Attack on CT FNB 9 Years Ago Forces Change in State Law

“Despite our indirect role in its passage, our goal was never the statewide legislative reform which ultimately protected our activities and those of other grassroots anti-hunger activists from state intervention,” the statement reads. “Rather, our commitment has always been the to the elimination of structural inequality of which hunger is but a symptom, the abandonment of militarism and to the emergence of voluntary mutual aid as the essential characteristic of our social interactions.”

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Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill

food_001.thumb(NRDC) Food is simply too good to waste. Even the most sustainably farmed food does us no good if the food is never eaten. Getting food to our tables eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land, and swallows 80 percent of freshwater consumed in the United States. Yet, 40 percent of food in the United States today goes uneaten. That is more than 20 pounds of food per person every month. Not only does this mean that Americans are throwing out the equivalent of $165 billion each year, but also 25 percent of all freshwater and huge amounts of unnecessary chemicals, energy, and land. Moreover, almost all of that uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills where it accounts for almost 25 percent of U.S. methane emissions. (full story)

Really, Really Free Market

(Hartford) On Saturday July 14th, Join us at the Charter Oak Cultural Center from 2-6 During  Indiefest @ the Oak

The Really Really Free Market is like a bizarre bazaar where everything is free. You bring useful items to give away to people who want them or, conversely you take useful items that you want that people are freely giving away…simple really…really simple. No money is exchanged. This will be held in the courtyard of the Charter Oak Cultural Center.

The Really Really Free Market IS NOT a place to bring unwanted items. If you bring an item and no one else wants it, it is still yours. You must take it with you at the end of the day. The idea is to help those in need, not to burden others.

This will be going hand in hand with the Indiefest @ the Oak. There will be acoustical musical performances for your listening enjoyment while you peruse the items. Later in the evening there will be electrical performances in the upstairs gallery. Food will be provided by Hartford Food Not Bombs. http://hartfordfoodnotbombs.org/

To reserve space to display your wares, or for more information contact reallyreallyfreect@gmail.com

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Anarchy is Boring

(The Stranger) The first self-described anarchist I ever met was a Greek medical technician sticking electrodes to my scalp. I was around 14 at the time, and I’d had a seizure in my parents’ driveway a few days earlier. The doctors wanted to test me for epilepsy, which involved using electrodes to read my brain’s electrical activity while a strobe light flashed in my face.

Somehow, the technician and I started talking about Henry David Thoreau, and he said he admired Thoreau’s anarchist ethics. I said I didn’t know what that meant. As I recall, he explained it roughly like this: There is an inherent tension between autonomy and authority, and authority structures do not hold legitimate moral power over individuals who haven’t helped to create that structure and consented to live by its rules.

I had trouble wrapping my head around that one.

He asked if I had any vote in choosing my school principal. I hadn’t. Well, he explained cheerfully while sticking electrodes to my head, if you’re living by Thoreau’s anarchist principles, you have no ethical duty to obey him.  (continue)

THE POOR PEOPLE’S LIBERATION FRONT

We have had some calls and heard about a conflict on NPR about homeless people eating at the Occupations.There seems to be an attempt by the government to pit the occupations against the already homeless. One reason we are participating in the occupations is to change our world so no one becomes homeless.
In most occupations the homeless have been very welcomed by the protesters and invited to eat as the issue of our people being homeless while the 1 percent can’t even count their homes is pretty central to the reason we are sharing the outside with those already outside. It would be great if we made some effort to remind the occupations that it would be strange to keep the hungry away from the food. -Keith McHenry

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Winter Needs!

Hey folks, it’s just about that time of year. We are  looking for winter coats, hats, gloves, etc…If you have anything to donate, please feel free to stop by any Sunday around 3pm @ Bushnell Park. If you can’t make it down there but would still like to donate, contact us by phone or email.

Menu from Sunday August 7th

It was a beautiful day with lots of good people, good eats and great conversations!

-Roasted potatoes and onions

-Fresh cooked summer squash and kale

-Stuffed peppers

-Rice and veggie gravy

-Cold macaroni salad

-Garden fresh salad

-Apples, peaches and plums

-Ice-cold water flavored with lemon and lime

 

See ya next week!!

“dice the onions, crush the garlic, smash the state!”