Over the weekend, Fort Lauderdale police, while enforcing the anti-homeless ordinances, prevented “Love Thy Neighbor” from sharing food outside Stranahan Park.
90-year-old founder of Love Thy Neighbor Arnold Abbot, Irene Smith of Love Thy Neighbor, Rev. Canon Mark Sims of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, and Rev. Dwayne Black of the Sanctuary Church, were issued a summons. Violations of the “Sharing Ban” can carry a penalty of $500, including jail time of up to 60 days.
Activists are asking supporters nationwide to participate in their online campaign:
With the passing of a new “sharing ban” regulation, the City of Fort Lauderdale has fulfilled its regime of “Homeless Hate Laws” along with new restrictions of going to the bathroom in public, panhandling, storage on public property, and camping. It joins 21 other cities that have created laws to restrict food sharings in the last 2 years.
As part of the #resisthomelesshatelaws week of action beginning 10.31 we are calling on the internet to assist! We need everyone to make phone calls, send e-mails, tweets, and anything else to the powers responsible for this stupidity on Monday to let them know this won’t stand.
It is possible, but not for certain, the food sharers will be ticketed or arrested over the preceding weekend. We want to let Fort Lauderdale know even considering such a thing is unacceptable!
Mayor Seiler 954-828-5003 firstname.lastname@example.org @jackseiler
Vice Mayor Rogers 954-828-5004 RRogers@fortlauderdale.gov.
Commissioner Roberts 954-828-5004 BRoberts@fortlauderdale.gov
Commissioner Trantalis 954-828-5923 DTrantalis@fortlauderdale.gov
Downtown Development Authority 954-463-6574
Chairman John Ropes 954-525-6600 email@example.com
Vice-Chair Michael Weymouth 954-463-5630 MWeymouth@thelasolascompany.com
Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce 954-462-6000
President Dan Linblade 954-462-4911 @fllchamber
Executive Committee Chair Courtney Crush 954-522-2010 firstname.lastname@example.org @CrushEsq
Tweetstorm on twitter and instagram with some of our memes or use your own. #resisthomelesshatelaws
More City of Fort Lauderdale Twitters:
@franka525 (Chief of Police Frank Adderly, ask him to not enforce homeless hate laws!)
Please ask any and all of these city officials et al. to drop support of the sharing ban and other laws that criminalize homelessness including the camping ban, panhandling restrictions, storage on public property, as well as police brutality against the homeless. For more background on this issue/links to send on: