And Now…The Forums

February 6, 2012
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forum.foodnotbombs.net is now available! We’ ve got sections for chapters to discuss and post their news, and most importantly a tab for planning for the 2012 Gathering in Tampa! It’s new and small and won’t stop crying at the moment but give it a chance and it will grow on you…

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  1. Keith McHenry on February 13, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    We are writing to ask for your support. Our office has seen a huge increase in reports of people and groups being stopped for sharing food with the hungry. There is also a new wave of laws restricting the sharing of food. The expense and regulation required by authorities makes it impossible to provide help. In many cities you can be jailed for weeks and even months for sharing meals with the hungry. Many of our volunteers have been arrested and held for days for their acts of compassion. Please consider endorsing our campaign and issuing a statement of support.

    Thanks for your consideration.

    Keith McHenry and Kathy Mitro

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    FEBRUARY 13, 2011

    CONTACT:

    Keith McHenry
    Food Not Bombs
    menu@foodnotbombs.net
    http://www.foodnotbombs.net
    575-770-3377

    FOOD IS A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILEGE

    Sharing food with the hungry is an unregulated act of kindness.
    End all efforts to stop people from feeding the hungry.
    Rescind all laws restricting compassion.

    “THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO GIVE OUT FOOD, THERE IS ONLY GIVING OUT ALL THE FOOD YOU CAN”
    - Kathy Mitro who posted a petition on line after being threatened with arrest for sharing food in Daytona Beach. Florida in January 2012

    We are proposing that people all over the world consider sharing free meals in celebration our right to food and participate in our campaign for an end to laws restricting acts of compassion. Celebrate our right to feed the hungry with music, theater, and the sharing of food.

    SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012

    Our movement started when the “Diggers” occupied St George’s Hill in Surrey, England on April 1, 1649 in a protest for the right of landless people to feed themselves. We are announcing our global campaign for the right of all people to share food with the hungry without regulation on the anniversary of the first act of the peaceful resistance by the “Diggers” of St George’s Hill.

    It has been distressing to receive so many reports in the past few weeks of people being threatened with arrest or cities adopting new laws limiting people’s right to share free food with the public. People in England, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Florida contacted Food Not Bombs about having been threatened with arrest. Others report that their local governments are considering laws to limit acts of compassion.

    This new wave of threats is happening as half of all Americans are struggling to survive. The Department of Agriculture’s February report shows that 46,286,294 people relied on food stamps in November of 2011. People have been arriving at Food Not Bombs meals claiming they had not eaten in four days because other food programs had exhausted their resources. The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 1 in 7 people or 925 million people world wide went hungry in 2010. We are announcing a global campaign to recognize that sharing food with the hungry is an unregulated activity of compassion and should not be interfered with by the authorities.

    The public is encouraged to share meals with their community on Sunday, April 1, 2012 in defiance of government’s efforts to restrict acts of compassion. Please email our office so we can post your event on our website.

    ENDORSED BY

    Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed
    Kathy Kelly, Co-coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence
    Michael Stoops, National Coalition for the Homeless
    Keith McHenry, Co-founder of the Food Not Bombs Movement

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    PLEASE ENDORSE THIS CAMPAIGN
    Please consider endorsing this nonviolent campaign. Email us you name, position and city or if your group is endorsing the name of your organization and city. Seek to overturn all local laws restricting the sharing of food.
    Thanks so much.

    menu@foodnotbombs.net

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
    The current cities actively seeking to restrict the sharing of food are Los Angeles, Daytona Beach,Tampa, St Petersburg, Dallas, Myrtle Beach, Philadelphia.

    A PLACE AT THE TABLE
    http://www.foodnotbombs.net/A_Place_at_the_Table.pdf

    Food is a Right Jean Ziegler
    http://www.righttofood.org/

    Hunger Is a ‘Weapon of Mass Destruction’, says Jean Ziegler
    http://www.opednews.com/articles/Hunger-Is-a-Weapon-of-Mas-by-Siv-O-Neall-120120-44.html

    SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:  NUMBER OF PERSONS PARTICIPATING
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/29snapcurrpp.htm

    2012 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics Food and Agriculture Organization
    http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world 20hunger facts 202002.htm

    PETITIONS
    If you have been threatened with arrest for sharing food please contact us. menu@foodnotbombs.net
    Speaker of the House: Change the laws that criminalize sharing food with
    hungry individuals
    http://www.change.org/petitions/the-president-of-the-united-states-change-the-laws-that-criminalize-sharing-food-with-hungry-individuals

    Allow Food Not Bombs Myrtle Beach to Feed the
    Hungry
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/allow-food-not-bombs-myrtle-beach-to-feed-people/

    The City of Dallas: Stop
    threatening people for feeding the homeless
    http://www.change.org/petitions/the-city-of-dallas-stop-threatening-people-for-feeding-the-homeless

    NEW REPORTS ON EFFORTS TO LIMIT THE SHARING OF MEALS

    PHILADELPHIA
    Philadelphia may start requiring permits for those who feed the homeless
    February 10, 2012
    http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/health-science-multimedia/item/33820-philadelphia-may-start-requiring-permits-for-those-who-feed-the-homeless

    Proposed rules for feeding homeless on Parkway assailed February 9, 2012
    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/139063949.html

    Proposed rules for feeding homeless on Parkway assailed
    http://articles.philly.com/2012-02-09/news/31042407_1_regulation-bad-policy-shelters

    Let Donald F. Schwarz, know there should be no restrictions to the sharing of food in Philadelphia

    Donald F. Schwarz, MD, MPH
    Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity and
    Health Commissioner
    1401 JFK Blvd, Room 600
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
    Telephone: 215-686-5000
    Fax: 215-686-5212
    healthdept@phila.gov

    MYRTLE BEACH

    WMBF Special Report: Homeless Bound
    http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/10779717/wmbf-special-report-homeless-bound

    Myrtle Beach Deals With Homeless, Or Do They?
    http://www.nowpublic.com/health/myrtle-beach-deals-homeless-or-do-they

    Please Don’t Feed Our Homeless, Many Cities Say
    http://news.change.org/stories/please-dont-feed-our-homeless-many-cities-say

    DETAILS ON THE DIGGERS

    Our movement started when the “Diggers” occupied St George’s Hill in Surrey, England on April 1, 1649 in a protest for the right of landless people to feed themselves.

    The English Diggers
    http://www.diggers.org/english_diggers.htm

    ‪The World Turned Upside Down – The Diggers – Leon Rosselson‬ text
    http://www.diggers.org/english_diggers.htm#worl

    ‪The World Turned Upside Down – The Diggers – Leon Rosselson‬ music video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=594JpY2ahFg