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Philly Greens to Amazon: “Stay Away”10.17.17

Green Party to Amazon: Stay Away from Philly

http://www.gp.org/amazon_stay_away

PHILADELPHIA, PA – On October 19, cities across the country will submit their proposals to become the home of Amazon’s new $5 billion headquarters. The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) City Committee condemns Mayor Jim Kenney’s decision to enter Philadelphia into this competition while ignoring the harsh reality of the poor and working class citizens of Philadelphia. Far from improving our city, an Amazon headquarters would only exacerbate the crises we already face.

Amazon, which made $136 billion in revenue in 2016, is demanding tax breaks from the city it selects as its new home. Philadelphia cannot afford any more corporate welfare. The city has already given Comcast a ten-year property tax abatement in addition to tens of millions of dollars for Comcast’s new Center City building. It seems Mayor Kenney, a willing participant in Amazon’s bribery, can somehow put money on the table for Amazon but can’t seem to do so for the people of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the U.S. Over 400,000 Philadelphians live below the federal poverty line, including 37% of the city’s children. Childhood hunger has more than tripled in parts of Philadelphia since 2006. But instead of using city money to end this crippling poverty, Mayor Kenney has promised millions of dollars to a massive corporation that only pays an average of 13% in taxes. Lauren Hitt, the Mayor’s communications director, has even said the city could overhaul its tax system for Amazon, saying, “We do have business taxes, but that’s something that could be looked at in the scope of Amazon coming here.”

Amazon claims its new headquarters will create 50,000 jobs, but Amazon has long been waging war against workers. The company has vigorously and consistently fought against its employees’ attempts at unionization and treats its workers with deadly disregard. In 2011, Amazon stationed ambulances outside its Allentown warehouse, where a lack of air conditioning allowed temperatures to rise over 100 degrees and caused 15 employees to collapse. A 2015 report by the New York Times detailed Amazon’s vile corporate workplace practices, including placing a woman who had recently had a stillborn child on a “performance improvement plan.”

According to S&P, Amazon “has been a major indirect contributor to higher housing prices and rents.” In Amazon’s current home of Seattle, rents have skyrocketed by 57% since 2011 and housing prices have increased as much as 13% per year. Philadelphia is already dealing with a housing crisis, and an Amazon headquarters would put that crisis into overdrive. The median house price in Philadelphia has soared 33% in the last decade, while the city lost 20% of its low-cost rental units between 2000 and 2014. By refusing to house the homeless but promising millions to house a multi-billion-dollar corporation, Mayor Kenney reveals his morally bankrupt priorities that put profits before people.

The Green Party of Philadelphia encourages all city residents to call Mayor Kenney at 215-686-2181 on Thursday, October 19 and tell him they oppose bringing Amazon to Philadelphia.

Taj Magruder, a Member At-Large of the GPOP City Committee, said, “It’s time to put a stop to corporate welfare in Philadelphia. We refuse to sell our city to Amazon.” Chris Robinson, GPOP Membership Secretary, said, “I agree with Taj that we must ban Amazon from Philadelphia. The Green Party sees the economy as being a support for a harmonious community and a healthy environment. Contrary to the two corporate parties, the Green Party platform says that ‘the giant multinational corporation [like Amazon] is the world’s most potent force for environmental and social destruction.’ Mega-monopolies like Amazon will find no friends in a Green Philadelphia.”

The Green Party is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice. For information about the Green Party of Philadelphia, please email gpop@gpop.org. Follow us on Twitter at @GreenPartyofPHL and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreenPartyOfPhiladelphia.
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Philly Greens Elect New Leaders03.03.17

http://www.gp.org/philly_leaders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Green Party is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of nonviolence, grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom and social justice. For information about the next Green Party meeting, please call 215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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Green Party Ideas for the Next Mayor of Philadelphia06.11.15

“The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) recognizes that less than thirty percent of the members of the Democratic and Republican Parties voted in the recent Primary Election and have now chosen two candidates for mayor,” said GPOP Chair Glenn Davis following the Green’s membership meeting on May 27 at Dream House Asian Bistro in Roxborough. “Those two candidates will now be observed and questioned by the great majority of voters, who did not participate in the primary election,” continued Davis. “The Green Party has many good ideas, which should be considered by the next mayor. Therefore, our membership has voted to offer some Green Party policies for consideration by the two candidates Melissa Murray Bailey and James Francis Kenney. We hope that Philadelphia’s voters will evaluate the responses of Bailey and Kenney before deciding between them.”

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GPOP Quarterly Report to GPPA, May 16, 201505.16.15

The Green Party of Philadelphia has been very active since the last Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Delegate Meeting on March 21, 2015, in State College, PA. We have focused our efforts on outreach to Philadelphia’s voters and on collecting nomination signatures for our two local candidates.
From March 21 through March 25, GPOP members participated in the Voters March across Philadelphia to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Voters March in Selma, AL. This event was organized by Green Party candidate Glenn Davis and endorsed by GPOP.

On March 25, 13 people attended the GPOP General Membership Meeting. They elected delegates to GPPA for one-year terms. Those delegates will be Kristin Combs, Alex Gillett, Eric Hamell, Hillary Kane, Chris Robinson and Galen Tyler. Richard Kane was elected to be an alternate delegate. Chris Robinson reported the results of this election to the GPPA Chair. Minutes of this meeting can be found here, http://www.gpop.org/news/?cat=17.

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Green Party says, “Fund schools without property tax increase”04.25.15

http://www.gp.org/newsroom/press-releases/details/4/799

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) objects to Mayor Michael Nutter’s budget for Fiscal 2016 because it heaps the cost of school services upon poor and working people. Meeting on April 22 at Cavanaugh’s Restaurant in University City, Green Party members rejected Nutter’s proposed tax increases and urged Philadelphia’s City Council to tax the wealthy to pay for the public education of future citizens.

In his budget address on March 5, Nutter requested that City Council provide $103 million more for public education. Green Party members agree with this request. Chris Robinson, a member of the GPOP City Committee from Germantown (Ward 59), said, “For too long, our city and state leaders have starved public education. Mayor Nutter should have made this request six years ago. The Green Party has highlighted this problem for many years, and we will continue to argue for a larger investment in public education.”

While visiting Kensington Health Sciences Academy on April 9, Nutter added some additional criteria for funding an increase in public school investment. He said, “Let’s cut the phoniness. Let’s be serious about educating kids.” The press reported that Nutter then asked for “concrete, achievable, and annually-recurring plans” to come up with the cash.

Nutter would like to pay for this investment with another increase in property tax, which is not supported by the Green Party. The Green Party City Committee decided in 2012 that the best way to pay for quality public education was to get the money from giant businesses and mega nonprofits.

The Green Party has long opposed the take-backs forced on school employees by a School Reform Commission appointed by failed-Governor Tom Corbett. The Green Party has also opposed tax increases on poor and working people, like the cigarette tax passed by City Council in 2014.

Since 2012, the Green Party has urged City Council and the Mayor to fund an increased investment in public education using methods which are concrete, achievable and annually recurring. Any of the following three methods, which will tax the wealthy, will meet the criteria of both Mayor Nutter and Green Party members:

CUT THE FREE PASS. City Council should reduce the current 10-year property-tax free pass to just five years. The current free pass benefits the new, the few, and the well-to-do, while making long-time residents and businesses pay more.

GOOD NEIGHBOR PAYMENTS. Right now, the mega nonprofits (think, Hahnemann University Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania, and others) pay no taxes on their profitable property. Since these nonprofits use city services (think, police and fire), Mayor Nutter now has a duty to issue an executive order on such payments, which was requested of him by Council on March 26.

USE AND OCCUPANCY (U&O) REFORM. Philadelphia’s 2013 AVI reform of real estate taxes shifted $200 million dollars away from businesses and onto homeowners. Instead of another property tax increase like the one requested by Nutter, City Council should raise the U&O tax rate on big businesses to restore fairness to the property-tax code. This change should exempt small businesses.

These three funding methods would allow poor and working citizens to see a better education for their children, while having that investment paid for by giant businesses and mega nonprofits that require a better-educated supply of labor and customers.

Hillary Kane, treasurer of GPOP from Cedar Park (Ward 46), said, “Education of all children should be one of our main responsibilities.” Kane, who is also a delegate to the Green Party National Committee, points to the Green Party Platform, which says, “We must stop disinvestment in education and instead put it at the top of our social and economic agenda. Effective schools have sufficient resources. Too many of our teachers are overworked, underpaid, and starved of key materials.”

The Green Party has also published a proposal for Philadelphia’s public schools, which describes the structural changes needed to improve public education. This document can be found by visiting http://www.gpop.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/2012GPOPNewsletterSchools.pdf.

The Green Party is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of social justice, nonviolence, grassroots democracy, and ecological wisdom. For more information about the Green Party of Philadelphia, please telephone 215-243-7103 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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Green Party Goals for PA Electoral Reform01.04.15

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Green-Party-Goals-for-PA-E-by-Chris-Robinson-Electoral-Politics_Fair_Greater-Philadelphia_Green-150103-349.html

http://www.gp.org/newsroom/press-releases/details/4/761

http://germantownnewspapers.com/Welcome_to_Germantown_Newspapers_files/TIV.010815.pdf

On Friday, January 2, the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) requested the assistance of governor-elect Tom Wolf in reforming the Pennsylvania election process. Leaders of the Green Party pointed out six reforms that would make elections more just and that would increase the participation of eligible voters. These reforms are already common practice in other states and cities.

Green Party Goals for PA Electoral Reform
Approved, January 2, 2015

The members of the City Committee of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) hold that fair elections, involving the maximum number of citizens, are the cornerstone of a representative democracy.

The members of the GPOP City Committee therefore request that Governor-elect Tom Wolf approve the following electoral reforms. Most of these reforms have already been enacted in cities and states around the nation. Some of these reforms will require legislation, and some will require the cooperation of the appointed Pennsylvania Secretary of State or the elected County Commissions of Pennsylvania’s 67 Counties.

Open the elections to minor parties
Pennsylvania should change the nomination process to allow the candidates of minor political parties (sometimes called “third parties”) to participate. A political party should be recognized by the Secretary of State once it has at least 0.05 percent of the total number of voters registered in their party. This process is used in other States, such as Delaware. Following this model, candidates from minor parties, like the two established parties, would have no signature requirement to have their names placed on the November ballot. Currently, the Voters Choice Act (SB 195) would make this reform happen. (That legislation was previously known as SB 21.)

End corruption in regulation of elections.
The PA Secretary of State and the elected County Commissioners should clean up the electoral process. Pennsylvania’s elections should be run by non-partisan committees: no favorites, no endorsements, no ward leaders. The non-partisan committees that manage our elections must be free from political influence, and committee members should not be involved in the management of political parties.

Paper record of votes at every polling place
The Democratic primary in Philadelphia’s Second City Council District was won in 2011 by less than 50 votes. The losers could not demand a re-count because our voting machines do not have a paper record of the vote. THIS IS WRONG. We need voting machines with a verified paper record at each polling place.

Decent pay for polling place officials
Polling place officials (judge of election, majority inspector and minority inspector) are paid less than minimum wage. THIS IS WRONG. These are the people who insure the integrity of the electoral system and guarantee our right to a fair and honest election. Make sure they receive a decent, respectable wage.

Registration and education of new voters
Since the Pennsylvania Secretary of State is responsible for the registration of voters, that office should have a department with funding to actively register and educate new voters. This department should focus on the registration of returning veterans, high school seniors, college freshmen and formerly-incarcerated people.

Instant runoff voting to achieve majority rule
In many of Pennsylvania’s primary and general elections, candidates for state and county office win with less than fifty percent of the vote. For example, in the Democratic primary for Philadelphia’s 8th City Council District, the winning candidate in 2011 received only 39% of the vote. The Philadelphia City Commission declared “the winner” to be a person who 61% of the voters had voted against. THIS IS WRONG. We need instant runoff voting (IRV) to determine which candidate has the support of a majority of the voters. IRV is widely used by nations and political parties around the world. Within the U.S., IRV is used in local elections in California, Maine, Minnesota and Massachusetts and in leadership elections within the Green Party.
Sincerely,
Kristin Combs, Recording Secretary
Hillary Kane, Treasurer
Eric Hamell, Membership Secretary
Bernadette Cronin-Geller, At Large
Chris Robinson, At Large
for the City Committee
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
215-243-7103
gpop@gpop.org
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GPOP Approves of Cancellation of PGW Sale12.15.14

The City Committee of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) approves of the cancellation of the sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) to UIL Holdings. The Green Party is also looking forward to a new plan for Philadelphia to become a hub of sustainable energy.

While the headlines read “Nutter faults Council: Clarke blasts mayor,” none of that bickering mattered to the GPOP City Committee. The important thing for the Green Party was that a terrible disaster had been temporarily derailed. In June 2012, the GPOP City Committee took a firm stand against the sale of PGW saying that “Mayor Michael Nutter has failed to make his case in favor of selling PGW to the highest bidder.” [See: Greens Stand Against Sale of Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW),” June 2012, GPOP News Release, http://www.gp.org/press/pr-state.php?ID=523.]

The reasons for Green Party opposition to the sale of PGW were more principled that those of Philadelphia’s City Council. The Green Party has historically stood against privatization, the process of transferring ownership of a public service or property from the government to a for-profit business or to a non-profit organization.

“PGW is not unique,” said Kristin Combs of Port Richmond, GPOP recording secretary, “Many of Philadelphia’s services, including public schools, risk privatization. The Green Party will work to ensure that public services are structured to serve the community, not corporations.”

“The Green Party is opposed to privatization of the Philadelphia Prison System, Streets Department and Water Department,” said Glenn Davis of Haddington, GPOP chair. Generally, the Green Party platform says that Greens are “firmly opposed to privatization and contracting-out of public services. A government that works for us would provide critical goods and services that should not be run for profit.”

In 2012, Belinda Davis of Chestnut Hill, then-treasurer of GPOP, warned, “Privatization of basic utilities is the most egregious example of erring on the side of profit for the few at the expense of the needs of the many. After the most recent examples of corporate greed and its disastrous effects, why would the city even think of selling PGW, except as a short-term budgetary fix? This is short-sighted in the extreme, and the residents of Philadelphia will have to pay for it.”

During 2013, the Green Party joined a coalition of labor unions and consumer, neighborhood and environmental organizations opposed to the privatization of PGW. The Keep PGW Public Coalition maintained a lobbying presence in the offices of City Council and in the streets of Philadelphia.

It is clear that the Green Party is the only political party with a progressive plan for advancing the economy of the Delaware Valley and creating living-wage jobs for every worker. Chris Robinson of Germantown, a member of the GPOP City Committee, said, “Greens plan to make Philadelphia a hub for sustainable energy by expanding research and development of solar, wind and geothermal energy and expanding public transit. When Greens defeat the two corporate parties, we will reduce the demand for energy through worker-owned conservation co-ops, and Philadelphia will become a green city in fact — not just in name.”

The Green Party of Philadelphia is an independent political party which stands for ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy, and non-violence. For more information about the GPOP, please contact 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org.
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Green Party Excited by Prospects in 201511.28.14

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Philly-Greens-Excited-by-2-by-Chris-Robinson-Elections_Greater-Philadelphia_Green_Green-Party-141128-339.html

The City Committee of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) thanks Glenn Davis for his exciting campaign for PA House District 190. Glenn Davis, http://davis-gpofpa.nationbuilder.com/, gave the voters of District 190 a unique alternative to the incumbent. Running on a marginal budget, Davis was honored to receive the vote of 734 of his neighbors, which was 4.3 percent of the total.

The Green Party is planning to build upon Davis’ success by running candidates in local Philadelphia elections to be held during 2015. Chris Robinson, a member of the Green Party City Committee, said, “People who are fed up with the two corporate parties should consider running for office on the Green Party ballot line. Most voters understand that the Democrats and Republican have no plan to improve our quality of life. The corporate politicians seem content to keep our children uneducated, they have no desire to reverse climate change, and they are unconcerned about mass incarceration. Only the Green Party runs candidates on a platform to improve our culture, our economy and our environment.”

“The Green Party also plans to educate voters and register new Green Party members during 2015,” said Glenn Davis, who is the chair of the Greens’ City Committee. “We will spread the word that there is now an independent alternative to the two corporate parties, a Green Party that takes no funding from corporations.”

Hillary Kane, the Green Party’s treasurer, said, “I am looking forward to 2015, which will be a local election year. We have so many important issues here in Philadelphia such as public school funding and high poverty. I will be excited to get behind a Green Party candidate who will shed light on these crucial matters.”

For more information about running for local office as a Green Party candidate or becoming a member of the Green Party of Philadelphia, please contact 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org.

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Philly Greens Call for Runoff Voting06.02.14

http://www.gp.org/current-news/730-philly-greens-call-for-runoff-voting

http://ucreview.com/greens-call-for-runoff-voting-p4850-73.htm

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) has issued a call for a reform of the voting procedures used in Pennsylvania. At the present time, a candidate for office is able to declare victory and take office without earning the support of a majority of the voters.

The problem with the present voting system became evident in the Democratic Party primary election held on May 20. There were several electoral contests in which a victor was declared even though a majority of voters cast their ballots for other candidates.

“The Pennsylvania system is unjust,” said Glenn Davis, a chair of the Green Party City Committee from Hestonville in West Philadelphia. “We call this a representative democracy, but we insult that name with every ballot cast.”

“During the May primary,” explained Chris Robinson, member of the GPOP City Committee from Germantown, “the most influential contest in which democracy was flaunted was the state-wide primary to choose a Democratic Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor.” Mike Stack was declared the winner, even though he earned only 47 percent of the vote. A total of 394,325 Democrats (53 percent) voted against Stack and in favour of one his four opponents. Robinson continued, “This clear example demonstrates that our failing electoral system allows a candidate to advance without the support of a majority of the electorate.”

The political platform of the Green Party of the U.S. says, “We believe in majority rule and reject the present method of election without a majority. Accordingly, we call for the use of instant runoff voting . . . to guarantee that the winner has majority support and that voters are not relegated to choosing between the lesser of two evils.”

A more egregious example was the declaration of Brendan Boyle as the winner of the Democratic Party’s primary for District 13 of the U.S. House of Representatives. Boyle earned only 41 percent of the vote, while 35,871 Democrats (59 percent) voted against Boyle and in favour of one his three opponents.

There were similar problems with the primaries for PA State House of Representatives. Karen Chellew was declared the victor in District 145 with only 43 percent of the voters on her side. Leslie Acosta was declared the victor in District 197 with only 49 percent of the voters in her corner.

Perhaps the most outrageous scorning of democracy took place in the Democratic Party’s primary for PA Senate District 4. In that contest, Art Haywood has been called the victor with only 40 percent of the vote. A total of 24,030 Democrats (60 percent) voted against Haywood and in favour of the other two candidates.

Davis said, “There will be additional problems in the General Election when the participation of smaller parties – without a runoff – might allow a candidate with a very low voter acceptance to take office. The Green Party is actively seeking a change in these foolish voting procedures.”

The Green Party is an independent political party based upon grassroots democracy, social justice, nonviolence and ecological wisdom. For more information about the Green Party, please contact 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org.
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Green Party Marches to Harrisburg with DecarceratePA06.15.13

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GREEN PARTY OF PENNSYLVANIA, www.gpofpa.org

 
Members of the Green Party participated in and supported the ten-day march from Philadelphia to Harrisburg organized by DecarceratePA. At the close of the 113-mile march on June 3, Decarcerate PA and its allies rallied at the Capitol in Harrisburg to demand a People’s Budget, Not a Prison Budget. Glenn Davis, a member of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) Steering Committee [and the Green Party of Philadelphia City Committee], was the first speaker. Wearing his Green Party t-shirt, Davis made the following remarks:
“I know in Harrisburg they are closing 11 public schools and pre-kindergarten has been cut to half days. This affects every family’s income because they will now have to pay for day care or leave work early. In addition, Philadelphia is closing more than 24 public schools and 13 more next year. This is an insult to every working person. Today, we should be educating our next generation, but instead the politicians are spending more than $400 million to expand Graterford Prison just outside Philadelphia.

“I think this is a War on the Poor, and the casualties are climbing. I am marching for those who protest the War on the Poor. The casualties are our families, our children and our broken school system. There are also prisoners of the War on the Poor. That is who they are building the new prison for. It is our children they are building the new prison for.

“I am marching for the thousands of men and women who attended Mayor Nutter’s Ex-Offenders Job Fair in May. This Job Fair showed that Governor Corbett did not know what he was talking about. Thousands of ex-offenders showed up, only to be turned away because Mayor Nutter was not prepared for the demand. It was most disrespectful when they came out and asked those waiting to put their resumes in a card-board box and go home. It was a Job Fair! You don’t put your resume in a box and go home! You are supposed to give your resume to a recruiter! It felt like make-believe, like they had no jobs for anyone.

“In the Capitol, behind me are Governor Corbett and the legislators. These politicians are in “a House of Lies,” taking the back-door approach. We put them in a position of leadership, but you cannot lead from behind. I am not only upset by the Republicans, but also by the Democrats in this two party system. The politicians from the two corporate parties are in bed together, and they are screwing the poor people. That’s who we are marching for, the poor and working people.”

The March for a People’s Budget, Not a Prison Budget was endorsed by 1 Love Movement, ACLU PA, ACT UP, Books Through Bars, Broken On All Sides, Campaign for Nonviolent Schools, Center for Returning Citizens, Coalition of Labor Union Women, DreamActivist PA, EXIT-US Inc, Faculty and Staff Federation at Community College of Philadelphia, Fight for Philly, Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia, Green Party of Pennsylvania, Green Party of Philadelphia, Hearts on a Wire, Human Rights Coalition, International Action Center, International Socialist Organization, Jobs with Justice, Juntos, Mishkan Shalom, NAACP Graterford Branch, New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, Noble Pillars, Occupy Trenton, Parents United for Public Education, Philadelphians Allied for a Responsible Economy, Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Philadelphia Student Union, Philly Survivor Support Collective, Point Breeze Organizing Committee, Reconstruction Inc., Students Organizing for Unity and Liberation, Support Center for Returning Citizens, Teacher Action Group, and Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project.

The Green Party of Pennsylvania stands for grassroots democracy, social justice, nonviolence, and ecological wisdom. For more information on the GPPA, please contact 888-721-4733 and contact@gpofpa.org.
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GPOP Endorses Campaign to Stop Horsham Drone Command06.01.13

OpEdNews, Friday, May 31, 2013

 

By Chris Robinson.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Philly-Green-Party-Endorse-by-Chris-Robinson-130531-562.html

On May 22, Green Party member Lawrence Geller asked the GPOP General Membership Meeting to endorse the Campaign to Stop the Horsham Drone Command Center. Geller said, “It is incumbent upon those of us seriously opposed to our nation’s insidious drone policy to let the government know that, as well as to educate the public. The Germans had their V-2 Rockets raining down on England during WW II, causing untold death and devastation. Are our drones any different? I, for one, do not think so, no matter how much Washington tries to justify it. The world does not need drones to kill people; it needs homes to house them.”

Green Party members decided to endorse the Campaign and to organize against this new threat to the peace. The Greens recognized that all of the Republican and Democratic politicians in the Delaware Valley are supporting the Drone Command Center, but the voters are more wise. It is the task of the coalition to mobilize citizen opposition to drone warfare. Green Party spokesman Alex Gillette said that he does not “intend to release a statement on this issue.”

Since 2009, the Green Party has objected to Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, in part, because of his use of drones to assassinate opponents abroad and the collateral damage to innocent civilians in those areas.

In 2012, Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for President of the U.S., was the only candidate who opposed the use of drones. In her response to Obama’s 2013 State of the Union, Stein had this to say: “We need to end the wars for oil and other resources that have created a state of permanent, immoral and unaffordable war. That means not only withdrawing troops. We must also put an end to the draconian drone wars which create a threat to civil liberties and human rights everywhere. Their terrible toll in civilian casualties — including large numbers of women and children — has made them a powerful recruiting tool for the very organizations they are intended to destroy. Instead of leading the world in the proliferation of this dangerous, inhumane technology, we should be leading an international treaty to put an end to the use of drones as an instrument of war.”

Hillary Kane, a GPOP delegate to the Green Party of Pennsylvania, said, “It’s important that we stop the Horsham Drone Command Center before it gets started.”

The Campaign has called for protests at the site of the future Drone Command Center at noon on the last Saturday of each month through September. The protests will take place next to the Air National Guard Station, located at Easton (Rt. 611) and County Line Roads in Horsham, PA. The Campaign will also lobby the Republican and Democratic politicians who support the Drone Command Center, and hold other educational events and town-hall meetings.

The Campaign was initiated by the Brandywine Peace Community and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). The Campaign has been endorsed by Catholic Peace Fellowship; Coalition for Peace Action; BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action; Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia; Green Party of Bucks County; Green Party of Montgomery County; Green Party of Philadelphia; LEPOCO (Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern); Main Line Peace Action; Philly Against War; Philadelphia Catholic Worker; Veterans for Peace; and Vietnam Veterans Against the War. For more information about the Green Party of Philadelphia, please contact 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org.
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Chris Robinson is a graduate of Central High School (#219) in Philadelphia, PA. He lives in Germantown and is an at-large member of the Green Party of Philadelphia (www.gpop.org) City Committee. Chris Robinson is also a member of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 and Philly against War (www.phillyagainstwar.org).
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Green Party Favors Single-Payer Healthcare Legislation03.31.13

Pittsburgh-area legislator to introduce Family and Business Healthcare Security bill in current legislative session, while Healthcare 4 All releases results of Economic Impact Study

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.greenpartypa.org/index.php) extends its sincere gratitude to Senator James Ferlo of Pittsburgh for his continued work toward a state-based single-payer healthcare plan. During past legislative sessions Senator Ferlo has been the lead legislator in the Pennsylvania Senate on this issue. The Greens also extend congratulations and appreciation to the non-profit organization, Healthcare 4 All PA, www.Healthcare4allpa.org, which has worked tirelessly to help Pennsylvanians on a path to meaningful and civilized health coverage.

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Mel Packer in Philadelphia Jan. 1612.22.09

Mel Packer, long-time peace activist, and member of the Green Party of Allegheny County, will be in Philadelphia the weekend of January 16-17.  We have invited him to give a brief talk to the Green Party of Philadelphia about the future of the peace movement in the age of Obama.  Save the date!

When: Saturday, January 16, 2010, 7:30 PM
Where: Singapore Vegetarian Restaurant, 1006 Race Street

Tickets cost $30 and include a full dinner and a small donation to the party. Please RSVP to gpop@gpop.org.

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March to End War10.21.09

March and Rally on Saturday October 17 to End the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Gather at Philadelphia City Hall at 11 AM
March to Independence mall at 12 Noon!
Rally at Independence mall! click to see the list of speakers
What you can do:
  • Volunteer to help out the day of the March
  • endorse the demonstration and get your organization to endorse as well.
  • tell your friends about the October 17 march and rally.

contact us at: philly.october17.mobilization@gmail.com or Phone: 609.558.1869

We demand:
  • US Troops Out of Afghanistan, Iraq,  and Pakistan Now!
  • Money for Jobs and Human needs, not for wars and corporate greed!
  • End war crimes including torture, Prosecute the war criminals!
  • End US Support for the Israeli Occupation of Palestine! End the siege of Gaza!
  • US Hands off Iran, Latin America and North Korea!
  • Self-determination for all oppressed peoples and nations.
  • Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Local endorsers: To add your name of organization contact us

A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
Brandywine Peace Community
Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East
BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action
Catholic Peace Fellowship
Colia Clark,Chair, Richard Wright Centennial Committee, Grandmothers for Mumia Abu Jamal
Coalition for Peace Action, Regional Office, Princeton, NJ
Delaware Valley Veterans For America
Drexel Progressive Librarians Guild
Granny Peace Brigade
Green Party of Montgomery County
Green Party of Pennsylvania
International Action Center
International Socialist Organization
Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern (LEPOCO Peace Center) in Bethlehem
Main Line Peace Action
Northeast Philly for Peace and Justice
Northwest Greens
Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal*
Party for Socialism and Liberation
People’s Revolutionary Party
Philadelphia Against War
Philadelphia Regional Antiwar Network (PRAWN)
PDA/DFA Progressive Democracy South Jersey
Socialist Action
Solidarity
SUSTAIN (Stop US Taxpayer Aid to Israel Now)
Veterans For Peace Philadelphia Area Chapter 31
Veterans For Peace, Southern New Jersey Chapter 096
Workers International League
World Can’t Wait

To become an endorser:

philly.october17.mobilization@gmail.com

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Anti-Casino Demonstration06.21.09

Join us next Thursday, June 25 at 12 noon for our Anti-Casino Circus.

Nine months since the announcement of Foxwoods’ move into the Heart of Our City, we’ve seen no studies and no plans. And the rushed political process has been a joke. Meanwhile our Coalition has been growing with more than 40 member groups.

Show Foxwoods and the City the strength of our opposition by joining us for a celebration of our new store front across the street from the Strawbridge Building: the No Slots Spot (718 Market Street). Have fun and at the same time expose the circus that City Hall has been making of the democratic process.

See the City Council Contortionist, the Incredible Mayor with Two Faces, and more! Family fun and friendly and cotton candy, of course!

Please forward this to your listservs and invite everyone to come out to celebrate, strengthen our community, broaden our outreach, and renew our energy in this fight.

For more information, call us at 215-952-1538.

The Green Party of Philadelphia is a member of the No Casino in the Heart of the City coalition.

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