Stonewall DFL Community Caucus


2018 Annual Membership Meeting Announcement

Saint Paul, Minn., Nov 30, 2017

Stonewall DFL invites all LGBTIQ and allies to its 2018 Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday Jan 6, 2018.

Where:

Hennepin County Government Center

450 S 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN

Lower Level Auditorium (follow signs)

Site is accessible, on/near transit options with adequate parking.

When:

Jan 6, 2018

1-2 PM Social Hour Refreshments/light snack served

2-5pm+ Caucus Business

Who:

All members in good standing prior to Dec 27th.  (10 day rule)

LGBTIQ and Allied MN members of the MN Democrat Farmer Labor Party (DFL)

>>SUBMIT 2018 STONEWALL DFL DUES<<

What:

Proposed Agenda (updated often, please check back regularly)***

Call to Order

Reading of the Outreach and Inclusion Statement

Welcome/Introductions

–Members please sign up to help on a committee (Pol Support, Fundraising, Communications, Pride, Membership, Constit/Bylaws/Rules)

Election of Meeting Chair

Appointment/Approval of Convention Helpers

Approval of the Agenda

2017 and 2018 Allan Spear Award Recipients

2017 Officer Reports

Speakers as recognized (2 mins/each please)

Credentials Report #1

Discussion/Approval of Standing Rules (DOWNLOAD)

Discussion/Approval of Constitution Changes (DOWNLOAD)

Credentials Report #2

Endorsement Votes

—Governor of MN

—US Senator (regular seat)

—Attorney General

—Secretary of State

—Congressional District 2

—Others/Additions to be posted as requested (See below if you want to request a race, agenda continues after)


Members in good standing may request additional races to be considered during this limited time frame.
prior to Jan 3:  email deldjenkins@yahoo.com to be included on the printed and published agenda
Jan 4 or later:  The agenda may also be amended during the “Approval of the Agenda” item with a majority vote, or after it has been approved with a 2/3 super majority vote.
The 2018 Board of Directors will also have a Questionnaire process to consider/screen/endorse candidates for public office.  This is not the only opportunity to be considered, it is just the first.  

Reading of the Outreach and Inclusion Reminder Statement

2018 Officer Q&A and Elections (Chair, Vice Chairs, Treasurer, Secretary)

2018 Named Director Q&A and Elections*

—Membership Director*

—Social Media Director*

2018 At-Large Director Q&A and Elections**

Adjournment

 

*If approved as part of the Constitutional Changes.  Proposed term is 2 yrs

**Number of Open positions is dependent on Constitutional Changes.  Proposed term going forward is 1 year.

***Agenda was last updated on Dec 15, 2017 at 3pm and reflects all changes/additions received before then.

>>SUBMIT 2018 STONEWALL DFL DUES<<

Since time stamps are important and not open to interpretation, please submit your dues electronically

Contact deldjenkins@yahoo.com with questions

Note: we are an all volunteer organization.  Patience, kindness, and at times understanding are appreciated.

LGBTIQ Members are invited to participate as their authentic selves.  Please let us know your preferred pronouns as part of the Introduction.

No recording devices please.


Statement on Rep. Franson’s transphobic comments

Saint Paul, Minn., Nov 10, 2017

Just hours after the citizens elected the nation’s first transgender woman of color to the Minneapolis City Council, Republican Rep. Mary Franson of Alexandria tweeted a photo of herself with a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat and said, “A guy who thinks he’s a girl is still a guy with a mental health condition.”

Comments like these are reprehensible, transphobic and hateful.  They will not be tolerated by fair-minded Minnesotans who demand more from its leaders. Hate-speech like this is a constant reminder in our communities of how much work we have left to do as a caucus.

We look forward to supporting a candidate who will run against hate and better represent the good people of Minnesota’s District 8B. The time has come to end transphobia and hate in our state government.

 

Del Jenkins

Chair, Stonewall DFL


Stonewall DFL statement calling for Sen. Schoen’s immediate resignation

Saint Paul, Minn., Nov 9, 2017

Stonewall DFL stands with all survivors of violence, including sexual harassment, when we say: Sen Schoen please resign immediately.   It is important that our elected officials are held to the same standard as the rest of the public.  These behaviors do not represent the values we hold and expect from our elected officials.  Sen. Schoen has lost the trust and faith of our community caucus and he should step down immediately.

 

Del Jenkins

Chair, Stonewall DFL caucus


Stonewall DFL Statewide Sample Ballot: Please vote for these candidates for office!

Saint Paul

Mayor

School Board

Minneapolis

Mayor 

City Council

Board of Estimate and Taxation

Park Board

Bloomington

City Council

School Board

  • Marcia Sytsma

Duluth

City Council

Edina

School Board

Golden Valley

City Council

Saint Anthony Village

City Council

Saint Louis Park

City Council

 

Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support committee and affirmed by at least 60 percent majority of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors.

Information about the endorsement process is available at www.dfl.org/stonewall/endorsements/2017-candidate-questionnaires/

 

 

Not sure where to vote?  

For a polling location finder please go to: http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

 


Statement on the passing of Rick Stafford

It is with heavy hearts that we let Stonewall DFL members know that Rick Stafford died on the evening of Sept 2, 2017. Rick was a pioneer and constant behind-the-scenes force in LGBTQ politics in Minnesota for decades and a national voice for LGBTQ equality on the Democratic National Committee.  He was also the 2006 recipient of our Allan Spear Award.

To many of us in the DFL, he served as mentor, elder-statesman and friend with selfless devotion to party building and advocacy of inclusion, acceptance and engagement of our community at every turn.

We pledge to carry on in his memory by continuing his work – fighting for the equality of all LGBTQ Minnesotans.

Rick, we miss you already. Rest In Peace.


Candidate Endorsements in Bloomington, Saint Anthony Village and Saint Louis Park added by Stonewall DFL

Brian Shekleton, Rachel Harris, Nancy Robinett and Marcia Sytsma have been added to Stonewall’s endorsed candidate list for 2017.

 

Saint Paul, Minn., August 16, 2017 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announced its endorsement of Marcia Sytsma for Bloomington School Board, Nancy Robinett for Saint Anthony Village City Council, Brian Shekleton for Saint Louis Park City Council in Ward 1 and Rachel Harris for Saint Louis Park City Council in Ward 3.

 

“With less than three months until election day, Stonewall DFL continues to engage candidates in important community conversations focused on LGBTQ issues,” said Del Jenkins, Stonewall DFL – Chair. “Our committee volunteers and Board members have interviewed nearly six dozen candidates for office this election cycle so that Minnesotans know which candidates support LGBTQ equality.”

 

Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support committee and affirmed by at least 60 percent majority of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors. A full list of Stonewall DFL endorsed candidates is available via their online Voter’s Guide. Information about the endorsement process is available on the Stonewall DFL website at www.dfl.org/stonewall/endorsements/2017-candidate-questionnaires/

 

All Board meetings, including those where endorsement votes are taken, will be announced on the organization’s Facebook page and the Stonewall DFL website.

 

About Stonewall DFL

Stonewall DFL works for a safe and equitable Minnesota by electing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and allied Democrats to public office in Minnesota and to party office in the Minnesota DFL. The caucus offers endorsements for local, state and federal DFL candidates who support equality for all Minnesotans. Stonewall DFL provides endorsed candidates with both financial and volunteer support whenever possible. The Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis to carry out the business of the caucus and is open to the public. For information, visit dfl.org/stonewall, join its Facebook page or follow @StonewallDFL on Twitter.

 

The Minnesota Stonewall DFL Caucus was first organized in August 1980 as the LGBTF Caucus. Its charter was recognized by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota in 1982 and was renamed Stonewall DFL in 1992. Today, Stonewall is the DFL’s oldest and most active community caucus and the oldest continuously-operating political advocacy organization whose mission is to promote LGBTQ equality across the state of Minnesota.

 


Candidate Endorsements in Duluth, Golden Valley and Saint Louis Park added by Stonewall DFL

Zack Filipovich, Larry Fonnest, Anne Mavity, Chris Meyer and Marny Xiong have been added to Stonewall’s endorsed candidate list for 2017.

 

Saint Paul, Minn., July 18, 2017 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announced its endorsement of Zack Filipovich for Duluth City Council, Larry Fonnest for Golden Valley City Council, Anne Mavity for Saint Louis Park City Council in Ward 2, Chris Meyer for Minneapolis Park Board District 1 and Marny Xiong for Saint Paul School Board.

 

“As we enter the final four months of the election cycle, Stonewall DFL continues to work hard by screening and engaging candidates in a dialogue with the LGBTQ community members,” said Del Jenkins, Stonewall DFL – Chair. “Our committee volunteers and Board members interviewed more than 60 candidates for office this election cycle and are proud to offer guidance on which of them will best support our fight for equality in Minnesota,”

 

Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support committee and affirmed by at least 60 percent majority of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors. A full list of Stonewall DFL endorsed candidates is available via their online Voter’s Guide. Information about the endorsement process is available on the Stonewall DFL website at www.dfl.org/stonewall/endorsements/2017-candidate-questionnaires/

 

Additional candidates may be screened in August. Any races where both the written questionnaires and screenings have been completed for all DFL candidates in a race will be considered for endorsement at the August 13 Board meeting. All meetings will be announced on the organization’s Facebook page and the Stonewall DFL website.

 

About Stonewall DFL

Stonewall DFL works for a safe and equitable Minnesota by electing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and allied Democrats to public office in Minnesota and to party office in the Minnesota DFL. The caucus offers endorsements for local, state and federal DFL candidates who support equality for all Minnesotans. Stonewall DFL provides endorsed candidates with both financial and volunteer support whenever possible. The Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis to carry out the business of the caucus and is open to the public. For information, visit dfl.org/stonewall, join its Facebook page or follow @StonewallDFL on Twitter.

 

The Minnesota Stonewall DFL Caucus was first organized in August 1980 as the LGBTF Caucus. Its charter was recognized by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota in 1982 and was renamed Stonewall DFL in 1992. Today, Stonewall is the DFL’s oldest and most active community caucus and the oldest continuously-operating political advocacy organization whose mission is to promote LGBTQ equality across the state of Minnesota.

 


Celebrating Twin Cities Pride with Stonewall DFL

The Twin Cities Pride Festival, held on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 – 25, 2017 is one of the largest Pride Festivals in the country with as many as 500,000 in attendance. Stonewall DFL will have a booth with information for festival goers Loring Park as well as participate in the annual Ashley Rukes Pride Parade on Sunday afternoon.

 

As one of the benefits of our endorsement process, we invite candidates and DFL elected officials who have been endorsed by Stonewall DFL to join us for both provided the following rules are adhered to:

  • Only candidates running for office in 2017 in the Twin Cities metro area with a Stonewall DFL endorsement are permitted. Candidates who have not earned the Stonewall DFL endorsement may not participate.
  • DFL elected officials who support the Stonewall DFL mission can participate as an elected official only. If they currently hold an elected office and are running for a different office, they may not be affiliated with a campaign unless they have received the DFL endorsement for the active race.
  • DFL endorsed candidates representing districts outside the Twin Cities metro area may participate.
  • Candidates and elected officials for Federal level offices must coordinate their own activities directly with Twin Cities Pride per parade and festival guidelines for registration.

 

Festival/Booth

To participate in the space provided for the Stonewall DFL booth, candidates and elected officials who meet the criteria above may distribute literature and conduct ‘meet & greet’ activities. For more information, contact Del Jenkins at 612-229-3355 or deldjenkins@yahoo.com.

 

Stonewall endorsed campaigns should provide 25-50 pieces of campaign literature and 2 lawn signs (with hardware) to Del Jenkins by June 21.  Reasonable attempts will be made to return unused literature and signs before July 1.

 

Booth volunteers are needed. Please contact Del Jenkins to sign up.

 

Sunday Pride Parade

To march in the Stonewall DFL parade unit, candidates and elected officials must meet the participation criteria above. Elected officials will ride in the DFL bus and candidates for office will be assigned a number of volunteer slots that can be filled by candidates and campaign volunteers. For more information, contact Hannah Slovut at 763-528-8217 or hanna.slovut@gmail.com.

 

Candidates and elected officials from outside the Twin Cities metro region, please contact Del Jenkins for either Festival or Parade participation (or both).


Stonewall DFL Endorses in Minneapolis Park Board, Saint Paul School Board, Bloomington and Saint Louis Park City Council Races

Londel French, Devin Hogan, Mike Tate, AK Hassan, John Broderick, Jeanelle Foster, Eduardo Barrera, Patrick Martin and Zaylore Stout selected for endorsement.

 

Saint Paul, Minn., May 17, 2017 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announced its endorsement of Londel French and Devin Hogan for Minneapolis Park Board At-Large, Mike Tate for Minneapolis Park Board District 2, AK Hassan, for Minneapolis Park Board District 3 and John Broderick, Jeanelle Foster and Eduardo Barrera for Saint Paul School Board.
Stonewall DFL also endorsed Patrick Martin in the Bloomington City Council district 4 race as well as Zaylore Stout in the Saint Louis Park City Council race.

 

“As we get close to celebrating LGBTQ Pride month in Minnesota, we are proud of the work our many volunteers have done in the past six months to engage and evaluate candidates in the state’s two largest cities as well as in communities from around the metro area,” said Del Jenkins, Stonewall DFL – Chair. “Our endorsed candidates all enter the month of June with resounding support from our caucus and the momentum of members of the LGBTQ community united behind them to support us in our ongoing fight for equality.”

 

Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support Committee and affirmed by at least 60 percent majority of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors. A full list of Stonewall DFL endorsed candidates is available via their online Voter’s Guide. Information about the endorsement process is available on the Stonewall DFL website at www.dfl.org/stonewall/endorsements/2017-candidate-questionnaires/

 

The next meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for July 16. All meetings will be announced on the organization’s Facebook page and the Stonewall DFL website.

 

About Stonewall DFL

Stonewall DFL works for a safe and equitable Minnesota by electing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and allied Democrats to public office in Minnesota and to party office in the Minnesota DFL. The caucus offers endorsements for local, state and federal DFL candidates who support equality for all Minnesotans. Stonewall DFL provides endorsed candidates with both financial and volunteer support whenever possible. The Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis to carry out the business of the caucus and is open to the public. For information, visit dfl.org/stonewall, join its Facebook page or follow @StonewallDFL on Twitter.

 

The Minnesota Stonewall DFL Caucus was first organized in August 1980 as the LGBTF Caucus. Its charter was recognized by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota in 1982 and was renamed Stonewall DFL in 1992. Today, Stonewall is the DFL’s oldest and most active community caucus and the oldest continuously-operating political advocacy organization whose mission is to promote LGBTQ equality across the state of Minnesota.


Stonewall DFL Political Support Committee May Candidate Screenings

Saint Paul, Minn., May 12, 2017 – Stonewall DFL releases its candidate screening schedule for the May 13 Political Support Committee Meeting

ADDRESS:  

Clare Housing Board Room 929 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

AGENDA:

10:00-10:40am        Membership/Political Support Committee prep time (members please arrive at 10am Sharp and review questionnaires)

10:40 Marny Xiong St Paul School Board
11:00 John Brodrick St Paul School Board
11:20 Londel French Minneapolis Park Board At Large
11:40 Abdi Gurhan Mohamed Minneapolis Park Board District 3
12:00 Nathan Coulter Bloomington City Council At Large
12:20 Patrick Martin Bloomington City Council, District IV
12:40 Mike Tate Minneapolis Park Board District 2
1:00 Zaylor Stout St. Louis Park City Council Ward 1

1:15-2pm Lunch Time and Committee Time.

The Board of Directors meeting starts at 2:00 and may be delayed slightly if we need to screen more candidates or finish our committee business.  Screenings past this date are not likely.

Members need to have joined 7 days prior to any screening or meeting date in order to participate in the event  per the Stonewall DFL Constitution.  Non-members may view quietly.  All must turn off your cell phones while in the screening room.