Homeless protest disrupts
Protesters outside the Urban Think! bookstore hoist ladles used to serve stew to the homeless in Lake Eola Park each Wednesday.
Photo by the Orlando Sentinel
A group of activists for homeless rights cornered Orlando's mayor and blocked a street with their protest.
Mayor Buddy Dyer never emerged to talk with 50 or so protesters outside a downtown bookstore, where he was holding a fund-raiser for his 2008 re-election campaign. Instead, the mayor walked out the back door.
For about an hour, the protesters laughed, chanted and hoisted signs declaring their opposition to an ordinance passed in July restricting the feeding of hungry and homeless people at downtown parks.
Some of the best: "Weapons of mashed potatoes!" and "Ladles gone wild!"
Read the Orlando Sentinel story here and watch the Channel 9 report here.
Update: Check out the Central Florida Future report on hte protest here. The Future is the student newspaper at the University of Central Florida.
The single most hilarious part is this:
"OFNB should be grateful, said Dale Revels, a resident of Thornton Park and owner of an insurance agency in Kissimmee. "If we had a Republican mayor, there'd be riot cops on horseback with batons beating them to death. This is a progressive city with a progressive mayor that lets people protest," Revels said, holding a Corona.