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conference logo 2014 State Conference
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Assn. of MN Counties Bldg.

125 Charles Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55103
Register Online
Click here for Conference Details & Mail-in Registration Form

 

Minnesota NOW is focusing our energy on three important issues this session – strengthening our anti-bullying laws, raising the minimum wage, and ensuring women’s economic security.

Safe Schools For All Coalition

 

Raise the Wage MN Coalition   Women's Economic Security Act

Minnesota NOW Legislative Call to Action (posted 02-20-14)

Action Alert: WESA Bills House Committee Hearing (posted 03-04-14)

Action Alert: WESA Bills House Committee Hearing (posted 03-09-14)

Action Alert: Safe Schools Act First Senate Hearing (posted 03-10-14)

Action Alert: WESA Bills Senate Committee Hearing (posted 03-13-14)

Action Alert: WESA Bills Senate Committee Hearing (posted 03-16-14)

Action Alert: WESA Committee Hearing In House (posted 03-19-14)

Action Alert: WESA Committee Hearing In House Way & Means Committee (posted 04-01-14)

Action Alert: Safe Schools Act Senate Floor Vote April 3rd
(posted 04/02/14)

Action Alert: WESA Call or Email Senator in District 40 (posted 04-07-14)

Action Alert: WESA Call or Email Senator in District 44 (posted 04-07-14)

Action Alert: WESA Call or Email Senator in District 49 (posted 04-07-14)


 

 

 







 







 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Mission Statement

Welcome to the National Organization for Women - Minnesota Chapter. This statewide organization was formed in 1971 and our mission is still the same: taking action to bring women into the mainstream of American society NOW, exercising all privileges and responsibili- ties thereof, in truly equal partnership with men. 

What are MN NOW's Core Issues?

MN NOW has actively worked to change the political, social, economic and cultural landscape for women in Minnesota.  Our primary emphases are:

  1. Constitutional Equality
  2. reproductive rights (including repeal of all laws restricting safe, legal abortion)
  3. lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender rights
  4. eliminating racism
  5. Freedom from violence
  6. Economic justice (including opposition to punitive welfare reform)

What does MN NOW do?

MN NOW is a multi-issue, grassroots advocate working for women's rights in Minnesota.  Unlike single-user groups, MN NOW works on the whole range of women's issues, which allows us to shift focus when the need or desire arises for the maximum benefit of women. 

MN NOW carries out its mission in various ways.  We propose and monitor legislation that affects women; develop public policy; provide information to members and other women's organizations through mailings such as our newsletters the Minnesota NOW Times and Legislative Update and legislative Action Alerts; lobby legislators and government officials; testify at public hearings; assist in the organization and support of local chapters of MN NOW; produce educational materials; provide speakers; and endorse and support political candidates who will work to advance MN NOW's issues.   We also serve as an information resource for women, students, media, government and international groups.

To carry out our work of grassroots political activism, MN NOW has several statewide committees in need of your volunteer efforts, including:

  • Chapter/Membership Development - Members plan and implement efforts to recruit and sustain members and develop local chapters statewide. Efforts may include campus outreach, event tabling, educational forums, speaking to students or other community groups, and more.

  • Fundraising - Members help with all aspects of fundraising.  In addition to a share of NOW membership dues rebated to chapters by our National office, MN NOW depends on members' ongoing financial contributions to sustain us, as well fund actions and issue campaigns, communication and membership .  You can help by assisting with ideas, design, and implementation of our fundraising and member reactivation appeals to our members and in planning and coordinating special

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  • Newsletter Committee - Chaired by our Newsletter Editor, committee members help to produce the organization's quarterly newsletter, the Minnesota NOW Times. The purpose of this publication is to report on MN NOW policy, actions, events, chapter news, and to provide a forum for MN NOW members. This may consist of writing, editing and proof reading articles, soliciting advertisements, or helping with the labeling and bulk mail preparation.

  • Political Action Committee - MN NOW formed a PAC in 1982 to help elect feminist women and men to local and state office. The PAC members represent each of Minnesota's eight congressional districts to ensure a strong voice statewide.

MN NOW believes that there is strength in numbers and that we can broaden our message by bringing women's concerns to broader issue coalitions. We are members of the Minnesota Women's Consortium, the Affirmative Options Coalition, the Women Candidate Development Coalition, the MN Coalition of Organizations for Sex Equity in Education (MCOSEE), the MN Housing Partnership and the Pay Equity Coalition.  This is another opportunity for you, the activist, to get involved with an issue of particular interest.  You can be a MN NOW coalition liaison.

Local chapters of ten or more MN NOW members are active throughout the state. Current chapters include: Fergus Falls NOW, Minnesota Valley NOW (south metro area, Prior Lake, Shakopee), Sherburne-Wright NOW (2 counties NW of the Twin Cities), St. Cloud/Great River NOW, and Uptown NOW (metro area chapter). Although we have active members in Duluth and Rochester areas, there are currently no formal chapters.  If you are interested in connecting with members in any of these areas please check the Chapters page or contact MN NOW.

MN NOW has approximately 2,400 members and is primarily supported financially through membership dues and contributions.  Membership is open to anyone who believes in the mission of the organization.

Please join Minnesota NOW today!

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