Peace Storytelling Concert

Peace Storytelling Concert
3 p.m. September 15 at Normandale Community College
9700 France Avenue in Bloomington

A part of the Storytelling For Changing Times Festival by Story Arts of Minnesota

Storytellers and Stories in Order of Appearance

Richard Rousseau: Hawkalewie
Richard has been an actor, director, and playwright for 55 years, merging these talents as a storyteller 30 years ago. He regales audiences, locally and nationally, with carefully crafted tales based on personal and historical events. Richard is a co-founder of Northstar Storytelling League, a prececessor to Story Arts of Mn, and he is Mn liason to the National Storytelling Network.

Paula Reed Nancarrow: Small Town
Paula is a writer and performer of personal and historical narratives, as well as folktales and myths,
that reflect the texture and complexity, the blessings and betrayal, of family and community life. She strives to give her audience, reading or listening, an awareness of beauty in the moment, a vision of justice, and inspiration to act effectively and compassionately in the world.

Burt Berlowe: If I Can Dream: Turning Points in Turbulent Times
Burt is a journalist, oral historian, and author of 8 books, including the award-winning COMPASSIONATE REBEL series. He is featured in the new TURNING POINTS, published by the Loft Peace and Justice Writers, along with Changing Times Press. A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF SEWARD NEIGHBORHOOD includes his chapter on political and social activism.

Katherine J. Werner: Onions
Katherine’s first career was a traveling book publisher salesperson. These days she advocates for people who are homeless or just hungry. Fundraiser, day-tripper, dancer, pro-choice voter, and storyteller, Katherine lives in a pink steel house in St. Paul.

Elaine Wynne: It’s Your Choice
Elaine, storyteller/therapist, is currently a leader in the fight to make EMDR trauma therapy available to veterans. She has done storytelling and healing work, on many social justice issues, throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Long ago she learned that Margaret Sanger was one of her mother’s heroines, and she dedicates her story to this remarkable woman in U.S. history.

Larry Johnson: You’re Grounded for the Rest of Your Life
Larry served as a conscientious objector, medic with no weapon, during the War in Vietnam, a story in itself. He is national chair for the OGP (Old Gardening Party), keeping the world safe for children, gardening, and storytelling. His book, SIXTY-ONE, walks thru 61 stories, ratcheting down war and ramping up Veteran care.

10 Days are Fast Approaching

10 Days Free From Violence is fast approaching! If you haven’t had a chance, please review your event on our Overview and Calendar of Events at If you have any edits, please send them to Fay ASAP. We will be going to press very soon and want to have the hard copy booklets as accurate as possible.

Reminder: If you want to be included in the hard copy booklets, your registration form must be submitted on-line no later than August 15th. All events submitted after that day will be visible on our website but will not be included on the hard copy.

Please notice the Standing in Solidarity page. People all over the world are pledging solidarity with our efforts, including Dr. Makaziwe “Maki” Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s daughter from Johannesburg, South Africa and Scott Witte, contractor at the McMurdo Research Station in Antarctica! Woo hoo!! Please ask anyone that would like to be added to this page to submit their name, occupation (if they choose) and where they live on the comments page of

The next Collaborators meeting will be this Thursday. Please join us!

We are awed by all the events that are coming in… so many worthwhile educational, spiritual and communal opportunities to live nonviolently. Your work is impressive and hopeful for a nonviolent world. Thank you for all you do.

National Conference for Palestinian Human Rights

The National Conference for Palestinian Human Rights is taking place in Saint Paul on September 28-30.  Please consider registering for and attending the conference.

The conference will take place at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront (11 E Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55101). Program will start at 6:00pm on Friday, September 28 and end at 5:30pm on Sunday, September 30.

Regular registration is $175 per person and includes entrance to all conference events plus breakfast and lunch Saturday and Sunday. Discounted registration for $125 for a limited time so hurry and register today.

The program includes sessions such as Resilience Across Movements, Updates from Palestine, Intersectional Feminism and Gender Justice, Palestine in US Politics, and Global Struggles for Collective Liberation. Confirmed speakers include journalists Mariam Barghouti and Marc Lamont Hill, human rights lawyers Noura Erakat and Hassan Jabareen, and Indigenous rights activists Waziyatawin and Coya White Hat-Artichoker.

For more information visit the conference website. You can also RSVP on Facebook to get updates as soon as they are available. Volunteers are needed to assist with local arrangements including housing out of town attendees. If you are interested in helping out you can sign up.

Cannot make it? Please consider making a donation to help others attend.

Questions? Email or call 703-312-6360.

Liberation Cabaret

There will be a series of Liberation Cabaret presentations by the Peace and Social Justice Writer’s Group, beginning with an entertaining event at Boneshaker Books this Wednesday (9/25) at 6:30 p.m.

Also join us on 8/22, 9/26, and 10/24. The event on September 26 will be Boneshaker’s contribution to 10 Days Free From Violence.

Please come if you can and get the word out to others with our flyer.

Scholarship opportunities in UK

The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University currently has a number of scholarship opportunities available for our postgraduate online courses in Peace and Conflict Studies and Maritime Security for our September 2018 intake.

These scholarships have been made available through the generosity of The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust to support students wishing to pursue our courses in Peace and Conflict Studies or Maritime Security. They are designed for candidates from low-income countries and lower middle-income countries, which, ordinarily, are conflict-affected. Please see theWorld Bank’s country and lending page for a definitive list of countries.

In addition to the partial scholarships that are normally available, this year the Centre is able to offer a full fee scholarship to a civil society peacebuilder to recognise their work in the field and help formalise their practice. In order to underline our commitment to supporting practitioners working in peace and reconciliation, this application is open to those who have become leaders in rebuilding their society and bringing communities together during and after conflict, but have no previous experience of studying peace studies or a related field.

For more information on these scholarships, with an application deadline of 31 July 2018, please visit:

Or for further information please contact our Postgraduate Programmes Manager, Samima Hussain.

Mni Ki Wakan: Pre-Summit Fundraiser

July 25 6-9 PM
First Universalist Church
3400 Dupont Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55408

Hau Mitakuyapi, dear friends, relatives, supporters, allies, and organizations, you are cordially invited to the Mni Ki Wakan (Water is Sacred): Pre-Summit Fundraiser on July 25th in support of the upcoming second annual of the Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Summit, August 8-9.

The Mni Ki Wakan: Water Summit will convene indigenous peoples and youth from the world community around water., it is dedicated to water and human rights. The Pre-summit Fundraiser will feature indigenous guest speakers, artists, and presentations from co-conveners of the water summit.

Support Our Pre-Summit Fundraiser
By sharing our poster, Inviting others, and our Facebook event page.


Donate At The Door:
$25, $50, $100, $200
No one is turned away if unable to donate.
All Are Welcome

Mail Your Check Donation To:
Barbara Schneider Foundation
2419 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404

Donations and contributions will benefit the Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Summit