POLICE ARREST FOOD NOT BOMBS ACTIVISTS IN SAN FRANCISCO, USA !

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Thu, 21 Oct 1999 16:34:12 -0700 (PDT)


FWD  Reply To: "San Francisco Food Not Bombs" <sffnb@iww.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 13:07:00 -0700 (PDT)
To: Food Not Bombs <fnb-l@tao.ca>
Subject: POLICE ARREST FOOD NOT BOMBS ACTIVISTS IN SAN FRANCISCO, USA !

NOTE: It appears that the San Francisco City Government has decided to
resume aggressive enforcement of the 1989 Court Order against FNB
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 20,1999
Food Not Bombs Voicemail: + 1-415-675-9928

TWO FOOD NOT BOMBS ACTIVISTS ARRESTED FOR SERVING FREE FOOD!

San Francisco- Police arrested two Food Not Bombs activists, Oct. 20th at
6pm in United Nations Plaza.  FNB volunteers were distributing free food to
low-income and no-income people in the plaza when the police arrived.  The
police surrounded the food and prevented homeless people from getting bread
and hot soup.

Food Not Bombs is a non-violent direct action group that shares free food to
poor and hungry people around the world.  FNB groups collect donated food
and prepare meals in volunteers' kitchens.  The meals are shared in public
spaces to draw attention to the crisis of homelessness while an enormous
amount of money and resources goes to military investment.

In San Francisco, Food Not Bombs has experienced police harassment and
political repression from the City government.  FNB has shared hundreds of
thousands of vegetarian meals with poor and hungry people since 1988.  Over
the years we have been arrested at least 1,000 times.  In the last
elections, the current administration of Mayor Willie Brown promised voters
that he would cease arresting FNB members. Homelessness is the central issue
in the upcoming mayoral elections; with this increasing harassment, Mayor
Brown is demonstrating his approach.

The arrest of the two food servers tonight, October 20th, is a clear
indication of the basic disrespect of human and civil rights in San
Francisco.

An account from two eyewitnesses who were also serving food:

FNB volunteers Jeff and Sasha were handcuffed together and arrested for
serving food to hungry people without a permit after Officer Banta told them
to stop serving and they continued. The large amount of soup and bread still
remaining was also carted off by the police. People who were there to eat
questioned the police on why the servers were being arrested, and the police
said "for serving food without a permit." (The permit in question is no
longer issued by the city, and has been used for years as a political tool
for selective enforcement.) As legal observers, they took down the officers'
names in order to contact their supervisors and file complaints about the
ridiculousness of arresting people for serving free food.

FNB members were able to serve food for ten minutes before police officers
came to arrest us. There were about eight cops there, none of whom seemed to
know why they were there or understand the situation. The police were
roundly disrespectful to the community being served as well as the food
servers, but their anger was met with a calm and nonviolent response. The
police confiscated and photographed the soup and bread as evidence after
arresting the servers.

	Food Not Bombs is continuing to build community support to end the
political harassment of those who support the homeless community, and to
make criminalization of poor people unacceptable.  FNB will not reduce or
restrict our servings, and we will not compromise our advocacy of the people
who are under constant attack by the government of San Francisco.



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