The soup kitchen where veep nom Paul Ryan staged his faux cleanup photo op, against, it appears, the wishes and policy of said soup kitchen, is seeing backlash (it appears to be Republican in nature…for what, embarrassing Paul Ryan who used and abused the soup kitchen and got caught staging fake photos? ugh).
Generally, it appears this place has a policy against being a backdrop for ANY political event, and has said publicly that it was not authorized and even that the Ryan people “ramrodded their way” into the charity. Now they are facing abusive phone calls and FB messages:
Ryan supporters have now targeted Antal and his soup kitchen, Antal said, including making hundreds of angry phone calls. Some members of Antal’s volunteer staff have had to endure the barrage as well, he said. “The sad part is a lot of [the callers] want to hide behind anonymity,” he said, adding that if someone leaves their name and number he has tried to return their call. In addition to phone calls, people have posted a few choice words on the charity’s Facebook wall, including statements like “I hope you lose your tax [sic] emempt status,” Anyone who is thinking about donations to you should think twice” and “Shame on you Brian Antal!”
They are also stating that they are seeing a terrible drop off in donations, which affects how many people they can serve.
Look, this isn’t about politics. It’s about commonplace civility. These people, through no fault of their own, were used, apparently unauthorized, as a photo op for a candidate, and when they protested the misuse, are now suffering from backlash that will hurt only the very poor who rely on the soup kitchen. Personally, I wish we could do away with soup kitchens entirely and actually address poverty in this country. And to be clear, this is a faith-based organization, and normally I don’t give my money to such (my personal choice). However, in light of the effect this will have on extremely vulnerable people who are the clients of this soup kitchen, I’d ask that if you have a spare dollar or two (and only if you do), to please consider giving a small donation to this soup kitchen. You can do so by the following:
To make a donation to the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, money can be sent to P.O. Box 224, Youngstown, Ohio 44501. Donations also may be made online. Online donors should specify that their donations are for the Youngstown, Ohio, soup kitchen.
Let’s see if the internets can right a wrong being done in the name of politics.
and sent them 20 bucks, though times are tight here. The people who would pull donations from a soup kitchen, just because a volunteer director had the temerity to call out Ryan’s shameless exploitation, truly are despiciable.
There’s no question Ryan was in the wrong. He showed up, totally uninvited, and barged in with his camera people in violation of the organization’s policy against political photo ops. Then he grabbed already-clean dishes that nobody asked him to wash and pretended to wash them. The other guy just expressed his thoughts on it, and for that they’ll take funding away from homeless people? For shame.
The operators and clientele of the soup kitchen are part of the 47% that Mr. Romney, the backers of the GOP, and by extension the supporters of the Romney/Ryan ticket have such contempt for.
This appallingly cynical behavior only demonstrates and confirms that contempt.