Houstonians rally to end ban on feeding the homeless

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HOUSTON, TX – Want to see a bunch of Houstonians get fired up? Bring up the city’s laws on feeding the homeless.

As if the ordeal involving the ordinance that says you can’t feed homeless people in public wasn’t bad enough, what’s got national attention is the city’s treatment of a veteran caught digging in the trash for something to eat.

James Kelly was ticketed for “disturbing the contents of a garbage can” (a law that’s a pile of garbage in itself).

Houstonians rallied, and now city officials are set to vote on whether or not to repeal the ordinance at Wednesday’s city council meeting.

Homeless advocate Shere Dore said, “People need to eat, period. That’s the bottom line. That is a right for every human being, and we would hope that the city would take the initiative to understand that.”

But that won’t be the end of it. Homeless advocates want Mayor Annise Parker and her council to do more.

Dore said, “If she is offended by this particular law, then she should be just as offended about the anti-food sharing ordinance which she and other members of council also passed last year.”

We’re told James Kelly is now being helped out. But there are still thousands of homeless people in Houston who are hungry and have nowhere to go.

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