Do you care about healing trauma, transforming justice, restoring ecosystems, or building equitable and cooperative economies — which includes getting more women and BIPOC candidates into public office?
Historically, “salons” have been a regular social gathering of people, especially writers and artists, at a woman’s home. Consciousness raising was popularized by feminists in the late 1960s — people gathering in a conversation circle to bring attention to causes or oppressive conditions. Decades ago, Minnesota Women’s Press hosted discussion groups in its office.
We launched Changemakers Alliance (CALL) in January 2022 to bring rural, suburban, and urban voices together to discuss stories and solutions with a solidarity of statewide purpose. The topics we choose, and the projects we pursue, have been led by CALL members and supported by underwriters.
Completed so far in 2022 about fears, statewide equity, addiction and stigma, housing. More to come about LGBTQ+ health and rights, women in politics, resolving Iron Range and Boundary Waters politics and job needs, immigration and family identity, gun safety, gender-based violence, healing trauma. Monthly “Values & Vision” book series begins in June.
August series: “BIPOC Women in Politics,” led by CALL Navigator De’Vonna Pittman
September series: “Let’s Talk About Gun Safety,” led by CALL Navigator Camilla Breen
October series: “Defusing Toxic Masculinity: Let’s Talk With Men,” a virtual and in-person series to be developed with Global Rights for Women, Esperanza United, and others.
Possible November series: Let’s Talk about Reproductive Rights
Thanks to Changemakers Alliance members, we have identified three housing projects to pursue once we have secured underwriting support. We will begin a second stage of women in politics series featuring BIPOC women candidates.
“Let’s Talk About Housing,” organized by Nelima Sitate Munene. Summary and next steps coming soon. Join the next stage by contacting [email protected].
Women in Politics: An Interview Series
Underwritten by Valvoline and Vote. Run. Lead.
Our 2023 mission with magazine, website, and CALL membership solidarity on four themes that will be determined by momentum illuminated by October.
Underwritten by University of Minnesota Press
June 30, 7pm — A conversation about solving for stigma and addiction disorders with “Opioid Reckoning” author Amy Sullivan. Sign up here: tinyurl.com/MWPSullivanBook
July 21 — “Allegiance to Winds and Waters” author Anne Winkler-Morey shares what she learned about people while exploring the U.S. on a 12,000-mile bike trip. Sign up here: tinyurl.com/MWPBikeTripBook
August 25 — What matters to us? This discussion will focus on how we rebuild after devastating loss, with “Take What You Need” author Jen Crow. Sign up here: tinyurl.com/MWPJenCrowBook