We will having a special guest, speaker, at this meeting, Ken O’Keefe, an amazing activist, see his website- http://worldcitizen.solutions/.
Kenneth O’Keefe is an activist and former United States Marine and Gulf War veteran who attempted to renounce his United States citizenship in 2001. He led the human shield action to Iraq and was a passenger on the MV Mavi Marmara during the Gaza flotilla raid.
O’Keefe created a marine conservation social enterprise ‘to protect and defend the marine environment’ in Hawaii in 1996.This enterprise conducted ghost net recoveries and rescues of endangered Green Sea Turtle wrapped in monofilament fishing line. O’Keefe became a pioneer in sea turtle rescues in Hawaii and led a campaign to create a marine sanctuary (Pupukea MLCD) on the North Shore of Oahu.
In 1998 he joined an anti-whaling campaign in which he was bloodied when attempting to retrieve a boat belonging to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, of which he was a crew member. At this time he was being mentored by Paul Watson. Eventually he served as the regional director for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, in Hawaii.
Most recently, he has been involved with a new campaign for World Citizen Solutions and is on tour, speaking out, encouraging people to discover their power, and work together to create a better future.
Our third Thursday meeting. All are welcome. The room is part of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalist complex that has held many outstanding social justice forums. Entrance is on Bonita, go through the gate and up the stairs. It is not wheelchair accessible.
There are many buses (the 25 runs on MLKJr.) and on Shattuck. Get off near Cedar (Bonita runs parallel to Shattuck and MLKJr.) It is between the North Berkeley and Downtown Berkeley BART Stations- about a 12 to 15 minute flat easy walk from those stations.