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Minutes, September Membership Meeting10.03.17

Minutes, Membership Meeting
September 28, 2017 – 7 PM

Shissler Recreation Center, Fishtown

Attendence: Vivek Ananthan; Christian Banchs; Olivia Faison, City Committee Member at Large; Georgie Georgeson, City Committee Member at Large; Alex Gillett; Eric Hamell;, Richard Kanegis; Taj Magruder, City Committee Member At Large; Margie Neary; Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary; Ernest Schulte; and Charles Sherrouse. Absent: Jarrett Anderson, Treasurer; and Galen Tyler, Chair.

This meeting was chaired by Taj, and minutes were taken by Chris. [Draft minutes were circulated for additions and corrections on 9/30. Several changes were suggested by Charles. Minutes were posted to the membership on 10/3.]

Before the meeting began, Chris congratulated our national Green Party for developing active caucuses. As an example:
Chris circulated “Greens Condemn Cancellation of DACA” to GPOP members on September 9. This was written by the Green Party Latinx Caucus.
Chris also circulated “Greens Mark Peace Day, Blast Military Budget” to GPOP members on September 22. This was written by the Green Party Peace Action Caucus.
If any GPOP member would like to organize a caucus around an issue or constituency dear to their heart, please contact Chris at 215-843-4256 and chrisrecon@netzero.net.

Campaign Updates
Jules’ Campaign

Chris said that the GPOP Electoral Operations Working Group now has ten Representatives who will volunteer at the polls for Jules4Judge on November 7. All but one of these divisions have been flyered door-to-door with “Register Green, Vote Green,” and we will soon being flyering with Jules4Judge literature. For more information, please see EOWG Report #9. http://www.gpop.org/news/?p=2387
Christian moved that GPOP purchase Jules4Judge yard signs for $50.00. The motion passed by consensus.

Cheri’s Pretrial Hearing
Taj reported that there was no news because we are awaiting the judge’s decision. (Cheri wants to sue the Democratic Party for electioneering in the Special Election in PA House District 197.)

Call for candidates
Taj made a call for candidates for races in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, every PA State Representative District will be up for election. These are small districts, which do not require massive amounts of funding or volunteers. They will also be an ideal way for new candidates to 1) put together a campaign organization and 2) begin to build name recognition for later electoral campaigns.
During 2019, Philadelphia will have elections for Mayor, City Council and City Commissioner.
Chris suggested that GPOP post a News Release that asks interested people to request information about running as a Green Party candidate. The News Release will also give us a chance to publicize the key issues that will ground such a Green Party candidate.

Election of GPOP Recording Secretary
Chris said that there have been no nominations. Taj asked if any member present would be interested in running for this office. Since there were no candidates, this election was postponed, and NOMINATIONS FOR RECORDING SECRETARY REMAIN OPEN.

Move GPOP to NationBuilder.com
Taj explained that some GPOP members would like to move our website and email to NationBuilder.com (NB).
Speaking in favor: Christian, Margie, Taj and Georgie.
Speaking in opposition: Chris and Charles.
The membership voted (10 yes, 2 no) to spend $288/year to move to NB.

Creation of GPOP Communications Working Group
Taj introduced a proposal for a new working group, which will handle GPOP’s website, email communications, social media, literature and news releases.
Chris agreed with this proposal, and requested that the new working group submit a statement of its objectives for approval by the members at the October General Membership Meeting. This was acceptable to Taj.
The following members volunteered to participate in the working group: Georgie, Taj, Christian, Jarrett (in absentia), Charles, Margie and Chris.
The GPOP Comminications Working Group was created by consensus.

Status of Anti-Islamophobia Committee
This committee (consisting of 4 volunteers) was created by the GPOP membership on 4/27/’17. Charles reported that Hillary had tried to develop something, but there appears to be little interest at the present time. The committee was declared in abeyance, with Charles’ agreement.

Status of Anti-SEPTA Power Plant News Release
On 8/27, the GPOP membership authorized a News Release demonstrating our opposition to fracking and to the proposed SEPTA Power Plant in Nicetown. The lead author has now moved to Florida, and the other two authors did not respond to an email posted to them on 9/14. The membership’s authorization was declared in abeyance due to lack of progress.
Chris circulated an Energy Justice petition against the Nicetown plant to GPOP Members on September 11. Please sign this petition when you have a moment.

Treasurer’s Report
Taj read Jarrett’s Treasurer’s Report, saying GPOP has $1343.78 as of September 19.

GPOP Issue Survey
On 4/27, the GPOP membership expressed a need for a survey of issues deemed important. Taj created an on-line survey, which was posted to the membership on 7/16. If you prefer a hard copy of the survey, please let us know.

Krasner to Speak?
Richard made a motion to invite Democrat Larry Krasner to speak at the October General Membership meeting and to seek Green Party endorsement. Eric seconded the motion, which was defeated (10 in opposition, 2 in favor).

Amendment to GPOP By-Laws
Margie withdrew her request to amend the GPOP Bylaws.

Respectfully submitted by Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

October 12, GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, W/N W/N. http://www.winwincoffeebar.com/
October 26, GPOP General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, Shissler Recreation Center. http://www.phila.gov/findrec/RecCenterDetails.aspx?ID=831
October 28, Stop the Drone-Warfare Command Center, noon, Horsham Air National Guard base. http://www.brandywinepeace.com/event/ignite-peace-stop-the-drone-war-command-center-at-the-horsham-pa-air-guard-station/
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The Fall Campaign Has Begun09.30.17

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Volume 2, #6
September 18, 2017

Dear Green Party Representative.

Our Fall campaign has now begun, and we are looking forward to the General Election on November 7. We have almost completed distribution of GPOP flyers in every division where we have Green Party Representatives volunteering at their own polling place. This will be a giant help in convincing voters to push the electoral button for Jules Mermelstein for Judge of Superior Court.
The rest of Report #6 will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #5 was posted to you on July 23.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Jules Mermelstein joined us at the Philadelphia Labor Day Parade. He also sent volunteers to help us reach out to voters at GreenFest. At both of these events, we were able to install the GPOP banner prominently and to distribute many GPOP flyers.
We have also recruited three new Green Party Representatives (Murielle in Queen Village, Denise in Frankford and Bernadette Marie in Andora). They will each volunteer at their own polling place for Jules. This brings our total to ten Green Party Representative (including myself), who have already volunteered to work for Jules’ election.
Please contact me today (email or telephone) if you are ready to become a Green Party Representatives.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
We are still searching for people to run in 2018 as Green Party candidates for PA State Representative. Your State Representative will be running for re-election next year. I hope you will consider running against them as a Green Party candidate seeking single-payer healthcare, reparations for slavery, an end to fracking, a basic universal income, and an end mass incarceration.
I have pushed this search vigorously with other movement organizations, and I hope that you have also been mentioning it to people you know.

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

Also, please don’t forget to contact me about becoming a Green Party Representative at your polling place on Tuesday, November 7.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

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

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Jules Mermelstein is on the Ballot08.09.17

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

Jules Mermelstein is on the PA Ballot

Dear Green Party Representative.

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

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

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates

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

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

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

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

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “Green Party Representatives.” According to a motion approved by the GPOP membership on September 30, 2015, the EOW Group has three tasks: “recruiting Green Party candidates who will campaign for office; organizing people to work on those campaigns; and building an infrastructure that will be able to win electoral campaigns.”
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Success at Primary Polling Places07.22.17

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

Success at Primary Polling Places

Dear Green Party Representative.

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

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

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

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

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

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

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “Green Party Representatives.” According to a motion approved by the GPOP membership on September 30, 2015, the EOW Group has three tasks: “recruiting Green Party candidates who will campaign for office; organizing people to work on those campaigns; and building an infrastructure that will be able to win electoral campaigns.”
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Welcome Party for New Members, 7/8, 1:00 pm07.01.17

Welcome Party for New Members

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

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

Click to RSVP.
Reservations are encouraged but not required.

Join us as we welcome our new members with a potluck style party!
Feel free to bring a small dish or snack to share, but you need not bring anything to attend.

All Greens, old and new, are invited to attend,
as well as those who are simply curious about the Green Party and want to learn more.
• Learn what we’re up to and how you can get involved
• Q&A session for new members

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

Come join us for food, conversation and fun!
This event is wheelchair accessible.

More information from 215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org.
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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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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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Greens Endorse Walk for Jobs & Justice05.10.17

Green Party of Philadelphia endorses EQAT’s “Walk for Green Jobs & Justice”

http://www.gp.org/phillly_greens_endorse_walk_4_green_jobs_justice

The April membership meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) endorsed the Earth Quaker Action Team’s (EQAT) “Walk for Green Jobs and Justice.” The walk is part of EQAT’s larger campaign, “Power Local Green Jobs,” which demands that PECO — PA’s largest utility company — invest in locally generated solar power that benefits low-income communities and communities of color.

The Green Party platform is closely aligned with the mission of this campaign, as it highlights several of the Greens stated values. Chris Robinson, the GPOP membership secretary, points out that the Green Party platform says, “Greens support science-based policies to curb climate change. We have an ambitious plan to make drastic changes quickly to avert global catastrophe. We will expend maximum effort to preserve a planet friendly to life as we know it by curtailing greenhouse gas emissions and actively removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.”

“In addition, Robinson highlights the Green Party platform’s call to “create an inclusive program to train workers for the new, clean-energy economy. Focusing on both the environment and social justice, prioritize the creation of green jobs in communities of color and low-income communities.”

“The Walk for Green Jobs and Justice” begins on Monday, May 8, at Morris Chapel Baptist Church, 2701 North 12th Street in North Philadelphia. Over the course of two weeks, walkers will traverse the five counties included within PECO’s service area: Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia.

The final mile of the walk will begin at Philadelphia’s City Hall on Monday, May 22, at noon and will end outside of PECO headquarters. Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, will participate in the final mile, along with other groups including POWER,a broad multi-faith network of more than 60 congregations, and 350 Phiadelphia.

EQAT’s “Power Local Green Jobs” campaign demands that PECO:
1. Dramatically increase the purchase of local rooftop solar power so that 20% of PECO’s electricity comes from roofs in its service area by 2050;
2. Spur solar installation on suitable roofs in high unemployment areas, starting in North Philadelphia, to economically benefit those communities; and
3. Prioritize installation by local workers, especially from high unemployment areas.

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. Visit the Green Party of Philadelphia’s website at www.gpop.org.
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GPOP Outreach Working Group Report05.02.17

Outreach Working Group
Report To the GPOP Membership
April 27, 2017

This report was prepared by Outreach Working Group (OWG) Co-chair Margie Neary, and presented to the GPOP Membership by OWG Co-chair Taj Magruder.

1. New logo
Thanks to Georgie for designing our new logo! (Belinda has the gift certificate and will present to Georgie). Can you ask Rachel to provide update on when the website will be updated with new logo?
2. New banner
Please request approval from membership to spend $257.00 on new banner with new logo. (Chris obtained quote from FastSigns, they repaired our current banner)

3. Opposing SEPTA fracked-gas power plant
Margie has attended two recent 350 Philadelphia meetings and has alerted GPOP to several actions organized by 350. As a result, many GPOP members have called Councilwoman Cindy Bass’ office asking her to rezone the site. She and Chris canvassed at Shop Rite w/350 on 4/13 to collect signatures to ask Cindy Bass to rezone the site and Margie has been active promoting this activity on Twitter/Facebook. Will continue to keep GPOP informed of actions & updates.

4. Summer Welcome Party
Saturday in July (exact date TBD). Will be held at William Way again.
Can you ask membership to approve fee of $130 to rent space?
Jules Mermelstein will be invited to speak. Other speakers TBA. Newly registered Greens will be sent a mailed invitation. Please ask for membership approval of $25 for postage & printing invitations for newly registered greens.

4. Happy Hours
April 28, 6pm, Bob & Barbara’s
May 19 – Christian to decide where

5. GPOP to endorse “Walk for Green Jobs and Justice” – an EQAT campaign
Campaign demands that PECO shift to 20% local solar by 2025, prioritizing rooftop solar and job creation in neighborhoods with high unemployment (north philly)
Will commence a 100 mile “Walk for Green Jobs and Justice” on May 8, concluding on May 22 with a march down Market Street from City Hall to PECO HQ, joined by Bill McKibben, 350.org founder
Margie will organize GPOP members to march on May 22.
Please ask membership to vote to endorse this campaign.

6. Next OWG meeting: Sunday, May 7, 2 pm, Temple Student Center
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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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Volunteer for Special Election, 3/2103.18.17

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Volume 2, #1
February 6, 2017

Volunteer for Special Election on March 21

Well, this has already been an exciting year, and we are only one-twelfth engrossed. On January 16, Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) members participated in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Protest, and on January 20 and 21, they participated in Occupy the Inauguration and the Women’s March for Justice. Green Party participation in these three events was organized by the GPOP Outreach Working Group.

On January 25, GPOP members endorsed Cheri Honkala (Fairhill) to run in a special election for PA Representative in District 197. Our Outreach Working Group then held a Welcome Party for New Greens on February 4, and more than 40 people attended it.
You can learn more about our endorsement of Cheri Honkala by reading the News Release authored by GPOP Representative Margie Neary (Roxborough). This special election will take place on Tuesday, March 21, and I am urging you and our other Representatives to volunteer with me at the polls for Cheri’s Campaign. You may also volunteer for Cheri’s Campaign by contacting GPOP Representative Murielle McCarthy (Center City East).

Right now, we are looking forward to the Green Party internal election on February 22, in which our members will elect a new City Committee (think “steering committee”) for the coming year. The election of a new GPOP City Committee is important for our future organizing. There are six GPOP Representatives running for seats on our seven-person City Committee. Remember, they are still running for office, and they might not win without your vote. Also, the nominations for those offices are still open. So, please self-nominate if you are interested.

The rest of Report #1 (2017) will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #19 (2016) which was posted to you on December 29.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
It is still important for us to build our network of volunteers at the polling places. The primary election will take place on Tuesday, May 16. Please schedule that day off from work because your presence at the polls will be very important to our candidates (see below). During the primary, we will be collecting voters’ signatures on Nomination Papers for Green Party candidates. Your presence at the polls will give you access to a steady stream of voters, all of whom are potential signers. This is absolutely, the best location to get petitions completed.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
The GPOP Outreach Working Group has been carrying quite a load of work. They can use your help, if you are not already a member. Co-chaired by Representatives Margie Neary and Taj Magruder (Point Breeze), the Group is now planning a film showing around mass incarceration. The Outreach Working Group can also use greater participation from those of you who have not actively participated.
Fortunately for the Green Party, Margie has been producing very nice News Releases. Her second, covering the endorsement of Cheri for State House, was approved by the City Committee and posted to the media on February 2.
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
In addition to the special election discussed above, we are also preparing to run Green Party candidates in the General Election on November 7. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) has already endorsed Montco Green Jules Mermelstein for PA Superior Court.
We will soon consider endorsing Sheila Ptah for Philadelphia Comptroller, and we have two candidates who will seek our endorsement for Inspector of Elections at their polling place.
This is why we need your help, along with the other Green Party Representatives, at the polls on primary day, May 16. It will be incumbent on us to collect enough signatures to get these Greens on the ballot.
I hope that you will continue to be active along with our other 28 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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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 New Greens, 2/4, 1:00 pm01.28.17

The Green Party of Philadelphia
Invites you to a
Welcome Party for New Members

Saturday, February 4
1:00 PM -3:00 PM

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

Click here to RSVP.

Reservations are encouraged but not required.
Join us as we welcome our new members with a potluck style party!

Feel free to bring a small dish or snack to share,
but you need not bring anything to attend.

All Greens, old and new, are invited to attend,
as well as those who are simply curious about the Green Party and want to learn more.
Learn what we’re up to and how you can get involved
Q&A session for new members

Featured Speakers:
Cheri Honkala & Kristin Combs

https://www.facebook.com/events/945907492209278/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id =1485314472215583

Come join us for food, conversation and fun!
This event is wheelchair accessible.

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

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Message from Outreach Working Group01.23.17

A Message from the Outreach Working Group

By Margie Neary, co-chair, GPOP Outreach Working Group.

What a week it has been… Read on to find out how Greens came out this week to Reclaim, Resist and Organize. And don’t forget about the Welcome Party for New Members coming up on 2/4. You can RSVP and get the details here.

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On Monday, January 16, 2017, members from the Green Party of Philadelphia marched, rallied and volunteered in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The “March for a Better America,” organized by the Reclaim MLK Coalition, was attended by at least seven Green Party members who carried our banner through the streets of Philadelphia in support of the march. The March concluded at Mother Bethel AME Church, where members participated in a rally and listened to speeches from Philadelphia City Council, the Philadelphia Student Union, national labor unions, and other important voices in affirmation of MLK Day and resistance against the incoming presidency.

Six Green Party members also volunteered at the William Way LGBT Community Center, where they were put to work cleaning the streets in the area, picking up litter at Louis I. Kahn Memorial Park, and helping organize the William Way Library. It was a successful day for building community, good will, understanding, and friendships. Go Greens!

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On Friday, January 20, Greens participated in the local Occupy Inauguration rally at Thomas Paine Plaza as well as the Inauguration Day Civic Engagement Fair at the Parkway Central Library.

And, yes, on Saturday, January 21, Greens marched with 50 thousand others down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in solidarity with the Women’s March.

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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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