LESSON# 2: WORDS MATTER; USE THEM TO NAME THE INJUSTICE AND THEN TO INSPIRE THOSE WHO CAN SET IT RIGHT. It began at a ladies tea; somehow the polite small talk moved into women expressing their frustration at the lack of opportunity for their gender. Elizabeth Cady Stanton described her feelings this way: “I poured … Continue reading Lesson #2 from the Suffragists: Words Matter
August 26th is Woman’s Equality Day, the day we commemorate the adoption of the 19th Amendment. It seems like the appropriate day to post the first segment of a blog series I worked on over the summer. I am a bit of history nerd so, for me, it was interesting to dig into details about … Continue reading Let’s Celebrate the Original Persisters!
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
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
Every spring I buy my share of flowers at plant sales and nurseries until the yard, at least the front and back porch look sufficiently cheery and welcoming. We have several areas around the property that would look like no one cared if I didn’t. The quickest way to go is to buy already flowering annuals like … Continue reading Sow Seeds for the People
To a packed room of 120 or more, at the Stillwater Library this evening Hedrick Smith, renowned journalist and Pulitzer-Prize Winning author reminded us not just what isn’t working in our democracy but that we, the people are the ones that must fix it. We must get the dark money out of politics. We must … Continue reading Hedrick Hits the Heartland with Hope
Flood stage: Swelled way beyond its banks, The St. Croix has overtaken Wolf’s Marina, made an island of buildings that usually hug its shore, including those at Mulberry Marina and P.D. Pappy’s Restaurant. The gazebo at the end of Myrtle Street looks like it has waded out until its waist high in the river, reachable … Continue reading The River, the People, and Hedrick Smith
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
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
[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!
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
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!
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?
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!
“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
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?
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!
As we countdown to the midterm elections please consider writing a letter in support of your local candidate. The SCVA NOW Communication Team will be immediately available to help you in any way. Below you will find guidelines for writing letters and links to appropriately submit them, as well as links to information available on … Continue reading Letters to the Editor – Tips & Tricks
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
Here’s a great summary of candidates and forums for the four open Stillwater Area School Board positions. This includes links to recorded versions of two forums and candidate responses. There’s one more forum scheduled on 10/24 hosted by the Stillwater Gazette. http://stillwaterschools.org/district/school-board/elections/school-board-candidate-forums
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We are a grassroots social welfare organization that uses every political tool we can to implement a progressive and humane legislative agenda at the local, state and national levels. Our members doggedly follow our legislators and their legislation, speaking up when we see injustice, greed, and corruption, and taking the reins of power ourselves to get … Continue reading Political Engagement Team