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”.
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.
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.
Cynthia McKinney, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, Ray McGovern and more.
As a senior CIA analyst, Ray McGovern was in charge of preparing daily security briefs for President Reagan and later for President George H.W. Bush. Since retiring, he has became a vocal peace advocate.