|(Picture from Washington Post, Courtesy of Joan Cheever)|
You may have already heard this fascinating story involving homeless advocate, Joan Cheever, who was ticketed in
for feeding the homeless: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/04/20/what-happened-when-this-feisty-woman-got-fined-2000-for-feeding-the-homeless/.
She is basing part of her defense on San Antonio Texas’
Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the ruling given in 2013 right here in regarding feeding
the homeless. Check that out: http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/03/federal_judge_dallas_cant_keep.php.
These occurrences in
Dallas and seem to be cases where government attacks the
symptoms created by a problem, instead of solving the underlying problem
itself. Our good friend, CEO of CitySquare and MDHA Board Member reminded
government officials a few months back that what we really need are real
solutions. His op-ed is worth rereading. Check it out: http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20141114-larry-james-homeless-spirits-are-already-broken.ece.
Wise and compassionate words from a wise and compassionate man! San