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 the St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW is sponsoring the chair of the state chapter of American Promise, an organization behind the Democracy for All Amendment, the proposed 28th Amendment for the U.S. Constitution. 

Vicki Barnes, the Minnesota chair of American Promise, a national organization dedicated to getting money out of politics, will lead a discussion on how this affects Minnesota at the monthly meeting of the St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW. The event, Feb. 10, 1:30pm, at the Stillwater Public Library, is open to the public. 

The Amendment would advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process. Congress and the States would regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections. They will also have the power to enforce the legislation and to distinguish between people and corporations, preventing corporations from spending money to influence elections. 

The bill to vote on the 28th Amendment was introduced in Congress by Democratic Representatives Ted Deutch of Florida, Jim McGovern of Massachusetts and Jamie Raskin of Maryland, as well as Republican Representative John Katko of New York. 

American Promise says it will work to grow Congressional support through grassroots action and organizing throughout 2019.

“Once big money is out of politics with the 28th Amendment, the voice of the American people will be restored,” the movement states. 

Join us February 10 at 1:30 pm at the Stillwater Public Library, Margaret Rivers Room, 224 3rd St. N., Stillwater, MN. 55082, for what promises to be an informative event.

St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW, formerly the St. Croix Valley Women’s Alliance, was formed in 2016 to champion activism for the common good.  SCVANOW is a chapter of the National Organization for Women.  The website is SCVANOW.ORG 

For more information contact Nancy McLean, President, president@scvanow.org

 

Big Money Agenda: Democracy on the BrinkFree Movie January 30 

STILLWATER, MINNESOTA,  JANUARY 30, 2019

On January 30, 2019, the Healthcare Team of the St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW is sponsoring an informative, free screening of the movie “Big Money Agenda: Democracy on the Brink.” 

This movie looks at the effects of big money on our rising healthcare costs and what we can do about it.  Following the movie, Vicki Barnes, of American Promise, a national organization dedicated to getting money out of politics, will lead a discussion on how this affects Minnesota.

From 1998-2017, the healthcare sector spent $9 billion lobbying our legislators. And what did it get us? No negotiation for Medicare drug prices, no single payer or public option for healthcare, and no competitive importation of drugs.  While Americans support Congressional action to reduce costs and provide healthcare for all, the needed reform hasn’t happened.  Corporate agendas rather than public interest are dictating our national healthcare policy.

American Promise is devoted to passage of a Constitutional Amendment that will restore our ability to regulate campaign spending. Once big money is out of politics with the 28th Amendment, the voice of the American People will be restored.

Join us at 6:00 p.m. at the Stillwater Public Library, Margaret Rivers Room, 224 3rd St. N., Stillwater, MN. 55082, for what promises to be an informative evening. The event is open to the public. 

St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW, formerly the St. Croix Valley Women’s Alliance, was formed in 2016 to champion activism for the common good.  SCVANOW is a chapter of the National Organization for Women.  The website is SCVANOW.ORG 

For more information contact Nancy McLean, President, president@scvanow.org

 

PROTECT MINNESOTA Jan. 13 Free Event  

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STILLWATER, MINNESOTA, JANUARY 13, 2019  — In the 2018 midterm elections in Minnesota, 52 of the 59 gun reform candidates backed by Protect Minnesota won. Voters are backing sensible gun laws to stem the epidemic tide of mass shootings in America. What can we do to  help this issue along? How can we talk to our neighbors and children about gun violence?

Protect Minnesota’s Rev. Nancy Bence speaks at the Stillwater Public Library, Margaret Rivers Room, 224 3rd St N, Stillwater, MN 55082 on Sunday, January 13 at 1:30pm, sponsored by the Healthcare Team of the St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW.

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 six families struggling with the aftermath of shooting deaths. She now serves as Executive Director of Protect Minnesota, the only independent, state-based gun violence prevention organization in Minnesota. 

“Gun violence has become a national health crisis and is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S. No other country has this terrifying distinction.  As advocates for violence prevention policies, the SCVANOW Healthcare Team recognizes that Minnesota and the nation needs a comprehensive public health approach to addressing this growing problem,” says Nancy McLean, president of SCVANOW. 

Protect Minnesota promotes a culture of health and safety for all Minnesotans by preventing gun violence through research, legislation, education, and community investment.

St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW, formerly known as St. Croix Valley Women’s Alliance, was formed in 2016 to champion progressive goals in Minnesota. SCVANOW is a chapter of the National Organization for Women.  Their website is SCVANOW.ORG

For more information contact Nancy McLean, president, president@scvanow.org or Wendy Gorski, Communications chair, info@scvanow.org 

 

ERA MN Founder in Stillwater Dec. 9

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. STILLWATER, MINNESOTA DECEMBER  1, 2018 On Sunday, December 9 at 1:30pm, St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW presents the founder of ERA Minnesota at a free event at the Stillwater Public Library. Kathleen Murphy will explain why the Equal Rights Amendment is still legally necessary in the State of Minnesota and as an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Find out what is being done at the state and national level to finally secure equal rights for all.

Our full membership meeting follows.

This presentation will cover the history of the Equal Rights Amendment from its inception until today, including what happened in the 1970s and why the national effort was defeated in 1982. Ms. Murphy is sponsored by SCVANOW’s Human Rights Team “The Persisters.”

Heather Allison is President of ERA Minnesota. M. Kathleen Murphy is the chief strategist, communications guru, and co-founder of ERA Minnesota. (ERA Minnesota)

Sunday, Dec. 9, 1:30pm, Stillwater Public Library, 224 3rd St. N. Stillwater, MN 55082

ALL ARE WELCOME!!


Education Minnesota Details New Legislative Plans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. STILLWATER, MINNESOTA SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 — What are the state legislature’s plans for education this year? Find out what to cheer and jeer concerning new bills for school funding, teacher preparation, youth programs and more. Paul Winkelaar from EducationMinnesota.org will address pressing issues in public education Sunday, Sept 9, 2018, 1:30 PM at Ascension Episcopal Church at 214 3rd St N, Stillwater.  Increase your understanding of the importance of voting for pro-public education candidates locally, state-wide and nationally. Sponsored by the EdVocates pro-public education team of St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW. 

St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW, originally founded as St. Croix Valley Women’s Alliance in 2016, currently has more than 1000 online supporters in the St. Croix Valley.