Food Not Bombs Volunteers arrested for giving food to the homeless

01/07: Tampa — Food Not Bombs members being arrested for feeding the homeless.

Published on Jan 8, 2017

Food Not Bombs folks being arrested for feeding the houseless. They are asking for support through this website:… Video Courtesy of Facebook/Chris Regalado

Watch As Cops Raid Charity, Arrest 7 Volunteers For Feeding The Homeless

By Matt Agorist

Tampa, FL — When feeding willing hungry people becomes illegal, that is a telling sign of a bureaucratic police state. And, in the ostensible Land of the Free, the enforcers of such arbitrary and cruel laws have no problem kidnapping and locking people in a cage for helping those in need. In fact, it happens on a regular basis.

The most recent case of police cracking down on caring people who dared to give organic rice and beans to the hungry happened over the weekend in Tampa.

Members of the charitable group Food Not Bombs gathered Saturday afternoon to hand out hot coffee and bagels to Tampa’s homeless community. However, their good deed was thwarted by police who quickly arrested seven of the people serving the food and one homeless man who dared grab a bagel from the table after cops ordered everyone to stop eating.

The entire horrendous deprivation of liberty was streamed live to Facebook by Erin Sauer. It’s nothing short of infuriatingly asinine.

Why would a dozen cops descend on a group of volunteers donating their own food to willing people who need it? Well, Food not Bombs failed to pay the extortion fee to the city in the form of a permit.

Food not Bombs is not some fly-by-night charity looking to rustle feathers by ‘illegally’ distributing food the homeless. The group sets up to feed the homeless at least twice a week — so obtaining a permit and purchasing the city-required insurance policy is too pricey to be sustainable.

When kind-hearted people don’t have a limitless supply of money to grease the statist skids and pay their extortion fees to remove all the red tape — they become outlaws.

Credit: Anthony Martino

The good news is that the group is made up of brave people who are unafraid to disobey unjust laws. In an email to CL Tampa, a spokesperson for the group noted that Food not Bombs “has no plans to stop sharing food with the homeless and hungry and will continue to defy unjust laws that criminalize compassion and mutual aid.”

Unfortunately, in the land of the free, feeding the homeless has become a revolutionary act. Cities across the country are cracking down on good people like those at Food not Bombs who simply want to feed the needy.

Last December, the Dallas, Texas city council enacted Ordinance No. 29595.pdf, which makes it illegal to serve food to the homeless without jumping through a statist myriad of bureaucratic hoops, including a fee, training classes, and written notices.

However, the folks over at the aptly named organization Don’t Comply acted in a similarly brave manner as Food not Bombs, and took to the streets just outside the Austin Street Shelter in Dallas. However, the members of Don’t Comply had guns. They were not shut down and the group successfully fed thousands of homeless people.

“We intend to expose the city’s cruelty in the face of thousands in our community who are struggling with issues of food insecurity, mental and medical health issues, poverty, and homelessness,” a spokesperson for Food not Bombs said in an email according to CL Tampa. “If the city will not address these problems, the least they can do is not get in the way and stop others from addressing these needs. Compassion should never be criminalized.

Matt Agorist is the co-founder of, where this article first appeared. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. . and now on Steemit


Tension but no arrests today for Tampa Food Not Bombs: WMNF News

Published on Jan 10, 2017

Tension but no arrests today for Tampa Food Not Bombs: WMNF News

AGAIN??!! 90-Year Old Florida Man ARRESTED 3 TIMES For FEEDING The HOMELESS In Fort Lauderdale

Published on Nov 14, 2014

Arnold Abbott’s on a mission to feed the homeless and he won’t let a newly enacted law in Fort Lauderdale stand in his way.

Abbott’s been cited with a criminal violation three times since the city’s ban on “public food sharing” went into effect Oct. 22. His most recent arrest came Wednesday night, according to

The station reported that Abbott, as promised, was out on Fort Lauderdale Beach feeding the homeless Wednesday when local police parted the crowd to issue the elderly man his third criminal citation. They did, however, allow him to continue feeding the hungry who had gathered.

The brouhaha over Abbott’s determination to feed the hungry began Nov. 2 when he and two local pastors were arrested for feeding people in Fort Lauderdale’s Stranahan Park.

Abbott is the founder of Love Thy Neighbor, a local nonprofit that helps the homeless. He’d only handed out a few of the 300 meals he had prepared when police told him to stop or else.

Abbott, who battled the city’s ban on feeding homeless on the beach back in 1999 and won, wrote on his Facebook page that an officer told him to “’Drop that plate immediately.’ As though it were a weapon.”

Abbott now says he has filed a motion against the city to uphold that 1999 ruling. In the meantime, he promised via Facebook to continue showing up at 5:30 each Wednesday on Fort Lauderdale Beach to feed the homeless.

The second criminal citation against Abbott was written last Wednesday as he was feeding homeless on the beach. The new law carries a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Those penalties don’t frighten Abbott.

“I appreciate all of your concern for my safety, but I have faced the Klu Klux Klan on many occasions, and I have no fear of spending the night in a Fort Lauderdale jail,” Abbott wrote on Facebook. “I thank you all, and I pray that we all stay strong. We shall prevail!”

Food Not Bombs June 29 arrests

Uploaded on Jun 29, 2011 Orlando Food Not Bombs has 2 more members arrested for feeding hungry people at the June 29 protest food sharing. Produced/Directed/Shot/Edited by T. J. McCarthy IV

Food Not Bombs arrested for feeding hungry children

Uploaded on Jun 22, 2011 The unedited footage of the arrests on 6/15/11. Produced/Directed/Shot/Edited by T. J. McCarthy IV

06/08/2011 Food Not Bombs activists arrested in Orlando for feeding the homeless

Uploaded on Jun 11, 2011

CCPA co-founder Tommy Frain & Tarpon Springs Food Not Bombs co-founder Nick Emery were among the five who were arrested.

Song: “All you fascists bound to loose” by Woody Guthrie

Uploaded on Jun 9, 2011

On June 8th, 2011, five volunteers with the organization “Food Not Bombs” were arrested for the horrendous crime of sharing food with too many people within 2 miles of City Hall. As individuals, the police were professional and it was clear from their body language that they did not want to be there doing this. However, they do have proverbial mortgage to pay and on this day they did make the choice to be agents of tyranny. This brings the total number of arrest for the violent crime up to 12 within the first week of the law’s enforcement.

Uploaded on Jun 6, 2011

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