Non-violence Day 2022 is made possible by a grant from Dr. Dash Foundation
Co-hosted by Minnesota Historical Society and Twin Cities Non Violent

International Day of Non-Violence - 2022

Mahatma Gandhi 153rd birthday

Celebrate International Non Violence Day by the UN and honoring Mahatma Gandhi on his 153rd birthday (October 2,1869).

Date: October 2nd 2022, 3PM - 6PM

Location: Minnesota Historical Society, 3M Auditorium
                 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102

Registration: Click here


India Association of Minnesota celebrated Mahatma Gandhi's legacy of peace through non- violence to eradicate the ingrained systemic racial violence, injustice and inequality against minorities(women, native Americans, Blacks, immigrants, LGBTQ, marginalized people of any race).Our world needs Gandhi philosophy of peace through Nonviolence more than ever in current turbulent times of conflicts among communities and violence against environment/nature.

This program will feature key note speakers, Gandhi peace awards, youth contest awards, a short film on Gandhi's life, a conversation about his legacy,  cultural program, and temporary exhibit. 

2022 Speakers
  • Will Wallace

    Will Wallace is a 25+ year veteran of youth and community work in North Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He was part of the creation of the 2008 City of Minneapolis Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence. He has been a voice for engagement between police and community during times of crisis, such as the police shooting of Mr. Jamar Clark. Will has also consulted with the Minneapolis Public Schools for many years working with K-8 students promoting healing from the traumas of poverty, racism, and community violence. His unique expertise in working with youth who have been raised in situations of violence and trauma and have then become involved with gangs and/or the justice system. This experience was foundational to the development and launch of the North 4 Program in 2010 and to its successful operation over several years. Will Wallace holds a Global Career Development Facilitator certification, and has both participated in and led multiple trainings on youth violence prevention, mediation, healing from racial trauma, community engagement, trauma informed care, and related topics.

  • Anna Zaros

    Anna Zaros (She/Her) previously held a number of leadership and development positions and has worked as the Director of Development at Mary's Pence, Director of Development and Communications at the Domestic Abuse Project, and her latest position was as Head of Donor Engagement at the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), where she worked for the past four years. During her time at CVT, Anna was a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group, where she provided leadership, planning and implementation to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization.

    Anna holds a Masters in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and a mini-MBA for Nonprofits Certificate and a Fundraising Certificate from Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas. Anna has worked with peacebuilding organizations in Mindanao, the Philippines, and as a case worker for victims and survivors of sex trafficking in Minnesota and has had her journal articles on this work published in scholarly journals.

  • Brett Buckner

    Brett Buckner is the managing director for OneMn.org, a statewide coalition of organizations and

    individuals dedicated to Minnesota's racial, social and economic equity and inclusion since 2016.

    A proud third generation Minnesotan and life-long resident of North Minneapolis, Brett formed

    the ColorTheVote (CTV) Campaign with Dr. Bruce Corrie and their community partners in 2010.

    In 2021 the group mobilized a community initiative to produce plans for the state redistricting

    process with the state's judicial panel. 2022 will mark the campaign’s ninth election cycle of the

    program's operation that has reached over 75,000 voters.

    Brett continues his civic and community leadership responsibilities as chair for Common Cause -

    Minnesota Advisory Board, The Heritage Youth Sports Foundation, The Minnesota African

    American Sports Hall of Fame and co-convenor of the Seeds To Harvest Community Service


    Brett is a double graduate of Metropolitan State University with a master’s in Advocacy and

    Political Leadership and is a Roy Wilkins Community Fellow from the Roy Wilkins Center at the

    Humphrey Institute.

    Brett has expanded his efforts to mobilize the community as co-Executive Producer of the

    Hip-Hop & Politics Edutainment Network. The network produces the Beats, Rhymes, &

    Democracy show on KFAI and other podcast programs covering critical topics and


2022 Vision of Gandhi Award Recipients
  • Mel Duncan

    Mel Duncan is a co-founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) based on Gandhi’s concept of the Shanti Sena. NP’s nonviolent civilian protectors provide direct protection to civilians caught in violent conflict and work with local groups to prevent further violence in a variety of conflict areas including South Sudan, Sudan, Burundi Iraq, the Philippines, Myanmar, the US and, most recently, in Ukraine.  He served as the organization’s first executive director and later represented NP at the United Nations where the group has Consultative Status. Recent UN global reviews as well as Security Council and General Assembly Resolutions have cited and recommended unarmed civilian protection (UCP). He is currently leading a process to identify UCP good practices so as to improve the work of existing groups and encourage many others to apply these effective, nonviolent methods for the protection of civilians.  The American Friends Service Committee nominated Nonviolent Peaceforce for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.  In 2018 Nonviolent Peaceforce received the Luxembourg Peace Prize. Last fall Mel received World Beyond War’s Lifetime David Hartsough War Abolisher Award.

    He and Georgia, his wife, live in St. Paul, Minnesota in the USA, occupied Dakota and Ojibwe land.  They have 8 children and 13 grandchildren

  • Father Harry Bury

    Father Bury: Priest, Professor, Political Activist , Warrior for Peace and Author.

    He is the author of "Maverick Priest: A Story of a Life on the Edge" and "An Invitation to Think and Feel Differently in the New Millennium".

    He is the Founder and President of Twin Cities Non-Violent (TCNV) organization and inspiration of ‘10 days Free from Violence’ events since 2017. 

    He is a Professor Emeritus at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio and taught in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions.
    Father Bury was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam war. In 1971, he and three others chained themselves to the U.S. Embassy gate in Saigon. 

    He was awarded the Ho Chi Minh City Key in gratitude for his efforts to end the war in Vietnam. In 2005, Harry was abducted in Gaza while serving as a human shield between Israeli soldiers and Palestine Citizens. Now in his 9th decade of life, Father Bury offers “Eight Points to Peace” through Twin Cities Non Violent . 

    1. Peace through Police Reform 2. End Gun Violence 3. End Poverty and Homelessness 4. Peace through Education 5. Importance of the Family 6. Peace Free from Racism 7. End Violence against Minorities 8. Peace through Active Programs

  • Sheila Lamb

    Sheila Lamb, Ojibwe and Cherokee, is a mother and grandmother working to stop violence against women and girls. Sheila has worked with trafficked and at-risk youth and was appointed to the Minnesota Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Task Force  She has served on various panels including those at the United Nations that addressed the issue of sex trafficking. Sheila is involved in the Legislature to create awareness around these issues, as well as domestic violence, sexual assault, and online harassment. Sheila also serves as the Co-chair of the MN350 Board and serves on the City Council of Cloquet, which incorporates some Reservation land within its boundaries.  She is also a community advocate. 

Program Details


Refreshments : Heffelfinger room

Exhibit Tables : IAM, Mahatma Gandhi, NonViolent Peace Force,WAMM, Veterans for Peace, MAP350


PROGRAM - 3M Auditorium- 4 to 6 PM

Land Acknowledgement

4:00–4:10   Welcome

 Kent Whitworth, MNHS Director & CEO
            Suyash Jain, President,India Association of Minnesota (IAM)


4:10–4:20   Minnesota Tribute-Vocal
                    Dr. Pooja Pavan Goswami Music Students:

                  Vocalists: Asawari Dandekar, Sandhya Joshi,Dinesh Krishnajois, Archisha Kulshrestha,Anvesha Malik,Kingshuk Mandal, Dharitri Mishra

                    Harmonium: Jagdip Mahant

4:20-4:25   Gandhi’s Life (Mini Video 3.5 min)

4.25-4.35   Gandhi Tribute@his Centennial BD 1969 - Prince Charles (8min)

4:35-4:40   Proclamation Reading
4:40-4:50   Keynote Speaker: Ms. Anna Zaros

                   NP Us Director Organizational Advancement


4.50-5.00   Keynote Speaker: Mr. Will Wallace

                   NP US Director of Community Peace Building

5:00- 5:10   BHARAT SAMRAJYA -Classical Bharatanatyam Dance
                  Students of Nritya Kalakshetra Academy / Smt. Sivanuja Balaji:

Sreeja Maradana, Deepa Udesha Navaratnarajah,Meenakshi Shunmugam, Vibashreya Srivatsan

5.10- 5.20   Guitarist Dean McGraw

5:20-5:30   "In Mahatma's Footsteps" Video/Reel contest winner awards


5.30- 5.55  Vision of Gandhi Awards -Ram Gada

                      Brett Buckner-Reflection -2 min

              2022 Recipients:

              1. Mel Duncan- Co-Founder of Nonviolent Peace Force (NP)

              2. Sheila Lamb- Indian American Activist for Women & Children

              3. Fr. Harry Bury- President of Twin Cities Non Violent (TCNV)              


5:55-6.00  Thank You- Tanwi Prigge,

Vice President,India Association of Minnesota (IAM)
This work is funded in part by the Minnesota Humanities Center with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008