About 

Our Revolution MN began with a set of principles to build a working class organization of democratic socialists that will advance the political revolution in Minnesota and in the United States.

The Board of Our Revolution MN has taken responsibility for shaping the development and direction of our organization and driving the organizing process to build it.

We began Our Revolution MN with a bottom-up, grassroots organizing process because we believe in cultivating the popular democracy we seek to realize in the government of our state. This organizing process of many meetings across the state have led to the development of local chapters and an annual convention. Our membership is united in its pursuit of progress towards democratic socialism, ending American imperialism, enacting full single-payer health care coverage for everyone, eliminating the pernicious and undemocratic effects of big money in politics, and passing into law a Green New Deal. We do this while standing in solidarity with our unionized brothers and sisters.

We aim to be at the vanguard in the struggle for working class empowerment. We will continue to build agreement among our members, old and new, through the organizing process, and be responsive to feedback from our members across the state. Along the way, where we find a critical mass of members, activists, and leaders in any given area, we will launch additional chapters to strengthen the backbone of our independent, statewide political organization.

Our Revolution MN continues to carry forward in the work of building the political revolution in Minnesota by building our community with an orientation towards direct action. Check out our organizational principles for the framework of how we see Our Revolution MN developing as our organization to build the political revolution here.

Join us at one of our regional meetings across the state to help shape and build Our Revolution MN.

Mission

Our Revolution Minnesota (ORMN) is focusing on educating and encouraging people to lobby their elected representatives on the four following key issues for the state of Minnesota:

  1. Ending the Never-Ending Wars: The American people are sick and tired of fighting multiple wars with no conclusive end in sight. Trillions of dollars have been spent and hundreds of thousands of people have died as a result of these wars. We need to stand up and demand that these imperial wars be ended, our troops be brought home, and that the military industrial complex and our government be held accountable for the damage they have done to not just people here at home, but to people overseas as well. 
  2. Medicare for All: Healthcare is a fundamental human right, not a privilege. Every other modernized country has free healthcare for its citizens. As the richest nation in the history of this planet, the United States has no excuse for not having free healthcare for its citizens. 
  3. Green New Deal: Climate change is the most pressing issue of our time. The United Nations has predicted that we have until 2030 to prevent irreparable damage to our planet’s ecosystems. Our Revolution Minnesota will promote the Green New Deal. We will encourage our members to lobby their local, state, and national elected officials to demand that they take drastic and immediate steps to combat climate change. We will also fight for an equal and justice climate transition. For decades, people of color have been subjected to higher levels of chemical, industrial, and recreational pollution than white people have been. Native American tribes in Minnesota face unique threats to their most sacred crop – wild rice. Historically disadvantaged people need to be included in conversations about climate, and Our Revolution Minnesota is going to make sure that happens. 
  4. Getting big money out of politics: this is an issue that affects every other issue that we’re pushing. Big money in politics corrupts the political process, and because of this money, corporations have a larger and more influential voice than the common person. This is fundamentally opposed to what the Founding Fathers had in mind. We need to stand up and say that money is not speech. 

Vision

The Board of Our Revolution Minnesota envisions a future where everyone in the United States has an even playing field: everyone has a fair wage, housing, healthcare, education, and a strong safety net to fall back on when times get tough. We can start that here in Minnesota, and through that, be an example to every other state in the country that the progressive vision for our country is a viable option, and that things can get better for the common person, no matter how many times you’re told that everything is fine as it is. ORMN wants to empower the people of Minnesota to have the tools and the platform to fight back against the injustices we face in this country, and ORMN will fight to make sure that everyone has a seat at the table, not just a select few. 


Board of Directors

Contact the Board at [email protected].

Board of Directors

Brian Swancutt, Chair, CD 1 (contact)
Karla Sand, Vice Chair, CD4
Josh Melgaard, Treasurer, CD 7 (contact)
Lily Keire, Secretary, CD 5 (contact)

Emily Larson, CD 7
Rod Halvorson, CD 4 (contact)
Kevin Chavis, CD 5
Ryan Rantanen, CD 6
Roger Kittelson, CD 2
Ukasha Dakane, CD 5
Colin Lee, CD 2