Microplastics in our lakes rivers streams and oceans are becoming a great problem on our planet. It has become so bad that we are actually eating plastic daily and don't even know it. According to massivesci.com "The researchers estimate that humans are eating about 250 pieces of microplastic per day or roughly 94,000 microplastics in a given year." We know that our oceans are contaminated with plastics but so are our lakes rivers and agricultural land.In this clip at the Green Party of Minnesota headquarters, Jesse Ventura spoke about pollution and the need to get a handle on it.
Supporters of Donald Trump showed up at Minnesota Governor's mansion today to demand Governor Walz end the shutdown and let businesses open up. One supporter said that he would support a recall effort of the sitting Governor over this issue. The stay at home order began in March was supposed to end May 4th then was extended to May 18th. Many feel that it is to soon to open back up while the Minnesota deaths are expected to spike in the days ahead however these Trump supporters are ready and eager to get back to business as usual.
Family members of Jaffort Smith his Mother Matilda Smith and his wife Kay Smith and Activist gathered for a Prayer Vigil and Balloon release at Cayuga Park in Saint Paul MN in honor of Jaffort Smith. Jaffort Smith was killed by the Saint Paul Police Department on Mothers Day May 10th, 2016. Minister Toya Woodland who is endorsed by the Minneapolis Green Party of the 5th Congressional District in this year's Congressional race lead the group in prayer. Jaffort Smith was a loved Father, Son, Uncle, and a husband who was loved by his family and community. The Green Party Social Justice platform calls for the Demilitarization of the Police, Professional Liability Insurance for the Police and Reparations for Foundational Black Americans
With more and more politicians being embroiled in sexual scandal, Former MN Governor Jesse Ventura who recently joined the Minnesota Green Party talks with members of the Green Party about why he never had sexual scandals while holding public office.
The Green Party of Minnesota is honored to announce that Minister Toya Woodland & Joshua Scheumann have secured the Green Party Mpls of the 5th congressional District Endorsement in the 2020 Elections. Ms. Woodland who is running for congress in the 5th congressional District on a reparatory justice campaign that puts Minnesota 1st. "COVID 19 shows why our Green Party platform is imperative in the times we are living in," said The Green Party endorsed candidate for US Representative in the 5th Congressional District. Joshua Schuenemann who is running for in a special city council election in ward 6 in MPLS also secured the Green Party of the 5th congressional Districts Endorsement. Mr. Schuenemann is running on a Green New Deal for Minneapolis and is the Chair of the Green Party of Minnesota Environmental committee.
Green Party of Minnesota Candidate Questionnaire:
1) Have you ever been convicted of a felony, sued successfully, or had a restraining order placed
against you? If so, please explain.
2) Is there anything we should know about your background which could be used against you fairly or
- I was formerly the Houston County (MN) DFL Vice Chair
- In mid-December 2018, days before I had scheduled an informational meeting with AFSCME,
my City Clerk office was put under a full audit. I was found to have forgotten to file an NSF
check and was asked to resign in January 2019.
1) Why are you seeking the endorsement of the Green Party, as opposed to any other party or running
- I believe in the policies the Green Party puts forth, first and foremost
- I believe it is time for a valid third party in Minnesota to rise again like the Farmer-Labor Party
did when confronted with similar crises at the turn of the 20th century.
- I want to see a genuine, people power Left movement take root in Minnesota after too many
frustrating years trying to turn the local DFL away from an ideology more in-line with local
aristocracy than with working people
2) What has been your prior involvement with the Green Party?
- I voted for Jill Stein in 2016
- I recently donated to Howie Hawkins campaign
3) Have you worked on prior campaigns, as a worker or candidate? If so, please describe your role and
what you achieved.
- I have canvassed for Bernie Sanders, and during both the recall of Scott Walker and the 2014
- I previously worked with the DFL to field and support candidates for MN Senate District 28 and
House district 28B. I attempted a grassroots, working-class campaign with the DFL but withdrew
my name from consideration after repeated stonewalling from leadership and several pieces of
advice from longtime party members to wait it out for yet another cycle. It has become clear the
local DFL does not want more radical, working-class and proudly left-of-the-dial voices
4) How much money do you believe you need to raise to run your campaign successfully?
- I would love to get around ten thousand in the coffers. Jeremy Miller spent $31,500 in 2016 on
expenses alone, but he has big pockets and many friends with even bigger ones.
- I am looking to run an as inexpensive and efficient campaign as possible. With the current
situation as it is, media will be key, but I am already establishing a social media presence online
and wish to spend most campaign money on blunt, take-no-prisoners mailers to voters who are
less online in this rural area. Whenever possible I would like to be in-person to events like council
meetings, county fairs, and other free opportunities to promote the campaign, even if that means
speaking with my three-year-old on my back and my five-year-old at my hip. Senate 28 is looking
at a matchup between two children of the rich from Winona who literally grew up next to each
other, so the shoestring nature of a rebel campaign could possibly be a selling point.
5) What personnel do you believe you need to run your campaign? Who have you approached to be on
your campaign team?
- I will need a treasurer and possibly one or two assistants. I have spoken with a few people who
have agreed to help, but all have balked at the idea of treasurer.
6) What role will the following strategies have in your campaign and how much time will you devote to
these activities: door-knocking, direct mail, phone banking, canvassing, etc..
- COVID permitting, I would love to see a door-knocking campaign utilized: I really think there
is a chance to have a viable third option now that the DFL has put their weight behind the same
sort of out-of-touch oligarch as the GOP. I grew up down here, I know what people are fighting
with, and I really think if we can get through to enough people we can get door knocking, phone
banking, and canvassing up and running. I spoke earlier about wanting to use direct mail, with
possibly additional online advertisements as well.
7) What civic organizations do you belong to? What role have you played in those organizations? Who
will support you from those organizations?
- I am the Board President of Southeast Minnesota Historic Bluff Country, a regional tourism
authority. I have also served as Secretary in the past. I am hoping to channel my work with HBC
into more eyeballs for a campaign as I have essentially been the face of the organization during
the last year or so and overseeing some fairly successful online campaigns.
- My wife and I are active members with a local premier community theatre in La Crosse, and we
have both won Volunteer of the Year in the past. In 2008 I starred in a local zombie movie
(available on YouTube) where I sucked chocolate syrup out of a plastic brain. I am an awardwinning actor and a classically trained tenor with several shows and operettas under my belt. I
am also looking into podcasting.
We are honored to announce that Jesse Ventura the American politician, media personality, actor, author, retired professional wrestler, and commentator who served as the Mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota from 1991 to 1995 and as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003 has officially joined the Minnesota Green Party. Over the past couple of years, Mr. Ventura has shown support for the Green Party and is very serious about addressing climate change.
Last Monday the former Governor tweeted Jesse Ventura ✔@GovJVentura Apr 27, 2020 OK, I've decided I'm going to test the waters. IF I were going to run for president, the GREEN party would be my first choice. I've endorsed the party and I'm testing the waters. #mondaythoughts #MondayMorning #MondayMood
Mr. Ventura met with the Chair of the Minnesota Green Party Trahern Crews and The Co-Chair of the Green Party of the 4th Congressional District and candidate for State Representative in District 65B Darnella Wade. Mr. Ventura was accompanied by Mrs. Ventura who bought and brought cookies and refreshments and Green Party activist Erin Fox. The former Governor spoke at length about JFK, combating climate change and establishing a viable third party in American politics.
Scott Raskiewicz an author, teacher and long time Green has been endorsed by the Green Party of Minnesota for the 2020 U.S. Senate seat currently held by Tina Smith. Mr. Raskiewicz who identifies as an Eisenhower Lincoln Democratic-Republican Green. During the endorsement meeting, Scott mentioned that the U.S. is ranked 39th best country in the world to raise a family.US Ranked 39th in Child Well Being Study SJR says if he is elected to office his goal will be to cut that number in half and eventually become #1 again. SJR says the essence of democracy, the mission of democracy, and the Measure of democracy is the dispersal and equitable sharing of power-- economic power, media power, and political power. Neo Socialist ELDR Greens are deeply committed to authentic democracy.
Here are the nuts and bolts of SJR's platform.
SJR FOR UNITED STATES SENATE
BASIC POLICY GOALS
FULL EMPLOYMENT A REDUCED WORK WEEK A LIVING WAGE FOR ALL
Defenders of the status quo may argue that these goals interfere with our "free market" system. Our nation has elements of a free market system. But for the most part, like all modern nations, we have a managed economy. The economy must be managed to benefit ALL Americans, not just Wall Street, corporations, and those on the upper rungs of the socio-economic ladder. This means fair systems of taxation, an end to all taxpayer subsidies for corporations and high-income Americans, and economic democracy--a system in which ALL Americans will have meaningful economic choices.
MEDICARE FOR ALL
An expanded Medicare system that covers ALL Americans will save money, time, human suffering and lives, and improve the quality of life for ALL Americans. We spend nearly twice as much on health care as do other modern nations. But we trail some three dozen other nations in our health care outcomes. Affordable health care for ALL citizens is a fundamental necessity if we are to create a civilized, authentically democratic society.
The goal of K-12 education must be to instill in ALL students the life-long skill of well-informed rational analysis in all areas of life so that they will reach their potential as loving, complex, multi-talented human beings fully capable of contributing to society. This will prevent, solve, or ameliorate all individual and collective problems. Post high school education and training will more deeply engrain this skill and prepare students to reach their potential in whatever careers they might choose.
Nearly all major U.S. media is controlled by a profoundly inhumane and deeply anti-democratic corporate cartel. This makes authentic democracy impossible. We must create publicly financed media that Serves public, rather than corporate, interests. Privately-owned radio and tv stations, because they use the public airwaves, must adhere to a re-established Fairness Doctrine.
RETHINKING FOREIGN POLICY
Logic, Reason, and Evidence make clear that the current U.S. goal of world military and economic domination is neither feasible nor moral. We cannot create a stable, peaceful world through threats and violence and invading other nations. We've tried it for decades and it hasn't worked. Diplomacy, humanitarian aid, and economic cooperation is more effective than military violence and will save lives and hundreds of billions of dollars every year.
The Green Party of Minnesota is proud to announce that Darnella Wade has won the Green Party of the 4th CD endorsement for the state representative race in district 65B. MS. Wade is a strong community organizer an anti-gun violence advocate who is running for office on a reparatory justice platform and the Green New Deal. To learn more about her campaign go to www.darnellagogreen.org