Peacestock 2017: The Cost of War, began early in the morning at Hobgoblin Farm, Red Wing, Minnesota, on Saturday July 15, 2017. Sponsored by Veterans For Peace, Chapter 115, Red Wing, and Chapter 27, Minneapolis-St. Paul. Principal organizer Bill Habedank presided. The bell ringing tradition, 11 times, for the Armistice in 1918 that began on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11 month.
The Veterans for Peace ring bells 11 times to commemorate the Armistice in 2017 ending the Great War. Bells around the world were rung 11 times to honor the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when the fighting stopped.
Bruce Gagnon is the Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He was a co-founder of the Global Network when it was created in 1992. Between 1983–1998 he was the State Coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice and has worked on space issues for 43 years. In 1987 he organized the largest peace protest in Florida history when over 5,000 people marched on Cape Canaveral in opposition to the first flight test of the Trident II nuclear missile. Bruce was the organizer of the Cancel Cassini Campaign (launched 72 pounds of plutonium into space in 1997) that drew enormous support and media coverage around the world and was featured on the TV program 60 Minutes.
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.
The Hole in the Ground: A Parable for Peacemakers is a compelling account of the drain of the arms race on human and material resources and the complicity of corporations and the American community in supporting the death trade. In the face of despair, Daniel Berrigan asks us to choose life, to choose for our future and the future of the world’s children.
Riley Gullota was the winner of the 2017 peace essay contest. He read his work during the afternoon session.