Police hand out memo at the October 13th Food Not Bombs meal in Sacramento.
FOOD IS A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILEGE
Sharing food with the hungry is an unregulated act of kindness. Resist
all laws restricting compassion.
Authorities have recently told volunteers to stop feeding
the hungry in Worcester, Sacramento, Olympia, Taos, Boulder, Raleigh,
Portland, Seattle and Santa Monica.
sent to Food Not Bombs co-founder on Monday, October 6, 2013
Well, yesterday Sacramento Food not Bombs was kicked out of the
Cesar Chavez Park by the Sacramento police. We were greeted by about 15
officers when we arrived at the park when we normally do in time to
start sharing the meal we created by 1:30pm. We 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.
When it rains we move over to the
east side of the park and across the street where there is an awning in
front of three businesses that are not open on Sundays. So , this is
where we moved to yesterday to actually continue with what we set out to
do which is sharing the hot meal we created.
The police harassment
began when we arrived at the park to try and serve the meal, continued
when we moved across the street, and persisted until finally packed up.
At one point a Food Not Bombs volunteer was accosted by a bicycle cop
while she went to her truck to get a bread donation and then return to
where we were set up - he waa trying to continue to tell her that the
Sacramento police do not want homeless people in the Cesar Chavez Park
or even around the park. I was accosted by the same bicycle cop when I
left where we were set up to walk a couple blocks and let everyone know
where we were set up. Eventually - I'm guessing it was the captain stood
on the park side of the street and began video taping us where we were
set up for about the final 10 -15 minutes
We moved across the street
reluctantly and would really like to continue to stay in the park every
Sunday at 1:30pm. We'd like to start preparing and making contacts to
Would you please give me the contacts for every
Food Not Bombs chapter in northern California?
Thank you, Keith.
all is well with you.
Sacramento Food Not Bombs
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