GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #13, May 22, 2016
Hello, Green Party Representative.
The Green Party City Committee has asked me to make a presentation to the Green Party Membership meeting at 7:00 pm on May 25 at Alma Mater, 7165 Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy, Philadelphia. Unfortunately, I will be on the Appalachian Trail at that time. Therefore, I have decided to make my presentation in writing to GPOP NEWS as GPOP EOW Group Report #13.
This will also bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #12, which you received on May 14. [Green Party Representatives receive approximately two EOW Group Reports each month. If any one would like to receive these Reports, they may become a Green Party Representative to help us build the Green Party. Back issues of EOW Group Reports may be found here.]
As your elected GPOP Membership Secretary, I have been working to build the GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group to fulfill the three tasks given to it by our membership on September 30, 2015. Mainly, I have been recruiting voters to become a Green Party Representative in their neighborhood. The EOW Group began this year with seven Representatives, Ernest (Ward 12, Wister), Matt (Ward 13, Nicetown), Hillary (Ward 46, Cedar Park), John, Eric and Chris (Ward 59, Germantown), and Judy (Ward 61, Olney).
Since that time, we have lost one Representative, but we have been joined by Bernadette Marie and Beverley (Ward 21, Roxborough), Christel (Ward 46, Cedar Park), Charles (Ward 54, East Oxford Circle), and Galen (Ward 65, Torresdale). Our newest Representative is James (Ward 27, University City). We now have 12 Green Party Representatives — a 71 percent increase in four months. Some of these new Representatives have attended GPOP meetings and all are circulating our nominating petitions.
Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
During 2015, our EOW Group sent emails to movement organizations asking if any of their members would consider running in the 2016 General Election as a Green Party candidate on a single-issue platform: peace, single-payer healthcare, renewable energy or anti-mass-incarceration. At the suggestion of one renewable energy activist, I contacted Dr. Vera Cole, “The Guru of Solar Energy.” Unfortunately for us, The Guru had already decided to run for PA Representative as a Democrat.
Each list was approached two more times during 2016: in January to let them know that the Green Party had a continuing interest, and in March to let them know that we are now recruiting candidates for 2017 and 2018.
Earlier this month, I sent an email to three renewable energy lists asking them to support the Green Party’s three candidates for PA Representative – all of whom are against fracking and none of whom are running in Philadelphia.
Your EOW Group also approached MK Feeney to run for District Attorney in 2017. MK turned down our request because she is building a new, private practice after many years as an assistant district attorney. We will contact her again when the time is right.
Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
Our EOW Group has reached out to our membership to find volunteers who will become involved in developing the skills we will need for future growth. We have been grateful to find Robert Jaffe, who is interested in video work. Robert is planning to video the March 4 Our Lives on July 25.
Of course, there are many other tasks for creative Green Party Representatives. We are looking for people to create a website, manage our email list, build our media contacts, and produce regular fundraising/entertainment events. We hope that more people will become Green Party Representatives to learn these skills.
Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Our EOW Group began recruiting more Representatives by contacting the members of GPOP NEWS, and the volunteers who worked on Green Party campaigns during 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
Then, as an experiment, I telephoned some new Green Party members, using a list of numbers provided by the Philadelphia Voter Registration Office. The response was extraordinary. This seemed like a promising avenue to increase Green Party activism. These people already have an interest in the Green Party, and it is an easy way to engage them in our activities.
Two Representatives, Bernadette Marie and Charles, have agreed to help me with phone calls to other, new Greens. Political interest is high in a presidential election year, so now is our moment. So far, we have called 65 new Greens, and the 17 interested ones have given us their email addresses. This 26 percent positive-response rate is a great step forward for our party.
We will resume our calls to new Greens when we have a location for the June 22 Membership Meeting. Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up just six or eight phone numbers for you.
Our EOW Group has also begun collecting signatures on the Green Party nomination papers. This year, we were able to start early. On Primary Election Day, seven Representatives collected 508 signatures, the best we have ever done. This week, I will submit 717 signatures collected by Green Party Representatives for verification by the Jill Stein Campaign for President. We are looking for more people to join us as Green Party Representatives because this is the only way we will see Green Party candidates take their rightful place on the ballot.
Here are also some excellent events where we plan to collect nomination signatures in nice weather
(** means new to this list):
May 28. Rally against Drone War Command Center, noon, Horsham, PA. June 1. Organized Labor rally, 5:00 pm at the Temple Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street in North Philadelphia. Sponsor: AFSCME 1199C, Hospital and Healthcare Employees.
** June 11. Roxborough Summer Solstice Festival, Gorgas Park, 6400 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough.
** June 12. Odunde Festival, 10:00 am, 12 city blocks centered around 23rd and South Streets in south Philadelphia.
** June 12. Philly Pride Festival, noon at Penn’s Landing, 101 East Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia.
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.
I would like to learn what you will do to help us build the Green Party.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
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.”