On the evening of march 22, 2012 three activist with Food is a Human Right staged a sit-in on the sixteenth floor of the Municipal Services Building and demanded that the health board members return to have and open discussion with them.
The Health board who decided to end the open meeting that was to be held that even early due to public outcry over the proposed regulation of the out door feeding of those in poverty, reconvened on the fourteenth floor behind closed doors.
The board piped in the meet via speakers set up in the original meeting room on the sixteenth floor, which could barely be heard even from just a couple feet away.
Nathan Kleinman, Amy Difilippo, and Ally Hill decided that the undemocratic way in which this decision was made was unacceptable and demanded that the board hear what the people had to say about their decision which affects so many in this city.
The risked everything, being arrested after the order to disperse was given by the civil affair department of the Philadelphia police department.
They were taken to the Round House via the SEPTA subway system and charged with “Misdemeanor Defiant Trespass and Possibly Failure to Disperse,” said Commander Sullivan of the Philadelphia police department Civil Affairs unit.
Nathan Kleinman is running as a write-in on the Democratic ticket in the primaries for the Congressional seat in the 15th district.
Ally is the wife of Adam Hill and the mother of a young daughter. “My wife knows the risks and I stand behind her decision 100%,” said Adam Hill.
There will be a Jail Solidarity action this morning beginning at 8:30 at the Round House on 8th st. and Race St. Activist will stand in solidarity with the arrestees until there release, expected later today.