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Twin Cities Nonviolent Engages the Community for Action Week

Posted by Erin Bechtol

by Fay Connors  // Part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions 

From September 21-30, 2018, 100’s of individuals/organizations came together to provide over 70 events to educate, engage and send a message that a nonviolent Twin Cities is our future.  We are still collecting photos of these different events and will continue to publish them on our website,  This also includes the total list of events.

Here is a small taste of what occurred:

The Gathering of Nations for Peace and Unity at Bde Maka Ska began with messages of piece from eight religious leaders, that was simultaneously broadcast over KFAI radio.  This was followed by a peace circle conducted by Ojibway Healer and Elder, Linda Lucero and her nieces.  This was followed by the Aztec Dance Group and a performance by the Heart & Soul Drum Academy.

Terrestrial solidarity: an introspective exhibit by international photographer, Lorna Rockey, reflecting her humanitarian work over four decades, which has been on tour, locally and globally was on loan at Copeland Arts & Training Center for the duration of “10 Days Free From Violence.”

During our closing ceremony, “The Ripple Effect”, Fr Harry Bury was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, in appreciation for his leadership, guidance and tenacious efforts for World Peace, literally putting his life on the line in many countries around the globe.

The First Universalist Church brought Paul K Chappell for a week of presentations, workshops and forums to Wage Peace.

Artists Voices for Nonviolence was an evening of Spoken Word Poetry Slam, Storytelling, Music and Art by local artists:  Abdul Hafeez Nakumbe, Cynthia Zapata, Kara Vang and Ashley Steele.

All of the events mentioned were free and open to the public as were over 90% of our events, because of the generosity of venue spaces, food vendors, sponsors and donors.

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