Weekly Rundown: Sept. 10, 2017
Check out our new feature to keep you up-to-speed on all things Women’s March Minnesota! Each week we’ll give you a rundown of the most important topics of the week on social media, as well as how we’ve been active in the community and future opportunities to show up.
The White House announced that the DACA program will end in 6 months. Let's make it clear what we feel about this!
- Call your MN US Representatives and urge them to do the same. So far only Rep. Betty McCollum and Rep. Keith Ellison have signed up as co-sponsors to this bi-partisan bill.
- We stand in solidarity with our #DACA and #Immigrant brothers and sisters.
Women's March Minnesota believes in an economy powered by transparency, accountability, security and equity. All women should be paid equitably, with access to affordable childcare, sick days, healthcare, paid family leave, and healthy work environments. All workers—including domestic and farm workers, undocumented and migrant workers—must have the right to organize and fight for a living minimum wage.
- Why we celebrated Labor Day: Robert Reich video
- Honoring labor leaders and working people: honor the labor leaders and working people throughout history who have fought for labor protections and a voice on the job.
- Women, still earn an average of 79 cents for every dollar paid to men. The gap is larger for black women, who take home 60 cents for every white man’s dollar, and Hispanic women, who average out at 55 cents. The Trump administration just halted this Obama-era rule to shrink the gender wage gap. Equal pay reporting rollback is not ok.
Harvey and now Irma are devastating communities across the country. We must act to weaken this extreme weather. Contact your MN representative to move this renewable energy bill out of committee: Demand 50% Renewable Energy by 2030
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos just made campuses safer for rapists. We need to safeguard survivors rights. This week, DeVos decried Title IX as a ‘failed system’ on campus sexual assault and vowed to replace it. Title IX requires schools to not discriminate on the basis of sex, and is interpreted by courts to require schools to address sexual violence among students. #StopBetsy #DefendTitleIX
Food for Thought
"Rather than critique from afar, come out of your homes, follow those who are closest to the pain, and help us to redeem this country, and yourselves, in the process." NYT – Waiting for a Perfect Protest? This is why Women's March MN will keep "marching."
We will continue to protest with our allies and partners, and recognize opportunities for women to step out of their comfort zones to show up, to have messy conversations, and to follow the lead of those that have been in the movement well before we organized here in Minnesota.
Today's SHEroes: 46 women who are changing the world! Including MN's own Representative Ilhan Omar!
Opportunities to Show Up
Tuesday, Sept. 12 - Forum on Improving Minnesota Waters: Ely A series of public meetings across Minnesota is seeking citizen input on an ambitious goal: improving the state’s lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater by 25 percent in the next eight years.
Tuesday, Sept. 12 - Charlottesville Revisited: Unpacking Race in America This event will feature a powerful panel of local and national experts to explore what happened in Charlottesville, VA, how it relates to the history of race relations in the U.S., the connection to past and present racial justice movements and how we can move forward as a multi-cultural nation.
Wednesday, Sept. 13 - Forum on Improving Minnesota Waters: Bemidji A series of public meetings across Minnesota is seeking citizen input on an ambitious goal: improving the state’s lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater by 25 percent in the next eight years.
Friday, Sept. 15 – Domestic Violence & Child Custody Free continuing legal education seminar: Domestic Violence & Child Custody: What is the Best Interest of the Child?
Sunday, Sept. 17 - Blexit One Year Anniversary Celebration Blexit is a grassroots nonprofit organization strategizing ways to make an impact on the private and public sectors of our economy by investing in the Black community. Celebrate one year of economic resistance in the Twin Cities!
Sunday, Sept. 17 – Tap the Constitution: Constitution Day Edition! Celebrating Constitution Day with the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota at Can Can Wonderland!
Monday, Sept. 18 - MN350 Welcome Event Come eat, drink, and learn about what MN350 is doing to fight climate change - and the opportunities for new volunteers to engage!
Tuesday, Sept. 19 – ERA Minnesota Fundraiser Join ERA MN for an evening of tasty food, great hand-crafted beer, a silent auction and more at Minnesota's first woman-owned microbrewery! ERA MN works to make the Equal Rights Amendment a reality.
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