Philly Green Party

Volunteer for Special Election, 3/21

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Volume 2, #1
February 6, 2017

Volunteer for Special Election on March 21

Well, this has already been an exciting year, and we are only one-twelfth engrossed. On January 16, Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) members participated in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Protest, and on January 20 and 21, they participated in Occupy the Inauguration and the Women’s March for Justice. Green Party participation in these three events was organized by the GPOP Outreach Working Group.

On January 25, GPOP members endorsed Cheri Honkala (Fairhill) to run in a special election for PA Representative in District 197. Our Outreach Working Group then held a Welcome Party for New Greens on February 4, and more than 40 people attended it.
You can learn more about our endorsement of Cheri Honkala by reading the News Release authored by GPOP Representative Margie Neary (Roxborough). This special election will take place on Tuesday, March 21, and I am urging you and our other Representatives to volunteer with me at the polls for Cheri’s Campaign. You may also volunteer for Cheri’s Campaign by contacting GPOP Representative Murielle McCarthy (Center City East).

Right now, we are looking forward to the Green Party internal election on February 22, in which our members will elect a new City Committee (think “steering committee”) for the coming year. The election of a new GPOP City Committee is important for our future organizing. There are six GPOP Representatives running for seats on our seven-person City Committee. Remember, they are still running for office, and they might not win without your vote. Also, the nominations for those offices are still open. So, please self-nominate if you are interested.

The rest of Report #1 (2017) will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #19 (2016) which was posted to you on December 29.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
It is still important for us to build our network of volunteers at the polling places. The primary election will take place on Tuesday, May 16. Please schedule that day off from work because your presence at the polls will be very important to our candidates (see below). During the primary, we will be collecting voters’ signatures on Nomination Papers for Green Party candidates. Your presence at the polls will give you access to a steady stream of voters, all of whom are potential signers. This is absolutely, the best location to get petitions completed.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
The GPOP Outreach Working Group has been carrying quite a load of work. They can use your help, if you are not already a member. Co-chaired by Representatives Margie Neary and Taj Magruder (Point Breeze), the Group is now planning a film showing around mass incarceration. The Outreach Working Group can also use greater participation from those of you who have not actively participated.
Fortunately for the Green Party, Margie has been producing very nice News Releases. Her second, covering the endorsement of Cheri for State House, was approved by the City Committee and posted to the media on February 2.
We still need help with our website design, fundraising, and publication of a GPOP newsletter. If you are ready to take charge – or to help out – please let me know.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
In addition to the special election discussed above, we are also preparing to run Green Party candidates in the General Election on November 7. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) has already endorsed Montco Green Jules Mermelstein for PA Superior Court.
We will soon consider endorsing Sheila Ptah for Philadelphia Comptroller, and we have two candidates who will seek our endorsement for Inspector of Elections at their polling place.
This is why we need your help, along with the other Green Party Representatives, at the polls on primary day, May 16. It will be incumbent on us to collect enough signatures to get these Greens on the ballot.
I hope that you will continue to be active along with our other 28 Representatives. Please let me know how you plan to fit into our vigorous organizing.

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

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “Green Party Representatives.” According to a motion approved by the GPOP membership on September 30, 2015, the EOW Group has three tasks: “recruiting Green Party candidates who will campaign for office; organizing people to work on those campaigns; and building an infrastructure that will be able to win electoral campaigns.”
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Written on March 18, 2017

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Major Endorsements for Honkala in 197

BREAKING NEWS: Philly candidate receives major endorsements

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

http://www.gp.org/honkala_receives_major_endorsements

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Cheri Honkala, a well-known Kensington-based anti-poverty activist and candidate for Pennsylvania State Representative in District 197 has been endorsed by a national progressive political action organization, Our Revolution, and a local progressive group, Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks.
Our Revolution, the group kicked off by 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, announced its endorsement for Honkala on Tuesday. Andrea Putnam, former Bernie campaign director for Pennsylvania and current Honkala GOTV director, praised the announcement. “Our Revolution’s endorsement only amplifies Cheri’s lifetime commitment to fighting for the people, who are tired of politics-as-usual at both local and national levels.”

“Cheri Honkala is running a truly grassroots campaign this is of, by, and for the people of Pennsylvania’s 197th legislative district,” said Tim Canova, who garnered the support of progressives nationwide when he vied for the seat of then-Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a Florida congressional district. “Her campaign—with its message of human rights and justice for the 99 percent—presents an opportunity for a great progressive breakthrough,” Canova said. “Progress For All and Tim Canova are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Cheri at this historic moment.”

Honkala was also recommended by the PEOPLE Committee of one of the city’s largest labor unions representing public-service workers, A.F.S.C.M.E. District Council 47, for an official union endorsement by the full delegation. That endorsement came a day after Honkala met with members of A.F.S.C.M.E District 47 — the initials stand for the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees — to explain what makes her most qualified to represent one of Pennsylvania’s poorest legislative districts. Honkala says she is honored to have been recommended for a labor union endorsement. “The members of A.F.S.C.M.E District Council 47 know me well,” she said. “I have spent the better part of 30 years fighting alongside local labor unions because it is the right thing to do.”

Former Philadelphia health commissioner and past president of the American Public Health Association Walter Tsou supports Honkala, too.
“Cheri has been fighting for the little guy all her life,” Tsou said. “She is far and away the most progressive candidate in the 197th district and we need her in Harrisburg.”

Cheri Honkala, who has advocated for poor and homeless persons in and around the 197th district for the past 30 years, vowed to continue working with labor unions. “I am not beholden to corporations and political bosses–only to our poor and working class communities,” Honkala said. “If elected, I will continue to be in solidarity with labor unions on the picket line as well as supporting workers’ issues in the state house.”

Honkala’s deep relationships with unions is apparent. Jim Moran, Director Emeritus of Philaposh—an organization created by unions to advocate for the occupational health and safety of public-service workers in Philadelphia—gushed about Honkala. “It’s time to trade in the politics of party for the politics of performance,” Moran said. “Cheri Honkala has a 30-year track record of performing tremendously for labor rights, human rights and the rights of our communities to a better life. I’m proud to have known her, worked with her, and gone to jail with her in these struggles. This is no time to turn our backs on Cheri in the race for State Representative in the 197th District.”

What makes Honkala’s race even more exciting and relevant is she stepped up after two district legislators in a row — both of whom happened to be Democrats — resigned on federal corruption charges. “It’s time to end this legacy of corruption that practices the politics of fear. We need a new voice to advocate for our district in Harrisburg,” Honkala said.

Unfortunately, the powers that be have gotten in the way of Honkala’s path to victory. The Green Party of Pennsylvania campaign submitted paperwork on time to be on the ballot. They asked the state if they needed to submit anything else. The Department of State’s Board of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation said, “no.” The day after the deadline, they got an email saying they needed to submit one more document. They rushed it to Harrisburg that day. It didn’t help, and Honkala was not allowed onto the ballot. The state Supreme Court upheld Friday a lower court’s ruling in a split 4-3 decision that Honkala be kept off the ballot because of the state agency’s clerical error. Undeterred by the ruling, Honkala and her coalition of supporters are organizing a write-in campaign for the special election. In a low-turnout special election, Honkala needs just 1,500 votes to win this special election.

The Democrats’ first candidate was knocked off the ballot because he was not legally qualified to run in District 197 because he does not live in the district. Democrats attempt to place another candidate on the ballot was denied by a court ruling. Republican Lucinda Little will be the only candidate on the ballot.
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Written on March 12, 2017

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Minutes, February Membership Meeting

Minutes, General Membership Meeting
February 22, 2017
Shissler Recreation Center

Meeting called to order at 7:10 by Galen.

Introductions.
Gratitude expressed for Charles Neary and the Shissler Recreation Center for hosting.

In Attendence.
Chris Robinson, Eric Hamell, Jules Mermelstein, Rachel Rawlings, Georgie Michaelson, Asantewa Ture, Vivek Ananthan, Tracy Conifer, Pablo Rodriguez, Kristin Combs, Galen Tyler, Liz Ortiz, Cheri Honkala, Jarrett Anderson, Taj McGruder, Charles Neary, Scott McCarthy, Margaret Neary, Murielle McCarthy, Christian Bansch, Charles Sherrouse, Ian McShea, Hillary Kane, and Alex Gillett.

Outreach Working Group.
February 4th membership party was a success. 40 people attended. $349.00 raised.
Expanding social media, web, and email presence.
Planning another membership party, started a strategic planning group, and a film screening.
New fliers for Green Party designed. Request for $424.00 to print 10,000 fliers. Membership voted in favor of the expenditure.
Motion to approve $25.00 gift card to Wooden Shoe Bookstore for logo design competition. Motion passed. Membership voted in favor.
Next meeting: Sunday, March 5th at 2:00 PM, Temple University Student Center, 13th and Montgomery

Educational Working Group.
Choosing first book: Ecology and Socialism.
First meeting: TBA.

Treasury Report.
$1,883.88 total in revenue. 3 new sustainers.

City Committee Elections.
Nominations.

Chair – Galen Tyler. 22 Yes, 1 No, 0 Abstain.
Treasurer – Jarrett Anderson. 22, 0, 1.
Recoding Secretary – Ian McShea. 23, 0, 0.
Membership Secretary – Chris Robinson. 18, 3, 2.
Primary Member At-Large – Rachel Rawlings. 23, 1, 0.
Secondary Member At-Large – Taj McGruder. 23, 0, 1.
Tertiary Member At-Large – Georgie Michaelson. 23, 0, 1.
All nominees were elected.

Campaigns.
Cheri Honkala.

Received endorsement of 19th Ward and Sheriff Jewell Williams of the 16th Ward. Fighting for name on ballot. Possible write-in.
Minimum goal of 3000 votes.
Raised over $40,000.00.
Meet and Greet at Taller Puertorriqueno, Sunday, February 26, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, 5th and Huntington.
Motion to contribute $500.00 to Honkala Campaign for literature and sustenance.
Motion passed.

Jules Mermelstein.
Running for PA superior court judge.
Petitioning starts March 8th.

State Meeting.
Saturday, April 29, Pheonixville, Location TBA.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM
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Written on March 12, 2017

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Philly Greens Elect New Leaders

http://www.gp.org/philly_leaders

The members of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) have elected new leaders. This election marks a major turn for Philadelphia’s opposition to the two corporate Parties. Meeting at Shissler Recreation Center in Fishtown, Green Party members elected a seven-person City Committee (think “steering committee”) with only two incumbents. The other five new members have never before held elected leadership posts within the Green Party. The election was moderated by Kristin Combs, chair of the Green Party of Pennsylvania.

This new City Committee is significantly younger than the leaders they replaced. For instance, three of the new City Committee members are in their twenties. They are replacing leaders whose average age was 52 years.

The newly-elected Green Party leaders included, Recording Secretary Ian McShea (Ward 12, Wister); Treasurer Jarrett Anderson (Ward 48, South Philadelphia); and three new Members At-Large: Georgie Georgeson (Ward 2, Bella Vista); Taj Magruder (Ward 36, Point Breeze) and Rachel Rawlings (Ward 27, University City). The two incumbent, re-elected Greens were Chair Galen Tyler (Ward 65, Torresdale) and Membership Secretary Chris Robinson (Ward 59, Germantown).

All of the new leaders have already earned their stripes doing volunteer work. McShea, a carpenter, represented Green Party presidential/vice-presidential candidates Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka at the polls in 2016, and he is presently training poll workers for Cheri Honkala’s Campaign for PA Representative in District 197. Magruder has been the co-chair of the GPOP Outreach Working Group.

Anderson, a middle school teacher, has managed for six months the GPOP twitter account (handle, @greenpartyofphl), which has more than doubled in followers. Anderson said that he plans to “amplify the Green Party message via Twitter and grow our contact with individuals and organizations in the Philly area. I also hope to use GPOP Twitter so that the public knows that the Green Party is much more than the environment.” He continued, “I want people to see the breadth of the Green Party platform and the connectedness of our Four Pillars: ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy, and nonviolence. We need to be drawing connections between these issues, and Twitter is a great platform for us to do this.”

Georgeson, a graphic designer, has created flyers for the Green Party and is currently working on their new logo. Georgeson said,“I plan to use my skills as a graphic designer as well as my involvement with the local activist community to help increase awareness of the Green Party and our Four Pillars; especially among those that have been left out in the cold by the two corporate parties and are looking for some real, life-saving change.”

Rawlings, a computer systems administrator, volunteered on Kristin Combs’ campaign for Philadelphia City Council in 2015. “I want to increase our visibility and viability so that we can compete in every city and state election, including having two candidates for at-large council seats in 2019.”

The Green Party is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of nonviolence, grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom and social justice. For information about the next Green Party meeting, please call 215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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Written on March 3, 2017

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Cheri Honkala Lives in District 197

Friday, February 24, 2017

Cheri Honkala Lives in District 197, Has Advocated for Philadelphians for Almost 30 Years & Has Won Democratic Ward Endorsement

While Freddie Ramirez Was the Heir to a Legacy of Corruption, Honkala is Building a Coalition of Community Leaders Ready to Fight for Our Basic Human Rights.

http://www.gp.org/honkala_won_dem_ward_endorsement

On Thursday, February 23, Judge Anne Covey removed Freddie Ramirez from the special election ballot for State Representative of the Pennsylvania District 197 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The removal was due to Ramirez not living in the 197th district.

“Some corrupt Democrats thought it could pull a fast one on voters by adding a non-resident onto the ballot,” said Edgardo Gonzalez, chairman of Cheri Honkala’s campaign. “Meanwhile, Cheri Honkala, a resident with a decades-long reputation for helping people in the 197th, is awaiting word on whether she will be allowed on the Green Party’s legally earned ballot line.”

Cheri Honkala lives in the 197th District on North Hancock Street, and is a long-time advocate for poor and homeless persons in Philadelphia. For almost 30 years, she has fought and organized for basic human rights. Cheri has led marches and participated in civil disobedience including for quality education, economic equality, fair elections and debates, basic human rights such as food and housing, as well as for protecting our land and water.

“Cheri took care of my children when I was in a coma because of wrongly prescribed pills. She took us into her already cramped apartment when we were homeless. Right now she’s parenting three foster kids–brothers who would have otherwise been split up had she not left a campaign meeting to go get them,” recalled Liz Ortiz, one of the Honkala campaign’s Ground Team Leaders responsible for door-knocking teams. “Compare that compassion with Leslie Acosta, who pled guilty to fraud and kept it secret from us for a year. Compare it with Freddie Ramirez, hand-picked by Leslie, who doesn’t even live here and or know these communities yet thought he could use us all–not fight for us.”

On February 15, the Commonwealth Court ruled not to accept the Petition for Writ of Mandamus by Cheri Honkala and the Green Party of Pennsylvania to place Honkala on the ballot. While the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) turned in one paper late, they were explicitly told they had completed all of their paperwork by the Department of State’s Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation. This decision has been appealed to the state Supreme Court by lawyer Samuel Stretton on behalf of GPPA and Cheri Honkala.

“I’ve been meeting with many community groups, and have had the pleasure of appearing before some Democratic Ward committees. This district is struggling, and they know the same politics-as-usual won’t help our neighbors. Even before Freddie was kicked off the ballot, I’m incredibly honored that Ward 19 endorsed my candidacy for the special election. I’m also looking forward to the write-in training that Ward 16 is hosting tomorrow. Over the next four weeks, I’m going to keep knocking on doors and keep meeting with community, labor, or other leaders. We are building a coalition of people with integrity that are interested in fighting for policies in Harrisburg that truly help this community,” said Cheri Honkala.

Currently, Honkala is planning a write-in campaign because of the Commonwealth Court’s decision last week. “We have already begun write-in training for poll workers and will have these trainings in different wards in the coming weeks. We are distributing literature about Cheri having write-in status, even as we hope for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to recognize that they are denying the Green Party its legal right as a minor party to a special election ballot line,” stated Galen Tyler, campaign manager and chair of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP). “Not to mention that they would be upholding a First Amendment violation to voters’ right to expression and assembly.”

“It looks like the Democratic Party may appeal Freddie’s removal, or ask to have another candidate on the ballot. We are sounding the alarm. The Green Party has minor party status. It is legally allowed to have a candidate in special elections. The courts have said so far that because one paper was turned in one day late after officials said everything was in order, Cheri must pursue a write-in campaign,” explained Hillary Kane, treasurer of Honkala’s campaign and outgoing secretary of the GPPA.

“Let’s all be very clear. If Freddie is allowed to stay on the ballot upon appeal or the Democrats are allowed to replace Freddie, our courts will be saying that there are no consequences that the Democratic Party followed the lead of the corrupt, former legislator Acosta by selecting Ramirez, her hand-picked choice. The courts would be saying that Democrats can pick someone who does not even live in the district and he can either stay on the ballot or easily be replaced. But the Green Party? No. We can tell you all your papers are in, not care that you got us that single paper within 24 hours of realizing it was missing, and then kick your candidate who has fought alongside her neighbors for 30 years off the ballot,” said Gonzales.

“We will see what our democracy looks like by how the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decides these appeals. Either way, the people of the 197th are not going to fall for the corruption and shenanigans of politics-as-usual on March 21st.” Honkala concluded. “We have an opportunity to stand together and fight for basic human rights like food and housing, clean water, quality education, and sanctuary for our neighbors. We are building the #WeAreThe197 coalition that will keep growing through and beyond Election Day. Everyone with the integrity to be serious about fighting for our community’s needs, join us.”

For interviews or additional information, please contact Michael Dennis (Deputy Campaign Manager), 717-873-0588, media@cheri197.com. Learn more about Cheri Honkala.

Written on March 3, 2017

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Greens to Meet, 2/22, in Fishtown

GREENS TO MEET
Green Party of Philadelphia

February 22, 2017, 7:00 pm

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

GPOP City Committee Election

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

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

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

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

General Membership Meeting Minutes
Green Party of Philadelphia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Announcements.

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

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

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Report on Welcome Party for New Greens

Report on Welcome Party for New Greens

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

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

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

Margie Neary, co-chair
GPOP Outreach Working Group

Galen Tyler, GPOP City Committee Chair

Greens welcome new members

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

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

Attendees mingle

Written on February 14, 2017

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Greens Endorse Cheri Honkala in PA District 197

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

By Margaret Neary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to RSVP.

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

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

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

Featured Speakers:
Cheri Honkala & Kristin Combs

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

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

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

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Written on January 28, 2017

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Message from Outreach Working Group

A Message from the Outreach Working Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Written on January 23, 2017

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Welcome Party for New Greens, 2/4

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

http://www.gp.org/phily_greens_welcome_party

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

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

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

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Greens to Meet, 1/25


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

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

Please RSVP to Facebook.

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

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

Let’s talk and decide what you can do!

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

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Written on January 23, 2017

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Happy New Year, Green Party Representative!

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

Happy New Year, Green Party Representative!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “Green Party Representatives.” According to a motion approved by the GPOP membership on September 30, 2015, the EOW Group has three tasks: “recruiting Green Party candidates who will campaign for office; organizing people to work on those campaigns; and building an infrastructure that will be able to win electoral campaigns.”
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Written on January 23, 2017

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

Green Party endorses Occupy Inauguration

Greens will participate in protests on Jan. 20 and 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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