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 even offered to pay the fines of 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.”
And now, a federal judge has struck down Nutter’s ban, saying he sees no evidence that a city plan to feed the homeless outside City Hall is any better than the way it’s being done by groups at the current time.
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