Season for Nonviolence
Welcome to MAPs year-round Season for Nonviolence page.
The Season for Nonviolence
January 30 through April 4.
the deaths of
Mahatma Gandhi (Jan. 30, 1948) and Martin Luther King Jr (Apr. 4, 1968).
Events and Speakers
High School teachers can contact Mary or Vanessa
at Women Against Military Madness at 612-826-5364 or
speakers on foreign policy issues,nonviolent options for conducting
conflict resolution among nations, analysis of the federal budget
in regards to war and peace, and American media/journalism. WAMM
also provides speakers to classroom and community groups on Conscientious
Objection. See www.worldwidewamm.org for
current educational forums featuring speakers from foreign countries
who provide analysis and information. The WAMM office at 310 E 38th
St #222, Minneapolis, MN 55409 has literature available about topical
issues such as Conscientious Objection and alternative service to
the military. Opt-Out forms can be found on-line. With membership
each school receives 10 newsletters
For the Season of Nonviolence invite Frank Kroncke to speak. Sample topics:
- Can a follower of Jesus be a “Good American”?
- How must a ”citizen of conscience” act when the hierarchical Church falters?
- “Resisting illegitimate authority”: Is America a Chosen Nation?
- “Christian Americans” - Christians as interfaith worshippers and Americans as global citizens: an impossible dream?
Frank Kroncke served 14 months on a five year sentence at Sandstone FCI, Minnesota. He has a Masters in Theology from the University of San Francisco, and an “ABD” in Historical Studies from a joint doctoral program of UC, Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union. He served at the Newman Center, UMn campus, and for four years directed a prison reform project for the American Friends Service Committee. After twenty-five years as a senior manager for small and medium size firms, Frank returned to Minnesota to promote “Peace Crimes.” The youngest of his two sons is still of draft age. See, www.minnesota8.net
Contact: Frank Kroncke, 387 Pelham Boulevard #B, The Cottage, Saint Paul, MN 55104 cell: 651-895-0607 firstname.lastname@example.org
WAMM recommends the following resources:
Students wishing to participate in peace vigils can join WAMM members
any Wednesday on Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Peace Bridge, spanning
the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Come to the
east or Marshall Avenue side to receive a greeting and welcome. Peace
vigils are family friendly and appropriate for all ages.
- Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land (VHS, 80 minutes)by
Media Education Foundation. U.S. media and the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Footage and interviews in Israel and Palestine, plus actual media
- Arlington West (32 minutes) Based on a symbolic cemetery
for Iraq War Veterns with curriculum guide
- A Force More Powerful (VHS)Films for the Humanities and
Science. People's successful nonviolent struggles for justice and
- Life and Debt (VHS 86 minutes) by New Yorker. From the
point of view of people of Jamacia, accompanied by music by Bob Marley,
Ziggy Marley, and Peter Tosh. Demonstrates how World Bank and the
International Monetary Fund affects people.
- Four Sisters for Peace The McDonald sisters are biological
sisters who are also Catholic nuns who devote their lives to the peace
movement. Produced by Southside Family School students and available
Appropriate for elementary and junior high as well.
Nonviolent Peace Force recently completed a training
for trainers in nonviolent strategies in Thailand and Nairobi with
another training scheduled for Colombia. The Nonviolent Peace
Force stationed in Sri Lanka is recognized as nonpartisan and reliable
in protecting children from abduction as child soldiers. A video/DVD,
further describing the work of a nonviolent peace force, can be accessed
at www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org. Patricia
A. Keefe is available as a speaker to senior high school students and
adults and can be contacted at 612-871-0005 or
At Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, there is a
new outstanding exhibit on Race. This is a world premiere. When
you go, give yourself plenty of time. There is a lot to learn. www.smm.org for
Citizens for Global Solutions Minnesota Chapter
speakers are available for high school teachers and students. This
non-profit organization envisions a future in which countries work
together to abolish war, protect rights and freedoms and solve the
problems facing humanity that no country can solve alone. They work
towards this vision by educating Americans about global interdependence,
communicating to global concerns to public officials and developing
proposals to create, reform and strengthen international institutions
such as the UN.
Students, Teachers and Families are encouraged
to attend the Third Thursday Global Issues Forum which is
a monthly presentation and discussion that aims to promote understanding
and foster dialogue about global issues. CGS-MN brings in one or
more expert presenters for each Forum, which in the past have covered
topic such as United Nations reform, public transportation, migration
and citizenship, Haiti, torture, and moral capitalism. The Forum
is held the third Thursday of each month from 7:00-9:00pm at Hennepin
Avenue Methodist Church in Minneapolis (at Lyndale and Hennepin, directions).
Abundant parking in church parking lot, with main entrance off the parking
here for an archive of past Forum programs.) All Third Thursday
Global Issues Forum programs are free and open to the public. Click
here for the current Forum schedule.
Become a member and you can be part of the Partners for Global Solutions
Program - Every two months, Citizens for Global Solutions hosts
a national conference call where an expert is interviewed on the issue
that CGS is working on for that two-month period. Some CGS-MN members
gather at a member's house for the call and for socializing afterward,
while others participate in the call from home. It's a great opportunity
for CGS members to get the latest news on the hottest global issues.
By participating in the Partners program you join a network of activists
around the country who are taking action in their local communities
to build political will for positive multilateral US global engagement.
The Partners for Global Solutions Program is open to all CGS members. Click
here to become a CGS member. For information on how to participate
in the Partners program please send an email to Verlyn Smith, CGS-MN
Citizens for Global Solutions Minnesota highly recommends
an outstanding classroom resource called An Affirmation of Human
651-429-9562 or e-mail president Joe Schwartzberg at
email@example.com a global solutions speaker for your school.
Molly Culligan, http://www.mollyculligan.com for
many years has done a very inspirational one person play, RIPENINGS,
by Meridel Lesueur . She also does an inspirational reading of
Martin Luther King's anti war speech. She is interested in working
with your organization. Visit her website, above, for more information
Look for, publicize, and thank
individuals and businesses engaged in work for nonviolence. For instance, one reader noticed
in a local McDonald's restaurant a newsletter on a "Ronald
McDonald Anti-bullying program.
Consider becoming a founding member
of the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation - a group whose goal is to fund a U.S. Peace Memorial
in Washington D.C., a city with many monuments to War, but few if any
to Peace. www.uspeacememorial.org. Several
Minnesota individuals and organizations are already enrolled in this
Resources and Information for Season for Nonviolence: www.agnt.org
Mahatma Gandhi website: http://www.mkgandhi.org
Martin Luther King Jr website: http://www.thekingcenter.org
Martin Luther King Nobel Prize: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-or.html
Cecil Ramnirane invites you to visit his website on teaching peace
and non-violence at www.cecilram.com.
Visit and consider joining the International Mayors for Peace organization,
which is working to stop nuclear proliferation http://www.mayorsforpeace.org/english/campaign/2020vision.htm.
Dick Bernard has a personal site focusing on peace at www.chez-nous.net/peace.html.
A Force More Powerful, a video illustrating nonviolent strategies
for youth, can be purchased at www.humanrightsandpeacestore.org