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

Alexi Bryant
Tom Cleland
Robin Wetzel
Dan Englund
Hans Simons
Katie Engelmann
Mayo Morley
Aaron Denn
Sautia Tanoa
Kori Marie Wong
Keith Augusto
Terence Johnson
Zane Smith
Carolyn Hinton
Sidney Martinez
Susu Jeffrey
Rubi Mondragon
Mary Webb
Chance Mcgee
Adrian Rosales
Vivian Merchant
Deanna Murphy
Connie Rifenburg
Kate Baker
Craig Alfonsi
Laura Lynch
Colby Shores
200 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Alexi Bryant
    signed 2016-08-25 17:48:05 -0500
    Alexi Bryant
  • Tom Cleland
    signed 2016-08-25 17:31:17 -0500
  • Robin Wetzel
    signed 2016-08-25 17:29:55 -0500
    I think it is important to have the ballot accurately state who the candidates are fir the Green Party.
  • Dan Englund
    signed 2016-08-25 17:15:48 -0500
    Dan Englund
  • Hans Simons
    signed 2016-08-25 16:28:59 -0500
  • Katie Engelmann
    signed 2016-08-25 16:20:38 -0500
    Katie Engelmann
  • Mayo Morley
    signed 2016-08-25 16:05:47 -0500
  • Aaron Denn
    signed 2016-08-25 15:42:27 -0500
  • Sautia Tanoa
    signed 2016-08-25 15:39:29 -0500
  • Kori Marie Wong
    signed via 2016-08-25 15:37:15 -0500
  • Keith Augusto
    signed 2016-08-25 15:34:23 -0500
  • Lindsay Morse
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-25 15:31:59 -0500
    Sign the petition - Tell @MNSteveSimon to put Green Vice Presidential candidate @ajamubaraka on the MN Ballot:
  • Terence Johnson
    signed 2016-08-25 15:18:35 -0500
  • Zane Smith
    signed 2016-08-25 15:06:40 -0500
  • Carolyn Hinton
    signed 2016-08-25 14:56:56 -0500
    Carolyn Hinton
  • Sidney Martinez
    signed 2016-08-25 14:51:04 -0500
  • Susu Jeffrey
    signed 2016-08-25 14:41:27 -0500
    Susu Jeffrey
  • Rubi Mondragon
    signed 2016-08-25 14:34:57 -0500
  • Mary Webb
    signed 2016-08-25 14:33:17 -0500
  • Chance Mcgee
    signed 2016-08-25 14:26:56 -0500
  • Adrian Rosales
    signed 2016-08-25 14:15:17 -0500
  • Vivian Merchant
    signed 2016-08-25 14:12:43 -0500
  • Deanna Murphy
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-25 14:07:08 -0500
    Sign the petition - Tell @MNSteveSimon to put Green Vice Presidential candidate @ajamubaraka on the MN Ballot:
  • Deanna Murphy
    signed 2016-08-25 14:04:32 -0500
    I saw you speak at the CD-6 convention and know that you are an ardent hillary clinton supporter. Please do not be obstructionist. Your party has done enough damage and this is the reason that I have left the democratic party after 25 years of voting democrat. The more you try to suppress the voices of progressives, the more determined we become. For once, let us have a fair election process. Thank you.
  • Connie Rifenburg
    signed 2016-08-25 14:00:27 -0500
    I don’t see a reason given why he has not been placed on the ballot? The green party met all the deadlines and rules. What is the reasoning?
  • Judith Loshaw
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-25 13:56:09 -0500
    Sign the petition - Tell @MNSteveSimon to put Green Vice Presidential candidate @ajamubaraka on the MN Ballot:
  • Kate Baker
    signed 2016-08-25 13:48:04 -0500
  • Craig Alfonsi
    signed 2016-08-25 13:38:18 -0500
  • Laura Lynch
    signed 2016-08-25 13:28:21 -0500
  • Colby Shores
    signed 2016-08-25 13:22:52 -0500

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