Posts by Charles Johnson

Food Not Bombs at Las Vegas Humanitarian Festival, April 27-28

From FNBer Ana Maria Robles at the Food Not Bombs Las Vegas Facebook group:

Hello my friends!

We will have a booth at the Las Vegas Humanitarian Festival at UNLV Intramural Fields on April 27 and April 28 from 5:00pm until 10:00pm.

Please let me know if you can come down to help out at the booth.

Please share the invite with all your friends. I posted the invite on this page. Hope to see you all there!!

To see the invite on Facebook, check out Las Vegas Humanitarian Festival 2.

Re-organizing and re-vitalizing: Organizational Meet-Up for Food Not Bombs Las Vegas, Saturday, May 14, 2011

So, it’s been a while since we were on the ball about organizational meetings or updating the website. Food Not Bombs is still going in the Vegas Valley, but it is time for some reorganizing and revitalizing. So. Interested in getting involved in Food Not Bombs Las Vegas? Been involved in the past and want to get back into the swing of things? Never heard of Food Not Bombs before, but want to find out more about a free, vegan community picnics, and mutual aid and direct action against hunger in Las Vegas? Come on down for our resumed and reorganizing organizational meet-up this Saturday, May 14, at 2:00pm. The meeting will last for no more than 1 hour (although people are often happy to hang out and chat after the meeting is over). We’ll be meeting up at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at Running Rebel Plaza (4550 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas); look for the table with the Food Not Bombs banner.

  • WHAT: Next Food Not Bombs Las Vegas organizational meeting.
  • WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2011, 2-3pm.
  • WHERE: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Running Rebel Plaza (4550 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas)
  • WHO: Anyone who wants to get involved with FNB in Las Vegas!
  • QUESTIONS? E-mail, phone or text Charles Johnson (734-262-2129).

At meetings we share news about upcoming events and opportunities, talk about the organization with any folks who are new to FNB, do hands-on organizing work for upcoming Food Not Bombs events, work up a consensus on what to do over the course of the next week, and report back to the group on how things have been going with the projects we’ve taken on. This Saturday in particular, we’ll be talking about re-organizing and re-vitalizing — in particular, getting more organizers involved on every front, reviving some past events (the Saturday meetings and the Wednesday community picnics) that have fallen by the wayside, securing a stronger base of food donations and coordinating outreach table opportunities at First Friday, music shows, and other community events. The meeting is open to everyone, and if you support Food Not Bombs Las Vegas but haven’t known what to do to get involved, this is a perfect change to get in touch.

We’ll be talking about a lot of ways to get involved, especially for people who are interested in getting involved with: (1) coordinating the Food Not Bombs website, (2) announcing Food Not Bombs events (regular meals, org meetings, and special outreach events) through e-mail and social networks, (3) responding to phone and e-mail contacts from people interested in volunteering or donating to Food Not Bombs, (4) putting together outreach tabling events, (5) putting on and promoting food donation drives, (6) contacting local businesses, farmer’s markets, community gardens and other food sources about donating to Food Not Bombs. If you think you might be able to take up any of these things, come on down and let’s talk about it, (7) hosting community potlucks and picnics near your own neighborhood. If you’re interested but you know you can’t make the meeting, please contact Charles Johnson by e-mail, or by phone or text at (734) 262-2129 to talk about the opportunities we’ll discuss at the meeting. (We’ll also be sure to post a report-back to let you know how the meeting went and what we discussed there.)

See you at the Coffee Bean!

Mother’s Day Picnic in Baker Park, Sunday May 8, 2011

This past Sunday, from 10:30am – 12pm, Food Not Bombs Las Vegas gathered for our weekly Free Picnic in the Park in Baker Park. We celebrated Mother’s Day with a big meal, some good conversation, and a welcome-back. We shared rice, chili beans, vegetable soup, ravioli and sweet muffins for the meal, with iced coffee, cold water, orange juice and citrus punch for the drinks. We battled the wind, tried to hold down our table, and enjoyed an unseasonally cool afternoon. About 30 people joined in the meal this week, including Food Not Bombs organizers Sarita, Daniel, and Sean. We welcomed back Charles, who was able to come back to the park for the first time after a long work-imposed hiatus. Dave brought hot food from Gail.

We had a great meal, and some good conversations about the day, about different models of social change, about Anarchism, about the situation with food donations, and the future of Food Not Bombs in Las Vegas.

We come out to Baker Park every Sunday to share a free vegan picnic with food for anyone who wants to eat.

See you at the park next week!

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Wednesday Picnics in Paradise (Park)!

We’re happy to announce that Food Not Bombs Las Vegas has opened up a second weekly Free Picnic in the Park! In addition to our ongoing Sunday picnics at Baker Park, FNBers, activists, community members, and anyone who’s hungry will now be joining together for a free vegan meal and community picnic, every Wednesday from 4-6pm, at Paradise Park (4775 McLeod Dr, in between Harmon & Tropicana. Paradise Park is a great space, with a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere, some beautiful trees, lots of shade, playground equipment for kids, and a lot of picnic tables.

And you’re invited! Come on down and join us for community, conversation, and a delicious vegan meal. Please feel free to drop in whenever you can — it’s a picnic, and many folks who can’t make it at 4 might be able to make it at 5 or 5:30.

If you’re interested in volunteering to help bring food or drinks to the picnic, or in helping to prep and cook food with other FNBers, contact Charles (by e-mail, or by voice or text at 734-262-2129).

WHAT: Food Not Bombs Las Vegas new Wednesday weekly meal

WHEN: This Wednesday, 7/7, 4pm-about 6:30pm, and every Wednesday thereafter 4-6pm.

WHERE: Paradise Park, 4775 McLeod Dr (between Harmon and Tropicana), Las Vegas

WHO: Anyone who wants to eat!

We’ll be out at Paradise Park every Wednesday from here on out. Feel free to spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested in this community/activist picnic.

See you all at the park!

Feeding the Revolution at Baker Park — Sunday, July 4, 2010

Today, Sunday, July 4, Food Not Bombs Las Vegas gathered to celebrate Revolution Day and to hold our weekly Free Picnic in the Park at Baker Park, from 10:30am to 12pm. We had rice, veggie chili, salad, vegetable soup with rye bread, fresh fruit, and banana bread, with juice, water, and some iced coffee  to drink. FNBers Daniel, Charles, Sarita, and Sean; Gail sent along some food. And three new friends we met at this weekend’s First Friday tabling came on down to join us, with some delicious vegan lemon bars. We put on the boombox, talked about the World Cup and local organizing in Vegas, and had a great time Feeding The Revolution. All told, about 25 people joined in the meal at the Park.

This was a special occasion because of the holiday; but we come out to Baker Park every Sunday to share a free vegan picnic, with food for anyone who wants to eat. See you at the park next week!

Food Not Bombs Las Vegas @ First Friday in downtown Las Vegas, July 2, 2010

Las Vegas Food Not Bombers Sarita, Charles and Brian had a great time tabling for FNBLV at this month’s First Friday in the downtown Arts District on July 2 from 7-11:30pm. We set up an outreach table with banana bread, pastries, fresh fruit, lemonade and iced coffee; we also had handbills to get the word out about our weekly picnics, literature, Food Not Bombs bumperstickers and buttons. Charles did the baking and FNBer Kelly contributed literature and merch.

We got a great response from folks passing by the booth, whether just because they were looking for a bite to eat, or because they knew Food Not Bombs and wanted to know how to get involved here in Vegas. We had a lot of good conversations with friends old and new, and are looking forward to doing more tabling events at First Friday and other public gatherings in the future.

See you at the park this weekend — and at the next First Friday in August!

Picnic in Baker Park, Sunday, 23 May 2010 / Happy 30th Food Not Bombs!

Today, Sunday, from 10:30am – 12:00pm, Food Not Bombs Las Vegas gathered for our weekly Free Picnic in the Park in Baker Park. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the first Food Not Bombs action in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and we celebrated with a big meal and some good conversation. We shared rice, chili beans, potatoes, hot salsa, bread, vegetable soup, fresh fruit, salad, and muffins for the meal, with hot coffee, cold water, orange juice and citrus punch for drinks. About 35 people joined in the meal this week. Food Not Bombs organizers Sarita, Sean, Kelly, Charles, Daniel, and Gail came out to meet up, celebrate the occasion, and keep the table from blowing away in the wind.

We had a great meal, and some good conversations about organizing spaces and community support for Food Not Bombs.

We come out to Baker Park every Sunday to share a free vegan picnic with food for anyone who wants to eat.

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Picnic in Baker Park, February 28

Food Not Bombs Las Vegas held our weekly Free Picnic in the Park at Baker Park on February 21st from 10:30am to 12pm. We had rice, chili beans, vegetable soup, sweet potatoes, stewed squash, salad,  banana bread and fruit for the main course, with orange juice and fruit punch to drink.

It was a beautiful day out but a small group. About 15 people joined in the meal this week. Food Not Bombs organizers Charles, Kelly, Daniel, Nick, Vanessa, and Gail were there. It was beautiful and warm as long as the sun stayed out, but with a wind that kept blowing around our utensils. Dogs were walked; we talked about plans for upcoming events; and had a great day in the sun.

See you all this weekend!

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Food Not Bombs Las Vegas caters your picket line (come rain or shine): FNB at the NV Energy corporate headquarters picket, Feb. 9

On Tuesday, February 9, about 200 union workers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Culinary Workers’ Union, and the AFL-CIO and Building & Construction Trades Council, rallied in the cold and rain to protest NV Energy’s plans to cancel its union contract with the IBEW and to cut retiree health benefits while the company is making record profits, raising consumer electrical rates, and taking $130,000,000 out of worker’s pockets through tax-funded federal bail-out money.

While Food Not Bombs Las Vegas has no official position on the labor dispute, part of our mission is to support community organizing and protest by providing hot, fresh food to our fellow workers on the picket line. So on Tuesday, a crew of four Food Not Bombs rolled out to set up a table with hot food and fresh fruit for the picketers. Kaleb, Charles, Kelly, and new member Katie (a veteran FNBer from Omaha) handed out free vegetable soup, rice with onions, curried rice with eggplant, vegan green bean casserole, homestyle potatoes, and fresh bananas and apples. (Gail cooked up the soup and the rice with onions, and Dave and Gail’s husband Joe delibered the rice, soup, and bananas.)

We had literature available, but the rain made it difficult to hand it out. Still, we helped warm up quite a few people on the picket line, had a lot of great conversations, made some good connections with local workers and unionists, and got the good word and some good food out. Now if only we had the fundraising to pick up a booth tent…

Food Not Bombs will cater your picket line or protest. Part of the FNB mission is to support community organizing and protest, and if you are planning an event — whether a picket, a protest, a vigil, or an encuentro, if you’d like some fresh, hot, free vegan food (to warm up supporters, to give kids something sweet to chew on, to boost morale, or to just to put on a great community meal), be sure to contact us to let us know about your plans. We’re happy to set up just about anywhere we’re invited!