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April 22, 2015

Opinion: Cities Should Help the Homeless, Not Fine Those Who Feed Them

An article in the The Atlantic argues against the trend of cities trying to restrict individuals and organizations who feed the poor.

San Antonio, Philadelphia, and Raleigh, among others, have tried to limit food sharing for the homeless. Staff writer Conor Friedersdorf argues that government officials should not use coercion to limit feeding the homeless and that outlawing this form of charity restricts individuals' right to assemble and even practice religion.

In early April, San Antonio chef Joan Cheever was issued a $2,000 citation for serving dinner to a line of homeless people, something she had been doing for the past decade without incident, according to Texas Public Radio. A coalition of individuals has raised money through a GoFundMe campaign to cover the cost.