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Greens to Meet in Kensington, 6/24, 7:00 pm06.21.15

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPH

General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, June 24, 7:00 pm

Greens will gather to hear news of:
Kristin Combs Campaign for City Council Member At Large,
www.combs4citycouncil.com,

and

Glenn Davis Campaign for City Commissioner,

https://m.facebook.com/GlennDavisforCityCommissionerPhiladelphiaPa.2015.

Please turn in your notarized nomination papers at this meeting.

This meeting is open to the public. Please join us.
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:
215-243-7103 or gpop@gpop.org.
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Green Night Out with Jill Stein June 27th05.31.15

Green Night Out will return with Jill Stein, President of the Green Shadow Cabinet, at 6:00 pm (NEW TIME) on Saturday, June 27, at San Kee Peking Duck House, 238 North 9th Street, Chinatown, Philadelphia. Jill Stein will lead a discussion on ”Climate Justice and Energy Democracy.” Reservations for Green Night Out are $25.00, and can be bought via Paypal below or by bringing a check or cash to the event itself.  If paying at the door, please RSVP to Hillary Kane at hillary.aisenstein@gmail.com.


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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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Greens to Meet in Roxborough05.14.15

Wednesday, May 27
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Dream House Asian Bistro
6127 Ridge Avenue (north of Green Lane)
Roxborough, Philadelphia
(Easily accessible via SEPTA 9 or 27 Bus)

More information from 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org

Please join us to discuss the outcome
of the 2014 Primary Election and what it means for
our two Green Party candidates,

Kristin Combs for City Council,
http://www.combs4citycouncil.com/volunteer,  and

Glenn Davis for City Commissioner,
https://m.facebook.com/GlennDavisforCityCommissionerPhiladelphiaPa.2015.

Are there specific issues that have been ignored by the
two corporate parties?
Let’s talk and decide what to do!

We look forward to your participation.
This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge.
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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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Minutes, GPOP General Membership Meeting, March 25, 201504.02.15

Wednesday, March 25, held at Liberty Choice Market in Kensington, Philadelphia.

Meeting called to order at 7:15 pm by facilitator Julian Robinson.
City Committee Members present: Glenn Davis, Eric Hamell, Chris Robinson, Julian Robinson and Galen Tyler.
City Committee Members absent: Hillary Kane (excused).
Others present: Zoe Buckwalter, Kristin Combs, Chuck Cannon, Alex Gillett, Richard Kane, David Lamando, Andrew Mattei, and Ernest Schulte.
Chris offered to take minutes in the absence of a GPOP Recording Secretary. Chris sent Draft Minutes to those present on March 30 and received one correction from Kristin Combs. The final minutes were posted on April 2, 2015.

During April, Hillary Kane has volunteered to take minutes.

Coming events
March 28, Rally Against the Drone War Command Center in Horsham,
April 4, MLK Dare March,
April 8, GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, Cavanaugh’s Restaurant,
April 19, GPOP Finance Committee Meeting, 3:00 pm, at Hillary Kane’s house,
April 22, GPOP General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, at Northern Liberties Neighbor Association,
June 25 – 28, U.S. Social Forum.

Introduction of those Present
Amendments to Proposed Agenda

Report from GPOP Chair Glenn Davis
Glenn spent the last five days leading the Voters March across Philadelphia. 28 people participated in the March. There was coverage in the Westside Weekly Newspaper, www.westsidepa.com.
Galen thought this march was valuable in contacting neighbors and valuable for the students who participated.

Report on GPPA Delegates Meeting on 3/21
Chris gave an overview of the meeting. A new GPPA Steering Committee was elected by the delegates. Two GPOP members will hold office during 2015. Hillary was re-elected as GPPA Secretary, and Vivek Ananthan was elected GPPA Member at Large. The GPPA Delegates voted to donate $100.00 to each of GPOP’s candidates for election in 2015 (see below).

Election of GPPA Delegates from GPOP
GPOP members elected the following people to be their delegates to GPPA: Kristin Combs, Alex Gillett, Eric Hamell, Hillary Kane, Chris Robinson and Galen Tyler. Richard Kane was elected to be an alternate delegate.

Report on Combs for City Council Member at Large Campaign
Kristin has nomination petitions ready, and her campaign is circulating them. She is still refraining from a media blast, but she is responding to individual media requests.

Report on Davis for City Commissioner Campaign
Democratic candidate for City Commissioner Dennis Less has been thrown off the ballot, and Stephanie Singer’s nomination petitions are under attack. These two candidates had been endorsed by Neighborhood Networks, leaving an opening for liberal Democrats to endorse Glenn Davis.
Alex withdrew his criticism of Glenn’s 2014 campaign for PA State Representative, which he had expressed at the February GPOP General Membership Meeting.

Report by Membership Secretary Eric Hamell
Eric plans to increase GPOP publicity on social media using ideas from “Change of Heart,” a book that explains the value of social media tactics. Eric says that this will be a low-cost way to increase GPOP’s visibility.

GPOP Registration with U.S. Social Forum
Hillary had proposed that GPOP register with the U.S. Social Forum (cost $200). Questions were raised about Hillary’s plan to raise that money. GPOP members agreed to spend $200 for GPOP to register with U.S. Social Forum and asked the GPOP City Committee to devise a plan to raise that amount at the City Committee meeting on April 8.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm.
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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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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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Greens to Meet, 5/2805.17.14

Greens to Meet Wednesday, May 28 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Dream House Asian Bistro 6127 Ridge Avenue (north of Green Lane) Roxborough, Philadelphia (Easily accessible via SEPTA 9 or 27 Bus) More information from 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org Please join us to discuss the outcome of the 2014 Primary Election and what it means for Paul Glover, the Green Party candidate for governor, www.glover4governor.com. Are there specific issues that have been ignored by the two corporate parties? Let’s talk and decide what to do! We look forward to your participation. This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge. ______ grassroots democracy – social justice – nonviolence – ecological wisdom ______

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Greens to Meet in N. Liberties, 7/24, 7:00 pm07.20.13

Greens to Meet

Wednesday, July 24

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Northern Liberties Neighbors Association
www.nlna.org

700 North 3rd Street
Easily accessible via Septa 5 Bus.

Philadelphia, PA 19123

215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org
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Greens to Meet, 6/2606.19.13

 

 

Wednesday, June 26

 

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 
   
 

Liberty Choice Market

www.yelp.com/biz/liberty-choice-philadelphia
1947 North Front Street (at Norris)

Kensington, Philadelphia 19122
Easily accessible via SEPTA’s Market Street line (Berks Station).

 

  

 

215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org  

 

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) will hold its monthly membership meeting in Kensington.Building the Campaign to Elect Erin Worrell as Judge of Municipal Court
Erin’s campaign needs your help: collecting signatures on nomination papers, writing press releases, planning a campaign kickoff. Hosting a house party. Please let us know how you plan to participate.
Oppose the Privatization of Public Education
The Green Party is the only political party that is opposed to school closings and
the starvation of the public school budget. There are many things you can do to solve the
public school problem. Please join us for this discussion.

Planning for the Anti-Drone Action, 6/29
The Green Party has endorsed the actions against a drone command center at the
Horsham Air Guard Station. Will you join us on the picket line, or will you do other kinds of publicity?

GPOP Recording Secretary Vacancy
Following the untimely death of Carol McLean, GPOP needs a new Recording Secretary.
Please consider nominating yourself for this elected office.

We look forward to your participation.
This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge.
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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 NIGHT OUT, 6/1, 6:00 pm05.25.13

GREEN NIGHT OUT

Make the Rich Pay Their Fair Share

Saturday, June 1

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Singapore Restaurant
www.singaporevegetaian.com
1006 Race St., Chinatown, Phila., PA

GREEN NIGHT OUT welcomes Anne Gemmell,
who will discuss 4 Ways to Make the Rich Pay Their Fair Share.

Anne Gemmell is political director of Fight For Philly, www.fightforphilly.org.

At GREEN NIGHT OUT, Anne will discuss use-and-occupancy reform, good neighbor payments, cutting the free pass, and collecting delinquent property taxes.
These reforms will provide hundreds of millions of dollars for
public schools and better city services.

Please join us at Singapore Restaurant in Chinatown.
GREEN NIGHT OUT is open to the public.
Enjoy this stimulating discussion
and a vegetarian, kosher, Chinese feast
for only $25/person.

Because seating is limited, please RSVP to the
Green Party at 215-243-7103 and
gpop@gpop.org.
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grassroots democracy — social justice — nonviolence — ecological wisdom
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GPOP General Membership Meeting, 5/2205.16.13

Greens to Meet

Wednesday, May 22

 

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 
   
 

Liberty Choice

www.yelp.com/biz/liberty-choice-philadelphia
1947 North Front Street (at Norris)

Kensington, Philadelphia 19122
Easily accessible via SEPTA’s Market Street line (Berks Station).

215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org  
The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) will
hold its monthly membership meeting in Kensington.

Consideration of Anti-Drone Actions

Should the Green Party endorse the actions against
a drone command center at the Horsham Air Field? We would
like to hear what you think.

GPOP Recording Secretary Vacancy
Following the untimely death of Carol McLean, GPOP
needs a new Recording Secretary. Please consider nominating
yourself for this elected office.

We look forward to your participation.
This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge.
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Greens to Meet04.10.13

Greens to Meet

Wednesday, April 24
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Cavanaugh’s Restaurant
119 South 39th Street (at Sansom Street)
University City, Philadelphia
Easily accessible via
SEPTA’s Market Street line (40th Street Station).

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