IAM at Twin Cities Nonviolent (TCNV)

10 Days Free of Violence Event

India Association of Minnesota, in collaboration with Twin Cities Nonviolent, is hosting a session about the “Relevance of Non-Violence to Current Events” as part of the Virtual 10 Days Free of Violence initiative. This event is to promote peace through active non-violence. There will be two keynote speakers talking about non-violence, followed by engaging activities. 

Topic: Relevance of Non-Violence to Current Events

Date: Sunday, September 20th, 2020

Time: 11AM - 12:30PM

Format: Virtual 

Registration Link: https://twincitiesnonviolent.org/virtual-10-days-free-from-violence/

Keynote Speakers:

  • Mel Duncan

    Mel Duncan is a co-founder and current Director of Advocacy and Outreach for Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP), a world leader in unarmed civilian protection (UCP). 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, Iraq, the

    Philippines and Myanmar. Mel has represented NP at the United Nations where the group has been granted Consultative Status. He is currently focusing on identifying and validating UCP good practices. The American Friends Service Committee nominated Nonviolent Peaceforce for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2018,

    Nonviolent Peaceforce received the Luxembourg Peace Prize.

  • Katie Sample

    Katie Sample is a community elder who has resided in the Twin Cities since 1968. In 1988 she founded an African centered Educational Enrichment program entitled: African-American Academy for Accelerated Learning (AAAL). This program conducted after school and summer programs as well as travel to Africa which enhanced the knowledge and appreciation of the  participants’ history, culture and values. She is a mentor for many and encourages organization and endeavors that are designed to see the urgency to improve means to create a brighter educational future for African American children and youth.


  • Sean G Phillips

    Sean Garrison is a native Detroiter raised in Minneapolis, MN. A proclaimed "renaissance man", he is a writer and an abstract painter in which both disciples cross-influence each other. He is an entrepreneur and the owner/founder of the publishing company Chocolate River Press. He is a co-founder and member of the ROHO Arts collective. A self-taught artist himself, he feels that all artists should have a foundational understanding of art, but art is conceived in the soul of an artist which precludes academic knowledge.

  • Melodee Strong

    Melodee works as a freelance illustrator, muralist, and instructor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has participated in many gallery exhibitions, book readings, as well as presented to an array of audiences throughout my career, including Target’s Children’s Book Festivals in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, New York, and Boston. Her illustrations have received awards from the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and Society of Illustrators New York and she has received Teacher’s Choice, Mom’s Choice, and Moonbeam Awards for my illustrations in children’s books.


  • Smriti Datta

    Smriti is a highly ambitious Sophomore, from Prior Lake MN, with creative interests in Theater, Musicals, Singing, Writing & Speech & a budding author. She has a highly successful track record in representing Prior Lake High School in multiple Speech Meets across Minneapolis, including First Place in Dramatics at Orono High School and the Rookie Of The Year at Prior Lake High School.On the musical front, she has represented Prior Lake at the Minnesota All State Choir, for three consecutive years. In addition to the above, she also writes, composes and performs to her own songs (with her guitar in tow) across events & shows in Minneapolis.

International Day of Non-Violence

Mahatma Gandhi 151st birthday

The India Association of Minnesota will celebrate International Day of Non-Violence on Friday, October 2nd, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

Date: Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Time: 6pm - 7:30pm

Format: Virtual ; Details to be announced soon

Create a poster and participate in the Non-Violence Day Parade!

 India Association of Minnesota invites you to celebrate

 Non Violence day and Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday October 2, 2020

Kids all ages, including adults are welcome  to participate

Here are the details

  • Create a Poster on 30” x 20” poster board 

(Available at Dollar Tree  or use any other size and material you have available)

  • The theme is “Gandhi & Non-Violence” relating to the current events about Racial Injustice

  • Take a Picture or yourself with your poster

  • Send the picture to dl.iamnonviolence@iamn.org, include your name, age and city you live in

  • Your pictures must to be received by the  end of day September 29th

  • All submitted pictures will be relayed on the event day


Prizes: First Prize $50, Second Prize $25.  All  participants will receive a digital participation certificate

Note:- Prizes will be announced on the day of the event.

 Date & Time of the parade : Oct 2nd 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (zoom meeting - details to be shared here)