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

Matt Clark
Jeff Zaayer
Kelley Skumautz
Aadam Hammond
Derrick McQuiston Jr
Paul Oligney
Diane Webb
David Lieberman
Lynne Mayo
Terry Irish
Henry Helgen
Wayne Munday
Tom Larsen
Sylvia Schwarz
Rajit Malliah
Susan Bender
Steve Molenaar
Arthur Lodahl
Sharon Powell
Susan Mercurio
John Edwards
Terry Walker
Cyn Ellingson
Brenda Beebe
Chris Mato Nunpa
James Nordlund
Robert Rodriguez
Wanda Ballentine
200 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Matt Clark
    signed 2016-08-26 08:46:26 -0500
  • Jeff Zaayer
    signed 2016-08-26 06:38:21 -0500
  • Kelley Skumautz
    signed 2016-08-26 06:16:54 -0500
  • Aadam Hammond
    signed 2016-08-26 00:01:09 -0500
  • Derrick McQuiston Jr
    signed 2016-08-25 23:26:06 -0500
  • Paul Oligney
    signed 2016-08-25 22:33:23 -0500
  • Diane Webb
    signed 2016-08-25 22:05:25 -0500
  • David Lieberman
    signed 2016-08-25 22:05:14 -0500
  • Lynne Mayo
    signed 2016-08-25 21:56:47 -0500
    Dear Mr Simon: Please respond to this petition with a written decision emailed to the signers (or the Green state party chair) explaining your reasoning regarding your decision. Thank you. ML Mayo
  • Terry Irish
    signed 2016-08-25 21:45:11 -0500
  • Henry Helgen
    signed 2016-08-25 21:03:32 -0500
    Democracy is better with high quality candidates.
  • Wayne Munday
    signed 2016-08-25 20:54:40 -0500
    Wayne Munday
  • Tom Larsen
    signed 2016-08-25 20:43:42 -0500
    Tom Larsen
  • Sylvia Schwarz
    signed 2016-08-25 20:39:38 -0500
  • Rajit Malliah
    signed 2016-08-25 20:26:34 -0500
  • Susan Bender
    signed 2016-08-25 20:18:09 -0500
    Please respect the will of the people. It is wrong to treat the Green Party different than you do the major parties just because you can.
  • Steve Molenaar
    signed 2016-08-25 20:17:58 -0500
  • Arthur Lodahl
    signed 2016-08-25 20:12:28 -0500
  • Jenni Sporer
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-25 20:08:26 -0500
    Sign the petition - Tell @MNSteveSimon to put Green Vice Presidential candidate @ajamubaraka on the MN Ballot:
  • Sharon Powell
    signed 2016-08-25 20:05:11 -0500
  • Susan Mercurio
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-25 20:01:04 -0500
    Sign the petition - Tell @MNSteveSimon to put Green Vice Presidential candidate @ajamubaraka on the MN Ballot:
  • Susan Mercurio
    signed 2016-08-25 20:00:50 -0500
    Dear Secretary Simon:

    I was a delegate at the the State DFL Convention when you promised with the last breath of your body that you would make sure every eligible voter in this state got to vote. Now I am holding you to your word. I can’t vote for the person of my choice if Ajamu Baraka isn’t put on the ballot as the Vice Presidential candidate for the Green Party. Thank you very much. I think you are a great man!
  • John Edwards
    signed 2016-08-25 19:50:46 -0500
  • Terry Walker
    signed 2016-08-25 19:43:54 -0500
  • Cyn Ellingson
    signed 2016-08-25 19:29:33 -0500
  • Brenda Beebe
    signed 2016-08-25 18:57:13 -0500
  • Chris Mato Nunpa
    signed 2016-08-25 18:36:05 -0500
  • James Nordlund
    signed 2016-08-25 18:30:27 -0500
    An injustice to any is an injustice to all, and if it isn’t address individually, it becomes a global injustice as well.  “You can’t struggle with the man’s house (mansion) using the man’s tools”, Audrey Lourdes, “be the change you wish to see in the world”, “the root of all oppression lies in (supposed) science”, Gandhi.  No one must be conned by the convolution, divide and conquer only works on the divided, life is indivisible, as your potential is illimitable. reality
  • Robert Rodriguez
    signed 2016-08-25 18:15:35 -0500
  • Wanda Ballentine
    signed 2016-08-25 17:58:52 -0500

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