Occupy Philadelphia Members Serve Homeless To Protest Outdoor Feeding Ban

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The City of Philadelphia held a hearing at the Municipal Services Building in Center City on Thursday to give public comment on the new outdoor feeding ban. There was opposition to the ban, both inside and outside of the building.

Dozens of Occupy Philadelphia protesters gathered outside of the Municipal Services Building, serving food to the homeless at a small table to show their opposition to the outdoor feeding ban.

Protester Xio Martin defended what she called a right to serve and eat food on the Parkway. “It’s an obscenity, it’s a disgrace. People are hungry; you feed people who are hungry. There’s no harm or violence in the sharing of food.”

Meanwhile, inside of the building- city officials sat on the 16th floor listening to comments from numerous service organizations and other individuals impacted by the ban.  Citing to a number of problems, including lack of indoor feeding options, shelters, those who gave comment were clear.

“If you want people not to eat on the street, then you have to come up with ways for them to eat inside for them to sleep inside.”

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  1. harry says:

    This looks like an underhanded ruse to thwart,frustrate or harass the Occupy movement.Meanwhile,feed any other stray or derelict animal you want.

  2. juju says:

    stupid story.

  3. JOSE0311USMC says:

    They are making a huge deal over nothing here…all they have to do is find an indoor place to feed the poor.

  4. jim says:

    Throw Nutter in the Gutter,then see who wants to feed him.

  5. LusciousDC says:

    “Protester Xio Martin defended what she called a right to serve and eat food on the Parkway. “It’s an obscenity, it’s a disgrace. People are hungry; you feed people who are hungry. There’s no harm or violence in the sharing of food.”

    Yes you do Xio, yes you do…feed them. People are so stuck on that it’s about me and me only trip that they don’t care that that person laying on the sidewalk is going through something. It may be their fault and it may not be. But they’re hungry..feed them. I have a feeling whomever came up with this new ban has never gone hungry.

  6. Philly RN says:

    Enabling is not helping. Al-Anon 101.

    1. erik says:

      Love thy neighbor. God

  7. Gummikuh says:

    Another reason to avoid Philadelphia like the plague. You are your own worst advertisement. Now feeding people is tantamount to feeding wild animals; don’t do it. Good grief what a hole.

    1. Philly RN says:

      This is what most cities do, btw. They don’t set up homeless feeding stations in Times Square, the Embarcadero in San Fransisco, or the Magnificent Mile in Chicago.

      Common sense and less drama is the way to find a productive solution that benefits everyone.

      1. badskippy says:

        As a Nurse I hope your RN doesn’t also stand for Nurse. If it does, you should reconsider your occupational decision. No one should “conform” to another’s standard to get help. No one should be forced to be anything, to be any one, to be something they are not. And as a NURSE, it isn’t my place to judge someone, it’s to help them. If you are a Nurse, and your judge others – get out of the nursing profession. And those against helping – you should ALL have to spend a week as a homeless person.

      2. Philly RN says:

        Sorry folks, but responsible people who work with this population understand that having a food free-for-all is not the answer.

        Enabling, much?

      3. Philly RN says:

        You should try doing my job. I look forward to reading your application to nursing school. We should all get a good laugh.

      4. JOSE0311USMC says:

        NURSE YOU SHOULD BE CAREFUL, THEY ARE OTHER NURSES THAT WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOUR JOB…I’M SURE THEY WILL DO IT FOR A LOT LESS .

  8. Intrepid says:

    According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the largest holder of U.S. debt is China, owning USD 1.1 trillion Treasury bonds and having received USD 27.2 million in foreign aid in FY2010. “Brazil held USD 193.5 billion in Treasury securities and received USD 25 million in foreign aid, Russia had USD 127.8 billion and received USD 71.5 million, and India held USD 39.8 billion and received USD 126.6 million from the U.S.,” the Senator said. n a letter to Mr. Coburn on May 13, the CRS said India in 2010 received USD 126.6 million — this includes USD 2.5 million for counter-terrorism, USD 700,000 for combating weapons of mass destruction, USD 30 million for fighting HIV/AIDS, USD 22 million for family planning, USD 19 million for maternal and child health and USD 13.7 million for fighting tuberculosis.

    http://www.thehindu.com

    1. Intrepid says:

      In his 621-page report, Coburn referred to a recent Congressional Research Service (CRS) which revealed that the federal government gave USD 1.4 billion in foreign aid to 16 countries, including India and China, to whom the US owes USD 10 billion each.

  9. Thomas says:

    11% of the homeless are Veterans.
    16% Have a mental illness.
    13% Are employed(this is from 2005 the % of employed homeless has increased.
    In 2003, children under the age of 18 accounted for 39% of the homeless population; 42% of these children were under the age of five (National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, 2004)
    Families with children are among the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. In its 2007 survey of 23 American cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors found that families with children comprised 23% of the homeless population (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2007)

    1. JOSE0311USMC says:

      I’M FORMER MARINE—I RETIRED FROM THE GOVERNMENT WITH 37 YEARS…I HAD A $ 25 AN HOUR JOB WITH O.T. NOT A BAD JOB,,,,,,,,BUT I REALLY BELIEVE THAT AMRICA IS BECOMING A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY…..EVERYTHING THAT YOU SEE HAPPENING IN A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY, IS HAPPENING IN THE U.S….I BELIEVE THAT AMERICA IS DOOMED………CNN REPORT SAID THAT 50% OF ALL AMERICANS ARE POOR–HOMELESS–ON WELFARE…..

  10. ln says:

    maybe clooney should protest this

  11. Kathy Mitro says:

    Big Global day coming up to have these anti food sharing laws rescinded on April 1, 2012 see link http://www.foodnotbombs.net/

  12. PhillyRN says:

    The well-intentioned but non-professional feeders have to understand that if you give food to the homeless outside, you incentivize them staying out of the shelter system, where they are not allowed to bring drugs and alcohol in.

    So they get to get using, and get a sandwich, and this prolongs their journey in active addiction.

    It feels better for the amateur to give someone a sandwich outside and ignore the whole picture of where the person is on that addiction journey, but who is it helping? Are we handing out food on the parkway as the most effective response, or to stroke our own egos and say “I did these good things, so look at me?”

    The thing the homeless need the most requires more from the giver than just handing them food outside. Will these groups grow into that role?

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