letter-writing ALERT: Albuquerque Police stop Food Not Bombs from

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Mon, 2 Nov 1998 03:32:34 -0400


FWD

DATE:     SUNDAY 1 NOVEMBER 1998 - 13:45 USA PACIFIC TIME ZONE

TO:       NEWS MEDIA/HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS/POLITICAL ACTIVISTS

FROM:     HUGH - FNB SAN FRANCISCO <sffnb@iww.org>

MESSAGE:  PLEASE REPLY to confirm that you have received this e-mail.
I am requesting that all FNB supporters send e-mails to the following
human rights groups and urge them to continue their investigations
into the government harrassment of FNB in the USA:

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

<amnestyis@amnesty.org>

<robinbrown@amnesty-usa.org>

UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

<webadmin.hchr@unog.ch>

<webmaster@unog.ch>

FOODFIRST INFORMATION & ACTION NETWORK

<FIAN-IS@oln.comlink.apc.org>

<fian@herne.netsurf.de>


The details of the police shut-down of FNB in Albuquerque, New Mexico
(NM), follow in the below text. It should also be noted that FNB in
Baltimore, Maryland (MD), has also experienced some recent police
harrassment and threats of arrests.

Hugh <sffnb@iww.org>
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> [three related articles]
>
> FWD  Sat, 31 Oct 1998 From: diomedes <madcow@psn.net>
>           Organization: freegans united
>           To: fnb-l@tao.ca, wgcp@earthlink.net
>
>
> FNB BURQUE SHUT DOWN 10/31
>
>
> That's right the police shut down the serving today at 4th and Central.
> The police asked us to pack up and leave this week.  Next week they will
> shut us down again and possibly arrest us if we are serving with out a
> "special events" permit.
>
> More information is at the FNB Albuquerque web site
> http://www.psn.net/~madcow/fnb/fnb.htm
>
> This has occured after the fcc and 4 apd officers shut down and busted
> the rebel radio 90.9 micropower broadcast earlier this week.
>
> suggestions and advice please send to us.
> we are working on a plan at this point and i will keep all updated.
>
> please forward to necessary recipiants.
>
> ***
>
> http://www.psn.net/~madcow/fnb/fnb.htm
> Food Not Bombs - Albuquerque [New Mexico]
>
> [excerpt]
>
> URGENT!!!
>
> The Albuquerque Police shut down the [Food Not Bombs] serving today the
> 31st of October, 1998. We were told to pack up and leave. The Police
> officer cited that some businesses in the area had made some complaints. He
> didn't specify who, or what they were complaining about. The officer told
> us that we needed to get a "Special Events" permit. And if we are to get
> one then he wouldn't shut us down.
>
> This is all happening as Albuquerque's mayor is trying to again implement
> "an out of site out of mind policy"! by consolidating the Homeless into one
> area. He also requested that the police begin again to enforce an existing
> law and arrest "aggressive" panhandlers.
>
> Also adding fuel to the cities war on the homeless is the announcement from
> the mayor that control of the "4th street mall" [will be turned] over to
> the Downtown Action Team. The 4th street mall is three blocks of 4th street
> between central avenue and the civic plaza that were converted into a park.
> The Downtown Action Team is the downtown business association. The mayor
> hopes that by turning over the mall to the D.A.T. the group can take the
> necessary steps to begin the further revitalization of the downtown area.
> Part of that revitalization is cleaning the downtown area of the homeless
> population that "loiters" in the area. 4th street mall is one area where a
> fair number of people can be seen hanging out. Of which many are homeless
> people.
>
> We of Food Not Bombs Burque believe that the big reason behind todays shut
> down of our serving is due to the recent focus on the revamping of the
> downtown district. Especially because we serve weekly in the 4th street
> mall.
>
> Todays shut down will not prevent us from serving. Our location may change
> a little, or our tactic, this all depends on the consensus of the group.
> More will be added to this as things develop.
>
> We will be working to build a homeless advocacy coalition within the next
> week to begin to deal with the policy changes that are happening. This
> coalition will involve many of the service groups including Food Not Bombs
> Burque and most importantly many of the people that live on the streets.
>
> ***
>
> FWD  http://www.msnbc.com/local/KOB/17877.asp
>
>
> MAYOR PLANS TO HOUSE HOMELESS IN ONE LARGE SHELTER
>
>
> ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico- Albuquerque Mayor Jim Baca has issued a proposal
> to clean up the downtown area by consolidating homeless services into one
> large facility. Some homeless organizations are not happy with the idea,
> however.
>
> Jeremy Reynolds runs the 2nd Street homeless shelter, Joy Junction. He said
> pushing people with different needs and problems into one group is
> demoralizing and could create a ghetto.
>
> After hearing the mayor's proposal, Reynolds said, "I was flabbergasted,
> the whole thing would be a disaster."
>
> According to Downtown Action Team President Pat Bryan, the committee
> reviewing the Mayor's plan wants to be sensitive and make improvements at
> the same time.
>
> Reynolds, however, says most homeless people do not create community
> problems. He also believes the project would be expensive to operate.
>
> According to Bryan, there is a similar program in Portland, Oregon that has
> been successful.
>
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