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Homeless - Photo by Andy BurgessWhat 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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  • Mchael Bomar

    It is the act of unholy people that pretend to be our leaders. They do the devils work I tell you. Nothing good is in them at all. We must always follow our hearts…because Love conquers evil in the end.
    Remember this life is only a test…

  • Shaun McDowell

    Kindness and charity becoming a crime in America is a crime. It’s illegal in some places to feed a parking meter, if your car is not the one parked there, so that the person doesn’t get a ticket. Something has to change or this country is doomed. How anyone can call this a Christian country is beyond me. We need to change our national motto from, “In God We Trust” to, “Help the Poor Go to Jail.” That would be more fitting on our money.

  • GiGi Vee

    Is the author of this article on crack?! The homeless are homeless for a reason. It’s cause they don’t want to work. They are on drugs or alcoholics! The police should give tickets or arrest them. The homeless in Dallas are rampant. They cause so many issues and litter and go #2 in public view. That’s why that city is a dump.

    • song

      What a sweeping generalization of a situation that anyone can end up in… no matter what they are or are not addicted to.

      I hope you never have to know what it’s like to fight for your life on the streets (and if you’re a woman, ‘virtue’), with no one to turn to, but then again, you have a forever steady job, I’m sure, that would never turn you out into the reality of actually living life in the unknown or the uncertainty of change that you may not acquire another job quickly or get replaced, or perhaps turned down at every interview because of a background record, or being seen as incompetent, or getting ‘too old’ for the job without them saying it to your face as the energetic 20-something walks in, ready for work.

      That would be awful.

      Then from dwindled lack of payments, you lose your electric, heating, your house/apartment (hope you have relatives you can BUM off of), maybe your car, all your possessions – EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER OWNED, THROWN AWAY (think about that – let it sink in, that reality) – no phone number, no mailing address (that are required on all applications, at least, to get a job, that cost hundreds of dollars you won‘t have at that point, even a P.O. box), a warm place to sleep at night, and clean showers, being turned out at every place of business to even use a bathroom because… you smell …and you’re ragged… Can’t go to an interview like that, right?

      So… like that other guy… because you can’t access a bathroom and people kick you out of the park where there are public bathrooms, you stoop to his level, inevitably facing the reality that you have to lose more of your dignity as you have to bend over and excrement in the streets, probably behind a bush, with everyone watching, hoping they didn’t notice you or at least, look away to spare you that shame. And you don’t even have toilet paper.

      Then you start to cry every night, as your body withers away – starts to eat itself – and you’ll spiral downward into a cycle of despair, as you’re starving – slowly to death and begging for meager scraps to eat – wishing you could die every night as you sleep on the pavement, cold and sometimes soaking wet, wishing the stores or especially those great smelling fast food restaurants, would just let you in… or if you’re lucky, and if it’s not full already (because they will turn you away if they meet their quota for the night), be let into a shelter (or church) infested with bugs and diseases from all the other people–I mean–’drug addicted filth’– in your terms, while people online say, “Hey, the police should arrest them too! Filthy scum!”.

      Maybe if you’re really lucky, someone would’ve given you a camping tent that you can set up all over the city, that might still be there in the morning, if the cops didn’t wake you up and rip it down in the middle of the night, sometimes throwing away all of what little you have left of your possessions you were using to get by, like a water bottle or a blanket ….or maybe a precious item, such as photo or trinket, perhaps from someone you’ll never see again, that you cared about.

      Also don’t forget the teenagers that come along and for their fun, when you’re already at your lowest and it seems no one cares about you in the world – film/beat the living daylights out of you as you’re trying to sleep, dealing with such sorrow already in your existence – considered discarded garbage on the streets, while crude people – like you – just think and say, “They’re not willing to work and only care about drugs; that’s why they’re homeless.” – So far from the truth, you can’t even sense the reality of it.

      A homeless person – a person first and foremost – would give anything to be in your shoes right now, sleeping under a warm roof, a secure home and a comfy bed, and a pantry full of food you wouldn’t normally eat anyhow, knowing you can do laundry and take a shower tomorrow morning and go to work at a cruddy job, that you’ll begrudge behind you boss’ back, that you’re going to lose one day anyway.

      I hope… this never happens to you.

  • James

    God some of you people are ridiculously ignorant.

  • Edward Edwards

    Put a banner over the serving booth, stating, ” Due to bureaucrats we are limited to serve no more than 25 of you. However there are 4 organizations that will take turns serving our limit.”

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  • Amanda

    so…can I share a sandwich with my neighbor? Friend? Daughter? Husband? How on Earth does a police officer determine illegal food sharing? If I know the person’s name can I give them food? If it were me in that situation, I would have passed out my biscuits and went to jail.

  • Maria Routatuuli Koponen

    Such is inhumane and therefore shameful. A civilized country does not work like that. In Finland (in Northern Europe) such an operation is not possible.

    Finland has received a huge number of poor people from Romania and Bulgaria to beg on the streets after those countries joined the European Union countries and the borders opened.

    This led to many problems, because the criminal gangs from Romania and Bulgaria forced these poor people to beg in Finland and the looting of people walking on our streets and breaking into people’s homes.

    Finland and other western European countries have addressed the problem. The European Union is trying to create ways to help these poor people in their own country , so that they would be exposed to criminal compatriots oppression. The EU put pressure on Romania and Bulgaria , among other things, to improve the Roma and other poor citizens’ access to education and human living conditions.

    Only by influencing the problems at source, you can solve the problems . You should do the same in U.S.!

  • Forgottenrights

    Gods law triumphs anything in this world and he inspires us to give shelter, food and to clothe the homeless, or less fortunate. In fact he promises to reimburse you for your trouble.

  • Lao

    Does a Subway card count as “feeding”? Could be a good workaround. Or if you’re paranoid of getting arrested, hide the card nearby and tell the homeless person where it is. Love always wins.

  • DevontBroadway

    I think that these cities stop people from helping making us watch the homless starve they can all go rot in hell thats completely sad u bullies :p

  • John and Patty

    To the uneducated people who keep harping on corporate greed. Where do the profits go you say they are so selfishly making? Most of them go to paid dividends too people who own stock in the company. Who are these people? How about retired folks whose pensions are in funds tied to that company you condemn. So before you start BSing how heartless American companies are remember thier profits help feed people who would be on the street if not for them.

  • voice_of_reasoning

    I think what we should do is kill the homeless turn them into lifegem’s aka diamonds and sell them

  • Diane

    How can I start a small pantry to help feed the angry

  • Lucky

    Evil beyond words. This is an evil we will all suffer for.

  • emma

    Is this what im going to have to deal with when I move out next year? Why the did yall let the government get so out of control? “Oh, I wont vote cause it wont make a difference” said some guy to ke when I asked.. just getting out of high school drama to only be punched in the face by adults who are leaving our country in a mess, and I havr no idea how to fix it… God help us… said with lots of sarcasm and anger

  • Elisabeta

    This is absolutely disgusting and horrifying news. What kind of world are we heading to?

  • Shivank Mehra

    Feed the Agora… Starve the State.

  • kitty

    What lunatics made up that stupid ” law” ? They are the ones who deserve to be homeless themselves, then they will know how it feels.

  • Andyg

    The government are trying to maintain their relevancy.
    If they can’t compete with the private sector or even with private charity they just undermine it with high taxes and regulations, or outlaw it completely as shown here.
    Then they can keep spinning the statist line that they are an essential safety net.

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