Food Is a Right, Not a Privilege

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 30, 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.

“I wholeheartedly support the action on April 1, 2012 to protest

laws against sharing food!” Dr. Cornel West –  author and professor  at Princeton University

“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

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.

SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012

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 Belarus, England, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, South  Carolina, and Florida have been contacting the Food Not Bombs global coordination office about having been threatened with arrest for sharing food. Others report that their local governments are considering laws to limit acts of compassion. Food Not Bombs volunteers in Minsk have been arrested for sharing meals an police  raided a benefit concert on March 24, 2012 charging 15 volunteers with sentenced to administrative arrests.

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  to celebrate our right to share food and end all 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 on blog.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

•    Dr. Cornel West – author and professor Princeton University

•    Noam Chomsky – author and professor M.I.T.

•    Michael Parenti – author and lecturer

•    Raj Patel – author of Stuffed and Starved

•    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

•    Dorinda Moreno – Fuerza Mundial Collaborative

•    Rev. Brian Burch – President, St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society

•    Francisca James Hernández, Ph.D. – Southwest Institute for Research on Women

•    Kathy Kelly – Co-coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence

•    Max Ventura – Musician, Activist, Mom, USA

•    Michele Burke – St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

•    Rabbi. Auri V. Ish – Musician, Nederland Colorado

•    Christina Persaud – Halifax Nova Scotia

•    Can Baskent – Practical Anarchy, New York City

•    Planting Justice – Oakland, CA

•    KT Terry – Founder Homeless Not Hopeless Poets For Change

•    Marian Wagner – The North Country Coalition for Justice and Peace, East Ryegate, Vermont

•    Tessza Udvarhelyi – The City is for All, Budapest, Hungary

•    Tristram Stuart – organized “Feeding the 5000″in London’s Trafalgar Square UK

•    Kathy Mitro – Daytona Beach, Florida USA

•    Agustina Vidal – Myrtle Beach Food Not Bombs

•    Birmingham Food Not Bombs – Birmingham, UK

•    Keith McHenry – Co-founder of the Food Not Bombs Movement

•    Lauren Melodia – Founder & Co-organizer Milk Not Jails USA

•    Tom Ferguson – Author, Atlanta, Georgia USA

•    Comida, no bombas – Monterrey, Mexico

•    Tampa Food Not Bombs – Tampa, Florida USA

•    Grand Rapids Food Not Bombs – Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

•    The Civil Liberties Defense Center – Eugene, Oregon, USA

•    Durango Food Not Bombs – Durango, Colorado, USA

•    Houston Food Not Bombs – Houston, Texas, USA

•    Budapest Food Not Bombs – Budapest, Hungary

•    Randall Amster – Chair of the Master’s Program in Humanities at Prescott College, and also serves as the Executive Director of  the Peace & Justice Studies Association. USA

•    Ellen Murphy – Bellingham, WA, USA

•    Cincinnati Food Not Bombs – Cincinnati, OH, USA

•    Miakoda (jyll taylor) – founder & director of Fierce Allies

•    Washington D.C. Food Not Bombs – Washington D.C. USA

•    Christy Prahl, New Communities Program Director – Humboldt  Park, Chicago, IL

We added our name to the list as well.

Feeding The Homeless BANNED In Major Cities All Over America

http://world.hawaiinewsdaily.com/2012/03/feeding-the-homeless-banned-in-major-cities-all-over-america/

Philadelphia decides to stop outdoor feeding of homeless

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6X6HDnXufQk&fb_source=message%E2%80%AAPhiladelphi%E2%80%ACa

Parker retools, delays homeless feeding plan

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Parker-retools-delays-homeless-feeding-plan-3422252.php

Food not Bombs activists to stand trial after riot police`s raid on charity concert in Minsk

http://naviny.by/rubrics/english/2012/03/25/ic_articles_259_177292

Freedom Day, Arbitrary Detentions and Travel Bans – Belarus Politics  Digest

http://belarusdigest.com/story/freedom-day-arbitrary-detentions-and-travel-bans-belarus-politics-digest-8553

One thought on “Food Is a Right, Not a Privilege”

  1. And Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty and ye gave me drink…Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?…And the King shall answer and say unto them, Amen I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
    Feeding the hungry is more than a right, it is a sacred duty. Having food to eat is not just a right, it is what nations shall be judged on.

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