I was arrested for sharing food with the homeless in Downtown Tampa. AMA.
My short bio: Hello everyone, I'm a volunteer with the group Tampa Food Not Bombs. I was recently arrested alongside six others for sharing food with houseless people in a public park, something we have done 1 to 2 times every week for the past 5 years without much incident from TPD.
I'm a Wobbly (IWW member) and am also active in solidarity work with a migrant farmworker-led human rights organization (the Coalition of Immokalee Workers).
My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/HbDTc
Update 1: Wow, thanks everyone for all of your questions! I'll continue answering as many as I can get to, though I may not get to everyone's.
Update 2: Here is a link to info about how to call the Tampa Police Department and City of Tampa (http://imgur.com/a/Kee4K).
Update 3: Had to remove the crowdrise per admins. Sorry y'all, very new here to reddit.
Update 4: I have to head out to our meeting tonight. I'm going to take a break from responding to comments until tomorrow after the sharing at 8am. If you'd like me to answer more questions, I'll be back at 10:30am!
Update 5: Currently back to finish answering questions, and to provide y'all with a quick update on this morning's events!
Final Update: Thank you everyone! We had a sharing today and the police backed down and didn't arrest anyone. The fight isn't over, and we'll continue sharing and seeking to overturn the ordinance's applicability to our situation. I'm sorry I wasn't able to get to all of your questions. Please private message me if you have anything burning left over and I'll get to them when I can. Much love, and feel free to follow our facebook page for more details and updates! (https://www.facebook.com/TampaFoodNotBombs/)