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Jun 18, 2017: Food Not Bombs LV Weekly Picnic and Food Sharing – 06/18/17

 

** Huntridge Circle Park ** (See below for map)

As of September 28th 2014, Food Not Bombs Las Vegas has begun holding our weekly vegetarian/vegan picnics at Huntridge Circle Park, rather than Baker Park. Baker Park was used as our weekly location for Food Not Bombs Las Vegas meals and other events for over six years, since the closing of Circle Park and served that purpose quite well until recent changes within the park limited the usable space available within the park. Those and various other reasons went into the decision to move back to Huntridge Circle Park.

Food Not Bombs in Las Vegas FoodNotBombsLasVegas.org has been sharing food with hungry people in the Las Vegas area since 2005. During that time, members have often used their own money to cover expenses for necessary food ingredients not received through donations; bowls, plates, utensils, etc. necessary for eating; transportation costs; and other assorted costs associated with providing food with a large group of people on a weekly basis.

In order to provide variety and fill nutritional needs often unmet in typical “soup kitchens,” these meals are either vegetarian or vegan. Also, most of the food served consists of food that otherwise would be thrown out and therefore issues of waste are also addressed by the recovery and preparation of that food for people that need it.

Currently, Food Not Bombs Las Vegas holds two weekly potluck style picnics on Sundays and Mondays, where food is shared with people in need within the Las Vegas area community (the only real requirement is that you are hungry). In addition, members of FNBLV spend time with and advocate for those affected by extreme poverty. Often, people that are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless are looked down upon and harassed by others, especially by members of law enforcement.

In fact, in 2006 when the City of Las Vegas actually made it illegal to feed hungry people, members of Food Not Bombs were themselves cited and even arrested for defying those laws. Therefore, that compassion for and advocacy toward those experiencing financial difficulties is oftentimes as important as the sharing of food itself, especially since Las Vegas is one of the most hard hit areas in almost every economic category during the current recession.

General Information about Food Not Bombs and the Las Vegas Picnics:

Every Sunday from 10:30 am to around noon (there’s no designated end time) and every Monday at 11:30 am, Food Not Bombs Las Vegas holds weekly picnics where members share food with hungry people, address unnecessary waste, and make a statement about non-violence in relation to all living creatures at Huntridge Circle Park, which is located at 1251 S. Maryland Pkwy just south of Charleston Blvd.

These picnics are an event not just a handout or charity action. Members interact with and befriend local people who may be experiencing difficulty making ends meet and are in need of a supplement to their available food resources. We share healthy nutritious vegetarian or vegan meals with them as a way of building community and ensuring those who might be experiencing financial difficulties that they are still valued members of our society.

In addition, anyone wanting to get involved with Food Not Bombs within the Las Vegas area is encouraged to come and talk to current members and explore ways that they can become a part of this organization and/or suggest new ways that we can be a part of the local community. And, of course, if you are hungry and need some food, you are more than welcome to come down and share in what we have available.

Food Not Bombs Las Vegas is a local autonomous branch of an international movement FoodNotBombs.net that for decades has supported sharing, respect, peace, cooperation, dignity, a nurturing of the environment and most of all optimism at a time when many are in despair. We also encourage a “Do It Yourself” feeling of empowerment and a rejection of the need to solve problems through violence including the violence of war, violence of poverty and violence against animals and the earth, as well as humans.

We strive to show that it is not necessary to waste so much of the food that we work so hard to grow by organizing a voluntary system of food recovery and redistribution. No one should need to go hungry when we have so much abundance. Food Not Bombs is not a charity. This energetic all volunteer grassroots movement is active throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

For over 30 years the movement has worked to end hunger and has supported actions to stop the globalization of the economy, restrictions to the movements of people, end exploitation and the destruction of the earth and its beings. It is a matter of ending the domination of corporate power and providing access to, and encouraging participation in, the making of decisions that affect our life and future.

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Sep 29, 2014: Food Not Bombs Has Moved (Back) to Huntridge Circle Park

As of September 28th 2014, Food Not Bombs Las Vegas has begun holding our weekly vegetarian/vegan picnics at Huntridge Circle Park, rather than Baker Park. Baker Park was used as our weekly location for Food Not Bombs Las Vegas meals and other events for over six years, since the closing of Circle Park and served that purpose quite well until recent changes within the park limited the useable space available within the park. Those and various other reasons that went into the decision to move are explained in more detail within the attached statement.

Also, as most everyone familiar with Food Not Bombs Las Vegas knows, there is a bit of a history between the city and FNBLV involving Circle Park. In fact, the local government’s inability to legally prevent us from feeding hungry people there (and elsewhere) led to the park’s closure (the convenient excuse involved a stabbing). Although we do have some sentimental feelings about returning to where Food Not Bombs originally started in Las Vegas, the reasons for picking Circle Park (once again, discussed in more detail in the statement below), are based more on convenience, available accommodations, need, and proximity than those nostalgia based motivations.

 

Jun 4, 2013: Las Vegas A-Cafe to Host Talk by Organizer/Author Scott Crow Co-Founder of the Common Ground Collective at UNLV

The Las Vegas Anarchist Cafe will be hosting a presentation by Scott Crow, in Las Vegas at UNLV’s Frank and Estella Beam Hall (room 105) on June 5th. The Common Ground Collective is an anarchist inspired grassroots organization founded in New Orleans to provide disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina. Crow uses his book, “Black Flags and Windmills,” as a foundation for a visual, fast moving, and engaging presentation of stories to show what ordinary people can do to change their own worlds and create power from below without governments.

The talk seeks through a collection of stories to show how the philosophy of anarchism has shaped and changed modern political movements. Anarchism’s influence on organization and actions has allowed spaces for projects like the Common Ground Collective, the largest anarchist organization in modern US history to come into existence after Hurricane Katrina, the Occupy uprisings, and the environmental climate change movements across the US.

The presentation which is equal parts personal story, radical history and organizing philosophies asks questions about how we engage in social change, the real and perceived challenges presented by the state and dares us to rethink our grassroots movements in how we engage for the future. This talk will be of interest for anyone that has been involved in grassroots organizing and community related planning from a decentralized, member based perspective.

Scott Crow bio:

Scott Crow has spent his varied life as an underground musician, coop business owner, political organizer, trainer, strategist, consultant, ‘green collar’ worker, writer and speaker advocating the philosophy and practices of anarchism for social, cultural, environmental, and economic aims.

Over the last two decades scott has worked for a number of national organizations like Greenpeace, A.C.O.R.N. and Ruckus Society and co-founded a number of varied projects, businesses and organizations including Lesson Seven (political industrial band), Red Square (coop art gallery), Century Modern (antique cooperative), Treasure City Thrift (volunteer/worker cooperative) and the Common Ground Collective in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina (the largest anarchist inspired organization in modern US history).

He is the author of the book Black Flags and Windmills (PM Press 2011), appeared in What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race and the State of the Nation (South end Press) and co-produced the film Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation (PM Press). He has appeared in international media as both a writer and subject including the NY Times, Democracy Now, CNN and NPR as well as the documentaries Welcome to New Orleans, Better this World, and Informant.

NPR’s This American Life called him “a living legend among anarchists” and the New York Times characterized him as “anarchist and veteran organizer… that comes across as more amiable than combative…”. Currently Scott splits his time speaking and consulting nationally and organizing locally.

The Las Vegas A-Cafe is a weekly meeting of local Anarchists that has served as a social and political discussion group and organizing space for over four years. Some of the various groups affiliated with it include the Sunset Activist Collective, Nevada Cop Block, Food Not Bombs Las Vegas, OccupyLV.org, and the Las Vegas Industrial Workers of the World.

Jun 21, 2012: Food Not Bombs LV Weekly Picnic and Food Sharing – 6/24/12

Every Sunday from 10:30 am to around noon (there’s no designated end time), Food Not Bombs Las Vegas holds a weekly picnic to share food with hungry people at Baker Park, which is located at 1100 East Saint Louis Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89104, which is just northwest of Maryland Pkwy/Sahara. (see below for map)

These picnics are an event not just a handout or charity action. Members interact with and befriend local people who may be experiencing difficulty making ends meet and are in need of a supplement to their available food resources. We serve them healthy nutritious vegetarian or vegan meals as a way of building community and ensuring those who might be experiencing financial difficulties that they are still valued members of our society.

In addition, anyone wanting to get involved with Food Not Bombs within the Las Vegas area is encouraged to come and talk to current members and explore ways that they can become a part of this organization and/or suggest new ways that we can be a part of the local community.

Food Not Bombs Las Vegas is a local autonomous branch of an international movement that for decades has supported sharing, respect, peace, cooperation, dignity, a nurturing of the environment and most of all optimism at a time when many are in despair. We also encourage a “Do It Yourself” feeling of empowerment and a rejection of the need to solve problems through violence including the violence of war, violence of poverty and violence against animals and the earth.

We strive to show that it is not necessary to waste so much of the food that we work so hard to grow by organizing a voluntary system of food recovery and redistribution. No one should need to go hungry when we have so much abundance. Food Not Bombs is not a charity. This energetic all volunteer grassroots movement is active throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

For over 30 years the movement has worked to end hunger and has supported actions to stop the globalization of the economy, restrictions to the movements of people, end exploitation and the destruction of the earth and its beings. It is a matter of ending the domination of corporate power and providing access to, and encouraging participation in, the making of decisions that affect our life and future.

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Jun 21, 2012: Food Not Bombs LV Weekly Organizational Meeting – June 23, 2012

Every Saturday at 6pm, Food Not Bombs Las Vegas holds a weekly organizational meeting at the Sunrise Coffee shop, which is located at 3130 East Sunset Road, Las Vegas, NV 89120. (see below for map)

During these meetings, members discuss issues that have come up regarding events and actions FNBLV are involved in and ideas for potential future activities. In addition, anyone wanting to get involved with Food Not Bombs within the Las Vegas area is encouraged to come and talk to current members and explore ways that they can become a part of this organization and/or suggest new ways that we can be a part of the local community.

Food Not Bombs Las Vegas is a local autonomous branch of an international movement that for decades has supported sharing, respect, peace, cooperation, dignity, a nurturing of the environment and most of all optimism at a time when many are in despair. We also encourage a “Do It Yourself” feeling of empowerment and a rejection of the need to solve problems through violence including the violence of war, violence of poverty and violence against animals and the earth.

We strive to show that it is not necessary to waste so much of the food that we work so hard to grow by organizing a voluntary system of food recovery and redistribution. No one should need to go hungry when we have so much abundance. Food Not Bombs is not a charity. This energetic all volunteer grassroots movement is active throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

For over 30 years the movement has worked to end hunger and has supported actions to stop the globalization of the economy, restrictions to the movements of people, end exploitation and the destruction of the earth and its beings. It is a matter of ending the domination of corporate power and providing access to, and encouraging participation in, the making of decisions that effect our life and future.

 

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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.