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I'll Be Speaking at May Day Books in Minneapolis on July 13th

Join me there, leading up to the big event of Peacestock the next day.

Friday, July 13, 2012
7 pm at Mayday Books
301 Cedar Ave. South on the West Bank in Minneapolis

progressive, non-profit, volunteer-run bookstore, not making a profit since 1975

In the basement of THE HUB, enter on side of building. Public parking ramp behind the building.
For info, call 612-333-4719 or go to

Event is posted here:

Chicago on May 19th David Swanson Speaking Against War and in Favor of the Next Day's Protest of NATO

Illinois Coalition for Justice Peace and the Environment:

As we prepare for our presence at the NATO Summit, Voices for Creative Nonviolence is happy to welcome author David Swanson. His highly informed perspective continues to shed light on the important issues that lead us to action.

He will speak and lead a discussion on the topic of "Lifting the Shadow of War."

Admission is free.

Date: 2012-05-19

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ
CHICAGO, IL, 60657-5305

Also Swanson will sign his books which include:
Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union (2009)
War Is A Lie (2010)
When the World Outlawed War (2011)
The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2012)

Swanson helped plan the nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington DC in 2011. In December 2011, The Hook newspaper in Charlottesville, Va., named him a runner-up Person of the Year. Swanson holds a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including press secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign, media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

He blogs at and and works for the online activist organization

"David Swanson is a truth-teller and witness-bearer whose voice and action warrant our attention." —Cornel West, author.

"The world needs more true advocates of democracy like David Swanson!" —Thom Hartmann, radio host.

"David Swanson will be remembered and well recognized as the citizen who held up a lamp in the darkness and cried, as did good Tom Paine: 'We have it in our power to begin the world over again.'" —John Nichols, columnist, The Nation.

"David Swanson predicates his belief that nonviolence can change the world on careful research and historical analysis." —Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

"David Swanson’s War Is A Lie may be the most comprehensive antiwar statement available in the English language." —Kevin Young, Znet.

"Our times cry out for a smart, witty and courageous Populist who hasn’t forgotten how to play offense. Luckily we have David Swanson." —Mike Ferner, President of Veterans For Peace.

"David Swanson, who has been a one-man wonder leading the charge for accountability, writes a compelling narrative that inspires not just outrage, but ACTION." —Medea Benjamin, Code Pink and Global Exchange.

“David Swanson despises war and lying, and unmasks them both with rare intelligence. I learn something new on every page.” —Jeff Cohen, founder of FAIR.
"David Swanson's book is a masterful exposure of the emergence of a monarch-like president coupled with an effete, irresponsible, and constitutionally ignorant Congress." —Bruce Fein, former Associate Deputy Attorney General.

“David Swanson has written a fascinating account of how peace once became the law of the land. It is particularly pertinent in the era of the Endless War, by giving encouragement and suggestions of a path forward to those who want to give peace a chance.” —Liz Holtzman, former member of the U.S. Congress.

"Swanson's book is far more uplifting and inspiring than virtually any other book in its genre, as it devotes itself to laying out a detailed plan for how American citizens — through the activism to which he has devoted himself — can bring about a rejuvenation of our political values." —Glenn Greenwald,

“David Swanson is an antidote to the toxins of complacency and evasion. He insists on rousing the sleepwalkers, confronting the deadly prevaricators and shining a bright light on possibilities for a truly better world.” —Norman Solomon, author of War Made Easy.

Date: Sat, May 19th, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ
CHICAGO, IL, 60657-5305

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Killing Is Not a Way of Life (2014)

War No More: The Case for Abolition (2013) -- with a foreword by Kathy Kelly.