It’s been 6 years since Greg Copeland addressed a forum put together by the Hmong American Veterans Association and the Capital City Business Council at “Downtown Lav 52 Km” Restaurant at the Days Inn Maplewood. This Hmong Community Forum was for candidates to meet the Hmong Community. At the time the Senate District 66 seat was held by entrenched career politician Ellen Anderson and Greg Copeland was the Republican endorsed Candidate.
Candidate Greg Copeland talked about the opportunities that the Hmong People had been given and how their hard work had blossomed in the areas of business and in education–particularly in charter schools. Greg Copeland then talked about how the State of Minnesota, and the City of St Paul have disrespected Hmong business owners who had businesses on University Ave by taking away parking in favor of a Light Rail line.
Greg Copeland talks about other issues that face Hmong and other people being that it is a forum for Minnesota Legislative Offices.
He talks about how he thinks, “Government can be a Bully,” but ironically they are pushing to end bullying in schools.
Years later at a St Paul City Council Meeting Greg would stand up for Arjo Adams who was eventually run off his property because the City called St Paul wanted to put in a new access to the Bruce Vento bike trail. Arjo was a bit eccentric but he was not what the bullies on the City Council portrayed him to be. The code enforcement inspectors “found” things that gave the City cause to condemn then knock down Arjo’s house. It is much like the health inspection case Greg talks about in the video below.
Greg Copeland is a fighter, a champion for the people, and for kids who just want to learn without being beat up or threatened; or told they can’t achieve because of the color of their skin or what country their parents came from, or that their parents can’t afford all the technological gizmos other kids have.
Kids and Teachers deserve someone who will stand against “The Other Party,” to hold the St Paul Public Schools Administration accountable for their actions.
Vote Greg Copeland on November 8, 2016.