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Perspectives

Shea Holt photo taken by Sarah Whiting at the 2023 Minnesota Women's Press event

How Youth Violence Happens:  A Conversation With Shea Holt 

A bruise I can feel today, tomorrow, maybe the next day. But the things that are harder to heal from are unseen. 

Being With Plants: Editor’s Letter and TOC

“Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven’t done a thing. You are just talking.” — Wangari Maathai, Kenyan political, social, and environmental activist

Farming Resilience

Farmer-led organizations, such as the National Farmers Union within the World Farmers Organization, have pushed to have our perspectives heard and included in these discussions about climate crisis solutions.

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The Awesome Power of Awe

The more overwhelmed we are, the more we need awe.

Something Bigger Than Myself: Emily Boyajian Talks With Mikey Marget

"The identity question is tough, because it’s not just one thing."

Art Is Work: Grover Hogan Talks With Drew Maude-Griffin

"I always say that I make art for my mom."

Feline Power

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It can be so frustrating to be a disabled woman. Not so for a cat.

It’s This Collaboration: Sayge Carroll Talks With Valerie Oliveiro

"I’m responding to my brain instead of trying to make it do what I want it to do."

Publisher’s Commentary 2: Faith in Humankind

people did not know in the early 1900s as much as we do now about behavioral changes that can come from wraparound mental, financial, and healing services. Education about genetics and mental health then — and for some still today — was limited to thinking that everything we are and can be is related to genes, and is unchangeable.

Publisher’s Commentary 1: Nurturing Healthy Collaboration in a Community Economy

The Community Economy is “a space of decision making where we recognize and negotiate our interdependence with other humans, other species, and our environment. In the process of recognizing and negotiating, we become a community.” 

Family, lawmakers mourn trans woman killed in Minneapolis

The trans or LGBTQ panic defense is a legal strategy in which a person charged with a violent crime argues that their victim’s gender identity or sexual orientation provoked the attacker or forced the attacker to act in self-defense. At least 18 states have banned the use of the LGBTQ panic defense, but Minnesota is not among them.

Ellie Krug on How to Open Vulnerability and Compassion

“In many spaces, I am the first transgender person they've ever met. For me, that's a great responsibility, so I'm always trying to set the right tone to let people know that I'm really just like them.”

Resiliency, Energy, and Hope in 2023: Editor’s Letter and TOC

“No matter what you do you are part of history. If you buy an orange or ride in a car or decide to have a baby, you are making history. Don’t tell yourself that it is not up to you to write the true history. Who is to write it if not you? You live it. You make it. You write it.” — Meridel Le Sueur

2023 Changemaker Hli Xyooj: Bridging the Hmong Community

“How do I empower myself by empowering my community?”

Minnesota Women Labor Journalists Uplifted Working People for Decades

I’m still learning about the writers I’ve mentioned here, many of whom are left out of the usual lists of pioneering journalists and women.