know that.
            A well armed militia after the war of independence was maintained by the law that required all men 16 years or older to have a fire arm.
            Militia / minute men. You are expressing your opinion, and opinions are just that. Opinions, have a great new year

  • LogicalActivist

    By all means be an activist. Stand up against unjust laws. Be armed and ready. Feed the hungry. Clothe the naked. Help those in need. I hate government overreach as much as anyone, but let’s be honest and fair and logical. Below is a link to the law. It’s requirements are few and reasonable. It states that you should let the, know if you’re going to have a large crowd – seems logical. It states that someone that will be serving the food should be trained (aware) of food safety. It states that food should be at the proper temperatures. It states that the organizer should make accommodations for the disposal of the trash for the event.

    Please don’t stop being proactive about injustices, but let’s see this for what it is – hype to stir up strife. Understand what you are railing against before you rail.

    https://dallascityhall.com/departments/codecompliance/DCH%20documents/pdf/homeless-feeding-Ordinance-No29595.pdf

  • Kelly

    The ONLY time I’ll be proud of armed people in public …

  • Hubert Kleinpeter, Ph.D.

    In West Palm Beach, Florida, they passed an ordinance forbidding people from giving anything to people reduced to begging. In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, they harassed an old man for feeding people. It is our human right to give whatever we want, to whomever we want without a “thug” with a baton threatening us. This is indescribable evil. Given this unrighteousness, people are justified in speaking of a revolution. Let this be the means to do so. All across America, wherever there is a tyrannical dehumanized law robbing people of dignity, people can gather and commit gracious, humane acts; and if millions do so, I suspect the police will abandon their evil master forcing them to be complicit in these crime – and pitch in.

  • Arlene Lane

    there seems to be a lot of official insanity in the world at the moment, and 98 per cent of it is in AMERICA.

  • Observing All

    If a country criminalizes the act of helping someone in need would the same country criminalize the act
    of developing and curing a disease like cancer? Indeed and that is the USA.

  • Mr. Evans

    We Need A Lot More Then F’n Pitchforks Folks To Deter and Shut Down These Soulless, Mentally Diseased, Programmed, Control-Freaking Anal-Deficient Fascist Tards !!! ;~o

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