Please Attend May Day and Mount Airy Day • 04.23.16
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
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.”