Press Clip Source: Twincities.com Pioneer Press
Date: February 17, 2016
Written by:Rubén Rosario
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Mel Duncan was always a peace-loving man, but the light bulb really turned on and stayed on in 1999 during a visit to Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastery in southern France.
“He told me that my job was to enter the heart of my enemy,” Duncan said of the exiled monk, the only man the late Martin Luther King Jr. ever nominated for a Nobel Peace prize.
“We are beyond the place and time where we can pick sides,” Hanh said that day. “The stakes are much too high. We have to proceed from an understanding of oneness.”
The words stuck with Duncan, a former campaign organizer for the late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone.
“What he said sent me on a journey to challenge the dualistic way of seeing the world — us versus them, right versus wrong, good versus evil,” he said. That year, from the spare bedroom of his Como Park home, Duncan hatched a plan to create a “nonviolent peace force” with the help of friends and associates from Minnesota, across the country and overseas.