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

Daniel Wolpert
Shane Geving
Brandon Cannell
Marcia Steele
Craig Alciati
Nick Pocius
Kourtny Long
Andrea Root
Marcos Santos
Thomas Schai
Ramla Farah
David Edward Strand
Paul Bedard
Abdikadir Salah
Alan Truly
Eleanor Martinez
Nathaniel Rugh
Mende Smith
Scott Nass, MD MPA FAAFP
Linda Soderberg
Noel Arellano
Cheryl Stein
Keith Garcia
Curtis Michaels
Stephan Campa
200 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Daniel Wolpert
    signed 2016-08-25 08:13:13 -0500
    Come on, really? How corrupt is our political system anyway?
  • Shane Geving
    signed 2016-08-25 08:11:15 -0500
  • Brandon Cannell
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-25 08:09:11 -0500
    Sign the petition - Tell @MNSteveSimon to put Green Vice Presidential candidate @ajamubaraka on the MN Ballot:
  • Brandon Cannell
    signed 2016-08-25 08:08:56 -0500
  • Marcia Steele
    signed 2016-08-25 08:05:17 -0500
    Marcia Steele
  • Craig Alciati
    signed 2016-08-25 08:04:32 -0500
    Please explain why you are obstructing free elections and stop doing so now.
  • Nick Pocius
    signed 2016-08-25 08:04:04 -0500
  • Kourtny Long
    signed 2016-08-25 08:04:02 -0500
  • Andrea Root
    signed 2016-08-25 07:51:02 -0500
    Andrea Root
  • Marcos Santos
    signed 2016-08-25 07:33:22 -0500
    Democracy matters.
  • Thomas Schai
    signed 2016-08-25 07:24:28 -0500
  • Ramla Farah
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-25 06:34:05 -0500
    Sign the petition - Tell @MNSteveSimon to put Green Vice Presidential candidate @ajamubaraka on the MN Ballot:
  • Ramla Farah
    signed 2016-08-25 06:33:09 -0500
  • David Edward Strand
    signed 2016-08-25 05:53:04 -0500
  • Paul Bedard
    signed via 2016-08-25 05:24:18 -0500
    Paul Bedard
  • Abdikadir Salah
    signed 2016-08-25 04:15:23 -0500
    Abdikadir Salah
  • Alan Truly
    signed 2016-08-25 02:41:02 -0500
    Do the right thing! The third party candidates are already in an uphill battle.
  • Eleanor Martinez
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-25 02:34:37 -0500
    Sign the petition - Tell @MNSteveSimon to put Green Vice Presidential candidate @ajamubaraka on the MN Ballot:
  • Eleanor Martinez
    signed via 2016-08-25 02:34:18 -0500
    Eleanor Y Martinez
  • Nathaniel Rugh
    signed 2016-08-25 02:26:50 -0500
  • Mende Smith
    signed via 2016-08-25 02:09:34 -0500
    Mende Smith
  • Scott Nass, MD MPA FAAFP
    signed 2016-08-25 01:44:33 -0500
  • Linda Soderberg
    signed via 2016-08-25 01:00:29 -0500
  • Noel Arellano
    signed 2016-08-25 00:55:23 -0500
  • Kearnsie Stein
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-25 00:30:31 -0500
    Sign the petition - Tell @MNSteveSimon to put Green Vice Presidential candidate @ajamubaraka on the MN Ballot:
  • Cheryl Stein
    signed 2016-08-25 00:29:56 -0500
  • Keith Garcia
    signed 2016-08-25 00:20:36 -0500
  • Curtis Michaels
    signed 2016-08-25 00:12:34 -0500
    Curtis M Michaels
  • Rebecca Rice
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-25 00:09:23 -0500
    Sign the petition - Tell @MNSteveSimon to put Green Vice Presidential candidate @ajamubaraka on the MN Ballot:
  • Stephan Campa
    signed 2016-08-25 00:07:45 -0500

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