Changemakers Alliance

It is time to put the power of our unique community into statewide networking.
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In putting together the interviews and first-person narratives about gender-based violence for the October 2021 issue of Minnesota Women’s Press, one thing became very clear: We have understood the solutions to reducing violence and trauma against women for at least 50 years, yet we still have not adequately funded those solutions.

In 1984, Minnesota Women’s Press reported on women volunteers who were sent to domestic abuse situations alongside police. This led to high numbers of offenders sent to counseling and substance use treatment, rather than simply being jailed or left in the home. 

Today, we are newly energized about sending social workers into the field with police to respond to gender-based violence, trauma, and substance use. Yet why is this not already a well-funded initiative that has been in place for several decades? 

We have made great strides in society over the years, but we are circling around the same issues decade after decade. 

The Minnesota Women’s Press community is proactive. We have an intergenerational audience — young activists as well as advocates who were fighting for similar solutions decades ago.

“Changemakers Alliance: Stories, Solutions & Solidarity” is our new membership model in formation designed to help inform the stories we cover, lead statewide conversations, and develop action steps focused on key issues. There will be subgroups focused around regenerating ecosystems, transforming justice, healing trauma, and designing cooperative systems of equity.

It is time to put the power of our unique community into networking that links metro and rural readers into understanding and action.

If you are interested in learning more about Changemakers Alliance, sign up here and we will keep you posted over the next several weeks.

  • Mikki Morrissette, publisher & editor, Minnesota Women’s Press

“We need to unearth the old stories that live in a place and begin to create new ones, for we are story-makers, not just story-tellers. All stories are connected, new ones woven from the threads of the old.”
— Robin Kimmerer


“We need to unearth the old stories that live in a place and begin to create new ones, for we are story-makers, not just story-tellers. All stories are connected, new ones woven from the threads of the old.”
— Robin Kimmerer

2 Comments

  • Patricia Gohla

    Your magazine and articles of Change Makers is so informative.! And reading about good ,hard working, achieving women encourage me to want to do more with my own life, and within my community. I wish everyone would read your articles on a monthly basis. Thank you.

    • Mikki Morrissette

      Thank you for writing Patricia! Yes, we agree. 🙂 Please share our stories freely with your friends.

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