The Hometown Values & Vision Tour

The “Hometown Values & Vision” series of the Minnesota Women’s Press online-only story sharing, supported by the tax-deductible donors and grantors of our Changemakers Alliance network, enables us to visit communities around the state to learn what matters to people there and what they are doing to create a shared vision for a stronger future.

Changemakers Alliance is “Media That Makes a Difference.”



Watch this three-minute clip to learn about our new statewide media model. (Major thanks to Ember Berg of Dragonfly Eye Productions for editing this for us, and Jacob Mullins/First Unitarian Society for the event recording.)


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The Hometown Values & Vision Tour

  • Virginia — May 20
  • Winona — May 22
  • Fergus Falls — June 15
  • Rochester — June 17
  • Chisholm* — June 18
  • Ortonville — July 10/11
  • Northfield — September 21
  • Worthington — September 24
  • Duluth — November 2
  • Saint Cloud
  • Grand Rapids

Options when funders and collaborators are available 

  • Faribault
  • Red Wing
  • Ely
  • Austin
  • Willmar
  • Mankato
  • Saint Peter
  • Moorhead
  • Bemidji
  • Park Rapids
  • Brainerd
  • Staples

These are intersectional and intergenerational conversations. What are the fears, joys, pain points, local solutions and visions for community building? For each location, we are looking for:

  • youth leaders and elders
  • immigrants and people of color
  • LGBTQ+ community members,
  • local food makers and women-led entrepreneurs,
  • advocates who work with gender-based violence, including creating healthier masculinity and restorative justice
  • advocates who work on mental health issues and addiction concerns
  • and/or regenerative agriculture advocates.

 Conversation circles prioritize:

  • Gender-based violence
  • Supportive community housing (YIMBY)
  • Gender-identity/Redefining masculinity
  • Trauma-informed and restorative justice
  • Multicultural education
  • Regenerative ecosystems
  • Melanated Main Street entrepreneurs

See What We Are Creating Together

Hostess Michelle Courtright (above left) opened up her home for our video launch party and discussion that featured entrepreneurs De’Vonna Pittman (Nature’s Syrup) and Babette Buckner (Moltron Builders); LGBTQ+ advocates Ellie Krug (Human Inspiration Works) and Phil Duran (Rainbow Health); political director Beth Peterson (Vote Run Lead); gender-based violence survivor allies JaneAnne Murray (University of Minnesota law), Patricia Cumbie and Sophia Morrissette (Global Rights for Women); restorative justice facilitator Michele Braley, and others. [photos by Sarah Whiting]

These are the types of conversations with an intersectional group of people that we will be holding in towns around the state, with your support.

How we are building a community-based media model

  • Selected in 2022 for six-month Google News Initiative strategy program
  • New fiscal agent relationship enables CALL to generate donations and grants 

What we need for statewide expansion

  • Outreach director (currently part-time)
  • Social media coordinator (currently part-time)
  • Video partners
  • Community-based event organizers

Community partners to help develop intersectional participants statewide so far include:

  • Alternatives to Violence Project
  • Youthprise
  • Land Stewardship Project
  • WomenVenture
  • Vote Run Lead