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.
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”.
Rev. Duane Kamrath is the author of Wisdom about War and Violence.
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.
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.
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.
“I joined the U.S. Navy in 1980 and served on active duty for the next 20 years relatively ignorant of the vastness of the U.S. military machine and its deep-seated entrenchment with our government and economy. I had little understanding of the “military-industrial complex’ that President Eisenhower warned us about 50 years ago, and I certainly didn’t know what Major General Smedley Butler meant when he said that “War is a racket.”
Former Congresswoman and 2008 Green Party Presidential Nominee Cynthia McKinney spoke at the Hager City, Wis., farm gathering of Peacestock 2011, an annual celebration of peace and music. McKinney has an international reputation for her peace efforts including receiving The Munich American Peace Committee Peace Prize in 2010.