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A television station in San Antonio, Texas, recently reported that a local councilman wants to make it a crime to give money to a beggar or homeless person on city streets. Those who open their wallets would be fined.
"If there's no money for the panhandlers, the panhandlers will go away," said Councilman John Clamp.
But some residents say what will go away is their right to give. “I think it is absolutely ludicrous to ticket someone for wanting to help out another human being,” one person commented online. “To me, that is the same as punishing someone for wanting to do the right thing.”
Giving food to homeless people on London's streets could become illegal.
A proposal to ban soup runs from designated areas and fine anyone breaking the law is being considered by London Councils, which represents the capital's 33 local authorities.
The organisation has launched a consultation on whether to include the ban in its London Local Authorities Bill.
Eric Montanez, 21, from the group Food not bombs, was charged with violating a law against feeding homeless people in Orlando Florida. Although this is the most recent publicity, Food not bombs has a long history of being harassed for giving away food to the homeless and protesting anti-homeless laws. Las Vegas passed a law in July 2006 that prohibits providing meals within city parks that would normally be provided for in a rescue mission or shelter. (57.Bill No.2006-37)
Chapters all over the world have been harassed and told to keep out of sight. They continue to feed the homeless and risk arrest because it is illegal in many states and provinces. In San Francisco alone there have been over 1,000 arrests related to the Food not bombs group protesting anti-homeless policies. Because of police presence, some homeless people are scared off and would rather go hungry than risk being arrested.
Read more at Suite101: Feed Homeless, Face Arrest: Food Not Bombs Group Face Harassment anti-poverty-activism.suite101.com...
Originally posted by boondock-saint
who drew this up can sleep
with their conscience.