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Meet our new intern, Salisa Grant!

We are thrilled to welcome a new intern here at Minnesota NOW: Hamline University student Salisa Grant!  Salisa kindly offered to share a little about herself and her interest in feminism with our blog readers.

 

My name is Salisa Grant and I am the newest intern for Minnesota NOW! I am originally from Providence, Rhode Island but grew up in Duluth, MN and I’m a junior at Hamline University majoring in both Women’s Studies and English with a concentration in Creative Writing and minoring in Sociology.

As a first generation college student and a Black woman I am reminded everyday of just how lucky I am to be here at Hamline, in college, learning and growing every day. I know the sacrifices that were made for me by my foremothers and fore-grandmothers, as well as the sacrifices that continue to be made for me every day and I am extremely grateful for these.

I am a passionate poet as well as an advocate for many social justice issues such as race, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status, and ability among others. (Hence the majors, minor, and concentration.) These past three years at Hamline I have been able to explore my passions and find avenues and opportunities in which to apply the skills that I am continually gaining. I was the 2011 recipient of the George Henry Bridgman Poetry Prize for my poem I Wanna Be Fly, and I was named the 2011 Outstanding Sophomore by the Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity as well.

These opportunities include various conferences and summits on and off campus and around the country including the National Conference of Race and Ethnicity in Washington D.C., Hamline University’s Women’s Leadership Retreat (twice) etc., as well as a service learning trip to San Francisco focusing on LGBTQIA issues along with many other amazing opportunities. I have had three poems published in our Literary Journal: The Fulcrum, and have worked for three years in our Student Administrative Services office on campus. I am the Vice President of PRIDE Black Student Alliance and a Lead Team member of our Peer Education group on campus as well as a Lead New Student Mentor (orientation leader).

I am happiest when I am surrounded by family or friends, or somewhere reading a book that makes me think differently about the world. As the daughter of a single mother of three, I have seen the diverse and various difficulties that women go through in a racist, patriarchal, heteronormative society and I am dedicated to uplifting those that are oppressed and rehabilitating those that do the oppressing.

Every day I work to create the future that I want for myself and this world and this internship will allow me to continue to do this in new and exciting ways. I am excited to learn more about MN NOW, to grow in my advocacy and Feminism, and to contribute to the extremely important work that this organization does.

And we feel extremely lucky to have you on our team, Salisa!  Welcome!

 


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Announcing the 2012 Minnesota & Prairie States Regional NOW Conference!

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Equality For All

March On! Poster

Zoe Nicholson
Zoe Nicholson
Equality Activist
 
Equality Activist, author, speaker. Zoe shares her story and insights about the life of an activist. From civil rights, the ERA and LGBT, Zoe has fasted, marched, organized and rallied for social justice. She is a member of the ERA Roundtable, a life-long member of NOW and proud member of the Veteran Feminists of America.In 1982, she joined six women in Springfield, Illinois in a public and political fast for 37 days in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. Her memoir is The Hungry Heart ~ A Women’s Fast for Justice, Lune Soleil Press.
More About Zoe..
Equality Activist, Author, Speaker
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Registration Information 
Full buffet lunch & morning food & beverages included in all registrations.
Register Online

Mail-in Registration

$50 Regular Registration
$65 Join NOW Special
(Includes $15 reduced dues for new & lapsed members.)
$25 Special Student Rate* *(Please email us your request for a Scholarship.)
$25+ Current NOW Member
Limited Income Option*
*Per NOW Bylaws, currentNOW members may “pay what they can afford.”  Though the registration fee is waived, we must require all attendees to pay at least $25 to cover the inclusive full buffet lunch and snacks.
$10 Feminist Fun Night Ticket*
Friday Event Open To Public

Note:
 While we appreciate if you can do so to help out MN NOW, pre-registered Sat. conference attendees who pay the full $50 registration arenot required to purchase a separate ticket for Friday night.  You do need to indicate on your conference registration if you do or do not plan to attend Friday night so we can  plan accordingly.  Thank you!

Minnesota NOW Annual Conference
Prairie States Regional Conference
Saturday, April 14, 2012

Oak Ridge Conference Center & Hotel
1 Oak Ridge Drive, Chaska, MN 55318

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Friday Feminist Fun Night
March On! Movie
Special Guest
Zoe Nicholson, Equality Activist

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More Event & Conference Information
Includes “Call to Conference”
Mail-in Registration Form

Award Nominations
Submission Deadline: April 1st

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     With the relentless push of a conservative agenda Nationally and across the country, including right here in Minnesota, INequalityit is jumping out all around us,  It’s time to Unite, Take Action, Speak Out and Stop the “crazy train” before it derails with all of us still sitting in our seats. 
Let’s bring Equality for All back into the political equation.


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Get in Bed with Equality ~
Friday Schedule:

7:00 pm Screening of March On! Movie
Pajamas are optional attire but certainly welcomed.:}
9:00 pm Commentary/Q&A with Zoe Nicholson

Wake Up to Equality 
Saturday Schedule:
8:15-8:45 am Registration/Silent Auction Opens
8:45-9:10 Welcome and Opening Plenary
9:10-9:50 Workshop:
Using Social Media to Advance your Cause – The Basics and Beyond
9:50-10:00 Break/Silent Auction Bidding
10:00-10:50 Moving Marriage Equality Forward — Richard Carlbom, Campaign Director
Minnesotans United for All Families
10:50-11:25 Scott Dibble and Karen Clark – Serving in the Legislature as openly gay public servants
11:30-12:30 Full Lunch Buffet, Season’s Restaurant
– Oak Ridge Conference Center
12:30-12:45 
Awards Ceremony: Feminist of the Year Award, Charlotte Striebel Long Distance Runner Award
12:45-2:15 Keynote Speaker: Zoe Nicholson
-The Life of An Activist

2:15-2:30 Break/At-large Member Breakout to Elect State Board & National delegates (if applicable)
2:30-3:30 Workshop:
Women Claiming, Owning, Exercising and Sharing Power 
3:30-4:10 State Business (Plenary)
4:10-4:30 Announcement of Silent Auction Winners
4:30-5:30 Regional Business
5:30-5:45 Closing Comments

Get Down with Equality ~
Saturday Night
No scheduled activities, but if you stick around there’s sure to be brilliant conversation, merry-making and an energizing feel good vibe as we celebrate another successful year of activism. 

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Richard Carlbom
Richard Carlbom
Campaign Manager
Minnesotans United For All Families
“I am honored to lead this incredibly broad and diverse coalition of organizations and individuals. We will defeat this amendment by remaining united and focused on victory in 2012,” said Richard Carlbom.

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Richard Carlbom is the Campaign Manager forMinnesotans United for All Families, the official campaign that will defeat the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Before joining the campaign in September, Richard was Communications Director for Chris Coleman, the mayor of St. Paul. He also managed the successful 2010 re-election campaign of U.S. Representative, Tim Walz.

A 2004 graduate of Saint John’s, Carlbom served as the mayor of St. Joseph, MN from 2005-2007.  He was elected when he was 23.

Link to Minnesotans United for All Familites website 
 
Hotel Accommodations
MN NOW Group Rates
(Sales Tax Not Included)
$89 Regular Room Rate
(Applies to guest rooms with 1 queen bed or 2 double beds.
$189 Junior Suite
$209 Executive Suite
$10 per additional guest applies
You may register directly with Oak Ridge online or by calling the hotel toll free at 1-877-874-6772.  Please use the Group CodeMNNOW.  Note:  Use this “RESERVATIONS” link which is also found in the upper right corner of Oak Ridge HotelHome Page.
Minnesota NOW group rate applies to Friday, 4/13 and Saturday, 4/14. The Group Rate is guaranteed through March 23rd. After March 23rd you should make your reservation by phone to request the “MNNOW” Group Rate. Depending on availability, you may still be given the Group Rate.

About Oak Ridge

Everyone enjoyed Oak Ridge so much last year, we decided it was the perfect venue to host a dual State and Regional Conference.  Please check out their web site to see all that Oak Ridge offers. 

MN National Organization for Women, Inc. – 550 Rice St. #102 – St. Paul, MN 55103-2116