Ten years ago, bolstered by a grant from the Minnesota AFL-CIO, union members and grassroots activists in the St. Croix Valley set out to create a forum for progressive dialogue in the region. The result was River Valley Action, which will mark its 10th year of advocating on issues that improve people’s lives with a picnic Aug. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Pioneer Park in Stillwater.
The picnic is free, with food and drink provided by River Valley Action, the Minnesota AFL-CIO and the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation. A guitar duo will provide musical entertainment, and sing-alongs of labor and patriotic anthems are planned.
Special guests expected to join the celebration include Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson, State Auditor Rebecca Otto and Katie Gulley, one of the founding organizers of River Valley Action.
Over the last decade, River Valley Action has hosted forums and engaged the public on issues like fair taxes, adequate funding of state services, voting rights, health care, environmental protection, public education funding and sustainable transportation.
Pioneer Park is located on the corner of Second and Laurel streets in Stillwater.