STATE OF NEW MEXICO ISSUES VIOLATION NOTICE TO TAOS FOOD NOT BOMBS

June 4, 2013

STATE OF NEW MEXICO ISSUES VIOLATION NOTICE TO TAOS FOOD NOT BOMBS

Officials with the State of New Mexico issued a violation notice to Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry as the Taos group was setting up their weekly meal on the plaza. The week before Food Not Bombs provided free organic meals at the March Against Monsanto.
 
Food Not Bombs has shared free vegan meals and literature on the Taos Plaza on Saturdays for the past seven years as part of the movement’s global campaign to end war and poverty. Since the action is protected as free expression under the U.S. Constitution and the food is a gift Food Not Bombs is not required to seek permission.

State official James Jenison appears to have understood that no permit is required and crossed out the word “Sell” on the notice and hand wrote “Serve” above it suggesting the law had changed and was now covering free speech activities and the sharing of good will and compassion. The sharing of free food has been an unregulated activity for centuries with the rare exceptions such as Mahatma Gandhi’s collection and distribution of salt during the movement for independence from Britain.

No one has ever reported being made ill by enjoying the organic vegan meals shared by Food Not Bombs in Taos or in any of the nearly 1,000 cities where the movement shares free food and information. Attempts by state officials to regulate the sharing of food in America’s hungriest state is misguided considering the state ignores the known threats to public health caused by the production, storage, deployment, and shipment of nuclear weapons and uranium mining.

After having shared free vegan meals at the Taos Plaza for the past seven years it is not clear why the State of New Mexico would suddenly suggest that our volunteers apply for a permit. When officials in Arizona, California, Florida and other states approached Food Not Bombs and asked our volunteers to seek permission officials refused to issue permits attempting to silence our message.

It is  not clear who is behind this change in policy and why state officials would arrive to disrupt efforts to end war and poverty when congress is considering cuts in food stamps, we are seeing an increase in military activity over Taos County and a push for greater participation the crisis in Syria and the war on terrorism.

Please attend this week’s meal at the Taos Plaza Saturday from Noon to 2 PM.

NOTICE OF VIOLATION ON JUNE 1, 2013 BY THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO
http://www.foodnotbombs.net/june_1_violation.html

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