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Dear Food Not Bombs community,
Please support Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs. Don’t let the authorities drive them from Stranahan Park. This is our right to share food and literature in the most visible and logical locations in our communities. Ask your chapter to send an email.

Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs will hold a “solidarity march” today February 25, 2011 in Stranahan Park at 4 p.m. and will give a letter to city officials decrying what they see as police intimidation and a violation of their civil liberties.
Please forward.

Call and email the Mayor and other commissioners telling them you support the right of Food Not Bombs to share food and literature at Stranahan Park and that the police need to end their attacks on local activists, the homeless and poor in Fort Lauderdale. Remind them that the whole world is watching and that Food Not Bombs is organizing a global campaign of support. If you live near Fort Lauderdale please participate in the next meal at Stranahan Park every Friday at the gazeebo in front of the Main Library on Andrews and Broward in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. Please let them know where you are located so they can see that every corner of the world is watching. Thanks

CITY CONTACTS:

Mayor Seiler at 954-828-5003 or via e-mail at jack.seiler@fortlauderdale.gov
http://ci.ftlaud.fl.us/commission/bios/seiler.htm

Commissioner Roberts may be reached at 954-828-5004 or via e-mail at BRoberts@fortlauderdale.gov

Commissioner Rodstrom may be reached at 954-828-5923 (office), 954-292-9378 (cell) or by e-mail at crodstrom@fortlauderdale.gov

Commissioner DuBose may be reached at 954-828-5004 or via e-mail at BDuBose@fortlauderdale.gov

Commissioner Rogers may be contacted by calling 954-828-5004 or via e-mail at RRogers@fortlauderdale.gov

Fort Lauderdale Police Department Chief Franklin Adderley can be contacted by calling (954) 828-5700  or via e-mail at flpdwebmaster@fortlauderdale.gov

Florida: Police raid SWAMP Collective House

http://drstevebest.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/response-to-police-raid-of-activists-swamp-collective-in-florida/

In the recent five months, tensions between the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and Food Not Bombs activists have escalated. Within this time, The FLPD has not only prevented multiple groups from sharing in Stranahan Park, but has installed a police surveillance tower in the park amidst repeated verbal assault against Food Not Bombs activists.
On Thursday, February 17th, an FPL electricity inspection led to the power being turned off at the home of activists frequently the target of police harassment. The electricity bill had been paid prior to this. Several hours later, all tenants had left the house while a few guests remained. During this time, an unwarranted police raid took place under the premise of ‘uninhabitable’ living conditions. The house was deemed ‘uninhabitable’ due to the lack of electricity, which had been turned off that morning. House guests were pulled from the house and searched by over a dozen officers, who kicked in unlocked doors and, with a K-9 unit, searched the house with no specific intent. One female guest was frisked and inappropriately touched by a male officer. More troubling still, officers were questioning the political orientation of the house guests. They asked if the house was a ‘militant training camp’, and whether or not the guests were “terrorists” or affiliated with “black bloc”. Before the FLPD left the house, they threatened to repeat raids weekly.
[Stop. Lawyer time.]
The Food Not Bombs activists in Fort Lauderdale are not involved in any of the activities suggested by the police. Rather, activities organized out of the house include free bike repair, FNB gatherings and sharing of food with the homeless, animal rights activities, candle making workshops, foreclosure & civil rights activism, etc. We, Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs, strongly condemn the intimidation tactics which include the police surveillance tower in Stranahan Park, unwarranted police raids, and the criminalization of community activism. Broward County officials have already targeted the poor and disenfranchised. Now the range has been expanded to include those who dare to help them. We call on South Florida activists to stand with us in solidarity as we struggle against the city’s efforts to repress the homeless and community-based activism.
In solidarity,
Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs
For more information, send an email to WDirect08@aol.com or SWAMPZine@gmail.com.

UPDATE: Fort Lauderdale Police returned to the activists home on Saturday, February 19th at around 9:00PM. The two officers did not attempt a repeat of Thursday’s raid, but rather briefly insulted and intimidated one of the tenants and their guests. The police entered the house, with permission from the tenant but then left shortly afterward.

Florida: Police raid SWAMP Collective House
http://drstevebest.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/response-to-police-raid-of-activists-swamp-collective-in-florida/

Posted on February 20, 2011 by denverabc
http://denverabc.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/florida-police-raid-swamp-collective-house/

Fort Lauderdale Police Clashes With Food Not Bombs
http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/juice/2011/02/food_not_bombs_fort_lauderdale_police.php

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San Francisco Food Not Bombs has long stood against those who work for the criminalization of poverty, and we proudly stand against the proposed sit lie ordinance.

stand against sit lie

“the measure’s backers include some of the Bay Area’s wealthiest and most influential players.” — they’ve raised over $270,000 to push their anti-homeless agenda, including over $50,000 from people who don’t even live in San Francisco! Link

Get Involved

find a polling place

Media:

Guerrilla ads go up around town.

Civil Sidewalks” parody

Coalition on Homelessness

Religious Witness with the Homeless

Sit Lie funded by Pac Heights Moguls

On Sunday, August 30, 2009 — FNB is coming together in solidarity with SF

CHRP, (Committee For Human Rights in the Philippines), POCAT, People of

Color Action Theater, members of Iraq Vets Against War and several other

community organizations and collectives that oppose gov’t repression

against political groups and individuals fueled by US military aid, will

be commemorating the “International Day of the Disappeared”, which will be

held at the SF Library (Koret Auditorium area), 100 Larkin Street (by

Grove St.) from 1:30pm – 4:30pm. The purpose of the event, (not

demonstration, sorry about the confusion) is to raise awareness, share

stories, show film documentaries and cultural performances on the unjust

human rights violations and inhumane situations happening all over the

world.

So come and cook with us at station 40 (3030b 16th st), and we can serve

food to anyone who shows up. Cooking starts at 10:30am. Event is at 1:30 –

4:30 PM  (Thank you, Pati POCAT and ARCO member)

For more info on the event Contact Angelica at sfchrp@yahoo.com

To help with the FNB email me, Theo @ ginjavitus@riseup.net

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On Saturday, March 14th, two SF park rangers forced the Bayview RRFM to leave India Basin park and issued warning citations. Officers cited the lack of a permit in their action and made vague, unsubstantiated claims that the RRFM did not clean up materials at previous events. Here is a copy of the citations, showing that the rangers cited the RRFM for “vending merchandise” and “camping.”

This is the latest chapter in the city of San Francisco’s crackdown on DIY and free events. We stand in solidarity with the RRFM and encourage everyone to attend upcoming RRFM events as a show of support, including March 28th in Dolores Park and April 11th in Bayview. For more info, check out www.reallyreallyfree.org

Albuquerque,NM

We were notified yesterday that we are facing $3,000.00 in fines and
that we will be “forcibly removed” from the UNM Bookstore area if we
show up again. We are once again calling on you, our friends and
supporters, to show up at the UNM Bookstore on Wednesday @ 11 and
Friday @ 12 noon. Bring instruments like drums and guitar and also
cameras of all sorts! Thanks for your support in the past and we hope
to see you in the streets!
Peace, love, Unity,
Mike Butler
FNB ALBUQUERQUE
fnb_505@yahoo.com
foodnotbombsburque.blogspot.com

Middletown, CT

I was involved with FNB in Middletown, CT for four years and graduated from
Wesleyan Univ. last May. I’m still often seen as the “contact person” for the
group by the City of Middletown and many others, although there are 85 people
on our listserv, and I’ve been contacted by the City of Middletown with a
legal order. It threatens “police action” if we do not cease “dispensing” food.
jpockrus@wesleyan.edu

Orlando, FL

The City of Orlando has appealed the federal judge’s ruling (Sept. 26) in the lawsuit we filed against the City over its “large groups feeding” ordinance. The judge found that in seeking to ban groups such as OFNB and others from sharing food with hungry and homeless individuals in downtown parks that the City had overstepped its bounds, violating constitutional protections of freedom of speech and assembly.orlandofnb@orlandofoodnotbombs.org http://orlandofoodnotbombs.org/

fnbrussiaTwo bay area Food Not Bombs volunteers, Daria and Anya, traveled and met with food not bombs (“Еда Вместо Бомб”) collectives in Russia. These chapters face many obstacles including limited availability of  food and violence at the hands of police and fascist groups.

They are in need of support and we are encouraging community members and other FNB chapters to write letters and establish correspondence (contact information can be found at the end of this entry). Daria and Anya have written an account of their experiences  which you can read below. Some photos of a recent FNB convergence are available on this site.

Please share this information widely!

From Food Not Bombs Russia, With Love: Building Transnational Solidarity

Anya and Daria

When we traveled to Russia this January, we learned that nine Russian cities held FNB solidarity actions to protest the arrest of the RNC 8 at the Minneapolis Food Bombs house. Along with meals, Russian FNB groups protested with banners in front of US embassies and gave out literature denouncing the persecution of RNC 8 under the Patriot Act. “We say NO to the repression of Food Not Bombs groups in USA! Freedom to our comrades!” read the leaflets in Varonezh, a city in southwestern Russia. In Moscow, FNB activists were met with police violence and arrest

This is solidarity blurring transnational boundaries, and uniting a movement across the world. Today our Russian comrades face repression, let’s stand up to support them!

fnbrussia2On New Years, FNB Russia held regional meetings across the country. We traveled from Berkeley to Moscow to meet with members of FNB from five Russian cities. We passed along a lovely package of photos, videos, and zines from SF FNB and the Long Haul. Some activists asked us – When you return, tell all the activists you know about the repression we face. Stay in touch, help us form supportive relationships with FNB in the US. These are our observations about repression and resistance in Russia:

We noticed a growing nationalist sentiment in Russian daily life. There is a new metro station opening in Moscow, it’s called The Slavic Boulevard. The newly designed metro train is called The Russian. Within the Russian ultra right-wing circles, the line between nationalism and neo-fascism is barely discernible. The difference is especially blurry on days like November 4th, the Day of National Unity, when the right-wing citizens march through Russia’s main streets. They give nazi salutes and chant – Glory to Russia! Russia for Russians! This phenomenon is called the Russian March, and it began recently in 2005.

We learned a lot about neo-fascism and xenophobia from Lubava, an activist who helped organize the FNB regional meeting in Moscow. “Attacks on immigrants occur daily; we hear about several nationalism-motivated murders every day,” she said. The week before our arrival, the market where Lubava buys* produce for FNB was bombed. Lubava believes markets are targeted with violence because the vendors are primarily immigrants and Russian people of color. [*It is common for Russian FNB groups to buy food out of their own pockets or to steal it; there is so little surplus food that donations and dumpster diving yield no results].

Each FNB activist we met cited the neo-fascist movement as a major threat to thefnbrussia3 radical left in their city. FNB in St. Petersburg has been attacked after serving meals. FNB Chelyabinsk explained that FNB groups cannot freely use the internet to share information about cookhouses or meals. If they post information about locations, they risk being targeted by fascist groups in their homes or being met by a gang of fascists at their servings: “In Yekaterinburg, there have been instances where neo-nazis have threatened to disrupt FNB meals. Additional activists had to accompany FNB meals so that nothing went down.”  Groups of fascists are known for organized attacks on people of non-Slavic appearance, the poor, and the radical left.

In 2008, FNB Russia organized a safe and solid communication strategy – the publication of a monthly zine. Each issue publishes reports on meals and radical actions from FNB groups across Russia. The zine supports the growth of FNB in smaller Russian cities by creating a sense of connection to the greater movement. Fourteen cities submitted material for the last issue, which came out in time for the regional meetings. It can be found at hippy.ru/print/fnbgaz7.pdf.

In addition to the constant threat of fascist violence, radical left groups struggle against state repression: “The Russian government supports the ultra-right, while antifascist views are violently repressed,” Lubava explains. “In many cities across Russia the law enforcement and neo-nazis work together.” FNB Saratov says “… the local police force is closely tied to fascist groups… when antifascists are detained by the police, the kids have it really bad. They’re beaten, questioned, and tortured.” Antifascists in Minsk, Belarus write about repression in Russia: “The governing bodies interfere with anarchist and antifascist actions and concerts, detain and beat up activists, but when it comes to the neo-nazis… the police either let them go without serious consequences or don’t pursue them at all. In Russia, the government and neo-nazism are one in the same. This promotes the continuation of attacks and murders. In October, Feodor Filatov was murdered on the doorstep of his own apartment; he was one of the founders of the skinhead-antifascist movement in Moscow.”

On the 20th of December, Saratov held a solidarity action against police violence: “… we hung a six meter banner across our bridge that read ‘POLICE MURDER, NOT ONLY IN GREECE.’ We gave out leaflets. One side talked about the murder of Alexander Grigoropoulos We won’t forget him. The other side talked about the murder of Armen Gasparan [an Armenian man], in Saratov, on the 20th of October. Drunk police officers detained him for stealing. First they beat him, and then they poured kerosene all over him, and set him on fire. They kicked his body until he died.” When we returned to the bay, we were horrified to learn about the murder of Oscar Grant by the BART police. Police violence is a transnational phenomenon, something we can stand against together.

fnbrussia4Oppression is always met with resistance. Russia’s growing Antifascist movement challenges neo-fascist and state violence. Antifascism unites many groups in Russia’s radical left – anarchists, punks, skinheads, hippies, vegans/animal rights activists, sXe – straightedge, hardcore, and others. Antifascists use diverse strategies to propagate anti-racist views: zine publications, independent media sources, art, theater performances, graffiti, direct action, and community organizing. There is a movement for militant resistance within antifascism, called Antifa. Members of the Antifa organize non-hierarchal groups that practice street fighting, as a self-defense strategy against fascist attack.

We learned of other forms of resistance. One of the Moscow FNB activists we met works with the direct action art group Voina (War). Voina commemorated the last anniversary of the October Revolution (Nov 7th) by scaling the famous Hotel Ukraina with a green laser, and projecting a 12 story skull and crossbones across the Moscow River and on to the Russian parliament building. We think they chose the jolly roger to symbolize anarchy and piracy, as well as the toxic government located inside.

Activists from FNB Archangelsk work closely with the animal rights movement. Archangelsk is a northern city on the coast of the White Sea, where baby seals are culled for their fur. Tasya of FNB Archangelsk told us about their anti-fur actions: “In February, radical activists blocked the entrance to the regional administration building, by chaining themselves to the doors. Others unfurled a banner that read ‘Kiselev, Save the Lives of the Seals.’ Kiselev was our regional governor at the time… We held a contest in our city’s grade schools for the best drawing on the theme of defending baby seals. In April 2008 we held a protest [against seal culling where] … we handed out the children’s drawings of seals.” This year, the Archangelsk animal rights activists achieved a temporary national ban on the culling of white baby seals.

We noticed that sexism and homophobia are rampant in Russia. When we asked FNB activists about movements for LGBT and women’s rights in their cities, the standard reply was “we don’t have any of that, there isn’t anything to tell, we don’t have any activists of that kind, no one is really interested.” We did meet one active feminist, Natasha from FNB Saratov. Natasha is part of an anarcho-feminist art collective called VolgaGirrlz. They use mixed media to promote feminist ideas and issues. VolgaGirrlz shot a short film about housewives leaving the boundaries of their kitchen, becoming cosmonauts, and exploring the far reaches of the universe. You can watch it at volga-girrlz.livejournal.com. Other women we met were not in organized feminist groups, but they were vocal about feminism and women’s rights within their own lives.

Attempts to organize for LGBT rights in Moscow have been met with institutional and civil disapproval and violence. Lubava participated in Pride- Moscow 2006 : “150 LGBT people gathered in front of Moscow City Hall. Police officers, fascists, and Orthodox Christian extremists violently beat not only the Russian LGBT, but the attending deputies of the Euro Parliament as well… Slogans like ‘NO to LGBT Discrimination’ were labeled as homosexual propaganda in all mass media resources.” Today, all gay pride parades are prohibited by the Moscow mayor. Despite the violence and the bans, those that are active in the decidedly underground LGBT movement continue to organize. They find that ties with international LGBT organizations are very supportive.

Please support FNB in Russia. Form a relationship of mutual aid with a FNB chapter in a Russian city! Start up regular contact, exchange photos, videos, news. Plan solidarity actions! Share your political strategies, and struggles, and learn from theirs. Help translate radical left literature into Russian (especially about women’s and LGBT rights, fair trade and organic food). And if you ever get a chance to visit Russia, get in touch with the local chapter of Food Not Bombs.

Russian FNB Forum – foodnotbombs.ru

Contacts of groups we meet with:

FNB Saratov – fnbsaratov@gmail.com

FNB Kirov – xjdeepx@yandex.ru

FNB Chelyabinsk – fnb-chel@mail.ru

FNB Archangelsk – fnb-arh@mail.ru

FNB Moscow – edavmestobomb@riseup.net

Additional contacts for FNB Russia can be found at http://foodnotbombs.net/RUSSIA.html

Photos from the actions mentioned in this article and translated texts from our interviews will be posted at hippy.ru/fnbzima.html

Contact Daria at daria33@gmail.com and Anya at sloshie@gmail.com

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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

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It was an amazingly beautiful day at Dolores Park this past Saturday with a turnout of hundreds to celebrate the life and work of Kirsten Brydum at SF’s largest ever Really Really FREE Market! Food Not Bombs came out to serve grilled vegetable kabobs with Teriyaki sauce, apple crisp pies, a giant vegetable bean and rice soup, and bread and cookies! Remaining food was given away in freebie grocery fashion as the serving table was overflowing with other goodies people had brought out to gift!

Thank you to everyone who helped us make this happen (FNB volunteers, folks from the Heart of the City Farmers Market, Rainbow, etc). It was an amazing and unforgettable day in Dolores Park!

The Anti-War Committee is organizing a national day of action, October 13th, in support of RNC arrestees. They are encouraging calls to St Paul officials to demand that all charges are dropped. Eight St Paul activists now face the ambiguous felony charge of “conspiracy to riot.” Those being prosecuted include independent media and Minneapolis/St Paul Food Not Bombs volunteers.

FoodNotBombs.net is coordinating an action called Cooks Not Terrorists on October 26th, the anniversary of the PATRIOT Act to protest raids, infiltration and harassment of the Food Not Bombs movement in Minneapolis/St Paul and beyond.

Please read below for more details.

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Friends and loved ones of will be gathering October 9th in memory of local activist and organizer Kirsten Brydum. The format will be very informal and people will be cooking a little extra at Thursday Food Not Bombs to bring to the memorial. Everyone is welcome to come out and help!

Kirsten Brydum’s Memorial

October 9, Thursday

Art SF – 110 capp st. @ 16th st.,

7-on: sharing space, adding to the altars

8p – on: sharing stories, memories, thoughts, music

in typical Kirsten fashion:

everyone is welcome and appreciated

bring whatever gifts you want to contribute

everything will be done giftluck / potluck style

feel free to bring:

-items to add to the altars

-stories to tell about Kirsten

-instruments to add music to the mix

-food and/or drinks to share with others

-a bowl, cup, and utensils to partake of other’s gifts

-pictures of Kirsten (a projector is likely available too)

-anything else that feels important to share in this time

if out of town feel free to send anything that you want shared to

firebrandart [at] yahoo.com

Servings

Note: Servings may cancel in the event of rain

TUES: none try curry without worry – UN Plaza @ Hyde St – 5:30PM

THURS: 16th & Mission – 6:00PM

FRI: Market & Hyde – 7:00PM

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