Philly Green Party

GREENS TO MEET, 9/28, 7:00 pm

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA
Membership Meeting

Thursday, September 28, 7:00 pm

Greens will gather to plan outreach for the
Jules Mermelstein Campaign.

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).

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

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

For more information: https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPHL, 215-843-4256 or gpop@gpop.org.
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Written on September 18, 2017

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Electioneering in District 197 Must Wait for Judge

Green Party, GOP must wait to find out if they can sue over special election
METRO, Friday, September 15, 2017

Attorneys for Green Party candidate Cheri Honkala and former Republican candidate Lucinda Little will need to wait to find out if a federal court will hear their case alleging electioneering in the city’s 197th district.

The parties on both sides of a potential lawsuit that claims illegal electioneering took place during a special election in Pennsylvania House District 197 will need to wait more than six weeks before they will know if the case will be heard in federal court.
During a hearing held Thursday afternoon, after hearing arguments from the many attorneys involved in the case – including those for the candidates who lost the March 21 special election, Green Party candidate Cheri Honkala and Republican candidate Lucinda Little, as well as those for the Democratic City Committee, the Board of City Commissioners, the Department of State, state Rep. Mike Turzai and Democrat Emilio Vazquez, who won the election – Judge Joel H. Slomsky requested all parties involved to submit supplemental materials after they receive a transcript of the day’s proceedings before he would rule on whether the case could be brought to trial.

Lawyers for both Honkala and Little, as well as the Republican City Committee, contend that the pair were deprived of a fair election, with several alleged examples being brought up in court, including poll workers going as far as following voters into voting booths on the day of the election in order to force voters to cast their ballot for Vazquez. “This is massive fraud on a regular basis, and we have to stop it if we can,” Sam Stretton, an attorney for Honkala, told the judge during the hearing.
For their part, attorneys for Vazquez, the Democratic City Committee, the Board of Commissioners and the Department of State and Turzai all provided arguments on having the case thrown out, with many noting that there were other ways to solve an election issue, like contesting the election results, rather than bringing it to federal court.
However, Stretton argued that they have reviewed all avenues available to them and have determined that the most appropriate action was to file a federal lawsuit hoping to void the results of the election that put Vazquez in office. They also claimed that their rights under the Federal Voting Rights Act and Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Election Codes were violated during the election. “We did not bring this lightly,” said Stretton. “This is a pattern where everything that could happen wrong, happened wrong.”
While both parties saved specifics of their cases for the full trial, Linda Kerns, an attorney for Little and the Republican City Committee, said that, if the case were brought to trial, they could prove that poll workers gave write-in voters stamps that forced them to vote for Vazquez and had images that could prove at least four people – “eight legs,” as she told the judge – could be seen in one voting booth in the district, which she said indicated that poll workers followed voters into polls in order to manipulate their votes.
At the end of the hearing, Slomsky said that he looked forward to reading through forthcoming supplemental materials and would let all parties involved know if the case could be brought to trial after he had done so. Slomsky’s decision isn’t expected to be heard for at least six weeks, as obtaining a transcrtipt of Thursday’s hearing is expected to take 30 days, and the attornies have an additional two weeks to submit additional materials.
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Written on September 18, 2017

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“Harvey”: Climate Change Alarm Bell

Hurricane Harvey Rings the Climate Change Alarm Bell

http://www.gp.org/hurricane_harvey

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders are calling Hurricane Harvey the latest alarm bell on global warming and said that President Trump and Congress must make solving the climate crisis the nation’s top priority.
Greens expressed sympathy and solidarity with people in Houston and other parts of Texas and Louisiana who are suffering the effects of the hurricane and have lost homes, belongings, and loved ones.

“Along with providing relief to those affected by Harvey, we need a reversal of the U.S. political establishment’s irresponsible direction on climate change. The only solution to the crisis is a Green solution,” said Wesson Gaige, co-chair of the Green Party of Texas.

Texas Greens are urging support and donations to several frontline relief organizations: [Please visit http://www.txgreens.org/news and http://www.colorlines.com/articles/how-donate-money-and-other-aid-communities-color-housto n.]

The Green Party listed talking points on Hurricane Harvey, climate change, and Green solutions:
• The severity of Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it wreaked in Houston must be recognized as an effect of climate change and an indication of similar and worse disasters to come. The planet’s climate functions as a system: there are no isolated storms, all weather is affected by global warming. The Trump Administration’s rejection of science is already having deadly consequences.
• Although rainfall from Harvey is unprecedented, 2017 is the city’s third year with severe flooding. The disaster in Houston is one of many floods around the world that have displaced tens of millions this summer, with more than 1,000 deaths in South Asia.
• Lowering the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is urgently necessary, otherwise increasingly unstable weather and the rise of sea levels promise a future of Katrinas, Sandys, Harveys, mass population displacement, and global social breakdown in the coming decades. Working class communities, the poor, and people of color are facing the worst effects. The only solution is a rapid conversion from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.
• The Green Party has called for 100% renewable energy by 2030. To achieve this goal, Green candidates are promoting the Green New Deal, a plan to reorganize the U.S. economy, expand the public sphere, and create millions of new jobs in conservation and energy conversion.
• The Green Party has compared global warming to the global threat posed by the Axis powers at the beginning of World War II and has called for U.S. leadership in a worldwide alliance to end the crisis that includes peaceful cooperation with currently perceived enemies like Russia and Iran.
• ExxonMobil and other companies that knew about the reality of climate change placed oil refineries and other toxic sites in flood zones. In the wake of Harvey, their irresponsibility resulted in a toxic brew that is now spreading over hundreds of square miles and contaminating water tables. Two explosions and fume injuries were reported Thursday morning. The poor and people of color who live in affected areas are suffering the most harm. State and local governments in Texas have refused to undertake any preparation or enact regulation in the face of predictable emergencies.
• Only the Green Party is taking the climate crisis seriously. Greens said that a political field limited to two parties, both of which accept money and influence from the fossil-fuel industry, has become a threat to future generations.

Republicans, led by President Trump, continue to deny that the crisis exists and are dismantling environmental regulations and agencies, including the EPA, even as the need for these agencies and for regulation has grown. Republicans are likely to use Hurricane Harvey to call for more drilling and refineries. The Green Party has condemned President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change.

Democrats acknowledge the crisis but won’t take necessary action. The Obama Administration made sure that the Paris accords were not legally binding, and President Obama boasted of increased oil production. Hillary Clinton and her representatives kept carbon taxes, a ban on fracking, and other measures out of the 2016 Democratic Party platform.

Green Party leaders said that the “100 by ’50 Act” (Senate Bill 987) introduced by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was “too little, too late” in light of warnings from scientists about the severity of the crisis.
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Written on August 31, 2017

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Remove Rizzo Statue

Philly Greens Call for Removal of Frank Rizzo Statue

http://www.gp.org/frank_rizzo

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Earlier this month, white supremacists protested against the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, VA, where they killed Heather Heyer and injured dozens of others. These events highlight the urgent need to examine and eradicate racism in our culture and institutions. Therefore, the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) City Committee calls for the removal of the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo that stands in front of the Municipal Services Building.

First and foremost, the Green Party salutes Philly REAL Justice, a Black-led coalition for racial, economic, and legal justice for communities of color, which has been organizing the effort to remove the Rizzo statue for quite some time. We offer Philly REAL Justice our admiration and our solidarity in the campaign to remove Rizzo’s statue.

Not all white supremacists wear white hoods or Confederate uniforms. Frank Rizzo, who served as Philadelphia’s police commissioner (1968-71) and mayor (1972-80), used his power to inflict terror and violence upon the African American community, as well as the LGBTQ community and others.

Among his many actions, he ordered police raids of the offices of SNCC, strip-searched members of the Black Panther Party in front of news cameras, and ordered police to attack a group of black students who were peacefully protesting for a black history curriculum. In 1980, the U.S. Department of Justice even sued Philadelphia for police conduct that included “physical abuse, unlawful use of deadly force and disciplinary procedures which condoned abuse.” In 1978, Rizzo explicitly urged people to “vote white” to change the City Charter so he could seek a third term as mayor. As long as his statue stands in front of the Municipal Services Building, the city gives its approval to Rizzo’s words and actions.

Rizzo’s legacy of racism and brutality remains alive and well in Philadelphia today. Between 2007 and 2013, police in Philadelphia killed people at a rate six times greater than in New York City; 81% of their victims were African American. Furthermore, 80% of stop-and-frisks, made without reasonable suspicion in Philadelphia, are made against people of color. These are injustices that Mayor James F. Kenney pledged he would end when he ran for mayor and must address even after the statue comes down. Removing the statue will not erase Rizzo’s legacy, but it will show that Philadelphia refuses to honor a man who made a career out of bigotry.

Members of the Green Party City Committee agree that the statue has no home on the steps of a city building. Chris Robinson, GPOP Membership Secretary, said, “I lived through the Rizzo Calamity and participated in the ‘STOP Rizzo’ movement to prevent him from changing the City Charter. Some now suggest moving his statue to a more appropriate place, and I believe that it would be appropriate to locate it in the courtyard of Eastern State Penitentiary.” Jarrett Anderson, GPOP Treasurer, said, “Rizzo’s statue should be moved to the bottom of the Schuylkill River.”

The Green Party is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice. For information about the Green Party of Philadelphia, please contact 215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org. Follow GPOP on Twitter at @GreenPartyofPHL and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreenPartyOfPhiladelphia.
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Written on August 19, 2017

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Jules for Judge Campaign Secures Ballot Access

Here’s Why to Vote for Jules

http://www.gp.org/jules_for_judge_ballot_access

The Campaign to Elect Jules Mermelstein to the Pennsylvania Superior Court is thrilled to announce that thanks to the efforts of volunteers across 44 counties, he will be on the ballot for the November 7, Pennsylvania General Election. More than 4,300 Pennsylvania voters submitted their signatures for the campaign to nominate Jules for Judge. On Friday, July 28, nearly double the signatures needed to place Jules Mermelstein on the ballot were submitted. None were challenged over the following days.

Mermelstein has worked as an attorney, and both as a high school and college government teacher. He spent more than two decades teaching Sunday school to teens and was elected five terms as a township official. Mermelstein has never had a single ethics complaint made against him. In fact, in two of Mermelstein’s bids for Upper Dublin Township Commissioner, he was endorsed by both major parties. Now, as a Green Party candidate, Mermelstein believes he will bring much-needed nonpartisan integrity to a judicial system that has been plagued by corruption.

Recently, Mermelstein was proud to appear at a candidate press conference for the Annual National Meeting of the Green Party of the United States, where he described his thoughts on injustices throughout Pennsylvania that have left voters seeking third party options. The issues he focused on include corruption in Pennsylvania courts and the constitutional right to have clean air and water.

“As a former criminal defense attorney,” Mermelstein told Green Party members from around the U.S., “I am fully aware of the racism inherent in that system. I actually argued a case once to a judge that the commonwealth hadn’t proven my client guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and his response from the bench in open court was, ‘The fact that your client’s black makes it worse.’ I took that appeal actually to the court I’m running for and got an order for a new trial before a different judge.”

Mermelstein continued, “Pennsylvanians are lucky in that we have a constitutional right to a clean environment. Article 1, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution states that we’re entitled to clean air and pure water… Our state Supreme Court has repeatedly slapped down administrations — both Republican and Democrat — who have tried to cozy up to the fracking industry. This has not stopped that activity. We need judges throughout the system to recognize people’s right to a clean environment.”

The Jules for Judge Campaign has volunteers — Green and all others welcome — canvassing in towns across the state, and Mermelstein himself has been traveling tirelessly since his candidacy was announced. Be sure to check the campaign calendar to see when Mermelstein will be in your region and don’t forget to mark your calendars to vote November 7 and elect Jules Mermelstein as Superior Court Judge!

Follow Jules for Judge: https://www.facebook.com/Mermelstein4Judge and https://twitter.com/Jules4Judge.
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Written on August 18, 2017

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Greens Urge Prosecution of White Supremacists

Green Party urges prosecution of white supremacist groups for domestic terrorism in the wake of racist violence in Charlottesville

http://www.gp.org/prosecute_white_supremacists

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States is calling for vigorous prosecution of white supremacist groups responsible for the violence, injuries, and deaths that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, August 12. Greens said that the violence inflicted on anti-racist counter-protesters, including a car driven into a crowd that killed one person and injured more than two dozen others, was a deliberate act of domestic terrorism.

The Green Party strongly condemns the white supremacists and their rally and violent actions and expressed solidarity with all those who participated in the counter-demonstrations. White supremacist and neo-Nazi organizations thrive on violence and threats of death and mayhem. They support a violent overthrow of the U.S. government and various forms of subjugation, expulsion, and extermination for all people of color, LGBTs, immigrants, Jews, Muslims, and anyone who doesn’t conform to their vision of a white gentile male-dominated society based on an extremist “blood and soil” ideology.

The violence on the University of Virginia campus was consistent with the openly expressed intention of white supremacist groups to provoke a “race war” and clearly fits the definition of terrorism.

President Trump responded by casting blame “on many sides,” as if peaceful anti-racist protesters were responsible for the attacks they suffered. The president’s reaction betrayed the influence of advisors like Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, who have ties to fanatical far-right, neo-Nazi, anti-Muslim, and white supremacist organizations. Greens said that Mr. Trump’s loyalty to these staffers makes him unfit to occupy the White House. (On Monday, the president condemned “criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups” after widespread criticism of his initial response on Saturday.)

The Green Party counts nonviolence and respect for diversity among its Ten Key Values and has endorsed Black Lives Matter and its demand for racial justice. The party also recognizes and upholds the right of self-defense, in keeping with the Key Value of nonviolence. Greens support efforts to eradicate racism and other forms of discrimination, including removal of public monuments that glorify Confederate leaders and military personnel.
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Written on August 14, 2017

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Jules Mermelstein is on the Ballot

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Volume 2, #5
July 22, 2017

Jules Mermelstein is on the PA Ballot

Dear Green Party Representative.

Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Representatives — like you — have finished collecting nomination signatures for Jules Mermelstein for Judge of Superior Court. We were successful! Thanks to you, Jules received 4,204 signatures (588 from Philadelphia), more than enough to get on the ballot.
We are now transferring into campaign mode, looking forward to the General Election on November 7. Jules Mermelstein and the Green Party will need you, as a Green Party Representative, to volunteer at your polling place. Please see below for more details.
The rest of Report #5 will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #4 was posted to you on May 23.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Jules Mermelstein has now campaigned in Philadelphia three times (most recently on 7/8), and you have had an opportunity to shake his hand, to ask him questions, and to volunteer for his campaign.
Right now, we have six Green Party Representative (in addition to myself) who have already volunteered to work for Jules’ election: Scott in Queen Village; Belinda in Chestnut Hill; Hillary in Cedar Park; Christian in Wynnefield; Charles in Oxford Circle; Chris in Germantown; and Olivia in Garden Court.
Please contact me today (email or telephone) if you are ready to join the other Green Party Representatives.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates

In addition the Jules, we now have 14 Green Party candidates running for office in Pennsylvania. Please visit Green Wave Candidates for more information about these Greens.
One of these candidates is Green Party Representative, Olivia Faison, who is running for Inspector of Elections at her polling place in Garden Court, West Philadelphia.
It is now time for you, as a Green Party Representative, to consider running for office in 2018. Your PA Representative will be running for re-election. I hope you will consider running against them as a Green Party candidate seeking single-payer healthcare, reparations for slavery, an end to fracking, a basic universal income, and an end mass incarceration.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
There are openings for Green Party Representatives who are interested in two important tasks: building media relations and coordinating affiliations with progressive movements. If you are interested in learning either of these skills, please contact me.

Also, please don’t forget to contact me about volunteering at your polling place on Tuesday, November 7.

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 August 9, 2017

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Minutes, July Membership Meeting

Minutes, General Membership Meeting
July 27, 2017 – 7 PM
Shissler Recreation Center, Fishtown

Attendence: Jarrett Anderson, Treasurer; Belinda Davis; Olivia Faison; Alex Gillett; Eric Hamell;, Hillary Kane; Richard Kanegis; Taj Magruder, City Committee Member At Large; Francis McCloskey; Natasha Minkovsky; Asantewaa Nkruma-Ture; Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary; Ernest Schulte; and Nathaniel Wilkerson. Absent: Galen Tyler, Chair; Georgie Georgeson, City Committee Member at Large; and Ian McShea, Recording Secretary.

This meeting was chaired by Taj, and minutes were taken by Chris. [Draft minutes were circulated for additions and corrections on 7/29. Belinda’s ideas are included below. Final minutes posted to GPOP NEWS on 7/31.]

Decision to Accept Nominations for GPOP Recording Secretary
Following the decision made at the June General Membership Meeting, the members discussed our Recording Secretary’s prolonged and unexplained absence. [Ian had attended no meetings since the Special Election on March 31. Several City Committee members have reached out to Ian, but he has not returned text messages or messages via voicemail or email.]
At the request of the June General Membership Meeting, Hillary had contacted Ian on 6/22, and offered Ian a chance to appear in his own defense at this meeting, before his removal would be formally considered by the membership.
Ian did not appear in his own defense at this meeting, and the members present decided by consensus to consider the office of GPOP Recording Secretary to be open and to accept nominations to fill that seat. Chris will notify the GPOP membership that nominations will remain open until the next General Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 28.

Election of New City Committee Member at Large
The June General Membership Meeting had accepted with regret the resignation of Rachel Rawlings as City Committee Member at Large. Nominations for this office have been open since that meeting.
Olivia had accepted a nomination for Member at Large at the June meeting, and no additional nominations have been received . Olivia spoke briefly about her background, and why she thinks the Green Party is necessary. She also explained her interest in reparations for slavery, saying, “until reparations are made to African Americans, this country will not heal, nor will it be whole, and it will never free itself from its horrible legacy.”
Olivia was elected by the members present by consensus to be GPOP’s new City Committee Member At Large.

Endorsement
Richard proposed that the Green Party endorse Lawrence Krasner for Philadelphia District Attorney. No one seconded this motion.

Working Group Reports
Outreach Working Group

Taj reported as co-chair of the OWG that they would hold no meetings until after Labor Day, and everyone will be notified. The agenda for that meeting will include: creating a new email system to communicate with GPOP members (using MailChimp); planning more Green Party Happy Hours; and planning the next Welcome Party for New Members.
Taj then read a proposed News Release, saying that GPOP endorsed an event on National Housing Action Day, 7/29. The membership approved this endorsement by consensus. [Chris posted the News Release to the media and to the GPOP Membership on 7/28.]
Hillary suggested that GPOP post an additional News Release, which will combine Green Party opposition to fracking and opposition to SEPTA’s proposed fracked-gas power plant in Nicetown. Nathaniel volunteered to write a draft with the help of Hillary and Belinda. The draft will then be submitted to the City Committee for approval.
The membership continued discussing our organizing against SEPTA’s fracked gas plant. Asantewaa wanted more door-to-door outreach. Chris expressed a lack of confidence in the leadership of 350.org. Natasha volunteered to work on this project.
Jarrett said the new GPOP banner is ready at FastSigns, and Chris volunteered to pick it up.

Electoral Operations Working Group
Chris reported that the EOWG now has eight Green Party Representatives who will join Chris (Ward 59) at the polls on 11/7 for the Jules Mermelstein Campaign for Judge of PA Superior Court. These Representatives are Scott McCarthy (Ward 5), Belinda Davis (Ward 9), Bernadette Cronin-Geller (Ward 21), Hillary Kane (Ward 46), Christian Banchs (Ward 52), Charles Sherrouse (Ward 54), Natasha Minkovsky (Ward 55) and Olivia Faison (Ward 60). To join Green Party Representatives, please contact Chris.
Then, Chris congratulated Natasha for being the most recent Green Party Representative, and explained that Natasha has also volunteered to be the Green Party liaison with Put People First PA. PPF has non-electoral goals which are similar to GPOP’s, and their current project is single payer healthcare in PA.
Chris has emailed the new executive director of Jobs with Justice, explaining that the Green Party is searching for candidates for State Representative in 2018.
Chris also explained that EOWG will begin door-to-door outreach in divisions where we have Green Party Representatives. This will start with distribution of the “Register Green” flyer during August/September and will be followed by distribution of Jules4Judge literature during September/October. Chris and Charles have already completed the first wave of flyering in their divisions. Hillary volunteered to do hers on August 20. Please let Chris know your choice.
Chris asked members to look at the events listed below during the summer months. Many of these will be excellent locations to distribute “Register Green” flyers. Please let Chris know in advance.

Treasurer’s Report
Jarrett reported that after paying for the new banner GPOP now has slightly more than $1,078.00. He thanked all GPOP Sustainers for their continuing support, and he asked others to join GPOP Sustainers.

Report from the GPPA Quarterly Meeting
The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) held its quarterly meeting near Erie, PA, on July 16. Since no one present attended it, there was no report.

Report from the GPUS Annual National Meeting
The Green Party of the U.S. (GPUS) held its Annual National Meeting in Newark, NJ, on 7/14-16. Of those members present, Asantewaa, Hillary and Belinda had attended the Annual National Meeting.
Hillary explained how the GPUS Steering Committee elections work and the results of the election held on 7/15. The GPUS Black Caucus objected to the results of this election and made demands upon the delegates to the Annual National Meeting. Asantewaa followed with her perspective on these events and said that she believes that a political resolution to this problem will involve a more active GPUS Black Caucus, which will better educate and better vet its candidates for leadership positions.
For further reading on this topic, please see “Green Party Growing Pains” by Kevin Zeese, CounterPunch, July 21, and
White Liberal Guilt, Black Opportunism and the Green Party” by Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report.

Green Party Book Discussion
Hillary reported that the Green Party Book Discussion will take place on July 30. For information on the book, and to RSVP for the discussion, please visit Facebook.

Respectfully submitted by Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256.
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Summer Events
July 29
, Stop the Drone-Warfare Command Center, noon, Horsham Air National Guard base.
July 30, GPOP Book Discussion Group, 3:00 pm, Grindcore House.

PARKS ON TAP, throughout the city during August and September. Contact Chris, 215-843-4256, if you want GPOP literature to distribute near you. http://www.parksontap.com/new-events/

August 10, GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, W/N W/N. http://www.winwincoffeebar.com/
NO AUGUST GPOP MEETING

September 10, GreenFest, noon, Bainbridge Green (Bainbridge Street between 3rd and 5th Streets). This is a new location. Distribute GPOP literature with Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570. https://freedommerchants.com/greenfest.html
September 14, GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, W/N W/N. http://www.winwincoffeebar.com/
September 28, GPOP General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, Shissler Recreation Center. http://www.phila.gov/findrec/RecCenterDetails.aspx?ID=831
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There was No Discussion of These Topics:
Membership Issues Survey, Taj.
Anti-Islamophobia Committee, created on 4/27, Charles.
Amendment to the GPOP Bylaws, Margie.
GPOP Participation in PhillyCam, Georgie.
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Written on August 8, 2017

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GREENS TO MEET, 7/27, 7:00 pm

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA
Membership Meeting

Thursday, July 27, 7:00 pm

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

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

At this meeting, Greens will discuss outreach in your neighborhood.

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

For more information please contact:
215-843-4256 or gpop@gpop.org.

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Written on July 22, 2017

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Success at Primary Polling Places

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Volume 2, #4, May 23, 2017

Success at Primary Polling Places

Dear Green Party Representative.

We had five Representatives volunteering at the Polls on Primary Election Day, and they averaged 28 signatures each. While this is far short of the number of Representatives in previous years, I hope that you will join me in congratulating Charles, Margie, Sheila, and Rachel who joined me at the primary polls. Only Montgomery County has collected more signatures for Jules than Philadelphia.
The rest of Report #4 will bring you up to date on what has happened with our Spring Campaign since Report #3 was posted to you on April 23. It is not too late for you to join us in building the Green Party, but more on that below.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
The first aspect of our Spring Campaign is for us to get Jules Mermelstein on the November ballot as the Green Party candidate for judge of PA’s Superior Court. Right now Philadelphia’s Representatives have collected 371 signatures. The five Representatives congratulated above, have been petitioning with the following Green Party Representatives: Hillary, Christian, Georgie, Jarrett, Taj and Vivek.
The second important aspect of our Spring Campaign is the distribution of our new flyer, “Register Green, Vote Green,” in the neighborhood where you live. Please let me know what date is good for you (afternoons or weekends), and I will bring flyers and help you pass them out door-to-door.
Also, I hope you will let me know when you are ready to join us in collecting signatures. Please remember that it is best to collect nominating signatures right now, before the summer heat.

I would like to know in advance of events in your neighborhood. Then, Green Party Representatives can join you there to collect signatures. This process has worked well during the last two years, but it requires your active participation.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
Please consider joining the GPOP Outreach Working Group (OWG). These are the Greens who planned our participation in the Stop SEPTA’s Power Plant in Nicetown rally, and the Green Party Happy Hour on May 19. OWG needs your help planning our July Welcome Party for New Members and other exciting events.
The June OWG meeting will take place at 2:00 pm on Sunday, 6/18, at the Gittis Student Center on Temple University’s campus. Please contact Outreach Co-chair Margie Neary for more information at 215-868-7290 and margie.neary-at-gmail.com.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
Unfortunately, I have nothing new to report on this task. If you have made any progress, please send me the information.
Also, please let me know today: 1) when may I drop a clipboard with nominating papers at your house and 2) when would you like to flyer with me door-to-door in your neighborhood?

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 July 22, 2017

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Welcome Party for New Members, 7/8, 1:00 pm

Welcome Party for New Members

Saturday, July 8
1:00 PM -3:00 PM

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

Click 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 Speaker:
Green Party Candidate for Judge of Superior Court Jules Mermelstein

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 July 1, 2017

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Minutes, June Membership Meeting

Minutes, General Membership Meeting
June 22, 2017
Shissler Recreation Center, Fishtown

Attendence: Jarrett Anderson, Treasurer; Christian Banchs; Belinda Davis; Ted Ellerkamp; Olivia Faison; Georgie Georgeson, City Committee Member At-Large; Alex Gillett, Hillary Kane; Richard Kanegis; Taj Magruder, City Committee Member At-Large; Margie Neary; Sheila Ptah; Rachel Rawlings, City Committee Member At-Large; Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary; and Ernest Schulte.
Absent: Galen Tyler, Chair; and Ian McShea, Recording Secretary.

This meeting was chaired by Rachel, and minutes were taken by Chris.

Membership Issues Survey
Taj reminded the membership about our current issues survey. So far there have been only 13 members who responded.

Rachel’s Resignation
Rachel resigned her position at City Committee Member at Large. She plans to remain active, but due to a death in her family, her life is a jumble. Rachel believes that she does not have enough time to devote to City Committee responsibilities.
Hillary nominated both Christian and Margie. They both declined the nomination.
Chris nominated Olivia, who graciously accepted.
Nominations to fill Rachel’s seat will remain open until July 27. Members will elect a new City Committee At Large Member at the July General Membership Meeting.

Discussion of Ian’s Prolonged Absence
Hillary suggested that Ian should be replaced on the City Committee because he has attended no meetings since the Special Election on March 31. Several City Committee members have reached out to Ian, but he has not returned text messages or messages via voicemail or email.
The members present discussed a method of removal. Then, the membership decided with no blocking votes, to consider removing a City Committee member only after a long absence or after extreme misconduct. The challenged City Committee member would then be offered a chance to appear in their own defense before their removal would be formally considered by the membership.
The membership then acted to notify Ian that he could speak in his own defense at the GPOP Membership Meeting on 7/27. Hillary will contact Ian concerning this decision. [Hillary’s email to Ian was posted on 6/22 at 8:02 pm.]
[Hillary sent the following: “My recollection of the Ian recall process was that we agreed that moving forward it would take two successive meetings to remove someone from office. A vote to remove someone from the City Committee would initiate the process, the person in question would be notified, and by default, they would have the next successive meeting to defend themselves and try to stay elected. If the General Membership voted in a second consecutive meeting to remove the person, that was it. Simultaneously, the vote to remove in the first meeting would also trigger a call for nominations, so that if there was a second successive vote to remove, an election for the replacement city committee member could also happen at that same second meeting, since a call for nominations had taken place the month before.”] [Rachel has agreed with Hillary.]

Amendment to the GPOP Bylaws
Margie recommended that the GPOP Bylaws be amended to remove two City Committee Members At-Large. There was a lengthy discussion of this proposal, with some members expressing agreement, while others objected. One member even suggested amending the Bylaws to increase the size of the City Committee by adding additional Members At Large.
The membership then decided by consensus that this topic should be tabled until there was a specific motion that specified which wording should be removed from the Bylaws and which new wording should be added.

Endorsement
Richard proposed that the Green Party endorse Lawrence Krasner for Philadelphia District Attorney. No one seconded this motion.

GPOP Participation in PhillyCam
Georgie reported PhillyCam classes began on 6/12. He would like other GPOP members to join him at those classes. Sheila was interested.

Working Group Reports
Outreach Working Group

Margie reported the following:
Georgie has completed design of the new GPOP Banner;
GPOP Outreach Working Group is involved with 350Philly.org in the struggle to stop SEPTA’s fracking gas power plant in Nicetown. The next event will be at the hearing on 6/27 of the Phila. Air Management Office. Margie will circulate an email message for each member to post to Air Management;
GPOP Welcome Party for New Members will be held on July 8. Please RSVP on Facebook;

Electoral Operations Working Group
Chris reported that he had begun the search for Green Party candidates for 2018. Of special interest are the PA House contests for seats in Harrisburg. Chris has already contacted lists from NukeNet, EnergyJustice, Natural Gas Opponents, Gas Truth, Anti-Nuclear Research Network, Health Care for All Philadelphia, and Put People First. Please let Chris know of progressive organizations that should be contacted.
Chris also reported that 13 GPOP Representative have already collected 484 signatures on Jules4Judge nominating papers. There is another month to go. So please put two hours into collecting signatures. If we each do that, Philadelphia will be much closer to 1,000 signatures, which will be respectable.

Green Party Book Discussion
Hillary reported that the Book Discussion date has been changed to July 30. For information on the book, and to RSVP for the discussion, please visit Facebook.

Anti-Islamophobia Committee
The GPOP membership created this committee on 4/27. The committee made no report.

Treasurer’s Report
Jarrett reported that GPOP now has slightly more than $1,152.

July Events
7/8 Welcome Party for New GPOP Members, 1:00 pm, William Way LGBT Connumity Center;
7/13 GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, W/n W/n Coffee Bar;
7/27 GPOP Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, Shissler Recreation Center, ; and
7/30 GPOP Book Discussion, 3:00 pm, Grindcore House.

Respectfully submitted by Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256.
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Written on June 28, 2017

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

GREENS TO MEET
Green Party of Philadelphia

June 22, 7:00 pm

Discuss the issues that impact our fair city.
What can you do to organize?

Turn in your nomination papers to get
Jules Mermelstein for Judge on the ballot.

RSVP: Facebook

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

We look forward to your participation.
Shissler Rec Center is wheelchair accessible.
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 June 16, 2017

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Minutes, May Membership Meeting

Minutes. GPOP General Membership Meeting
May 25, 2017
Shissler Recreation Center, Fishtown

Attendence: Vivek Ananthan; Jarrett Anderson, Treasurer; Belinda Davis; Garry Frazer; Georgie Georgeson, City Committee Member At-Large; Eric Hamell; Hillary Kane; Richard Kanegis; Taj Magruder, City Committee Member At-Large; Scott McCarthy; Francis McCloskey; Kim Meudt; Rachel Rawlings, City Committee Member At-Large; Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary; Ernest Schulte; Charles Sherrouse; Bob Smith; and Galen Tyler, Chair.
Absent: Ian McShea, Recording Secretary.

This meeting was chaired by Galen, and minutes were taken by Chris.

Campaign Updates
Special Election, March 21

Hillary said that the Federal Court case has been filed and the Honkala Campaign is waiting for the Democratic Party’s response.

Jules Mermelstein for PA Superior Court Judge
Chris reported that Jules now has 2,387 signatures from 34 counties. This number of counties collecting signatures is unheard of. And this number of signatures so early in a campaign is also unheard of. Credit must be given to Green Wave, the newly formed electoral organizing committee of the Green Party of Pennsylvania.
As for Philadelphia’s participation, Chris reported that our Electoral Operations Working Group now has 12 Representatives collecting signatures, and they have already collected 371. This puts Philadelphia Greens in second place, and this must be corrected. Francis – a new Green Party member – volunteered to collect signatures for Jules.

Working Group Reports
Outreach Working Group

Taj read Margie’s Outreach Report.
Web updates. Rachel said they are proceeding slowly.
New banner. After a brief discussion, the members voted against including a telephone number on the new banner, which is being designed by Georgie.
Welcome Home Chelsea Manning Rally. Members who attended gave a brief account.

Electoral Operations Working Group
Chris had nothing additional other than the above under Jules for Judge.

Green Party of Camden, NJ
Garry Frazer and Kim Meudt gave a brief report. Greens from Camden, NJ, assisted with the Special Election in March. They are having an event, which they invited Philadelphia Greens to attend. It will be a Norcross Protest at 5:00 pm on 6/1. Kim said that the event can be found on Facebook, and “We hope to work together in the future.”

Rebuild the Philadelphia Peace Movement
Chris explained that Philadelphia had a vibrant peace movement until a Democrat was elected president in 2008. Since that time, peace demonstrations have been small and the movement has diminished. There are still remnants in existence, including some church organizations, the Granny Peace Brigade, Philadelphia Anti-Drone Network and SANE.
While the peace movement became dormant, the Pentagon’s influence has continued to grow. The military now consumes 54 percent of the discretionary U.S. budget. Assassinations by drones have increased dramatically, war crimes (including civilian deaths) by U.S. military personnel have burgeoned, and military attacks on foreign nations (without a Congressional declaration of war) now occur world-wide. Since the Green Party is also known as “The Peace Party,” Chris was wondering if GPOP members would feel compelled to rebuild the Philadelphia peace movement.
Chris then introduced Bob, the staff person for Brandywine Peace Community, the only peace organization which has remained vigorously active into the present. Many of Brandywine’s campaigns have had the endorsement of GPOP and the Green Party of Pennsylvania.
Bob began by saying, “I have come to see just how right the Green Party is.” He explained that massive military spending allows the new, Republican Party president to appear bi-partisan because militarism is also supported by the Democratic Party.
Bob then spoke about the importance of peace activists taking actions which demonstrate their opposition to militarism. He discussed Brandywine’s monthly rallies at the Horsham Drone-War Command Center, their regular events (often including civil disobedience) at the Lockheed Martin plant in King of Prussia, and the regular public outreach at SEPTA’s Regional Rail terminals. Bob requested Green Party support and participation, and he declared, “Our opposition to militarism must be visible.”
Please contact Chris if you would like to participate at 215-843-4256 and nwgreens at yahoo.com.

Membership Issues Survey
Taj reminded the membership about our current issues survey.

Green Party Book Discussion
Hillary explained that the Book Discussion date has been changed to July 30. For information on the book, and to RSVP for the discussion, please visit Facebook.

Finances
Jarrett said that GPOP now has slightly more than $1,000.

Other Events
6/8 – GPOP City Committee, 7:00 pm, W/n W/n. All GPOP members are welcome to attend. http://www.winwincoffeebar.com/
6/18 – Pride Festival. A good place to be seen being Green and to collect nomination signatures for Jules 4 Judge. For details, please see: http://www.phillygaypride.org/events/philly-pride-parade-and-festival/
6/22 – General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, Shissler Recreation Center. http://www.phila.gov/findrec/RecCenterDetails.aspx?ID=831
6/23 – GPOP Happy Hour, Spruce Street Harbor Park. Details to be announced.
6/24 – Brandywine Rally at Horsham Drone-War Command Center, noon. Details to be announced. www.brandywinepeace.com
6/25 – GPOP Outreach Working Group, 2:00 pm, Gittis Student Center, Temple University. http://studentcenter.temple.edu/howard-gittis-student-center
6/27 – SEPTA hearing on fracked-gas plant. Details to be announced.
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Outreach Report

Outreach Working Group
Green Party of Philadelphia
Report to the Membership, May 25, 2017

Written by Margie Neary. Presented by Taj Magruder.

1. Web updates
Can you ask Rachel to provide update on status of website improvements?

2. New banner
We need group to vote on whether or not to include the phone number on the banner. Personally, I agree with Georgie that we don’t need the phone number, but we’ll see what the group decides. Georgie will finalize the design accordingly (similar to old banner except with new logo) and work with Fast Signs to create the banner.

3. Opposing SEPTA fracked-gas power plant
Margie & Christian attended a few planning meetings with 350 Philly and helped advertise the rally outside of Bass’ office on social media and by canvassing in the local neighborhood. Several Greens turned out to support the event. Margie took pictures and video. Unclear what next steps are in this campaign, 350 is getting more engaged with local Nicetown groups to help plan the way forward.

4. Welcome Home Chelsea Manning
Perhaps ask Asantewaa to give a brief recap.

5. Summer Welcome Party
Saturday, July 8, 1-3pm, William Way. Can you bring flyers to hand out?
Jules Mermelstein will be the only speaker to allow ample time for Q&A. Newly registered Greens will be sent a mailed invitation. Other tasks will be coordinated by Margie & Christian and assigned to Outreach group members and others interested in helping.

6. Happy Hour
June 23, Spruce Street Harbor Park, details will be sent in an email

7. Next OWG meeting: Sunday, June 25, Temple Univ Student Center
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Written on May 28, 2017

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