As Mn Leg comes into the final stretch of this session, here are some important bills to contact your legislators and the Governor about that you might have missed:Read More
News & Notes
Stay up-to-date on all things Women's March Minnesota.
Our first Comfortable at the Capitol event was a hit. We were able to partake in the MN Zoo day at the Capitol and met several MN House members, including Representative Erin Maye Quade and Representative Ilhan Omar, while mingling with ant eaters, turtles and chinchillas.Read More
April 24 – April 30:
Show your support for businesses closing their doors May 1st, International Workers Day, in solidarity with the Immigrant Movement! All week long, visit and purchase from the businesses below and make sure to tell them why you chose their business that day (and share photos on social media!).Read More
Women's March Minnesota strongly echoes the statement below by Women's March on the acquittal of the officers who killed Alton Sterling two years ago.
We also strongly protest the shooting death of Stephon Clark in Sacramento last week, yet another Black man killed by the police. This violence and injustice against Black and Brown people has to stop and we must do all we can to make this happen.
“White privilege is staging a walkout for gun control and having colleges and Universities say you will not be punished and your admission won’t be changed, when the same was not happening for Ferguson and Baltimore school walkouts...White privileged is not a curse word. It’s not meant to blame or shame anyone. It’s a lens to understand how race works in this country."Read More
Notes from Third Thursdays event in March - “The Fight for Equal Pay” - hosted by MSP NOW.
- Women earn 81cents in the dollar compared to men. When compared with White men, Asian women earn 87 cents, White women earn 79 cents, Black women earn 63 cents and Latina women earn 54 cents.
- The wage gap increases with age, maxing at 55-64 years due to the Opportunity Gap (i.e. women are less likely to get promoted than men). As a result, men are 85% more likely to be in positions of senior leadership, and over 60% of women are individual contributors towards the end of their careers, compared to just 40% of men.
- Of all the Fortune 500 CEOs, just 5% are women, 0.4% are women of color, and there are no Black women Fortune 500 CEOs.
- Minnesota is ranked 12th in the country for gender pay equality, and 49th for racial inequality (above WI).
On Thursday March 29, Women’s March Minnesota is participating in Our Justice’s 25th Annual Bowl-A-Thon. Our Justice has always worked to provide people with the resources they need now, while also advocating for policy change that would make these resources more available and remove many of these challenges altogether. Founded in 1967 by a small group of doctors, clergy, and community members to assist Minnesota women in accessing abortion care, Our Justice continues to support people’s reproductive and sexual human rights.Read More
Town Halls – great opportunities to get to know your representatives and vice versa.
It’s always useful to have face-to-face conversations with your reps. This way they will remember you when you call them or email them about bills that you care about. Here are some upcoming town halls with state representatives.Read More
In the words of the students; “Revolution is coming.”
Hundreds of thousands of students from across the country participated in a march for their lives on March 24. In Saint Paul they took to the streets 20,000 strong in order to have their voices heard on gun control.
The event, organized by students with guidance from organizations like Protect MN, Mom’s Demand Action, Students Demand Action, Women’s March Minnesota, and Black Lives Matter featured several local student speakers and a few surprise guests from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who were in town for a national hockey tournament.Read More
Gov. Dayton just proclaimed March 24th 2018 as March For Our Lives Day in Minnesota. He also commended the current efforts for sensible gun laws and an end to gun violence. Thank you, Gov. Dayton!
As excitement builds for tomorrow’s events all across the country, let’s ensure this awe-inspiring wave of student-led activism around gun control is felt at the polls in November. Here’s one way to do it: Text P2P to RTVOTE (788-683) to register to vote. It’s simple and takes 2 minutes!
“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.” - William Faulkner
To every student who participated in yesterday’s Walk Out:
We heard you.
We saw you.
We believe in you.
We will fight with you.
For all of us.
We will not give up.
We are so inspired and moved by the powerful protests across the country yesterday. To the students, our future leaders, thank you for your courage! You are making a difference!
And an additional thank you to the teachers and parents who supported the students yesterday and every day.
Thank you to the many volunteers and the hundreds of attendees who spent their morning at the Capitol on International Women's Day for a DAY OF ACTION to get the Equal Rights Amendment on the Minnesota Ballot in 2018. The Rotunda was filled with Equal Rights Amendment supporters dressed in red letting legislators know the TIME FOR EQUALITY IS NOW! Click for photos..
A wrench has been thrown into the cyclical experience of our post-school-shooting national mourning process and it’s being led by those most affected: the students have had enough.
Students in high schools across the country are organizing themselves and taking to the streets so that their voices -- seemingly ignored for so long by the adults charged with protecting them -- will finally be heard. Minnesota youth, empowered and inspired by the actions and words of the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14, are compounding the call for stronger gun control regulations. And they’re just getting started.Read More
The 2018 MN Legislative Session has begun and will run to mid-May. If you are interested in legislation, what is happening at the State Capitol and knowing what you can do about it, here are some good ways of keeping up.Read More
"We know that gun control works, we know how to establish it. So why do we act as if it's a hypothetical fantasy attainable everywhere but here? Why are we surprised every time an assault rifle capable of firing 15 to 45 rounds a minute kills that many people? There's no ifs, butts, or maybes, we are done with excuses and BS." She went on to say that, "we are not just asking for shooters to stop shooting, we are asking our government to stop giving them the means to do so!" - Eva Goldfarb, (Member; Women's March Minnesota Youth Empower committee)Read More