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Outrageous: Three People Arrested for Feeding the Homeless


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Members of Orlando Food Not Bombs were arrested Wednesday when police said they violated a city ordinance by feeding the homeless in Lake Eola Park....



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resignd Cannot remove (139)
Monday June 6, 2011, 6:51 pm
See the link with article in the Orlando Sentinel Paper with video.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/crime/os-homeless-feedings-arrests-20110601,0,7226362.story

In this time of our country with so many out of jobs, out of housing, out of money, society wants them to go away. What plans are being made for the people who have run out of everything but living? Society has a responsibility here. We bail out the banks and financial mortgage companies, but the people can just stop embarrassing communities. What a horrible attitude. We need to get serious about providing places for people to live. Tent cities are torn down and people dispersed into the woods.
"Members of Orlando Food Not Bombs were arrested Wednesday when police said they violated a city ordinance by feeding the homeless in Lake Eola Park."
"Jessica Cross, 24, Benjamin Markeson, 49, and Jonathan "Keith" McHenry, 54, were arrested at 6:10 p.m. on a charge of violating the ordinance restricting group feedings in public parks. McHenry is a co-founder of the international Food Not Bombs movement, which began in the early 1980s.
We need to get petitions to the City of Orlando to let them know we think they are not humanitarians. What is their plan to help the homeless. We must stop blaming them which has been the mode since Ronald Regan was President.
This situation moved me and ran against my feelings of helping our unfortunate people. Certainly too many of these people could be children and veterans.
The group lost a court battle in April, clearing the way for the city to enforce the ordinance. It requires groups to obtain a permit and limits each group to two permits per year for each park within a 2-mile radius of City Hall."
 

Ralph F. (64)
Monday June 6, 2011, 7:15 pm
Is this the way the, "moral high ground" is played out?
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday June 6, 2011, 7:24 pm

This kind of crap really irritates me. I've seen it happen to where fast food restaurants will throw out old (a few minutes too long under the hot lamp) food in a locked trash area, rather than to worry about being accosted (or potentially sued for "food poisoning") by hungry, homeless people.

Instead, they must resort to begging at freeway off-ramps, in front of convenience stores, or dumpster diving. It's a big problem in L.A., and I was so used to it that I used to get anything I didn't finish at dinner in a doggie bag, and just hand it out the window at the off-ramp on my way home, where I knew someone would be sitting.

It's a very sad statement.

 

TERRANCE N. (65)
Monday June 6, 2011, 7:46 pm
Thanks Judith. The human animal appear to be the worst in it's species in the treatment of other humans. Have you ever heard of any other animals organizing their environments to deny others shelter and the inability to eat? Might the world be a much better place if we as a species, or many the elite who rule would just become extinct?
 

Henriette Matthijssen (148)
Monday June 6, 2011, 7:53 pm
The criminal leaders of this world already thinks of us as criminals & all terrorist so we should just keep doing what we are doing & they will simply all arrest us & put all of us in jail & then what! We have INSANES as leaders so we should listen to what they tell us! "I THINK NOT!" We must do what we know is the right action as we have ethics & a conscience & they are already damned to the fires of HELL! This has already gone too far! ENOUGH we do not need to comply to this insanity! We the people need to lookout for we the people! Thanks Judith.
 

Barbara W. (342)
Monday June 6, 2011, 7:56 pm
Just when you think crazy can't get any worse. Feeding the hungry should get people medals! I know if I were hungry and someone fed me I would be humbly satisfied. Words are not enough, any longer, to describe madness hits America! No known cure yet found! Studies being taken to discover what causes feeding the hungry to upset some and send people to jail.
 

Susan S. (191)
Monday June 6, 2011, 8:24 pm
What a strange world we live in.
 

Constance F. (431)
Monday June 6, 2011, 8:26 pm
O bloody hell....Thank you for all above comments - yes, Henriette, no compliance to insanity. I liked this part in the article: "Police waited until everyone was served to make the arrests, said Douglas Coleman, speaking for Orlando Food Not Bombs" I mean, even some of the police must have thought "O bloody hell...this is not what some of them joined the police force for..." When LA had the Olympics here, our crappy Mayor removed all the Homeless people downtown - no, not housed them or helped them - but rather rid them in any way they could so they could hide the fact that people are hungry and homeless here. O, what a nice pretty city! Vomit. Well, I haven't paid my taxes this year. That's my non-compliance with insanity. Nope. WHY? Do I get a say where my money goes? I know some may argue with this, but it's my little revolt, and I know why.
 

Rand Martin (27)
Monday June 6, 2011, 8:30 pm
So much for that Christian nation crap. Beware, the Pharisees are at it again and they have the money backing them.
 

Angela Dubie (306)
Monday June 6, 2011, 9:59 pm
You will not be able to buy, sell or trade, without the mark of the beast, and it looks like the laws and enforcement are already in place!
 

Sandra T. (126)
Monday June 6, 2011, 10:15 pm
Stars to all the commentators above.This lack of humanity to arrest goodhearted, beautiful human beings showing kindness and love to their fellow brothers and sisters shows the true nature of the system the world is up against. It is a system of pure evil which does not respect human rights and their dignity. And just like Henriette said we must never comply with such evil. To simply ignore the suffering and needs of others is a most heinous crime to humanity. They dare to impose such horrific laws and punish people for doing good. May God help us to in our efforts of noncompliance and make us successful in abolishing all falsehood and wiping it out, and hopefully very soon, as we should not tolerate these monsters running our lives. God bless everyone trying to make a positive difference in others' lives and being good examples for others to follow. Let's keep fighting the evil by doing good. Constance, GREAT JOB! I commend you for making this stand. I hope many will read this and join you.
 

Jelica R. (157)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 12:16 am

OK, now is forbidden to feed the homeless, we've heard about breastfeeding in public ban, notorious welfare queens...

In deep economic depression with high unemployment too many work for wages which do not support minimal living expenditures...

Does anybody wonders why there are so many conspiracy theories around?
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 12:27 am
OMG !!! Feeding the Needy is now a Crime ??? SHAME on this law..

seems they don't want the homeless in their area, to remind them

Utterly Ridiculous !! at lease they waited for them to be fed before arresting
(maybe the cops have a heart ??)

Do Unto Others as You'd want done to you ~Change shoes ~even 4 a day

When you have No Heart.. You have No Pity.. Obviously..
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 12:30 am
You cannot currently send a star to Judith because you have done so within the last week.
Thank You Judith ~
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 2:32 am
I cannot believe people can be like this.
 

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 3:43 am
Thanks Illusion ...for this forward. Noted with thanks to you Judith! I'm in shock!! We need to know how the homeless feel about this...omg, this is actually shameful act from people!! Abolish hunger from the world is what I believe in and know all of you to be of the same belief!!!
 

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 4:23 am
This is just insane! I have to reiterate one of Judith’s priceless points that we bail out the banks and financial mortgage companies (trillions of dollars – at least 8.5 probably a lot more) simply because they gambled or completely wasted our money and the USA is in debt 23 trillion or so and spent 720 million per day on the illegal Iraq war and is up to its neck in corporate crime and corruption there yet if the inevitable foreclosures drive some people into living without a home we must not share food with those, our brethren or we will go to jail?!?

I hope ‘Food not Bombs’ becomes a most popular charity now and that communities everywhere get together in large numbers and feed the homeless. The NWO has become insanely arrogant and is shooting itself in the foot. Take advantage of its horror and spread the word; use it to wake people up to the true nature of The Beast.

To Hell with this law – for that is where it originates.
 

Melody Aragorn (135)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 4:32 am
When the sun rises it rises for everyone ...
For all human life...basic food clothing and shelter is needed.. thats what society and governenments were set up for in the first place..Sad to cover up their sheer inibilities this law is now created..
this stupidity must stop..
Sending this to all friends out of Care2...
 

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 7:10 am
Here is a great little news story of this event and the arrest. If someone could be so kind as to make a proper link of it I would be grateful. It is certainly worth a watch.

http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/27517/Man_arrested_for_feeding_homeless___/
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 7:19 am
Here is your link "activated" Scott:
http://www.disclose.TV/action/viewvideo/27517/Man_arrested_for_feeding_homeless___/

 

Jen S. (110)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 7:57 am
This transcends obscene. The superlative morality of the Far Right apparently extends only to self-righteous posturing, pious sermonizing, and unmitigated hypocrisy. The law should be challenged immediately. aggressively. And every sanctimonious idiot should who voted to enact this travesty must be forced to explain his or her vote at the next election. That even one person should be hungry or homeless in this country when we hand out billions in crass extortion to large banks, subsidize Big Oil, and dictatorial regimes is outrageous.
 

TRISH GEIDEL (214)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 9:31 am

Talk About Ridiculous Laws ; This One Has To Be In The Top Ten !!!

Tried to give out Stars, But again, Too Early.!

What a Pity The Cops Didn't Refuse & then Take Off To Arrest Some Real Criminals !!!
 

Dianne Kurtz (1)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 9:43 am
I really think it is so wrong to arrest those trying to help those who need help.Orange County should stick to keping hardened criminals off the street instead those trying to do good.
 

Emily Drew (88)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 9:56 am
wow another sign the world is going to end...people make me sick
 

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 10:02 am
Thanks for that link activated. All posters without exception have made really great comments here. I'm glad to see so many have their eyes wide open.

After reading Jenny’s comment I also really want to know who is responsible for this cruel law and why it was created. There can be no possible justification for a law prohibiting the feeding of the hungry and homeless. Mother Teresa would have spent her whole life in jail!

After reading Trish’s comment I would also like an interview with the arresting officer and see what he has to say for himself. Surely he and his ‘starve the poor and homeless’ team is blameworthy for making this arrest. Anyone participating in this oppression and inhumanity is guilty and blameworthy. As Sandra said, we must not comply in this evil.

I can’t wait to hear what the judge has to say about it. Please keep us informed of what happens.
 

Jane Warren (8)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 10:04 am
The following is supposed to be humorous.
If some of the homeless starve in the park (which is a public place), who will pay to remove the bodies?
Taxpayers that's who!
And THAT is why they should not be encouraged - with handouts of food - to hang out at Lake Eola Park.
LOL.
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 10:54 am
outrageous!! what a disgrace!!!
 

Eileen Novak (444)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 10:56 am
What is happening in our "civilized" society?
Let me get this straight. If one wants to degrade, terrorize and beat-up the homeless, while filming it to sell for a profit, that goes unnoticed. Feeding a needy person get you arrested.
Huh?
 

JustaHuman Here (53)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 10:57 am
Anybody wonder why people of the world hate the US?

Hint: It is not for heir love and compassion.
 

Ashley N. (13)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 11:09 am
Wow, that's just ridiculous.
 

Sue Fowler (6)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 11:11 am
What a siad world.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 11:36 am
"OMG !!! Feeding the Needy is now a Crime ??? SHAME on this law.. "

Uh no... And if you, and a few others who commented here had actually read the story. You'd know it's not illegal to feed the homeless. What is illegal, is to have a gathering of more than 25 people will food will be served in the park without getting a permit from the park. The organization new this. They chose not to get the permit in order to make a political statement. They got arrested for it. End of story. If they had gotten the permit, there would not have been a problem. They broke the law. They knew in advance they were breaking the law. They could have conducted this legally without breaking the law. They chose not to do so.
 

Pamela D. (16)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 11:58 am
They should have moved their sites to those of city counsel members or the mayors neighborhood.
 

Helen A. (39)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 12:16 pm
5 Or 50 why would these police care enough to arrest these good people...it is beyond me. This country is going to Hell...
 

zora b. (94)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 12:42 pm
this is beyond outrageous!
 

Henriette Matthijssen (148)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 1:05 pm
Thanks Scott for this insane video! LOL! I admire this man for doing what he does regardless of the consequences! This is one law that needs to be ignored & any others that they will try to enforce! There are a lot more of us then there are of them! Are they going to jail all of us! We have to use common logic here & do what in our hearts we know is right regardless of any idiotic insane laws put in place by leaders that have no clue what hunger is! Only do to others what you are prepared to experience yourself!
 

resignd Cannot remove (139)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 1:08 pm
Panthera, The new ordinance really restricts the help that any group can give to the homeless. How many groups are out there willing to feed the homeless. Fortunately they have a man with a huge heart and is somehow able to gather sufficient food to feed thirty at a time. Getting a permit is meant to discourage people from doing this. And allow only two feedings per year per park is really a foolish game.
Say he knows a group has collect in one area, and is able to get enough food together in a couple of hours to feed them, after the city hall hours or on a week-end. It sounds like an ordinance for picnics for community members so they will not hog a park for an entire summer. It certainly is not developed with the intent to help the homeless, but to make their lives uncomfortable enough so they will move on. Well, move on to where??
This is being challdnged by the ACLU, I read in the link provided by Scott and iIlusion, and I thank them.
There are many well considered comments here and I want to say I tried to send green stars to many of you, and could not because apparently we have crossed paths on Care2 within the last six days.
Of course, Orlando has all the tourists to Disney World or what ever it is called these days (never been to fantasy land as I prefer reality)(must be fun though). They don't want tourists to see that their are hardships there.
Wonder if studies have been done to see how many homeless stay around the place where they lived and worked, or may still work. Some working poor sleep in their cars, or they may sleep in the train stations, etc.
Communities should be planning on where these people can go but seem to feel no responsibility, even if those people were their previous neighbors. People are still losing their jobs, and when they are foreclosed on, do they all have a place to go? If they cannot make their mortgage payment because they lost their job, can they pay rent on a small apartment, with health insurance so high and this is the time they need it most.

And the biggest scandal is the elephant in the room, THE WAR. How can we play these war games, knowing they are illegal wars, senseless in that they have tens of thousands in foreign countries looking for under 50 people. And we are giving Israel over $3 Billion a year in foreign aid for persecuting other people.
We must make our outrage known. So many congress people complaining about social programs when they are stealing tax dollars for continued building of bases, in Honduras ($25 million for new barracks in official 2nd American base in that country). When people speak about social programs go back at them about the WAR. Everytime you hear a politician speak about the drag of social programs, call his office or send him an email, and tell him he is pretending the elephant is not in the room. We all know it is there. More than 50% of our tax dollars going to the defense to play offensive games. That really piss*s me off.

"The group lost a court battle in April, clearing the way for the city to enforce the ordinance. It requires groups to obtain a permit and limits each group to two permits per year for each park within a 2-mile radius of City Hall."
 

Tracey O. (38)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 1:18 pm
This is unbelievable to me. As a woman who has been money poor my whole life I know what it is like to be hungry. This is infuriating to me. So I ask it is against the law to be a decent human being in the state of FL. Well thanks for the memo as I'll never grace that state again! They should watch for bad weather it is hurricane season ya know? And God don't like ugly!
 

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 1:34 pm
Great comment Judith, thank you.

People are getting treated increasingly as if they are vermin. The only way to sustain this type of injustice is with a police state. They go hand in hand.
 

Jhn Wzt (3)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 1:49 pm
kindness and selfishness is a threat to these people they fear it for they cant understand such things
on shuold mak em live on minimum wage for atleast a year n c ow they like it
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 1:51 pm
My question is not why were these people arrested but what morinic official proposed such a law and who in that area had the lack of moral conscience to pass the thing. It is like these laws in California that say the police and fire department are not allowed to render assistance to people drowning. What fool would ever justify watching a man drown much less starve. At what point do we as individuals say that this is not right and stand up for what is right. Frankly, I would be happy if Florida and California both sank into the ocean and disappeared.
 

Andrea Connelly (94)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 1:55 pm
No problem. They will put antibiotic resistant, big pharma engineered e-coli in the food to feed the homeless, problem solved with one swell hoop. What a bunch of inhumane creeps amongst us!
 

Mary P. (157)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 1:57 pm
The world is going crAzy; maybe feeding the Poor is, also regArded
As 'terrorism', they have become devoid of compAssion and so
morAlly corrupted that they cAnnot
MAke out the difference between Right and wrong
 

Stella AWAY W. (258)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 2:25 pm
'violated a City ordinance' - yes, maybe they needed a 'permit' to distribute food to more than 25, but if I go down to the main road with a big pot of soup to 'distribute food' to the needy how in blazes am I going to limit the number of people 'gathering' at any one time to less than 25??? These people might be living on the streets but there is NOTHING wrong with their lines of communication - sometimes it's better than our sophisticated systems!!!
 

William Y. (54)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 2:41 pm
The blasted ordinance is asinine.
 

. (0)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 2:45 pm
I seen this and I just broke down and cryed, the morals of our country have gone down the tubes, Where is the compassion? If I have any kind of change or what in my car and I see some one out in the middle of no where saying there hungry I will give it. They dump food out every night a resturants so whats the big deal? I believe that when they are ready to close and food left over put it out back for people not in a dumpester. These people may have children, Do they even comperhen that they don't have a home? Out in all kinds of weather No!!!. It will come back to them. For what you give that they will recieve. I'm a very strong believer in this. What they are doing to people is plain wrong. Thanks Judith
 

Myron Scott (70)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 2:49 pm
Disgusting, but not all that rare. Many cities and towns (including here) have similar ordinances and enforce them similarly (but usually just with a citation, since arrests can draw unwanted media attention). After all, the homeless might lower real estate values and offend delicate sensibilities!

Myron Scott
Arizona
 

Claudia O. (73)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 3:06 pm
Food Not Bombs has served hungry folks in Portland, Oregon, and they are just awesome people. No one should ever be arrested for feeding the hungry.
 

monka blanke (84)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 3:10 pm
I can't believe this!! I fed the homeless of Europe and I never got into any trouble, exept perhaps that one
homeless wanted money instead of food..... the other homeless were grateful for the aid.
 

Bill K. (14)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 3:11 pm
i witnessed something similar, a company threw out new clothing with their company logo on it rather than give it to a local homeless shelter because they didn't want people to see the poor and homeless wearing their logos.
 

resignd Cannot remove (139)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 3:13 pm
"There but by the grace of God go we", as we could possibly be those people someday, as we cannot see into the future. I have always worried that I would be a bag lady and live in a cardboard box. Actually they have tents that lock and can keep the elements out, and your own heat in unless you wish to open the vent at the top. It might not be a bad idea to purchase one now, in case it is needed later. Better than a cardboard box. And I think that to have a cart built that possibly one could sleep on, that had brakes, and and pull handle with sides that would fold down if needed. Also one might want to have an inflatable inner tube device in case you are in a flood zone. Everyone will need to take care of themselves.

Seems it might be a good way to make some money by building homeless self shelters when times get tough. At a fair price. Where would one be allowed to park it over the night with the laws that cities have now?? Seems they need to convert public places which we have paid taxes on and likely paid to build over the years to be used by the homeless until the economy recovers, which looks to be a very long time.

Cities seem to identify homeless as drug users that are dirty and vulgar and not for your children to see. But that is not the trend now adays. Who will start a movement to get these areas approved for the safety of our homeless elderly and children with parents? It seems pretty cruel to continue old sterotypes when we all know who the homeless are now. I have a five bedroom house and feel badly knowing families are huddled in their cars, but being an elderly and single woman am afraid who I can trust, just like the cities. However having them in my home is a more personal and risky thing.
Just heard that Democracy Now reported this situation in Orlando today.
Thank you all for the many thoughtful comments. We cannot become desensitized about this as such article may do over time if repeated often enough. We must on a community level see what change we can make. Perhaps asking at the food kitchens or relief food organizations might be a place to start to find people who also would like to find some solutions. Imagine there are hundreds of solutions.
Maybe we need homeless insurance.
 

Moira P. (0)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 3:23 pm
Well, if I am correct Florida does not have vagrancy laws like other states so will no doubt have more and more homeless arriving from elsewhere. Basic Human Rights are that one has food, shelter and social security. Who is seeing to these homeless people's Human Rights?
 

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 3:24 pm
This is insane crap! Treating the homeless like animals and not feed them hoping they will go away. Craped up city ordinance if you ask me. Here where I live, the homeless have to have a city permit to panhandle or they go to jail.
 

desanka s. (401)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 3:31 pm
Absurd... ridiculous... but unfortunate try. Thank you Judith.
 

TERRANCE N. (65)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 4:24 pm
Then when you complain about being homeless and not having enough food, these cretins then call you names like radical, malcontents, and terrorist. Then they builld jails, and create weapons to scare you into being homeless and hunger or kill you. I suggest that these elements who do this are not really part of us. I think this link by David Icke exposes these aliens, Rothchields zionist, or lizards.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7WTxb-Oe7s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlEX1xD1wtM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz91F2PdyPM
 

. (0)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 4:27 pm
What does this city consider the homeless, animals? I hope the police officers that couldn't look the other way feel really good about themselves. They probably ignored the drug dealers in the park and went for the real criminals, you know, those doing good in the world, feeding the homeless. What does Florida plan to do to help these homeless besides trying to starve them to death?
 

April Thompson (2)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 5:24 pm
makes me so sad and angry! People need to help others as they can whether giving them food to eat, shelter etc. I could never just let people starve!
 

Jeanne M. (84)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 5:33 pm
So - should Christ return and do another miracle of the loaves and fishes, it had better not be in Florida.
Bad enough that the city and the state ignore the plight of the homeless, but to actually jail those who do care - just boggles the mind.
Thank you, Judith.
 

Kimberly Bennett (8)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 7:05 pm
sounds like you guys need to remove some people out of office! shame on them for being a distgrace to mankind! there shall be no laws like that any where. those need abolished! We need to help our homeless not their fault they are like this. It is gov greed and dirty pol is why! Not get it petitioned and get something done!
 

Gloria H. (88)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 7:14 pm
so let's see..cops arrest people dancing at national memorials, cops harass women breastfeeding, and now feeding the homeless is some sort of crime. if in doubt-arrest first, certainly a law somewhere on the books is being broken. It keeps the courts busy, bail bondsmen in business, lawyers get to hone their skills and get $ to pay back for law school. Oh yeah, the uppity law breakers have to go into their savings to be represented in court and take time off from work for court date. May discourage others from doing so.
Maybe we could simplify everything by just making laws for what you CAN do?
 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 7:28 pm
Helping the poor is not a crime. This is an outrageous use of police power.
 

Caroline Vimla (16)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 7:34 pm
Is this most absurd thing I have ever read and heard! Since when feeding the poor and needy became an offense? Does any religion preach that??
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 7:40 pm
May those who came up with this idiotic law become homeless themselves. They richly deserve it. We need to kick about 90% of the politicians in this country to the curb.
 

Joy Wong (76)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 8:03 pm
IDon' t they have anything better or more useful to do? What a shame. I pray that one day these dictators will end up homeless and hungry and when one comes to feed them, only then will they realize that these people they once arrested were angels in disguise.
 

Bina I. (0)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 8:11 pm
I am as angry as everyone else. But I would like to know if there is anything we can do to get these people free and stop the law from being passed?
 

Kamakshi Ramaswamy (4)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 8:17 pm
Thanks Illusion.Very sad indeed.
 

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Tuesday June 7, 2011, 8:34 pm

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Scott Freewheeler (45)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 8:41 pm
The law is already in place. Many people have been arrested. Seven when I last looked. They have an “Orlando Wall of Compassion” here, listing the arrested chefs;

http://www.foodnotbombs.net/orlando_wall_of_compassion.html


The Food Not Bombs Official petition is a Care2 one (below) – Can a kind ‘techie’ activate this link please;

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/is-it-a-crime-to-feed-the-hungry/


There is another nice report, this time from WFTV;

http://www.wftv.com/news/28144821/detail.html
 

Jeanne M. (84)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 10:00 pm
Thanks for the petition url, Scott. Will sign!
 

Rossy Osborne (0)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 10:26 pm
Unspeakably stupid and so wrong.
 

Danuta Watola (1216)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 12:23 am
Very informative
 

William M. (1)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 1:55 am
The most worrying aspect of this, in my view, is the fact that alleged human beings have debated, written and enacted this disgraceful "Law". Does sanity and the simple human right to life, no longer have any sway over greed and corporate immorality? No doubt many of the creatures involved in making and enacting this absurd piece of legislation are professed Christians or similar god-worshippers!
 

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 2:23 am
I find no words to express my anger on the stupidity of arresting people feeding hungry people
 

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 5:21 am
Bill has an extremely good point about the lawmakers and I am sure that if those monsters were self proclaimed religious men then the explanation for that is not a failing of religion. All religious teachings recommend charity.

Muslims call the antichrist ‘Dajjal’ meaning ‘the Deceiver’. The Jewish and Christian enemy is also known as ‘the Deceiver’ and ‘Master of Lies’. Surely adversaries of religion would have thought to blame their evil on religion by impersonation? If evil wants to corrupt us and religion is our protection then it is in the best interests of evil to slander religion.

This is why we must not judge religion by the worst of its followers but the best of them. Look to the Mighty Messenger Jesus (peace be upon him) and the Holy Prophet (ṣall Allahu ʿalayhi wa-’ālih) and his Ahlul Bayt (alayhi s-salām) for the true nature of religion.

Judging farmers by comparing the worst of their fruits would not make any sense. There are always some fruits that become rotten; they bear no relation to the good intentions or skill of the farmer.
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 6:34 am
Arresting people for feeding the homeless is just stupid and make the authorities look dumb. Very sad.
 

William Koeppen (9)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 6:56 am
REPUKES RULE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

leanne Torio (244)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 6:57 am
They should have made an exception to their ordinance. Rules can be broken!
 

Patricia W. (94)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 11:12 am
Noted. Thanks Judith. Things like this scare me, and then it makes me more determined.
Giving food to a hungrey person can not be considred a crime. Compassion is not a crime.
 

resignd Cannot remove (139)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 11:19 am
Good comment Scott, thank you. I think that a lot of people who claim they are religious is in order to gain people's trust, and not so much a statement of any real beliefs or values of compassion, honesty and love. They are fox in sheep clothing, although I apologize to foxes. (Guess that saying came from the fox ability to be sleuthful in getting it's prey, a strength for a fox.)
I would bet that a lot more people profess to be Christians that in essence are not, but that fewer profess to be Muslims than aren't, because the powers that be do not want us to see Muslims as trustful. Just the opposite I have learned.
It has been interesting reading these comments how many other cities have unfriendly and most likely violations of civil rights in helping the homeless. We possibly need some kind of national value or programs that rewards people who help the homeless. Let us be a compassionate society.
 

Eternal Gardener (761)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 5:05 pm
Renewal/revision of the judicial system!! Ethical commission put in place!!
We need to reset the whole workings of society, in which the weak are protected instead of ostracised, these happenings anger me so much and sadden me a lot!
 

(4)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 5:07 am
Unbelievable...
 

Rose K. (0)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 6:57 am
so sad
 

Jelica R. (157)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 9:59 pm

Petition

If you try to feed him in Orlando, they will put you behind bars

822 signatures, let's go for 10.000
 

Just Carole (338)
Friday June 10, 2011, 6:28 am
 
Change.org petition:
 
Free the 3 jailed for feeding homeless people in Orlando, FL and make it legal to feed those in need
 
 
 

Charlene Rush (2)
Friday June 10, 2011, 10:42 am
What kind of a selfish, uncaring nation, are we becoming?
 

William Y. (54)
Friday June 10, 2011, 12:57 pm
@ Jelica R & Just Carole, signed both petitions
 

Parsifal O. (102)
Saturday June 11, 2011, 12:11 pm


The headline says it all.....













 

Nancy C. (810)
Sunday June 12, 2011, 2:27 pm
tax $$$
 

Jacki Hileman (20)
Monday June 13, 2011, 10:24 pm
How rude, huh ?
 
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