Philly Green Party

Greens Urge Voters to Protest Debate

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

http://www.gp.org/green_party_urges_widespread_protest

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

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

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

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

Written on September 19, 2016

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The Green Party is a Party for Working People

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.gp.org/the_green_party_is_a_party_for_working_people

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GPOPNEWS/conversations/messages/2165

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Written on September 5, 2016

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

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA
Membership Meeting

Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 pm

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

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

Please join us. This meeting is open to the public.

There will be no admission charge (a free-will offering will be accepted).

Liberty Choice Market
(second floor)
1947 North Front Street
(at Norris)
Kensington, Philadelphia

For more information: 215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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Written on August 27, 2016

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No minutes from 8/24 Picnic/Pot-luck

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

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

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

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Written on August 26, 2016

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We Got Jill Stein on the PA Ballot

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you so much for all you have done as a Green Party Representative.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
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 August 21, 2016

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Green Party’s Jill Stein Picks Running Mate

Green VP pick powerhouse of human rights and racial justice

By Dr. Jill Stein

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/290393-green-vp-pick-powerhouse-of-human-rights-and-racial

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Jill Stein is expected to be formally nominated as the Presidential candidate of the Green Party at their national convention in Houston on Saturday, August 6th.
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Written on August 6, 2016

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

http://www.gp.org/philly_march

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GPOPNEWS/conversations/messages/2141

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

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

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

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

PPEHRC is inspired by and a continuation of the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign. PPEHRC is one of the largest poor people’s movements representing dozens of grass roots groups led by the poor, that is a multi-racial, multi-generational organization of both women and men. The March for Our Lives has been endorsed by Jill Stein for President, Green Party of the U.S., and the Green Party of Philadelphia. Please join with the Green Party in marching in support of this important event.
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Written on July 31, 2016

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

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

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

Introductions, and a welcome to newcomers.

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully submitted by Belinda Davis, GPOP Recording Secretary on July 27.
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Written on July 31, 2016

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

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA

Membership Meeting
Wednesday, July 20, 7:00 pm

PREPARE FOR THE DNC IN PHILLY
and
TURN IN YOUR NOMINATION PAPERS
for
Dr. Jill Stein for President.

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

This meeting will be open to the public.
There will be no admission charge
(a free-will offering will be accepted).

For more information:
215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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Written on July 10, 2016

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Jill Stein Has Successful Visit to Germantown

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you so much for all you have done as a Green Party Representative.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

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

Written on July 10, 2016

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

Saturday, July 9
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Su Xing House,
1508 Sansom Street,
Philadelphia.

215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org

GREEN NIGHT OUT welcomes Cheri Honkala who will lead a discussion of
“What is the March 4 Our Lives?”

Ms.Honkala is the leader of Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.

She has led numerous campaigns in the area.
Ms. Honkala will discuss the goals of the March 4 Our Lives, July 25,
and she will answer your questions.
Find out if flatus will be on the agenda for the DNC.

Enjoy this stimulating discussion and a fabulous Chinese dinner for only $25/person.

CREDIT CARD PAYMENT:


Green Night Out is open to the public.
Please RSVP because space is limited.
RSVP to the Green Party at
215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org.
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Written on June 28, 2016

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Building the Green Party Through Ballot Access

Building the Green Party Through Ballot Access
GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #14, June 10, 2016

Hello, Green Party Representative.
This report will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #13, which you received on May 22.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
There are several reason we struggled to convince activists to run for PA Representative this year. One middling reason was that each Green Party candidates must collect nominating signatures, which also count for our state-wide candidates (termed “piggybacking”). It seemed obvious to some of us that the more candidates we recruited to collect 700 signatures in each House District, the faster we could reach the 21,775 nomination signatures we need for our five state-wide candidates.
You know that we tried to recruit candidates from Philadelphia for PA Representative, but we were not successful this year. Fortunately, there are three Green Party candidates who are collecting signatures: Gabe Lytle in House District 60, Michael Bagdes-Canning in District 64, and Jay Sweeney in District117.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
We have asked Green Party Representative Robert Jaffe to video the proceedings at GREEN NIGHT OUT on June 11. Animal rights activist Marianne Bessey will lead our discussion of “Ecological Impact of Animal Agriculture.” We have been asked for a video (or live-stream) of this event by the animal rights committee of the Green Party of the U.S.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Charles, Bernadette Marie and I have returned to telephone calls to new Green Party members. So far, we have completed calls to everyone who joined us between October 2014 and September 2015. Now we are calling new Greens who joined us since October 2015.
We will are inviting them (along with you) to the next Green Party membership meeting at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 22, at the Jill Stein for President Campaign Office, . Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up just six or eight phone numbers for you. Calling new Greens has been inspiring because most of them are really glad to hear from us.
Our signature collection in Philadelphia got off to a terrific start, but momentum is important now that we are half way through. Our most recent Green Party Representative is Cheryl, in Holmesburg (Ward 64). We are looking for more people to join us as Green Party Representatives because this is the only way we will see Green Party candidates take their rightful place on the ballot. Please ask your friends for their help.
On May 30, I asked each of you to report whether you had signatures for me to pick up and whether you could join us during the next 10 days in collecting signatures. I got a good response, though not a hundred percent. Please let me know when I may pick up signatures from you.

Here are also some excellent events where we plan to collect nomination signatures in nice weather
(** means new to this list):
June 11. Roxborough Summer Solstice Festival, noon, Gorgas Park, 6400 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough. Contact Green Party Representative Chris.
June 11. Roxborough Summer Solstice Festival, 5:00 pm, Gorgas Park, 6400 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough. Contact Green Party Representative Charles.
June 12. Odunde Festival, 10:00 am, 12 city blocks centered around 23rd and South Streets in south Philadelphia. Contact Green Party Representative Hillary.
June 12. Philly Pride Festival, noon at Penn’s Landing, 101 East Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia. Contact Green Party Representative Hillary.
** June 15. Pastorius Park Free Concert (Philadelphia Orchestra). 7:30 pm, Millman Street at Hartwell Lane in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. (Contact Green Party Representative Chris.
** June 18. 10th Juneteenth Festival. Commemoration of abolition of slavery, Germantown Avenue at Washington Lane in Germantown, Philadelphia, 10:00 am, historical re-enactments, food, music, family activities.
** June 22. Pastorius Park Free Concert (Ben Arnold). 7:30 pm, Millman Street at Hartwell Lane in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.

It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP 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 June 28, 2016

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Greens to Meet, 6/22, 7:00 pm

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA
Membership Meeting

Wednesday, June 22, 7:00 pm

Greens will gather to hear news of the campaign to get our candidates on the PA ballot.

Greens will also discuss the March for Our Lives on opening day at the DNC.

A good time to turn in your signed nomination papers.

Please join us.
This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge (a free-will offering will be accepted).

Jill Stein for President Campaign Headquarters
1301 West Porter Street
(Oregon Stop on Broad Street Line)
Philadelphia, PA 19148

For more information:
215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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Written on June 12, 2016

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Minutes, General Membership Meeting, 5/25/’16

Green Party of Philadelphia
Minutes, General Member Meeting, 5/25, 7:00 pm
Alma Mater, 7165 Germantown Avenue, Mount Airy, Philadelphia

Introductions: Galen Tyler, Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller, Bob Smith, Wolfgang Natter, Alex Gillett, Teddy Clark, Ernest Schulte, Hillary Kane, and Belinda Davis

Outreach: The group discussed different forms of recruitment, from dedicated meetings, to seeing what particular neighborhoods are looking for/meeting people where they are, to what else we can do between meetings. Bernadette Marie spoke to the importance of personal contact, especially by phone; also walking door-to-door, for which we need more brochures. Hillary mentioned the difficulty of keeping people coming after the first meeting, especially as the locations change. Additional suggestions included events that GPOP sponsors and other opportunities to engage besides meetings to help involve people. It was suggested we keep better track of what individuals like and want to do. Alex mentioned the need to create a culture of accomplishment and to better respect and support outreach. Discussion continued to ideas for taking advantage of this moment precisely now, when there are so many disaffected members of the two major parties looking for ways to be involved and have their voices heard. It was suggested need to do better at the local level at making our presence known, and not just through election campaigns. Discussion returned to concern for opportunities beyond/outside of regular meetings, especially for young people and students, and turned to the possibility of student interns who might be interested in organizing on their campuses, who might also work on social media and otherwise get the message out.

Green Nights Out: The upcoming event is on 6/11, featuring Marianne Bessey in discussion of “The Ecological Impact of Animal Agriculture.” The dinner will take place beginning at 6:30 at Su Xing House, 1508 Sansom St. A GNO featuring Cheri talking about the March for Our Lives will then follow in July. It was provisionally determined that no GNO be held in August.

Petitioning: Upcoming petitioning opportunities were discussed, including the West Philly street fair and Bala sustainability fair on 6/4; Gorgas Park Solstice Festival on 6/11; and Odunde and Gay Pride on 6/12. We are now also in a position to pay for $1 per signature to petitioners needing pay.

Anti-Drone-War Displays during the DNC: Bob Smith presented on nodrones.org, worldcan’twait.org, and the BrandywinePeace.org initiatives that will take place during the DNC: “truth displays” throughout week, featuring drone replicas, death masks, and facts concerning children killed in drone attacks and other such information. Bob emphasized that it is important to rally people around this, and to remind them about the Democrats’ role in prosecuting and prolonging wars. GPOP voted to endorse the displays; Greens and others should sign up to help on the Brandywine Peace website, and otherwise promote participation.

March for Our Lives: There is now an office for the march, at the Jill Stein Campaign HQ, 1301 West Porter Street. There are now flyers, there is a website, and a phone number, with interns who will answer. The march application to the city was turned down. Galen suggested that is vital to make publicity around this. We need to get City Council members involved; we need people to work at workshops in preparation for the march (dates TBD), and to otherwise be involved. GPOP had voted to become an institutional PhillyCam member, which will also help support the march.

Fracking: Teddy Clarke offered information and passed around a recent article on fracking, which she hoped to see distributed widely. GPUS’s existing efforts against fracking were discussed.

Ballot Access: Hillary reported on the result of the recent court hearing in Philadelphia concerning ballot access. The judge refused to hear the case, sending it back to the lower courts, which represents a victory, at least on the issue of minority parties being forced to cover court costs when they lose legal challenges against their petitions.

Announcements: Information on The New Century Movement was provided, concerning raids and other aspects of immigrant rights; the group may be coming to Philadelphia. Bernadette offered to create a phone tree connection.

Treasurer’s Report: Hillary reported the balance is $1114.00. She also noted that the GPOP account is accessible in real time online.

Next Meeting: will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, 6/22, and will take place at the Jill Stein Campaign HQ, 1301 West Porter Street, Oregon, south Philadelphia.

Respectfully submitted,
Belinda Davis
Recording Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

Written on June 10, 2016

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GREEN NIGHT OUT, 6/11, 6:30 pm

GREEN NIGHT OUT

Saturday, June 11
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Su Xing House,
1508 Sansom Street,
Philadelphia.

215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org

GREEN NIGHT OUT welcomes Marianne Bessey who will lead a discussion of
“The Ecological Impact of Animal Agriculture.”

Ms. Bessey is an attorney, long-time animal advocate and founder of the grassroots group Animal ACTivists of Philly.

She has led numerous campaigns in the area, including
the closing of the elephant exhibit at the Philadelphia Zoo,
the closing of the Bucks County Zoo, and
the elimination of animal circus fundraisers for fraternal police organizations.

Enjoy this stimulating discussion and a
fabulous Chinese dinner for only $25/person.


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

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See: http://www.gp.org/the_ecological_impact_of_animal_agriculture
and

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GPOPNEWS/conversations/messages/2114.

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Written on June 2, 2016

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