On Sunday members of the Haitian, Green Party spoke to Trahern Crews the Chair of the Minnesota Green Party about the crisis in Haiti and the Black immigration crisis at the border. Members of the Haitian delegation said they condemn the assassination of the former President of Haiti Haiti President Assasinated. Even though they disagreed with him and the current administration about policy issues. Some of those issues pertain to Haiti's independence and too much international intervention in Haitis political affairs. The Green Party of Haiti said that the people of Haiti should decide which is best for the country not outside forces and that they should be working towards sustainability for the country.
Some of the the Green party policies they want to implement are strengthening the local economy in Haiti. Also Haiti is the 2nd least vaccinated country in the world Haiti Vaccination and Covid 19 has exposed why medicare for all is the perfect healthcare policy for countries like Haiti. Addressing climate change which is causing earthquakes and migration which has lead to the situation that we see at the Texas border Hatian/US Immigration Crisis where Haitian immigrants are being abused, deported and whipped due to anti black racist immigration policies in the United States. The delegation from Haiti said the Biden administration much change its racist immigration policies. Members from the Green Party of Haiti said that they don't know when elections will take place because of the violence in the country.
The delegation also spoke about the history of Haiti and how it was the first free Black independent country in the western Hemisphere.Haitis Independence After Haiti gained its independence it has struggled with poverty because France, with warships at the ready, sailed to Haiti in 1825 and demanded Haiti to compensate France for its loss of slaves and its slave colony. In exchange for French recognition of Haiti as a sovereign republic, France demanded payment of 150 million francs. Now many Haitians and others in international community want to see the debt forgiven.
Unified Que Interview
On July 23rd, We interviewed an owner of a clothing brand. We talked about his clothing brand and what it stands for. The clothing brand to him means unified which is in the name. He wants people to feel connected wearing his clothes. His brand is very different from your average clothing brand. He doesn’t change his clothing by trends but instead changes them by what’s happening in the world.
Jeremie English Interview
On July 23rd, we interviewed Jeremie English. We talked about his involvement in the steering committee that was able to pass a resolution in the city council for the St. Paul Recovery Act. He talked about the history of the Rondo neighborhood. He also talked about what reparations are and what they look like for the black community in St. Paul and in America.Read more
Green Party Youth Interns sat down to discuss the importance of youth employment with Level up and also Spoke with Marea Perry about her organization secrets to Truth
Level Up Interview
On July 21st, we interviewed Talisha, a coach coordinator for Level Up. We talked to her about the Level Up program and what it’s about. Level Up is a program that sets up internships for youth ages 18 to 24 living in Ramsey County. These internships are across many different fields. The youth are paid $15 or more an hour. Talisha also talked about how important youth employment is and how it provides self-sufficiency.
Marea Perry Interview
On July 21st, we interviewed Marea Perry. She is a committee activist for racial justice. Her son was recently murdered 2 years ago, that’s when she created Secrets2Truths to heal in the community. In Secrets2Truths they talk about any trauma, grief or issue and provide help and wellness for others. Marea does healing work with Catriceology Enterprise for the Black Women Conference. They collaborated to help heal black women, but they are also open to every woman to be a part of the healing experience. There will be speakers at the upcoming event and more new information will be updated soon but they are planning to have a Follow Black Women Conference event on October 10, 2021.Read more
Anniversary of the Murder Of George Floyd, MN Green Party Demands Reforms Now!
The murder of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who has been convicted of murder and the response by the community afterward shook the world. The Green Party of Minnesota is glad that the family of George Floyd will visit the White House. However, some of our members would feel more safe going to work, having their children play, going to school and raising children in Minnesota and across the United States if the state and federal government would pass meaningful legislation for Black Americans.
The Green Party of Minnesota is calling on President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris who would not have been in office without the energy of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the 90% of the Black voters, to not just meet with the family of George Floyd but to sign an executive order for the George Floyd Act and HR40 that has immediate relief attached to it for the American Descendants of Chattel Slavery that includes direct cash payment for Covid Relief and ending qualified immunity for police officers. We encourage the house and senate to vote for the bills before them that will improve the safety for black Americans not just in Minnesota, but across the whole country.
“It’s a shame that no meaningful police accountability measures came out of the Minnesota state capitol this Legislative session,” said Black Caucus of The Green Party of Minnesota endorsed candidate for Saint Paul School Board Jennifer McPhearson we need new bold leadership that is going to get things done at the local state and federal level the George Floyd Act will save lives.
“The direct action that was taken last year resulting from the public murder of George Floyd is just the first step in making direct change happen. Our work doesn’t stop, we must apply constant pressure to help end the violence against Americans by the hands of police.”
We call on everyone to reach out to your representative in Congress and demand that HR 40 and the George Floyd Act be passed. Also, call Governor Walz and demand a special session that includes deep reforms to how policing is done in Minnesota.
Black Caucus of the Green Party of Minnesota is proud to announce that it has endorsed Jennifer Mc Pherson for Saint Paul School Board and Dora Jones for Saint Paul 2021 Mayoral race. Jennifer McPhearson is a strong advocate of having parents and children have more options of what schools they can attend across the City of Saint Paul.
Dora Jones a youth housing advocate also secured the Black Caucus of the Green Party of Minnesota's endorsement. Ms. Jones is committed to an aggressive plan to end homelessness and gun violence in the City of Saint Paul. The Black Caucus is proud to endorse these two strong Black women and believes they will bring the leadership needed to help close the education gap and make Saint Paul the most livable city in America for all of its Residence.
The meeting was facilitated by Co-Chairs of the Black Caucus Toya Woodland and Reggie Moore who are dedicated to putting issues that are important to the Black community 1st by promoting Green values a Black agenda and political education in the Black community.
Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all three counts in the murder of George Floyd. Last week was a big historic week for Green Party Activist who has been on the frontlines of the George Floyd uprising. George Floyd was murdered by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who kept his knee on George Floyd's neck for 9:26 Anti Racist activists in Minnesota also applauded the conviction of Anthony Trifeliti who murdered Douglas Lewis. Last week was seen huge wins for Police Brutality activist who also worked to get Kim Potter charged and arrested and protested and called for the Brooklyn Center Chief of Police and the city manager to resign which they did after a few nights of BLM protest in the city. Daunte Wright was murdered by Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter who said she thought her gun was her taser. The resignation of the Brooklyn Center Chief of police and the city manager including the arrest and charges against Kim Potter topped off with the conviction of Derek Chauvin all happened in a seven-day period.
The murder of George Floyd sparked worldwide outrage and lead to the biggest protest movement in history. Although we know we can never get George Floyd or Daunte Wright back knowing that a white police officer has been convicted of killing a Black man in Minnesota something that has never happened in history gives some Black people a small glimpse of hope that the scales of justice may be balanced one day in America. Many believe this also sets precedent and will not accept anything less in unjust police-related incidents that result in death. However, the people on the ground doing the social justice work realize there is a long way to go and lots of work to do to address the systemic racial justice issues in the state of Minnesota
The Green Party of Minnesota has endorsed BLM Minnesota 12 point spring agenda which takes a holistic approach to police accountability with reparations at the center of the agenda. Addressing the racial wealth gap in the state of Minnesota is a key component in police accountability and truth and reconciliation. Bob wire fences tank the national guard thousands of police officers were not needed to keep the peace in Minnesota what kept the peace in Minnesota as it pertains to the Derek Chauvin murder trial was some tiny form of justice a small which many hope will prevent future George Floyd and Daunte Wright police-related incidents.
Reparations Conversation at Hamline Mitchelle With CM Jane Prince, Green Activist Trahern Crews & Dr. Uhuru Wiliams
MINNEAPOLIS — On Jan. 13th, the City of St. Paul apologized for its role in institutional racism and unanimously passed a resolution to form the St. Paul Recovery Act Community Reparations Commission.
Trahern Crews, the co-chair of the steering committee for the commission says it's been a long time coming.
"For the most part, it's been a very, very positive reaction," Crews said. "I was surprised but I knew when we first started this effort, we even had to convince Black people and show them the debt and what was owed, and show them the racial wealth gap data."
Watch the story here Reparations
If you or anyone you know preferably Saint Paul residents are interested in applying to be on the Saint Paul Recovery Act Legislative Advisory Committee the applications are available here: Applications
Reparations presentation at Hamline Mitchelle with CM Jane Prince, GPUS Co-Chair Trahern Crews, & Dr. Uhuru Williams
Ward 2 Forum hosted by Council Member Cam Gordon, on the topic of a Green New Deal for Minneapolis.
The National Black Caucus of the Green Party celebrated Blackness for women's history month. The Green Party is home to many amazing Black women who are powerful organizers. From the late great Green Minneapolis Park Board member Annie Young to former Co-Chair of the Florida Green Party Robin Harris. Green Party of Ohio Co-Chair Philena Farley, Spokesperson for the GPUS Women's caucus Monica James and GPUS Black Caucus Youth Rep. Jasmine Phillips the conversation was facilitated by GPUS Co-Chair Trahern Crews