Nine arrested August
15, 1988 after requesting a permit.
FOOD IS A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILEGE
Sharing food with the hungry is an unregulated act of compassion.
Resist all laws restricting the sharing of food with the hungry.
During the past two years authorities have tried to disrupt the sharing of food with the hungry in public
in nearly 60 US cities including Fort Lauderdale,
Worcester, Sacramento, Olympia, Taos, Boulder, Raleigh, Portland, Philadelphia,
Seattle, Saint Louis, Santa Monica, Houston, Birmingham, Los Angeles, Columbia and
"The city is choking out every avenue for the homeless to survive," Haylee Becker of the Food Not Bombs advocacy group told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel."They're all terrible ordinances,
but together they're a
NEWS DETAILING THE NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGN TO DRIVE PUBLIC
MEALS OUT OF SIGHT
OPINION PIECES JUSTIFYING THE CAMPAIGN TO SHUT DOWN PUBLIC MEALS
FORT LAUDERDALE FLORIDA
COLUMBIA SOUTH CAROLINA
SANTA CRUZ CALIFORNIA
LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA
ST LOUIS MISSOURI
RALEIGH NORTH CAROLIA
TAOS NEW MEXICO
YOU DON'T NEED
PERMISSION TO END HUNGER
Worcester Food Not Bombs was thrown out of the 'hub' for sharing
food on the afternoon of October 12th. They have shared at the
transportation center and had never had any trouble with the
authorities. MSNBC reported on November 27, 2013 that " Los Angeles
City Council members Tom LaBonge and Mitch O'Farrell, both
Democrats, introduced the resolution after complaints from Los Angeles
residents. Arguing that meal lines should be moved indoors, the
legislators said the proposal would benefit both the homeless and
Please contact Tom
LaBonge and Mitch
O'Farrell and ask them to end their backing of this resolution.
On Sunday, October 6th Sacramento Food Not Bombs was kicked out
of the Cesar Chavez Park by the Sacramento police. Volunteers were
greeted by about 15 officers when they arrived at the park when they
normally do in time to start sharing the meal they created by 1:30 pm.
They were told that our stuff would be confiscated and we would get a
summons due to an ordinance that has yet to even be passed that would
prevent any group from handing out free hot meal in the park. Volunteers
organize a rally in support of the right to share food in public. Police
came and filmed the event but did not stop the volunteers.
Advocates for the poor were told to stop sharing meals with the hungry
in Sacramento and Santa Monica, California, Taos, New Mexico, and
Olympia, Washington. Groups were confronted and threatened with arrest
in Boulder, Colorado; Raleigh, North Carolina, Portland, Oregon,
Seattle, Washington and other cities across the United States this
summer. In all over 50 cities in the United States have passed laws
banning or limiting the sharing of meals with the hungry in the past two
years with enforcement on the increase this fall. Our food is vegan,
organic and no one has ever reported being made ill eating with Food Not
Bombs. The goal of giving the public the impression we are required to
get a permit is to justify forcing us to stop. We have no paid staff,
our food is a gift and unregulated by the authorities. Like all acts of
compassion no permission from the government is necessary.
before the government shut down the U.S. Congress approved a three-year
nutrition bill (H.R. 3102), with a partisan 217-210 vote, that aims to
cut about $40 billion over 10 years for the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP) and provide various reforms to the program.
House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said the bill
includes "reasonable changes" to address the "growing and growing and
growing" amount of SNAP recipients. "There are still jobs available in
America," Sessions said."They may not be ones you want to stay in your
whole life." Democratic congress people said that 4 million low-income
people, including 170,000 veterans would be cut from the food stamp
program because of the vote.
The government shut down will stop
payments to over 9 million low-income women and children who qualify for
the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and
Children also known as WIC. Feeding hungry children is not considered
essential yet 350,000 furloughed civilian employees of the Pentagon will
return to work on Monday.
ON THE RIGHT TO SHARE FOOD IN PUBLIC.
First email from Sacramento Food Not
Bombs about shut down at at Cesar Chavez Park (October 6, 2013)
First facebook post from Worcester
Food Not Bombs about shut down at the hub (October 12, 2013)
Lets SNAP to it!
Organize a local meal to protest cuts
in food stamps and restrictions on the sharing of food in
Food Not Bombs groups and local faith based
meals are being ordered to stop providing meals in public in cities all
across the United States. It is clear they want to drive hunger out of
sight to reduce the pressure to use our taxes for social support. At the
same time there will be huge cuts in SNAP or food stamps. Worried that
the public will demaned the real national security of food, healthcare
and housing military contractors have stepped up their campaign to make
deeper cuts in food stamps and other social services to increase thier
profits. Call for nationwide protest to block cuts, increase wages and
end efforts to stop the sharing of meals in public. Food Not Bombs
groups are planning to provide free meals in protest to this crisis.
Please contact your local group to find
out the details.
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