All Are Welcome Here!

The PerSisters for Human Rights Committee worked in collaboration with the Main Street Stillwater IBA to offer their members "All Are Welcome Here" window clings. This effort began because of hate literature from a local hate group being dropped off at some area businesses. We wanted to make sure the message was clear that All Are … Continue reading All Are Welcome Here!


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

Making Stillwater More Welcoming

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

Celebrating the Life of Bernice Sandler

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

Hate Crimes Increase in Minnesota

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

Diversity in Stillwater High School

A great story!  We can be proud of our students at Stillwater. As far as Stillwater Area High School (SAHS) Principal Rob Bach knows, seniors Abdulaziz Mohamed and Nikhil Kumaran are the first students of color to serve as Student Council presidents. Bach added, however, their story isn’t just about two young black men leading … Continue reading Diversity in Stillwater High School

Why Do We Need Gender Equality?

Why do we need gender equality laws? Gender equality laws provide formal mechanisms to eliminate discriminatory practices aimed at undermining the health and rights of women and girls. Here are three examples of how laws to protect women and girls also can enhance their economic opportunities.  

Muslim Fear Still Alive and Well in Minn.

Wow Housley, Newberger and Stauber attended the GOP dinner in Forest Lake with a keynote speaker whose focus was anti-Muslim. Fear mongering training for the GOP? “The evening’s keynote speaker was Chris Gaubatz, a man who brands himself as a “national security consultant, speaker, and conservative political activist” who “trains law enforcement on the severity … Continue reading Muslim Fear Still Alive and Well in Minn.