Arresting Food Not Bombs is Censorship! Support the Orlando Volunteers!
Food Not Bombs is an organization that feeds free vegan meals to homeless & hungry people in parks across the nation. They have been doing it for years & I have been very proud to help them in the past. Several times they have actually gotten into trouble bcuz essentially authorities don't like people helping homeless people so they have even gone so far as to make it against the law to do so !! Recently in Las Vegas where I live a park was closed by the city even tho it was brand new in order to stop Food Not Bombs from feeding the homeless there. It is still closed to this day years later even tho Food Not Bombs (Gail Sacco & others) just moved to a park nearby.
Well in Orlando they have passed a law making it illegal to feed the homeless more that twice a year !! So essentially people are going to get arrested as early as next month ... for simply providing food to a hungry person ...
Global days of action May 18 - 24, 2011
"There has to be some kind of (police) action. At this point it seems to be a political statement on their part not a food give away issue."
SAN FRANCISCO POLICE SPOKESMAN JERRY SENKIR 1988
"They don't want to feed the hungry, they just want to make an anarchist type statement and we aren't going to allow it."
SAN FRANCISCO POLICE CAPTAN DENNIS MARTEL 1989
"I certainly hope that law abiding citizens that are not out to make mischief would adhere to the ordinance."
ORLANDO BUDDY DYER 2011
On April 12, 2011 the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the City of Orlando could limit Food Not Bombs right to share information and food to the public to twice a year per park. Other Florida cities may follow Orlando's path. This ruling comes at a time when the message of Food Not Bombs is more important than ever. Poverty and hunger are increasing as military spending grows and public investment social services, education and healthcare are slashed. The city of Orlando could begin its arrests of Food Not Bombs volunteers as early as May 18, 2011, the first meal 30 days after the ruling. Food Not Bombs groups have been invited to share free food and literature under their banner that week in a global defiance of this order.