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May 23, 2010: Picnic in Baker Park, Sunday, 23 May 2010 / Happy 30th Food Not Bombs!

Today, Sunday, from 10:30am – 12:00pm, Food Not Bombs Las Vegas gathered for our weekly Free Picnic in the Park in Baker Park. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the first Food Not Bombs action in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and we celebrated with a big meal and some good conversation. We shared rice, chili beans, potatoes, hot salsa, bread, vegetable soup, fresh fruit, salad, and muffins for the meal, with hot coffee, cold water, orange juice and citrus punch for drinks. About 35 people joined in the meal this week. Food Not Bombs organizers Sarita, Sean, Kelly, Charles, Daniel, and Gail came out to meet up, celebrate the occasion, and keep the table from blowing away in the wind.

We had a great meal, and some good conversations about organizing spaces and community support for Food Not Bombs.

We come out to Baker Park every Sunday to share a free vegan picnic with food for anyone who wants to eat.

See you at the park next week!

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Apr 5, 2010: FNBLV @ First Friday in downtown Las Vegas, April 2, 2010

Food Not Bombs Las Vegas participated in Aprils First Friday event in Downtown’s Arts District on April 2 from 6:30pm to 10:00pm. We had banana bread, brownies and fruit. Charles brought fruit, Gail supplied banana bread and Michelle brought banana bread and brownies. Michelle and Brian worked the booth.

Though, off to a rough start, having to relocate multiple times, we seemed to have had a great response from people at the booth, many of whom were familiar with FnB, but unaware of a local chapter. Others were interested in the effort, and curious about participation. Overall we felt the booth was a successful form of networking, and hope that FnB will be able to participate in future First Friday events.

Mar 28, 2010: Picnic in Baker Park, Sunday, March 28

Food Not Bombs Las Vegas held our weekly Free Picnic in the Park at Baker Park on March 28th from 10:00am to 12:00pm. We had rice, beans, salad, potatoes, salad and fruit for the main course, with juice and fruit punch to drink. Sean brought juice; everything else was yet again courtesy of Gail.

About 40 people joined in the meal this week. Food Not Bombs organizers Charles, Kelly and Sean were there. The weather stayed nice. We talked about community organizing and just generally enjoyed the nice weather.

See you at the park next week!

Mar 28, 2010: Picnic in Baker Park, Sunday, March 21

Food Not Bombs Las Vegas held our weekly Free Picnic in the Park at Baker Park on March 21st from 10:00am to 11:30am. We had rice, beans, salad, potatoes, salad and fruit for the main course, with juice and fruit punch to drink. Daniel and Sean brought juice; everything else was yet again courtesy of Gail.

About 20 people joined in the meal this week. Food Not Bombs organizers Daniel, Kelly and Sean were there. The weather was warm and sunny. We talked about community organizing and just generally enjoyed the change in the weather.

See you at the park next week!

Mar 14, 2010: Picnic in Baker Park, March 14

Food Not Bombs Las Vegas held our weekly Free Picnic in the Park at Baker Park on March 14th from 10:00am to 11:30am. We had rice, beans, salad, potatoes, salad and fruit for the main course, with juice and fruit punch to drink. Daniel brought juice and donuts and Sean brought juice; everything else was yet again courtesy of Gail.

About 20 people joined in the meal this week. Food Not Bombs organizers Daniel, Brian and Sean were there. The sun was out and, though the wind threatened to blow us away early in the morning, things calmed down by about 11pm, and it turned out to be really nice. We talked about community organizing and how budget cuts might affect homeles and other services, and tried to be as productive as we could be.

See you at the park next week!

Mar 14, 2010: Picnic in Baker Park, March 7

Food Not Bombs Las Vegas held our weekly Free Picnic in the Park at Baker Park on March 4th from 10:30am to 12pm. We had rice, beans, Oriental noodles, potatoes and salad for the main course, with various juices and fruit punch to drink. Daniel and Sean brought juice, Charles brought taters and onions and Gail whipped up everything else

It was cold, windy, cloudy and just generally miserable. But we persevered. About 15 people joined in the meal this week. Food Not Bombs organizers Charles, Kelly, Daniel and Sean were there. We talked about plans for upcoming events. The pavilion at Baker park  also held host to a meeting of CopWatch. All things considered, a great day was had by all.

See you all this weekend!

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, vegetable soup, sweet potatoes, stewed squash, salad,  banana bread and fruit for the main course, with orange juice and fruit punch to drink.

It was a beautiful day out but a small group. About 15 people joined in the meal this week. Food Not Bombs organizers Charles, Kelly, Daniel, Nick, Vanessa, and Gail were there. It was beautiful and warm as long as the sun stayed out, but with a wind that kept blowing around our utensils. Dogs were walked; we talked about plans for upcoming events; and had a great day in the sun.

See you all this weekend!

Mar 4, 2010: Picnic in Baker Park, February 28

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, vegetable soup, sweet potatoes, stewed squash, salad,  banana bread and fruit for the main course, with orange juice and fruit punch to drink.

It was a beautiful day out but a small group. About 15 people joined in the meal this week. Food Not Bombs organizers Charles, Kelly, Daniel, Nick, Vanessa, and Gail were there. It was beautiful and warm as long as the sun stayed out, but with a wind that kept blowing around our utensils. Dogs were walked; we talked about plans for upcoming events; and had a great day in the sun.

See you all this weekend!

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!