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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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Trinity – The first detonation of a nuclear weapon

July 15, 2015
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Trinity was the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon, conducted by the United States Army on July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan Project. The White Sands Proving Ground, where the test was conducted, was in the Jornada del Muerto desert about 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Socorro, New...

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THE WORLD SERIES OF HUNGER The nationwide campaign to hide hunger goes into extra innings.

October 24, 2013
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Just as soon as I think the authorities may be backing down on their effort to stop people from feeding the hungry in public I am reminded that the state never sleeps even if it shuts down at times.  I received an email on October 23, 2013, from the Director of Environmental Health Division...

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THE MAGIC OF THINKING

October 11, 2013
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Too big to fail America may not really be too big to fail after all. The political crisis over Obama Care and a potential default on U.S. debt highlights the both the magical thinking of many Americans who in their fear of becoming even more desperately poor have accepted Fox TV, The Koch brothers...

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YOU DON’T NEED PERMISSION TO END HUNGER

October 11, 2013
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On Sunday, October 6th Sacramento Food Not Bombs was kicked out of the Cesar Chavez Park by the Sacramento police. Volunteers were greeted by about 15 officers when they arrived at the park when they normally do in time to start sharing the meal they created by 1:30pm. They were told that our stuff...

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Effort to hide the hungry continues across the United States.

October 6, 2013
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Advocates for the poor were told to stop sharing meals with the hungry in  Sacramento and Santa Monica, California, Taos, New Mexico, and Olympia, Washington, on the weekend of October 5th and 6th. Nearly every week some one contacts me about news that local authorities are threatening to stop the sharing of food in...

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OCCUPYING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

September 17, 2013
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Constitution Day – September 17th After spending 17 days in the Orange County Jail for violating Orlando’s Large Group Feeding Law I returned to my swamped email account to discover Ad-busters net me an announcement to “Occupy Wall Street.” on September 17th. Before the city started their arrests of our volunteers at Lake Eola...

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OUR NINE ELEVEN

September 12, 2013
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A local Taos man suffering a heart attack on May 21st could not be saved. According to the Taos News when volunteer fire fighters dialed  911  “The call went unanswered. Dispatchers in Taos heard only a faint rasp. The man died.” We have money for war but when it comes to real National Security...

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Santa Cruz Eleven, the Lessons of Food Not Bombs and The Broader Austerity Crisis

September 9, 2013
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September 9, 2013 by Keith McHenry, co-founder of Food Not Bombs Eleven people in Santa Cruz were charged with felonies after being accused of the temporary “occupation” in November 2011 of an abandoned bank building at 75 River Street that was owned by Wells Fargo. District Attorney Rebekah Young targeted eleven local community organizers...

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TAKING DIRECT ACTION TO MAKE KING’S DREAM A REALITY

August 28, 2013
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On August 28, 1963 over 250,000 people participated in the “Marched on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” where eighteen luminaries spoke for an end to racism and support for policies that would provide economic security for all Americans.  The program for the march ended with the text “WE SHALL OVERCOME.” The speech by Southern...

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