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When the Armistice ending World War One was signed in 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, bells of joy rang around the world, asking everyone, everywhere to work for lasting peace. The Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers is a coalition of over 60 Minnesota peace and justice organizations. One of these organizations is the Veterans for Peace group.   On Veterans Day,  Larry Johnson of Veterans for Peace talked with Ron Thums on the Morning Blend. 

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The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has unveiled its design for a new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

The Star Tribune reports that new building will be nearly twice the size of the Metrodome, with an asymmetrical shape that mimics the prow of a ship or a jagged iceberg.

The building facade will be made of metal panels and a glazed glass curtain wall. A walkway will surround the stadium, leading fans to and from stadium gates.

Five 95-foot-tall pivoting glass doors at concourse level will allow fans to enter and exit a plaza that’s more than 2 acres in size just outside the stadium.

The design by HKS Architects skips the much-discussed idea of a retractable cover in favor of a transparent glass-like polymer that will make up the south facing section of the stadium roof.

KFAI’s Christina Cerruti talked about the plans with city officials, desginers and Vikings fans who attended the event.

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Walker Community United Methodist Church was destroyed by fire on Sunday, May 27th.
The next day, church members, neighbors and frequent church visitors gathered to plan for the future.
KFAI’s Libby Donohue has a report.

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Rev. Walter Lockhart of Walker Church talks with KFAI’s Kirk Mattson.

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Women Against Military Madness is sponsoring a public forum to discuss the status of the Korean peninsula sixty years after the agreement that ended the Korean War.
Roy Wolf served in the U.S. Military during the war, and has been interested in Korea ever since. He returned for a peace conference in Seoul in 1995 and traveled to North Korea ten years ago. He was a member of the committee that planned the Korean Forum for Saturday, July 27th, at Macalester Plymouth United Church at 1658 Lincoln Avenue in St. Paul.
He talked with The Morning Blend’s Yvette Howie.
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December 26, 2012 is the 150th anniversary of the largest mass hanging in U.S. history. 

The executions happened in Mankato, Minnesota at the order of President Abraham Lincoln.  In 1862 the president commuted the death sentences of hundreds of Dakota who had been rounded up following weeks of fighting and killing between Native people and white settlers along the Minnesota River.  The president let 38 death sentences stand. 

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Spring Back: A Cabaret on Resilience

Wednesday, March 5, 7pm
Whole Music Club, Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave SE

KFAI is a proud co-sponsor of the 8th annual Transgender Commission Celebration at Coffman Union, Spring Back: A Cabaret on Resilience. In conjunction with the University of Minnesota’s Transgender Commission, and the GLBTA Programs Office, it is part of KFAI’s What’s in the Mix series. The event features performances and a panel discussion by local artists and activists, including CeCe McDonald, Venessa Fuentes, James DeWitt, Kenneth Williams, Margot Bassett, and Molly Van Avery; as well as emcee Sol Raz Asanti and moderator Jason Jackson.

The University of Minnesota’s Transgender Commission is a coalition of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members working for equity, access, and liberation for people of all gender identities and expressions, led by trans*, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people across the U of M and local Twin Cities community.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally (GLBTA) Programs Office is dedicated to improving campus climate for all University of Minnesota constituents by developing and supporting more inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality.

What’s in the Mix is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. It will be recorded and edited for later broadcast on MinneCulture, KFAI’s weekly arts and culture program.

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Ben Goldfarb of Wellstone Action talks about the 10th anniversary remembrance of the crash that killed Paul and Sheila Wellstone, their daughter, and five others.

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KFAI & UROC present Art for Healing
Thursday, April 10
2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis
Event details

KFAI and UROC—the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center—have partnered to present a special What’s in the Mix event on Thursday, April 10, at UROC: 2001 Plymouth Ave N in Minneapolis. Art for Healing: The Role of Creativity in Trauma Recovery features a panel discussion with art therapist Robin Getsug, photographer Wing Young Huie, filmmaker Catherine Kennedy, and gallery curator Hawona Sullivan Janzen. The conversation will be moderated by Robyne Robinson—artist, arts advocate, broadcast jouranliast, and arts and culture director of the Minneapolis Airport Foundation. The program will also feature readings from participants in The Witness Project, which focused on writing to explore topics of social justice, health crises, and domestic violence.

A reception kicks things off from 5:30 to 6:30pm, catered by Salsa a la Salsa, and the program runs from 6:30 to 8pm.

This event is being recorded for a later broadcast on MinneCulture, KFAI’s weekly arts and culture program, which airs every Wednesday evening from 7:30-8pm. UROC is also videotaping the event, and parts/all of the program will be available on the UROC website. It is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Event background

As part of its mission to find solutions to improve the quality of life in urban communities, UROC launched the Trauma Recovery Project in spring 2013. Building on the strength of community expertise and University scholarship in the area of healing and historical trauma, the community-based Trauma Recovery Project involves University researchers, community stakeholders, practitioners and representatives from the educational and faith communities in a multi-year project aimed at identifying and solving trauma-related issues of importance to the North Minneapolis community.

Last spring, UROC kicked off the Trauma Recovery Project by bringing together the daughters of Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a Critical Conversation on the topic of Trauma, Faith and Healing. This spring, its collaborating with KFAI to present Art for Healing: The Role of Creativity in Trauma Recovery.

KFAI has been broadcasting for more than 35 years. It is a volunteer-based community radio station that provides music, news, public affairs and non-English language programming. KFAI fosters social justice and provides media access to underrepresented communities.

Participants

Panel Moderator

Robyne Robinson is an award-winning Minnesota broadcaster, artist and arts advocate. Her new jewelry line, Pathara, launches on ShopHQ this spring. She currently serves as arts and culture director of the Minneapolis Airport Foundation at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Panelists

Robin Getsug is a licensed marriage and family therapist with an emphasis in art therapy who uses healing modalities of art and yoga. Through workshops and individual sessions, her work touches a variety of populations, including families who have lost children to gun violence. Getsug also owns Momento: Adornment for the Home—home designs using image, word, color, texture, aromatherapy, and the power of memory.

Wing Yong Huie is a photographer and visual artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Huie was named 2000 Artist of the Year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and is the author of five books including, The University Avenue Project, Volumes 1 and 2; Looking For Asian American: An Ethnocentric Tour; Lake Street USA; and Frogtown: Photographs and Conversations in an Urban Neighborhood.

Hawona Sullivan Janzen is the gallery curator and special projects coordinator at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center. She manages UROC’s gallery and arts-related programming, including the Witness Creative Writing Workshop series, the U.S. Fifth Congressional District Arts Competition, and UROC’s involvement in the John Biggers Seed Project. A poet and a 2013 Givens Foundation Creative Writing Program Fellow, Janzen also volunteers with the Minnesota African American Museum and as the co-chair the African American Leadership Forum’s Ubuntu Council.

Catherine Kennedy was born in Liberia, and left her homeland in the early 1990s during the Liberian Civil War. She examines her experiences through documentary films and mixed-media installations, exploring the often difficult paths that bring African refugees and immigrants to the United States.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking people to leave turtles alone.  At this time of year, turtles are often seen crossing roads to reach nesting areas. Carol Hall is a herpetologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  She spoke with Siobhan Keirans on KFAI’s Morning Blend about the appropriate etiquette for human / turtle interactions, and the risk to turtles when drivers don't pay attention.

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