Why is this happening now?Over at LA2W, we've been getting a bunch of hits from people looking for the court ruling that sharing food with hungry and homeless people in public parks is expressive conduct protected by the First Amendment.
It turns out that a couple of Food Not Bombs chapters are facing new legal challenges.
Middletown FNB in Connecticut is appealing a "legal order" which threatens "police action" if the group does not cease "dispensing" food. Albuquerque FNB is expecting a court summons and forced removal next week; the group has a lawyer on board to help.
And Northampton Food Not Bombs in Massachusetts has been told by police that the group can't dispense food without a health department permit; they're planning to is simply to tell the police that they're having a public potluck/picnic to which anyone and everyone is invited.
Isn't it interesting that all this is happening now when the issue of hunger in America is becoming so tragic for thousands of families?
Good luck, folks! Hope our work in court helps you. If we can do anything else to help, let us know.