World Story Telling Day–March 20th, 2018

Each year, on or around March 20, WORLD STORYTELLING DAY, there are events in 25 or more countries, celebrating storytelling and the inherent theme, IF I CAN HEAR YOUR STORY, IT’S HARDER FOR ME TO HATE YOU.  Global theme this year is WISE FOOLS, and the new website is www.globalstorytellingday.org/  Our evening is WISE FOOLS – WISDOM ON THE FOLLY OF WAR, and we will once again be at Landmark Center, 75 West 5th St., in St. Paul.   Landmark is www.landmarkcenter.org.

At 6 p.m. there will be an information fair with tabling by storytelling groups and Veterans for Peace, as well as other peace and justice organizations.  At 7 the storytelling will begin with Armistice Bell Ringing by Veterans for Peace, an honoring of the 90th anniversary of the Kellogg-Briand Pact, and of Dr. Harry Skornia, the ardent peace activist who founded PBS.  Then, in the wake of the Burns/Novick VIETNAM documentary, 6 storytellers will tell stories reflecting the theme, HAD WE BEEN ALLOWED TO TELL AND HEAR THE TRUTH AT THE TIME, THE WAR IN VIETNAM WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED.  

Al Bostelmann – an infantry veteran, Al is a licensed clinical social worker emeritus.  He is a facilitator for Veteran Healing Memories workshops, and is articulate on the truth of Just War Theory.

Father Harry Bury – U of M Newman Center priest and peace activist in the 60s, Bury was invited to Vietnam, by the Vietnamese, to help stop the war.  He is author of AN INVITATION TO THINK AND FEEL DIFFERENTLY IN THE NEW MILLENIUM.

Phuoc Thi Minh Tran – an award-winning author, Phuoc was the first Vietnamese/American librarian in MN.  She left her homeland as a “Boat Person”, following the fear and despair with the Fall of Saigon in 1975.

Chante Wolf – an award-winning photographer, writer, artist, and educator, Chante spent 12 years in the Air Force, including Desert Storm in 1991.  She is an activist with Women’s Veteran Initiative.

John Varone – Vietnam Veteran, Lifelong Musician, and former national Veterans for Peace board member.  John is also past President of the local VFP Chapter and is an honorary member of the Mendota Dakota Community, leader of veteran flag carrying at Pow Wow.

Nothando Zulu – Founder/Director of Black Storyteller’s Alliance, she is a lifelong political activist.  Nothando lives Dr. King’s truth that we’ll never solve poverty and racism, spending so much money sending our youth to kill poor people overseas.

The event is free, but donations are gladly accepted for the August honoring of the Kellogg-Briand Pact and Frank Kellogg, the only Minnesotan to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize.  Kellogg helped engineer the international treaty, signed in Paris, August 27, 1928, to outlaw war.  That event is August 26, also at Landmark, as part of this year’s National VFP Convention.

RSVP’s are not required, but if you do, we’ll save your seat till 6:45, plus we’ll send you our best information on parking near the Landmark.  Thankfully, this year, there is no WILD GAME in town that evening.  RSVP, or questions to:

Larry Johnson:  Host and Organizer for World Storytelling Day

Author of SIXTY-ONE, 61 stories calling for less war, more walking, and no arguing on veteran care.  www.shipwrecktbooks.com

Currently Natl Chair for the OGP (Old Gardening Party) to keep the world safe for children, gardening, and storytelling.

Find him in the woods, on public transit, or at larryjvfp@gmail.com