• June 4, 2000 - Soupstock 2000 a free concert in Delores Park in San Francisco celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Food Not Bombs with over 15,000 people coming to see Fugazi, Tilt, Ali Khan Band, Bonfire Madigan, Vic Chestnutt, Michael Franti, Sleater-Kinney

  • February 15, 2001 - 19 year old Long Island Food Not Bombs volunteer Connor Cash arrested by the F.B.I. and indicted on the charge of arson conspiracy in first false terrorism case of a Food Not Bombs activist.

  • June 15, 2001 - Gothenburg Sweden Food Not Bombs co-founder Hannes Westberg shot in the chest by police during the protest against the EU Summit and jailed for 5 months

  • February 7, 2003 - The Danish Peace Foundation awards the Danish Peace Prize to Copenhagen Food Not Bombs

  • February 15, 2003 - Food Not Bombs chapters in hundreds of cities shares meals to thousands of people protesting against the U.S. invasion of Iraq communities all around the world.

  • April 19 - 21, 2003 - Melbourne Food Not Bombs provides meals to the protesters outside South Australia's Baxter Immigration Detention Centre near Port Augusta.

  • September 10 to 14, 2003 - Food Not Bombs volunteers from around the world share food outside the Ritz Carlton at the start of the World Trade Organization's meeting in Cancun, Mexico and provides vegan meals in downtown Cancun to the protesters all week.

  • August 1, 2003 - Denver Police Raid Food Not Bombs House without Provocation and eight are arrested.

  • October 8, 2003 - Food Not Bombs activists arrive in Milan, Italy at the start of "The Drop Bush Not Bombs Tour."

  • November 20-21, 2003 - Food Not Bombs volunteers from all over America provide free meals to the protesters at the actions against the Free Trade Area of the Americas Summit in Miami, Florida. Cooks attacked by police.

  • March 21, 2004 - Tampa Food Not Bombs volunteer Mark Parrish arrested on charges of trespassing in Massey Park in downtown Tampa, Florida while sharing food

  • March 28, 2004 - Tampa Food Not Bombs volunteers James Dunson and Lily Lewis, both USF students, were also arrested on charges of trespassing in Massey Park.

  • April, 18, 2004 Tampa Food Not Bombs volunteers Amberly Banks, James Dunson, and Christopher Ernesto were arrested and jailed on charges of trespassing on public property.

  • May, 10, 2004 Tampa city government agrees to drop all charges against Food Not Bombs and lets the group share food and literature.

  • December 7, 2004 - The F.B.I. Joint Terrorism Task Force memo written on investigation of Denver Food Not Bombs and volunteer Sarah Bardwell before the national political conventions in Boston and New York.

  • May 18, 2005 - "Since when did feeding the homeless become a terrorist activity? " asked ACLU Associate Legal Director Ann Beeson. "When the FBI and local law enforcement target groups like Food Not Bombs under the guise of fighting terrorism, many Americans who oppose government policies will be discouraged from speaking out and exercising their rights."

  • August 9, 2005 - Food Not Bombs volunteers start to provide the food at Cindy Sheehan's Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas outside Bush's summer home.

  • August 31, 2005 - Hartford Food Not Bombs volunteers Dave Rozza and Ross Harmon arrive in New Orleans and start feeding the hungry displaced by Hurricane Katrina. American Red Cross gives out the Food Not Bombs toll free number to anyone seeking food.

  • November 13, 2005 - Food Not Bombs volunteer Timur Kacharava stabbed to death by 8 to 10 neo-nazis while sharing meals for Food Not Bombs on Ligovsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg, Russia.

  • December 7, 2005 - In the most serious case of framing Food Not Bombs volunteers as terrorists FBI agents arrest Chelsea Gerlach, Bill Rodgers, Kendall Tankersley, Kevin Tubbs, Daniel McGowan and Stanislas Meyerhoff most of whom were volunteering with Food Not Bombs while under investigation by informants in "Operation Backfire."

  • January 13, 2006 - Food Not Bombs volunteers Eric McDavid Zachary Jenson and Lauren Weiner arrested by F.B.I. charged with Conspiracy to damage and destroy property by fire and an explosive after the F.B.I. paid an informant $65,000 to frame them. Eric McDavid was sentenced to 19 years even though he was innocent of any crimes.

  • February 14, 2006 - Eleven Food Not Bombs volunteers arrested and tortured in the Philippines while hitchhiking from Buguias to Sagada, Mountain Province. The Food Not Bombs campaign SAGADA 11 wins their freedom after 11 months in prison.

  • March 8, 2006 - In a guest lecture at the U.S. Law and National Security course at the University of Texas School of Law, FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent G. Charles Rasner listed in his powerpoint Indymedia, Food Not Bombs, and the Communist Party of Texas as three of the ten Terrorist Watch groups they were infiltrating in Austin.

  • June 11, 2006 - Food Not Bombs Activist Peggy Lee Kennedy Arrested at the meal in Venice, California.

  • August 12, 2006 - Food Not Bombs from groups around Florida provide meals to protesters at the sate wide action in Orlando against the Israeli war on Lebanon and Palestine

  • January 4, 2007 - Food Not Bombs volunteer Helen Hill was murdered by a random intruder at her home in New Orleans. Helen started theHalifax, Nova Scotia, Canada chapter and volunteered with New Orleans Food Not Bombs both before and after Hurricane Katrina.

  • April 4. 2007 - Eric Montanez, a member of Orlando Food Not Bombs arrested sharing food at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando Florida.

  • June 27, 2007 - Six members of Orlando Food Not Bombs were arrested for drumming outside a fundraiser for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in protest of his support for an ordinance that bans the serving of food in public parks. They were arrested on charges of violating a City of Orlando noise ordinance even though it is not an arrestable offense.

  • August 11 - 20, 2007 - First International Food Not Bombs Gathering outside the United States held near Transcarpathia, Ukraine at the No Border camp.

  • November 25, 2007 - Dipepi Free Food Gang/Jakarta Food Not Bombs organize huge Really, Really Free Market on Buy Nothing Day with people coming for all over Indonesia to participate.

  • July 5, 2008 - Reykjavik Food Not Bombs provides meals at the Eat the G8! Solidarity action in Iceland.

  • August 29, 2008 - Joanne M. Smith, Judge of Ramsey County District Court signed the warrants for raids on the Food Not Bombs cook houses in Minneapolis. Food Not Bombs houses raided by F.B.I. and Homeland Security the day before the Republican National Convention arresting 8 volunteers on Patriot Act charges as terrorists.

  • March 6, 2009 - Jonathon Gerhardt with the New Mexico Environment Department issue Albuquerque Food Not Bombs with $3,000.00 Fine and Arrests.

  • March 13, 2009 - East Bay Food Not Bombs volunteer Tristan Anderson shot in the head with a tear gas projectile from around 60 meters by Israeli forces during a demonstration in the West Bank village of Ni lin.

  • March 28-30th 2008 - Food Not Bombs gathering in Nashville draws over 150 volunteers who agree to start more Food Not Lawns gardens and seek ways like Homes Not Jails to address the dramatic increase in food prices and the housing foreclosure crisis.

  • September 26, 2008 - Federal judge Gregory Presnell in Orlando, Florida rules -- for the first time in the USA -- that sharing food with hungry and homeless people in public spaces is expressive conduct protected by the First Amendment.

  • May 3, 2009 - Food Not Bombs volunteer Abe Bobman arrested sharing food in Middletown, Connecticut.

  • October 3, 2009 - Connecticut General Statute 19A-36 changed to allow Food Not Bombs to share meals without interference by the state as a result of the arrests of the Middletown Food Not Bombs volunteers.

  • December 17, 2009 - The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta hears arguments on whether sharing food with hungry and homeless people in public spaces is expressive conduct protected by the First Amendment. Orlando Food Not Bombs was represented by lawyer Jacqueline Dowd.


  • April 24, 2010 - Food Not Bombs/Food Not Corporations solidarity action for the Victims of Lapindo Mud - Porong, Sidoarjo in East Java, Indonesia

  • May 23, 2010 - Boston Food Not Bombs celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the movement at Soupstock on the Boston Commons. Concerts also in Europe, Australia and other areas of the world.

  • July 6, 2010 - The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta rules against Orlando Food Not Bombs claiming the city can restrict the groups right to free expression.

  • August 30, 2010 - The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta vacates its July opinion in favor of the City of Orlando and grants a rehearing en banc on Feburay 15, 2011.

  • February 15, 2011 - The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta hears case of Orlando Food Not Bombs.

  • February 17, 2011 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida Police Department raids the local Food Not Bombs house in the departments campaign to stop the group from sharing in Stranahan Park.

  • April 12, 2011 - The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta rules that the City of Orlando can limit Food Not Bombs to the sharing of meals to twice a year per park.

  • June 1, 2011 - First three volunteers arrested for sharing meals in defiance of The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Orlando's large group feeding law at Lake Eola Park

  • July 8, 2011 - Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry freed from the Orange County Jail after being held 17 days for sharing meals at Lake Eola Park

  • August 15, 2011 - HUNGRY FOR PEACE - How you can help end poverty and war with Food Not Bombs is finished and delivered to publisher

  • August 19, 2011 - Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announces that charges have been dropped against the people who were arrested sharing meals at Lake Eola Park

  • September 17, 2011 - Food Not Bmbs delivers peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to Occupy Wall Street

  • September 28, 2011 - Food Not Bmbs delivers peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to Occupy Chicago

  • October 1, 2011 - Food Not Bombs doantes a couple of copies of HUNGRY FOR PEACE - How you can help end poverty and war with Food Not Bombs to the Occupy Wall Street Library

  • October 3, 2011 - Food Not Bombs sets up kitchen at Occupy DC at McPherson Square

  • October 6, 2011 - Food Not Bombs sets up kitchen at Occupy DC at Freedom Plaza as Food Not Bombs groups all over the world help with their own local occupations

  • October 16, 2011 - St. Petersburg Food Not Bombs and The People's Share take down the Russian flag and replace it with a Jolly Roger flag that features a skull and crossbones, with a slice of pie on the mast of the Aurora cruiser, a national relic and tourist attraction docked in downtown St. Petersburg

  • October 27, 2011 - Two San Francisco Food Not Bombs volunteers Ted and Collin arrested at Occupy Oalkand

  • November 8, 2011 - Three Pensacola Food Not Bombs volunteers arrested for trespassing while supporting Occupy Mobile

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