Are Food Banks the British equivalent of the LA trolley wars?

Apparently, the City of LA has been cracking down on the homeless by confiscating the shopping carts they used to hold and transport their belongings. The City found these carts to be an eyesore so, to preserve appearances, they started taking the carts away. How could they legally do this? The City claimed that the shopping carts were stolen property, taken from local grocery stores.

Of course that wasn’t the real reason for taking the carts away. The real reason had to do with the fact that the shopping carts made the homeless visible. That was the real crime of the homeless. Being seen. And taking away the carts would help vanish the poor on the streets of LA.

Without shopping carts people could drive around the city and not see poor people. Shopping carts broke the illusion by making the homeless visible. 

Knowing what was going on the LA Catholic Worker community decided to help their friends. They bought their friends their own personal shopping carts. No longer stolen property the City couldn’t take the carts away. But that didn’t stop them from trying. What ensued was The Shopping Cart War between the City of LA and the LACW.

Does not the growth of our UK Food Banks make visible the growing poverty in our society? 

No wonder some people would like to keep them out of sight: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/01/03/tory-councillor-chris-steward-food-banks-criticised_n_2402631.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-politics?ncid=GEP.  To be fair the man in question withdrew his remarks, but he wont be the last to express them, me thinks!

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