|Welcome to "Right To Share Food"|
Hello; let me introduce myself. My name is Michael Hubman. I am the founder and the facilitator of "Right To Share Food". Starting in 2007 I have been lobbying on behalf of the human and civil rights of homeless people. I operate Watercorps, a charity that gives bulk drinking water to the homeless people living on the streets of Skid Row Los Angeles.
You might ask; why do we feel the need to organize and lobby to protect and exercise our right to share food? The answer is, that it is a common occurrence in contemporary society, for those who are morally and spiritually motivated, to want to help others who find themselves in a state of need. This state of need is often manifested by poverty, homelessness and destitution. Those who desire to come to the aid of their less fortunate brothers and sisters, commonly express this aid by sharing food.
Conflict occurs when government, most often municipalities, attempt to effect social engineering by restricting or forbidding the sharing of food on public property, the commons and even private property. I liken this kind of social engineering by cities to wildlife management. The problem is, we are talking about our human brothers and sisters, and not unwanted pidgins or other pesky wild life. Why?
I can’t speak for these municipal wild life managers. I can only guess. My guess as to why the sovereign would act in such a selfish and mean spirited manor is greed. Poverty and homelessness are commonly viewed by some who are not similarly afflicted, as messy and unsightly. The sight of homeless and poor people lining up, to receive a charitable meal, makes it hard to convince oneself, and others, that all is well in their area of interest. When poverty and homeless are not sufficiently hidden and dispersed, it tends to raise concerns among some who would worry about depressed commerce and property values.
When homeless people gather in public especially in numbers they often generate a response by government to harass them, with the goal of dispersing them. The dispersing of the homeless to make them less visible, robs them of community and society and denies them there right to associate. Harassing the people who want to share food and aid the homeless and poor is just another tactic to disperse them and deny them the right to associate and assemble.
Michael “Waterman” Hubman