Maria Regan Gonzalez: “It’s more important now than ever to get involved locally. You can have a real, tangible impact on your neighborhood and community. Identify where your passion lies locally, and who you can connect with.” 

Der Yang: "
For me, a solid plan of action against systemic racism involves the following: 

  • Start teaching all young children about racial injustices and engaging in honest, thoughtful conversation. 
  • Stop reading and believing in alt-right propaganda and messages intended to be divisive. 
  • Continue listening, engaging, and advocating for individuals who are working towards or representing the issues of our time.” 

Eileen Hudon: The first big step is to change how community thinks about sexual violence. “Those values will assist us once we have education and have the words to talk about sexual violence, including genocide by use of sexual violence," she says, adding that we need to better recognize that there is value in helping each other.

Leslie Redmond: “This year I have the opportunity to be a part of NAACP’s inaugural Next Generation Leadership program. This is a 12-month leadership development training program for young professionals to equip them with the proper resources and network to assume leadership in the NAACP. I urge individuals between the ages of 21 and 35 who are seeking leadership roles within the organization to apply.“ 

Asma Mohammed: “During this next legislative session, SHOW UP for survivors, for people of color, for our students, and for our families living in poverty. If we don’t remind our legislators that the Capitol is our house, someone else will.” 

At “MWP Conversations: Using Our Voice & Vote,” hosted by Minnesota Women’s Press in October, Mohammed moderated a breakout session about lobbying. [Find that video, and several others, here.] 

Jessica Diggins: “It’s a common thing to say, ‘I feel fat,’ or ‘I don’t look good.’ But it’s really important for girls and women instead to hear, ‘I feel strong! I ran 10 miles and I feel healthy and capable.’” 

She adds, “Having a healthy body image is choosing to see the positive and treat yourself with respect and care. Love yourself for who you are. You don’t need to look like anyone else. Don’t say things to yourself that you wouldn’t say to your dearest friend. The best way we can help others is not just by encouraging them, but leading by example.” 

Kathy Hermes: 
1. Crush the binary. Lift up non-binary identities. Stop “gender policing,” which involves calling out people for not fitting codes of masculinity and femininity. 
2. Do not be afraid of your normal, beautiful identities. Be mindful about those who may harm your normal, beautiful identity. 
3. Turn up for all people, queer people and allies. Allies get hurt just like us. 

Me’Lea Connelly: Consider making a donation to the New Day Loan fund, to help fight predatory lenders. Support the Black-led community credit union and pledge to become a Village Financial member or ambassador.

Norah Shapiro: Host a screening of the film "Time for Ilhan," to support the goal of reaching students, women, and new Americans in underrepresented communities. Community screenings will be available by request starting in early 2019. It also will be available on Fuse TV, Amazon Prime streaming, and other on-demand platforms.

Kathy Magnuson & Norma Smith Olson: 

1. Step up, step out, use your voice. Who in your life has experienced sexual harassment or assault? Tell them you believe them, support them, affirm them.

2. What if your book group only read and discussed books by women authors this year?

3. What if we built more bridges and fewer walls? Who in your life views politics differently than you do? What if you invited them for coffee, acknowledged your differences, and focused on what you have in common?”