From an excellent piece
by Barbara Ehrenreich on the criminalization of poverty:
The viciousness of the official animus toward the indigent can be breathtaking. A few years ago, a group called Food Not Bombs started handing out free vegan food to hungry people in public parks around the nation. A number of cities, led by Las Vegas, passed ordinances forbidding the sharing of food with the indigent in public places, leading to the arrests of several middle-aged white vegans.
The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations can donate to political candidates because money is free speech. If money can be free speech, why not food?