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Albuquerque college students finding opportunities in panhandling ordinance

September 4, 2019


PANHANDLING ORDINANCE… AS A WAY TO CONNECT WITH A STRUGGLING POPULATION. NEWS 13 )S FRANCESCA WASHINGTON IS HERE… TO SHOW US HOW. MADELINE, IT )S NOW ILLEGAL TO HAND SOMETHING TO A PANHANDLER FROM YOUR CAR. YOU HAVE TO PULL OVER, PARK AND GET OUT. SO THAT )S EXACTLY WHAT THIS GROUP OF ABOUT 20 U-N-M AND C-N-M STUDENTS DID TODAY. A FAMILIAR AND OFTEN UNCOMFORTABLE SIGHT FOR MANY. 7:34:04 “It’s something I )ve seen growing up every day. It’s easy to try to look away but they are there.” 7:41:27 PANHANDLERS AT INTERSTATE ON AND OFF-RAMPS, OR STANDING IN BUSY MEDIANS ACROSS ALBUQUERQUE. BUT IT )S A SIGHT DRIVERS MAY SEE LESS OF, NOW THAT CITY COUNCILORS PASSED AN ORDINANCE RESTRICTING (WHERE PEOPLE CAN PANHANDLE. IT ALSO SAYS DRIVERS CAN )T GIVE PANHANDLERS MONEY OR FOOD. THE SPONSOR OF THE ORDINANCE CLAIMS IT )S ABOUT PEDESTRIAN SAFETY. Trudy Jones, City councilor: Trying to conform into what some of the federal government wants as far as traffic safety. BUT OPPONENTS SAY IT )S A VIOLATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS. NOW, A GROUP STUDENTS FROM UNM AND CNM KNOWN AS SOIL. 5:51:05 “Which means sold out intentional living. We believe one of the best ways to be sold out and live intentional is to meet the need of the community around us.” 5:58:16 THEY )RE ATTEMPTING TO TAKE THIS CONTROVERSIAL ORDINANCE — AND FIND THE POSITIVE. 5:12:02 “Its most effective when we actually have to pull over because it gives us a unique opportunity to minister to that person, to really meet their need and really be intentional about meeting with those people. 5:21:26 TODAY, THE GROUP TOOK CARE PACKAGES FILLED WITH FOOD, WATER, TOILETRIES AND SOCKS — AND PASSED THEM OUT TO PEOPLE AT CORONADO PARK. 8:37:00 “Instead of shying away from them we )re embracing them.” 8:39:04 MEMBERS OF “SOIL” HOPE THEIR EFFORTS… WILL ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO TAKE THE TIME TO PULL OVER AND REACH OUT. THE GROUP PASSED OUT 80 CARE PACKAGES TODAY — AND PLANS TO DO IT AGAIN, ROUTINELY. MADELINE, BACK TO YOU. THANKS FRANCESCA. IN REGARDS TO THE NEW ORDINANCE — THE CITY PLANS TO PUT SIGNS UP IN AREAS WHERE PEOPLE CAN LONGER PANHANDLE — BUT IT )S UNCLEAR

3 Comments

  • Reply mark marchiafava November 20, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Land of the Free? Nope

  • Reply Ed Hartgrove November 20, 2017 at 7:11 am

    So, the ordinance says you can't give panhandlers food. So, of course, the college students give the panhandlers – uh… FOOD! WAY TO GO! Screw what the laws say!

  • Reply J& K November 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I'll be giving ANYONE what I want to give. Snobs are going to know If it's me…

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