Activist, Chalker, Blogger talking about the surveillance state in Minnesota. In September 2011, Melissa Hill was the first person arrested in connection with Occupy MN protests. Following a lawsuit claiming she was wrongfully trespassed from public property, she received a $15,000 settlement for her trouble. Hill now has a blog, “Track the Police,” devoted to using public Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR) data to keep tabs on the movements of law enforcement vehicles.
Chante Wolf served in the U.S. Air Force from 1980 – 1992 where she was trained as an Air Traffic Controller, then cross-trained into Top Secret Telecommunications and Cryptographic (COMSEC), Computer Security. Additionally she worked on the Honor Guard and the Base Exercise Evaluation Teams. During her 12 years in the service Chante was stationed at Keesler AFB, MS; McCord Air Force Base, WA; Zaragoza Air Base, Spain; Eskasher, Turkey; Williams Air Force Base, AZ; and King Fhad International Airport, Saudi Arabia for her deployment to the Persian Gulf War from January 10th to March 15th 1991. Chante currently lives in Minneapolis, MN where she is an internationally published and award winning photographer, an active member of Veterans For Peace, a volunteer at Freedom Farm Therapeutic Horse Riding (a program for women veterans), a facilitator with the Combat Paper Project, and a writer with the Warrior Writers and War Veterans Book Workshop.
Thomas R. Smith has had hundreds of poems published on three continents. In the United States, his poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. His poems were included in Editor’s Choice II (The Spirit That Moves Us Press), a selection of the best of the American small press, and in The Best American Poetry 1999 (Scribner). His work has reached wide national audiences on Garrison Keillor’s public radio showWriter’s Almanac and former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s syndicated newspaper column, American Life in Poetry.
In an Irish pub in Minneapolis frequented by a Canadian and a Pennsylvanian, what began as a way to wind down and enjoy a few pints after rehearsals with their rock band became the focal point of their musical lives—the band that would take over the Twin Cities Irish music scene, expand to regional and even national recognition and would play to thousands and thousands of “fhans”. After a few pints and a few jam sessions in the pubs belting out whiskey-soaked renditions of traditional Irish laments, WCB was formed.
Ben Wizner, Edward Snowden’s attorney discussed details of the Snowden case in his presentation at Peacestock, 2014. In this excerpt of his total presentation, he reminded the audience that Snowden published nothing, his material was turned over to legitimate journalistic organizations including the Guardian and the Washington Post who then decided what to publish and now his work is essentially done.