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FOOD IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE – Don’t let San Jose, California authorities interfere with Food Not Bombs

July 28, 2017
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FOOD IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE – Don’t let San Jose, California authorities interfere with Food Not Bombs

San Jose Food Not Bombs to continue sharing free meals with the hungry at St. James Park regardless of the city’s plan to ban the decades old practice. Please consider helping us share food without a permit — an infraction or maybe even a misdemeanor — at St James Park in San Jose at...

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America’s economic crisis is just beginning

May 26, 2017
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America’s economic crisis is just beginning

In the 37 years I have been sharing meals with the hungry I have never met so many people who reported becoming homeless for the first time during a single month. Our neighbor came to our apartment in a panic in late April. “I work at a jewelry store downtown and my boss’s friend...

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The San Francisco Rodney King Uprising

May 1, 2017
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The San Francisco Rodney King Uprising

One of the best days of my life. A few days ago my partner Abbi Samuels asked what I had eaten. “Your eyes are watering and you have black stuff on your cheeks again. You must not be eating well.” She was right. Fruit, wheat and oil can cause bacteria to block my tear...

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Does “Street Feeding” really keep people homeless?

March 1, 2017
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Does “Street Feeding” really keep people homeless?

Anti-homeless group tries to drive Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs out of sight Even though I have shared meals with the hungry for over 35 years, in a time of ever-rising profit and productivity, the numbers of the hungry and homeless have risen, not fallen, over that time. In many of our cities, it...

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Who Will Stand Up to Donald Trump? We Will!

December 20, 2016
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Who Will Stand Up to Donald Trump? We Will!

Food Not Bombs cofounder and author of Hungry for Peace and The Anarchist Cookbook “The president-elect is the most dangerous man in America. The question now, for which there is as yet no answer, is: Who will stand up to him?” — Michael A. Cohen, Boston Globe, December 8, 2016 We the people will stand...

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Don’t Feed the Homeless, It Only Encourages Them

November 10, 2016
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Don’t Feed the Homeless, It Only Encourages Them

“Street feeding programs without comprehensive services actually increase and promote homelessness”—Marbut Consulting. Over 70 cities in the United States have passed laws banning or restricting the sharing of free food with the poor outside. A new theory being used to justify limits to the sharing of meals outside is being adopted by city officials....

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Homes not Jails: Santa Cruz City Council votes to continue the sleeping ban

April 4, 2016
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Homes not Jails: Santa Cruz City Council votes to continue the sleeping ban

By Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry for Spare Change News Homes not Jails: Santa Cruz City Council votes to continue the sleeping ban The crackdown on the homeless took another ugly step in Santa Cruz, California. On March 8, 2016, the city council voted 5 to 2 to continue to criminalize sleeping. This...

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Before Soup Lines were a Necessity. Food Not Bombs shares it’s first meal in protest to capitalism. March 26, 1981

March 27, 2016
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Before Soup Lines were a Necessity. Food Not Bombs shares it’s first meal in protest to capitalism.  March 26, 1981

Before Soup Lines were a Necessity. Food Not Bombs shares it’s first meal in protest to capitalism. March 26, 1981 During the late 1970s, I was active with the Clamshell Alliance and the Coalition for Direct Action and participated in a number of protests at the Seabrook nuclear power station construction site in New...

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Parks, Permits, and Riot Police: San Francisco Food Not Bombs and Autonomous Occupations of Space

November 3, 2015
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Parks, Permits, and Riot Police: San Francisco Food Not Bombs and Autonomous Occupations of Space

New Political Science, 2015 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07393148.2015.1056430 Parks, Permits, and Riot Police: San Francisco Food Not Bombs and Autonomous Occupations of Space By Sean Parson, Northern Arizona University, USA Abstract Mayor of San Francisco Art Agnos (1988–1991) ordered the arrest of Food Not Bombs activists for distributing food without a permit in August 1988. A campaign...

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DEFENDING PUBLIC SPACE – More on why driving artists off of Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz is a crime.

August 31, 2015
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DEFENDING PUBLIC SPACE – More on why driving artists off of Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz is a crime.

By Food Not Bombs co-founder, author and artist Keith McHenry August 30, 2015 The Santa Cruz Police arrested my partner and I during a sleep out at city hall on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, charging us with felony vandalism and conspiracy to commit a crime. Officers said the suspects spray-painted markings outlining new Blue...

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