- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - One of Miami’s most beloved homeless advocates is being honored in Washington, D.C.

Ninety-year-old Arnold Abbott was presented with the ‘Advocate of the Year’ Award by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the Congressional Hunger Center last week.

Abbott made national headlines in recent months for openly refusing to obey Fort Lauderdale’s new law that criminalizes the act of sharing food with homeless and needy persons.

Abbott has received three court summons and faces at least $1,500 in fines and up to 180 days in jail. He says he has a constitutional right to continue feeding his neighbors and will continue to do so.

A judge recently suspended the law by imposing a 30-day ban on any new citations. Abbott co-authored a petition calling for the repeal of the ordinance, which has received over 100,000 signatures.

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