Keith speaks on the Thom Hartmann Show

Thom Hartmann interviews Keith McHenry

Arrange an interview with Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry

"Since when did feeding the homeless become a terrorist activity?"asked ACLU Associate Legal Director Ann Beeson. "When the FBI and local law enforcement target groups like Food Not Bombs under the guise of fighting terrorism, many Americans who oppose government policies will be discouraged from speaking out and exercising their rights."

Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry is a dynamic, inspiring and experienced public speaker with a wealth of knowledge about the global movement Food Not Bombs, world events, community organizing, nonviolent civil resistance, poverty and hunger, disaster relief, alternative media, human rights, homelessness, domestic surveillance and the history of the peace and social justice movement during the past 30 years. He has traveled all over the world collecting food, cooking, sharing free meals and working for peace, justice and the enviornment with local activists. Mr. McHenry helped start and promote the micro-powered radio movement in North America, a national campaign to end police violence and the anti-globalization movement in the United States. He also co-founded the Freegan movement, San Francisco Liberation Radio, Indymedia, and the October 22nd No Police Brutality Day. Audiences find his presentation motivating. Please consider inviting artist, author, former political prisoner and Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry to speak on your program.

Keith has been interviewed by many journalists appearing in many of the world'slargest publications and news programs. His work in Africa was featured on SBS TV's program Dateline in Australia and re-broadcast on Link TV. He has also been on the Thom Hartmann Show, The Peter Werbe Show, Laura Ingraham Show, The Michael Medved Show, many Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's news programs, Pacifica Radio, Link TV, CNN Turkey, National Television Authority of Nigeria, Radio Dreyeckland from Freiburg, Germany, National TV and Radio in Slovakia and many other programs. He has also interviewed with the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, London Times, San Francisco Chronicle, the Sunday Punch in Nigeria, Z Magazine, and many other publications.

The Food Not Bombs movement shares free vegetarian food in hundreds of communities all over the world. It is one of the world's largest all volunteer movements that takes direct action for peace and justice. Keith helped start the first chapter in Boston in 1980. He designed the movement's logo and co-wrote the book, Food Not Bombs, How to Feed the Hungry and Build Community. Food Not Bombs has no formal leaders and each chapter is autonomous yet the movement is united around the principles of nonviolence, that decisions are made by consensus, that the food is free to anyone who wants it and that the food is vegetarian or vegan. Food Not Bombs has inspired several generations of dedicated peace activists.

He was arrested over 100 times for "making a political statement" by sharing free food in San Francisco. He has spent over 500 nights in jail for his peaceful protest against militarism. The San Francisco Police beat him 13 times and tortured him 3 times. Keith was framed in 1994 under the California Three Strikes law and was one of the first white people to face a 25 to life sentence under the new law. Amnesty International wrote letters and campaigned for Keith's unconditional release and his case was taken up by the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland. He is currently listed by the U.S. State Department as one of America's 100 most dangerous people and the movements, Food Not Bombs and Indymedia, that he co-founded are listed on the FBI's Terrorist Watch List. In May 2006 Keith was taken off a flight from Turkey and questioned for over an hour by Homeland Security about his work with Food Not Bombs. The contents of his wallet were input into a Homeleand Security database.

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, food and helped cook meals for the protesters a Cindy Sheehan's Camp Casey outside Bush's Ranch in Crawford, Texas. In 2005 Keith organized America's largest food relief effort from his tiny adobe home in Tucson Arizona. As Katrina was heading towards New Orleans Keith was already organizing the relief effort building a website, collecting food and contacting volunteers from Food Not Bombs groups, the Rainbow Family and Veterans For Peace. He staffed the office directing people to food collections sites, kitchens and transportation. The American Red Cross was not able to provide food and gave survivors the Food Not Bombs toll free number which Keith answered at all times of the night an day as he update the website and posted announcements to the movement's email lists.

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 San Francisco Anarchist Book Fair, the University of Northern Arizona and the World College. He also gave presentations at a number of other locations including the University of Vermont, the Sustainable Peace Fair, Reed College, The Univesity of Oregon and the Anarchist Book Fair in San Francisco. He was also a speaker at the Beyond Borders: Education, Immigration and Cultural Exchange with the New Mexico High School Youth Conference.

Mr. McHenry has been featured in numerous books including A Peoples History of the United States by Howard Zinn, No Trespassing by Anders Corr, Interviews With Icons by Lisa Law, Rising Up by Richard Edmondson. There is a chapter about Keith in 50 American Revolutions You're Not Supposed to Know by Mickey Z and his work on the UnFree Trade Tour are detailed in Por el Reparto del Trabajo y la Riqueza by Jose Iglesias Fernandez published in Madrid, Spain. The movements Keith helped start are featured in a number of books including Recipes for Disaster by CrimethInc. ex-Workers' Collective, Food Not Lawns, How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community, by Heather Coburn Flores and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America's Underground Food Movements by Sandor Ellix Katz. Keith's character has appeared in several novels including Walking to Mercury by Starhawk and Homes Not Jails by Michael Stienburg and in the play Murder Now? by The Boston Theater Workshop. He is also featured in a number of documentaries including The Art of Being Mayor by Steve Tobin, Flashing on the Sixties by Lisa Law and The Sidewalk Sector by Richard Kaplin. For the entire list of books visit the Food Not Bombs books webpage.

He helped start and promote the micro-powered radio movement in North America, a national campaign to end police violence and the anti-globalization movement in the United States. He co-founded San Francisco Liberation Radio, Indymedia, Homes Not Jails, and the October 22nd No Police Brutality Day. He is currently listed by the U.S. State Department as one of America's 100 most dangerous people and the movements, Food Not Bombs and Indymedia, that he co-founded are listed in the FBI's Terrorist Watch List.

Keith has been a keynote speaker at many colleges and events. He has spoken at Oberlin College, The University of Northern Arizona, MIT, The University of Toronto, San Francisco State, University of Calabar, National Autonomous University of Mexico, the National Convention of the Campus Outreach Opportunity League in Cleveland, Ohio, the Bioneers Conference, and the founding of Americorp at Treasure Island in San Francisco. He has also spoke in over 50 communities on the Unfair Trade Tour and 60 cities on The Rent is Theft Tour, over 40 cities in Europe and the Middleast on the Drop Bush Not Bombs Tour as well as to large groups and at universities throught Europe, Mexico, Canada, Africa, the Middle East and the United States. This year Keith visited Lagos, Nigeria and spoke on non-violent civil resistance and community organizing at a celebration of Gandhi's birthday. He also visited with Nigeria's leading human-rights activists, mucisians and student organizers. Keith was interviewed by many of Nigeria's largest TV and radio stations and publications and cooked and shared food with the hungry. His work in Africa was aired on SBS TV's program Dateline in Australia and re-broadcast on Link TV.


After inviting Mr. McHenry to speak on your campus make sure he is interviewed on your campus station and news paper. Your community will find Keith's message hopeful, motivating and full of useful information sure to be an inspiration to everyone. To schedule your presentation call us at 575-770-3377 or our email them at to make arrangements. You can call us toll free at 1-800-884-1136. We will give a free presentation for any Food Not Bombs group. Please contact us for more details.

You can print out our check list to help you make sure you get the most from the presentation. You can use this template to make the flyer announcing the presentation. Print out this flyer about the co-founder of Food Not Bombs and efforts to defend the movements right to share vegan meals with the hungry.

Santa Fe Radio Cafe - with host Mary-Charlotte, Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Keith McHenry - Animal Rights Conference 2009 in Los Angeles

See the February 27, 2009 presentation at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois

Keith has been interviewed on radio, TV and for many newspapers, and magazines. Please arrange interviews with your local media to promote the presentation.


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Keith in Nigeria at oil fields

Food Not Bombs cofounder Keith McHenry talks about why they will not let authorities interfere with distribution of food in Florida DEMOCRACY NOW! on the arrests of Keith McHenry and other volunteers in Orlando Florida
The Food Not Bombs presentation at Oberlin College Jan Edwards interview with Keith McHenry
The 15 minute dvd of Food for Bombs in Africa shown at each presentation Taos Currents program on Food Not Bombs with host Mike Tilley
Keith speaks in Seattle Washington on December 29, 2009 (Video of Presentation) Keith speaks about the cyber protesters Anonymous and their call to end the arrests in Orlando

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