On Sunday, November 18, Inclusivi-tee staff, including CEO, Lori, sponsored a fundraiser at Mayflower Home in Grinnell, raising money for House of Charity and spreading the message about Inclusivi-tee.  We had a great time, talking to attendees, sharing stories, selling t-shirts, and eating pastries supplied by hosts Linda and Bob Myren. We plan this event to be the beginning of a long and close collaboration with the Grinnell community.  Since Lori attended Grinnell College, her parents live in Grinnell, and board members Negebe and Bobbi both teach in the Iowa schools, this connection seems natural. 



 

October 20, 2017: Listen as Lori, founder and CEO of Inclusivi-tee, was interviewed by the hostst of Atheists Talk AM 950 in Minneapolis.

 

September 24, 2017: Lori, founder and CEO of Inclusivi-tee, was interviewed on Minneapolis' FOX 9 KMSP Saturday morning show. Watch it here:

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On August 24, 2017, our founder and CEO, Lori Myren-Manbeck, was interviewed by Betty Foliard on AM 950. 

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On April 14, 2017, we attended the Solidarity Day for Planned Parenthood event, our first event as Inclusivi-tee founders today. We could not have been more proud to be part of this amazing progressive community. The support for Planned Parenthood and all its missions—reproductive choice, healthcare for all, easy access to women’s healthcare, and equal rights—was palpable. People were friendly and caring and diverse and beautiful.

Thank you to everyone who came out and thank you to Planned Parenthood.  We will do everything we can, both financially and in action, to support you and the work you do.

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Multiple members of the Inclusivi-tee staff and board attended Tax Marches in Iowa and Minnesota on April 15, 2017. At these marches, in both states, we found community members who were informed, friendly, and concerned about the state of affairs in our country today and the need to hold our leaders accountable.  Seeing this kind of dedication and concern increases our own commitment to continuing our work in the community, both at home and abroad.

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Inclusivi-tee attended Water Action Day in Minneapolis on April 19, 2017.  While there, we met with legislators and learned about the risks to our water posed by mining and other corporate actions.  We were honored to share the day with so many passionate, engaged community representatives.  In the spirit of community, we helped with clean-up after the event as well.  

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On April 22, 2017, we participated in the March for Science at the Minnesota state capitol. Inclusivi-tee was proud to join fellow science supporters on this beautiful day at the state capitol.  We were inspired by both the speakers and the crowd and pledge to stay involved to ensure science is not ignored.  Our lives depend on it.

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On May 7, 2017, our founder and CEO, Lori, volunteered at the ONE Foundation booth during the May Day festival in Minneapolis.  We were collecting letters to congressional leaders regarding funding for world poverty relief programs. Their mission of reducing worldwide extreme poverty is one we support and share.  Thank you especially to Kim, the Minneapolis organizer and newfound friend.  

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From June 9 to June 11, founder and CEO Lori, board member Negebe, and our close friend Jeanne attended the People’s Summit in Chicago.  While there, we attended workshops and keynote addresses.  We were reminded throughout the summit that we are responsible for taking care of our Earth and each other and that equality only matters if it is shared by all of us.

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Mid-June, we were at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Church.  In our booth there, we shared with people about Inclusivi-tee and asked them to sign a banner for the workers of our partner Freeset, thanking them for the beautiful bags they produce.  We also met Ernest Johnson, the director of Ubuntu Village in New Orleans, and decided to work together to create our first quarterly tee shirt design, with profits going to Ubuntu Village.  Thank you to the UUA for their welcome to us and concern for social and Earth justice.

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In late June, we had a booth at the General Synod of the United Church of Christ. While there, we talked about Inclusivi-tee, collected postcards of encouragement to the youth of Ubuntu Village, and had attendees sign a banner for the workers of Freeset thanking them for their beautiful bags.  We felt incredibly welcome and thankful to this organization of people who share our values of social and Earth justice.

Click here to see members of our team relaxing after a long day at Synod.

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On August 6, 2017, Inclusivi-tee team members attended a solidarity vigil at Dar Al Farooq mosque. We were moved by the words of peace and community support and were honored to have been able to participate. We left the vigil with hope and the knowledge that we have to stay awake.

We stand in solidarity and peace with all our neighbors, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sex, color, or ability and declare that we will not sit down or be quiet. This will not stand and we will work every day to make it clear that hate, prejudice, ignorance, racism, and sexism are not accepted here. We are stronger and we are on the right side of history. Please join us in this fight---it affects all of us.