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

Michael Snyder
The Economic Collapse
August 26th, 2013
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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.  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…

Letter to family with severely autistic child

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.

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Contributed by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse.

Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream , The Truth and Economic Collapse Blog.

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  • AZ Tekmen

    Cops (pigs) are nothing but coldhearted robotic drones who do the dirty work of their plantation masters. They produce nothing of value, are detrimental to the wellbeing of a society and are nothing more than enemies of freedom. How’s it feel to be the rich mans bitch?

    • RickE.

      @AZ, friend, the cops DO produce something of value:REVENUE.
      Plus lately, they seem to be good at population control. Piss one off, and then you die!!

  • RubertCuntingham

    Lets see here, opportunity lost. 3 cops and 70 hungry homeless plus charity workers. Sounds to me like they should have told the cops to fuck off and just distributed the food. TRUE humanitarians would not let something like a threat of jail stop their mission.

    Not only are we becoming a nation controlled by officially sanctioned domestic terrorism but we have also become a nation of slaves and pussies.

    • Freespirit

      I agree with you fully Robert and in fact when I heard about this online this morning ( Alex Jones),the first thing came to my mind was the church members are COWARDS. I would have told the cops then you better arrest me and I would have continued to hand out the food..SHAME on those so-called Christians

    • Steve

      Shame on those so called Christians, indeed!

      They tell the story of how Jesus Christ was arrested, beaten, tortured, and executed for his beliefs, and for their sins. But they would let 70 people go hungry rather than face one single day in jail???!!!

      I imagine this Sunday those same sack-less hypocrites will still sit in their church exclaiming how everyone else should try to live as Jesus did. With compassion towards others, even at their own personal expense?

  • RickE.

    It IS against the law to be visibly poor. It makes the well off not feel so well.
    Homeless people make many uncomfortable JUST because they are so poor.

    I was homeless once and I felt the pain of humiliation when folks knew I was homeless.
    You’re treated like a pariah, like a nothing, a nobody.

    Now I am very comfortable, and when I see a homeless person when I’m in town, I’ll buy several hamburgers from McDonald’s and offer them to the homeless person.
    Almost always I get a thank you and a smile. It’s my pleasure to help on occasion, as I remember what I went through!
    Once in a while I get a drug addict or alcoholic and they just want money, not a burger.
    I won’t give them a dime.

    Now in America I wonder what else they’re going to make against the law!!
    There is a “war” on almost anything the government doesn’t approve of!!

    How much longer until everything in our lives is tightly controlled by the government? What ISN’T illegal now days????

  • Ken, your UK friend

    “You’re treated like a Pariah”
    Hi RickE, but not everyone despises the down n outs. They have always existed and no city can recall a time when they were zero in number. Some people just fell by the wayside of Life, just didnt fit in, nobody’s fault. I dont fit in and long ago gave up trying LOL.
    My concern is the irrational, false and offensive and insulting to you and I, gubmint view that Religious people are Domestic Terrorists. We have nothing in common with Late Osama do we? We like to help the homeless out of sheer altruism and it is still my belief that what goes around comes around.
    As a child if we saw a horse or donkey in a muddy paddock we’d always pluck up some fresh bushy grass to feed the animal who’s owner neglected it.
    Could rant on but I’d better be polite and let someone else get a word in edgeways LOL.
    Thankyou.

    • RickE.

      Good points made Ken! And wise words spoken!

  • http://www.none arizona

    ALL the cities who have passed these LAWS,have signed their death warrant,NOW THE LORD WILL DESTROY THEM,completely,right now you don’t believe it,but say your prayers to the LORD for mercy the poor and homeless never got,cause NOW you won’t get any mercy either,you will be totaly destroyed here shortly………..

  • http://www.none arizona

    HOW you treat the lowest,is how you would treat me ,says the LORD,and I won’t let that go by,I WILL REPAY,to those of you who are to stupid to understand,THAT MEANS DESTRUCTION is coming your way………..

  • C

    In 2011 the US passed the Food Safety Modernization Act which is in compliance with the UN Agenda 21. Among other things, it bans sharing even a glass of water with your neighbor or an apple from your tree handed across the fence. Of course this is against the Constitution which prohibits the government from preventing us to practice our religion. And Christian religion requires feeding the hungry. But the courts are owned by the bankers and there are hundreds of laws now that contradict the Constitution.

  • Evie

    This is because a corporation wants to distribute food, using tax dollars to do so. I bet most of the big food centers are owned by banks. They want the oeoole to volunteer but all have ceos.

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