Lena Buggs, Co-Chair: January 2015-December 2016
Lena first became politically active in 1982 at the ripe age of 12 years old when she worked along side of her father during Paul Wellstone's campaign bid for state auditor. She began her philanthropic work in activism beginning in 1994, as a member of ACORN, a community organization of low and moderate income families working together for social justice and stronger communities.
It was during this time she delved into community and political activism, organizing, and rallying at the state capitol, championing human/civil rights legislation as a citizen lobbyist working tirelessly to defeat restrictive Voter ID and Marriage Amendments.
She Co-founded African American Women In Politics, an organization created to empower women of color in understanding the electoral process, political affiliations, and the voting process. She was also the 2014 Green Party Endorsed candidate for State Representative District 65A.
Most notably she has been instrumental in organizing around "Cost Of Living Wages" with 15Now and Welfare Rights organizations seeking a fair and just economy for all.
In addition to being co-chair of Green Party 4th CD Minnesota, Lena is also a board member of Communities United Against Police Brutality, a Twin Cities based organization created to deal with criminal justice reform and police brutality on an ongoing basis.
"I joined the Green Party because the voices of African American women are marginalized within the two party system. I have found the Green Party welcoming of women of color, championing feminism and gender equality." -Lena Buggs