tisdag 4 november 2014

USA: Polis arresterade 90-åring som gav hungriga hemlösa mat - riskerar fängelse

(Uppdaterad 2014-11-06) Polisen i Florida arresterade två präster och en 90-årig veteran och volontär, för att de gav hemlösa mat. De hotas nu av fängelsestraff i månader och böter för sina gärningar. En ny myndighetsförordning i Florida har gjort det till en kriminell handling att ge mat till hemlösa, eller andra behövande människor...

90 year old arrested for feeding the homeless in U.S.

Publicerades den 5 nov 2014
Arnold Abbott was arrested and is facing up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine for helping to feed the needy in Florida. 

The veteran has done so for decades, and continues to help the homeless in memory of his late wife who helped him make and share food with the poor. But in Fort Lauderdale it's now illegal to do that. Dwayne Black who was detained along with Arnold is In the NOW.


A 90-Year-Old and Two Reverends Cited for Feeding the Homeless in Fort Lauderdale
At least four police cruisers and a half dozen uniformed cops were ready and waiting for Love Thy Neighbor when the group showed up at its spot adjacent to Stranahan Park as it does every Sunday at 1pm, in a white van armed with trays of hot food. 

The group's 90-year old founder, Arnold Abbot, previously had announced that Ft. Lauderdale's new ordinance would not deter him from sharing food as he's done for the past 23 years.

A 90-Year-Old and Two Reverends Cited for Feeding the Homeless in Fort Lauderdale from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.
RT 2014-11-04
Florida police handed out citations and threatened to arrest two priests and a 90-year-old veteran volunteer for feeding the homeless. A recently passed city ordinance makes sharing food a citable offense.

Fort Lauderdale police removed at least three volunteers, as well as the Sunday lunch they were serving to several dozen homeless people, citing a controversial new ordinance that prohibits food sharing. Passed in October, the measure was created to try to cut down the growing population of homeless people in Fort Lauderdale.

In video footage from Sunday, three police officers arrive and interrupt the feeding program by removing 90-year-old Arnold Abbott, the Rev. Canon Mark Sims of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Dwayne Black of the Sanctuary Church. A chorus of protest erupts from the crowd and follows the officers as they take the men to their patrol cards –

“- Shame on you, arresting an elderly man!” someone in the crowd says.

The whole world is watching!” says another. 

Then, a police officer explains to the men: “Basically you are going to be cited for serving to the community without proper accommodations. Everything is explained in here. This is a citation. If you guys continue to come out here you will face arrest.”

The ban on sharing food is part of city officials’ recent efforts to cut down on the burgeoning downtown homeless population. The most recent law – passed by a 4-1 vote – limits where outdoor feeding can be located.

It can’t be situated near another feeding site; it has to be at least 500 feet from residential property; and feed program organizers must seek permission from property owners for sites in front of their buildings.

Officials describe the new laws as "public health and safety measures," but opponents have labeled them "homeless hate laws," according to The Sun-Sentinel.

"- We are simply trying to feed people who are hungry," Sims told The Sun Sentinel.

"- To criminalize that is contrary to everything that I stand for as a priest and as a person of faith."

The program is run by Love Thy Neighbor. Its founder, 90 year-old Abbott, is a World War II veteran and has served food to homeless people for 20 years.[...]

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READ MORE: Florida town threatening volunteers who feed homeless
Back in February, officials in Columbia, South Carolina, began requiring any group of 25 people or more to pay for and obtain a permit 15 days in advance if they wished to use the city’s parks for an event.

This requirement was extended to non-profit groups and charities, though their fees would be smaller. Those fees – as much as $120 per week – could not be met by some food programs such as Food Not Bombs, which has been sharing meals for 12 years.

READ MORE: South Carolina city requires fees and permits to feed the homeless
Last December, a church group in Olympia, Washington, launched a battle against a City Council proposal that would stop an outreach mission that feeds hundreds of homeless residents every week. Although the City Council passed the proposal, the group still continues to carry on its activities.

READ MORE: Charity claims it's been targeted for feeding the homeless
The trend is to threaten citations and arrest to those who are trying to help.

“No sane, civilized country would do that. That would be as crazy as punishing doctors and nurses who are brave enough to fight Ebola,” said Joel Berg, executive director of the New York Coalition Against Hunger, to RT. “I think we’ve lost our collective minds. We’re arresting people who should be lauded and lauding people on Wall Street and elsewhere who should be arrested.”

Look, there are public safety concerns, there are food safety concerns, and there are ways to deal with that, and do I think going into a park is the best way to deal with homelessness and hunger? 

Absolutely not,” Berg added. “We need living wage jobs and a social safety net. That being said, arresting people who are volunteering to feed their neighbors – if this wasn’t actually true you’d think this was the cruelest joke ever out of The Onion.”



 USA: Polis arresterade 90-åring som gav hungriga hemlösa mat - riskerar fängelse
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  1. The FBI: America’s Secret Police

    Source: Rutherford Institute, John W. Whitehead

    We want no Gestapo or secret police. The FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex-life scandals and plain blackmail. J. Edgar Hoover would give his right eye to take over, and all congressmen and senators are afraid of him.
    —President Harry S. Truman

    Secret police. Secret courts. Secret government agencies. Surveillance. Intimidation tactics. Harassment. Torture. Brutality. Widespread corruption. Entrapment schemes.

    These are the hallmarks of every authoritarian regime from the Roman Empire to modern-day America, yet it’s the secret police—tasked with silencing dissidents, ensuring compliance, and maintaining a climate of fear—who sound the death knell for freedom in every age.

    Every regime has its own name for its secret police: Mussolini’s OVRA carried out phone surveillance on government officials. Stalin’s NKVD carried out large-scale purges, terror and depopulation.

    Hitler’s Gestapo went door to door ferreting out dissidents and other political “enemies” of the state.

    And in the U.S., it’s the Federal Bureau of Investigation that does the dirty work of ensuring compliance, keeping tabs on potential dissidents, and punishing those who dare to challenge the status quo.[...]



  2. 90yo US WWII vet vows to defy arrest for feeding homeless

    A 90-year-old war veteran says he will continue breaking the law by feeding homeless in public places in the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was arrested earlier for defying a city ordinance that restricts such charity to protect local businesses.

    Arnold Abbot has been feeding homeless people in the streets of Fort Lauderdale for some 23 years, and says he will not stop, despite the city council making it a citable offence, carrying a punishment of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

    “I am not afraid at all. I was a combat infantryman for 2 1/2 years. I’ve spent 50 years fighting for civil rights for the minorities in this country. I don’t have the slightest fear of being arrested,” he told RT.

    “The only thing I am concerned about is that there would be nobody to feed the homeless outdoors, which is what I do – and what I intend to do as long as there is breath in my body.”



  3. Police Arrest 90-Year-Old Man And Two Ministers For Illegally Feeding The Homeless
    "I am my brother's keeper, and what they are doing is just heartless."

    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Three charitable volunteers, including a 90-year-old man and two Christian ministers, were dragged away in handcuffs after illegally feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale.[...]




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