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FOUR FOOD NOT BOMBS VOLUNTEERS WERE KILLED IN PHILIPPINE DRUG WAR AND ONE VOLUNTEER IS IN JAIL

September 29, 2018
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FOUR FOOD NOT BOMBS VOLUNTEERS WERE KILLED IN PHILIPPINE DRUG WAR AND ONE VOLUNTEER IS IN JAIL

President Rodrigo Duterte launched the “Philippine Drug War” or Oplan Double Barrel (or Operation Double Barrel), in reference to two barangay-government and Philippine National Police (PNP)-coordinated campaigns, is aimed at “the neutralization of illegal drug personalities nationwide”. Duterte has urged members of the public to kill suspected criminals and drug addicts. Lawyers...

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New California Law AB- 2178 – A State of Hunger

September 25, 2018
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New California Law AB- 2178 – A State of Hunger

It is reasonable for the state to regulate many things, like pesticides or nuclear power, but feeding the hungry is not one of them. Particularly when nearly 5 million people in California go hungry each month. The California Association of Food Banks reports that 1 in 5 children go hungry daily in the state...

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New Law Could Force Hungry to Eat Out of Garbage Cans

September 7, 2018
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New Law Could Force Hungry to Eat Out of Garbage Cans

Please call Governor Brown at (916) 445-2841 and ask him to veto AB- 2178, Limited Service Charitable Feeding Operation. Food programs all across the state could be told to stop sharing free meals with the hungry if this becomes law. AB- 2178 passed on September 4, 2018. The sharing of food with the hungry...

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The 30th Anniversary of the first arrest of Food Not Bombs

July 29, 2018
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The 30th Anniversary of the first arrest of Food Not Bombs

August 15, 2018, marks the 30th anniversary of the first arrests of Food Not Bombs for “making a political statement” by sharing free food with the hungry. Nine volunteers were arrested at the entrance of Golden Gate Park by a squad of San Francisco Riot Police as they were about to share lunch with...

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AMERICANS, IS YOUR PASSPORT UP TO DATE?

June 30, 2018
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AMERICANS, IS YOUR PASSPORT UP TO DATE?

  I stepped into the first cabin on the train from Belgrade to Budapest. A silver-haired older gentleman sat against the window on the forward facing bench. When the conductor arrived I handed him my blue American passport. I could see my compartment companion recoil has he passed his German passport to the controller....

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AMERICA’S HUNGER GAMES

October 26, 2017
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AMERICA’S HUNGER GAMES

The tragic logic of a collapsing empire.Nearly one in eight Americans face hunger. For these 42 million people, the suffering is unfortunately only going to getting worse. Most of us are familiar with the nagging worry that we might not be able to pay all of our bills. We’re terrified of a rent increase,...

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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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