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Feb 22, 2010: Picnic in Baker Park, Sunday, February 21

Food Not Bombs Las Vegas held our weekly Free Picnic in the Park at Baker Park on February 21st from 10:30am to 12pm. We had rice, chili beans, noodle stir fry, homestyle potatoes, salad, chili peppers, banana bread and fruit for the main course, with orange juice and fruit punch to drink. Charles and Kelly brought the banana bread and Charles brought the taters; everything else was yet again courtesy of Gail.

About 30 people joined in the meal this week. Food Not Bombs organizers Charles, Kelly, Sean, Kaleb, Irina, Joanna and Nick were there. It was cold with the wind, which threatened to blow us into Arizona a few times. But we persevered, threw around the football, listened to some music and talked about community organizing. Hope the weather gets better, and see you at the park next week!

Feb 14, 2010: Picnic in Baker Park, Sunday, February 14

Food Not Bombs Las Vegas held our weekly Free Picnic in the Park at Baker Park on February 14th from 10:30am to 12pm. We had a big mess of rice, beans, vegetable soup, homestyle potatoes, salad, chili peppers (that some of us mistook for okra, with comical results), bananas, banana bread and apples for the main course, with orange juice, citrus punch, and fruit punch to drink.

About 25 people joined in the meal this week. Food Not Bombs organizers Charles, Kelly, Sean and Daniel were there. The lousy weather finally broke this weekend, and it was sunny and fairly warm. Everyone had a chance to kick back to some good tunes brought by Charles. Hope the weather holds, and see you at the park next week!

Feb 12, 2010: Food Not Bombs Las Vegas caters your picket line (come rain or shine): FNB at the NV Energy corporate headquarters picket, Feb. 9

On Tuesday, February 9, about 200 union workers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Culinary Workers’ Union, and the AFL-CIO and Building & Construction Trades Council, rallied in the cold and rain to protest NV Energy’s plans to cancel its union contract with the IBEW and to cut retiree health benefits while the company is making record profits, raising consumer electrical rates, and taking $130,000,000 out of worker’s pockets through tax-funded federal bail-out money.

While Food Not Bombs Las Vegas has no official position on the labor dispute, part of our mission is to support community organizing and protest by providing hot, fresh food to our fellow workers on the picket line. So on Tuesday, a crew of four Food Not Bombs rolled out to set up a table with hot food and fresh fruit for the picketers. Kaleb, Charles, Kelly, and new member Katie (a veteran FNBer from Omaha) handed out free vegetable soup, rice with onions, curried rice with eggplant, vegan green bean casserole, homestyle potatoes, and fresh bananas and apples. (Gail cooked up the soup and the rice with onions, and Dave and Gail’s husband Joe delibered the rice, soup, and bananas.)

We had literature available, but the rain made it difficult to hand it out. Still, we helped warm up quite a few people on the picket line, had a lot of great conversations, made some good connections with local workers and unionists, and got the good word and some good food out. Now if only we had the fundraising to pick up a booth tent…

Food Not Bombs will cater your picket line or protest. Part of the FNB mission is to support community organizing and protest, and if you are planning an event — whether a picket, a protest, a vigil, or an encuentro, if you’d like some fresh, hot, free vegan food (to warm up supporters, to give kids something sweet to chew on, to boost morale, or to just to put on a great community meal), be sure to contact us to let us know about your plans. We’re happy to set up just about anywhere we’re invited!

Feb 6, 2010: Picnic in Baker Park, Sunday, February 7

Food Not Bombs Las Vegas held our weekly Free Picnic in the Park at Baker Park on February 12th from 10:30am to 12pm. We had a big mess of bagels, rice, beans, vegetable soup, and salad for the main course, with fresh fruit and a delicious vegan apple crisp for desert, and orange juice, citrus punch, and fruit punch to drink.

It was cloudy and a bit chilly and started to rain toward the end of the meal. About 25 people joined in the meal this week. Food Not Bombs organizers Kelly, Kaleb, Sean and Daniel were there, and Charles made it back after a month of traveling. Gail cooked the soup, beans, and rice and made the salad, and dropped by later in the meal. Laura made up the apple crisp and had Charles deliver it.

In spite of the cloudy skies, the weather is starting to turn nice, and we had a good chance to talk about the community in the park and anarchist organizing in Vegas. No music this week — but the boombox will be back, with fresh batteries, next Sunday. See you at the park next week!