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Q:

Will you go back to your life of "crime" once everything is cleared out?

A:

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."


Q:

Are you a dad?

A:

I am... /r/dadjokes is a favorite....


Q:

did you know the law about feeding the homeless?

A:

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.


Q:

Do you think these kind of laws are going to start passing to other states? I know some friars in Albuquerque who do a soup kitchen kind of thing and I know they've started having trouble with the police. There are no laws about it yet and they haven't been fined or anything.

A:

I can't predict the future but I can tell you the rules are not getting easier to help others.. The Southern Poverty Law Center states "violent targeting of the homeless are rising sharply in America".

While that targeting has previously been by other citizens, it's clear that our government in other ways will look for ways to curb homelessness by making it hard to be homeless and targeting those who help the homeless. I think making homelessness hard hurts everyone and want to help when people are in that position.


Q:

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?

A:

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.


Q:

Have you been in contact with any of the other national homeless advocacy groups to fight against this law? I have been involved with homeless advocacy for the greater part of 15 years and we have faced quite a bit of trouble from the police as well. Most of our work is focused on the education for homeless children but they were of great assistance. Basically, we called backup! Thank you for all you do.

Edit: typo

A:

Yes. Briefs are coming in from National and local agencies focusing on civil rights, homelessness and believe it or not, religious groups.


Q:

What was going through your mind on the way to jail?

A:

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.


Q:

Can you describe what led you to do this?

A:

There is a history of giving in this Part of Florida..

How do you defend the indefensible? We are talking about a simple humanitarian gesture of offering a stranger something to eat. Roman Catholic Mayor Jack Seiler asked Archbishop Wenski to bless his city, and then he turns around and rejects one of the basic acts of Christ -- feeding the poor -- I would imagine Bishop Wenski may be weighing in on this issue soon.


Q:

Do you have any plans to challenge the law that makes feeding the homeless illegal?

A:

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.