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

Sharon Thompson
Rebecca Koppp
Robert Wieland
aaron jackson
Walter Wegner
Chris Renshaw
Bob Schmitz
Paul Read
Beverly Bailey
Jed Bendix
Samantha Meyers
Denise Rondano
Joni LeViness
Rose Brewer
Gary Kohls
Janelle Wolf
Holanda Polanco
Raymond Camper
Christopher Childs
Al Martin
Elia Cortez
Tony Raiber
Richard Gravrok
Marc Alfonce
Letonia Green
David Buckley
Dennis barsness
Rachel Braaten
Gladys McKenzie
200 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Sharon Thompson
    signed 2016-08-25 10:29:05 -0500
  • Rebecca Koppp
    signed 2016-08-25 10:16:15 -0500
  • Robert Wieland
    signed 2016-08-25 10:14:08 -0500
  • aaron jackson
    signed 2016-08-25 10:11:05 -0500
    aaron jackson
  • Walter Wegner
    signed 2016-08-25 10:09:03 -0500
  • Chris Renshaw
    signed 2016-08-25 10:08:59 -0500
    Seriously, why would we even have this blocked. Try saying yes for once.
  • Bob Schmitz
    signed 2016-08-25 10:08:39 -0500
  • Paul Read
    signed 2016-08-25 10:06:55 -0500
  • Beverly Bailey
    signed 2016-08-25 10:06:29 -0500
    Beverly Bailey
  • Jed Bendix
    signed 2016-08-25 10:00:21 -0500
  • Samantha Meyers
    signed via 2016-08-25 09:55:46 -0500
    Samantha Meyers
  • Denise Rondano
    signed 2016-08-25 09:48:36 -0500
  • Joni LeViness
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-25 09:41:18 -0500
    Sign the petition - Tell @MNSteveSimon to put Green Vice Presidential candidate @ajamubaraka on the MN Ballot:
  • Joni LeViness
    signed 2016-08-25 09:40:47 -0500
    This is not the time to play games with the ballot. We Chose our Pres. and VP nominees and they need to both be on the ballot. #SteinBaraka Would Minnesota do the same with the Repulicrat Corporate Party Candidates and VP picks?
  • Rose Brewer
    signed 2016-08-25 09:39:25 -0500
  • Gary Kohls
    signed 2016-08-25 09:39:20 -0500
  • Janelle Wolf
    signed 2016-08-25 09:31:44 -0500
  • Holanda Polanco
    signed via 2016-08-25 09:29:40 -0500
  • Raymond Camper
    signed 2016-08-25 09:28:08 -0500
  • Christopher Childs
    signed 2016-08-25 09:23:34 -0500
  • Al Martin
    signed 2016-08-25 09:17:29 -0500
  • Elia Cortez
    signed 2016-08-25 09:12:29 -0500
  • Tony Raiber
    signed 2016-08-25 09:11:11 -0500
  • Richard Gravrok
    signed 2016-08-25 09:11:06 -0500
    It’s the law, enough of us signed
  • Marc Alfonce
    signed 2016-08-25 09:07:58 -0500
  • Letonia Green
    signed 2016-08-25 09:05:30 -0500
    Its the right thing to. The world is watching and you will be judged by your deeds.
  • David Buckley
    signed 2016-08-25 09:03:53 -0500
    Look, it’s hard enough for 3rd parties to be heard without putting up unnecessary roadblocks such as keeping Ajama Baraka off the ballot in November.
  • Dennis barsness
    signed 2016-08-25 09:03:09 -0500
  • Rachel Braaten
    signed 2016-08-25 08:58:34 -0500
  • Gladys McKenzie
    signed 2016-08-25 08:56:13 -0500

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