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Coding a Better World

Cassi Johnson & Sharon Kennedy Vickers

Building a Bigger Bench

Patricia Torres Ray & Joan Blakey

Fresh, Diverse Voices Join the Minnesota Legislature

When the 2023 legislative session opened January 3, there were fresh voices in both the House and the Senate, thanks largely to urban voters. Here are some of them, who we talked to last fall during their campaigns.

Nikole Hannah-Jones: Speaking Frankly About Progress, Hope, and the Present

“The United States has come a long way from the past. This … has compelled generation after generation to overlook the present.” — from an essay in "The 1619 Project"

2023: A Good Year for Action

“We have never been represented by somebody like me, with this voice, with the communities that I am bringing in."

2022 Changemaker Kimberly Pilgrim: Champion for Resilience

She witnessed the power of standing up, facing fear, and finding one’s agency — a power she has guided other women to unearth within themselves over the past 25 years.

2022 Changemaker Seraphia Gravelle (Aguallo): Racial Justice on the Iron Range

Seraphia Gravelle (Aguallo) outside of the VEMA Multicultural…

2022 Changemaker Somali Sisters Network: Culture Shifters

(L-R) Sadia Ali, Safiya Ali, Farhiyo Hashi, Anisa Haji, and…

Gloria Perez: Investing in Women and Girls

The hardest part of the work Women’s Foundation is doing, Perez adds, is “changing the hearts and minds of people who do not see the barriers up close. Unless we change hearts and minds, actions won’t follow.”

Stepping Out for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ Candidates

Supporters of women of color and LGBTQ+ legislative candidates came out to celebrate the intersectional movement

Talking Politics With Disabled Community Members

Local advocate Judy Moe, Director of the Richfield Disability…

When Two Schools Merged

“This experience was core to shaping my identity.”