Philly Green Party

Greens to Meet, 10/26, 7:00 pm

Greens to Meet
Wednesday, October 26,
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Roxborough Read & Eat
6156 Ridge Ave
Roxborough, Philadelphia
(Easily accessible via SEPTA 9 or 27 Bus)
More information from 215-843-4256 and

Please join us to plan for
The Green Party Election Day Presence at the Polls.

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.

grassroots democracy – social justice – nonviolence – ecological wisdom

Written on October 17, 2016

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Let’s Get Working on Jill Stein’s Campaign

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #17, September 6, 2016

Let’s get started, Green Party Representative!
I hope you had a good vacation, with lots of fun over the long, Labor Day weekend. Now it is time to get busy!
Your role in the Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka Campaign for President/Vice President will be critical. Jill will need you at the polls on Tuesday, November 8. Before that, however, we need to prepare your neighbors by letting them know what Jill Stein stands for. Namely, we want to put a Jill Stein flyer in each-and-every door in your voting division. Hopefully, this will help to generate votes for Jill from those who had not known there is a Green Party alternative to the “lesser evil” candidates.

Generating votes for Jill Stein was the reason for my email to you last week, “Pick a day, any day.” I wanted you to have a chance to choose a Saturday or Sunday that was convenient for you. If I do not hear from you, I will simply assign a day for literature distribution starting from your home. Please look for this list of assignments soon.

Our first four literature drops are listed below. I hope that you will also volunteer to help the other Representatives distribute Jill Stein literature in their neighborhoods.
This report will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #16, which you received on August 3.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Since my last report, the following new Green Party Representatives have joined our campaign: Scott (University City), William (Mount Airy), Kentu (Germantown), and Brianna and John (Chestnut Hill). Thank you all for your interest in the Green Party and in our candidate Jill Stein. We now have 31 Green Party Representatives.
This weekend there are four literature drops scheduled to publicize the Stein/Baraka Campaign:

1:00 pm, Meet outside Charles’ house, 1434 Elbridge Street in Oxford Circle East to cover Ward 54, 5.
1:00 pm, Meet outside Bernadette Marie’s apartment building, Henry on the Park, Building G, 7901 Henry Avenue, in Roxborough, to cover Ward 21, 3.

1:00 pm, Meet outside Joan’s house, 411 East High Street in Germantown, to cover Ward 59, 8.
3:00 pm, Meet outside Kentu’s apartment building, 123 West Tulpehocken Street in Germantown, to cover Ward 59, 22.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
We definitely need more Green Party Representatives volunteering on the Outreach Working Group. If you would like to become a member of the new Outreach Working Group, its next meeting will take place at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 13. Please contact me for the location.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
I am sure that you have been horrified during the last month at the bad publicity swirling around the Philadelphia District Attorney. We are still searching for an honest lawyer who would like to campaign as a Green Party candidate for District Attorney during 2017. Please let me know of any prospective candidates you may know, or give them my contact information.

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.”

Written on October 17, 2016

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Minutes, General Membership Meeting, 9/28

Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
General Membership Meeting, September 28, 2016

Held at Liberty Choice Market, 1947 North Front Street
Kensington, Philadelphia

Meeting Minutes
Vivek Ananthan, Mike Georgeson, Alex Gilette, Eric Hamell (GPOP City Committee Member at Large), Hillary Kane (GPOP Treasurer), Mohammed Myers, James Robertson, Chris Robinson (GPOP Membership Secretary), Ernest Schulte, Charles Sherrouse (GPOP City Committee Member at Large), Kassie Stanford, Galen Tyler (GPOP Chair). Galen brought with two friends, Jamal and Larry, who did not sign in. There were also three Temple University journalism students, who attended on assignment, Larry Puchalski, Michaela Althouse and Greta Anderson. GPOP City Committee Member at Large Julian Robinson was absent without excuse.
MINUTES: Minutes were taken by Chris Robinson because of the excused absence of Recording Secretary Belinda Davis. Chris sent a draft copy to those present (above list) requesting additions and corrections. Additions were submitted by Hillary (see below).


Galen spoke about the 9/26 Hofstra University Protest, aka “Occupy the Debate.” The crowd turnout was smaller than expected, and 24 people were arrested for civil disobedience.
Chris reported that we now have 24 poll workers who have signed on as Green Party Representatives. This is four times as many as we had in 2015, and the number is still growing. Representatives have already distributed Jill Stein literature in six of those divisions, and they will distribute door-to-door in four more over the coming weekend. Galen said that Cheri Honkala would volunteer to work the polls, and she would like to stuff doors in her division on October 30. Following the meeting, Kassie volunteered to work the polls where she votes.

James described some of the problems he has had trying to organize ex-Sandernistas. It has been a serious problem because there is no Jill Stein Campaign in Philadelphia. James’ organization is planning to invite Jill Stein to Philadelphia during the first week in November, and they are working with her national campaign to come up with a good date. James appealed for help from the Green Party in building publicity for Jill Stein for President.

Chris explained that Mohammed had made a presentation to the GPOP City Committee on 9/14, which was approved by all present. Mohammed had been invited to make that presentation to the GPOP membership at this meeting.
Mohammed then spoke about the importance of Green Party members being present in the neighborhoods – beyond their electoral work. He said that in many African American neighborhoods, people had never heard of the Green Party and had no idea what it stood for. Mohammed, himself, is impressed by the Green Party’s history of standing for justice and ending oppression of minority communities. He said that the Green Party must focus on politicization of oppressed people because it will build Green Party name recognition and enlist new members.
Green members agreed with Mohammed’s analysis, and one member suggested that we work on his ideas following the General Election. Mohammed objected to this, saying that the time to become present in the neighborhoods is right now.
Galen then spoke to some of Mohammed’s concerns. Galen recently met with Concerned Black Men of Philadelphia, and had a good discussion with them. Often, Galen has run into the problem of “gatekeepers” who are working for the Democrats and who close the door, shutting out Green Party representatives.

Hillary reported that Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) delegates will meet at Gettysburg College on 10/22. She said it is important that all GPOP delegates make plans to attend. [Hillary added, “We will vote on approving a new logo for GPPA, which sounds small but is very important. Without an approved new logo, we have been unable to print new literature. The last meeting did not have quorum so we were unable to officially approve a design that almost everyone approves of. We also expect a good turnout from new people from more ‘far flung’ areas of the state that have been energized by the Stein campaign and want to get a new Green Party local organized in their county. We should have a strong showing of support for these new organizing efforts. Finally, we will be discussing plans for recruiting local candidates in 2017 (in addition to reports on current races).”]

Hillary reported that GPOP has $1,400.00. She said that we have still not paid our share to Patrick Doyle for his work on the 7/25 Power to the People rally at the Democratic Party’s National Convention (DNC). Chris moved that we reimburse Patrick for any supplies he can document (with invoices) up to $250.00. This motion was pass by consensus.

Respectfully submitted for your consideration by Chris Robinson.

Written on October 9, 2016

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“Evil of the Two Lessers”


By Chris Robinson

Permit me to offer a brief history lesson, which might convince some to see the world from a different perspective. The first election campaign I volunteered in was that of President Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964. I was then a student at Dickinson College, but I was not yet old enough to vote. During the half century since then, I have been an active participant in politics, and I have learned two interesting lessons, which I plan to share with you if you keep reading.

I can see now that I was a young fool in 1964, when I believed that Johnson was a peace candidate who would negotiate a settlement of the Vietnam War. He was running for president against Senator Barry Morris Goldwater (R-AZ), who claimed he would bomb Vietnam back to the Stone Age. There was no doubt in my mind which was the “lesser evil.” Upon winning the election, of course, Johnson proceeded to bomb Vietnam back to the Stone Age. I have never forgotten this lesson about “strategic voting,” also called the “Evil of the Two Lessers.”

I became an activist in Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and via that organization in the struggle to end the War in Vietnam. During that struggle, I learned a second lesson which would become useful: there is an American Ruling Class. Today it is known as “The One Percent.” It became evident to educated observers that, election after election, U.S. society continued on the same path, no matter which of the two evil parties would control Congress and the White House. Wars continued, prisons became more overcrowded, working people became poorer, and poor people became hungrier.

By way of example, when “peace” candidate James Earl Carter, Jr., won the presidency in 1976 after defeating President Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. (another “greater evil”), Carter took the peace dividend resulting from the end of the Vietnam War and invested it in a brand new nuclear arsenal (both submarine-launched and intercontinental ballistic missiles). Carter still tries to protect and project his image as a peace activist, while the whole world (outside the north American continent) knows who Carter still works for. After all, his nuclear arsenal still threatens the rest of the world.

Politically, there has been a consistent monopoly of power at the apex. The One Percent has seized control of the two major parties, and Democratic Party politicians have steadily and persistently promoted policies that have moved to the right. Just look at Democratic Party achievements: the destruction of the labor movement and the de-regulation of Wall Street, the Defense of Marriage Act, and an end to the safety net, welfare, as we knew it (President William Jefferson Clinton); a healthcare system dominated by finance capital and a billion dollar investment in a new nuclear arsenal (President Barak Hussein Obama, Jr.). Democrats have cooperated with Republicans in the exploitation of the Earth: protection of fossil fuel extraction with the most expensive military imaginable, and the repeated use of that military in undeclared oil wars in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Libya.

One item at a time, the Democratic Party has taken strips from the Republican Party’s political mantle, and stitched together for itself a new, conservative coat. To stay alive, the Republican Party has been forced further and further to the right and into the hands of a lunatic fringe. The Democratic Party is no longer the Party of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and it vigorously rejects any attempt (i.e. Bernard Sanders’) to return control to the grassroots.

For me, these were two important lessons: rejection of the Evil of the Two Lessers and understanding electoral politics as essential to the class struggle against The One Percent. The key question then became what to do with those two lessons.

Fortunately, the Green Party entered U.S. politics in 2000, running incorruptible Ralph Nader for President. Finally, we had a political party that stood for a grassroots platform, which had been unheard of in our country since 1945, the year I was born. Finally, there was a feminist, pacifist Party that had a plan for full employment at union wages, reparations for slavery, an end to climate change, redistribution of wealth from the One Percent, negotiation instead of intimidation, single-payer healthcare, legalization of marijuana and ending the drug war, and free public education through college graduation.

This year, The Evil of the Two Lessers has again become a rat race with Republicans and Democrats running in circles without resolving of any social problems. If you are searching for a political party which is not controlled by major corporations, it is time to look at the Green Party in your locale. Naturally, it will take some time for the Green Party to catch on, especially since it refuses corporate money. Perhaps it is time for you to vote for Jill Stein for President on Election Day. Perhaps it is time for you to join the Green Party and to run as a Green for local office in the 2017 election.

Chris Robinson is the Membership Secretary of the Green Party of Philadelphia. For more information, please contact 215-843-4256 and

Written on October 4, 2016

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Greens Urge Voters to Protest Debate

Green Party urges widespread protest by voters against decision by the Commission on Presidential Debates to bar alternative-party nominees

(WASHINGTON, DC) Green Party leaders are urging voters across the U.S. to express their anger in response to an announcement from the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) on Friday that alternative-party candidates would be barred from the debates. “Voters deserve the right to know about all the candidates who’ll be on the ballot on Election Day. The CPD has violated that right by rigging the debates. Americans should protest loudly and demand that control over the debates be taken away from the CPD,” said Dr. Cecile Lawrence, co-spokesperson for the Green Party’s National Women Caucus and 2010 candidate for U.S. Senator from New York.

Green presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein and running mate Ajamu Baraka have published a call for protest and civil disobedience at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island, the site of the first debate on Monday, September 26. “The debate rules aren’t meant to block ‘unviable’ candidates. They’re designed to stop alternative-party candidates from becoming viable,” said Julia Willebrand, co-spokesperson for the Green Party’s National Women Caucus and Green candidate for State Senate in New York’s District 31. “The CPD is not an impartial nonpartisan group. It’s controlled by Democratic and Republican Party leaders who want to keep the political field limited to their own parties and nominees. That’s a gross conflict of interest. The CPD shouldn’t be running the debates,” said Willebrand.

Greens said that any candidate with ballot lines in enough states to win, if enough voters voted for him or her, should be admitted to the debates. Based on this criterion, Stein and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and their running mates are qualified to participate in the debates. The Green Party will be on the ballot in 44 states and the District of Columbia, with voters in another three states able to write in Green candidates in the 2016 election. This number surpasses the previous Green high point in 2000, when nominee Ralph Nader appeared on the ballot in 43 states and the District.

“We invite all those who supported Bernie Sander’s political revolution during the primaries to join our demand for fair and open debates. Without Stein and Baraka, many ideas expressed by Sanders, like single-payer healthcare and restoring the Glass-Steagall Act, will be censored from the debates. No movement can survive if it participates in the silencing of its own agenda,” said Bahram Zandi, co-chair of the Green Party of the U.S.

Written on September 19, 2016

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The Green Party is a Party for Working People

By Jon Flanders, retired President and member of IAM Local Lodge 1145.

As Labor Day 2016 rolls around, workers in the U.S. face multiple attacks on their standard of living. Whether it is the threat of a trade agreement like the TPP which could nullify concessions wrung from corporations in a struggle, or cuts in pensions, increasingly unaffordable health insurance, stagnating wages and horrific environmental disasters, like the Baton Rouge floods. Everywhere a working person looks, menace looms.

This is not to say that there have not been victories. In some cities, advances have been made towards a $15 an hour minimum wage, and the Communication Workers of America (CWA) successfully pushed back Verizon in a hard fought strike. More working class movements like this are needed if the historic gains that were won in the great labor battles of the twentieth century are to be preserved in the twenty-first.

2016 is a presidential election year. The two major parties, who hold a virtual monopoly in the political field through links to their corporate masters, have managed to nominate two of the most unpopular candidates in most people’s memory. Their candidates roam the country, seeking votes from unhappy workers tired of empty promises for change and giving lip service to their demands. Both parties are counting on dislike for their opponent to convince reluctant voters to pull the lever for the “lesser evil.” What these candidates don’t do, is use their campaigns to build working class movements. Rather, they seek to divert activists from movement building into electoral campaigns.

Unlike most advanced capitalist countries, the working class of the U.S. does not have a party of its own. A party that is independent of the corporations that fund and dominate the Democrats and Republicans. Organized labor still finds itself in a futile struggle to get the Democratic Party to support its agenda.

There is, however, a pro-worker party on 41 state ballots in this year. The Green Party is a party that does not take corporate donations and takes the side of working people in their struggles for justice. The labor platform of the Campaign of Jill Stein for President and Ajamu Baraka for Vice President states the following:

“Jobs as a Right, and Key Support for Labor
“Create living-wage jobs for every American who needs work, replacing unemployment offices with employment offices. Government would be the employer of last resort, and the unemployed would have an enforceable right to make government provide work. Create direct public employment, as the Works Progress Administration did, in public services and public works for those who can’t find private employment.

“Advance workers’ rights to form unions, achieve workplace democracy, and keep a fair share of the wealth they create.

“Enact the Green Deal full-employment program to create 20 million green jobs in sustainable energy, mass transit, sustainable organic agriculture, clean manufacturing and improved infrastructure, as well as social work, teaching, health care, after-school and home care, drug rehabilitation and other service jobs.

“Provide grants and low-interest loans to green businesses and cooperatives, with an emphasis on small, locally-based companies that keep the wealth created by local labor circulating in the community, rather than being drained off to enrich absentee investors.

“Replace NAFTA and other corporate free-trade agreements that export American jobs, depress wages, and undermine the sovereign right of Americans and citizens of other countries to control their own economy and political choices. Enact fair-trade laws that benefits local workers and communities.

“Repeal the Taft-Hartley Act which banned secondary boycotts and permitted state “right-to-work” laws. Enact a federal just-cause law (to prohibit firing without just cause) and outlaw scabbing on striking workers.”

On this Labor Day the Green Party urges working people to break from the two-party duopoly and support the pro-worker candidates of the Green Party, Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka.


Written on September 5, 2016

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GPOP Membership Meeting, 9/28, 7:00 pm

Membership Meeting

Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 pm

Greens will gather to plan outreach for the Jill Stein Campaign for President.

Greens will also refine their strategy for representation at the polls during the General Election.

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: 215-843-4256 or email

Written on August 27, 2016

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No minutes from 8/24 Picnic/Pot-luck

Hello, GPOP News Member.
We had an excellent turnout for our Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Picnic/Pot-luck on Wednesday in Clark Park. We all had a chance to talk politics with many new people: 25 attended, including 6 members of GPOP News.
This event took the place of the August GPOP General Membership Meeting, and our next meeting will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 28 (location to be announced shortly).

Our action on the Jill Stein Campaign for President will begin after Labor Day, and you will be notified so that you can volunteer. There will also an Outreach Working Group meeting during September. If you would like to take a leadership role in our work for Jill Stein, I hope that you will join us then.
Of course, there will be no minutes posted to GPOP News from our Clark Park picnic, but I urge those of you who are not yet members of GPOP News to visit this link, and to follow the easy directions under “JOIN THIS GROUP.” You will then receive GPOP announcements more promptly.

It is Good to be Green!
Chris Robinson
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia


Written on August 26, 2016

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We Got Jill Stein on the PA Ballot

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #16, August 3, 2016

Hooray, Green Party Representative!
You did it! Jill Stein is on the PA ballot because of you. Fifteen Representatives from the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) turned in 1,391 signatures nominating Jill Stein for President. (More on that below.)
This report will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #15, which you received on July 2.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
On August 1, Green Party officers submitted the signatures of 21,713 Pennsylvania voters nominating Jill Stein for President of the U.S. Of that total, 1,391 signatures were collected by 15 Philadelphia Green Party Representatives, averaging 93 signatures per Representative. Here is a signature-count breakdown: triple digits from Charles, Chris R., Judy and Beverly; double digits from Bernadette Marie, James, Ernest, Vivek, Hillary, Mike, Belinda, Yakov, and Chris D.; and single digits from Melissa and Joan. Every signature you collected was important in getting Jill Stein on the ballot.
Since my last report, the following new Green Party Representatives have joined our campaign: Erik and Detrice Nicole (Fern Rock), Frank (Point Breeze), Joan (Germantown), and Khummit (Wynnefield). Thank you all for your interest in the Green Party. We now have 26 Green Party Representatives.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
For the last two months, five Green Party Representatives have been planning ways to spread the word about the Green Party and our candidate, Jill Stein. They have discussed door-to-door publicity, tabling on campuses, public events and telephone calls. Members attending the GPOP General Membership Meeting on July 20 approved the formation of an Outreach Working Group. If you would like to become a member of the new Outreach Working Group, its next meeting will take place at 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 18. Please contact me for the location.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
This task has been on hold, given the other Green Party Representatives’ attention to collecting signatures on our nominating petitions and other support for Green Party candidates.

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.”

Written on August 21, 2016

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Green Party’s Jill Stein Picks Running Mate

Green VP pick powerhouse of human rights and racial justice

By Dr. Jill Stein

In looking for a vice-presidential running mate, I sought a candidate who embodies the principles of equity and social justice underpinning our campaign, and who could inspire the millions of disaffected voters hungering for an alternative. In Ajamu Baraka, I found that candidate. Ajamu brings to the table an unwavering commitment to human rights and the interests of the dispossessed and disenfranchised that has been the hallmark of a career spanning more than 40 years of advocacy and activism.

From his roots with the Voter Education Project and the Black Liberation movement in the 1960s and ‘70s and continuing with his groundbreaking work against the death penalty with Amnesty International and as founding director of the U.S. Human Rights Network, Ajamu has fought for social justice while challenging the stranglehold on power that economic and political elites have enjoyed for decades at the expense of the majority. That belief has been honed to a fine edge by experience, and the breadth of Ajamu’s experience at both the executive and grassroots levels. This makes him uniquely qualified to represent those who feel unrepresented in the political process. Among his qualifications: He has served on the boards of national and international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International (USA), the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Center for Human Rights Education, and the National Coalition for the Abolishment of the Death Penalty.

No stranger to public policy issues, he is also an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, D.C, and a regular contributor to media outlets such as CNN, the BBC, the Tavis Smiley Show, ABC’s World News Tonight, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Telemundo. In all of this, he eloquently challenges the triple threat to justice identified by Martin Luther King — racism, militarism and extreme materialism – in its many forms, domestic and international.

His candid, unflinching perspectives on American exceptionalism, warmongering, and sanctioned violence against communities in the U.S. have engaged and furthered the debate worldwide. His dedication, core values and vision for a better world have never been compromised by political expediency or a perceived need to soft pedal his frontline perspective for professional or personal gain. Those values include the baseline truth, made painfully obvious in recent years, that change cannot and will not come from the top and trickle down to the masses, but must instead originate with the people and in the communities most affected by the institutional and de facto barriers that obstruct their constitutionally guaranteed rights. As Ajamu says, “I have always worked to build autonomous political power among those most in need of change, because history clearly shows that it is only through their own agency that they can ensure their interests will be protected and advanced.”

Ajamu’s big-picture understanding will expand our effort to support and unify the many perspectives that have traditionally divided dissidents into separate camps despite their common foe – with an agenda that includes economic, social, environmental, racial, gender, indigenous and immigrant justice. “Injustice in any one arena bleeds into every other, ” he says. “You can’t fix the environment without addressing racial inequities or economic oppression. We must join forces and see that our particular interests dovetail with those of our neighbors even if the specifics may seem superficially unrelated.” Ajamu’s life’s work has embodied the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. I can think of no better choice to join me in this hour of unprecedented crisis, and I am therefore honored and excited that my running mate in the 2016 presidential election will be Ajamu Baraka: activist, writer, intellectual and organizer with a powerful voice, vision, and lifelong commitment to building the political revolution whose time has come.

Dr. Jill Stein is expected to be formally nominated as the Presidential candidate of the Green Party at their national convention in Houston on Saturday, August 6th.
The views expressed by Contributors are their own and are not the views of The Hill.

Written on August 6, 2016

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Green Party and Jill Stein Supporters March in Philly on Monday, 7/25

Philadelphia, PA – The Jill Stein for President campaign is helping to organize several events in Philadelphia during the week of the Democratic National Convention (DNC). The main event will be the Jill Stein Power to the People Rally on Monday, July 25, from 6 to 9 PM at FDR Park, following the March for our Lives (may start earlier depending upon end of march). It will take place underneath a tent at the cross-section of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue across from the Wells Fargo Center where the DNC is taking place. There are only 300 chairs available so reserve a place early if you know you will need to be seated rather than standing. RSVP here.

Jill will also speak Wednesday night (7/27) at the Socialist Convergence and hopefully on the Saturday before at the People’s Convention.

The Power to the People rally (7/25) will highlight the Green New Deal, creating 20 million new jobs by transitioning to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030. This rally will include an end to unemployment, hunger and homelessness; money for education; affordable, accessible housing; living wages; and an end to the prison industrial complex. Speakers and musicians will include 2016 Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein, Chris Hedges, Immortal Technique, Medea Benjamin, Mic Crenshaw, Cheri Honkala, and Howie Hawkins. Contact Galen Tyler (galenkwru@…, 215-883-9771) with questions or comments about the rally.

The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) will host the MARCH FOR OUR LIVES March of the Poor, Homeless, Unemployed in Philly at the DNC. Monday July 25, 3 PM. Start at City Hill. Join the PPEHRC in the fight for economic justice by protesting the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia! Join Us in Demanding an End to Unemployment, Hunger and Homelessness, Money for Education, Single Payer Health Care, Affordable, Accessible Housing, Living Wages, and an End to the Prison Industrial Complex. Money for the poor not for WAR!

PPEHRC is inspired by and a continuation of the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign. PPEHRC is one of the largest poor people’s movements representing dozens of grass roots groups led by the poor, that is a multi-racial, multi-generational organization of both women and men. The March for Our Lives has been endorsed by Jill Stein for President, Green Party of the U.S., and the Green Party of Philadelphia. Please join with the Green Party in marching in support of this important event.

Written on July 31, 2016

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Minutes, GPOP Membership Meeting, 7/20/’16

GPOP Membership Meeting, 7-20-2016, 7 p.m.
Calvary Center for Culture and Community, 815 South 48th Street, Philadelphia
Meeting Minutes

Present: Alia Rahman, Yakov Kronrod, Chris Diaz, Hillary Kane, Ernst Schulte, Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture, Chris Robinson, Royce Adams, Patrick Doyle, Charles Sherrouse, Belinda Davis (Chair Galen Tyler was unable to attend because of preparation for the coming march, rally, Stein campaign contingent, etc.)

Introductions, and a welcome to newcomers.

Announcements included:
–Reminder of the national Green Party convention in Houston, 8/4-8/7.
–There will be an Ignite Peace anti-drone demonstration (endorsed by GPOP) on 7/30 in Horsham, at the PA Air Guard Station.

Outreach Working Group
A new outreach working group has been formed, so far including Chris D., Galen, Alia, Chris R., Yakov, and Vivek. The group is committed to neighborhood-based, long-term recruitment, engagement, and maintenance of new members. Minutes of the subcommittee meetings can be found on GoogleDocs; the link can be shared with interested GPOP members. Members voted to formally approve the working group, whose members will speak on behalf of the party. It was determined that, in lieu of an August monthly membership meeting, which we often let fall in any case, we will have a potluck recruiting event on 8/24. It will take place in Clark Park; rain location will be Hillary’s house (5031 Catherine).

March 4 Our Lives & Power to the People Rally, 7/25
Patrick presented to the assembled his vision of a spectacle for both, offering at once a means of keeping participants engaged and unified and an excellent photo op for the media. This will be done through the scale and height brought to the march via great flags and signs on high poles. These, along with some of the megaphones purchased for the march, will also remain useful for GPOP in the future. We discussed how to manage with a deficiency of volunteers. Greens from around the country will arrive at the march early (1:30-2) to take the flags and signs, also to lead chants.
For the rally itself, we still have a list of needed items, which has been posted to GPOP listservs. Alia also sought GPOP members to call those who have signed up online to work with the Stein campaign to volunteer at the rally. She encouraged everyone who could to bring GoPros and other action cams, to record events at the march and rally, important in the case of any police improprieties. Chris R. will bring the GPOP banner for the table at the rally. Alia will have GPUS/GPOP cards made up to distribute at the rally, along with the sale of t-shirts she has designed and had made (to benefit GPOP) and the Stein campaign’s own merchandise.

GPPA Delegate Meeting, 7/24
Hillary announced that GPPA quarterly state meeting, on 7/24, will take place at Penn Newman Center, 37th and Chestnut. Attendees should come at 10:30, and also bring all petitions (whether fully or partially completed, and signed by the signature collector as required on the back) to submit. The single piece of business at the meeting will begin at 11:00, which is a vote on a new state logo. The assembled will then continue on to join in the Clean Energy climate march, where Greens will march in the anti-TPP contingent, led by Margaret Flowers.
As to petitioning: it appears that we are virtually set in terms of signatures needed to get Jill Stein on the ballot in PA, with 200-300% of the needed 5,000 signatures, Hillary reported.
Further discussion of the final months of the presidential campaign was tabled, though members will continue to work closely on publicity and events.

Treasurer’s Report
Hillary distributed a detailed financial report, showing a current balance of $1367.49. She suggested that we could waive discussion of financial support for Galen’s flight to the national meeting because it appears there will be national underwriting. Members approved expenditure of up to $300 for the informational cards that we will distribute at the rally and elsewhere.

Respectfully submitted by Belinda Davis, GPOP Recording Secretary on July 27.

Written on July 31, 2016

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Greens to Meet, 7/20, 7:00 pm


Membership Meeting
Wednesday, July 20, 7:00 pm

Dr. Jill Stein for President.

Calvary Center for Culture and Community
801 South 48th Street (at Baltimore Avenue)
Cedar Park, West Philadelphia
(Easily accessible via SEPTA 34 Trolley)

This meeting will be 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

Written on July 10, 2016

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Jill Stein Has Successful Visit to Germantown

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #15, July 2, 2016

Hello, Green Party Representative.
Jill Stein spent the afternoon with us at the Juneteenth Celebration in Germantown. I have already sent a “thank you” email to the Green Party Representatives who helped organize this event. We collected quite a few signatures on nomination papers, and Jill brought in seven new Green Party Representatives (see below). I have also posted a “welcome” email to our new members.

This report will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #14, which you received on June 10.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Green Party Representatives have now collected more than 1,000 signatures on nominating petitions. So far, nine Representatives have turned in signed petitions, averaging 112 signatures per Representative (high = 269; low = 29). As you can see, we need every single signature you collect. We have another 12 Representatives (some of them new) who have not yet turned in nominating petitions. Please let me know when I can pick up signed nominating petitions from you.
Since Report #14, the following new Green Representatives have joined our campaign: Vivek (Center City East), Jill (Wister), Chris (Fairhill), Jakov (University City), Alia (Center City Southwest), Erik (Fern Rock) and Melissa (Holmesburg). We are looking for more people to join us as Green Party Representatives. Please ask your friends for their help.
Remember, I need to know when I may pick up signed petitions from you.

Here are also some excellent events where we plan to collect nomination signatures in nice weather:
New Venue. Spruce Street Harbor Park, Waterfront Live Music, 6:30 pm, Columbus Boulevard at Spruce Street, Philadelphia. We have never before collected signatures at this venue because it is new. Please let us know if you find that this is a good location.
July 6. Pastorius Park Free Concert (Aldo Brazil). 6:30 pm, Millman Street at Hartwell Lane in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.
July 9 and 10. Hispanic Fiesta, 2:00 pm, Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 South Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia.
July 13. Pastorius Park Free Concert (Wesley Stace). 6:30 pm, Millman Street at Hartwell Lane in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.
July 14. Gorgas Park Free Concert, North Ridge Music School Band & The Pie Eyed Preachers, 7:00 pm, 6400 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough, Philadelphia.
July 16. Celebrating Women in Jazz, noon, Saunders Park Greene, East 39th Street at Powelton Avenue in Powelton, Philadelphia.
July 16. Bastille Day Festival, an afternoon of populist panache, 5:30 pm. The Bearded Ladies, an experimental cabaret troupe, will present the entire French Revolution in an hour-long spectacle of song, dance, beheading, and raining Tastykakes.
The key to petitioning at concerts is GET THERE EARLY, collect signatures while people are entering, and then enjoy the music.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
This task has been on hold, given the Green Party Representatives’ attention to collecting signatures on our nominating petitions and other support for Green Party candidates.
Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
Green Party Representative Robert Jaffe videoed Jill Stein during her afternoon campaigning in Germantown. Robert’s video will be available soon. During that campaign event, Randy Lobasso did a podcast for the Bicycle Coalition in which he asked Jill Stein about her transportation platform. You may find Randy’s podcast here.

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.”

Written on July 10, 2016

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

Saturday, July 9
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Su Xing House,
1508 Sansom Street,

215-843-4256 and

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.


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

Written on June 28, 2016

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