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Sunday, July 15, 2012
JUDGE STRIKES DOWN PHILADELPHIA MAYOR’S BAN ON FEEDING THE HOMELESS IN PUBLIC PARKS
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter drew sharp criticism after attempting to ban community organizations from feeding the hungry and homeless in city parks in March. One charitable group evenoffered to pay the finesof all those who violated the measure.
While Nutter claimed the ban would “protect the dignity of the homeless, cleanliness of the parks, and eliminate food health concerns,” Reverend Brian Jenkins of Chosen 300 Ministries commented: “These regulations are clearly designated not with the intent of protecting the health and dignity of the homeless, but are designed to tuck the homeless in a corner and pretend that the problem does not exist in our city.”