Year 3, Issue 7— February 6, 2024

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

Evolving Economies and Ecosystems

Six Awards!

We proudly took home six awards last week from the Minnesota Newspaper Awards: three recognitions for Sarah Whiting's photography; Best Magazine article and third place for our gender-based violence coverage; and first place for our social media campaign about the Badass membership.

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Collective Health

"The goal is not to build the police departments to be able to handle mental health crisis. The goal is to build our mental health system."

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.

"There’s no reason why we can’t create a separate wing of rooms that are for people who are having mental health crisis."

Also in this new series:

Dying With Dignity testimony

Sue Abderholden, NAMI

mental health coverage thanks to new underwriter

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 more.

Members have received their ballots to vote for

Badass Minnesotans of the Year

If you did not get one, and are a member, reach out.

If You Are Not Yet a Member

At the event, we will:

1) Unveil a discussion guide about public safety — including how to adjust responses to issues of gender-based violence, substance use, juvenile justice, gun violence, and mental illness.

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 — especially 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

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"

In 2000, reporter Jennifer Thaney explored the correlation between the dwindling number of available rental units in the Twin Cities and an increase in reported incidents of sexual harassment toward women tenants. 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 photography and website have been recognized three years in a row by the Minnesota Newspaper Association. We won six 2023 awards in photography (including first place for the River Stories cover above), social media campaign, Best Magazine article, and Community Service Leadership for our gender-based violence coverage.

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