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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — Locals gathered outside the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday to rally against the city’s homeless feeding ordinance.

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The group is calling for an end to, what they say is a criminalization of homelessness across the United States. They are calling for non-violent resistance to laws which criminalize homelessness until all such laws are rescinded or struck down.

Following the rally, the group was scheduled to march to Stranahan Park for some food, music and speak-outs by those who are homeless.

Arnold Abbott (Source: CBS4)

Arnold Abbott (Source: CBS4)

Ninety year old Arnold Abbott,  was also at the event.

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Abbott has been feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale for years and is locked in a battle with the city over their new law restricting public feedings of the homeless.

The city wants the homeless fed indoors while Abbott and other homeless advocates said it’s public land and the homeless have every right to be there.

He has been cited four times for feeding the homeless.

Abbott has a couple of court dates next week in his effort to overturn the city’s law.

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