Thursday, 30 September 2010
Activism - Food Not Bombs
Dear Food Not Bombs supporters,
I was driving to help cook and share food at the large rally in Washington DC when my engine exploded as I was driving past Oklahoma City. I also live in this van and have it packed with cooking equipment, solar oven, rice, beans, banners, folding table and literature for the Food Not Bombs tour. Getting my home back on the road is very important. My first lecture in at
American University on October 6th in Washington D.C.
Calls and emails seeking support an interest in Food Not Bombs are at an all time high. A homeless mother of three just called for help in starting a local Homes Not Jails squat. We also had emails this week about new groups starting in Hilversum, the Netherlands, Saint Petersburg, Florida and Ruston, Louisiana . A volunteer was arrested in early September in Minsk Belarus framed in the fire bombing of the Russian Embassy. Floods, droughts and speculation are driving up the cost of food and forcing millions into hunger. We are also facing the new "Food Safety and Modernization Act" written by the good people at Monsanto which will cause another increase in the cost of organic food. Before the van's engine exploded I was speaking and tabling at the Raw Spirit Festival. It was fantastic and we had lots of encouragement. Interest in the work of Food Not Bombs is growing.
We raise most of or funds by speaking at colleges. It has been difficult booking presentations at colleges and acquiring honorariums this fall. I just spoke with another student that said they were having a hard time raising even the minimum $500 for the presentation at their college when last year they provided several thousand to their speakers.
We have a number of very cool projects we are requiring funding including the printing of a short run of our new book "Cooking For Peace - Feeding the hungry and building a sustainable future with Food Not Bombs," a World
Food Not Bombs Gathering in Mexico, the completion of a documentary on Food Not Bombs and responding to the huge increase in requests for support for bulk dry goods.
We generally do not ask for financial support but the death of my engine and the inability of colleges to provide the usual honorariums has put us in an economic bind.
We know most people have very little money these days but if you are able to contribute more then the usual dollar we suggest please help.
Thanks so much.
Dollar For Peace
Cooking For Peace
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