Green Party of Winona County Meeting Summary – May 24, 2017
Attending: Ray Kiihne, Gene Lauer, Jean Lauer, Brian Mueller, David Seaman, Shelly Vander Linden
Welcome to new member Ray Kiihne!
We have planned a gathering to write and submit letters to the editor. We will meet on June 15th, 2017 at the Acoustic Cafe in Winona. We will have a couple laptops so we can write and submit online. Join us for socializing, food, and activism!!
We discussed a plan of action to encourage the Winona city council to divest from Wells Fargo. Jean suggested that we pursue enacting a social responsibility ordinance similar to one enacted in Seattle. This would give us an opportunity to work with a coalition of groups and people. Jean will contact Engage Winona. Brian will contact WDUA and speak with Jim Gurley. We will also reach out to Marie Kovesci, Pam Eyden, and Paul Schollmeier, who may be inclined to support such an ordinance. We will also continue working with the Human Rights Commission on the immediate goal of divesting from Wells Fargo.
The Green Party of MN state meeting will be held on June 24th at 10:30 am at Walker Community Curch in Minneapolis. There will be elections for at-large positions on the state Coordinating Committee (they are looking for more geographic diversity and are encouraging outstate Greens to run for the positions), voting on possible changes to the bylaws, and will be meeting with and deciding whether to endorse a candidate for US Senate. By running a candidate for national office, the Green Party can qualify for major party status and gain automatic ballot access if our candidate receives votes in every county and receives 5% of the total vote. This is an important step forward for the party.
We are looking into participating in parades in St. Charles, Lewiston, Goodview, La Crescent, Rushford, Houston, Kellogg, and Wabasha. Dates will be forthcoming. We will need ideas for what our unit can look like.
We were not able to set up a table across from the Farmer's Market last Saturday due to weather. We will try this Saturday. If you are interested in tabling this summer, please contact Brian Mueller or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we are focused on local activism, we still want to be aware of any candidates who are interested in running for local offices and who share our values. Please let us know if you or someone you know is interested in running for any local office in 2018.
We will be setting up our bank account with Altra Credit Union. David and Brian will set it up as signatories.