13 Arrested For Feeding Hungry in Orlando - Thoughts?

Published Wednesday, June 15, 2011 2:21 PM

A group called "Food Not Bombs" serves two vegan/vegetarian meals in the Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando FL every week. They server breakfast on Mondays and Dinner on Wednesdays. The city of Orlando passed a controversial city ordinance that prohibits sharing food with large groups in a downtown city park more than twice a year. This ordinance was, of course, meant just for the "Food Not Bombs" group that did it twice a week. The group had been fighting the ordinance but lost a legal appeal in April. So they decided to keep serving the homeless and the hungry dispute the fact the ordinance could now be enforced. So far, according to the "Food Not Bombs" website, 13 have been arrest for feeding the homeless and the hungry in the park.

So My question to you is, is this the right plan of action? Should the Food not Bombs group continue on this Rosa Parks like path and just keep getting arrested until the government or the people do something about it? Or do you think they are going about it all wrong by getting arrested instead of trying to figure out a way to feed the homeless without legal problems?

I don't like unjust laws as much as the next guy. I think the ordinance is designed simply to put the undesirables of the city far away from it's parks and downtown. Is that right? No it's not, but getting arrested over and over isn't going to feed more people. Are they setting out to feed hungry people or fight stupid laws that the government puts in place to drive homeless people out of their city? Maybe you get arrested once to prove your point, but after a while the media will stop paying attention and it will be all for nothing. Do you know what's on the main page of the Orlando Sentinal right now? 5 get arrested for feeding the homeless? No, Disney raising ticket prices for second time in less than a year, it seems the media already doesn't care. 

Personally I think they should find a place near by that they can legally give food out and fight the ordinance in any way they can. I think they have made their point by getting arrested and getting the attention of the media, but at what point do you say enough? Right now they are asking for volunteers to get arrested in the Lake Eola Park. Is that right? Lets hear it in the comments.

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