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Cooking up a revolution: Food Not Bombs, Homes Not Jails, and resistance to gentrification

Sean Parson


On Labor Day in 1988 two hundred hungry and homeless people went to Golden Gate Park in search of a hot meal, while fifty-four activists from Food Not Bombs, surrounded by riot police, lined up to serve them food. The riot police counted twenty-five served meals, the legal number allowed by city law before breaking permit restrictions, and then began to arrest people. The arrests proceeded like an assembly line: an activist would scoop a bowl of food and hand it to a hungry person. A police officer would then handcuff and arrest that activist. Immediately, the next activist in line would take ... More

Keywords: anarchism, homelessness, urban politics, social movements, political theory, gentrification, squatting, food politics, activism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781526107350
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526107350.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean Parson, author
Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University