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Sam Davis and Emannuel Sperios speak out for the Freebox, and Food Not Bombs

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"I was a UC Berkeley student, I graduated about a year ago. I'm a manager at Rochedale apartments. There's about three hundred students who live on Southside ... about a block from the Park. And with rising inflation and lowering wages, I find myself eating frequently at the Park at Food Not Bombs and shopping at the Free Box, and so, without further ado, I'd like to present Phoenix and the fabulous Food Not Bomb-ers and their Free Box fashion show.

They will present a few of the fabulous outfits you can receive at People's Park. It's open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Don't sell out the Free Box."

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Emmanuel Sperios

"'Council and residents of Berkeley, because of globalized investor capitalism, because of the federal assault on welfare and our social safety net, homelessness is increasing dramatically in the world, in our country, and in Berkeley. There those that would hide the homeless, that want to sweep the homeless under the carpet -- I point out ex-mayor Frank Jordan, and his Matrix program and his assault on Food Not Bombs.

I point out the effort by Santa Cruz to obtain an injunction against Food Not Bombs for feeding hungry people. It failed. I point out the current injunction against Arcata Food Not Bombs, where five volunteers are facing up to five months in jail for serving hungry people in their downtown plaza.

Currently it has come to our attention that in Sacramento and in ... Philadelphia, there are further motions and movements towards harassing and assaulting people who are feeding hungry people.

There is nothing in [Berkeley City Manager] Weldon [Rucker]'s and the Mayor's report that refers to food services in People's Park. A lot of people in this room would appreciate very much hearing a statement to the effect of "we will not follow in the footsteps of those who will sweep homeless and poor people under the carpet. We are not going to ask any food service program to leave People's Park. And we are not going to arrest anyone for providing food to hungry people."'

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