Food Not Bombs volunteers hold up a banner in a city park in Tampa, Florida. (Photo: Tampa Food Not Bombs/Facebook)
Seven activists with the peace group Food Not Bombs were arrested for feeding homeless people on Saturday in a public park in Tampa, Florida.
The group is undaunted and maintains it will return to the park on Tuesday to serve anyone in need of food. “We intend to expose the city’s cruelty in the face of thousands in our community who are struggling with issues of food insecurity, mental and medical health issues, poverty, and homelessness,” a spokesperson for Food Not Bombs toldMcClatchy.Continue reading →
Houston, TX — Local activists attempting to hand out food and gifts were shocked on Thursday afternoon when Houston police forced the homeless to throw away the donations. Around 1 pm on Thursday, several individuals met in downtown Houston to distribute plates of hot food, blankets, and other supplies to the city’s growing homeless population. Soon after, Houston police arrived on the scene of two different intersections where the homeless advocates were giving out gifts and food.
According to witness testimony posted on Facebook, the police instructed the homeless to throw away everything they had been given. “Not only were the police called, but they brought a large waste management truck and are forcing the homeless to throw away their food, pillows and other items,” reads one post. Continue reading →
“The Hand” By Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia [CC-BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
A growing trend in America regarding the homeless issue is to pass laws in metropolitan areas that essentially make it illegal to be homeless or to help the homeless by feeding them.
These laws are intended to make the homeless problem disappear, not solve the reasons for its existence. In the rush to make our world seem perfect and our communities idealistic, our law makers have disregarded the essence of that which makes us all connected. Continue reading →