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Last week there was a meeting of Third Party activists in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and strategize on building an effective electoral resistance to the current pro-war, corporate corrupted two party system.
Activists invited and present included former supporters of Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney’s presidential campaigns, local anti-war activists, Socialists, Communists, and people who had previously been active in the Independence Party of Minnesota.
We had all been drawn together because of our common understanding of the need for a serious and organized response to the two party system. We had kept it small on purpose with about 30 activists invited and present.
The meeting had been set up with the main topics of the bi-partisan complicity with the Financial Crisis, Ecological Crisis and support of the war machine and illegal, racist and immoral wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Later, we also touched on the Bi-partisan opposition to Single payer Healthcare and their support for corporate friendly HMO Healthcare.
The first speaker was local activist Karen Redleaf who explained just how both parties were directly responsible for the current economic meltdown. Karen has degres in economic thinking and describes herself as a People’s Economist.
The next speaker was former Green Party candidate for Governor Ken Pentel. Mr Pentel, who is no longer a member of the Green Party spoke on the corporate corruption of the two party system and how that is adding to the ecological crisis that this planet faces.
Our next speaker, who had to bow out at the last minute was to speak on the two party system and it’s direct continueing complicity in the war and support for the war machine.
So I stepped up and spoke on this. I was the Green Party candidate for US Senate in 2006.
Also present were activists for Single Payer Healthcare who had been active in the Minnesota Independence Party. Afterwards the conversatio was exciting and productive.
The people invited and the message itself was crystal clear. Only people who were serious about building a solid, effective response to the two party system were invited and welcomed.
We are in the very early stages of building and organizing. A number of proposals and ideas have been brought to the table, including starting a Minnesota Chapter of the Peace and Freedom Party (put forward by myself and seemed very popular with the group) and other equally interesting and thought provoking ideas.
When those of us who were former Greens and Independence party folks were asked as to why we had left our respective political parties, we answered the question honestly and openly. The similarities in the answers from activists in both parties were duely noted.
Remember now this is Minnesota where we elected Jessie Ventura for Governor and where we have had a long history of third party activism. We also have IRV for the upcoming Minneapolis City election and where IRV will be on the ballot in St Paul.
I strongly suggest that all Third Party activists keep their sights on Minnesota.
For what we have done right as well as how Third parties can be infiltrated and/or compromized. (sic)
Michael Cavlan RN