Texas Activists Break The Law To Feed Hundreds Of Homeless

In Dallas, feeding the homeless is illegal – sharing food with more than 75 people requires permission from the Dallas City Council in the form of a permit and an associated fee. Don’t Comply, a group of Dallas activists, took to the streets just outside the Austin Street Shelter in Dallas to feed the homelessand intentionally defy the arbitrary and ill-conceived law.

 

According to Brett Sanders, hundreds of homeless enjoyed a fantastic array of food, snacks, and beverages along with an assortment of warm winter clothes donated by Don’t Comply members.

“All of the homeless people that I talked to during the event were extremely grateful for the support and there was a sense of humanity that is indescribable.  Interacting with other human beings whom most consider to be living life at rock bottom will likely alter your perspective on the world around you.”

The group hosted their annual Feed the Need event, a simple act of charity, to send the message that feeding the homeless cannot be outlawed. Matthew Short, Don’t Comply’s PR director said:

“We are not complying with a bad law today. Evidently the city of Dallas believes that it’s wrong, or bad, or unlawful for us to feed more than a certain number of people at a time. But, during Christmas, we want to show love to our community and give these people a chance to survive the winter, whether it be with blankets or coats, or just giving them a holiday party like today with all kinds of cookies, and goodies, turkey and dressing, and the whole nine yards.”

Code enforcers did make an appearance and served lead organizer, Murdoch Pizgatti with the city ordinance and asked him to file the necessary paperwork after the event concluded.  Pizgatti stated that he had no intentions on filing that paperwork. Further disobedience. Short explained:

“We’ve already had to speak to the police, they’ve already come and delivered code to us. But, after shaking hands with them, they realized we’re all armed – and we’re gonna do what we’re gonna do because it’s not an immoral thing that we are doing.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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