IamA (Mark Sims, one of the 3 Pastors arrested, jailed and/or cited for feeding homeless in Fort Lauderdale) AMA!
Nov 11th 2014 by asdsa123as • 9 Questions • 1423 Points
Will you go back to your life of "crime" once everything is cleared out?
That's funny. Reminds me of a joke... I use that term graciously..
"Someone once accused me of stealing an old, rare, valuable stamp, and I philately denied it."
Good question.. The law is a interesting thing.. Without turning this into an election or politics matter, I will say there are more than 125 federal laws, 600 state laws and 15 city ordinances that could be used to cite people who feed the homeless and comes down to interpretation.
As an example: Does the happiness we feel in helping homeless considered payment? If so there's another 350 federal and state laws..
We were not and still are not familiar with all laws governing what we are doing in feeding those in need, but we are certain to follow the HUMAN LAW of compassion and care to our brothers and sisters in need.
My city has a homeless population that is slightly larger than many of the surrounding communities. The general attitude of the current city council is to do whatever they can to make the homeless go away. This is definitely the kind of city that will try to start passing more laws to make it harder to help the homeless here. Do you have any suggestions of things we can do to help keep these kinds of laws from being enacted?
This is a great question.
National groups can help you. I recommend World Homeless Day as solving how we work with those in need needs PR, finance and community education..
There's been a few nationwide changes in this for the positive such as Oprah's Day in the life of a Homeless Veteran and Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy day in the life of the homeless see if you can get this sort of education in your area and try not to reinvent the wheel.
We joked because the first time we wondered what they were serving for the next meal and if we would be able to pass it out.
Something about arresting 3 guys all over the age of 65 had them processing us in about a hour.
Do you have any plans to challenge the law that makes feeding the homeless illegal?
I am not an attorney but I do believe the attorneys involved do wish to set a precedence of this that wont be heard until at a Federal level for years from now. Meanwhile we will service our man where we are at.