Peacestock is a mixture of music, speakers, and community for peace in an idylic location near the Mississippi, just one hour’s drive from the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Peacestock is sponsored by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 115 and has a peace-themed agenda.
David Swanson graduated from the University of Virginia in 1997 with a Masters Degree in Philosophy. In 2000 he became the communications coordinator for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) until 2004 where he became the press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s presidential campaign. After that he became a media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association.
His activism switched into high gear in 2005 when he made the Downing Street memo known in the United States which led to its discussion in Congress. This later led David to co-create the After Downing Street website which was named the Most Valuable Progressive website by The Nation Magazine’s, John Nichols in 2005, 2006 and 2007. This website is presently is known as WarIsACrime.org.
David helped lead the effort to impeach President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney and he wrote the introduction of Representative Dennis Kucinich’s The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush.
David at the White House, October 2009
Because of David’s outstanding knowledge and skill at communications, he is able to tell it like it is and stirs people into action and he does this in various ways. He hosts the Talk Nation Radio show. He blogs at his websites: davidswanson.org and warisacrime.org.
David has also found time to write excellent books. He has written 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.”
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