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Teen Vogue, that’s right, Teen Vogue wishes Food Not Bombs a happy 40th anniversary.

The congratulatory article mentions our San Francisco chapter:

There is also still a strong Food Not Bombs presence in San Francisco. Eddie Stiel, a member of the San Francisco chapter and a longtime housing activist says that these days they face less harassment from police (though a blog post from the group says that officers arrested several members and destroyed the group’s meal on May Day in 2014). Stiel says that the best part of Food Not Bombs San Francisco is that the group serves food to the community every week, and that “we’ve been able to keep it going for all these years.”

On April 16, the city of San Francisco barricaded the 16th Street/Mission and 24th Street/Mission BART Plazas except for walkways into the stations.  The walkway at the 24th Street Plaza is exactly six feet wide, making it physically impossible for people passing each other to maintain proper physical distance.  San Francisco has closed the public spaces around only these two Mission District stations, not at any of the other six San Francisco BART stations.

Barriers go up at 16th and 24th BART Plazas to enforce social distancing

16th Street/Mission BART Plaza, Photo from Bart Director Bevan Dufty’s Twitter Page

These two plazas are some of the only public spaces available to homeless and poor people, many of whom live in tiny SRO rooms.  Supposedly, the reason to close the plazas is to enforce physical distancing.  However, by closing the plazas, San Francisco has forced people to hang out in an even smaller area, most notably on the sidewalks near the plazas, making it more difficult to maintain six feet of separation among each other.

This arbitrary and discriminatory closure of the BART Plazas is the latest example of San Francisco trying to erase poor and homeless people from public view.

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24th Street/Mission BART Plaza, Photo from Gay Shame Twitter Page

BART and San Francisco held no public meetings and did not solicit any public input before closing the plazas.

Outraged?

Contact these elected officials.

Bart Director Bevan Dufty:  510-464-6095, bevan.dufty@bart.gov.

San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen:  415-554-5144, Hillary.Ronen@sfgov.org.

As Las Vegas city officials further criminalize poverty and homelessness, at least one misguided resident blames Las Vegas Food Not Bombs for these increasing structural problems.

From https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/13/las-vegas-homeless-sleeping-ban-no-lodging:

“The other half of the Huntridge homeless story is the perpetuation of homelessness by an organization whose members do not reside here,” [Dan] Evans said regarding Food Not Bombs, a group that drew the neighborhood’s ire by serving free meals in the park twice a week.

Under the guise of false food safety concerns, the mayor of Lancaster, California tried to criminalize free food sharing in that city.

People rose up at the City Council hearing, forcing an indefinite postponement of the vote on the proposed ordinance.

Read more in this LA Times article:  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-12-14/lancaster-homeless-feeding-ban.

The northeast 16th/Mission BART Plaza, adjacent to Walgreens, has a strange new 3,900-pound, $4,661 bench, according to Mission Local.

‘Unpleasant’ or ‘interesting’? Two-ton, $5,000 bench arrives at 16th and Mission

Photo Credit:  Julian Mark, Mission Local

The other plaza on the southwest side of the intersection, where SF Food Not Bombs shares food on Wednesdays, did not get any additional benches, even though BART Director Bevan Dufty promised more benches late last year.

Here are a few earlier posts about the removal of six comfortable metal benches from the SW Plaza and their eventual replacement with three smaller, less comfortable concrete ones:

https://sffnb.org/2018/11/05/bart-downgrades-seating-at-16th-street-mission-plaza/

https://sffnb.org/2018/10/11/bart-board-addresses-16th-street-mission-street-bart-plaza/

https://sffnb.org/2018/10/08/bart-removes-benches-from-16th-street-mission-street-plaza/

Contact information: BART Director Bevan Dufty–510-464-6095, bevan.dufty@bart.gov.

Newsrooom By The Bay mentions Food Not Bombs in its article about the displacement of people from the Mission District.

“…Food Not Bombs, a direct action group that gives free vegan meals to the homeless.

Here is the entire article:  http://intercept.newsroombythebaysites.com/569/news/569/

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https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/federal-court-cities-cannot-criminalize-homelessness/552232/

A federal court ruled on April 1, 2019 it will not review a decision that cities cannot arrest people for sleeping on public property unless they have provided adequate shelter. The case, Martin v. City of Boise, was before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling could still be taken up the U.S. Supreme Court.

An earlier post about Martin v. City of Boise:  https://sffnb.org/2018/09/09/court-affirms-right-of-homeless-persons-to-not-be-punished-for-sleeping-in-public/

 

 

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fort-lauderdale/fl-ne-arnold-abbott-feeding-homeless-obituary-20190222-story.html

The article omits Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs, which also fought against food sharing bans.

San Francisco Food Not Bombs showed solidarity with Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs when it was resisting new laws criminalizing sharing free food.  Here are some reminders:

https://sffnb.org/2014/11/14/san-francisco-fnb-stands-in-solidarity-with-fort-lauderdale/

https://sffnb.org/2018/08/27/federal-court-backs-activists-who-feed-homeless-in-fort-lauderdale/

Julian Mark from Mission Local reports that BART will be installing additional benches at the SW 16th/Mission BART Plaza:

“The former District 8 supervisor [BART Director Bevan Dufty] said he caught wind of some concerns that the [ping pong] table was installed instead of more benches, but he stressed that more benches will be coming soon, as fewer benches have — so far — replaced the number that had existed before the plaza was renovated. A ‘new style’ of benches are coming,’ he said.” (https://missionlocal.org/2018/12/ping-pong-table-appears-at-16th-street-bart-plaza-for-the-people/)

Contact information:  BART Director Bevan Dufty–510-464-6095, bevan.dufty@bart.gov

Earlier coverage:

https://sffnb.org/2018/11/05/bart-downgrades-seating-at-16th-street-mission-plaza/

https://sffnb.org/2018/10/11/bart-board-addresses-16th-street-mission-street-bart-plaza/

https://sffnb.org/2018/10/08/bart-removes-benches-from-16th-street-mission-street-plaza/

 

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