On March 15, 2012, Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced a series of actions designed to force hungry Philadelphians, and those who feed the hungry outdoors, to move to indoor locations over the next year.
The problem with this is two fold first there was no democratic process to the decree handed down in true fascist fashion, second is that those place where food is served inside are more often than not filled to capacity.
“The facilities can't handle the homeless that are on the streets, they can barely handle the ones indoors,” said Jihad C. James Price a formerly homeless person now advocate, “people will turn to crime to feed themselves.”
“I want any hungry person in need to know that they can go to a clean, dry, brightly lighted place where friendly people employing the best food handling techniques will serve good food, a place where people trained in the social services can offer hope and a way back to independence to hungry people in need. Outdoor feeding in Philadelphia is not up to our standards. We can and will do better,” said Dictator Nutter in justification of his draconian decree banning food sharing in Philadelphia’s outdoors.
“Clean brightly lighted places with friendly people serving food, employing the best food handling techniques, serving good food, where the hell is he talking about, none of the places that serve the homeless are like that,” said Dani Finger a local artist and Human Rights activist “and if your not Christian you have to put up with people telling you how they're going to pray for you or that if you don't believe as they do that your going to burn in hell how's that for dignity."
“What the Mayor is really saying is that my Family doesn't have the Right to bring me a hot meal,” said Phillip Fundenberg a Homeless person receiving a meal from school children outside Love Park.
“Babylonians are scumbags for their decree that people don't have a Right to eat,” said Kyle Poutry Food is a Human Rights activist, referring to the mayor and his decree banning the sharing of food in the city of Brotherly Love's and Sisterly Affection's parks denying every Samaritans' Right to do what this city is supposed to be about.
“They have fired the first shot in this revolution,” said Efgahnfe Spear, “I feel that so many freedoms and Rights have been removed; what can we do?”
“He must think we're stupid if he thinks we don't know that this is about the Barnes and sweeping the homeless under the rug, for the rich and the tourist,” said Nathan Klienman, “he's gone off the deep end.”
Dictator Nutter has revealed the truth about how is puppet-masters the Barnes Foundation, the reborn Ben Franklin Parkway, the Sister Cities Park, the efforts lead by Happy Fernandez former president of Moore college of Art and Design. “Let me be very clear on this point: this is not about people. This is about activity. It’s not about who is on the parkway but how it is used, said Dictator Nutter.
“Feeding people is just one layer of the problems that need to be dealt with,” said Lyonard Johnson
It's clear that Nutter cares not one wit about the homeless.
He has yet to begin refurbishing the 40,000 abandoned properties around the city of Philadelphia to provide real homes for the homeless, thus increasing the ease of acquiring services and the likelihood of the mentally ill homeless population to get regular service where they're medication and other issues can be monitored, increasing the likelihood that they're conditions will improve and they'll be better able to have a positive standard of living.
This would be one of many steps in the fight to truly end Homelessness, it would also create thousand upon thousands of construction related jobs for Philadelphian's all over the city, increasing tax revenue for the city and pumping millions of dollars into the economy.
“Mayor Nutter is as crooked as they come, he doesn't care if we live or die out here,” said Johnson, “he's forgotten where he came from, don't worry he'll be back there soon when they've used him up and he's of no value to the rich folks anymore.”