Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace (BACP) is hosting the Brainerd Peace Fair. The Fair will be held on Saturday, June 18, at Lum Park's Pavilion #2. Lum Park is located at 1619 NE Washington Street, Brainerd, off Highway 210.
The Fair is scheduled to last from 11 a.m. to at least 5 p.m. Attendees can attend part or all of the event.
The Brainerd Peace Fair is the Fifth Annual Central Minnesota Peace Fair. Previous Peace Fairs took place in Little Falls (2012), Brainerd (2013 and 2015), and Grand Rapids (2014). The Fair gives peace activists from many Minnesota communities an opportunity to meet each other, discuss peace activism in their communities, and plan future peace actions.
The Peace Fair begins with an informal assembly at 11 a.m., followed by a peace walk and vigil. Peace walk and vigil participants will march from Lum Park's Pavilion #2 to the entrance of Lum Park. Rides are available for individuals in need of assistance. A potluck lunch follows the peace walk and vigil. Food and beverages provided. Attendees are welcome to bring food and beverages to share.
The Fair features speakers, music, and open mic times. This year's featured speakers are retired U.S. Army Major Todd Pierce and Central Lakes College (CLC) sociology professor Gary Payne.
Todd Pierce is a former defense attorney at Guantanamo Bay prison. He is an outspoken opponent of indefinite detention, kidnapping, torture, military commissions, drone assassinations, and aggressive wars. A Veterans for Peace member, Todd Pierce is a strong advocate of peace and civil liberties.
Gary Payne is a BACP member and longtime peace, social justice, and environmental activist. He plans to give a presentation on the history of U.S. imperialism and war, particularly in Latin America.
Additional featured speakers may be added to the program.
Musicians performing at the Brainerd Peace Fair include Kristen Blann and Bob Gatts and Hans Blix and the Weapons Inspectors. More musicians are welcome to perform.
There will be open mic sessions giving individuals and groups a chance to express their views and talk about their work on peace, civil liberties, civil rights, economic justice, and environmental issues.
Artists are welcome to bring artwork promoting peace and justice. Artists will have an opportunity to discuss their artwork. There may be games and activities, such as letter writing or petition signing.
The Fair concludes with a ceremony remembering people hurt and killed by war and reflecting on the harm war causes societies and the environment.
The Brainerd Peace Fair is a free event open to the public. Please join us.
Vigil at Bank Square, downtown Little Falls, intersection of Hwy 27 (Broadway Ave.) and First Street (where we met all years past) at 1 pm-2 pm.
Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace (BACP) held a vigil against police brutality in solidarity with national protests against police brutality, including a major demonstration in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, December 13.
The vigil demanded an end to police brutality and racial profiling and that police officers who commit police brutality be held legally accountable. The vigil opposed the militarization of the police force and protested disparities in justice based on class, race, and ethnicity.
The vigil also supported strong reforms to the criminal justice system against police brutality, racial profiling, harsh prison sentences for non-violent offenses, solitary confinement, and institutional bias in the justice system based on class, race, and ethnicity. The vigil supported justice for police brutality victims.
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