Published 2019 by the LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS White Bear Lake Area-St. Croix Valley Unit and kindly shared with St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW. Thank you! The non-partisan LWV has been a voice for citizens and a force for democracy since 1920. They encourage the informed participation of citizens in government by sponsoring debates, organizing information … Continue reading They Represent You in the St. Croix Valley
AdvocatesFor as long as humans have been around, they have been on the move. People move towards food, and being nearer to family. They move away from persecution and violence. Sometimes they move simply for adventure. Movement is human nature. With this given fact as her springboard Michelle Garnett McKenzie, Deputy Director from The Advocates … Continue reading ADDRESSING IMMIGRATION ISSUES HERE IN MN
Want to make a difference in your community? Consider Applying or Running for City or County Positions Washington County • Go to https://www.co.washington.mn.us/, click on Government • Click on “How do I become a member of an Advisory Board or Committee” • Consider applying for one of its 18 advisory boards and committees. City of … Continue reading Make a Difference: Run or Apply for City, County Positions
We have a BETTER PLAN! Julia Child said, “If everything doesn’t happen quite the way you’d like, it doesn’t make too much difference, because you can fix it.” She was so right. A while ago, we announced a new Facebook membership policy. We wanted to create a situation where our members could freely express their … Continue reading New and Improved Facebook Policy
SCVANOW Members and Friends! We have great News! Lift Bridge Brewing is once again featuring us at Townie Tuesday! They will generously donate a portion of the proceeds from every beer to SCVANOW. Townie Tuesday is certainly a good time with friends. But it's also a chance to introduce ourselves to the community, have easy conversations with your neighbors on local issues … Continue reading Townie Tuesday
WE NEED YOU! With SCVNOW elections coming up later this spring, we are seeking candidates to run for the Board of Directors: President, Administrative Vice President, Action Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Deb Hoffman, our current membership chair, is running for President and we have other members seriously considering their candidacy for other offices. … Continue reading Nominations For SCVANOW Board Are Open
March Membership Meeting Change Our next regularly scheduled membership meeting falls on March 10, which is the beginning of spring break. Since many of our members will be gone, we’ve decided that we should all take a break. We hope that instead of meeting, you will put your feet up, relax, and take a breath. … Continue reading March Membership Meeting Change
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT from the Board of Directors of SCVANOW. NEW MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT on Facebook. Dear Facebook SCVANOW Group Friends, After the last presidential election, a miracle happened. One thousand of us found each other and became an alliance. We gathered together in person and on Facebook to turn our despair into action and purpose. We … Continue reading Important Notice: Change in SCVANOW Facebook Policy
Our members Kava Zabawa and Sandra Larson delivered valentines to legislators today, urging support for red flag and enhance background check laws. They spoke to MN Senator Karin Housley (R-SD39) and ran into Rep. Shelly Christensen (D-SD39B) in the Capitol Rotunda today at the ProtectMN commemoration of victims of gun violence in Minnesota and Parkland … Continue reading Members Lobby for Background Checks, Gun Violence Laws
SCVANOW member Kava Zabawa told our legislators today that we need healthcare for all Minnesotans. Among the many groups at the event were Minnesota Nurses Association , Isaiah , Healthcare For All Minnesota, The Land Stewardship Project, Take Action MN, and Main Street Alliance of Minnesota ( small business) were all here! The demonstrators are saying yes to expansion of … Continue reading SCVANOW Members Lobby for Healthcare for All
By Peg Ludtke In 2013 Vicki Barnes became a grandmother. Like any other grandparent, she wants her grandson to grow up in a healthy democracy, one that is equitable and just. But Barnes realized that she can’t sit idle and let unlimited dark money flow into our government. That is not a democracy. That is … Continue reading LET’S ALL MAKE THIS AMERICAN PROMISE
Editor's note: We are starting a little feature series called "My Story" that will introduce you some of the great people who belong to SCVANOW and why they joined. First up is Peg Ludtke, who joined SCVANOW in 2017 and is now its Secretary. Peg is a thoughtful, compassionate worker bee and we can always … Continue reading My Story: Meet Peg
Democracy For All Amendment - Get Big Money Out of Politics! Feb. 10 Full Membership Meeting FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: STILLWATER, MINNESOTA, FEBRUARY 10, 2019 -- If you are fed up with corporations being considered people, and money being equal to free speech, we have a cause you can get behind. On February 10, 2019, the Healthcare Team … Continue reading Let’s Get Big Money Out of Politics! Feb. 10 Full Membership Meeting
ACTION REQUESTED: Please call Senator Karin Housley, 651-296-4351 about election security! Senate File 93 (SF93) should be a no-brainer for both parties. It releases about $7 million dollars in federal funds for election security. Most states got access to this funding last year, but not Minnesota. The House version of this bill (HF14) is moving … Continue reading MN Election Security Funding – YOUR CALLS NEEDED
The PerSisters Human Rights Team is working on a campaign to encourage people of all backgrounds, religions, races, and ethnicities to feel welcome in Stillwater. Two members of the Persisters attended the January 18, 2019 meeting of the business group, Main Street Stillwater IBA, chaired by Aimee Pelletier. The Persisters had engaged with the group … Continue reading Making Stillwater More Welcoming
[St. Paul, MN, January 25, 2019] At a historic hearing Thursday, February 24th, the Minnesota House Government Operations Committee voted to pass out of committee the Minnesota Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), also known as HF13, authored by Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein, and a resolution to Congress to remove the deadline on the national ERA - HF71 … Continue reading Minnesota ERA Closer to Passage
We are still strong, persistent, and a force of nature, we still want to advance a progressive agenda, and we still want the current President and his enablers out. We are still angry, occasionally nasty, but also know we are slowly winning the war against the forces that would oppress us. The third annual Women’s … Continue reading Why We Marched Again
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER - Vicki Barnes is now scheduled to appear at our Feb. 10 full membership meeting, talking about the 28th Amendment, Democracy for All. Barnes is the state coordinator for American Promise, an organization dedicated to getting big money out of politics. The meeting is at the … Continue reading Big Money Agenda Movie Night
Be part of the grassroots effort for progressive change! Join the Political Engagement Team (PET) Wednesday, January 23 from 5:30 – 7PM SCVANOW and WCCW* member Shannon Riley was active with us during election season and is reaching out to those interested in engaging in political activity again via SCVANOW’s Political Engagement Team (PET). (* … Continue reading Political Engagement Team Returns!
Statement by NOW President Toni Van Pelt 01.08.2019 Bernice Sandler, who passed away January 5 at her home in Washington, D.C., was widely known as the “Godmother of Title IX.” After earning a doctorate at the University of Maryland in 1969, she applied for one of seven teaching positions in her department but was told … Continue reading Celebrating the Life of Bernice Sandler
The voters spoke in the midterm election and gave control of the Minnesota State House to the DFL. Gun reform was a winning campaign issue, especially in the all-important suburbs. What does this mean for 2019? Learn about prospects and strategies for gun reform this year from Rev. Nancy Nord Bence, Executive Director of Protect … Continue reading GUN VIOLENCE 2019: PROSPECTS AND STRATEGIES FOR GUN REFORM IN MINNESOTA
It’s time to sign up for the Women’s March! The first march two years ago was an unforgettable and historic event. It was an important and visible message to this administration that we will not quietly stand by while they tear away at the values we hold dear. It was also a fun and energizing … Continue reading March with Us January 19
Join us Sunday, January 13, 1:30pm at the Stillwater Public Library to hear Rev. Nancy Nord Bence, the executive director of ProtectMN, a grassroots organization dedicated to preventing gun violence. Rev. Nancy Nord Bence is an ordained Lutheran pastor who felt called to join the gun reform movement in 2016 after providing pastoral care for … Continue reading Fixing the Mayhem – ProtectMN At Our Jan. 13 Full Membership Meeting
People with a passion for specific issues and want to deep dive into actions they can take to promote change have formed into teams at SCVA-NOW. They steer our agenda and launch actions that can involve our entire membership. Leaders from each team make up the Advisory Board, which meets monthly. Currently there are three … Continue reading Meet Our Teams
Democracy For All Amendment - Get Big Money Out of Politics! Feb. 10 Full Membership Meeting FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: STILLWATER, MINNESOTA, FEBRUARY 10, 2019 -- If you are fed up with corporations being considered people, and money being equal to free speech, we have a cause you can get behind. On February 10, 2019, the Healthcare Team of … Continue reading Press
What do our members do? We organize motivate, inspire, lead discussions, make phone calls, write, send letters, paint, make posters, take notes, post on social media, work with others, brainstorm, plan events, draw, design, cheer, hold signs, visit our legislators, rally, lobby, chant, sing, engage local businesses, create petitions, bring food to a potluck or any … Continue reading Gallery
The Path to Constitutional Equality: State and Federal Directions Join us Sunday, December 9 at 1:30pm at the Stillwater Public Library for a free presentation by the co-founder of ERA Minnesota, Kathleen Murphy. Why is the Equal Rights Amendment still legally necessary in the State of Minnesota and as an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, … Continue reading Dec. 9 Event – ERA-Minnesota!
Become a Member of the St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW Be empowered, make a difference! Be on the cutting edge of progressive politics, education, healthcare, environmental protection, and human rights. By becoming a member, you are supporting the activities of our group and will be admitted to join our inner circle on our private Facebook page … Continue reading Join Our NOW Chapter!
St Croix Valley Alliance NOW is a chapter of the National Organization for Women. 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 … Continue reading Who Is SCVA-NOW?
By Peg Ludtke Did you know that roughly around 6,000 bills are written each two-year cycle in the MN Legislature? If that seems overwhelming, don’t panic. Jaime McGeathy - pronounced “McGathy”), author of the newsletter WatchYourRepsMN , convincingly argues that anyone can stay on top of what is happening at the Capitol in terms … Continue reading MIDTERMS OVER, WHAT’S NEXT?