Minnesota Greens are looking toward the Future!
Members and Supporters of GPMN,
As you may have noticed, the Green Party of Minnesota has been relatively inactive for the past few years. This is for a myriad of reasons, but on January 22nd, 2023, more than twenty Greens from across the state came together virtually and in person to begin the process of reactivating the Green Party of Minnesota. An interim Coordinating Committee has been elected to serve one-and-a-half-year terms to fulfill the necessary tasks determined at the January 22nd meeting; this includes reviewing and amending the bylaws, improving financial management, and pursuing further accountability, accessibility, and anti-racism within GPMN.
Additionally, we want to reconnect with you, the members and supporters of the Green Party of Minnesota, to make sure we are serving you and fulfilling your vision of Minnesota to the best of our ability. There will be a few opportunities to provide input between now and the 2023 Summer Membership Meeting (date and location to be determined). First, there is a survey that we are encouraging everyone to fill out. There will also be four envisioning meetings, two virtual and two in person, where Minnesota Greens will be welcome to share their vision for GPMN and the State of Minnesota; the information for those meetings is below:
- Wednesday, May 17, 6-7:30 PM online via Zoom for members (Meeting Link)
- Saturday, May 20, 10-11:30 AM in the Doty Board Room at the Minneapolis Central Library (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401) for members
- Wednesday, June 7, 6-7:30 online via Zoom for members and allied organizations (Meeting Link)
- Saturday, June 10, 10-11:30 AM in the Highland Park Library Community Room (978 Ford Pkwy, St Paul, MN 55116) for members and allied organizations
Also, the Annual Membership Meeting will be taking place on July 15. The time, location, and other details will be coming out soon!
The fact is that the Green Party of Minnesota still has a role in today’s politics. With the ongoing climate crisis, increasing wealth inequality, the never-ending need to combat racism and colonialism in all aspects of society, and the continuing infringement of the rights of women and LGBTQIA2S+ people, the Green Party can and must stand as champions of change and sustainability, equity, and justice. We can build a progressive, grassroots movement to create a world where people, planet, and peace are put before profit, and we hope you will join us in this renewed effort to fight for such a world.
In sincere solidarity,
The Coordinating Committee of the Green Party of Minnesota
Kati Medford Speaks About Her Run For City Council
Minneapolis-Green Party of the 5th CD endorsed candidate for the 2021 city council race Kati Medford sat down with The Trahern Crews Show to discuss her campaign. Kati said she supports reparations for the American Descendants of Chattel Slavery and has it as part of her platform. The 5th congressional district which includes the city of Minneapolis is the 4th worse place to live in the country for Black Americans. Kati also supports the Rent Control measure which is on the ballot in this year's election. The other Ballot initiative she supports is changing the charter amendment that will create the department of public safety.
During the interview, Kati Medford said she will champion the Green New Deal for Minneapolis which is being discussed at the municipal level which has been spearheaded by her Green party colleague and City council member Cam Gordon.
For more information go to www.katiforward13.comRead more
Saint Paul Green Party Supports Rent Control
The Green Party of Minnesota’s 4th congressional district supports rent stabilization that will limit rent increases for existing rental units across Saint Paul to 3% over a 12-month period.
Steven Stampley spokesperson for the Saint Paul Green Party of the 4th congressional district said "The effort organized by Housing Equity Now St. Paul (HENS), is very modest compared to the rent control the City already implemented for Craig Lepold, the multi-billionaire owner of the wild. The City of Saint Paul cut their rent for the Excel center in half and controls it for the next twenty years."
Over half of St. Paul residents are renters and the majority of renters are people of color. The Twin Cities region accounts for 76% of Black, ADOCS, African, Asian, Native American, Latino & immigrant households in the state, only 40% of them are homeowners compared to 75% of white households.
Saint Paul School Board Candidate Forum
Saint Paul School Board candidates Jennifer Mc Pherson, Jim Vue, & Clayton Howatt discuss the issues. This event was moderated by Khulia Pringle and sponsored by the Saint Paul Recovery Act Steering Committee. For more information go to www.saintpaulrecoveryact.com
Jennifer McPherson who is supported by The MN Green Party Black Caucus said the district should hire more parents. These parents can eventually become teachers, coaches janitors. Clayton Howatt said he supports integration and a culturally responsive curriculum. Jim Vue said children need more support from schools to close the education gap. All three candidates responding yes when asked if they supported reparations for the American Descendants of Chattel Slavery.
For more info about the candidates
Green Party of Haiti Speaks about the crisis in Haiti and at the US border part 1
On Sunday members of the Haitian, Green Party spoke to Trahern Crews the Chair of the Minnesota Green Party about the crisis in Haiti and the Black immigration crisis at the border. Members of the Haitian delegation said they condemn the assassination of the former President of Haiti Haiti President Assasinated. Even though they disagreed with him and the current administration about policy issues. Some of those issues pertain to Haiti's independence and too much international intervention in Haitis political affairs. The Green Party of Haiti said that the people of Haiti should decide which is best for the country not outside forces and that they should be working towards sustainability for the country.
Some of the the Green party policies they want to implement are strengthening the local economy in Haiti. Also Haiti is the 2nd least vaccinated country in the world Haiti Vaccination and Covid 19 has exposed why medicare for all is the perfect healthcare policy for countries like Haiti. Addressing climate change which is causing earthquakes and migration which has lead to the situation that we see at the Texas border Hatian/US Immigration Crisis where Haitian immigrants are being abused, deported and whipped due to anti black racist immigration policies in the United States. The delegation from Haiti said the Biden administration much change its racist immigration policies. Members from the Green Party of Haiti said that they don't know when elections will take place because of the violence in the country.
The delegation also spoke about the history of Haiti and how it was the first free Black independent country in the western Hemisphere.Haitis Independence After Haiti gained its independence it has struggled with poverty because France, with warships at the ready, sailed to Haiti in 1825 and demanded Haiti to compensate France for its loss of slaves and its slave colony. In exchange for French recognition of Haiti as a sovereign republic, France demanded payment of 150 million francs. Now many Haitians and others in international community want to see the debt forgiven.
Community Based Economics
Unified Que Interview
On July 23rd, We interviewed an owner of a clothing brand. We talked about his clothing brand and what it stands for. The clothing brand to him means unified which is in the name. He wants people to feel connected wearing his clothes. His brand is very different from your average clothing brand. He doesn’t change his clothing by trends but instead changes them by what’s happening in the world.
Jeremie English Interview
On July 23rd, we interviewed Jeremie English. We talked about his involvement in the steering committee that was able to pass a resolution in the city council for the St. Paul Recovery Act. He talked about the history of the Rondo neighborhood. He also talked about what reparations are and what they look like for the black community in St. Paul and in America.Read more
The Importance of Youth Employment
Green Party Youth Interns sat down to discuss the importance of youth employment with Level up and also Spoke with Marea Perry about her organization secrets to Truth
Level Up Interview
On July 21st, we interviewed Talisha, a coach coordinator for Level Up. We talked to her about the Level Up program and what it’s about. Level Up is a program that sets up internships for youth ages 18 to 24 living in Ramsey County. These internships are across many different fields. The youth are paid $15 or more an hour. Talisha also talked about how important youth employment is and how it provides self-sufficiency.
Marea Perry Interview
On July 21st, we interviewed Marea Perry. She is a committee activist for racial justice. Her son was recently murdered 2 years ago, that’s when she created Secrets2Truths to heal in the community. In Secrets2Truths they talk about any trauma, grief or issue and provide help and wellness for others. Marea does healing work with Catriceology Enterprise for the Black Women Conference. They collaborated to help heal black women, but they are also open to every woman to be a part of the healing experience. There will be speakers at the upcoming event and more new information will be updated soon but they are planning to have a Follow Black Women Conference event on October 10, 2021.Read more
Remebering George Floyd
Anniversary of the Murder Of George Floyd, MN Green Party Demands Reforms Now!
The murder of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who has been convicted of murder and the response by the community afterward shook the world. The Green Party of Minnesota is glad that the family of George Floyd will visit the White House. However, some of our members would feel more safe going to work, having their children play, going to school and raising children in Minnesota and across the United States if the state and federal government would pass meaningful legislation for Black Americans.
The Green Party of Minnesota is calling on President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris who would not have been in office without the energy of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the 90% of the Black voters, to not just meet with the family of George Floyd but to sign an executive order for the George Floyd Act and HR40 that has immediate relief attached to it for the American Descendants of Chattel Slavery that includes direct cash payment for Covid Relief and ending qualified immunity for police officers. We encourage the house and senate to vote for the bills before them that will improve the safety for black Americans not just in Minnesota, but across the whole country.
“It’s a shame that no meaningful police accountability measures came out of the Minnesota state capitol this Legislative session,” said Black Caucus of The Green Party of Minnesota endorsed candidate for Saint Paul School Board Jennifer McPhearson we need new bold leadership that is going to get things done at the local state and federal level the George Floyd Act will save lives.
“The direct action that was taken last year resulting from the public murder of George Floyd is just the first step in making direct change happen. Our work doesn’t stop, we must apply constant pressure to help end the violence against Americans by the hands of police.”
We call on everyone to reach out to your representative in Congress and demand that HR 40 and the George Floyd Act be passed. Also, call Governor Walz and demand a special session that includes deep reforms to how policing is done in Minnesota.
Black Caucus of The Green Party of Minnesota Endorses Jennifer McPherson & Dora Jones
Black Caucus of the Green Party of Minnesota is proud to announce that it has endorsed Jennifer Mc Pherson for Saint Paul School Board and Dora Jones for Saint Paul 2021 Mayoral race. Jennifer McPhearson is a strong advocate of having parents and children have more options of what schools they can attend across the City of Saint Paul.
Dora Jones a youth housing advocate also secured the Black Caucus of the Green Party of Minnesota's endorsement. Ms. Jones is committed to an aggressive plan to end homelessness and gun violence in the City of Saint Paul. The Black Caucus is proud to endorse these two strong Black women and believes they will bring the leadership needed to help close the education gap and make Saint Paul the most livable city in America for all of its Residence.
The meeting was facilitated by Co-Chairs of the Black Caucus Toya Woodland and Reggie Moore who are dedicated to putting issues that are important to the Black community 1st by promoting Green values a Black agenda and political education in the Black community.