Philly Green Party

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.

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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.

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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

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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?

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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.

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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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Greens to Meet, 6/26

 

 

Wednesday, June 26

 

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 
   
 

Liberty Choice Market

www.yelp.com/biz/liberty-choice-philadelphia
1947 North Front Street (at Norris)

Kensington, Philadelphia 19122
Easily accessible via SEPTA’s Market Street line (Berks Station).

 

  

 

215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org  

 

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) will hold its monthly membership meeting in Kensington.Building the Campaign to Elect Erin Worrell as Judge of Municipal Court
Erin’s campaign needs your help: collecting signatures on nomination papers, writing press releases, planning a campaign kickoff. Hosting a house party. Please let us know how you plan to participate.
Oppose the Privatization of Public Education
The Green Party is the only political party that is opposed to school closings and
the starvation of the public school budget. There are many things you can do to solve the
public school problem. Please join us for this discussion.

Planning for the Anti-Drone Action, 6/29
The Green Party has endorsed the actions against a drone command center at the
Horsham Air Guard Station. Will you join us on the picket line, or will you do other kinds of publicity?

GPOP Recording Secretary Vacancy
Following the untimely death of Carol McLean, GPOP needs a new Recording Secretary.
Please consider nominating yourself for this elected office.

We look forward to your participation.
This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge.
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Written on June 19, 2013

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Protest, Horsham Drone-War Ctr, 6/29

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

…Stop It BEFORE It Starts…

SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 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 WarfareSpeakers, Music, Reading the names of U.S. drone strike victims
Bell Tolling, Banners and Signs, Drone ReplicaThe campaign to stop the planned Drone War Command Center at Horsham Air Guard Station will hold protests at the corner of Easton & County Line Roads from noon until 2:00 pm on the last Saturday of each month through September.

With the understanding of the Horsham Police and the Horsham Air Guard Station, these demonstrations will be on the grassy triangle at the corner of Easton and County Line Roads. Since this is base property, it is recommended that people leave their backpacks or cases in their car or at home. There is a Horsham township ordinance barring people from distributing flyers to cars in the road. Anyone doing so can be subject to police action. Please bring your umbrella in the event of rain, as well as sun block and water.
Recommended auto parking at the Regal Warrington Crossing Stadium 22 Movieplex, 140 Easton Road, just one-tenth of a mile north of the protest. SEPTA Bus #55 (stops at the intersection of Easton and County Line Roads) and leaves from the Olney Transportation Center, see http://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/pdf/055.pdf.
 
 

 

…Stop It BEFORE It Starts…
Drone War Command Center, Horsham, PA

For more information, please contact the Green Party of Philadelphia at 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org
Sponsors
Brandywine Peace Community, (610) 544-1818, and
American Friends Service Committee, (215) 241-7170.
 

Endorsers
Catholic Peace Fellowship, Coalition for Peace Action, BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action,

Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia, Green Party of Bucks County, Green Party of Montgomery County,
Green Party of Philadelphia (www.gpop.org), LEPOCO (Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern), Main Line Peace Action, Philly Against War, Philadelphia Catholic Worker, Veterans for Peace, and Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
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Written on June 15, 2013

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Green Party Marches to Harrisburg with DecarceratePA

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GREEN PARTY OF PENNSYLVANIA, www.gpofpa.org

 
Members of the Green Party participated in and supported the ten-day march from Philadelphia to Harrisburg organized by DecarceratePA. At the close of the 113-mile march on June 3, Decarcerate PA and its allies rallied at the Capitol in Harrisburg to demand a People’s Budget, Not a Prison Budget. Glenn Davis, a member of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) Steering Committee [and the Green Party of Philadelphia City Committee], was the first speaker. Wearing his Green Party t-shirt, Davis made the following remarks:
“I know in Harrisburg they are closing 11 public schools and pre-kindergarten has been cut to half days. This affects every family’s income because they will now have to pay for day care or leave work early. In addition, Philadelphia is closing more than 24 public schools and 13 more next year. This is an insult to every working person. Today, we should be educating our next generation, but instead the politicians are spending more than $400 million to expand Graterford Prison just outside Philadelphia.

“I think this is a War on the Poor, and the casualties are climbing. I am marching for those who protest the War on the Poor. The casualties are our families, our children and our broken school system. There are also prisoners of the War on the Poor. That is who they are building the new prison for. It is our children they are building the new prison for.

“I am marching for the thousands of men and women who attended Mayor Nutter’s Ex-Offenders Job Fair in May. This Job Fair showed that Governor Corbett did not know what he was talking about. Thousands of ex-offenders showed up, only to be turned away because Mayor Nutter was not prepared for the demand. It was most disrespectful when they came out and asked those waiting to put their resumes in a card-board box and go home. It was a Job Fair! You don’t put your resume in a box and go home! You are supposed to give your resume to a recruiter! It felt like make-believe, like they had no jobs for anyone.

“In the Capitol, behind me are Governor Corbett and the legislators. These politicians are in “a House of Lies,” taking the back-door approach. We put them in a position of leadership, but you cannot lead from behind. I am not only upset by the Republicans, but also by the Democrats in this two party system. The politicians from the two corporate parties are in bed together, and they are screwing the poor people. That’s who we are marching for, the poor and working people.”

The March for a People’s Budget, Not a Prison Budget was endorsed by 1 Love Movement, ACLU PA, ACT UP, Books Through Bars, Broken On All Sides, Campaign for Nonviolent Schools, Center for Returning Citizens, Coalition of Labor Union Women, DreamActivist PA, EXIT-US Inc, Faculty and Staff Federation at Community College of Philadelphia, Fight for Philly, Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia, Green Party of Pennsylvania, Green Party of Philadelphia, Hearts on a Wire, Human Rights Coalition, International Action Center, International Socialist Organization, Jobs with Justice, Juntos, Mishkan Shalom, NAACP Graterford Branch, New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, Noble Pillars, Occupy Trenton, Parents United for Public Education, Philadelphians Allied for a Responsible Economy, Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Philadelphia Student Union, Philly Survivor Support Collective, Point Breeze Organizing Committee, Reconstruction Inc., Students Organizing for Unity and Liberation, Support Center for Returning Citizens, Teacher Action Group, and Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project.

The Green Party of Pennsylvania stands for grassroots democracy, social justice, nonviolence, and ecological wisdom. For more information on the GPPA, please contact 888-721-4733 and contact@gpofpa.org.
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Written on June 15, 2013

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