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Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs Shares in Solidarity with Those Being Arrested in Florida
Date Saturday November 08
Time 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location Details
Santa Cruz Down Town Post Office at Water and Front Streets
Event Type Protest
Organizer/AuthorKeith McHenry
Emailkeith [at]

Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Downtown Post Office Santa Cruz

“The city is choking out every avenue for the homeless to survive,” Haylee Becker of the Food Not Bombs advocacy group told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “They’re all terrible ordinances, but together they’re a death sentence.”

Food Not Bombs volunteers arrested feeding the hungry in Ft Lauderdale. Solidarity action in Santa Cruz Saturday at 4:00 PM at the Downtown Post Office Six people are facing 60 days in jail and a $500 fine for sharing food with the hungry.

No one should be arrested for helping the community. Sharing food is an unregulated act of compassion. Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs will be sharing vegan meals Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM outside the Downtown Post Office in solidarity with those being arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Many other cities are also passing laws banning or restricting the sharing of food with the hungry in public at a time when poverty is on the increase and social services are decreasing.

A few days after the Republicans won a majority in the House and Senate President Barack Obama went to Congress seeking $4.14 billion more to fight the Islamic State and accounted he is sending up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq. President Obama signed $8.7 billion food stamp cut into law in February 2014 impacting millions of families at a time when food costs are increasing.

At the same time cities across the United States are attempting to stop the sharing for meals with the hungry in public in what appears to be an attempt to reduce pressure to fund programs that would end hunger and poverty. American's seeing long lines of hungry people could cause them to wonder how there is always money for wars but never funding to address the countries crisis of poverty and hunger.

During the past year authorities have tried to disrupt the sharing of food with the hungry in public in nearly 60 US communities including Fort Lauderdale, Worcester, Sacramento, Olympia, Taos, Boulder, Raleigh, Portland, Philadelphia, Seattle, Saint Louis, Santa Monica, Houston, Birmingham, Los Angeles, Columbia and Chico.

Volunteers are organizing solidarity events in cities all over the world in support of those being arrested in Fort Lauderdale.

Added to the calendar on Saturday Nov 8th, 2014 7:55 AM

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by Pat Colby
Tuesday Nov 11th, 2014 2:05 PM
Imagine how many ppl would have died during the Great Depression if the government federal, state and local had shut down all the soup kitchens. Also if neighborhood hate groups would have interfered with churches helping the needy. It is terrible how much hate there is surrounding the poor. What ppl forget is that they are more likely to become poor rather than rich in America today!

If it is too embarrassing for government to have ppl who are starving being fed in public then maybe they should do something about it—instead of arresting feeders! Santa Cruz is more interested in handing out medical MJ at city hall than food to the hungry and needy! Shame on them! I know at one time the Santa Cruz Police Department and city hall tried to stop Food Not Bombs from feeding ppl at the Post Office corner!
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