Philly Green Party

Greens to Meet, 2/22, in Fishtown

GREENS TO MEET
Green Party of Philadelphia

February 22, 2017, 7:00 pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/1845039005785033/

GPOP City Committee Election

Shissler Recreation Center
1800 Blair Street (near Girard Ave)
Fishtown, Philadelphia

We look forward to your participation.
This meeting will be open to the public with no admission charge.

For more information, please contact
215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org
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Written on February 18, 2017

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Minutes, General Membership Meeting, 1/25/’17

General Membership Meeting Minutes
Green Party of Philadelphia

Held at Roxborough Read and Eat
Meeting commenced at 7:10 pm on 1/25/’17

In Attendance
Jarrett Anderson (Ward 48); Christian Banchs (Ward 52); Shoshana Bricklin and Bert Schultz (Ward 9); Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller, Ron Lane, Margie Neary and Beverly Rolfsmeyer (Ward 28); Georgie Georgeson (Ward 2); Alex Gillett and Hillary Kane (Ward 46); Eric Hamell and Chris Robinson (Ward 59); Murielle and Scott McCarthy (Ward 5); Ian McShea (Ward 12); Taj Magruder (Ward 36); Elizabeth Ortiz (Ward 33); Shiela Ptah (Ward 42); Cheri Honkala and Wilfredo Ramos (Ward 19); James Robertson (Ward 27); Charles Sherrouse (Ward 54); and Galen Tyler (Ward 65).
The meeting was chaired by Galen, and minutes were taken by Ian because of the excused absence of Recording Secretary Belinda Davis.

Education Committee, Hillary
Starting a Green Party book club. Study Green Party philosophy. Sunday, March 12, 4:00 PM, first class. First book: Ecology and Socialism, by Chris Williams. Once a month. Location: Grind Core, South Philly.

1. Outreach Working Group, Margie
Welcome Party, February 4th at William Way LGBT Community Center, 13th and Spruce, 12:00 – 2:30. Potluck. Invite members as well as interested individuals, and other organizations in Philadelphia. Spreading word, flyering, Twitter, Facebook, emails, phone calling.

a. Phone calling after February 4th to contact veteran Greens.
b. Interest in joining Outreach working group, recruiting members.
c. Strategic Planning retreat ~ April TBD

2. Nominations for City Committee
Nominations are open, will remain open till February 22.

a. Committee positions – Chair, Recording Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, 3 At-Large-Members.
i. Galen – Nominated for Chair.
ii. Taj – Nominated for At-Large.
iii. Sheila – Nominated for At-Large.
iv. Chris – Nominated for Membership Secretary.
v. Ian – Nominated for Recording Secretary.
vi. Georgie – Nominated for At-Large.
vii. Jarrett – Nominated for Treasurer

The GPOP City Committee Election will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 22, at Shissler Recreation Center in Fishtown.

3. Cheri Honkala Campaign for PA Representative in District 197
Kensington, ran for Sheriff of Philadelphia, ran as Jill Stein’s running mate in 2012. Request for Endorsement to run for State Representative of District 197.
a. Corrupt history of Democratic Party leadership in the 197th District.
b. Special Election because Leslie Acosta is being imprisoned.
c. Democratic Party nominating Freddie Ramirez; he runs three mental health facilities.
d. Highest opiate deaths in Kensington. Highest poverty in Kensington.
e. Name recognition, but no money.
f. Running to WIN.
g. ENDORSEMENT BY CONSENSUS. Honkala for the 197th!

4. Request funds to print “Register Green, Vote Green” flyer for neighborhood distribution
a. $400.00 for 10,000 copies.
b. Request tabled for next month.

5. Announcements.

a. February 24 – 26, National Conference in Philadelphia on Election Integrity and Voter Democracy. Arch Street Meeting House.
i. Outreach Committee to attend.
b. #NODAPL – Sunoco is a company very involved in pipeline. Green Party should take leadership in actions.
i. Oil Pipeline in South New Jersey.
c. Bible Museum. – opposition?
d. Door Knocking for Cheri Honkala Special Election Campaign.
i. Saturday, February 28, 10:00 AM, Broad and Clearfield, Cheri Honkala announcing campaign.
ii. Monday, February 30, 6:00, Murielle’s House.

Meeting Adjourned, 8:53 PM.
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Written on February 18, 2017

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Report on Welcome Party for New Greens

Report on Welcome Party for New Greens

Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday, February 4, to help us welcome new members to the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP). We had a fantastic turnout, with more than 45 people in attendance and a beautiful potluck spread. William Way LGBT Community Center was a great setting for our party. It was a standing room only crowd during the talks given by our featured speakers, Kristin Combs and Cheri Honkala. We raised money for Cheri’s campaign for State Rep in District 197. People also volunteered to help Cheri’s Campaign in the upcoming Special Election on Tuesday, March 21.

If you missed the party, don’t fret. We’ll be hosting another social gathering this summer. Please stay tuned for those details!

Check out some pics from the party (below), and please join us at the next GPOP General Membership Meeting at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 22, at Shissler Recreation Center, 1800 Blair Street, Fishtown, Philadelphia.

Margie Neary, co-chair
GPOP Outreach Working Group

Galen Tyler, GPOP City Committee Chair

Greens welcome new members

Kristin Combs, featured speaker and former Green Party candidate for Philadelphia City Council At-Large

Cheri Honkala, featured speaker and Green Party candidate for State Representative in District 197

Attendees mingle

Written on February 14, 2017

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Greens Endorse Cheri Honkala in PA District 197

Green Party endorses Cheri Honkala for PA State Representative in District 197

By Margaret Neary.

Cheri Honkala, candidate for Pennsylvania State Representative in District 197, has been endorsed by the members of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) at their January 25 General Membership Meeting.

Green Party of Pennsylvania endorsed Cheri Honkala at their State Convention on January 29. Honkala will campaign as the Green Party candidate in a Special Election scheduled for March 21. She ran for Sheriff of Philadelphia in 2011 and for Vice President of the U.S. in 2012.
“Democrats have been playing games with our lives in Philadelphia and especially inDistrict 197, and I plan to do everything I can to change that in Harrisburg,” Honkala said at the GPOP meeting in Roxborough.

Honkala, a formerly homeless, single mother, co-founded the Kensington Welfare Rights Union in 1991 and, in 1998, launched the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, where she currently serves as the National Coordinator.

“Cheri has worked tirelessly on behalf of families who face homelessness and poverty long before she ever considered running for office,” said Galen Tyler, chair of the GPOP City Committee. “She knows their pain and the real struggles they face everyday because she has walked in their shoes.”

Chris Robinson, the GPOP membership secretary, declared, “The Green Party is proud to run a candidate with Honkala’s qualifications, dynamism and unbridled opposition to poverty.”

The Special Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, to fill the seat left vacant by convicted felon Leslie Acosta (Democrat), who resigned in January after pleading guilty to a federal felony charge of conspiring to commit money laundering. [Volunteer for Cheri Honkala's Campaign in PA District 197.]

The Green Party is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of nonviolence, grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom and social justice. For information about the next Green Party meeting, please call 215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org. Visit the Green Party of Philadelphia’s website at www.gpop.org.
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Written on February 5, 2017

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Welcome New Greens, 2/4, 1:00 pm

The Green Party of Philadelphia
Invites you to a
Welcome Party for New Members

Saturday, February 4
1:00 PM -3:00 PM

William Way LGBT Community Center
1315 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Click here to RSVP.

Reservations are encouraged but not required.
Join us as we welcome our new members with a potluck style party!

Feel free to bring a small dish or snack to share,
but you need not bring anything to attend.

All Greens, old and new, are invited to attend,
as well as those who are simply curious about the Green Party and want to learn more.
Learn what we’re up to and how you can get involved
Q&A session for new members

Featured Speakers:
Cheri Honkala & Kristin Combs

https://www.facebook.com/events/945907492209278/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id =1485314472215583

Come join us for food, conversation and fun!
This event is wheelchair accessible.

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

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Written on January 28, 2017

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Message from Outreach Working Group

A Message from the Outreach Working Group

By Margie Neary, co-chair, GPOP Outreach Working Group.

What a week it has been… Read on to find out how Greens came out this week to Reclaim, Resist and Organize. And don’t forget about the Welcome Party for New Members coming up on 2/4. You can RSVP and get the details here.

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On Monday, January 16, 2017, members from the Green Party of Philadelphia marched, rallied and volunteered in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The “March for a Better America,” organized by the Reclaim MLK Coalition, was attended by at least seven Green Party members who carried our banner through the streets of Philadelphia in support of the march. The March concluded at Mother Bethel AME Church, where members participated in a rally and listened to speeches from Philadelphia City Council, the Philadelphia Student Union, national labor unions, and other important voices in affirmation of MLK Day and resistance against the incoming presidency.

Six Green Party members also volunteered at the William Way LGBT Community Center, where they were put to work cleaning the streets in the area, picking up litter at Louis I. Kahn Memorial Park, and helping organize the William Way Library. It was a successful day for building community, good will, understanding, and friendships. Go Greens!

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On Friday, January 20, Greens participated in the local Occupy Inauguration rally at Thomas Paine Plaza as well as the Inauguration Day Civic Engagement Fair at the Parkway Central Library.

And, yes, on Saturday, January 21, Greens marched with 50 thousand others down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in solidarity with the Women’s March.

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Written on January 23, 2017

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Welcome Party for New Greens, 2/4

Welcome Party for New GPOP Members
– By Marge Neary, co-chair, GPOP Outreach Working Group

http://www.gp.org/phily_greens_welcome_party

On Saturday, February 4th, the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) is hosting a Welcome Party for New Members at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., from 1PM to 3PM. All Greens, old and new, are invited to attend, including anyone who simply wants to learn more about the Green Party. The Welcome Party is an opportunity for new members – and for those who are interested — to socialize, build friendships and community, and learn about specific ways to get involved. Belinda Davis, GPOP Recording Secretary said, the Welcome Party will allow voters “to learn about what Green Party members have been doing, and to figure out how they would like to get involved and move the Green Party forward. Greens are interested in both electoral politics and other forms of political action.”

The event will feature two speakers, Kristin Combs and Cheri Honkala. Kristin Combs was the Green Party candidate for Philadelphia City Council At-Large in 2015 and most recently ran as the Green Party candidate for PA State Treasurer in 2016. Cheri Honkala was the Green Party Vice Presidential Nominee in 2012 and ran for Sheriff of Philadelphia in 2011. She is an anti-poverty advocate, co-founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and co-founder and National Coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. The GPOP City Committee will be on hand for an extensive Q&A session.
“We are happy to welcome so many new voters,” said Chris Robinson, GPOP Membership Secretary, “and we know that their energy will help us become even stronger in 2017.”
There will also be information available on the structure and operations of the GPOP, as well as helpful handouts on how to register as a member of the Green Party and how to run for elected office as a Green Party candidate. Representatives from local activist groups friendly to the GPOP will be on hand to provide information about how to support their work.

It will be a potluck style party, so attendees are encouraged to bring a small dish or snack to share, but need not bring anything to attend.
The Green Party embraces our responsibility to the community and the world, and works to participate in making the City of Philadelphia a model of a just and sustainable society.
The Green Party is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of nonviolence, grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom and social justice. For information about the next Green Party meeting, please call 215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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Written on January 23, 2017

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Greens to Meet, 1/25


Wednesday, January 25
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Roxborough Read & Eat
6156 Ridge Ave
Roxborough, Philadelphia
(Easily accessible via SEPTA 9 or 27 Bus.)

Please RSVP to Facebook.

Venue is wheelchair accessible.
More information from 215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org

Please join us for our City Committee nominations.
Any registered Green may run.
Any registered Green may vote.

Let’s talk and decide what you can do!

We look forward to your participation.
This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge.

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Written on January 23, 2017

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Happy New Year, Green Party Representative!

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #19, December 29, 2016

Happy New Year, Green Party Representative!

I know that you are looking forward to building the Green Party in the new year, but first I want to tell you what a good job we all did for Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka during the General Election.

I am sure you have heard that we received 0.94 percent of the vote in Philadelphia for President and Vice President of the U.S. In other words, Stein/Baraka did much better in Philadelphia than they did in the rest of Pennsylvania, where they received only 0.80 percent of the vote. The larger vote in Philadelphia was directly attributed to the presence of Green Party Representatives at the polls.
This Report will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #18 which was posted on October 20. We are looking forward to an energetic 2017, and I hope that you will continue to be active along with our other 39 Representatives on at least one of the following tasks.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Once again, you and I have demonstrated the importance of poll workers on election day. Our strategy for winning elections was validated this year as it has been consistently since 2010. In the 2016 General Election, our 15 poll workers (covering 20 divisions) did an excellent job. Those 20 divisions averaged 1.59 percent for Stein/Baraka.
Even more impressive, seven Green Party Representatives were able to take more than double the percentage for the rest of PA, and two of our Representatives actually did three times the average for the rest of PA.
So, let me congratulate all of our 14 Representatives who worked with me at the polls on November 8: Kassie (Haddington), Vivek (Center City East), Ernest and Ian (Wister), Bernadette Marie and Beverly (Roxborough), James (University City), Hillary (Cedar Park), Detrice Nicole (Fern Rock), Robert (Kingsessing), Khummit (Wynnefield), Charles (Oxford Circle East), Natasha (Mayfair) and Cheryl (Holmesburg).

Since the election, we have been joined by Margie (Roxborough), who is also co-chairing the GPOP Outreach Committee. Margie has volunteered to be our Representative at her polling place during 2017. Of course, our strategy will not work at polling places which do not have a Green Party Representative. This is why we are spending so much effort to build our network of Representatives.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
The GPOP Outreach Working Group has been revived with new Representatives who have joined us recently. Co-chairs of the GPOP Outreach Working Group are Margie (Roxborough) and Taj (Point Breeze). This revitalized organization has already had two successes under its new leadership. The Outreach Working Group has prepared a new flyer for distribution when the weather warms up. It was designed by Georgie (Bella Vista). Plus, the Outreach Working Group has already posted its first news release, written by Margie.
In addition to Vivek, Ian, Georgie and James, who were listed above, the Outreach Working Group also includes: Murielle (Center City East), Belinda (Chestnut Hill), Cheri (Fairhill), Andy and Amanda (Roxborough), Asantewaa (North Philadelphia North), Jarrett and Martha (South Philadelphia), Joan and Eric (Germantown), and Galen (Torresdale).

Outreach Working Group projects now include: scheduling Green Party representation at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day events; pulling together a Welcome Party for New Members; organizing neighborhood distribution of our new flyer; more media publicity; and an analysis/strategy subcommittee. Please let me know on which of the above projects you plan to work.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
On the day the Electoral College met, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) announced the start of the Green Wave, which will recruit candidates for future elections. Stan Horwitz (Fairmount West) has volunteered to be the GPOP Representative to Green Wave. I hope that a couple more Representatives will look closely at Green Wave and decide that this is the kind of work they would like to do. Please let me know if you would like to be a GPOP delegate, and I will introduce you to the Green Wave co-chairs.

It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “Green Party 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 January 23, 2017

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Greens Endorse Occupy Inauguration, 1/20 +21/2017

Green Party endorses Occupy Inauguration

Greens will participate in protests on Jan. 20 and 21

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States (GPUS) has endorsed Occupy Inauguration, as Greens prepare to participate in events planned for Jan. 20 and Jan. 21.

Occupy Inauguration will feature a mass rally and protest in Washington, D.C. to coincide with President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.Organizers intended Occupy Inauguration to take place whether Mr. Trump or Hillary Clinton won the election: “We knew, no matter who was to be elected, Trump or Clinton, the voices of the 99% would be shut out. We are calling for unity to stand against the oligarchy and demand representation for the people.”
Friday, Jan. 20 is Inauguration Day. Saturday, Jan. 21 is the seven-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, which removed restrictions on certain political expenditures and broadcast electioneering by corporations.

“Donald Trump is stacking his administration with know-nothings who deny climate change, white supremacists who hardly bother to hide their racism, and appointees hostile to minimum wages, overtime, workplace safety laws, corporate regulation, environmental protections, Social Security, Medicare, and immigrants’ rights. He has already betrayed working people who voted for him in the hope of an alternative to Wall Street politicians of both major parties,” said Darryl! L.C. Moch, co-chair of the GPUS.

“In joining the Occupy Inauguration coalition, Greens are also protesting Democrats and moderate Republicans whose response to Trump’s extremist agenda will be accommodation, compromise, and capitulation. The real opposition party during the next four years will be Greens, not Democrats,” said Mr. Moch.

Occupy Inauguration’s demands align with the Green Party’s own platform and principles. They include an end to mass deportations of immigrants, refugees, and their families; support for Black Lives Matter’s call for an end to institutional racism, police brutality, and the racist War on Drugs; honoring of First Nations treaties; a constitutional amendment abolishing “corporate rights”; Medicare for All; the Disability Integration Act; urgent action against climate change including a halt on fracking, new pipelines, and other fossil-fuel extraction projects; free college education and cancellation of student debt; far-reaching electoral reforms; break-up of “too big to fail” banks; an end to permanent war and the surveillance state; pardons for political prisoners and whistle-blowers; a federal $15/hour minimum wage; and scrapping of trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The list of demands also includes the Green New Deal, which has been promoted by 2016 Green presidential nominee Jill Stein, running mate Ajamu Baraka, and other Green candidates since 2010.

Other Occupy Inauguration endorsers include Occupy Wall Street, Liberty Tree, Code Pink, Socialist Alternative, Climate Revolution, Progressive Independent Party, Move to Amend, Roots Action, Veterans for Peace, Equality Coalition, Indigenous Environmental Network, DUH Demand Universal Healthcare, Justice Party, United Progressive Coalition, Native Organizers Alliance, Veterans Party of America, Real Progressives, Disabled Americans for Change, Progressive Army, Bernie National Delegate Speaking Panel, Popular Resistance, Activate Now, Socialist City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, Native American activist Winona LaDuke, Move to Amend national spokesperson and Stein/Baraka 2017 campaign manager David Cobb, and Lakota elder and activist Phyllis Young.
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Written on December 16, 2016

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2017 Election Dates for Green Party Members

2017 PENNSYLVANIA ELECTION DATES Important For Green Party Members

March 8, First day to circulate and file nomination papers

May 16, MUNICIPAL PRIMARY, best date to collect nomination signatures

August 1, Last day to circulate and file nomination papers
August 8, Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated by nomination papers

October 10, Last day to register to vote before the November election
November 7, MUNICIPAL ELECTION

This information is derived from “2017 PENNSYLVANIA ELECTIONS IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER,” PA Department of State, http://www.dos.pa.gov/VotingElections/CandidatesCommittees/RunningforOffice/Documents/2017%20important%20dates%20final.pdf.

Note: All dates in this calendar are subject to change without notice.

More information from:
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
gpop@gpop.org
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia
www.gpop.org

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Written on December 16, 2016

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Minutes, General Membership Meeting, 11/30

General Membership Meeting, Minutes
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
November 30, 2016

Held at A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia.

Present: Galen Tyler, Taj McGruder, Jerrod Anderson, Amanda Joachim, Olivia Faison, Kevin Bellardine, Andy Cook, Sheila Ptah, Assantewaa Nkrumah-Ture, Martha O’Connell, Willem Foster, Tremaine Lewis, Kentu Malik, Belinda Davis, Hillary Kane, Eric Hamell, Margaret Neary, Mike “Georgy” Georgeson, James Robertson, Murielle McCarthy, Scott McCarthy, Jake Biando, Anne Johnson, Ian McShea, Seth, Chris Robinson, Ernest Schulte, Alex Gillett, Jeff Stanley, Emily Wyner, Charles Sherrouse, Mark Heacock, and Charles Neary

There were no additions or amendments to the agenda. All present introduced themselves.

Announcements included the following:
–Provisional screening of the documentary The Red Pill on 12/8; sign up at tugg.com by 6:30 p.m. on 12/1, to make it happen
–Meeting of the PHL Solidarity Committee, Sat. 12/3, 1-3 p.m., Arch St. United Methodist Church, https://www.facebook.com/PHLSolidarityForum/
–Tentative end-of-year event for GPOP; keep your eyes out for specifics, and contact Belinda, bedavis@rutgers.edu, if you would like to help plan something.
–Internal elections for GPOP City Committee (chair, treasurer, membership secretary, recording secretary, and three at-large positions) to take place (as every year) over the two monthly membership meetings on January 25 and February 22, 2017; details to follow, via the listserv and social media
–Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) quarterly meeting in Harrisburg, 1/28 – 29/’17; details to follow

Discussion of electoral politics.
Chris Robinson gave a report on the Electoral Operations Working Group, which currently consists of 19 people. This group helps get Greens out to polling sites on (and before) elections, to distribute literature, etc. They also seek out members interested in running for electoral office. For 2017, this will include city comptroller, district attorney, and also inspectors of election, for which we currently have an elected Green in one set of divisions.
Sheila Ptah indicated interest in running as comptroller; Olivia Faison likewise as an inspector of election.
We also discussed possibilities for the development of a party apparatus of neighborhood leaders (something like “ward leaders”).
Green Party candidates won enough votes in Pennsylvania in the November election to regain state ballot access. This means “Green” will appear as a choice for party affiliation on voter registration forms (electronic and ultimately also paper). Greens can also run in special elections without an onerous burden of signatures.

Hillary Kane noted: when registering as Green on paper voter registration forms, where the choice is still only to write it in, it is very important to write just “Green” and not “Green Party”!
Andy Cook observed that it was far more politically significant to register as “Green” rather than as “Independent.” Olivia emphasized that it would be well worth figuring out how to audit elections more broadly, even beyond the Stein/Baraka campaign’s current presidential recount effort. Ian observed the usefulness of the Committee of 70, including in terms of familiarizing ourselves with our own wards.

Moving beyond electoral politics.
The main topic of the evening. Ian McShea proposed the establishment of an Organizing Working Group; Andy Cook, Amanda Joachim, Galen Tyler, and Belinda Davis registered their interest. Others interested should please contact Ian (ianmcshea-at-gmail.com) at their earliest convenience. Assantewaa suggested that the Trump election should act as a call for social justice advocates to be that much more engaged in politics, not just at election time, and that we ourselves need to move on this, on a range of local issues.

Galen and Hillary noted the value of having a short-, medium-, and longer-term “game plan”—and of working to prevent burn-out. James Robertson suggested there could be use in a strategic analysis, assessing the work of GPOP in the recent past, to determine what has worked more and less well. All agreed on the principles of working where people were, on what people were concerned about. There was also wide support for the idea of coalitioning with other active groups (such as Reclaim Philly, the Solidarity Forum, DecarceratePA, Friends of the Wissahickon, etc., etc.), with individuals acting as liaisons between GPOP and other groups; with getting out to others’ activities as well as planning our own (also with other groups); of “being seen being Green”; and of taking the stance of learning from other groups, as well as offering our own experience. Specific issues mentioned included protest alongside 350.org against the natural gas plant proposed for Nicetown; replacement of the School Reform Commission (SRC); and removal of children from their homes effectively because of their parents’/caregivers’ poverty; and other still more local issues.

Primary importance of outreach.
James addressed pre-election activities of the Outreach Working Group (including a park clean-up, BBQs, flyering), and emphasized the need for updated GPOP literature. Assantewaa noted the value of having literature in Spanish as well as English, and possibly in other languages. Ian and Willem both noted their Spanish language abilities. Georgy Georgeson pointed out the importance of focusing on non-voters: those who have given up on what they perceive to be the limits of political expression and choices. Olivia mentioned participating in neighborhood block parties as one means to get out the word. Sheila suggested putting lawn signs up now, precisely with the election over, and also the importance of “tabling,” and otherwise making oneself available to answer questions about being Green.
Galen said that, for Greens to be strong in Philadelphia, they have to look like Philadelphia. He noted that many of those present came from northwest Philly (e.g. Germantown), and suggested that that could be one good place to start.

Taj Magruder offered to found a Communications Working Group, which would also work on explaining the party and its activities to people of different identities (ethnic, class, gender, sexual, religious, etc.). Please contact Taj Magruder, if you are interested: tcm5116-at-gmail.com. He spoke of the importance of developing our social media presence (as well as reaching those not on social media).
Murielle reinforced the usefulness of developing various “scripts,” and suggested the usefulness of trainings to approach different audiences — including former Bernie Sanders supporters. This included some of those present, Emily Wyner reminded us, who are still seeking more information to make their decisions, and suggested we try working with focus groups.

We reviewed the Greens’ international Four Pillars (Ecological Wisdom, Social Justice, Grassroots Democracy, and Nonviolence), and the U.S. Greens’ additional six (Decentralization, Community-Based Economics, Feminism, Respect for Diversity, Personal and Global Responsibility, and Future Focus/Sustainability), totaling Ten Key Values. These are also listed on the little information cards that Alia Rahman has developed for GPOP, some of which were distributed at the meeting. Belinda also has more; contact her at bedavis-at-rutgers.edu, if you want some right away.

The discussion closed with an emphasis on the importance of moving ahead quickly now, without losing momentum (while also trying not to burn out!). Mark Heacock, who reported on the strong turnout at recent Green meetings in New Jersey, suggested that this was a primary concern also for those Greens.

Hillary Kane gave the treasurer’s report, noting a current balance of $1456.46 in our account. Over $160 was then collected at the meeting.

Respectfully submitted,
Belinda Davis, GPOP Recording Secretary
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Written on December 6, 2016

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Greens to Meet, 11/30, 7:00 pm

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA
Membership Meeting

Wednesday, November 30, 7:00 pm

Greens will gather to discuss the results of
the 2016 election and to plan for 2017.

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

A-Space
4722 Baltimore Avenue
Cedar Park, West Philadelphia

This venue is handicap accessible.
(Easily accessible via SEPTA 34 Trolley)

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

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Written on November 19, 2016

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Keep Up the Good Work on Jill Stein’s Campaign

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #18, October 20, 2016

Keep up the good work, Green Party Representative!
I know that you have all been working hard on the Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka Campaign for President/Vice President. Your work will be the key to success in our low-budget struggle for publicity. Five Green Party Representatives demonstrated outside the Corporate Parties’ Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26.
I am glad that so many of you have helped with flyering door-to-door and with leafleting at public events. We have already used 2,600 flyers to cover 13 polling divisions, and our future literature drops are listed below. Please consider helping other Representatives distribute Jill Stein literature in their neighborhoods. This report will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #17 which you received on September 6.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is creating a Green Wave Committee to recruit candidates for future elections. Since we already have a year’s experience in this area, it would be good to have a Green Party Representative participate on the Green Wave Committee. Please let me know if you would like to be our delegate, and I will introduce you to the Green Wave co-chairs.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Since my last report, the Election Operations Working (EOW) Group has lost several Representatives, but three others have joined us as new Representatives: Kassie (Haddington), Cheri (Fairhill), and Robert (Kingsessing). Thank you all for your interest in the Green Party and in our candidates Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka. We now have 24 Green Party Representatives.
On coming weekends there will be more literature drops scheduled to publicize the Stein/Baraka Campaign:

SATURDAY, October 22
1:00 pm, meet outside Vivek’s house, 635 North Fifth Street in Center City East.
3:00 pm, meet outside Chris D’s house, 2917 North Sixth Street in Fishtown.
SUNDAY, October 23
1:00 pm, meet outside Chris R’s house, 431 West Rittenhouse Street in Germantown.
3:00 pm, meet outside Beverly’s house, 4350 Freeland Avenue in Roxborough.
SATURDAY, October 29
1:00 pm, meet outside Erik’s house, 6417 Lawnton Avenue in Fern Rock.
3:00 pm, meet outside Detrice Nicole’s house, 1130 West Rockland Street in Fern Rock.
SUNDAY, October 30
1:00 pm, meet outside Cheri’s house, 2114 Hancock Street in Fairhill.
SATURDAY, November 5
JILL STEIN IN PHILADELPHIA.

SUNDAY, November 6
1:00 pm, meet outside Kassie’s house, 1314 North 58th Street in Haddington.
3:00 pm, meet outside Robert’s house, 5109 Kingsessing Avenue, in Kingsessing.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
I am sorry to tell you that the GPOP Outreach Working Group has fallen into disarray. Some members of that short-lived organization have been working on publicity for the Stein/Baraka Campaign through Immediate Action for Jill Stein. Perhaps, following the General Election, some of those Green Party Representatives will devote their energy to reviving our Outreach Working Group.
Thank you so much for all you have done as a Green Party Representative.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “Green Party 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 November 19, 2016

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Philadelphia 2016 Vote Total

November 9, 2016
Hello, Green Party Member or Friend.

Thank you for voting Green yesterday. Thank you, also, for all of your work for our state-wide ticket.

I want to call your attention to our 16 Green Party Representatives who joined me in volunteering at their own polling places for our candidates: Vivek Ananthan (Northern Liberties); Joan Cercero (Germantown); Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller and Beverley Rolfsmeyer (Roxborough); Khummit Hatshepsitu (Wynnefield); Cheri Honkala (Fishtown); Robert Jaffe (Kingsessing); Hillary Kane (Cedar Park); Ian McShea and Ernest Schulte (Wister); Natasha Minkovsky (Mayfair); Cheryl Molle (Holmsburg); Denice Nicole Mooring (Fern Rock); James Robertson (University City); Charles Sherrouse (Oxford Circle East); and Kassie Stanford (Haddington). When you meet them, please thank these dedicated Green Party Representatives for the hours they spent educating voters and building support for our candidates.

The positive effect of having 17 Green Party Representaties can be seen in the tentative results at the polls. State-wide Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka received 48,341 votes, which was 0.8 percent. Of that total, 6,452 votes came from Philadelphia, which was one percent of the Philadelphia vote.
Down the PA ballot, Jay Sweeney, the Green Party candidate for auditor, received 154,019 votes, which was 2.7 percent of the total vote. Philadelphia’s own Kristin Combs, the Green Party candidate for treasurer, received 163,035 votes, which was 2.9 percent of the total vote.

The only way for the Green Party to become a major political party is for you to help. Please volunteer today become a Green Party Representative for the 2017 election cycle.

It is Good to be Green!
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
Membership[ Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

Written on November 9, 2016

Posted in 2016 National & PA State Electionswith Comments Off

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