20 Orlando Police Steal food from Children, Arrest 6 MORE for feeding the Hungry

Published On June 16, 2011 | By Rob | Articles

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6/15/11 6 more activist arrested in Orlando for Sharing food with the hungry. 2 young children are being served as close to 20 police officers swarm in and arrest the food servers. This brings to total number of arrest for this horrendous crime up to 21 people within a two week time period!

The Story Behind Food Not Bombs

The first thirty years of the Food Not Bombs movement.

Food Not Bombs is one of the fastest growing revolutionary movements and is gaining momentum throughout the world. There are hundreds of autonomous chapters sharing free vegetarian food with hungry people and protesting war and poverty. Food Not Bombs is not a charity. This energetic grassroots movement is active throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Food Not Bombs is organizing for peace and an end to the occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. For nearly 30 years the movement has worked to end hunger and has supported actions to stop the globalization of the economy, restrictions to the movements of people, end exploitation and the destruction of the earth.

The first group was formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1980 by anti-nuclear activists. Food Not Bombs is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to nonviolent social change. Food Not Bombs has no formal leaders and strives to include everyone in its decision making process. Each group recovers food that would otherwise be thrown out and makes fresh hot vegan and vegetarian meals that are served in outside in public spaces to anyone without restriction. Many Food Not Bombs groups also share groceries and organize other efforts to support their communities. Each independent group also serves free meals at protests and other events. The San Francisco chapter has been arrested over 1,000 times in government’s effort to silence its protest against the city’s anti- homeless policies. Amnesty International states it will adopt those Food Not Bombs volunteers that are convicted as “Prisoners of Conscience” and will work for their unconditional release. Volunteers are currently being arrested in Orlando, Florida and Minsk, Belaruse. Even though we are dedicated to nonviolence Food Not Bombs activists in the United States have been under investigation by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Pentagon and other intelligence agencies. A number of Food Not Bombs volunteers have been arrested on terrorism charges.

Food Not Bombs is often the first to provide food and supplies to the survivors of disasters. During the first three days after the 1989 Earthquake, Food Not Bombs was the only organization in San Francisco providing hot meals to the survivors. Food Not Bombs was also the first to provide hot meals to the rescue workers responding to September 11th World Trade Center attacks. Food Not Bombs volunteers were among the first to provide food and help to the survivors of the Asian Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. Our volunteers organized a national collection program and delivered bus and truckloads of food and supplies to the gulf region. We were one of the only organizations sharing daily meals in New Orleans after Katrina. Food Not Bombs is now preparing for the economic crash organizing Food Not Lawns community gardens, housing the homeless with Homes Not Jails, organizing additional meals each week and starting new Food Not Bombs chapters.

Food Not Bombs works in coalition with groups like Earth First!, The Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, Anarchist Black Cross, the IWW, Homes Not Jails, Anti Racist Action, Farm Animal Rights Movement, In Defense of Animals, the Free Radio Movement and other organizations on the cutting edge of positive social change and resistance to the new global austerity program. Food Not Bombs provided the meals for the protesters at Camp Casey outside Bush’s ranch in Texas and was the frist to provide food to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers also helped organize and shared meals at the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle and provide logistical support for many other anti-globalization actions. Kiev Food Not Bombs fed the tent city protest during the Orange Revolution and groups in Slovokia started animal rescue shelters in 24 cities. We are also sharing meals at protests responding to the global economic crisis.

As the global economy was starting to fail the city of Orlando passed a law restricting the sharing of meals with the hungry. The Orlando Police arrested Food Not Bombs volunteer Eric Montanez on April 4, 2007. Many other America cities were also introducing laws to discourage the feeding of the hungery and Food Not Bombs volunteers were arrested in Nevada, Connecticut and several other states. Eric was found innocent and Food Not Bombs challenged the law in Federal Court. After winning at the district level the Eleventh Circut Court of Appeals rule that Orlando could restrict Food Not Bombs to twice a year per park. The city started arresting the volunteers for sharing meals at Lake Eola Park on June 1, 2011. The arrests continue. Volunteers in Minks, Belaruse are also being arrested for sharing food with the hungry. Their capaign also continues.

Many groups organize Really Really Free Markets giving away all kinds of items for free, planting Food Not Lawns community gardens and housing people with the Homes Not Jails project. Many chapters also organize Bikes Not Bombs programs collecting and repairing used bicycles to provide to people in low-income communities. We also provided meals to protesters at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in the United States. We will provide meals to the families of striking workers and help organize actions encouraging alternatives to the failure of capitalism.

Food Not Bombs activists are currently making plans to celebrate our 30th year of cooking for peace. Along with organizing the celebration each local chapter collects and distributes food every week and there are several other projects that support the Food Not Bombs movement. One collective called “A Food Not Bombs Menu.” helps people find or start local chapters. They also maintain the website www.foodnotbombs.net, organize tours and support Food Not Bombs gatherings. They also provide books, t-shirts and other materials to promote the principles of Food Not Bombs. We hope you will join us in taking direct action towards creating a world free from domination, coercion and violence. Food is a right, not a privilege.

Please visit these pages to find out how you can help us work for peace and justice.

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  • JACK

    braindead

  • Barracuda

    This is wrong on so many grounds, but the ones that stand out for me are religious freedom and free speech grounds. Matthew 25:41-45 says,

    41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

    44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

    45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

    This is an essential part of being a Christian, right out of Jesus’ mouth. I am sickened by how many people think it no longer applies since “it’s the poor’s own fault they are poor.” If anyone ever quotes 2 Thessalonians chapter 3 to you quote this passage back to them.

  • bLaKouT

    It’s so good to see that the city of Orlando has so completely solved their crime problem that the police have nothing better to do than arrest people for feeding homeless children.

  • anon

    @Barracuda

    Are you morally bankrupt enough to need JESUS to tell you it’s okay to feed hungry people? I really doubt you are.. so why bring religion into this?

    There are so many things wrong with what is happening in this video. A few immoral words from an immoral book is surely the least of them.

  • 1605

    What if the protestors only fed 24 people at a time? They could show up with smaller pans and quantities and as they run out, move to another table with a different protestor serving. Since Orlando’s City Council placed a number on the crime, stay one below it and have a great day feeding the homeless.

  • 1605

    “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

  • Barracuda

    I’m not morally bankrupt for using Scripture to reinforce my belief. However, there are some who like to erroneously cite “If man will not work, neither shall he eat.” Just being clear on my stance and making clear link between the issue and religious freedom rights in addition to the moral component.

  • co

    @anon

    Are you such a dimwitted craphook that you don’t think using religion is a good defense? Jesus said to feed the poor, he fed 5,000 Himself in the Good Book. I’m no fundalmentalist, bit regardless of if you agree with the Bible, it is technically a part of the Christian religion and would be a great argument to use to overturn this stupid law. It is a law that prohibits religious discrimination.

    Same reason certain people, if from a certain background, are allowed to use recreational drugs for religious purposes. If you could make it legal to feed a lot of homeless in the park by using religion as a platform, I think you would find at least one practical use for religion then.

    Don’t be so blind and just knock someone down immediately for bringing religion into it. It’s shortsighted.

  • anon

    @Barracuda

    citing scripture at all is erroneous. It has nothing to do with anything. This is just an issue of human decency.

    And I don’t think you understand what “religious freedom” is. It does not mean you are free to go around doing whatever you want, as long as you can claim your religion told you to.

  • undercover4FSBRussian

    is that impersontar undercover police officer arrest that guy who is impersoning police officer now !

  • JP

    Barracuda.

    It’s all about Jesus, there is no morally bankrupt part to it. He created everything and everything belongs to him. The fact that someone would do something good at all for anyone is a direct result of his providence and mercy. This is truth. Whether folks choose to believe it or not. The only thing that would draw negatitivty away from law enforcement is people who want to “knock Jesus”, the only truly good person to ever walk the earth. Just because someone chooses not to believe in the truth does not change the truth.

  • JP

    Above post should be in response to anon. Sorry Barracuda.

  • anon

    @JP

    You’re daft. I like zombies as much as the next person, but I don’t pretend they have ever existed. I have a lot to say on this, but a moderator deleted my last comment, so I’m not going to waste my time with much.

    All I see is you admitting that you’re not a good person. Given that you’re not a good person, I can’t really take your word on any of that, now can I?

  • DClan

    There are times when I weep for what my country is becoming, this is one of those times.

  • disapoint

    Time to post the police’s identity..shame them, get there names anon will do the rest..we will find there address, family names, ect..

    opshame

  • Jeanice Kurban

    No worries it is better than i could come up with drunk or stone sober. I’ll work on it though maybe I’ll come up with a Haiku.

  • Darcy

    I feel much safer now. Real criminals are behind bars and the poor hungry children will just have to go hungry a little longer. What a wonderful place Orlando is..So this is the REAL disneyland. Wtf?

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