Philly Green Party

GPOP Quarterly Report to GPPA

Quarterly Report to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA)
April 16, 2016

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) has been very active since the last Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Delegate Meeting on February 6, 2016, in State College, PA. We geared up to begin nomination signature collection, held one fundraiser, and completed our Presidential Caucus. During this quarter, we have worked to find candidates for election in 2016 and to build a network of Green Party Representatives, our volunteers at the polls for future elections.

February 2016
GPOP posted a Quarterly Report to GPPA for the February Delegate Meeting covering the growth of the local Green Party since November 2015.
February 6. Ten GPOP members attended the GPPA Delegate Meeting. Two GPOP members were elected to the GPPA Steering Committee: Kristin Combs was elected chair of GPPA, and Hillary Kane was re-elected Secretary of GPPA.
February 9. GPOP City Committee Member Chris Robinson posted GPOP Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group Report #6, “New Green Party Candidates,” to GPOP Representatives who are working to build the party. This report covered the attempts to find Green Party candidates for 2016, and a candidate for the 2017 race for Philadelphia’s District Attorney.
February 24. GPOP held its monthly General Membership Meeting at Calvary Community Center in Cedar Park, Philadelphia. Thirteen members attended, and they elected a new GPOP City Committee for a one-year term. The members set up a Presidential Caucus Planning Committee with five volunteers and endorsed the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign’s March for Our Lives, which will take place on July 25 in Philadelphia. “Greens Elect New Philadelphia Leadership” by Chris Robinson, which includes a photo of the new City Committee, appeared in 10 publications.
February 28. GPOP Membership Secretary Chris Robinson posted GPOP EOW Group Report #7, “Nomination Petitioning Has Begun I,” to GPOP Representatives. This issue discussed (among many other items) our discussion with a lawyer who successfully sued the District Attorney’s office over job discrimination. Unfortunately, she is not yet ready to become politically active.

March 2016
March 12. Hillary Kane arranged a Green Night Out presentation by two organizers from Project Safe. “Sex and Public Policy at Green Night Out” by Chris Robinson, appeared in ten on-line publications.
March 14. GPOP Membership Secretary Chris Robinson posted GPOP EOW Group Report #8, “Nomination Petitioning Has Begun II,” to GPOP Representatives. This issue announced the GPOP Presidential Caucus. It also explained that all GPOP Representatives have received nomination petitions along with a two-sided flyer, “2016 Petitioning Instructions/Petitioning Made Easy.” GPOP is now actively searching for a member to represent us on the GP U.S. Media Committee.
March 23. Twelve people attended the GPOP Monthly Membership Meeting at Roma’s Pizza in Roxborough. The Presidential Caucus Planning Committee reported that everything was ready for the Philadelphia Green Party Presidential Caucus. The membership also endorsed an effort to organize around affordable housing.
March 28. GPOP Membership Secretary Chris Robinson posted GPOP EOW Group Report #9, “Volunteer at Your Primary Election Polling Place,” to GPOP Representatives. This issue explained the important role played by signature collection on Primary Election Day, April 26. This year, GPOP will have more Green Party Representatives volunteering at the polls than ever before. Three GPOP Representatives have begun calling newly registered Greens, and the results have been reasonably good. More telephone volunteers would be helpful.

April 2016
April 11. GPOP Membership Secretary Chris Robinson posted GPOP EOW Group Report #10, “Please Attend May Day and Mount Airy Day,” to GPOP Representatives. This issue urged GPOP Representatives to attend two events, which are happening the week following Primary Election Day. It also explained that the GPOP EOW Group has sent follow-up emails to activists who might have run for office on the 2016 Green Party ballot. We contacted activists in movements for single-payer healthcare, renewable energy, peace actions, and ending mass incarceration. Unfortunately, the deadline, March 28, has passed, and we are now searching for people to run for office in future years.
April 16. Eleven members attended the GPOP Presidential Caucus at the Ethical Humanist Society. Following a discussion of “What It Means To Be Green,” a secret ballot was conducted. Jill Stein received 10 votes, and Richard Trumka received one write-in vote.

Movement Connections
February 17. Chris Robinson represented the Green Party at the meeting of Philadelphia Area Anti-Drone Network (PAADN) at the Friends Center.
March 26. Three Philadelphia Greens attended the “Ignite Peace” vigil against the new Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA.
April 2. A dozen GPOP members attended the beef ‘n’ beer fundraiser for the 2016 May Day Celebration. This event was held at the SEIU Union Hall. Vivek Ananthan was the GPOP representative on the May Day Steering Committee.
During this quarter, Belinda Davis has been the GPOP delegate to March for Our Lives, which will take place near the Democratic Party National Convention on July 25.
Belinda also represented GPOP at a Caucus of Working Educators (CWE) event.
Charles Sherrouse represented GPOP at a new voter registration/education forum at Esperanza College, and at a DSA forum on building a socialist movement beyond Bernie.

Submitted by
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)

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POSTED on 4/23/16 to GPOP NEWS, Northwest Greens, and GPOP Chat.
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Written on April 23, 2016

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Please Attend May Day and Mount Airy Day

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group Report #10
April 11, 2016

Hello, GPOP Representative.
Primary Election Day is almost here. Please let me know now if you need fresh Green Party Nomination Papers for your polling place on Tuesday, April 26. This will be the best place to collect signatures. At my polling place last year, I collected 99 signatures for our candidate on Green Party Nomination Papers, and this year I will try to get more than 100 signatures. I hope that you have good results too. I am planning to pick up at your home the Nomination Papers you complete at your polling place.
The next big events for our signature collecting will be the May Day Celebration (5/1) and Mount Airy Day (5/7). The Green Party will have a table at both of these events for you to use as a base (for locations, see calendar below). Please feel free to drop off at our table any completed petitions, and we will have fresh ones there for you to pick up.
The following will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #9, which you received on March 28.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Telephone calls to new Green Party members have been quite successful. Charles and I have called 28 people and received email addresses from 12 of them. I sent these new Greens an email welcoming them to our Party and inviting them to our Presidential Caucus on April 16.
This seems like a promising avenue to increase Green Party activism. Political interest is high in a presidential election year, so now is our moment. These people already have an interest in the Green Party, and it is an easy way to engage them in our activities.
Charles and I are now calling a new list, and we would like more GPOP Representatives working with us. Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up just six or eight phone numbers for you.
Please welcome Galen, our most recent Green Party Representative and our first in Torresdale, Ward 65.
Beverly went to Weavers Way, where she collected 20 signatures. She tells us, “A few people wouldn’t sign because they don’t want a third party, [and one person] who lives across the street won’t sign because she is determined that Hillary Clinton gets elected.” I advised Beverly not to take such comments personally and to move on to the next prospect. It will only waste time to enter a discussion with a Hillaryite, a Sandernista, or a Trumpmaniac.
Here are also some excellent events to collect nomination signatures as the weather warms up:
April 14. Demonstration to Stop the Stadium, 2:00 pm at the Temple University Bell Tower, 1210 West Berks Street, North Philadelphia.
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. If they ask, please explain that they do not have to be a Green Party member to sign.
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 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.
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
Okay! I know you are not interested in media work. However, we still need Representatives to help 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
Since Report #9, I have sent follow-ups to our movement allies who were previously contacted about running candidates on the Green Party ballot during 2016. Follow-up emails were posted to lists of activists for single-payer healthcare, renewable energy, peace actions, and ending mass incarceration. I explained to them that the deadline, March 28, has passed and that we are now searching for people to run for office in future years.
During 2017, we will need candidates for Philadelphia District Attorney and Philadelphia Controller. This is also a good time to find some qualified candidates for PA House of Representatives during 2018. A serious candidate could form an election committee right now and begin fundraising.
Please respond to this email and tell me what you will do to help us build the Green Party.

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 April 23, 2016

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Greens to Meet in Kensington, 4/27, 7:00 pm

GPOP Membership Meeting

Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 pm

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

Greens will gather to analyze the results of the
2016 Primary Elections in Philadelphia.
Greens will also plan for demonstrations at the
Democratic National Convention in July.

Please join us.
This meeting is 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 April 17, 2016

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Jill Stein Wins GPOP Presidential Caucus

Hello, GPOP News Member.

I think that we should all thank our Green Presidential Caucus Organizing Committee for doing a fantastic job. The committee of volunteers, which came together at the GPOP Membership Meeting on February 24, consisted of Hillary Kane, Galen Tyler, Charles Sherrouse, Vivek Anathan, and Belinda Davis. The Ethical Humanist Society provided internet connection and comfortable surroundings, and the organizing committee supplied more than enough food and drinks.

GPOP Chair Galen Tyler was the host. He welcomed everyone, including Olympia St. Augustine, a new Green Party member, who is also an activist against human speciesism.
GPOP Treasurer Hillary Kane led a discussion of “What it Means to be Green.” The members present offered ideas for one list of social problems which concern them, and a second list of Green Party solutions to those same problems.
Charles Sherrouse, member-at-large of the GPOP City Committee, explained the process of collecting signatures and submitting nomination papers to get Green Party candidates on the ballot for the General Election. It will require the effort of every member for our candidates to qualify this year. When you are ready to help, please contact me.

Then, GPOP Secretary Belinda Davis led the Philadelphia Presidential Caucus. Green Party members discussed the five candidates who were running to become the Green Party candidate for President. Many of those present had met Dr. Jill Stein, and spoke in favor of her candidacy. Hillary was the only member present who had met all five, and she answered questions from those needing more information. Eric Hamell, member-at-large of the GPOP City Committee, spoke in favor of Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, as a write-in candidate to demonstrate Green Party support for the organized labor movement.
Dr. Jill Stein won the secret ballot with 91 percent of the vote. The Philadelphia tally will be transmitted to the April 30 quarterly meeting of delegates to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) in Harrisburg, PA. The GPPA will then announce the combined total for Green Party caucuses in all counties state-wide.

Philadelphia Green Party members, who were not able to attend the 4/16 Philadelphia Caucus, are still eligible to participate in another caucus. The GPPA Caucus Information and Schedule shows that other counties will hold their caucuses on April 19, 23, 24, 28, and 30.

The next GPOP General Membership Meeting will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 27, at Liberty Choice Market, 1947 North Front Street (at Norris), in Kensington.
It is Good to be Green!
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

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Written on April 17, 2016

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Green Party Presidential Caucus, 4/16

Green Party Presidential Caucus
Saturday, April 16
10:30 am
Ethical Humanist Society

1906 South Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA

215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) has scheduled a Presidential Caucus at 10:30 am sharp on Saturday, April 16, at the
Ethical Humanist Society,
1906 South Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia.

Every voter who is a registered Green Party member in Pennsylvania is invited to participate in the Green Party Presidential Caucus.

There are five presidential candidates who are seeking the Green Party nomination:
Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry,
Jill Stein,
Darryl Cherney,
William P. Kreml, and
Kent Mesplay.
For contact information, please see the candidates’ web sites or the Green Party’s Presidential Candidates page.
Other candidates may be nominated during the presidential caucus.
Green Party voters may also choose “no candidate” or “uncommitted.”

The Green Party Presidential Caucus will be open to everyone with no admission charge, but only registered Green Party voters will be permitted to vote.

For more information on the Green Party Presidential Caucus,
please contact 215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org.

Similar caucuses will be held in other counties of Pennsylvania. For a calendar of Green Party Presidential Caucuses, please visit.
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Written on April 10, 2016

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Volunteer at Your Primary Election Polling Place

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group Report #9
March 28, 2016

Hello, GPOP Representative.

I want to be sure that I have you listed to be at the correct polling place for the Primary Election on April 26 to collect signatures on our Green Party Nomination Papers.
I have Ernest at 12-22; Bernadette Marie at 21-3; Beverly at 21-10,17,18; Hillary at 46-10; Charles at 54-1,2,3,5; John at 59-18; Chris at 59-19; and Judy at 61-21. Eric will be working inside the polls as an elected official at 59-21. Matt, I am not sure whether you want to volunteer at your home polling place (13-2,3) or the polls where you volunteered in November 2015 (22-15). Please send me corrections to this list.
Now, I would like to bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #8, which you received on March 14.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
As an experiment, I tried to connect with some newly registered Green Party members. I got telephone numbers from the Voter Registration Office, and I called seven people who changed their registration to Green during 2015. Every phone number was good, and I got four new email addresses. I sent these people an email welcoming them to the Green Party and inviting them to our Presidential Caucus on April 16.
This seems like a promising avenue to increase Green Party activism. These people already have an interest in the Green Party, and it is an easy way to engage them in our activities. Bernadette Marie and Charles have agreed to help me with phone calls to other new Greens. Political interest is high in a presidential election year, so now is our moment. We need more GPOP Representatives working with us. Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up six phone numbers for you
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Here are also some excellent events to collect signatures as the weather warms up (** means new to this list):
** April 2. Kick off Democracy Spring, 10:00 am, at the Liberty Bell, Independence Mall, Sixth and Market Streets in Old City, Philadelphia.
** April 2. Beef & Beer Dance Party to support May Day Festival (see below), 7:00 pm, SEIU Union Hall, 455 North Fifth Street (rear entrance), Philadelphia, PA.
** April 14. Demonstration to Stop the Stadium, 2:00 pm at the Temple University Bell Tower, 1210 West Berks Street, North Philadelphia.
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. If they ask, please explain that they do not have to be a Green Party member to sign.
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 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.
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
The Green Party of the U.S. held a Media Workshop Conference Call on March 22 for people who wanted to learn more about building the Green Party’s presence in the local media. We are still looking for a GPOP Representative who wants to learn about media work. Let’s have a GPOP Representative on the next conference call. Will you do it?
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
The Green Party EOW Group has begun our search for people to run for office next year. During 2017, we will need candidates for the following offices: Philadelphia District Attorney and Philadelphia Controller. These are each four-year terms, and candidates must be at least 25-years old and must have been a resident of Philadelphia for at least one year. Candidates for District Attorney must have been a lawyer for at least two years. There will also be judicial elections. Please let me know, if you know anyone who is interested.
Please respond to this email and tell me what you will do to help us build the Green Party.

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 April 10, 2016

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Minutes, GPOP General Membership Meeting, 3/23/2016

Green Party of Philadelphia
General Membership Meeting
Minutes from Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Roma’s Pizza, Roxborough

Present: Alex, Beverly, Ernest, Chris Robinson, Melinda Briceno Keith, Benjamin Keith, Kevin Keith, Bernadette Cronin-Geller, Charles Sherrouse, Eric Hamell, Belinda Davis, Richard Kanegis

The meeting was chaired by GPOP Chair Galen Tyler.

After introductions and announcements, an agenda item was added on action concerning affordable housing, specifically concerning the building of luxury condos on the site of the old Garrett-Dunn house at 7048 Germantown Ave., but also more broadly. There was consensus on a motion of support for Bernadette’s interest in pursuing the issue, and a request to her that she put together relevant information and a specific plan of action to bring before the membership.

The group discussed the Presidential Caucus and outreach event scheduled for 4/16, specifically concerning outreach. Galen noted that the idea for the event was about trying something different, to capture people’s attention, and provide a space for those who are interested to ask questions and discuss issues of general concern to them, without plunging directly into the nitty gritty of a typical membership meeting. It was resolved that all should commit to word of mouth, sharing on GPOP’s and individuals’ own Facebook pages, inviting people from the event’s own FB page, and calling from phone lists. Chris will distribute phone numbers call to those who request them. He also agreed to send out a press release on the event, once there are further specifics to distribute. Beverly suggested we also considered paid advertising on the event in local papers (including the Weavers Way Shuttle), for this and/or other GPOP meetings and recruitment events. It was agreed the planning committee should invite the presidential candidates to participate at the caucus meeting by Skype or through representatives to speak on their behalf. Galen suggested it was important to follow up the event with discussion of what did and did not work in terms of creating a kind of prototype for future such outreach events, which would ideally be held all over the city.

There was discussion of the phrasing “a war on women” in a GPOP publicity flyer, and of how well it communicated the concerns of GPOP and GPUS. It was determined that this be further discussed at future meetings.

Concerning the candidate petitioning drive: Chris is building the GPOP Election Operations Working Group, which consists of Green Party members who represent GPOP at their own polling place. These Green Party Representatives will work the polls on Primary Election Day, April 26, to collect signatures on our nominating papers. Chris reported that we now have 10 polling places covered. Building this infrastructure will be important also for this and future primary elections, during which the representatives could gather signatures for Green candidates. It was suggested that when we make calls to tell people about the event on 4/16 that we also talk with them about the petition drive.

Concerning current new members: Chris has contacted the six new registered Greens in town, of whom four expressed interest in active participation.

Respectfully submitted,
Belinda

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Written on April 5, 2016

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Nomination Petitioning Has Begun, II

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
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 March 27, 2016

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Greens to Meet in Roxborough, 3/23, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 23,
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Roma’s Pizza,
6129 Ridge Ave
Roxborough, Philadelphia

(Easily accessible via SEPTA 9 or 27 Bus)

More information from 215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org

Please join us to plan for The Green Party Presidential Caucus to be held in April.

Let’s talk and decide what you can do!

We look forward to your participation.
This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge.
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grassroots democracy – social justice – nonviolence – ecological wisdom
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Written on March 20, 2016

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“Sex and Public Policy” at Green Night Out

By Chris Robinson.
Lindsay Roth and Kelly Sebetka spoke with members and friends of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) at Green Night Out on March 12. Discussing “Sex and Public Policy,” Roth told her audience, “Legislators in Harrisburg design new bills without consulting the people who will be affected, especially sex workers.” Roth is executive director of Project SAFE, an all-volunteer organization providing advocacy and support for women working in street economies, including sex workers. Sebetka is a volunteer with Project SAFE.

There are four legal models for controlling sex work, according to Roth: criminalization (like Pennsylvania), partial criminalization (like Sweden), legalization (like part of Nevada), and decriminalization (like New Zealand). Most sex-worker-rights activists endorse decriminalization, which has been shown to work. Green Party members present were critical of their party’s support for partial criminalization of sex work, and they agreed to seek a change in the Green Party platform.
Roth and Sebetka also discussed a bill under consideration in Harrisburg. Senate Bill (SB) 851, also known as, ‘Safe Harbor’ legislation, according to Roth, “needs a lot of work before it will actually serve the interests of young people. We worry that poorly written legislation, like this, will blur the line between the criminal justice and social service systems. Law enforcement officers are not trained to provide services to youth. This legislation should require that youth survivors of the sex trade be included in the training of law enforcement officers.”
“At-risk youth should be formally included in the development of this legislation,” said Sebetka, “to protect the priorities of those most impacted. There should also be a non-discrimination clause that will insure LGBTQ youth not only have access to critical services,” Sebetka continued, “ but also that those services are safe, welcoming, and tailored to meet the needs of all youth.”

Green Night Out is a quarterly Green Party gathering which is open to the public. Green Night Out was held at Su Xing House in center-city Philadelphia. The diners discuss politics while they enjoyed a Chinese feast. The Green Party is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of nonviolence, grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom and social justice. For information about the next Green Night Out, please telephone 215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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This piece has appeared in:
Green Party of US website, Green Party of PA website, GPOP NEWS list, GPOP Chat list, Northwest Greens list, Lehigh Valley Vanguard (brewed and fermented in Easton, PA), OpEdNews, American Third Party Report, Progressive Blog, and Zesty Left Wing News.
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Written on March 20, 2016

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Green Nomination Petitioning Has Begun, I

GPOP EOW Group Report #7
February 28, 2016

Hello, GPOP Representative.

At the General Membership Meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) on February 24, I received the 2016 Green Party Nomination Papers. GPOP Representatives like you and I will be the volunteers who collect signatures from our neighbors – and who recruit other people to help us. I plan to drop off nomination papers at your home next week. Please let me know if you need a legal-sized clipboard.
At the GPOP meeting, Eric and I traded offices. Eric is now City Committee Member at Large, and I am now Membership Secretary. Hillary, the other GPOP Representative running, was re-elected to be Treasurer. I plan to write something about the new GPOP City Committee. If you have questions for me to pose to them, please send them to me soon – like, right away!
Now I would like to bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #6, which you received on February 9. http://www.gpop.org/news/?p=1888.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
I believe we are about finished recruiting candidates to run for office on the Green Party ballot in 2016. The nomination papers we are working with include: candidates for President and Vice President of the U.S., PA Attorney General, PA Auditor General, and PA State Treasurer. Any additional candidates will have to be registered as Green Party voters before March 28.
I regret that we have not yet been able to recruit any candidates for PA State Representative. Each State Representative Division is roughly one-third the size of a City Council District in population and geography. This is the easiest office campaign to run, and it is a good jumping-off point for people who are beginning a political career.
Prof. Vera Cole, known as the “guru of solar energy” in PA, sent me contact information for John Brown, who she believes would make a good Green Party candidate for PA State Representative. I have written to John Brown, and I will let you know what he has to say.
I have also been in touch with a lawyer, MK Feeney, about running for Philadelphia District Attorney in 2017. She is now building a private practice (after 14 years as an assistant district attorney), and she is not yet prepared to become a public figure. Perhaps tomorrow!

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
There are many good places where you can collect signatures on nomination papers. I prefer farmers markets, dog runs in the park, and the steps of Weavers Way Co-op. There are also some excellent events scheduled 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.
May 7. Mount Airy Day, 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.
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.

The GPOP Presidential Caucus will take place on Saturday, April 16, and you will receive an invitation to attend and to cast your ballot.
We each have work to do in recruiting 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
The following GPOP Representatives were elected to office at the Green Party Membership Meeting on February 24: Treasurer Hillary Kane (Ward 46), and Eric Hamell and Chris Robinson (both from Ward 59). The other GPOP City Committee members are not yet GPOP Representatives. Perhaps tomorrow they will join us.
I have to admit that I have not worked very hard on this task because the others seemed to be so much more urgent. The Green Party still needs volunteers to help us with the following: website construction, email list, publicity 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?

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
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 March 12, 2016

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Green Party Elects New Philadelphia Leadership

By Chris Robinson.

On February 24, 2016, members of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) energized their local party by electing a new leadership. Meeting at the Ethical Humanist Society on Rittenhouse Square, registered green activists listened to candidate remarks and then cast secret ballots.

New GPOP City Committee (plus one friend)

The new Chair of the Philadelphia Greens will be Galen Jah Tyler, who was a Member-at-Large of the City Committee for the last two years. Tyler said, “I plan to kick off introductory meetings for registered Greens. These monthly social events will help unite our members and educate them about the role of the Green Party as the main opposition to the two corporate parties.” Tyler, who lives in Torresdale (Ward 65), is director of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and a founding member of the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign.

Charles Sherrouse was elected as a new City Committee Member-at-Large. He said, “My priority will be getting Greens involved with ballot access petitioning across the city, and extending our campaign outreach to campuses. The Green Party’s performance in the 2015 City Council race has earned us state recognition as a political party in Philadelphia, which can help boost our membership.” Sherrouse lives in Oxford Circle (Ward 54), and he was a founding member of GPOP, having served on the City Committee more than a decade ago.

Green Party members are prepared for Sherrouse’s initiative. They formed an Electoral Operations Working Group in 2015 with three tasks: recruiting candidates for electoral office, organizing registered Greens to work on those campaigns, and creating a campaign infrastructure.

The Green Party members also elected Belinda Davis as GPOP Recording Secretary. Davis said, “I will focus not only on electoral politics, but also on bringing people together in political action that champions social justice, ecology, grassroots democracy, and non-violence.” She was referring here to the Green Party’s Four Pillars. Davis first became active with GPOP in 2004, working on a campaign for Philadelphia City Council. She lives in Chestnut Hill (Ward 9), and had been treasurer of GPOP during 2011 and 2012.

The other four members of the Green’s leadership were re-elected, some to new offices. Hillary Kane retained her seat as Treasurer, and Julian Robinson was re-elected as Member-at-Large. Kane and J. Robinson both live in Cedar Park (Ward 46). Eric Hamell was re-elected to the GPOP City Committee, this time as Member At Large, while Chris Robinson was returned in a different capacity as Membership Secretary. Both Hamell and C. Robinson live in Germantown (Ward 59).

The Green Party is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of nonviolence, grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom and social justice. For more information about the Green Party or to become a member, please call 215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.

This has appeared in:
Philly Free Press, Green Party of Pennsylvania website, Green Party of the U.S. website, GPOP NEWS, GPOP Chat, Northwest Greens, OpEdNews, sNEWSi, American Palestine Public Affairs Forum, and Green Party Watch.
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Written on March 12, 2016

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GREEN NIGHT OUT, March 12, 6:30 pm

Green Night Out

Saturday, March 12
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Su Xing House,
1508 Sansom Street, Philadelphia.

215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org

GREEN NIGHT OUT welcomes Lindsay Roth of Project SAFE.

Lindsay Roth will speak about “Sex and Public Policy:
Nothing About Us Without Us.”

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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Written on March 3, 2016

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Minutes, GPOP General Membership Meeting, 2/24/2016

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA (GPOP),
General Membership Meeting,
Minutes from Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Ethical Humanist Society, Philadelphia

Present: Vivek Ananthan, Hector Colon, Belinda Davis, Glenn Davis, Alex Gillett, Eric Hamell, Cheri Honkala, Hillary Kane, Richard Kane, Chris Robinson, Julian Robinson, Charles Sherrouse, and Galen Tyler.

Minutes were taken by Belinda Davis.

1. Announcements:
2/25 Town Hall Meeting on Gentrification, 6-9 pm, and the AFSC, 15th and Cherry Streets
2/26-2/28 United OPT-OUT: The movement to end corporate education reform, conference, Jill Stein will be speaking at the conference on Sunday morning at 9:00 am. There are still a few tickets available for this specifically; contact Kristin Combs, kristin.r.combs@gmail.co, right away, if interested. http://unitedoptout.com/
3/12 Green Night Out, 6:30 pm, Lindsey Roth of Project Safe, will speak on “Sex and Public Policy.” $25/person includes full dinner (incl. vegetarian), talk/discussion, and contribution to GPOP. Su Xing House, 1508 Sansom, http://www.suxinghouse.com/index.html.
4/2 Beef and Beer Dinner and Dance Party Fundraiser for May Day USA Education Committee, SEIU Local at 5th and Spring Garden.
4/16 Panel “Syria: Peace or Endless War,” Phyllis Benes keynote, 3:00 p.m., Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. Chris Robinson moved that event be endorsed by GPOP; approved by consensus. [This event was later cancelled by the organizers.]
4/30 Green Party of PA Presidential Caucus Meeting, Harrisburg
7/25 March for Our Lives, activities all day of the opening day of the DNC convention in Philadelphia. Chris Robinson moved that event be endorsed by GPOP; approved by consensus.

2. Caucus for the Green Presidential Candidate
Members determined to hold the caucus, open to all registered Greens in Philadelphia, along with a number of panels/workshops, on Saturday, 4/16, ca. 12-4 (definite time, place, and schedule TBD). Possible panel topics include petitioning for the presidential candidate; preparation for the March for Our Lives event; actions on the School Reform Committee; fighting racism; actions on poisoned water in Flint and elsewhere; party outreach and membership; fundraising.
Volunteers to organize the afternoon’s events include Hillary Kane, Galen Tyler, Charles Sherrouse, Vivek Anathan, and Belinda Davis. This caucus and workshop will not be in lieu of our monthly membership meeting, which will take place as all monthly meetings on the fourth Wednesday of the month (in April, on the 27th).

3. Election of the GPOP City Committee
In contested elections, the following slate of GPOP City Committee members emerged:
Galen Tyler, Chair
Hillary Kane, Treasurer
Belinda Davis, Recording Secretary
Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary
Julian Robinson, At-Large Member
Eric Hamell, At-Large Member
Charles Sherrouse, At-Large Member

The meeting ended with members’ thanks to Glenn Davis, for his two years as chair of the party.

The next monthly membership meeting will take place on Wednesday, 3/23.
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Written on March 3, 2016

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GREENS TO MEET, February 24, 7:00 pm

GREENS TO MEET
Green Party of Philadelphia
7:00 pm, February 24, 2016

GPOP Election Meeting

At the Ethical Humanist Society
1906 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Green Party members will elect new leadership,
candidates for local office, and
delegates to the Green Party of Pennsylvania.

We look forward to your participation.
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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grassroots democracy – social justice – nonviolence – ecological wisdom
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Written on February 21, 2016

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