Here is a review of the Drop Bush Not Bombs tour. You may have seen some of this already but because it has been so difficult and expensive to get on line, the key boards are in differnt alphabets and I discovered that my web based address book realy didnt have any addresses and for some of you I didnt have your email I thought I would send this to you.
After 17 hours in the air I landed in Milan where I was greeted by Emilio of the Social Forum of Europe along with is friend. Liz was already filming and it was not until we were in the car that I got to greet her. That night we stated with Roberta who works for Doctors Without Borders and is active in the anti globalization movement. The next day she showed us around her neighborhood and pointed us to the central trainstation so we could buy our ticket to Budapest. After a much needed nap we went to the station and met with Giorgio of Punto Rosso which is active against the WTO, IMF and World Bank.
I made it to Budapest on Friday but Liz was stopped at the border because she needed a visa as she is from Ausltralia. Liz had to return to Zagreb to get her visa. The border guards were quit rude and she looked sad as the train left her behind. Because the dollar is so bad relative to the Euro we already feel broke so we didnt think it was wise for both of us to have to pay for a second train trip. I was met at the Keleti Station by Toxik of Budapest Food Not Bombs. We went to the office of the foundation which supports Food Not Bombs called R??gyecsk??k Alp??tv??ny ( www.rugyecskek.hu ) R??gyecsk??k works to save the trees in Budapest, they preform puppet shows on recycling and they share free food as Food Not Bombs. They had already cooked the lental soup and fried carrots so after finding out that the car could not make it we rushed the food, literature and table down to the subway and off to Ferenciek Tere. Several other Food Not Bombs kids met us there and help hand out the food and literature. It had turned out that the local homeless hotline had failed to report our serving but one homeless man told us that there were many people waiting for food at the next square so Toxik went and told them that we were at Ferenciek Tere. About 75 to 100 people showed up to eat and everyone was very excited about the action. Liz had to stay in Zagreb until Monday because the visa office was closed. She was able to track down Zagreb Food Not Bombs which had just had its squat busted by the police and explains why we had been having a difficult time finding them. On Friday night I attended a meeting of Another World Is Possible and than sleeped at Toxik’s girl friends apartment. Today, Saturday I did a literature table in a plaza and handed out information about Food Not Bombs while I drew a picture of one of the beautiful buildings you can see on every street in Budapest. I only made 200 ft or 1 dollar which was given to me by a man from California who has set up a toy clock factory in Budapest. Tonight we are going to a squatters meeting so we will see what that brings. Liz will film Budapest Food Not Bombs sharing food next Saturday at Ferenciek Tere. We will keep you posted.
hey Keith, it was meant to be that i be returned to zagreb as i have connected with the FNB crew and found out more…there is a FNB in Bosnia!!!! and one group calls themselves fruit not bombs as they can only get fruit donated! and i have a serbia contact and the crew here want to meet you…so i am setting up a place for you to do a talk…a place for you to sleep etc etc…also, i will be coming on Tuesday not Monday as there is something here for me to film re. FNB…let me know if this is a problem…i hope you are not doing your talk on monday night…so the forces of nature are on our side!!! lashings of love, liz.
Well as I said I joined Liz in Zagreb and we learned that there are Food Not Bombs groups all over Croatia. When I arrived Liz and I rushed to the market to meet the Darko and Krishna who were picking up the food. Darko also works with ZaMirNET ( www.zamir.net ) They scored lots of great veggies including carrots, tomatos, onions well anyway lots and lots of food. The next day we cooked in a flat downtown and there were Food Not Bombs kids from all over Croatia that helped and a punk band from Romania also joined us. Maybe 25 people in all. We did a great action today outside the MaDonalds in the city center. The manager was quite upset and the police asked us all for ID and took one copy of every flyer. Food Not Bombs shared food out side MaDonalds all over the world today as it is the international day of protest against the chain. Zagreb Food Not Bombs also joined in a daily protest at the US embassy during the first month of the war in Iraq. They feed over 1000 meals at the February 15th action against the war on Iraq. The activist in Zagreb are well organized but feel that they are a small group. I believe evey city feels that they do not have enough activists, even San Francisco. Tonight I was interviewed at the Mama info shop by two independant journalists. They told me that the Food Not Bombs book will be out in Croation this January. We go back to Budapest in the morning to film them cooking for the Saturday action. We have added a number of new stops including Belgium, and Serbia to our tour. Liz and I returned to Budapest on Friday and we met up with Viola and Toxik at the foundation office. Thats where we slept and the next morning we helped cook with a crew of kids including Raz from Tel Aviv Food Not Bombs. We cooked potatoand vegetable soup and made Hungarian pasta. I went with Liz and Marta to hand out flyers to the homless to let them know we were going to share food and at 2:00 we took the food to Fereniek Tere. We were met by over 100 hungry and yet very happy people. Marta and I gave out Food not Bombs flyers to people walking by. Marta had a funny witch puppet which made people smile. When we finished there we took the rest of the food to another square and four of us handed out jars of food at Keleti Station. When we were out of food we went back to the office and washed all the pots and pans. Toxik and Ester set up a table at an anti nazi concert and Liz and I went to another flat to sleep. We had our last evening here where I spoke at the new Gerrilla Propaganda squat and showed the Food Not Bombs video. About 75 people were there. Afterwards I was interviewed and filmed by Hungary Indymedia at a club next to the squat. In the morning Liz and I went to get her visa for the Czech republic but they wouldnt see us because it was 11 AM and they said it would take until next Monday which is too late so now we are off to Belgrade to visit Food Not Bombs there. Rebel Mouse at the Rebel Squat will be our host. We will be meeting the local Budapest homeless paper this afternoon before we leave. The buildings here are very beautiful and common things that people use like homes, food and the mass transit system are great unlike the in the United States. Liz, Toxic and I visited with the people at the homeless Budapest homeless paper Fedel Nelkul and learned of a new law that lets people squat empty buildings during the winter.