Keith's RESUME
Keith's Biography
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Artist, Graphic Designer and Organizer
Keith McHenry was born in Frankfurt, West Germany in 1957 while his father was stationed there in the army. His paternal great great grandfather was Dr. James McHenry, who signed the United States Constitution and served as a general in the Revolutionary War and as Secretary of War under George Washington he started the U.S. military. His paternal grand father was ranger with the National Park Service. Keith's paternal grandmother Bona Mae (Ford) McHenry picked cotton as a child in the New Mexico Territory. Two of her uncles, Bob and Charlie Ford joined Jesse Jame's gang in 1882 and killed the famous train robber for a $10,000 reward. Her uncles were the subject of several popular folk songs. His maternal grand father was a lawyer in the Massachusetts State Attorney General's Office and as an OSS officer was responsible for creating the flight plans for the B- 29s that dropped the atomic bombs on Japan. Keith's great great grandfather Charles Vanderpool invented the dynamo and co-founded the General Electric Company. Keith's mother Martha got her degree from Wellesley College, raised her family and ran their farm on Cape Cod.

Keith moved with his family to Logan, Utah in 1958 where his father worked for Morton-Thiokol while he studied to get a Masters in Zoology at Utah State. After leaving Utah, Keith's father joined the National Park Service. Keith lived in the National Parks at Yosemite (CA), Yorktown (VA), Grand Canyon (AZ), Big Bend (TX), Shenandoah (VA), and the Everglades (FL).

In 1974, Keith began studying painting at Boston University and worked afternoons,weekends, and summers as a tour guide and museum curator at Old South Meeting House where the Boston Tea Party began. After college, Keith worked three years for the National Park Service and traveled across the United States working as an artist.

In 1979, he started an advertising firm in Boston. His company, Brushfire Graphics designed calendars, ads, and brochures for the Boston Celtics, the Boston Red Sox, the Environmental Protection Agency, and a multitude of small businesses and associations. He won the Clio Award for print media. His artwork was the subject of an Off Broadway play produced by Theater Works in Boston and a film that opened at the Toronto Film Festival.

In 1980, Keith and seven friends created the all volunteer group, Food Not Bombs which now feeds the hungry in hundreds of communities in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. He also co-authored the book Food Not Bombs: How to Feed the Hungry and Build Community which has sold more than 10,000 copies in four languages. Keith has organized and spoke on four book tours of the United States and Canada, three tours of Europe and the Middle east and two tours in Mexico and Africa. His tours visited universities, book stores and community centers where he has done cooking demonstrations, given speeches and lectures. He has been interviewed by the media in countries all over the world. He also arranged the details for other tours including the visit of France's former First Lady Danielle Mitterand to the United States.

His work with Food Not Bombs also appeared in Amnesty International's Human Rights Report in 1995, Interviews With Icons by Lias Law and in Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. There is a chapter about him 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 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. Keith designed a poster that can be seen several times in the movie Stranger Than Fiction. For the entire list of books visit the Food Not Bombs books webpage.

He was the recipiant the 1999 Local Hero Award by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Keith was also a pioneer in the Low powered FM radio movement and a co-founder of San Francisco Liberation Radio San Francisco Liberation Radio. He has been maintaining the Food Not Bombs web site since 1994 and he still revise it's publications.

He was the recipient the 1999 Local Hero Award by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Resister of the Year in 1995 and the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness gave him the Advocate of the Year Award in 2006. Keith was also a pioneer in the Low powered FM radio movement and a co-founder of San Francisco Liberation Radio. He is a co-founder of the October 22nd No Police Brutality Day protests and he helped start Indymedia and the Homes Not Jails squatters' movement in the United States. In 1997 Keith helped organize and participated in the UnFree Trade Tour of North America where the idea to shut down the World Trade Organization in Seattle was first proposed. He has been maintaining the Food Not Bombs web site since 1994 and he still updates many of the movement's publications.

In 2004 Keith helped organized and participate on a book tour visiting over 100 cities in the United State, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East. Keith arranged the publicity, travel, fundraising and logistics of the tours, visiting Food Not Bombs groups and speaking to audiences at Universities, cafes, book stores, and community centers. He collected research materials and wrote a diary on the Food Not Bombs movement. Keith has been touring the world helping start Food Not Bombs groups and supporting existing chapters. He is also writing a book about the movement and his travels will be part of a documentary filmed and produced by Australian journalist Liz Tadic. Liz featured Keith's work in Nigeria on SBS-TV's Dateline. In 2005 Keith was busy coordinating busloads of food and kitchen equipment to the areas devastated by Katrina. Also in 2005 NBC-TV reported that the Pentagon classified a 2004 protest Keith helped organize against torture as an on-going, creditable terrorist threat. According to internal government documents the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force has been investigating and disrupting Food Not Bombs groups in Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas, North Carolina and many other states. Keith's name was in a New York Times article where they published a U.S. State Department list of the 100 people who were not free to travel outside the country to attend protests. Even so he still travels often and has visited Food Not Bombs groups all over Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. The last time Keith flew into the United States he was met at the door of the plane by two Homeland Security officers who searched his bags and wallet while questioning him about his work with Food Not Bombs and the peace movement. One of the officers typed in information from the contents of his wallet into a Homeland Security computer. There have been several reports that Food Not Bombs is listed on the FBI's "Terrorist Watch List"

He is currently focusing his attention on building the Food Not Bombs movement, resisting domestic surveillance and political repression in the United States while working on his organic garden. He also volunteers at theTaos Peace House and Infoshop. He enjoys swimming, riding his mountain bike, hiking, camping and cross country skiing. His main passion is painting, drawing, graphic design and illustration. He has been showing his art in galleries. Keith is also writing another book. Keith is attending Prescott College majoring in art and social justice. His is studing nonviolent social change, social movements, democracy, globalization, painting and drawing. Keith also speaks at colleges and conferences. You can see his schedule at THE FOOD NOT BOMBS PRESENTATION Website You can see his art and learn more about Keith on the website below. paintings.html

Keith McHenry
P.O. Box 424
Arroyo Seco, NM 87514

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