It has become a trend in the US state of Florida to criminalize the feeding of the homeless, many of whom gravitate to that state because of their milder winters. These laws do nothing to resolve the core problems at the root of homelessness but seek to end it by legislating the homeless out of existence without doing anything to address mental illness or drug abuse or just the lack of work that find people unable to support themselves anymore.
Laws that criminalize giving food to the homeless are sick and evil. Any society that passes such laws deserves to end up on the ash heap of history. I consider this part of gentrification - Scumbag rich people - not in my backyard. Personally I hope their houses all burn down and they find themselves out on the street.
Arnold Abbott is 90 years old and has been feeding the homeless in public parks in Fort Lauderdale through his charitable organization LOVE THY NEIGHBOR.
Abbott, who fought in WWII as a combat infantryman and received two purple hearts and was also active in the 1960's in the civil rights movement, has now been arrested and cited but continues to feed the homeless, the destitute, despite the danger of further arrest....I'm an atheist but I know no other way to say this other than in religious lingo - God bless him! I'm posting about this because this story is a microcosm of everything that is wrong with America....Income equality is the new civil rights struggle and encompasses many other problems (police abuse, homelessness, perpetual war etc.).
Abbot is a hero in my eyes. A total badass and here’s how you can support him
His organization LOVE THY NEIGHBOR http://lovethyneighbor.org/
A fund for his legal costs http://www.gofundme.com/gueuaw