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Major Endorsements for Honkala in 19703.12.17

BREAKING NEWS: Philly candidate receives major endorsements

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

http://www.gp.org/honkala_receives_major_endorsements

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Cheri Honkala, a well-known Kensington-based anti-poverty activist and candidate for Pennsylvania State Representative in District 197 has been endorsed by a national progressive political action organization, Our Revolution, and a local progressive group, Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks.
Our Revolution, the group kicked off by 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, announced its endorsement for Honkala on Tuesday. Andrea Putnam, former Bernie campaign director for Pennsylvania and current Honkala GOTV director, praised the announcement. “Our Revolution’s endorsement only amplifies Cheri’s lifetime commitment to fighting for the people, who are tired of politics-as-usual at both local and national levels.”

“Cheri Honkala is running a truly grassroots campaign this is of, by, and for the people of Pennsylvania’s 197th legislative district,” said Tim Canova, who garnered the support of progressives nationwide when he vied for the seat of then-Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a Florida congressional district. “Her campaign—with its message of human rights and justice for the 99 percent—presents an opportunity for a great progressive breakthrough,” Canova said. “Progress For All and Tim Canova are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Cheri at this historic moment.”

Honkala was also recommended by the PEOPLE Committee of one of the city’s largest labor unions representing public-service workers, A.F.S.C.M.E. District Council 47, for an official union endorsement by the full delegation. That endorsement came a day after Honkala met with members of A.F.S.C.M.E District 47 — the initials stand for the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees — to explain what makes her most qualified to represent one of Pennsylvania’s poorest legislative districts. Honkala says she is honored to have been recommended for a labor union endorsement. “The members of A.F.S.C.M.E District Council 47 know me well,” she said. “I have spent the better part of 30 years fighting alongside local labor unions because it is the right thing to do.”

Former Philadelphia health commissioner and past president of the American Public Health Association Walter Tsou supports Honkala, too.
“Cheri has been fighting for the little guy all her life,” Tsou said. “She is far and away the most progressive candidate in the 197th district and we need her in Harrisburg.”

Cheri Honkala, who has advocated for poor and homeless persons in and around the 197th district for the past 30 years, vowed to continue working with labor unions. “I am not beholden to corporations and political bosses–only to our poor and working class communities,” Honkala said. “If elected, I will continue to be in solidarity with labor unions on the picket line as well as supporting workers’ issues in the state house.”

Honkala’s deep relationships with unions is apparent. Jim Moran, Director Emeritus of Philaposh—an organization created by unions to advocate for the occupational health and safety of public-service workers in Philadelphia—gushed about Honkala. “It’s time to trade in the politics of party for the politics of performance,” Moran said. “Cheri Honkala has a 30-year track record of performing tremendously for labor rights, human rights and the rights of our communities to a better life. I’m proud to have known her, worked with her, and gone to jail with her in these struggles. This is no time to turn our backs on Cheri in the race for State Representative in the 197th District.”

What makes Honkala’s race even more exciting and relevant is she stepped up after two district legislators in a row — both of whom happened to be Democrats — resigned on federal corruption charges. “It’s time to end this legacy of corruption that practices the politics of fear. We need a new voice to advocate for our district in Harrisburg,” Honkala said.

Unfortunately, the powers that be have gotten in the way of Honkala’s path to victory. The Green Party of Pennsylvania campaign submitted paperwork on time to be on the ballot. They asked the state if they needed to submit anything else. The Department of State’s Board of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation said, “no.” The day after the deadline, they got an email saying they needed to submit one more document. They rushed it to Harrisburg that day. It didn’t help, and Honkala was not allowed onto the ballot. The state Supreme Court upheld Friday a lower court’s ruling in a split 4-3 decision that Honkala be kept off the ballot because of the state agency’s clerical error. Undeterred by the ruling, Honkala and her coalition of supporters are organizing a write-in campaign for the special election. In a low-turnout special election, Honkala needs just 1,500 votes to win this special election.

The Democrats’ first candidate was knocked off the ballot because he was not legally qualified to run in District 197 because he does not live in the district. Democrats attempt to place another candidate on the ballot was denied by a court ruling. Republican Lucinda Little will be the only candidate on the ballot.
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Cheri Honkala Lives in District 19703.03.17

Friday, February 24, 2017

Cheri Honkala Lives in District 197, Has Advocated for Philadelphians for Almost 30 Years & Has Won Democratic Ward Endorsement

While Freddie Ramirez Was the Heir to a Legacy of Corruption, Honkala is Building a Coalition of Community Leaders Ready to Fight for Our Basic Human Rights.

http://www.gp.org/honkala_won_dem_ward_endorsement

On Thursday, February 23, Judge Anne Covey removed Freddie Ramirez from the special election ballot for State Representative of the Pennsylvania District 197 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The removal was due to Ramirez not living in the 197th district.

“Some corrupt Democrats thought it could pull a fast one on voters by adding a non-resident onto the ballot,” said Edgardo Gonzalez, chairman of Cheri Honkala’s campaign. “Meanwhile, Cheri Honkala, a resident with a decades-long reputation for helping people in the 197th, is awaiting word on whether she will be allowed on the Green Party’s legally earned ballot line.”

Cheri Honkala lives in the 197th District on North Hancock Street, and is a long-time advocate for poor and homeless persons in Philadelphia. For almost 30 years, she has fought and organized for basic human rights. Cheri has led marches and participated in civil disobedience including for quality education, economic equality, fair elections and debates, basic human rights such as food and housing, as well as for protecting our land and water.

“Cheri took care of my children when I was in a coma because of wrongly prescribed pills. She took us into her already cramped apartment when we were homeless. Right now she’s parenting three foster kids–brothers who would have otherwise been split up had she not left a campaign meeting to go get them,” recalled Liz Ortiz, one of the Honkala campaign’s Ground Team Leaders responsible for door-knocking teams. “Compare that compassion with Leslie Acosta, who pled guilty to fraud and kept it secret from us for a year. Compare it with Freddie Ramirez, hand-picked by Leslie, who doesn’t even live here and or know these communities yet thought he could use us all–not fight for us.”

On February 15, the Commonwealth Court ruled not to accept the Petition for Writ of Mandamus by Cheri Honkala and the Green Party of Pennsylvania to place Honkala on the ballot. While the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) turned in one paper late, they were explicitly told they had completed all of their paperwork by the Department of State’s Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation. This decision has been appealed to the state Supreme Court by lawyer Samuel Stretton on behalf of GPPA and Cheri Honkala.

“I’ve been meeting with many community groups, and have had the pleasure of appearing before some Democratic Ward committees. This district is struggling, and they know the same politics-as-usual won’t help our neighbors. Even before Freddie was kicked off the ballot, I’m incredibly honored that Ward 19 endorsed my candidacy for the special election. I’m also looking forward to the write-in training that Ward 16 is hosting tomorrow. Over the next four weeks, I’m going to keep knocking on doors and keep meeting with community, labor, or other leaders. We are building a coalition of people with integrity that are interested in fighting for policies in Harrisburg that truly help this community,” said Cheri Honkala.

Currently, Honkala is planning a write-in campaign because of the Commonwealth Court’s decision last week. “We have already begun write-in training for poll workers and will have these trainings in different wards in the coming weeks. We are distributing literature about Cheri having write-in status, even as we hope for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to recognize that they are denying the Green Party its legal right as a minor party to a special election ballot line,” stated Galen Tyler, campaign manager and chair of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP). “Not to mention that they would be upholding a First Amendment violation to voters’ right to expression and assembly.”

“It looks like the Democratic Party may appeal Freddie’s removal, or ask to have another candidate on the ballot. We are sounding the alarm. The Green Party has minor party status. It is legally allowed to have a candidate in special elections. The courts have said so far that because one paper was turned in one day late after officials said everything was in order, Cheri must pursue a write-in campaign,” explained Hillary Kane, treasurer of Honkala’s campaign and outgoing secretary of the GPPA.

“Let’s all be very clear. If Freddie is allowed to stay on the ballot upon appeal or the Democrats are allowed to replace Freddie, our courts will be saying that there are no consequences that the Democratic Party followed the lead of the corrupt, former legislator Acosta by selecting Ramirez, her hand-picked choice. The courts would be saying that Democrats can pick someone who does not even live in the district and he can either stay on the ballot or easily be replaced. But the Green Party? No. We can tell you all your papers are in, not care that you got us that single paper within 24 hours of realizing it was missing, and then kick your candidate who has fought alongside her neighbors for 30 years off the ballot,” said Gonzales.

“We will see what our democracy looks like by how the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decides these appeals. Either way, the people of the 197th are not going to fall for the corruption and shenanigans of politics-as-usual on March 21st.” Honkala concluded. “We have an opportunity to stand together and fight for basic human rights like food and housing, clean water, quality education, and sanctuary for our neighbors. We are building the #WeAreThe197 coalition that will keep growing through and beyond Election Day. Everyone with the integrity to be serious about fighting for our community’s needs, join us.”

For interviews or additional information, please contact Michael Dennis (Deputy Campaign Manager), 717-873-0588, media@cheri197.com. Learn more about Cheri Honkala.

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Greens Endorse Cheri Honkala in PA District 19702.05.17

Green Party endorses Cheri Honkala for PA State Representative in District 197

By Margaret Neary.

Cheri Honkala, candidate for Pennsylvania State Representative in District 197, has been endorsed by the members of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) at their January 25 General Membership Meeting.

Green Party of Pennsylvania endorsed Cheri Honkala at their State Convention on January 29. Honkala will campaign as the Green Party candidate in a Special Election scheduled for March 21. She ran for Sheriff of Philadelphia in 2011 and for Vice President of the U.S. in 2012.
“Democrats have been playing games with our lives in Philadelphia and especially inDistrict 197, and I plan to do everything I can to change that in Harrisburg,” Honkala said at the GPOP meeting in Roxborough.

Honkala, a formerly homeless, single mother, co-founded the Kensington Welfare Rights Union in 1991 and, in 1998, launched the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, where she currently serves as the National Coordinator.

“Cheri has worked tirelessly on behalf of families who face homelessness and poverty long before she ever considered running for office,” said Galen Tyler, chair of the GPOP City Committee. “She knows their pain and the real struggles they face everyday because she has walked in their shoes.”

Chris Robinson, the GPOP membership secretary, declared, “The Green Party is proud to run a candidate with Honkala’s qualifications, dynamism and unbridled opposition to poverty.”

The Special Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, to fill the seat left vacant by convicted felon Leslie Acosta (Democrat), who resigned in January after pleading guilty to a federal felony charge of conspiring to commit money laundering. [Volunteer for Cheri Honkala's Campaign in PA District 197.]

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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2017 Election Dates for Green Party Members12.16.16

2017 PENNSYLVANIA ELECTION DATES Important For Green Party Members

March 8, First day to circulate and file nomination papers

May 16, MUNICIPAL PRIMARY, best date to collect nomination signatures

August 1, Last day to circulate and file nomination papers
August 8, Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated by nomination papers

October 10, Last day to register to vote before the November election
November 7, MUNICIPAL ELECTION

This information is derived from “2017 PENNSYLVANIA ELECTIONS IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER,” PA Department of State, http://www.dos.pa.gov/VotingElections/CandidatesCommittees/RunningforOffice/Documents/2017%20important%20dates%20final.pdf.

Note: All dates in this calendar are subject to change without notice.

More information from:
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
gpop@gpop.org
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia
www.gpop.org

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Philadelphia 2016 Vote Total11.09.16

November 9, 2016
Hello, Green Party Member or Friend.

Thank you for voting Green yesterday. Thank you, also, for all of your work for our state-wide ticket.

I want to call your attention to our 16 Green Party Representatives who joined me in volunteering at their own polling places for our candidates: Vivek Ananthan (Northern Liberties); Joan Cercero (Germantown); Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller and Beverley Rolfsmeyer (Roxborough); Khummit Hatshepsitu (Wynnefield); Cheri Honkala (Fishtown); Robert Jaffe (Kingsessing); Hillary Kane (Cedar Park); Ian McShea and Ernest Schulte (Wister); Natasha Minkovsky (Mayfair); Cheryl Molle (Holmsburg); Denice Nicole Mooring (Fern Rock); James Robertson (University City); Charles Sherrouse (Oxford Circle East); and Kassie Stanford (Haddington). When you meet them, please thank these dedicated Green Party Representatives for the hours they spent educating voters and building support for our candidates.

The positive effect of having 17 Green Party Representaties can be seen in the tentative results at the polls. State-wide Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka received 48,341 votes, which was 0.8 percent. Of that total, 6,452 votes came from Philadelphia, which was one percent of the Philadelphia vote.
Down the PA ballot, Jay Sweeney, the Green Party candidate for auditor, received 154,019 votes, which was 2.7 percent of the total vote. Philadelphia’s own Kristin Combs, the Green Party candidate for treasurer, received 163,035 votes, which was 2.9 percent of the total vote.

The only way for the Green Party to become a major political party is for you to help. Please volunteer today become a Green Party Representative for the 2017 election cycle.

It is Good to be Green!
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
Membership[ Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

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“Evil of the Two Lessers”10.04.16


POSTED BY: GREEN PAPERS, OCTOBER 3, 2016

By Chris Robinson

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Evil-of-the-Two-Lessers-by-Chris-Robinson-Democratic_Democrats_Goldwater_Green-160927-925.html.

Permit me to offer a brief history lesson, which might convince some to see the world from a different perspective. The first election campaign I volunteered in was that of President Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964. I was then a student at Dickinson College, but I was not yet old enough to vote. During the half century since then, I have been an active participant in politics, and I have learned two interesting lessons, which I plan to share with you if you keep reading.

I can see now that I was a young fool in 1964, when I believed that Johnson was a peace candidate who would negotiate a settlement of the Vietnam War. He was running for president against Senator Barry Morris Goldwater (R-AZ), who claimed he would bomb Vietnam back to the Stone Age. There was no doubt in my mind which was the “lesser evil.” Upon winning the election, of course, Johnson proceeded to bomb Vietnam back to the Stone Age. I have never forgotten this lesson about “strategic voting,” also called the “Evil of the Two Lessers.”


I became an activist in Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and via that organization in the struggle to end the War in Vietnam. During that struggle, I learned a second lesson which would become useful: there is an American Ruling Class. Today it is known as “The One Percent.” It became evident to educated observers that, election after election, U.S. society continued on the same path, no matter which of the two evil parties would control Congress and the White House. Wars continued, prisons became more overcrowded, working people became poorer, and poor people became hungrier.

By way of example, when “peace” candidate James Earl Carter, Jr., won the presidency in 1976 after defeating President Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. (another “greater evil”), Carter took the peace dividend resulting from the end of the Vietnam War and invested it in a brand new nuclear arsenal (both submarine-launched and intercontinental ballistic missiles). Carter still tries to protect and project his image as a peace activist, while the whole world (outside the north American continent) knows who Carter still works for. After all, his nuclear arsenal still threatens the rest of the world.

Politically, there has been a consistent monopoly of power at the apex. The One Percent has seized control of the two major parties, and Democratic Party politicians have steadily and persistently promoted policies that have moved to the right. Just look at Democratic Party achievements: the destruction of the labor movement and the de-regulation of Wall Street, the Defense of Marriage Act, and an end to the safety net, welfare, as we knew it (President William Jefferson Clinton); a healthcare system dominated by finance capital and a billion dollar investment in a new nuclear arsenal (President Barak Hussein Obama, Jr.). Democrats have cooperated with Republicans in the exploitation of the Earth: protection of fossil fuel extraction with the most expensive military imaginable, and the repeated use of that military in undeclared oil wars in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Libya.

One item at a time, the Democratic Party has taken strips from the Republican Party’s political mantle, and stitched together for itself a new, conservative coat. To stay alive, the Republican Party has been forced further and further to the right and into the hands of a lunatic fringe. The Democratic Party is no longer the Party of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and it vigorously rejects any attempt (i.e. Bernard Sanders’) to return control to the grassroots.

For me, these were two important lessons: rejection of the Evil of the Two Lessers and understanding electoral politics as essential to the class struggle against The One Percent. The key question then became what to do with those two lessons.

Fortunately, the Green Party entered U.S. politics in 2000, running incorruptible Ralph Nader for President. Finally, we had a political party that stood for a grassroots platform, which had been unheard of in our country since 1945, the year I was born. Finally, there was a feminist, pacifist Party that had a plan for full employment at union wages, reparations for slavery, an end to climate change, redistribution of wealth from the One Percent, negotiation instead of intimidation, single-payer healthcare, legalization of marijuana and ending the drug war, and free public education through college graduation.

This year, The Evil of the Two Lessers has again become a rat race with Republicans and Democrats running in circles without resolving of any social problems. If you are searching for a political party which is not controlled by major corporations, it is time to look at the Green Party in your locale. Naturally, it will take some time for the Green Party to catch on, especially since it refuses corporate money. Perhaps it is time for you to vote for Jill Stein for President on Election Day. Perhaps it is time for you to join the Green Party and to run as a Green for local office in the 2017 election.
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Chris Robinson is the Membership Secretary of the Green Party of Philadelphia. For more information, please contact 215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org.
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Greens Urge Voters to Protest Debate09.19.16

Green Party urges widespread protest by voters against decision by the Commission on Presidential Debates to bar alternative-party nominees

http://www.gp.org/green_party_urges_widespread_protest

(WASHINGTON, DC) Green Party leaders are urging voters across the U.S. to express their anger in response to an announcement from the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) on Friday that alternative-party candidates would be barred from the debates. “Voters deserve the right to know about all the candidates who’ll be on the ballot on Election Day. The CPD has violated that right by rigging the debates. Americans should protest loudly and demand that control over the debates be taken away from the CPD,” said Dr. Cecile Lawrence, co-spokesperson for the Green Party’s National Women Caucus and 2010 candidate for U.S. Senator from New York.

Green presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein and running mate Ajamu Baraka have published a call for protest and civil disobedience at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island, the site of the first debate on Monday, September 26. “The debate rules aren’t meant to block ‘unviable’ candidates. They’re designed to stop alternative-party candidates from becoming viable,” said Julia Willebrand, co-spokesperson for the Green Party’s National Women Caucus and Green candidate for State Senate in New York’s District 31. “The CPD is not an impartial nonpartisan group. It’s controlled by Democratic and Republican Party leaders who want to keep the political field limited to their own parties and nominees. That’s a gross conflict of interest. The CPD shouldn’t be running the debates,” said Willebrand.

Greens said that any candidate with ballot lines in enough states to win, if enough voters voted for him or her, should be admitted to the debates. Based on this criterion, Stein and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and their running mates are qualified to participate in the debates. The Green Party will be on the ballot in 44 states and the District of Columbia, with voters in another three states able to write in Green candidates in the 2016 election. This number surpasses the previous Green high point in 2000, when nominee Ralph Nader appeared on the ballot in 43 states and the District.

“We invite all those who supported Bernie Sander’s political revolution during the primaries to join our demand for fair and open debates. Without Stein and Baraka, many ideas expressed by Sanders, like single-payer healthcare and restoring the Glass-Steagall Act, will be censored from the debates. No movement can survive if it participates in the silencing of its own agenda,” said Bahram Zandi, co-chair of the Green Party of the U.S.

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The Green Party is a Party for Working People09.05.16

By Jon Flanders, retired President and member of IAM Local Lodge 1145.

As Labor Day 2016 rolls around, workers in the U.S. face multiple attacks on their standard of living. Whether it is the threat of a trade agreement like the TPP which could nullify concessions wrung from corporations in a struggle, or cuts in pensions, increasingly unaffordable health insurance, stagnating wages and horrific environmental disasters, like the Baton Rouge floods. Everywhere a working person looks, menace looms.

This is not to say that there have not been victories. In some cities, advances have been made towards a $15 an hour minimum wage, and the Communication Workers of America (CWA) successfully pushed back Verizon in a hard fought strike. More working class movements like this are needed if the historic gains that were won in the great labor battles of the twentieth century are to be preserved in the twenty-first.

2016 is a presidential election year. The two major parties, who hold a virtual monopoly in the political field through links to their corporate masters, have managed to nominate two of the most unpopular candidates in most people’s memory. Their candidates roam the country, seeking votes from unhappy workers tired of empty promises for change and giving lip service to their demands. Both parties are counting on dislike for their opponent to convince reluctant voters to pull the lever for the “lesser evil.” What these candidates don’t do, is use their campaigns to build working class movements. Rather, they seek to divert activists from movement building into electoral campaigns.

Unlike most advanced capitalist countries, the working class of the U.S. does not have a party of its own. A party that is independent of the corporations that fund and dominate the Democrats and Republicans. Organized labor still finds itself in a futile struggle to get the Democratic Party to support its agenda.

There is, however, a pro-worker party on 41 state ballots in this year. The Green Party is a party that does not take corporate donations and takes the side of working people in their struggles for justice. The labor platform of the Campaign of Jill Stein for President and Ajamu Baraka for Vice President states the following:

“Jobs as a Right, and Key Support for Labor
“Create living-wage jobs for every American who needs work, replacing unemployment offices with employment offices. Government would be the employer of last resort, and the unemployed would have an enforceable right to make government provide work. Create direct public employment, as the Works Progress Administration did, in public services and public works for those who can’t find private employment.

“Advance workers’ rights to form unions, achieve workplace democracy, and keep a fair share of the wealth they create.

“Enact the Green Deal full-employment program to create 20 million green jobs in sustainable energy, mass transit, sustainable organic agriculture, clean manufacturing and improved infrastructure, as well as social work, teaching, health care, after-school and home care, drug rehabilitation and other service jobs.

“Provide grants and low-interest loans to green businesses and cooperatives, with an emphasis on small, locally-based companies that keep the wealth created by local labor circulating in the community, rather than being drained off to enrich absentee investors.

“Replace NAFTA and other corporate free-trade agreements that export American jobs, depress wages, and undermine the sovereign right of Americans and citizens of other countries to control their own economy and political choices. Enact fair-trade laws that benefits local workers and communities.

“Repeal the Taft-Hartley Act which banned secondary boycotts and permitted state “right-to-work” laws. Enact a federal just-cause law (to prohibit firing without just cause) and outlaw scabbing on striking workers.”

On this Labor Day the Green Party urges working people to break from the two-party duopoly and support the pro-worker candidates of the Green Party, Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka.

http://www.gp.org/the_green_party_is_a_party_for_working_people

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GPOPNEWS/conversations/messages/2165

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Green Party’s Jill Stein Picks Running Mate08.06.16

Green VP pick powerhouse of human rights and racial justice

By Dr. Jill Stein

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/290393-green-vp-pick-powerhouse-of-human-rights-and-racial

In looking for a vice-presidential running mate, I sought a candidate who embodies the principles of equity and social justice underpinning our campaign, and who could inspire the millions of disaffected voters hungering for an alternative. In Ajamu Baraka, I found that candidate. Ajamu brings to the table an unwavering commitment to human rights and the interests of the dispossessed and disenfranchised that has been the hallmark of a career spanning more than 40 years of advocacy and activism.

From his roots with the Voter Education Project and the Black Liberation movement in the 1960s and ‘70s and continuing with his groundbreaking work against the death penalty with Amnesty International and as founding director of the U.S. Human Rights Network, Ajamu has fought for social justice while challenging the stranglehold on power that economic and political elites have enjoyed for decades at the expense of the majority. That belief has been honed to a fine edge by experience, and the breadth of Ajamu’s experience at both the executive and grassroots levels. This makes him uniquely qualified to represent those who feel unrepresented in the political process. Among his qualifications: He has served on the boards of national and international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International (USA), the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Center for Human Rights Education, and the National Coalition for the Abolishment of the Death Penalty.

No stranger to public policy issues, he is also an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, D.C, and a regular contributor to media outlets such as CNN, the BBC, the Tavis Smiley Show, ABC’s World News Tonight, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Telemundo. In all of this, he eloquently challenges the triple threat to justice identified by Martin Luther King — racism, militarism and extreme materialism – in its many forms, domestic and international.

His candid, unflinching perspectives on American exceptionalism, warmongering, and sanctioned violence against communities in the U.S. have engaged and furthered the debate worldwide. His dedication, core values and vision for a better world have never been compromised by political expediency or a perceived need to soft pedal his frontline perspective for professional or personal gain. Those values include the baseline truth, made painfully obvious in recent years, that change cannot and will not come from the top and trickle down to the masses, but must instead originate with the people and in the communities most affected by the institutional and de facto barriers that obstruct their constitutionally guaranteed rights. As Ajamu says, “I have always worked to build autonomous political power among those most in need of change, because history clearly shows that it is only through their own agency that they can ensure their interests will be protected and advanced.”

Ajamu’s big-picture understanding will expand our effort to support and unify the many perspectives that have traditionally divided dissidents into separate camps despite their common foe – with an agenda that includes economic, social, environmental, racial, gender, indigenous and immigrant justice. “Injustice in any one arena bleeds into every other, ” he says. “You can’t fix the environment without addressing racial inequities or economic oppression. We must join forces and see that our particular interests dovetail with those of our neighbors even if the specifics may seem superficially unrelated.” Ajamu’s life’s work has embodied the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. I can think of no better choice to join me in this hour of unprecedented crisis, and I am therefore honored and excited that my running mate in the 2016 presidential election will be Ajamu Baraka: activist, writer, intellectual and organizer with a powerful voice, vision, and lifelong commitment to building the political revolution whose time has come.

Dr. Jill Stein is expected to be formally nominated as the Presidential candidate of the Green Party at their national convention in Houston on Saturday, August 6th.
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Jill Stein Wins GPOP Presidential Caucus04.17.16

Hello, GPOP News Member.

I think that we should all thank our Green Presidential Caucus Organizing Committee for doing a fantastic job. The committee of volunteers, which came together at the GPOP Membership Meeting on February 24, consisted of Hillary Kane, Galen Tyler, Charles Sherrouse, Vivek Anathan, and Belinda Davis. The Ethical Humanist Society provided internet connection and comfortable surroundings, and the organizing committee supplied more than enough food and drinks.

GPOP Chair Galen Tyler was the host. He welcomed everyone, including Olympia St. Augustine, a new Green Party member, who is also an activist against human speciesism.
GPOP Treasurer Hillary Kane led a discussion of “What it Means to be Green.” The members present offered ideas for one list of social problems which concern them, and a second list of Green Party solutions to those same problems.
Charles Sherrouse, member-at-large of the GPOP City Committee, explained the process of collecting signatures and submitting nomination papers to get Green Party candidates on the ballot for the General Election. It will require the effort of every member for our candidates to qualify this year. When you are ready to help, please contact me.

Then, GPOP Secretary Belinda Davis led the Philadelphia Presidential Caucus. Green Party members discussed the five candidates who were running to become the Green Party candidate for President. Many of those present had met Dr. Jill Stein, and spoke in favor of her candidacy. Hillary was the only member present who had met all five, and she answered questions from those needing more information. Eric Hamell, member-at-large of the GPOP City Committee, spoke in favor of Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, as a write-in candidate to demonstrate Green Party support for the organized labor movement.
Dr. Jill Stein won the secret ballot with 91 percent of the vote. The Philadelphia tally will be transmitted to the April 30 quarterly meeting of delegates to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) in Harrisburg, PA. The GPPA will then announce the combined total for Green Party caucuses in all counties state-wide.

Philadelphia Green Party members, who were not able to attend the 4/16 Philadelphia Caucus, are still eligible to participate in another caucus. The GPPA Caucus Information and Schedule shows that other counties will hold their caucuses on April 19, 23, 24, 28, and 30.

The next GPOP General Membership Meeting will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 27, at Liberty Choice Market, 1947 North Front Street (at Norris), in Kensington.
It is Good to be Green!
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

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Green Party Presidential Caucus, 4/1604.10.16

Green Party Presidential Caucus
Saturday, April 16
10:30 am
Ethical Humanist Society

1906 South Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA

215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) has scheduled a Presidential Caucus at 10:30 am sharp on Saturday, April 16, at the
Ethical Humanist Society,
1906 South Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia.

Every voter who is a registered Green Party member in Pennsylvania is invited to participate in the Green Party Presidential Caucus.

There are five presidential candidates who are seeking the Green Party nomination:
Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry,
Jill Stein,
Darryl Cherney,
William P. Kreml, and
Kent Mesplay.
For contact information, please see the candidates’ web sites or the Green Party’s Presidential Candidates page.
Other candidates may be nominated during the presidential caucus.
Green Party voters may also choose “no candidate” or “uncommitted.”

The Green Party Presidential Caucus will be open to everyone with no admission charge, but only registered Green Party voters will be permitted to vote.

For more information on the Green Party Presidential Caucus,
please contact 215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org.

Similar caucuses will be held in other counties of Pennsylvania. For a calendar of Green Party Presidential Caucuses, please visit.
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New Green Party Candidates02.21.16

GPOP EOW Group Report #6
February 9, 2016

Hello, GPOP Representative.

I hope that you will be able to attend the General Membership Meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 24. This will be an important meeting because you will be able to vote on our new GPOP City Committee (think “steering committee”). It will be important for us to elect activists to this leadership body. This election will be held at the Ethical Humanist Society.

Now I would like to bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #5, which you received on January 17.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
We are putting together a Green Party ballot, and I would like to know who you have asked to run for office in 2016 as a Green Party candidate. Please let me know. I received an email from Eric, the GPOP Representative in Ward 59, Division 21, who says he has approached several people about running for PA State Representative. Thank you, Eric.
I would appreciate hearing which people you have approached. If you would like to send a request to your neighborhood or movement lists, I will be happy to send you a copy of a sample email for you to use.
I telephoned Prof. Vera Cole, known as the “guru of solar energy” in PA. Vera tells me that she knows someone who might wish to run as a Green Party candidate. I am now awaiting the contact information.
I have also been in touch with a lawyer about running for Philadelphia District Attorney in 2017. More on this in Report #7.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Last weekend, I attended the Green Party of Pennsylvania annual convention, along with GPOP Representative Hillary (Ward 46, Division 10). We had a forum with four of the five Green Party candidates for president of the U.S.: Darryl Cherney, William Kreml, Kent Mesplay, Sedinam K.C.M. Curry and Jill Stein. The GPOP Presidential Caucus will take place on Wednesday, April 27, and you will receive an invitation to attend and to cast your ballot.
Our state Green Party then endorsed Cheri Honkala to be the Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania. There were several other endorsements, so we will have a significant ballot to present to the voters this year.
We have a new GPOP Representative, Bernadette, in Ward 21 (Roxborough). She is joining you and our other Representatives in Ward 12 (Wister); Ward 13 (Nicetown); Ward 46 (Cedar Park); Ward 59 (Germantown); and Ward 61 (Olney). We each have work to do in recruiting more GPOP Representatives. Please send me the contact information for any of your friends or neighbors who say they might be interested in volunteering for the Green Party in their home neighborhood.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
I have to admit that I have not worked very hard on this task because the others seemed to be so much more urgent. The Green Party still needs volunteers to help us with the following: website construction, email list, publicity and fundraising. Can you help with any of these projects? Do you have any of the required skills? If not, are you ready to learn these skills?

Please, please respond to this email and let me know what you would like to do to help us build the Green Party.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Election Operations Organizer
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP Representatives.” According to a motion approved by the GPOP membership on September 30, 2015, the EOW Group has three tasks: “recruiting Green Party candidates who will campaign for office; organizing people to work on those campaigns; and building an infrastructure that will be able to win electoral campaigns.”
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Planning the 2016 Campaign01.25.16

GPOP EOW Group Report #5
January 17, 2016

I hope that you are ready to go forward into the 2016 election cycle. I know that we will be successful in 2016 if we all take part. Please let me bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #4, (before the holidays).

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
I have just finished sending emails to my movement contacts asking for recommendations of possible candidates for PA State Representatives. I personally know organizers in the anti-drone warfare and peace movements, the anti-fracking and anti-nuclear-power movements, and the single-payer healthcare movement. Last fall, I asked each of these to recommend potential candidates to run on the Green Party ballot. I just sent a reminder to each movement list, explaining that the 2016 campaign has begun.
I would appreciate it if you would send a request to the movement lists on which you reside. I will be happy to send you a copy of a sample for you to use. Just let me know.
The Green Party of Pennsylvania is searching for a candidate to run for the U.S. Senate. They have not yet found a candidate, but they do have some funds in a campaign account awaiting this candidate.
The Green Party of the U.S. has just authorized the campaign of five candidates to be the Green Party nominee for president of the U.S. This means that Philadelphia will have a candidate for at least one office on the ballot, and our work will have significance in the 2016 General Election.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
I have contacted the volunteers from Green Party campaigns in 2015, 2012 and 2011, requesting their help. I will soon send an email to volunteers from 2010. When we eventually have candidates for office, this should be an easier pitch.
We now have the PA Election Calendar for 2016. GPOP Representatives will be able to begin collecting signatures on Green Party nomination papers on February 17. I hope to have more information for you in Report #6.
Right now, the important thing for each of us is to recruit more GPOP Representatives. Please send me the contact information for any of your friends or neighbors who might be interested.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
We need volunteers to help us with these tasks: website, email list, publicity and fundraising. Can you help with any of the above projects? Do you have any of the required skills? If not, are you ready to learn these skills?
Please, please respond to this email and let me know what you would like to do to help us build the Green Party.

It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
City Committee Member at Large
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP Representatives.” According to a motion approved by the GPOP membership on September 30, 2015, the EOW Group has three tasks: “recruiting Green Party candidates who will campaign for office; organizing people to work on those campaigns; and building an infrastructure that will be able to win electoral campaigns.”
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Green Presidential Nomination: 5 Candidates01.15.16

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Green Party Recognizes 5 Candidates for Presidential Nomination

Green Party of the United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States has recognized five candidates for the party’s presidential nomination. The presidential and vice-presidential nominees will be chosen at the 2016 Green Presidential Nominating Convention, which will take place in Houston, Texas, from August 4 to 7.

The five candidates are:
Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry,
Dr. Jill Stein,
Darryl Cherney,
William P. Kreml, and
Kent Mesplay.

For contact information, see the candidates’ web sites or the Green Party’s Presidential Candidates Page.

In the 2012 election, the Green Party had presidential ballot lines in 37 states including the District of Columbia, reaching 82% of voters. As of January 1, 2016, the Green Party is already on the ballot in 22 states, is actively petitioning in eight other states, and is aiming for ballot lines in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

As of December 30, the Green Party’s Presidential Campaign Support Committee determined that all five had sufficiently met the requirements to be officially recognized by the party. Requirements for recognition include evidence of support from at least 100 party members across the country, completion of a questionnaire stating the campaign’s main issues and strategy, and a pledge to appear on all available state Green Party ballot lines.

Green presidential contenders must also file with the FEC and meet fundraising milestones in order to maintain recognized status.

The requirements for recognition are meant to show a candidate’s level of campaign organization, campaign strategy, and positions on issues, and help the party determine which candidates are seriously seeking the nomination. The process helps state Green Parties decide which candidates to place before their members during the 2016 primaries and at statewide conventions and caucuses in preparation for the nominating convention. Each state Green Party has its own procedure for apportioning delegates.

The Green Party has demanded that Green presidential nominees be allowed to participate in post-nomination debates and is currently a plaintiff in two lawsuits against the Commission on Presidential Debates.

The Green nominees in previous presidential election years were Dr. Stein and Cheri Honkala (2012), Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente (2008), David Cobb and Pat LaMarche (2004), and Ralph Nader and Winona LaDuke (2000 and 1996).

MORE INFORMATION
Green Party of the United States, http://www.gp.org, 202-319-7191
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Call for Green Party Nominations01.15.16

We would like you to attend two important Green Party Meetings on Wednesday, January 27, and Wednesday, February 24th.

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) has a City Committee (like a steering committee) which was elected in 2015 for a one-year term of office. Nominations for the coming year are taking place right now. Won’t you consider nominating yourself or someone else?

The positions on the City Committee are:
Chair,
Treasurer,
Recording Secretary,
Membership Secretary, and
3 At-Large Members

Any registered Green may run for election to any of the seven positions listed above. Nomination of officers remains open for your convenience. If you would like to nominate yourself (or another Green) for the GPOP City Committee, please contact 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org. You can also make nominations in person at the January 27 meeting, which will take place at the Calvary Center for Culture and Community (CCCC), 801 South 48th Street (at Baltimore Avenue) in West Philadelphia. This meeting will also be a good time to meet current leaders, discuss issues of concern, and learn more about the expectations of City Committee members.

Voting on nominees will take place at the following General Membership Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 1901 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.

If you would like to help us build the Green Party, please contact me by telephone or by email. Otherwise, I look forward to talking with you in person at one or both of these meetings.

Hillary Kane, 267-971-3559
hillary.aisenstein@gmail.com
GPOP Treasurer
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