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Minutes, GPOP October General Membership Meeting11.02.15

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA (GPOP), General Membership Meeting,
Minutes from Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Roma’s Pizza, Roxborough, Philadelphia

Attendance: Kristin Combs, Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller, Belinda Davis, Alex Gillett, Eric Hamell, Hillary Kane, Chris Robinson, Beverly Rolfsmeyer, and Ernest Schulte.
Excused: Richard Kane.
Absent City Committee Members: Glenn Davis, Julian Robinson and Galen Tyler.

Minutes were taken by Chris in the absence of an elected Recording Secretary. A draft copy was circulated to those present on October 29. Additions and corrections were received from Bernadette Marie, Belinda, Eric, and Hillary. Approved minutes were posted to GPOP News on November 1, and they were posted to www.gpop.org on November 2.

1. Kristin’s Campaign for City Council-at-Large
Kristin described the excellent forum for Council-at-Large candidates, which was held on 10/27. She believes that she did quite well, and she will circulate the link for on-line viewing as soon as it becomes available.
Belinda is Kristin’s volunteer coordinator. She said the campaign has around 100 election-day volunteers, many from labor unions and other organizations which have endorsed Kristin. Here are the Combs4Council links for volunteers and for donations.
Discussion of scandals within the Democratic Party: 1) failure to discipline their wayward ward leaders, and 2) financial irregularities during the 2015 Primary Election.
Jill Stein, the 2012 Green Party candidate for POTUS, will be in Philadelphia for the 11/3 General Election.
Kristin plans to attend the 11/21 GPPA Meeting in Harrisburg, and she plans to present an analysis of her campaign.

2. Green Night Out
Hillary said that GPOP held its second successful Green Night Out on October 10, with Kristin Combs presenting the issues around her campaign. GPOP cleared around $80.00.
The next Green Night Out has been postponed until 2016.

3. GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Chris said that the GPOP EOW Group Report was posted to GPOP News on October 19. Since that time he has been in touch with Juntos, the local organization demanding human rights for all including immigrants. When asked if they knew of a possible candidate to run on the Green Party ballot for PA State Representative in 2016, Juntos organizer Jasmine Rivera responded, “Yes, I agree the larger narrative needs to shift around human rights. And hopefully the right candidate can be found! It needs to happen.”

4. Report from GPOP City Committee Meeting
Hillary said that there was no quorum on October 14, but the members present discussed holding a fundraising party next spring to celebrate GPOP’s 15th Anniversary. Something like a potluck with entertainment at the Ethical Society.

5. Treasurer’s Report
Hillary said that GPOP has $1,400.00. The members then voted to donate $500.00 to Friends of Kristin Combs.
Hillary also held a raffle for a gourmet meal for two, with the proceeds to go to Friends of Kristin Combs. Chris won the raffle.

6. Announcements
October 31. Demonstration against Drone War Command Center, noon, Horsham, PA.
November 11. GPOP City Committee meeting, 7:00 pm, Cavanaugh’s Restaurant.
November 28. Demonstration against Drone War Command Center, noon, Horsham, PA.
*December 2. Last GPOP General Membership Meeting in 2015, 7:00 pm, Liberty Choice Market.
December 9. GPOP City Committee meeting, 7:00 pm. Location to be announced.
2016
January 13. GPOP City Committee meeting, 7:00 pm. Location to be announced.

*The location for the November GPOP General Membership Meeting was not discussed on 10/28. We held an email poll of those present and decided upon postponing the meeting until December 2 (because our regular date falls on Thanksgiving Eve).
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City Council candidate Kristin Combs speaks at Green Night Out10.13.15


By Chris Robinson
Kristin Combs spoke with members and friends of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) at Green Night Out on October 10. “I believe that the Green Party should become the political arm of today’s social justice movement,” Combs told her supporters.
She used herself as a prominent example. “I am running for City Council-at-Large in order to save our public schools,” explained Combs. “I am speaking for the Green Party and for the Caucus of Working Educators, a progressive group within the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT).”

Green Night Out is a periodic gathering which is open to the public. Green Night Out is held at Sang Kee Peking Duck House, http://sangkeechinatown.com/. The diners discuss politics while they enjoyed a Chinese feast.

Combs then explained her platform: locally controlled, high-quality public schools; a $15/hour minimum wage; neighborhood revitalization without displacement; strong, independent civilian review over the police; and a green energy hub in Philadelphia’s future. [Please find more information here.]
Kristin Combs is the only remaining LGBT candidate on the City Council ballot. She is a high school teacher whose candidacy has been widely endorsed by labor and progressive organizations, including AFSCME District Council 33, American Postal Workers Union Local 7048, Americans for Democratic Action of SE PA, Caucus of Working Educators of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Green Party of Philadelphia, Green Party of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks, Philly for Change (affiliate of Democracy for America), Socialist Alternative, and Socialist Party USA.

When questioned, Combs explained her strategy to win one of the minor party seats on City Council, “Voters may cast five votes for City Council-at-Large. I am asking voters to ‘Push Button #426 First.’ In that way, they will use one of their five votes to elect an additional, progressive councilperson-at-large — Kristin Combs.”
“I am offering voters a chance to vote with their hearts,” said Combs. “It will be an amazing victory for Philadelphia, to have six progressive Councilpersons-at-Large – rather than just five.” [You may contribute to Friends of Kristin Combs here.]
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Chris Robinson has been a member at large of the Green Party of Philadelphia City Committee since 2011. He can be reached at 215-843-4256 and

    nwgreens@yahoo.com

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Also see:
OpEdNews, October 12, 2015, http://www.opednews.com/articles/Philadelphia-City-Council-by-Chris-Robinson-City-Council_Green_Green-Party_Green-Party-Of-Philadelphia-151012-960.html ;
Philadelphia Free Press, October 13, 2015, http://weeklypress.com/city-council-candidate-kristin-combs-speaks-at-green-night-out-p5551-1.htm.
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GREEN NIGHT OUT, October 10, 6:30 pm10.04.15

Saturday, October 10
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sang Kee Peking Duck House,
238 North Ninth Street,
Chinatown, Philadelphia.

215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org

Connecting Left Electoral Politics and Social Justice Movements

GREEN NIGHT OUT welcomes Kristin Combs, Green Party candidate for
Philadelphia City Council.

Meet the candidate, hear her reason for running, and ask her your questions.

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

Green Night Out is open to the public.

Please RSVP because space is limited.
RSVP to the Green Party at 215-243-7103 and 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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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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GREEN NIGHT OUT 2/2/1301.29.13

GREEN NIGHT OUT
Did Fred Hegel Get Dizzy? 

Saturday, February 2

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

GREEN NIGHT OUT welcomes Professor Michael Nance who will answer two important philosophical questions:
“When Karl Marx stood Frederick Hegel back on his feet, did Hegel get dizzy?” and
“What is the rational kernel lurking inside Hegel’s mystical shell?” (more…)

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Drone War Research – Green Night Out12.09.12

Drone War Research on University Campuses

At Green Night Out on December 1, Marge Van Cleef led a discussion about drone war research on university campuses. Van Cleef, an organizer for Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, www.wilpfus.org, explained that drone warfare is targeted killing of people who have never been charged, tried or found guilty of any crime. Often, more people are killed by a drone than the person who is being targeted.

Van Cleef is currently organizing opponents of drone research on the campuses of University of Pennsylvania (UofP) and Drexel University. On the UofP campus, the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory is paid more than $10 million/year by the U.S. for research. One aspect of her organizing involves Death Walk vigils on the first Saturday of each month on the UofP campus. (more…)

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GREEN NIGHT OUT 12/1/1211.29.12

 Drone Warfare on Philly Campuses

 Saturday, December 1

 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

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

 

GREEN NIGHT OUT welcomes Marge Van Cleef,
who will discuss Drone Warfare on Philly Campuses
www.wilpfus.org, and Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition, www.brynmawrpeace.org.
In 2009, Marge founded the monthly Death Walk in Center City, Philadelphia.

Marge Van Cleef is a member of
WILPF.

At GREEN NIGHT OUT, Marge will discuss the drone research which is being done by the
University of Pennsylvania and Drexel, each of which receives substantial funding from the Pentagon.
We will also discuss a recent study of victims of drone strikes in Pakistan.

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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GREEN NIGHT OUT: How to End Fracking11.18.12

OpEdNews.com, Sunday, November 18, 2012

GREEN NIGHT OUT: How to End Fracking

 

www.opednews.com/articles/How-to-End-Fracking-by-Chris-Robinson-121116-845.html

At Green Night Out on November 10, Sam Bernhardt, led a discussion about “How to End Fracking.” Bernhardt is an organizer for Food and Water Watch, www.foodandwaterwatch.org, in Pennsylvania. Fracking (hydraulic fracturing to release gas from shale rock) is inherently unsafe, according to Bernhardt, and citizens cannot rely on state officials to protect the water, air and public health. “Fracking can’t be made safer through government oversight or regulations,” said Bernhardt. “An all out ban on fracking is the only way to protect our communities.”

Right now, Bernhardt is working to expose the way PA Governor Tom Corbett has overreached to make gas drilling easier for the gas companies. He does not believe that most Pennsylvania residents will agree with the extremism of Corbett opening state college campuses and state forests for gas-drilling. Bernhardt also thinks that most people in our Commonwealth will object to Corbett deleting information from lab reports to people who have had their well water tested for toxic contaminants. (more…)

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GREEN NIGHT OUT: Money Out of Politics10.22.12

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Money-Out-of-Politics-by-Chris-Robinson-121001-837.html

At Green Night Out on September 8, Alex Sheppard, led a discussion concerning “Money Out of Politics.” Sheppard is an organizer for Rootstrikers, www.facebook.com/phillyrootstrikers, which also meets as the Money Out of Politics Working Group for Occupy Philadelphia. They work to engage and educate people of all political beliefs about the corrupting influence of money over America’s politics and government and to mobilize citizens in actions to stop it. 

Sheppard was part of a Money Out of Politics Coalition that got Philadelphia’s City Council to pass a resolution calling for getting money out of politics and overturning Citizens United. His message was favorably received by members of the Green Party of Philadelphia, www.gpop.org, which never accepts contributions from corporations or their political action committees. (more…)

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Money Out of Politics10.03.12

Money Out of Politics

At Green Night Out on September 8, Alex Sheppard, led a discussion concerning “Money Out of Politics.” Sheppard is an organizer for Rootstrikers, www.rootstrikers.org, which also meets as the Money Out of Politics Working Group for Occupy Philadelphia. They work to engage and educate people of all political beliefs about the corrupting influence of money over America’s politics and government and to mobilize citizens in actions to stop it. 

Sheppard was part of a Money Out of Politics Coalition that got Philadelphia’s City Council to pass a resolution calling for getting money out of politics and overturning Citizens United. His message was favorably received by members of the Green Party of Philadelphia, www.gpop.org, which never accepts contributions from corporations or their political action committees. (more…)

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Money Out of Politics, 9/809.03.12

 GREEN NIGHT OUT
Money Out of Politics

 Saturday, September 8

 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

 GREEN NIGHT OUT welcomes Alex Sheppard,
who will discuss “Money Out of Politics”
at 6:00pm on Saturday, September 8.
www.rootstrikers.org,
which also meets as the Money Out of Politics Working Group for Occupy Philadelphia. 
They were part of a Money Out of Politics Coalition that got Philadelphia’s City Council
to pass a resolution calling for getting money out of politics and overturning Citizens United. 
Sheppard will lead a discussion about how getting money out of politics
is the FIRST problem Americans need to tackle in order for
Congress to truly address the other problems we face. 
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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Green Night Out with Dr. Tsou on 7/2108.07.12

By Chris Robinson

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Single-Payer-Healthcare-af-by-Chris-Robinson-120801-811.html

At Green Night Out on July 21, Dr. Walter Tsou, former Philadelphia Commissioner of Health, discussed “Single-Payer Healthcare after the Supreme Court Decision.”

Tsou explained to the diners, “The Supreme Court decision will have little effect on our struggle for single-payer healthcare, also called ‘Improved Medicare-for-All.’ We need single-payer healthcare if our nation is to solve the three major problems of the economy, unemployment and the deficit.” (more…)

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7/21 – Green Night Out at 6pm07.15.12

GREEN NIGHT OUT
Single Payer Healthcare after the Supreme Court Decision

Saturday, July 21

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

GREEN NIGHT OUT welcomes Dr. Walter Tsou, who will discuss
“Single Payer Healthcare after the Supreme Court Decision”
at 6:00pm on Saturday, July 21.
www.healthcare4allpa.org.
gpop@gpop.org.

Dr. Tsou teaches Family Medicine and Community Health
at the University of PA. and formerly the
Health Commissioner of Philadelphia.
He is a board member of Health Care for All PA,

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.
RSVP (seating is limited) to the
Green Party at 215-243-7103 and

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grassroots democracy -- social justice -- nonviolence -- ecological wisdom
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Why Unions are Losing the Class War06.11.12

OpEdNews, Sunday, June 10, 2012

Why Unions are Losing the Class War

By Chris Robinson.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Why-Unions-are-Losing-the-by-Chris-Robinson-120610-404.html#comment380222

 Green Night Out, on June 2, welcomed Jim Moran, member of the Communication Workers of America, Local 38010 and founder of Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health (PHILAPOSH), who lead a discussion about why unions are losing the class war. (more…)

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