Food Not Bombs Protests Anti-Homeless Law

LAS VEGAS, NV --"The Friendly City", Sin City, whichever you prefer, Las Vegas on July 19th, 2006 passed the first U.S. ordinance to explicitly make sharing food with the poor a crime. In this city where millions of dollars a year are spent on demolishing perfectly intact lodging, people are now criminalized for sharing food. Although many cities have enacted laws that surreptitiously prevent the "indigent" from congregating in the public eye, this is the first time that a city has blatantly codified and enforced open class discrimination against the poor. Never before has the sharing of basic survival necessities, such as food and water, with human beings of a perceived socioeconomic class been so specifically legally enshrined as a criminal act.


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