Please use this page to share our knowledge and experiences of groups, organizations, and projects in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota that include feminist practices.
For now, please post them in the comments below…
The Grease Rag — http://greaseragmpls.wordpress.com/ —
“Grease Rag is a forum for women who bike in Minneapolis and around the Twin Cities. We hope to empower female cyclists through working on their own machines and enjoying the wide community that already exists in the metro area through events, social networking, and forum discussion”
The Dead Feminists Society – http://www.meetup.com/Dead-Feminist-Society-of-Minnesota/ – “These are hard times for Minnesota women. We’re losing our jobs. Our wages are dropping. Our numbers among the homeless is on the rise. Meanwhile, “Girls Gone Wild” videos outsell the Bible. Makes a good woman wonder – what ever happened to feminism?
Have no fear. Feminism is alive and well. Come to a meeting of the Dead Feminist Society.
The Dead Feminist Society exists to honor the vision of American Feminism and to support Minnesota feminists in our commitment to stand for gender equality, dignity and fairness.
Our Dead Feminist Society host (and instigator) is Kristine Holmgren, former columnist for the Star Tribune and dyed-in-the-wool advocate for Minnesota women and families. Kristine is a Presbyterian minister – ordained before ordination was cool.”
Women With Vision – 17th International Film Festival at the Walker Arts Center – http://calendar.walkerart.org/canopy.wac?id=5538 – “Women with Vision celebrates its 17th edition with an array of works by directors from Germany, Iceland, Austria, France, Mexico, and the Northwest Canadian Territories. The festival welcomes several visiting artists, including Deborah Stratman, Laurel Nakadate, and Natalia Almada, as well as a group of Minnesota-based documentarians whose topics are as far-reaching as war-torn Sierra Leone and as close as Walter Mondale and his public service.”
Dames on Frames – a bike feminist collective that emerged from an EXCO class a few years ago — They made a zine called Dames on Frames: here’s issue #1. You can order issues #1-4 here: http://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/zines/2448/ – “Dames on Frames calls itself a feminist bike zine, and it strives to articulate the places in which feminism and bike culture overlap. It raises interesting points, like why are only a third of all bike commuters in Bogotá women? Why don’t male doctors suggest using cornstarch to sooth bike rash instead of advocating not riding at all? Why does “skill” rank as a higher deterrent for women riders than for male riders? The authors do a great survey where they poll riders on their major deterrents and the results are intriguing! They also provide a comprehensive chart of solutions for the different issues.”
– googlegroup (seems mostly defunct, but interesting record of their conversations over the past few years): http://groups.google.com/group/damesonframes
Radio K Girl Germs – http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000688492914 – “Feminism – it’s contagious! Listen to Girl Germs on Radio K Tuesdays from 9-11pm. 104.5/100.7 FM in the Twin Cities or radiok.org Your hosts Anna and Dana play the best in groundbreaking female artists – from rap to riot grrrl, rock & roll to soul.”
I just posted a collection of all of the women and trans bicycle-related events on the Grease Rag blog. Including Dames on Frames which you mentioned already Eli. I think it can be hard to find all of this information in one place, so I wanted to post it here!
Feminist Eclectic Martial Arts (FEMA) http://www.femamartialarts.org/
“Working to empower women and girls so they may walk in peace.
FEMA Eclectic Martial Arts of Minneapolis offers everyone an opportunity to study the martial arts in a safe and respectful environment. Our school features classes just for women and girls as well as co-ed classes. Most of our instructors are women, including our head instructor Shifu/Sensei Kore’ Grate.”
Tuition is on a sliding scale, and all ages are welcome.
KMStichery – Eco-Friendly Feminist Fashion
Recycled/reused clothing with handmade stencils of feminists (Bell Hooks, Emma Goldman, Susan B. Anthony, and many more). Based here in the Twin Cities.
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