Women’s March Minnesota Ends Official Connection with Women’s March National

WOMEN’S MARCH MINNESOTA ENDS OFFICIAL CONNECTION WITH WOMEN’S MARCH NATIONAL

On Sunday, July 14, Women’s March Minnesota’s Board of Directors voted unanimously against signing an affiliation agreement presented by Women’s March, Inc.

Women’s March Minnesota is an independent IRS-designated 501(c)(3) organization (granted by the IRS in February of 2018). Women’s March Inc released its proposed affiliation document, opening the “official” affiliation process in March of this year.

Women’s March Minnesota provided feedback regarding the initial agreement draft, as well as a multitude of on-going concerns that have been voiced by the Board, volunteers, and supporters of WMM.

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Jackie Craig
Roe vs. Rage: A Reproductive Rights Panel at Third Thursdays

Do you know how many abortion clinics there are in Minnesota? Four – three in the Twin Cities and one in Duluth. Minnesotans, on average, think there are 41. That’s part of what’s driving the rage in Minnesota; there are so many misunderstandings, so many fallacies and, dare we say it, fake news about abortions.

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Outcry Scream Sessions: A creative project to empower women to use their voices

These photography sessions were not your high fashion, super model type. It was made to show the authentic, raw side of a woman that is hidden behind a veil; that women can only scream and yell when no one’s there. In society, in many women’s upbringing, we have been conditioned to be passive, silent, and to feel powerless. But we are not. These outcry sessions encourage women to let out their inner roar, that burning fire that’s been eating them up inside.

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Outcry in MN

“In response to the long history of silencing of women and girls I make portraits of women screaming. Through this project I provide women a space where they can practice speaking up and out for themselves. I also provide a space for them to be heard, supported, encouraged and celebrated. I began this project on the night of the Women’s March 2018, and since then have photographed over 200 women.”

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WMM Official Statement on Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar is a voice of peace and trusted friend of Women’s March Minnesota. We #StandWithIlhan and unequivocally oppose the divisive, racist, Islamophobic attacks against her. Her resilience in the face of the slander, attempted censorship, and violent threats against her speaks to her strength and dedication to creating an equitable world. All lawmakers should denounce this bigotry and violence.

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Driver’s licenses for all, regardless of immigration status! It’s time! Support HF1500!

When is the last time you used your driver’s license as an ID? For me, it was when I forgot my library card but wanted to check out the books that I had reserved. For you, perhaps it was when you checked in for a medical appointment, entered your child’s school or ordered a drink in a restaurant.

Approximately 82,000 residents of Minnesota are eligible for a driver’s license or state ID, but cannot get one because they are undocumented immigrants. Many have been living here for decades and were able to obtain a driver’s license until Governor Pawlenty changed the law in 2003. Imagine having your driving privileges and access to an ID stripped away. For undocumented immigrants, having access to a Driver’s License or State ID is both a matter of convenience and access and dignity to move around the state.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Women’s March Minnesota Announces Speakers for the 2019 Women's March on January 19, 2019 at the Minnesota State Capitol

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Women’s March Minnesota Announces Speakers for the 2019 Women's March on January 19, 2019 at the Minnesota State Capitol

Minneapolis, MN January 17, 2019: Women’s March Minnesota, a local nonprofit dedicated to harnessing the power of women and their communities to create transformative social change, is excited to announce the speakers for the 2019 Women’s March.

The pre-march rally, which begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Western Sculpture Park , welcome from a Women's March Minnesota Board Member, will be emcee’d by Miss Shannan , a comedian, radio and television host, keynote speaker and social instigator. Hear her on MyTalk 107.1, and her podcast called "Be Our Geek." Sparking the crowd to action will be college student and activist, Brianne Benson , and Jr. High student and activist, Lillian .

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Jackie Craig
PRESS RELEASE: Women’s March Minnesota Announces January 19th Women’s Wave March Sponsors and Endorsers

Women’s March Minnesota (WMM) is pleased to announce the organizations who have agreed to become sponsors and endorsers for the Minnesota Women’s Wave March taking place on Saturday, January 19, 2019 in St. Paul. 

Women’s March Minnesota deeply appreciates receiving the support of so many reputable local groups who join in our purpose of harnessing the power of women and their communities to create transformative social change. The important work of educating, amplifying, and activating requires intersectional grassroots activism and we appreciate the trust of community members and leaders across Minnesota as we chart a new course into what 2019 looks like for WMM.

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Jackie Craig
PRESS RELEASE: The 2019 Minnesota Women’s March is UNSTOPPABLE

WOMEN'S MARCH MN AND THE UNSTOPPABLE WOMEN’S WAVE

This is the year we declare that we are UNSTOPPABLE in our fight for equity, equality, and justice for all Minnesota women, gender non-identifying folks, and allies!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM, Pre-March Rally, Western Sculpture Garden, 387 Marion St, St. Paul

  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, March, south on Marion St/Kellogg Blvd and north on John Ireland Blvd

  • Noon – 1:00 PM, Rally, Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

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Jackie Craig
Why I Marched: Josine D.

After the election in 2016, I went into a funk. I turned off Facebook, I turned off the television. I turned inward. For me, it was a time of healing and deep doubt. I questioned myself, my choices.

I had chosen to be here, in the U.S. I came here for school, met my husband, and stayed. Where I come from, I was taught to fight for justice, speak out and up. My parents taught me that I had to fight for everyone. If one person suffers, we all suffer. You need to do something. But I think when I came here, I lost that. Life got busier and easier.

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Please take the WMM Survey – Chance to Win $50

Women’s March Minnesota (WMM) is looking for your two cents and by sharing your thoughts you could win one of three $50 Visa gift cards. WMM is asking people across Minnesota to take the survey. It should take less than 10 minutes and each survey has a chance to win $50 gift card.

We are working with 100RuralWomen to help spread the word. 

The survey is designed to assess how WMM can better meet the needs of potential members across the state both in terms of support and programs, and also reflect the policy concerns of people outside of the Twin Cities. WMM appreciates your time and frank answers. Prizes will be drawn Dec 31, 2018.
  
Take the survey

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Hear UsArlene Mathison
“One of us is going to Washington” - what Habon Abdulle of WOW Network wants you to understand about Ilhan Omar’s election.

The first woman who Habon Abdulle of WOW Network recruited to run for office was Ilhan Omar.

"After the election, many of us felt that we can put our bags down. We are here to stay, and now we have a stake in the game. While we recognize this election is not presidential, the effect on marginalized people’s emotions are similar, as prejudice is confronted by elected representation. " - Habon Abdulle

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WMM Official Statement Condemning Anti-Semitism, Homophobia, and Transphobia

Earlier this year, Women's March National faced intense criticism because one of the leaders publicly exalted Louis Farrakhan. The national group responded by stating “Minister Farrakhan’s statements about Jewish, queer, and trans people are not aligned with the Women’s March Unity Principles.” They continued by stating “The world Women’s March seeks to build is one free from anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, racism, and all forms of social violence.”

We in Minnesota also responded in a statement in March 2018 by saying “we unequivocally denounce Louis Farrakhan's recent anti-Semitic and homophobic statements. Anti-Semitism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, racism and white supremacy are and always will be indefensible.” We stand by that statement.

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November 7, 2018

Two years ago we woke up to an election that seemed unbelievable.  The popular vote was ignored, and our first woman Presidential candidate - who had been ridiculed, mocked and demeaned - was not the new President. We, like many of you, were alternately heartbroken,, shocked, nervous, and grieving. Racism, misogyny, xenophobia, transphobia, homophobia, and the like was sitting in the oval office and seemed to be on the rise. We vowed to not be silent and instead took to the streets. Over the last two years, women found or reclaimed their voice and their power! We stepped up, spoke up, took action, ran for office and supported candidates we believed in.  

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Hear UsArlene Mathison
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  

THANK YOU for everything you have done to help GOTV and make these elections a success.

Every call you've made, every card you've written, every door you've knocked, every dollar you've donated, every conversation you've had, every post, every text, every tweet you've sent to encourage people to vote, to support candidates you know will do the right thing, to make sure every voice is heard. THANK YOU!

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