Members of the charitable group Food Not Bombs have been arrested in Orlando, Florida for serving food without a permit, DemocracyNow reported. A city law states that a permit must be obtained to serve food to 25 or more people in a park, and limits groups to two permits per year.
Keith McHenry, who helped found the group 30 years ago, was arrested Wednesday and is still imprisoned. McHenry's view is that food is a right, not a privilege, so he and the group refused to abide by the law.
Food Not Bombs attorney Shayan Elahi said that he was filing an injunction against the City of Orlando because violations of municipal ordinances can be punished with a notice of appearance -- arrest is not mandatory. Elahi also said that there is a First Amendment issue at stake. The Orlando Mayor has previously labeled Food Not Bombs as "food terrorists."