Mayor Annise Parker:  Stop Criminalizing Feeding Homeless
  • Petitioned Annise Parker
  • Responded

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Mayor of Houston
Annise Parker
Houston City Council, District H
Ed Gonzalez
Houston Mayor Annise Parker
Mayor Annise Parker and Houston City Council
Council Member District B
Jerry Davis
Council Member District C
Ellen Cohen
Council Member At-Large 2
Andrew Burks
See response
Council Member District D
Wanda Adams
Council Member District I
James Rodriguez
Council MemberDistrict J
Mike Laster
Council Member District K
Larry Green
Council Member At-Large 1
Stephen Costello
Council Member At-Large 3
Melissa Noriega

Mayor Annise Parker: Stop Criminalizing Feeding Homeless

    1. Jay Hamburger
    2. Petition by

      Jay Hamburger

      Houston, TX

This misguided action....passed on 4 April 2012...will deprive the homeless in Houston of nutritious, lovingly prepared food....and will have a legally chilling effect on the scores of individuals and groups who now share their bounty with those on the streets. This Amendment will effectively criminalize such traditional sharing of food....and subject 'violators' to stiff and unreasonable fines and other legal action. Under the strategic guise of agreeing to make most of the elements 'voluntary'.....the City of Houston creates the slippery slope of further control and erosion of civil liberties.....and places all the power in the hands of Mayor Parker....without the necessity of further public hearings. This slope is decidedly in the wrong direction for assisting the homeless.....and encouraging citizens to volunteer to make this a better world for all......and not just for the 1%ers in the downtown area.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 280 signatures
    2. This specious issue is.....unfortunately still alive and well......

      Jay Hamburger
      Petition Organizer

      Regrettably.....this unkindness created by Houston Mayor Annise Parker is still viable.....although many citizens are confused. Some believe the ordinance has been gutted....which it hasn't. Some believe it has taken effect.....which it hasn' least until the 1st of July. Others have shifted focus to the next news item of concern. The homeless are still here.....and still in need......and Houston't Mayor and most of City Council have placated the 1% developer-types.....and the homeless are paying the least in a figurative sense. There is NO conflict between helping the 1%ers AND helping the homeless. A bit of honesty would help.....telling the truth about acknowledging that the City wishes to relocate the order to assist the developers. Just relocate our homeless citizens using the same kindness and generosity directed toward the 1%ers. This is NOT mutually exclusive.....but most Houston's leaders believe they must lie about these issues.

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Many kind hearted folks are supporting repeal of this specious Ordinance...

      Jay Hamburger
      Petition Organizer

      You can help by encouraging others to sign this petition. The more signatures.....the stronger the message to Mayor Annise Parker and 10 members of Houston City Council.........

    5. Decision-maker Andrew Burks responds:

      Andrew Burks

      This petition is not necessary since the City Council amended the Ordinance so there is NO criminal sanctions, except for trespassing on someone's private property.
      Also, I think you should change your name from since you did...

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. Please SIGN this petitions plus paper item if u live in Houston.

      Jay Hamburger
      Petition Organizer

      This will allow both petitions to have maximum impact. The Houston paper petition is designed to take legal action....either to repeal the amendment.....or to place the initiative on a ballot for a referendum vote at the next election. If a resident and not present in Houston at this time, you can download the file for the paper petition, print it out and mail it to 1817 State St, Houston TX 77007
      Some folks in our coalition are discouraging the signing of this on-line petition.....falsely claiming doing so will negatively impact the paper petition. This is not true as this petition simply records the support of a diversity of signers......both within and without Houston.,>

    8. Council Member Helena Brown conducted Town Hall Meeting 23 Apr 12

      Jay Hamburger
      Petition Organizer

      Please appreciate that 6 Council Members OPPOSED this violation of human rights and decency. THANK THEM for their support: Council Members Helena Brown (, Mike Sullivan (, Al Hoang (, Oliver Pennington (, C.O. Bradford (, Jack Christie (

    9. Reached 25 signatures
    10. Coalition of opposition to Mayor Annise Parker's unkind folly is growing!!!

      Jay Hamburger
      Petition Organizer

      An unlikely, but organic coalition of groups and individuals is banding together to repeal this cruel and unusual action created by Mayor Parker. Political opponents, members of nearly all faith and non-faith communities, anarchist-types, Tea Partiers, vegans, carnivores and assorted other folks see the outrageousness (and surprising insensitivity) of Mayor PARKER, Council members COHEN, GONZALEZ, , ADAMS, RODRIGUEZ, LASTER, GREEN, COSTELLO, BURKS & NORIEGA...all of whom voted for this abusive amendment. The reasonable members BROWN, BRADFORD, HOANG, PENNINGTON & CHRISTIE voted to allow Houstonians to continue to share according to their hearts and their pocketbooks. Outrage is sparked amongst the general citizenry who fail to understand why our 'leaders' are simply following the tug on their leashes from developers and gentrifiers. Even the major organizations who purport to serve the homeless, actually SUPPORTED this amendment....due to additional City riches they will receive.


    Reasons for signing

    • Naomie Matthews BILLINGS, MT
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm from Billings, MT and we have homless here I am 22 years old and I have been homeless before thouse meals saved my life, I did find an opertunity thou and got out of the sutation, but to make feeding the homeless illegal thats wrong my grandfather was homeless for years before he found god and became a pasture, he couldn't even read for 25 years, he lived off of the food people gave him. Mayor Parker you are in humane, you make me sick, your tipe of people make me ashamed that I am a human being, people like you deserve to be on the streets and to be homeless. I hope you will change your mind about this.

    • Daniel Bishop HOUSTON, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Homeless are people, too. Just as Ms. Parker understands LGBT deserve to be treated with respect, the same applies for all people, regardless of their situation. Food and water are basic human needs in order to live. It is not our place to judge another's situation, but rather to stand together to help one another.

      Regardless of this law, I will continue to feed and supply homeless in my area when I have the opportunity. I would hope that if the day arrives that I am homeless, that I could rely on the kindness of others for a hot meal.

    • Mark Mabry HOUSTON, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      I almost ALWAYS support regulation and oversight, but this is too restrictive and makes it too hard for those who can help to aid those who need it. Disparate impact upon the homeless is just as unacceptable as such impact upon other groups. It is not the role of government to remove all of life's "ickiness" from places the well-to-do wish to live.

    • Karen Vargas HOUSTON, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      This is important because it's important that public property be used for the public, including feeding the homeless.

    • Laura Matherne TACOMA, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      It is inhuman to deprive people of the ability to help others.


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