Peacestock, formerly known as “Pigstock”, is a mixture of music, speakers and community for peace in idylic locations near the Mississippi, just one hour’s drive from the Twin Cities of Minnesota. On Saturday, July 11th, 2015, the 13th Annual Peacestock: A Gathering for Peace was held at Hobgoblin Barn just west of Red Wing on Highway 19, 3/4 mile off Highway 61 toward Cannon Falls, MN, with camping details T.B.A. Peacestock is sponsored by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 115, in Red Wing and Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27, in Minneapolis, and has a peace-themed agenda.
Wizner 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.
Publisher of Nygaard Notes, an independent newsletter written and published by Jeff Nygaard. Nygaard Notes is concerned with a broad range of issues and ideas, using humor and plain language to reach out to anyone who believes in the values of solidarity, justice, compassion, and democracy. Nygaard Notes is intended to educate, inform, and entertain readers. Nygaard Notes is also intended to challenge its readers, inspiring them to move away from passive ways of thinking and toward more active, creative ways of thinking that lead to positive action.
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.