Friday, June 5, 2020

Feel Good Friday - Women for Political Change

Last Feel Good Friday, I profiled Black Visions Collective and the work they're doing in Minnesota to organize Black communities and dismantle systems of violence. In that spirit, they've shared a list of other organizations that can use our support. I'll highlight some of them here, starting with Women for Political Change.

It began as a student group at the University of Minnesota in 2015 and became a non-profit organization in 2018. As explained on their website, "Women for Political Change (WFPC) holistically invests in the leadership and political power of young women and trans and non-binary individuals throughout Minnesota."

Student chapters of WFPC are active on campuses at UMN, St. Olaf College and Spring Lake Park High School. They provide space for the students to identify and take action on issues important to them.

WFPC also has a new program called the Campaign Leadership Cohort, designed to create leadership opportunities in electoral politics for young people from historically marginalized communities. The first cohort consists of six young women who are receiving training, support and compensation in preparation to move into campaign leadership positions in local 2020 elections.

There are two additional programs. The Young Women's Initiative Network hosts events to connect young people interested in professional development and community building. The Mutual Aid Project provides a list of mutual aid funds where you can both receive or give financial aid, as well as resources related to health, housing, food assistance and safety.

You can support Women for Political Change with a donation and amplify their work by liking their Facebook page, following them on Twitter @MNWFPC, all while dancing along to their playlist on Spotify, WFPC Mix!

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