Philadelphia Bans Serving Food To The Homeless In Public

 Municipalities around the country feel that the homeless have had it too easy for too long. Via NPR:

A growing number of cities want to tackle the problem of homelessness by outlawing what are known as “acts of daily living” — sleeping, eating and panhandling in public. In Philadelphia, a new rule is targeting not the homeless but those who feed them.

When Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced the ban on serving food in public parks last March, he said moving such services indoors was part of an effort to raise standards for the homeless.

But many advocates for the homeless are skeptical. “We do feel that communities are really, really frustrated with repeated efforts to end homelessness that have been quite unsuccessful,” says Neil Donovan, the executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless.

“But we push back and say, you know, that doesn’t mean that you simply throw your hands in the air and make criminals out of homeless people.” Donovan says around 30 cities have restricted food sharing in some way.

19 Comments on "Philadelphia Bans Serving Food To The Homeless In Public"

  1. sam23sirius | Jul 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm |

    Feed the homeless in whorelando and you go straight to jail.

  2. Dstarfelia | Jul 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm |

    Food not Bombs.

  3. cannibal | Jul 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm |

    Our country is slipping slowly into barbarity. The term American in the future will come to be like the term Cretan, defining barbaric savagery.

  4. Over forty years ago I had no idea what activism was really about.

    Forty years later, it’s really about teaching people to do arithmetic.

    How many jobs — that is, full-time jobs — do we have in America today compared with the late 1980s, after four “official” jobless recoveries?

    About one-quarter the number of full-time, year round jobs —- that was one-quarter — which correlates to the latest Census figure of one out of every two Americans existing at the low-income, poverty or below-poverty level.

    Truly, things are bad . . . .

  5. Haystack | Jul 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm |

    This will work for a while, but soon they’ll have to ban them from from dying in public. 

  6. Simiantongue | Jul 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm |

    “Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter”

    Nutter heh, couldn’t make this shit up.

  7. Simiantongue | Jul 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm |

     “outlawing what are known as “acts of daily living” — sleeping, eating and panhandling in public.”

    “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich and the poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.”   (Le Lys Rouge)

    Lawmakers and people like Nutter aren’t really interested in providing solutions to homelessness. All they’re interested in is punishing people for not choosing to run on the hamster wheel.

  8. Bruteloop | Jul 6, 2012 at 7:46 pm |

    Isn’t America lovely.

  9. SmokinTokinJokinBrit | Jul 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm |

    come on yanks, i cant believe some of the shit going on in your boarders i mean its getting bad over the pond too but we would never let this cold shit slide. it worries me shitless watching the way things are going in Europe and in the USA. 

    • I was going to say “At least we know how to spell,” but obviously that’s not true.  You’re absolutely right, things are going totally nuts.

  10. as long as people continue to live with a 19th century mentality
    the problems of the 21st century will go unsolved

  11. Calypso_1 | Jul 6, 2012 at 11:40 pm |

    City of Brotherly Love…

    “For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.”
    “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
    “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

    THIS is where mass civil disobedience should make an unequivocal stand.

  12. Time for public disobedience there, followed by a shadow group that makes sure to fill out the “Jury Duty” forms and have NO direct association.  Then when it gets to trial, NULLIFY.

  13. Mamagriff50 | Jul 7, 2012 at 5:58 am |

    “Idiot Mentality”……If you can’t fix it you throw it out or “hide” it in the closet. But never ever leave it out in the open where it will have to be dealt with……MORONS!

  14. This is the most utterly insane thing. Also I’ve worked for grocery franchises where it’s company policy to throw all the food past the sell-by (but not use-by) rather than have someone eat it while it’s still good. Government homeless statistics aren’t even a concern to them, so what the hell?

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