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Celebrating Gandhi and Non Violence Day, October 2, 2016. Gandhi Used “Salt” and Not Race, Religion or Fear to Mobilize People.

The local Asian Indian community invites Minnesota to celebrate Nonviolence Day on October 2, 2016 at the State Capitol with a short program at 10 a.m. The goal of the event is to celebrate the importance of nonviolence in building Minnesota and the nation. Following a short march in the tradition of Gandhi, there will be an interfaith prayer followed by a short program. All are welcome to join the celebration.

At the event community leaders in Minnesota will be honored, who through their lives have shown the spirit of Gandhi through the various pathways to Nonviolence they championed (see list below). These leaders illustrate the fact that it takes the village to build the village.

In a time of great anxiety and unrest all over the world we focus on core strategies Mahatma Gandhi developed and offered for community development and growth.  These are the words of a Gandhian leader, J. P, Naik, writing about the Gandhian tradition.

“Indian tradition places great emphasis on nonviolence towards all living things as an ultimate goal—a  quality that should mark the relationship not only between man and man but between man and nature, between man and society, and between one society and another. This has several significant implications such as love and respect for all other individuals, acceptance of equal rights of every other individual to freedom and self-realization; cultivation of understanding and a tolerance of different viewpoints, cultural patterns, and life styles; and a willingness as well as a capacity to resolve conflicts through discussion, persuasion, mutual give-and-take, consensus, or even personal suffering rather than through resorting to violence.”

The event is free and open to the public. The organizers invite Minnesotans to come together on October 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol grounds to make a collective commitment to a nonviolent community bound together, as Gandhi said, through the moral strength of the people or “truth force.”

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Celebrating Pathways to Non Violence

Each of these community leaders illustrate a pathway to build community and a nonviolent society. It takes a village to build the village with each one doing our part. In celebrating these leaders we also celebrate the thousands of people in our community who every day build a vibrant community wherever they are through their service and talents.

Bao Vang—Providing unique avenues for employment and skill development for low income workers.

Association for India’s Development-MN Connecting Minnesota to serve the needs of the poor in other parts of the world.

Brett Buckner—Redistricting – Empowering the political voice of immigrants and minorities.

Charles Vu—Elders as role models, mentors and community connectors

Cheryl Chatman—Empowering college youth to succeed

Dalton Outlaw—Building youth self-confidence and success through boxing

Elona Street Stewart—working to create a culturally intelligent learning environment

Ezell Jones –-Aggregating ALANA economic interests as a strategy of economic development.

Gene Gelgelu—Little Africa, building community through arts, culture and business

JoAnne Stately—Building ethnic philanthropic capacity

Mary Hamel—Integrating the economic potential of small independent businesses with community building.

Miguel Ramos—Integrating diverse communities into professional sports and at the same time building their capacity.

Pamela Standing
—Expanding capacity for Native American wealth creation.

Readus Fletcher—working for economic inclusion through proactive government strategies

Ruby Azurdia Lee—Collaboration with diverse communities around common goals.

Siad Ali—Empowering diverse students, teachers and administrators.

Steve Lebeau—Integrating diverse voices in a mainstream business publication

Susan Brower—Disaggregating racial data for effective policy to close disparities.

Tou Ger Bennet Xiong—Humor as a way to increase racial understanding and mobilize people.


Youth – Community Service

The Indian community in an effort to encourage Asian Indian youth to be positively engaged in community service will recognize these youth for their efforts.

Vaishnavi Venkat

Varun Dabade

Priya Kanajam

Shamily Jadhav

Varun Agarwal

Jaitri Joshi

Akash Nagapurkar

Amritha Ramsankar

Aashna Sheth

Hiren Patel

Neal Mukherjee
Biswaranjan Mohanty