Standing in Solidarity

Pax Christi USA Stands in Solidarity with Twin Cities Nonviolent

“Greetings from Pax Christi USA!  I applaud the efforts of the Twin Cities Nonviolent Ministry in calling for 10 Days Free From Violence, from September 21-30, 2018. The theme of the many events taking place calls each of us to engage in a personal and communal transformation to reduce the many forms of violence.
Based on the Mission statement of Twin Cities Nonviolent, Pax Christi USA stands in solidarity with this organization and others in calling upon and urging Ten Days Free From Violence. May the fruits of justice and peace be witnessed throughout the Twin Cities!” Sister Patricia Chappell, Executive Director, Pax Christi, USA

The following individuals and organizations are committed to the mission of Twin Cities Nonviolent envisioning a Twin Cities Community and beyond to be free from violence. If you would like to join them in standing in solidarity please contact us.

Twin Cities – Minnesota

  • Bharat Parekh – VP of the United Nations Association (UNA), Saint Paul, MN
  • Twin Cities Prison Ministry
  • Come Together – Twin Cities
  • St Bridget Catholic Church – Minneapolis, MN
  • Mark Ristau, Author, A Hero Dreams, St Paul
  • Ujamaa Place
  • Ben Lockett – massage therapist, Robbinsdale, MN
  • Christopher Johnson – acupuncture student, Minneapolis, MN
  • Sharicka Robinson – paraprofessional, Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Angie Weber – acupuncture student, Orono, MN
  • Hosain Lipson – national director of sales MZB, Orono, MN
  • Amy Schwartz – operations director, Chanhassen, MN
  • Kirsten Kruse – acupuncture student, Minneapolis, MN
  • Lynkacia Peterson – transportation dispatcher, Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Christine Haerter-Pinero – Norwegian instructor, Saint Paul, MN
  • Nikkie Riser – deli princess, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jen Connell – acupuncturist/owner Red Peony Acupuncture, Minneapolis, MN
  • Dean Sorenson, Director, Jazz Studios, UofM,    Minneapolis, MN
  • Kim Smith, Owner, LA Beauty School, Richfield, MN
  • Yusef Hersi – produce stocker, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jeffrey Novak – DC, Minneapolis, MN
  • Voices for Environmental Justice, a student and community member-led U of M organization in Minneapolis
  • Lisa Richardson – cake decorator, Blaine, MN
  • Kyle Law – owner –,  Hopkins, MN
  • Jenni Garlaugh – acupuncturist, Hastings, MN
  • Mindy Michael – architect, St. Paul, MN
  • Naomi Benson – free hugger, Minnetonka, MN
  • Evie Michael – a believer in Peace, St. Paul, MN
  • Damian Geschwill – peace walker, Minnetonka, MN
  • Tom Maher, Ofc Mgr, Twin Cities Men’s Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Ashley Benson, Tarot Massage, Minnetonka, MN
  • Mike Martin – videographer, Minneapolis, MN
  • Curt Dinzl – truth seeker, Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Michelle Sarkinen – animal lover, Minneapolis, MN
  • Sandra Josephs – kind soul, Glenwood, MN
  • Lydia Rappaport – Reverend Doctor, Glenwood, MN
  • Jim ten Bensel – freelance musician, Minneapolis, MN
  • Osman Omar – professional interpreter/Somali linguistic specialist, Minneapolis, MN
  • Dan Ruegemer – business development, Orono, MN
  • Julie Ruegemer – foster/mom, Orono, MN
  • Liza Ruegemer – sent to love, Orono, MN
  • Gavin Ruegemer – friend, Orono, MN
  • Henry Ruegemer – friend, Orono, MN
  • Z(foster baby) – teacher of Grace, Orono, MN
  • Crooners Minneapolis, MN
  • Dr Ann Frisch, White Bear Lake, MN  “Free of violence of nuclear weapons a first step”
  • Allan Block – feeler, Minneapolis, MN
  • Amanda Scott – AVEDA instuctor, St. Louis Park, MN
  • Sarah Olsen – aspiring to be what my parents were, Minneapolis, MN
  • Brett Ailts – AVEDA instructor, St. Michael, MN
  • John Frederick – seeker of Truth, Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Izahnaya Tovsen – peace cake, Minneapolis, MN
  • Stephanie Hintz – purple cat lover, Minneapolis, MN
  • Ryan Bloomingdale – the giraffe, Minneapolis, MN
  • Mary Bonfe – aspiring to be what my parents were, Minneapolis, MN
  • Shannon Daugherty – native american tribal (LCO) member, Minneapolis, MN
  • Kim Daugherty – EMS production supervisor/prayer warrior, Fridley, MN
  • Steve Daugherty – plumber, Fridley, MN
  • Margaret Maitland – writer,  St. Paul, MN
  • Colburn Anderson – student, St. Paul, MN
  • Ben Pedrick – designer, St. Paul, MN
  • David Smith – engineer, Minneapolis, MN
  • Mary Ann Snobodny – retired, Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Marlene Longre – retired, Minneapolis, MN
  • Cece Ryan – peace maker, Crystal, MN
  • Bob Rausch – retired, Robbinsdale, MN
  • Christina Maas – worship director – St. Bridget Church, Minneapolis, MN
  • Debby Gillis – realtor, Robbinsdale, MN
  • Douglas Swenson – servant, Arden Hills, MN
  • Chris Walter – music teacher, Minneapolis, MN
  • Tammy Turck – teacher, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jill Loff – nutrition coordinator, Minneapolis, MN
  • Diana Martinez – student, Woodbury, MN
  • Cindy Olmedo – financial worker, New Brighton, MN
  • Nico Olmedo –  student, New Brighton, MN
  • Zofia Smith –  aspiring dental hygenist, New Brighton, MN
  • Juan V. Colman – peaceful one, St. Anthony, MN
  • Gloria Olmedo-Colman – believer in non-violence, St. Anthony, MN
  • Alba Swenson – housewife, Arden Hills, MN
  • Betty Bermardy – retired RN, Inver Grove Heights, MN
  • James Hart, M.D., retired general physician and public health advocate, Stillwater, MN
  • Scott Miller, Owner, Nutrition City, West Salem, WI
  • Eric Grom – human, Golden Valley, MN
  • David Gerber – film critic, Mpls, MN
  • David Sorensen – Peacekeeper, Isanti, MN
  • Cody Wilkins – Queer for Peace, Mpls, MN
  • Terry Raway – Pro-peace, Cottage Grove, MN
  • Stephanie Sorensen – Doula for Peace, Isanti, MN
  • Cam Gordon, Minneapolis, MN – “I will be sponsoring a resolution of support that I expect to be passed by the Minneapolis City Council on September 21st.”
  • Thupten & Nancy Dadak – long term students and affiliates of His Holiness the
    14th Dalai Lama, McLeod Ganj, India
  • Ravi Sagi, President, India Association of Minnesota
  • Elga Tinger – ER Doctor, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jake Dhillon – software guru, Minneapolis, MN
  • Nikhil Dhillon – toddler for Peace, Minneapolis, MN
  • Sonya Means – banking whiz, Minneapolis MN
  • Dominick Kirkland – nonviolent, Minneapolis, MN
  • Moms Demand Action to Reduce Gun Violence
  • Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church – 129 years in Minneapolis, MN
  • Bill’s Imported Foods – Manager Kris the Awesome, Minneapolis MN
  • Music Go Round – team for Peace, St. Paul, MN

North America

  • Christian Noval – living for Peace, Nuuk, Greenland
  • Dina Wells – peace dweller, Hamilton, Bermuda
  • Stanley Wells – believer in peace, Hamilton, Bermuda
  • Karen Marsh – peacekatarian, St. George, Bermuda
  • Peter Marsh – peacekatarian, St. George, Bermuda
  • Nan Griffiths – peace lover, Hamilton, Bermuda


  • Dorila Cormier – federal government retiree, Ottawa Canada – “I support your beautiful initiative.”


  • Jorge Lands – Bartender, Veracruz, Mexico
  • Merari Jacobo – nursing assistant, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Yesenia Orozco – barista, Lazaro, Mexico
  • Daniel Ruis – Peace lover, Mexico City, Mexico

United States of America

  • Robert Gauthier – retired youth(juvenile offender) specialist, Flint, MI
  • Cecil Noronha – founder/president of Prisoner Empowerment Ministries(PEM),
    Flint, MI
  • Melody Noronha – co-founder PEM, Flint, MI
  • Terri Dallas – flight attendant, Detroit, MI
  • Don Geronimo – flight attendant, Chicago, IL
  • Kairo Rosario – med student, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Jimmy Engelien – organic farmer, Blair, WI
  • Nonviolence International, New York and Washington, DC
  • Association of US Catholic Priests
  • International Cure
  • Katie Geronimo – student, South Elgin, IL
  • Heather the Amazing – customer service representative, Atlanta, GA
  • Eva Geronimo – director of nursing, West Chicago, IL
  • Maria Shaw – psychic, New Orleans, LA
  • Arun Gandhi, peace farmer, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, New York, NY   “Let’s be the Change We Wish To See In The World”
  • Martin Fleck – Director, Nuclear Weapons Abolition Program, Washington DC
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility(Nobel Peace Prize winner), Washington DC
  • La-Shawn Wentt – father, Brooklyn, NY
  • Slate Noronha – investment associate, NYC, NY
  • D’shawn Luter – awakened soul, Selma, Alabama
  • ECAPC – Every Church a Peace Church
  • Jazmin Bihi – veterinary assistant, Madison, WI
  • Shari Clough, Professor of Philosophy, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • David Swanson –  U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation 2018 Peace Prize recipient/Nobel
    Peace Prize nominee 2015, 2016, & 2017 – Charlottsville, VA    
  • Margaret Jarrett – astro agent, Bozeman, MT
  • Michael Joseph Beiser, Grant Writer/English and German Tutor, New York City, N.Y.
  • Ervin Staub, Ph.D. Author of The Roots of Goodness and Resistance to Evil: inclusive caring, moral courage, altruism born of suffering, active bystandership and heroism. “This is a truly wonderful, amazing initiative. If we did this in many cities (and towns) around the country, and the world, we would certainly make strides toward peace.”
  • Young Sun Han – lecturer/artist standing in solidarity for multiple family
    members who defected from North Korea, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ



  • Ali Ngasa – musician, Buea, Cameroon


  • Alaa Mansour – suit designer, Cairo, Egypt


  • Aster Zeray – mother, Asmara, Eritrea


  • Jacinta Mbithe – Carmelite nun, Kasarini Village, Kenya
  • Emmanuel Menya, student, Mombasa, Kenya
  • Istarlim Farah – mother, Mombasa, Kenya
  • Masud Farah – peacemaker, Nairobi, Kenya


  • Browne Jayee – traffic control agent, Zwedru, Liberia
  • Erasmus Browne – banker, Monrovia, Liberia


  • Hesham Dahdah – visionary for Peace, Tripoli, Libya


  • Man Ngabo – composer/singer, Kigali, Rwanda


  • Maryama Mohammed – mother, Las Ando, Somalia
  • Abdul “Koomz” Aden – Somali college student, Southwest, Somalia
  • Mohamed Mohamed – home health care advocate, Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Ebrahim Warfa – restauranteur, Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Sumeya Mohamed – lover of peace, Mogadishu, Somalia

South Africa

  • Makaziwe “Maki” Mandela – Dr./daughter of Nelson Mandela, Johannesburg, South Africa


  • Netty Akolly – mother, Ahilgo, Togo


  • Morgan Kigozi – assistant project coordinator, safe and together foundation, Kiganda, Uganda
  • Samba Kaaya – engineer/tour guide, Kampala, Uganda
  • Darius Magunda – Catholic priest, Rugazi Village, Uganda
  • David Williams – Catholic priest, Kampala, Uganda


  • Zibusiso Nkono – artist, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Elton Mtetwa – artist, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe


  • Scott Witte – contractor, McMurdo Station, Antarctica



  • Danica Da Silva – MD, Goa, India
  • Anjali Khanna – mother, Ahmednagar, India
  • Marcus Davy – wager of Peace, Pune, India
  • Peter Noronha – WWII veteran for Peace, Goa, India
  • Somdeb Lahiri – Ahmedabad, India


  • Thomas Schreiber – owner ALOR dive shop, Alor, Indonesia


  • Ka Thao – sales associate, Vientiane, Laos


  • Manohari Upadyaha – lover of Peace, Kathmandu, Nepal


  • Fatima Hayat – massage therapist, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Ashgar Moghul – builder, Jhalum, Pakistan


  • Jeniffer Lagman – software tester, Quezon City, Philippines
  • Florencio Geronimo – director of marketing, Aparri, Phillipines
  • Peter Asis – care specialist – Manila, Philippines


  • Tatiana Frolund – a strong woman, Komsomolsk-na-Amure, Russia
  • Igor Savin – keeper of peace, Astana, Kazakhstan & Russia


  • Mohamad Khouli – business owner, Damascus, Syria

Taipei, Republic of China

  • Jack Chiu – human, Taipei, Republic of China


  • Tinley Thoendup – believer in Peace, Tibetan-in-exile


  • Ibrahim Tahgra – soul king, Ankara, Turkey


  • Jaide Nguyen – tutor, Siagon, Vietnam
  • Karen Nguyen – hostess, Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam
  • Minh Huynh, Reverend,  Vietnam


  • Joyce Noronha – researcher, Canberra, ACT
  • Anthony Barrett – retiree, Canberra, ACT
  • Helen Tsobanopolis – visionary, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Mary Schubert – visitor center support/ACT tourism, Canberra, ACT
  • Joe Antao – retired/former australian navy, Rockingham, Perth
  • Chantelle Lustri – manager ACT land planning authority, Canberra, ACT
  • Jennifer Collins – tutor university of Canberra, Canberra, ACT
  • Tanya Greig – peaceful soul, Brisbane, Queensland
  • Emma Dowling – south Australian government employee, Mount Pleasant, ACT

Caribbean Islands

  • Therwin Ruiz – concierge, Oranjestad, Aruba
  • Stenneth Powell – minister, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  • Kevin Chai – sales rep, Oranjestad, Aruba
  • Desmond Boylan – photographer, Habana, Cuba
  • Zelma Morgan – service representative, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Jorge Luis Jaular Amador – viviendo alegremente en paz, Habana, Cuba
  • Yarelis Leon Fernandez – mujer pacifica, Habana, Cuba
  • Damian Jaular Leon – estudiante de paz, Habana, Cuba
  • Leidis Laura Jaular Leon – amante de la paz, Habana, Cuba

Central America

El Salvador

  • Rit Morales – supporter of Peace, San Salvador, El Salvador


  • Ana Luisa Espino Diaz – teacher, Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Douglas Jonestoned – holding down equatorial Peace, Antigua, Guatemala


  • Raina Mejia – hospitality coordinator, Santa Barbara, Honduras


  • Christopher Ryman – teacher, Reading, UK
  • Aleksander Muhich – chef, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Steve Petrov – manager Storchak Cleaners, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Nancy Korsah – fraud consultant, Milano, Italy
  • Mike Hatzistamoulous – entrepreneur, Samos island, Greece
  • Christos Christoforidis – philosopher, Thessalonica, Greece
  • Anna Edens – mother, Riga, Latvia
  • Pam Hatzistamoulous – goddess, Samos island, Greece
  • Steve Hatzis – restaurateur, Samos island, Greece
  • Ivan Sova Sovic – ljubitelj mira, Croatian living in Iceland
  • Nadia Haber – persuna pacifika, Mtahleb, Malta
  • David Tencer – ljubitelj mira, Slovenian living in Iceland
  • Barbara Knoll – liebhaber des friedens, Berlin, Germany
  • Russell Muscat –  fidi ghall-paci, Birkikara, Malta
  • Marisa Spiteri –  light being, Cremona, Faroe Islands
  • Richard Dieser – fredlig en, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Emmanuelle Camilleri – porteur de lumiere, Paris, France
  • Torsten Trebess – friedensstifter, Berlin, Germany
  • Julie Galea – uman, Zebbug, Malta
  • Stephen Camilleri – philosophe, Paris, France
  • Paul Voisin – anima risvegliata, Florence, Italy
  • Marquita Muscat – vizjonarju, Birkikara, Malta
  • Mark Tesjia – mirotvorac, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Andrew Galea – wahda pacifika, Zebbug, Malta
  • Ole Hoffman – visionar, Berlin, Germany
  • Kathee Tesjia – donositelj mira, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Andrei Alyahnovich – polonica lituanika, Minsk, Belarus
  • Violetta Ermakova – Women in support of the development of the Narochanski Kari,
    Minsk, Belarus
  • Roman Koval – Ukrainian Center “Consent”, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Polina Stepanenko- Human Rights Center ?Viasna?, Minsk, Belarus
  • Ivailo Stoimenov – UN Association of Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Yulia Tishenko – Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research, Kyiv,
  • Darja Mandziuk – peaceful one, Chisinau, Moldova
  • Natalia Belitzer – Philip Orlik Institute, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Rima Bezede – Pro Didactica, Chisinau, Moldova
  • Inna Tereshenko – Odessa Regional Group on Mediation – Odessa, Ukraine
  • Serhii Hakman – Charitable Fund “Public resources and initiatives”, Chernivtsy,
  • Luisa Doroshenko – media center, Tiraspol, Moldova
  • Igor Semiovolos – Association for Middle Eastern Studies, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Valentina Cherevatenko – Union of Women of the Don NGO founder/winner of 2 intl
    awards for Peace, one being the Anna Politkovskaya Award in 2016,
    Novocherkassk, Russia
  • Ekaterina Guseva – soulful one, Odessa, Ukraine
  • Margaryta Aradzhyoni – head of the board at Center for Intercultural Education
    and Tolerance, Simferopol, Ukraine
  • Irina Brunova-Kalisetskaya – executive director Information and Research
    Center/Integration and Development, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Oleg Smirnov – DVV International, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Andre Kamenshikov – founder Nonviolence International, Ukraine & USA

Middle East

  • Bader Mater – IT security officer, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Atish Aandrade – hydro specialist, Dubai, UAE
  • Shangh Al-Mmiani – petrol supervisor, Tazz City, Yemen
  • Yasen Mohamed – pharmacist, Amman, Jordan
  • Kian Dwyer – design consultant/author, Tehran, Iran
  • Roshan Tajbakhsh – student of Life, Tehran, Iran

Outer Space (because peace IS universal)

  • Loren Acton – Astronaut/payload specialist STS-51F/Emeritus Professor of Physics, Bozeman,  MT.  EXPERIENCE: Dr. Acton is the senior staff scientist with the Space Sciences Laboratory, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory, California. As a research scientist, his principle duties included conducting scientific studies of the
    Sun and other celestial objects using advanced space instruments and serving as
    a co-investigator on one of the Spacelab 2 solar experiments, the Solar Optical
    Universal Polarimeter. In 1985, he was a payload specialist on STS-51F/
    Spacelab-2. At mission conclusion, Dr. Acton had traveled over 2.8 million
    miles in 126 Earth orbits, logging over 190 hours in space.SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-51F/Spacelab-2 Challenger (July 29 to August 6,
    1985) was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and returned to land at
    Edwards Air Force Base, California. STS-51F was the first pallet-only Spacelab
    mission, and the first mission to operate the Spacelab Instrument Pointing
    System (IPS). It carried 13 major experiments in astronomy, astrophysics, and
    life sciences. Mission duration was 7 days, 22 hours, 45 minutes and 26 seconds.  The Japanese government conferred the Order of the Rising Sun on Loren Acton for his contribution to promoting space science in Japan and strengthening
    relations between Japan and the U.S. in space science”.  Japanese Emperor Meiji established the Order of the Rising Sun in 1875. It is the third highest order bestowed by the Japanese government, with the two higher orders reserved for heads of state or politicians.

Pacific Rim

  • Carolyn Farinas – customer service rep, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • John Henderson –  walking toward the Light, New Zealander in Tonga

South America

  • Ieza Thais Prestes – server, Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Beatriz Engelien – financier, Barranquilla, Colombia
  • Juan Carlos Pinero – engineer, San Cristobal, Venezuela
  • Maria Tajbakhsh – mother, woman, lover of Love, Cotopaxi, Ecuador
  • Estefania Yupa – hospitality, Canar, Ecuador
  • Maria Luna – grandmother, Quito, Ecuador
  • Susana Acosta – peaceful one, Asuncion, Paraguay
  • Christhian Acosta – amante de la paz, Asuncion, Paraguay
  • Agnelo Da Costa – retired, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Gabrela Perez – arquitecta, CDE, Paraguay
  • Oscar Arzamendia – accountant, Yuty, Paraguay
  • Mary Carter – administration, Ponta Pora, Brazil
  • Nicholas Carter – professional harpist, Asuncion, Paraguay
  • Briann Mastrianna – amante de paz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil