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Monday, November 24, 2014
CITIES CRIMINALIZE FEEDING HOMELESS PEOPLE
This story makes me so sad this Thanksgiving week...
2013, 22 cities around the country, from Los Angeles to Atlanta to
Philadelphia, have enacted legislation restricting individuals and groups from
sharing food with the homeless in public places, according to a new report by
the National Coalition for the Homeless. The report found that there has been a
48% increase in cities attempting to pass such laws since 2010. Since 2007, 71
cities, in 27 states or commonwealths, including Puerto Rico, have either
attempted or successfully enacted such legislation. At the same time, three
states, including Connecticut in 2013, have passed a “Homeless Bill of Rights.”
which outlaws discrimination against homeless people and affirms their right to
use public spaces, including eating and exchanging food in public.