Collaborator Meeting, Monday 10/8

Can you feel it?

We are so appreciative of the time, energy, support and love you have put into this initiative. This definitely would not be happening if not for each and everyone of you. The fact that hundreds of individual/organizations have put together this beautiful quilt of activities that educate, entertain, and spark a commitment so #wecanwagepeace is incredible. From all of our collaborators who put together events, to the venues who offered free space to businesses who covered the cost of workshops, to artists who created and entertained all in the name of peace. Minnesota — you rock!!!

Please send us your videos from your events asap so we can publish them on the web. We will weave them together into a video that will be played before the “Let It Begin With Me” Concert on Saturday, September 29th at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Mpls. The concert will premiere a new song written by Aane Fosse, expressly for “10 Days Free From Violence” and will be performed by the Aane Fosse’s 4 Peace Band featuring Patricia Lacy.

Please remember to have participants “sign up” on the TCNV poster boards, which can still be picked up at FNVW, Central Midway Building Room 307, 393 North Dunlap Street, St. Paul, MN (It is west of Lexington Ave. Take the frontage road on the north side of I-94 (St. Anthony Ave.) turn right on Griggs-the first right you can take and you will see Central Midway to your right). Call ahead as there is not always someone in the office. 651-917-0383 The boards can be returned there or bring them to the closing ceremony: The Ripple Effect at St Catherine University, Jeanne D’arc Auditorium, Whitby Hall, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St Paul 55105.

There will be one more collaborators’ meeting:

Monday, October 8, 2018, 7-9pm
Central Midway Building
393 North Dunlap Street, Saint Paul MN
4th Fl Conference Room

We will download what these “10 Days…” have meant, what we can do better, where we go from here…Looking forward to seeing you then and hope to see you at some of the events. Please take the short survey (10 questions) on the overview page of our website, twincitiesnonviolent.org after you attend an event and encourage your participants at your events to do so… See you soon!

Last Collaborators’ meeting before “10 Days Free From Violence” – Wednesday, September 12, 2018 7-9pm

We are two weeks away from “10 Days Free From Violence” and the International Day of peace on Friday, September 21, 2018.  Our last collaborators’ meeting will be on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.  We will meet at the FNVW (Friends for a Nonviolent World) 4th Floor conference room, Central Midway Building, 393 Dunlap Road North, St Paul,  55104.

Flyers and calendar booklets can be picked up at the following locations:

  • FNVW, Central Midway Building, 393 Dunlap Road North., Suite 307, St Paul 55104
  • MN Zen Meditation Center, 3343 East Calhoun Parkway, Mpls 55408 starting Sunday, September 9, 2018.  They will be in a plastic box on the back porch.  Please approach the Zen Meditation Center quietly.

Please contact Sharon:  slet68@gmail.com regarding voter registration at your event.  She has only heard from one event so far.

If you need volunteer help (greeters, set up, etc) for your event, please send an email to twincitiesnonviolent@gmail.com to request assistance.

Collaborator Meeting, 8/28

Our next collaborator’s meeting will be next Tuesday, August 28,  2018   7-9pm.   We will be meeting in the Central Midway Building, 4th Floor Conference Room, 393 North Dunlap Street, St Paul, MN.  Take the frontage road on the north side of I-94 (St. Anthony Ave.) turn right on Griggs-the first right you can take and you will see Central Midway to your right)

“10 Days Free From Violence” is less than a month away.  With that in mind, here is a message from the TCNV Steering Committee.

We will have printed posters and flyers for you to take and distribute.

Dear Collaborators,

Thank you for joining our leap of faith to spark 10 Days Free from Violence—the first major collaboration of peace events across our Twin Cities!  Twin Cities Nonviolent was created from a grassroots, shared leadership model, so we have gratefully relied upon all the generous talent, gifts and support that our humble organizing has inspired.  We are in this together!

As you know, organizers and hosts/performers/speakers of their events featured during the 10 Days Free From Violence from September 21st to 30th, 2018, are responsible for recruitment and outreach to the public, as well as family and friends, to engage attendees.  Twin Cities Nonviolent will boost these efforts through our media outreach and informational flyers and calendars.”

Our new flyer, including our Mission Statement, is attached to publicize our whole 10 Days.  Our logo is attached for any flyers that you create specifically for your own event.  Also, here is a brief public service announcement you can use to build interest:

At Twin Cities Nonviolent, we believe that peace is possible—that waging peace needs even more resources than waging war because our survival depends on it.  10 Days Free from Violence, a menu of peace events in the Twin Cities over 10 days, is where we’ll begin.

Our work was called to action by Fr. Harry Bury, a priest who worked alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta and was awarded the key to Hi Chi Minh City for his efforts to end the Vietnam War.  Over ten days, there will be over 60 events from over 40 organizations to teach us how to wage peace, reduce violence and create a culture of nonviolence in the Twin Cities.

These include a Gathering of Nations to rededicate Bde Maka Ska, a Black Storytelling Festival, a music festival and concerts, writers forums, dancing, photography and art, prayer services, theater performances, peace literacy workshops, and a poetry slam in North Minneapolis.

Please stand with us.  Learn with us. And wage peace in the Twin Cities by visiting:  https://twincitiesnonviolent.org/.

As we prepare for our 10 Days Free from Violence—now just one month away—we humbly ask you to address the following:

  • If you are working with a host venue, please make sure to check in with that organization for keys and special instructions.
  • Please try to arrange a table (or two if possible) at your event for materials or handouts for other organizations involved in peace pursuits.
  • The League of Women Voters has generously offered to register voters at each of our events.  Please advise if you DO NOT want League of Women Voter volunteers to register your attendees using clipboards and forms by contacting Sharon Slettehaugh at:  slet68@gmail.com.  A League representative can still provide Voter Registration Forms if you’d like your own team to register voters.
  • May authors involved in 10 Days Free from Violence be present at your event to sell their books?
  • We ask that you please arrange to have as many photos and videos taken as possible at your 10 Days event.  Please remind your audience via signs or mention that videos or photos may be taken at this event.

Soon, you will receive information for sign-ins at your events, in addition to plans for post-event surveys.

Thanks again for taking this awe-inspiring journey with us!  #WeCanWagePeace!

Check out the first peace circle that took place on September 18, 2018 at North Presbyterian Church.  Look for Chief Tom Laugh, St Paul Chief of Police’s challenge at the end. #We can wage peace!

Collaborator Meeting, 8/16

Our next collaborator meeting will be Thursday, August 16, 2018 in the fourth floor conference room of the Central Midway Building.

Thursday,August 16: 7-9pm
Central Midway Building (home of Friends for a Nonviolent World)
393 North Dunlap Street, St. Paul

This is just west of Lexington Ave. Take the frontage road on the north side of I-94 (St. Anthony Ave.), turn right on Griggs (the first right you can take), you will see Central Midway to your right.

We have three more collaborators’ meeting before the 10 Days Free From Violence, September 21-30, 2018.  Hope you have had a chance to check out your event on the overview page.  Please send any corrections via the “contact us” page.

  • Thursday, August 16
  • Tuesday, August 28
  • Wednesday, September 12
  • Thursday, October 4

Collaborator Meeting, 7/12

We will be meeting this Thursday, July 12 from 7-9 pm at the 4th floor conference room of the Central Midway Building (home of Friends for a Nonviolent World, 393 North Dunlap Street, St. Paul).

( It is a Just west of Lexington Ave. Take the frontage road on the north side of I-94 (St. Anthony Ave.) turn right on Griggs-the first right you can take and you will see Central Midway to your right)

Our agenda will include getting us all caught up on what is being proposed for the 10 Days and seeking further input. We will also seek your input on the strategy for the promotion of the 10 Days.

Collaborator Meeting, 6/7

Just reminding you that our next collaborator meeting will this Thursday.

Thursday, June 7: 7-9pm
Central Midway Building (home of Friends for a Nonviolent World)
393 North Dunlap Street, St. Paul

This is just west of Lexington Ave. Take the frontage road on the north side of I-94 (St. Anthony Ave.), turn right on Griggs (the first right you can take), you will see Central Midway to your right.

Our meeting will be in the conference room on the 4th floor.

These two documents describe Twin Cities Nonviolent (TCNV) and the 10 Days Free From Violence (September 21-30, 2018). You may find them helpful in describing what is being envisioned and who TCNV is.

Meeting of Collaborators, 6/7

Please save the date for our next collaborators meeting for 10 Days Free From Violence.

Thursday, June 7, 7-9pm
Central Midway Building (home of Friends for a Nonviolent World)
393 North Dunlap Street, Saint Paul, MN 55104

(This is just west of Lexington Avenue. Take the frontage road on the north side of I-94 (St. Anthony Ave.), turn right on Griggs (the first right you can take), and you will see Central Midway to your right.)

Our meeting will be in the conference room on the 4th floor.

We will be sharing additional information prior to the meeting.

Meeting of Collaborators, 5/1

Our meeting on April 4 was full of energy and determination to chart the course that will lead to 10 Days Free From Violence (September 21-30).  Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 1 at Matthews Park Recreation Center, 2318 28th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406.  You may remember that this is the location of our January 9 meeting.  There is a parking lot on the 28th Ave. side of the recreation building.  We will plan to meet from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.   

Please see the electronic version of the form we distributed at the 4/4 meeting giving you a way to describe how you can contribute to making “10 Days” a reality. Feel free to go beyond the “bounds” of the form to describe how you could see yourself making a contribution.

Also check out the “Event Registration” form that details information that will help the Steering Committee for Twin Cities Nonviolent promote what you are doing and provide support.

We continue to work on descriptive material to help promote the “10 Days.”  We will get those materials to you as soon as we can.  We talk frequently that our approach to creating the “10 Days” is like building a bridge as you walk over it.  Please be patient.

As we get closer to May 1 we will send you more information.  If you have questions or comments please send them to twinctiesnonviolent@gmail.com.

 

Meeting of Collaborators, 4/4

Twin Cities Nonviolent  will be meeting on April 4 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church located at 1500 Franklin Ave. There is parking in a lot to the east of the Church. The main door is on the Franklin Ave. side of the Church.  We will meet in the basement.

Here is a summary of what was shared by the participants at the 2/28 meeting regarding what a Week of Nonviolence might look like. We are grateful for all who shared their ideas.

At our meeting on April 4 we will begin by spending time remembering that April 4 is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. How appropriate it is for us to work toward building a nonviolent community in the Twin Cities as we remember Dr. King’s witness. The remainder of the meeting will be focused on our sharing the ways each of us can support 10 days of freedom from violence (September 21-30).

Please come prepared to talk about what you and/or your organization is planning to offer. If you are not yet ready to make a commitment, please come to the meeting anyway. It may be that the plans of others will spur a good idea for you or you may see an opportunity to collaborate with another organization. Also, there are many ways in addition to organizing an event to help make our 10 days free from violence impactful. We will talk about the many ways to be involved at our meeting.

TCNV Invitation to 4/4/2018 Meeting