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Feeding The Homeless BANNED In Major Cities All Over America

What would you do if you came across someone on the street that had not had anything to eat for several days?  Would you give that person some food?  Well, the next time you get that impulse you might want to check if it is still legal to feed the homeless where you live.  Sadly, feeding the homeless has been banned in major cities all over America.  Other cities that have not banned it outright have put so many requirements on those that want to feed the homeless (acquiring expensive permits, taking food preparation courses, etc.) that feeding the homeless has become "out of reach" for most average people.  Some cities are doing these things because they are concerned about the "health risks" of the food being distributed by ordinary "do-gooders".  Other cities are passing these laws because they do not want homeless people congregating in city centers where they know that they will be fed.  But at a time when poverty and government dependence are soaring to unprecedented levels, is it really a good idea to ban people from helping those that are hurting?

This is just another example that shows that our country is being taken over by control freaks.  There seems to be this idea out there that it is the job of the government to take care of everyone and that nobody else should even try.

But do we really want to have a nation where you have to get the permission of the government before you do good to your fellow man?

It isn't as if the government has "rescued" these homeless people.  Homeless shelters all over the nation are turning people away each night because they have no more room.  There are many homeless people that are lucky just to make it through each night alive during the winter.

Sometimes a well-timed sandwich or a cup of warm soup can make a world of difference for a homeless person.  But many U.S. cities have decided that feeding the homeless is such a threat that they had better devote law enforcement resources to making sure that it doesn't happen.

This is so twisted.  In America today, you need a "permit" to do almost anything.  We are supposed to be a land of liberty and freedom, but these days government bureaucrats have turned our rights into "privileges" that they can revoke at any time.

The following are some of the major U.S. cities that have attempted to ban feeding the homeless....

Philadelphia

Mayor Nutter recently banned feeding homeless people in many parts of Philadelphia where homeless people are known to congregate....

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has announced a ban on the feeding of large numbers of homeless and hungry people at sites on and near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Mayor Nutter is imposing the ban on all outdoor feedings of large numbers of people on city parkland, including Love Park and the Ben Franklin Parkway, where it is not uncommon for outreach groups to offer free food.

Nutter says the feedings lack both sanitary conditions and dignity.

Orlando

Last June, a group of activists down in Orlando, Florida were arrested by police for feeding the homeless in defiance of a city ordinance....

Over the past week, twelve members of food activist group Food Not Bombs have been arrested in Orlando for giving free food to groups of homeless people in a downtown park. They were acting in defiance of a controversial city ordinance that mandates permits for groups distributing food to large groups in parks within two miles of City Hall. Each group is allowed only two permits per park per year; Food Not Bombs has already exceeded their limit. They set up their meatless buffet in Lake Eola knowing that they would likely be arrested as a result.

Houston

Down in Houston, a group of Christians was recently banned from distributing food to the homeless, and they were told that they probably would not be granted a permit to do so in the future even if they applied for one....

Bobby and Amanda Herring spent more than a year providing food to homeless people in downtown Houston every day. They fed them, left behind no trash and doled out warm meals peacefully without a single crime being committed, Bobby Herring said.

That ended two weeks ago when the city shut down their "Feed a Friend" effort for lack of a permit. And city officials say the couple most likely will not be able to obtain one.

"We don't really know what they want, we just think that they don't want us down there feeding people," said Bobby Herring, a Christian rapper who goes by the stage name Tre9.

Dallas

Dallas has also adopted a law which greatly restricts the ability of individuals and ministries to feed the homeless....

A Dallas-area ministry is suing the city over a food ordinance that restricts the group from giving meals to the homeless.

Courts dismissed Dallas’ request for a summary judgment last week, saying the case, brought up by pastor Don Hart (in video above) may indeed be a violation of free exercise of religion, as protected by the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the blog Religion Clause reported.

In the court filing, the ministry leaders argue that their Christian faith requires them to share meals with the homeless (Jesus did!) and that the requirement that even churches and charities provide toilets, sinks, trained staff and consent of the city keeps them from doing so.

Las Vegas

A few years ago, Las Vegas became the first major U.S. city to specifically pass a law banning the feeding of homeless people....

Las Vegas, whose homeless population has doubled in the past decade to about 12,000 people in and around the city, joins several other cities across the country that have adopted or considered ordinances limiting the distribution of charitable meals in parks. Most have restricted the time and place of such handouts, hoping to discourage homeless people from congregating and, in the view of officials, ruining efforts to beautify downtowns and neighborhoods.

But the Las Vegas ordinance is believed to be the first to explicitly make it an offense to feed “the indigent.”

That law has since been blocked by a federal judge, and since then many U.S. cities have been very careful not to mention "the indigent" or "the homeless" by name in the laws they pass that are intended to ban feeding the homeless.

New York City

New York City has banned all food donations to government-run homeless shelters because the bureaucrats there are concerned that the donated food will not be "nutritious" enough.

Yes, this is really true.

The following is from a recent Fox News article....

The Bloomberg administration is now taking the term “food police” to new depths, blocking food donations to all government-run facilities that serve the city’s homeless.

In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans.

Can you believe that?

The bureaucrats are officially out of control.

In America today, it seems like almost everything is illegal.

One church down in Louisiana was recently ordered to stop giving out water because it did not have a government permit.

Well, I don't know about you, but I sure am going to give a cup of cold water to someone if they need it whether I have a permit or not.

It is as if common sense has totally gone out the window in this nation.

Over in New Hampshire, a woman is being sued for planting flowers in her own front yard.

This is the kind of thing that makes me glad that I have moved to a much more rural location.  People in the country tend to be much more relaxed.

Sadly, those that love to micro-manage others continue to get the upper hand in America.  Back in January, 40,000 new laws went into effect all over America.  The politicians continue to hit us with wave after wave of regulations and laws with no end in sight.

All of this is making America a very unpleasant place in which to live.

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  • jodi

    I am really ticked off. The Government are freaking crazy ass Nazis.its the same in Canada. We need all sorts of permits etc to have lunch teams in Surrey BC in order to feed the homeless. And not just the homeless there are people that have a home but can’t pay rent bills and food. Heartless Anti-Christ Government.

  • ShallBee

    Why doesn’t someone set up a program where anyone can sponsor a homeless person, so they can have their own money and buy their own food and help them get off the streets. We put invest money and time with 3rd world people and organizations, why don’t we put this effort into our own backyard?

  • prepply

    Great article. Our government should be providing for those people who have no food, not creating laws to prevent them from being seen publicly in cities (and prevent them from being fed.)
    These laws should be repealed. It is likely that this year the homeless rate will rise for those whose options have slowly run out over the last several years. Now is not the time to try and sweep the problems under the rug!

  • really

    I think a lot of you need to re read the artical. Sooner or later the ppl of the USA will have enough or just get tired and leave the country, to a place with less rules,laws and regulations. Cause so far we really are not free, free to do what they say. Every new thing thought up becomes licenced,regulated, then you have to go to college for to do it. There’s so many new rules everyday. I would love to see the library of just rules, laws, and regulation. Then to go back and see how stupid are country government has been threw the years, and how many ppl that suffered due to them. Are government is just ppl that have big heads who make more laws for everyone to follow. Were puppets on a string.

  • Brian

    WOW, just incredible. Ban feeding people? That has got to be the most idiotic thing ever!!

  • mondobeyondo

    Well, for the “kill the homeless” crowd… umm.

    You lose your well paying job.
    Your wife (or husband) loses their job.
    Next morning, you wake up in a cold sweat, realizing you are utterly and completely screwed.

    Your children didn’t lose their jobs. They never had jobs.
    They are in middle school. They can’t work yet.

    And now you are homeless. Should the more fortunate kill you, then?

    —————–

    As some of you know (maybe ALL of you know), you have to pay rent or a mortgage to live in an apartment or house.

    Electricity, water and gas are nice things to have. Those are not life or death items, but certainly makes life more comfortable. Got to pay for those, too.

    At some point in time, you will have to eat. What will you eat? Depends on how much money you have. Some will eat ribeye steak. Others, bean sprouts, salad and Spam.

    Well now! You end up in a 1992 Chevy SUV (kids in the back, you and your wife, or husband, in the front seat) – wondering how you’ll make it through the next 24 hours. Good luck!

    • Philip B

      You have an SUV??? You must be rich!!! Try being homeless with a family and WITHOUT a car!!!

  • OH

    This is exactly the kind of thing Jesus was talking about, when He said that hating the poor can get you sent to Hell to be burned alive for eternity.

    The mayor of Philadelphia will definitely get burned alive for eternity, read your Bible “Christians”.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TRK387 trk387

    I have been on my own since 13 I know what its like to be homeless, sleeping in the street. Peoples hallways, but I have to say I worked, I held down two jobs while going to HS during the day. I worked all night and went to school during the day.

  • Child of God

    I don’t care what any city or government says. I answer to God. I will feed any homeless and hungry person I see. I cannot understand how the ‘food distribution’ is claimed to be unsafe, considering alot of these poor souls try to find something to eat from dumpsters! I get so cross when I see the amount of food that is almost to its sell by date, thrown out by large food stores. All these ‘big wigs’ will have to stand before God one day and give an account of their heartless actions.

  • Troy

    This is sick. Whoever is voting for or imposing this Ban no matter their rank,status or title in society are heartless, cruel, merciless , murderous ,cold and just downright wicked. If these people who voted for or imposed this ban are guardians over any children, the children should be taken away immediately for fear those said children would come to harm from such people. When will these officials realize this is not nazi Germany, this is not Russia, this is not ancient Rome or England….. This is America!!. I really hope that people will not follow or obey this ban. I hope people keep feeding the hungry and the homeless.

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/feeding-the-homeless-banned-in-major-cities-all-over-america Bob Mitchell

    This is absolutly inconsciousemable/appaling. The darkness, indifference that is now coming upon this world for us TO WAKE UP ! !

  • DB200

    Michael has, in other articles, showed the following:

    1. Farmers are not allowed to sell their produce directly to the consumer.

    Consequence: farmers must sell to the foodprocessing companies or supermarket chains and cannot influence the price they make for their produce.

    2. Private persons are not allowed to sell food on the street.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F90u1Fa7mzM&feature=related

    Consequence: citizens must buy at the supermarket or restaurants.

    3. Private persons are not allowed to give away food on the street.

    Consequence: citizens become dependent on institutions: ngos, food stamps or governmental charities.

    4. Private persons are not allowed to grow their own food in their garden the way they wish.

    Consequence: citizens must buy at the supermarket or restaurants.

    I guess the idea is to control the food chain and make both citizens and farmers completely dependent on the government and the big agro-food companies.

    And you know the saying: you won’t bite the hand that feeds you.

    The Romans knew that already: panem et circenses. Bread and games. Give the people bread and games and you will control them.

  • Alan8

    Another day, another corporate outrage.

    Wake up, people! These outrages have BIPARTISAN SUPPORT!

    The Green Party is the non-corporate alternative. Vote Green to send a message to the corporate parties that selling out non-wealthy will cost them votes.

    VOTE GREEN!

  • JackieG

    The reason feeding the homeless is banned is because Obama has signed on at the U.N. for access to SDR’s (Special Drawing Rights)to feed, provide health care and clothe the homeless and illegal immigrants.
    You do not want to get caught muscling in on Obama’s action now…do you?

  • Mad Max

    Our government wants to hide it’s failure to solve problems. It wants to hide the fact that it isn’t capable of taking care of it’s own people. And that’s the primary purpose of government. They know and we know our government is totally dysfunctional.

    Wake up people – It’s only going to get worse because the people allow it.

    FIGHT THE CAUSE – NOT THE SYMPTOM
    Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( http://www.revolution2.osixs.org )
    Free people shouldn’t act or live like slaves…

  • Gardoglee

    This is how we “get the government off the backs of the people”? Many of the same people promoting these laws would also tell you they are in favor of smaller government. Right.

  • AffinityNetNews

    Soon, anyone found unemployed, homeless and starving will be considered a terrorist by these sick twisted bastards.

    To call these monsters “Nazis”, is actually valid. After WWII, tens-of-thousands of top 3rd Reich Nazis came to America thru the Vatican rat-lines, and were funded by Martin Bormann, Hitler’s 2nd in charge and our own criminal elite to infiltrate America and begin to reorganize to foment the 4th Reich.

    The word: “Reich” means “Empire” however, when used with a lowercase “r” the word “reich” means; “rich” or “wealthy” So, with that said: “Reich” could mean; “Empire of the Wealthy”.

    So, if we are “The Empire of the Wealthy”, who needs the poor?

    They came for the Jews, but I wasn’t a Jew – they came for Unionists but I wasn’t a Unionist – They came for the unemployed but I wasn’t unemployed – they came for the hungry …..

    I would urge everyone to read: The Rise Of The 4th Reich, By Jim Marrs

    • mondobeyondo

      Psycho American Government, circa 2045 (if this country even makes it that far):

      One day, all American citizens will be declared “terrorists” by the government. They will then detain all American citizens, because they are an “internal threat” to the government. Anyone with a Social Security number will be subject to questioning and possible imprisonment.

      Hopefully I will not be around to see that day.

  • Katt

    So what are we, as Americans going to do about it all? We can all sit here on posts and forums, FAQ’s and blogs….are we going to get out there and fight back or are we just all gonna sit and chat about it with our fancy laptops, coffee mugs and iPods? I am going to feed someone and start making a difference a little bit a day…the Politicians are getting away with what they are getting away with because us Americans have allowed it. We sit back and wait for “someone else to do it….” Its everyone’s responsibility……..

    • Todd Foster

      Perhaps this will aid our efforts.

      Not for nothing but this really is under my skin…This is totally un constitutional. Read the preamble of our constitution.Never mind here it is…
      The Constitution of the United States
      Preamble
      We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish
      Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the
      general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do
      ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

      What part of the general welfare do these laws serve?
      I submit…they are not legal.

  • Gary2

    Tax the rich and spread the wealth. No one needs to be homeless.

    Tax the greedy to help the needy!

    • Philip B

      Steal from the rich and give to the poor!!!

      Where’s Robin Hood when you need him??

      ROBIN HOOD FOR PRESIDENT 2012!!

      • knightowl77

        I think Robin Hood actually stole the taxes that Prince John had collected from the poor and gave the money back….Steal from the Gov’t and take YOUR money back

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  • Brian

    to hell with this rule the govts of these cities are in denial that homeless exisit america will one day will be a sesspool I hope those who are exteremely rich will someday be poor themseleves america is for the rich not for the pepole and all pepeole only those with incomes with 50k plus

  • http://humblebeginningstrustingjesus.info carl

    Yes Let’s rush to the aid of the world but “We have nothing wrong in our own backyards.” “Move along folks Nothing to see here.” And the sheep say Ba-Baaaaa. lastly here will live in a country where we don’t have any homeless vets or homeless sleeping in doorways. and maybe they fought for your freedoms and now no one fights for them!

  • http://www.trumpetcallofgodonline.com Riley

    Thus says The Lord: The God of Israel is dead in their eyes! The Salvation of God has no part with them!… Unless I change and become like them, unless I bow down and give heed to their demands, that I altogether conform to their image.
    Open your eyes! Cast yourselves down!
    Let your hearts melt before The Holy Fire!…
    Embrace My Purifying Flame.
    My dying children! YOU ARE THE LAST GENERATION!…
    The last of these kingdoms of men
    Hear The Word!! TrumpetCallofGodonline . com

  • Scott W. Spears

    Psalm 12: 1Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. 2They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. 3The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: 4Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? 5For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.

    Isaiah 3: 12As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. 13The LORD standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people. 14The LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. 15What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

    Ezekiel 16: 49Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 50And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

    Revelation 18:20Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. 21And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. 22And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; 23And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. 24And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

  • Chris

    I live and work in NY it’s pretty simple to donate food to the homeless. I just give them part of my lunch whether it be an apple half a sandwich whatever. It’s better than giving money and then not knowing what it gets used for. And as you see it’s an unbelievable hassle to actually donate food legally in NYC

  • Todd Foster

    Not for nothing but this really is under my skin…This is totally un constitutional. Read the preamble of our constitution.Never mind here it is…
    The Constitution of the United States
    Preamble
    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish
    Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the
    general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do
    ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

    What part of the general welfare do these laws serve?
    I submit…they are not legal.

  • http://facebook Sandra

    I would feed anyways. I guess those laws are passed by persons who have no idea what its like to go hungry. Occassionally I load up my big electric roasting pan and set up downtown & make chicken soup & hand oyt to whoever comes by. There are a lot of homeless where I live. U never know that 1 bowl of soup can save a life or make that person change his ways for the better. And u never know when Jesus may come by looking for something to eat.

    • TX4Life

      Amen!! And bless you for what you do.

  • Canadiangirl

    If everyone rebelled together and fed the homeless (shamelessly…lol) the bureaucrats wouldn’t be able to keep up with the overload that would create. Don’t pay the fines and be willing to go to jail. How many people can they hold in jail? Do you think they would go so far as to starve all the people in jails too? Now that would not be a good political move….maybe. The rest of the world is watching. Good will overpower these dark ‘laws’.

  • Bill

    Great article, sad situation. Best Idea—invite someone to your table!

  • homelessinmymind

    Why don’t we just take the homeless out to a cremation center and have the S.S. shoot them that would take care of the goverment’s problem, then anyone over 62 yrs of age execute them unless your in the goverment.Any one on disibility or ssi take them out also, if your not a benifit to the country despose of them quickly.

  • Kate

    I have news for the government. If I see a homeless, hungry person I WILL give them food and water – I answer to God, not the government!

  • Ann

    please vote for Ron Paul to end this insanity! Thank you and God Bless!

  • Maxx

    I carry 20 dollar Wal Mart gift cards and hand them out when I encounter such a down-and-outer. It’s not money (for more drugs), and it’s not food, but an easy way for the down-and-outer to get food. It seems to be working very well for all parties concerned. Haven’t had one refuse a card.

    Good evening.

    • Philip B

      Wal-Mart is evil….

  • Stephen

    TIME TO MOVE TO BANGKOK………..

    The USA is not a good place anymore

    really

    WALL Street PIG BULLS get all the want and
    now homeless people get nothing ??

    Oh, but I JUST FOUND out that stocks are
    going to collapse…..SOON……

    Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • http://benarnold4u.webs.com BenArnold4u

    Actually just giving them food isn’t the true definition of charity. That’s why America is in the mess it’s in. They believe that hand-outs and government programs funded by their faithful taxes is enough. They believe that their rich people investing in Africa and other charities is enough. Well I ask you this: are there still homeless in spite of all these things? YES. A help up isn’t even enough. True charity is when a man or woman is put on the same level as you with all that you have. When they have the same of everything that you have, that’s charity. When America starts doing that, for their own people, and perhaps maybe even for others, that’s when the hearts and power of their enemies foreign and domestic, citizen and politician, corporate and elite, will be changed and spare America. -BenArnold4u

  • http://www.peacefulnoncompliance.com Peaceful Non Compliance

    So if Jesus had lived in America the feeding of the 5,000 would have been a felony?

    • Philip B

      He was a criminal then, he would be a criminal NOW…at least, according to “Christians”….

  • Doug

    Human beings are pigeons now – great.

  • Michael D Rizer

    Some times when we try to cover up things and hide things. And try to make things go away. All we do is make things worse. But then what would i know haveing been homeless at one time

  • Gary2

    And yet another study showing conservatives to be dumb.

    Don’t Drink and Vote: New Study Says Alcohol (And General Thoughtlessness) Makes People More Conservative

    Getting drunk is known to cause erratic, irrational, and, overall, thoughtless behavior — public urination, bar fights, tears in the streets. Now, go ahead and add political conservatism to that list.

    A new study, published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, tested whether low-effort thought promotes political conservatism, and part of the study measured alcohol’s effects on political positions. Researchers found that the higher the blood alcohol content, the more conservative the views on sex, education, and political identification became.

    Researchers hypothesized that drinking turns people Republican because political conservatism arises in the absence of deliberate thought. People with a lot on their minds, under time constraints, or told to respond in a cursory manner, rather than think deeply and use “recognition memory — an indicator of effortful thought — were also more conservative.

    “Together these data suggest that political conservatism may be a process consequence of low-effort thought,” the study concluded.

    The less you think (or more you drink), the more conservative you become? Shocker! Cheers to the right-wing.

  • Vicky

    I’ve been reading most of the coments and I’m surprised from some coments, specially from Europe. Why? When I heard “spread the wealth and change”, it took me back to a similar speach I heard in 1960. I was 8 years old and I still remember. I’ve been living in this country since 1965 and what I see now freaks me out because the American people are sleeping, looking the other way. So, if anyone out there know which country I am talking about, you lived there. Was supposed to be better for the people in the island, yeah right! Communism is just a way to cover up the reality of what it is, Feudalism.

    • jules

      There is a very large gap, with many other more socially minded structures of political system, betweem Communism and the Capitalism that is practised in the US. Europeans say share the wealth because alot of the citizens of Europe are appalled at the lack of government social support(health, housing, education) in the States compared to what in many European countries are expected human rights. I do agree that the American people are asleep, they´ve been allowing their rights to be taken away for a long time and it´s getting worse. I only hope with the economy and Capitalism as it is, Europe doesn´t follow too quickly behind the States.

      • David

        Communism and Capitalism both have big problems with them! How about some common sense, permits do not fix anything, just because you have one does not mean you are following it, hire more cops and make sure they are helping common folks if they see people making a mess they can tell them to clean it up or else and they can tell people where they can learn to do things right, to bad we as a nation have gotten so far from common sense that we should reteach the values of truth, freedom, and love they are all about knowing, choosing, and caring of the relationships of our lifes and getting them right.

  • wane

    Absolute insanity…bureaucrats gone wild…This is true evil..the exact opposite of common decency…so that have made compassion for your fellow man a crime…..Big government in this country has truly turned tyrannical..all moral men must rise up and protest this depravity…Who is John Galt?

    • Nancy Bisset

      You sparked my interest wane; :-) I looked up who John Galt was; and this is same information in his speech he read when he intruded the TV station and took 3 hours to read the speech of 60 pages. Now this quote from that speech “Force is the great end that has no place in a rational world. One may never force another human to act against his/her judgement.” Now these bureaucratics want to tell us we must pay a fee to get a permit to serve a ‘Homeless BEing’ food; or they will use force against us to stop us from our choice of choosing to feed the hungry.Thanks for adding “Who is John Galt? It is you and me, joe blow wanting to make our own choice to feed the poor and hurting.” Love and Peace to you wane. :-) Nancy

    • Ethel

      Don’t know what John Galt has to do with this subject, but he was in charge of the Canada Company and responsible for enticing settlers to Upper Canada (Ontario) in the 1820′s and 30′s. My ancestors are among those pioneer settlers who cleared the land and built the roads, schools, churches, etc . I’m sure that they helped each other with “unapproved food”. They didn’t need the goverment to tell them what was good for them.

  • Vicky

    And Europe helped and still helping that government. I feel for the homeless and probably due to the economy, that’s supposed to be “better” according to our dear and considered president. I heard someone saying that “each country is getting exactly what it deserves”. So, be thankfull for those who voted for “CHANGE”. Envy is a sin…..

  • Bob

    The government really cares about the poor.

    • Dalakay

      What government? Not the US. Alot of the homeless are mentally ill, and were tuned out of hospitals, because the government, would/could, no longer foot the bill. Solution, kick ‘em to the curb!

      • T

        Funny the ***************** mayor says feeding the homeless lacks dignity. Feeding a homeless person is the best thing you can do for them and is a humble act. What do these know it all mayors propose? Most of the cities listed will probably be filing bankruptcy and couldn’t do crap for homeless people. So they want to ban the citizens from helping. It seems like they are saying homelessness is a government issue and if we can’t help then tough luck. I guess these mayors support panhandling for beer money.

  • Glen

    How cold & heartless! Let’s give these people the choice of eating something fresh from a stranger, eat rotting food out of trash bin, or to stavre to death & we’ll see which they pick. We are allowed to feed starving animals but not humans. Gee! The answer to not having enough jobs, shelters, mental health care centers, & etc is too starve people to death. Do they think about there being homeless families out there so they are starving children too? Or do they not care? Such a cold, heartless, me me world!

    • mondobeyondo

      Some people are far more compassionate about their dogs and cats, than about their fellow human beings. Watch the pet food TV commercials that cater to that crowd. Tender Vittles or Mighty Dog or 9 Lives or whatever, with REAL BEEF and REAL FISH! The cats and dogs are eating better than some people are.

  • Dan Long

    I’m not about to let any government infringe on my religious beliefs. If they are needy, I will share. I am commanded to do so by a higher power than the ones you folks have elected.

    • Marcin R

      Amen.
      God bless you!

  • George D’Range

    The way I see it, they’re just handing us new forms of civil disobedience to practice.

  • Jesse T

    Pretty soon it’s going to become illegal to try and save someones life. “************! He’s choking! Someone help!” – “Sorry maam, but I don’t have a government permit to do that.” Stop the communist!

    • David Ashton

      Stop the communist!?? This isn’t Communism you dingbat, it’s Capitalism.

      It’s about the refusal to recognise the problem and a heartless indifference.

      • mark

        Sorry to tell you David that your support of communism shows who is a dingbat. Communism has never worked and never will. Man needs to have freedom and under communuism you have none. You elites just want to control everything and anybody to where you feel the world should be.

        • Darvince

          Actually, the version of communism that you are talking about is elitist communism, where the government controls everything and the people have no say.

          The rich love capitalism because they are well-off and would lose most of their money in a communist society. However the poor will tend towards communism as they would benefit from it. A lot of rich people are rich not because they worked for it, but because they sit around in a chair all day with the “prestigious” title of CEO or chairman or president or whatever the company decided to name it.

          However there is also anarcho-communism, which no country has ever used before, where there is no money but there are rights, because, just because nothing is privatized, there can still be rights inside the home or anything else that you own.

          The “elites” that you are speaking about actually want capitalism as they will most likely not be in the government if the US somehow became communist. Those in the government also do not want communism as their massive paychecks would be stripped from them.

          The control of people that you are talking about is actually only under capitalism, because the CEOs will strip everything that a man can do when they are in their work is stripped from them as they will be fired if they don’t work. In communism, they would not be fired because they would be able to switch between whatever job they wanted that was also within their ability.

        • http://isocracy.org Lev Lafayette

          It is a great tragedy Mark that you see a criticism of heartless capitalism to mean that David is a supporter of heartless communism.

          Perhaps you would like to reconsider your baseless accusation and realise that laws prohibiting the feeding of the homeless are simply wrong regardless of one’s preferred economic system.

      • Darvince

        Remember, David, that few people in the US actually know what communism actually is.

      • http://www.truedemocracy.net Arlene Johnson

        It’s communism. Please read http://www.truedemocracy.net/td-27/03.html which is the first part of the 5-part article. You’ll see Kuhn & Loeb in it at the beginning. They are in NYC, so this is very relevant to the USA even though it talks about Russia.

        Peace,

        Arlene Johnson
        Publisher/Author
        http://www.truedemocracy.net
        If this whole link is not visable, click on the icon that says Magazine, and go to the 27th edition.

    • Philip B

      It’s like a guy I read about a few years ago. A man was having a heart attack and a passerby gave him CPR, the passerby cracked one of the man’s ribs in the process, but saved his life.

      When the man found out the passerby was a pre-med student, he SUED HIM!!

      Only in America…

    • mondobeyondo

      It’s already happened. There was a case not so long ago (I believe it was in San Francisco…?) where rescue workers stood by and watched a man drown because it was outside their city jurisdiction to help him. In other words, the first responders couldn’t help a drowning man because they would be breaking city rules.

  • Maggie

    Do the homeless not deserve safe and sanitary meals? One of the many reasons that such laws are now being made is because so many churches, volunteers, everyday people, etc, are cooking meals in their homes, putting it in containers and taking it out to camps. The groups who do not take their trash with them leave it at the camps, creating a horrible sanitary situation that causes infestation of RATS, insects, and other wild animals. Most importantly, the homeless deserve the same benefits as the rest of society of being fed meals that come from a kitchen that it at least up to health code. There are plenty of “soup kitchens” that are appropriate to serve food, not random people from their homes.

    • Janet

      My goodness…”there, but for the Grace of God go I”. Codes, random people, soup kitchens! You truly do not understand the meaning of christianity or humanity. Thank God for the people who can and do help where necessary. Continue to let the government control such humane, decent and moral actions and soon they will be in YOUR home telling you it’s not sanitary enough to feed your family. Pure foolishness and an extremely cruel proposal to say the least.

    • Stephen

      Wow Maggie. If we allow the government to regulate every aspect of our life, we will soon be no better than a Communist society. Your comment about the homeless deserve the same benefits as the rest of society of being fed meals that come from a kitchet that is up to a health code really disturbs me. I doubt your kitchen at home is up to code. So, you wouldn’t feed a homeless person out of your kitchen, but you would feed your family.

      I doubt what I said above was true. Of course you trust your kitchen and not only feed your family, but others as well. It is the same with other people’s kitchens. I don’t go to my friends house and ask if his kitchen is up to code. I eat whatever he gives me. I sincerely believe that if we do not help ourselves and others, no one else will. Trusting in the government to do what is right, is a dangerous game these days.

    • Nancy Bisset

      Maggie where do you come from???? You know what is being put into our food by those that ‘have all the permits and FDA approval; ole some things they allow to be found is so many mouse turds, find the list it will make you puke Maggie; Many corps. are killing humanity slowly.; with a legal permit’ Then you speak someone making meals for the poor that live eating out of a garbage cans ‘May get sick from a compassion ant person feeding the poor; without paying a FEE to some bureaucratic agency- What is wrong with you???’Please tell me you are not from where I live in the USA—I am speechless at our lack of compassion and side with the bureaucratic bull shiiiiiite.Re-read your comment Please; you are part of the problem not the solution. Truly blind!!!!!!!

      • Sam Rivera

        Unfortunately, Maggie is not truly blind Nancy. I live in Philadelphia and pass by a food camp on a daily basis. These camps provide a very necessary function by providing food for the homeless. However they do not provide a clean up crew or bathrooms. These areas are STREWN with garbage after the fact. These areas also turn into public bathrooms where I have witnessed people defecating in the street. This is a public health issue. While I have no issues with these charities providing food, they should also be responsible for cleanup and bathrooms.

    • IluvJesus

      Of course they should have that but seriously, I eat food from my kitchen so why do you act like it is not good enough to feed someone else. By giving someone food I am not saying they don’t deserve sanitary conditions. I am saying I care about you and I want to help you.

    • http://www.facebook.com Judy

      Are you serious, Maggie? Instead of requiring food meet the government’s “standards,” based on the scenario you give, instead there should be laws that dictate cleanup after providing food, or the individual/group that fails to do so will be fined. That would prevent the unsanitary conditions you describe, not the requirement of permits just to give the food away. Come to think of it, fining people for leaving trash behind might help to clean up otherwise filthy parks & other public areas, don’t you think?

    • Kim

      Wow Maggie,
      It’s obvious people like you make up these ludicrous and totally unconscionable laws and justify it all nice and neatly in their extremely distorted heads!

  • joe corron

    I’ve broken laws for less than a good cause in my youth, without fear of penalties. I’m not a do gooder, don’t need a high five for every small deed that I do to help people, BUT, nor will I seek permission to help people either. That is the most unAmerican thing I’ve heard of in quite some time. Next time I’m at Mickey D’s and buy breakfast and coffee for the guy outside freezing with his world in a backpack, I’ll make sure to watch my back as if I were a drug dealer. Thanks America for the tender heart and the compassion we’re so well known for.

    • Nancy Bisset

      Thanks joe; You make me proud. Maggie above made me puke at her feeling to make it safe for these people to eat the food you provide safe; Having an FDA or some local permit (PAYING A FEE Whoopie) to serve them a meal ‘making sure you go by the law book; so if you do not They can fine your arse and close your-home down.’ Then we wonder why our civilization is heading to another extinction; if we do not get it right this time. The Maggie’s better wake up to what is going on around them when YOU CAN NOT FEED those that are hungry and hurting. Sad. Bless you joe for your words. Makes me proud if you were my son. :-)))

  • PAUL LEO FASO

    I can feed a squirrel all day long in the park, but I cannot feed another fellow human being?

    There is not one jury that would find me guilty of a crime except one found in hell.

    • Nancy Bisset

      Paul sorry to burst your bubble, “It is a crime to feed the squirrel in the park, it says ‘do not litter’; litter is pitching something down and leaving it there….’ Don’t you think an interpretation of that Law could be applied to your innocently feeding the poor little squirrel also?? Ummm did not think on that did you? ;-) (I know sounds as ridiculous as these laws; needing a a health permit or you will be fined for feeding the homeless)Needed a smile; for these comments break my heart. People Keep taking a stand and feed the poor. Love Nancy

  • http://www.lovingheartsclub.com LovingHearts

    We have been taught that the homeless are all bums, who want to be on the streets. Watch this video which shows what we go through each week. Families, children, working poor, all who don’t have food. Why is it that a community based group, like ourselves, can feed thousands of homeless folks, and our almighty government can’t seem to do anything about it?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2A-o_uxI8g&list=UUheBfjKtDvZNiSe0DUWMNvQ&index=10&feature=plcp

  • JerryParker

    Not only is there too little generosity of spirit and deed in the UniTIGHTASStates of AmeriKKKakapeepee, the governing goons of the populations of selfish lunks even ban charity and aid to those in need. Judgment looms over you, AmeriKKKakapeepee!

    • Nancy Bisset

      Jerry I am from the Amerikkkakapeepee (Love your name :-) I am totally disgusted at the blindness of our people. Maggie that wrote above really tweaked me; I pray she is not an American for it sounds like one of those with blinded eyes. OMG she is saying that homeless deserve ‘safe and sanitary meals,’ what a hoot. I ask her to re-read her statement; ludicrous for sure. Here men and women eating form G/cans and she thinks that loving beings sharing a meal would be so dirty that it would be unsafe. This is pure blindness and needs to change or the re-seeding of humanity will be ex-tinct-ed as the other 6-times civilization did not get it and went its merry way to utter failure and had to be incinerated. Oh people have got to wake up out of their sleep; ‘HEY we cannot feed the homeless without paying the right fees to obtain a government approval to feed a Human Being down on their luck and life.’ Nancy

  • Concerned Christ Man

    This nation is no longer truly GOD fearing anymore, if there are so many “Christians” in America, then why are these laws passing? It is because Christianity has been muted by the few. Its not politically correct to be Christian anymore. May GOD forgive this nation for its back sliding ways. I fear that America is coming up for judgment soon, how do you think we’ll do?

    • Nancy Bisset

      Concerned Christ man THIS is part of the problem dear man. Religion was invented to get these rules and regulations passed using the very BELIEF you live by. It is sad but truth is here now. My church (like yours) never would have helped me when I needed money to help pay water and sewer; I went to another faith and the lady paid-all of them up to date; waiting for child support from a their-dad-just up and left us. If it were not for these people of all faiths feeding the poor our situation with the homeless would be almost unbearable.These churches do not need the head ache of bureaucratic making it that they would have to stop or have to buy permits and do expensive changes to FEED THE HOMELESS. This has got to stop–> and ALL churches working together. It is our Responsibility to help those in need. Nancy

    • Philip B

      Because “Christians” are some of the most bigoted and judgmental people out there!!

      • Philip B

        “Love thy neighbor”…as long as they’re the same color, religion, keep their women subjugated and “God FORBID” if they’re gay!!

  • JF

    There are no groups out protesting our out of control government agencies/bureaucrats. Check this article out that happened in my local area:

    http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/lake-elsinore/lake-elsinore-headlines-index/20111024-lake-elsinore-woman-speaks-out-about-moon-rock-seizure.ece

  • http://www.progressivechristianitybook.com Roger Wolsey

    Re: “Feeding The Homeless BANNED In Major Cities All Over America” this means that Christianity is being banned. It’s an essential part of our faith.

    • Devil May CAre

      Wrong. Shut up.

    • Mind Candy

      Christians don’t have a patent on compassion. I’ve never turned anyone away, and I never will, laws be damned.

      This is more about compassion being banned, regardless of anyone’s personal ideology. Dehumanize the masses and nobody will speak out when the government takes them away.

  • andy

    As ever you continue to inform, astound and horrify. While I don’t share much of your politics, making charity illegal should sicken decent people everywhere.

    Heavy authoritarianism is on the rise all over. Here they’re practically nationalising the labour supply, instead of creating jobs they’re the unemployed as cheap forced labour. They’ve also started to bring prices under government control, as part of a puritanical crackdown on drinking – so while the old Communists at least tried to make essentials affordable for their people, our “lemon socialists” like to make everything as expensive as possible- and thus make out like bandits.

    Good luck fighting your sick, control freak, Neo-Soviet government!

  • SWIFT

    These mayors and city counsils’ who passed these ordinances will be heavily judged. So will any police who enforce them. It is written!

  • http://doublevisioned.blogspot.com/ runner

    this is what happens when a country is run like a for-profit capitalist venture. laws are enacted based on victimless crimes to preserve the interests of capital. what’ll become of poor americans when for-profit prisons become the norm, which is already beginning to happen in some parts of the country? they’ll strive to keep prisons profitable by criminalizing as many people as possible for non-crimes! this would create an elite class of prisonlords, parasite profiteers and mayors and police chiefs getting kickbacks that would literally turn the country into hell on earth.

    the corporatocracy not only wants food to be a commodity and to be lucrative for the ruling class but also to remove all competition, and even to turn water into a commodity (this sparked four-month-long WATER WARS in Bolivia recently), to commodify everything. and if you can’t buy food and water because all the jobs are going to India and China, or even to robots and machines that are replacing people, well then, BAD LUCK, they say.

    Some things should not be commodified, should be seen as fundamental human rights: education, food, shelter, water, health care. Everything else can stay for profit, but these should be seen as non-negotiable socialized services that all should have access to, without exception.

  • Jane

    Horrible! The only place dignity comes before starvation is in the dictionary!

  • phatpooch

    FEEDING THE HOMELESS

    The majority of the people involved with helping this cause had a history of substance abuse and a high percentage of those people came from the Downtown East side

    The Servants of Hope is a non profit charity that has been helping the people of Vancouver’s downtown east side for the past 6 years. Alongside hot meals and warm coats they serve up a sense of hope and a chance at a new life. Below is a video link from Christmas 2012 over one hundred people came together to feed the homeless and do outreach we served over one thousand people that night

    http://vimeo.com/38616528

  • Heather

    this is absolutely sickening. “they don’t want them congregated in front of large city centers because they know they will get food” im sorry did i miss the memo that explains how when someone becomes homeless they essentially become racoons or stray cats? so now they went from the unfortunate in the “land of opportunity” to a bother to society in the land of disappointment. obviously people enjoy having no where to go and begging on the street. obviously that is their choice because our country is so great and full of opportunity and second chances right? this isn’t a country. this is one of those horror tragedies you never wanted to be real. guess what america, now its on your doorstep.

    • vancouver mark

      Wait, what, so now I can’t feed raccoons or stray cats??!!?

  • t&e

    this just shows that our country is being taken over by a bunch of assholes and greedy pricks! if you can’t help your fellow man then what good are u! i will still feed our brothers and sisters no matter what the F the law says.

  • http://N/A S.M. De Kuyper

    In 100 years the human species may well be extinct. Erasing the pride and pleasure in caring for other humans only creates the damaged inhuman humans that will make laws to criminalise feeding their starving homeless and genocidally erase a billion here and a billion there who have beliefs not understood and skin colour differing from copy-paper white.

  • CAROLYN HAYWOOD

    IF THE GOVERNMENT HAD NOT STOLE OUR MONEY THOSE PEOPLE WOULD NOT BE HUNGRY OR HOMELESS. I THINK THE BASTARDS CAN KISS MY ASS. YES!! I SAID KISS MY ASS.

  • Kathy

    The day I can not give a stranger food or water is the day they can put me in jail….cause that’s the only thing that will stop me……

  • http://www.countrymanordesigns.com claudia thompson

    The Bible says in the Book of Revelation that those who refuse to receive the Mark of the Beast will not be allowed to buy and sell.

    It wouldnt do any good for the Government to do this, if people could turn around and just give these people food, etc themselves then would it?

    They are just setting up everything right now for what is to come in the near future. The Sunday Law. Revelation says God’s people will keep HIS commandments Rv 14:6-12. The Papacy says NO you must keep the commandments of the Roman Catholic Church.

    “The Bible says, Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. The Catholic church says, No! By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day, and command you to keep the first day of the week. And lo, the entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic church!” Father Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, History of the Sabbath, p. 802

    SUNDAY is our MARK of authority. . . . The church is ABOVE the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.”—Catholic Record, September 1, 1923.

    This is why the European Alliance is pushing the Sunday Law, trying to force people to take a day of rest from work to “make them more productive”, the Catholic Church is behind this.

    • Gary2

      Do you think Gog and Magog will get the mark of the beast or will they simply kick the beasts ass?

  • katie

    I was homeless for 14 months, in North Carolina. I had always had very decent jobs, cared for my children, and ended up homeless because of physical problems. It took unending searching for agencies, vocational rehab – but I eventually went back to school for phlebotomy, moved OUT of North Carolina, and am now living a very decent life once again. I empathize to all who are on the street – I was there. It takes finding the right people/agencies to help get back on your feet. God bless all, and keep you safe. namasate – katie

    • katie

      well, i mis-spelled namaste – my sincere apologies – my fingers just work more quickly than i realize sometimes LOL. again – namaste – katie

  • Tatiana Covington

    Clearly this “banning” is to shepherd people into even greater dependence on government. You don’t think it’s an accident, do you?

  • Baja K

    Using the “patriotic” term “America” for the United States OF America sounds a bit too…well…patriotic and patronizing. Plus it’s not the real name of this country. It’s a nickname…that just happens to be Easier To Say and Sing, in nice popular anthems etc.

    The whole triple continent, North, Central and South America is America….and many in those other parts of America are well aware of US arrogance in co-oping “America” for itself. It’s not a natural colloquialism or “evolution of language”, it’s propaganda…because it’s easier for most to say.

    It’s no distraction or loss of time or ink to say “The USA” or “The US” or “US citizens” to avoid sounding like a Flag-Waving Used Car Salesman asking us to buy a car to support “America”.

    Language and rhetoric are important. Every word has to be as carefully used as possible. THEY take great care. Ought not we?

  • ZALizzy

    From a South African’s point of view, some form of control os good. We are flooded with homeless people and poverty is a major issue. Hungry homeless people loot and kill to survive.
    We are forced by government to help them with jobs. But not being qualified o trained or even educated makes it difficult to employ them. No jobs no money or food and other necessities.

    From a Christian perspective, it is expected of us to help the needy. Problem is they then expect you to do it every day and stop looking for jobs etc. because they are fed every day!! We need to educate better which I believe will solve a big issue regarding poverty etc.
    Bottom line as long as I can afford to help, I will! But don’t bite the hand that is feeding you…….

  • Geetsmama

    Who really make these heartless rules and have them implemented because it is truly possible for people with lack of heart compassion to wakeUP

  • joe

    I guess they never heard about Jesus.
    Those who endorse this prohibition of food are domestic enemies I have sworn to combat.
    I am coming armed with food and love.
    Better a millstone tied around your neck and hurled into the sea than what is in store for those who ‘hurt’ My Children.

  • ian

    not allowed to feed the hungry? reads like the end of Lord of the Rings (Tolkien’s book version, not in the film): rules and orc-talk.

  • http://www.ccguide.org/index.php Alun Buffry

    Is this a move to increase the prison population?

    If hungry people cannot be given food, how many will resort to theft – it may be a life or death choice.

    I am so glad that I do not live in the USA.

  • shelly

    Are we really reduced to this..COMPASSION! When people are hungry lets just feed them. A law that says we need to take all these “safety measure to help feed those with nothing, As for me i will do what ever i want when i see a person that needs help…Will we be in Jail or should we put more people in prison..Control monsters!!!!We are moving back not forward in addressing so many social needs. TEAR!

  • http://facebook L Avery

    This reminds me of a local grocery store(Trading Company) in our area that throws away their day-old bread,(a couple if shopping carts full) along with a truckload of other salvageable items each day. When asked to donate to our local Food Bank they refused citing insurance concerns. When people dumpster dived for it they installed an expensive closed dumpster to stop access. Bastards!

  • JerryParker

    Strike back! Make it illegal to feed unrelected politicians or civil servants turfed out of their offices, to be classed as “non-human” whether they are still in office or not, but okay to feed any other needy persons.

  • JerryParker

    I meant to say “unreelected politicians”, but maybe it`s best to make it illegal for them to eat at all: starve the problem-makers to death.

  • Philip B

    So what’s wrong with taking him/her to the nearest fast food place and buying them something off the $1 value menu??

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