About Peacestock

On July 12th, 2014, the 12th annual Peacestock: A Gathering for Peace will take place at Red Wing’s Colvill Park Courtyard with camping at Windbeam Farm in Hager City WI.

Featured speaker: Ben Wizner, ACLU lawyer and legal council to Edward Snowdon

ben_wizner_webBEN WIZNER (@BenWizner) is director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, which is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology. He has litigated numerous cases involving post-9/11 civil liberties abuses, including challenges to airport security policies, government watchlists, extraordinary rendition, and torture. He has appeared regularly in the media, testified before Congress, and traveled several times to Guantánamo Bay to monitor military commission proceedings. Ben is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law and was a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

About Peacestock

Peacestock, formerly known as “Pigstock”, is a mixture of music, speakers, and community for peace in two idylic locations near the Mississippi, just one hour’s drive from the Twin Cities of Minnesota.

Peacestock is sponsored by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 115 and has a peace-themed agenda.

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Remembering Peacestock (and Pigstock!)

  • Peacestock 2013 video: William Blum
    Mr. Blum is perhaps the foremost documentarian of U.S. foreign policy ‘mishaps’ in the world. Leaving the State Department in 1967 over his opposition to the Vietnam war, Blum commenced researching and writing a series of ongoing critiques of America’s interventions throughout the world since WWII. In 1999, Mr. Blum was one of the recipients of Project Censored’s Exemplary Journalism awards. In 2006, sales of Blum’s book Rogue State skyrocketed following Osama Bin Laden’s recommendation that Americans read the book to understand why the U.S. is so hated in the Middle East. Currently, Blum publishes a monthly newsletter, Anti-Empire Report, providing current analyses of ongoing American misadventures overseas.
  • Peacestock 2013 video: Kathy Kelly
    Kathy Kelly is a tireless peace activist, pacifist, author and founder of Voices in the Wilderness but now a co-leader and co-founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She lives in Chicago. IL when she is not speaking all over the world and residing in Afghanistan or Iraq helping promote peace and justice. Kelly was in Bagdad when the 2003 Iraq War started and she experienced the “Shock and Awe” with her Iraqi friends. When Voices in the Wilderness became a target of relentless U.S. judicial action it was dissolved and that is when Kelly’s present organization was formed, Voices for Creative Nonviolence.
  • Peacestock 2013 video: Misty Rowan
    Misty Rowan appeared at Peacestock 2013, sponsored by Veterans for Peace, July 13, 2013, Hagar City, WI. Misty is a poet and an activist who believes that art and activism are basically the same thing. She is a member of the Anti War Committee(.org), working to build a strong anti-war movement in the Twin Cities. Misty just won the VERVE grant for spoken word poetry in 2012.
  • Peacestock 2013 video: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer
    Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is Associate Professor of Justice and Peace Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Jack is a graduate of St. Olaf College where he majored in Political Science. He did his theological training at Union Theological Seminary in New York City where he received a Master of Divinity degree. Jack is an activist academic whose life and work are focused on addressing the political, economic, faith, and foreign policy dimensions of hunger and poverty. Jack is one of the founders of the Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project (mnasap.org) a grassroots initiative to build a state-wide movement to shift federal spending priorities from militarization and war to meeting essential needs.
  • Peacestock 2012 Summary
    The Red Wing area VFP chapter held its 10th annual Peacestock (formerly Pigstock) retreat on July 14, 2012 at Paul and Trudy Schaefer’s Windbeam farm in Hager City, Wisconsin. The 2012 theme was Religion and War/Peace and featured Father Roy Bourgeois as key note speaker. Plenty of time was also allotted for the (normally shy?) audience to speak their minds.
  • Peacestock 2012 video: David Swanson
    David Swanson is author of Daybreak; Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union (2009); War is a Lie (2010); When the World Outlawed War (2010); The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2012). Daniel Ellsberg, a speaker at Peacestock 2011, calls David “a very valuable American and human being”.
  • Peacestock 2012 video: Rev. Duane Kamrath
    Rev. Duane Kamrath is the author of Wisdom about War and Violence.
  • Peacestock 2012 video: Josh Ruebner
    Josh Ruebner is the National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national coalition of more than 380 organizations working to end U.S. support for Israel’s illegal 44-year military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, and to change U.S. policy toward Israel/ Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality.

  • Peacestock 2012 video: Sami Rasouli
    On July 14th, 2012, the 10th Annual Peacestock: A Gathering for Peace took place at Windbeam Farm in Hager City WI. Peacestock (formerly "Pigstock") is a mixture of music, speakers, and community for peace in an idylic location near the Mississippi. Peacestock is sponsored by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 115 and has a peace-themed agenda.Sami Rasouli, American-Iraqi, formerly from Minneapolis, MN, founder of The Muslim Peacemaker Team, spoke on conditions in Iraq today.
  • Peacestock 2012 video: Fr. Roy Bourgeois

In 1990, Roy founded the School of Americas Watch, an office that does research on the US Army School of the Americas (SOA), now renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation or WHINSEC, at Fort Benning, Georgia. Each year the school trains hundreds of soldiers from Latin America in combat skills – all paid for by U.S. taxpayers.