Speak your peace events

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SYP events

Since the Speak Your Peace kick-off campaign in August, 2003, the following has been accomplished:  

By the numbers:

  • 8,522 wallet cards have been distributed
  • 2,916 large posters have been distributed
  • 1,964 "Civility Certified" 8.5-by-5.5 cards have been distributed
  • 454 vision statements have been distributed
  • 356 buttons have been distributed
  • 169 smaller 8.5-by-11 posters have been distributed
  • 178 window clings have been distributed
  • 143 Speak Your Peace presentations have been delivered
Additional highlights:
  • Presentations have been made to the following governing bodies in Duluth, MN, and Superior, WI: Duluth and Superior City Councils, St. Louis County and Douglas County Boards, Duluth and Superior School Boards
  • Speak Your Peace was named the winner of the first Minnesota Ethical Citizens Award in May 2011
  • Minnesota State Sen. Roger Reinert built a "tool kit of core civic skills" and was named a Bush Fellowship award winner in 2013 with the aid of Speak Your Peace materials.
  • Speak Your Peace has been present, in person and with materials, at all debates for local, state and national offices in Duluth, MN, from the fall of 2012 to the spring of 2015. “Civility Certified” posters have been prominently displayed on the podiums at televised debates involving candidates running for the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate and the Minnesota Governor’s Office in this period.
  • Speak Your Peace has been incorporated into business and employer Continuing Education classes offered by the University of Minnesota Duluth. In 2015, the program was part of classes including: Courageous Conversations: Conflict Does Not Have to Be Painful;Six Rules for Communicating with Diplomacy, Tact and Credibility; and Managing Influence, Power and Politics in Your Organization
Requests for posters and other materials have come from a wide variety of sources, including: schools, senior housing developments, community foundations, National Night Out committees and political debate organizers. Posters and/or other materials are on display or in use in the following locations and communities: 
  • Duluth Public Schools, Duluth, MN
  • Superior Public Schools, Superior, WI
  • Hermantown Public Schools, Hermantown, MN
  • Cloquet Public Schools, Cloquet, MN
  • Buhl Public Schools, Buhl, MN
  • All eight community colleges in northeastern Minnesota
  • Harmony Village Inc., Columbiana, OH
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • University of Rome, Rome, Italy
  • Initiative Foundation, Little Falls, MN
  • Katherine C. Elford Inc., Huntington Beach, CA
  • Washington County Human Services, West Bend, WI
  • Plover, WI
  • New Day Shelter, Ashland, WI
  • Duluth DFL Office, Duluth, MN
  • Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, IA
  • National Night Out, New Hope, MN
  • Northfield Green Apartments, Portland, ME
  • Bremer Bank, Marshall, MN
  • Adult Learning Center, Marshall, MN
  • Robbinsdale Area Schools, Plymouth, MN
  • Preservation Management, South Portland, ME
  • Cook County Board of Commissioners, Grand Marais, MN
  • Wisconsin Leadership Academy, University of Wisconsin-Superior (and throughout the UW system)
  • UW Extension Northwest Office, Menomonie, WI
  • Cook County Schools, Grand Marias, MN
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Fergus Falls, MN
  • West Central Initiative, Fergus Falls, MN
  • Fergus Falls City Hall, Fergus Falls, MN
  • Fergus Falls Public School District, Fergus Falls, MN
  • Otter Tail County Board, Fergus Falls, MN
  • Meyers Plaza Senior Co-op, Detroit, MI
  • Eagle Accounting Inc., Duluth, MN
  • KUMD-FM offices, University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN
  • Harbor City International School, Duluth, MN
  • Cambridge Apartments, Bloomington, IN
  • Fridley, MN
  • Fairington Apartments of Roanoke, Roanoke, VA
  • De Pere, WI
  • Atlantic Beach, FL
  • Green County, WI
  • Sisters, OR
  • AAR Corp., Duluth, MN
  • Asbury United Methodist Church, Duluth, MN
Speak Your Peace curriculum has been provided to and used by the following:
  • Duluth Public Schools, Duluth, MN
  • Stevens Point Public Schools, Stevens Point, WI
  • Hermantown Public Schools, Hermantown, MN
  • Proctor Public Schools, Proctor, MN
  • Mesabi East High School, Aurora, MN
  • Lake Superior School District, Northeastern Minnesota
  • Incourage Community Foundation, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
  • Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Venice, FL
  • Wayne County Community Foundation, Wooster, OH
  • Marshfield Area Community Foundation, Marshfield, WI
  • Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI
  • Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Des Moines, IA
  • Community Foundation for the Ozarks, Springfield, MO 
  • Minneapolis Rotary, Minneapolis, MN
  • Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Truckee, CA
  • Ashland High School, Ashland, WI
  • Ashland Middle School, Ashland, WI
  • CenturyLink, Duluth, MN
  • Minnesota Power, Duluth, MN
  • Superior Water Light & Power Co., Superior, WI
  • Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Inc. Board, Duluth, MN
  • Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
  • Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies, Detroit, MI
  • American Association of Service Coordinators, Powell, OH
  • Institute for Civility in Government, Houston, TX
  • University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior, Superior, WI
  • St. Louis County Human Services Conference, Duluth, MN
  • Scott Anderson Leadership Forum, Duluth, MN
  • WDSE-TV Public Forum on Domestic Politics and International Terrorism, Duluth, MN
  • American Association of University Women Minnesota State Meeting
  • Kentucky Bar Association Statewide Conference
  • Kentucky Attorney General Statewide Conference
  • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits State Meeting and Activities
  • Donors Forum of Wisconsin State Meeting and Activities
  • State of Wisconsin, Department of Corrections
Speak Your Peace translations: 
  • Spanish
  • Hmong
  • Russian
  • Italian
Posters and/or other materials have been digitally altered to include these organizations’ individual information: 
  • Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC
  • Upstate University Hospital at Community General, Syracuse, NY
  • University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • St. John Neumann Apartments, Jennings, MO
  • City of Lake Elmo, Lake Elmo, MN
  • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Plover, WI
  • George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
In addition to Duluth, MN, Superior, WI, and the surrounding Twin Ports region, Speak Your Peace has been directly introduced by DSACF staff to the following communities:
  • Southwood County, WI
  • Springfield, MO
  • Willmar, MN
  • Cook County, MN
  • Truckee-Tahoe, CA
  • Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Ashland, WI
  • Washburn, WI
  • Bayfield, WI
  • La Pointe, WI
  • Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, WI
  • Lake Elmo, MN
  • Bayamon, Puerto Rico
  • Shreveport, LA
  • Chippewa Falls, WI
  • Fergus Falls, MN
  • International Falls, MN
  • Eau Claire, WI
  • Sisters, OR
Speak Your Peace has appeared in media and academic journals, including:
  • "Reversing the Incivility Spiral” workshop, Rochester, MN
  • Series of pre-election civility columns, Duluth News Tribune, Duluth, MN, June through November, 2012
  • Speaker: It's possible to disagree agreeably even on contentious subjects,Eau Claire Leader Telegram, Eau Claire, WI, April 16, 2014
  • “Speak Your Peace uses 9 tools to communicate civility,” Fergus Falls Journal, Fergus Falls, MN, Aug. 5, 2014
  • Northland Group Calls for Civility, KBJR-TV and KDLH-TV, Duluth, MN, Dec. 10, 2014
  • "Civility Helps Unite, Move Community Forward," column by Rob Karwath, Duluth News Tribune, Oct. 29, 2015
  • Featured on "Nick News," Nickelodeon cable TV network
  • National Civic Review
  • Foundation Review
  • Recognized as a national leadership tool by the Council of Foundation Community Leadership Team in their publication, “Better Together.” Includes video on YouTube.
In-person group presentations have included:
  • On April 28, 2012, to the Bush Foundation Fellows, Grand Rapids, MN
  • On July 25, 2012, to the Town of La Pointe open meeting, St. John’s United Church of Christ, La Pointe, WI
  • On Sept. 26, 2012, to Northland College, Ashland, WI
  • On March 12, 2014, to the residents of Pennel Park Commons, Duluth, MN
  • On April 16, 2014, to the Alliance for Strong Communities, Eau Claire, WI
  • On June 11, 2014, to Russian visitors with the Sister Cities program, Duluth, MN
  • On June 13, 2014, to Udac, Duluth, MN
  • On Aug. 4 and 5, 2014, to the Fergus Falls City Council and city employees, the Fergus Falls Public School District and the Otter Tail County Board, all in Fergus Falls, MN
  • On Oct. 12, 2014, to the first meeting of the “A Place to Listen” community group, La Pointe, WI
  • On Jan. 31, 2015, to the 17th annual meeting of Citizens in Action as part of a daylong session titled "Strengthening Community through Relationships."
  • On Feb. 25, 2015, to citizens in the Twin Ports region, the first of three public sessions titled, "Civility Starts with Us," at Pilgrim Congregational Church, with speaker Elizabeth Nelson, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • On March 25, 2015, "Civility Starts with Us" community session at Pilgrim Congregational Church, Duluth, MN, featuring Duluth Mayor Don Ness as the speaker
  • On April 29, 2015, "Civility Starts with Us" community session at Pilgrim Congregational Church, Duluth, MN, featuring Duluth News Tribune Editorial Page Editor Chuck Frederick as the speaker
  • On Oct. 31, 2015, half-day training session and workshop (the first of three) for citizens in the Twin Ports region, overview session titled, "Civility Starts with Me," at First United Methodist Church, Duluth, MN
  • On Nov. 12, 2015, second "Civility Starts with Me" training session on listening for Twin Ports region residents, First United Methodist Church, Duluth, MN
  • On Dec. 2, 2015, third "Civility Starts with Me" training session on civil discourse for Twin Ports region residents, First United Methodist Church, Duluth, MN
  • On Dec. 18, 2015, to AAR Corp. in Duluth, MN
  • Jan. 13, 14 and 15, to several community and regional groups in Sisters, OR 
  • On Feb. 28, 2016, to Asbury United Methodist Church in Duluth, MN
  • On March 19, a half-day training session and workshop (the first of three offered in spring 2016 to citizens in the Twin Ports region), overview session titled, "Civility Starts with Me," at Pilgrim Congregational Church, Duluth, MN
  • On March 28, 2015, before an informational meeting of the Duluth School Board on the potential sale of district property attended by about 400 community members. Speak Your Peace: The Civility Project was invited to attend and to help make the event "Civility Certified," following the model for regional political debates that have integrated the program into the discussion.
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