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  • Writer's pictureDawn Espe

May 2024

The Sowing Room Vol. 1


JEDI Workbench

THINGS TO READ, THINGS TO WATCH, LOCAL EVENTS AND VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES


Japanese Americans: A History of Racism & Prejudice

Presenter Michael Erickson

May 6, 2024 – 7:00 – 8:30pm 

Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Baxter


I was born in Tokyo, Japan. Adopted by Caucasian parents. Arrived in Brainerd at age 10 for 4th grade, which was my 10th elementary school. I have experienced racism and prejudice directly throughout my life and talked with many others about their experiences.


Thursday, May 2nd Noon-1pm 

Central Lakes College, Brainerd 


Be transported to one of Central America’s most fascinating countries as Brainerd Lakes community members Gayle Nielsen and Larry Fisk recount their journeys to Nicaragua. Explore the rich history and vibrant culture of Nicaragua, and marvel at stunning photos from their adventures.


ORGANIZATIONAL UPDATES


Welcome and thanks for being here.  We are excited to announce the unveiling of The Sowing Room, planting the seeds of inclusive communities.

The Sowing Room is seeking nonprofit status 501(c)3 to continue the important work led by Region Five Development Commission since 2017.

The importance of building inclusive, connected communities was amplified in 2020 with the pandemic and the murder of George Floyd.  

The Sowing Room seeks to break down barriers and build bridges in our rural Minnesota places and spaces. 


Working to improve physical and psychological safety

In partnership with the Nonviolent Peaceforce, workshops, community conversations and complexity buddy opportunities will be offered in preparation for the Brainerd Lakes Pride weekend and the 2024 election.  Identifying potential threats, opening “windows of tolerance” and practicing de-escalation techniques will be covered.  Keep updated on opportunities on our website and Facebook page





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