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Dianne Joachim, left, and Annette Olson are the founders of Women United for Liberty, a grassroots group with the goal to encourage, educate and empower women to take action. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl
Dianne Joachim, left, and Annette Olson are the founders of Women United for Liberty, a grassroots group with the goal to encourage, educate and empower women to take action. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl

Women United for Liberty -- A grassroots movement

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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Women United for Liberty grew out of one woman's need to see a change. Dianne Joachim, owner of Bear Buddies and co-owner of Kaladi's Gourmet Café, decided it was time to shake things up.

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"I called my friend Annette Olson and she was ready," said Joachim, who together with Olson founded the group in April of this year. "We meet every two weeks, have over 100 members and usually we have at least 40 in attendance at each meeting." The meetings usually last about two hours.

The mission of the group is stated as:

"Our primary mission is to preserve our freedoms through restoring virtue to our culture.

Our mission is to educate ourselves and others on our inalienable rights endowed by our Creator and preserved by our Constitution.

We will seek out and work to elect those virtuous leaders who believe in the Constitution and vow to return America to her original moorings.

"We don't endorse candidates and we are non-partisan and non-denominational," said Joachim, who decided she wanted to get involved but when she started to look for groups she could become active in, none of them offered her what she was looking for. She called Olson and the project began.

"The bottom line is that 99 percent of our members have never been involved in politics before," said Joachim.

They developed a logo, mission statement and goals. Current officers include Joachim and Olson as co-chairs, Syble Thon as secretary and webmaster and Barb Dillow as treasurer.

"This is not a sit around and chit-chat and complain about government group," said Joachim. "Our main focus is to educate and empower women that their voice counts. And it's working."

The group created an online voters guide before the September primary and will have another one ready before the November general election.

One of their activities was to do a literature drop before the primary. Members could drop literature for the candidate of their choice.

"Over 30 women participated," said Joachim. "For many it was the first time they got involved." One woman drove her own car because she was sure she didn't want to stay. She ended up staying until the end and was ready to do more.

"I always felt we elect people to represent us," said Joachim. "But it is not true anymore. That needs to change."

The group encourages members to think for themselves.

"Go out and research the candidates," said Joachim. "If we tell the members how to vote then we are not any better off than before. We don't want people to just blindly trust what people tell them."

From lobbying efforts to having a booth at a recent Conservative Issues Fair in the Twin Cities, the group is on a roll.

Members will have a booth at an Open Carry TEA Party scheduled for Oct. 23 in Lakefront Park.

On Oct. 25 the group is hosting its own event at the Hudson Middle School called the In God We Trust-Community Prayer event.

"Women are looking for an avenue to be involved in the government and have their voices heard," said Joachim. "We tell the group we are going to keep growing because there has to be a permanent change in America." Women United for Liberty currently has members from throughout western Wisconsin with gains in membership every week.

Joachim is also the chairperson for the St. Croix Valley Republican Women Club.

For more information about or to become a member of Women United for Liberty you may visit their website at www.womenunitedforliberty.com

In God We Trust- A community prayer event

  • When: Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Hudson Middle School
  • Speaker: Rev. David King
  • It is open to the public
  • Hosted by Women United For Liberty

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