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

Kari Olsen
Mark Moe
Richard D'Arc
John Bigelow
Melissa Bonsall
Victor Bresin
Rachel McDonnell
Frank Connors
Terri luginbyhl
Joshua Capps
Jeremy Miller
Christopher Brenna
Sharon Schmidt
Christopher Schwanke
Vivian Bryan
William Dustin
Heather Walker
Margaret Christine Robinett
Patty Guerrero
Darlene Coffman
Johnny Guthman
Bill and Joyce Rood
Thomas Bauch
Karl Keene
Steven Boyer
Marcella Paulus
Jon Moon
Matt Tyler
200 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Kari Olsen
    signed 2016-08-25 13:21:15 -0500
  • Mark Moe
    signed 2016-08-25 13:08:06 -0500
  • Richard D'Arc
    signed 2016-08-25 13:05:12 -0500
  • John Bigelow
    signed 2016-08-25 13:04:57 -0500
  • Melissa Bonsall
    signed 2016-08-25 12:52:44 -0500
    Melissa H Bonsall
  • Victor Bresin
    signed 2016-08-25 12:46:18 -0500
    Victor Bresin
  • Rachel McDonnell
    signed 2016-08-25 12:44:08 -0500
  • Frank Connors
    signed 2016-08-25 12:42:36 -0500
  • Terri luginbyhl
    signed 2016-08-25 12:42:16 -0500
  • Joshua Capps
    signed via 2016-08-25 12:41:48 -0500
  • Jeremy Miller
    signed via 2016-08-25 12:35:26 -0500
  • Christopher Brenna
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-25 12:28:15 -0500
    Sign the petition - Tell @MNSteveSimon to put Green Vice Presidential candidate @ajamubaraka on the MN Ballot:
  • Christopher Brenna
    signed 2016-08-25 12:27:44 -0500
  • Sharon Schmidt
    signed 2016-08-25 12:05:35 -0500
    Sharon Schmidt
  • Christopher Schwanke
    signed 2016-08-25 11:59:10 -0500
  • Vivian Bryan
    signed 2016-08-25 11:58:56 -0500
  • William Dustin
    signed 2016-08-25 11:56:02 -0500
  • Heather Walker
    signed 2016-08-25 11:49:17 -0500
    Heather Walker
  • Margaret Christine Robinett
    signed 2016-08-25 11:42:12 -0500
    Margaret Christine Robinett
  • Patty Guerrero
    signed 2016-08-25 11:40:50 -0500
  • Darlene Coffman
    signed 2016-08-25 11:27:51 -0500
    Darlene Coffman
  • Johnny Guthman
    signed 2016-08-25 11:12:00 -0500
    Johnny Guthman
  • Bill and Joyce Rood
    signed 2016-08-25 11:04:48 -0500
    Nobody is really voting for President or Vice President anyway, just a bunch of electors.
  • Thomas Bauch
    signed 2016-08-25 11:04:36 -0500
  • Karl Keene
    signed 2016-08-25 10:52:24 -0500
    Karl Keene
  • Steven Boyer
    signed 2016-08-25 10:45:35 -0500
    Steven Boyer
  • Marcella Paulus
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-25 10:44:28 -0500
    Sign the petition - Tell @MNSteveSimon to put Green Vice Presidential candidate @ajamubaraka on the MN Ballot:
  • Marcella Paulus
    signed 2016-08-25 10:43:52 -0500
    Marcella Paulus
  • Jon Moon
    signed 2016-08-25 10:37:38 -0500
  • Matt Tyler
    signed 2016-08-25 10:33:57 -0500

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