The Socialist Workers Party in Minnesota is making plans for two weeks of special campaigning May 17-31 to take candidates Gabrielle Prosser for governor, Kevin Dwire for lieutenant governor and David Rosenfeld for U.S. Congress from one end of the state to the other. They’ll introduce the party, the Militant and sign people up to put Prosser and Dwire on the ballot.
State authorities, in an effort to limit the ballot as much as possible to the Democrats and Republicans, set this short period for independent parties to gather at least 2,000 signatures of eligible voters to qualify.
The SWP looks to campaigning in the Red River Valley, home of a bitter fight by members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union against a lockout by American Crystal Sugar in 2011-12; to the Iron Range near the Canadian border; to Austin near Iowa; and elsewhere.
“We’ll be building support for ending Moscow’s assault on Ukraine’s independence, for the striking coal miners at Warrior Met in Alabama, and other struggles by workers and farmers,” Prosser told the Militant. “And we’ll explain that workers need their own political party, a labor party.”
Anyone interested in this effort should contact the Socialist Workers Party Minnesota campaign, 2401 1/2 Central Ave., NE, Unit B, Minneapolis, MN 55418, Tel.: (612) 271-1930, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations to help with the campaigning are welcome.