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Minutes, July Membership Meeting08.08.17

Minutes, General Membership Meeting
July 27, 2017 – 7 PM
Shissler Recreation Center, Fishtown

Attendence: Jarrett Anderson, Treasurer; Belinda Davis; Olivia Faison; Alex Gillett; Eric Hamell;, Hillary Kane; Richard Kanegis; Taj Magruder, City Committee Member At Large; Francis McCloskey; Natasha Minkovsky; Asantewaa Nkruma-Ture; Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary; Ernest Schulte; and Nathaniel Wilkerson. Absent: Galen Tyler, Chair; Georgie Georgeson, City Committee Member at Large; and Ian McShea, Recording Secretary.

This meeting was chaired by Taj, and minutes were taken by Chris. [Draft minutes were circulated for additions and corrections on 7/29. Belinda’s ideas are included below. Final minutes posted to GPOP NEWS on 7/31.]

Decision to Accept Nominations for GPOP Recording Secretary
Following the decision made at the June General Membership Meeting, the members discussed our Recording Secretary’s prolonged and unexplained absence. [Ian had attended no meetings since the Special Election on March 31. Several City Committee members have reached out to Ian, but he has not returned text messages or messages via voicemail or email.]
At the request of the June General Membership Meeting, Hillary had contacted Ian on 6/22, and offered Ian a chance to appear in his own defense at this meeting, before his removal would be formally considered by the membership.
Ian did not appear in his own defense at this meeting, and the members present decided by consensus to consider the office of GPOP Recording Secretary to be open and to accept nominations to fill that seat. Chris will notify the GPOP membership that nominations will remain open until the next General Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 28.

Election of New City Committee Member at Large
The June General Membership Meeting had accepted with regret the resignation of Rachel Rawlings as City Committee Member at Large. Nominations for this office have been open since that meeting.
Olivia had accepted a nomination for Member at Large at the June meeting, and no additional nominations have been received . Olivia spoke briefly about her background, and why she thinks the Green Party is necessary. She also explained her interest in reparations for slavery, saying, “until reparations are made to African Americans, this country will not heal, nor will it be whole, and it will never free itself from its horrible legacy.”
Olivia was elected by the members present by consensus to be GPOP’s new City Committee Member At Large.

Endorsement
Richard proposed that the Green Party endorse Lawrence Krasner for Philadelphia District Attorney. No one seconded this motion.

Working Group Reports
Outreach Working Group

Taj reported as co-chair of the OWG that they would hold no meetings until after Labor Day, and everyone will be notified. The agenda for that meeting will include: creating a new email system to communicate with GPOP members (using MailChimp); planning more Green Party Happy Hours; and planning the next Welcome Party for New Members.
Taj then read a proposed News Release, saying that GPOP endorsed an event on National Housing Action Day, 7/29. The membership approved this endorsement by consensus. [Chris posted the News Release to the media and to the GPOP Membership on 7/28.]
Hillary suggested that GPOP post an additional News Release, which will combine Green Party opposition to fracking and opposition to SEPTA’s proposed fracked-gas power plant in Nicetown. Nathaniel volunteered to write a draft with the help of Hillary and Belinda. The draft will then be submitted to the City Committee for approval.
The membership continued discussing our organizing against SEPTA’s fracked gas plant. Asantewaa wanted more door-to-door outreach. Chris expressed a lack of confidence in the leadership of 350.org. Natasha volunteered to work on this project.
Jarrett said the new GPOP banner is ready at FastSigns, and Chris volunteered to pick it up.

Electoral Operations Working Group
Chris reported that the EOWG now has eight Green Party Representatives who will join Chris (Ward 59) at the polls on 11/7 for the Jules Mermelstein Campaign for Judge of PA Superior Court. These Representatives are Scott McCarthy (Ward 5), Belinda Davis (Ward 9), Bernadette Cronin-Geller (Ward 21), Hillary Kane (Ward 46), Christian Banchs (Ward 52), Charles Sherrouse (Ward 54), Natasha Minkovsky (Ward 55) and Olivia Faison (Ward 60). To join Green Party Representatives, please contact Chris.
Then, Chris congratulated Natasha for being the most recent Green Party Representative, and explained that Natasha has also volunteered to be the Green Party liaison with Put People First PA. PPF has non-electoral goals which are similar to GPOP’s, and their current project is single payer healthcare in PA.
Chris has emailed the new executive director of Jobs with Justice, explaining that the Green Party is searching for candidates for State Representative in 2018.
Chris also explained that EOWG will begin door-to-door outreach in divisions where we have Green Party Representatives. This will start with distribution of the “Register Green” flyer during August/September and will be followed by distribution of Jules4Judge literature during September/October. Chris and Charles have already completed the first wave of flyering in their divisions. Hillary volunteered to do hers on August 20. Please let Chris know your choice.
Chris asked members to look at the events listed below during the summer months. Many of these will be excellent locations to distribute “Register Green” flyers. Please let Chris know in advance.

Treasurer’s Report
Jarrett reported that after paying for the new banner GPOP now has slightly more than $1,078.00. He thanked all GPOP Sustainers for their continuing support, and he asked others to join GPOP Sustainers.

Report from the GPPA Quarterly Meeting
The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) held its quarterly meeting near Erie, PA, on July 16. Since no one present attended it, there was no report.

Report from the GPUS Annual National Meeting
The Green Party of the U.S. (GPUS) held its Annual National Meeting in Newark, NJ, on 7/14-16. Of those members present, Asantewaa, Hillary and Belinda had attended the Annual National Meeting.
Hillary explained how the GPUS Steering Committee elections work and the results of the election held on 7/15. The GPUS Black Caucus objected to the results of this election and made demands upon the delegates to the Annual National Meeting. Asantewaa followed with her perspective on these events and said that she believes that a political resolution to this problem will involve a more active GPUS Black Caucus, which will better educate and better vet its candidates for leadership positions.
For further reading on this topic, please see “Green Party Growing Pains” by Kevin Zeese, CounterPunch, July 21, and
White Liberal Guilt, Black Opportunism and the Green Party” by Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report.

Green Party Book Discussion
Hillary reported that the Green Party Book Discussion will take place on July 30. For information on the book, and to RSVP for the discussion, please visit Facebook.

Respectfully submitted by Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256.
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Summer Events
July 29
, Stop the Drone-Warfare Command Center, noon, Horsham Air National Guard base.
July 30, GPOP Book Discussion Group, 3:00 pm, Grindcore House.

PARKS ON TAP, throughout the city during August and September. Contact Chris, 215-843-4256, if you want GPOP literature to distribute near you. http://www.parksontap.com/new-events/

August 10, GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, W/N W/N. http://www.winwincoffeebar.com/
NO AUGUST GPOP MEETING

September 10, GreenFest, noon, Bainbridge Green (Bainbridge Street between 3rd and 5th Streets). This is a new location. Distribute GPOP literature with Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570. https://freedommerchants.com/greenfest.html
September 14, GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, W/N W/N. http://www.winwincoffeebar.com/
September 28, GPOP General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, Shissler Recreation Center. http://www.phila.gov/findrec/RecCenterDetails.aspx?ID=831
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There was No Discussion of These Topics:
Membership Issues Survey, Taj.
Anti-Islamophobia Committee, created on 4/27, Charles.
Amendment to the GPOP Bylaws, Margie.
GPOP Participation in PhillyCam, Georgie.
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GREENS TO MEET, 7/27, 7:00 pm07.22.17

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA
Membership Meeting

Thursday, July 27, 7:00 pm

Shissler Recreation Center
1800 Blair Street
(near Girard Ave)
Fishtown, Philadelphia

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

At this meeting, Greens will discuss outreach in your neighborhood.

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

For more information please contact:
215-843-4256 or gpop@gpop.org.

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Minutes, June Membership Meeting06.28.17

Minutes, General Membership Meeting
June 22, 2017
Shissler Recreation Center, Fishtown

Attendence: Jarrett Anderson, Treasurer; Christian Banchs; Belinda Davis; Ted Ellerkamp; Olivia Faison; Georgie Georgeson, City Committee Member At-Large; Alex Gillett, Hillary Kane; Richard Kanegis; Taj Magruder, City Committee Member At-Large; Margie Neary; Sheila Ptah; Rachel Rawlings, City Committee Member At-Large; Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary; and Ernest Schulte.
Absent: Galen Tyler, Chair; and Ian McShea, Recording Secretary.

This meeting was chaired by Rachel, and minutes were taken by Chris.

Membership Issues Survey
Taj reminded the membership about our current issues survey. So far there have been only 13 members who responded.

Rachel’s Resignation
Rachel resigned her position at City Committee Member at Large. She plans to remain active, but due to a death in her family, her life is a jumble. Rachel believes that she does not have enough time to devote to City Committee responsibilities.
Hillary nominated both Christian and Margie. They both declined the nomination.
Chris nominated Olivia, who graciously accepted.
Nominations to fill Rachel’s seat will remain open until July 27. Members will elect a new City Committee At Large Member at the July General Membership Meeting.

Discussion of Ian’s Prolonged Absence
Hillary suggested that Ian should be replaced on the City Committee because he has attended no meetings since the Special Election on March 31. Several City Committee members have reached out to Ian, but he has not returned text messages or messages via voicemail or email.
The members present discussed a method of removal. Then, the membership decided with no blocking votes, to consider removing a City Committee member only after a long absence or after extreme misconduct. The challenged City Committee member would then be offered a chance to appear in their own defense before their removal would be formally considered by the membership.
The membership then acted to notify Ian that he could speak in his own defense at the GPOP Membership Meeting on 7/27. Hillary will contact Ian concerning this decision. [Hillary’s email to Ian was posted on 6/22 at 8:02 pm.]
[Hillary sent the following: “My recollection of the Ian recall process was that we agreed that moving forward it would take two successive meetings to remove someone from office. A vote to remove someone from the City Committee would initiate the process, the person in question would be notified, and by default, they would have the next successive meeting to defend themselves and try to stay elected. If the General Membership voted in a second consecutive meeting to remove the person, that was it. Simultaneously, the vote to remove in the first meeting would also trigger a call for nominations, so that if there was a second successive vote to remove, an election for the replacement city committee member could also happen at that same second meeting, since a call for nominations had taken place the month before.”] [Rachel has agreed with Hillary.]

Amendment to the GPOP Bylaws
Margie recommended that the GPOP Bylaws be amended to remove two City Committee Members At-Large. There was a lengthy discussion of this proposal, with some members expressing agreement, while others objected. One member even suggested amending the Bylaws to increase the size of the City Committee by adding additional Members At Large.
The membership then decided by consensus that this topic should be tabled until there was a specific motion that specified which wording should be removed from the Bylaws and which new wording should be added.

Endorsement
Richard proposed that the Green Party endorse Lawrence Krasner for Philadelphia District Attorney. No one seconded this motion.

GPOP Participation in PhillyCam
Georgie reported PhillyCam classes began on 6/12. He would like other GPOP members to join him at those classes. Sheila was interested.

Working Group Reports
Outreach Working Group

Margie reported the following:
Georgie has completed design of the new GPOP Banner;
GPOP Outreach Working Group is involved with 350Philly.org in the struggle to stop SEPTA’s fracking gas power plant in Nicetown. The next event will be at the hearing on 6/27 of the Phila. Air Management Office. Margie will circulate an email message for each member to post to Air Management;
GPOP Welcome Party for New Members will be held on July 8. Please RSVP on Facebook;

Electoral Operations Working Group
Chris reported that he had begun the search for Green Party candidates for 2018. Of special interest are the PA House contests for seats in Harrisburg. Chris has already contacted lists from NukeNet, EnergyJustice, Natural Gas Opponents, Gas Truth, Anti-Nuclear Research Network, Health Care for All Philadelphia, and Put People First. Please let Chris know of progressive organizations that should be contacted.
Chris also reported that 13 GPOP Representative have already collected 484 signatures on Jules4Judge nominating papers. There is another month to go. So please put two hours into collecting signatures. If we each do that, Philadelphia will be much closer to 1,000 signatures, which will be respectable.

Green Party Book Discussion
Hillary reported that the Book Discussion date has been changed to July 30. For information on the book, and to RSVP for the discussion, please visit Facebook.

Anti-Islamophobia Committee
The GPOP membership created this committee on 4/27. The committee made no report.

Treasurer’s Report
Jarrett reported that GPOP now has slightly more than $1,152.

July Events
7/8 Welcome Party for New GPOP Members, 1:00 pm, William Way LGBT Connumity Center;
7/13 GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, W/n W/n Coffee Bar;
7/27 GPOP Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, Shissler Recreation Center, ; and
7/30 GPOP Book Discussion, 3:00 pm, Grindcore House.

Respectfully submitted by Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256.
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Greens to Meet, 6/22, 7:00 pm06.16.17

GREENS TO MEET
Green Party of Philadelphia

June 22, 7:00 pm

Discuss the issues that impact our fair city.
What can you do to organize?

Turn in your nomination papers to get
Jules Mermelstein for Judge on the ballot.

RSVP: Facebook

Shissler Recreation Center
1800 Blair Street (near Girard Ave)
Fishtown, Philadelphia

We look forward to your participation.
Shissler Rec Center is wheelchair accessible.
This meeting will be open to the public with no admission charge.

For more information, please contact
215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org
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Minutes, May Membership Meeting06.04.17

Minutes. GPOP General Membership Meeting
May 25, 2017
Shissler Recreation Center, Fishtown

Attendence: Vivek Ananthan; Jarrett Anderson, Treasurer; Belinda Davis; Garry Frazer; Georgie Georgeson, City Committee Member At-Large; Eric Hamell; Hillary Kane; Richard Kanegis; Taj Magruder, City Committee Member At-Large; Scott McCarthy; Francis McCloskey; Kim Meudt; Rachel Rawlings, City Committee Member At-Large; Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary; Ernest Schulte; Charles Sherrouse; Bob Smith; and Galen Tyler, Chair.
Absent: Ian McShea, Recording Secretary.

This meeting was chaired by Galen, and minutes were taken by Chris.

Campaign Updates
Special Election, March 21

Hillary said that the Federal Court case has been filed and the Honkala Campaign is waiting for the Democratic Party’s response.

Jules Mermelstein for PA Superior Court Judge
Chris reported that Jules now has 2,387 signatures from 34 counties. This number of counties collecting signatures is unheard of. And this number of signatures so early in a campaign is also unheard of. Credit must be given to Green Wave, the newly formed electoral organizing committee of the Green Party of Pennsylvania.
As for Philadelphia’s participation, Chris reported that our Electoral Operations Working Group now has 12 Representatives collecting signatures, and they have already collected 371. This puts Philadelphia Greens in second place, and this must be corrected. Francis – a new Green Party member – volunteered to collect signatures for Jules.

Working Group Reports
Outreach Working Group

Taj read Margie’s Outreach Report.
Web updates. Rachel said they are proceeding slowly.
New banner. After a brief discussion, the members voted against including a telephone number on the new banner, which is being designed by Georgie.
Welcome Home Chelsea Manning Rally. Members who attended gave a brief account.

Electoral Operations Working Group
Chris had nothing additional other than the above under Jules for Judge.

Green Party of Camden, NJ
Garry Frazer and Kim Meudt gave a brief report. Greens from Camden, NJ, assisted with the Special Election in March. They are having an event, which they invited Philadelphia Greens to attend. It will be a Norcross Protest at 5:00 pm on 6/1. Kim said that the event can be found on Facebook, and “We hope to work together in the future.”

Rebuild the Philadelphia Peace Movement
Chris explained that Philadelphia had a vibrant peace movement until a Democrat was elected president in 2008. Since that time, peace demonstrations have been small and the movement has diminished. There are still remnants in existence, including some church organizations, the Granny Peace Brigade, Philadelphia Anti-Drone Network and SANE.
While the peace movement became dormant, the Pentagon’s influence has continued to grow. The military now consumes 54 percent of the discretionary U.S. budget. Assassinations by drones have increased dramatically, war crimes (including civilian deaths) by U.S. military personnel have burgeoned, and military attacks on foreign nations (without a Congressional declaration of war) now occur world-wide. Since the Green Party is also known as “The Peace Party,” Chris was wondering if GPOP members would feel compelled to rebuild the Philadelphia peace movement.
Chris then introduced Bob, the staff person for Brandywine Peace Community, the only peace organization which has remained vigorously active into the present. Many of Brandywine’s campaigns have had the endorsement of GPOP and the Green Party of Pennsylvania.
Bob began by saying, “I have come to see just how right the Green Party is.” He explained that massive military spending allows the new, Republican Party president to appear bi-partisan because militarism is also supported by the Democratic Party.
Bob then spoke about the importance of peace activists taking actions which demonstrate their opposition to militarism. He discussed Brandywine’s monthly rallies at the Horsham Drone-War Command Center, their regular events (often including civil disobedience) at the Lockheed Martin plant in King of Prussia, and the regular public outreach at SEPTA’s Regional Rail terminals. Bob requested Green Party support and participation, and he declared, “Our opposition to militarism must be visible.”
Please contact Chris if you would like to participate at 215-843-4256 and nwgreens at yahoo.com.

Membership Issues Survey
Taj reminded the membership about our current issues survey.

Green Party Book Discussion
Hillary explained that the Book Discussion date has been changed to July 30. For information on the book, and to RSVP for the discussion, please visit Facebook.

Finances
Jarrett said that GPOP now has slightly more than $1,000.

Other Events
6/8 – GPOP City Committee, 7:00 pm, W/n W/n. All GPOP members are welcome to attend. http://www.winwincoffeebar.com/
6/18 – Pride Festival. A good place to be seen being Green and to collect nomination signatures for Jules 4 Judge. For details, please see: http://www.phillygaypride.org/events/philly-pride-parade-and-festival/
6/22 – General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, Shissler Recreation Center. http://www.phila.gov/findrec/RecCenterDetails.aspx?ID=831
6/23 – GPOP Happy Hour, Spruce Street Harbor Park. Details to be announced.
6/24 – Brandywine Rally at Horsham Drone-War Command Center, noon. Details to be announced. www.brandywinepeace.com
6/25 – GPOP Outreach Working Group, 2:00 pm, Gittis Student Center, Temple University. http://studentcenter.temple.edu/howard-gittis-student-center
6/27 – SEPTA hearing on fracked-gas plant. Details to be announced.
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Greens to Meet, 5/25, 7:00 pm05.21.17

GREENS TO MEET
Green Party of Philadelphia

May 25, 7:00 pm

Rebuild the Peace Movement in Philly.
What can you do to organize?

RSVP

Shissler Recreation Center
1800 Blair Street (near Girard Ave)
Fishtown, Philadelphia

We look forward to your participation.
This meeting will be open to the public with no admission charge.

For more information, please contact
215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org
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grassroots democracy – social justice – nonviolence – ecological wisdom
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Greens Endorse Walk for Jobs & Justice05.10.17

Green Party of Philadelphia endorses EQAT’s “Walk for Green Jobs & Justice”

http://www.gp.org/phillly_greens_endorse_walk_4_green_jobs_justice

The April membership meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) endorsed the Earth Quaker Action Team’s (EQAT) “Walk for Green Jobs and Justice.” The walk is part of EQAT’s larger campaign, “Power Local Green Jobs,” which demands that PECO — PA’s largest utility company — invest in locally generated solar power that benefits low-income communities and communities of color.

The Green Party platform is closely aligned with the mission of this campaign, as it highlights several of the Greens stated values. Chris Robinson, the GPOP membership secretary, points out that the Green Party platform says, “Greens support science-based policies to curb climate change. We have an ambitious plan to make drastic changes quickly to avert global catastrophe. We will expend maximum effort to preserve a planet friendly to life as we know it by curtailing greenhouse gas emissions and actively removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.”

“In addition, Robinson highlights the Green Party platform’s call to “create an inclusive program to train workers for the new, clean-energy economy. Focusing on both the environment and social justice, prioritize the creation of green jobs in communities of color and low-income communities.”

“The Walk for Green Jobs and Justice” begins on Monday, May 8, at Morris Chapel Baptist Church, 2701 North 12th Street in North Philadelphia. Over the course of two weeks, walkers will traverse the five counties included within PECO’s service area: Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia.

The final mile of the walk will begin at Philadelphia’s City Hall on Monday, May 22, at noon and will end outside of PECO headquarters. Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, will participate in the final mile, along with other groups including POWER,a broad multi-faith network of more than 60 congregations, and 350 Phiadelphia.

EQAT’s “Power Local Green Jobs” campaign demands that PECO:
1. Dramatically increase the purchase of local rooftop solar power so that 20% of PECO’s electricity comes from roofs in its service area by 2050;
2. Spur solar installation on suitable roofs in high unemployment areas, starting in North Philadelphia, to economically benefit those communities; and
3. Prioritize installation by local workers, especially from high unemployment areas.

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. Visit the Green Party of Philadelphia’s website at www.gpop.org.
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Minutes, April Membership Meeting05.03.17

Green Party of Philadelphia
Membership Meeting
April 27, 2017
Shissler Recreation Center, Fishtown

Minutes
Attendence: Jarrett Anderson, Treasurer; Christian Banchs; Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller; Belinda Davis; Olivia Faison; Georgie Georgeson, City Committee Member At-Large; Eric Hamell; Hillary Kane; Richard Kanegis; Taj Magruder, City Committee Member At-Large; Scott McCarthy; Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary; Ernest Schulte; and Charles Sherrouse. Absent City Committee Members: Ian McShea, Recording Secretary; Galen Tyler, Chair; and Rachel Rawlings, City Committee Member At-Large.

This meeting was chaired by Taj, and minutes were taken by Chris.

Campaign Updates
Special Election, March 21
No report.
Jules Mermelstein for PA Superior Court Judge
No report.

Working Group Reports
Outreach Working Group

Taj read a report prepared by OWG Co-Chair Margie Neary.
Members present approved by consensus spending $257.00 to purchase a GPOP banner from FastSigns, which will include the new GPOP Logo.
Members present approved by consensus spending $25.00 for printing and postage on a mailing to new members.
Members present approved by consensus advancing $130.00 for a reservation for the next Welcome Party for New Members. This amount should be returned to the treasury from donations at the event.
Climate Justice Subcommittee. Members present endorsed The Green March for Jobs and Justice, May 8 – 22. A 100-mile walk around PECO’s service area.

Electoral Operations Working Group
Chris reported that the EOW Group now has 8 Green Party Representatives who are collecting signatures for Jules Mermelstein. Total collected to date is 107 signatures.

GPOP General Business
Members present elected Hillary and Christian to be GPOP Delegates to GPPA. Eric was elected to be an Alternate Delegate to GPPA.
GPPA Quarterly Meeting – Phoenixville – Saturday, April 29.
GPPA Quarterly Meeting, Erie, PA, on the weekend, July 15-16. More information to be announced.
GPUS National Meeting, Newark, NJ, on July 13-16.

Issue-based Work
Chris proposed the formation of a committee to work on a solution to our problem of involving our members in other movement organizations. We have already devised a solution to our recruiting problem with the GPOP Outreach Working Group, and we have also found a solution to our representation at polling places with our GPOP Electoral Operations Working Group.
It seemed reasonable to Chris that we would next solve the problem of having a Green Party impact within other movement organizations.
There was a long discussion during which very, very few members spoke in favor of Chris’ proposal.
Charles then suggested that we poll our members to see which movement groups they believe are important, and Taj volunteered to post that poll.
[Charles adds: You missed the decision to hold an event around the recently released briefing on Islamophobia: Christian, Hillary, Belinda, Eric, and myself, volunteered to work on that.] “The Green Party Islamophobia Briefing Paper” was posted to Philadelphia’s Greens on April 17. Please see GPOP NEWS, GPOP Chat, and Northwest Greens lists on that date.

Treasurer’s Report
Jarrett reported that GPOP has just over $1,000.00. He thanked GPOP Sustainers for their monthly donations and asked others to join them.
New GPOP T-shirt
Jarrett presented an idea for a new Green Party t-shirt. After discussion, this idea was tabled.
Education Committee
Hillary reported that 5 people attended the first Book Club, and they have planned a second meeting on June 25. The Club is now reading The Democrats: A Critical History by Lance Selfa, 2012, second edition, Haymarket Books.

Green Party Announcements/Events
4/28 –OWG Happy Hour at Bob and Barbara’s Lounge, 6:00 pm. Organized by OWG’s Taj.
4/29 – GPPA Quarterly Meeting, 12:30 pm, Phoenixville Public Library.
May ? – OWG Bowling Event. Coordinated by OWG’s Taj.
5/7 – OWG Meeting, 2:00 pm, Gittis Student Center, Temple U.
5/11 – GPOP City Committee, 7:00 pm, at W/N W/N.
5/19 – OWG Happy Hour, 6:00 pm, at W/N W/N.
5/25 – GPOP Membership Mtng, 7:00 pm, Shissler Recreation Center.
June ? — Picnic in the Park being planned by OWG’s Murielle.
7/8 — OWG’s Welcome Party for New Greens, tentatively at William Way. Being planned by OWG’s Margie.

EVENTS planned by other organizations:
4/29 – Rally against Drone War Command Center, noon, Horsham Air Base.
May 1, May Day USA March, Rally and Family Celebration, 5:00 pm, Clark Park, Baltimore Avenue @ South 43rd Street in Cedar Park, West Philadelphia. [Meet at the GPOP table.] Live music, Veterans for Peace BBQ Grill Team, and children’s activities. [Petition contact: Chris, 267-977-0570]
May 6, Mount Airy Day, 11:00 am until 5:00 pm, 6400 Germantown Avenue. [Meet at the Green Party table.] Bring the kids and/or grandkids because this is a fantastic day for the whole family. [Petition contact: Chris, 267-977-0570]
May 8 – 22, Green March for Jobs and Justice, May 8 – 22.
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GPOP Outreach Working Group Report05.02.17

Outreach Working Group
Report To the GPOP Membership
April 27, 2017

This report was prepared by Outreach Working Group (OWG) Co-chair Margie Neary, and presented to the GPOP Membership by OWG Co-chair Taj Magruder.

1. New logo
Thanks to Georgie for designing our new logo! (Belinda has the gift certificate and will present to Georgie). Can you ask Rachel to provide update on when the website will be updated with new logo?
2. New banner
Please request approval from membership to spend $257.00 on new banner with new logo. (Chris obtained quote from FastSigns, they repaired our current banner)

3. Opposing SEPTA fracked-gas power plant
Margie has attended two recent 350 Philadelphia meetings and has alerted GPOP to several actions organized by 350. As a result, many GPOP members have called Councilwoman Cindy Bass’ office asking her to rezone the site. She and Chris canvassed at Shop Rite w/350 on 4/13 to collect signatures to ask Cindy Bass to rezone the site and Margie has been active promoting this activity on Twitter/Facebook. Will continue to keep GPOP informed of actions & updates.

4. Summer Welcome Party
Saturday in July (exact date TBD). Will be held at William Way again.
Can you ask membership to approve fee of $130 to rent space?
Jules Mermelstein will be invited to speak. Other speakers TBA. Newly registered Greens will be sent a mailed invitation. Please ask for membership approval of $25 for postage & printing invitations for newly registered greens.

4. Happy Hours
April 28, 6pm, Bob & Barbara’s
May 19 – Christian to decide where

5. GPOP to endorse “Walk for Green Jobs and Justice” – an EQAT campaign
Campaign demands that PECO shift to 20% local solar by 2025, prioritizing rooftop solar and job creation in neighborhoods with high unemployment (north philly)
Will commence a 100 mile “Walk for Green Jobs and Justice” on May 8, concluding on May 22 with a march down Market Street from City Hall to PECO HQ, joined by Bill McKibben, 350.org founder
Margie will organize GPOP members to march on May 22.
Please ask membership to vote to endorse this campaign.

6. Next OWG meeting: Sunday, May 7, 2 pm, Temple Student Center
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Greens to Meet, 4/27, 7:00 pm04.23.17

GREENS TO MEET
Green Party of Philadelphia

April 27, 7:00 pm

Stop the SEPTA power-plant in Nicetown,
Close the Drone-war Command in Horsham,
Build Single-payer Healthcare in PA.

What can you do to organize?

RSVP

Shissler Recreation Center
1800 Blair Street (near Girard Ave)
Fishtown, Philadelphia

We look forward to your participation. This meeting will be open to the public with no admission charge.

For more information, please contact 215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org
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Minutes, March Membership Meeting03.29.17

Minutes, General Membership Meeting
March 23, 2017

Meeting was held at Shissler Recreation Center in Fishtown, Philadelphia.

Introductions.
City Committee in attendance: Galen Tyler, chair; Chris Robinson, membership secretary;, Jarrett Anderson, treasurer; Rachel Rawlings, at-large; Georgie Georgeson, at-large; and Taj Magruder, at-large. Absent: Ian McShea, recording secretary.
GPOP members in attendance: Eric Hamell, Margie Neary, Olivia Faison, Ernest Schulte, Scott McCarthy, Alex Gillett , Belinda Davis, Vivek Ananthan and Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture.
Friends of GPOP in attendance: Cynthony Dench, Olivia’s mom; Andrew Chang, treasurer of Green Party of Montgomery County (Montcogreens); Julia Scancchio, secretary, Montcogreens.

Galen chaired the meeting, and (in Ian’s absence) Rachel took minutes. Meeting called to order at 7:10 by Galen with printed agenda prepared by Margie.

Campaign Updates
Cheri Honkala Special Election
, 3/21, update by Galen
3/24, 9am, public counting of printed ballots
Cheri’s lawyers petitioned to find out disposition of ballots
Commissioners allowed staffers to take ballots home until count?
Letter sent calling for new special election
Federal Court Monday or Tuesday to decide on whether to hold new election

Open discussion:
Taj recounted shenanigans from multiple polling places from Cheri’t twitter/fb
Asantewaa recommended Cheri’s page and plans to celebrate tomorrow at the count. We need to be prepared for whatever legal battle ensues. The PanAmerican mental health clinic is where Leslie Acosta embezzled funds and is run by Freddie Ramirez, so why was that a polling place?
Rachel said that calling for another special election would be counterproductive
Galen said Green ethics require a special election to make every vote count
Cynthony said that tomorrow if Cheri is declared the winner, it’s in spite of the cheating
Jarett: Cheri already said she will not recognize the reults, so we need to act in accordance
Galen: I’ve been involved in elections but never in a group this close-knit and personal. “At least 80-90% of the folks voting for Cheri, they [the dems] tried to stop them.”
Scott: It’s crazy to contest the results if we win.
[Belinda added the following "THE DISCUSSION IS EFFECTIVELY MOOT, BECAUSE THE IRREGULARITIES IN THE PROCESS VIRTUALLY ENSURED THAT CHERI COULD NOT WIN, EVEN IF THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WANTED TO VOTE FOR HER. ALSO, WE NEED TO ADD THE LINK IN FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO FILE A REPORT ON IRREGULARITIES TUESDAY (AND OTHERWISE): http://www.cheri197.com/report/.]
Taj: As the green party we stand by our values even if we win, and we say the election was corrupt.
Asantewaa: Are we conceding?
Galen: No, but based on reports it’s almost impossible we won. Some polling places put out copies of the same tape.
Julia: Wasn’t there a loophole allowing us inside?
Galen explained that most polling places were hostile to Greens but had close-knit Dem presence. West Kensington Ministry (Cheri’s polling place) was the worst

After about 40 minutes, Rachel moved to table the discussion of a GPOP formal statement. Galen seconded. Discussion of formal statement tabled by 9 to 2 vote. Language will be crafted after the City announces the results.

General Election, 11/7
Jules Mermelstein for Judge of Superior Court

Julie reports that Jules Mermelstein and Bob Casey will be in Scranton on Monday, 3/27, at “Save the EPA” event organized by Food & Water Watch. Temple Hesed, 6:30-9:30 pm
Chris spoke with Jules last week. GPOP began circulating his nominating petition last night and Jules needs volunteers for his Philadelphia campaign. Please contact Chris to volunteer for Jules Campaign.
Andrew: Jules needs a financial director, without whom he cannot raise funds.
GPOP endorsed Jules by consensus.

Sheila Ptah for Philadelphia Controller
Sheila Ptah did not come to the meeting. Chris reports Sheila told him she was not going to run for Philadelphia Controller. [Belinda adds: “There is some lack of clarity concerning whether or not Sheila will run.”]

Additional Candidates for Local Offices
Olivia plans to run for inspector of elections in Ward 60, div 17.
Eric plans to run for election inspector in 59, 21
Jarrett moved to endorse both Eric and Olivia. Taj seconded. Endorsement made by consensus.

Working Group Reports
GPOP Outreach Working Group
(OWG) report by Margie:

* OWG plans to host a Happy Hour for us at w/n w/n on Fri March 31st from 6-9pm. ” “Be open. Think Croissant not bagel.” A Facebook event has been posted.
* Earth Day park walk, 4/22, meet up at Wissahickon Transportaiton Center
* Logo contest: no submission yet other than Georgie’s: Green Diamond with the Liberty Bell. 11 votes for, 1 against adopting George’s logo. He will receive a $25 gift cert
* “Register Green, Vote Green” Flyer now translated into Spanish
* GPOP members have been meeting with Solidarity Forum
* Next OWG meeting, 4/2, 2:00 pm at Gittis Center, Temple Univ.
* Asantewaa: Let’s coordinate with Cheri’s campaign and encourage her volunteers to join the Green Party
* George; Let’s do something next year for St. Pat’s Day.

GPOP Education Committee
Discussion of Ecology and Socialism by Chris Williams, 4:00 pm, Grindcore, https://www.facebook.com/events/346548762410466/
Electoral Operations:
Chris had nothing to report.

Election of GPOP Delegates to GPPA:
GPOP has 14 delegates to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) and 8 alternates, elected for a one-year term in office. GPPA delegates meet quarterly, usually in central PA. Next GPPA meeting is Sat, April 29, in Phoenixville.

Chris nominated himself and Kristin Combs.
Taj nominated himself.
Galen nominated himself, Cheri Honkala, Liz Ortiz. (Cheri and Liz accepted nominations via SMS.)
Scott, Margie, Alex, Ernest each nominated themselves
Belinda and Georgie nominated themselves as alternates.
Slate of 10 delegates and 2 alternates, approved by consensus
No picture of City Committee taken today because Ian absent

Climate Justice
Margie reported that 350 Philadelphia asking for GPOP endorsement of their opposition to SEPTA natural Gas power plant near Wayne Junction. 1/3 of kids in neighborhood have asthma.
Voice Vote to endorse by consensus.

Galen: We need to get out more and build coalitions with community activists
Scott: Our goal is to change the political system and empower communities. We’ll need a message
Georgie: When people ask what we’re going to do, you invite them in.
Belinda the original German green party objected to the split between electoral politics and activism around progressive issues. They tried to design a party which would merge both elections and activism.

Treasurer’s report by Jarrett
Printing and Cheri campaign took a lot out; current account is $916.43. Pass that hat!

Other announcements:
Sunday night 6pm at the Church, Cheri’s campaign will have a discussion about the election and next steps.
May Day USA Beef & Beer Dance Party, fundariser at SEIU Hall. Vivek has tickets.
The meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm.

Future Events
3/31 – Happy Hour at W/N W/N, a worker cooperative, 913 Spring Garden Street. A Facebook event has been posted. An email announcement and flyer are in the works.
4/2 – GPOP OWG Meeting, 2:00 pm, Gittis Student Center, Temple University, 1755North 13th Street, North Philadelphia.
4/2 – GPOP Book Club, 4:00 pm, Grindcore.
4/13 – GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, Gittis Student Center, Temple University, 1755North 13th Street, North Philadelphia.
4/22 – Earthday walk in Wissahickon Park. Organized by OWG’s Margie.
4/27 – GPOP General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, location to be announced.
May ? – GPOP Bowling Event. Coordinated by Taj.
June ? — Welcome Party for New Greens being planned by OWG’s Margie.
June — Picnic in the Park being planned by OWG’s Murielle.
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Minutes, February Membership Meeting03.12.17

Minutes, General Membership Meeting
February 22, 2017
Shissler Recreation Center

Meeting called to order at 7:10 by Galen.

Introductions.
Gratitude expressed for Charles Neary and the Shissler Recreation Center for hosting.

In Attendence.
Chris Robinson, Eric Hamell, Jules Mermelstein, Rachel Rawlings, Georgie Michaelson, Asantewa Ture, Vivek Ananthan, Tracy Conifer, Pablo Rodriguez, Kristin Combs, Galen Tyler, Liz Ortiz, Cheri Honkala, Jarrett Anderson, Taj McGruder, Charles Neary, Scott McCarthy, Margaret Neary, Murielle McCarthy, Christian Bansch, Charles Sherrouse, Ian McShea, Hillary Kane, and Alex Gillett.

Outreach Working Group.
February 4th membership party was a success. 40 people attended. $349.00 raised.
Expanding social media, web, and email presence.
Planning another membership party, started a strategic planning group, and a film screening.
New fliers for Green Party designed. Request for $424.00 to print 10,000 fliers. Membership voted in favor of the expenditure.
Motion to approve $25.00 gift card to Wooden Shoe Bookstore for logo design competition. Motion passed. Membership voted in favor.
Next meeting: Sunday, March 5th at 2:00 PM, Temple University Student Center, 13th and Montgomery

Educational Working Group.
Choosing first book: Ecology and Socialism.
First meeting: TBA.

Treasury Report.
$1,883.88 total in revenue. 3 new sustainers.

City Committee Elections.
Nominations.

Chair – Galen Tyler. 22 Yes, 1 No, 0 Abstain.
Treasurer – Jarrett Anderson. 22, 0, 1.
Recoding Secretary – Ian McShea. 23, 0, 0.
Membership Secretary – Chris Robinson. 18, 3, 2.
Primary Member At-Large – Rachel Rawlings. 23, 1, 0.
Secondary Member At-Large – Taj McGruder. 23, 0, 1.
Tertiary Member At-Large – Georgie Michaelson. 23, 0, 1.
All nominees were elected.

Campaigns.
Cheri Honkala.

Received endorsement of 19th Ward and Sheriff Jewell Williams of the 16th Ward. Fighting for name on ballot. Possible write-in.
Minimum goal of 3000 votes.
Raised over $40,000.00.
Meet and Greet at Taller Puertorriqueno, Sunday, February 26, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, 5th and Huntington.
Motion to contribute $500.00 to Honkala Campaign for literature and sustenance.
Motion passed.

Jules Mermelstein.
Running for PA superior court judge.
Petitioning starts March 8th.

State Meeting.
Saturday, April 29, Pheonixville, Location TBA.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM
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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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Greens to Meet, 2/22, in Fishtown02.18.17

GREENS TO MEET
Green Party of Philadelphia

February 22, 2017, 7:00 pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/1845039005785033/

GPOP City Committee Election

Shissler Recreation Center
1800 Blair Street (near Girard Ave)
Fishtown, Philadelphia

We look forward to your participation.
This meeting will be open to the public with no admission charge.

For more information, please contact
215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org
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Minutes, General Membership Meeting, 1/25/’1702.18.17

General Membership Meeting Minutes
Green Party of Philadelphia

Held at Roxborough Read and Eat
Meeting commenced at 7:10 pm on 1/25/’17

In Attendance
Jarrett Anderson (Ward 48); Christian Banchs (Ward 52); Shoshana Bricklin and Bert Schultz (Ward 9); Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller, Ron Lane, Margie Neary and Beverly Rolfsmeyer (Ward 28); Georgie Georgeson (Ward 2); Alex Gillett and Hillary Kane (Ward 46); Eric Hamell and Chris Robinson (Ward 59); Murielle and Scott McCarthy (Ward 5); Ian McShea (Ward 12); Taj Magruder (Ward 36); Elizabeth Ortiz (Ward 33); Shiela Ptah (Ward 42); Cheri Honkala and Wilfredo Ramos (Ward 19); James Robertson (Ward 27); Charles Sherrouse (Ward 54); and Galen Tyler (Ward 65).
The meeting was chaired by Galen, and minutes were taken by Ian because of the excused absence of Recording Secretary Belinda Davis.

Education Committee, Hillary
Starting a Green Party book club. Study Green Party philosophy. Sunday, March 12, 4:00 PM, first class. First book: Ecology and Socialism, by Chris Williams. Once a month. Location: Grind Core, South Philly.

1. Outreach Working Group, Margie
Welcome Party, February 4th at William Way LGBT Community Center, 13th and Spruce, 12:00 – 2:30. Potluck. Invite members as well as interested individuals, and other organizations in Philadelphia. Spreading word, flyering, Twitter, Facebook, emails, phone calling.

a. Phone calling after February 4th to contact veteran Greens.
b. Interest in joining Outreach working group, recruiting members.
c. Strategic Planning retreat ~ April TBD

2. Nominations for City Committee
Nominations are open, will remain open till February 22.

a. Committee positions – Chair, Recording Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, 3 At-Large-Members.
i. Galen – Nominated for Chair.
ii. Taj – Nominated for At-Large.
iii. Sheila – Nominated for At-Large.
iv. Chris – Nominated for Membership Secretary.
v. Ian – Nominated for Recording Secretary.
vi. Georgie – Nominated for At-Large.
vii. Jarrett – Nominated for Treasurer

The GPOP City Committee Election will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 22, at Shissler Recreation Center in Fishtown.

3. Cheri Honkala Campaign for PA Representative in District 197
Kensington, ran for Sheriff of Philadelphia, ran as Jill Stein’s running mate in 2012. Request for Endorsement to run for State Representative of District 197.
a. Corrupt history of Democratic Party leadership in the 197th District.
b. Special Election because Leslie Acosta is being imprisoned.
c. Democratic Party nominating Freddie Ramirez; he runs three mental health facilities.
d. Highest opiate deaths in Kensington. Highest poverty in Kensington.
e. Name recognition, but no money.
f. Running to WIN.
g. ENDORSEMENT BY CONSENSUS. Honkala for the 197th!

4. Request funds to print “Register Green, Vote Green” flyer for neighborhood distribution
a. $400.00 for 10,000 copies.
b. Request tabled for next month.

5. Announcements.

a. February 24 – 26, National Conference in Philadelphia on Election Integrity and Voter Democracy. Arch Street Meeting House.
i. Outreach Committee to attend.
b. #NODAPL – Sunoco is a company very involved in pipeline. Green Party should take leadership in actions.
i. Oil Pipeline in South New Jersey.
c. Bible Museum. – opposition?
d. Door Knocking for Cheri Honkala Special Election Campaign.
i. Saturday, February 28, 10:00 AM, Broad and Clearfield, Cheri Honkala announcing campaign.
ii. Monday, February 30, 6:00, Murielle’s House.

Meeting Adjourned, 8:53 PM.
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