Police State: New Law Bans Feeding The Homeless Without Government Permission...

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    Charitable organizations and human rights activists in Houston hope to put an initiative on the November ballot that would reverse a controversial new ordinance which makes it a crime to feed the homeless, or otherwise give food away, without special permission.

    On April 4 the Houston City Council passed the law, ruling that feeding the hungry requires the permission of property owners wherever it occurs — including the City of Houston, if the feeding happens on public property.

    Council members passed the law by a a 11-6 vote; the regulations are set to take effect in July, according to Mayor Annise Parker’s office.

    Amber Rodriguez, executive director of Noah’s Kitchen in Houston, told The Daily Caller that the new ordinance will shut her organization down if it is upheld. A single fine from the city, she said, could hurt the charity significantly.

    The maximum penalty for violating the ordinance is a misdemeanor charge accompanied by a $500 fine. The original proposal, submitted by Mayor Parker, included fines as high as $2,000.

    Rodriguez said a $500 fine would keep Noah’s Kitchen from providing roughly 750 meals to individuals who need them.

    Initially, the mayor also wanted “all charitable food to be prepared in city-certified kitchens, at least one person from each feeding organization take a food safety class and that everyone who wants to feed the homeless register with the city,” according to the Houston Chronicle. Those requirements were eventually struck from the final version, and registration was made voluntary.


    Read more: Houston Charities | Feeding The Homeless | Government Permission | The Daily Caller
     
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    Now that's just dumb....
     
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    Don't feed the pigeons!
     
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    Big Brother. Waddayagonnado :cuckoo:
     
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    Just as voluntary charity is a defining characteristic of Conservatives, denying same as a corollary to support of big government is a characteristic of Liberals.


    Another case in point:

    Bloomberg Strikes Again: NYC Bans Food Donations To The Homeless
    Has The Mayor Totally Eaten Away At The Public's Desire To Do Good?
    March 19, 2012 8:33 PM

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — 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.

    It’s the “no bagels for you” edict."
    Michael Bloomberg Strikes Again: New York City Bans Food Donations To The Homeless « CBS New York
     
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    Gov't. out of control. Sounds like a law I can be proud of breaking.
     
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    Libtards would rather feed pigeons than people, socialist bastards.
     
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    Looks like the liberals have a war on the homeless going.
     
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    Bloomberg is amongst the very worst when it comes to Police State/Nanny State oppression. I'm amazed New Yorkers re-elected him.
     
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    DEMOCRAT RUN MUNICIPALITY

    Nuff said.................
     
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