As the wheels of redevelopment turn in Gainesville, Florida, the battle lines have been drawn in a heated debate over a meal limit imposed on a downtown homeless shelter. Designed to disperse the area’s homeless population, some say that the limit is vital to economic growth, while others argue that it is a violation of basic human rights.

Civil Indigent follows Francis “Pat” Fitzpatrick, tireless advocate for the poor and notorious court jester of City Commission meetings, as he leads the charge against the meal limit. From his daily protests at City Hall to his quixotic campaign for a seat on the City Commission itself, Pat is hardly a conventional advocate. He is boisterous and unpredictable, but always motivated by the belief that “someone’s gotta speak for the poor.”