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kyong juhn: Walk for Hope and Peace
Nov
9
to Dec 29

kyong juhn: Walk for Hope and Peace

Walk for Hope & Peace presents kyong juhn’s journey from her current hometown, Rochester, to Bemidji, Minnesota, having walked over 350 miles for 21 days. With overwhelming support from Veterans For Peace, Chapter 27 and many wonderful, warm-hearted families who hosted the artist every night, juhn walked 15-20 miles every day and photographed her journey in order to bring awareness to the imminent political tension surrounding her walk.

This project functions as homage to juhn’s mother, who escaped from the North Korean communist regime by walking 323 miles from Pyongyang, North Korea to Busan, South Korea. As a descendent of a North Korean refugee couple, born in South Korea, and now living in America, juhn sought to include diverse Minnesotan communities in her walk, hoping to engage in dialogue about ways to promote peace between her beloved countries: the United States of America, South Korea, and North Korea. juhn walked and photographed this project to empower and inspire participants from diverse communities so as to envision art as a tool, extending others imaginations and voices.  During the course of walking, these communities experience the unfolding of their own political voice. It is these voices are at the heart of the RAC exhibition.

“Every day, I walked each step to renew hope for the peace of our future, to touch each facet of my transformation, and to feel the warm terrain of Minnesota, where the place is now I can call as my home.”

-kyong juhn, the artist

Free and open to the public
info@rochesterartcenter.org

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
SundayClosed

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Las Posadas: March for Dignity and Respect
Dec
18
4:00 PM16:00

Las Posadas: March for Dignity and Respect

  • 1710 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN, 55408 United States (map)
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December 18, 2018

4:00pm March starts from 1710 W. Lake Street

6:00pm Celebration at CTUL (3715 Chicago Ave)

CTUL invites you to "Las Posadas: March for Dignity and Respect”. Construction workers who are members of CTUL are calling on large developers in the Twin Cities metro area to work with Building Dignity and Respect Standards Council to end labor trafficking, wage theft, and other serious abuses in the construction industry. 

Join us December 18, 2018 at 3:00pm at the CTUL office to carpool, or 4:00pm for at 1710 W. Lake Street for a rally, march and street theater, followed by a celebration at CTUL (3715 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis) at 6:00pm.

Las Posadas (Spanish for “lodging) is a centuries old tradition held throughout Mexico and Central America commemorating Mary and Joseph’s difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a warm place to stay the night. The story carries a powerful moral and political message, in which a people who are subjected to the brutalities of the Roman Empire stand up to have a voice in ensuring basic dignity and respect.

In the story of Las Posadas, Mary and Joseph (a carpenter by trade) are poor migrants who are seeking refuge in their journey to Bethlehem. They are consistently turned away until they arrive at the poorest of poor homes where they are offered a stable for them to stay and give birth to their child. Their first visitors are shepherds, who at the time were among the poorest, most marginalized people in Judea. Las Posadas commemorates the beginning of a movement led by a subjugated people against the Roman Empire.

In the spirit of this tradition, construction workers who are members of CTUL are standing up to demand a voice in ensuring basic dignity and respect in the construction industry. Recently the Hennepin County Attorney’s office filed charges against a local construction contractor for labor trafficking, theft by swindle, and insurance fraud. In this case, Ricardo Batres, owner of American Contractors and Associates, was working on construction projects led by Reuter Walton, one of the largest Developers / General Contractors in Minneapolis, and Lennar, the single largest home-builder in the Twin Cities metro area for every year since 2006. Unfortunately this is not an isolated case but is a symptom of a much larger problem in the industry where workers report rampant wage theft, dangerous working conditions, and at the extreme labor trafficking.

With this march, workers have put together a theater skit in which the main character is a carpenter who migrates to the big city only to be surprised by modern and historical injustices such as wage theft, labor trafficking, and other labor abuses. The worker is consistently turned away from having a voice, until he finds other workers and together they stand up to demand basic dignity and respect.

Join us in this interactive play where we will march from the offices of Reuter Walton to Wells Fargo (a major lender to Lennar) to one of the largest proposed development projects in Minneapolis at the old Arby’s location in Uptown. Following the march we will go to CTUL to celebrate the beginning of a movement to win dignity and respect in the construction industry.


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Book Club for Northfielders Justice for Palestine
Feb
5
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club for Northfielders Justice for Palestine

  • St. John's Lutheran Church - Northfield, MN (map)
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Northfielders Justice for Palestine Book Club will hold its third meeting on the book “It’s Easier to Reach Heaven than the End of the Street: A Jerusalem Memoir” by Dr. Emma Williams. at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb.. 5, 2019, in the Fireside Room at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. W., in Northfield. Future meetings are scheduled for March 4 and April 2, 2019.

A first-hand account of life by a doctor and mother during the Second Intifada (“uprising”) the book is Dr. Emma Williams’ story of living in Jerusalem during turmoil that arose between Israelis and Palestinians in the summer of 2000. 

No prior knowledge of the subject or of the broader issues surrounding Palestine/Israel is necessary, nor is attendance at previous sessions. Anyone willing to learn, listen and discuss the issue is welcome, including those who have not read the book. Attendance is free but participants are responsible for providing their own book if desired. Contact Darlene Hand at 507-645-5078 for information about the book group.

Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel is an ecumenical group of community members who organize local events to educate and advocate for justice and peace in Palestine/Israel. For more information about NJP, visit the website at www.njpmn.org or write to info@njpmn.org.

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Book Club for Northfielders Justice for Palestine
Apr
2
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club for Northfielders Justice for Palestine

  • St. John's Lutheran Church - Northfield, MN (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Northfielders Justice for Palestine Book Club will hold its final meeting on the book “It’s Easier to Reach Heaven than the End of the Street: A Jerusalem Memoir” by Dr. Emma Williams. at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in the Fireside Room at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. W., in Northfield.

A first-hand account of life by a doctor and mother during the Second Intifada (“uprising”) the book is Dr. Emma Williams’ story of living in Jerusalem during turmoil that arose between Israelis and Palestinians in the summer of 2000. 

No prior knowledge of the subject or of the broader issues surrounding Palestine/Israel is necessary, nor is attendance at previous sessions. Anyone willing to learn, listen and discuss the issue is welcome, including those who have not read the book. Attendance is free but participants are responsible for providing their own book if desired. Contact Darlene Hand at 507-645-5078 for information about the book group.

Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel is an ecumenical group of community members who organize local events to educate and advocate for justice and peace in Palestine/Israel. For more information about NJP, visit the website at www.njpmn.org or write to info@njpmn.org.

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