Re: ALERT: LA Food Not Bombs ARRESTED - 2 press releases - please

Tom Boland (
Tue, 21 Dec 1999 14:31:29 -0800 (PST)

FWD  Non-member submission to HPN & FNB lists from "Sailor" <>
[Sailor is a frequent poster to the Rainbow Family list.]

"Because a prime objective of Food Not Bombs'
community meals is to raise consciousness and to counter Los Angeles's "out
of sight, out of mind" policy towards the poor, the group deemed it
unacceptable to be pushed to the back of the park and continued to serve at
their normal location."

---- It is particularly disturbing, especially during this holiday season, to
see that FNB is putting its own political agenda ahead of the real needs of
the hungry.  Hopefully someone with a little common sense will realize it is
not as important where you feed as it is that you do feed.

Not Bombs member Phillip Salcido likened the current struggle to historic
civil rights struggles, "Just as Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of
the bus, the poor in Los Angeles are now refusing to move to the back of
the park!"

------ I'm afraid that FNB has missed this bus completely.  Since the ice
rink was built in Pershing Square, the homeless and hungry no longer
congregate there.  The reality is that it has less to do with private
security and park police than it does with the simple fact that the hungry
and homeless don't feel comfortable hanging out with the large numbers of
"normal" citizens who now dominate park usage.  If the goal of FNB is to
truly feed the hungry, they need to be flexible enough to follow the patterns
of the poor.  Again, it is sad to see political agenda displace a needed
service. Hopefully someone will get their head out of their butt, dis their
ego and feed the folks who need food where those folks are most comfortable
congregating ---------- sailor