Homeless in soup: Westminster Council plans law against free soup to homeless

Liberty opposes the bye-law; urge people to sign petition

13th June 2011: Folks, spare five minutes to help Liberty campaign.
Liberty is opposing a Westminster Council proposed bye-law, which will make it a crime to give out a free cup of soup to homeless people in Victoria.

It is urging Westminster Council to drop plans to ban soup-runs to the homeless; and is also urging the people to sign up petition and forward it to a friend, your local MP or local Councillors.

Liberty, also known as the National Council for Civil Liberties, was founded in 1934, and is a cross party, non-party membership organisation at the heart of the movement for fundamental rights and freedoms in England and Wales. It seek to protect civil liberties and promote human rights for everyone.

Liberty says it believe that targeting at-risk individuals by criminalising charity, is an offence against common decency, common values and common sense.

The ban will not solve the problem of homelessness, it is an insult to personal choice and human decency – and its only legacy will be to punish some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

Liberty says: “Whether you’re opposing a bad taste bye-law banning soup runs for the homeless, sending our ‘Unusual Suspects’ e-card about ‘control orders lite’ to a friend, challenging myths about the Human Rights Act in your local paper or helping Liberty get to a new home, your support is vital….

“All you need to do is visit the website and take one of easy campaign actions. Five actions, five minutes – that’s all it takes to protect civil liberties, promote human rights and ensure that Liberty can keep on campaigning well into the future”.

Sign the petition by following this link: Soup Run.

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