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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!
At this very moment crews are disassembling and hauling away the Victory Garden that has stood in front of San Francisco City Hall for several months. Though private funds initially paid for the projects construction (some estimates put the cost at $180,000), we ask how the mayor and city could allow this expensive, temporary gesture without providing a concrete plan to address real food security needs of nearby low-income communities.
As the mayor has begun to talk up plans to “green” civic center with solar panels, wind turbines and living roofs we question how these benefits will serve existing low-income neighborhood, and worry that instead they will be a vehicle for gentrification and displacement. We challenge the mayor to embrace a notion of sustainability beyond ‘green’ consumption and fixtures by building this city to support our environment and the people who live and work here. We say let’s bring an end to the greenwashing (see bus stop with living roof) and put in place meaningful and low cost steps that can benefit the adjacent communities.
Instead of a pricey show garden dedicate open space in civic center to permanent, public gardens. Relax zoning and regulations to allow easier creation of personal gardens. Provide incentives or encourage landlords to allow tenants to utilize empty space in apartment back yards, empty lots, on structurally sound roofs. Keep rent low for the Heart of the City Farmers Market.
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