Mayor Annise Parker: Stop Criminalizing Feeding Homeless
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.
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