St. Petersburg Times
Special report
Video report
  • For their own good
    Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
  • More video reports
Multimedia report
Print Email this storyEmail story Comment Email editor
Fill out this form to email this article to a friend
Your name Your email
Friend's name Friend's email
Your message
 

We the people

A periodic photo column exploring our constitutional rights in everyday action.

By CHRIS ZUPPA
Published February 11, 2007


photo
[Times photo: Chris Zuppa]
ADVERTISEMENT
Photo gallery:

Related links:

  • Constitution of the United States U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
  • Ninth Amendment " "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
  • Sixth Amendment "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to have the assistance of counsel for his defense."
  • First Amendment "Congress shall make no law ... abridging ... the right of the people peaceably to assemble ..."
  • First Amendment "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ..."
  • Fourteenth Amendment "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States ..."
  • First Amendment "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom ... of the press."
  • Second Amendment "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringede."
  • Tenth Amendment "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."
  • Eighteenth Amendment: Section 1 "After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors ..."
Related links:
  • Constitution of the United States U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
  • Ninth Amendment " "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
  • Sixth Amendment "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to have the assistance of counsel for his defense."
  • First Amendment "Congress shall make no law ... abridging ... the right of the people peaceably to assemble ..."
  • First Amendment "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ..."
  • Fourteenth Amendment "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States ..."
  • First Amendment "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom ... of the press."
  • Second Amendment "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringede."
  • Tenth Amendment "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."
  • Eighteenth Amendment: Section 1 "After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors ..."

First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law ... abridging ... the right of the people peaceably to assemble ..." 

On a recent December night - long before the St. Petersburg homeless tent cities made headlines day after day - roughly 30 homeless people peacefully gathered on the small piece of private property squeezed between the entrance to Tampa's Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a public sidewalk off Florida Avenue. They had few options. Tampa fenced off nearby Herman Massey Park, where many used to sleep, more than a year ago. Tampa police stopped a group from feeding the homeless in Curtis Hixon Park. "They're trying to get rid of all the homeless ... the city ... the city workers ... the police," Rick Jackson said while resting outside the church. "They should leave us alone. We ain't doing nothing but sitting." Jackson is 53, and like many homeless, has a troubled past. Some wrestle with mental illness, alcoholism, drug addiction. They are arrested and charged with trespassing, stealing, disorderly conduct. Society may write them off, push them to the side, leave them to fend for themselves. But they are welcome on the doorstep of this church. Here, the police cannot tell them to leave. The city cannot prevent them from being fed.

[Last modified February 11, 2007, 00:45:56]


Share your thoughts on this story

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Subscribe to the Times
Click here for daily delivery
of the St. Petersburg Times.

Email Newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT