Just heard about some support needed for the Food Not Bombs group in Houston. Please take a few moments to make some calls or send some emails to help them out.
Houston Food Not Bombs Under Immediate Threat (please FWD)
Houston Food Not Bombs has been sharing healthy vegetarian food with hundreds of hungry people, several nights a week, for over 18 years and is a 2011 Recipient of a Peacemaker Award from the Houston Peace and Justice Center.
Well funded Houston homeless service organizations, developers, and city officials are promoting new regulations for dozens of groups like ours that provide food for the homeless in Houston every week.
Wednesday March 7, at the 9am session, Houston City Council will consider amending chapter 20 of the code of ordinances, imposing five new regulatory and licensing requirements for those who feed hungry people in Houston. These regulations would bring the work of non-professionals who do homeless service work under city and police purview. This law fits squarely in the context of criminalization of sharing of food across the country. Food Not Bombs participants in U.S. Cities have ended up in jail when restrictive new laws came into effect.
We need your help! Here are some talking points:
- volunteer groups provide absolutely essential services to hungry people- imposing new laws will cause volunteers to be fined and arrested
- small community and religious organizations do not have the same resources or grants to do their work, they are not full time paid employees who have the resources to jump through regulatory hurdles
- homelessness is not a crime, nor is helping the homeless
1) Circulate this email: We need religious groups, and others doing important work to make their calls to the City Council members Monday and Tuesday.
2) Come to City Council Tuesday March 6th to speak to City Council about this. Call Monday to register with the City Secretary: (832) 393 1100 and ask for 1 minute to speak (do not ask for 3 minutes).
3) Call and email your city council members:
Helena Brown, 832.393.3010, email@example.com
Jerry Davis, 832.393.3009, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellen Cohen, 832.393.3004, email@example.com
Wanda Adams, 832.393.3001, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Sullivan, 832.393.3008, email@example.com
Al Hoang, 832.393.3002, firstname.lastname@example.org
Oliver Pennington, 832.393.3007, email@example.com
Ed Gonzalez, 832.393.3003, firstname.lastname@example.org
James G. Rodriguez, 832.393.3011, email@example.comMike Laster
Mike Laster, 832.393.3015, firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Green, 832.393.3016, email@example.com
Stephen C. Costello, 832.393.3014, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew C. Burks, Jr., 832.393.3013, email@example.com
Melissa Noriega, 832.393.3005, firstname.lastname@example.org
C.O. “Brad” Bradford, 832.393.3012, email@example.com
Jack Christie, 832.393.3017, firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Come out to a sharing at 521 Lamar St., 77002 (The Houston Downtown Public Library Courtyard) on Mon., Wed., & Fri. at 8pm, and Sunday at 7pm. Bring vegan food to share or just bring yourself!
read about the criminalization of sharing free food:
read the Houston City Council agenda here:
read the Houston Chronicle Commentary here: