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.

I Don’t Believe In Violence

by Larry Long
posted with his permission

Dr. Martin Luther King gave a speech back in 1967 entitled “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence” He talked about “a society gone mad on war.” He warned “that America would never invest the necessary funds” to end poverty “so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube.”

This speech brought me back to January of 1991. I had 7th grade students from Stillwater, Minnesota read that same speech and other writings by Dr. King, in preparation to collectively write a song in his honor to be performed for an all school celebration, such as the one we are having today at the Ted Mann theatre.

This collective songwriting process began on January 18th, 1991, three days after Dr. King’s birthday. It was a difficult day, though, for all of us.

We were all stunned and tired from staying up late into the morning, glued to the television set, watching the first bombs fall live down upon the capitol city of Iraq, Baghdad. The first Gulf War, known as Operation Desert Storm, had just begun.

To break the silence, I simply asked the children, what do you think Dr. King would have to say about what we all just witnessed on television.

This is what we wrote:

I Don’t Believe In Violence

If someone strikes I won’t strike back
If the strike again I will not attack
I’d rather talk then hear bones crack
I don’t believe in violence

Streets are filled with gang warfare
Some people don’t mind, they just don’t care
When children get killed, it’s never fair
I don’t believe in violence

Talk of war in the news
Iraq, Syria, Israel, Palestine, too
It all comes back to me and you
I don’t believe in violence

Nuclear missiles and Tomcats
Stealth bombers and poison gas
Oil spills and M-1 tanks
I don’t believe in violence

Jumping off buildings just like flies
Killing machines, don’t believe my eyes
Late at night I can hear them cry
I don’t believe in violence

Women are scared at night
There’s abduction, rape, filled with fright
Keep on running until you find the light
I don’t believe in violence

People living in landlord shacks
Keeping warm by burning trash
In need of food, they steal for cash
I don’t believe in violence

Martin said, “Do not kill.”
I don’t want dead bodies in landfills
Committing violence is not God’s will
I don’t believe in violence

© Larry Long Publishing 1991 / BMI

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

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.