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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
“Kids were separated from their parents in the Obama administration,” says Karin Housley. No, they weren’t. According to USA Today, under both Obama and Bush children were separated from adults only when their relationship to the adults could not be established as in child trafficking or when there were not enough family facilities available. … Continue reading The Lie Tax
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 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. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/10/11/some-kinds-of-laws-expand-women-and-girls-economic-opportunities-how-does-that-work/?utm_term=.d75c49193ea8
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.