This month’s issue includes:
- Our Children’s Future:Advancing Health and Racial Equity, the 2015 Healthy Legacy Forum
- Program Planning recap
- Membership Committee report
- Sustainability updates
This month’s issue includes:
In anticipation of the League of Women Voters Minneapolis’ Annual Healthy Legacy Forum on February 12 (full details coming soon), the league will turn its attention to strategies that promote healthy childhood development and decrease health and racial disparities in Minnesota and beyond.
Not everyone in Minnesota receives the same opportunities to be healthy. Health inequities result from serious social, economic and environmental disadvantages, including structural racism, which disproportionately affect African American, American Indian and Hispanic/Latino Minnesotans. Children in these communities and others experience increased health risks from stress, poverty and early life exposure to environmental toxins. Addressing these disparities in the pre-cradle to kindergarten stage is critical to ensuring healthy child development.
Society is experiencing an explosion of racial inequities in our communities. Last year, LWVMpls organized the Interrupting the Prison Pipeline forum, to educate citizens about our many positions on justice, equity, fairness, and good government. LWV worked to pass the Voter restoration bill in the State Legislature, but it was defeated. Many groups such as Take Action Minnesota, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, ISAIAH, and LWV members are inspired to continue working to pass it this legislative session.
One in six children in Minnesota have a parent who is in prison or had one in the past. Research shows that children who attend preschool have higher earnings, employability, and less crime compared to those who did not. More people contributing to the tax base and not consuming criminal justice or welfare system resources makes more tax revenue available for other public needs.
Topics for the 2015 forum will build on last year’s coalition and acknowledge the pre-cradle to kindergarten health and educational goals set by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, who will speak at the event. We hope to educate attendees about racial disparities in our health care system and learn about environmental toxins affecting healthy outcomes for our children. At the forum, Mayor Hodges will discuss her recommendations for the city and legislature to address the importance of early childhood education. She supports more resources to provide quality child care for low income children. Governor Mark Dayton has also made this one of his priorities.
We are reaching out to the communities of color and encouraging parents of young children to come to the forum, where they can connect with early childhood programs in their communities, such as Alliance of Early Childhood’s Wicoie Nandagikendan Program. Fahrio Khalif, Director from Voices of East African Women will talk about the high incidence of children born with disabilities such as autism in the Somali community.
Stay tuned for more details on the Feb. 12 forum!
This month’s issue includes:
Thursday, February 12
American Indian Center
1530 E. Franklin Ave. S.
5:30 PM Community Exhibit Fair – Meet, mingle & enjoy treats!
7 – 9 PM Program – Moderated by Joan Higinbotham. Speakers include Mayor Hodges, Jeanne Ayers, Rose Brewer, Farhio Brewer, Kathleen Schuler, Stephanie Belseth and Sharon Day
This event is FREE and open to the public.
League of Women Voters Minneapolis would like to thank our event sponsors that donated refreshments and our community partners that worked to plan this event.
Long time League of Women Voters Minneapolis member Mary Lou Hill was profiled in the Star Tribune on her experience voting in 77 elections! Way to go Mary Lou!
The League of Women Voters Minneapolis hosted a candidate forum for the Minneapolis at-large school board candidates Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the Waite House. Participating candidates included Iris Altamirano, Rebecca Gagnon, Ira Jourdain and Don Samuels. The event was moderated by Mary Juhl.
More than 130 people attended the event which included thoughtful questions provided by audience members throughout the evening. A Spanish translation of the forum was provided.
We thank our local co-sponsors: Pillsbury United Communities, The Education Equity Organizing Collaborative and MinnPost for their partnership on this successful event.
Note special event October 24, 2014 during Twin Cities Film Festival.
Read our full report on juvenile sex trafficking here
Authors: Ana Isabel Gabilondo & Girija Tulpule
LWVMpls moved to a new location recently.
We look forward to serving the community and our members at Suite 250, 2801 21st Ave. S, Minneapolis 55407, once the dust settles.
Stay tuned for more exciting news as we celebrate 95 years!
Minneapolis, March 7, 2014 – The League of Women Voters Minneapolis (LWV Minneapolis) today announced the release of a new report, Why Should We Care About Sex Trafficking in Minnesota, that works to further raise awareness of illegal sex trade and exploitation of underage females in Minnesota. The League commissioned the report, authored by Ana Isabel Gabilondo and Girija Tulpule of University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), and it is available through the LWV Minneapolis. A portion of any donations received will benefit Breaking Free, a local non-profit organization with a mission of helping girls and women escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation. [Read more…]
Host Joan Higinbotham and her guests Mindy Greiling, former state representative and Sherri Knuth, League of Women Voters lobbyist, talk about how a bill becomes a law – what influences legislators – constituents are important, and citizens can be effective lobbyists. Their years of experience made for an interesting and informative conversation.