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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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by RazerRay
Friday Mar 23rd, 2012 11:04 AM
Does Keith know city politicians are going to be welcome there?

From a now removed posting @OccupySantaCruz with my commentary following:

An open letter to John Krug @Occupysantacruz:
"Two members of the santa cruz city council have been invited and are planning to attend this coming sunday’s “cooking for occupies” event downtown. knowing this now i won’t be attending myself…." ... "what part of this picture is not contradictory to the mission statement and stat...ement of nonviolence of occupy santa cruz???"

John... That's the question I've been posing in my diatribes directly, and indirectly, in a number of different ways, for quite some time. I'll repeat my underlying premise. This in NOT #OccupyAnything. It's turned into a vehicle for the marketing of local progressive-liberal political machine issues. Actually, in my estimation, except for a short period of time that involved the camp, the dome, and #75River, that's all it ever was.... That's the cohort I saw usurp the 'podium' at the first GA in London Nelson Park, all standing there intermingling with the wannabe 'organizers-in-a-provincial-teapot', and that's all that's left.

Wannabe organizers who need a 'Brand" to glom onto, and local political machine operatives.

I cut my activist teeth in the 60s NY antiwar movement and many people took breaks from the repression, spying, police raids, upstate in Woodstock or other pristine places where one could relax and regroup before wading back in to the fray. Personally I spent alot of time in Boiceville with friends at the end of a road that dead-ended in the Catskills or up at the Ohayo Mountain commune in the hills around Woodstock.

In this millennium... On this coast, people come to Santa Cruz from places like NY, Seattle, Portland to "...relax and regroup before wading back in to the fray...".

You just can't expect a lot of activism here. It's a small town, with highly polarized population economically, socially, and politically. I think the truly activist elements fought the stasis and status quo elements of Santa Cruz' class war to a standstill.

The Status Quo element hung on and market themselves as brand-name #Occupy even as the term becomes history, and the REAL activists move on to the next battle.

#AmericanSpring... Can't you smell the insurrection in the air?

March 20 2012 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary:
#AmericanSpring… All It Takes Is 20 Dedicated Citizens Out Of 100 To Make History
It is true that Mayor Don Lane and Councilmember Katherine Beiers are reportedly attending the Benefit for the Santa Cruz Eleven and the local Food Not Bombs. The event is open to all members of the public. Anyone who wants to stop these prosecutions is welcome to chip in and come on down.

Some may have some illusions about the past record and present loyalty of sitting City Council members, but many do not.

Then Vice-Mayor Lane and Councilmember Beiers both said nothing while the San Lorenzo campground was crushed and despoiled by Chief Kevin Vogel's SCPD and subsequent peaceful protest marches to City Hall on December 8th confronted with massive police intimidation, the shutdown of city offices, and subsequent prosecution of numerous marchers.

Beiers said in an interview that she did press to have the San Lorenzo Park bathrooms open to those camped in the park (at the same time the City was pressing for an Injunction to shut down the campground because of poopoo and peepee problems; Lane opposed such an opening.

Both have repeatedly voted for anti-homeless measures such as the "3 Infractions = a misdemeanor" ordinance. They have refused to speak out against the City's conspiracy against homeless health and safety--the City's 11 PM to 8:30 AM Sleeping Ban. They have refused to move to reform the Downtown Bigotry Association (aka the Downtown Business Association)'s repressive Downtown Ordinances which target homeless people, political activists, and street performers.

Both gave no support to either PeaceCamp2010 or those now being prosecuted for peaceful protest in that three month long vigil which provided a safe place to sleep for 50-75 homeless people at its height and the only all-night bathroom facility in Santa Cruz.


Beiers and Lane have acknowledged they were both on the property--Beiers actually in the building. Police Detective D. Gunter, Badge 182, fingered Beiers in his Supplemental Report 11S-10203, part of the discovery obtained by the Santa Cruz Eleven. He observed Beiers' vehicle in the parking lot of the vacant Wells Fargo Bank property and subsequently recommended she be prosecuted for felony "conspiracy" and misdemeanor "trespass". He also testified to this under penalty of perjury in the Preliminary Hearing for Alex Darocy and Bradley Stuart, two of the defendants being falsely charged in this case.

That leaves only another 282 trespass/conspirator criminals to catch (probably under-estimating the number of people entering and leaving the property during the 3-day occupation).
Both have been silent, though on the Board of Directors of the Homeless (Lack of) Services Center [HLOSC] as HLOSC Executive Director "Mumbo-Jumbo" Monica Martinez imposed repressive rules on shelter-seekers and political protesters there.

Keith McHenry will be on the air this morning at and 101.3 FM sometime between 9:30 AM and noon, probably closer to 9:30 AM, depending on how quickly he eats breakfast.

The show will be subsequently archived at (at least 2 hours into the audio file).
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