CRACKDOWN BEGINS: Food Not Bombs homes and offices raided. Volunteers arrested.

September 1, 2008

CRACKDOWN BEGINS: Food Not Bombs homes and offices raided. Volunteers arrested.
Help Food Not Bombs feed the survivors of Gustav.

Crackdown Begins:  Food Not Bombs House Among Saturday Raids Ahead of RNC. Food Not Bombs volunteer arrested in Denver and Berkeley office raided on Wednesday.

As the all volunteer movement Food Not Bombs prepares to respond to Hurricane Gustav the police and FBI raid several Food Not Bombs houses in Minneapolis and a office in Berkeley where police seized 13 computers.

Zachary Patrick Grey, a University of Massachusetts student from Marion, Mass., was arrested at 1:40 p.m. Monday after a foot chase, according to a Denver County Court complaint. According to CBS 3 of Springfield, Mass., Grey belongs to a group called Pioneer Valley Food Not Bombs. The alleged feces was glass jar of coffee with soy milk.

Several of those who were arrested are being represented by Bruce Nestor, the President of the Minnesota chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild. Nestor said that last night’s raid involved a meeting of a group calling itself the “RNC Welcoming Committee”, and that this morning’s raids appeared to target members of “Food Not Bombs,” which he described as an anti-war, anti-authoritarian protest group. There was not a single act of violence or illegality that has taken place, Nestor said. Instead, the raids were purely anticipatory in nature, and clearly designed to frighten people contemplating taking part in any unauthorized protests. Nestor indicated that only 2 or 3 of the 50 individuals who were handcuffed this morning at the 2 houses were actually arrested and charged with a crime, and the crime they were charged with is “conspiracy to commit riot.” Four of those under arrest include Monica Bicking, Eryn Trimmer, Garrett Fitzgerald,Nathanael Secor.  Emails asking the public to call St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman 651-266-8510 and Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak (612) 673-2100 have been sent out to call for their freedom.  Efforts to get have the 13 computers returned in Berkeley are also underway.  The authorities have claimed activists have been planning to use urine and feces at both conventions.

Food Not Bombs provides free vegetarian meals every week in hundreds of cities all over the world.  Food Not Bombs volunteers provided free meals to the rescue workers at the World Trade Center after 9/11, to the protesters at the Orange Revolution in Kiev, Ukraine and fed survivors in nearly 20 communities in the gulf region of the United States in the months after Katrina. From Iceland to Chile, Nigeria, New Zealand, Israel and beyond thousands of Food Not Bombs volunteers will be sharing vegetarian meals, working for peace, planting gardens, fixing up bikes for poor children and responding to hurricanes and earthquakes. Please forward this to your local media and community groups.


One Response to “CRACKDOWN BEGINS: Food Not Bombs homes and offices raided. Volunteers arrested.”

  1. sweatereater said

    That is ridiculous! How do things happen like this? Food not Bombs is a wonderful organization.

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