Posts Tagged ‘Events’

Jul 5, 2011: Action in Support of Orlando Food Not Bombs, 7-1-11

Food Not Bombs Las Vegas demonstrated in front of City Center at 5 p.m. on July 1 to protest “do not feed” laws in Orlando. Nine members set up a table and gave bread and vegan soup to passersby. Many of the people we served were homeless, and many of them were veterans.

Over 20 members of Food Not Bombs Orlando have been arrested for violating these laws, which require anyone who wants to feed the homeless to get a permit from the city government. If convicted, they could spend 60 days in jail and be forced to pay a $500 fine for each violation.

We believe that being hungry, or trying to alleviate that hunger, shouldn’t be a crime. We believe that you don’t need permission from the government to feed the hungry, which includes the working poor with homes as well as the homeless. Some of our members have experience with “do not feed” laws in Las Vegas and can understand the plight of our Orlando colleagues.

Photos of the demonstration can be found here (courtesy of Kelly W. Patterson) and here (courtesy of Donald Rilea).

Jul 3, 2010: Food Not Bombs Las Vegas @ First Friday in downtown Las Vegas, July 2, 2010

Las Vegas Food Not Bombers Sarita, Charles and Brian had a great time tabling for FNBLV at this month’s First Friday in the downtown Arts District on July 2 from 7-11:30pm. We set up an outreach table with banana bread, pastries, fresh fruit, lemonade and iced coffee; we also had handbills to get the word out about our weekly picnics, literature, Food Not Bombs bumperstickers and buttons. Charles did the baking and FNBer Kelly contributed literature and merch.

We got a great response from folks passing by the booth, whether just because they were looking for a bite to eat, or because they knew Food Not Bombs and wanted to know how to get involved here in Vegas. We had a lot of good conversations with friends old and new, and are looking forward to doing more tabling events at First Friday and other public gatherings in the future.

See you at the park this weekend — and at the next First Friday in August!

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.

Dec 19, 2009: Food Not Bombs Las Vegas Pays Tribute to Those Lost in 2009

Members of the homeless community gathered on December 17 to pay tribute to the homeless individuals who died in 2009 during an annual candlelight vigil. The memorial, which is primarily attended by people who are currently or formerly have been homeless and their families as well as advocates for the homeless throughout Las Vegas, was held at HELP of Southern Nevada, a homeless outreach center located at 1640 E. Flamingo Road. It’s intended to bring attention to and pay tribute to those who die on the streets and illustrate that all lives have value, even those in the homeless community, who often have few people or even no one to mourn for and remember them once they reach the end of their lives.

During the memorial, a list of the names of the 42 homeless individuals who died the past year was read. In addition, members of the crowd were invited to speak. Among the speakers, several people who had formerly been homeless spoke about their experiences on the street and how they eventually overcame those obstacles that led to homelessness.

Food Not Bombs Las Vegas members in attendance included Kelly W. Patterson, Gail Sacco, and Gail’s husband Joe Sacco. During the speakers’ portion of the vigil, Gail addressed the crowd and memorialized Bret Brennan, who died of cancer in November of this year. Commonly known as “Cowboy,” Bret was at one time homeless and, prior to becoming too sick, was a frequent attendee at the Food Not Bombs Las Vegas picnics in Baker Park. She told of how Cowboy proudly proclaimed to her recently that he was no longer homeless and that others should take encouragement from his story to believe in themselves and their ability to rise above their own personal issues.

Dec 3, 2009: New York: Insanely Large Food Not Bombs Event

This syndicated post has been reprinted from Infoshop Top News.

The Long Island Food Not Bombs Thanksgiving Food Share Bonanza was indeed the largest of all time - both in the scale of people and the sheer vo...

Dec 3, 2009: New York: Insanely Large Food Not Bombs Event

This syndicated post has been reprinted from Infoshop Top Stories.

The Long Island Food Not Bombs Thanksgiving Food Share Bonanza was indeed the largest of all time - both in the scale of people and the sheer vo...