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Special Serving – Friday UN Plaza – 1:30pm
In conjunction with Iraqi Veterans Against the War, Food Not Bombs will be serving in UN Plaza, Friday November 28th at 1:30pm to highlight the needs of thousands of homeless veterans. Please contact Dana (dana at the coocoup dot com) or call 415.683.0511 to help with cooking or serving!
There will be no SF Food Not Bombs serving on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27th as there is an abundance of free food served throughout the city on that day. Food Not Bombs will be serving both the day before, Wednesday, as usual, and the day after as part of a special serving (details forthcoming). If you’re interested in serving on this day, you should check out East Bay FNB’s annual dinner at Ashkenaz.
Saturday – Host Kitchen / Transportation Needed
Badri of Saturday is planning to move before the year’s end . There are a number of volunteers who are interested in continuing the Saturday serving, but we are in need of a host or kitchen and a means to transport our food! If you have resources or know of a space that might available please contact Badri on the Servings page.
Wednesday will return as normal November 26th (assuming no rain). I (dana) aplogize for any inconveinence over the last two weeks, my apartment building was being remodeled and kitchen was not easily accessible, I was recovering from an awful respiratory infection!
Local activist and poet Dee Allen was singled out and arrested while participating in the July 30th counter-demonstration against the Minutemen in San Francisco.
Dee is now falsely charged with battery against a police officer, a charge punishable by 6 months in jail or a $2000 fine.
Please support Dee by showing solidarity at his next court appearance, November 14. Please write DeeAllenDefenseCommittee [at] gmail.com for more information.
San Francisco Food Not Bombs and other local organizations have signed on to an open letter to the SF District Attorney’s Office. It was recently published in the SF Bay View
We are pleased to announce that Sunday FNB is back in action at the same time but in a new and exciting location!
photo cc flickr user Tyler&Kathe
Please join us at:
Hippie Hill, Golden Gate Park
September 28 (and every other week thereafter)
If you’d like to help out or fill in the other set of Sundays you should get in touch with Robert by emailing rayegge |at| dons.usfca.edu
Some future Sunday serving dates: October 12, October 26, November 9, November 23, December 7, December 21 and so on forever…
Wednesday, August 20th
In front of City Hall
image cc flickr user pbo31
Over the past weeks our servings have dramatically increased in size as our city continues to cut necessary programs for the homeless and low income workers.
We are worried that the city’s current approach on homelessness is inadequate and instead of providing concrete or effective solutions there are a growing number of programs that are only for show, or that
unfairly criminalize, punish and drive people out of sight or out of town.
A beautiful ‘victory garden’ was built in front of city hall, but like a number of initiatives (especially those championed by our mayor) it is more for press than meaningful community benefit.
In this case the garden is temporary and at a cost of $180,000 (though sponsored by a private group), while the nearby Heart of the City Farmers Market, a critical and much needed source of healthy food in the tenderloin and south of market neighborhoods has fought for it’s survival and against massive rent increases pushed by the mayor and real estate department.
We agree with the garden in spirit (one organizer says “If people want to eat out of the garden, and they need to eat a piece of lettuce, that’s fine with me,”) and think that many of the groups behind it are doing beneficial community work but we want more substance. Enough with theatrics, resolutions and press conferences, San Francisco needs concrete support for permanent, healthy and accessible food for residents of civic center/tenderloin neighborhood and other low-income communities.
There are many other examples: The budget deficit has lead to cuts and strain on shelters, non-profits and other social services in the city.
One way the gross removal of homeless assistance programs has taken place is by not giving nonprofit workers livable wages:
The so-called Community Justice Center is moving forward and many fear it will only further criminalize homeless folks in the civic center, tenderloin and SOMA area.
Evictions and heavier police presence continue in Golden Gate Park (http://www.
examiner. com/a-859407~Dozens_evicted_from_Golden_Gate_Park. html).
SF rents continue to rise and more and more folks are having a hard time
making it in the city as the economy is weaker and meaningful work is more difficult to
come by. Between 2002 and 2006, those earning between 150-200k grew by 50%, over $200,000 by 40%, those making under $49,000 dropped by 8%.
We are bringing these issues to the attention of the politicians and our community by bringing Food
Not Bombs out to City Hall. We welcome everyone to come take part in this protest and invite people to bring food and messages of their own experience in solidarity!
We would love to hear your thoughts. This may become an ongoing event. ~ Wednesday FNB