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Here’s the announcement from a former SFFNB bottom liner:

“Hey FNB,

Hope all is well! It’s not quite Food Not Bombs, but wanted to mention a Burrito Project is starting up in SF. An ad-hoc group meets and makes 1-300 burritos once a month, then hands them out / talks with folks in the Mission, Potrero, & SOMA. More than anything, we’re in need of more people who’d like to bike and hand out burritos. The next project is afternoon/evening of Monday, June 27 out of Martin de Porres (225 Potrero Ave). If any FNB folks are interested, you’re welcome to join, I think the best place to get updated details is on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/burritoprojectsf/ https://www.facebook.com/events/1804724209751068/”

Supervisor Jane Kim, the decisive vote in the infamous Twitter tax break/giveaway, is leading the effort to put a fence around the newly renovated McCoppin Hub Plaza, specifically to bar homeless people from this public space.

More detail in this article:  http://missionlocal.org/2015/09/mccoppin-hub-will-be-fenced-to-keep-out-homeless/.

Help stop this nonsense by signing this online petition:  https://www.change.org/p/san-francisco-supervisor-jane-kim-no-homelessness-fence-save-unrestricted-public-access-to-mccoppin-hub-community-plaza.

Check this site for updates.

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San Francisco Food Not Bombs endorses the California Right to Rest Campaign and has sent letters of support to the sponsoring State Senator, Carol Liu, and to our local State Senator, Mark Leno.

More information on the campaign here:  http://wraphome.org/?p=4058&option=com_wordpress&Itemid=119.

Here’s our support letter:

March 23, 2015

Honorable Carol Liu
California State Senate
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

Re: Right to Rest Act of 2015, SB 608 (Liu) - Support

Dear Senator Liu,

San Francisco Food Not Bombs supports your bill, SB 608, which will end
the criminalization of rest and accompanying violations of basic human and
civil rights for all people, regardless of their housing status.  In doing
so, SB 608 would encourage the diversion of expenditures on citing and
jailing people for resting in public spaces on efforts to prevent
homelessness.

California, with only 12 percent of the country’s overall population but
22 percent of its homeless population and 25 percent of its homeless
veteran population, is at the epicenter of the criminalization of
homelessness. According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and
Poverty, California cities are substantially more likely than cities in
other states to ban rest. While only 33 percent of non-California cities
restrict this activity, 74 percent of California cities ban the practice.

Researchers from the Policy Advocacy Clinic at the University of
California at Berkeley Law School analyzed the prevalence of these types
of municipal codes restricting rest and sharing of food in 58 California
cities for its report “California’s New Vagrancy Laws: The Growing
Enactment and Enforcement of Anti-Homeless Laws in the Golden State.” 
Researchers identified over 500 municipal laws criminalizing standing,
sitting, resting, sleeping and sharing of food in public places as well as
laws making it illegal to ask for money, nearly nine laws per city, on
average. The study also found that the number of ordinances targeting
those behaviors rose along with the rise in homelessness following the
sharp decline of federal funding for affordable housing that was cut in
the early 1980s and again with the Great Recession in 2008.

Criminalizing practices which are not criminal not only worsens the
condition of people without homes, but also narrows their opportunities to
escape homelessness. By acknowledging the failure of municipal laws that
criminalize poverty and homelessness, we hope that passage of this
legislation will improve the focus on more humane and effective responses
to homelessness.

The Right to Rest Act of 2015 will end the practice of citing and
imprisoning Californians for resting, sharing food or practicing religion
in public.

 San Francisco Food Not Bombs supports SB 608 and thanks you for
introducing this important legislation.

Sincerely,
San Francisco Food Not Bombs

SFFNB 153

More information:

http://www.local10.com/news/woman-goes-on-hunger-strike-to-protest-fort-lauderdale-homeless-feeding-ordinance/29704472

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/nov/05/fort-lauderdale-pastors-arnold-abbott-arrested-feeding-homeless.

Thanks to the efforts of outstanding volunteers, San Francisco Food Not Bombs shared food with the Mission community at the June 14th Plaza 16 Festival organized by the Plaza 16 Coalition, of which SFFNB is a member.

The Festival celebrated the vitality and diversity of the 16th Street BART Plaza.  Some press reports about the Festival follow:  http://missionlocal.org/2014/06/16th-and-mission-project-foes-ponder-next-move/ and http://48hillsonline.org/2014/06/14/scenes-plaza-party/.

The Plaza 16 Coalition formed to resist the gentrifying real estate development proposed next to the plaza and to preserve and improve the area for existing residents.  For more information about the Coalition and to join our efforts, check out its webpage:  http://plaza16.org/.

Because today’s Mission District May Day Rally and March coincided with San Francisco Food Not Bombs’ weekly Thursday sharing at the Mission/16th Street BART Plaza, some FNB activists brought out some food a little early to share with some marchers that were freely expressing themselves at the intersection of Mission and 16th Streets.

SFPD officers quickly surrounded a group of marchers, refusing to let them voluntarily return from the street to the sidewalk.  The cops arrested about ten people, including some FNB members, and tackled at least one detainee.  They also flipped over our serving table, destroying the rice, bread and guacamole intended for hungry people, and stole the table, a SFFNB sign and some of our serving bowls and utensils.

We want the SFPD to immediately free the arrested people and return our equipment.  The food is forever wasted.

Fortunately, other activists shared the rest of their delicious, prepared food with community members on the BART Plaza at 7PM as usual.

UPDATE:  The SFPD released all except two of the arrested people Thursday night, charging them with various misdemeanors.

San Francisco FNB has joined the Plaza 16 Coalition, which is organizing to insure that the BART Plaza is open and welcoming to everybody.  Our Thursday chapter has shared food at the Plaza for many years.

The Plaza 16 Coalition’s major campaign is to stop a proposed 10 story, 350 unit luxury housing development proposed for 1979 Mission Street, adjacent to the NE BART Plaza (replacing the Walgreens complex and parking lot).  If built, this development will feature rents for $3500 -$5000/month and overshadow the block, which includes the Marshall Elementary School.  Plus, it will hasten gentrification and evictions in the immediate area and endanger our FNB sharing and the community members that share food with us.

The Coalition is hosting a Community Forum on this proposed development on Thursday, May 15th from 6 – 8PM at the Victoria Theater, 2961 16th Street (at Capp).

For more information about the Plaza 16 Coalition, check out its website:  http://plaza16.org/.

A new chapter, SOMA Food Not Bombs, is sharing sandwiches with people on Fridays in the Civic Center Area beginning at 7 PM at the intersection of Grove, Hyde and Market Streets next to the BART entrance.  For more information or to volunteer, contact SOMA Food Not Bombs by telephone at 415-797-9229 or by email at somafoodnotbombs@gmail.com.

In The Works, an anti-authoritarian and anti-art collective, has been the Food Not Bombs cook house for the Monday serving at 16th and Mission Plaza for the past year. They are now fighting eviction by new owner, Rick Holman of Asher Insights, for opening up their space to community groups like Food Not Bombs.Accused of “illegally occupying” their unit for “subletting or assigning” their space to groups such as Food Not Bombs and for hosting community events such as the Alter Anarchist Book Fair. Community spaces and organizations of the poor, homeless, and marginalized are the first to feel the blows of gentrification when outside forces try to mold a neighborhood into a profitable business venture. Displacement begins when our community’s right to free, healthy food is attacked by landlords such as Rick Holman.

 
PLEASE CALL & LET HIM KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THE EVICTION!
 
Rick Holman

Come to Hummingbird House (aka Saturday Cookhouse) for awesomeness!  There will definitely be tasty food and probably live music.  There will also be a short, to the point meeting where we will get stuff done!

If you’re considering volunteering, coming to a meeting is a great way to get plugged in and find out how you can be the most help.

Call Julia for directions: 415-215-1790

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Note: Servings may cancel in the event of rain

TUES: none try curry without worry – UN Plaza @ Hyde St – 6:00 PM

WED: 16th & Mission – 6:30 PM.

FRI: Market & Hyde – 7:00 PM

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