Changemakers Alliance: Media That Makes a Difference

Changemakers Alliance (CALL) was launched by Minnesota Women’s Press in 2022 to move our statewide community of engaged readers off the page and into connection and action together. We host discussions on core topics that can support legislative advocacy, story development, multimedia communication, and other ideas, supported by CALL members.

A new model of collaborative media that is not simply reported FOR community but WITH community.

CALL takes the legacy of Minnesota Women’s Press — the longest continuously run feminist publication in the country — one step further. Together we amplify powerful everyday people who have solutions in order to co-create collective action.

CALL Chronicles Newsletter

 

 


Support the Work

We have several multimedia series planned. These are stronger and deeper with your contribution. The more conversations we can have, and the wider we can connect around the state, the better. Please fund our unique new model of solutions journalism. We have a fiscal agent option for large tax deductible gifts.

We are gathering rural, suburban, and urban Minnesotans in conversation to create long-lasting change. We cannot do this work without your support. 

Changemakers Alliance is a fiscally sponsored project of Tiny News Collective Inc, a non-­profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Tiny News Collective will receive grants for the charitable purposes of Changemakers Alliance, provide oversight to ensure that grant funds are used in accordance with grant agreements, and provide reports as required by the grantor. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Changemakers Alliance must be made payable to Tiny News Collective, and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

 


Badass women were celebrated at an April 2022 Changemakers Alliance/Minnesota Women’s Press event: (top l-r) Angela Dawson, Ranae Hanson, Chris Stark, Patti Tototzintle, Robin Wonsley, Beth Peterson (bottom l-r) Nelima Sitati Munene, Ellie Krug, Shannon Gibney, Alla Hassan, Lucina Kayee

2022 Discussions

Participants thus far have included people from Apple Valley, Aurora, Babbitt, Blaine, Burnsville, Centerville, Crookston, Eagle Bend, East Bethel, Edina, Faribault, Hinckley, Lake Vermilion, Little Falls, Mankato, Maplewood, Minneapolis, Ortonville, Richfield, Roseville, Saint Charles, Saint Paul, Savage, Shakopee, Staples, Wayzata 


Why We Are Developing Changemakers Alliance

In the 1980s, Minnesota Women’s Press featured articles such as:

  • “Violence Against Women: Has Anything Changed?”
  • “[Supreme Court] Decision Heats Up Abortion Debate”
  • “Schools to Take Next Step Toward Inclusive Curricula”

It has been four decades, and we are still circling around the same issues.

In 2021, we quoted Melissa Scaia of Global Rights for Women: “My frustration is not that we do not know how to end violence against women. It is that we have not changed the thinking that women are less.”


We Can Do the Impossible Together

Robin Wonsley’s comments at our “Celebrating Badass Minnesota Women” April event

 

If you prefer to give a tax deductible donation to Changemakers Alliance by check, please make it out to “Tiny News Collective” with “CALL” on the memo line, and send to Fariba Sanikhatam, Minnesota Women’s Press, 800 West Broadway, Suite 3A, Minneapolis, MN 55411.

If you don’t care about tax deductible status, please contact Fariba@womenspress.com to make a CALL donation by check or credit card.


Connect With the Work

CALL is about deeper issues that deserve sustained attention, supported by community members who care about those issues. We do not simply drop in to a topic and then move on. Please sign up for the topics that interest you in order to help us co-create the kinds of conversations, events, solutions, and solidarity that will lead to statewide change.

2023 is about developing content about issues and solutions; 2024 is about collective action informed by those stories.



Goals in Sum


Thanks to Underwriters 

Our stories and discussions are created independently, with the financial contributions of CALL members and underwriters.

Reducing Gender-Based Violence
Underwriter: Valvoline of Northern MN, Family Tree Clinic

Diversity in Politics
Underwriters: Vote Run Lead, Ayada Leads, Valvoline of Northern MN

Commentaries
Underwriter: Joan Gilles Financial Planning

Ecolution: Restoring Ecosystems and Economies
Underwriter: Seward Co-op

Reproductive Justice
Underwriter: Women’s Foundation


Hometown Values & Vision
More underwriters needed to expand statewide

Visits so far: Lewiston, Fergus Falls, Virginia, Chisholm, Ortonville
Intended with financial support: Grand Rapids, Worthington, Willmar, Duluth, Faribault, and more

Underwriters: Valvoline, Vote Run Lead, Finishing Trades Institute


“Re-Imagining Public Safety”
Underwriters needed

  • People in crisis need support rather than jail time, yet police tend to be the first responders for many difficult situations.
  • Self-medicating to deal with trauma is leading to preventable deaths. Statewide overdose deaths hit a record high in 2021. The rate of Minnesotans dying due to excessive drinking has doubled since 2014; alcohol is the ninth-leading cause of death in the state, twice the number of traffic fatalities. In addition, of the 570 gun deaths in Minnesota in 2021, 393 were attributed to suicide.
  • Gun violence is spiking because of easy access to guns.

This series is about exploring solutions, including legislative action.


“The Foundations of Housing”
Underwriters needed


Changemakers Alliance events

 


Badass women were celebrated at an April 2022 Changemakers Alliance/Minnesota Women’s Press event: (top l-r) Angela Dawson, Ranae Hanson, Chris Stark, Patti Tototzintle, Robin Wonsley, Beth Peterson (bottom l-r) Nelima Sitati Munene, Ellie Krug, Shannon Gibney, Alla Hassan, Lucina Kayee

2022 Discussions

Participants thus far have included people from Apple Valley, Aurora, Babbitt, Blaine, Burnsville, Centerville, Crookston, Eagle Bend, East Bethel, Edina, Faribault, Hinckley, Lake Vermilion, Little Falls, Mankato, Maplewood, Minneapolis, Ortonville, Richfield, Roseville, Saint Charles, Saint Paul, Savage, Shakopee, Staples, Wayzata 


Why We Are Developing Changemakers Alliance

In the 1980s, Minnesota Women’s Press featured articles such as:

  • “Violence Against Women: Has Anything Changed?”
  • “[Supreme Court] Decision Heats Up Abortion Debate”
  • “Schools to Take Next Step Toward Inclusive Curricula”

It has been four decades, and we are still circling around the same issues.

In 2021, we quoted Melissa Scaia of Global Rights for Women: “My frustration is not that we do not know how to end violence against women. It is that we have not changed the thinking that women are less.”


We Can Do the Impossible Together

Robin Wonsley’s comments at our “Celebrating Badass Minnesota Women” April event

2 replies
  1. Patricia Gohla
    Patricia Gohla says:

    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
      Mikki Morrissette says:

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

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