After a lengthy judicial process, Orlando Food Not Bombs has had their right to serve free food and literature restricted to twice a year per park. This outrageous classist court ruling is now spreading to other places in Florida. Attacks on Food Not Bombs in Orlando are attacks on Food Not Bombs everywhere. It is vital that people around the world take action in support of Orlando and other Food Not Bombs groups.
There is a Food Not Bombs gathering in Florida this coming weekend. For folks who can’t make it to that gathering, please come to Monroe Park Food Not Bombs to talk about how Richmonders can support Floridians. We will hopefully be receiving specific information from Florida Food Not Bombs groups between now and then regarding what they would find useful in terms of support and solidarity. Come to help cook from 12:30 to 3:45 at 2005 Barton Avenue, or come to talk about what we can do during the meal at 4pm in Monroe Park at the Corner of Main and Belvidere.
This court ruling and the situation in Florida is particularly important in a City like Richmond, where the park where we have been serving a meal for over 17 years is being threatened with a gentrification renovation plan and homelessness is constantly harassed and criminalized. This could be us. So lets stand up now, with Florida to fight unjust, classist, and oppressive laws.
More information from Keith McHenry and Florida Groups:
Please participate in this important effort to defend our right to share food and information by reclaiming public space in Florida.
The Eleventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeal ruled against Food Not Bombs on April 12, 2011 claiming that the city of Orlando had the right to limit Food Not Bombs to the sharing of food with its literature to twice a year per park. Other cities in Florida are now passing laws limiting Food Not Bombs to twice a year as a result of the Orlando ruling.
Food Not Bombs volunteers from all over Florida are coming to Orlando to resist this unjust law. A number of strategies are proposed in regards to opposition to the Orlando law. Some community groups are flooding City Hall with requests for permits while Food Not Bombs groups are defying the law and sharing food regardless of the Eleventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals ruling since the Orlando case has such dire implications for Food Not Bombs groups all across the United States. Successful resistance in Orlando this May can have an impact across the state and the country. Food Not Bombs groups from all across the world have announced solidarity actions this week!
Everyone is welcome to attend. Please let everyone know about this important event.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 – NONVIOLENCE WORKSHOP 6:00 PM Lake Eola Park Orlando, Florida – Based on the Nonviolence Trainings before Food Not Bombs actions in San Francisco this workshop will include role playing and discussion of tactics and strategies of nonviolent resistance to the disruption of the sharing of food.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Orlando Food Not Bombs City Hall Action – Risk arrest sharing vegan meals and literature under the banner Food Not Bombs at 400 South Orange Avenue and the corner of South Street in downtown Orlando, Florida (more…)