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February 18, 2007

Thought for the Day



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February 12, 2007

FeministCampus.org

FeministCampus.org is the worlds largest pro-choice student network. There are three sections that you can navigate through, each one of them helping you with a different part of being a women and having your own choices. The first one is the campus network, where you can be part of the Feminist Campus email network and receive the bi-monthly e-zine and campus related alerts! The network can be used by anyone from student, faculty, or alumni to find activist students and faculty or browse through the ezines. Next there is the speak up and act out column, where anyone can come and find the demonstrations and articles that is listed. For example, Global Women's and Human Rights Project wants you to Join their campaign to connect the need to build a national constituency to increase international family planning and other human rights issues by educating your campus on the economic links between current U.S. international family planning policies and sweatshops, poverty, and violence against women globally. They have a link where you can sign the online petition to be a part of this. The last section is In The Know, this is a column to give you the latest feminist news and to view a calender where you can find or post an upcoming event. There are also job and internship, issues, how-to, issues, journalism, and spirtituality links which you can navigate through. This is a very resourceful internet site that can help anyone find the latest news, events, and demonstrations.

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Women's Art Registry of Minnesota

The Women's Art Registry of Minnesota, or WARM, is an organization that has programs that connect women artists in Minnesota and makes them able to assist and help each other with their artwork. There are numerous programs in the organization. It has a mentor program that pairs up emerging and professional women artists for two years. The emerging artist choose their mentors.

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Rainbow Families

Rainbow Families

"Rainbow Families works to build a safe, just, and affirming world for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents and their children."

This organization was founded in 1997, and although the base of this organization is in Minneapolis, it serves as a voice to people in the LGBT, etc. groups all over the Midwest. In fact, they help provide support for over 2,000 families right here in Minnesota.




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February 11, 2007

'Chrysalis promotes healthy lives for women and girls.'

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Chrysalis, a center for women, is located in Minneapolis. Formerly part of the Minneapolis YWCA, the center became an independent organization in the 1970’s because of its success and vision that is still carried on today. The center “promotes healthy lives for women and girls?.

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Dyke March and the Avengers

Dyke March is an annual event that is a critique and response to Pride Fest. It calls attention to the capitalist nature, and invisibility of queer women and other marginalized GLBT groups. It also is all inclusive and very empowering to all queer people who are involved.

The Twin Cities Avengers is the group that organizes the march each year. They are committed to queer women's survival, and visibility as well as raising consciousness about queer women’s issues as well as fostering community. Their mission “is to raise awareness within our group and society about many issues including: gender oppression, heterocentrism, women's choice, capitalism, safer sex, struggles against war, racism, violence, and the environment as they relate to queer women locally and globally.? .
The Lesbian Avengers was founded in 1992 Sarah Schulman to raise lesbian visibility and to turn ideals into "concrete confrontation.?
Founding members of the Lesbian Avengers feared that lesbians and lesbian issues were becoming invisible in the gay movement that tends to focus upon gay men and their struggles with HIV, mainstreaming, and marriage rights.

http://www.geocities.com/tcavengers/index.html

Juliana Pegues

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Juliana Pegues/Pei Lu Fung was born in Taipei, Taiwan, on August 7, 1969 (Leo, year of the Rooster). A writer/poet/spoken word artist/activist/feminist/queer/person of color/Asian American/actor/artist/performer— incorporates the views from all groups she identifies with into her writing. In her writing, she addresses issues of politics, feminism, sexuality, race, and identity whether in an academic paper published online, an essay, a poem, or a spoken word piece. However, it is the way that she approaches these issues through her writing that shows her versatility and proves she doesn't fit into only one genre.

An early piece published by Pegues is "White Rice: Searching for Identity." This autobiographical piece moves from her early days at college to a more current setting. It crosses genres as the moods of the piece change in a combination of essay/memoir, prose, and poetry. Focusing on Pegues' struggle to find an identity as a mixed-race queer Chinese woman, this piece brings in issues of family, identity, sexuality, and race. She addresses these issues and honestly attempts to understand how they affect her individuality.

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Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network

MIFN is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, multi-ethnic, statewide, grassroots organization with ties to national groups that participate in federal immigration reform.

Main Focuses: Legalization and path to citizenship, Family reunification, Working rights, Civil liberties, Equal access to education, and Promotion of citizenship and civic participation.

Activities: Youth leadership development through college internships; Rural Minnesota immigrant engagement by mobilizing the organization and connecting leaders and participation; Communications by working with the media in response to anti-immigration, discriminatory rhetoric focused on legality of people; Special projects such as the Minnesota Freedom Ride which mobilized the cause statewide ending in a huge rally at the Government Plaza in downtown Minneapolis in 2004, the Minnesota Family Project which mobilized a photo exhibit bringing the life stories of Minnesota immigrant families to their communities in 2005, and the Student Video Oral Project connecting issues of earlier immigrants to those today in 2006; Lastly, they support the Dram Act of Minnesota which is trying to change state law so that undocumented immigrant high school graduates may attend college, and they work toward federal immigration change by supporting AFFIRM (Alliance of Fair Federal Immigration Reform).

Find many more details about the organization at:
http://mnfr.org/wiki/Minnesota_Immigrant_Freedom_Network

They stated that they are looking for college students to volunteer and intern!!

WFMN and YWCA team up for us!!

Women's Foundation of Minnesota and YWCA have teamed up to celebrate issues regarding women and our communities.
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March 21, 2007
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Karen Diver, the first woman tribal chair of the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa, will be speaking on the topic of "Expanding the Political Representation of Women."

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Midtown YWCA Minneapolis
2121 East Lake Street

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Universalist Women

The Association of Universalist Women runs out of the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis. They embrace the statement of the Universalist church:
"We join together at First Universalist Church in a welcoming spiritual community that affirms our liberal religious heritage. Our ministry is to bring the Universalist message of love and hope to one another, to our children and to the work of social justice."

Their own statement is:
"AUW provides opportunities for social connections, spiritual growth, and collaboration with women interested in taking action and applying the principles of the Unitarian Universalist religion in ways that impact and make a difference in our world and the quality and scope of women’s lives."

Much of their discussion and events revolve around the topic of reproductive rights, and support the pro-choice issue. They combine religious (humanistic belief based religion) and topical issues. They provide a place where women can find support and information without being judged. On their website they have listed all their upcoming events and their board members (all of which are women). They highlight important women in the history of the AUW by providing some of their articles.

I chose this not only because they discuss important women's rights issues, but I was raised as a Unitarian Universalist. When I was younger I didn't have the appreciation for the values and freedom they offer, that I have grown to have. I think that it is a very good church and that more people should be exposed to all that it stands for.

More detailed information about their events can be found on their website at
http://www.firstuniv.org/auw.html

NOW and Violence Against Women

The Twin Cities chapter of the National Organization for Women is sponsoring the following event.

Women of Color Allies in Action Summit

MN Human Rights Advocates presents
Domestic Violence and Immigrant Women

Saturday, March 24, 2007

12:00 to 4:00 pm
*location unknown*
The mission of this organization is to take action to bring women into the mainstream of American society NOW, exercising all privileges and responsibilities in equal partnership with men.
This summit is a powerful gathering of some of the countries most influential women of color leaders. Its history has proven to be an uplifting experience with an excellent turnout every year of women looking to tackle the most controversial issues facing them today.

Feminist Event in St.Paul

Hornet Leg
Thu Mar 15, 2007 at 9:00PM - Thu Mar 15, 2007 at 9:00PM

Venue:
Turf Club

1601 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104
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Cross Street:
Snelling Ave.
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Event Information:
The Nicky Click is a queer electro feminist dance band from new hampshire.

Categories:
Rock & Pop, Other Music
Phone Numbers:
Box Office : 651-647-0486

Nicky Click is a one woman band who performs her own songs and make her own beats. The live show is an explosion of dancing rolling on the floor steam sweat sexy moves hot beats and lyrics which touch on everything from rollerskating to queer politics. For more information on the artist, visit http://www.sonicbids.com/epk/epk.asp?epk_id=61519 or http://www.nickyclick.com.

League of Women Voters

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The League of Women Voters is an expansive nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to achieving democracy through the power of voting. It was created in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt to help women with their new responsibility, and to encourage them to participate in the shaping of public policy.

Since it's creation, The League of Women Voters has grown to include 900 locations in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong. It works on all levels of politics from local to global, and can be found locally at 81 S, 9th Street in downtown minneapolis.

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Melpomene Institute

The Melpomene Institute was founded in 1982 and is dedicated to helping women and girls achieve adequate nutrition, physical activity, rest and personal safety by removing barriers at the policy level and by introducing practices at the community level. Women these days are so much more active than in the past and they want a way to express themselves physically and with a healthy attitude. There are many magazine for men Melpomene is a journal directed towards women. From 1982 to 2002 the journal published articles related to several different topics including; Body Image & Physical Activity of Adolescent Girls with Scoliosis, Role of Physical Activity in the Recovery from and Breast Cancer, Physical Activity and Weight in the Menopausal Years and Effect of Exercise Variables on Osteoporosis Study Participants. The journal has information that pertains to women of all ages. It includes journals to even keep your babies at a healthy stage of life as well. I felt that this was an important journal because it isnt just related to age group of women. I felt that this can be a very informative journal for every woman.

vday and the vagina monologues

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the 2007 vagina monologues are here for vday.

SHOWTIMES:

wednesday, february 14 @ augsburg college, sateren auditorium, 7:00 pm
thursday, february 15 @ university of minnesota-twin cities (st. paul campus), st. paul student center theater, 7:00 pm
friday, february 16 @ macalester college, weyerhaeuser chapel, 7:00 pm
saturday, february 17 @ macalester college, weyerhaeuser chapel, 7:00 pm


http://www.mpirg.org/womensrights/vday/vday%202007.htm

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February 10, 2007

Margaret Cho

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Margaret Cho is a pro-feminist comedian widely known for pushing the boundaries of accepted taste. She usually utters comments about sex, midgets and her parents all in one sentence. Her career has spanned from television, movies and stand up (something she is best known for).

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Women With Vision 2007

The "Women With Vision" film series at the Walker Art Center runs from March 2 through 17. This year marks the 10th anniversary for the film festival, which celebrates works from women all over the world. This year's festival features works by women hailing anywhere from Eastern Europe to Croatia, Austria to Iran. The festival presents a forum for women who may not have strong voices where they come from, to spread ideas. The festival also features work from American women and young girls, including the TV Girls group mentioned by Rachel in her original example web post.

WILPF Minnesota Chapter

WILPF, (The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom), was founded in 1915 and is the world's largest organization for women's peace. The Minnesota Chapter is located in Minneapolis which is why I put this on here. The axact location and number are located on the link in this write-up.

WILPF is an organization targeted at helping seek equality for women, equality for different races, and putting an end to violence. They primarily want to acquire equality for people of all races and genders and create peace and freedom throughout the world. The Minnesota Chapter works within the state to assure that this gets done. I really liked this organization because it focuses on everything as apposed to only getting women equal rights. They care more about society as a whole and aim to fix all aspects of feminism. Much of what we have been reading has said that feminism is more about the fight that goes on between women of different races and social classes and they dream of a world that doesn't have those problems. They're exact vision of what they want to accomplish is, "WILPF envisions a transformed world at peace, where there is racial, social, and economic justice for all people everywhere". That is essentially what all femists want and is why I chose WILPF for this assignment. As stated before more information can be found on the link above.

February 9, 2007

A fresh start for women and children

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I volunteered at an awesome shelter for women and children throughout high school and I absolutely loved it. I met so many wonderful kids and their mothers. It was a great experience and the kids really touched my hearts with their loving spirit. I would highly recommend volunteering at this shelter if you can at all.

Mission Statement Home Free Programs for Battered Women and Their Children mission is to provide battered women and their children with safety, support and information so that they have an opportunity to explore alternatives to living with a violent partner.

Description
Home Free programs include a shelter for Battered women and their children, community programs which serve women living in cities in the Northwest Hennepin County area. Providing support, safety, advocacy, legal advocacy, information and referral to women and children from violent homes.


Home Free Shelter
3405 E Medicine Lake Blvd
Plymouth, Minnesota 55441
United States of America
Tel: (612) 559-9008
http://www.homefreeprograms.org/

The Changing Face of Power - at our very own Hubert H. Humphrey Center!

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A new exhibit at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute documents the lives of over thirty-three women who have undergone many trials and tribulations serving in the U.S Senate. Photographer Malina Mara focused on the power of women in her photographs and audio interviews but really tried to capture images of women holding their own and the disadvantages they face in their jobs.

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Minnesota NOW

Minnesota NOW
NOW stands for National Organization for Women. This is a national organization, but there is a specific Minnesota Chapter. The mission of the organization is to bring women into the mainstream of American society NOW, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof, in truly equal partnership with men.

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February 8, 2007

MAD dads

MADDADShttp://www.mplsmaddads.org/index.htm is an organization with its own Minneapolis chapter. The acronym "MADDADS" stands for Men Against Destruction Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder. The group was started with a group of dads who were sick over the thought of a generation of children without positive role models that was continually succumbing to gang violence and drugs. Teenagers living in inner-city neighborhoods need to know that they don't have to stand for the life that they've been given; they don't need to participate in gangs and violence because they can choose to not give in to the oppressing lifestyle around them. Just because this is a group of guys out fighting to change the ways of the world for the better by being positive role models for children, I thought this source pertained to our class.

Womanist Power Authority (WPA)- A Radio Journal

Sundays, 9-10:30 p.m., KFAI 90.6 FM (Mpls)

“A Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender. A Womanist desires healing and wholeness for entire communities, male and female. A Womanist is not heterosexist but loves men and women sexually and non-sexually. She loves food, the moon and roundness. She loves the spirit. A Womanist is connected to creation and her own body, loving the folk and herself, regardless.?
-Alice Walker

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February 7, 2007

Society of Women Engineers Week....Events in Minnesota!

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Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Presents…..Engineering Week 2007!

This is a national organization that was founded in 1950. It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “Stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, demonstrate the value of diversity.? www.swe.org This organization is one that I have heard about but never really become too familiar with.

The reason that I decided to post about them is because, just in case no one knows, National Engineers Week (Eweek) is coming up! It is February 18-24, so just in a couple of weeks. The SWE is a national organization, but this special week coming up, they have events spread out all through the country, many of which are in Minnesota.

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Twin Cities Men's Center

Although this site does not scream "Feminist!", it does, however, offer many different support groups for men and women. "The mission of the Men's Center Support Groups is to create a safe place, in times of personal and social challenge, for any men and women to receive and to give support to one another. Attendees share feelings and experiences which facilitate SELF-ACCEPTANCE and PERSONAL GROWTH." All support groups but one are held at 3249 Hennepin Ave. So, Suite 55 in Minneapolis.

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TUCKER CENTER

The Tucker Center is an interdisciplinary research center for women and girls in sports and is located right here at the University of Minnesota. To founder Dr. Dorothy Tucker, it was noticeable that most sports-related research was focused on men, and so in 1993, the Tucker Center was established and still continues to conduct research on the way women and girls are affected by sports and physical activity. The Tucker Center has three main goals: to conduct and to promote basic and applied research, to support and improve the education, training, and mentorship of graduate students, and to engage in public service by announcing research findings and educational materials to the community. The current research projects being conducted include:

*Media Representation
*Youth sport, physical activity, and recreation and their special impact on girls
*Sport consumer psychology
*Title IX and gender equality
*Factors influencing bone health in women
*MN youth sport research consortium

The Tucker Center will be holding a Edie Mueller Distinguished Lecture, Sex vs. Athletic Competence: Competing Narratives in Marketing and Promoting Women’s Sports, on Tuesday April 17th from 7-9PM at Cowles Auditorium in the Hubert H. Humphrey Center on West Bank, but unfortunately our class has a prior commitment!

Grace University Lutheran Church

Grace University Lutheran Church, next to Moos Towers, was the second in the nation to become a Reconciling in Christ Church. This means that it welcomes gays and lesbians. In their own words, "We welcome the participation of people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, educational backgrounds, and economic conditions."

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W.A.M.M.

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W.A.M.M. stands for "Women Against Military Madness". The group began back in 1981, when 10 women met up at a tea/coffee house in Minneapolis and started discussing "how to most effectively respond to the threat of nuclear war, the huge increases in military spending and the massive slashes in human services budgets." The group now consists of more than 2100 member households and is a local justice and peace organization. The W.A.M.M. website is listed below. You can find the history of the group, the projects they are currently working on, a calendar of local events and daily news articles dealing with feminist issues and war.


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Women and Politics Reading Group

http://www.hhh.umn.edu/centers/wpp/programs_outreach/women_politics_reading_group.html

Two women, one being a professor here at the U, Sally Kenney (directorof the Center on Women and Public Policy) and Mary Rosenthal (DFL Education Foundation) started up this book discussion group in 2003.

Right now, they are going to discuss Candidate: The Truth Behind the Presidential Campaign, by: Emily O`Reilly.

The meet ever other month (on a wednesday) in the Freeman Commons in room 205 at the Humphrey Center (301 19th Avenue South).

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February 6, 2007

FEMA

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I thought this was intruiging because if this is something you are interested in, you can learn about Healing Arts, Self Defense, Meditation, and Iaido (Sword). On this website you may find class schedules, fees, introductions to the creators, event calendar, online store, and much more. I think that this is a very positive organization to bring feminists together. Through FEMA you can find a safe and supportive atmosphere for young girls and teens who need guidance the most at these ages.

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Outward Spiral Theatre Company

"Outward Spiral Theatre Company is dedicated to producing theatre from a Queer point-of-view. We strive to entertain, educate and act as a catalyst for social change through inclusive, multi-cultural, provocative artistic expression. "

This Twin Cities theater company was founded in 1995 by Timothy Lee and Jim Pounds and they have put out many plays over the years, as well as workshops for the community. Also at the Outward Spiral Theatre Company the group Empowered Expression meets with is composed of youth from the GLBTQQ community who share their stories and experiences through art and performance. This group hopes that with it's help, the voice of the GLBTQQ will be stengthened.

Donations, volunteers and new members are always accepted.
http://www.outwardspiral.org/index.html

Women's Leadership Revival Tour

"Women all over the world - in villages, governments, organizations - are stepping forward to offer their leadership in service to the issues most affecting their communities. Though their lives vary greatly in material resources, they each are providing a crucial resource, the gift of their leadership.

As women develop economic, social and political influence, profound shifts occur: children's health improves, literacy increases, families stabilize and communities learn self-reliance. Wherever women step forward to lead, significant changes happen and the whole system benefits.

The impact of women's imaginative, caring and generous leadership is visible all over the world. So many women have inspired me that I'm now focusing a significant portion of my work on encouraging more women to step forward. We need to claim our role as leaders, not for power, status or ego, but because the world needs what we can offer.

It's time for us women to gather together in deep reflection and joyous discovery of where we can most meaningfully offer our leadership. Gathering in the company of other women will revive and refresh us for the work that is ahead. Together, we can celebrate what we've already accomplished and learned and discover new ways to contribute."

Margaret Wheatley


Margaret "Meg" Wheatly is touring a handful of cities, celebrating the importance of women worldwide. On May 19th she'll be coming to Minneapolis! Here's the link to Berkana Institute's events page:

http://www.berkana.org/women/

and here's her webpage on the Berkana website (she's the president of the institute):

http://www.margaretwheatley.com/

The Smitten Kitten

"The Smitten Kitten is a progressive adult sex toys and equipment retailer specializing in the highest quality, safest and smartest selection of products available. Clients count on The Smitten Kitten to deliver hard-to-find, hand-crafted toys, the most cutting-edge information and resources as well as the tried-and-true favorites. "

It is owned by two women who have been working since 2003 for safe, environmentally responsible and informed sex toy products for everyone. It is GLBTQQ friendly and is also friendly to men, straight couples and of course women. There is more information on their website where you can learn about their Women's Studies backgrounds and their work against Toxic Toys and open and safe sex industry. It's all on their website....

http://www.smittenkittenonline.com

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TV by Girls

TVbyGIRLS is a Minneapolis based nonprofit organization that works with girls ages 10 to 18 to build leadership, compassionate and collaborative working skills, critical thinking and engagement in social justice and the issues of their communities.


The overarching mission of TVbyGIRLS is to create stories and messages that show creative, compassionate, involved and thinking girls and women. We create work and venues for girls to see their potentials beyond the limitations they are exposed to in the mainstream media. We use the tools of media making and analysis to combat the defeating and limiting messages young people receive everyday.

Watch some of their videos HERE!

They have an EXCELLENT list of RESOURCE LINKS on media literacy, girls and feminism

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Category 4. Twin Cities Research

What's happening in our community?

For this assignment I want you to "search" Minneapolis, St. Paul and the greater Minnesota area. We are very blessed to have our own feminist newspaper, a feminist bookstore, a feminist marial arts collective, feminist cabarets, feminist politicians (and the longest-serving openly Lesbian State Legislator in the U.S. who also runs a feminist environmental institute), feminist knitters, revolutionary mamas, feminist scholars, artists, activists, organizations events, and resources for the community.

Please seek feminist businesses, organizations that support women and girls, feminist events, feminist scholars, feminist activists, and women artists working in the Twin Cities (or greater Minnesota), whose work seems potentially relevant to course topics. You can look in the resources in front of the phone book, search google (use different combinations of key words), look in the Women's Press resource guide, and ask around.

Post ONE of your findings (not previously posted), under Category 4. Twin Cities. Include web links (when available).

Remember: Please DO NOT POST ANY REPEATS. So post early to avoid stress!

Note your findings in your journals (or reflect on the search process) as a journal entry for this week.

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You can view my example about TV by Girls under the category 4. Twin Cities Research"