ALERT: SF cops arrest more Food Not Bombs food servers on 10-26

Tom Boland (
Wed, 27 Oct 1999 19:52:31 -0700 (PDT)


Subject: San Francisco Celebrates The 54th Anniversary of UNITED NATIONS
DAY by yet again arresting Food Not Bombs members for direct-action free
food distribution. San Francisco, USA, 26 OCT 99

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON Tuesday 26 October 1999 at 20:00 PST

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FROM: Food Not Bombs - San Francisco, California, USA

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MESSAGE: At approximately 6:30 this Tuesday evening, about 6 to 8
SFPD [ San Francisco Police Department ] officers arrested 2 FNB
[ Food Not Bombs ] activists for distributing free vegetarian soup
and bread to hungry, low-income people in San Francisco's United
Nations Plaza. SFPD Captain Manheim, who was the commanding officer
at the scene, said that she was simply following her orders as
stated in the 1991 court order which prohibits FNB from distributing
free food in San Francisco. There have been over 1,000 arrests of
San Francisco FNB members since 1988 for their direct-action food
distribution and protests against human rights violations in the
USA. Today's arrests are the six incident of resumed police harassment
of San Francisco FNB since September 3rd of this year.

The SFPD confiscated all of the remaining soup and bread from a
group of approximately 50 to 75 hungry people who were present
for the FNB meal at United Nations Plaza.

The most recent arrests of FNB activists occurred just two days after the
54th Anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations, an
organization whose founding purpose is to promote international peace,
security and human rights, amoung other objectives. The site of today's
arrests of FNB volunteer activists is in fact a memorial to the United
Nations Charter and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human

Article 25 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
states that each and every human has the right to food.

The United Nations Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International
have been investigating the arrests of FNB members since 1994.

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