PRESS RELEASE: Kenneth O'Keefe arrives for Oregon Speaking Tour
Ken is a person who was on board when the Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla happened, Ken O'Keefe is also a writer, ex-soldier in Iraq in 1991 / turned peace activist, (US passport burner), turtle advocate and marine conservationist, journalist, speaker, human rights activist, Free Gaza advocate who has been to Gaza (and much much more). Ken also gave up his US citizenship and now live in Ireland, he is now coming to Oregon to speak and share.
He will be in Portland on Wed Sept 29th at PSU at 8:00 PM
At 8 PM on September 19, 2010, former Marine and contributing author of Midnight on the Mavi Marmara: The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How It Changed the Course of the Israel/Palestine Conflict, arrives at Portland International Airport to begin a two-week speaking tour through North West America.
O'Keefe who served in the 1991 Gulf War and then began speaking out about such "crimes against humanity" as the use of depleted uranium and the US military using soldiers as "human guinea pigs" with experimental drugs that were directly linked to Gulf War syndrome.
Ken is also a social entrepreneur utilizing direct action marine conservation, but is most well known for leading the human shield action to Iraq and as a survivor of Israel's attack on the MV Mavi Marmara as it navigated in international waters on Memorial Day morning 2010. Ken participated in "defending the ship" and disarmed two Israeli Commandos.
On January 7, 2004, O'Keefe burned his US passport in protest of "American Imperialism" and called for US troops to immediately withdrawal from Iraq.
Ken is now a legal citizen of Ireland and Palestine and explains that as a "Citizen of the World my ultimate allegiance is to my entire human family and to planet Earth."
Week One of Ken O'Keefe's Tour:
MON. Sept 20 @ 7 pm, Harris Hall, 8th & Oak, Eugene, OR.
TUES. Sept. 21 @ 3PM Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St. EUGENE, OR.
WED. Sept. 22 @ 7PM Corvallis Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd Street, CORVALLIS, OR.
WED. Sept. 29 @ 6PM Portland at PSU, PORTLAND, OR.
FRI. Sept. 24 @ 6PM 777 NW Beach Dr., 2nd Floor, Nye Beach/NEWPORT, OR.
For more information regarding Ken's tour contact:
Salem-News.com newsroom < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Or Eileen Fleming through http://wearewideawake.org/
Related links to see more of Kens work for peace and justice:
See (below) Wikipedia link on Ken:
Kenneth Nichols O'Keefe (born Kenneth Roy Nichols July 21, 1969) is a naturalised Irish, Palestinian and Hawaiian citizen and activist, he is also an ex-U.S. Marine who served in the 1991 Gulf War and subsequently spoke out about the use of depleted uranium as a "crime against humanity" and the US military using soldiers as "human guinea pigs" with experimental drugs that were directly linked to Gulf War syndrome.  He is an American born citizen who renounced his US citizenship on March 1, 2001. He is also a social entrepreneur utilizing direct action marine conservation, but he is more widely known for leading the human shield action to Iraq and as a survivor of the Israeli attack on the MV Mavi Marmara in which he participated in "defending the ship" and "disarming two Israeli Commandos".
On January 7, 2004, O'Keefe burned his US passport in protest of "American Imperialism" and called for US troops to immediately withdrawal from Iraq. He replaced his US passport with a "World Passport", subsequently proclaiming himself a "Citizen of the World" with "ultimate allegiance to my entire human family and to planet Earth." 
A youtube search link is here:
The Human Sheild
(2003 Quote by Ken)
"I question things, and I do not believe Bush simply because he says something. And I don't believe MSNBC, CNN, BBC, or any of the rest of them simply because they say it. The fact is that-why did we not have any fighter jets around the Pentagon after two jets had slammed into the WTC, a third jet was heading at full speed towards the Pentagon on FAA radar, and yet we had no fighter jets around the Pentagon. George Bush should be impeached for criminal negligence at best." - 2003 - MSNBC Interview Ken O'Keefe - Mike Barnacle
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