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Event to address challenges posed by COVID-19, other issues

A pandemic, social unrest and political division have challenged and damaged relationships. But a local group plans an event Tuesday to explore ways to heal.

Speak Your Peace: The Civility Project will hold a public discussion from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday on Zoom to hear from Northland leaders and residents about their experiences over the past two years and to develop ideas for improving strained relationships.

“Resetting Relationships In the Wake of … Everything” will feature a panel of community leaders moderated by Carl Crawford, human rights officer for the City of Duluth, and Tadd Johnson, senior director of American Indian tribal relations at the University of Minnesota. Attendees then will discuss potential solutions.

“Thanksgiving is right around the corner. We know conversations at holiday dinner tables, like elsewhere, have been difficult the last two years,” Speak Your Peace coordinator Rob Karwath said. “We hope this event will help people see that they are not alone and that we can develop ideas for better conversations leading to better relationships.”

The event is based on the concepts of Speak Your Peace, a nationally known program for strengthening communities focused on modeling and supporting civil conversation. The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation developed Speak Your Peace in 2003. Communities across the Northland and nationwide have used it to resolve issues and move forward in healthy ways.

To join the 6:30 p.m. Tuesday event, participants can go to zoom.us and enter meeting number 831 4134 7231. Call-in participants can dial 312-626-6799 and enter the meeting number.

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