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Mar 4, 2007
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This is the time of year when student groups and educators are planning their budgets for the fall semester. It’s a great time to request funding for a presentation on Food Not Bombs. Please consider inviting artist, author, former political prisoner and Food Not Bombs cofounder Keith McHenry to speak to your community. Keith helped start the Food Not Bombs movement in 1980 when he was a student at Boston University. His presentation is informative and inspiring. He has traveled all over the world collecting, cooking and sharing free meals with the hungry. He has also worked for peace, justice and the environment with activist from around the globe. He provides a world-view that is hopeful and empowering. Audiences find his presentation motivating.

Keith wrote the book “Food Not Bombs, How to Feed the Hungry and Build Community” published in six languages. He spent over 500 nights in jail for his human rights work, was tortured and declared a Prisoner of Conscience by Amnesty International. Two of the movements he helped start; Food Not Bombs and Indymedia are listed on the FBI's terrorist watch list. This past two years he has visited Food Not Bombs chapters and worked with activists in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.

He is an experienced, engaging and inspiring public speaker with a wealth of knowledge about community organizing, nonviolence, movement building, peace and social justice issues, consensus decision-making, poverty and hunger, disaster relief and world events. His work is featured in many books, and periodicals and has spoken at many universities and conferences. He has spoken on several tours including the "Rent is Theft Tour", the "UnFree Trade Tour" that inspired the 1999 protests against the WTO in Seattle and “The Drop Bush Not Bombs” tour of Europe and the Middle East. Keith has participated in protests for peace and economic justice all over the world, planting olive tress on the West Bank, feeding blockaders at Shannon Airbase in Ireland and sharing vegetarian meals at the Food Not NATO actions in Turkey. He joined Zagreb Food Not Bombs at their Anti-McDonalds action and helped feed the protesters in Cancun at the demonstration against the WTO. He organized the kitchen and food recover for Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas and he coordinated Food Not Bombs Katrina relief effort across the Gulf region. He would be excited about sharing his experience with your community. This year he spoke many places including at the 2006 Bioneers Conference, at the University of Calabar Nigeria, Oberlin College, the University of Northern Arizona and the World College. This spring he will be speaking at a number of other locations including the University of Vermont, the Sustainable Peace Fair and the Anarchist Book Fair in San Francisco.

Consider inviting Keith to speak to your students, at commencement ceremonies or to your community group. He can also provide video and literature at the presentation. His fees are reasonable. The honorarium supports Food Not Bombs. Consider requesting funds from your student activity fees or department budget and schedule a Food Not Bombs presentation next semester. Please call Keith at 1-800-884-1136 to make arrangements. Call soon because he is already filling his calendar with Food Not Bombs presentations.

You can print out a full color brochure and sample flyer at:
http://www.foodnotbombs.net/speaker.html

Food Not Bombs
P.O. Box 424, Arroyo Seco, NM 87514 USA
505-776-3880
1-800-884-1136
menu@foodnotbombs.net

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