Food Not Bombs started from the premise that with over a billion people going hungry each day how can we spend another dollar on war? Food Not Bombs shares free vegan and vegetarian meals with the hungry in over 1,000 cities around the world to protest war, poverty, and the destruction of the environment. Volunteers also organize food relief efforts for the survivors of natural disasters and people displaced by economic and political crisis. Volunteers also provide food to the families of striking workers and people participating in occupations, marches, and tent city protests.
Author of this article is Keith
Published on 2010-11-08
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The first group was formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1980 by eight college aged anti-nuclear activists. Food Not Bombs is not a charity. It is an all volunteer movement dedicated to nonviolence direct action. Food Not Bombs has no formal leaders and strives to include everyone in its decision making process. Each group recovers food that would otherwise be thrown out and makes fresh hot vegan meals that are share on public streets to anyone without restriction. Volunteers with the San Francisco chapter were arrested over 1,000 times for “making a political statement” by sharing meals with the hungry. The police have also arrested volunteers in a number of other cities in the United States for feeding the hungry. Amnesty International states it will adopt those Food Not Bombs volunteers that are imprisoned as “Prisoners of Conscience” and will work for their unconditional release. The U.S. government claims that Food Not Bombs is a terrorist group” even though the movement is dedicated to non - violent social change. Nearly 20 volunteers are serving time in U.S. prisons framed for plotting acts of terrorism. Volunteers fed the rescue workers in New York on 9/11. Food Not Bombs also started animal rescue shelters in 24 cities in Slovakia, provided food for 100 days during the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine, fed striking auto workers in Korea, share food at anti-globalization protests and helped organized the food relief effort for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
Food Not Bombs works in coalition with groups like Earth First!, The Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, Farm Animal Rights Movement, Anarchist Black Cross, the IWW and Anti Racist Action, Food Not Bombs also started projects like Indymedia, Bikes Not Bombs, Homes Not Jails, Food Not Lawns, the Free Radio Movement, Really Really Free Markets and other projects on the cutting edge of positive social change and resistance to the global austerity program. We hope you will join Food Not Bombs in taking direct action towards creating a world free from domination, coercion and violence.
Food Not Bombs P.O. Box 424 Arroyo Seco, NM 87514 USA www.foodnotbombs.net