Now It’s NOT Against the Law to Feed the Homeless in Fort Lauderdale
This case actually had to go to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals because apparently, you needed a permit in Fort Lauderdale if you wanted to share food with someone, meaning someone that is homeless.
Arguing First Amendment protection, a local chapter called Food Not Bombs sued the city of Fort Lauderdale on their city ordinance.
What happened? A dangerous 90 year old man along with two ministers were arrested for trying to give food to homeless people. I actually remember seeing this on the news and the local outrage that came with it.
Luckily, the courts got it right this time, even though the first go around they weren’t so lucky.
A federal district court originally ruled that food sharing didn’t convey a particular message, thus, it was not protected under the First Amendment.
Common sense isn’t so common.
Food Not Bombs has five thousand chapters worldwide.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.