Put Ajamu Baraka on the Minnesota Ballot!

Tell Minnesota Secretary of State, the Honorable Steve Simon: Place Ajamu Baraka on the Minnesota General Election Ballot as the Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate


Decision Makers:

Reasons to Sign:

  • It is commonly understood, given the extraordinary constraints of the minor party petitioning process, that place-holders for VP are used on minor party petitions in Minnesota
  • These place-holders are just that – names put in place until the eventual nominee is chosen during the convention process
  • In the vast majority of other states, replacing the VP stand-in is either standard procedure or not necessary
  • Ajamu Baraka was confirmed as Dr. Jill Stein’s running mate on August 6th – in the midst of Minnesota’s minor party petitioning process which runs from May 17th to August 23rd, 2016
  • 6,700 signatures were submitted in Minnesota on August 15th, 2016 – far surpassing the required number of 2,000
  • Honor the will of the voters in the state of Minnesota who overwhelmingly supported Dr. Jill Stein’s petition drive - and who overwhelmingly respect her good judgement
  • Dr. Jill Stein’s choice of Ajamu Baraka is an outstanding one: he is an internationally recognized human rights activist, organizer and geo-political analyst; founding Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (until 2011); coordinator of the U.S. based “Black Left Unity Network’s” Committee on International Affairs; Baraka has served on the boards of various national and international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International (USA) and the National Center for Human Rights Education; he has also served on the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Africa Action; Latin American Caribbean Community Center; Diaspora Afrique; and the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights

Letter/Email to be Sent to the Decision Maker each time the Petition is signed:

Dear Mr. Secretary;

I just signed a petition calling for your office to allow the Green Party to place Ajamu Baraka on the Minnesota ballot in November as Dr. Jill Stein’s running mate.

For over two months now, Minnesota Green Party volunteers have been gathering signatures while standing on street corners, tabling at festivals, waiting outside of food co-ops and standing outside of library entrances.  They have spent many hours approaching passers-by – asking them if they would consider adding their names in support of placing Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party on the ballot.  It was with great excitement that 6,700 signatures were handed in to your office on August 15th – far surpassing the required 2,000!

But because the State of Minnesota requires minor parties to put both presidential and vice presidential candidates’ names on the petition before gathering signatures, naming a stand-in for vice president was a necessity. This meant that before May 17th when petitioning could start – and well before August 1st when the Green Party’s nominating process was just beginning – a stand-in name was submitted for petitioning purposes.

I believe the current inability to substitute the Green Party’s endorsed candidate, Ajamu Baraka, for the stand-in is unfair in light of the arduous ballot access process and impossible time table. It is my sincere hope that you will work with the Green Party of Minnesota to allow their official endorsed candidate, Ajamu Baraka, to take his rightful place on November’s Minnesota general election ballot.

Who's signing

Gerald Korhonen
Antonio Dawis
Kevin Dahm
Monique Dubos
Jesse Gehrke
Ted Duepner
Gunnar Aas
Jacob Swanson
Rachel Spencer
Maureen Hackett
Sarah Thompson
Bob Brose
Shawn Shultz
Christopher Loch
Tyler Olson
Jim Smith
Tommi Valentino
Victor Coggins
Margaret Finnstrom
Tom Smith
Renee Santoro
Janine Brammer
Eleanor Lorenzi
Tara Hui
Johana Torres
Ineke Deruyter
Ken Graeve
Rebecca McCarty
John Matheson
200 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Gerald Korhonen
    signed 2016-10-07 07:55:59 -0500
  • Antonio Dawis
    signed 2016-10-06 11:42:56 -0500
  • Kevin Dahm
    signed 2016-09-14 14:09:33 -0500
  • Monique Dubos
    signed 2016-09-08 12:08:40 -0500
    Monique Dubos
  • Jesse Gehrke
    signed 2016-09-05 14:48:57 -0500
    Jesse Gehrke
  • Ted Duepner
    signed 2016-09-03 12:50:56 -0500
    Any place locally in mpls to buy yard signs?
  • Gunnar Aas
    signed 2016-09-01 09:51:58 -0500
  • Jacob Swanson
    signed 2016-08-31 22:32:41 -0500
  • Rachel Spencer
    signed 2016-08-31 20:47:34 -0500
  • Maureen Hackett
    signed 2016-08-31 15:31:36 -0500
    This makes common sense to honor the green party’s choice and they followed the process given the time limitations. Maybe an insert if the ballots were already printed??
  • Sarah Thompson
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-31 13:53:23 -0500
    Sign the petition - Tell @MNSteveSimon to put Green Vice Presidential candidate @ajamubaraka on the MN Ballot:
  • Sarah Thompson
    signed 2016-08-31 13:52:40 -0500
    Sarah Thompson
  • Bob Brose
    signed 2016-08-31 12:33:43 -0500
  • Shawn Shultz
    signed 2016-08-31 01:35:44 -0500
    Shawn Shultz
  • Christopher Loch
    signed 2016-08-30 20:36:50 -0500
    Christopher Loch
  • Tyler Olson
    signed 2016-08-30 05:34:31 -0500
  • Jim Smith
    signed 2016-08-29 13:55:25 -0500
  • Tommi Valentino
    signed 2016-08-29 13:44:19 -0500
    Given the fact that the Green Party National Convention was not held until August 4th, it would have been virtually impossible for the Green Party candidate to gather the number of signatures necessary to be on the ballot by the the deadline required in Minnesota. As a Minnesotan, I would like vote for Jill Stein to include the Vice Presidential nominee who was announced at the convention. I am requesting that the democratic process not be hindered by minor details and that Ajamu Baraka be shown on the ballot as Jill Stein’s VP pick in November.
  • Victor Coggins
    signed 2016-08-29 13:37:28 -0500
  • Margaret Finnstrom
    signed 2016-08-29 09:17:11 -0500
  • Tom Smith
    signed 2016-08-28 22:08:27 -0500
  • Renee Santoro
    signed 2016-08-28 19:02:54 -0500
    Please put the Green Party’s endorsed Vice Presidential Candidate, Ajamo Baraka, on the Minnesota ballot
  • Janine Brammer
    signed 2016-08-28 12:46:44 -0500
  • Eleanor Lorenzi
    signed 2016-08-28 08:44:52 -0500
    Eleanor Lorenzi
  • Tara Hui
    signed 2016-08-28 04:09:16 -0500
  • Johana Torres
    signed 2016-08-27 20:15:28 -0500
  • Ineke Deruyter
    signed 2016-08-27 19:58:42 -0500
  • Ken Graeve
    signed 2016-08-27 17:29:25 -0500
  • Rebecca McCarty
    signed 2016-08-27 16:40:50 -0500
    The other parties are allowed to have their VP picks on the ballots. It is ridiculous that the Green Party nominee Jill Stein would potentially be refused this opportunity.
  • John Matheson
    signed 2016-08-27 16:33:16 -0500

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