Save Food Not Bombs: Last Sunday, October 6th Sacramento Food Not Bombs was kicked out of the Cesar Chavez Park by the Sacramento police. Volunteers were greeted by about 15 officers when they arrived at the park when they normally do in time to start sharing the meal they created by 1:30pm. They were told that our stuff would be confiscated and we would get a summons due to an ordinance that has yet to even be passed that would prevent any group from handing out free hot meal in the park.
Last week advocates for the poor were told to stop sharing meals with the hungry in Sacramento and Santa Monica, California, Taos, New Mexico, and Olympia, Washington.
Groups were confronted and threatened with arrest in Boulder, Colorado; Raleigh, North Carolina, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington and other cities across the United States this summer. In all over 50 cities in the United States have passed laws banning or limiting the sharing of meals with the hungry in the past two years with enforcement on the increase this fall.
Our food is vegan, organic and no one has ever reported being made ill eating with Food Not Bombs. The goal of giving the public the impression we are required to get a permit is to justify forcing us to stop. We have no paid staff and our food is a gift and unregulated by the authorities. Like all acts of commission no permission from the government is necessary.
Please support Sacramento Food Not Bombs. We will be risking arrest on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Cesar Chavez Park at 1:30 PM
co-founder of the Food Not Bombs Movement
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March 1, 2013
A California police officer has been fired and arrested following allegations that he raped at least six women while in uniform and on duty, some of them in his patrol car.
Sergio Alvarez, a five-year veteran of the West Sacramento Police Department, stands accused of raping at least six women since October 2011. He faces kidnapping and sexual assault charges in connection with the alleged attacks. According to ABC News 10, bail has been set at $26.3 million.
The 37-year-old Alvarez allegedly attacked the women while driving in his patrol car. His alleged victims, who ranged in age from 20 to 47, were stopped while walking, according to West Sacramento Police Chief Dan Drummond. The chief added that some of the alleged rapes occurred in the patrol car.
Suspicions about Alvarez arose last September after a 37-year-old woman came forward with allegations that she was attacked by the officer. He was placed on administrative leave following the report.
“I am just appalled and sickened that someone that was put in the position of trust would violate that trust in such an egregious manner,” Drummond told WPTV. “The whole department is appalled.”
As a result of the alleged rapes, the department is reviewing its practices and may no longer allow officers to patrol by themselves at night.
“We are looking at our procedures and the way we are accountable to each other,” Drummond told WPTV. “We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to make sure this does not happen again.”
It has happened before, but not in West Sacramento. In recent weeks, the following are among the alleged incidents that have made headlines around the nation:
- In Massachusetts, Lawrence police officer Carlos Gonzalez, 48, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with committing a sexual crime against an underage girl while on vacation in Haines City, Florida last summer.
- Last month, Ashokie, North Carolina police Lieutenant Andres Snape, Jr. was arrested and charged with rape and other sex crimes in connection with an alleged attack on a teenage girl aged between 13 and 15.
- Also last month, veteran Boston, Massachusetts officer Henderson Parker, 45, was arrested and charged with raping and indecently assaulting a woman in a residence.
Protesters fight against cuts to homes for elderly & disabled
Demonstrators flooded the Sacramento Capitol rotunda in California on June 13 to protest cuts to home care for the elderly and disabled. Police arrested 43 people.
Sean Kennedy, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, said they were cited for misdemeanors and released.
It was the second protest in two days in which demonstrators were arrested by the California Highway Patrol, which provides security at the Capitol. Ten people were arrested on Tuesday after blocking the entrance to Gov. Jerry Brown’s office.
Brown has proposed saving $225 million from the In-Home Supportive Services program through cuts that include a 7% reduction in hours of care. The cut would have a ripple effect because counties and the federal government would withdraw matching funds, leading to a total reduction of about $800 million.