Published on Activist Post, 2.31 min, November 23, 2012 (also on YouTube, uploaded by ReasonTV, Nov. 21, 2012):
- Last March, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter outlawed serving meals to the homeless in city parks, citing health concerns as the primary reason for the ban.
- Chosen 300, a private charity with a mission to serve the city’s homeless, is in the midst of a lawsuit against the ban. They insist that the new regulations are harmful to the homeless community.
- “These laws are really designed to eliminate people out of plain view so that we can have this idea that the city doesn’t have a homeless problem,” said Chosen 300 executive director Brian Jenkins.
- The ACLU, which sued and won a temporary injunction against the new law, said the real reason for the ban is to protect the city’s image as a tourist destination.
- The federal lawsuit will be brought to trial early next year and both the city and Chosen 300 are working to resolve the standoff out of court …