In January 2022, Minnesota Women’s Press launched Changemakers Alliance (CALL) to put statewide grassroots advocates together with engaged members who care about solving long-simmering Minnesota issues. Since 1985, the publication has pioneered story sharing that includes under-represented voices, currently reaching 25K readers at distribution cities in 76 cities. Now womenspress.com is expanding.
May 23 @ 10am: “Creating Authentic Relationships Even When You Are Afraid.” Special guest Ellie Krug, author of “Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change.” Underwriting support from Rainbow Health.
Underwriting support from University of Minnesota Press.
Changemakers Alliance (CALL) now has four stewards so far to help lead statewide members through storytelling projects. We are seeking funding for at least two more, for Indigenous and Transforming Justice story development.
Founding members passions, concerns, and wish lists of action.
How to Join: You do not need to be a trained reporter, writer, advocate, or policy-maker. All are welcome to talk, listen, support, and/or solve together. Try one discussion, come every month, join when the topic interests you — or simply read the CALL Chronicles, with video clips and updates, when you have time. Regardless of how you are able to participate, you are supporting a new kind of media network.
Basic Membership, Free — Attend conversations when held publicly.
Community Membership, $250/year — plus, unlock membership for up to 25 people — your choice, or we can invite underrepresented people around the state. BONUS: Receive a copy of “35 Years of Minnesota Women”
Each Changemaker Alliance (CALL) topic is a statewide issue with member support that requires stronger stories and solutions. Members will participate in future subgroups around Correcting Inequities, Healing Trauma, Restoring Ecosystems, Statewide Bridge-Building, Transforming Justice.
Minnesota is struggling with transforming justice, housing and wage inequities, untreated trauma, and environmental deterioration. Gender-based violence and racism has long been a concern. As a media model that has always developed first-person narratives and action steps with community members, we are uniquely poised to develop this next step in journalism.
Ella Saltmarshe, in a 2018 essay in Stanford Social Innovation Review, illuminated the questions we will work together to solve for each Changemakers Alliance story-and-action team topic :
Polarization in Northern Minnesota, an environmental politics conversation series organized by Ranae Hanson. Video clips coming soon thanks to member support.
Family & Identity conversations, led by CALL Navigator Npaus Baim Her. Coming in July thanks to member support.
Healing From Trauma, a story sharing series, launched with a conversation organized by Chris Stark, with Babette Sandman and Quintina Sonnie, about their journeys. To continue in May thanks to member and underwriting support.
Transforming Justice storytelling, including police reform and crisis response story sharing
Indigenous story sharing, to come after a CALL Navigator is supported.
A Land Stewardship Project policy steward explained why it is important for Minnesota to create regional food systems to improve local economies. Find Minnesota Women’s Press coverage in the April 2022 issue.
“Women’s Press has been one of the few publications that will publish the lived experiences and opportunities of rural Minnesota women. Today’s collective psychosis has led to an atmosphere of terror and social/political polarization that is too often fed by dominant culture–controlled media — in contrast to the stories of solidarity and solutions that advance justice and healing published from trusted Women’s Press authors. I look forward to the Changemakers Alliance as an opportunity to absorb the power of the story and advance our shared equity vision.”
— Cheryal Lee Hills (she/her) |R5DC & NCEDA Executive Director
Long-time Minnesota Women’s Press supporter Tanya Korpi is the only female Valvoline franchise owner, with locations in northern Minnesota. She is underwriting a 12-part series related to “Women in Politics,” especially with connections to be made in Greater Minnesota.