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Minutes, General Membership Meeting, 11/3012.06.16

General Membership Meeting, Minutes
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
November 30, 2016

Held at A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia.

Present: Galen Tyler, Taj McGruder, Jerrod Anderson, Amanda Joachim, Olivia Faison, Kevin Bellardine, Andy Cook, Sheila Ptah, Assantewaa Nkrumah-Ture, Martha O’Connell, Willem Foster, Tremaine Lewis, Kentu Malik, Belinda Davis, Hillary Kane, Eric Hamell, Margaret Neary, Mike “Georgy” Georgeson, James Robertson, Murielle McCarthy, Scott McCarthy, Jake Biando, Anne Johnson, Ian McShea, Seth, Chris Robinson, Ernest Schulte, Alex Gillett, Jeff Stanley, Emily Wyner, Charles Sherrouse, Mark Heacock, and Charles Neary

There were no additions or amendments to the agenda. All present introduced themselves.

Announcements included the following:
–Provisional screening of the documentary The Red Pill on 12/8; sign up at tugg.com by 6:30 p.m. on 12/1, to make it happen
–Meeting of the PHL Solidarity Committee, Sat. 12/3, 1-3 p.m., Arch St. United Methodist Church, https://www.facebook.com/PHLSolidarityForum/
–Tentative end-of-year event for GPOP; keep your eyes out for specifics, and contact Belinda, bedavis@rutgers.edu, if you would like to help plan something.
–Internal elections for GPOP City Committee (chair, treasurer, membership secretary, recording secretary, and three at-large positions) to take place (as every year) over the two monthly membership meetings on January 25 and February 22, 2017; details to follow, via the listserv and social media
–Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) quarterly meeting in Harrisburg, 1/28 – 29/’17; details to follow

Discussion of electoral politics.
Chris Robinson gave a report on the Electoral Operations Working Group, which currently consists of 19 people. This group helps get Greens out to polling sites on (and before) elections, to distribute literature, etc. They also seek out members interested in running for electoral office. For 2017, this will include city comptroller, district attorney, and also inspectors of election, for which we currently have an elected Green in one set of divisions.
Sheila Ptah indicated interest in running as comptroller; Olivia Faison likewise as an inspector of election.
We also discussed possibilities for the development of a party apparatus of neighborhood leaders (something like “ward leaders”).
Green Party candidates won enough votes in Pennsylvania in the November election to regain state ballot access. This means “Green” will appear as a choice for party affiliation on voter registration forms (electronic and ultimately also paper). Greens can also run in special elections without an onerous burden of signatures.

Hillary Kane noted: when registering as Green on paper voter registration forms, where the choice is still only to write it in, it is very important to write just “Green” and not “Green Party”!
Andy Cook observed that it was far more politically significant to register as “Green” rather than as “Independent.” Olivia emphasized that it would be well worth figuring out how to audit elections more broadly, even beyond the Stein/Baraka campaign’s current presidential recount effort. Ian observed the usefulness of the Committee of 70, including in terms of familiarizing ourselves with our own wards.

Moving beyond electoral politics.
The main topic of the evening. Ian McShea proposed the establishment of an Organizing Working Group; Andy Cook, Amanda Joachim, Galen Tyler, and Belinda Davis registered their interest. Others interested should please contact Ian (ianmcshea-at-gmail.com) at their earliest convenience. Assantewaa suggested that the Trump election should act as a call for social justice advocates to be that much more engaged in politics, not just at election time, and that we ourselves need to move on this, on a range of local issues.

Galen and Hillary noted the value of having a short-, medium-, and longer-term “game plan”—and of working to prevent burn-out. James Robertson suggested there could be use in a strategic analysis, assessing the work of GPOP in the recent past, to determine what has worked more and less well. All agreed on the principles of working where people were, on what people were concerned about. There was also wide support for the idea of coalitioning with other active groups (such as Reclaim Philly, the Solidarity Forum, DecarceratePA, Friends of the Wissahickon, etc., etc.), with individuals acting as liaisons between GPOP and other groups; with getting out to others’ activities as well as planning our own (also with other groups); of “being seen being Green” (as Kevin Bellardine noted); and of taking the stance of learning from other groups, as well as offering our own experience. Specific issues mentioned included protest alongside 350.org against the natural gas plant proposed for Nicetown; replacement of the School Reform Commission (SRC); and removal of children from their homes effectively because of their parents’/caregivers’ poverty; and other still more local issues.

Primary importance of outreach.
James addressed pre-election activities of the Outreach Working Group (including a park clean-up, BBQs, flyering), and emphasized the need for updated GPOP literature. Assantewaa noted the value of having literature in Spanish as well as English, and possibly in other languages. Ian and Willem both noted their Spanish language abilities. Georgy Georgeson pointed out the importance of focusing on non-voters: those who have given up on what they perceive to be the limits of political expression and choices. Olivia mentioned participating in neighborhood block parties as one means to get out the word. Sheila suggested putting lawn signs up now, precisely with the election over, and also the importance of “tabling,” and otherwise making oneself available to answer questions about being Green.
Galen said that, for Greens to be strong in Philadelphia, they have to look like Philadelphia. He noted that many of those present came from northwest Philly (e.g. Germantown), and suggested that that could be one good place to start.

Taj Magruder offered to found a Communications Working Group, which would also work on explaining the party and its activities to people of different identities (ethnic, class, gender, sexual, religious, etc.). Please contact Taj Magruder, if you are interested: tcm5116-at-gmail.com. He spoke of the importance of developing our social media presence (as well as reaching those not on social media).
Murielle reinforced the usefulness of developing various “scripts,” and suggested the usefulness of trainings to approach different audiences — including former Bernie Sanders supporters. This included some of those present, Emily Wyner reminded us, who are still seeking more information to make their decisions, and suggested we try working with focus groups.

We reviewed the Greens’ international Four Pillars (Ecological Wisdom, Social Justice, Grassroots Democracy, and Nonviolence), and the U.S. Greens’ additional six (Decentralization, Community-Based Economics, Feminism, Respect for Diversity, Personal and Global Responsibility, and Future Focus/Sustainability), totaling Ten Key Values. These are also listed on the little information cards that Alia Rahman has developed for GPOP, some of which were distributed at the meeting. Belinda also has more; contact her at bedavis-at-rutgers.edu, if you want some right away.

The discussion closed with an emphasis on the importance of moving ahead quickly now, without losing momentum (while also trying not to burn out!). Mark Heacock, who reported on the strong turnout at recent Green meetings in New Jersey, suggested that this was a primary concern also for those Greens.

Hillary Kane gave the treasurer’s report, noting a current balance of $1456.46 in our account. Over $160 was then collected at the meeting.

Respectfully submitted,
Belinda Davis, GPOP Recording Secretary
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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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Greens to Meet, 10/26, 7:00 pm10.17.16

Greens to Meet
Wednesday, October 26,
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Roxborough Read & Eat
6156 Ridge Ave
Roxborough, Philadelphia
(Easily accessible via SEPTA 9 or 27 Bus)
More information from 215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org

Please join us to plan for
The Green Party Election Day Presence at the Polls.

Let’s talk and decide what you can do!

We look forward to your participation.
This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge.
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grassroots democracy – social justice – nonviolence – ecological wisdom
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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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Minutes, General Membership Meeting, 9/2810.09.16

Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
General Membership Meeting, September 28, 2016

Held at Liberty Choice Market, 1947 North Front Street
Kensington, Philadelphia

Meeting Minutes
1.INTRODUCTIONS
PRESENT:
Vivek Ananthan, Mike Georgeson, Alex Gilette, Eric Hamell (GPOP City Committee Member at Large), Hillary Kane (GPOP Treasurer), Mohammed Myers, James Robertson, Chris Robinson (GPOP Membership Secretary), Ernest Schulte, Charles Sherrouse (GPOP City Committee Member at Large), Kassie Stanford, Galen Tyler (GPOP Chair). Galen brought with two friends, Jamal and Larry, who did not sign in. There were also three Temple University journalism students, who attended on assignment, Larry Puchalski, Michaela Althouse and Greta Anderson. GPOP City Committee Member at Large Julian Robinson was absent without excuse.
MINUTES: Minutes were taken by Chris Robinson because of the excused absence of Recording Secretary Belinda Davis. Chris sent a draft copy to those present (above list) requesting additions and corrections. Additions were submitted by Hillary (see below).

2.ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA (none)

3.JILL STEIN CAMPAIGN UPDATE
Galen spoke about the 9/26 Hofstra University Protest, aka “Occupy the Debate.” The crowd turnout was smaller than expected, and 24 people were arrested for civil disobedience.
Chris reported that we now have 24 poll workers who have signed on as Green Party Representatives. This is four times as many as we had in 2015, and the number is still growing. Representatives have already distributed Jill Stein literature in six of those divisions, and they will distribute door-to-door in four more over the coming weekend. Galen said that Cheri Honkala would volunteer to work the polls, and she would like to stuff doors in her division on October 30. Following the meeting, Kassie volunteered to work the polls where she votes.

4.OUTREACH REPORT
James described some of the problems he has had trying to organize ex-Sandernistas. It has been a serious problem because there is no Jill Stein Campaign in Philadelphia. James’ organization is planning to invite Jill Stein to Philadelphia during the first week in November, and they are working with her national campaign to come up with a good date. James appealed for help from the Green Party in building publicity for Jill Stein for President.

5.GREEN ACTIVISM BEYOND THE BALLOT
Chris explained that Mohammed had made a presentation to the GPOP City Committee on 9/14, which was approved by all present. Mohammed had been invited to make that presentation to the GPOP membership at this meeting.
Mohammed then spoke about the importance of Green Party members being present in the neighborhoods – beyond their electoral work. He said that in many African American neighborhoods, people had never heard of the Green Party and had no idea what it stood for. Mohammed, himself, is impressed by the Green Party’s history of standing for justice and ending oppression of minority communities. He said that the Green Party must focus on politicization of oppressed people because it will build Green Party name recognition and enlist new members.
Green members agreed with Mohammed’s analysis, and one member suggested that we work on his ideas following the General Election. Mohammed objected to this, saying that the time to become present in the neighborhoods is right now.
Galen then spoke to some of Mohammed’s concerns. Galen recently met with Concerned Black Men of Philadelphia, and had a good discussion with them. Often, Galen has run into the problem of “gatekeepers” who are working for the Democrats and who close the door, shutting out Green Party representatives.

6.GPPA STATE MEETING, 10/22
Hillary reported that Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) delegates will meet at Gettysburg College on 10/22. She said it is important that all GPOP delegates make plans to attend. [Hillary added, “We will vote on approving a new logo for GPPA, which sounds small but is very important. Without an approved new logo, we have been unable to print new literature. The last meeting did not have quorum so we were unable to officially approve a design that almost everyone approves of. We also expect a good turnout from new people from more ‘far flung’ areas of the state that have been energized by the Stein campaign and want to get a new Green Party local organized in their county. We should have a strong showing of support for these new organizing efforts. Finally, we will be discussing plans for recruiting local candidates in 2017 (in addition to reports on current races).”]

7.TREASURER’S REPORT
Hillary reported that GPOP has $1,400.00. She said that we have still not paid our share to Patrick Doyle for his work on the 7/25 Power to the People rally at the Democratic Party’s National Convention (DNC). Chris moved that we reimburse Patrick for any supplies he can document (with invoices) up to $250.00. This motion was pass by consensus.

Respectfully submitted for your consideration by Chris Robinson.
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GPOP Membership Meeting, 9/28, 7:00 pm08.27.16

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA
Membership Meeting

Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 pm

Greens will gather to plan outreach for the Jill Stein Campaign for President.

Greens will also refine their strategy for representation at the polls during the General Election.

Please join us. This meeting is open to the public.

There will be no admission charge (a free-will offering will be accepted).

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

For more information: 215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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No minutes from 8/24 Picnic/Pot-luck08.26.16

Hello, GPOP News Member.
We had an excellent turnout for our Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Picnic/Pot-luck on Wednesday in Clark Park. We all had a chance to talk politics with many new people: 25 attended, including 6 members of GPOP News.
This event took the place of the August GPOP General Membership Meeting, and our next meeting will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 28 (location to be announced shortly).

Our action on the Jill Stein Campaign for President will begin after Labor Day, and you will be notified so that you can volunteer. There will also an Outreach Working Group meeting during September. If you would like to take a leadership role in our work for Jill Stein, I hope that you will join us then.
Of course, there will be no minutes posted to GPOP News from our Clark Park picnic, but I urge those of you who are not yet members of GPOP News to visit this link, and to follow the easy directions under “JOIN THIS GROUP.” You will then receive GPOP announcements more promptly.

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

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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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Greens to Meet, 7/20, 7:00 pm07.10.16

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA

Membership Meeting
Wednesday, July 20, 7:00 pm

PREPARE FOR THE DNC IN PHILLY
and
TURN IN YOUR NOMINATION PAPERS
for
Dr. Jill Stein for President.

Calvary Center for Culture and Community
801 South 48th Street (at Baltimore Avenue)
Cedar Park, West Philadelphia
(Easily accessible via SEPTA 34 Trolley)

This meeting will be open to the public.
There will be no admission charge
(a free-will offering will be accepted).

For more information:
215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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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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GREEN NIGHT OUT, 7/9, 6:30 pm06.28.16

Saturday, July 9
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Su Xing House,
1508 Sansom Street,
Philadelphia.

215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org

GREEN NIGHT OUT welcomes Cheri Honkala who will lead a discussion of
“What is the March 4 Our Lives?”

Ms.Honkala is the leader of Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.

She has led numerous campaigns in the area.
Ms. Honkala will discuss the goals of the March 4 Our Lives, July 25,
and she will answer your questions.
Find out if flatus will be on the agenda for the DNC.

Enjoy this stimulating discussion and a fabulous Chinese dinner for only $25/person.

CREDIT CARD PAYMENT:


Green Night Out is open to the public.
Please RSVP because space is limited.
RSVP to the Green Party at
215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org.
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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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Greens to Meet, 6/22, 7:00 pm06.12.16

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA
Membership Meeting

Wednesday, June 22, 7:00 pm

Greens will gather to hear news of the campaign to get our candidates on the PA ballot.

Greens will also discuss the March for Our Lives on opening day at the DNC.

A good time to turn in your signed nomination papers.

Please join us.
This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge (a free-will offering will be accepted).

Jill Stein for President Campaign Headquarters
1301 West Porter Street
(Oregon Stop on Broad Street Line)
Philadelphia, PA 19148

For more information:
215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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Minutes, General Membership Meeting, 5/25/’1606.10.16

Green Party of Philadelphia
Minutes, General Member Meeting, 5/25, 7:00 pm
Alma Mater, 7165 Germantown Avenue, Mount Airy, Philadelphia

Introductions: Galen Tyler, Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller, Bob Smith, Wolfgang Natter, Alex Gillett, Teddy Clark, Ernest Schulte, Hillary Kane, and Belinda Davis

Outreach: The group discussed different forms of recruitment, from dedicated meetings, to seeing what particular neighborhoods are looking for/meeting people where they are, to what else we can do between meetings. Bernadette Marie spoke to the importance of personal contact, especially by phone; also walking door-to-door, for which we need more brochures. Hillary mentioned the difficulty of keeping people coming after the first meeting, especially as the locations change. Additional suggestions included events that GPOP sponsors and other opportunities to engage besides meetings to help involve people. It was suggested we keep better track of what individuals like and want to do. Alex mentioned the need to create a culture of accomplishment and to better respect and support outreach. Discussion continued to ideas for taking advantage of this moment precisely now, when there are so many disaffected members of the two major parties looking for ways to be involved and have their voices heard. It was suggested need to do better at the local level at making our presence known, and not just through election campaigns. Discussion returned to concern for opportunities beyond/outside of regular meetings, especially for young people and students, and turned to the possibility of student interns who might be interested in organizing on their campuses, who might also work on social media and otherwise get the message out.

Green Nights Out: The upcoming event is on 6/11, featuring Marianne Bessey in discussion of “The Ecological Impact of Animal Agriculture.” The dinner will take place beginning at 6:30 at Su Xing House, 1508 Sansom St. A GNO featuring Cheri talking about the March for Our Lives will then follow in July. It was provisionally determined that no GNO be held in August.

Petitioning: Upcoming petitioning opportunities were discussed, including the West Philly street fair and Bala sustainability fair on 6/4; Gorgas Park Solstice Festival on 6/11; and Odunde and Gay Pride on 6/12. We are now also in a position to pay for $1 per signature to petitioners needing pay.

Anti-Drone-War Displays during the DNC: Bob Smith presented on nodrones.org, worldcan’twait.org, and the BrandywinePeace.org initiatives that will take place during the DNC: “truth displays” throughout week, featuring drone replicas, death masks, and facts concerning children killed in drone attacks and other such information. Bob emphasized that it is important to rally people around this, and to remind them about the Democrats’ role in prosecuting and prolonging wars. GPOP voted to endorse the displays; Greens and others should sign up to help on the Brandywine Peace website, and otherwise promote participation.

March for Our Lives: There is now an office for the march, at the Jill Stein Campaign HQ, 1301 West Porter Street. There are now flyers, there is a website, and a phone number, with interns who will answer. The march application to the city was turned down. Galen suggested that is vital to make publicity around this. We need to get City Council members involved; we need people to work at workshops in preparation for the march (dates TBD), and to otherwise be involved. GPOP had voted to become an institutional PhillyCam member, which will also help support the march.

Fracking: Teddy Clarke offered information and passed around a recent article on fracking, which she hoped to see distributed widely. GPUS’s existing efforts against fracking were discussed.

Ballot Access: Hillary reported on the result of the recent court hearing in Philadelphia concerning ballot access. The judge refused to hear the case, sending it back to the lower courts, which represents a victory, at least on the issue of minority parties being forced to cover court costs when they lose legal challenges against their petitions.

Announcements: Information on The New Century Movement was provided, concerning raids and other aspects of immigrant rights; the group may be coming to Philadelphia. Bernadette offered to create a phone tree connection.

Treasurer’s Report: Hillary reported the balance is $1114.00. She also noted that the GPOP account is accessible in real time online.

Next Meeting: will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, 6/22, and will take place at the Jill Stein Campaign HQ, 1301 West Porter Street, Oregon, south Philadelphia.

Respectfully submitted,
Belinda Davis
Recording Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

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