Year 3, Issue 8— February 13, 2024

founded by Minnesota Women's Press, a media pioneer since 1985

NEW: Collective Health

NEW Equity series thanks to African American Leadership Forum

Dr. Catherine Squires shared a commentary about her experience as a Black woman in academia.

"I left academia for good two years ago. I loved doing research, I loved teaching, and I loved problem solving with colleagues, but in the end, it wasn’t worth the constant pushback, undercutting, and sometimes open aggression I experienced." 

Read it here

coverage thanks to Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health

We talked with Sue Abderholden, director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Minnesota (NAMI) about what she sees as pain points and solutions in Minnesota's mental illness system. Here is what she told us.

Thanks to Seward Co-op for making our Ecolution series possible:

Evolving Economies and Ecosystems

Diversity in Politics

Thanks to Women Winning for supporting our Diversity in Politics series

The End-of-Life-Options Act was a contentious point of discussion at the opening session of the 2024 legislative session Monday. House Minority Leader Lisa Demuth (R-Cold Spring) moved to reject the committee report on HF1930, which would allow people to request medical aid in dying under certain circumstances. “This irresponsible one-party majority has done enough damage already. Let’s reject this committee report and start focusing on the real issues at hand for Minnesotans.”

Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester), chair of the health committee that approved the bill January 25, said Minnesotans want to have a debate on this topic and the committee process is the right place to do it. In the end, the House voted to adopt the committee report on a 70-61 party-line vote, which moves the bill to the House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee.

Read the End-of-Life-Options testimony from the January committee discussion

Another returning debate relates to the use of prone holds by school officers. Legislation passed in 2023 to make it illegal to use restraint that restricts a child's ability to breathe. It became a political issue by some schools and police departments around the state when the new school year began. The legislature is discussing the bill again.

Here is coverage we did a few months ago about the prone restraint in schools debate

Badass Member Event

Connecting engaged feminists who care

about solutions and action

"39 Years of Voice & Vision"

April 13, 2024

Bringing Badass members statewide together to talk about

solutions to gender-based violence,

re-imagining public safety,

diversity in politics, and collective health.

Members have received their ballots to vote for

Badass Minnesotans of the Year

and there are 6 clear winners so far!

If you are a member and missed your ballot, reach out.

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At the event, we will:

1) Unveil a discussion guide about public safety — including how to adjust responses to issues of gender-based violence.

2) Talk about diverse candidates around the state who are running and tend not to have the same support as candidates in the Twin Cities.

3) Plan steps toward improving Collective Health — mentally, physically, environmentally, economically.

Other April 13 Details

Junauda Petrus, newly named Minnesota Book Awards finalist for her storybook, "Can We

Please Give the Police Department to the Grandmothers?," will

do a reading.

Spoken word artist Muna Abdulahi will perform.

"The truth is, to be a woman in a space that was not built for you is to know how to build space with your bare hands, to demand the attention of any room you step into."

Deneal Trueblood-Lynch and some of her cast will read from her play, "Secrets," about the trauma that impacts a majority of women at the Shakopee Women's Prison.

Stories Supported by Community

Thanks to Badass membership for making this content possible

The Foundation of Housing

Assistant Attorney General Katherine Kelly on how the state protects renters

Solving Issues With the Unhoused: A Conversation With Rinal Ray

The State of Minnesota Housing

Land Trusts and Co-ops

Re-Imagining Public Safety

Find the series here

Hometown Values & Vision:

Who we are and what we care about

Thanks to the First Unitarian Society Foundation: Kurt Pearson Fund, for making the Hometown series possible

Legacy Series

MWP is uplifting select pieces from our 39-year archive with a focus on longstanding issues.

From "Squeezed, Hounded and Harassed"

Elana Dahlager, leading attorney at Mid Minnesota Legal Aid‘s Housing Discrimination Law Project, recently told Minnesota Women’s Press that she sees sexual harassment continue to occur in rental housing. “[In 2024 there] is a tight rental market and so people are vulnerable to discrimination.”

Bulletin Board Supported by Badass Members

  • Do you want to see at a glance what Minneapolis councils and boards are talking about? Check out the Documenters newsletter (one of our media partners).

  • Community Journalism Trainings, hosted by a media partner. February 17, March 8, and March 16. Find details here.

this video was part of our award-winning social media campaign

Minnesota Women's Press was recognized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for six 2023 awards in photography (including first place for the River Stories cover below), social media campaign, Best Magazine article, and Community Service Leadership for our gender-based violence coverage.

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