Food Not Bombs Update

NOTES BY NORSE:  Keith McHenry will be speaking in a phone interview on the stream of Free Radio Santa Cruz Sunday August 7th at a time to be announced on the issues mentioned below.   Santa Cruz FNB serves every Saturday at 4 PM outside the main Post Office in downtown Santa Cruz.   The group needs cooks, severs, and other volunteers.  Check their facebook page.

> Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2013 11:12:30 -0600
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> Subject: Food Not Bombs thrives even as it faces repression
> The San Francisco Police Department made history on August 15, 1988
> when they made the first arrests ever for sharing food with the hungry.
> Nine volunteers arrived at the entrance to Golden Gate Park with organic
> vegan food prepared to share with the several hundred souls that were
> making the dense wooded park their home. A reporter with the San
> Francisco Chronicle learned of the the department’s plan to deploy 45
> members of the Tactical Squad to Haight and Stanyan to arrest the cooks
> and shortly after noon the nine Food Not Bombs volunteers were captured,
> cuffed and driven off to jail. The activists sang “we will not be moved”
> as the police vans removed them from the scene.
> After spending most of the night in a holding cell at police
> headquarters they were released to discover that the Chronicle had
> published a huge photo of riot police guarding the food from the hungry
> with a headline proclaiming “Nine Volunteers Arrested For Feeding the
> Homeless at Golden Gate Park.” The Food Not Bombs answering service on
> Polk Street was swamped with calls from people wanting to help. Offers
> of food, legal support, help with cooking and even commitments to risk
> arrest if necessary flooded in. The August 15, 1988 arrests marked a
> change in American societies view of the homeless and sparked a global
> movement. The San Francisco Police made over 1,000 arrests for the
> “crime” of “making a political statement” by sharing food with the
> hungry in public. Remove the Food Not Bombs banner and literature and
> provide your meals inside the National Guard Armory on the edge of the
> city or be arrested on felony conspiracy charges.
> Twenty five years after the first arrest the act of showing compassion
> and effort to encourage the redirection of resources from war to
> providing for our community is as threatening to the authorities as it
> was in the summer of 1988. In response to the impact of Occupy Wall
> Street and other occupations over 50 cities in the United States have
> banned or passed laws restricting the sharing of food in public.
> Authorities are currently threatening to stop Food Not Bombs meals in
> Seattle, Portland, Boulder and Detroit. Yes Detroit, just as the city is
> filing for bankruptcy and has unimaginable need to feed its hungry the
> authorities are threatening to arrest Detroit Food Not Bombs.
> Hunger and poverty are on the increase yet so is the desire to respond
> to the crisis. New Food Not Bombs groups form every week. Volunteers
> from Umuahia, Nigeria and New Paltz, New York asked to have their
> chapters included on today. Activists reported that
> there are over 100 groups in Indonesia and 30 chapters in the
> Philippines with the Davao City chapter posting photos of their 13th
> July 5th anniversary celebration on our Facebook last week. A new
> chapter started in the southern zone of Mexico City and groups in New
> Zealand announced their next Really Really Free Market.
> The impact of the August 15, 1988 arrests continues to this day having
> inspired people to start the first wave of Food Not Bombs groups that in
> turn inspired others to start a chapter in their own communities so that
> there are volunteers recovering food, cooking vegan meals that they
> share with the public in over 1,000 cities around the world.
> You can join this inspiring movement. The most important thing you can
> do is start or join an already active Food Not Bombs group in your
> community. To learn more you can visit or call us
> at 575-770-3377.
> You may want to get a copy of our book “Hungry For Peace” to learn more
> about Food Not Bombs. You could also participate with the Food Not Bombs
> Free Skool in Taos, New Mexico to gain more experience.
> Another great way to make a difference is to invite Food Not Bombs
> co-founder Keith McHenry to speak at your school, cafe, book store or
> other community space. This is a great way to inspire your friends,
> family and classmates to join you in taking action.
> Another way you can build interest is to invite the Autonomous Play
> House to perform their puppet show in your community. Their shows are
> sure to inspire participation in your community organizing efforts.
> Finally you can help by contributing to the completion of the Food Not
> Bombs Free Skool Solar Pump House and support another season of
> gardening, education and organizing at the school in Taos, New Mexico.
> Check out the cool video about the construction of the solar pump house.
> The pump will be powered by a donated solar cell and our showers will be
> heated by the sun as will the entire building. We intend to complete our
> fundraising drive by the 25th anniversary of the first arrest of Food
> Not Bombs on August 15, 2013. Please share this email and ask your
> family, friends and classmates to support Food Not Bombs.
> Thanks so much for your interest.
> Keith McHenry – co-founder of the Food Not Bombs Movement
> Food Not Bombs thrives even as it faces repression
> – Thanks!!!
> SOLAR PUMP HOUSE PROJECT VIDEO by David Cortez in Taos, New Mexico
> Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry to your community.
> Food Not Bombs
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> Arroyo Seco, NM 87514 USA
> 1-800-884-1136
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> please forward and post. Thanks… Keith McHenry