Κυριακή, 12 Οκτωβρίου 2014

Philadelphia's new homeless feeding ban part of a nationwide trend

Homeless feeding bans: war on the poor?

What would you do if a police officer threatened to arrest you for trying to share a sandwich ...with a desperately hungry homeless woman that really needed it?  Such a notion sounds absolutely bizarre, but this is actually happening in major cities all over the United States.

You can’t just feed the homeless outdoors in Philadelphia anymore; you now need a permit.

In Dallas, you can give away food only with official permission first.

Laws tightening regulations on aid to the homeless are popping up across the country, according to a recent USA Today report:

“Starting in about 2006, several cities began arresting, fining, and otherwise oppressing private individuals and nonprofits that feed the homeless and less fortunate,” Baylen Linnekin writes at Reason.com. He cites a Las Vegas ban that Nevada's American Civil Liberties Union chapter called “among the first of its kind in the country.”

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.

Sharing food with those who are hungry is a fundamental act of human conscience. The thousands of people who share food in any way,make the world a better place. The economic challenges facing  nations worlwide have awakened intensively the solidarity.



Information taken by:  USA Today,  Reason.com, True Activist, Los Angeles Times

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