What actually happened at Parks & Rec. regarding the food permits? Did you fill out a form to apply for it? Did they give you a written denial? If so, were there any administrative appeal procedures? I'm not a lawyer, but from the little I know, you need to exhaust all possible remedies, have proof that you did. Should make the defense cases a little more credible. -- Arno
Yes, we did exhuast all administrative options. Park and Rec will not permit a group for the free distribution of food in a city park. We tried charging a penny, we got insurance, we covered the food with a tent and got ticketed for erecting a permenent structure.
What is it with the permit thing? Everyone, EVERYONE, asks me, "what about a permit? Don't you have a permit?" We are FEEDING people. We cook food in our houses with the care that you would cook your own food. Does the government come and inspect your kitchen when you make food for your wife? for your kids? No.
I called the Mayor's press sec (Noah Griffin 554-7111) to ask his reason for shutting us down and he said "Well, we're concerned about the food, you know, the cleanliness. We don't want any of the public to get sick."
Sounds kind of like Vietnam. "Kill the people to help them."
Got it? Food IS political. Sudan currently farms for export when it could feed its starving people. The people need the right to eat food. The people need the right to give. This it what it is all about. -a
About legal defense: No one is being tried. The police are citing people out with no intention of bringing this to court. They are, though, taking our trucks, our white buckets, our cups, and our bread.
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