Dear Amnesty International Chapters,
Our local Amnesty International chapter is looking forward to hosting Keith McHenry as the featured speaker at our October Open House/Fundraiser. Upon reading his website and speaking with Keith by phone, we found his story very compelling and believe that his presentation will attract the attention of the public and Amnesty supporters and assist us in our fundraising efforts, as well as our efforts to build our local chapter.
We understand that in the mid 1990's Amnesty International publicized the treatment of Keith and other Food Not Bombs volunteers. Amnesty expressed concerns about their many arrests for violating laws that restricted distributing food in public, ill-treatment and harassment by police, and questioned whether they had been targeted on account of their beliefs.
KeithÕs case seems to illustrate the point that sometimes a global organization, such as Amnesty International, is in the best position to exert pressure on local governments to respect human rights. Keith believes that the efforts of the London office of Amnesty, who declared him a prisoner of conscience, were critical in securing his release.
We believe others will be interested in hearing his story and encourage you to consult his website which has extensive information about him and his work.

Nell Burrus
Amnesty International Chapter (AI 101)


Amnesty International Website

Amnesty International letter calling Food Not Bombs volunteers Prisoners of Conscience Kate Byrd interviews Keith on KRZA
Keith's local chapter Taos Food Not Bombs Taos Currents program on Food Not Bombs with host Mike Tilley
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