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Cooking for the Occupations - Elect to End Hunger & Poverty, w/FNB's Keith McHenry 3-25
Date Sunday March 25
Time 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location Details
India Joze Restaurant, 418 Front St, Santa Cruz, across from Metro Transit and like 2 blocks from Occupy SC's Sunday General Assembly at Post Office steps.
Event Type Other
Organizer/AuthorLinda Lemaster, Steve Pleich
Emailhomes4everyone [at]
Phone831-331-1153, 831-466-6078
AddressFOOD NOT BOMBS, P O Box 424, Arroyo Seco, NM
Cooking for the Occupations --

KEITH McHENRY, Food Not Bombs co-founder
Sunday, March 25, 2012
India Joze Restaurant - 418 Front Street, Santa Cruz at 4:00 PM

Presentation is Free and Open to All!

Contributions for locally indicted legal defendants (River St Eleven -- political prosecutions) and food justice activities welcome

Sharing the campaign to end the criminalization of poverty,
and how you can participate in the global protest movement against economic austerity!

An inspiring, lively presentation by Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry and video about the FNB movement in Africa.

McHenry ~ "Most people would elect to end hunger and poverty but many of the people running for office have another agenda, cutting social services while transferring our tax dollars to wealthy military contractors and their corporate friends. While elected officials cut social services likeunemployment insurance, food stamps, education, health care and other basic necessities, they pass laws against the poor and evict the occupations seeking to defend the 99%.

"Food Not Bombs is responding to this crisis by recovering, preparing and sharing vegan meals and groceries with the hungry in nearly 1,000 communities. This presentation will inspire you and your friends to join the Food Not Bombs movement and help our dedicated volunteers organize, implement and feed the global
campaign to end hunger and poverty."

Copies of Keith’s new book “Hungry for Peace”, as well as local grassroots, alternative and Occupy literature and information will be available at this event.

Local Food Not Bombs cooks and justice advocates will be there to share local news and introduce emerging Food and Justice Coalition of Santa Cruz's vision.

News about the River Street Eleven's political prosecutions, too. Santa Cruz County District Attorney has indicted local and grassroots media people, and Occupy participants, for alleged felonies in response to a bank building take-over they merely witnessed. Learn about their legal support and needs.

The event is presented by Food Not Bombs international and Occupy Santa Cruz food justice working group.

Cosponsors and supporters include: United Nations Association, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Food Not Bombs Santa Cruz, local chapter American Civil Liberties Union, Homeless Persons Legal Assistance Project, Resource Center for Nonviolence, local Move On, and Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom. (and YOU! ~~ call if you can help out!)

Very special appetizers and drinks at India Joze Restaurant, with surprises, following McHenry presentation. Donations requested between $5 and $15 for those who can, no one turned away for lack of funds.


To help or for more info, contact our event volunteers; Steve Pleich at 831 466 6078, Casey Livingood at foodnotbombssantacruz [at], and me, Linda Lemaster, (Housing NOW! in Santa Cruz) at 831 331 1153 or
. homes4everyone [at]
Added to the calendar on Friday Mar 16th, 2012 7:44 PM
§Keith on the Airwaves Noon Today
by Robert Norse Sunday Mar 18th, 2012 4:29 AM
Keith McHenry is slated to call in for an interview on Free Radio Santa Cruz (101.3 FM, ) at noon today. Note the new audio stream web address (since does not provide a link any more.

He's likely to be talking about the latest police shenangans, ReOccupy Resistance, and a recent university's attempt to ban his lecture, as well as the latest on California Occupy's that he's been visiting.

The show will be archived late in the audio file at .
§Keith Unable to Call Last Sunday--Event
by Robert Norse Friday Mar 23rd, 2012 7:10 AM
Keith's van broke down last Sunday, preventing his call-in. I'm hoping I can have him in the studio as a guest Sunday morning sometime between 10 AM and 1 PM at 101.3 FM ( ). More specifics as they emerge...

Keith's presentation at the India JoZe event will emphasize Repression of Occupy's Throughout the Country & the Food Not Bombs' role in supporting these protests.

FNB is not a charity organization intent on supplementing church handouts.

It is a direct action activist group, whose activities predate and presage the Occupy movement, and include repeated civil disobedience to challenge local bureaucrats trying to criminalize poor and homeless people. It encourages people to find the means to feed themselves healthy food in public places that dramatizes the Bombs Not Food priorities of the national (and local) governments. They were one of the pioneers of the consensus decision-making process, but, more important, decisions that led to mass actions.

I and dozens of others were arrested in 1989, 1990, 1992, and 1994 for supporting the right to sleep and the right to distribute (and receive) free food.

HUFF (and other organizations like Homes not Jails, Soup Without a Permit (SWAP), Union of the Homeless) invited FNB and supported the formation of local chapters to challenge the ongoing city attacks on homeless people through the Sleeping Ban, the Downtown Ordinances, and other abusive gentrification measures.

I am hoping we can focus on the local situation where dozens have been arrested or cited for supposedly First Amendment-protected protest, some (like myself) facing significant jail time.

Activist Gary Johnson now faces a possible 2-4 years in jail for protesting the city and county's Sleeping Ban For Homeless policies in the most peaceful manner possible--simply sleeping on a bench outside the courts with a sign "Sleep is Not a Crime". He'll be sentenced Monday, March 29 at 8:30 AM in Dept. 2. This is the kind of event FNB is traditionally serving food at--putting the spotlight on the hammer of injustice.

Thanks to all who helped support this event and put together the nuts and bolts.
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Chance to Nab More Criminal Conspirators; McHenry on Free Radio This MorningRobert NorseSunday Mar 25th, 2012 5:21 AM
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