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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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Happy New Year, Green Party Representative!01.23.17

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #19, December 29, 2016

Happy New Year, Green Party Representative!

I know that you are looking forward to building the Green Party in the new year, but first I want to tell you what a good job we all did for Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka during the General Election.

I am sure you have heard that we received 0.94 percent of the vote in Philadelphia for President and Vice President of the U.S. In other words, Stein/Baraka did much better in Philadelphia than they did in the rest of Pennsylvania, where they received only 0.80 percent of the vote. The larger vote in Philadelphia was directly attributed to the presence of Green Party Representatives at the polls.
This Report will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #18 which was posted on October 20. We are looking forward to an energetic 2017, and I hope that you will continue to be active along with our other 39 Representatives on at least one of the following tasks.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Once again, you and I have demonstrated the importance of poll workers on election day. Our strategy for winning elections was validated this year as it has been consistently since 2010. In the 2016 General Election, our 15 poll workers (covering 20 divisions) did an excellent job. Those 20 divisions averaged 1.59 percent for Stein/Baraka.
Even more impressive, seven Green Party Representatives were able to take more than double the percentage for the rest of PA, and two of our Representatives actually did three times the average for the rest of PA.
So, let me congratulate all of our 14 Representatives who worked with me at the polls on November 8: Kassie (Haddington), Vivek (Center City East), Ernest and Ian (Wister), Bernadette Marie and Beverly (Roxborough), James (University City), Hillary (Cedar Park), Detrice Nicole (Fern Rock), Robert (Kingsessing), Khummit (Wynnefield), Charles (Oxford Circle East), Natasha (Mayfair) and Cheryl (Holmesburg).

Since the election, we have been joined by Margie (Roxborough), who is also co-chairing the GPOP Outreach Committee. Margie has volunteered to be our Representative at her polling place during 2017. Of course, our strategy will not work at polling places which do not have a Green Party Representative. This is why we are spending so much effort to build our network of Representatives.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
The GPOP Outreach Working Group has been revived with new Representatives who have joined us recently. Co-chairs of the GPOP Outreach Working Group are Margie (Roxborough) and Taj (Point Breeze). This revitalized organization has already had two successes under its new leadership. The Outreach Working Group has prepared a new flyer for distribution when the weather warms up. It was designed by Georgie (Bella Vista). Plus, the Outreach Working Group has already posted its first news release, written by Margie.
In addition to Vivek, Ian, Georgie and James, who were listed above, the Outreach Working Group also includes: Murielle (Center City East), Belinda (Chestnut Hill), Cheri (Fairhill), Andy and Amanda (Roxborough), Asantewaa (North Philadelphia North), Jarrett and Martha (South Philadelphia), Joan and Eric (Germantown), and Galen (Torresdale).

Outreach Working Group projects now include: scheduling Green Party representation at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day events; pulling together a Welcome Party for New Members; organizing neighborhood distribution of our new flyer; more media publicity; and an analysis/strategy subcommittee. Please let me know on which of the above projects you plan to work.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
On the day the Electoral College met, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) announced the start of the Green Wave, which will recruit candidates for future elections. Stan Horwitz (Fairmount West) has volunteered to be the GPOP Representative to Green Wave. I hope that a couple more Representatives will look closely at Green Wave and decide that this is the kind of work they would like to do. Please let me know if you would like to be a GPOP delegate, and I will introduce you to the Green Wave co-chairs.

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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Keep Up the Good Work on Jill Stein’s Campaign11.19.16

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #18, October 20, 2016

Keep up the good work, Green Party Representative!
I know that you have all been working hard on the Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka Campaign for President/Vice President. Your work will be the key to success in our low-budget struggle for publicity. Five Green Party Representatives demonstrated outside the Corporate Parties’ Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26.
I am glad that so many of you have helped with flyering door-to-door and with leafleting at public events. We have already used 2,600 flyers to cover 13 polling divisions, and our future literature drops are listed below. Please consider helping other Representatives distribute Jill Stein literature in their neighborhoods. This report will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #17 which you received on September 6.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is creating a Green Wave Committee to recruit candidates for future elections. Since we already have a year’s experience in this area, it would be good to have a Green Party Representative participate on the Green Wave Committee. Please let me know if you would like to be our delegate, and I will introduce you to the Green Wave co-chairs.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Since my last report, the Election Operations Working (EOW) Group has lost several Representatives, but three others have joined us as new Representatives: Kassie (Haddington), Cheri (Fairhill), and Robert (Kingsessing). Thank you all for your interest in the Green Party and in our candidates Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka. We now have 24 Green Party Representatives.
On coming weekends there will be more literature drops scheduled to publicize the Stein/Baraka Campaign:

SATURDAY, October 22
1:00 pm, meet outside Vivek’s house, 635 North Fifth Street in Center City East.
3:00 pm, meet outside Chris D’s house, 2917 North Sixth Street in Fishtown.
SUNDAY, October 23
1:00 pm, meet outside Chris R’s house, 431 West Rittenhouse Street in Germantown.
3:00 pm, meet outside Beverly’s house, 4350 Freeland Avenue in Roxborough.
SATURDAY, October 29
1:00 pm, meet outside Erik’s house, 6417 Lawnton Avenue in Fern Rock.
3:00 pm, meet outside Detrice Nicole’s house, 1130 West Rockland Street in Fern Rock.
SUNDAY, October 30
1:00 pm, meet outside Cheri’s house, 2114 Hancock Street in Fairhill.
SATURDAY, November 5
JILL STEIN IN PHILADELPHIA.

SUNDAY, November 6
1:00 pm, meet outside Kassie’s house, 1314 North 58th Street in Haddington.
3:00 pm, meet outside Robert’s house, 5109 Kingsessing Avenue, in Kingsessing.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
I am sorry to tell you that the GPOP Outreach Working Group has fallen into disarray. Some members of that short-lived organization have been working on publicity for the Stein/Baraka Campaign through Immediate Action for Jill Stein. Perhaps, following the General Election, some of those Green Party Representatives will devote their energy to reviving our Outreach Working Group.
Thank you so much for all you have done as a Green Party Representative.
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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Let’s Get Working on Jill Stein’s Campaign10.17.16

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #17, September 6, 2016

Let’s get started, Green Party Representative!
I hope you had a good vacation, with lots of fun over the long, Labor Day weekend. Now it is time to get busy!
Your role in the Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka Campaign for President/Vice President will be critical. Jill will need you at the polls on Tuesday, November 8. Before that, however, we need to prepare your neighbors by letting them know what Jill Stein stands for. Namely, we want to put a Jill Stein flyer in each-and-every door in your voting division. Hopefully, this will help to generate votes for Jill from those who had not known there is a Green Party alternative to the “lesser evil” candidates.

Generating votes for Jill Stein was the reason for my email to you last week, “Pick a day, any day.” I wanted you to have a chance to choose a Saturday or Sunday that was convenient for you. If I do not hear from you, I will simply assign a day for literature distribution starting from your home. Please look for this list of assignments soon.

Our first four literature drops are listed below. I hope that you will also volunteer to help the other Representatives distribute Jill Stein literature in their neighborhoods.
This report will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #16, which you received on August 3.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Since my last report, the following new Green Party Representatives have joined our campaign: Scott (University City), William (Mount Airy), Kentu (Germantown), and Brianna and John (Chestnut Hill). Thank you all for your interest in the Green Party and in our candidate Jill Stein. We now have 31 Green Party Representatives.
This weekend there are four literature drops scheduled to publicize the Stein/Baraka Campaign:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
1:00 pm, Meet outside Charles’ house, 1434 Elbridge Street in Oxford Circle East to cover Ward 54, 5.
1:00 pm, Meet outside Bernadette Marie’s apartment building, Henry on the Park, Building G, 7901 Henry Avenue, in Roxborough, to cover Ward 21, 3.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
1:00 pm, Meet outside Joan’s house, 411 East High Street in Germantown, to cover Ward 59, 8.
3:00 pm, Meet outside Kentu’s apartment building, 123 West Tulpehocken Street in Germantown, to cover Ward 59, 22.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
We definitely need more Green Party Representatives volunteering on the Outreach Working Group. If you would like to become a member of the new Outreach Working Group, its next meeting will take place at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 13. Please contact me for the location.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
I am sure that you have been horrified during the last month at the bad publicity swirling around the Philadelphia District Attorney. We are still searching for an honest lawyer who would like to campaign as a Green Party candidate for District Attorney during 2017. Please let me know of any prospective candidates you may know, or give them my contact information.

Thank you so much for all you have done as a Green Party Representative.
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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We Got Jill Stein on the PA Ballot08.21.16

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #16, August 3, 2016

Hooray, Green Party Representative!
You did it! Jill Stein is on the PA ballot because of you. Fifteen Representatives from the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) turned in 1,391 signatures nominating Jill Stein for President. (More on that below.)
This report will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #15, which you received on July 2.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
On August 1, Green Party officers submitted the signatures of 21,713 Pennsylvania voters nominating Jill Stein for President of the U.S. Of that total, 1,391 signatures were collected by 15 Philadelphia Green Party Representatives, averaging 93 signatures per Representative. Here is a signature-count breakdown: triple digits from Charles, Chris R., Judy and Beverly; double digits from Bernadette Marie, James, Ernest, Vivek, Hillary, Mike, Belinda, Yakov, and Chris D.; and single digits from Melissa and Joan. Every signature you collected was important in getting Jill Stein on the ballot.
Since my last report, the following new Green Party Representatives have joined our campaign: Erik and Detrice Nicole (Fern Rock), Frank (Point Breeze), Joan (Germantown), and Khummit (Wynnefield). Thank you all for your interest in the Green Party. We now have 26 Green Party Representatives.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
For the last two months, five Green Party Representatives have been planning ways to spread the word about the Green Party and our candidate, Jill Stein. They have discussed door-to-door publicity, tabling on campuses, public events and telephone calls. Members attending the GPOP General Membership Meeting on July 20 approved the formation of an Outreach Working Group. If you would like to become a member of the new Outreach Working Group, its next meeting will take place at 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 18. Please contact me for the location.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
This task has been on hold, given the other Green Party Representatives’ attention to collecting signatures on our nominating petitions and other support for Green Party candidates.

Thank you so much for all you have done as a Green Party Representative.
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 “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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Minutes, GPOP Membership Meeting, 7/20/’1607.31.16

GPOP Membership Meeting, 7-20-2016, 7 p.m.
Calvary Center for Culture and Community, 815 South 48th Street, Philadelphia
Meeting Minutes

Present: Alia Rahman, Yakov Kronrod, Chris Diaz, Hillary Kane, Ernst Schulte, Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture, Chris Robinson, Royce Adams, Patrick Doyle, Charles Sherrouse, Belinda Davis (Chair Galen Tyler was unable to attend because of preparation for the coming march, rally, Stein campaign contingent, etc.)

Introductions, and a welcome to newcomers.

Announcements included:
–Reminder of the national Green Party convention in Houston, 8/4-8/7.
–There will be an Ignite Peace anti-drone demonstration (endorsed by GPOP) on 7/30 in Horsham, at the PA Air Guard Station.

Outreach Working Group
A new outreach working group has been formed, so far including Chris D., Galen, Alia, Chris R., Yakov, and Vivek. The group is committed to neighborhood-based, long-term recruitment, engagement, and maintenance of new members. Minutes of the subcommittee meetings can be found on GoogleDocs; the link can be shared with interested GPOP members. Members voted to formally approve the working group, whose members will speak on behalf of the party. It was determined that, in lieu of an August monthly membership meeting, which we often let fall in any case, we will have a potluck recruiting event on 8/24. It will take place in Clark Park; rain location will be Hillary’s house (5031 Catherine).

March 4 Our Lives & Power to the People Rally, 7/25
Patrick presented to the assembled his vision of a spectacle for both, offering at once a means of keeping participants engaged and unified and an excellent photo op for the media. This will be done through the scale and height brought to the march via great flags and signs on high poles. These, along with some of the megaphones purchased for the march, will also remain useful for GPOP in the future. We discussed how to manage with a deficiency of volunteers. Greens from around the country will arrive at the march early (1:30-2) to take the flags and signs, also to lead chants.
For the rally itself, we still have a list of needed items, which has been posted to GPOP listservs. Alia also sought GPOP members to call those who have signed up online to work with the Stein campaign to volunteer at the rally. She encouraged everyone who could to bring GoPros and other action cams, to record events at the march and rally, important in the case of any police improprieties. Chris R. will bring the GPOP banner for the table at the rally. Alia will have GPUS/GPOP cards made up to distribute at the rally, along with the sale of t-shirts she has designed and had made (to benefit GPOP) and the Stein campaign’s own merchandise.

GPPA Delegate Meeting, 7/24
Hillary announced that GPPA quarterly state meeting, on 7/24, will take place at Penn Newman Center, 37th and Chestnut. Attendees should come at 10:30, and also bring all petitions (whether fully or partially completed, and signed by the signature collector as required on the back) to submit. The single piece of business at the meeting will begin at 11:00, which is a vote on a new state logo. The assembled will then continue on to join in the Clean Energy climate march, where Greens will march in the anti-TPP contingent, led by Margaret Flowers.
As to petitioning: it appears that we are virtually set in terms of signatures needed to get Jill Stein on the ballot in PA, with 200-300% of the needed 5,000 signatures, Hillary reported.
Further discussion of the final months of the presidential campaign was tabled, though members will continue to work closely on publicity and events.

Treasurer’s Report
Hillary distributed a detailed financial report, showing a current balance of $1367.49. She suggested that we could waive discussion of financial support for Galen’s flight to the national meeting because it appears there will be national underwriting. Members approved expenditure of up to $300 for the informational cards that we will distribute at the rally and elsewhere.

Respectfully submitted by Belinda Davis, GPOP Recording Secretary on July 27.
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Jill Stein Has Successful Visit to Germantown07.10.16

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #15, July 2, 2016

Hello, Green Party Representative.
Jill Stein spent the afternoon with us at the Juneteenth Celebration in Germantown. I have already sent a “thank you” email to the Green Party Representatives who helped organize this event. We collected quite a few signatures on nomination papers, and Jill brought in seven new Green Party Representatives (see below). I have also posted a “welcome” email to our new members.

This report will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #14, which you received on June 10.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Green Party Representatives have now collected more than 1,000 signatures on nominating petitions. So far, nine Representatives have turned in signed petitions, averaging 112 signatures per Representative (high = 269; low = 29). As you can see, we need every single signature you collect. We have another 12 Representatives (some of them new) who have not yet turned in nominating petitions. Please let me know when I can pick up signed nominating petitions from you.
Since Report #14, the following new Green Representatives have joined our campaign: Vivek (Center City East), Jill (Wister), Chris (Fairhill), Jakov (University City), Alia (Center City Southwest), Erik (Fern Rock) and Melissa (Holmesburg). We are looking for more people to join us as Green Party Representatives. Please ask your friends for their help.
Remember, I need to know when I may pick up signed petitions from you.

Here are also some excellent events where we plan to collect nomination signatures in nice weather:
New Venue. Spruce Street Harbor Park, Waterfront Live Music, 6:30 pm, Columbus Boulevard at Spruce Street, Philadelphia. We have never before collected signatures at this venue because it is new. Please let us know if you find that this is a good location.
July 6. Pastorius Park Free Concert (Aldo Brazil). 6:30 pm, Millman Street at Hartwell Lane in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.
July 9 and 10. Hispanic Fiesta, 2:00 pm, Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 South Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia.
July 13. Pastorius Park Free Concert (Wesley Stace). 6:30 pm, Millman Street at Hartwell Lane in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.
July 14. Gorgas Park Free Concert, North Ridge Music School Band & The Pie Eyed Preachers, 7:00 pm, 6400 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough, Philadelphia.
July 16. Celebrating Women in Jazz, noon, Saunders Park Greene, East 39th Street at Powelton Avenue in Powelton, Philadelphia.
July 16. Bastille Day Festival, an afternoon of populist panache, 5:30 pm. The Bearded Ladies, an experimental cabaret troupe, will present the entire French Revolution in an hour-long spectacle of song, dance, beheading, and raining Tastykakes.
The key to petitioning at concerts is GET THERE EARLY, collect signatures while people are entering, and then enjoy the music.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
This task has been on hold, given the Green Party Representatives’ attention to collecting signatures on our nominating petitions and other support for Green Party candidates.
Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
Green Party Representative Robert Jaffe videoed Jill Stein during her afternoon campaigning in Germantown. Robert’s video will be available soon. During that campaign event, Randy Lobasso did a podcast for the Bicycle Coalition in which he asked Jill Stein about her transportation platform. You may find Randy’s podcast here.

Thank you so much for all you have done as a Green Party Representative.
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 “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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Building the Green Party Through Ballot Access06.28.16

Building the Green Party Through Ballot Access
GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #14, June 10, 2016

Hello, Green Party Representative.
This report will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #13, which you received on May 22.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
There are several reason we struggled to convince activists to run for PA Representative this year. One middling reason was that each Green Party candidates must collect nominating signatures, which also count for our state-wide candidates (termed “piggybacking”). It seemed obvious to some of us that the more candidates we recruited to collect 700 signatures in each House District, the faster we could reach the 21,775 nomination signatures we need for our five state-wide candidates.
You know that we tried to recruit candidates from Philadelphia for PA Representative, but we were not successful this year. Fortunately, there are three Green Party candidates who are collecting signatures: Gabe Lytle in House District 60, Michael Bagdes-Canning in District 64, and Jay Sweeney in District117.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
We have asked Green Party Representative Robert Jaffe to video the proceedings at GREEN NIGHT OUT on June 11. Animal rights activist Marianne Bessey will lead our discussion of “Ecological Impact of Animal Agriculture.” We have been asked for a video (or live-stream) of this event by the animal rights committee of the Green Party of the U.S.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Charles, Bernadette Marie and I have returned to telephone calls to new Green Party members. So far, we have completed calls to everyone who joined us between October 2014 and September 2015. Now we are calling new Greens who joined us since October 2015.
We will are inviting them (along with you) to the next Green Party membership meeting at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 22, at the Jill Stein for President Campaign Office, . Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up just six or eight phone numbers for you. Calling new Greens has been inspiring because most of them are really glad to hear from us.
Our signature collection in Philadelphia got off to a terrific start, but momentum is important now that we are half way through. Our most recent Green Party Representative is Cheryl, in Holmesburg (Ward 64). We are looking for more people to join us as Green Party Representatives because this is the only way we will see Green Party candidates take their rightful place on the ballot. Please ask your friends for their help.
On May 30, I asked each of you to report whether you had signatures for me to pick up and whether you could join us during the next 10 days in collecting signatures. I got a good response, though not a hundred percent. Please let me know when I may pick up signatures from you.

Here are also some excellent events where we plan to collect nomination signatures in nice weather
(** means new to this list):
June 11. Roxborough Summer Solstice Festival, noon, Gorgas Park, 6400 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough. Contact Green Party Representative Chris.
June 11. Roxborough Summer Solstice Festival, 5:00 pm, Gorgas Park, 6400 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough. Contact Green Party Representative Charles.
June 12. Odunde Festival, 10:00 am, 12 city blocks centered around 23rd and South Streets in south Philadelphia. Contact Green Party Representative Hillary.
June 12. Philly Pride Festival, noon at Penn’s Landing, 101 East Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia. Contact Green Party Representative Hillary.
** June 15. Pastorius Park Free Concert (Philadelphia Orchestra). 7:30 pm, Millman Street at Hartwell Lane in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. (Contact Green Party Representative Chris.
** June 18. 10th Juneteenth Festival. Commemoration of abolition of slavery, Germantown Avenue at Washington Lane in Germantown, Philadelphia, 10:00 am, historical re-enactments, food, music, family activities.
** June 22. Pastorius Park Free Concert (Ben Arnold). 7:30 pm, Millman Street at Hartwell Lane in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.

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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Quarterly Report by GPOP Membership Secretary05.27.16

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #13, May 22, 2016

Hello, Green Party Representative.
The Green Party City Committee has asked me to make a presentation to the Green Party Membership meeting at 7:00 pm on May 25 at Alma Mater, 7165 Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy, Philadelphia. Unfortunately, I will be on the Appalachian Trail at that time. Therefore, I have decided to make my presentation in writing to GPOP NEWS as GPOP EOW Group Report #13.
This will also bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #12, which you received on May 14. [Green Party Representatives receive approximately two EOW Group Reports each month. If any one would like to receive these Reports, they may become a Green Party Representative to help us build the Green Party. Back issues of EOW Group Reports may be found here.]
As your elected GPOP Membership Secretary, I have been working to build the GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group to fulfill the three tasks given to it by our membership on September 30, 2015. Mainly, I have been recruiting voters to become a Green Party Representative in their neighborhood. The EOW Group began this year with seven Representatives, Ernest (Ward 12, Wister), Matt (Ward 13, Nicetown), Hillary (Ward 46, Cedar Park), John, Eric and Chris (Ward 59, Germantown), and Judy (Ward 61, Olney).
Since that time, we have lost one Representative, but we have been joined by Bernadette Marie and Beverley (Ward 21, Roxborough), Christel (Ward 46, Cedar Park), Charles (Ward 54, East Oxford Circle), and Galen (Ward 65, Torresdale). Our newest Representative is James (Ward 27, University City). We now have 12 Green Party Representatives — a 71 percent increase in four months. Some of these new Representatives have attended GPOP meetings and all are circulating our nominating petitions.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
During 2015, our EOW Group sent emails to movement organizations asking if any of their members would consider running in the 2016 General Election as a Green Party candidate on a single-issue platform: peace, single-payer healthcare, renewable energy or anti-mass-incarceration. At the suggestion of one renewable energy activist, I contacted Dr. Vera Cole, “The Guru of Solar Energy.” Unfortunately for us, The Guru had already decided to run for PA Representative as a Democrat.
Each list was approached two more times during 2016: in January to let them know that the Green Party had a continuing interest, and in March to let them know that we are now recruiting candidates for 2017 and 2018.
Earlier this month, I sent an email to three renewable energy lists asking them to support the Green Party’s three candidates for PA Representative – all of whom are against fracking and none of whom are running in Philadelphia.
Your EOW Group also approached MK Feeney to run for District Attorney in 2017. MK turned down our request because she is building a new, private practice after many years as an assistant district attorney. We will contact her again when the time is right.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
Our EOW Group has reached out to our membership to find volunteers who will become involved in developing the skills we will need for future growth. We have been grateful to find Robert Jaffe, who is interested in video work. Robert is planning to video the March 4 Our Lives on July 25.
Of course, there are many other tasks for creative Green Party Representatives. We are looking for people to create a website, manage our email list, build our media contacts, and produce regular fundraising/entertainment events. We hope that more people will become Green Party Representatives to learn these skills.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Our EOW Group began recruiting more Representatives by contacting the members of GPOP NEWS, and the volunteers who worked on Green Party campaigns during 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
Then, as an experiment, I telephoned some new Green Party members, using a list of numbers provided by the Philadelphia Voter Registration Office. The response was extraordinary. This seemed 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.
Two Representatives, 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. So far, we have called 65 new Greens, and the 17 interested ones have given us their email addresses. This 26 percent positive-response rate is a great step forward for our party.
We will resume our calls to new Greens when we have a location for the June 22 Membership Meeting. Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up just six or eight phone numbers for you.

Our EOW Group has also begun collecting signatures on the Green Party nomination papers. This year, we were able to start early. On Primary Election Day, seven Representatives collected 508 signatures, the best we have ever done. This week, I will submit 717 signatures collected by Green Party Representatives for verification by the Jill Stein Campaign for President. We are looking for more people to join us as Green Party Representatives because this is the only way we will see Green Party candidates take their rightful place on the ballot.
Here are also some excellent events where we plan to collect nomination signatures in nice weather
(** means new to this list):
May 28. Rally against Drone War Command Center, noon, Horsham, PA. June 1. Organized Labor rally, 5:00 pm at the Temple Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street in North Philadelphia. Sponsor: AFSCME 1199C, Hospital and Healthcare Employees.
** June 11. Roxborough Summer Solstice Festival, Gorgas Park, 6400 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough.
** June 12. Odunde Festival, 10:00 am, 12 city blocks centered around 23rd and South Streets in south Philadelphia.
** June 12. Philly Pride Festival, noon at Penn’s Landing, 101 East Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia.
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.
I would like to learn 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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Excellent Locations for Our Nomination Signature Collecting05.21.16

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #12, May 14, 2016

Hello, Green Party Representative.
In the next few weeks, there are some excellent locations for each of us to collect signatures on nomination papers. Please see the listing below for details.
The following will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #11, which you received on May 2.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
Please welcome Robert Jaffe, whose specialty is video production. Robert has been linked up with Greens who are organizing the March for Our Lives, July 25, at the Democrat’s convention in Philadelphia. We look forward to working with Robert in the future.
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: Organize Campaign Workers
Telephone calls to new Green Party members, which had been going quite successfully, have ground to a halt because there was a delay in finding a location for the next Green Party Meeting. It will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 25, at Alma Mater in Mount Airy.
We will resume our calls to new Greens after that date. Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up just six or eight phone numbers for you.

Here are also some excellent events to collect nomination signatures in nice weather warms (** means new to this list):
May 15. Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival, 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. You will meet many Montgomery County voters, so be sure that you have Montgomery County nomination papers with you. If you need petitions, please contact Chris.
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.
May 21. Kensington Petitioning at noon. Location to be announced. Please RSVP to Galen (215-883-9771).
** May 21. March against Monsanto, noon, Thomas Payne Plaza/Municipal Service Building, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia.
** May 28. Rally against Drone War Command Center, noon, Horsham, PA.
** June 1. Organized Labor rally at 5:00 pm at the Temple Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street in North Philadelphia. Sponsor: AFSCME 1199C, Hospital and Healthcare Employees.
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.

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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Thank You for Hard Work on Primary Day05.14.16

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #11, May 2, 2016

Hello, Green Party Representative.
You did a fantastic job at your polling places during the Primary Election. Thank you very much for spending the time and for collecting those signatures on Green Party nomination papers. Here is a look at how we did individually and collectively. The numbers collected from each Representative (pre-primary/primary-day): Ernest (0/38), Beverley (37/77), Bernadette Marie (2/34), Hillary (0/38), Chris (8/109), Charles (36/62) and Judy (0/150). Total signatures collected: 591. This just shows how each of us contributing a small piece will add up to a sizeable quantity.
I hope that you will be able to participate in some of the signature-collecting events which are planned for this month. The next one is Mount Airy Day (5/7). Please see the calendar (below) for the specific information. This is always a fantastic place to meet people, talk politics, and collect signatures.
The following will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #10, which you received on April 11.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Telephone calls to new Green Party members continue to be quite successful. Bernadette Marie, Charles and I have called 53 people and received email addresses from 17 of them. I sent these new Greens an email welcoming them to our Party and inviting them to our General Membership Meeting on April 27.
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 Christel, our most recent Green Party Representative and our second in Cedar Park, Ward 46.

On Primary Election Day, Beverly tells me that one of her Roxborough neighbors refused to sign the Green Party nomination paper because she wanted Donald Trump to win the November. According to Beverly, her son pointed out, “Mom, if they steal Trumps nomination at the Republican Convention and he has to run as an independent, you might be asking Beverly for her signature.” At that point, the neighbor grabbed the clipboard and signed.

Here are also some excellent events to collect nomination signatures as the weather warms up:
** May 6. First Friday Petitioning at 5:30 pm, Second and Race Streets in Old City, Philadelphia. Please RSVP to Charles (215-743-3767).
** May 7. Action United mobilization at the oil refinery, 1:00 pm, 28th Street and Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia. See: www.RightToBreathe2016.org or call 215-584-4602 for more information.
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. RSVP to Chris, 267-977-0570.
** May 14. Saul Country Fair Day, 10:00 am, 7100 Henry Avenue in Roxborough, Philadelphia. Please RSVP to Bernadette Marie (267-275-5814). http://saulcountryfairday.weebly.com/
May 15. 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 petitions, please contact Chris the week before.
** 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.
** May 21. Kensington Petitioning at noon. Location to be announced. Please RSVP to Galen (215-883-9771).
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.

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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Please Attend May Day and Mount Airy Day04.23.16

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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