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“Hello, citizen of the world and Fort Lauderdale. It has come to our attention that Mayor John Seiler has become an embarrassment to the law abiding citizens of Fort Lauderdale, arresting Arnold Abbot, who is 90 years old and served our country, for feeding the homeless. You are a disgrace, Mayor John Seiler. So therefore, we have a list of demands, and if not met, then we shall shut down the main site of Fort Lauderdale, among other sites. Our demands are to lift the ordinance C-14-38, which makes panhandling illegal at busy intersections for not only homeless but also charities; C14-41, which makes it illegal for anyone to sleep in public in the downtown area; and C14-42, which prohibits citizens from being able to hand out food unless certain requirements are met. You have 24 hours or less, depending on whether this reaches you, Mayor John Seiler — 24 hours to comply with our demands or the site will be shut down, along with other sites belonging to Fort Lauderdale. Operation Lift the Bans engaged. We are anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. You should have expected this, Mayor John Seiler.”
This topic has been covered here in an unusual manner via the sharing of correspondence between myself and Mayor Seiler in which I attempted to discuss the situation, angry at first, then more calmly, but still to no good end, to my last request that he sit down with Mr. Arnold Abbott, the 90 year old veteran who was arrested and fined for feeding the homeless of the city despite a city ordinance that bans public feeding (who the hell bans public feeding?), he replied:
Jack Seiler (Jack.Seiler@Fortlauderdale.Gov)
We met. He will not compromise. Thanks John P. "Jack" Seiler Mayor City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Read the entire story here: http://beststuffsharedonfacebook.blogspot.com/2014/11/actions-must-match-mayor-seilers-words.html
As a left-leaning Independent, the words and actions (that do no jibe with each other) disappointed me greatly.
One of the things the mayor and city council don't think about, do not realize, is that despite the listed designated sites where it's 'okay' to feed the homeless -- these lawmakers don't realize that the homeless have no way to know where these places are (Hello! The homeless don't have internet access or electronics - where would they plug them in? How would they afford them?), and they have no money or transport to get there. Good Samaritans like Arnold Abbott go where THEY are, feed them where they happen to be. Mr. Abbott and the pastors who work with him 'walk the walk'.
So good for #Anonymous. They are on the side of right, not based on religion or laws, but on simply what is the ethical and humane thing to do.
What do you think? Do you support what Anonymous is doing? Do you think the city should lift the public feeding food ban? Sound off below.