The Most Important Thing You Can Do for the Boundary Waters: Become a Clean Water Delegate

Advocacy

What does it mean to become a Prove It First delegate in Minnesota? It means contributing a powerful voice to an issue that people from all walks of life care about: clean water.

In a recent poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, 61 percent of Minnesotans agree with banning copper-nickel mining in areas where pollution from a mine could run off into the Boundary Waters. 

An almost equal number (57 percent) support the proposed Prove It First law. This law would make companies prove that at least one similar mine had operated for at least ten years. In addition, prove that one had been closed for ten years without causing pollution.

These are strong majorities.

And you are the key to passing this powerful, popular bill into law.

How?

We want you to be a Prove It First delegate in the upcoming election. Email Maya Swope, our Outreach Coordinator at maya@friends-bwca.org

What is a Minnesota delegate?

In Minnesota, the way political parties endorse candidates and adopt a policy platform is through the caucus system.

A caucus is a gathering of citizens from your community and neighborhoods. Often called “Democracy in Action,” participating in the caucus is how ordinary people can have a big impact on shaping policy and government.

NOTE: This year, many caucuses are being conducted virtually, so attending an in-person meeting may not be required. Check your local party/district for details.

How do I stand up for clean water?

Becoming a delegate is simple. Simply attend your local precinct caucus meeting either in-person or virtually on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Here you will advocate that the party adopt a Prove It First resolution. (NOTE: Due to COVID, many caucuses are being conducted virtually, and delegates may be able to promote resolutions by printing, mailing, or submitting remotely using electronic forms. Check your local party/district for details.)

From here you’ll move on and attend either the state senate or county level caucus. 

Download the Prove It First Resolution for the DFL Caucus

Download the Prove It First Resolution for the GOP Caucus

Trouble with downloads? Click for specific resolution text

What’s the goal of Prove It First delegate?

Ultimately, you’ll attend the state convention, which for both parties will be in Rochester this year. Once at the convention, Prove It First delegates will vote to adopt their resolution as part of the party platform. 

Then, with enough statewide delegates, we can make Prove It First, a bill that the majority of Minnesotans support, part of the official party platform.

If you live in Minnesota, this is the most important thing you can do for the Boundary Waters and Lake Superior between now and February 1.

Want to get involved? Email Maya Swope, our Outreach Coordinator at maya@friends-bwca.org

We’ll provide training (virtual and in person), handouts and all the information you need to be a Prove It First delegate.

Please plan to attend one of our virtual trainings in January. We’ll talk about what it means to be a delegate and give you all of the information you’ll need to be ready to caucus on February 1st.

Resolution text for Caucus forms

DFL Resolution Text

Title: Prove It First

Be It Resolved That: The DFL party supports a moratorium banning copper-nickel sulfide mining in Minnesota’s watersheds until it is proven first to be safe in water-rich environments. This will protect some of America’s greatest treasures including but not limited to Lake Superior, the BWCAW, Voyageurs National Park, and the Mississippi River.

Supportive Points: -Copper-sulfide mining has never been done in Minnesota and has never been done anywhere without polluting.
-This industry is ranked as the most polluting in America for chemical releases by the EPA.
-Thousands of jobs depend on the clean water of NE MN.

GOP Resolution Text

Support a moratorium banning copper-nickel sulfide mining in Minnesota’s watersheds until it is proven first to be safe in water-rich environments. This will protect some of America’s greatest treasures including but not limited to Lake Superior, the BWCAW, Voyageurs National Park, and the Mississippi River.

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