Homeless Advocate Declares Hunger Strike in Response to Sharing Ban Enforcement
Jillian Pim, a resident of Dania, FL, and volunteer with Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs, will begin a hunger strike on 11/2/14 to protest the Fort Lauderdale City Commission's approval of the "Amendment to unified land development regulations," which bans the sharing of food in public spaces. The law was passed on October 22, 2014, and was part of a series of laws targeting the homeless which have been heavily opposed by local churches and homeless advocacy groups, including Food Not Bombs, Peanut Butter and Jelly Project, Love Bags, Project Downtown, and Love Thy Neighbor.
Week of Action to #resisthomelesshatelaws Begins
Tomorrow is an online day of action to #resisthomelesshatelaws. Check out the event page and help send to the message to backers of the sharing ban that this is not the answer!
On Tuesday we will be "Voting with Our Feet" in downtown Fort Lauderdale. We will be marching to hold the City accountable for its terrible policies that are literally preventing food aid from going out to extremely needy people in the midst of a cold snap.
We also ask anyone and everyone to spend a few hours at Stranahan Park this week and observe any interactions between the FLPD and food sharers. After a quiet first couple of days it seems like enforcement may be ongoing daily for the time being. Sharings usually happen several times most afternoons in varying frequency.