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July 11, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
After two days of testimony from witnesses ranging from homeless advocates to Mayor Nutter, a federal judge has set oral arguments for Thursday on the constitutionality of a new city ordinance that bans the public feeding of groups of homeless people in city parks. "We're ready to go now," said civil rights lawyer Paul M. Messing, who represents four religious groups challenging the feeding ban, after testimony ended Tuesday afternoon. U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. smiled and told Messing and lawyers for the city to return Thursday.
NEWS
July 10, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Brian Jenkins had a simple explanation for why his Chosen 300 Ministries provides free food to homeless people at 16th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. In 1996, Jenkins told a federal judge Monday, God called him to that location and made it his ministry to be there at 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and to conduct a worship service at 5 followed by several hundred free meals at 5:20. Jenkins says he has since modified his mission to six months out of the year in an agreement with city officials.
NEWS
July 10, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Rev. Brian Jenkins had a simple explanation for why his Chosen 300 Ministries provides free food to homeless people at 16th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. In 1996, Jenkins told a federal judge Monday, God called him to that location and made it his ministry to be there at 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and to conduct a worship service at 5 followed by several hundred free meals at 5:20. Jenkins says he has since modified his mission to six months out of the year in an agreement with city officials.
NEWS
July 2, 2012 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Living water!" exclaimed Anthony Lee, holding up the bottle of water that he had just received. "I need this. It's in the Bible. " When the thermometer climbed to 94 degrees Saturday, those who live on the city's streets had nowhere to go to escape the heat. Tanya Baker and Myron Page, employees of the Philadelphia nonprofit Project H.O.M.E., drove their van around the city throughout the afternoon and evening, offering conversation, tips on social services, and enticing water bottles so cold that condensation dripped off them.
NEWS
June 15, 2012 | Ronnie Polaneczky
Ever since Mayor Nutter's ban on feeding homeless people on Benjamin Franklin Parkway went into effect June 1, I've been worried about Violet Little.   After all, she's been nourishing the Parkway's homeless for two years. But her meals are heartier than chunky chili or cheesy ziti. I fret that her mission might be at risk. A Lutheran minister, Little is pastor of the Welcome Church, which she founded as "a church without walls," since no bricks or mortar shelter its inhabitants.
NEWS
June 6, 2012
President Oblamer spent his first 2?1/2 years in office blaming President Bush for his weak economy. When polls started showing that the American people were no longer buying that argument, he shifted the blame to the tsunami that hit Japan last year. His latest culprit for the anemic economic recovery is the European debt crisis. I'm not saying that these events didn't have a negative affect on the economy; however, there are more substantial reasons why this economic recovery has been so feeble, such as: Obama's failed stimulus, Obama's over-regulation, the fear that employers have of the cost of Obamacare and the astronomical 6 trillon dollars in debt that he incurred in just 3?
NEWS
May 20, 2012 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Inside the Barnes, guests were served lamb chops and smoked salmon cannolis with a lemon aioli sauce along with champagne and red and white wine at the $1,500-a-plate opening-reception dinner. Outside, at 20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the menu was drastically different. A coalition of homeless-advocacy groups and others protesting the Barnes' move from Merion dined on doughnut holes, salmon dip, bread, apples, bagels, rice, and string beans served on paper plates with plastic utensils.
NEWS
March 23, 2012
When Albert C. Barnes was calling the shots, the door to his incomparable hoard of modern masterpieces was relatively open to the poor, and closed to the privileged. James Michener, the author, figured this out only after he was denied entry on three occasions. The fourth time he posed as a barely literate Pittsburgh steelworker. Access granted. Well, Barnes is long since dead, and now that the elites have his collection, the time apparently has come for the poor to get out. Instead of slumming it to get in, the city's powerful are clearing the slums, lest the presence of homeless men and women offend patrons of the new and supposedly improved Barnes Foundation, set to open on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in May. The official story is that the new ban Mayor Nutter announced last week on the outdoor feeding of homeless people has nothing to do with the Barnes.
NEWS
March 22, 2012 | By Marc Lamont Hill, Daily News Columnist
MAYOR NUTTER last week announced a proposal to outlaw outdoor public feedings on city parkland, especially the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where highly visible feedings take place. According to Nutter, the ban will allow for more sanitary and dignified food distribution to the homeless. As expected, the news sparked a string of protests from antipoverty and anti-Nutter activists, who saw it as a swipe at the poor and a cynical attempt to polish the city's image for tourists and investors.
NEWS
March 16, 2012 | BY SHAJ MATHEW, Inquirer Staff Writer
OPPONENTS OF Mayor Nutter's new policy on mass outdoor food handouts rallied yesterday to discourage city health officials from enacting restrictions on their particular form of charity. Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Municipal Services Building across from City Hall in the afternoon, with volunteers serving food to the homeless and participants filming the police filming them. One minor scuffle led to an arrest. The spectacle preceded a Philadelphia Board of Health hearing regarding a new proposal, backed by city Health Commissioner Donald Schwarz, to require training and permits for organizations distributing food to people outdoors.
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