| PLAN AN ACTION TO CELEBRATE
OUR 30 YEARS OF COOKING FOR PEACE |
Seven anti-nuclear activists started a
collective that came to be known as Food Not Bombs in Cambridge,
Massachusetts after the May 24, 1980 Seabrook Occupation Attempt. They
recovered surplus food that couldn't be sold from grocery stores,
bakers and food manufacturers. This food was distributed to housing
projects, daycare centers and battered women's shelters. They also
prepared vegetarian meals and shared it along with their literature at
protests. After nearly 30 years, this small experiment grew into a
worldwide movement with over 1,000 autonomous chapters taking action on
every continent, with the exception of Antarctica. Consider organizing a
celebration to mark the first 30 years of Food Not Bombs.
- Organize a free concert like Soupstock in one of your local
parks and feed everyone that attends.
Soupstock 2010 - 30th
anniversary festival May 23rd, Boston Commons, Boston, Massachusetts.
- Start a Tent City Protest
outside a local military base or weapons factory.
- Plant a Food Not
- Organize a Really Really Free Market.
- Organize a Food Not
Bombs Gathering on each continent.
- Contact other local grassroots
groups and media to let them know we have been cooking for peace, social
justice and the environment for 30 years.
- Organize regional Food
Not Bombs Gatherings this summer to start making plans for May 2010.
The Food Not Bombs movement is unique in many ways. It's rare
for political movements to cross so many national boundaries and
cultures. It's unusual for a grassroots progressive movement to
survive 30 years and still be entirely grassroots. Also, from the
beginning, Food Not Bombs was multi-issue and encouraged the public and
activists to see that all social injustices are connected. And, while it
might seem strange today, Food Not Bombs was at the forefront of
focusing on building the kind of society they wanted instead of trying
to overthrow the current system. These activists believed they did not
need to attack the oppressors to be in conflict with the state, but by
simply doing what they believed was just, the authorities would attack
and try to stop them and provide a way for the public to understand the
failures of so called democracy and corporate power. Your local Food Not
Bombs group might organize a free outdoor concert like Soupstock, dress
as military leaders and sell bake goods to buy a bomber or set up a Tent
City Protest all May 2010 outside a military base or government office.
Share your plans with the Food Not Bombs community and maybe we can all
take action together. Email your
ideas to our website at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post it at www.foodnotbombs.net/anniversary_plans.html.
There are several reasons why
this movement is so strong. It is very empowering to collect, prepare
and share free food all on your own and to do it with little money and
few resources. Sharing food is powerful and magical. Additionally, when
average people realize they have the power to make a difference, it can
change their life. This is the foundation of social change and the
authorities know it. In fact, San Francisco Police memos state that if
they did not stop Food Not Bombs, the public might come to believe that
they could solve social problems without government assistance. The
self-empowerment of tens of thousands of people may be Food Not
Bombs' greatest achievement. The 30th anniversary celebration of
Food Not Bombs could be a wonderful way to introduce more people to our
ideas, principles and actions.