|A FOOD NOT BOMBS GLOBAL COORDINATION OFFICE
Updated May 1, 2013,
THE HISTORY OF THIS OFFICE
Not Bombs global coordnination office is responsible for
helping start new Food Not Bombs groups, supporting existing groups and
providing a way for the public to connect with the Food Not Bombs
movement. This project is not the headquarters of Food Not Bombs and has no power. The only function of the office is to support the global network of Food Not Bombs groups.
The office has been operating since 1992 helping start many
of the hundreds of Food Not Bombs groups active today. During the closing
plenary at the 1995 International Food Not Bombs Gathering in San
Francisco we came to consensus that this office should host the website
www.foodnotbombs.net and maintain the Hunger Hotline, the toll free number 1-800-884-1136.
It distributes books and literature, maintains a website, organizes
presentations, videos, tours, and answers the the toll free phone. We
organized four tours and presentations to help start and support local
Food Not Bombs chapters. The office was responsible for the writing and distribution of the book "
Food Not Bombs, How to Feed the Hungry and
Build Community." The newest book is HUNGRY FOR PEACE - How you can
help end poverty and war with Food Not Bombs. The office collective is currently helping organize the translation and publishing of Hungry For Peace into Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Russian.
The project has helped organize
hundreds of interviews for radio, TV and print media in many languages providing photo, video and other support.
Today the office is located in
Taos, New Mexico in the United States where the volunteers are planning to start an educational center and teach subjects like
permaculture gardening, consensus, nonviolent direct action, the creation of puppet shows and other skills for organizing and changing society.
Food Not Bombs is busy collecting and
delivering food and supplies to help the survivors of the global
economic crisis and natural disasters. The collective volunteering with this
office organized the national campaign to provide food and supplies to
the survivors of typhoons in Asia as well as Katrina and Sandy in North America. We also supported relief efforts in Asia and are prepared to help where ever we are needed.
Today our focus is on supporting the millions
of people displaced by the failing economy. THe volunteers are helping people and local Food Not Bombs chapters organize kitchens at several hundred occupations.
BOMBS BEHIND BARS
many letters from prisoners. Our collective replys to their questions
and send them information inviting them to start a Food Not Bombs group
behind bars. We also tell them how their families can get food and
support from us. We can not forget the over two million Americans
living behind bars. They need our support.
We answer the
Food Not Bombs HUNGER HOTLINE, a toll free 800 number assisting callers
locate their local chapters, tips on how to collect and cook food, how to
start a local chapter, what to do if the police try to stop your group
from sharing food and other information about Food Not Bombs. We
receive form 5 to 20 calls a day from callers all over North America.
Questions range from people looking for food, information on how to volunteer with their local group to reporters
wanting to interview a Food Not Bombs volunteer.
We maintain the www.foodnotbombs.net website,
updating the contact list and providing links to resources and actions.
Our website publishes articles about local Food Not Bombs groups and
monthly reports on what each group is doing. We have links to Food Not
Bombs flyers to reprint, The Food Not Bombs books in a number of
languages, information on how to start a group, vegetarian recipes, the
Good Samaritan Law, information on hunger, the environment, human
rights, animal rights, the military and wars, how to get out of the
military, how to make decisions by consensus, alternative news and a
wide variety of information helpful to Food Not Bombs. We also respond
to the email requests for information, interviews and local Food Not
NOT BOMBS MENU - NEWS FROM GROUPS TO SHARE WITH MOVEMENT
The collective also plans to produce an
electronic Menu. Every Food Not Bombs group can send in flyers, magazine
articals, court documents, police reports, music covers and any other
things you think other Food Not Bombs volunteers might be interested in
seeing. Local groups can print a copy for their group and show it to
interviewed by the media about the Food Not Bombs movement and we
connect the media with local groups. We maintain a date base of media
contacts and send press releases to this data base. We write articles
about Food Not Bombs for many periodicals and provide photos, video and background to student journalists, independant and commercial media and filmmakers.
PRESENTATIONS, GATHERINGS AND TOURS
We help organize and participate on tours and
movement wide actions. We just finished the Smash Hunger Squash Poverty Tour
speaking about the history, principles and current actions of
Food Not Bombs around the globe. The tour is also visiting occupations and helping collect, cook and share meals at many occupations.
We give talks and show videos about
Food Not Bombs at schools and community centers. We assist with the
creation of radio and video documentaries. A Food Not Bombs activists
would be happy to speak to your school or organization. Call us at
575-770-3377 to book a speaker.
We supported the 1995, 1996, 2004 and 2012 World Gatherings and provide support for
regional gatherings. some members of the collective tour with puppets on The Autonomous Playhouse with Dan The Pandarchist
FILLING BOOK, T-SHIRT, BUTTON AND OTHER MATERIAL ORDERS
We fill book, button, patch and sticker
orders and respond to requests for information about Food Not Bombs. Our
office supplies start up kits, books, buttons, patches and stickers for local Food Not
Bombs groups to sell for donation.
WRITING, ILLUSTRATING AND EDITING FOOD NOT
BOMBS BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
We write and illustrate flyers and books about Food Not Bombs
and related issues. We provide photos and illustrations for Food Not
Bombs publications produced by local groups. We coordinate the
translation of Food Not Bombs publications and provide photos and
illustrations. We get camera ready copies of the logo for groups to use
on signs and for other publications. The newest book is
PEACE - How you can help end poverty and war with Food Not Bombs
The office is currently helping the publisher See Sharp Press with promotions. They are also organizing the translation and publication of the book into Russian, Italian, Spanish and Japanese.
office sets up and staffs literature tables at conferences, concerts,
protests and on street corners as a way of promoting the movement. We
attend conferences and protests all over the world in an effort to reach
as many people as possible about Food Not Bombs. We set up our table at
each stop of out tour and for example we have set up information tables
at National Conventions in New York, Denver, and Tampa, the WTO protests at
Cancun, the European Social Forum in Paris and each year at the National Animal
MAILING LISTS, SOCIAL MEDIA AND EMAIL ADDRESS
has over 8,000 email addresses of
Food Not Bombs supporters. The volunteers also help faciliate some of the global social media sites on twitter, facebook, and other venues.
THE FOOD NOT BOMBS FREE SKOOL
The Food Not Bombs Free Skool sits on an acre of pasture in Taos, New Mexico in the
United States of America is free to everyone including all Food Not Bombs volunteers and their friends.
Everyone is invited to apply for two or four weeks of workshops during the summer to help them develope and improve their organizing skills.
The Food Not Bombs Free Skool offers four core workshops, The Consensus Process, Food Not Lawns Gardening, Cooking and Organizing, and the Fundamentals of
Nonviolent Social Change. Volunteers also offer workshops in puppet making and production, creative writing, bee keeping, natural construction, herbal healing, weaving, yoga
and many other wonderful skills.
The collective encorages participants to not only take the core workshops but asks that those attending consider sharing thier own skills as long as they do not conflict with the polcies of the schools non-profit status.
The Food Not Bombs Free Skool provides time to hike in the mountians, swim in the Rio Grande and take part in the rich culture of Taos.
SUPPORT MOVEMENT WIDE COMMUNICATIONS
Our collective provides help with inter-chapter communication.
The volunteers participating in the 2010 Monterrey, Mexico Food Not Bombs Gathering made these three proposals for all Food Not Bombs groups to consider.
PROPOSALS FOR ALL FOOD NOT BOMBS GROUPS TO REVIEW
NOT BOMBS MENU BOARD
Leslie Swanson - co-founder of Food
Bobby Castillo - Native American Activist
Vitale - Associate Professor Department of Sociology Brooklyn College
and former Food Not Bombs volunteer
Emmanuel Rodriguez - Food Not
Bombs in Monterrey Mexico
BOMBS VOLUNTEER COLLECTIVE
PLEASE GIVE TODAY, Thanks so much...
FOOD NOT BOMBS
P.O. Box 424,
Arroyo Seco, NM 87514 USA
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