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November 2012

St. Louis: Food Not Bombs Midwest Regional Gathering

When: Thursday, 11/15/12 - All Day
Event Type: Meeting
Where: St. Louis, MO
Description: Join the campaign to end hunger and poverty. FNB chapter members from around the world will gather to share the story, principles and current activities of the movement.

Most people want to end hunger and poverty but most politicians have another agenda, cutting social services while transferring tax dollars to wealthy military contractors and their corporate friends. While elected officials cut social services like unemployment insurance, food stamps, education, health care and other basic necessities, t
hey are also passing laws against the poor and their supporters. Food Not Bombs volunteers are facing arrest in cities all over the United States as one in two Americans are struggling to survive. Food prices are increasing as crops fail from drought and the climate crisis.

Food Not Bombs is responding to the economic, ecological and political crisis by preparing and sharing vegetarian and vegan meals (and groceries) with the hungry in nearly 1,000 communities worldwide.
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"Since when did feeding the homeless become a terrorist activity?" asked ACLU Associate Legal Director Ann Beeson. "When the FBI and local law enforcement target groups like Food Not Bombs under the guise of fighting terrorism, many Americans who oppose government policies will be discouraged from speaking out and exercising their rights."
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Food Not Bombs recovers and shares free vegan or vegetarian food with the public without restriction in over 1,000 cities around the world to protest war, poverty and the destruction of the environment. Each group is independent and invites everyone to participate in making decisions for their local chapter using the consensus process.

Food Not Bombs is dedicated to taking nonviolent direct action to change society so no one is forced to stand in line to eat at a soup kitchen expressing a commitment to the fact that food is a right and not a privilege. With over a billion people going hungry each day, how can we spend another dollar on war?