Free the 3 jailed for feeding homeless people in Orlando, FL and make it legal to feed those in need
It shouldn't be illegal to feed the hungry, yet three people were arrested and jailed after feeding homeless people in a park in Orlando FL. Orlando has made it a crime to do this. The 3 must serve 60 days in jail and pay a large fine.
The three were members of Food not Bombs. An organizer of the for group said:"We're out there week after week sharing food with poor and hungry people to send a political message about our opposition to poverty and inequality in our community…and I think it's time for the administration and Mayor Buddy Dyer (D) to get serious about doing something about poverty in our community"
Orlando, Florida recently passed a law limiting the number of times charitable groups will be allowed to feed the homeless in popular city parks contained within what is known as the Greater Downtown Park District.Food not bombs an international political action group, which has fed the homeless for years in Lake Eola Park, described by Orlando as its "crown jewel" park, lost a legal challenge to the feeding law in April. A federal district court found the law did not unconstitutionally restrict the group's ability to express its political opinion by feeding hungry people.
It shouldn't be illegal to help those in need, especially if the government won't or can't.
Please send a message to Buddy Dyer demanding the three be freed and allowing people in Orlando to feed others in need.
Note: Since I created this petition 21 people in Orlando have now been arrested for the same "crime".
- Mayor of Orlando
It's not wrong to feed the hungry and no one should be jailed for it. We are appalled that your city has made it a crime to help the homeless and we are horrified that you have arrested 3 citizens for doing so. Please free them, don't fine them, and change your inhumane laws.
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