City Refuses to Put Anti-Sharing Food Ordinance on the Ballot
Good Samaritans to Speak at City Council
CITY IGNORES 34,000 VOTER PETITION SIGNERS & REFUSES TO PUT FOOD SHARING CHARTER AMENDMENT ON BALLOT FOR VOTE CITIZENS TO SPEAK AT CITY COUNCIL
Eight days after 34,000 petition signatures were filed at City Hall to overturn Houston's ill-conceived anti-giving and sharing ordinance which outlawed Good Samaritans from feeding and sharing food with the less fortunate with criminal prosecution and fines of $2000 a day there has been no Council meeting called to put the issue on the ballot. The anti-feeding and sharing food ordinance has effectively shutdown hundreds of charitable people and organizations since the ordinance passed earlier this year for the benefit of a few downtown property owners.
"Experts have opined that the City could have easily put the hugely unpopular anti-giving and sharing ordinance to a vote of the people but the City refused even though required by law" said civil rights attorney Randall Kallinen, "The City decided it did not want the people to vote."
"People just want to to be able to give to the less fortunate without fear of imprisonment and huge fines." said petition organizer Paul Kubosh.
"34,000 Houstonians insist that the voters get to decide the future of this dangerous, poorly written, and ineffective law, but Mayor Parker has spared no expense in keeping this decision out of the hands of the voters." said Nick Cooper, volunteer with Food Not Bombs.
The groups wanting Houston to remain free to give and share food include:
American Rights Association • A Simple Thread • Canvas Church Houston • Casa Juan Diego • Casa de la Fuente • Center for Student Missions Houston • The Central American Resource Center • Central Canaan Christian Church • Christ the Servant Lutheran Church • Clear Lake Tea Party • Dominican Sisters of Houston • Ecclesia Church • Emmaus Ministries Houston • The Executive Council • Feed My Sheep Ministries • Free Radicals • Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church • Harris County Democratic Socialists • Harris County Green Party • Harris County Libertarian Party • The Harris County Republican Party (Local Government Committee) • House of Amos • Houston Area Pastor Council • Houston Food Not Bombs • Houston Interfaith Worker Justice Center • Houston Property Rights Association • Houston Tea Party Society • Houston United • Houston Young Republicans • Immaculate Concepcion Catholic Church • IMPACT: I am the Movement • ISKCON Houston (Hare Krishna Temple) • Japhet Civic Association • Joe Williams Ministries • KHA-Atheists • Last Chance Recovery Center • Last Organic Outpost • Love Out Loud Homeless Ministry • Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers • Mosque #45, Nation of Islam • Muslims Against Hunger, Disease and Injustice • Light the Way Home, Inc. • National Lawyers Guild, Houston Chapter • NHPO Leadership Institute • Noah's Kitchen • Occupy Houston • Occupy Wall Street, Houston • Pat Greer's Kitchen • Pax Christi • Ryon Civic Association • The Progressive Action Alliance • Shape Community Center • Sinfull Bakery • Stand Up for Kids • St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Outreach Program • Texas Public Policy Foundation • Taxpayers For Equal Appraisal • UH Fair Labor Action Committee • UH Students for a Democratic Society • UH Students Against Sexual Harassment and Assault • Sonic Visions • Voice of the Homeless Awareness Project • West Houston Assistance Ministries • Young Americans for Liberty, HCC • Community Leaders: Deloyd Parker • Minister Robert Muhammad • Reverend Fana, Women's Resource Center • Duane Bradley, KPFT General manager • Houston City Council Member Helena Brown • Ray Hill • Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Editor and Publisher, Faith That Inspires Action • Dave Atwood, Houston Peace and Justice Center • Rhonda Omberg, Harris County GOP Pct. 839 Pct chair and several Democratic party groups
Concerned citizens will hold a press conference at 1:30 PM and then speak to City Council to urge the charter amendment be put on the November ballot and not to shutdown all future democratic citizen initiated charter amendment efforts:
Date: Tuesday, August 21, 1:30 PM
PLACE: City Hall, Outside City Council Chambers in Lobby, 2nd Floor, 900 Bagby
Nick Cooper: 832/310-5414
Randall Kallinen: 713/320-3785