Philly Green Party

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 gpop@gpop.org Please join us to discuss the campaign of Paul Glover, the Green Party candidate for governor, www.glover4governor.com. 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

http://www.gp.org/current-news/730-philly-greens-call-for-runoff-voting

http://ucreview.com/greens-call-for-runoff-voting-p4850-73.htm

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) 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 gpop@gpop.org.
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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 gpop@gpop.org 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, www.glover4governor.com. 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

http://www.gp.org/index.php/newsroom/press-releases/details/4/679.html

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Greens-elect-new-leaders-i-by-Chris-Robinson-Green-Party_ Green-Party-Of-Philadelphia_Philadelphia-140306-114.html

Members of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) 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 gpop@gpop.org.

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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U.S. Social Forum in 2015

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Written on January 18, 2014

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Agenda for General Meeting Jan. 22, 2014

The agenda for the January 22, 2014 general meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia follows.  Amendments may be suggested by Tuesday, January 21, 2014.  This is an extremely tight agenda.
7:00    Introductions
7:05    Report on meeting with urban Green leaders.  Chair.
7:10    Report on progress in developing a position re: sale of PGW.
7:15    Report on ballot access campaign.  Chair.
7:20    Candidate for 190th in West Philadelphia.
7:25    2nd vote on amendment to bylaws changing vote threshold on non-bylaws amendment questions to a simple majority from 2/3.
7:30    Bylaws amendments introduced.  1.  Providing for two year alternating terms for officers, and 2. eliminating two of the three At large seats and adjusting quorums appropriately.  Discussion.
7:50   Resolution on control of electronic systems by elected officers and/or contract employees.
8:00   Proposal for secure email lists.
8:10   Discussion of officer functions and request for nominations for officers.  Election February 26,2014.
8:20   Campaign meeting, Cavanaugh’s  (or other agreed location).  Candidate to make their speeches, etc.  Feb?
8:25   Announcements
8:30   Adjourn

The agenda for the January 22, 2014 general meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia follows.  Amendments may be suggested by Tuesday, January 21, 2014.  This is an extremely tight agenda.
7:00    Introductions
7:05    Report on meeting with urban Green leaders.  Chair.
7:10    Report on progress in developing a position re: sale of PGW.
7:15    Report on ballot access campaign.  Chair.
7:20    Candidate for 190th in West Philadelphia.
7:25    2nd vote on amendment to bylaws changing vote threshold on non-bylaws amendment questions to a simple majority from 2/3.
7:30    Bylaws amendments introduced.  1.  Providing for two year alternating terms for officers, and 2. eliminating two of the three At large seats and adjusting quorums appropriately.  Discussion.
7:50   Resolution on control of electronic systems by elected officers and/or contract employees.
8:00   Proposal for secure email lists.
8:10   Discussion of officer functions and request for nominations for officers.  Election February 26,2014.
8:20   Campaign meeting, Cavanaugh’s  (or other agreed location).  Candidate to make their speeches, etc.  Feb?
8:25   Announcements
8:30   Adjourn

Written on January 18, 2014

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Ballot Access or get a Green candidate on the PA ballot

The campaign for Senate Bill 195 which would change the basis for candidate admission to the election process from signatures to registered voters began in earnest Monday night in Philadelphia.  V.P. candidate Cheri Honkala led a contingent of voters to the Democratic candidates for governor forum to ask how they stood on ballot access.  She and her colleagues were unceremoniously hustled out of the hall when they dared  to interrupt the selling out of Pennsylvanians.

It is time for Greens and those who believe in democracy to join the fight for ballot access.  The next event on the candidates cavalcade is Lehigh University, January 22, 2014.  Of course that is the evening of our January meeting, so call  your friends in Bethlehem to help out.  Have them make posters saying, ” Fair Ballot Access  Support S.B. 195″ and take them and a roll of duct tape to the event.   Use the tape to cover mouths when you learn questions won’t be allowed from the floor.  Here is a sampling of possible questions:

1.  Why does your party continue to support a system where you and the Republican candidates have to get 2,000 signatures on your nominating petitions, yet third party and independent candidates have to get as many as 65,000?  How fair is that?

2.  Why does your party support a system that costs thousands of dollars in filing costs?  For instance, if a third party or independent candidate is to survive the usual challenge to their petitions they have to get thousands of extra signatures and each page of petitions has to be notarized at $5.00 per page.  In 2006 when Carl Romanelli submitted over 3,700 pages of petitions, the cost was $18,500.

3.  Why does your party continue to support a system which applies technical rules to the signatures of registered voters?

4.  Why does your party support a system to keep track of voter records (the S.U.R.E, or Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors  ) which is full of errors which penalizes voter and signer?  The records are entered with unspecified methodologies which cannot be verified, like putting spaces between letters of a name, or omitting the facsimile of the voter’s signature?

5.  The usual argument for the unfair system of ballot access for third parties and independents is to keep down ballot clutter which might confuse voters.  When are (6) of you going to leave this race so that only two remain, so as not to confuse voters?

6.  When one of you is nominated in May you will stop talking about the environment, oil trains, fracking.  Is there any chance you will support a change in the ballot access law from massive numbers of signatures and disreputable challenges to voter registrations which will allow some few third party and independent candidates to run and raise some of these issues themselves?

Written on January 15, 2014

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January 2014 General Membership Meeting

For the old timers, and there are far too many of us proportionally, we are going back to our original home.

The January 2014 General Membership Meeting will be in the basement of the Ethical Society at the southwestern corner of Rittenhouse Square.  The meeting will be on January 22, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  We hope to discuss solid concrete plans for 2014 or whether we should focus our energy on 2015.  Nominations for officers for 2014-15.  2nd reading of bylaws amendment changing voting margin from 2/3 to 1/2 plus 1.

Written on December 5, 2013

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November 20, 2013 Agenda555

November General Membership meeting,
CedarWorks

4919 Pentridge, behind 49th and Baltimore.

Handicap accessible.

7:00   Introductions

7:05  Appt of minutes taker

7:10  Appt of facilitator  (Chair to participate in debate)

7:15  Intro of Democracy amendment to bylaws.  VII (I) from 2/3, to 1/2 plus 1.

Discussion

7:50  Plans for 2014-15:  ballot access, voter registration.  Muni elections, petitioning and protection

8:20  Reports:  Harrisburg state meeting, election committee.

8:25  Announcements

8:30  Next meeting and adjourn.

Proposed adjustments and amendments to Alex at  agillett@igc.org

Written on November 17, 2013

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Notice: date change

The November monthly meeting has been changed to November 20,2013.

It will be at the Community Room at Cedarworks at 4919 Pentridge Street..  The space is a glass-walled room at ground level with an adjoining kitchen and lobby.

The building is behind the commercial buildings on the south side of Baltimore Avenue.  Public transit is available on the 34 trolley or the 64 bus at the 46th Street el stop.  Walk south on 49th a quarter of a block and turn right.

Usual Time:  7 p.m.

Written on November 4, 2013

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Demonstrate at Air Guard Station, 8/31

Drone War Command Center, Horsham
Montgomery County, PA

…Stop It BEFORE It Starts…

SATURDAY, August 31, NOON UNTIL 2:00 PM

Easton (Rt. 611) and County Line Roads,
Horsham, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19040 (
map)

Stand up…Speak Out…Protest and Demonstrate!Say “NO!” to Drone Warfare

Speakers, Music, Reading the names of U.S. drone strike victims,
Bell Tolling, Banners and Signs, Drone Replica.

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Written on August 18, 2013

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Stop Drone War Command, 7/27, noon

Demonstrate at Air Guard Station
Drone War Command Center, Horsham, Montgomery County, PA

…Stop It BEFORE It Starts…

SATURDAY, JULY 27, NOON UNTIL 2:00 PM

Easton (Rt. 611) and County Line Roads,
Horsham, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19040
(map)

Stand up…Speak Out…Protest and Demonstrate!

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Written on July 25, 2013

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Greens to Meet in N. Liberties, 7/24, 7:00 pm

Greens to Meet

Wednesday, July 24

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Northern Liberties Neighbors Association
www.nlna.org

700 North 3rd Street
Easily accessible via Septa 5 Bus.

Philadelphia, PA 19123

215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org
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Written on July 20, 2013

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Green Party Members Criticize Philadelphia City Council

By Chris Robinson.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Green-Party-Members-Critic-by-Chris-Robinson-130706-377.html

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) has frequently taken a strong stand in support of public education. Now, members of the Green Party have criticized Philadelphia’s City Council for failing to provide adequate funding for the city’s public schools. “Philadelphia must take responsibility for its schools, and it must keep them public,” says Alexander Gillett, chair of GPOP. “The two corporate parties are selling our children and our public schools into the bondage of ignorance and violence.”

The Philadelphia City Budget which was passed by Council on June 20 aimed to fund public schools with increased taxes on people at the lower end of the economy. Poor and working people would have had to bear the brunt of the $90 million/year increased cigarette tax. This proposal had the support of the Chamber of Commerce, but it could not go into effect without the cooperation of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Glenn Davis, a member of the GPOP City Committee, says, “This sounds like City Council wants poor and working people to pay for their children’s education by increasing their risk of lung cancer.” The PA General Assembly refused to pass this tax increase.

“Philadelphia’s City Council went on summer vacation after refusing to vote on four proposed taxes which do not require any action by up-state legislators,” said Cheri Honkala, a possible candidate for City Council in 2015. “There are four separate proposals to increase funding for Philadelphia’s public schools which would each require the wealthy to pay their fair share of the cost.”

The four proposals referred to by Honkala could have been enacted by City Council without any help from Harrisburg:
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 non-profits (think, Hahnemann University Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania, and others) pay no taxes on their profitable property. Since these non-profits use city services (think, police and fire), City Council should require them to make good neighbor payments.
USE AND OCCUPANCY (U&O) REFORM. Philadelphia’s new AVI real estate tax will shift $200 million dollars away from businesses and onto homeowners. City Council should raise the U&O tax rate on big businesses to restore fairness to the property-tax code. This should exempt most small businesses.
FREEZE THE WAGE TAX. Instead of reducing future wage taxes before seeing the future budgets, City Council should freeze the wage taxes to allow a careful year-to-year decision.

The increased income from these four proposals would be more than what is needed by the public schools, and it would not require give-backs from public school employees.

Because City Council has gone on summer vacation without taking any action to provide public schools with the funding they need, Green Party members have called on City Council to return to City Hall. Glenn Davis says, “This is about passing the buck. Council went on vacation without completing their school work.”

“The Green Party Proposal for Philadelphia’s Public Schools” was published on May 12, 2012. That document can be found here,
http://www.gpop.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/2012GPOPNewsletterSchools.pdf. For more information about GPOP, please contact 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org.
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The author is a member of the City Committee of the Green Party of Philadelphia.
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Written on July 7, 2013

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