FOOD NOT BOMBS
20th-26th, 2012 - Voice of Freedom Park, 2101 W. Main St, Tampa, Florida
FOOD NOT BOMBS REGIONAL GATHERINGS
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prayer groups among those set to arrive for RNC
hard at work in Tampa planning all entertainment, education, and other
events that will be taking places during that week in the Tampa Bay
area. Above all, though, we are working on gathering the materials and
supplies necessary to make this event successful. We are building the
capacity to not only share food with the Tampa community throughout the
week of the Gathering, but the protestors that will be showing up for
the Republican National Convention. The gathering is going great!
So here is what
we need most:
If you have tarps, rain coats or tents that is really helpful It is raining every afternoon. It is also hot so a water bottle to refill is also helpful.
Food: Dry and canned food, particularly
beans, rice, potatos, pasta, canned veggies.
Cooking supplies: Cooking oil, dish washing soap, hard
plastic and disposable dishes, silverware, serving utensils, large pots
and pans, tables, chairs
and closer to the event: fresh fruit
and veggies, and lumber and other building materials for a stage and
other structures we'll be working on for World
And finally, here's a schedule of some of the siginificant events
for the Food Not Bombs Gathering - all events are free!
Daily at Voice of Freedom Park, 2101 W. Main St, Tampa:
Warm-ups & exercises 9 am Brunch 10 am Dinner & General
Assembly 7 pm
Monday, August 20th: Workshops throughout
the day including "How to start a Free Skool" and "How to
Start a Food Not Bombs Chapter" Kick-off event with food, music,
puppet shows, and kick-ball at Voice of Freedom Park, 5 pm.
Tuesday, August 21st: Workshops on conflict resolution, survival
tactics, and knot tying, various locations.
August 22nd: Workshops on protest theater, clown bloq, medicinal
plants, permaculture, gardening, canning, and preserving, various
locations. Also a late night scavenger hunt!
August 23rd: Workshops on parade puppets, copwatch, and DIY bike
Keith McHenry will hold a workshop on how to get the most impact from your regular meal at 1:00 PM Thursday, August 23rd at Voice of Freedom Camp
Friday, August 24th: Workshops on DIY solar
energy, I.W.W organizing and a special assembly: "What is the Future
of Food Not Bombs?"
Saturday, August 25th: Free
all-ages show at Market on 7th in Ybor, featuring David Rovics, Vermin
Supreme, and more!
Space will be available at Voice of Freedom Camp during the event for
campers and other options may become available as the event gets closer.
Please contact email@example.com if you want to help with supplies for
the event or want to help put together an event for the World Gathering.
CARAVAN RNC TO DNC / TAMPA TO CHARLOTTE / RIDE SHARE
HOW DID WE CHOOSE TO ORGANIZE THE WORLD
Food Not Bombs activists in Mexico proposed that we organize gatherings
in every region of the world to develope inter-group communicaton and
coordination. There were several regional Food Not Bombs gatherings in
Florida in 2011. The participants at the May 18 - 24, 2011 gathering in
Orlando, Florida came to consensus on a proposal to organize a Food Not
Bombs World Gathering in Tampa and Saint Petersburg during the week
before the Republican National Convention. Tampa, Saint Petersburg and
other local Food Not Bombs groups have been working with other local
organizers on plans for food, housing and other logistics when we met in
May. Since there is a nation wide effort to restrict the activities of
Food Not Bombs this would be a great place to organize a nation wide
campaign to defend our rights. Some Food Not Bombs activist suggest that
we talk about coordinated actions in solidarity with the global
uprising. We will also have workshops on many subjects including how to
have the most impact from your regular meal by including banners,
literature, theater and music. The U.S. effort to silence Food Not Bombs
is also being adopted in other areas of the world making it even more
important to meet. It was again suggested that Food Not Bombs groups
organize regional gatherings to prepare for the World Gathering in Tampa
from August 20th-26th, 2012. This is a great oppertunity to help Food
Not Bombs become even more effective at organizing for a world free of
violence, domination and exploitation. The message of the Repulbican
Party (and the Democratic Party for that matter) is more economic,
political and ecological distruction. It is up to us to inspire change
and support the transition towards a post capitalist future.
Email your requests for housing, workshop proposals and other
questions about the 2012 World Gathering to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help us bring more people to the Food Not Bombs World
Please PRINT a copy of the 2012
World Gathering black and white flyer and hand out copies at your meals
and locla events.
Please PRINT a copy of the
2012 World Gathering full color flyer and post copies in your
First Tampa Regional Occupy General Assembly
View a Video of The 1995 Food
Not Bombs Gathering in San Francisco to get an idea of what is
Second version of the
movie about the 1995 Food Not Bombs Gathering
MORE on the 2012 World Gathering
August 20th-26th, 2012, in Tampa, Florida - USA
We put forth
several proposals to move the creation of this event along. We will be
creating a rideshare page with the intent of connecting as many people
as possible who wish to attend but don't have the resources on their
own. This is a big priority.
We will be linking people to
housing in Tampa during this week, more TBA.
We can at this
point announce several workshops to take place that week and call on
those who come to submit additional workshops
- Know Your Rights Workshop Workshop with the National Lawyers
- Puppet-making with the Autonomous Playhouse & Friends -Large
puppet making, costumes, and more
- Rebel Clown Army Boot Camp - Calling on all seasoned
veterans and fresh conscripts to join the Rebel Clown Army! Training
will include basic clown skills, theater training, and costume &
prop-making, as well as some advanced clown skills. Uncle Bozo Wants
- Cultivating a Food Not Lawns community organic garden - From
clearing vacant lots of toxins and garbage to planing your beds,
collecting and planting your seeds to weeding, composting, watering and
- Solidarity Not Charity - Your meal isn't a Food Not Bombs
meal if you don't have a banner and literature. Literature tables
are key to change - how to get the most impact with your free distro.
Choosing the best location to reach the most people. Tips on inviting
the public to engage you in conversation. Examples of literature tables
that inspired uprisings.
- The magic of safe and free Train Hopping
- Find out which cars are safest, the best areas of the yard to
catch your ride, how to climb on and off each type of car, routes to use
and tips on talking your way out of jail.
- Meeting for Action - How to have the best meetings using
consensus to inspire participation and dedication. Well considered
agendas, encouragement of people often disempowered and an essential way
to provide pubic access to participation in your Food Not Bombs chapter.
- Recovering Food - Creating a system to recover the best
quality food for your regular meals, protests, strikes and other direct
- Vegan Cooking for 100 - Taking the recovered food and
preparing tasty meals for 100 hungry people. Spices that go well with
each dish, how to get the most from garlic and onions, how to keep from
over salting your meal and how you can keep from burring your rice. How
much of what is enough for provide for 100 people. Cutting, dicing,
chopping and slicing all to provide the best tasting organic vegan meals
possible from the food you collect.
- Reclaiming the Commons -
Tent City Protests, Occupations and other protest on public lands. The
logistics of planning, organizing and maintaining long term actions.
Strategies for reclaiming public space and holding it including
organizing food, sanitation, decision making and the other basics.
- DIY marketing - Directing the public to your websites,
social media, tweets and text messages with poster and flyer design,
distribution and the best methods for wheat pasting.
Preparation Workshops and direct action strategy - How to organize a
nonviolent Preparation workshop as part of your direct action strategy.
- OFF GRID -alternative low tech ways to generate electricity,
provide fresh water, shelter and other necessities
If you are interested in participating and need a visa to come to the
United States please email your full name and contact information to
Keith McHenry at email@example.com
For housing, workshop proposals and other details please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Buckhorn announced that he would do all he can to stop the
protests and disrupt our effort to provide food. We are organizing a
global effort to defend our rights. After all the political parties in
the United States are responsible for the economic and political crisis
forcing millions to go hungry each month. The Republican Party should
respect our right to protest and share food with the hungry. Please
contact Amnesty International and the United Nations and ask them to
organize a campaign to defend our rights. The Republican National
Committee provided millions of dollars to local police to silence
opposition to their policies in 2008. It is important that we start to
NEWS RELATED TO THE GATHERING AND
Crashing the parties - Five leading activists who plan to protest in
Tampa this summer.
Mayor Buckhorn: Tampa will have 4,000 police for 2012 RNC
CONTACT AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
AND REQUEST SUPPORT FOR OUR RIGHT TO PROTEST AND PROVIDE FOOD TO THE
the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
PAST FOOD NOT BOMBS GATHERINGS
Not Bombs Gathering
2011 in Orlando Florida
PRINT OUT OUR
Florida Food Not Bombs Gathering Proposal - please forward and add
Meetings, Music, Direct Action
and Workshops -
All Food Not Bombs groups and activist groups are
welcomed, Co hosted with One Struggle, and Direct action South Florida.
We will be discussing how to build a stronger Food Not Bombs movement in
Florida and how to build a stronger anti-capitalist movement in
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Communications Workers of America
Union Hall - Local 3108 - 2220 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804
9:00 - 10:00 - Introductions - Name, group and short report back
10:00 - 12:00 - Workshops - Workshop A - Workshop B Workshop C
12:00 - 2:00 - Lunch
2:00 - 4:00 - Workshops - Workshop
D - Workshop E Workshop F
4:00 - 6:00 - Gathering wide meeting -
Resistance to Unjust laws against Food Not Bombs and the RNC
6:00 - 11:00 - Dinner, Party and after dinner workshops ( Video
Showing of the 1995 Food Not Bombs Gathering) Bruce over RNC
The 1995 Food Not Bombs
Gathering in San Francisco
Food Not Bombs Gathering second posted version
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Communications Workers of America Union
Hall - Local 3108 - 2220 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804
9:00 - 10:00 - Introductions
10:00 - 12:00 - Workshops -
Workshop G - Workshop H - Workshop I
12:00 - 2:00 - Lunch
2:00 - 6:00 - Gathering wide closing meeting - Come to consensus
Proposed Agenda for closing meeting-
1. Adopt a strategy to
resist large group feeding laws in Florida
2. Adopt a proposal
to organize a Global Food Not Bombs World Gathering and food support at
the RNC in Tampa
6:00 - 8:00 - Dinner
Please email us your proposals for workshops.
Food Not Bombs is inclusive so make sure we have your input in making
this gathering effective.
Morning Workshops Saturday, May 21, 2011 -
10:00 - 12:00
A. Meetings can be Empowering Using Consensus -
Meetings can be empowering with consensus at the root to revolution.
We can offer access to our community by inviting them to participate in
meetings using consensus. As governments and corporations fall this
process can provide for a way to fill the void with democratically run
collectives. We saw that the corporate media was amazed that the people
are rising up without leaders. This process encourages leaderless
uprisings and a process to build community after the dictators of
capitalism leave. Invite everyone to participate in creating the
direction of your group. - Facilitated by Keith McHenry
Organizing better inter-chapter communications and coordination -
Maintaining state wide email lists, weekly reports at Food Not Bombs
meetings and regular state wide gatherings and days of action.
C.Food Not NATO Food Not Bombs actions against NATO
Afternoon Workshops - Saturday, May 21, 2011 -
2:00 - 4:00
D. People of Color Caucus - What can we do to
increase our understanding of racism in our movement. Seeking solutions
to build respect and organize against racism in Florida and in the
E. A Global Food Not Bombs Gathering before the RNC
August 2011 - Organizing to feed the protesters at the RNC National
Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 2012. Workshops, discussions and
preparation for participation in protests against the policies of the
RNC Lessons learned from past government efforts to stop Food Not Bombs
- Facilitated by Keith McHenry
F. One Struggle - One Struggle and NGO workshop
Morning Workshops - Sunday, May 22, 2011 -
G. Solidarity Not Charity - Nonviolent Strategy For
Change in Florida - Building unity by providing food in support of
all community struggles. From displaying other groups literature on our
tables to providing food at tent city occupations. Talk about building
popular support for change in Florida. Starting with outreach and moving
to state wide actions of occupation, and other nonviolent direct
actions.- Facilitated by Keith McHenry
H. Legal strategies as Nonviolent Direct action.- From taking
cities to the supreme court, filling jails in defiance of unjust laws to
organizing a voters campaign to overturn the large group feeding laws.
I. Food Not Bombs Global Gathering August 2011 - Organizing to
feed the protesters at the RNC National Convention in Tampa, Florida,
HOUSING AT THE GATHERING Please email us the
number of people with your group needing housing.
Please email your workshop proposals and housing need to: email@example.com
PAST FOOD NOT BOMBS GATHERINGS
Bombs Anniversary May 22nd in Aarhus Denmark!
We are having a Soupstock/fnb celebration in a
park in Aarhus on the 22. May!
The Boston Chapter of Food
Not Bombs presents
SOUPSTOCK: A 30TH ANNIVERSARY
poverty and empowering the voiceless
Sunday, May 23, 2010 from 12-5pm on
the Boston Common, Boston, MA 02115
Call Kassie Carlson at 774-521-9902 or email
for a one-day celebration to commemorate the Food Not Bombs movement,
birth, and history. Live music, theater, workshops, interactive table
spaces, exhibits, kids activities, a picnic, and more will be featured
throughout the day with the purpose of raising awareness of poverty,
issues of food security, and homelessness. Please join us May 23rd 2010
to celebrate 30 years of community, homeless advocacy and free food. The
mission of Food Not Bombs is to serve free, weekly community meals to
those in need. Two meals take place in Boston each week, including
Friday from 4-6pm at the Park Street MBTA station and Sunday from 3-5pm
at the Central Square MBTA station. All food served is nutritious and
vegan. The organization functions in a non-hierarchical manner and
everyone share leadership responsibility. Food Not Bombs got its start
in Cambridge in 1980, but has since spread to all corners of the globe.
Currently, there are over 1,000 autonomous chapters of Food Not Bombs.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY May, 22-23, 2010 at Alice
Come to Alice Springs, Central Australia, and celebrate 30 amazing years
of an inspiring international movement!
All welcome for a weekend of
feasts, music, movies and solidarity in the desert.
Saturday 22nd - from 5pm
feast, acoustic music and movies
@ Arid Lands Environment Centre
Sunday 23rd - from 6pm
Regular FNB serving,
featuring extra super spectacular free feast & live music
We need FOOD DONATIONS & people that
are keen to contribute feast dishes at each event.
We are also
looking for musicians / performers for either event. Please get in touch
if you can help out firstname.lastname@example.org
please spread amongst your
food not bombs and supporter networks.
Melbourne Australia Food Not Bombs 30th Anniversary
On the 22nd of May from 2-8pm
Melbourne food not bombs will celebrate 30 years of this radical and
peaceful worldwide movement. We are planning to have a gathering/food
not bombs catered picnic in the Edinburgh gardens in North Fitzroy,
Melbourne. Everyone who has ever eaten, cooked or supports Food Not
Bombs is welcome to come and celebrate! If you are interested in helping
to cook or collect the food or set up for this event please
Monterrey, Mexico from
the May 14 - 16, 2010
We will be celebrating the 30
years of Food Not Bombs from the 14th to 16th of May 2010 in the city of
Del 14 al 16 de Mayo de 2010
estaremos celebrando los 30 años de Comida No Bombas, en la Ciudad
de Monterrey, México
Down Load a flyer
for Monterrey, Mexico.
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Monterrey Food Not Bombs
Gathering Proposals Consented to on May 15, 2010 ( first draft)
STATES FOOD NOT BOMBS GATHERING
The National Food Not Bombs
Gathering in Omaha Nebraska August 7th to 9th, 2009
Greetings from Nashville! We are sending out an e-mail to
invite all the National Food Not Bombs chapters to come to Omaha
Nebraska August 7th to 9th for a get-together. Hang out with your fellow
FNB comrades, discuss your experiences, trade ideas, and have a good
time. Food will be provided, of course, and there's enough sleeping
room for everyone. A tent and sleeping bag wouldn't be a bad idea
though. As FNB is a collective of autonomous and independent groups,
what happens at the gathering will be decided by consensus. If you have
any issues you would like to be a part of the gathering, send an e-mail
to this address.
TAOS FOOD NOT BOMBS GATHERING
Taos, New Mexico - May 23
to 25, 2009
The 29th anniversary of Food Not Bombs May 23 - 25, 2009 in Taos, New
All Food Not Bombs volunteers are invited to join. Agenda items
welcomed and encouraged. Help cook for the World Peace Week and discuss
plans for the 30th anniversary celebrations of Food Not Bombs. Encourage
participation in this summer's protests and campaigns. Share skills
on cooking, train hopping, tree sitting, community gardening, squatting
and any other ideas. Help organize a Really Really Free Market.
Organize plans to address the global economic crisis. Meet other Food
Not Bombs volunteers.
The Taos chapter of Food Not Bombs is working with The Taos Peace House
to organize World Peace Week. Stay for World Peace Week and participate
this unique conference organized using the principles of consensus.
Call 575-776-3880 or email email@example.com to get involved. The
Food Not Bombs gathering is free. Scholarships for World Peace Week for
Food Not Bombs cooks. The National Rainbow Gathering follows World
Peace Week outside of Taos so don't miss our "Summer of Love."
CALL OUT FOR INTERNATIONAL FOOD NOT BOMBS GATHERING 2007 IN
August 11 through 20,
The International Food Not Bombs gathering will take place from the
11th to the 20th of August 2007 in the main region of transit and labor
migration in Ukraine: Transcarpathia.
There is an explosion of Food
Not Bombs activities in Eastern Europe. In Russia alone there are about
50 groups that are regularly doing actions.
We already started to
form a program of workshops, discussions, practical trainings etc. But
we prefer the program of the camp to be formed by the people who will
come there. So if you've got something to share or contribute - please
let us know now! It can be any topic you are interested in, not only the
main topic of the camp.
Ukraine: Call out for 2007 No
Border Camp and Food Not Bombs Gathering
Food Not Bombs is a form of protest against militarism and nuclear
energy, poverty and homelessness. Hundreds of FNB groups in the world
give out food for free to the people in need. It is a direct action
against the capitalist system of greed and profit. FNB groups share food
on the street, at protests and during actions and thus help to reclaim
everyday life by building autonomous anti-authoritarian structures of
self-sustainability in our communities.
FNB groups from Ukraine and
Russia call for an International Food Not Bombs Gathering.
take place in Ukraine, not far from city Uzhgorod, from the 11th till
the 20th of August 2007. This event will happen together with the
International No Border Camp against the system of deportation and the
policy of 'Fortress Europe' and 'Global Apartheid'.
We hope to bring together FNB divisions from all over the world. Today
Eastern Europe experiences an explosion of Food Not Bombs activities. In
Russia alone there are about 50 groups that regularly carry out actions.
There dozens of groups in Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia, Poland, Czech
There will be different kinds of workshops, seminars,
discussions and trainings: from exchanges of recipes to discussions on
political aspects of Food Nor Bombs. How can protest be more visibly
expressed at actions (banners, leaflets, music etc.) How to deal with
the growing situation of repression (examples of the USA, Belarus,
Russia, Philippines etc.) How to combine FNB with other forms of
protest? Also activists from different countries will exchange their
experience of dealing with cops and other trouble-makers, communication
with passers-by etc, creating a community with people whom they feed and
As for the practical side of the Gathering, besides meeting
each other and share our experience as FNB groups all over the world (we
already know that some FNB activists for instance from the USA and
Australia plan to come) we will take care of the food providing for the
No Border camp. Also we will probably do some actions in the surrounding
area. We will discuss and plan all the details when we meet. Please take
into account that Ukraine has cancelled the visa regime for the citizens
of the European Union, the USA and some other countries, so if you have
a passport of some Western country you probably do not need any visa to
join us. Feel free to spread this call-out through your contacts.
would like to see this gathering based on 'real' democratic principles
and call for you all to help us with this. If you think you can organize
a workshop or a seminar on a subject you find important feel free to do
so and let us now if you need any help. Because the general approach is
of course DIY (Do It Yourself) we would appreciate it to bring as many
necessary materials for your workshop yourself.
For the realization
of this meeting (and the camp in general) we of course call for the
support and inspiration from all of you!
For more information or
questions contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The drawing for the 1995 International Food Not
Bombs Gathering in San Francsico
P.O. Box 424, Arroyo Seco, NM 87514 USA
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