Nikunj, MM1, MM2, Aji, Krishanu and all the GA attendees who ate a bit and donated what they could - Thank you.
(List of donations. I'm at a break even point right now, haven't been to Oakland in a month, and with produce being donated, will not need cash donations to cover my expenses for a while. If you feel moved to do so, please donate directly to OccupyOakland.)
Leila, one of the OccupyOakland Kitchen coordinators, wrote this to the cooks and donors. I want to share her expression of gratitude with you. (Business stuff redacted.)
"hi everyone. i just wanted to give a shout out to all the amazing and
powerful food people. I would love to make the email list more
accessible to anyone that wants to write something and/or reach out to
the whole kitchen crew. please let us know if you're inspired. The BBQ
crew has been on it! We also have a ton of occupy oaklanders helping at
the farm in the kitchen...yahoo, also thanks to the crazy autonomous
cook and his huge meal actions all over town.....you know who you are,
suspenders and all. its such hard work and we all know what it takes to
cook for dozens and dozens, if not hundreds of people.
I wanted to touch base with everyone and see if anyone wanted to do food
for an upcoming action, or had other food related ideas? i have been
getting a ton of produce donations and have been processing a bunch. I
would love to get some continuous weekly food actions going....similar
to food not bombs but Oakland style! Maybe at a park, a big
intersection, a hospital or community center.......at least a few days a
week. we need groups of people who want to cook certain days and
kitchen space offered to cook in.
Most of all i want you all to know how important you all are, and how
much i love working with you. Food justice is a passion we all share.
These are the relationships we build for the future we are creating. I
did an interview recently for occupy oakland and as interviews generally
go, my description of the kitchen process was sized down from 25mins to
30seconds. It did not convey in the slightest my appreciation and
admiration for everyone involved in the kitchen, from people who
transport and set up, to cooks, to people who donate, to people who come
and serve at events, or to people who eat and are grateful. i hope we all can see and
feel how much love exists in the work we do and with each other.
Let's organize, open food centers and continue building for the future! food revolution! food Sovereignty!
being said if you haven't been to the farm in Albany (san pablo and
marin) please go see it! I would like to talk about getting Oakland
farming as well. setting up more and more gardens. pot luck soon to
insight ideas further?! love, Leila "