Philly Green Party

GREEN NIGHT OUT, 7/9, 6:30 pm

Saturday, July 9
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Su Xing House,
1508 Sansom Street,
Philadelphia.

215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org

GREEN NIGHT OUT welcomes Cheri Honkala who will lead a discussion of
“What is the March 4 Our Lives?”

Ms.Honkala is the leader of Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.

She has led numerous campaigns in the area.
Ms. Honkala will discuss the goals of the March 4 Our Lives, July 25,
and she will answer your questions.
Find out if flatus will be on the agenda for the DNC.

Enjoy this stimulating discussion and a fabulous Chinese dinner for only $25/person.

CREDIT CARD PAYMENT:


Green Night Out is open to the public.
Please RSVP because space is limited.
RSVP to the Green Party at
215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org.
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Written on June 28, 2016

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Building the Green Party Through Ballot Access

Building the Green Party Through Ballot Access
GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #14, June 10, 2016

Hello, Green Party Representative.
This report will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #13, which you received on May 22.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
There are several reason we struggled to convince activists to run for PA Representative this year. One middling reason was that each Green Party candidates must collect nominating signatures, which also count for our state-wide candidates (termed “piggybacking”). It seemed obvious to some of us that the more candidates we recruited to collect 700 signatures in each House District, the faster we could reach the 21,775 nomination signatures we need for our five state-wide candidates.
You know that we tried to recruit candidates from Philadelphia for PA Representative, but we were not successful this year. Fortunately, there are three Green Party candidates who are collecting signatures: Gabe Lytle in House District 60, Michael Bagdes-Canning in District 64, and Jay Sweeney in District117.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
We have asked Green Party Representative Robert Jaffe to video the proceedings at GREEN NIGHT OUT on June 11. Animal rights activist Marianne Bessey will lead our discussion of “Ecological Impact of Animal Agriculture.” We have been asked for a video (or live-stream) of this event by the animal rights committee of the Green Party of the U.S.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Charles, Bernadette Marie and I have returned to telephone calls to new Green Party members. So far, we have completed calls to everyone who joined us between October 2014 and September 2015. Now we are calling new Greens who joined us since October 2015.
We will are inviting them (along with you) to the next Green Party membership meeting at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 22, at the Jill Stein for President Campaign Office, . Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up just six or eight phone numbers for you. Calling new Greens has been inspiring because most of them are really glad to hear from us.
Our signature collection in Philadelphia got off to a terrific start, but momentum is important now that we are half way through. Our most recent Green Party Representative is Cheryl, in Holmesburg (Ward 64). We are looking for more people to join us as Green Party Representatives because this is the only way we will see Green Party candidates take their rightful place on the ballot. Please ask your friends for their help.
On May 30, I asked each of you to report whether you had signatures for me to pick up and whether you could join us during the next 10 days in collecting signatures. I got a good response, though not a hundred percent. Please let me know when I may pick up signatures from you.

Here are also some excellent events where we plan to collect nomination signatures in nice weather
(** means new to this list):
June 11. Roxborough Summer Solstice Festival, noon, Gorgas Park, 6400 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough. Contact Green Party Representative Chris.
June 11. Roxborough Summer Solstice Festival, 5:00 pm, Gorgas Park, 6400 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough. Contact Green Party Representative Charles.
June 12. Odunde Festival, 10:00 am, 12 city blocks centered around 23rd and South Streets in south Philadelphia. Contact Green Party Representative Hillary.
June 12. Philly Pride Festival, noon at Penn’s Landing, 101 East Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia. Contact Green Party Representative Hillary.
** June 15. Pastorius Park Free Concert (Philadelphia Orchestra). 7:30 pm, Millman Street at Hartwell Lane in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. (Contact Green Party Representative Chris.
** June 18. 10th Juneteenth Festival. Commemoration of abolition of slavery, Germantown Avenue at Washington Lane in Germantown, Philadelphia, 10:00 am, historical re-enactments, food, music, family activities.
** June 22. Pastorius Park Free Concert (Ben Arnold). 7:30 pm, Millman Street at Hartwell Lane in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.

It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP Representatives.” According to a motion approved by the GPOP membership on September 30, 2015, the EOW Group has three tasks: “recruiting Green Party candidates who will campaign for office; organizing people to work on those campaigns; and building an infrastructure that will be able to win electoral campaigns.”
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Written on June 28, 2016

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Greens to Meet, 6/22, 7:00 pm

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA
Membership Meeting

Wednesday, June 22, 7:00 pm

Greens will gather to hear news of the campaign to get our candidates on the PA ballot.

Greens will also discuss the March for Our Lives on opening day at the DNC.

A good time to turn in your signed nomination papers.

Please join us.
This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge (a free-will offering will be accepted).

Jill Stein for President Campaign Headquarters
1301 West Porter Street
(Oregon Stop on Broad Street Line)
Philadelphia, PA 19148

For more information:
215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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Written on June 12, 2016

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Minutes, General Membership Meeting, 5/25/’16

Green Party of Philadelphia
Minutes, General Member Meeting, 5/25, 7:00 pm
Alma Mater, 7165 Germantown Avenue, Mount Airy, Philadelphia

Introductions: Galen Tyler, Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller, Bob Smith, Wolfgang Natter, Alex Gillett, Teddy Clark, Ernest Schulte, Hillary Kane, and Belinda Davis

Outreach: The group discussed different forms of recruitment, from dedicated meetings, to seeing what particular neighborhoods are looking for/meeting people where they are, to what else we can do between meetings. Bernadette Marie spoke to the importance of personal contact, especially by phone; also walking door-to-door, for which we need more brochures. Hillary mentioned the difficulty of keeping people coming after the first meeting, especially as the locations change. Additional suggestions included events that GPOP sponsors and other opportunities to engage besides meetings to help involve people. It was suggested we keep better track of what individuals like and want to do. Alex mentioned the need to create a culture of accomplishment and to better respect and support outreach. Discussion continued to ideas for taking advantage of this moment precisely now, when there are so many disaffected members of the two major parties looking for ways to be involved and have their voices heard. It was suggested need to do better at the local level at making our presence known, and not just through election campaigns. Discussion returned to concern for opportunities beyond/outside of regular meetings, especially for young people and students, and turned to the possibility of student interns who might be interested in organizing on their campuses, who might also work on social media and otherwise get the message out.

Green Nights Out: The upcoming event is on 6/11, featuring Marianne Bessey in discussion of “The Ecological Impact of Animal Agriculture.” The dinner will take place beginning at 6:30 at Su Xing House, 1508 Sansom St. A GNO featuring Cheri talking about the March for Our Lives will then follow in July. It was provisionally determined that no GNO be held in August.

Petitioning: Upcoming petitioning opportunities were discussed, including the West Philly street fair and Bala sustainability fair on 6/4; Gorgas Park Solstice Festival on 6/11; and Odunde and Gay Pride on 6/12. We are now also in a position to pay for $1 per signature to petitioners needing pay.

Anti-Drone-War Displays during the DNC: Bob Smith presented on nodrones.org, worldcan’twait.org, and the BrandywinePeace.org initiatives that will take place during the DNC: “truth displays” throughout week, featuring drone replicas, death masks, and facts concerning children killed in drone attacks and other such information. Bob emphasized that it is important to rally people around this, and to remind them about the Democrats’ role in prosecuting and prolonging wars. GPOP voted to endorse the displays; Greens and others should sign up to help on the Brandywine Peace website, and otherwise promote participation.

March for Our Lives: There is now an office for the march, at the Jill Stein Campaign HQ, 1301 West Porter Street. There are now flyers, there is a website, and a phone number, with interns who will answer. The march application to the city was turned down. Galen suggested that is vital to make publicity around this. We need to get City Council members involved; we need people to work at workshops in preparation for the march (dates TBD), and to otherwise be involved. GPOP had voted to become an institutional PhillyCam member, which will also help support the march.

Fracking: Teddy Clarke offered information and passed around a recent article on fracking, which she hoped to see distributed widely. GPUS’s existing efforts against fracking were discussed.

Ballot Access: Hillary reported on the result of the recent court hearing in Philadelphia concerning ballot access. The judge refused to hear the case, sending it back to the lower courts, which represents a victory, at least on the issue of minority parties being forced to cover court costs when they lose legal challenges against their petitions.

Announcements: Information on The New Century Movement was provided, concerning raids and other aspects of immigrant rights; the group may be coming to Philadelphia. Bernadette offered to create a phone tree connection.

Treasurer’s Report: Hillary reported the balance is $1114.00. She also noted that the GPOP account is accessible in real time online.

Next Meeting: will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, 6/22, and will take place at the Jill Stein Campaign HQ, 1301 West Porter Street, Oregon, south Philadelphia.

Respectfully submitted,
Belinda Davis
Recording Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

Written on June 10, 2016

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GREEN NIGHT OUT, 6/11, 6:30 pm

GREEN NIGHT OUT

Saturday, June 11
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Su Xing House,
1508 Sansom Street,
Philadelphia.

215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org

GREEN NIGHT OUT welcomes Marianne Bessey who will lead a discussion of
“The Ecological Impact of Animal Agriculture.”

Ms. Bessey is an attorney, long-time animal advocate and founder of the grassroots group Animal ACTivists of Philly.

She has led numerous campaigns in the area, including
the closing of the elephant exhibit at the Philadelphia Zoo,
the closing of the Bucks County Zoo, and
the elimination of animal circus fundraisers for fraternal police organizations.

Enjoy this stimulating discussion and a
fabulous Chinese dinner for only $25/person.


Green Night Out is open to the public.
Please RSVP because space is limited.
RSVP to the Green Party at
215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org.

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See: http://www.gp.org/the_ecological_impact_of_animal_agriculture
and

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GPOPNEWS/conversations/messages/2114.

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Written on June 2, 2016

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Green Party U.S. Endorses March 4 Our Lives, 7/25

Monday, May 23, 2016
Green Party endorses March for Our Lives in Philadelphia on July 25 during the Democratic convention

http://gpus.org/other/press/pr-national.php?ID=910

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party has endorsed a march organized by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) in Philadelphia on July 25, the opening day of the Democratic National Convention. Cheri Honkala, leader and co-founder of PPEHRC, was the Green Party’s vice-presidential candidate in 2012, running with nominee Jill Stein. Honkala, a long-time activist, used her campaign to give the poor, homeless, and jobless a voice during the election year.
PPEHRC held a press conference on May 17 and confirmed that “March for Our Lives” will take place on July 25 with or without a permit. According to a statement from PPEHRC organizers, “The City of Philadelphia will spend upwards of $60 million to house millionaires and billionaires but yet continues to fail in providing for its most vulnerable citizens. The denied demonstration intends to shed light on the city’s unemployment and homelessness issues and demand accessible housing and living wages in Philadelphia.” [Contact for the march: Cheri Honkala, 215-869-4753, cherihonkalappehrc@gmail.com.]
“Greens support the march because it represents the demand for a better world. We believe that a better world is possible, but not as long as the two corporate parties maintain exclusive power. It’s time to end the war on poor people and begin the war on poverty,” said Chris Robinson, membership secretary of the Green Party of Philadelphia, which has also endorsed the march.
PPEHRC is fighting a decision by the Philadelphia city officials to deny PPEHRC a permit to hold a protest on Broad Street during the Democratic convention, http://www.gp.org/philly_denied_dnc_protest_permit_to_hide_poverty_activists_claim. Green Party members have participated in protests at Democratic and Republican conventions in previous presidential election years and will do so again in 2016.
“We’ve seen a sustained bipartisan assault on economic rights and security for working people and the poor during the last generation. Led by Bill Clinton in the early 1990s, the Democratic Party made a decision to discard its New Deal and Great Society tradition and focus instead on winning support from the One Percent. Democrats bought into the doctrine of privatization, globalization, deregulation, and service to the corporate sector,” said Sanda Everette, co-chair of the Green Party of the U.S. and member of the coordinating committee of the Green Party of California.
“In Philadelphia and all over the U.S., we’re seeing the results of that decision — jobs disappearing across the border, sinking wages, foreclosures, slashed services, families breaking up because of financial stress. The Philadelphia convention is the perfect occasion to confront Democrats — and Hillary Clinton in particular — over their responsibility for this state of affairs,” said Everette.
Green candidates have promoted a “Green New Deal” to create millions of new jobs, stimulate the economy, and provide sorely needed public services by investing in efforts to stop the advance of global warming through new energy technologies, conservation, expansion of public transportation, retrofitting homes and buildings, and other public-works projects.

The Green Party will hold its presidential nominating convention in Houston, Texas, August 4-7 ( http://www.gp.org/pnc-2016 Media credentialing: http://www.gp.org/media-credentials ).

“Democrats and Republicans are very generous with public assistance — when it’s received by Wall Street, military contractors, Big Oil, and other business elites. They pretend that public services and resources for working people and the needy place a strain on the budget, while spending trillions for endless war. The Green Party has a more humane vision for the country’s future — an economy that serves people instead of corporations,” said Matt Funiciello, Green candidate for U.S. Congress from New York’s 21st District.

MORE INFORMATION
Green Party of the United States, 202-319-7191
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Written on May 27, 2016

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Quarterly Report by GPOP Membership Secretary

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #13, May 22, 2016

Hello, Green Party Representative.
The Green Party City Committee has asked me to make a presentation to the Green Party Membership meeting at 7:00 pm on May 25 at Alma Mater, 7165 Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy, Philadelphia. Unfortunately, I will be on the Appalachian Trail at that time. Therefore, I have decided to make my presentation in writing to GPOP NEWS as GPOP EOW Group Report #13.
This will also bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #12, which you received on May 14. [Green Party Representatives receive approximately two EOW Group Reports each month. If any one would like to receive these Reports, they may become a Green Party Representative to help us build the Green Party. Back issues of EOW Group Reports may be found here.]
As your elected GPOP Membership Secretary, I have been working to build the GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group to fulfill the three tasks given to it by our membership on September 30, 2015. Mainly, I have been recruiting voters to become a Green Party Representative in their neighborhood. The EOW Group began this year with seven Representatives, Ernest (Ward 12, Wister), Matt (Ward 13, Nicetown), Hillary (Ward 46, Cedar Park), John, Eric and Chris (Ward 59, Germantown), and Judy (Ward 61, Olney).
Since that time, we have lost one Representative, but we have been joined by Bernadette Marie and Beverley (Ward 21, Roxborough), Christel (Ward 46, Cedar Park), Charles (Ward 54, East Oxford Circle), and Galen (Ward 65, Torresdale). Our newest Representative is James (Ward 27, University City). We now have 12 Green Party Representatives — a 71 percent increase in four months. Some of these new Representatives have attended GPOP meetings and all are circulating our nominating petitions.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
During 2015, our EOW Group sent emails to movement organizations asking if any of their members would consider running in the 2016 General Election as a Green Party candidate on a single-issue platform: peace, single-payer healthcare, renewable energy or anti-mass-incarceration. At the suggestion of one renewable energy activist, I contacted Dr. Vera Cole, “The Guru of Solar Energy.” Unfortunately for us, The Guru had already decided to run for PA Representative as a Democrat.
Each list was approached two more times during 2016: in January to let them know that the Green Party had a continuing interest, and in March to let them know that we are now recruiting candidates for 2017 and 2018.
Earlier this month, I sent an email to three renewable energy lists asking them to support the Green Party’s three candidates for PA Representative – all of whom are against fracking and none of whom are running in Philadelphia.
Your EOW Group also approached MK Feeney to run for District Attorney in 2017. MK turned down our request because she is building a new, private practice after many years as an assistant district attorney. We will contact her again when the time is right.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
Our EOW Group has reached out to our membership to find volunteers who will become involved in developing the skills we will need for future growth. We have been grateful to find Robert Jaffe, who is interested in video work. Robert is planning to video the March 4 Our Lives on July 25.
Of course, there are many other tasks for creative Green Party Representatives. We are looking for people to create a website, manage our email list, build our media contacts, and produce regular fundraising/entertainment events. We hope that more people will become Green Party Representatives to learn these skills.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Our EOW Group began recruiting more Representatives by contacting the members of GPOP NEWS, and the volunteers who worked on Green Party campaigns during 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
Then, as an experiment, I telephoned some new Green Party members, using a list of numbers provided by the Philadelphia Voter Registration Office. The response was extraordinary. This seemed like a promising avenue to increase Green Party activism. These people already have an interest in the Green Party, and it is an easy way to engage them in our activities.
Two Representatives, Bernadette Marie and Charles, have agreed to help me with phone calls to other, new Greens. Political interest is high in a presidential election year, so now is our moment. So far, we have called 65 new Greens, and the 17 interested ones have given us their email addresses. This 26 percent positive-response rate is a great step forward for our party.
We will resume our calls to new Greens when we have a location for the June 22 Membership Meeting. Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up just six or eight phone numbers for you.

Our EOW Group has also begun collecting signatures on the Green Party nomination papers. This year, we were able to start early. On Primary Election Day, seven Representatives collected 508 signatures, the best we have ever done. This week, I will submit 717 signatures collected by Green Party Representatives for verification by the Jill Stein Campaign for President. We are looking for more people to join us as Green Party Representatives because this is the only way we will see Green Party candidates take their rightful place on the ballot.
Here are also some excellent events where we plan to collect nomination signatures in nice weather
(** means new to this list):
May 28. Rally against Drone War Command Center, noon, Horsham, PA. June 1. Organized Labor rally, 5:00 pm at the Temple Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street in North Philadelphia. Sponsor: AFSCME 1199C, Hospital and Healthcare Employees.
** June 11. Roxborough Summer Solstice Festival, Gorgas Park, 6400 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough.
** June 12. Odunde Festival, 10:00 am, 12 city blocks centered around 23rd and South Streets in south Philadelphia.
** June 12. Philly Pride Festival, noon at Penn’s Landing, 101 East Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia.
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.
I would like to learn what you will do to help us build the Green Party.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP Representatives.” According to a motion approved by the GPOP membership on September 30, 2015, the EOW Group has three tasks: “recruiting Green Party candidates who will campaign for office; organizing people to work on those campaigns; and building an infrastructure that will be able to win electoral campaigns.”
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Written on May 27, 2016

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Minutes, GPOP General Member Meeting, 4/27

Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
Minutes, General Member Meeting, 4/27, 7:00 pm
Liberty Choice, 1947 North Front Street , Kensington

Introductions: Galen Tyler, Chris Robinson, Ernest Schulte, Charles Sherrouse, Hector Colon, Alex Gillett, Liz Ortiz, Cheri Honkala, Eric Hamell, Hillary Kane, Richard Kanegis, Bernadette Cronin-Geller, Matthew Rolon, Belinda Davis

Election of Delegates to GPPA: Members voted the following as delegates to the GPPA: Galen Tyler, Kristin Combs, Cheri Honkala, Liz Ortiz, Charles Sherrouse, Vivek Anathan, Alex Gillett, Eric Hamell, Chris Robinson, and Hillary Kane. Hector Colon and Bernadette Cronin-Geller will serve as alternates. GPOP determined to communicate to GPPA that GPPA delegates in turn to the national convention include (more) people of color. Plans for transportation to the 4/30 GPPA meeting in Harrisburg were discussed.

Petitioning update: We are required to submit up to 22,000 signatures, so our goal is ca. 30-35,000. Chris reported 626 signatures from Phila. to date; petitions should be submitted to Chris or ? as soon as possible. Planning is underway for petition training in Kensington. Upcoming petitioning events include May 1st, May Day event in Clark Park; May 6th at First Friday; May 7th at Mt. Airy Day; May 14th at the Saul High School Agricultural Fair; and the June 6th Gorgas Park Solstice Music Festival. Members were encouraged to “own” other individual dates and events for group canvassing. Tausif Khan is the PA coordinator of petitioning.

Analysis of Corporate Parties’ Primary: Socialist Alternative has invited Bernie to run as president, w/Jill Stein as the V.P. candidate. The July 25thMarch for our Lives will encourage delegates to walk off the convention floor, come to our tent, and register as Green. Jill Stein will announce a demonstration and press conference on Wed., July 27th, after the nomination has been announced.

Planning for Demonstrations at the Democratic National Convention: GPOP has already endorsed March for our Lives; we need to make sure our presence is very strong and noticable. Everyone should already be making signs. Buses will be coming in from all over the country, and we need to work to fill them. The Monday March for Our Lives will be preceded by the Sunday environmental march led by Food and Water Watch et al; at noon that day there will also be a GPPA coordinated state meeting and fundraiser. The list of MfoL endorsers will be posted soon on the website, at www.marchforourlives2016.org; see also the FB and Twitter presence.

Discussion of future outreach events: tabled till our next mtg.

Dedicated outreach mtgs. and Green Nights Out: The 5/14 Green Night Out event will be postponed. Other speaker ideas for GNOs included Cheri Honkala, speaking about the March for Our Lives.

Announcements
–5/9, 6 p.m.PPEHRCFilm Fundraiser for the March, at Connie’s Rickrack Bar
–5/14. 2 p.m.March for our Lives picnic/conversation/planning meeting, at the PPEHRC farm, 2nd& Susequehanna, together with the War Resisters League. There will also be a “reality tour.”
–Bernadette is still working on getting info concerning affordable housing in Germantown/Mt. Airy; the issue will also be prominent at the MfoL, in the form e.g. of a huge tent city.
–Rev. Edward Pinkney is still stting in jail. Funds were collected to make a GPOP contribution to his legal costs.

Treasurer’s Report: $1000.14
Next general mtg
.: 5/25, at Alma Mater in Mt. Airy
Respectfully submitted,
Belinda Davis

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Greens to Meet in Mt. Airy, 5/25, 7:00 pm

Greens to Meet
Wednesday, May 25

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Alma Mater
7165 Germantown Avenue
Mount Airy, Philadelphia

(Easily accessible via SEPTA 23 or H Bus)

More information from 215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org

Please join us to discuss getting Green Party candidates on the 2016 Ballot
and organizing demonstrations at the DNC Convention.

We look forward to your help in building an active Green Party.

This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge.
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grassroots democracy – social justice – nonviolence – ecological wisdom
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Written on May 21, 2016

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Excellent Locations for Our Nomination Signature Collecting

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #12, May 14, 2016

Hello, Green Party Representative.
In the next few weeks, there are some excellent locations for each of us to collect signatures on nomination papers. Please see the listing below for details.
The following will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #11, which you received on May 2.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
Please welcome Robert Jaffe, whose specialty is video production. Robert has been linked up with Greens who are organizing the March for Our Lives, July 25, at the Democrat’s convention in Philadelphia. We look forward to working with Robert in the future.
We still need Representatives to help with website construction, email list, and fundraising. Can you help with any of these projects? Do you have any of the required skills? If not, are you ready to learn these skills?

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Telephone calls to new Green Party members, which had been going quite successfully, have ground to a halt because there was a delay in finding a location for the next Green Party Meeting. It will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 25, at Alma Mater in Mount Airy.
We will resume our calls to new Greens after that date. Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up just six or eight phone numbers for you.

Here are also some excellent events to collect nomination signatures in nice weather warms (** means new to this list):
May 15. Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival, 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. You will meet many Montgomery County voters, so be sure that you have Montgomery County nomination papers with you. If you need petitions, please contact Chris.
May 21. Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, six blocks of Walnut Street (including Rittenhouse Square) will host 50,000 visitors. Beyond the eats, there’s also live music, free wine tastings, fashionable shopping and more.
May 21. Kensington Petitioning at noon. Location to be announced. Please RSVP to Galen (215-883-9771).
** May 21. March against Monsanto, noon, Thomas Payne Plaza/Municipal Service Building, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia.
** May 28. Rally against Drone War Command Center, noon, Horsham, PA.
** June 1. Organized Labor rally at 5:00 pm at the Temple Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street in North Philadelphia. Sponsor: AFSCME 1199C, Hospital and Healthcare Employees.
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.

Please respond to this email and tell me what you will do to help us build the Green Party.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP Representatives.” According to a motion approved by the GPOP membership on September 30, 2015, the EOW Group has three tasks: “recruiting Green Party candidates who will campaign for office; organizing people to work on those campaigns; and building an infrastructure that will be able to win electoral campaigns.”
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Written on May 21, 2016

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Thank You for Hard Work on Primary Day

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #11, May 2, 2016

Hello, Green Party Representative.
You did a fantastic job at your polling places during the Primary Election. Thank you very much for spending the time and for collecting those signatures on Green Party nomination papers. Here is a look at how we did individually and collectively. The numbers collected from each Representative (pre-primary/primary-day): Ernest (0/38), Beverley (37/77), Bernadette Marie (2/34), Hillary (0/38), Chris (8/109), Charles (36/62) and Judy (0/150). Total signatures collected: 591. This just shows how each of us contributing a small piece will add up to a sizeable quantity.
I hope that you will be able to participate in some of the signature-collecting events which are planned for this month. The next one is Mount Airy Day (5/7). Please see the calendar (below) for the specific information. This is always a fantastic place to meet people, talk politics, and collect signatures.
The following will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #10, which you received on April 11.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Telephone calls to new Green Party members continue to be quite successful. Bernadette Marie, Charles and I have called 53 people and received email addresses from 17 of them. I sent these new Greens an email welcoming them to our Party and inviting them to our General Membership Meeting on April 27.
We would like more GPOP Representatives working with us. Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up just six or eight phone numbers for you.
Please welcome Christel, our most recent Green Party Representative and our second in Cedar Park, Ward 46.

On Primary Election Day, Beverly tells me that one of her Roxborough neighbors refused to sign the Green Party nomination paper because she wanted Donald Trump to win the November. According to Beverly, her son pointed out, “Mom, if they steal Trumps nomination at the Republican Convention and he has to run as an independent, you might be asking Beverly for her signature.” At that point, the neighbor grabbed the clipboard and signed.

Here are also some excellent events to collect nomination signatures as the weather warms up:
** May 6. First Friday Petitioning at 5:30 pm, Second and Race Streets in Old City, Philadelphia. Please RSVP to Charles (215-743-3767).
** May 7. Action United mobilization at the oil refinery, 1:00 pm, 28th Street and Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia. See: www.RightToBreathe2016.org or call 215-584-4602 for more information.
May 7. Mount Airy Day, http://www.mtairyday.org/, is always a good place to collect signatures, and it is fun for the whole family: live music on two stages, a Kid Zone, and plenty of vendors. The Green Party will have a table which you can use as a base. RSVP to Chris, 267-977-0570.
** May 14. Saul Country Fair Day, 10:00 am, 7100 Henry Avenue in Roxborough, Philadelphia. Please RSVP to Bernadette Marie (267-275-5814). http://saulcountryfairday.weebly.com/
May 15. Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival, is not as good as the May Day Festival, but it might be more convenient for you. There will be many Montgomery County voters, so be sure that you have Montgomery County nomination papers with you. If you need petitions, please contact Chris the week before.
** May 21. Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, six blocks of Walnut Street (including Rittenhouse Square) will host 50,000 visitors. Beyond the eats, there’s also live music, free wine tastings, fashionable shopping and more.
** May 21. Kensington Petitioning at noon. Location to be announced. Please RSVP to Galen (215-883-9771).
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.

Please respond to this email and tell me what you will do to help us build the Green Party.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP Representatives.” According to a motion approved by the GPOP membership on September 30, 2015, the EOW Group has three tasks: “recruiting Green Party candidates who will campaign for office; organizing people to work on those campaigns; and building an infrastructure that will be able to win electoral campaigns.”
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Written on May 14, 2016

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GPOP Quarterly Report to GPPA

Quarterly Report to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA)
April 16, 2016

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) has been very active since the last Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Delegate Meeting on February 6, 2016, in State College, PA. We geared up to begin nomination signature collection, held one fundraiser, and completed our Presidential Caucus. During this quarter, we have worked to find candidates for election in 2016 and to build a network of Green Party Representatives, our volunteers at the polls for future elections.

February 2016
GPOP posted a Quarterly Report to GPPA for the February Delegate Meeting covering the growth of the local Green Party since November 2015.
February 6. Ten GPOP members attended the GPPA Delegate Meeting. Two GPOP members were elected to the GPPA Steering Committee: Kristin Combs was elected chair of GPPA, and Hillary Kane was re-elected Secretary of GPPA.
February 9. GPOP City Committee Member Chris Robinson posted GPOP Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group Report #6, “New Green Party Candidates,” to GPOP Representatives who are working to build the party. This report covered the attempts to find Green Party candidates for 2016, and a candidate for the 2017 race for Philadelphia’s District Attorney.
February 24. GPOP held its monthly General Membership Meeting at Calvary Community Center in Cedar Park, Philadelphia. Thirteen members attended, and they elected a new GPOP City Committee for a one-year term. The members set up a Presidential Caucus Planning Committee with five volunteers and endorsed the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign’s March for Our Lives, which will take place on July 25 in Philadelphia. “Greens Elect New Philadelphia Leadership” by Chris Robinson, which includes a photo of the new City Committee, appeared in 10 publications.
February 28. GPOP Membership Secretary Chris Robinson posted GPOP EOW Group Report #7, “Nomination Petitioning Has Begun I,” to GPOP Representatives. This issue discussed (among many other items) our discussion with a lawyer who successfully sued the District Attorney’s office over job discrimination. Unfortunately, she is not yet ready to become politically active.

March 2016
March 12. Hillary Kane arranged a Green Night Out presentation by two organizers from Project Safe. “Sex and Public Policy at Green Night Out” by Chris Robinson, appeared in ten on-line publications.
March 14. GPOP Membership Secretary Chris Robinson posted GPOP EOW Group Report #8, “Nomination Petitioning Has Begun II,” to GPOP Representatives. This issue announced the GPOP Presidential Caucus. It also explained that all GPOP Representatives have received nomination petitions along with a two-sided flyer, “2016 Petitioning Instructions/Petitioning Made Easy.” GPOP is now actively searching for a member to represent us on the GP U.S. Media Committee.
March 23. Twelve people attended the GPOP Monthly Membership Meeting at Roma’s Pizza in Roxborough. The Presidential Caucus Planning Committee reported that everything was ready for the Philadelphia Green Party Presidential Caucus. The membership also endorsed an effort to organize around affordable housing.
March 28. GPOP Membership Secretary Chris Robinson posted GPOP EOW Group Report #9, “Volunteer at Your Primary Election Polling Place,” to GPOP Representatives. This issue explained the important role played by signature collection on Primary Election Day, April 26. This year, GPOP will have more Green Party Representatives volunteering at the polls than ever before. Three GPOP Representatives have begun calling newly registered Greens, and the results have been reasonably good. More telephone volunteers would be helpful.

April 2016
April 11. GPOP Membership Secretary Chris Robinson posted GPOP EOW Group Report #10, “Please Attend May Day and Mount Airy Day,” to GPOP Representatives. This issue urged GPOP Representatives to attend two events, which are happening the week following Primary Election Day. It also explained that the GPOP EOW Group has sent follow-up emails to activists who might have run for office on the 2016 Green Party ballot. We contacted activists in movements for single-payer healthcare, renewable energy, peace actions, and ending mass incarceration. Unfortunately, the deadline, March 28, has passed, and we are now searching for people to run for office in future years.
April 16. Eleven members attended the GPOP Presidential Caucus at the Ethical Humanist Society. Following a discussion of “What It Means To Be Green,” a secret ballot was conducted. Jill Stein received 10 votes, and Richard Trumka received one write-in vote.

Movement Connections
February 17. Chris Robinson represented the Green Party at the meeting of Philadelphia Area Anti-Drone Network (PAADN) at the Friends Center.
March 26. Three Philadelphia Greens attended the “Ignite Peace” vigil against the new Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA.
April 2. A dozen GPOP members attended the beef ‘n’ beer fundraiser for the 2016 May Day Celebration. This event was held at the SEIU Union Hall. Vivek Ananthan was the GPOP representative on the May Day Steering Committee.
During this quarter, Belinda Davis has been the GPOP delegate to March for Our Lives, which will take place near the Democratic Party National Convention on July 25.
Belinda also represented GPOP at a Caucus of Working Educators (CWE) event.
Charles Sherrouse represented GPOP at a new voter registration/education forum at Esperanza College, and at a DSA forum on building a socialist movement beyond Bernie.

Submitted by
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)

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POSTED on 4/23/16 to GPOP NEWS, Northwest Greens, and GPOP Chat.
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Written on April 23, 2016

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Please Attend May Day and Mount Airy Day

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group Report #10
April 11, 2016

Hello, GPOP Representative.
Primary Election Day is almost here. Please let me know now if you need fresh Green Party Nomination Papers for your polling place on Tuesday, April 26. This will be the best place to collect signatures. At my polling place last year, I collected 99 signatures for our candidate on Green Party Nomination Papers, and this year I will try to get more than 100 signatures. I hope that you have good results too. I am planning to pick up at your home the Nomination Papers you complete at your polling place.
The next big events for our signature collecting will be the May Day Celebration (5/1) and Mount Airy Day (5/7). The Green Party will have a table at both of these events for you to use as a base (for locations, see calendar below). Please feel free to drop off at our table any completed petitions, and we will have fresh ones there for you to pick up.
The following will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #9, which you received on March 28.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Telephone calls to new Green Party members have been quite successful. Charles and I have called 28 people and received email addresses from 12 of them. I sent these new Greens an email welcoming them to our Party and inviting them to our Presidential Caucus on April 16.
This seems like a promising avenue to increase Green Party activism. Political interest is high in a presidential election year, so now is our moment. These people already have an interest in the Green Party, and it is an easy way to engage them in our activities.
Charles and I are now calling a new list, and we would like more GPOP Representatives working with us. Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up just six or eight phone numbers for you.
Please welcome Galen, our most recent Green Party Representative and our first in Torresdale, Ward 65.
Beverly went to Weavers Way, where she collected 20 signatures. She tells us, “A few people wouldn’t sign because they don’t want a third party, [and one person] who lives across the street won’t sign because she is determined that Hillary Clinton gets elected.” I advised Beverly not to take such comments personally and to move on to the next prospect. It will only waste time to enter a discussion with a Hillaryite, a Sandernista, or a Trumpmaniac.
Here are also some excellent events to collect nomination signatures as the weather warms up:
April 14. Demonstration to Stop the Stadium, 2:00 pm at the Temple University Bell Tower, 1210 West Berks Street, North Philadelphia.
April 26. The Primary Election is absolutely the best place for you to collect signatures because it is the most concentrated group of registered voters. Please make time to volunteer at your neighborhood polling place between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm. There will be a good turnout because of the presidential sweepstakes, and every single voter is permitted to sign your nomination paper. If they ask, please explain that they do not have to be a Green Party member to sign.
May 1. The May Day Festival in Clark Park, 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue, usually has a good turnout. We will have a Green Party table which you can use as a base. Bring your children or grandchildren because the playground there is excellent.
May 1. Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival is not as good as the May Day Festival, but it might be more convenient for you. There will be many Montgomery County voters, so be sure that you have Montgomery County nomination papers with you. If you need more petitions, please contact me the week before, because I will be in Clark Park on 5/1.
May 7. Mount Airy Day is always a good place to collect signatures, and it is fun for the whole family: live music on two stages, a Kid Zone, and plenty of vendors. The Green Party will have a table which you can use as a base.
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
Okay! I know you are not interested in media work. However, we still need Representatives to help with website construction, email list, and fundraising. Can you help with any of these projects? Do you have any of the required skills? If not, are you ready to learn these skills?

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
Since Report #9, I have sent follow-ups to our movement allies who were previously contacted about running candidates on the Green Party ballot during 2016. Follow-up emails were posted to lists of activists for single-payer healthcare, renewable energy, peace actions, and ending mass incarceration. I explained to them that the deadline, March 28, has passed and that we are now searching for people to run for office in future years.
During 2017, we will need candidates for Philadelphia District Attorney and Philadelphia Controller. This is also a good time to find some qualified candidates for PA House of Representatives during 2018. A serious candidate could form an election committee right now and begin fundraising.
Please respond to this email and tell me what you will do to help us build the Green Party.

It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP Representatives.” According to a motion approved by the GPOP membership on September 30, 2015, the EOW Group has three tasks: “recruiting Green Party candidates who will campaign for office; organizing people to work on those campaigns; and building an infrastructure that will be able to win electoral campaigns.”
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Written on April 23, 2016

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Greens to Meet in Kensington, 4/27, 7:00 pm

GPOP Membership Meeting

Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 pm

Liberty Choice Market
(second floor)
1947 North Front Street (at Norris)
Kensington, Philadelphia

Greens will gather to analyze the results of the
2016 Primary Elections in Philadelphia.
Greens will also plan for demonstrations at the
Democratic National Convention in July.

Please join us.
This meeting is open to the public.
There will be no admission charge
(a free-will offering will be accepted).

For more information:
215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.

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Written on April 17, 2016

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Jill Stein Wins GPOP Presidential Caucus

Hello, GPOP News Member.

I think that we should all thank our Green Presidential Caucus Organizing Committee for doing a fantastic job. The committee of volunteers, which came together at the GPOP Membership Meeting on February 24, consisted of Hillary Kane, Galen Tyler, Charles Sherrouse, Vivek Anathan, and Belinda Davis. The Ethical Humanist Society provided internet connection and comfortable surroundings, and the organizing committee supplied more than enough food and drinks.

GPOP Chair Galen Tyler was the host. He welcomed everyone, including Olympia St. Augustine, a new Green Party member, who is also an activist against human speciesism.
GPOP Treasurer Hillary Kane led a discussion of “What it Means to be Green.” The members present offered ideas for one list of social problems which concern them, and a second list of Green Party solutions to those same problems.
Charles Sherrouse, member-at-large of the GPOP City Committee, explained the process of collecting signatures and submitting nomination papers to get Green Party candidates on the ballot for the General Election. It will require the effort of every member for our candidates to qualify this year. When you are ready to help, please contact me.

Then, GPOP Secretary Belinda Davis led the Philadelphia Presidential Caucus. Green Party members discussed the five candidates who were running to become the Green Party candidate for President. Many of those present had met Dr. Jill Stein, and spoke in favor of her candidacy. Hillary was the only member present who had met all five, and she answered questions from those needing more information. Eric Hamell, member-at-large of the GPOP City Committee, spoke in favor of Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, as a write-in candidate to demonstrate Green Party support for the organized labor movement.
Dr. Jill Stein won the secret ballot with 91 percent of the vote. The Philadelphia tally will be transmitted to the April 30 quarterly meeting of delegates to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) in Harrisburg, PA. The GPPA will then announce the combined total for Green Party caucuses in all counties state-wide.

Philadelphia Green Party members, who were not able to attend the 4/16 Philadelphia Caucus, are still eligible to participate in another caucus. The GPPA Caucus Information and Schedule shows that other counties will hold their caucuses on April 19, 23, 24, 28, and 30.

The next GPOP General Membership Meeting will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 27, at Liberty Choice Market, 1947 North Front Street (at Norris), in Kensington.
It is Good to be Green!
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

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Written on April 17, 2016

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