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!
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?
SCVANOW's Human Rights Team (The Persisters) has worked for the last two years to open dialog between people of different backgrounds and cultures, including working with immigrants, youth, and the homeless. The team met with local merchants to engage them in the discussion to make Stillwater a welcoming city after a hate crime occurred at … Continue reading Hate Crimes Increase in Minnesota
Many wonderful election wins have shown up in the news. Some that are missing are the Wisconsin "United to Amend The US Constitution" wins. Nine more Wisconsin Counties voted to amend the U.S. Constitution to clarify that only human beings should have inalienable human rights and money is not the same thing as free speech. … Continue reading Wisconsin Votes to Get Money Out of Politics
The new bible for our efforts to effect progressive change -- version 2.0 of the Indivisible Guide -- has just been published. The Indivisible Guide is the operating manual that SCVANOW adopted two years ago as we began to fight abuses in human rights, healthcare, and environmental law changes. We now got more of … Continue reading Indivisible 2.0 is Here!
This week I took my 86-year-old mother to the Chisago County Government Center to vote. My mother doesn’t drive and has trouble standing for a long time but she’s as sharp and savvy about her civic rights and responsibilities as anyone I know. We had tried to get her an absentee ballot, but when the … Continue reading Voting With Mom
The voting gender gap has developed into a deep a chasm in the 2018 Midterm elections. Women in this country are fed up with a President who admits to being a sexual predator and with powerful men who until now have gotten away with sexual harassment or assault with impunity. The Women's March began the … Continue reading What Would Happen if Only Women Voted?
We all know the phrases "Mother Earth" and "Mother Nature." The words speak volumes about the way we see our planet and the role of women in our society. Women have traditionally played the roles of defender, protector, the nurturing parent, the creator and sustainer of life. Today, climate protection and feminism are deeply … Continue reading Feminists and Climate Change
STAY STRONG Hey! Is your anxiety rising as the midterms loom nearer? The negative TV ads playing havoc with your piece of mind? Even with the tremendous efforts to elect women and get out the vote by W.C.C.W (We Can Change the World - one vote at a time) and the Alliance, we won’t know … Continue reading Stay Strong – Get Louder!
Here is the latest news from NOW: Endorsements: https://nowpac.org/all-federal-candidates-2018/ Current Action Issues: https://now.org/nap/ And here is a movie that explains it all! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POXCESNqGH0