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About Valley Allies

A better world starts right here.

Valley Allies is a Golden Valley, MN group of grassroots activists working for change. We are based on the Indivisible model, and partner with other Indivisible groups around the state of MN, as well as the U.S.

Since we began in 2016 we have been involved in numerous initiatives for change locally here in Golden Valley, as well as at the state level.

 

This website serves as an information hub for local and state activism. Please drop us a line to find out more! 

We must learn that passively to accept an unjust system is to cooperate with that system, and thereby to become a participant in its evil – Dr. Martin Luther King

MISSION

  • Encourage active, joyful and meaningful participation in the democracy we all share

  • Empower communities and individuals that are hopeless or cynical about politics by providing a welcoming invitation and easy access point for local and state involvement

  • Break isolation and build community, mutual support and power around political issues that affect our lives

  • Attend to hyper-local/city issues like affordable housing, inclusive and welcoming communities and the environment

  • Build cross-connection with other activist groups, particularly other local Indivisible groups

  • Support and amplify people of color and others struggling for equal representation in local/state politics

  • Support and amplify the efforts of our elected legislators in their progressive work during the session

  • Engage in legislative action and advocacy that we're passionate about during the legislative session

  • Engagement and endrosements in local GV elections (council, school board)

  • 2020: Keep the MN House blue, flip the MN senate!

SINCE 2016

Valley Allies first came together in 2016 to resist the administration's agenda in coordination with other resistance groups. We did this in a number of ways including...

Coordinated with the ACLU's People Power initiative to successfully advocate for change Golden Valley policing policy. Amendments in the policy now protect undocumented neighbors from unjust arrests and unconstitutional persecution by ICE. More info here. Also advocated for the adoption of a formal welcome statement which the city rolled out in 2018.

Produced a guide to local city council and school board elections and worked on GOTV for Golden Valley, successfully supporting a progressive candidate over a conservative competitor for a council seat, as well as a progressive incumbent

Followed Indivisible Guide to resist the administration's agenda at all levels of government through protests, town hall meetings, contacting legislators and other targeted action

Post-card writing for Doug Jones and other national candidates in special elections

Completed feedback tool kit for Golden Valley's Comprehensive Planning 2040, with our priorities on affordable housing, sustainable development and diversity initiatives

Education about personal economic activism (divesting from Wells Fargo, supporting blue businesses) as well as backyard activism

Hosted numerous get-to-know-you meetings with our local electeds

Basic democracy education - what's a SD? why is census important? how does this whole thing work?

Member education opportunities/trainings etc. on the DFL caucus and convention system, several members attended caucus and went on to the convention

Attended meetings with other action groups to learn about issues and efforts impacting immigrant rights, civil rights, reproductive rights and more

Volunteered for MN special elections for State Rep (Melissa Wagner) and State Senate (Karla Bigham), doorknocking, phone banking and more fun!

Members volunteer for the Sweet Potato Comfort Pie event here in Golden Valley each year, honoring the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 2018 we switched to campaign mode, working in many State Rep campaigns as well as some key Hennepin County campaigns including work for Irene Fernando, Angela Conley, Dave Hutchinson and Mark Haase. For those who didn't like doorknocking or phonebanking, several members worked on voter registration drives

SD-11 special election

Members worked with Common Cause, Freedom to Drive, NAACP and ERA during legislative session 2019

Lots and lots and lots of snacktivism! Not familiar with snacktivism? Come to a meeting to find out more :)

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