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Stein wins 84.3% in Minnesota Green presidential caucuses

steinThe Green Party of Minnesota announced that Jill Stein won Tuesday’s presidential caucuses with 84.3% of the vote. Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry took 5.9%, Bill Kreml 4.8%, Darryl Cherney 2.4%, and Kent Mesplay 1.2%.

KARE-TV in Minneapolis spoke with Minnesota Green spokesman Brandon Long about the caucuses before the voting.

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Green presidential primary in Massachusetts, caucuses in Minnesota today

candidatesThe Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts will hold its presidential primary today. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET. The Green Party of Minnesota will hold its presidential caucuses at at least nine locations this evening, mainly from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. CT.

In both states, all five of the nationally recognized Green Party presidential candidates — Darryl Cherney, Sedinam Moyowasifsa-Curry, William Kreml, Kent Mesplay, and Jill Stein — will be options for voters.

The results will be posted on Green Party Watch when available.

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Minnesota Greens take leading role in St. Paul minimum wage fight

15nowThe St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that 15 Now, which has campaigned for a $15 per hour minimum wage in Minneapolis, has joined forces with St. Paul-based $15 in ’16 to create 15NowSTP to campaign for a $15 minimum in Minnesota’s capital city. Green Party activists Brandon Long and Jesse Mortenson are among the leaders of the new group.

The newspaper says that Long, “who foresees a minimum wage increase going to ballot referendum in Minneapolis, said the proposed St. Paul ordinance ‘will be strengthened to better match the eventual language of the Minneapolis ballot initiative.'”

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St. Paul Pioneer Press praises Turner

turnerIn a year-end editorial recounting some of its best editorial table interviews of 2015, Minnesota’s St. Paul Pioneer Press writes, “Among the best conversations of the campaign cycle was the one we had with Rashad Turner, the leader of the Black Lives Matter St. Paul movement. He ran with Green Party endorsement as a write-in candidate [for St. Paul school board] and has since declared his intention to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives. In an on-point, hour-long conversation, he articulated a student-centered approach — a good fit with our ‘kids first’ thinking — that includes early intervention to avoid problems later, and the cost of those problems to society.”

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Turner to run for Minnesota state legislature

turnerRashad Turner, who ran a write-in campaign for the St. Paul, Minnesota school board this year with the endorsement of the Green Party, will run for the Minnesota state legislature in 2016.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Turner, “he lead organizer for Black Lives Matter St. Paul…said Saturday that not enough progress has been made in St. Paul’s communities of color after three terms of DFL Rep. Rena Moran representing District 65.”

Turner “has yet to accept a party endorsement in this campaign but said he is leaning toward the Green Party again.”

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Green Party councilmember joins Minneapolis protests over Clark shooting

gordonMinnPost reports that Cam Gordon, a Green Party member of the Minneapolis city council, is among three councilmembers who have been taking part in protests over the police shooting of Jamar Clark. Gordon has faced some criticism for joining the demonstrations, but said it does not bother him. He said, “We can be supportive. We can encourage positive people to come out there and be part of the solution.”

The Green Party of Minnesota denounced police use of force against protesters at a Wednesday rally, with party spokesman Brandon Long saying, “Last night’s actions by the Minneapolis Police were entirely unacceptable. If, as Mayor Hodges is claiming, officers are exhibiting ‘maximum restraint,’ I sincerely fear for the well-being of the peaceful protesters currently occupying the precinct.” Gordon tweeted, “I am proud of the peaceful protesters tonight. You help make us all better.”

MinnPost said that tension over the shooting “spilled over into a meeting of the 13-member city council Friday,” as activists tried to get the council to amend its agenda to discuss the matter.

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Minnesota Greens join Black Lives Matter march

honkalaMembers of the Green Party of Minnesota joined Black Lives Matter activists Sunday in marching in support of ‎Marcus Abrams‬, a 17-year-old black teenager with autism who was beaten by city Metro Transit Police on August 31.

Green Party of Minnesota spokesperson Brandon Long said, “It’s time that police are not only trained to be culturally sensitive in their interactions with communities of color, but are also competent enough to deal with community members who have disabilities and mental illness. How Marcus was treated by Metro Transit police is unacceptable.”