So much to include – we left off with Doc Lafayette – aaaaaaah Doc – so charismatic and encouraging (he said, “it feels like a MOVEMENT here in Rhode Island, a movement for nonviolence and active participation of all ages”).
Our spoken word artist/facilitators Christopher Johnson, Hannah Resseger (bmor7) and Kalyana Champlain (5th Elament) were featured for this June 11th (along with star poet Rudy Cabrera) and all contributed their own voices, energy, examples, and powerful pieces within their nonviolence repertoire.
Christopher engaged the audience with his call and response work – his very personal take on what it means to live a life committed to helping others and understanding how to negotiate through the difficulties of contemporary society.
Hannah Resseger (b mor 7) has been an artist, emcee, and community activist for the past 17 years. Her most recent work has focused specifically on bullying, hate crimes and civil rights. She presented her powerful work this evening, with a specific focus on the principles of nonviolence.
Kalyana Champlain (5th Elament), who spent time down at the Compass School in Kingston working with students in an after school club on nonviolence (girl power!) performed her unique brand of moving spoken word poetry, including a collaborative effort with one of her fellow nonviolence students (from URI’s Summer Peace Institute).
Members of the audience (including book artist Mary Geisser) added their own contributions to the collective spirit of nonviolence. The spirit was and is the point of this effort – to grow a larger community of folks interested in raising awareness of the nonviolence principles, and actively engage this community in making change for social justice.
We truly hope and expect to continue these efforts in the near future. AS220’s Criss Cross Orchestra definitely added to the festive atmosphere – aaaah music, and a series of panels created by students at Tollgate High School in Warwick represented the interpretation of the Story of Mum Bett as told by storyteller, and program facilitator, Valerie Tutson.