Category Archives: OM Free Kitchen
The Recycled Food Network has been operating every night of the week since July , providing leftover cafe food to the homeless. It was a spin-off from the Occupy Melbourne Free Kitchen, which has been running on Sundays (previously Tuesday nights) for about a year now , inspired by the Occupy Sydney Homeless Initiative.. Other Occupy Melbourne initiatives were the Free Shop (started in October 2012, at the OM one year anniversary), later renamed the Friday Free Shop which continues to run, and the Bentleigh Free Shop which ran during 2013
The Free Kitchen and Free Shop catered for everybody, not just the homeless, but the same principles apply : non-religious and in the spirit of brotherhood rather than charity.
The Age ran an article today saying that the Recycled Food Network was completely unrelated to the Occupy Movement, which is not exactly true, as the RFN is even converging with the OM Free Kitchen on Sunday afternoons and sharing the same equipment. Just setting the record straight here, as all the above initiatives are about the only constructive things that came out of OM and deserve recognition as such.
Here is a link to The Age article :http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/guerilla-city-square-food-stall-feeds-melbournes-homeless-20140917-10i1z1.html
Now that there is another storm raging elsewhere with regard to the content of this website and it’s creators, I thought it best to deliver some sort of response to the accusations. While I am attempting to defend the website as a whole, I have to state from the outset that these are my personal views .
Occupymelbourne.net is accused of being right wing by the left and left wing by the right. Herein lies a clue: we are close to anarchism on the left-wing spectrum, close to libertarianism on the right-wing spectrum, but we reject fascism and neo-liberalism. This would be obvious if people actually cared to read the 600+ posts that have been made here.
We support the rights of the individual and that of small communities over those of the state or any other violently enforced systems (political, corporate or religious). the rights of the individual, human rights, are actually a Western concept, but this does not mean we ignore what other societies may have to offer, in Australia this largely refers to the rights of the original people who we support.
Our views on religion and spirituality vary greatly amongst contributing members, Atheism, Christianity, Eastern spirituality and more are all represented. We do not have identical views on topics like moneyless society, climate change, gun control or conspiracies or even Socialism., although most of us agree on a basic anti-corporate stance. If you include the people on the ground, at the Free Kitchen , the same variety of views applies. Some of the persons involved in the Free Kitchen have their own websites and pages, preferring that outlet over contributing on this website and some of them overlap with this website to some extent.
This is what Occupy was meant to be, a leaderless movement with a variety of individual voices.
Some activists have been heavily criticised by us because of their actions, mainly in relation to the hi-jack of media resources early on or who have generally hi-jacked or attempted to hi-jack or tried to profit from their involvement in the movement. They are only the tip of the iceberg, as we refuse to waste our time with every bully, hypocrite, rapist or paedophile associated with the movement in the early days.
Early after the inception of this website, invitations were sent out to dozens of former “occupiers”‘ asking for contributions, and they know very well who the request came from, so the names of people involved here are not really a secret. Our anonymity online is not so much to protect our privacy, but an attempt not to promote our individual egos to the outside world.
Ultimately, we refused to the let Occupy Melbourne die, when others were quite happy to pronounce it dead because it ceased to serve their agendas . We believe that the worldwide occupy movement continues to operate as it is evolving.
This video and related articles of Pope Francis accused of eating babies and performing satanic masses has lately made the rounds in activist circles. Clearly these accusations are ridiculous and unfounded, no matter how you might feel about Catholicism . However, when a friend recently shared this so-called evidence, I just commented that I don’t believe it. There is a lot of stuff being shared on the internet that I don’t believe and I just use whatever common sense and analytical skills I have to discern truth from fiction. However, one thing I did not accuse my friend of was spreading hate, although, when you think about it, anybody who ever writes or shares something critical is potentially spreading hate.
You are allowed to criticise everything from politicians to puppet masters, Christians to Jews. The Catholic Church has been in the news for accusations of paedophilia for quite some time now and rightly so.. To criticise something you think is abusive is a human right. At least it should be.
Strangely though, that right goes away when it comes to Islam. As soon as you dare speak out against Islam you are accused of spreading hate and being a right wing , racist bigot. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence that there are massive human rights abuses going on under Islam and Sharia law, which is about to be fully instated in so-called modern countries like Malaysia.
I don’t understand why some activists are confused about occupymelbourne.net being critical of Islam. We are critical of a lot of human right abuses, Islam is just one of them. It is not being singled out as the only topic on this website, but presents a major issue to a regional community at this time.
And clearly, the government has again proven that it doesn’t want to listen and that people have no right to decide what they want in their own communities.
As for the people who are accusing this website to be a splinter group from the “real” Occupy Melbourne : It’s quite funny how others claim to be the leaders of a leaderless movement which they pronounced dead well over a year ago, leaving the rest, who wanted to continue, to do whatever they want with the name. Now they are coming out of the woodwork to say that this is not the real Occupy Melbourne, which is presumably still dead, even though it continues on a weekly basis with OM Free Kitchen.
In addition, it must be said that there are many voices within the OM community, who cannot and should not have to agree on everything. Occupy is not an organisation , nor is it a party with the associated groupthink,
While the protests against the “Best Budget Ever” are keeping people busy this autumn, spare an afternoon for the worthwhile fight against Monsanto ! This Saturday , 2pm at the State Library:
“Rod Quantok will be hosting the event, David Holmgren, an Australian environmental designer, ecological educator and writer, will be our special guest speaker. We also have an impressive list of other speakers who will share their expertise and knowledge with you. To top it off, you can get groovy with the sounds of The Formidable Vegetable Sounds System and Divina Providencia. It’s going to be a fantastic day, kid friendly and designed for families and communities!”
Best of all, the OM Free Kitchen will be making a special appearance at this event ,with the usual smorgasboard of soups, vegetable pasta , edible weeds, homebaked cakes and real Chai tea!