Archive for July, 2015

July 29, 2015

Matthew Cooke’s ” How to be an Officer of the Peace” Provides Solutions

Civil unrest is a condition that cannot be diagnosed for just the civilian. It can be applied to those subject to power in which responsibility cannot be handled. This condition cannot be diagnosed for just the victim. It can also be applied to those subject to the absolutes of military custom without the consideration for life. Civil unrest is a cry for a societal shift; a collective evolution; a cry for a cultural renaissance. This cultural renaissance must first be established within ourselves. In this clip, Matthew Cooke beautifully explains how community members, especially community officials, can work together to provide the space necessary for this renaissance to happen. Stand by for a review of his book: The Four Agreements.

July 27, 2015

Report Back From Kingian Nonviolence Training in Rochester New York: School 17

Work continues to be done in the around the nation in effort to promote peace and solidarity. Jonathan Lewis aka. “GLOBE”, organizes with activists to train on how to brake the cycle of violence that dwells in our vulnerable communities. This kind of work is essential if we are to influence the necessary changes in our world. This page is a link to just one of the many stories of success in our mission to empower the beloved community lead by GLOBE and many others.


When Jonathan “GLOBE” Lewis invited Cynthia Wanjiku and I to join him in Rochester, New York for a Kingian Nonviolence training of the administration, teachers, and students of school “17,” I was both skeptical and nervous because I have never conducted a training like this before. I questioned what it is that I have to offer given that I had not completed the training myself nor had I read all the material. However, as I completed the readings I began to see why Globe selected me; it was because I am an activist and I also practice many of the principles that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proposed, and I also share many of his thoughts—though less developed. I was full of fear about how helpful I could be to the students, but I was also excited to work with a group of youth who were interested in solving the…

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July 27, 2015

Saying Hellos and Goodbyes.

This article follows a friend, an alumni, and teacher Amy Graham as she brings the magic of experiential learning to Nulato, Alaska. Follow her to see how she makes the transition and donate to her cause!


If you really know me, you will know that my life is a musical, and for the next 14 days, I will have “Con Te Partiro” performed by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman stuck in my head. As a matter of fact, while reading this, you can click the play button on that YouTube video and listen as you read my story.

The time has come for many goodbyes down here in Wisconsin. However, the next two weeks will be filled with both hellos and goodbyes.

Just the other night, I was fortunate enough to meet and say hello to former Wisconsin US Senator Russ Feingold. He is running again in 2016.

At a political function in River Falls, WI with Russ Feingold At a political function in River Falls, WI with Russ Feingold Photo taken by Art Juchno

Russ is telling me that I will make a difference in Alaska. He hopes I will return to Wisconsin someday. Russ is telling me that I will make a difference in Alaska. He hopes I will return to Wisconsin someday. Photo taken…

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