Friday, July 21, 2006

Las Vegas Outlaws Feeding Homeless in Public Parks

Democracy Now reports:
Las Vegas, city council members have established a new punishable offense --- feeding the homeless. On Wednesday, the Las Vegas City Council voted to outlaw the presence of mobile soup kitchens in public parks. Anyone caught serving food to the homeless will be subject to a misdemeanor charge. City officials say they’ve enacted the law because soup kitchens have kept people away from visiting public spaces. The American Civil Liberties Union has harshly criticized the measure, calling it both unconstitutional and unenforceable. But Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said the law will be enforceable because: “Certain truths are self-evident. You know who’s homeless.”

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