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South Dakota Canvass Summit

Last weekend, 20 staff members and activists from NARAL’s South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado affiliates were brought together for an intensive training on canvassing best practices. Attendees learned about the importance of door-to-door community engagement as a tool to build membership and raise critical funds for reproductive freedom. This summit served as the launch of the South Dakota summer canvass to organize to protect the state’s last remaining abortion clinic.

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New canvassers learn about canvassing basics from our very own Jess! Jess is NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota’s Canvass Director

The summit is integral to NARAL’s aggressive, state-centric plan to build a nationwide network of pro-choice activists who will fight to defend and expand our reproductive freedom, including access to abortion and contraception.

The efforts of national and affiliate staff were featured in Sioux Falls largest paper, the Argus Leader.

The Stats:

The Summit was undoubtedly a success! In less than five hours, the newly-trained team:

  • Knocked on nearly 1,000 doors in Sioux Falls
  • Had over 300 conversations about TRAP laws
  • Signed up over 100 new pro-choice supporters
  • Raised almost $2,000 dollars
  • Garnered attention of SD electeds and candidates interested in collaborating with NARAL
  • Caught the eye of local anti-choice groups
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Gabby, Field Program Organizer, trains newly hired South Dakota canvasser.

What’s more, the canvassers IDed folks on the door and found that the majority of the donors were registered Republicans. This finding inspired and motivated the attendees—especially the South Dakota team— as it further proved that 7 in 10 Americans support our work, regardless of political affiliation.

Susan Kroger, executive director of the South Dakota affiliate, says:

“I would like to thank the national team for choosing to invest in South Dakota and for helping us to organize this summit.  For this first time in South Dakota we have a paid canvass team and we are set to grow our membership exponentially. South Dakota needs us, and we couldn’t have done this without National’s investment.”

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Alison, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri (left) and Susan, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota (right) before heading out to canvass in Sioux Falls.


If you’re interested in writing for NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota’s blog, please contact: info@prochoiceminnesota.org

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Pioneer Press: Letter to the Editor

NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota Executive Director, Andrea Ledger, wrote a Letter to the Editor that was published yesterday in the Pioneer Press. Check out the post here. Below is the letter that was published.


WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE

At the Minnesota Legislature this year, and on Donald Trump’s campaign trail, we have seen a surge of attacks on women’s health care. As if this were not enough, there is now proposed state legislation that targets abortion clinics in hopes of shutting them down. These bills seek to add burdensome and medically unnecessary regulations to abortion clinics and, if enacted, would force four of the five Minnesota abortion clinics to close their doors. Instead of passing bills that address the needs of women and families, like 12-month prescription contraceptive coverage and paid family leave, anti-choice legislators remain focused on limiting access to safe and legal abortions.

Let’s be clear. These new abortion clinic regulation bills, as stated by the medical community, are medically unnecessary, and the new regulations border on absurdity, like requiring specific temperature settings for various parts of the building. The true goal of passing this legislation is to shut down abortion clinics. If abortion clinics close, women, especially in rural Minnesota, would lose access to safe abortion procedures.

Legislators should be working to ensure that abortions remain safe and to help families plan for pregnancies and their children. Providing 12-month prescription contraceptive coverage for women and providing parents paid family leave after the birth or adoption of a child are two critical issues that should be signed into law.

Access to a 12-month supply of prescription contraceptive coverage is a common-sense solution that will prevent unwanted pregnancies. A 2012 study showed a 46 percent decline in abortion rates among women who were given access to a year’s supply of contraceptives.

The other issue being ignored by some legislators is paid family leave. The Minnesota Senate passed SF 2558, which creates an insurance program that provides up to 12 weeks of partial wage replacement during family leave. This program will make it easier for both mothers and fathers to care for new children. It’s time for the House to act on this important issue.

Minnesota legislators need to focus on issues that make a positive impact on the well-being of families and women. Giving women access to 12-month prescription contraception coverage and allowing parents to care for their new child without the worry of losing a paycheck does that. Wasting time debating ventilation systems at clinics providing abortions might be a priority of Donald Trump and his supporters at the Legislature, but it is certainly not a priority of Minnesota.

Andrea Ledger

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Run For Your Rights 2016 Results

Run for Your Rights 2016

St. Paul, MN 05/07/16 8:30 A.M.

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Runners from this past Saturday’s race! Thank you to all the participants!

|Place| Name, Age, Gen|                               |Time|   |Pace|


1              Dave Quie 52 M                                  21:08     6:48

2              Chris Johnson 26 M                         22:34     7:16

3             Paige Wheeler 31 F                            22:37     7:17

4              Paul Pentel 66 M                              23:36    7:36

5              Betsy Hunter 37 F                            24:14     7:48

6             Michael Moore 36                            24:47     7:59

7             Dylan Anderson 26 M                    24:55     8:02

8             Erin Towner 25 F                           25:08     8:06

9             Dana Johnson 23 F                        25:16     8:08

10           Christina Zauhar An 28 F             29:04     9:22

11           Anna Svetnicka 24 F                     29:14     9:25

12           Brian Christiansen 30 M             29:26     9:29

13           Dan Kitzberger 32                           29:34     9:31

14           Atom Robinson 41 M                     29:35     9:32

15           Diane Von Ruden 54 F                   29:48     9:36

16           Emma Millspaugh 22 F                30:10     9:43

17           Lisa Cole 22 F                                   30:20     9:46

18           Dan Buck 44 M                                 30:22     9:47

19           Emily Essert 34 F                            30:50     9:56

20           Dawn England 39 F                        30:52     9:56

21           Carrie Fink 31 F                                30:58     9:59

22           Alexis Jones 34 F                             31:01     9:59

23           Kara Strahen 33 F                            31:01     9:59

24           Phil Jones 33 M                                31:03     10:00

25           Kate Sykes 32 F                                31:11     10:03

26           Billy Parsons 31 M                          31:11     10:03

27           Matthew White 33 M                     31:31     10:09

28           Mary Lahr-Hill 62 F                      32:44      10:33

29           Dianne Bell 52 F                              32:45     10:33

30           Gregg Lind 37 M                              32:51     10:35

31           Cathryn Beil 38 F                            32:52     10:35

32           Sarah Sinderbrand 33 F                33:15     10:43

33           Michaela Liesenberg 23 F            33:22     10:45

34           Susan Curoe 58 F                           33:35     10:49

35           Carol Curoe 54 F                            33:35     10:49

36           Sunny Beddow 31 F                      33:45     10:52

37           Timothy Matuseski 56 M           35:52     11:33

38           Dawn Matuseski 55 F                   35:52    11:33

39           Kathy Peterson 56 F                     36:09    11:38

40           Rodd Peterson 62 M                     36:09     11:39

41           Emily Campbell 33 F                     37:54     12:12

42           Sonia Brummer 32                       38:10    12:17

43           Maria Volpe 33 F                           38:22     12:21

44           Jake Sinderbrand 35 M                41:21     13:19

45           Beth Wischman 44 F                    42:34     13:42

46           Susan Davis 50 F                           42:34     13:42

47           Julie Roorda 35 F                           47:08     15:11

48           Meaghan Bryan 36 F                    47:09    15:11

 

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Are you ready to Caucus?

Minnesota Precinct Caucuses will be held Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Never been to a caucus? Not sure how it works or where your caucus location is? Learn more here.

Find your party information and relevant resolution forms below:

DFL Party Platform and Resolution Forms

Republican Party of Minnesota

Independence Party of Minnesota

Green Party of Minnesota

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NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota Resolutions


NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota

Non-Partisan Resolution Supporting Contraceptive and Parental Health and Wellbeing

 Whereas politicians should support women’s contraceptive, pregnancy and parenting options;

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Whereas women should not struggle with birth control affordability, and if pregnant face barriers to abortion services or discrimination in current or future employment, and both parents should be allowed to take parental leave to care for their new child.

Therefore be it resolved that:

We call on all state and federal officials to ensure affordable access to birth control, ensure nondiscrimination of pregnant women in hiring or current employment, that parents be allowed leave to care for their new child.

Be it further resolved that:

A women’s access to safe, legal abortion be restored and protected.

Find a printable version of this resolution here to bring to your caucus —> NARALMNresolution

NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota with Pro-Choice Resources

Non-Partisan Resolution Supporting Public Funding of Abortion

Whereas politicians shouldn’t be allowed to deny a woman’s health coverage just because she’s poor;

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Whereas a woman struggling to make ends meet needs to be able to make important, personal decisions about whether to end a pregnancy based on what is best for her circumstances, not how much she makes or where she gets her insurance;

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Whereas when a woman needs to end her pregnancy, it is important that she has access to safe medical care.

Therefore be it resolved that:

We call on state and federal officials to ensure that every woman who receives care or insurance through the government will have coverage for abortion services.

Be it further resolved that:

We oppose political interference with decisions by private health insurance companies to offer coverage for abortion care.

Find a printable version of this resolution here to bring to your caucus —> ProChoiceResourcesNARAL

 

For any questions about Precinct Caucusing or about our resolutions, please contact us at: info@prochoiceminnesota.org

 

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Why NARAL? A Campus Rep Series (Part 6 of 6)

Sophie Navarro
Macalester
NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota
Campus Co-Rep

I first got involved with Macalester Activists for Reproductive Justice as a Junior and quickly came to realize how intersectional and important the work that NARAL does is. One of the things that I am most passionate about is learning more about how reproductive justice encompasses more than simply the pro-life vs. pro-choice narratives. It is important for us all to be aware of are the many subversive ways that access to services and resources is obstructed in our country. In particular, I look forward to continued conversations learning from and sharing experiences and knowledge with other folks around the Twin Cities who share my passions.

Kate Gallagherwhyclipart
Macalester
NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota
Campus Co-Rep

I am a Senior at Macalester College. I am a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major and Psychology Minor planning on getting a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration, specifically Student Affairs, after graduating in May 2016. I hope to pursue the intersections of diversity and multiculturalism programming and disability services. In addition to being a campus rep for NARAL and thus being a co-chair for Mactivists for Reproductive Justice, I also have leadership positions on my campus in the Chorale, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, the Queer Women’s Identity Collective, and the Disability, Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness Identity Collective. In my not so abundant free time I enjoy reading about social justice, doing home improvement projects, sewing, baking, playing with my cat, and trying out new restaurants with my partner


NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota believes in the power of the student voice! We recognize the need to train new pro-choice leaders and we’ve developed a Student Organizing program that reflects that.

NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota’s Student Organizing program hires interns and works with pro-choice students at fourteen colleges throughout the state to educate and activate students on campus. Whether we’re talking about the availability of emergency contraception at your school, sex education, or deceptive crisis pregnancy centers advertising at your school, you can count on our student organizers being able to keep you informed.

The anti-choice forces are organizing at every level of government, in our streets, in front of clinics and in our schools! Their efforts affect women at every age, but much of their work focuses on college-aged women.

That’s why the pro-choice movement needs students to educate and organize on their campuses. Through campus organizing, you are helping to protect the right to choose and building the newest generation of the pro-choice movement. If you are interested in learning more about what’s going on at your campus, please feel free to contact your local campus rep by e-mail.

For a little perspective, we’ve asked all of our campus reps why they chose to continue the work NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota started on campuses. Throughout this series, you will get a better understanding of why this position is vital to our students and their communities. 

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Why NARAL? A Campus Rep Series (Part 5 of 6)

Zoe Marquis-Kelly
St. Olaf
NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota
Campus Co -Rep

I work for NARAL because I believe that everyone has the right to choose what is best for their own bodies. The government should not force its own opinions onto any of its citizens’ bodies. This situation is especially relevant because the disenfranchisement of reproductive rights disproportionately affects women, racial minorities, and the impoverished, groups that have been historically oppressed in other ways.

I also believe that when there is more accurate informatioFotolia_61034637_XS.jpgn circulating in the mainstream about birth control choices, people will be better able to tailor their birth control to their needs. This will decrease the amount of unplanned pregnancies and decrease STI contraction rates.

In short, I believe that the world will only be a better place if people are able to make informed decisions about their reproductive health, a platform that I feel NARAL stands for.

Malika-Naomi Dale
St. Olaf
NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota
Campus Co-Rep

I work for NARAL because I wanted to join an intimate community that acted on their beliefs so that my college development could be shaped by such an intelligent and compassionate network. Our club, Students for Reproductive Rights, is an informative club that works with the campus and Northfield community to deliver accurate information, supportive student networks and productive activism. This club is so important to the school because it works with school administration, local clinics, reliable women’s services and national organizations to meet social, logistical and medical needs on campus and the surrounding area. This club is so important to me because I have learned how to be an educated lobbyist, a caring clinic volunteer, an organized manager and an effective co-leader while exposing a Crisis Pregnancy Center, lobbying at the State and National capitals, networking with successful alums, and caring for new students


 

NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota believes in the power of the student voice! We recognize the need to train new pro-choice leaders and we’ve developed a Student Organizing program that reflects that.

NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota’s Student Organizing program hires interns and works with pro-choice students at fourteen colleges throughout the state to educate and activate students on campus. Whether we’re talking about the availability of emergency contraception at your school, sex education, or deceptive crisis pregnancy centers advertising at your school, you can count on our student organizers being able to keep you informed.

The anti-choice forces are organizing at every level of government, in our streets, in front of clinics and in our schools! Their efforts affect women at every age, but much of their work focuses on college-aged women.

That’s why the pro-choice movement needs students to educate and organize on their campuses. Through campus organizing, you are helping to protect the right to choose and building the newest generation of the pro-choice movement. If you are interested in learning more about what’s going on at your campus, please feel free to contact your local campus rep by e-mail.

For a little perspective, we’ve asked all of our campus reps why they chose to continue the work NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota started on campuses. Throughout this series, you will get a better understanding of why this position is vital to our students and their communities. 

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Why NARAL? A Campus Rep Series (Part 4 of 6)

Leah Soule
Gustavus
NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota
Campus Rep

In the wake of the recent shooting at the Colorado Planned Parenthood, I am again reflecting on why I choose to organize for choice. I believe that controlling one’s own body is fundamental to being an autonomous citizen. If we live in a world where we cannot decide what happens to our own bodies, how could we imagine that we would get a say in what happens in our community, state or nation? In essence I fight for abortion access because I believe it’s not only a human right but because it supports democracy. Without bodily autonomy we cannot have a society where all people get a say, we cannot have a just nation, we cannot have democracy.

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St. Cloud State University
NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota
Campus Rep

I work for NARAL because I live in an area against reproductive rights. St. Cloud State University has a strong anti-choice presence with an organization that actively makes efforts to stigmatize all aspects of reproductive rights. Maintaining a supportive safe space on campus is important to those who have been personally been affected by this issue, some of which I

personally know. Reproductive rights needs to be upheld even today, and I support NARAL’s mission to ensure it does.


 

NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota believes in the power of the student voice! We recognize the need to train new pro-choice leaders and we’ve developed a Student Organizing program that reflects that.

NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota’s Student Organizing program hires interns and works with pro-choice students at fourteen colleges throughout the state to educate and activate students on campus. Whether we’re talking about the availability of emergency contraception at your school, sex education, or deceptive crisis pregnancy centers advertising at your school, you can count on our student organizers being able to keep you informed.

The anti-choice forces are organizing at every level of government, in our streets, in front of clinics and in our schools! Their efforts affect women at every age, but much of their work focuses on college-aged women.

That’s why the pro-choice movement needs students to educate and organize on their campuses. Through campus organizing, you are helping to protect the right to choose and building the newest generation of the pro-choice movement. If you are interested in learning more about what’s going on at your campus, please feel free to contact your local campus rep by e-mail.

For a little perspective, we’ve asked all of our campus reps why they chose to continue the work NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota started on campuses. Throughout this series, you will get a better understanding of why this position is vital to our students and their communities. 

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