The mid-term elections are over, and congress is back in session. We’re still divided, as is our nation. But while some might believe that voting is enough to make a significant impact on policy, increasingly people are recognizing advocacy and activism as another avenue to make their voices heard.
Find out what you can do to make a difference at the MNxMN 2019: Beyond the Vote Conference on February 24. Early Bird Registration is now open. Nearly 400 people attended our first conference last January, with 38 educational sessions and 75 organizations exhibiting. This year’s conference will build on that with a full day of workshops and activities rooted in advocacy and education around the issues that hold us in solidarity and community.
The conference will focus on building skills to effectively influence government and understanding the issues to connect your passion to purpose beyond the scope of the elections. In addition, you will be able to connect with a robust community of new and experienced activists who share your values.
With Minnesota’s legislative session underway and the Women’s March in St. Paul this Saturday, now is the perfect time to get involved in activism. You’ll learn where you can have the most impact. Find out what’s happening at the Capitol in St. Paul, get to know your state representatives, find out what they’re working on and get information on the bills working their way through the legislature that affect the issues important to you.
Here is a sample of sessions you can attend:
Anne Jones, Vice Chair, Board, Ms. - Topic: The Case for Health Care Payment Reform in Minnesota
Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director, CAIR MN - Topic: Challenging Islamophobia
Isabela Alesna, Community Organizer, Asian American Organizing Project - Topic: Integrated Voter Engagement 101
Randy Anderson, Overdose Prevention Manager, Steve Rummler HOPE Network – Topic: Naloxone (Narcan) Training and Education
Jammi Hansen Blair, Women’s March MN – Topic: Pink Pussy Hats
Amy Brown, Co-Founder and Principal Consultant, Workutopia Consulting LLC – Paid Family and Medical Leave
Jeff Clark and Becky Lucas, MN Move to Amend State Network – Topic: Reforming Money in Politics
Trahern Crews, Black Saint Paul – Topic: Reparations Now!
Plan to attend the MNxMN 2019: Beyond the Vote Conference on February 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harding High School, 1540 6th Street in St. Paul. Register now for Early Bird rates -- $45 for general attendees and $25 for students. Scholarships are also available or you can sponsor a ticket for someone else!