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.
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.
Details will be emailed to members in early January.
* additional conversations each month to be determined by active members and ability to hire moderators
* we will schedule based on the availability of local coordinators