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MWP Conversations: Using Our Voice & Vote

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Carondelet Center

1890 Randolph Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55105

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Using Our Voice & Vote

How women lobby, influence, campaign, and frame issues, including with people who have opposing views.

There is no more powerful way to initiate significant social change than to start a conversation. When a group of people discover that they share a common concern, that's when the process of change begins.
— Margaret Wheatley

The MWP Conversations series brings women together to discuss how our mobilized community can use its power to affect meaningful change.

In this October 16 event, we engage with experts who offer concrete tools for storytelling and relationship building in the political process. We will leave the event with new connections and resources leading up to the midterm elections as well as for post-election lobbying.

Join us for this incredible evening of conversation and action with the powerful, everyday women who make up the Minnesota Women’s Press community.

IF THE $50 PER-PERSON COST FOR THE SIT-DOWN DINNER AND EVENING IS NOT IN YOUR BUDGET RIGHT NOW, CONTACT EVENTS@WOMENSPRESS.COM AND WE WILL ADD YOU TO A LIST. Discounts and comps will be available thanks to donations from other participants and our growing list of sponsors and table organizations.


4:30-5:30pm Registration
Social hour and conversations with organizations engaged in supporting voice & vote efforts.

5:30-6:30pm Dinner
Keynote presentation by Nekima Levy Armstrong and Senator Patricia Torres Ray. "Progressive Solidarity: Relationship building in the political process." We know the issues we care deeply about. But, do we know how to build intersectional and intergenerational momentum for these issues? Senator Patricia Torres Ray and Nekima Levy Armstrong will share what they heard and what they saw on the campaign trail. They will challenge us to collaborate in new ways.

Engagement with organizations. October 16 is also the last day for online voter registration! If you haven't yet registered, bring a form of identification (SS card or drivers license) and register on site.

Action-based breakout sessions.

• ENGAGEMENT: How to talk about your ideals from your listener's point of view, with Suzanne Candell
Experiential exercises in how to reframe storytelling with people we don’t agree with.

SYSTEMIC LEADERSHIP: Moderated by Stephannie Lewis
A panel discussion that offers talking points about two fractured systems that need strong leadership in this election cycle: housing and criminal justice reform.

LOBBYING: Moderated by Asma Mohamed
Why women are great lobbyists. How to apply your own skills for post-election impact.

.VOTING RIGHTS: Moderated by Zaynab Abdi
What to know about being legally registered. How to report voter intimidation. How Census 2020 will create new election districts. How can you be an ally?

Group conversation, the comedy of Wendy Berkowitz.

Setting future intentions and actions, and announcing 2019 Minnesota Women's Press initiatives.

For questions, contact events@womenspress.com.

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St. Catherine University

League of Women Voters

MN Women's Consortium


Justice Commission of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Consociates

AM950 Radio

Sisters of St. Joseph Ministries Foundation

Kaleo Center

Venerable Women

Calling All Sponsors and Donors!

We are finalizing our sponsors for the event, at levels from Basic to Philanthropist. See your name listed here and in our upcoming social media campaigns, the post-event multimedia content in Minnesota Women's Press, on womenspress.com, and through community engagement flyers. If you would like to be included in this sponsor community, contact Karen@womenspress.com.

We are kicking off a Storyteller Fund that will enable us to offer stronger and broader digital storytelling in 2019 at womenspress.com. Learn more about our donor campaign here.

Future events in this series include:

January 15, 2019: “Healing Trauma,” at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, 4:30-8:30pm with dinner. Focus: what NEAR science says about the impact of intergenerational trauma, adverse childhood experiences, exploitation — and what is required for healing and restoration.

April 13, 2019: “Embracing the End of Life,” at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, 9am-3pm with lunch. Focus: a day-long event featuring elder care specialists, end-of-life doulas, hospice caretakers, and perspectives on transition.

July 9, 2019: “Restoration,” at Carondelet Center, St. Paul, 4:30-8:30pm with dinner. Focus: restorative justice, reparation, reformation vs. punishment.

December 2019: “MN Women’s Press Changemaker Gala” and silent auction fundraiser.

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