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GPOP Quarterly Report to GPPA04.23.16

Quarterly Report to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA)
April 16, 2016

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) has been very active since the last Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Delegate Meeting on February 6, 2016, in State College, PA. We geared up to begin nomination signature collection, held one fundraiser, and completed our Presidential Caucus. During this quarter, we have worked to find candidates for election in 2016 and to build a network of Green Party Representatives, our volunteers at the polls for future elections.

February 2016
GPOP posted a Quarterly Report to GPPA for the February Delegate Meeting covering the growth of the local Green Party since November 2015.
February 6. Ten GPOP members attended the GPPA Delegate Meeting. Two GPOP members were elected to the GPPA Steering Committee: Kristin Combs was elected chair of GPPA, and Hillary Kane was re-elected Secretary of GPPA.
February 9. GPOP City Committee Member Chris Robinson posted GPOP Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group Report #6, “New Green Party Candidates,” to GPOP Representatives who are working to build the party. This report covered the attempts to find Green Party candidates for 2016, and a candidate for the 2017 race for Philadelphia’s District Attorney.
February 24. GPOP held its monthly General Membership Meeting at Calvary Community Center in Cedar Park, Philadelphia. Thirteen members attended, and they elected a new GPOP City Committee for a one-year term. The members set up a Presidential Caucus Planning Committee with five volunteers and endorsed the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign’s March for Our Lives, which will take place on July 25 in Philadelphia. “Greens Elect New Philadelphia Leadership” by Chris Robinson, which includes a photo of the new City Committee, appeared in 10 publications.
February 28. GPOP Membership Secretary Chris Robinson posted GPOP EOW Group Report #7, “Nomination Petitioning Has Begun I,” to GPOP Representatives. This issue discussed (among many other items) our discussion with a lawyer who successfully sued the District Attorney’s office over job discrimination. Unfortunately, she is not yet ready to become politically active.

March 2016
March 12. Hillary Kane arranged a Green Night Out presentation by two organizers from Project Safe. “Sex and Public Policy at Green Night Out” by Chris Robinson, appeared in ten on-line publications.
March 14. GPOP Membership Secretary Chris Robinson posted GPOP EOW Group Report #8, “Nomination Petitioning Has Begun II,” to GPOP Representatives. This issue announced the GPOP Presidential Caucus. It also explained that all GPOP Representatives have received nomination petitions along with a two-sided flyer, “2016 Petitioning Instructions/Petitioning Made Easy.” GPOP is now actively searching for a member to represent us on the GP U.S. Media Committee.
March 23. Twelve people attended the GPOP Monthly Membership Meeting at Roma’s Pizza in Roxborough. The Presidential Caucus Planning Committee reported that everything was ready for the Philadelphia Green Party Presidential Caucus. The membership also endorsed an effort to organize around affordable housing.
March 28. GPOP Membership Secretary Chris Robinson posted GPOP EOW Group Report #9, “Volunteer at Your Primary Election Polling Place,” to GPOP Representatives. This issue explained the important role played by signature collection on Primary Election Day, April 26. This year, GPOP will have more Green Party Representatives volunteering at the polls than ever before. Three GPOP Representatives have begun calling newly registered Greens, and the results have been reasonably good. More telephone volunteers would be helpful.

April 2016
April 11. GPOP Membership Secretary Chris Robinson posted GPOP EOW Group Report #10, “Please Attend May Day and Mount Airy Day,” to GPOP Representatives. This issue urged GPOP Representatives to attend two events, which are happening the week following Primary Election Day. It also explained that the GPOP EOW Group has sent follow-up emails to activists who might have run for office on the 2016 Green Party ballot. We contacted activists in movements for single-payer healthcare, renewable energy, peace actions, and ending mass incarceration. Unfortunately, the deadline, March 28, has passed, and we are now searching for people to run for office in future years.
April 16. Eleven members attended the GPOP Presidential Caucus at the Ethical Humanist Society. Following a discussion of “What It Means To Be Green,” a secret ballot was conducted. Jill Stein received 10 votes, and Richard Trumka received one write-in vote.

Movement Connections
February 17. Chris Robinson represented the Green Party at the meeting of Philadelphia Area Anti-Drone Network (PAADN) at the Friends Center.
March 26. Three Philadelphia Greens attended the “Ignite Peace” vigil against the new Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA.
April 2. A dozen GPOP members attended the beef ‘n’ beer fundraiser for the 2016 May Day Celebration. This event was held at the SEIU Union Hall. Vivek Ananthan was the GPOP representative on the May Day Steering Committee.
During this quarter, Belinda Davis has been the GPOP delegate to March for Our Lives, which will take place near the Democratic Party National Convention on July 25.
Belinda also represented GPOP at a Caucus of Working Educators (CWE) event.
Charles Sherrouse represented GPOP at a new voter registration/education forum at Esperanza College, and at a DSA forum on building a socialist movement beyond Bernie.

Submitted by
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)

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GPOP Quarterly Report to PA Green Party, 1/29/’1601.29.16

Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Quarterly Report to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA),
January 29, 2016

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) has been less active since the last Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Delegate Meeting on November 21, 2015, in Harrisburg, PA. This is part of our, regular post-election breather. During the last quarter, we have worked to find candidates for election in 2016 and to build a network of Green Party Representatives, our volunteers at the polls for future elections.

November 2015 (continued)
November 15, GPOP posted a Quarterly Report to GPPA covering the growth of the local Green Party since September 19, 2015.
November 16, GPOP City Committee Member Chris Robinson posted GPOP Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group Report #3, “Municipal Election Summary Part 1,” to GPOP members. This report covered the comments submitted by poll workers who volunteered for Kristin Combs campaign for Philadelphia City Council.
November 25, the monthly GPOP General Membership Meeting was postponed because the date conflicted with Thanksgiving.

December 2015
December 2, the postponed GPOP Membership Meeting was held at Liberty Choice Market in Kensington. Quorum was not achieved at this last-scheduled meeting of 2015.
December 4, GPOP City Committee Member Chris Robinson posted “Municipal Election Summary Part 2, Volunteers Necessary for Electoral Success”, traced the importance of volunteers to Green Party growth from 2007 through 2015. It was written to assist GPOP Representatives in recruiting volunteers at the polls during 2016.
December 13, GPOP posted the Pennsylvania State Election Calendar to its members.
December 14, GPOP City Committee Member Chris Robinson posted “Green Party Post-Election Progress,” GPOP EOW Group Report #4, to GPOP members. This report covered our three-part plan for post-election progress in building the Green Party.

January 2016
January 14, GPOP Treasurer Hillary Kane posted a call for nominations to GPOP members. This call explained the GPOP election process for public office and for the GPOP City Committee (local leadership).
January 17, GPOP City Committee Member Chris Robinson posted “Planning the 2016 Campaign,” GPOP Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group Report #5, to Green Party Representatives.
January 27, the GPOP General Membership Meeting was held at Calvary Community Center in Cedar Park, West Philadelphia. This was GPOP’s annual nominations meeting. Ten members attended, and they nominated seven people to fill the seven offices on the GPOP City Committee. Nominations will remain open until the GPOP Election Meeting on February 24. Unofficial notes from this meeting may be found here.
January 29, GPOP posted a Quarterly Report to GPPA, covering the growth of the local Green Party since November 21, 2015.

Movement Connections
GPOP Membership Secretary Eric Hamell has been trained as a patient escort for Planned Parenthood. He volunteers for four hours each month.
November 18, three GPOP Members attended a meeting of the Philadelphia Area Anti-Drone Network (PAADN) at the Friends Center.
November 28, two Philadelphia Greens attended the “End Drone War and Terror” vigil against the new Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA.
December 16, two GPOP Members attended a meeting of the Philadelphia Area Anti-Drone Network (PAADN) at the Friends Center.
December 17, GPOP Membership Secretary Eric Hamell attended a rally on International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers in Love Park, Philadelphia.
December 26, three Philadelphia Greens attended the “Ignite Peace” vigil against the new Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA.
In Late December, GPOP Chair Glenn Davis attended the evidentiary hearing on unconstitutional treatment of Mumia Abu Jamal at the U.S. District Court in Scranton, PA.
Submitted in solidarity by
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
City Committee Member at Large
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
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GPOP quarterly report to GPPA, Nov. 1511.15.15


Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Quarterly Report to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA)
November 15, 2015

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The Green Party of Philadelphia has been very active since the last Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Delegate Meeting on September 19, 2015, in Harrisburg, PA. We have focused our efforts on staffing the polls for Kristin Combs’ campaign for Philadelphia City Council and on finding candidates to run for PA State office in 2016.

September 2015 (continued)
On September 30, the GPOP General Membership Meeting was held at Calvary Center for Culture and Community in Cedar Park, West Philadelphia. It was attended by 11 members and friends. Those present heard an account of the GPPA Quarterly Meeting in Harrisburg on 9/11. Kristin Combs gave a report on her campaign via telephone. The membership then approved an Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group, which will have three functions: “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.”

October 2015
On October 4, a news release, “Green Party Looking for Political Candidates,” was posted to the media. This news release appeared in: Green Party of the U.S. website under State and Local News; The Independent Voice, October 5; Lehigh Valley Vanguard, October 5, 2015; Philadelphia Free Press, October 6, 2015; and Philadelphia Public Record, October 8, 2015, pages 15, 21.

On October 5, the GPOP EOW Group posted Report #1 to the membership. Report #1 summarized the preparatory work, which had been done prior to the GPOP Membership Meeting on 9/30. It also asked for GPOP members to volunteer for the EOW Group.

On October 10, Hillary Kane organized GPOP’s GREEN NIGHT OUT at Sang Kee Peking Duck House in Chinatown, Philadelphia. Guest of honor (and Green Party candidate for City Council) Kristin Combs discussed her campaign with the 13 people who attended.

On October 12, a news release, “City Council Candidate Kristin Combs Speaks at Green Night Out,” was posted to the media. This news release appeared in: OpEdNews, October 12, 2015; Philadelphia Free Press, October 13, 2015; Northwest Greens email list, October 13, 2015; GPOP NEWS, email list of Green Party of Philadelphia, October 13, 2015; Pennsylvania State News, October 13, 2015; Green Party of Pennsylvania, Facebook, October 13, 2015; and Green Party of the U.S. website under State and Local News, October 14, 2015.

On October 18, the GPOP EOW Group posted Report #2 to the membership. Report #2 described the activity which had taken place following the GPOP Membership Meeting on 9/30.

On October 28, the GPOP General Membership Meeting was held at Roma’s Pizza, in Roxborough, Philadelphia. It was attended by nine members. Members heard a report from Kristin Combs and from Belinda Davis, Kristin’s volunteer coordinator. Hillary Kane said that the next Green Night Out would be postponed until 2016. The GPOP City Committee is planning a 15th Anniversary Party for GPOP in the spring of 2016.

November 2015
On November 3, GPOP members worked the polls for Kristin Combs’ campaign for Philadelphia Council. Final figures for this election are not yet available, but public estimates put Kristin’s total at more than 11,100 votes. While this was not enough to earn Kristin a seat on City Council, it was the largest total in history for any Green Party candidate in any Philadelphia city-wide election.

The November GPOP General Membership Meeting was postponed until December 2 because it conflicted with a national celebration of Euro-Imperialism.

Movement Connections
During October and November, GPOP members were active within the Philadelphia Area Anti-Drone Network (meetings on 9/16 and 10/21). Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller, Lawrence Geller, Evelyn Haas, Eric Hamell, Chris Robinson and Bob Smith attended demonstrations (9/26 and 10/31) against the new Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA. It was good to see Greens from Lancaster County there as well.
On October 13, Glenn Davis and Julian Robinson attended the Ferguson to Philly planning meeting at the Friends Center.
On October 22, Eric Hamell attended the Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks pot-luck social for Kristin Combs, the GPOP candidate for City Council.
On October 24, GPOP members marched in Spiral Q’s Peoplehood Parade. GPOP was a Peoplehood Partner.
On November 10, Glenn Davis participated in the national Fight for $15/hour demonstration. A photo of the demonstration in Philadelphia can be found here.
In solidarity,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
City Committee Member at Large
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
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GPOP Quarterly Report to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA), September 15, 201509.15.15

The Green Party of Philadelphia has been very active since the last Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Delegate Meeting on May 30, 2015, in Swarthmore, PA. We have focused our efforts on getting two GPOP candidates on the ballot for the General Election on November 3.

During this period GPOP members were active within the Philadelphia Area Anti-Drone Network and attended all of the demonstrations against the new Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA. GPOP members were also active within DecarceratePA, the Philadelphia Unemployment Project and the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.

June 2015
On June 9, GPOP posted a news release entitled, “Green Party ideas for the Next Mayor of Philadelphia.”

On June 24, the GPOP General Membership Meeting was attended by seven people. Most of the discussion concerned building our petition campaign with only one month to go. The minutes from this meeting can be found here.

From June 25 through June 28, U.S. Social Forum took place in Philadelphia. Ten GPOP members were active, and even more attended workshops. A video report can be found here.

On June 27, a Green Night Out fundraiser for GPOP was successful. Twenty five people feasted upon Chinese food while conversing via Skype with Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for President of the U.S. in 2012.

July 2015
From July 23 through July 27, GPOP members participated in the Green Party U.S. Annual National Meeting (ANM) in Saint Louis, MO. Eight GPOP members attended, including ANM Coordinator Hillary Kane.

On July 29, the GPOP General Membership Meeting drew 16 people to have their nomination papers notarized. Kristin Combs reported that she had endorsements from the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Bulk Mail Local and from American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 33. Hillary Kane reported on the GPUS Annual National Meeting, including their hope for greater Green Party involvement in the peace movement. Chris Robinson reported on his call for the formation of a GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group. The minutes from this meeting can be found here.

August 2015
On August 3, GPOP members Kristin Combs and Glenn Davis submitted their nomination papers. Kristin Combs is running for Philadelphia City Council Member at Large, and Glenn Davis is running for Philadelphia City Commissioner. Kristin’s nomination was unchallenged.

Glenn Davis’ nomination was challenged by the Republican Party. At a hearing on August 17, a judge ruled that Glenn did not have enough valid signatures. Carl Romanelli and a lawyer from GPPA represented Glenn based upon CPPA vs. Aichele. It is not clear if GPPA has appealed this decision or if GPPA has decided that CPPA vs. Aichele was not relevant. [See: http://www.gp.org/state-and-local-news/1454-green-party-nominee-for-philadelphia-city-office-removed-from-november-2015-ballot.]

On August 19, Chris Robinson attended a meeting of Philadelphia Area Anti-Drone Network and proposed that a member of the peace movement run for PA State Representative on the Green Party ticket in 2016. Chris explained to the network delegates that the Green Party is solidly against drone warfare, and that the only presidential candidate against drone warfare in 2014 was the Green Party’s Jill Stein.

GPOP does not hold a General Membership meeting during August.

September 2015
On September 7, eight GPOP members joined Kristin Combs at the Philadelphia Labor Day Parade to publicize her campaign for City Council.

On September 10, the GPOP City Committee endorsed a Call for an Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group, which was initiated by Chris Robinson on July 27. If approved by GPOP’s membership, the EOW Group will have 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.

On September 11, Chris Robinson attended the monthly meeting of Food and Water Watch. He asked the activists present to spread the word that the Green Party is searching for a candidate who will run for PA State Representative on an anti-fracking slate. Chris explained that the Green Party is the only political party opposed to fracking, and that our opposition dates back to 2008 when Democratic Party Governor Edward G. Rendell initiated fracking in PA.

I hope that other Green Party chapters will let members of GPOP know of their events by posting to our discussion list. Only members may post, but that is not difficult if you follow the east directions under “Join Group.”

In solidarity,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
City Committee Member at Large
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
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GPOP Quarterly Report to GPPA, May 16, 201505.16.15

The Green Party of Philadelphia has been very active since the last Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Delegate Meeting on March 21, 2015, in State College, PA. We have focused our efforts on outreach to Philadelphia’s voters and on collecting nomination signatures for our two local candidates.
From March 21 through March 25, GPOP members participated in the Voters March across Philadelphia to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Voters March in Selma, AL. This event was organized by Green Party candidate Glenn Davis and endorsed by GPOP.

On March 25, 13 people attended the GPOP General Membership Meeting. They elected delegates to GPPA for one-year terms. Those delegates will be Kristin Combs, Alex Gillett, Eric Hamell, Hillary Kane, Chris Robinson and Galen Tyler. Richard Kane was elected to be an alternate delegate. Chris Robinson reported the results of this election to the GPPA Chair. Minutes of this meeting can be found here, http://www.gpop.org/news/?cat=17.

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