Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Article in the UNM Daily Lobo!

Food Not Bombs gets served

Sarah Salmonson UNM Daily Lobo

Issue date: 6/8/09 Section: News

Dante John Terminello of Food Not Bombs serves Jackie Shane on Wednesday in front of the UNM Bookstore. Food Not Bombs is facing a court injunction for continuing to prepare and offer food to the public without a permit.
Media Credit: Zach Gould
Dante John Terminello of Food Not Bombs serves Jackie Shane on Wednesday in front of the UNM Bookstore. Food Not Bombs is facing a court injunction for continuing to prepare and offer food to the public without a permit.

Albuquerque chapter of Food Not Bombs refuses to stop serving free food in front of the UNM Bookstore, despite numerous violation notices and, now, a court injunction. 

Judge Clay Campbell, district two, granted the New Mexico Environment Department's request for a preliminary injunction against Food Not Bombs on June 1, prohibiting the not-for-profit organization from serving food until they obtain a permit. 

According to NMED's request for the injunction, Food Specialist Johnathan Gerhardt was on campus Feb. 13 and found that Food Not Bombs was serving food to the public without a permit. As of March 11, Food Not Bombs had racked up at least $3,500 in fines after receiving seven Notices of Violation at $500 each. 

Despite the injunction, group members said they will continue to serve food every Wednesday and Friday in front of the UNM Bookstore. This could result in contempt of court charges for Food Not Bombs members.

Sasha Rock, a member of the group, said Food Not Bombs is seeking legal representation and will continue to serve food every Monday and Wednesday at 11 a.m. in front of the UNM Bookstore. 

"Food Not Bombs will continue to serve, regardless of the consequences," she said.

Members of Albuquerque's Food Not Bombs have been serving free vegetarian food to the homeless, students and passersby in front of the UNM Bookstore for five years, Rock said. To her knowledge, no one has ever gotten sick from the food they've been given. 

"We believe that we have a right to serve free food to people," she said. "We believe that it's healthy and safe as well, even though we don't have a permit."

Carlos Romero, director of NMED's Environmental Health Division, said his department's goals are to get Food Not Bombs to comply with sanitation, equipment and maintenance standards. 

"They're serving the homeless. They're serving people that can't afford meals in other ways," he said. "We want to be able to provide protection for people that take them up on the offer for food. That's all we want."
If Food Not Bombs were to fill out the application, Romero said the permit process would be expedited.

"If they would come in today and talk to us and work through everything, everything 

(the violations, the court injunction) would come to a stop," he said.

Rock said NMED has offered to waive the $200 permit fee for Food Not Bombs because the group is not-for-profit, but she said the costs required for maintaining a kitchen in compliance with NMED standards would be more than the group's budget allows. 

"It wouldn't cost us any money to file for the permit," she said. "But it would cost us money to meet the requirements, like getting a commercial kitchen, which is an enormous amount of money, and we don't deal with any money. We get, like, $5 a week from donations to buy more plastic bowls." 

The New Mexico Environment Department is responsible for enforcing the Food Service Sanitation Act across the state, which requires individuals and organizations to obtain permits before operating any food service establishment. 

The Food Service Sanitation Act also requires that NMED inspect establishments at least once every 12 months for compliance. 

The injunction request outlined the potential hazard of allowing Food Not Bombs to continue serving food unchecked.

"NMED and the general public will suffer irreparable injury unless the preliminary injunction is granted," NMED said in the request. "(The threat to) the general public outweighs any damage the preliminary injunction may cause to the defendants."

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Food Not Bombs Needs A Lawyer!!!

Please help us find a Lawyer!
Contact us @ (505) 842-5697 or fnb_505@yahoo.com

Friday, May 8, 2009

Food Not bombs Faced with Court Injunction to stop sharing food!!!

Hey Friends and Supporters,
Today, Friday, May 8, 2009, Food Not Bombs Albuquerque was notified that we are facing an injunction in court to stop sharing food anywhere that the state of New Mexico requires a permit. The motion filed by the New Mexico Environment Department cites Mike Butler, Patrick Jaite, and Several Unidentified Members of FNB as "John Does", as defendents.
We are currently going to be talking with lawyers and figuring out what our next step is. We are still looking for any lawyer that will do pro-bono work to defend us. (our contact info will be below).Please spread the word about the repression that is happening and know that we will continue to share food to all that are hungry.
Food Not Bombs Albuquerque
and leave a message for us @ (505) 842-5697

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Some "Fun" updates.

Here is what is going on with Food Not Bombs Albuquerque.
First of all we have received a third notice of violation that was directed to Mike Butler along with a letter that threatened Food Not Bombs with court action. In response we sent someone to meet with the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) (say it really fast "enemy d") and we picked up a packet for a permit. We also received word from Keith Mchenry, co-founder of food not bombs movement and also host of foodnotbombs.net, that the NMED is going to make him personally responsible if food not bombs continues to share food in the whole state of New Mexico. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha! for more info and to stay in touch email us @ fnb_505@yahoo.com or check here often!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009



Support Us So We Can Support You!

Jenny Jenkins
from Olympia, WA
From Albuquerque, NM

$2 -$5 Suggested Donation March 18, 2008 @ 6 p.m. @ 1817 GOLD AVE


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Contact : Mike Butler
Phone: 842-0497
email: fnb_505@yahoo.com

New Mexico Environment Department Threatens Food Not Bombs Albuquerque
With $3,000.00 Fine and Arrests

Food Not Bombs Support Rally Wednesday March 11 at 11 am
At The UNM Bookstore

On Friday, February 13, Jonathon Gerhardt with the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) approached the Food Not Bombs table with an alleged intent to warn us against serving food without a permit. We informed him that we would continue to serve without a permit. On Friday, March 6, he approached us once again and claimed that "Food Not Bombs" was liable for a fine of $3,000 (so far) to the State of New Mexico and also threatened to have the police “forcibly remove” us. As a legal non-entity, Food Not Bombs is indifferent to this citation. As volunteers, we find it comical, though we condemn the wasting resources, be they food, paper, or man-hours. We believe that the sad reality is that the NMED is wasting their time. We believe that their legal basis is shaky based on case 6:06-cv-1583-Orl-31KRS of the US Court of Appeals, 11th circuit.

Our response to the baseless and tasteless threats is this: while the NMED's ethical basis is apparently obtuse and legalist, ours has been and continues to be, humanist. We live in a state where one in five children go hungry every night. The most recent USDA data showed that New Mexico’s Food Insecurity Rate is 50% Higher Than National Average. The US average is 11% and New Mexico’s rate is 16.8 % of the state population.1 Therefore as long as there are hungry people in search of a good meal, we will not stop sharing until the last belly is full.

Food Not Bombs Albuquerque has been consistently sharing free, healthy, vegetarian food in front of the UNM Bookstore since 2005. To our knowledge no one has ever gotten sick from our sharing of food. We share free, healthy, vegetarian food every Wednesday at 11 am, and every Friday at 12 noon.

For Further Information Contact: Mike Butler (505) 842-0497 and fnb_505@yahoo.com


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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Food Not Bombs Albuquerque Facing Fines and Arrests!!

Hey Comp@s,
Food Not Bombs Albuquerque was recently notified that we are facing having to pay $3,000.00 in fines and we will be "forcibly removed" from the area near the UNM Bookstore if we continue to share free healthy food. We are asking for all of our friends and supporters to bring video cameras, cameras, instruments like drums and guitar, and join us as we share a free healthy meal with the community Wednesday March 11 @ 11am and Friday March 13 @ 12 noon at the UNM Bookstore.
Thanks so much for your support in the past and we hope to
see you in the streets!
Mike Butler
Food Not Bombs Albuquerque
(505) 242-0497 or fnb_505@yahoo.com