Houston City Council Member Helena Brown to Join Food Not Bombs Tonight to Feed the Hungry
Houston Refusing To Give Meeting Notice to Put Anti-Giving and Sharing Law to a Vote of the People
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Feeding the Hungry will occur:
Tonight, Wednesday, August 15, 8:15 PM
521 Lamar St. (Central Library Courtyard)
Houston, TX – Wednesday, August 15, 2012 – In response to what has been called an immoral, unconstitutional, vague, and unhelpful anti-foodsharing “law,” Houston City Council Member Helena Brown will serve food to members of Houston’s vulnerable homeless and working poor populations with the vegetarian anti-war group Food Not Bombs.
“Just as our forefathers stood up against license requirements of the British Government which criminalized ordinary rights and turned a right into a privilege,” the Council Member said Tuesday, “Houstonians are standing up against a government that not only ignores the voice of it’s constituents, but is outright oppressing them and simultaneously starving the hungry! I am inspired to act, as was Patrick Henry was inspired to speak out in his famous ‘Give me Liberty or give me Death’ speech when he saw a clergyman scourged to death for refusing to get a preaching license from the British Government. “
An extremely diverse coalition of volunteer and faith based groups have joined Food Not Bombs to say that the City must immediately honor the People’s vote and the 34,000 voter petition signatures by noticing the City Council meeting to put the Put Anti-Giving and Sharing Ordinance to a Vote of the People to meet the August 20, 2012 deadline. The meeting must be noticed immediately, today. It coulh abve done yesterday or the day before. Attached is an e-mail sent to all council members and the Mayor yesterday clearly informing each to immediately notice the necessary meeting.
Council Member Brown quoted Proverbs 14:31 “He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth Him hath mercy on the poor,” as well as citing the Supreme Court (Norton vs. Shelby County 118 US 425 p. 442, 1886) “An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it
imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had not been passed.”
Food Not Bombs
(832) 310 – 5414
Randall L. Kallinen
(713) 320 – 3785