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Outreach Report05.28.17

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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GPOP Statement on Primary Election Results05.21.17

Green Party of Philadelphia’s Statement on Tuesday’s Election Results

http://www.gp.org/philly_greens_on_primary_results

With preliminary results of the 2017 Primary Election now in, and given the Democratic Party’s stranglehold on our city’s politics, it is clear that Larry Krasner will be Philadelphia’s next District Attorney. It is the Green Party of Philadelphia’s hope that Krasner will abandon the longstanding pattern of corruption established by our city’s elected officials, as most recently exemplified by our present District Attorney, Seth Williams.

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, WWW.gpop.org) calls upon Krasner, if elected District Attorney, to bring an end to a criminal justice system that criminalizes poverty and race while letting white-collar corporate crimes go unpunished. The Green Party recognizes that Krasner’s platform includes many reforms which are in line with our party’s key values, and we hope that he honors these pledges in office, specifically:

In a city that is 43% African American, the Green Party calls for a District Attorney who reflects the truth that “Black lives matter” not only in his rhetoric, but also in his actions.
In a city where (according to the ACLU of Pennsylvania) 25% of pedestrian stops by police are made without reasonable suspicion and 80% of those pedestrians are people of color, the Green Party calls for a District Attorney who will push for an end to stop-and-frisk and who will refuse to bring cases resulting from these illegal, racist practices.
Only a few weeks after Philadelphia police arrested 22 people in Frankford for marijuana, the Green Party calls for an end to the failed War on Drugs and for the legalization of drug possession.
Only days after Philadelphians raised nearly $58,000 for the “Mama’s Bail Out Day” campaign, the Green Party calls for the elimination of a cash bail system that is designed to keep low-income people behind bars.
Finally, the Green Party calls for a District Attorney who will never pursue the death penalty – a barbaric practice that brings neither closure nor healing, but only more pain and victims.

In addition to restoring the idea of “justice” to our criminal justice system, Philadelphia’s next District Attorney must guarantee voters’ right to fair elections. We witnessed an astonishing attack of this right in March’s special election in PA House District 197, which was rampant with election fraud and voter intimidation. We demand that the next District Attorney continues the investigation into the special election and takes concrete steps to ensure election integrity.

Finally, we must highlight the urgent need for electoral reform as demonstrated by this election.
Krasner won the primary with 38% of the vote, representing only 6% of the city’s registered voters. A system where a candidate can win office, despite only a minority of voters casting their ballots for him, is an insult to democracy. Therefore, the Green Party calls for Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), where voters rank candidates in their order of preference and a candidate only wins if they obtain majority support.
We must also acknowledge the legalized bribery that is our campaign finance system. Total spending in this election is expected to double what was spent in Philadelphia’s last competitive primary for District Attorney. Indeed, Krasner’s campaign was supported both by grassroots efforts and by a super PAC funded by George Soros; we hope that his actions as District Attorney will be influenced by the people of Philadelphia and not by an outside billionaire. Therefore, the Green Party calls for the full public financing of elections and for stricter limits on campaign spending and contributions.

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 call 215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.
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This news release also appeared online in Mass Central (Where the Masses Converge).
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Time to Join our Spring Campaign05.21.17

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Volume 2, #3
April 23, 2017

TIME TO JOIN OUR SPRING CAMPAIGN

Spring has sprung, and the Green Party has already held its Wildflower Walk in the Wissahickon. Now is the time to join our Spring Campaign, if you are not already on board.
The rest of Report #3 will bring you up to date on what has happened with our Spring Campaign since Report #2 was posted to you on March 22. 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 the distribution of our new flyer, “Register Green, Vote Green,” in the neighborhood where Green Party Representatives live. So far, we have completed two divisions, mine in Germantown and Charles’ in Oxford Circle East. 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.
The second important 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. I have already posted a calendar of petitioning locations for your use and to this date we are making progress. Right now we have 107 signatures, collected by the following Green Party Representatives: Charles, Chris, Margie and Christian (double digits); and Georgie, Hillary, Jarrett, Taj and Vivek (single digits).
Please let me know when you are ready to join us in collecting signatures. The number one best location will be at your own polling place during the Municipal Primary on May 16. Every voter leaving the polls that day is eligible to sign the Jules Mermelstein nomination paper. Please take 5/16 off from work, or spend as many hours as possible joining us at your polling place.

I hope that you will also let me 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 Wildflower Walk in the Wissahickon, and who are planning our July Welcome Party for New Members and other exciting events. Their next Green Party Happy Hour will take place on April 28 at Bob & Barbara’s Lounge.
The May OWG meeting will take place at 2:00 pm on Sunday, 5/7, 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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GPOP Report to GPPA Quarterly Delegates Meeting04.23.17

Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Quarterly Report to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA),
April 20, 2017

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) has been very active since the last Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Delegate Meeting on January 29, 2017, in Harrisburg, PA. At that meeting GPPA endorsed Cheri Honkala to run for PA State Representative in District 197. For more information about this campaign, please see http://www.cheri197.com/.

February 2017
February 2.
The GPOP City Committee (think, “steering committee”) approved and posted a News Release on GPOP’s endorsement of Cheri Honkala for PA State Representative.
February 4. The GPOP Outreach Working Group (OWG) held a Welcome Party for New Members. Forty-five people attended, and many volunteered to work on GPOP committees and on Cheri Honkala’s Campaign.
February 5. The GPOP OWG held its monthly meeting. Members analyzed the Welcome Party and began planning another one. They also planned the GPOP presence at Solidarity Forum on 2/11 and began work on a number of events to involve Green Party members.
February 6. The GPOP Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group posted Report #1 of 2017, “Volunteer for Special Election on 3/21.”
February 22. The GPOP Membership Meeting was attended by 24 people. They elected a new seven-person GPOP City Committee which included four members who became Greens via the Stein/Baraka Campaign. The new GPOP leadership is much younger than last year’s City Committee. Please see, “Philly Greens Elect New Leaders.”

March 2017
March 5.
The GPOP OWG held its monthly meeting. Under discussion were a GPOP representation at the Solidarity Forum on 3/11, a Green Party Happy Hour, a Green Party Wildflower Walk in Wissahickon Park, another Welcome Party for New Members, and a Green Party Bowling Night.
March 21. GPOP members participated at the polls in the Special Election for PA Representative in District 197. The Green Party’s Cheri Honkala came in second with 12 percent of the votes.
March 22. The GPOP EOW Group posted Report #2, “Start of Our Spring Campaign.” The GPOP Spring Campaign has two projects: collection of nominating signatures for Jules Mermelstein and door-to-door distribution of the new “Register Green, Vote Green” flyer.
March 23. The GPOP Membership Meeting was attended by 15 people. Greens present endorsed the movement to stop SEPTA’s fracked-gas power plant in Nicetown. Greens also endorsed Jules Mermelstein for Judge of PA Superior Court. Eric Hamell and Olivia Faison were endorsed to run in November on the Green Party ballot for Inspector of Elections. GPOP members also elected a new slate of delegates to GPPA.
March 31. The GPOP OWG held a Green Party Happy Hour at W/N W/N in Spring Garden, Philadelphia. Thirteen people attended. Another Happy Hour is planned for April.

April 2017
April 2.
The GPOP OWG held its monthly meeting.

GPOP Members also attended:
The March 25 Rally Against the Drone Command Center in Horsham, PA. It was good to join other Greens there from Bucks and Lancaster Counties.
The March 25 Beef and Beer Fundraiser for the May Day USA March and Family Celebration, which will be held on 5/1 in Clark Park, West Philadelphia.
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Start of Our Spring Campaign04.19.17

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

Thank you for helping with Cheri Honkala’s Campaign for PA State Representative in District 197. All that we know of the outcome is that the Republican candidate (the only one on the ballot) received 7.4 percent of the vote (198). The other three write-in candidates (two Democrats and one Green) received 92.6 percent of the vote (2,483). We are now waiting for the write-in votes to be counted on 3/25, and then for any re-counts to be completed.
Please let me know which polling place (Ward?, Division?) you were assigned to, and I will let you know how the final vote turned out in your division.

It is now time for us to begin the Spring Campaign, which has two aspects: publicize the Green Party and get Jules Mermelstein, Esq. on the November ballot for PA Superior Court Judge. There will be more about both of these below.
The rest of Report #2 will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #1 was posted to you on February 6, and it will outline more of our Spring Campaign.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Just in time for our Spring Campaign, the GPOP Outreach Working Group has produced a new flyer, “Register Green, Vote Green,” for us to distribute in our neighborhoods. 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.
The other important aspect of our Spring Campaign is for us to get the Green Party’s Jules Mermelstein on the November ballot. I will be in touch with you to get nominating papers to you. (Please let me know if you already have a legal-size clipboard, so I don’t purchase too many.)
In collecting signatures, the number one best location will be at your own polling place during the Municipal Primary on May 16. Every voter leaving the polls that day is eligible to sign the Green Party Nomination Paper. Please take this day off from work, or spend as many hours as possible volunteering at your polls.

We will also be collecting signatures at local events: block parties, concerts, political rallies, etc. I hope that you will let me know in advance of events in your neighborhood. Then, Green Party Representatives can join you there. 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. These are the Greens who planned our excellent Welcome Party for New Members back in February, and who represented the Green Party at the last two monthly Solidarity Forums. Their next event will be a Green Party Happy Hour on March 31 at W/N W/N.
The next meeting of our Outreach Working Group will take place at 2:00 pm on Sunday, 4/2, 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.
We still need help with our website design, fundraising, and publication of a GPOP newsletter. If you are ready to take charge – or to help out – please let me know.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
We are still looking for candidates for Philadelphia District Attorney and Philadelphia Comptroller. In addition, we would like to run some Green Party candidates for PA State Representative in 2018. Please let me know if you have a suggestion, and I will contact that person.

I hope that you will continue to be active along with our other 31 Representatives. Please let me know how you plan to fit into our vigorous organizing.

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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Greens oppose SEPTA power plant, Endorse Mermelstein for Judge04.05.17

Green Party opposes SEPTA gas power plant, Endorses Jules Mermelstein for PA Superior Court Judge

http://www.gp.org/nicetown

At the March Membership Meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP), members voted to endorse the opposition campaign to the proposed SEPTA fracked-gas power plant in Nicetown. Despite the SEPTA board voting to approve the project, the Green Party voted to support the ongoing efforts to resist the building of the gas power plant.

Over 50 groups have signed on to support the resistance efforts including 350Philadelphia, Avenging the Ancestors Coalition, Brandywine Peace Community, Caucus of Working Educators, Food and Water Watch, Neighborhood Networks, Edward T. Steel Public School, Friends of Mifflin School, and many other community, environmental, faith and labor organizations.

Chris Robinson, GPOP membership secretary, said, “It is important to continue educating the public about the environmental dangers of the gas power plant and mobilizing those who are opposed.” Legislators who have voiced support for the opposition to the plant include State Representative Rosita Youngblood and Councilwoman Cindy Bass.

The Greens in attendance also voted unanimously to endorse Jules Mermelstein for PA Superior Court Judge. “I am delighted to receive the endorsement of the Green Party of Philadelphia,” Mermelstein responded. “In recent years we have seen the evidence of the misuse of the justice system by both parties in Pennsylvania. We have seen PA Supreme Court justices being forced to resign. We have seen Attorneys General of both parties end up in jail. We have seen a juvenile court judge selling our children to a private prison. And most recently we have seen the DA of Philadelphia indicted for corruption. The Green Party and I will be reaching out to work with other individuals and groups interested in bringing true justice to Pennsylvania, beginning with my election to the Superior Court in November.”

Mermelstein, a retired attorney and teacher, received the endorsement of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) in January and will run as a Green Party candidate in the November 7 General Election.

Green Party members Olivia Faison and Eric Hamell will run for Minority Inspector of Elections at their respective polling places in November. Galen Tyler, GPOP chair, said, “We are searching for others who would like to run for office on the Green Party ballot in 2017 and 2018.”

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 Party meeting, please call 215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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Major Endorsements for Honkala in 19703.12.17

BREAKING NEWS: Philly candidate receives major endorsements

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

http://www.gp.org/honkala_receives_major_endorsements

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Cheri Honkala, a well-known Kensington-based anti-poverty activist and candidate for Pennsylvania State Representative in District 197 has been endorsed by a national progressive political action organization, Our Revolution, and a local progressive group, Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks.
Our Revolution, the group kicked off by 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, announced its endorsement for Honkala on Tuesday. Andrea Putnam, former Bernie campaign director for Pennsylvania and current Honkala GOTV director, praised the announcement. “Our Revolution’s endorsement only amplifies Cheri’s lifetime commitment to fighting for the people, who are tired of politics-as-usual at both local and national levels.”

“Cheri Honkala is running a truly grassroots campaign this is of, by, and for the people of Pennsylvania’s 197th legislative district,” said Tim Canova, who garnered the support of progressives nationwide when he vied for the seat of then-Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a Florida congressional district. “Her campaign—with its message of human rights and justice for the 99 percent—presents an opportunity for a great progressive breakthrough,” Canova said. “Progress For All and Tim Canova are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Cheri at this historic moment.”

Honkala was also recommended by the PEOPLE Committee of one of the city’s largest labor unions representing public-service workers, A.F.S.C.M.E. District Council 47, for an official union endorsement by the full delegation. That endorsement came a day after Honkala met with members of A.F.S.C.M.E District 47 — the initials stand for the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees — to explain what makes her most qualified to represent one of Pennsylvania’s poorest legislative districts. Honkala says she is honored to have been recommended for a labor union endorsement. “The members of A.F.S.C.M.E District Council 47 know me well,” she said. “I have spent the better part of 30 years fighting alongside local labor unions because it is the right thing to do.”

Former Philadelphia health commissioner and past president of the American Public Health Association Walter Tsou supports Honkala, too.
“Cheri has been fighting for the little guy all her life,” Tsou said. “She is far and away the most progressive candidate in the 197th district and we need her in Harrisburg.”

Cheri Honkala, who has advocated for poor and homeless persons in and around the 197th district for the past 30 years, vowed to continue working with labor unions. “I am not beholden to corporations and political bosses–only to our poor and working class communities,” Honkala said. “If elected, I will continue to be in solidarity with labor unions on the picket line as well as supporting workers’ issues in the state house.”

Honkala’s deep relationships with unions is apparent. Jim Moran, Director Emeritus of Philaposh—an organization created by unions to advocate for the occupational health and safety of public-service workers in Philadelphia—gushed about Honkala. “It’s time to trade in the politics of party for the politics of performance,” Moran said. “Cheri Honkala has a 30-year track record of performing tremendously for labor rights, human rights and the rights of our communities to a better life. I’m proud to have known her, worked with her, and gone to jail with her in these struggles. This is no time to turn our backs on Cheri in the race for State Representative in the 197th District.”

What makes Honkala’s race even more exciting and relevant is she stepped up after two district legislators in a row — both of whom happened to be Democrats — resigned on federal corruption charges. “It’s time to end this legacy of corruption that practices the politics of fear. We need a new voice to advocate for our district in Harrisburg,” Honkala said.

Unfortunately, the powers that be have gotten in the way of Honkala’s path to victory. The Green Party of Pennsylvania campaign submitted paperwork on time to be on the ballot. They asked the state if they needed to submit anything else. The Department of State’s Board of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation said, “no.” The day after the deadline, they got an email saying they needed to submit one more document. They rushed it to Harrisburg that day. It didn’t help, and Honkala was not allowed onto the ballot. The state Supreme Court upheld Friday a lower court’s ruling in a split 4-3 decision that Honkala be kept off the ballot because of the state agency’s clerical error. Undeterred by the ruling, Honkala and her coalition of supporters are organizing a write-in campaign for the special election. In a low-turnout special election, Honkala needs just 1,500 votes to win this special election.

The Democrats’ first candidate was knocked off the ballot because he was not legally qualified to run in District 197 because he does not live in the district. Democrats attempt to place another candidate on the ballot was denied by a court ruling. Republican Lucinda Little will be the only candidate on the ballot.
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Minutes, February Membership Meeting03.12.17

Minutes, General Membership Meeting
February 22, 2017
Shissler Recreation Center

Meeting called to order at 7:10 by Galen.

Introductions.
Gratitude expressed for Charles Neary and the Shissler Recreation Center for hosting.

In Attendence.
Chris Robinson, Eric Hamell, Jules Mermelstein, Rachel Rawlings, Georgie Michaelson, Asantewa Ture, Vivek Ananthan, Tracy Conifer, Pablo Rodriguez, Kristin Combs, Galen Tyler, Liz Ortiz, Cheri Honkala, Jarrett Anderson, Taj McGruder, Charles Neary, Scott McCarthy, Margaret Neary, Murielle McCarthy, Christian Bansch, Charles Sherrouse, Ian McShea, Hillary Kane, and Alex Gillett.

Outreach Working Group.
February 4th membership party was a success. 40 people attended. $349.00 raised.
Expanding social media, web, and email presence.
Planning another membership party, started a strategic planning group, and a film screening.
New fliers for Green Party designed. Request for $424.00 to print 10,000 fliers. Membership voted in favor of the expenditure.
Motion to approve $25.00 gift card to Wooden Shoe Bookstore for logo design competition. Motion passed. Membership voted in favor.
Next meeting: Sunday, March 5th at 2:00 PM, Temple University Student Center, 13th and Montgomery

Educational Working Group.
Choosing first book: Ecology and Socialism.
First meeting: TBA.

Treasury Report.
$1,883.88 total in revenue. 3 new sustainers.

City Committee Elections.
Nominations.

Chair – Galen Tyler. 22 Yes, 1 No, 0 Abstain.
Treasurer – Jarrett Anderson. 22, 0, 1.
Recoding Secretary – Ian McShea. 23, 0, 0.
Membership Secretary – Chris Robinson. 18, 3, 2.
Primary Member At-Large – Rachel Rawlings. 23, 1, 0.
Secondary Member At-Large – Taj McGruder. 23, 0, 1.
Tertiary Member At-Large – Georgie Michaelson. 23, 0, 1.
All nominees were elected.

Campaigns.
Cheri Honkala.

Received endorsement of 19th Ward and Sheriff Jewell Williams of the 16th Ward. Fighting for name on ballot. Possible write-in.
Minimum goal of 3000 votes.
Raised over $40,000.00.
Meet and Greet at Taller Puertorriqueno, Sunday, February 26, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, 5th and Huntington.
Motion to contribute $500.00 to Honkala Campaign for literature and sustenance.
Motion passed.

Jules Mermelstein.
Running for PA superior court judge.
Petitioning starts March 8th.

State Meeting.
Saturday, April 29, Pheonixville, Location TBA.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM
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Philly Greens Elect New Leaders03.03.17

http://www.gp.org/philly_leaders

The members of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) have elected new leaders. This election marks a major turn for Philadelphia’s opposition to the two corporate Parties. Meeting at Shissler Recreation Center in Fishtown, Green Party members elected a seven-person City Committee (think “steering committee”) with only two incumbents. The other five new members have never before held elected leadership posts within the Green Party. The election was moderated by Kristin Combs, chair of the Green Party of Pennsylvania.

This new City Committee is significantly younger than the leaders they replaced. For instance, three of the new City Committee members are in their twenties. They are replacing leaders whose average age was 52 years.

The newly-elected Green Party leaders included, Recording Secretary Ian McShea (Ward 12, Wister); Treasurer Jarrett Anderson (Ward 48, South Philadelphia); and three new Members At-Large: Georgie Georgeson (Ward 2, Bella Vista); Taj Magruder (Ward 36, Point Breeze) and Rachel Rawlings (Ward 27, University City). The two incumbent, re-elected Greens were Chair Galen Tyler (Ward 65, Torresdale) and Membership Secretary Chris Robinson (Ward 59, Germantown).

All of the new leaders have already earned their stripes doing volunteer work. McShea, a carpenter, represented Green Party presidential/vice-presidential candidates Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka at the polls in 2016, and he is presently training poll workers for Cheri Honkala’s Campaign for PA Representative in District 197. Magruder has been the co-chair of the GPOP Outreach Working Group.

Anderson, a middle school teacher, has managed for six months the GPOP twitter account (handle, @greenpartyofphl), which has more than doubled in followers. Anderson said that he plans to “amplify the Green Party message via Twitter and grow our contact with individuals and organizations in the Philly area. I also hope to use GPOP Twitter so that the public knows that the Green Party is much more than the environment.” He continued, “I want people to see the breadth of the Green Party platform and the connectedness of our Four Pillars: ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy, and nonviolence. We need to be drawing connections between these issues, and Twitter is a great platform for us to do this.”

Georgeson, a graphic designer, has created flyers for the Green Party and is currently working on their new logo. Georgeson said,“I plan to use my skills as a graphic designer as well as my involvement with the local activist community to help increase awareness of the Green Party and our Four Pillars; especially among those that have been left out in the cold by the two corporate parties and are looking for some real, life-saving change.”

Rawlings, a computer systems administrator, volunteered on Kristin Combs’ campaign for Philadelphia City Council in 2015. “I want to increase our visibility and viability so that we can compete in every city and state election, including having two candidates for at-large council seats in 2019.”

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 Party meeting, please call 215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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Greens to Meet, 2/22, in Fishtown02.18.17

GREENS TO MEET
Green Party of Philadelphia

February 22, 2017, 7:00 pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/1845039005785033/

GPOP City Committee Election

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

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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Minutes, General Membership Meeting, 1/25/’1702.18.17

General Membership Meeting Minutes
Green Party of Philadelphia

Held at Roxborough Read and Eat
Meeting commenced at 7:10 pm on 1/25/’17

In Attendance
Jarrett Anderson (Ward 48); Christian Banchs (Ward 52); Shoshana Bricklin and Bert Schultz (Ward 9); Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller, Ron Lane, Margie Neary and Beverly Rolfsmeyer (Ward 28); Georgie Georgeson (Ward 2); Alex Gillett and Hillary Kane (Ward 46); Eric Hamell and Chris Robinson (Ward 59); Murielle and Scott McCarthy (Ward 5); Ian McShea (Ward 12); Taj Magruder (Ward 36); Elizabeth Ortiz (Ward 33); Shiela Ptah (Ward 42); Cheri Honkala and Wilfredo Ramos (Ward 19); James Robertson (Ward 27); Charles Sherrouse (Ward 54); and Galen Tyler (Ward 65).
The meeting was chaired by Galen, and minutes were taken by Ian because of the excused absence of Recording Secretary Belinda Davis.

Education Committee, Hillary
Starting a Green Party book club. Study Green Party philosophy. Sunday, March 12, 4:00 PM, first class. First book: Ecology and Socialism, by Chris Williams. Once a month. Location: Grind Core, South Philly.

1. Outreach Working Group, Margie
Welcome Party, February 4th at William Way LGBT Community Center, 13th and Spruce, 12:00 – 2:30. Potluck. Invite members as well as interested individuals, and other organizations in Philadelphia. Spreading word, flyering, Twitter, Facebook, emails, phone calling.

a. Phone calling after February 4th to contact veteran Greens.
b. Interest in joining Outreach working group, recruiting members.
c. Strategic Planning retreat ~ April TBD

2. Nominations for City Committee
Nominations are open, will remain open till February 22.

a. Committee positions – Chair, Recording Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, 3 At-Large-Members.
i. Galen – Nominated for Chair.
ii. Taj – Nominated for At-Large.
iii. Sheila – Nominated for At-Large.
iv. Chris – Nominated for Membership Secretary.
v. Ian – Nominated for Recording Secretary.
vi. Georgie – Nominated for At-Large.
vii. Jarrett – Nominated for Treasurer

The GPOP City Committee Election will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 22, at Shissler Recreation Center in Fishtown.

3. Cheri Honkala Campaign for PA Representative in District 197
Kensington, ran for Sheriff of Philadelphia, ran as Jill Stein’s running mate in 2012. Request for Endorsement to run for State Representative of District 197.
a. Corrupt history of Democratic Party leadership in the 197th District.
b. Special Election because Leslie Acosta is being imprisoned.
c. Democratic Party nominating Freddie Ramirez; he runs three mental health facilities.
d. Highest opiate deaths in Kensington. Highest poverty in Kensington.
e. Name recognition, but no money.
f. Running to WIN.
g. ENDORSEMENT BY CONSENSUS. Honkala for the 197th!

4. Request funds to print “Register Green, Vote Green” flyer for neighborhood distribution
a. $400.00 for 10,000 copies.
b. Request tabled for next month.

5. Announcements.

a. February 24 – 26, National Conference in Philadelphia on Election Integrity and Voter Democracy. Arch Street Meeting House.
i. Outreach Committee to attend.
b. #NODAPL – Sunoco is a company very involved in pipeline. Green Party should take leadership in actions.
i. Oil Pipeline in South New Jersey.
c. Bible Museum. – opposition?
d. Door Knocking for Cheri Honkala Special Election Campaign.
i. Saturday, February 28, 10:00 AM, Broad and Clearfield, Cheri Honkala announcing campaign.
ii. Monday, February 30, 6:00, Murielle’s House.

Meeting Adjourned, 8:53 PM.
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Report on Welcome Party for New Greens02.14.17

Report on Welcome Party for New Greens

Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday, February 4, to help us welcome new members to the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP). We had a fantastic turnout, with more than 45 people in attendance and a beautiful potluck spread. William Way LGBT Community Center was a great setting for our party. It was a standing room only crowd during the talks given by our featured speakers, Kristin Combs and Cheri Honkala. We raised money for Cheri’s campaign for State Rep in District 197. People also volunteered to help Cheri’s Campaign in the upcoming Special Election on Tuesday, March 21.

If you missed the party, don’t fret. We’ll be hosting another social gathering this summer. Please stay tuned for those details!

Check out some pics from the party (below), and please join us at the next GPOP General Membership Meeting at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 22, at Shissler Recreation Center, 1800 Blair Street, Fishtown, Philadelphia.

Margie Neary, co-chair
GPOP Outreach Working Group

Galen Tyler, GPOP City Committee Chair

Greens welcome new members

Kristin Combs, featured speaker and former Green Party candidate for Philadelphia City Council At-Large

Cheri Honkala, featured speaker and Green Party candidate for State Representative in District 197

Attendees mingle

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Welcome Party for New Greens, 2/401.23.17

Welcome Party for New GPOP Members
– By Marge Neary, co-chair, GPOP Outreach Working Group

http://www.gp.org/phily_greens_welcome_party

On Saturday, February 4th, the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) is hosting a Welcome Party for New Members at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., from 1PM to 3PM. All Greens, old and new, are invited to attend, including anyone who simply wants to learn more about the Green Party. The Welcome Party is an opportunity for new members – and for those who are interested — to socialize, build friendships and community, and learn about specific ways to get involved. Belinda Davis, GPOP Recording Secretary said, the Welcome Party will allow voters “to learn about what Green Party members have been doing, and to figure out how they would like to get involved and move the Green Party forward. Greens are interested in both electoral politics and other forms of political action.”

The event will feature two speakers, Kristin Combs and Cheri Honkala. Kristin Combs was the Green Party candidate for Philadelphia City Council At-Large in 2015 and most recently ran as the Green Party candidate for PA State Treasurer in 2016. Cheri Honkala was the Green Party Vice Presidential Nominee in 2012 and ran for Sheriff of Philadelphia in 2011. She is an anti-poverty advocate, co-founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and co-founder and National Coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. The GPOP City Committee will be on hand for an extensive Q&A session.
“We are happy to welcome so many new voters,” said Chris Robinson, GPOP Membership Secretary, “and we know that their energy will help us become even stronger in 2017.”
There will also be information available on the structure and operations of the GPOP, as well as helpful handouts on how to register as a member of the Green Party and how to run for elected office as a Green Party candidate. Representatives from local activist groups friendly to the GPOP will be on hand to provide information about how to support their work.

It will be a potluck style party, so attendees are encouraged to bring a small dish or snack to share, but need not bring anything to attend.
The Green Party embraces our responsibility to the community and the world, and works to participate in making the City of Philadelphia a model of a just and sustainable society.
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 Party meeting, please call 215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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Greens Endorse Occupy Inauguration, 1/20 +21/201712.16.16

Green Party endorses Occupy Inauguration

Greens will participate in protests on Jan. 20 and 21

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States (GPUS) has endorsed Occupy Inauguration, as Greens prepare to participate in events planned for Jan. 20 and Jan. 21.

Occupy Inauguration will feature a mass rally and protest in Washington, D.C. to coincide with President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.Organizers intended Occupy Inauguration to take place whether Mr. Trump or Hillary Clinton won the election: “We knew, no matter who was to be elected, Trump or Clinton, the voices of the 99% would be shut out. We are calling for unity to stand against the oligarchy and demand representation for the people.”
Friday, Jan. 20 is Inauguration Day. Saturday, Jan. 21 is the seven-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, which removed restrictions on certain political expenditures and broadcast electioneering by corporations.

“Donald Trump is stacking his administration with know-nothings who deny climate change, white supremacists who hardly bother to hide their racism, and appointees hostile to minimum wages, overtime, workplace safety laws, corporate regulation, environmental protections, Social Security, Medicare, and immigrants’ rights. He has already betrayed working people who voted for him in the hope of an alternative to Wall Street politicians of both major parties,” said Darryl! L.C. Moch, co-chair of the GPUS.

“In joining the Occupy Inauguration coalition, Greens are also protesting Democrats and moderate Republicans whose response to Trump’s extremist agenda will be accommodation, compromise, and capitulation. The real opposition party during the next four years will be Greens, not Democrats,” said Mr. Moch.

Occupy Inauguration’s demands align with the Green Party’s own platform and principles. They include an end to mass deportations of immigrants, refugees, and their families; support for Black Lives Matter’s call for an end to institutional racism, police brutality, and the racist War on Drugs; honoring of First Nations treaties; a constitutional amendment abolishing “corporate rights”; Medicare for All; the Disability Integration Act; urgent action against climate change including a halt on fracking, new pipelines, and other fossil-fuel extraction projects; free college education and cancellation of student debt; far-reaching electoral reforms; break-up of “too big to fail” banks; an end to permanent war and the surveillance state; pardons for political prisoners and whistle-blowers; a federal $15/hour minimum wage; and scrapping of trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The list of demands also includes the Green New Deal, which has been promoted by 2016 Green presidential nominee Jill Stein, running mate Ajamu Baraka, and other Green candidates since 2010.

Other Occupy Inauguration endorsers include Occupy Wall Street, Liberty Tree, Code Pink, Socialist Alternative, Climate Revolution, Progressive Independent Party, Move to Amend, Roots Action, Veterans for Peace, Equality Coalition, Indigenous Environmental Network, DUH Demand Universal Healthcare, Justice Party, United Progressive Coalition, Native Organizers Alliance, Veterans Party of America, Real Progressives, Disabled Americans for Change, Progressive Army, Bernie National Delegate Speaking Panel, Popular Resistance, Activate Now, Socialist City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, Native American activist Winona LaDuke, Move to Amend national spokesperson and Stein/Baraka 2017 campaign manager David Cobb, and Lakota elder and activist Phyllis Young.
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2017 Election Dates for Green Party Members12.16.16

2017 PENNSYLVANIA ELECTION DATES Important For Green Party Members

March 8, First day to circulate and file nomination papers

May 16, MUNICIPAL PRIMARY, best date to collect nomination signatures

August 1, Last day to circulate and file nomination papers
August 8, Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated by nomination papers

October 10, Last day to register to vote before the November election
November 7, MUNICIPAL ELECTION

This information is derived from “2017 PENNSYLVANIA ELECTIONS IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER,” PA Department of State, http://www.dos.pa.gov/VotingElections/CandidatesCommittees/RunningforOffice/Documents/2017%20important%20dates%20final.pdf.

Note: All dates in this calendar are subject to change without notice.

More information from:
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
gpop@gpop.org
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia
www.gpop.org

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