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!
One might expect a member of our women’s alliance to value courage, kindness, and respect for all voices, but Karen Harkins Farrington, Co-chair of the Persisters seems to live these values in everything she does. She grew up in Buffalo, New York in a blue-collar family and still feels incredibly lucky she was offered a … Continue reading Meet A Positive Persister
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
“I needed to find my people,” said Deb Hoffman about her move back to the Twin Cities almost two years ago; we are very fortunate that her people is us, (SCVANOW). As most know, Deb is our newly elected Board President and she comes to us with not only enthusiasm but with a wealth of … Continue reading She Found her People and She has Some Ideas
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
Gladys Ritter is the newly elected Secretary for St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW. Gladys has been a long time member of the League of Women Voters but decided to focus her efforts in St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW. In Gladys’ own words this is why she got involved and stepped up to take on … Continue reading MEET GLADYS
By Peg Ludtke She was always at least one student’s first pick. My 9th-grade students were required to do a year-long biography study of someone they revered, someone who they felt had done something admirable for the greater good. Harriet Tubman easily fulfilled the requirement and swelled my female student’s minds and hearts with inspiration. The finale … Continue reading He Conquered While She Saved
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
We have a BETTER PLAN! Julia Child said, “If everything doesn’t happen quite the way you’d like, it doesn’t make too much difference, because you can fix it.” She was so right. A while ago, we announced a new Facebook membership policy. We wanted to create a situation where our members could freely express their … Continue reading New and Improved Facebook Policy
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
If you are passionate persister for progressive legislation and issues, put Wednesday, January 23 from 5:30 – 7PM on your calendar! 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). (* As … Continue reading Political Engagement Team Meets Jan. 23
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
Become a Member of the St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW Be empowered, make a difference! Be on the cutting edge of progressive politics, education, healthcare, environmental protection, and human rights. By becoming a member, you are supporting the activities of our group and will be admitted to join our inner circle on our private Facebook page … Continue reading Join Our NOW Chapter!
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?