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THANK YOU!

LOWERTOWN

ST. PAUL’S

BLACK DOG CAFE + KYATCHI

customers

“WARMED”

ST. PAUL

by

SteppingUP/GIVING

122 lbs.

of 

HATS / MITTENS / SCARVES / SOCKS!

 

 

 

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MOBILIZE WARM ACTIONS

“It was Valentine’s Day!…” Parkland High School survivor

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We are now faced with the fact

that tomorrow is today.
We are confronted with

the fierce urgency of now.

In this unfolding conundrum
of life and history,
there “is” such a thing
as being too late.

This is no time for apathy or complacency.

This is a time for vigorous and positive action.

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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THE BLACK AMERICAN SOCIAL JUSTICE R/EVOLUTIONARY
WHO SHIFTED THE EMBEDDED
RACIAL TECTONIC PLATES OF SOCIAL INJUSTICE
WITH RESOLUTE DEDICATION
TO THE PRACTICE
OF
NON-VIOLENCE.
HUMANITY’S VOICE WAS LIFTED BY HIS VOICE/STANCE/MARCH.

 

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PLEASE CLICK ON LINK FOR INFORMATION:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/02/12/787-updated-fyi-extended-lowertown-st-paul-warms-st-paul-valentines-day-homelessness-can-happen-to-anyone/

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HOMELESSNESS

CAN

HAPPEN

TO

ANYONE.”

UNION GOSPEL MISSION*

* Recipient/distributor of the WARM donations:
https://www.ugmtc.org/

 

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Keeping empathy suppressed and denied, when an innate action of  humane courage is imperative, is a decision to be silence itself
–  to be complicit.
All of us have been blessed with someone’s humane actions of kindness, when our worlds seemed to have shattered, that fortified our hope, our faith, our courage, our body and mind.
Practicing humanity begins with you and me.
The measure of our character is our capacity to see/reality, empathize/compassion and do the right thing/step UP moral courage.
Recall the times when your world was fragile, and someone’s actions of “SEEING” you and, in turn, they stepped UP and fulfilled your need
– a testament of radiant RADICAL HOPE.
Catherine L. Johnson
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/about/

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VALENTINE’S DAY

(EXTENDED)

THROUGH

SUNDAY 

18 FEBRUARY

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*LOWERTOWN*

ST. PAUL

WARMS

ST. PAUL

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OUR WINTERS = BONE SHATTERING COLD

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YES, ST. PAUL’s citizens stepped UP!

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Andy Remke, co-owner of BLACK DOG CAFE.

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Testimonial of the generosity/empathy and step UP of BLACK DOG CAFE + KYATCHI customers.
Shown: contents of BLACK DOG CAFE’s WARM box.

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Communities across America
are being forced/demanded
and
CALLED
to take

WARM ACTIONS.

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Our HUMANITY to SEE the invisible as VISIBLE
and
PROTECT OUR CHILDREN
from being murdered by assault guns is NOW.
Are we NOW a nation of  PTSD survivors of GUN VIOLENCE?
GUN VIOLENCE is a fact in OUR schools, churches and theaters.

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“Thoughts and Prayers”  of our nation’s elected – alleged – leaders  
are code words of : “I am recipient of NRA monies.”

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The children of OUR nation are RISING!
The “fierce urgency of NOW” is THEIRS.
Our NATION must RISE and NOT be complicit.
Our ACTIONS tell the TRUTH of America’s REAL values.
Weaponizing/ARMING/stockpiling our schools with guns  – NO WAY!
NO CHILDREN HUNTING.
FEAR cancels OUT learning/teaching/creativity.
PLEASE watch Emma Gonzalez, student/survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

Oh c’mon  NRA’s Dana Loesch: “These people are CRAZY people…”
 The 18 y/o was armed with an ASSAULT weapon
– hunters do NOT use assault and semi-automatic weapons or bump stock their guns!

Stoneman Douglas High School students are NOW revolutionaries of the NOW.

#NEVER AGAIN

“We are now faced with the fact
that tomorrow is today.
We are confronted with

the fierce urgency of NOW…”  

MLK

 

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THANK

YOU.

WARM

ACTIONS.

YOU

THANK.

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FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN                                                         Catherine L. Johnson  2013

 

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LOVE,
like
TELLING/SEEKING THE TRUTH + TAKING ACTION,
is a
VERB. 

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What happens when people listen,

really listen,

to each other?

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That is, hearing the other- NOT  filtering by hearing  through

embedded biases and presumptions.

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Friendships/relationships that thrive

are creating something better,

more profound,  like improvisational musicians

in a conscious ensemble:

the whole + the parts creating NEW horizons

– dynamic faith + trust in each other established

by the discipline of the KEEN listening

to each other.

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They attend, listen, to each other.

It’s about integrity.

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Through the discipline/practice of

attentive/respectful and honorable listening

to each other,

they are each called out to

RISE,

and, ONLY then the improvisational

magic of sonics/conversation becomes LIGHT.

The CALL + RESPONSE of Gospels.

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I can’t improvise with hit or miss communication style.
I need the beat, the rhythm, the swing and the call and response to unfold/create.
For me, it is fundamental to creating trust, a collaborative trust/synergistic trust.

 

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ALCHEMY.

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The common public perception of artists/ musicians

is/can be askew/distorted/false

when THIS field of research & development to mastery

is seen/assigned/boxed/labeled

as undisciplined/ “not” working.

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UNEQUIVOCALLY FALSE

that reflects a lack of information and a bias.

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The act of creating is arduous.

The creative process is a discipline.

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Breakthroughs require courage and openness

because they reflect the depth/magnitude/faith

 and the commitment

of the exploration

and

the willingness to continually dive

into the unknown.

This is true of any collaborative + purposeful/fulfilling

relationship/s.

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A dialogue, a dynamic, r/evolutionary dialogue is the event

that expands and cannot be boxed nor controlled.

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A meaningful collaboration is of equals-

one cannot be “hit or miss”

to inspire the other/s to unfold and rise.

 

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The improvisational magic of an ensemble,

a collaboration,

is based on relationship with each other

that calls out the MAJESTY in each other

and

is based on respecting/honoring each other.

Mutual/equal reciprocity.

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RESONANCE.

SACRED ATTENDING.

GRACE.

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 A dynamic relationship is the process of

practice, practice, practice the art + discipline of

FREEDOM.

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Experience the art + discipline of freedom/ unbound spirit

-the collaboration:

Miles Davis/ John Coltrane

 

 

and

Charles Lloyd/Jason Moran

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/nprs-tiny-desk-charles-lloyd-jason-moran-28-june-2016-define-sublime-poignant-flight/

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The story of one’s life is relationalin relationship to others.

The relationships, the collaboration, the interaction,

is Heaven on Earth.

It is an art.

A creative prayer is 

made consciously

and

with the door ajar.

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/2014-my-offering-to-you-the-soul-should-always-stand-ajar-with-love-hope-faith-beauty-integrity/

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“The soul should always stand ajar,

ready to welcome

the ecstatic experience.”

Emily Dickinson

 

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What has occurred with the executions

in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and in Falcon Heights, Minnesota

is an example, yet another example, of NOT listening.

“Hit or miss”- not present, not attending

the cues as information that creates an

off rhythm interaction.

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For the nation’s African-American police officers,

being both black and “blue”

can mean being caught in the midst of a cultural crossfire.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/blacks-blue-african-american-cops-react-violence-towards-police-n607141

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Unnatural.

Reactive.

FEAR.

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The Mississippi River offered an allegory/metaphor

of the divinity of Nature last week.

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“Ole Man River” started as a trickle of water

from Lake Itasca, Minnesota.

The ribbon of water gathered exponential force,

a great current developed, rolled downstream

and created a delta

in New Orleans, Louisiana.

https://i1.wp.com/media.cleveland.com/westlake/photo/whs-kayakers-mapsjpg-3ea5690d27070b13.jpg

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The executions of innocent Americans last week

occurred within 48 hours of each other

were against the current of our humanity.

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Upstream from Baton Rouge to Falcon Heights.

Officers of the PEACE killed two American citizens-

who

they had pledged and were trained

to protect

– the people of their community.

The converse is true:

the citizens fear PEACE officers who serve the community.

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The fear of each other coupled with reckless use of guns

to protect each other from each other

is

insanity.

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/minnesota-land-of-10-000-lakes-how-st-paul-police-killed-philando-castile-louisiana-baton-rouge-cd-man-of-baton-rouge-aka-alton-sterling-killed-with-multiple-shots-marvin-gaye/

 

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We are all 80% water.

The Mississippi River is an artery.

“Ole Man River” became an allegory of a river of blood,

and became a visual metaphor

of a cracked heart of America.

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This is what happened in St. Paul,

24 hours of Castile was executed:

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RAINBOW_24HRafterCASTILEkilled_LOWERTOWNSTPAUL

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A full RAINBOW of ALL COLORS

appeared in the clearing blue skies!

A FULL HALF ARC!

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Nature’s response to the shocking transgressions

 and

Nature’s call for a Gospel song of humanity,

for a dialogue,  for a dynamic stand up from

ALL Americans, ALL HUMANITY.

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Nature awaits an equal/mutual response

from humanity, from America.

This beautiful gift of WONDER, a response from Nature  to what happened after the slaughter in Orlando during the public vigil.

 

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Did anyone attend/respect/honor

this gift of calling out

“the better angels in OUR Nature”?  

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Yes, many did with a conscious response.

It starts with listening to the other –

NOT filtered/selective hearing nor “hit or miss”. 

 

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What do you enter/collaborate with and for?

How do you respond to the call of an unfolding dialogue?

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AMAZING GRACE.

 

 

 

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HUMANLY POSSIBLE: THE EMPATHY EXHIBITION

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HUMANITY SERIES : FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN_CATHERINE L.JOHNSON 2013; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN                                             Catherine L. Johnson 2012

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THE HUMANITY PORTFOLIO:

FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN

http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/humanity-portfolio-freshdriedbloodiamhuman-2o13

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My art is an experience.
The experience is an encounter.
The encounter is a revelation.
The revelation is an epiphany.
The epiphany is the sacred universality of our humanity.
Catherine L. Johnson / ARTIST

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FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN

will be shown in the

HUMANLY POSSIBLE: THE EMPATHY EXHIBITION

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