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Renegade Feminist is your feminist survival guide to Minnesota politics. Local politics shouldn't be complicated, so we work to break it all down for you. We highlight the female and non-binary folks who putting in the work to build a better Minnesota, and there are some laughs and tarot along the way. We've got a lot of rage and we want you to rage with us. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/renegadefeminist/support
 
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Get up to speed with Grace and Bri on what’s at stake these last two weeks of our legislative session, where we are with police reform, and what last week’s surprising news about redistricting means for Minnesota. Plus, this week’s guest is Deputy Director of the Minnesota Budget Project, Clark Goldenrod, who’ll talk about why legislators need to p…
 
This week, join Grace and Bri to dive into local data around pretext stops like the one that resulted in Duante Wright’s murder and take a look at how the state legislature is addressing police brutality -- and just as importantly, all the ways they’re failing to address it. Plus, they’ll unpack Minneapolis’s charter amendment to transform public s…
 
We want a lot from this year’s legislative session, but there’s one thing at the very top of our wishlist these days: the passage of HF707/SF1683. This week, we’re talking with the chief author of that bill, Rep. Kelly Moller. She’ll tell us why we need it, how it relates to that recent MN Supreme Court ruling, and walk us through all the other goo…
 
“MN Supreme Court Reverses Rape Conviction Because Woman Wasn’t Forced to Get Drunk” was an actual news headline this week. Join Bri and Grace for 10 minutes to find out why – and more importantly, how we all can rally behind a law already working its way through the Minnesota House to fix it. Show Notes Minnesota House Bill HF707 Minnesota Senate …
 
It’s Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by talking trans rights! Monica Meyer, Executive Director at Outfront Minnesota, joins us to unpack the trash legislation proposed to target trans girls in sports, why conversion therapy should be banned, and some recent wins for the LGBTQ+ community here in Minnesota. We’ll also talk about white su…
 
You know what’s a pretty big deal that everybody has an opinion about and nobody can agree on but that we absolutely have to sort out in the legislature this year so that the government doesn’t shut down this summer? THE STATE BUDGET. So let’s get into it! Why did the economic outlook swing as dramatically as a March weather forecast, and what does…
 
The governor wants $35 million in public safety funding for the upcoming Chauvin trial, and the legislature can’t agree on whether – or how! – to fund it. We’ll also explore the latest bad faith attempts to politicize good policy rather than govern and chat with two of our favorite lawmakers about some important proposed legislation: the PRO Act, t…
 
This week, we dig into the report recently issued by Minnesota’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) task force: the causes behind MMIW injustice and the 20 mandates recommended by the task force moving forward. To hear about the research and explore the intersections between MMIW injustice and sex trafficking, we talk with MMIW Task Force…
 
Happy anniversary, Roe! This week, we mark the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade by talking to Megan Peterson, the Executive Director at Gender Justice to catch us up on all things repro rights: what Minnesota has, what we still need, and how we can fight to get it. We also cover what happens here if Roe falls and why Biden being President is, you kn…
 
Welcome to Season Two of Renegade Feminist! Since our last episode, the President incited a coup, and some Minnesota lawmakers weren’t exactly blameless. We can’t believe we’re writing this, but tune in to find out how some of our reps helped inspire sedition and whether they plan to stop anytime soon. Plus, the MN State Legislature is back in sess…
 
In the final episode of 2020, Bri & Grace dive in to the idea of incorporating social workers into emergency response protocols, looking to models that have worked and contrasting that with what’s going on here at home. To stay on the topic of the importance of social work, Dr. Katharine Hill, Director of the School of Social Work at the University…
 
On this week’s episode, Dr. Rep. Kelly Morrison drops by to chat with Grace & Bri about her re-election campaign, what the job of House Representative actually entails, and what she’d do with a magic wand in the Legislature. Bri & Grace will give you the 411 on the newly announced Legislative committees & chairs, which includes both the very good a…
 
Enbridge’s controversial/terrible Line 3 oil pipeline is finally out of the courts and is once more racking up permit approvals on its way to installment across native land and waterways. Not great! Grace and Bri get you up to speed on the history and Enbrige’s (dubious) environmental track record, and then talk to Senator-Elect Mary Kunesh about a…
 
This week’s episode is all about anger, because there’s a lot to be angry about - the political power grabs at the Capitol, the GOP’s response to COVID, and the pandemic in general. After giving you the low down on that short list of delightful topics, Grace turns the mic on Bri to learn about her experiences as a campaign manager and more about pr…
 
With the Election finally over, we’re switching gears and talking about another extremely important topic - abortion access! You’ll get a quick history lesson about medication abortions & some of the innovative ways they’ve been provided, along with some recent legal news that makes it easier for folks to access reproductive healthcare in a pandemi…
 
It’s been a week. A year. Nine decades. But at last, we have Minnesota’s election results, and Grace and Bri get into all the homegrown goods: who won, who didn’t, which outstate counties flipped for Biden, the impact third-party candidates had on our congressional and state legislature races (spoiler alert: it’s bad), and where we stand heading in…
 
Election Day 2020 is tomorrow. The day we’ve been working towards since November 2016 and in the four years since that life-altering election, we’ve accomplished so much, from having record numbers of women running for office to flipping the Minnesota House, and so much in between. In preparation for whatever the results are this Election Day, we h…
 
We’ve got another October Surprise, folks, the Bonding Bill passed! In this week’s episode, we dive into what exactly a bonding bill is, why it’s important, and why we should be paying attention to it. Our guest, Speaker of the Minnesota House, Melissa Hortman, walks us through the process of getting the bonding bill through the House & Senate, and…
 
This week on Renegade Feminist, we’re going local. Alongside of all the high profile races happening right now, cities & towns across the state are electing their leadership and y’all, we’ve got to pay attention. Local government makes decisions that can directly impact our day-to-day lives, and to learn more, we dive into the saga of West St. Paul…
 
The election is now, y’all, and we’re here to remind you to make sure you’re researching and voting for candidates in down ballot races. To share the critical importance of local seats, like Mayor, School Board, and City Council, we have three guests today to talk about their campaigns: Amáda Márquez Simula, Temmy Olasimbo, and Christa Mims. All th…
 
It’s October! Surprise! The election is one month away, and there’s a lot happening: the President has COVID, and so might a bunch of Minnesota lawmakers; Angie Craig’s race has been upended (and possibly postponed?!) by the death of one of her opponents; and “ballot harvesting” is suddenly in the news for no good reason. Plus, to quell fears about…
 
With only six Mondays left until the Election, Grace & Bri talk to two candidates, Mindy Kimmel & Doria Drost, who are running for the Minnesota House on both sides of SD16. We hear about the different challenges & opportunities they have campaigning in a more rural district, and some of the issues especially important to their future constituents.…
 
This is not the episode we were planned on or hoped for, but due to the devastating loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg this weekend, here we are. Join us to celebrate the legacy of the one and only RBG – and then dive into the dark, murky waters of filling this new Supreme Court vacancy, and what that could mean for the election. (UH…
 
Early Voting starts this week, y’all, so in this episode, we’re getting down and dirty with everything you need to know for November: registering voters, voting from home, wtf is up with the post office, and how the heck voting works in a pandemic. And we’re talking about all that with our very favorite expert: MN Secretary of State Steve Simon (ye…
 
It’s Labor Day, y’all, but democracy doesn’t rest and neither do we! This week, we’re chatting with State Senate candidate Sahra Odowa, who tells us all about what it’s like trying to flip a seat in an increasingly diverse district with three major towns and a whole mess of townships. Grace & Bri also get into the dirty business of campaign mailers…
 
This week on Renegade Feminist, we’re covering both ends of of the political spectrum: amazing women who run for commissions and board appointments and mediocre dudes who should maybe never run for anything again. Join us in the weeds on city & county commissionerships and what steps we can take to get more women represented. We’ll chat with Ashley…
 
This week on Renegade Feminist, get nerdy with us as we dive into the the nitty-gritty insanity going on in the Senate right now — and why the Senate Republicans appear to be systematically firing State Commissioners. (Spoiler: It’s not a great look, and it’s also bad politics). We talk through some specific questions with special guest Senate Mino…
 
Get ready for an outright joy fest, Renegades! The Minnesota Primary was last Tuesday, so this week, Bri & Grace are breaking down who won, which whiny male candidates are finally out, and what we can learn from the results. From the Minnesota State House to our most competitive Congressional districts, get the rundown on who will be on your absent…
 
This week on Renegade Feminist, Minnesota State Auditor (and total hoot) Julie Blaha joins Grace and Bri to talk gopher bounties, crop art, Minnesota’s hot streak of electing women auditors, and the important ways women candidates win by losing. Plus, we celebrate the State Fair by reliving some of its political history, and then prepare for next w…
 
This week, prepare to get your socks knocked off by Congressional candidate and Black Women Rising founder, Alberder Gillespie. No joke: this interview’s a barn burner, in every best possible way, as we talk through why Alberder founded Black Women Rising, what compelled her to jump into the race for Congress, and which suburb is becoming an organi…
 
This week, we’re exploring the western edge of Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District, to chat with the only female state legislative candidate on the ballot in the greater Moorhead area, Heather Keeler. We talk about how and why she decided to run for the Minnesota House, how she hopes to continue using her voice for her community, and so much mor…
 
We’ve got two weeks until the August 11 primary, so we’re checking in with one of the incredible women in a primary fight as she runs for the State Senate: DFL-endorsed candidate in Duluth, Jen McEwen. Future Senator McEwen (yeah, we said it) is one of the many women who won their party’s endorsement, only to find the whiny dude she’s running again…
 
This week, we’re talking to Liz Young, Director of Advancement at Women Winning, all about money: how campaigns use it, why it’s especially important in the next 7 days, and all the “fun” you can have on the Campaign Finance Board website. We clue you into the many ways Minnesota is working to make the fiscal side of campaigns more accessible and p…
 
This week, join Grace and Bri to talk through three recent Supreme Court cases the Court got (mostly) right. To help us sort through what went down and how those rulings do and don’t change things on the ground here in Minnesota, we’ll be joined by two special guests: Maggie Meyer from NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, who leads us through the June vs. R…
 
Steep your tea in rage, then get ready to explore the data behind why women are advised to avoid “negative” campaigning — is it good politics or gendered garbage? (Spoiler: it’s both.) Then gather round, renegades, to hear what we are sure is only the first verse in the epic Ballad of Athena Hollins, who is running for the Minnesota State House in …
 
They came, they saw, they filed. During the filing deadline earlier this month, we saw a ton of new candidates enter the race: some amazing (#BlackWomenRising) and some… not so much (GOP’ers masquerading as pro-cannabis candidates to siphon votes from Dems). House candidate and legislator of our dreams Esther Agbaje stops by (spoiler - she’s amazin…
 
Listen, the Minnesota Legislature isn’t not the OC, and this week we’re gonna tell you why. From child brides to Chrismakkuh, we’re gonna recap what happened in the most recent season (okay, session) and get you ready for all the plot twists waiting for us in the current special session. Spoiler alert: Our cast is headed for a run-in with the cops …
 
Change is afoot, y’all! This week, we’re talking big changes wrought by hard work of community organizers and the flood of action following George Floyd’s murder. We’re making progress, and we’re fighting for more — learn what steps you can take to combat police brutality where you live and what policy changes are on the horizon in the upcoming Spe…
 
George Floyd. Say his name. This isn't going to be a regular episode of Renegade Feminist because these aren’t regular times – but if you’re looking for a quick snapshot of stuff to do, people to call, money to give, and work to get after (especially for white folks – because no, you do not get to opt out right now), we’ve got a place for you to st…
 
19 - Joy Break ft. Many Feminists This week, we’re taking a little joy break. The pandemic has been impacting all of our lives for months now and as your feminist survival guide, we’re reminding you that taking a small break to find hope and joy is key for survival. Need a little bit of inspiration? No worries - we asked badass feminists from acros…
 
This week, we’re talking all about last week’s online endorsement conventions: who won, who lost, who’s not sitting down -- and who definitely should. Grace chats with Jillia Pessenda from Women Winning about how endorsements actually worked during a pandemic, and Bri leads the way through the endorsement jungle, potentially even finding Minnesota’…
 
This week’s installment of our Senate Series brings you a chat with Addie Miller, a horse trainer-turned-lawyer seeking to represent Chaska, Chanhassen, Carver, Victoria, and Watertown in the Minnesota State Senate. Addie shares how politics got personal for her, how she’s staying true to herself during the campaign, and some of the good work she’s…
 
Get ready for a grab-bag episode full of local political bananas: the latest in candidate filings, plenty of white male mediocrity, and a plug to convince your favorite south metro feminist to run for a newly open seat. Then, to combat the onslaught of newly minted internet experts out there spouting plague nonsense, we chat with a badass medical d…
 
This week on Renegade Feminist, Grace & Bri are focused on the fundamental feminist issue that is the Equal Right Amendment, why we need it, and one women who helped delay it dramatically. President of ERA MN, Heather Allison, stops by to share what’s happening in Minnesota’s push to get an ERA on our books, and why flipping the MN Senate is critic…
 
14 - Leslie Knope Would Be Proud ft. Nelsie Yang This week, we sit down with Saint Paul City Councilwoman Nelsie Yang. Nelsie talks about serving on the City Council, lessons learned during her candidacy, and what the Council is working on. Plus, learn a bit about how Leslie Knope’s Pawnee and Nelsie Yang’s St. Paul are different (other than the wh…
 
On this week’s episode, Grace & Bri chat with the human ray of sunshine and current Minneapolis Parks Board Vice President, LaTrisha Vetaw. LaTrisha explains why summer isn’t cancelled and what folks can do to maintain our access to parks during the pandemic. You’ll also hear about what the Park Board does and how you can start preparing for the Pa…
 
Good Trouble ft. Lindsey Port In this week’s episode, Grace & Bri continue the Senate Series with the one and only Lindsey Port, who is running to flip the MN State Senate seat in District 56! She tells us all about why she got involved in politics (spoiler, she was angry), what she’s going to do when elected, and all the deets on her non-profit, B…
 
This week’s episode is all about the Census, our once-a-decade count of every person living in the United States. From funding to political power, the Census has massive implications — so to learn more about what that means for Minnesotans, Grace interviews Dr. Susan Brower, our State Demographer. Plus, we dive into the proposed “are you a citizen?…
 
In this week’s episode, Grace & Bri chat (at an appropriate social distance) about the global pandemic we are all facing right now and some of the thoughtful steps taken by Minnesota leadership to help us all out a bit. They also chat about the feminist implications of the pandemic, because spoiler, there are implications. Finally, they remind you …
 
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