St Croix Valley Alliance NOW is a chapter of the National Organization for Women as well as a chapter of the Indivisible movement.  We believe that as a society, we must move forward, not backward. We engage in protecting, changing, and leading progressive values through local grassroots organizing.  We are a very active organization, composed of bright, energetic and interesting people. 

Activism works! As the Midterm Elections showed, we can accomplish a lot when we work together on political, social, and legislative goals. As part of the “Blue Wave” that swept 2017-2018, we were a force to be reckoned with. We spun off our own Political Committee, We Can Change the World. We formed SCVANOW as a 501c4 tax-exempt advocacy group, and most importantly, had some of our own members run for office.

SCVANOW is implementing the next stage of our activism in conjunction with other NOW chapters and Indivisible chapters to be even more effective in our advocacy. Our mission is “Advocacy for the Common Good.” Our members gain new skills and experiences while they can share their gifts and talents.

You can build a better community, strengthen our democratic system, and help to make the world a better place. We invite our like-minded friends to join us. Contribute as much or as little of your time as you have. Whatever you have to give to the cause is welcome.  

SCVANOW’s History

After the 2016 election, a dozen local women gathered together in a friend’s living room, determined to resist the agenda of the new administration. Calling themselves the St. Croix Valley Women’s Alliance, the group adopted guidelines from Indivisible, a grassroots organization determined to fight injustice with tactics learned from the Tea Party movement. Teams were mobilized:  Human Rights, Healthcare, Political Engagement, Education, Environment, and an affiliated Minnesota Political Committee, We Can Change the World  (WCCW), that directly recruits, campaigns for, and supports progressive candidates.  The teams have created events for public education, debates, and protests, have lobbied for legislation at the state and local level and worked side by side with social welfare nonprofits to help various progressive causes. 

Seeking a structure for fundraising, the organization became a chapter of NOW (National Organization for Women), which shares our values. As a chapter of NOW, we are a nonprofit 501(c)(4) social welfare group with an affiliated 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation.

Our Structure

Our Board of Directors is made up of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Advisory Board is made of Action Team chairs and co-chairs. The chairs of the teams are appointed by the President. Standing Committees are Communications, Fundraising, and Membership. Elections for the Board of Directors are held annually in the spring. Election committees to nominate candidates are formed in January. 

Membership

Although we encourage everyone to join our organization and become official members, we welcome non-members to participate in many of our activities. Membership in SCVA-NOW is open to like-minded people and includes membership in Minnesota NOW and National NOW. Benefits of joining our chapter include admission to our private Facebook page, eligibility to hold leadership positions in the organization, voting rights in elections, discounts on merchandise and events, placement on our mailing list, a subscription to our newsletter, and inclusion in our private discussion forums. 

Our Social Media 

Our Closed members-only Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/groups/scvwa/

Our public Website is: http://www.scvanow.org

Our Twitter feed is: @scvanow

SCVANOW has come a long way in a short time, and we are committed to building our organization into one that champions social change through activism.  We are so very pleased that you are interested in us in that effort!

Board of Directors: Nancy Mclean, President; Wendy Gorski, Vice President, Mary Ruch, Treasurer, Peg Ludtke, Secretary; Members-at-large Paula Hemer, Ann Siess, and Shannon Riley.

Team Chairs: Karen Farrington and Selena Freimark – Human Rights Team; Jodie Monson and Nancy McLean, Healthcare team; Pam Neary and Pat Lockyear, We Can Change the World;  Wendy Gorski and Sandra Larson  – Communications Team; Deb Hoffman  – Membership Team.

Got questions? Please contact us at our email address: inquiries@scvanow.org