Arcata Forces Hunger on its Poorest!

Peace be with you.

“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? ‘He saith unto him, ‘Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.’ He saith unto him, ‘Feed my lambs.

He saith to him again the second time, ‘Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?’ He saith unto him, ‘Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.’ He saith unto him, ‘Feed my sheep.

He saith unto him the third time, ‘Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?’ ‘Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, ‘Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee.’ Jesus saith unto him, ‘Feed my sheep.

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.” Yeshu’a the Nazarene

Check this out:


Last week, Patti, who was publicly sharing/serving food at least 4 days a week (she also runs around making sure folks have food), was visited by a so-called health inspector and threatened.  This guy was the same one (I believe) who came to the People Project encampment and, not finding any health risks/hazards, reported back to the City in LIES.  Patti’s food is nutritious and consciously prepared and distributed.  Patti treats people with respect and caring, and her efforts lift people’s spirits and take care of concrete needs- needs that are otherwise almost completely neglected, or ‘satisfied’ through dehumanizing means.  Patti has been actively sharing food publicly for 3 years.  Patti  is a military vet.  She is devastated by the threats she received last week, but moreover because the people who depend on her for meals, can no longer.

Patti has supplies, food donations, and willingness to be behind the scenes to get food to folks who want to prepare it and share with people who are hungry.  There are often something like 50 or more people who come to eat meals prepared by Patti (and she used to, on occasion, bring food and participate in People Project meetings).  After Patti was threatened (on Wednesday or Thursday of last week), she did NOT go to  her usual spot, but rather drove by from the highway, seeing all of the people expecting her to be there, and the COPS.

***We’ve already fought this battle in Arcata and ALL OVER THE U.S!  Food not Bombs volunteers used to get arrested on the Arcata Plaza on a regular basis in the 90’s.  San Francisco went through the “Soup Wars”.  Food Not Bombs everywhere have fought the absurd and cruel repression against people sharing food without a permit (like a big picnic), and WE HAVE ALWAYS WON!!  As long as we are not selling food or blocking passage on public property, it’s all good- or should be.

Please get loud and public about this intimidation of Patti and the loss of a valuable resource for so many that is necessary for survival- FOOD shared in a DIGNIFIED way.  I ask that you as an individual, and/or you, as part of a group in which you participate, write a statement in support of public feeding and condemning the intimidation and repression that has been brought upon Patti. Consequently, many people are not getting their basic needs met.  With the City’s involvement, oppression, and shutting down of the Arcata Endeavor, with the loss of our indoor meeting spot for PEOPLE PROJECT in Arcata (where we always had dinner), with the absence of Food Not Bombs currently in Arcata, and most of the dumpsters LOCKED-  little to no free food is accessible to people who need it.  There is no shortage of food in Arcata- stores have tons of ‘excess’, Patti has many regular donors, the dumpsters anD garbage cans are full of perfectly acceptable surplus food from restaurants – yet the people who need it are LOCKED OUT more and more by the FASCIST City of Arcata (including its pet businesses).

Please SPEAK OUT about this- hang signs through the town, send the city mailed, emailed, faxed statements; get on the radio.  The next City Council meeting in Arcata is on the 20th of August (wonder why this week’s is cancelled?), which is a good opportunity to speak to the COMMUNITY.  But the 20th is far away.  Make noise about this.  Get in contact with Patti. Bring food to the people.  Get together with your ‘groups’ and create a statement- spread it far and wide.  Offer your yard on which to serve food…  the possibilities are there- but please do something  ASAP.

This is Patti’s website:

In Defense of the Earth and Her Peoples,


14 Responses to “Arcata Forces Hunger on its Poorest!”

  1. Emergency Supplies Says:

    In a mad world, only the mad are sane.AkiraKurosawaAkira Kurosawa, 1910-98, filmmaker

  2. Water Barrels Says:

    You are not a human being in search of spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.PierreTeilharddeChardinPierre Teilhard de Chardin

  3. Backpacking Food Says:

    We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.ThomasStearnsEliotThomas Stearns Eliot, aka T. S. Eliot

  4. Survival Kit Says:

    A rule of thumb with humor; if you worry that you might be going too far, you have already not gone far enough. If everybody laughs, you have failed.ChristopherHitchensChristopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian

  5. noel Says:

    So shameful it is hard to utter a comment.

    It does not seem at all ironic that the same people who now criminalize and otherwise alienate those on the streets and hungry appear to be at greater risk of joining them than at any time I can remember in my 61 years.

    I would add that I never heard of health regulations, licenses and so on for giving gifts other than in the numerous cases over the years where people, very often Food Not Bombs people, have been arrested and otherwise pressured to cease distribution of food

  6. FIG Says:

    THURSDAY, 14-AUG-2008,

    individual initiative won’t be stamped out,
    a government bureaucrat is not gonna get in my way,
    when it comes to “survival” that I KNOW FOR SURE.

    DON’T roll over and die, this country isn’t yet North Korea,
    Red China, or Russia……………………

    Food garden blooms on skid row wallBy Cara Mia DiMassa
    Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    THURSDAY, August 14, 2008………………

    It’s the smell you notice first: not the usual scent for this part of downtown, more accustomed to overflowing trash cans, sour urine and the stench of people who have spent too long sleeping on L.A.’s streets.

    Instead, it’s sweet and green, with a tinge of lavender — and it comes from the vegetable garden that residents of the Rainbow Apartments planted last week in a most unlikely place: attached to a cinder-block wall of a parking lot off San Julian Street in the heart of skid row.

    The 34-foot-long vertical plot, which looks like a swath of green carpet against the cinder blocks, is filled with strawberries, tomatoes, basil and other herbs and vegetables. It’s a step up for the dozen or so members of the gardening group at the Rainbow Apartments, all formerly homeless, who have spent the two years since their building opened learning about the caprice of nature and the promise of its bounty.

    The first time they tried planting vegetables, in a couple of wooden bins on the rooftop of their building, their novice status meant that plants weren’t watered and cared for properly.

    “Everything died,” said Chris Owens, the group’s de facto leader.

    The second time, things went better. Members of the group paid special attention to the sprouts they planted, watering and pruning with care. And under their vigilant tending, corn stalks pushed upward. Watermelons appeared on vines.

    Many residents were surprised by the way gardening united them, in an area where it sometimes seems best to mind your own business and keep to yourself.

    “It brings us together as a group, kind of like therapy, to see something growing and flourishing,” Jannie Burrows said.

    “We’re trying to feed our bodies with better nutrients,” Lance Shaw said. “But more than anything, we like getting together.”

    The modest initial success led the Rainbow group to the nonprofit Urban Farming, which helped the group install the green wall last week as part of its Food Chain project. Urban Farming also erected “edible” walls at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, the Miguel Contreras Learning Center and the Weingart Center.

    The Food Chain project, said Urban Farming founder Taja Sevelle, enables residents in some of the city’s poorest areas to grow food in underused spaces at a time when food prices are soaring. The walls, she said, “get people to think outside the box. You can plant food in so many different places.”

    As Owens and two other men struggled under the weight of planting grids filled with cucumbers, tomatillos and lavender, George Irwin, the president of Green Living Technologies, whose company manufactured and donated the system of planting grids, watched with a careful eye.

    “Lift and slide,” Irwin told them as they carefully placed the grids onto brackets mounted on the wall. The plantings began above their heads, and vines and tendrils snaked down the wall. “One, two, three: good. Let it down.”

    Sweating a bit as he took a break from lifting 51 panels into place, each filled with soil and plants, Owens stepped back and was impressed. “We’ve opened up a space we never would have had,” he said.

    Rainbow resident Cenith Youngblood wiped the units with a white cloth, clearing away extra soil and organic matter. When she was done, she looked at the wall.

    “It’s gorgeous,” Youngblood said. “I was trying to visualize what they meant by a green wall. Now it’s beautiful. I see cucumbers and strawberries, and what are these? Basil?”

    No, she was told: peppers.

    “Jalapenos! Oh, I love jalapenos!”

    Owens said the group planned to be responsible for the pruning and harvesting of the garden walls. In the next few months, he said, they would evaluate whether the mix of plants worked for the residents.

    “Everybody will have a say about what they want,” said Owens, who is partial to tomatoes because they are “very versatile.”

    Regardless of what the bounty is, he said, they would share their crops with the building’s other residents.

    “We try to share food with everyone,” he said. “We don’t like people taking it just for themselves.”

    A few days after the installation, the Rainbow parking lot was quiet. Underscoring changes that have taken place in skid row in the last few years, San Julian Street, which once teemed with people and homeless encampments, was largely empty. The green wall, visible through a metal slatted fence, was barely noticed by most passersby.

    But Wilber Geter paused for a moment outside the fence, and peered in. “Are those tomatoes?” he asked.

    Geter, who had just collected his mail at the Volunteers of America Drop-In Center nearby, shook his head.

    “Everybody’s got all kind of ideas,” he said. “I like that. They did a good job on that.”

  7. Shakelight Says:

    In some ways, I never outgrew my adolescence. I wake up in the morning and think, ‘Oh my God, I’m late for a math test!’ But then I say, ‘Wait a minute. I’m 40.’DanielClowesDaniel Clowes

  8. Emergency Food Says:

    There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he be willing to climb himself.AndrewCarnegieAndrew Carnegie

  9. Emergency Blanket Says:

    A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest–a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.AlbertEinsteinAlbert Einstein

  10. The Noble Lie Says:

    We’re going to let starving people starve to death rather than expose them to potential food safety issues. What a crock.

  11. theplazoid Says:

    Peace be with you Noble

    Having followed all the “food safety issues” around spinach and jalapenos makes me wonder how much exposure they really prevent.

    love eternal

  12. The Noble Lie Says:

    I think the same thing of Mad Cow and some of the Avian flu scares.. supply-side attacks. Sorry, this one cow might be infected, we’re going to have to cull the whole her.

    Reminds me of stories during the Great Depression of milk and vegetables being dumped into the Mississippi to keep rices up. I have to look into those agra subsidies again too. Does our Gov’t still pay a mint to farmers not to grow?

    We are not living in times of food shortage; we are living in times of money shortage.

  13. The Noble Lie Says:

    Sorry for the excessive commenting but I’ve been thinking about this a lot. Bullshit like this is equivalent to saying that if I took a homeless person into my home and fed them a home-cooked meal, I could be exposing them to health risks because I am not an inspected kitchen facility because I haven’t jumped through the right coding hooks. It’s sad how easy it is to keep a group oppressed under the pretense of protecting them.

    Actually I’m a bad example because I can’t cook worth a damn. But anyway.

    Why don’t they just come out and outlaw cooking for yourself? Hope I’m not giving anybody any ideas.

  14. theplazoid Says:

    Peace be with you Noble

    I kinda like your comments. If you go back a few years this blog got such nasty, dare I say inhuman comments, that too much of your type is really a blessing.

    Its a class war. The wealthy are so able to “spin” what most people are exposed to that the poor get portrayed as the cause of their own problems. Since they are the supposed cause of their own problems they must need a “benevolent” big brother to watch out for them. You and I know that is not true, and if allowed they could become self sufficient, but to the media believers they can’t survive without government intervention.

    We’re in a little window that allows blogs like ours to express reality that is alert, critical, informed and compassionate I believe if we do our jobe then the window will be opened fully, but I am really afraid that the window will be slammed shut any minute now. But regardless when you have this type of monopoly economy eventually Rome will fall.

    I’m sad it has to be this way, but I’m encouraged your mad about it.

    love eternal

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