A Labor Education Service “Minnesota at Work” program from 2002. What motivated eight women, living in a small town, to take on the powerful banking industry? Twenty-five years after their groundbreaking strike at a Willmar bank, three of the women involved in this historic struggle recall the issues behind the walkout and talk about the effect it is still having today. The strikers, all women, became known as the Willmar 8 and attracted international attention, For more information, check the archives at http:www.workdayminnesota.org
“We are proud to be part of the Vision 2040 effort here at the community foundation because it aligns with our core mission to engage people, connect resources and build community. It was an easy choice to invest not only financial resources to support Vision 2040 but also to lend significat board and staff time to help drive this effort forward. It's transforming our communities for the future our residents dream about-using their ideas and energies to make good things happen organically in real time and for years to come-and we want to be part of making that possible!”
I made connections with community members and found many common visions. I have begun to get more active in the community due to the connections.
“I'm proud to volunteer and support the efforts of Vision 2040 because creating a healthy community takes a collabortive effort. No one person or entity can create a community where people want to live and work and play, but working together we can create it. Vision 2040 started with an inclusive effort to bring together people from across our region to articulate their vision of the future of our region's communities. The goals that emerged from that vision offer everyone the opportunity to share in the collaborative work necessary to create a healthy and vibrant region--and that's a good thing for all of us.”