Congratulations to the Minnesota Friends of Legacies, who will be honored this month in Washington DC by Legacies of War.
The Minnesota Friends of Legacies are being recognized for their courage, compassion, advocacy, creativity and community support in addressing the issues of UXO still remaining in Laos!
Over the years, Minnesotans have been actively engaged in organizing events and exhibitions in their state to create awareness of the continued impact of cluster bombs in Laos.
One of the high-profile examples of this was the 2010 Legacies of War: Refugee Nation Twin Cities interdisciplinary exhibit at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis.
Exhibits and benefits have also been held at the Loft Literary Center, the Hennepin County Library during the Slice & Spice of Asia exhibit, and their work to bring the Voices from Laos Speakers Tour to the state in 2013. In addition, Lao Minnesotans have written numerous op-eds and given interviews to local media to support the clearance of UXO in Laos.
Little Laos on the Prairie founding editor Chanida Phaengdara will be among those in attendance from Minnesota during the recognition ceremony in Washington D.C. on July 15th. Additionally, my poem "Legacies Between Us" will also be a part of the program to recognize the 10th anniversary of Legacies of War's work around the world.
Congratulations to everyone!