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 arrested for trespassing on what was 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.


From the Peacestock website:

MELISSA HILL is a Minneapolis peace activist and critic of the surveillance state. Over the past three years, she helped lead local organizing efforts in the Twin Cities area for WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Besides her efforts for peace and anti-war causes, she started the blog “Track the Police”, encouraging the use of public record laws to track the movements of the police themselves. Her blog was recently featured on Al Jazeera America.
She also has the rare distinction of being represented by the ACLU twice, in two different states, in cases involving violations of her First Amendment rights. In one case, as an independent journalist with Twin Cities Indymedia, she had her footage stolen and video camera broken during the 2009 Pittsburgh G-20. In the other case, Melissa was detained, searched, and trespassed for chalking “Don’t Enlist, Resist” on a public sidewalk outside a federal building. Fortunately, this case resulted in a settlement asserting the right to chalk outside of federal properties in Minneapolis. Thus, she encourages everyone to pick up a piece of chalk and assert that right!
Besides activism, she also enjoys biking, travel, photography, and caring for a crew of cats. You can find her on Twitter (@smilyus) and YouTube.

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About Peacestock

Peacestock, formerly known as “Pigstock”, is a mixture of music,speakers, and community for peace in two idylic locations near the Mississippi, just one hour’s drive from the Twin Cities of Minnesota.
On July 11th, 2015, the 13th Annual Peacestock: A Gathering for Peace will take place at Hobgoblin Barn just west of Red Wing on Highway 19, 3/4 mile off Highway 61 toward Cannon Falls, MN, with camping at Windbeam Farm in Hager City, WI.
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. More information


By Published On: August 24th, 20142 Comments


  1. Rise Up Times August 26, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    on public sidewalks

  2. robin hensel August 24, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Do i have the right to chalk in little falls mn since there is an ordinance prohibiting chalking? 320-360-3931

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