Food Not Bombs hosts a Really Really Free Market with free stuff
Food Not Bombs held an event today to protest the Republican pro-business agenda. The Really Really Free Market was held in Voice of Freedom Park in West Tampa. Thatâs where Occupy Tampa has been since December and the location of this monthâs Food Not Bombs World Gathering. Books, games and even nutritional supplements were up for grabs.
About 40 visitors gathered at the opening of the Free Market. Food Not Bombs served breakfast: tofu and potatoes. Kelsy OâMorrow is a student housing out of town visitors in her home during the Republican convention.
âI think that itâs a great form of protest, because itâs like basically a protest of capitalism, in saying that we have this ability to engage in different types of tradeâsuch as the Really Really Free Market. I think itâs a great way for people to interact with one another, a great way to learn how to share, and just gain insight.â
The concept is to share goods and services without monetary exchange. About 3 or 4 âvendorsâ set up on tables with wares ranging from games to craft supplies to books. Joe Lemieuxâs items filled an entire table, overflowing into additional boxes on the ground. Lemeiux once owned a health foods store, but lost the business due to a disagreement with his business partner.
âI have all kinds of vitamins, herbs. I have a bunch of diapers, I have some hair colorings, I have a bunch or organic teas and things like that. So, you know like I said its stuff that I had from the storeâ¦ and it wasnât doing anything. So this is a good place to share.â
Keith McHenry is one of the original co-founders of Food Not Bombs. He traveled to Tampa as part of the national World Gathering held last week.
âThe Really Really Free Market here is a project that Food Not Bombs has organized for many years. The first Really Really Free Market was organized by Christ Church New Zealand Food Not Bombs, and they had gotten the idea from The Free Store in the Haight Ashbury in the 60âs. And weâre kind of famous for being a meal at the end of Haightâthe Haight Street at Golden Gate Park. Thatâs where we were first arrested for sharing food.â
McHenry said most of the Really Really Free Markets are organized in solidarity with âBuy Nothing Day,â held each year on the day after Thanksgiving, also called Black Friday in the US and Canada. Itâs considered one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
âThe idea is to get rid of capitalism as a concept. Because I think we need to go to a post capitalist society. Thereâs more than enough junk made, enough stuff around, that if we just organize it, um, we can make a real strong statement that we donât need to keep manufacturing more stuff that weâre throwing in landfills.â
Food Not Bombs will continue to serve two meals per day at Voice of Freedom Park until the end of the Republican convention later this week.comments powered by Disqus