Peter Kerre has been deeply involved in humanitarian, advocacy and rights campaigns over the last decade in the USA. He is a human rights ( as well as political rights) campaigner for not only causes both in the diaspora ( US) and Africa, but for global causes in general. Majority of these were happening behind the scenes as he says, ” I prefer to move in silence”. He played significant contributions to causes such as the Darfur Peace rallies in Minneapolis and the Egyptian freedom rallies at The UN in New York. In the year 2011, some of the campaigns he was involved became too big to remain behind scenes and you can read about them below. Peter also travels giving lectures/talks on advocacy, rights, as well as use of Social Media in various campaigns such as Disaster Recovery e.t.c. To book Peter for a speaking engagement, feel free to e-mail pkerre (at) gmail.com
*2011 ‘ Spirit Of The Moran’ Award- African Awards, USA ( http://africanawards.com)
* 2011 ‘Peace Initiative’ Award- Jamhuri Awards
*2011-2012 University of Minnesota Institute For Advanced Study Affiliate
AFRICA HUMANITARIAN WORK
Back in Africa, he has been involved with the Hiphop4Africa initiative on a project called ‘Operation Chocolate Bars’ to try and help underprivileged youth from Kibera slums empower themselves socio-politically and economically via use of arts and entertainment. You can read more about this initiative on the Hiphop4Africa.Org website
Peter’s ‘behind the scenes’ humanitarian efforts would take a major change in 2011 as a couple of big initiatives he was involved in brought his humanitarian and activism work to the spotlight. In March he led fellow Kenyans in organizing a peaceful protest outside The United Nations to rally for justice for victims of the 2007-2008 post election violence in Kenya. This gained media attention worldwide but would be nothing compared to the relief efforts associated with the May 22nd Tornado disaster in Minneapolis.
He used social media to create plattforms that provided effective help to assist thousands and this received widespread attention, making him a local hero. Some major acheivments included a Super Saturday donation drive that raised 14,000 pounds of product in a mere 12 hours. He also brought Hiphop legend KRS One and artists Slum Village to Minneapolis to meet community and perform a benefit show.
Below are related video links and clips showing some of the great work he did
MEDIA COVERAGE ABOUT EAST AFRICA FAMINE
Standard Newspaper, Kenya http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/InsidePage.php?id=2000039828&catid=4&a=1
MEDIA COVERAGE ABOUT KENYA DIASPORA VOTE
Nation Newspaper, Kenya- US Kenyans Doubt if they will vote-http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/US+based+Kenyans+doubt+if+they+will+vote+/-/1064/1296748/-/vhtm70z/-/index.html
NationNewspaper,Kenya-Diaspora Kenyans want assurance they can vote-