Philly Green Party

GPOP Quarterly Report to GPPA, May 16, 2015

The Green Party of Philadelphia has been very active since the last Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Delegate Meeting on March 21, 2015, in State College, PA. We have focused our efforts on outreach to Philadelphia’s voters and on collecting nomination signatures for our two local candidates.
From March 21 through March 25, GPOP members participated in the Voters March across Philadelphia to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Voters March in Selma, AL. This event was organized by Green Party candidate Glenn Davis and endorsed by GPOP.

On March 25, 13 people attended the GPOP General Membership Meeting. They elected delegates to GPPA for one-year terms. Those delegates will be Kristin Combs, Alex Gillett, Eric Hamell, Hillary Kane, Chris Robinson and Galen Tyler. Richard Kane was elected to be an alternate delegate. Chris Robinson reported the results of this election to the GPPA Chair. Minutes of this meeting can be found here,

On March 28, GPOP members participated in the monthly demonstration against a drone-warfare command center under construction at the Horsham Air Reserve Station (formerly the Willow Grove Naval Air Station) in Montgomery County. We were joined by Greens from Delaware, Lancaster and Montgomery Counties. One third of the demonstrators were Green Party members. Later on March 28, GPOP members attended the Beef & Beer Fundraiser for the May Day Festival (see below). We had a good turnout and collected nomination signatures while partying.

In early April, GPOP Chair Glenn Davis was elected to the board of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project (PUP),

At the GPOP City Committee Meeting on April 8, there was a discussion of where to host the next GPPA Delegates Meeting. Philadelphia County had been asked by the last GPPA Delegate Meeting to host this meeting because GPPA Delegates wanted to assist the campaigns of Kristin Combs for Philadelphia City Council Member at Large and Glenn Davis for Philadelphia City Commissioner. We began the task of finding a location, coordinating with the two campaign committees and planning entertainment for the visiting Greens.

On April 19, Chris Robinson notified the GPPA Chair that GPOP had reserved the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association,, for the GPPA Delegate Meeting on May 30. Jay Sweeney then notified GPOP by telephone that the GPPA Steering Committee had changed the site of the 5/30 Delegate Meeting to Swarthmore, PA.

At the GPOP General Membership Meeting on April 22, the 11 people present approved a GPOP News Release, “Greens Say Fund Schools Without Property Tax Increase.” This release was posted to the media on April 23, and it has appeared online at four sites. See: GPOP members also voted on April 22 to endorse the campaign to end poverty of mothers and children, which is being organized by Global Women’s Strike, GPOP urges other Green Party locals to endorse this struggle.

On April 25, GPOP members attended the monthly demonstration against a drone-warfare command center under construction in the Horsham, Montgomery County (see first March 28 entry for details). This time, only one fifth of the demonstrators were Green Party members. The demonstration organizers asked Chris Robinson to contact other Greens to stimulate greater participation. Chris sent an email to lists hosted by the Green Party of Bucks, Delaware, Lancaster and Montgomery Counties.

On May 1, GPOP members attended the May Day Festival in Clark Park, University City. They tabled and collected nomination signatures. Vivek Ananthan deserves applause as an organizer of this event. The May Day Festival was endorsed by GPOP and also by GPPA.

On May 2, GPOP tabled at Mount Airy Day in northwest Philadelphia. We collected nomination signatures, handed out GPOP literature, and shook hands with all of the candidates for Mayor of Philadelphia.

On May 13, the GPOP City Committee heard reports from the Davis and Combs campaigns, planned the next General Membership Meeting, and agreed to a new fundraising plan. Our fundraising will be centered on phone banking and a new Green Night Out diner/social.

For information on the two electoral campaigns taking place in Philadelphia, we urge interested Greens to contact each of the two campaigns. At this point there has been no coordination, but it is still early. Here are their sites for further information: Kristin Combs for City Council Member at Large,, and Glenn Davis for City Commissioner,

We hope that other Green Party chapters will let members of GPOP know of their events by posting to our discussion list, . Only members may post, but that is not difficult if you follow the east directions under “Join Group.”
Thank you,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
City Committee Member at Large
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)

PS: This quarterly report has also appeared here:,,, and


Written on May 16, 2015

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Greens to Meet in Roxborough

Wednesday, May 27
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Dream House Asian Bistro
6127 Ridge Avenue (north of Green Lane)
Roxborough, Philadelphia
(Easily accessible via SEPTA 9 or 27 Bus)

More information from 215-243-7103 and

Please join us to discuss the outcome
of the 2014 Primary Election and what it means for
our two Green Party candidates,

Kristin Combs for City Council,,  and

Glenn Davis for City Commissioner,

Are there specific issues that have been ignored by the
two corporate parties?
Let’s talk and decide what to do!

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

Written on May 14, 2015

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Green Party says, “Fund schools without property tax increase”

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, objects to Mayor Michael Nutter’s budget for Fiscal 2016 because it heaps the cost of school services upon poor and working people. Meeting on April 22 at Cavanaugh’s Restaurant in University City, Green Party members rejected Nutter’s proposed tax increases and urged Philadelphia’s City Council to tax the wealthy to pay for the public education of future citizens.

In his budget address on March 5, Nutter requested that City Council provide $103 million more for public education. Green Party members agree with this request. Chris Robinson, a member of the GPOP City Committee from Germantown (Ward 59), said, “For too long, our city and state leaders have starved public education. Mayor Nutter should have made this request six years ago. The Green Party has highlighted this problem for many years, and we will continue to argue for a larger investment in public education.”

While visiting Kensington Health Sciences Academy on April 9, Nutter added some additional criteria for funding an increase in public school investment. He said, “Let’s cut the phoniness. Let’s be serious about educating kids.” The press reported that Nutter then asked for “concrete, achievable, and annually-recurring plans” to come up with the cash.

Nutter would like to pay for this investment with another increase in property tax, which is not supported by the Green Party. The Green Party City Committee decided in 2012 that the best way to pay for quality public education was to get the money from giant businesses and mega nonprofits.

The Green Party has long opposed the take-backs forced on school employees by a School Reform Commission appointed by failed-Governor Tom Corbett. The Green Party has also opposed tax increases on poor and working people, like the cigarette tax passed by City Council in 2014.

Since 2012, the Green Party has urged City Council and the Mayor to fund an increased investment in public education using methods which are concrete, achievable and annually recurring. Any of the following three methods, which will tax the wealthy, will meet the criteria of both Mayor Nutter and Green Party members:

CUT THE FREE PASS. City Council should reduce the current 10-year property-tax free pass to just five years. The current free pass benefits the new, the few, and the well-to-do, while making long-time residents and businesses pay more.

GOOD NEIGHBOR PAYMENTS. Right now, the mega nonprofits (think, Hahnemann University Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania, and others) pay no taxes on their profitable property. Since these nonprofits use city services (think, police and fire), Mayor Nutter now has a duty to issue an executive order on such payments, which was requested of him by Council on March 26.

USE AND OCCUPANCY (U&O) REFORM. Philadelphia’s 2013 AVI reform of real estate taxes shifted $200 million dollars away from businesses and onto homeowners. Instead of another property tax increase like the one requested by Nutter, City Council should raise the U&O tax rate on big businesses to restore fairness to the property-tax code. This change should exempt small businesses.

These three funding methods would allow poor and working citizens to see a better education for their children, while having that investment paid for by giant businesses and mega nonprofits that require a better-educated supply of labor and customers.

Hillary Kane, treasurer of GPOP from Cedar Park (Ward 46), said, “Education of all children should be one of our main responsibilities.” Kane, who is also a delegate to the Green Party National Committee, points to the Green Party Platform, which says, “We must stop disinvestment in education and instead put it at the top of our social and economic agenda. Effective schools have sufficient resources. Too many of our teachers are overworked, underpaid, and starved of key materials.”

The Green Party has also published a proposal for Philadelphia’s public schools, which describes the structural changes needed to improve public education. This document can be found by visiting

The Green Party is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of social justice, nonviolence, grassroots democracy, and ecological wisdom. For more information about the Green Party of Philadelphia, please telephone 215-243-7103 or email

Written on April 25, 2015

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Minutes, GPOP General Membership Meeting, March 25, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, held at Liberty Choice Market in Kensington, Philadelphia.

Meeting called to order at 7:15 pm by facilitator Julian Robinson.
City Committee Members present: Glenn Davis, Eric Hamell, Chris Robinson, Julian Robinson and Galen Tyler.
City Committee Members absent: Hillary Kane (excused).
Others present: Zoe Buckwalter, Kristin Combs, Chuck Cannon, Alex Gillett, Richard Kane, David Lamando, Andrew Mattei, and Ernest Schulte.
Chris offered to take minutes in the absence of a GPOP Recording Secretary. Chris sent Draft Minutes to those present on March 30 and received one correction from Kristin Combs. The final minutes were posted on April 2, 2015.

During April, Hillary Kane has volunteered to take minutes.

Coming events
March 28, Rally Against the Drone War Command Center in Horsham,
April 4, MLK Dare March,
April 8, GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, Cavanaugh’s Restaurant,
April 19, GPOP Finance Committee Meeting, 3:00 pm, at Hillary Kane’s house,
April 22, GPOP General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, at Northern Liberties Neighbor Association,
June 25 – 28, U.S. Social Forum.

Introduction of those Present
Amendments to Proposed Agenda

Report from GPOP Chair Glenn Davis
Glenn spent the last five days leading the Voters March across Philadelphia. 28 people participated in the March. There was coverage in the Westside Weekly Newspaper,
Galen thought this march was valuable in contacting neighbors and valuable for the students who participated.

Report on GPPA Delegates Meeting on 3/21
Chris gave an overview of the meeting. A new GPPA Steering Committee was elected by the delegates. Two GPOP members will hold office during 2015. Hillary was re-elected as GPPA Secretary, and Vivek Ananthan was elected GPPA Member at Large. The GPPA Delegates voted to donate $100.00 to each of GPOP’s candidates for election in 2015 (see below).

Election of GPPA Delegates from GPOP
GPOP members elected the following people to be their delegates to GPPA: Kristin Combs, Alex Gillett, Eric Hamell, Hillary Kane, Chris Robinson and Galen Tyler. Richard Kane was elected to be an alternate delegate.

Report on Combs for City Council Member at Large Campaign
Kristin has nomination petitions ready, and her campaign is circulating them. She is still refraining from a media blast, but she is responding to individual media requests.

Report on Davis for City Commissioner Campaign
Democratic candidate for City Commissioner Dennis Less has been thrown off the ballot, and Stephanie Singer’s nomination petitions are under attack. These two candidates had been endorsed by Neighborhood Networks, leaving an opening for liberal Democrats to endorse Glenn Davis.
Alex withdrew his criticism of Glenn’s 2014 campaign for PA State Representative, which he had expressed at the February GPOP General Membership Meeting.

Report by Membership Secretary Eric Hamell
Eric plans to increase GPOP publicity on social media using ideas from “Change of Heart,” a book that explains the value of social media tactics. Eric says that this will be a low-cost way to increase GPOP’s visibility.

GPOP Registration with U.S. Social Forum
Hillary had proposed that GPOP register with the U.S. Social Forum (cost $200). Questions were raised about Hillary’s plan to raise that money. GPOP members agreed to spend $200 for GPOP to register with U.S. Social Forum and asked the GPOP City Committee to devise a plan to raise that amount at the City Committee meeting on April 8.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm.

Written on April 2, 2015

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Membership Meeting

Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 pm

Greens will gather to hear news of:

Kristin Combs Campaign for City Council Member At Large,,  and

Glenn Davis Campaign for City Commissioner,

Election of delegates to
Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA).

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

Written on March 15, 2015

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Green Party VP candidate Honkala challenges standardized testing of students

Green Party Watch, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

2012 Green VP candidate Cheri Honkala challenges standardized testing in Philadelphia schools -standardized-testing-in-philadelphia-schools/

In Philadelphia, PA, the Green Party’s 2012 Vice Presidential candidate is taking a leading role in public school parents’ challenges to high stakes standardized testing. Cheri Honkala, the parent of a child in the Philadelphia public school system, is also the national coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.

In October, Honkala sent and published a letter to the principal of her son’s school requesting that he receive permission to opt-out of a number of state-mandated standardized tests. She wrote that “standardized testing is against our religious and philosophical beliefs.” Opting out of the tests would “allow [her son] to pursue other educational activities such as independent reading, book reports, research projects, volunteering in the library, etc.” Several weeks later, Honkala and her organization followed up by participating in a forum on standardized testing at Philadelphia City Hall.

Recently, organizing and publicity surrounding high stakes testing in Philadelphia has started garnering more attention. Last week, Honkala participated in a public forum on opting out of the tests. The “Test-In” was put together by a coalition of organizations in Philadelphia, including the Caucus of Working Educators, Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools, Teacher Action Group, Philadelphia Student Union, Parents United for Public Education, & Action United. The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign is also part of the coalition.

The Examiner gave some context to the meeting:
“The Opt-Out movement is growing in Philadelphia. After parents and teachers took a stand against standardized testing at Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences, there has been an informational informal meeting about how parents can opt out hosted at the district-wide Home and School Association and several articles written about the movement itself. Superintendent Hite just recently gave a statement that the School District of Philadelphia will make sure that parents receive information about their opt out options. The national outcry against testing and the inherent flaws are not limited to Philadelphia or the surrounding suburbs, but are evident in New York City and Chicago too. The fear and intimidation surrounding testing can render parents, teachers, and administrators silent and powerless, but now there is another opportunity to be informed of the opt out process that is available in Pennsylvania.”

Meanwhile, in a story that Honkala linked on her Facebook profile, the Washington Post is reporting that in nearby New York state, 60,000 students opted out of similar testing in 2014. For Honkala and PPEHRC, this is one more in a line of fights surrounding public education in Philadelphia. Last year, Honkala was arrested in an act of civil disobedience defending her son’s elementary school from being one of dozens closed by the school district.

More recently, the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, has nominated Kristin Combs for City Council. Combs is competing against Republicans for one of two seats that must go to a minority party. She is a public school teacher and advocate against the ongoing cuts to Philadelphia public schools. Her education platform, which is central to her campaign, states that “every school aged child deserves access to a meaningful public education, and Philadelphia’s current climate does not allow for this.” Stay tuned for more on Combs’s campaign.


Written on March 10, 2015

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GPOP Elects New Leadership

On the evening of February 25, the members of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, met at the Philadelphia Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square to elect a new City Committee for 2015.

Glenn Davis of Haddington (Ward 4), the incumbent Chair of GPOP, was re-elected to that office. Two other incumbent officers were also re-elected: Hillary Kane of Cedar Park (Ward 46) as Treasurer; and Eric Hamell of Germantown (Ward 59) as Membership Secretary. The three City Committee Members at Large will be Chris Robinson from Germantown (Ward 59); Julian Robinson from Cedar Park (Ward 46); and Galen Tyler from Holmesburg (Ward 64). Chris Robinson and Galen Tyler were incumbents re-elected to the same office.

Green Chair Glenn Davis, explained, “I would like to see the GPOP City Committee continue as a team effort to build our party’s membership. I also plan to bring new people into our active organization by mentoring new leadership. As our party grows, we will begin to appoint our own ward leaders and committee people.”

Eric Hamell offered these thoughts on his re-election, “As GPOP Membership Secretary I intend to explore new and creative, evidence-based ways of involving current members and attracting new ones, drawing on the best evidence from the study of social influence and social networking.”

“The Green Party turned an important corner last year,” reasoned Chris Robinson. “We were back on the ballot with a candidate for PA State Representative, and this year we are looking forward to having two excellent candidates on the ballot for local office: Kristin Combs for City Council Member at Large,, and Glenn Davis for City Commissioner, Last year Green Party registration was up six percent, and we plan to do much better in 2015.”

Julian Robinson tendered these plans, “In the up-coming year, I would like the Green Party to be together in one accord to help strengthen this party. I will work with our team to help embellish our party and help it grow under the mentorship of Glenn Davis.”

The Green Party is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of nonviolence, grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom and social justice. For more information about the Green Party of Philadelphia, please telephone 215-243-7103 or email

Written on March 7, 2015

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Green Party Goals for PA Electoral Reform

On Friday, January 2, the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, requested the assistance of governor-elect Tom Wolf in reforming the Pennsylvania election process. Leaders of the Green Party pointed out six reforms that would make elections more just and that would increase the participation of eligible voters. These reforms are already common practice in other states and cities.

Green Party Goals for PA Electoral Reform
Approved, January 2, 2015

The members of the City Committee of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, hold that fair elections, involving the maximum number of citizens, are the cornerstone of a representative democracy.

The members of the GPOP City Committee therefore request that Governor-elect Tom Wolf approve the following electoral reforms. Most of these reforms have already been enacted in cities and states around the nation. Some of these reforms will require legislation, and some will require the cooperation of the appointed Pennsylvania Secretary of State or the elected County Commissions of Pennsylvania’s 67 Counties.

Open the elections to minor parties
Pennsylvania should change the nomination process to allow the candidates of minor political parties (sometimes called “third parties”) to participate. A political party should be recognized by the Secretary of State once it has at least 0.05 percent of the total number of voters registered in their party. This process is used in other States, such as Delaware. Following this model, candidates from minor parties, like the two established parties, would have no signature requirement to have their names placed on the November ballot. Currently, the Voters Choice Act (SB 195) would make this reform happen. (That legislation was previously known as SB 21.)

End corruption in regulation of elections.
The PA Secretary of State and the elected County Commissioners should clean up the electoral process. Pennsylvania’s elections should be run by non-partisan committees: no favorites, no endorsements, no ward leaders. The non-partisan committees that manage our elections must be free from political influence, and committee members should not be involved in the management of political parties.

Paper record of votes at every polling place
The Democratic primary in Philadelphia’s Second City Council District was won in 2011 by less than 50 votes. The losers could not demand a re-count because our voting machines do not have a paper record of the vote. THIS IS WRONG. We need voting machines with a verified paper record at each polling place.

Decent pay for polling place officials
Polling place officials (judge of election, majority inspector and minority inspector) are paid less than minimum wage. THIS IS WRONG. These are the people who insure the integrity of the electoral system and guarantee our right to a fair and honest election. Make sure they receive a decent, respectable wage.

Registration and education of new voters
Since the Pennsylvania Secretary of State is responsible for the registration of voters, that office should have a department with funding to actively register and educate new voters. This department should focus on the registration of returning veterans, high school seniors, college freshmen and formerly-incarcerated people.

Instant runoff voting to achieve majority rule
In many of Pennsylvania’s primary and general elections, candidates for state and county office win with less than fifty percent of the vote. For example, in the Democratic primary for Philadelphia’s 8th City Council District, the winning candidate in 2011 received only 39% of the vote. The Philadelphia City Commission declared “the winner” to be a person who 61% of the voters had voted against. THIS IS WRONG. We need instant runoff voting (IRV) to determine which candidate has the support of a majority of the voters. IRV is widely used by nations and political parties around the world. Within the U.S., IRV is used in local elections in California, Maine, Minnesota and Massachusetts and in leadership elections within the Green Party.
Kristin Combs, Recording Secretary
Hillary Kane, Treasurer
Eric Hamell, Membership Secretary
Bernadette Cronin-Geller, At Large
Chris Robinson, At Large
for the City Committee
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)

Written on January 4, 2015

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GPOP Approves of Cancellation of PGW Sale

The City Committee of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, approves of the cancellation of the sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) to UIL Holdings. The Green Party is also looking forward to a new plan for Philadelphia to become a hub of sustainable energy.

While the headlines read “Nutter faults Council: Clarke blasts mayor,” none of that bickering mattered to the GPOP City Committee. The important thing for the Green Party was that a terrible disaster had been temporarily derailed. In June 2012, the GPOP City Committee took a firm stand against the sale of PGW saying that “Mayor Michael Nutter has failed to make his case in favor of selling PGW to the highest bidder.” [See: Greens Stand Against Sale of Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW),” June 2012, GPOP News Release,]

The reasons for Green Party opposition to the sale of PGW were more principled that those of Philadelphia’s City Council. The Green Party has historically stood against privatization, the process of transferring ownership of a public service or property from the government to a for-profit business or to a non-profit organization.

“PGW is not unique,” said Kristin Combs of Port Richmond, GPOP recording secretary, “Many of Philadelphia’s services, including public schools, risk privatization. The Green Party will work to ensure that public services are structured to serve the community, not corporations.”

“The Green Party is opposed to privatization of the Philadelphia Prison System, Streets Department and Water Department,” said Glenn Davis of Haddington, GPOP chair. Generally, the Green Party platform says that Greens are “firmly opposed to privatization and contracting-out of public services. A government that works for us would provide critical goods and services that should not be run for profit.”

In 2012, Belinda Davis of Chestnut Hill, then-treasurer of GPOP, warned, “Privatization of basic utilities is the most egregious example of erring on the side of profit for the few at the expense of the needs of the many. After the most recent examples of corporate greed and its disastrous effects, why would the city even think of selling PGW, except as a short-term budgetary fix? This is short-sighted in the extreme, and the residents of Philadelphia will have to pay for it.”

During 2013, the Green Party joined a coalition of labor unions and consumer, neighborhood and environmental organizations opposed to the privatization of PGW. The Keep PGW Public Coalition maintained a lobbying presence in the offices of City Council and in the streets of Philadelphia.

It is clear that the Green Party is the only political party with a progressive plan for advancing the economy of the Delaware Valley and creating living-wage jobs for every worker. Chris Robinson of Germantown, a member of the GPOP City Committee, said, “Greens plan to make Philadelphia a hub for sustainable energy by expanding research and development of solar, wind and geothermal energy and expanding public transit. When Greens defeat the two corporate parties, we will reduce the demand for energy through worker-owned conservation co-ops, and Philadelphia will become a green city in fact — not just in name.”

The Green Party of Philadelphia is an independent political party which stands for ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy, and non-violence. For more information about the GPOP, please contact 215-243-7103 and

Written on December 15, 2014

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Green Party Excited by Prospects in 2015

The City Committee of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, thanks Glenn Davis for his exciting campaign for PA House District 190. Glenn Davis,, gave the voters of District 190 a unique alternative to the incumbent. Running on a marginal budget, Davis was honored to receive the vote of 734 of his neighbors, which was 4.3 percent of the total.

The Green Party is planning to build upon Davis’ success by running candidates in local Philadelphia elections to be held during 2015. Chris Robinson, a member of the Green Party City Committee, said, “People who are fed up with the two corporate parties should consider running for office on the Green Party ballot line. Most voters understand that the Democrats and Republican have no plan to improve our quality of life. The corporate politicians seem content to keep our children uneducated, they have no desire to reverse climate change, and they are unconcerned about mass incarceration. Only the Green Party runs candidates on a platform to improve our culture, our economy and our environment.”

“The Green Party also plans to educate voters and register new Green Party members during 2015,” said Glenn Davis, who is the chair of the Greens’ City Committee. “We will spread the word that there is now an independent alternative to the two corporate parties, a Green Party that takes no funding from corporations.”

Hillary Kane, the Green Party’s treasurer, said, “I am looking forward to 2015, which will be a local election year. We have so many important issues here in Philadelphia such as public school funding and high poverty. I will be excited to get behind a Green Party candidate who will shed light on these crucial matters.”

For more information about running for local office as a Green Party candidate or becoming a member of the Green Party of Philadelphia, please contact 215-243-7103 and

Written on November 28, 2014

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Greens to Meet

Greens to Meet Wednesday, June 25 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Northern Liberties Neighbors Association 700 North Third Street (at Fairmount) More information from 215-243-7103 and Please join us to discuss the campaign of Paul Glover, the Green Party candidate for governor, We look forward to your participation. This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge.

Written on June 20, 2014

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Philly Greens Call for Runoff Voting

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, has issued a call for a reform of the voting procedures used in Pennsylvania. At the present time, a candidate for office is able to declare victory and take office without earning the support of a majority of the voters.

The problem with the present voting system became evident in the Democratic Party primary election held on May 20. There were several electoral contests in which a victor was declared even though a majority of voters cast their ballots for other candidates.

“The Pennsylvania system is unjust,” said Glenn Davis, a chair of the Green Party City Committee from Hestonville in West Philadelphia. “We call this a representative democracy, but we insult that name with every ballot cast.”

“During the May primary,” explained Chris Robinson, member of the GPOP City Committee from Germantown, “the most influential contest in which democracy was flaunted was the state-wide primary to choose a Democratic Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor.” Mike Stack was declared the winner, even though he earned only 47 percent of the vote. A total of 394,325 Democrats (53 percent) voted against Stack and in favour of one his four opponents. Robinson continued, “This clear example demonstrates that our failing electoral system allows a candidate to advance without the support of a majority of the electorate.”

The political platform of the Green Party of the U.S. says, “We believe in majority rule and reject the present method of election without a majority. Accordingly, we call for the use of instant runoff voting . . . to guarantee that the winner has majority support and that voters are not relegated to choosing between the lesser of two evils.”

A more egregious example was the declaration of Brendan Boyle as the winner of the Democratic Party’s primary for District 13 of the U.S. House of Representatives. Boyle earned only 41 percent of the vote, while 35,871 Democrats (59 percent) voted against Boyle and in favour of one his three opponents.

There were similar problems with the primaries for PA State House of Representatives. Karen Chellew was declared the victor in District 145 with only 43 percent of the voters on her side. Leslie Acosta was declared the victor in District 197 with only 49 percent of the voters in her corner.

Perhaps the most outrageous scorning of democracy took place in the Democratic Party’s primary for PA Senate District 4. In that contest, Art Haywood has been called the victor with only 40 percent of the vote. A total of 24,030 Democrats (60 percent) voted against Haywood and in favour of the other two candidates.

Davis said, “There will be additional problems in the General Election when the participation of smaller parties – without a runoff – might allow a candidate with a very low voter acceptance to take office. The Green Party is actively seeking a change in these foolish voting procedures.”

The Green Party is an independent political party based upon grassroots democracy, social justice, nonviolence and ecological wisdom. For more information about the Green Party, please contact 215-243-7103 and

Written on June 2, 2014

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Greens to Meet, 5/28

Greens to Meet Wednesday, May 28 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Dream House Asian Bistro 6127 Ridge Avenue (north of Green Lane) Roxborough, Philadelphia (Easily accessible via SEPTA 9 or 27 Bus) More information from 215-243-7103 and Please join us to discuss the outcome of the 2014 Primary Election and what it means for Paul Glover, the Green Party candidate for governor, Are there specific issues that have been ignored by the two corporate parties? Let’s talk and decide what to 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 May 17, 2014

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Greens Elect New Leaders in Philadelphia

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Green-Party-Of-Philadelphia_Philadelphia-140306-114.html

Members of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, have elected new leaders for 2014. Meeting at the Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square on February 26, Green Party members voted for a new GPOP City Committee. There were eleven candidates running for seven offices.

The new chair of GPOP will be Glenn Davis from Ward 4. The other officers will be Hillary Kane of Ward 46, treasurer; Kristin Combs of Ward 31, recording secretary; and Eric Hamell of Ward 59, membership secretary. The three at-large City Committee members will be Bernadette Cronin-Geller from Ward 21; Galen Tyler from Ward 64; and Chris Robinson from Ward 59. Combs, Cronin-Geller and Tyler have never before been elected to a Green Party office.

The candidates chosen to lead the party during the coming year agree with a five point program to improve the Green Party: increase Green Party membership and diversity; run and elect more candidates; achieve a positive awareness of the Green Party; pursue closer ties with other progressive movements; and develop a structure in line with Green Party goals.

Hillary Kane, the newly elected GPOP treasurer, said, “I really want to work to get our members out in neighborhoods, talking to other folks about Paul Glover, our candidate for Governor, our overall platform, and why they should join the Green Party. We offer the only real alternative for Philadelphians who are concerned about education, the environment, the economy, and healthcare.”

Chris Robinson said, “I believe that this City Committee will work hard as a team and will take GPOP to new heights in membership.”

The Green Party is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of nonviolence, grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom and social justice. For more information about the Green Party of Philadelphia, please telephone 215-243-7103 or email

Written on March 9, 2014

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February 2014 General Membership Meeting

The February General Membership meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) will be held at the Ethical Society on the SW corner of Rittenhouse Square from 7-8:30.  This will be an election meeting.  All Greens registered to vote in Philadelphia are welcome and can vote.  Nominations will be accepted from the floor prior to the voting.  The officers to be elected are Chair, Treasurer, Organizational Secretary, Recording Secretary, and three at-large seats.   Also to be elected will be delegates to the State Committee.

Written on February 19, 2014

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