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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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Helping Humans is Bad for Business?

December 22, 2015
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This article is in response to Helen Anne Travis’ “Helping the Homeless isn’t helping downtown Tampa businesses on Franklin Street” published recently in the Tampa Bay Times, See the original article here: http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/helping-the-homeless-isnt-helping-downtown-tampa-businesses-on-franklin/2257552 This isn’t the first time that those who share food with the food insecure in Tampa have been villainized and it...

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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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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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