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Food Not Bombs

Food Not Bombs, which began in 1980 in Cambridge, Mass., is devoted to providing vegetarian food free of charge to hungry people and to protesting war and poverty around the world. The Tampa chapter of FNB garnered lots of local attention this spring, when several members were arrested for giving free food to homeless people in downtown Tampa´s Massey Park without a permit. The police, vocally backed by Mayor Pam Iorio, cited an ordinance that requires vendors to charge for food and purchase costly insurance. Food Not Bombs members appealed to City Council to change the law, but got no support. In May, after much jeering from the media, all charges were dropped when a University of Florida law professor volunteered to help the activists and convinced the city that its restrictions would be deemed unconstitutional in court. Food Not Bombs continues to feed the homeless in Massey Park. It was a victory for civil disobedience and for common sense.

www.tampafnb.org and www.foodnotbombs.net

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