Tag: Saint paul

  • Too Scared To Die Young by Lamont’e Lewis

    It wasn’t my choice to be born in this world to just die you know?  I cannot tell if death can come from the left or the right, but I always remain moving forward.  Moving forward while my shadow moves backward.  It’s not hard for me to cross the street looking both ways while my…

  • Buffalo Show – May 9th, 2023

    Buffalo Show – May 9th, 2023

    Write-up by Basanti Miller (she/her) “I couldn’t tell which side of the dream I was on.” Ben Weaver (Buffalo Weavers) “The Other Side if the Dream” Do creative, healing communities exist only in our dreams, or can they be realized? In early May, inside of the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, an answer revealed itself to…

  • Part 3: A Conversation with Russel Balenger: The Founder of the Circle of Peace Movement

    Written by: Sabrina Nur & Carrie Pomeroy Part 3: Growing Community Healing  In Parts 1 and 2 of our conversation with community leader Russel Balenger, we learned about how his childhood in Rondo and his family’s example inspired him and how he grew to become involved in criminal justice reform efforts and worked to connect…

  • Part 2: A Conversation with Russel Balenger: The Founder of the Circle of Peace Movement

    Part 2: Growing Into Leadership Written by: Carrie Pomeroy & Sabrina Nur In Part 1 of this conversation with St. Paul community leader Russel Balenger, we talked about Russel’s childhood growing up in St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood both before and after the construction of Interstate 94. We also learned about how his parents profoundly shaped…

  • Cracking Open the Possibility of Joy

    Collective Power Is Needed for Climate Healing Reflections on Climate Grief to Joy, Healing Circle Programming at Crosby Farm Park Written by: Grace Generous The crisp October day welcomed us into the circle as we gathered in the clearing at Crosby Farm Park. Jothsna, Buffalo, Laura, and Ben welcomed us, asking us to find a…

  • A Conversation with Russel Balenger: The Founder of the Circle of Peace Movement 

    Written by Sabrina Nur & Carrie Pomeroy 15 min read Russel Balenger, is a son, a father, a grandfather, an uncle and a guardian angel to many. A fearless and respected community voice, a son of Rondo, and an elder in Saint Paul. He recently made news when he was appointed to fill a seat…