Enter the Minnesota NOW T-shirt design contest!

Calling all designers!  Minnesota NOW is searching for a fun, clever, FEMINIST T-shirt that we can wear to our full slate of upcoming events.  When I warned VP Barbra that it might be too much to ask for designs by MONDAY, JUNE 13, she scoffed and said that feminists can do anything.   If you know Barbra, you know she means business.  So get designing, friends!

To give you an idea of what we’re looking for in a shirt, check out this information, from our website: www.mnnow.org:

The Minnesota chapter of the National Organization for Women was formed in 1971.   Forty years later, our mission remains the same: to take action to bring women into the mainstream of American society NOW, to exercise all privileges and responsibilities thereof, in truly equal partnership with men.

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

  • Constitutional Equality
  • Reproductive rights (including repeal of all laws restricting safe, legal abortion)
  • Lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender rights
  • Eliminating racism
  • Freedom from violence
  • Economic justice (including opposition to punitive welfare reform)

We want a shirt that will wear well at the State Capitol, PRIDE, SlutWalk Minneapolis, Pro-Choice Lobby Day, and the countless other events across Minnesota that feature our members.  And it can be any color, not just green!

THE WINNER of the contest will receive a free t-shirt, a big boost to your design resume, our undying gratitude, and publicity via our website, this blog, our beloved Facebook page, and the social media accounts of everyone we know.

Send those entries to us at: mnnowcontest at gmail dot com  by MONDAY JUNE 13!  Tell ’em Barbra sent you!

OUTRAGEOUS! The Minnesota Legislature Attempts to Restrict Women’s Fundamental Rights

by Gordy Gustafson, Minnesota NOW Political Action Committee Chair


Minnesota NOW is outraged that in the 2011 session the Minnesota legislature, with bipartisan support, passed bills restricting women’s fundamental rights.

The two bills dealing with women’s access to abortion services are un-Minnesotan.  The first bill, which effectively bans abortion after the 20th week from fertilization, would have stopped abortions before viability in direct violation of women’s rights under Roe v Wade.  Additionally, this bill would have made it a felony for doctors to perform abortions after the 20th week, forcing some women to have dangerous illegal abortions.  Minnesota cannot return to the days of back-alley butchers!

The second abortion bill, which limits state funding for abortion services for women with limited economic means with only rare exceptions, sets up an un-Minnesotan class system that says wealthy women have the right to healthcare and the right to control their bodies, but poor women do not.  In Minnesota, we support – not punish – the economically disadvantaged!

The amendment to the Minnesota State Constitution that would limit marriage to one man and one woman is out of line with Minnesota’s priorities. Far from being pro-family, this amendment will harm LGBT families and their children who are denied the legal protections of civil marriage.  In these days of heightened awareness of the consequences of bullying, we must be aware of the message this sends to Minnesota’s LGBT youth.  Discrimination should never be part of the Minnesota Constitution!

The bill that would have required Minnesotans to obtain a government issued photo ID before voting would have suppressed the vote in Minnesota – specifically for the elderly, the economically disadvantaged, the student population, and those who are highly mobile.  Just like property requirements, poll taxes, literacy tests, grandfather clauses, and other barriers to voting were eliminated long ago, this type of legislation should be relegated to the ash heap of history.  In Minnesota, we have a proud tradition of protecting the right to vote and high voter participation.  Minnesota NOW opposes any law that puts the right to vote in jeopardy.

Minnesota NOW thanks our state legislators who stood up for women’s right to have access to safe, legal abortions; the right to civil marriage; and the right to vote —and vows to fight the re-election of every legislator who voted against the human rights of Minnesotans.

With profound gratitude, Minnesota NOW thanks Governor Mark Dayton for doing all that he can to protect women’s fundamental rights.  Thank you, Governor Dayton, for vetoing the bills restricting women’s right to obtain safe, legal abortions; for symbolically vetoing the proposed Minnesota Constitutional amendment banning marriage for same-sex couples; and for vetoing the bill that would have suppressed voter participation in the State of Minnesota.