Virtual 10 Days free from violence – Opening Program

This Twin Cities Non Violence 10 Days Without Violence Opening Evening will express the urgency of peace elements and reality built upon the synergy of oneness, with the components of art (spoken word/ poetry/ music/ visual/ movement), veganism, and geography.

  • Full Schedule – 7 pm – 9 pm
  • Welcome/Greetings/Prayer: Father Harry Bury
  • Jewish Holiday Summation/Hebrew Prayer: Ms. Louisa Hext
  • Evening Stage Setting: Ms. Jewelean Jackson
  • Peace For North Minneapolis: Council Member Phillipe Cunningham
  • The Passing Through of Veganism & Peace: Ms. Thandisizwe Jackson-Nisan
  • Geological Ecological Peace Intersectionality: Professor ShirLey Jackson
  • Essays Awards Presentation: Mr. Ram Gada
  • A Prophetic Opera for Our Times Viewing: Prophetic Opera for Our Times Panel Dialogue  
    • Moderator: Ms. Karen Olson Johnson
    • Producer: Ms. Jean Ross
    • Panelist: Mr. Michael Chaney
    • Panelist Musician: Mr. Orvin Thompson
  • Program Summation: Ms. Jewelean Jackson
  • Conclusion: Father Harry Bury
  • Special Thanks to SAMMYS AVENUE EATERY

Harry J. Bury, Ph.D. is a retired Roman Catholic priest. He has dedicated his life to non-violence. He was a Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behavior and Administration at Baldwin Wallace University from 1980–2010 and consulted in the U.S. and numerous other countries. After earning his PhD at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, he became a full professor at Baldwin Wallace University where he taught from 1979 until 2015. Dr. Bury taught as an Adjunct Professor of Systems Management at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio and taught in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions (1979 – present). More information about him can be found on

Ms. Jewelean Jackson: Anyone lucky enough to cross paths with this pillar in the community, is forever transformed. She works locally, thinking globally, to develop capacity and agency in each person she meets. As The Lifetime National Ms. Kwanzaa, she teaches the Legacy  of the Kwanzaa Principles as a way of life, is a  proponent of Life Long Learning always sharing the wealth. Currently Unsong Sheroe, Jewelean Jackson serves as the Community University Health Care Center Board of Directors Chairperson. Ms. Jackson has embraced CUHCC’s mission of transforming care and education to advance health equity with an African American emphasis.  Jewelean’s concern for the health disparities of African Americans began as a Community Health Worker (CHW) working nationally to legitimize the CHW vocation with the Department of Labor. She is a 2020 Josie Johnson Fellow

Louisa Hext, MA, CPC: Louisa is a skilled and experienced mediator, coach, speaker, and consultant. She is the North American coordinator for The F Word: Stories of Forgiveness (a traveling story and photography exhibit curated by The Forgiveness Project a London, UK based non-profit). She is a member of The Charter for Compassion’s Global Team and manages the Restorative Justice sector. Louisa serves on the Board of Conflict Resolution, Minnesota and is a moderator for Braver Angels.

Council Member Phillipe Cunningham: Phillipe M. Cunningham (pronounced fil-LEAP) is the Minneapolis City Council member representing the 4th Ward in North Minneapolis. He is the first and currently only out trans man of color elected to office in the United States. Prior to being elected and unseating a 50-year family political dynasty in 2017, Councilman Cunningham served former Mayor Betsy Hodges as her Senior Policy Aide for education, racial equity, and LGBTQ+ rights. He also previously worked with youth as a special education teacher and youth worker for over 10 years. As a policy wonk and fierce community advocate, CM Cunningham’s goals are to break intergenerational cycles of poverty and violence and build community wealth with Northsiders already living in the community. His writings have been published in The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys and Millennial Compact with America.

Thandisizwe Jackson-Nisan is a multi-role young woman. She teaches Performance Arts to youth, as children are her passion. In 2nd grade she assisted in founding Umoja Academy a youth driven and mentoring entity, which she continues involvement. Thandisizwe is an Artist By Nature, utilizing her gifts of  Spoken Word and Poetry to raise others’ levels of consciousness. Ms. Jackson-Nisan follows the teaching of the ancestors such as Ms. Maya Angelou who said, “Phenomenal Woman, that’s Me.” She’s aspired to be entrepreneur at age 5 and is expanding her business of food artistry as a chef specializing in vegan cuisine, from lens of education and advocacy.

Prof. SHIRLEY JACKSON has always been adamant about disseminating information for improved health and wellness in under-served and disenfranchised communities. She received her Master of Science degree in “Urban Sustainability’ from The City College of New York and a Bachelor of Science degree in ‘Geology’ from York College/CUNY. In 2016, she worked in a service-learning program in Guede Chantier, Senegal. Upon completion of the program she received certification in EDE (EcoVillage Design) from GAIA Education Inc. Currently, Shirley is faculty in the Earth and Physical Sciences Department at York College, where she teaches Geology. She is a board member at AWG (Association For Women GeoScientist) and PSC (Professional Staff Congress). Complete health, wellness, and tranquility, cannot be obtained without environmental and earth literacy and sustainability.

Ms. Karen Olson Johnson: A lifetime science educator and accomplished Development Director, Karen Olson Johnson has moderated panels on countless topics. Some examples include food systems and our environment, morals and climate change, women achievers, and educational visionaries to name but a few. Karen is a Consociate with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province. She lives the CSJ mission of “Love of God and Neighbor without distinction” as her life passion after making a public commitment over fourteen years ago.

Ms. Jean Ross is a board member of Vote Climate; a grassroots non-profit which helps Minnesotans who want to prioritize voting for candidates who will work on climate solutions and holding accountable their representatives on climate and environmental issues. She has lived around the world until coming to Minnesota to study art and design at Minneapolis College of Art Design & The University of Minnesota. Jean has ostensibly given up her craft to work on progressive politics and social, environmental and climate justice issues. She is involved in many local orgs. including MN350 and Sierra Club North Star chapter’s Stop Line 3 team. A lot of her effort over the past seven years has gone into fighting oil pipelines and copper sulfide mining in Minnesota.

Mr. Michael Chaney is the founder of Project Sweetie Pie and a co-founder of and Growing North Minneapolis. Project Sweetie Pie is a local nonprofit organization founded in 2010 that engages stakeholders in grass roots initiatives to address issues of structural racism and equity,  advocates community-led green restorative development, and coordinates youth-led/youth-fed green initiatives and other gardening and urban farming operations. He has become the Johnny Appleseed of urban farming in North Minneapolis and is also a member of the North side Green Zone Task Force.As a community leader and northside Minneapolis advocate, he has spawned the “Jammin-for-Justice” event that led to the creation of the Northside Eco-Harbor group that focuses on equity and a co-creation model for the site at the Upper Harbor Terminal.

Mr. Orvin Thompson grew up in a musical family in South Dakota and north eastern Minnesota. His life has taken many turns to get to where he is today. His exposure to the arts and a life-long pursuit of his music and the profession with over five thousand live performances and hundreds of hours in the studio, both music and film and video make him what he is today; a Minnesota treasure.