Date(s) - 11/09/2013 - 11/10/2013
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
14th St. & Broadway
Union Square park @14th St. steps
Online Donations accepted here: http://gogetfunding.com/project/takeyourcityback-nyc
Weekly Potluck @ Union Square Saturday & Sundays – 4pm-8pm
Enjoy healthy food cooked & served by Occupy Kitchen and neighborhood residents!
Twitter: @OWSUnionSquare Hashtags: #PeoplesKitchen #OccupyKitchen #WakeUpNYC #TakeYourCityBack
Sign up for Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/OWSUnionSquare/posts/178578542348227
The Occupy Kitchen is a revolutionary space for breaking bread and building communities that is open to everyone! From our camp kitchen in Liberty Plaza to our weekend Potluck at Union Square, for the past two years we have been providing a space for people to share delicious meals and good conversation. We nourish the grassroots movement to free America from corporate control and create a fairer economic system for hardworking people.
We are committed to building a more equitable society and furthering the food justice movement by changing patterns of consumption in New York City and beyond. Through our work at OWS, we unite local residents and communities that sustain the movement. Our network of supporters is a diverse group of activists, small businesses, family-run farms, community groups and individuals who share a common vision of a better, more sustainable NYC!
We believe that access to good, healthy food is a universal right. We strive to sustainably provide good food to people in the Union Square area and to the NYC activist community in general. Almost half the food produced in the United States is thrown away. We believe this waste is flagrantly disrespectful to the environment and the millions of people in this country (including ourselves) who cannot afford healthy food. Our response to this waste is to make use of it! Every night, after the stores close, we collect all the discarded usable food we can. We then bring this food back to our fridges and freezers in preparation for the weekly Union Square Potluck. Food is also donated to us from businesses and residents in the community that want to see something good happen to it.
The capitalist system we live in insists that in order for something to have value it must have a price tag; it must be sellable. No one will buy a dozen eggs with one egg cracked, so the entire package gets tossed. Grocery stores must over stock all of their produce, because no one wants to shop at a store that looks half empty. And all of that overstock inevitably finds its way into the dumpster.
The Occupy Kitchen quietly tries to dismantle this capitalist value system by bringing this food back to to community in a creative way. We believe that in order for something to have value it need not be sellable, only usable. We strive to create a public space where food can be exchanged and shared freely. We aim to show that it is possible to feed hundreds of people a day and build a strong social movement in NYC that values people before profit. And to show all those who value protocol over practicality that there are other ways to move through the world; other ways to make change.
We currently need help getting the word out to the community! And also help with food donations. If you are interested, please take a look below to see current needs. We especially need people to cook and prepare food and bring it to Union Square for our weekend potlucks. We invite all visionaries who can imagine the world operating in a way that promotes peace, justice, dignity and mutual aid. In farming, distribution, cooking, serving and eating, we are imagining a new American Dream. Let’s do this together.
WISH LIST: **** A SECURE INDOOR SPACE FOR STORAGE NEAR UNION SQUARE SOUTH WHERE WE CAN STORE OUR FOLD-UP INFO TABLES, FLYERS AND BASIC SUPPLIES. PLEASE CALL 646-470-3890 IF YOU CAN HELP ****
An in-kind donation of a KITCHEN SPACE ideally near Union Square. (there is an Occupy DESSERT Kitchen that needs space too! https://www.facebook.com/OccupyDessertKitchen )
WAYS TO SUPPORT:
**** COOK food and bringing it to Union Square park 14th St – Saturday & Sunday 4pm-8pm. If there’s a lot of food, bring a folding table! ***
DONATION OF CERTAIN CANNED GOODS, VEGETABLES , OIL, SPICES, SUPPLIES, ETC. to the Occupy Kitchen 646-470-3890
Food: Olive oil, Canned beans, Rice Pasta, Fresh & prepackaged spices
Supplies: Zip lock bags Aluminum trays Paper plates, plastic forks, napkins
Restaurant CALL-IN food donation DELIVERIES ( Little Italy Pizza III 212-989-4225 or tinyurl.com/OccupieUnionSq and other restaurants to be added soon )… CHECK DAILY EVNET HOTLINE FIRST TO MAKE SURE WE’RE IN THE PARK THAT DAY! 646-470-3890.
Other Urgent Needs: Donation coordinators, collectors, cooks & kitchen help , servers, transporters People to help staff outreach table & serve food. Please sign up HERE ( http://occupyunionsquare.net/volunteer/ )
Monetary donations at the physical location of the OWS People’s Kitchen table at Union Square South (14th Street).
Online monetary donations:http://gogetfunding.com/nycactivism
Physical help with the transport of food, literature, signs, tables, etc. from storage location to park. And then set up. And being there for at least a few hours.
People are needed, especially those with good art skills to design creative, educational, inspiring & awakening SIGNS, FLYERS, BANNERS etc, and work along frontage of 14th as well as within the internal park area to engage the public and get more volunteers and participants, informing them of what we’re up to.
Join the PARK OUTREACH team and talk to the NYC public in the neighborhood, hand out flyers, recruit volunteers & mailing list sign ups
Get COMMUNITY SUPPORT for volunteering, in-kind donations & financial donations!
Hand out flyers and tell people about our weekly potluck! And tell people about the good events happening around city!
Support by PRINTING FLYERS and BRINGING to park OR DISTRIBUTING them yourself in your own neighborhood ( can be downloaded from HERE: http://occupyunionsquare.net/how-to-plug-in/printable-flyers/ ). Translators are needed!
People with strong conflict resolution / mediation skills to provide security for the organizers and keep the community and volunteer environment safe, clean up, and WELCOME to NYC residents.
Someone to PRINT OUT out the daily schedule of OWS / activism related events (from here: http://occupyunionsquare.net/calendar ) and bring to the info table at setup or soon after. Ideally should be the same person who signs up on the morning shift (means you need a printer, paper, ink etc.)
ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS, CO-WORKERS, NEIGHBORS ETC. TO BRING FOOD AND NECESSARY SUPPLIES!
This needs to be a PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT! Meaning WE make it happen! WE decide if our park stays open after midnight and WE decide what we’re going to do in the park as long as we treat the park, ourselves, and others with respect.
WE DECIDE WHERE NYC’s FUTURE IS GOING… NOT BILLIONAIRE MAYORS, CORRUPT POLICE COMMISSIONERS, & CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, AND HIJACKED COMMUNITY BOARDS.
All Power To The People!