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News Co-Founder of Food Not Bombs Speaks at Marlboro College on November 14th

Marlboro, VT—Internationally acclaimed activist Keith McHenry, co-founder of Food Not Bombs, discusses the organization and his own history as an activist and protégé of Howard Zinn on Wednesday, November 14th, at 7:00 p.m., in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College in Marlboro. 

In “The Story of Food Not Bombs,” McHenry presents the history and growth of the organization, and its principles and current global significance. He will also discuss his own extensive work as an activist starting in the early 70’s.

Started in Boston in 1980, Food Not Bombs currently has an estimated 1,000 chapters in the United States and abroad. Each chapter salvages food that would otherwise be thrown out, and makes free vegetarian meals that are served in public spaces. Food Not Bombs advocates for an end to war, poverty and hunger, and works with other organizations such as Earth First!, Homes Not Jails and In Defense of Animals for global and social change.

Since starting a second Food Not Bombs chapter in San Francisco in the late ‘80’s McHenry has been arrested over 100 times and spent over 500 nights in jail for serving free food in city parks. Amnesty International and the United Nations Human Rights Commission worked to release McHenry in 1995, as he faced 25 years to life after being framed under the California 3 Strikes law. McHenry has also co-authored a book, Food Not Bombs: How to Feed the Hungry and Build Community, and was awarded the Advocate of the Year Award in 2006 by the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness.

This event is free and open to the public. For more details, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations Department at (802) 258-9259, pr@marlboro.edu.

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