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I hope a lawyer with a soul will offer pro-bono help to that kind man and that local activists will take up for his cause.
In this country, a great many of us are just a mishap or two from the terrible fates of those who are hungry, cold, and basically invisible to most of society until they either become inconvenient or worse, become convenient for some unscrupulous pol’s use as a photo-op and nothing more.
Pray for the poor, the sick, the weak, and the homeless, and pray for the people who try to help them. Do not turn a blind eye, help them if you can – even the smallest gesture can make a big difference to someone who is just barely hanging on.
For decades, 90-year-old Arnold Abbott has hauled pans filled with roast chicken and cheese-covered potatoes onto a south Florida beach park to feed hundreds of homeless people.
For his good deeds, Abbott finds himself facing up to two months in jail and hundreds of dollars in fines after new laws that restrict public feeding of the homeless went into effect in Fort Lauderdale earlier this year.
“I’ve been fighting for the underdog all my life, so this is nothing new,” Abbott said.
He was first cited last Sunday, along with two clergymen and a volunteer from his nonprofit, Love Thy Neighbor.
On Wednesday, several police cars waited for Abbott at a downtown Fort Lauderdale park, and officers pulled aside the frail man, clad in a white chef’s coat, soon after the first plates were ready to be served.
“The ordinance does…
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