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Nov 20, 2009: FNBLV Organizational Meet-Up this Saturday at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Just a quick reminder: Food Not Bombs Las Vegas will be meeting up for our weekly organizational meet-up at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf this Saturday, November 21, at our regular meeting time of 2:00pm.

We usually meet up in the back meeting room, with Food Not Bombs literature set out at our table to help us find each other. At the meetings we share news about upcoming events and opportunities, do organizing work for upcoming Food Not Bombs events, parcel out new stores that each of us will contact about setting up donations, and report back to the group on how things have been going since the last meeting with the stores we contacted and the other Food Not Bombs projects that we’ve taken on.

This Saturday, we’ll be talking about our outreach events coming up next week, discussing possible outreach tabling opportunities at music shows and other community events, and working on ongoing plans to open up our second weekly free picnic, planned to take place on Wednesdays at Alexander Villas Park in Las Vegas.

  • WHAT: Next Food Not Bombs Las Vegas organizational meeting
  • WHEN: Saturday, November 21, 2009, 2:00pm-3:00pm
  • WHERE: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Running Rebel Plaza (4550 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas)
  • WHO: Anyone who wants to get involved with FNB in Las Vegas!
See you at the Coffee Bean!

Nov 17, 2009: Picnic in Baker Park, Sunday November 15

Food Not Bombs Las Vegas came together for our weekly Free Picnic in the Park at Baker Park today from 10am to 12pm. We had fresh banana bread, pumpernickel and baguette bread, watermelon, apples, rice, hot vegetarian chili, homestyle potatoes, vegetable soup, and salad to eat, with orange juice, citrus punch and fruit punch to drink.

It was a chilly day this past Sunday but a big crowd — about 35 people joined in the meal this week. Food Not Bombs organizers Kelly, Charles, Daniel, and Scott were there. Charles and Kelly brought fresh banana bread. Gail had her hot food and famous salad delivered to the park. We put some music on the boombox, tried to keep warm in the chilly morning, and talked about local government and the federal bail-outs.

Hope to see you all next week!

Nov 12, 2009: FNBLV Organizational Meet-Up this Saturday at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Just a quick reminder: after taking a weekend off for the Living Without Borders encuentro at UNLV, Food Not Bombs Las Vegas will be resuming our weekly organizational meet-ups at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf this Saturday, November 14, at our regular meeting time of 2:00pm.

We usually meet up in the back meeting room, with Food Not Bombs literature set out at our table to help us find each other. At the meetings we share news about upcoming events and opportunities, do organizing work for upcoming Food Not Bombs events, parcel out new stores that each of us will contact about setting up donations, and report back to the group on how things have been going since the last meeting with the stores we contacted and the other Food Not Bombs projects that we’ve taken on.

This Saturday, we’ll be talking about our outreach events from earlier this week, discussing possible outreach tabling opportunities at music shows and other community events, and working on ongoing plans to open up our second weekly free picnic, planned to take place on Wednesdays at Alexander Villas Park in Las Vegas.

  • WHAT: Next Food Not Bombs Las Vegas organizational meeting
  • WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 2009, 2:00pm-3:00pm
  • WHERE: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Running Rebel Plaza (4550 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas)
  • WHO: Anyone who wants to get involved with FNB in Las Vegas!
See you at the Coffee Bean!

Nov 12, 2009: Reportback from outreach tabling at Cyanide Destruct show on Tuesday, Nov. 10

On Tuesday, a few of us went down to the punk show at the East Bonanza Theater to do some outreach tabling for Food Not Bombs Las Vegas.

The show featured the Hardpipe Hitters, The Kurgans, Assanine, and the headlining act, Cyanide Destruct (who came down from Seattle, Washington). We set up a card table in the lobby of the venue with pamphlets, handbills about our weekly free picnic in Baker Park, a sign-up sheet for people who are interested in getting involved, and some free bananas and vegan pumpkin bread for anyone who wanted some food.

Vegas FNBers Vanessa and Joey put together the outreach event and brought the food. Charles helped out with staffing the table and brought out the literature. We made a couple of new contacts, had some good conversations, and gave out all the food we had on hand, but most importantly, we got our name out there. Vanessa says she plans for this to be the first of many outreach events at shows. (And Charles is planning to get together a fuller outreach kit to lay out on the table at future events: buttons, bumperstickers, eye-catching literature, a banner, and more.) If you’re interested in volunteering to help out with future outreach tables at evening and nighttime music shows, drop us a line in the comments section or contact an organizer to let us know.

Nov 9, 2009: Reportback from Living Without Borders 2009 (Nov. 6-8, 2009)

This past weekend, Food Not Bombs Las Vegas came together to provide fresh vegan food and an outreach table at UCIR’s 2nd annual Living Without Borders / Viviendo Sin Fronteras encuentro at UNLV. We had pamphlets and handbills; we had banana bread and fresh fruit; we provided four hot vegan meals to the over 100 participants at the three days of workshops, keynotes, and conversation.

Living Without Borders is an activist and community meeting devoted to freedom and dignity for all immigrants, to envisioning and working to build a world without government borders, and to radical social transformation that tears down all the walls, including both the coercively-imposed boundaries of nation-states and also all the other, interconnected forms of oppression, exploitation and domination that confine and constrain us. The encuentro is organized by the United Coalition for Im/migrant Rights in Las Vegas. As part of the encuentro, UCIR provided tabling space for community and activist organizations to reach out to the conference-goers about their projects and their issues; there was also a free breakfast and a free lunch provided to the participants at the encuentro on Saturday and on Sunday. Food Not Bombs provided vegan food for the meals along with compostable/biodegradable plates, cups, and utensils.

The meals on Saturday were prepared by Vegas FNBers Charles and Gail, with logistical help from Nelson, and with a lot of help from UCIR food committee volunteers Irina, Joanna, Jorina, and Adan. For breakfast, there was a fruit salad, fresh bananas, apples, pears, grapes, cut melons, and bread with fig jam. For the lunch, Charles, Jorina, and Adan prepared a baked eggplant marinara, banana berry smoothies, and fresh watermelon. Gail made some of her famous salad, along with a bowl of fresh strawberries. Nelson made a food pickup to make sure we had all the food that we needed. Irina delivered the breakfast to the conference site, and Joanna picked up the salads from Gail and delivered the lunch over to the lunch site at La Casita, as well as coordinating the set-up and break-down for the serving area once the food had been delivered.

The meals on Sunday were prepared by Charles and Kelly, with logistical help from fellow FNBer Daniel, and with a lot of help from UCIR food committee volunteers Joanna and Nolo. For breakfast, there were bananas, apples, grapes, banana bread, and bread with fig jam. For the lunch, Charles, Joanna, and Nolo prepared baked eggplant marinara, a vegan green bean casserole, home fries, and fresh watermelon. Daniel delivered the lunch to La Casita, and Joanna coordinated the set-up and break-down for the serving area.

At the outreach table, we had pamphlets, handbills about our weekly free picnic in Baker Park, a sign-up sheet, a donation bucket, and some literature about veganism kindly shared with us by the folks at Vegas Veg*. We had banana bread made by FNBer Kelly and cookies brought by FNBer Vanessa.  We also shared some table space with Southern Nevada ALL, who provided literature and buttons about anarchism and grassroots mutual aid. Kelly coordinated the outreach tabling; Vanessa, Charles, and Daniel helped out with staffing the table. We also got to set up right next to our friends and fellow workers with the Industrial Workers of the World, who had the next table over.

The conference was great. Over 100 people pre-registered (with most of them coming to the events on Saturday, and some who only made it to events on Sunday). There were inspiring keynotes by Hilda Garcia (from La Mujer Obrera autonomous women’s community in El Paso, and from author Rinku Sen); there were 14 great workshops, including a presentation by Vegas FNBer Charles Johnson on anarchism and immigration freedom. Through the outreach table we made a lot of new connections (8 new contacts on the sign-up sheet) and raised $46 in donations. I hope that this will be only the first in a long series of Living Without Borders events, and the first of many chances for Food Not Bombs to work together with UCIR in supporting this powerful event.

See you all at the organizational meeting this Saturday!

Nov 5, 2009: No organizational meeting this Saturday

Because many members of Food Not Bombs Las Vegas will be spending all weekend volunteering to provide food or staff outreach tables at this year’s Living Without Borders encuentro, including all day Saturday (Nov. 7), we will be postponing our regular Saturday organizational meeting this weekend. We will not be meeting at the regular time. If you would like to meet up with fellow Las Vegas FNBers, the place to do it this Saturday will be across the street, in the UNLV student union building, at our outreach table in the encuentro tabling space.

Our next organizational meeting will be the following Saturday (11/14):

  • WHAT: Next Food Not Bombs Las Vegas organizational meeting
  • WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 2009, 2:00pm-3:00pm
  • WHERE: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Running Rebel Plaza (4550 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas)
  • WHO: Anyone who wants to get involved with FNB in Las Vegas!

Nov 5, 2009: Food Not Bombs Las Vegas at the Living Without Borders encuentro, Nov. 6-8 at UNLV campus

As part of Food Not Bombs’s commitment to providing food to social justice activist events, Food Not Bombs Las Vegas will be at the 2nd annual Living Without Borders / Viviendo Sin Fronteras encuentro at UNLV, this weekend. We will be helping to provide the free breakfast and lunch for participants on Saturday and Sunday; we will also be hosting an outreach table all three days of the encuentro, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The 2nd Annual Living Without Borders / Viviendo Sin Fronteras encuentro will be held this weekend, November 6-9, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spread the word to anyone you think might be interested! Register to attend if one of the folks who might be interested is you yourself!

Living Without Borders is an activist and community meeting devoted to freedom and dignity for all immigrants, to the struggle against international apartheid, to envisioning and working to build a world without government borders, and to radical social transformation that tears down all the walls, including both the coercively-imposed boundaries of nation-states and also all the other, interconnected forms of oppression, exploitation and domination that confine and constrain us. The encuentro is organized by the United Coalition for Im/migrant Rights in Las Vegas.

Hope to see you there!

Nov 1, 2009: Picnic in Baker Park, Sunday November 1

Food Not Bombs Las Vegas came together for our weekly Free Picnic in the Park at Baker Park today from 10am to 12pm. We had some bread, rice, chili, potatoes, soup, and lots of salad to eat, with orange juice and fruit punch to drink.

It was a gorgeous day out but a smaller picnic than some — about 20 people joined in the meal this week. (Partly because it’s early on the month, I guess.) Food Not Bombs organizer Daniel, Charles, Kelly, and Scott were there. Joe brought out hot food that Gail had made. We put some music on the boombox, talked about immigration freedom and the upcoming Living Without Borders conference at UNLV, and moved forward on plans for beginning a second weekly picnic, on Wednesdays.

Next week many Food Not Bombs organizers will be at the Living Without Borders encuentro, including Kelly (who’s organizing volunteers for a Food Not Bombs Las Vegas outreach table; if you’re interested in volunteering to staff the table on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, contact us to sign up), and Charles (who is presenting a workshop on anarchism, and also coordinating food for the participants at the encuentro). There will be a free Food Not Bombs breakfast and lunch for everyone at the encuentro on Saturday and Sunday.

Hope to see you all next week, whether at the encuentro or at the Picnic in the Park!