Changemakers Alliance

It is time to put the power of our unique community into statewide action.

Changemakers Alliance: Stories, Solutions & Solidarity is a statewide network launching January 2022, made possible by underwriters, donors, and members. Our first underwriter is Valvoline Instant Oil Change across Northern Minnesota, a woman-owned business supporting women and families across the region.

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​Minnesota Women’s Press has covered social issues for 37 years, with an intergenerational audience of more than 25,000 people each month. More than half of our 100-plus writers every year are BIPOC writers. Now we are building a statewide network that expands learning from diverse perspectives into connecting urban and non-metro people around collective problem-solving.

“Changemakers Alliance: Stories, Solutions & Solidarity” will launch with three get-acquainted sessions to choose from in January 2022. The mission: Convene statewide thinkers, doers, and innovators to enhance understanding, seek solutions, and build action around long-term issues of trauma, equity, justice, and environment.

The Motivation

In Minnesota, we have understood the solutions to reducing violence and trauma against women for at least 50 years, yet we still have not adequately funded solutions. For example, in 1984, Minnesota Women’s Press reported on volunteers who were sent to domestic abuse situations alongside police. This led to high numbers of offenders directed 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. Why is this not already a well-supported initiative that has been in place for several decades? How does funding prevention reduce the prevalence of new traumas?

There is similar need for statewide story-sharing about regenerative agriculture, co-operative and buy-local economies, and other strategies for healing trauma and transforming justice.

Minnesota Women’s Press is a unique form of media that showcases first-person narratives, often working with new writers who speak from the heart. We also co-create reporting about authentic community-based solutions. Now we want to combine our statewide perspectives with civic engagement in a series of in-person and online discussions about fears, solutions, and action steps.

We want to hire community-based moderators to lead conversations and a Collaboration Coordinator for statewide expansion.

Can you help us build the network?

Details will be emailed to members in early January.


Changemakers Alliance Online Forums

* additional conversations each month to be determined by active members and ability to hire moderators

  • January (get-acquainted sessions for registered members only): Let’s Talk About Fears
  • February: Statewide Legislative Priorities (equity)
  • March: Stigma & Recovery (trauma)
  • April: What Is the ‘Commons?’ (ecosystem)
  • May: How Do We Improve the Lives of Children? (justice)
  • September (members only): Nominate 2022 Changemakers
  • October: Using Our Voice & Vote
  • December (members only): Meet the 2022 Changemakers

Founding Advisers

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 Wall

Thanks to Our Underwriter


Donors to Date

  • Colleen Baldrica
  • Suzanne Fenton, in honor of mom Judith Fenton
  • Ellie Krug
  • Mary Jo Schifsky
  • Evon Spangler

In-Person Listening Sessions

* we will schedule based on the availability of local coordinators

  • Granite Falls, October 29
  • St. Peter, November 11
  • Worthington
  • Staples
  • Ely

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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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