April 1st National Day of Action to Support FNB!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FEBRUARY 15, 2011

CONTACT:
Keith McHenry
575-770-3377
menu@foodnotbombs.net
www.foodnotbombs.net/food_is_a_right.html

Kathy Mitro
386-795-9643
kathymitro@yahoo.com

FOOD IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE

Sharing food with the hungry is an unregulated act of kindness.
End all efforts to stop people from feeding the hungry.
Rescind all laws restricting compassion.

“THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO GIVE OUT FOOD, THERE IS ONLY GIVING OUT ALL THE FOOD YOU CAN”
- Kathy Mitro who posted a petition on line after being threatened with arrest for sharing food in Daytona Beach. Florida in January 2012

On Sunday April 1st, we are proposing that people all over the world consider sharing free meals in celebration our right to food and participate in our campaign for an end to laws restricting acts of compassion. Celebrate our right to feed the hungry with music, theater, and the sharing of food.

It has been distressing to receive so many reports in the past few weeks of people being threatened with arrest or cities adopting new laws limiting people’s right to share free food with the public.  People in England, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Florida contacted Food Not Bombs about having been threatened with arrest. Others report that their local governments are considering laws to limit acts of compassion.

This new wave of threats is happening as half of all Americans are struggling to survive. The Department of Agriculture’s February report shows that 46,286,294 people relied on food stamps in November of 2011. People have been arriving at Food Not Bombs meals claiming they had not eaten in four days because other food programs had exhausted their resources. The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 1 in 7 people or 925 million people world wide  went hungry in 2010. We are announcing a global campaign to recognize that sharing food with the hungry is an unregulated activity of compassion and should not be interfered with by the authorities.

Our movement started when the “Diggers” occupied St George’s Hill in Surrey, England on April 1, 1649 in a protest for the right of landless people to feed themselves. We are announcing our global campaign for the right of all people to share food with the hungry without regulation on the anniversary of the first act of the peaceful resistance by the “Diggers” of St George’s Hill.

The public is encouraged to share meals with their community on Sunday, April 1, 2012  in defiance of government’s efforts to restrict acts of compassion. Please email our office so we can post your event on our website.

FOOD IS A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILEGE – End all efforts to stop people from feeding the hungry
http://www.foodnotbombs.net/food_is_a_right.html

FOOD IS A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILEGE – End all efforts to stop people from feeding the hungry onblog.foodnotbombs.net
http://blog.foodnotbombs.net/food-is-a-right-not-a-privilege-end-all-efforts-to-stop-people-from-feeding-the-hungry/

ENDORSED BY

Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed
Noam Chomsky, author and professor M.I.T.
Eric Holt-Giménez, Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy
Bill McKibben, author Deep Economy
David Barsamian, founder and director of Alternative Radio
David Rovics,musician, USA
Kevin Devine, musician, Brooklyn, NY
Kathy Kelly, Co-coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence
Michael Stoops, National Coalition for the Homeless
Kathy Mitro,  Daytona Beach. Florida
Keith McHenry, Co-founder of the Food Not Bombs Movement

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PLEASE ENDORSE THIS CAMPAIGN
Please consider endorsing this nonviolent campaign. Email us you name, position and city or if your group is endorsing the name of your organization and city. Seek to overturn all local laws restricting the sharing of food.
Thanks so much.

menu@foodnotbombs.net

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
The current cities actively seeking to restrict the sharing of food are Los Angeles, Daytona Beach,Tampa, St Petersburg,  Dallas, Myrtle Beach, Philadelphia.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE
http://www.foodnotbombs.net/A_Place_at_the_Table.pdf

Food is a Right Jean Ziegler
http://www.righttofood.org/

Hunger Is a ‘Weapon of Mass Destruction’, says Jean Ziegler
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Hunger-Is-a-Weapon-of-Mas-by-Siv-O-Neall-120120-44.html

SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:  NUMBER OF PERSONS PARTICIPATING
http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/29snapcurrpp.htm

2012 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics Food and Agriculture Organization
http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world 20hunger facts 202002.htm

Anti-Poverty Groups Alarmed At Obama Budget
http://www.npr.org/2011/02/14/133756360/Anti-Poverty-Groups-Alarmed-At-Obama-Budget

PETITIONS
If you have been threatened with arrest for sharing food please contact us.menu@foodnotbombs.net
Speaker of the House: Change the laws that criminalize sharing food with
hungry individuals
http://www.change.org/petitions/the-president-of-the-united-states-change-the-laws-that-criminalize-sharing-food-with-hungry-individuals

Allow Food Not Bombs Myrtle Beach to Feed the
Hungry
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/allow-food-not-bombs-myrtle-beach-to-feed-people/

The City of Dallas: Stop
threatening people for feeding the homeless
http://www.change.org/petitions/the-city-of-dallas-stop-threatening-people-for-feeding-the-homeless

NEW REPORTS ON EFFORTS TO LIMIT THE SHARING OF MEALS

PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia may start requiring permits for those who feed the homeless
February 10, 2012
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/health-science-multimedia/item/33820-philadelphia-may-start-requiring-permits-for-those-who-feed-the-homeless

Proposed rules for feeding homeless on Parkway assailed February 9, 2012
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/139063949.html

Proposed rules for feeding homeless on Parkway assailed
http://articles.philly.com/2012-02-09/news/31042407_1_regulation-bad-policy-shelters

Ronnie Polaneczky: Dinner for the homeless, with a side of dignity
http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/ronnie_polaneczky/20120214_Ronnie_Polaneczky__Dinner_for_the_homeless__with_a_side_of_dignity.html

Let Donald F. Schwarz, know there should be no restrictions to the sharing of food in Philadelphia

Donald F. Schwarz, MD, MPH
Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity and
Health Commissioner
1401 JFK Blvd, Room 600
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Telephone: 215-686-5000
Fax: 215-686-5212
healthdept@phila.gov

MYRTLE BEACH

WMBF Special Report: Homeless Bound
http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/10779717/wmbf-special-report-homeless-bound

Myrtle Beach Deals With Homeless, Or Do They?
http://www.nowpublic.com/health/myrtle-beach-deals-homeless-or-do-they

Please Don’t Feed Our Homeless, Many Cities Say
http://news.change.org/stories/please-dont-feed-our-homeless-many-cities-say

DETAILS ON THE DIGGERS

Our movement started when the “Diggers” occupied St George’s Hill in Surrey, England on April 1, 1649 in a protest for the right of landless people to feed themselves. Consider preforming the World Turned Upside Down at your meal on April 1, 2012.

The English Diggers
http://www.diggers.org/english_diggers.htm

‪The World Turned Upside Down – The Diggers – Leon Rosselson‬ text
http://www.diggers.org/english_diggers.htm#worl

‪The World Turned Upside Down – The Diggers – Leon Rosselson‬ music video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=594JpY2ahFg

GET INVOLVED, PASS THE NEWS, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL MEDIA AND ORGANIZE AN ACTION IN YOUR COMMUNITY.

PRINT OUT FLYER
http://www.foodnotbombs.net/food is a right day of compassion flyer.pdf

PRINT OUT FLYER ANNOUNCING THE TIME AND LOCATION OF YOUR CELEBRATION
http://www.foodnotbombs.net/food is a right diggers
flyer.pdf

PRINT OUT A SAMPLE COPY OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS TO SHARE FOOD
http://www.foodnotbombs.net/Bill of Rights to Share Food.pdf

FOOD IS A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILEGE – End all efforts to stop people from feeding the hungry
http://www.foodnotbombs.net/food_is_a_right.html

FOOD IS A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILEGE – End all efforts to stop people from feeding the hungry onblog.foodnotbombs.net
http://blog.foodnotbombs.net/food-is-a-right-not-a-privilege-end-all-efforts-to-stop-people-from-feeding-the-hungry/

You can invite the Cooking for the Occupations – ELECT TO END HUNGER AND POVERTY TOUR to visit you community. A presentation on the occupations and the global effort against economic austerity!
http://www.foodnotbombs.net/speaker.html

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Consider organizing a local celebration, contact your local media about your event and PLEASE