TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! CITY COUNCIL HOMELESS HELP CRACKDOWN FEEDS KANSAS CITY RESIDENT OUTRAGE REAX!!!
Before any other Kansas City media outlet . . . THE TKC BLOG COMMUNITY BROKE NEWS of HOMELESS SERVING CONTROVERSY AND CITY HALL CRACKDOWN . . .
Now . . .
CHECK OUT EXCLUSIVE REAX FROM RESIDENTS WHO QUESTION THE METHODS AND MOTIVATION OF THE CITY COUNCIL AND THEIR FOOD SERVING CRACKDOWN!!!
First up . . . Read some really good questions WHICH POINT OUT THE SLOPPY LANGUAGE OF THE KANSAS CITY ORDINANCE that might very well apply to community picnics and other social events and might be exceptionally vulnerable to a legal challenge according to KCMO insiders.
Do Not Feed The Locals
"Took a look at the ordinance. Very vague language. City danced around the issue. Who determines "food insecurity"? Who determines which agency is in the business of feeding people? Who determines if a person is homeless? What if the subject doesn't want to declare their status? Do we enact " don't ask don't tell"?
Scout food drives could throw all those scouts into the mix. Can they host jamborees and feed other scouts out at the campsites?
Does a 501C3 label you as a likely suspect?
What about the volunteers who gather food from grocery store bakeries?
Or what about the inevitable funeral gatherings in the church basement? Better hope that your church is not in the business of good deeds of feeding the poor as your funeral gathering will get snagged in this hopeless net.
What if you neighborhood participates in Harvester's events? This ordinance as currently written would not allow the residents to put out cookies and coffee for visiting council members."
Next up . . . Here's a heartfelt plea from a local activist who questions the motivation and priorities of the City Council enacting this tragic special legislation.
Kansas City Silent Protest
I had to dig deep to think about it from both sides of the story. My initial reaction is nothing short of heartbreak to see City Councilwoman Jan Marcason or Jim Glovers name attached to the bill. These are two people who I truly believed stood for doing the right thing. And let's not harken to an early time when Glovers whole premise of getting elected was to give back......anyone else remember the "Gloves for Glover" campaign? Humanitarianism seemed to suit the camp fine when it looked good...
The premise of the bill is much more than regulating the temperature of an act of kindness on a chilly night. It appears to be much more superficial. . It's about trash....and managing the appearance of a city that is contending for huge upcoming conventions. What kind of city would we appear to be to have the homeless camping out in the beautiful park next to city hall? What would tourists think? A year of research.........and a food sharing crackdown and litter control is all the city can come up with to tackle this gigantic issue? Laughable is the only word I can muster.
It is estimated, per a call into the City Mission, that Kansas City has close to 15000 homeless. A large percentage of them being veterans and a growing percentage of children. With only 2500 beds being made available within the city, the math doesn't lie. Extra help is essential and necessary!
Tomorrow the City Council is going for a finalized vote on the bill. The meeting is at 3:00. Even though they are not allowing for public testimony, I will be in attendance....a silenced protest if you will...... standing on my own two feet...in representation for those who have trouble standing on theirs . . ."
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