Philly Green Party

GPOP Quarterly Report to PA Green Party, 1/29/’16

Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Quarterly Report to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA),
January 29, 2016

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) has been less active since the last Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Delegate Meeting on November 21, 2015, in Harrisburg, PA. This is part of our, regular post-election breather. During the last 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.

November 2015 (continued)
November 15, GPOP posted a Quarterly Report to GPPA covering the growth of the local Green Party since September 19, 2015.
November 16, GPOP City Committee Member Chris Robinson posted GPOP Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group Report #3, “Municipal Election Summary Part 1,” to GPOP members. This report covered the comments submitted by poll workers who volunteered for Kristin Combs campaign for Philadelphia City Council.
November 25, the monthly GPOP General Membership Meeting was postponed because the date conflicted with Thanksgiving.

December 2015
December 2, the postponed GPOP Membership Meeting was held at Liberty Choice Market in Kensington. Quorum was not achieved at this last-scheduled meeting of 2015.
December 4, GPOP City Committee Member Chris Robinson posted “Municipal Election Summary Part 2, Volunteers Necessary for Electoral Success”, traced the importance of volunteers to Green Party growth from 2007 through 2015. It was written to assist GPOP Representatives in recruiting volunteers at the polls during 2016.
December 13, GPOP posted the Pennsylvania State Election Calendar to its members.
December 14, GPOP City Committee Member Chris Robinson posted “Green Party Post-Election Progress,” GPOP EOW Group Report #4, to GPOP members. This report covered our three-part plan for post-election progress in building the Green Party.

January 2016
January 14, GPOP Treasurer Hillary Kane posted a call for nominations to GPOP members. This call explained the GPOP election process for public office and for the GPOP City Committee (local leadership).
January 17, GPOP City Committee Member Chris Robinson posted “Planning the 2016 Campaign,” GPOP Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group Report #5, to Green Party Representatives.
January 27, the GPOP General Membership Meeting was held at Calvary Community Center in Cedar Park, West Philadelphia. This was GPOP’s annual nominations meeting. Ten members attended, and they nominated seven people to fill the seven offices on the GPOP City Committee. Nominations will remain open until the GPOP Election Meeting on February 24. Unofficial notes from this meeting may be found here.
January 29, GPOP posted a Quarterly Report to GPPA, covering the growth of the local Green Party since November 21, 2015.

Movement Connections
GPOP Membership Secretary Eric Hamell has been trained as a patient escort for Planned Parenthood. He volunteers for four hours each month.
November 18, three GPOP Members attended a meeting of the Philadelphia Area Anti-Drone Network (PAADN) at the Friends Center.
November 28, two Philadelphia Greens attended the “End Drone War and Terror” vigil against the new Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA.
December 16, two GPOP Members attended a meeting of the Philadelphia Area Anti-Drone Network (PAADN) at the Friends Center.
December 17, GPOP Membership Secretary Eric Hamell attended a rally on International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers in Love Park, Philadelphia.
December 26, three Philadelphia Greens attended the “Ignite Peace” vigil against the new Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA.
In Late December, GPOP Chair Glenn Davis attended the evidentiary hearing on unconstitutional treatment of Mumia Abu Jamal at the U.S. District Court in Scranton, PA.
Submitted in solidarity by
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
City Committee Member at Large
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
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Written on January 29, 2016

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Greens to Meet in Cedar Park, 1/27, 7:00 pm

GREENS TO MEET,1,26 and 2,24,’16

Written on January 25, 2016

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Planning the 2016 Campaign

GPOP EOW Group Report #5
January 17, 2016

I hope that you are ready to go forward into the 2016 election cycle. I know that we will be successful in 2016 if we all take part. Please let me bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #4, (before the holidays).

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
I have just finished sending emails to my movement contacts asking for recommendations of possible candidates for PA State Representatives. I personally know organizers in the anti-drone warfare and peace movements, the anti-fracking and anti-nuclear-power movements, and the single-payer healthcare movement. Last fall, I asked each of these to recommend potential candidates to run on the Green Party ballot. I just sent a reminder to each movement list, explaining that the 2016 campaign has begun.
I would appreciate it if you would send a request to the movement lists on which you reside. I will be happy to send you a copy of a sample for you to use. Just let me know.
The Green Party of Pennsylvania is searching for a candidate to run for the U.S. Senate. They have not yet found a candidate, but they do have some funds in a campaign account awaiting this candidate.
The Green Party of the U.S. has just authorized the campaign of five candidates to be the Green Party nominee for president of the U.S. This means that Philadelphia will have a candidate for at least one office on the ballot, and our work will have significance in the 2016 General Election.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
I have contacted the volunteers from Green Party campaigns in 2015, 2012 and 2011, requesting their help. I will soon send an email to volunteers from 2010. When we eventually have candidates for office, this should be an easier pitch.
We now have the PA Election Calendar for 2016. GPOP Representatives will be able to begin collecting signatures on Green Party nomination papers on February 17. I hope to have more information for you in Report #6.
Right now, the important thing for each of us is to recruit more GPOP Representatives. Please send me the contact information for any of your friends or neighbors who might be interested.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
We need volunteers to help us with these tasks: website, email list, publicity and fundraising. Can you help with any of the above projects? Do you have any of the required skills? If not, are you ready to learn these skills?
Please, please respond to this email and let me know what you would like to do to help us build the Green Party.

It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
City Committee Member at Large
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 January 25, 2016

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Green Presidential Nomination: 5 Candidates

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Green Party Recognizes 5 Candidates for Presidential Nomination

Green Party of the United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States has recognized five candidates for the party’s presidential nomination. The presidential and vice-presidential nominees will be chosen at the 2016 Green Presidential Nominating Convention, which will take place in Houston, Texas, from August 4 to 7.

The five candidates are:
Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry,
Dr. Jill Stein,
Darryl Cherney,
William P. Kreml, and
Kent Mesplay.

For contact information, see the candidates’ web sites or the Green Party’s Presidential Candidates Page.

In the 2012 election, the Green Party had presidential ballot lines in 37 states including the District of Columbia, reaching 82% of voters. As of January 1, 2016, the Green Party is already on the ballot in 22 states, is actively petitioning in eight other states, and is aiming for ballot lines in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

As of December 30, the Green Party’s Presidential Campaign Support Committee determined that all five had sufficiently met the requirements to be officially recognized by the party. Requirements for recognition include evidence of support from at least 100 party members across the country, completion of a questionnaire stating the campaign’s main issues and strategy, and a pledge to appear on all available state Green Party ballot lines.

Green presidential contenders must also file with the FEC and meet fundraising milestones in order to maintain recognized status.

The requirements for recognition are meant to show a candidate’s level of campaign organization, campaign strategy, and positions on issues, and help the party determine which candidates are seriously seeking the nomination. The process helps state Green Parties decide which candidates to place before their members during the 2016 primaries and at statewide conventions and caucuses in preparation for the nominating convention. Each state Green Party has its own procedure for apportioning delegates.

The Green Party has demanded that Green presidential nominees be allowed to participate in post-nomination debates and is currently a plaintiff in two lawsuits against the Commission on Presidential Debates.

The Green nominees in previous presidential election years were Dr. Stein and Cheri Honkala (2012), Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente (2008), David Cobb and Pat LaMarche (2004), and Ralph Nader and Winona LaDuke (2000 and 1996).

MORE INFORMATION
Green Party of the United States, http://www.gp.org, 202-319-7191
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Written on January 15, 2016

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Call for Green Party Nominations

We would like you to attend two important Green Party Meetings on Wednesday, January 27, and Wednesday, February 24th.

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) has a City Committee (like a steering committee) which was elected in 2015 for a one-year term of office. Nominations for the coming year are taking place right now. Won’t you consider nominating yourself or someone else?

The positions on the City Committee are:
Chair,
Treasurer,
Recording Secretary,
Membership Secretary, and
3 At-Large Members

Any registered Green may run for election to any of the seven positions listed above. Nomination of officers remains open for your convenience. If you would like to nominate yourself (or another Green) for the GPOP City Committee, please contact 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org. You can also make nominations in person at the January 27 meeting, which will take place at the Calvary Center for Culture and Community (CCCC), 801 South 48th Street (at Baltimore Avenue) in West Philadelphia. This meeting will also be a good time to meet current leaders, discuss issues of concern, and learn more about the expectations of City Committee members.

Voting on nominees will take place at the following General Membership Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 1901 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.

If you would like to help us build the Green Party, please contact me by telephone or by email. Otherwise, I look forward to talking with you in person at one or both of these meetings.

Hillary Kane, 267-971-3559
hillary.aisenstein@gmail.com
GPOP Treasurer
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Written on January 15, 2016

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COP21 has failed to take the action necessary

Jill Stein: “COP21 has failed to take the action necessary

In a Saturday [12/12/'15] email message, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein wrote that as the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris “progressed and its final outcome took shape, it became clear that COP21 has failed to take the action necessary to prevent global climate catastrophe.”

Stein continued, “The voluntary, unenforceable pledges being produced by COP21 are entirely insufficient to prevent climate crisis. Scientific analysis shows that these pledges will lead us to 3 degrees centigrade global temperature rise — and that will be catastrophic. … Despite the seriousness of the threat, some of the major polluters remain committed to protecting the fossil fuel industry rather than taking serious action. I include in that group the United States, where President Obama’s promotion of the hydrofracking industry is leading to a spreading cancer of polluted groundwater and fracked gas pipelines.”

Stein said the U.S. “and other industrial nations are failing to adequately fund transition and adaptation efforts in developing countries. It is the US and major industrialized countries that are primarily responsible for climate change. We have both a moral and legal responsibility to compensate other countries for the damages we have inflicted, and to enable them to find sustainable paths to development that will raise their standards of living.”
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Written on December 14, 2015

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Please Save These Two Dates

GREENS TO MEET
PLEASE RESERVE THESE TWO DATES

January 27, 2016
GPOP Nomination Meeting
7:00 pm
Calvary Community Center
801 S. 48th Street Philadelphia, PA 19143

February 24, 2016
GPOP Election Meeting
7:00m pm
Ethical Humanist Society,
1906 South Rittenhouse Square,
Philadelphia

We look forward to your participation.
These meetings are open to the public with no admission charge.

For more information, please contact
215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org
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grassroots democracy – social justice – nonviolence – ecological wisdom
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Written on December 14, 2015

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Green Party Post-Election Progress

GPOP EOW Group Report #4
December 14, 2015

Hello, GPOP EOW Group Member.

The 2015 election is over, and we had some successes and some challenges. Fortunately, our candidate, Kristin Combs, gained the most votes of any Green Party candidate in Philadelphia since our Party was formed at the turn of the century. Unfortunately, some Green Party activists did not participate in Kristin’s exciting campaign. This gives us quite a bit of work to do now that the election is behind us.
We have all had time to reflect upon the election, and it is now time for us to resume our work to build the Green Party. I hope that each of us will choose some activity from the following list of tasks.

Task: Recruiting Green Party Candidates
Yes, we have already approached five movement organizations about running a candidate on the Green Party ballot for PA State Representative in 2016, and we have not yet heard from any interested parties. This is not surprising because we are asking organizations to do something out of the ordinary. Many groups are stuck in a rut. Maybe you are a member of such an organization.
We are looking for neighborhood or activist organizations which would like to publicize their cause by using the Green Party ballot line for one of their members to run for office. The candidate should be accepting of Green Party values, but that would allow us to work with democracy, peace, feminist, labor union, anti-mass-incarceration, pro-living-minimum-wage and anti-discrimination activists.
Do you know of some organizations to contact about this proposal?

Task: Organizing Campaign Workers
On November 4, I polled the members of GPOP News and GPOP Chat to find their thoughts about Kristin’s campaign. You have already read the results of that poll, which was posted to you on November 16 as “EOW Group Report #3.”
I followed that by preparing “Volunteers Necessary for Electoral Success,” which was posted on December 4. I hope that you took the time to read this piece, because it explains the importance of the work we are doing right now. As you know from the personal email to you, Kristin Combs won the election at your polling place (and at the other polling places with volunteers from the EOW Group).
Please make use of this when you contact friends and neighbors about volunteering for Green Party candidates in 2016.

Task: Building an Infrastructure to Win Elections
Our forces are still inadequate to the task at hand, but that is understandable considering that the EOW Group is only three months old. We have a long-term project ahead of us to change society through electoral means.
Basically, we need people to work with us on future campaigns by Green Party candidates. At the most rudimentary level, this means working the polls each election day, as you have already done this year. Later this month, I will be contacting the people who volunteered for Kristin Combs who are not already members of the EOW Group, and I will ask them to join us. Organizing election volunteers, however, is only one element in building the infrastructure we need.
There are many additional tasks which we can do to improve the electoral success of future Green Party candidates. For instance, we really need a website, a fundraising committee, and an email list-serve. A publicity committee to produce press releases, yard signs and flyers (leaflets) is another necessary component of our work.
Can you help with any of the above projects? Do you have any of these skills? If not, are you ready to learn these skills?

I know that sounds like a lot of things for any one person to do, and I have no intention to do everything myself. We should work together, and we should each take one step at a time. Please decide which step will be your next one, and then let me know.

Thank you and Happy Holidays,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
City Committee Member at Large
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: 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 December 14, 2015

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PA Election Calendar for 2016

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
BUREAU OF COMMISSIONS, ELECTIONS AND LEGISLATION

2016 PENNSYLVANIA ELECTIONS

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

February 17, First day to circulate and file nomination papers

March 28, Last day to REGISTER before the primary
[Also, last day for Green Party candidates to register as Green Party.]

April 26, GENERAL PRIMARY
[Best location to collect signatures at your polling place on nomination papers.]

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

October 11, Last day to REGISTER before the November election

November 8, GENERAL ELECTION

(Note: All dates in this calendar are subject to change without notice.)
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Posted on 12/13 to:
GPOP News.
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Written on December 13, 2015

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Volunteers Necessary for Electoral Success

2015 Municipal Election Summary, Part 2
December 4, 2015

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GPOPNEWS/conversations/messages/2039

“There are two ways that a theoretician goes astray. 1) The devil leads him around by the nose with a false hypothesis (for this he deserves pity). 2) His arguments are erroneous and ridiculous (for this he deserves a beating).” — Albert Einstein, letter to Hendrik Lorentz, quoted in New York Times, “Finding Relativity” by Dennis Overbye, November 24, 2015.

There is a false hypothesis which is commonly expressed within the Green Party. This hypothesis makes it difficult for Green Party candidates to build a wide-spread electoral movement which (in time) will be able to win elections. It is important for us to discuss this hypothesis because it stands in the way of our efforts to build the Green Party.

The Hypothesis
At the November 2014 monthly meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP), an active member said that statistics have shown him that voters go to the polls with their minds made up. Therefore, he continued, it is a waste of time for members to volunteer at the polls for a Green Party candidate. A similar hypothesis is sometimes voiced at quarterly meetings of the Green Party of Pennsylvania. It would be tragic if this hypothesis has convinced Green Party members to stay at home, instead of volunteering to build our party.

Personally, I have never seen any such statistics, and this hypothesis runs counter to the basic strategy of the Green Party. GPOP has relied since its creation on building rank-and-file support for our candidates at the polls. Fortunately, there is quite bit of evidence contradicting this hypothesis, and I hope to demonstrate to you that this hypothesis is incorrect. I would like to relate some of my experiences with electoral campaigns during the last twelve years, which may shed some light on this topic.

Inconsistency or Social Causation
The first Green Party electoral campaign in which I volunteered was Tom Hutt’s campaign for Philadelphia City Council District 8 in 2003. During that campaign in the early days of the GPOP, I found it interesting that some divisions (precincts) had a very small vote for Hutt, while in other divisions he actually won the election.
This seemed like an inconsistency to me: Why would divisions with similar economic/ethnic demographics have such widely different counts for the Green Party candidate? Notably, Hutt was able to cover very few polling places with volunteers, though he had tried to recruit as many as possible. Could that have caused the variation in voting for a Green candidate? I began to follow election results more closely in following years, to determine if this was a natural inconsistency or if there was a social causation for it.

Ward Results: 2007 through 2015
In the 2007 Philadelphia City Council election, the Green Party’s candidate for District 8, Brian Rudnick, received 1,100 votes (four percent). At the end of the campaign, I wrote, “Rudnick’s campaign for City Council focused on three wards (Chestnut Hill’s Ward 9, Mount Airy’s Ward 22, and Germantown’s Ward 59), where he received 81 percent of his vote. In those three wards, he had volunteers in 27 divisions. The other 44 divisions in those wards had no volunteers (33) or paid poll workers (11). Paid poll workers had no significant effect, and their divisions have been counted here as polls with no volunteers. Divisions with volunteers averaged three times the number of Green votes in polls with no volunteers.” [See, “Analysis of the Green Party in the Election of 2007.”]

During 2010, GPOP had 59 volunteers at the polls for Hugh Giordano’s campaign for PA State Representative in District 194. Of that number, 14 were Green Party members, 28 were from the United Food and Commercial Workers and Iron Workers, and 17 from other parties or independents. In Philadelphia, Giordano received 3,212 votes (23 percent). After the election, I wrote, “Not surprisingly, Giordano did best in his home Ward 21 (Roxborough/Manyunk), where he won six divisions (aka precincts) with 39 to 46 percent of the vote. Giordano came close to winning another six divisions with 37 to 39 percent of the vote. There was only one division in Ward 21 where Giordano received less than 20 percent of the vote. Overall, Giordano received 85 percent of his vote in Ward 21, where he averaged 86 votes/division.” Giordano had a volunteer poll worker at every division in Ward 21.

The following year, 63 volunteers worked at the polls city-wide for Green Party candidate Cheri Honkala’s campaign for Sheriff of Philadelphia. Of that number, 23 were Green Party and 40 were from other parties or independents. Honkala received 10,430 votes (seven percent) citywide. Following the election, I wrote, “Of the 66 wards, Cheri’s campaign had no poll worker in 33 of them. In those 33 wards, Cheri received 3,611 votes (35% of her total), averaging 109 votes/ward. In the 33 wards where Cheri did have poll workers, she received 6,819 votes (65% of her total), averaging 207 votes/ward.” [See, “History of Green Party Volunteers in Philadelphia Elections (2007 – 2013).”]

During 2015, the Green Party’s Kristin Combs, who campaigned for Philadelphia City Council-at-Large, received 11,366 votes (6 percent) city wide. This was the most votes ever received by a Green Party candidate running in Philadelphia. Kristin had 71 poll volunteers, 13 from GPOP and 58 from Neighborhood Networks, Temple $15 Now, and other organizations. Those volunteers worked at divisions in 22 Wards where Kristin received 7,567 votes (67 percent of her total) which was 344 votes/ward. In the 44 wards where Combs had no poll volunteers, she received 3,799 votes (33 percent of her total) which was 86 votes/ward.
Significantly, if the Green Party had been able to mobilize the same proportion of volunteers in the 44 wards where the Combs campaign had no representatives, she would have been able to double her total vote to more than 22,700. While this would not have been enough votes for Combs to have won a seat on City Council, it does demonstrate the value of volunteers at the polls.

Results within a Single Ward
I understand one problem with trying to draw conclusions from the limited, ward-based statistics presented above. A wise skeptic might say, “Perhaps the presence of a volunteer working for the candidate made no difference in the vote total. Perhaps there were differences between the economic/ethnic demographics of the wards which caused the divergence between wards which voted for Combs and those which did not – regardless of the presence of a volunteer.”

Actually, I thought that myself and attempted to answer such skepticism by looking at the votes for Combs within a single ward, in this case Germantown’s Ward 59, where I reside. Germantown has 25 divisions, where Combs received 422 votes (17/division). Interestingly, Combs had volunteers at eight of those polling places, and the polls with volunteers produced 243 of her votes (30/division). At the 17 polling places with no volunteers, Combs earned 179 votes (11/division). These numbers demonstrate that the Green Party could have increased Combs’ vote total in Germantown to 750, had the Green Party been able to mobilize 17 additional volunteers.

Conclusion
I suppose that by now you have deduced the alternative hypothesis which I am proposing. I believe that Green Party candidates cannot win elections without Green Party volunteers working the polls on election day. I think that there is now enough evidence from the campaigns of Green Party candidates during the last twelve years to demonstrate the necessity of volunteers working the polls for our candidates. I hope that in proposing this hypothesis, I will earn neither your pity nor a beating. Instead, I hope you will express your support for this hypothesis by joining me in our newly formed GPOP Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group.
Please volunteer by telephone or email, and then forward this email to those who might be interested in helping us.

Thank you,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
City Committee Member at Large
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: 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 December 6, 2015

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Greens to Meet, 12/2, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 pm

Greens will gather to analyze the results of the
2015 Municipal Elections in Philadelphia.

Greens will also discuss building our network
of election volunteers for 2016.

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

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

For more information:
215-243-7103 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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Written on November 17, 2015

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2015 Municipal Election Summary

EOW Group Report #3, November 16, 2015

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) had one candidate on the ballot in 2015, Kristin Combs who ran for Philadelphia City Council. She was listed in a city-wide campaign for one of the minor-party, at-large seats. Kristin did an exceptional job of running a full-time campaign while, at the same time, teaching high school.

Here are some of Kristin’s accomplishments. She was 1) the first Green Party candidate to achieve city-wide ballot status since 2012, 2) the first GPOP candidate to receive the endorsement of AFSCME District Council 33 and APWU Local 7048, and 3) the first GPOP candidate to receive the endorsement of the Philadelphia chapters of Americans for Democratic Action and National Organization for Women (NOW) PAC.
As a result, Kristin earned more than 11,181 votes in the General Election on November 3. This was historically the highest vote total of any Green Party candidate running city-wide in Philadelphia. She accomplished this by convincing many voters to “split their ticket,” i.e. to vote for one Green candidate, while they were still voting with another party for the rest of the ballot.

Polling GPOP’s Membership
On November 4, members of GPOP’s Election Operations Working (EOW) Group, GPOP NEWS and GPOP Chat, received a request to evaluate the Green Party and Kristin Combs’ performance in the 2015 General Election. We received five thoughtful responses (three from GPOP Chat and two from GPOP News).
Neil Haagen, a leader of the Green Party of Centre County, PA, responding via telephone, expressed a widely-held opinion: “I think that Kristin should be congratulated for the campaign she ran. As a young school teacher with no electoral experience and zero name recognition, Kristin acquired many endorsements and the active support of labor and movement organizations. Through the dedication of time and energy, she carried out a smart campaign which drew more than 11,100 neighbors to vote for her.”

More Volunteers Required
As for our members’ thoughts on improving future Green Party campaigns, there was one overriding issue of agreement. Judy Becker, who volunteered for Kristin at a polling place in Olney (Ward 61), said, “We needed more volunteers.” There you have it: winning an election is tough work and no candidate can do it alone.
Green Party candidates have found over the last eleven years that there is one simple ingredient which will improve the vote for a candidate at any polling place – a volunteer who is present and asking neighbors for their vote. We know that this was true when Tom Hutt ran as a Green for City Council District 9 in 2004, and it has been proven to be true in nearly every election since then. [Please see “History of Green Party Volunteers in Philadelphia Elections (2007 – 2013).”]

Okay, we understand that some Greens had to work on November 3, but there were many other tasks for volunteers. Peter Applebaum pointed out, “Driving around Germantown and Mount Airy, I saw [yard] signs all over along the streets. Walking around Center City, the Northeast, South Philly, there was no evidence that Kristin was running for election.” Perhaps some Greens in Center City, the Northeast and South Philly will volunteer an hour next year to put up yard signs for future Green candidates.
Kristin Combs has complained that she faced “a near media black-out.” On this point, Peter Applebaum had another good idea for volunteers, “The Inquirer is a powerful force. In the next campaign, 1000 Green Party members should harass the Inquirer until they know enough to endorse the candidate.”
Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller, who volunteered at the polls in Roxborough (Ward 21) for Kristin, pointed out another area in which we need more volunteers, “Folks I talked with did not know that the Green Party was a party like the Dems or Repubs. We need good literature about the Green Party and how it’s different. That will require more folks willing to educate by creative means.”

“I also think we need more experienced candidates with city-wide exposure,” continued Bernadette, “which is where Chris’ [Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group] comes in.” The EOW Group is now recruiting Green Party candidates for 2016. They are searching for people who want to make a change and who are fed up with the current two-party, do-nothing politics. The EOW Group needs your help in contacting movement, labor and neighborhood organizations around the city.
We also received a long email via GPOP Chat from Bruce Haskins, who had six suggestions for improving Green Party electoral campaigns.

I hope that these thoughts will be helpful to future Green Party candidates. I also hope that these opinions will convince you to join the GPOP EOW Group. If you have additional suggestions, please let me know for inclusion in Report #4.
Sincerely,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
City Committee Member at Large
Green Party of Philadelphia
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Posted on 11/16/’15 to: Green Party of the U.S. ; GPOP News, Northwest Greens, and GPOP Chat.
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Written on November 16, 2015

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GPOP quarterly report to GPPA, Nov. 15


Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Quarterly Report to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA)
November 15, 2015

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GPOPNEWS/conversations/messages/2033

The Green Party of Philadelphia has been very active since the last Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Delegate Meeting on September 19, 2015, in Harrisburg, PA. We have focused our efforts on staffing the polls for Kristin Combs’ campaign for Philadelphia City Council and on finding candidates to run for PA State office in 2016.

September 2015 (continued)
On September 30, the GPOP General Membership Meeting was held at Calvary Center for Culture and Community in Cedar Park, West Philadelphia. It was attended by 11 members and friends. Those present heard an account of the GPPA Quarterly Meeting in Harrisburg on 9/11. Kristin Combs gave a report on her campaign via telephone. The membership then approved an Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group, which will have three functions: “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.”

October 2015
On October 4, a news release, “Green Party Looking for Political Candidates,” was posted to the media. This news release appeared in: Green Party of the U.S. website under State and Local News; The Independent Voice, October 5; Lehigh Valley Vanguard, October 5, 2015; Philadelphia Free Press, October 6, 2015; and Philadelphia Public Record, October 8, 2015, pages 15, 21.

On October 5, the GPOP EOW Group posted Report #1 to the membership. Report #1 summarized the preparatory work, which had been done prior to the GPOP Membership Meeting on 9/30. It also asked for GPOP members to volunteer for the EOW Group.

On October 10, Hillary Kane organized GPOP’s GREEN NIGHT OUT at Sang Kee Peking Duck House in Chinatown, Philadelphia. Guest of honor (and Green Party candidate for City Council) Kristin Combs discussed her campaign with the 13 people who attended.

On October 12, a news release, “City Council Candidate Kristin Combs Speaks at Green Night Out,” was posted to the media. This news release appeared in: OpEdNews, October 12, 2015; Philadelphia Free Press, October 13, 2015; Northwest Greens email list, October 13, 2015; GPOP NEWS, email list of Green Party of Philadelphia, October 13, 2015; Pennsylvania State News, October 13, 2015; Green Party of Pennsylvania, Facebook, October 13, 2015; and Green Party of the U.S. website under State and Local News, October 14, 2015.

On October 18, the GPOP EOW Group posted Report #2 to the membership. Report #2 described the activity which had taken place following the GPOP Membership Meeting on 9/30.

On October 28, the GPOP General Membership Meeting was held at Roma’s Pizza, in Roxborough, Philadelphia. It was attended by nine members. Members heard a report from Kristin Combs and from Belinda Davis, Kristin’s volunteer coordinator. Hillary Kane said that the next Green Night Out would be postponed until 2016. The GPOP City Committee is planning a 15th Anniversary Party for GPOP in the spring of 2016.

November 2015
On November 3, GPOP members worked the polls for Kristin Combs’ campaign for Philadelphia Council. Final figures for this election are not yet available, but public estimates put Kristin’s total at more than 11,100 votes. While this was not enough to earn Kristin a seat on City Council, it was the largest total in history for any Green Party candidate in any Philadelphia city-wide election.

The November GPOP General Membership Meeting was postponed until December 2 because it conflicted with a national celebration of Euro-Imperialism.

Movement Connections
During October and November, GPOP members were active within the Philadelphia Area Anti-Drone Network (meetings on 9/16 and 10/21). Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller, Lawrence Geller, Evelyn Haas, Eric Hamell, Chris Robinson and Bob Smith attended demonstrations (9/26 and 10/31) against the new Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA. It was good to see Greens from Lancaster County there as well.
On October 13, Glenn Davis and Julian Robinson attended the Ferguson to Philly planning meeting at the Friends Center.
On October 22, Eric Hamell attended the Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks pot-luck social for Kristin Combs, the GPOP candidate for City Council.
On October 24, GPOP members marched in Spiral Q’s Peoplehood Parade. GPOP was a Peoplehood Partner.
On November 10, Glenn Davis participated in the national Fight for $15/hour demonstration. A photo of the demonstration in Philadelphia can be found here.
In solidarity,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
City Committee Member at Large
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
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Written on November 15, 2015

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Minutes, GPOP October General Membership Meeting

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA (GPOP), General Membership Meeting,
Minutes from Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Roma’s Pizza, Roxborough, Philadelphia

Attendance: Kristin Combs, Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller, Belinda Davis, Alex Gillett, Eric Hamell, Hillary Kane, Chris Robinson, Beverly Rolfsmeyer, and Ernest Schulte.
Excused: Richard Kane.
Absent City Committee Members: Glenn Davis, Julian Robinson and Galen Tyler.

Minutes were taken by Chris in the absence of an elected Recording Secretary. A draft copy was circulated to those present on October 29. Additions and corrections were received from Bernadette Marie, Belinda, Eric, and Hillary. Approved minutes were posted to GPOP News on November 1, and they were posted to www.gpop.org on November 2.

1. Kristin’s Campaign for City Council-at-Large
Kristin described the excellent forum for Council-at-Large candidates, which was held on 10/27. She believes that she did quite well, and she will circulate the link for on-line viewing as soon as it becomes available.
Belinda is Kristin’s volunteer coordinator. She said the campaign has around 100 election-day volunteers, many from labor unions and other organizations which have endorsed Kristin. Here are the Combs4Council links for volunteers and for donations.
Discussion of scandals within the Democratic Party: 1) failure to discipline their wayward ward leaders, and 2) financial irregularities during the 2015 Primary Election.
Jill Stein, the 2012 Green Party candidate for POTUS, will be in Philadelphia for the 11/3 General Election.
Kristin plans to attend the 11/21 GPPA Meeting in Harrisburg, and she plans to present an analysis of her campaign.

2. Green Night Out
Hillary said that GPOP held its second successful Green Night Out on October 10, with Kristin Combs presenting the issues around her campaign. GPOP cleared around $80.00.
The next Green Night Out has been postponed until 2016.

3. GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Chris said that the GPOP EOW Group Report was posted to GPOP News on October 19. Since that time he has been in touch with Juntos, the local organization demanding human rights for all including immigrants. When asked if they knew of a possible candidate to run on the Green Party ballot for PA State Representative in 2016, Juntos organizer Jasmine Rivera responded, “Yes, I agree the larger narrative needs to shift around human rights. And hopefully the right candidate can be found! It needs to happen.”

4. Report from GPOP City Committee Meeting
Hillary said that there was no quorum on October 14, but the members present discussed holding a fundraising party next spring to celebrate GPOP’s 15th Anniversary. Something like a potluck with entertainment at the Ethical Society.

5. Treasurer’s Report
Hillary said that GPOP has $1,400.00. The members then voted to donate $500.00 to Friends of Kristin Combs.
Hillary also held a raffle for a gourmet meal for two, with the proceeds to go to Friends of Kristin Combs. Chris won the raffle.

6. Announcements
October 31. Demonstration against Drone War Command Center, noon, Horsham, PA.
November 11. GPOP City Committee meeting, 7:00 pm, Cavanaugh’s Restaurant.
November 28. Demonstration against Drone War Command Center, noon, Horsham, PA.
*December 2. Last GPOP General Membership Meeting in 2015, 7:00 pm, Liberty Choice Market.
December 9. GPOP City Committee meeting, 7:00 pm. Location to be announced.
2016
January 13. GPOP City Committee meeting, 7:00 pm. Location to be announced.

*The location for the November GPOP General Membership Meeting was not discussed on 10/28. We held an email poll of those present and decided upon postponing the meeting until December 2 (because our regular date falls on Thanksgiving Eve).
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Written on November 2, 2015

Posted in 2015 Municipal Elections, Election Operations, General Meetings, Green Night Outwith Comments Off

Greens to Meet in Roxborough

Wednesday, October 28
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Roma’s Pizza,
6129 Ridge Ave

Roxborough, Philadelphia
(Easily accessible via SEPTA 9 or 27 Bus)

More information from 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org

Please join us to discuss the 2015 General Election and how you can help
Kristin Combs win a seat on City Council.

Let’s talk and decide what you can do on Tuesday, November 3!

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

______ grassroots democracy – social justice – nonviolence – ecological wisdom ______

Written on October 18, 2015

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