GPOP EOW Group Report #8
March 14, 2016
Hello, GPOP Representative.
I have prepared an account of the February GPOP City Committee election. You can find this article here along with a photo of the new City Committee.
The GPOP Presidential Caucus will take place at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 16, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 1906 South Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. Please mark your calendar now because you will want to be there to cast your ballot for “The Greater Good, Not the Lesser Evil.”
Now I would like to bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #7, which you received on February 28.
Task: Organize Campaign Workers
You have now received three nomination papers (and a clipboard, if you requested one). Included was a two-sided flyer, “2016 Petitioning Instructions”/”Petitioning Made Easy.” If you have any questions, please contact me. Please note that two of the nomination papers I dropped off at your home do not have “2. County of Signers” filled in. Please fill in that space as you need them. Each page may contain signatures from only one county: Philadelphia, Montgomery, etc. As soon as you need more petitions, please let me know.
We now have a new Representative, Beverly, our second in Roxborough, Ward 21. I have also added Charles Sherrouse to our list of GPOP Representatives for Ward 54, Oxford Circle, because he has expressed interest in working on petitioning for ballot access.
Here are also some excellent events where you may collect signatures as the weather warms up:
April 26. The Primary Election is absolutely the best place for you to collect signatures because it is the most concentrated group of registered voters. Please make time to volunteer at your neighborhood polling place between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm. There will be a good turnout because of the presidential sweepstakes, and every single voter is permitted to sign your nomination paper.
May 1. The May Day Festival in Clark Park, 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue, usually has a good turnout. We will have a Green Party table which you can use as a base. Bring your children or grandchildren because the playground there is excellent.
May 1. Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival is not as good as the May Day Festival, but it might be more convenient for you. There will be many Montgomery County voters, so be sure that you have Montgomery County nomination papers with you. If you need more petitions, please contact me the week before, because I will be in Clark Park on 5/1.
May 7. Mount Airy Day, http://www.mtairyday.org/, is always a good place to collect signatures, and it is fun for the whole family: live music on two stages, a Kid Zone, and plenty of vendors. The Green Party will have a table which you can use as a base.
May 21. Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. Six blocks of Walnut Street (including Rittenhouse Square) will host 50,000 visitors. Beyond the eats, there’s also live music, free wine tastings, fashionable shopping and more.
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.
Let’s recruit more GPOP Representatives. Please send me the contact information for any of your friends or neighbors who say they might be interested in volunteering for the Green Party in their own neighborhood.
Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
On March 8, I took part in a Media Strategy Conference Call organized by the national Green Party, I got to meet around 20 Green Party media representatives from California, District of Columbia, Oregon, New York, North Carolina, and Washington. It surprised me to learn that the Green Party U.S. has resources to help members like us who are working locally to build the party.
There will be a Media Workshop Conference Call on March 22 for people like you who would like to learn more about building the Green Party’s presence in the local media. Please let me know if you would like to attend this conference call as the Philadelphia delegate.
In addition to media work, we still need volunteers to help us with website construction, email list, and fundraising. Can you help with any of these projects? Do you have any of the required skills? If not, are you ready to learn these skills?
Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
I believe we are about finished recruiting candidates to run for office on the Green Party ballot in 2016. Of course, we can still add more candidates, but we had best begin our search for people who would like to run for office next year. In my next report, I will outline the elected offices which will be contested in 2017.
Please respond to this email and let me know what you would like to do to help us build the Green Party.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
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.”