Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Calling all Minnesotans!

The 2006 caucuses will be held at locations around the state TONIGHT, Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00pm. Precinct caucuses are public meetings conducted by each of Minnesota’s major political parties to choose candidates and decide the party’s platform of issues for the coming elections. These are important events in Minnesota’s political life because they are where issues that impact our communities are discussed and where citizens can influence their parties’ direction and the political process at large. All of Minnesota’s precinct caucuses are open to the public, and anyone can attend as an observer. You can participate in a party’s caucus if you will be eligible to vote on November 7 and if you support or are likely to support that party’s candidates. While you are there, how about introducing a resolution. Here are four that I plan on introducing at my caucus:

To find your caucus location and to see Minnesota Advocates sample resolutions on state and federal immigration issues click here.

To see Outfront's sample resolution to oppose the anti-marriage constitutional amendment click here.

For a sample resolution from MCBW on domestic violence and homelessness:
Resolution to End Homelessness for Victims of Domestic Violence

Whereas, an estimated 8,900 Minnesotans are homeless on any given night; and,

Whereas, one out of three families experiencing homelessness are victims of domestic violence; and,

Whereas, 1,000 people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota are turned away from homeless services on a given night; and,

Whereas, preventing homelessness is the most humane and cost-effective approach to addressing homelessness safety for victims; and,

Whereas, prevention strategies are the only way to finally end homelessness;

Be it resolved that the Legislature and Governor enact the policies and resources needed to provide immediate assistance and shelter to people experiencing homelessness; and,

Be it further resolved that the Legislature and Governor enact policies and resources that strengthen the social services system, ensure economic security, and provide stable housing to effectively prevent homelessness.

-A. Monkey