To the Editor:
I did not see coverage of the Central Minnesota Peace and Diversity Fair sponsored by the Little Falls Partners for Peace and the Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace that started in Le Bourget Park with a high-spirited march to Maple Island Park Saturday, June 23.
We were informed and entertained throughout the day by a diverse group. Jamal Omar, the statewide corrections chaplain to Muslim inmates; Derek Amlie, former military; Coleen Rowley, FBI whistle blower; Anne Frisch, senior adviser to Nonviolent Peaceforce: “The Raging Grannies” from Grand Rapids, singing their protests; The WAMM Troupe, street theater from the billionaires’ perspective and Sestri-Slavic Women’s Chorus performing folk songs of Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Russia and the Ukraine, led by Celo V’ec.
There was an eclectic variety of food for a pot luck lunch and munch throughout the day; all of this with the backdrop of the raging waters of the Mississippi; a sublime day.
A number of people were invited to share in the day; some declined the offer. It’s difficult to dialogue if one does not “suit up and show up.” The overall message that I heard was: listen with an open mind, be respectful, but speak your truth. — Retha Dooley, Sauk Centre