For Immediate Release
Coalition to End the Meal Limit NOW!
Picket the McGurn and Collier Companies for their stance on the
130 meal limit!
Organized by the Coalition to End the Meal Limit NOW!
WHEN: Wednesday, April 13, 4:00pm
WHERE: On the corner of SE 1st St and University, then down to SE 2nd Pl and 1st St
Taking place on Wednesday, April 13th at 4:00pm (during Farmer’s Market) the Coalition to End the Meal Limit NOW! has organized a public rally at the corner of SE 1st St and University. At 4:30pm protesters will march down 1st St to the corner of SE 2nd Pl and 1st St, where a picket will be formed. This picket is against the McGurn Management Company and the Collier Companies for their stance on the 130 meal limit targeting the St. Francis House.
Both the McGurns and the Colliers have taken a public stance strongly in favor of the 130 meal limit enforced at the St. Francis House. The McGurn Management Company and the Collier Companies are powerful property management companies which appear very influential to the decisions made at City Hall regarding this issue. In the documentary Civil Indigent, Ken McGurn describes homeless people downtown as crooks, criminals and rapists. In emails to the Mayor and city commissioners, recently made public by the Coalition to End the Meal Limit NOW!, Nathan Collier describes the homeless as an army of occupying vagrants which have turned Downtown Gainesville into a de-militarized zone. Both individuals, in the capacity of representing their companies, have persistently lobbied City Hall to maintain the 130 meal limit, or even do away with public food sharing for those in need altogether.
“It’s an open secret that businesses like the McGurn Management Company and the Collier Companies have a greater influence over the decisions made at City Hall than the people of Gainesville. Overwhelming condemnation for the meal limit has come out from thousands of people in the community, and dozens who are actively organizing against it—yet not a single resident from the SE neighborhoods have come out for it, only powerful business interests. We constantly hear about all these people who are concerned about the “homeless problem” Downtown, but where are they? I am protesting because City Hall should serve the wishes of the many, not the powerful few, and because I reject the prejudiced and callous views of the McGurns and Collier’s of the world.” Joe Cenker, Coalition to End the Meal Limit NOW! member.
The Coalition to End the Meal Limit NOW! is a broad community coalition composed of dozens of local activists and with over 15 member organizations on the local, state and national levels. The Coalition will continue to organize until the ordinance restricting how many people can be fed at any one location is repealed.