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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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Greens to Meet, 1/2501.23.17


Wednesday, January 25
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Roxborough Read & Eat
6156 Ridge Ave
Roxborough, Philadelphia
(Easily accessible via SEPTA 9 or 27 Bus.)

Please RSVP to Facebook.

Venue is wheelchair accessible.
More information from 215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org

Please join us for our City Committee nominations.
Any registered Green may run.
Any registered Green may vote.

Let’s talk and decide what you can do!

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

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Minutes, General Membership Meeting, 11/3012.06.16

General Membership Meeting, Minutes
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
November 30, 2016

Held at A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia.

Present: Galen Tyler, Taj McGruder, Jerrod Anderson, Amanda Joachim, Olivia Faison, Kevin Bellardine, Andy Cook, Sheila Ptah, Assantewaa Nkrumah-Ture, Martha O’Connell, Willem Foster, Tremaine Lewis, Kentu Malik, Belinda Davis, Hillary Kane, Eric Hamell, Margaret Neary, Mike “Georgy” Georgeson, James Robertson, Murielle McCarthy, Scott McCarthy, Jake Biando, Anne Johnson, Ian McShea, Seth, Chris Robinson, Ernest Schulte, Alex Gillett, Jeff Stanley, Emily Wyner, Charles Sherrouse, Mark Heacock, and Charles Neary

There were no additions or amendments to the agenda. All present introduced themselves.

Announcements included the following:
–Provisional screening of the documentary The Red Pill on 12/8; sign up at tugg.com by 6:30 p.m. on 12/1, to make it happen
–Meeting of the PHL Solidarity Committee, Sat. 12/3, 1-3 p.m., Arch St. United Methodist Church, https://www.facebook.com/PHLSolidarityForum/
–Tentative end-of-year event for GPOP; keep your eyes out for specifics, and contact Belinda, bedavis@rutgers.edu, if you would like to help plan something.
–Internal elections for GPOP City Committee (chair, treasurer, membership secretary, recording secretary, and three at-large positions) to take place (as every year) over the two monthly membership meetings on January 25 and February 22, 2017; details to follow, via the listserv and social media
–Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) quarterly meeting in Harrisburg, 1/28 – 29/’17; details to follow

Discussion of electoral politics.
Chris Robinson gave a report on the Electoral Operations Working Group, which currently consists of 19 people. This group helps get Greens out to polling sites on (and before) elections, to distribute literature, etc. They also seek out members interested in running for electoral office. For 2017, this will include city comptroller, district attorney, and also inspectors of election, for which we currently have an elected Green in one set of divisions.
Sheila Ptah indicated interest in running as comptroller; Olivia Faison likewise as an inspector of election.
We also discussed possibilities for the development of a party apparatus of neighborhood leaders (something like “ward leaders”).
Green Party candidates won enough votes in Pennsylvania in the November election to regain state ballot access. This means “Green” will appear as a choice for party affiliation on voter registration forms (electronic and ultimately also paper). Greens can also run in special elections without an onerous burden of signatures.

Hillary Kane noted: when registering as Green on paper voter registration forms, where the choice is still only to write it in, it is very important to write just “Green” and not “Green Party”!
Andy Cook observed that it was far more politically significant to register as “Green” rather than as “Independent.” Olivia emphasized that it would be well worth figuring out how to audit elections more broadly, even beyond the Stein/Baraka campaign’s current presidential recount effort. Ian observed the usefulness of the Committee of 70, including in terms of familiarizing ourselves with our own wards.

Moving beyond electoral politics.
The main topic of the evening. Ian McShea proposed the establishment of an Organizing Working Group; Andy Cook, Amanda Joachim, Galen Tyler, and Belinda Davis registered their interest. Others interested should please contact Ian (ianmcshea-at-gmail.com) at their earliest convenience. Assantewaa suggested that the Trump election should act as a call for social justice advocates to be that much more engaged in politics, not just at election time, and that we ourselves need to move on this, on a range of local issues.

Galen and Hillary noted the value of having a short-, medium-, and longer-term “game plan”—and of working to prevent burn-out. James Robertson suggested there could be use in a strategic analysis, assessing the work of GPOP in the recent past, to determine what has worked more and less well. All agreed on the principles of working where people were, on what people were concerned about. There was also wide support for the idea of coalitioning with other active groups (such as Reclaim Philly, the Solidarity Forum, DecarceratePA, Friends of the Wissahickon, etc., etc.), with individuals acting as liaisons between GPOP and other groups; with getting out to others’ activities as well as planning our own (also with other groups); of “being seen being Green”; and of taking the stance of learning from other groups, as well as offering our own experience. Specific issues mentioned included protest alongside 350.org against the natural gas plant proposed for Nicetown; replacement of the School Reform Commission (SRC); and removal of children from their homes effectively because of their parents’/caregivers’ poverty; and other still more local issues.

Primary importance of outreach.
James addressed pre-election activities of the Outreach Working Group (including a park clean-up, BBQs, flyering), and emphasized the need for updated GPOP literature. Assantewaa noted the value of having literature in Spanish as well as English, and possibly in other languages. Ian and Willem both noted their Spanish language abilities. Georgy Georgeson pointed out the importance of focusing on non-voters: those who have given up on what they perceive to be the limits of political expression and choices. Olivia mentioned participating in neighborhood block parties as one means to get out the word. Sheila suggested putting lawn signs up now, precisely with the election over, and also the importance of “tabling,” and otherwise making oneself available to answer questions about being Green.
Galen said that, for Greens to be strong in Philadelphia, they have to look like Philadelphia. He noted that many of those present came from northwest Philly (e.g. Germantown), and suggested that that could be one good place to start.

Taj Magruder offered to found a Communications Working Group, which would also work on explaining the party and its activities to people of different identities (ethnic, class, gender, sexual, religious, etc.). Please contact Taj Magruder, if you are interested: tcm5116-at-gmail.com. He spoke of the importance of developing our social media presence (as well as reaching those not on social media).
Murielle reinforced the usefulness of developing various “scripts,” and suggested the usefulness of trainings to approach different audiences — including former Bernie Sanders supporters. This included some of those present, Emily Wyner reminded us, who are still seeking more information to make their decisions, and suggested we try working with focus groups.

We reviewed the Greens’ international Four Pillars (Ecological Wisdom, Social Justice, Grassroots Democracy, and Nonviolence), and the U.S. Greens’ additional six (Decentralization, Community-Based Economics, Feminism, Respect for Diversity, Personal and Global Responsibility, and Future Focus/Sustainability), totaling Ten Key Values. These are also listed on the little information cards that Alia Rahman has developed for GPOP, some of which were distributed at the meeting. Belinda also has more; contact her at bedavis-at-rutgers.edu, if you want some right away.

The discussion closed with an emphasis on the importance of moving ahead quickly now, without losing momentum (while also trying not to burn out!). Mark Heacock, who reported on the strong turnout at recent Green meetings in New Jersey, suggested that this was a primary concern also for those Greens.

Hillary Kane gave the treasurer’s report, noting a current balance of $1456.46 in our account. Over $160 was then collected at the meeting.

Respectfully submitted,
Belinda Davis, GPOP Recording Secretary
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Greens to Meet, 10/26, 7:00 pm10.17.16

Greens to Meet
Wednesday, October 26,
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Roxborough Read & Eat
6156 Ridge Ave
Roxborough, Philadelphia
(Easily accessible via SEPTA 9 or 27 Bus)
More information from 215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org

Please join us to plan for
The Green Party Election Day Presence at the Polls.

Let’s talk and decide what you can do!

We look forward to your participation.
This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge.
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grassroots democracy – social justice – nonviolence – ecological wisdom
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Minutes, General Membership Meeting, 9/2810.09.16

Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
General Membership Meeting, September 28, 2016

Held at Liberty Choice Market, 1947 North Front Street
Kensington, Philadelphia

Meeting Minutes
1.INTRODUCTIONS
PRESENT:
Vivek Ananthan, Mike Georgeson, Alex Gilette, Eric Hamell (GPOP City Committee Member at Large), Hillary Kane (GPOP Treasurer), Mohammed Myers, James Robertson, Chris Robinson (GPOP Membership Secretary), Ernest Schulte, Charles Sherrouse (GPOP City Committee Member at Large), Kassie Stanford, Galen Tyler (GPOP Chair). Galen brought with two friends, Jamal and Larry, who did not sign in. There were also three Temple University journalism students, who attended on assignment, Larry Puchalski, Michaela Althouse and Greta Anderson. GPOP City Committee Member at Large Julian Robinson was absent without excuse.
MINUTES: Minutes were taken by Chris Robinson because of the excused absence of Recording Secretary Belinda Davis. Chris sent a draft copy to those present (above list) requesting additions and corrections. Additions were submitted by Hillary (see below).

2.ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA (none)

3.JILL STEIN CAMPAIGN UPDATE
Galen spoke about the 9/26 Hofstra University Protest, aka “Occupy the Debate.” The crowd turnout was smaller than expected, and 24 people were arrested for civil disobedience.
Chris reported that we now have 24 poll workers who have signed on as Green Party Representatives. This is four times as many as we had in 2015, and the number is still growing. Representatives have already distributed Jill Stein literature in six of those divisions, and they will distribute door-to-door in four more over the coming weekend. Galen said that Cheri Honkala would volunteer to work the polls, and she would like to stuff doors in her division on October 30. Following the meeting, Kassie volunteered to work the polls where she votes.

4.OUTREACH REPORT
James described some of the problems he has had trying to organize ex-Sandernistas. It has been a serious problem because there is no Jill Stein Campaign in Philadelphia. James’ organization is planning to invite Jill Stein to Philadelphia during the first week in November, and they are working with her national campaign to come up with a good date. James appealed for help from the Green Party in building publicity for Jill Stein for President.

5.GREEN ACTIVISM BEYOND THE BALLOT
Chris explained that Mohammed had made a presentation to the GPOP City Committee on 9/14, which was approved by all present. Mohammed had been invited to make that presentation to the GPOP membership at this meeting.
Mohammed then spoke about the importance of Green Party members being present in the neighborhoods – beyond their electoral work. He said that in many African American neighborhoods, people had never heard of the Green Party and had no idea what it stood for. Mohammed, himself, is impressed by the Green Party’s history of standing for justice and ending oppression of minority communities. He said that the Green Party must focus on politicization of oppressed people because it will build Green Party name recognition and enlist new members.
Green members agreed with Mohammed’s analysis, and one member suggested that we work on his ideas following the General Election. Mohammed objected to this, saying that the time to become present in the neighborhoods is right now.
Galen then spoke to some of Mohammed’s concerns. Galen recently met with Concerned Black Men of Philadelphia, and had a good discussion with them. Often, Galen has run into the problem of “gatekeepers” who are working for the Democrats and who close the door, shutting out Green Party representatives.

6.GPPA STATE MEETING, 10/22
Hillary reported that Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) delegates will meet at Gettysburg College on 10/22. She said it is important that all GPOP delegates make plans to attend. [Hillary added, “We will vote on approving a new logo for GPPA, which sounds small but is very important. Without an approved new logo, we have been unable to print new literature. The last meeting did not have quorum so we were unable to officially approve a design that almost everyone approves of. We also expect a good turnout from new people from more ‘far flung’ areas of the state that have been energized by the Stein campaign and want to get a new Green Party local organized in their county. We should have a strong showing of support for these new organizing efforts. Finally, we will be discussing plans for recruiting local candidates in 2017 (in addition to reports on current races).”]

7.TREASURER’S REPORT
Hillary reported that GPOP has $1,400.00. She said that we have still not paid our share to Patrick Doyle for his work on the 7/25 Power to the People rally at the Democratic Party’s National Convention (DNC). Chris moved that we reimburse Patrick for any supplies he can document (with invoices) up to $250.00. This motion was pass by consensus.

Respectfully submitted for your consideration by Chris Robinson.
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GPOP Membership Meeting, 9/28, 7:00 pm08.27.16

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA
Membership Meeting

Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 pm

Greens will gather to plan outreach for the Jill Stein Campaign for President.

Greens will also refine their strategy for representation at the polls during the General Election.

Please join us. This meeting is open to the public.

There will be no admission charge (a free-will offering will be accepted).

Liberty Choice Market
(second floor)
1947 North Front Street
(at Norris)
Kensington, Philadelphia

For more information: 215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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No minutes from 8/24 Picnic/Pot-luck08.26.16

Hello, GPOP News Member.
We had an excellent turnout for our Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Picnic/Pot-luck on Wednesday in Clark Park. We all had a chance to talk politics with many new people: 25 attended, including 6 members of GPOP News.
This event took the place of the August GPOP General Membership Meeting, and our next meeting will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 28 (location to be announced shortly).

Our action on the Jill Stein Campaign for President will begin after Labor Day, and you will be notified so that you can volunteer. There will also an Outreach Working Group meeting during September. If you would like to take a leadership role in our work for Jill Stein, I hope that you will join us then.
Of course, there will be no minutes posted to GPOP News from our Clark Park picnic, but I urge those of you who are not yet members of GPOP News to visit this link, and to follow the easy directions under “JOIN THIS GROUP.” You will then receive GPOP announcements more promptly.

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

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Minutes, GPOP Membership Meeting, 7/20/’1607.31.16

GPOP Membership Meeting, 7-20-2016, 7 p.m.
Calvary Center for Culture and Community, 815 South 48th Street, Philadelphia
Meeting Minutes

Present: Alia Rahman, Yakov Kronrod, Chris Diaz, Hillary Kane, Ernst Schulte, Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture, Chris Robinson, Royce Adams, Patrick Doyle, Charles Sherrouse, Belinda Davis (Chair Galen Tyler was unable to attend because of preparation for the coming march, rally, Stein campaign contingent, etc.)

Introductions, and a welcome to newcomers.

Announcements included:
–Reminder of the national Green Party convention in Houston, 8/4-8/7.
–There will be an Ignite Peace anti-drone demonstration (endorsed by GPOP) on 7/30 in Horsham, at the PA Air Guard Station.

Outreach Working Group
A new outreach working group has been formed, so far including Chris D., Galen, Alia, Chris R., Yakov, and Vivek. The group is committed to neighborhood-based, long-term recruitment, engagement, and maintenance of new members. Minutes of the subcommittee meetings can be found on GoogleDocs; the link can be shared with interested GPOP members. Members voted to formally approve the working group, whose members will speak on behalf of the party. It was determined that, in lieu of an August monthly membership meeting, which we often let fall in any case, we will have a potluck recruiting event on 8/24. It will take place in Clark Park; rain location will be Hillary’s house (5031 Catherine).

March 4 Our Lives & Power to the People Rally, 7/25
Patrick presented to the assembled his vision of a spectacle for both, offering at once a means of keeping participants engaged and unified and an excellent photo op for the media. This will be done through the scale and height brought to the march via great flags and signs on high poles. These, along with some of the megaphones purchased for the march, will also remain useful for GPOP in the future. We discussed how to manage with a deficiency of volunteers. Greens from around the country will arrive at the march early (1:30-2) to take the flags and signs, also to lead chants.
For the rally itself, we still have a list of needed items, which has been posted to GPOP listservs. Alia also sought GPOP members to call those who have signed up online to work with the Stein campaign to volunteer at the rally. She encouraged everyone who could to bring GoPros and other action cams, to record events at the march and rally, important in the case of any police improprieties. Chris R. will bring the GPOP banner for the table at the rally. Alia will have GPUS/GPOP cards made up to distribute at the rally, along with the sale of t-shirts she has designed and had made (to benefit GPOP) and the Stein campaign’s own merchandise.

GPPA Delegate Meeting, 7/24
Hillary announced that GPPA quarterly state meeting, on 7/24, will take place at Penn Newman Center, 37th and Chestnut. Attendees should come at 10:30, and also bring all petitions (whether fully or partially completed, and signed by the signature collector as required on the back) to submit. The single piece of business at the meeting will begin at 11:00, which is a vote on a new state logo. The assembled will then continue on to join in the Clean Energy climate march, where Greens will march in the anti-TPP contingent, led by Margaret Flowers.
As to petitioning: it appears that we are virtually set in terms of signatures needed to get Jill Stein on the ballot in PA, with 200-300% of the needed 5,000 signatures, Hillary reported.
Further discussion of the final months of the presidential campaign was tabled, though members will continue to work closely on publicity and events.

Treasurer’s Report
Hillary distributed a detailed financial report, showing a current balance of $1367.49. She suggested that we could waive discussion of financial support for Galen’s flight to the national meeting because it appears there will be national underwriting. Members approved expenditure of up to $300 for the informational cards that we will distribute at the rally and elsewhere.

Respectfully submitted by Belinda Davis, GPOP Recording Secretary on July 27.
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Greens to Meet, 7/20, 7:00 pm07.10.16

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA

Membership Meeting
Wednesday, July 20, 7:00 pm

PREPARE FOR THE DNC IN PHILLY
and
TURN IN YOUR NOMINATION PAPERS
for
Dr. Jill Stein for President.

Calvary Center for Culture and Community
801 South 48th Street (at Baltimore Avenue)
Cedar Park, West Philadelphia
(Easily accessible via SEPTA 34 Trolley)

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

For more information:
215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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Greens to Meet, 6/22, 7:00 pm06.12.16

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA
Membership Meeting

Wednesday, June 22, 7:00 pm

Greens will gather to hear news of the campaign to get our candidates on the PA ballot.

Greens will also discuss the March for Our Lives on opening day at the DNC.

A good time to turn in your signed nomination papers.

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

Jill Stein for President Campaign Headquarters
1301 West Porter Street
(Oregon Stop on Broad Street Line)
Philadelphia, PA 19148

For more information:
215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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Minutes, General Membership Meeting, 5/25/’1606.10.16

Green Party of Philadelphia
Minutes, General Member Meeting, 5/25, 7:00 pm
Alma Mater, 7165 Germantown Avenue, Mount Airy, Philadelphia

Introductions: Galen Tyler, Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller, Bob Smith, Wolfgang Natter, Alex Gillett, Teddy Clark, Ernest Schulte, Hillary Kane, and Belinda Davis

Outreach: The group discussed different forms of recruitment, from dedicated meetings, to seeing what particular neighborhoods are looking for/meeting people where they are, to what else we can do between meetings. Bernadette Marie spoke to the importance of personal contact, especially by phone; also walking door-to-door, for which we need more brochures. Hillary mentioned the difficulty of keeping people coming after the first meeting, especially as the locations change. Additional suggestions included events that GPOP sponsors and other opportunities to engage besides meetings to help involve people. It was suggested we keep better track of what individuals like and want to do. Alex mentioned the need to create a culture of accomplishment and to better respect and support outreach. Discussion continued to ideas for taking advantage of this moment precisely now, when there are so many disaffected members of the two major parties looking for ways to be involved and have their voices heard. It was suggested need to do better at the local level at making our presence known, and not just through election campaigns. Discussion returned to concern for opportunities beyond/outside of regular meetings, especially for young people and students, and turned to the possibility of student interns who might be interested in organizing on their campuses, who might also work on social media and otherwise get the message out.

Green Nights Out: The upcoming event is on 6/11, featuring Marianne Bessey in discussion of “The Ecological Impact of Animal Agriculture.” The dinner will take place beginning at 6:30 at Su Xing House, 1508 Sansom St. A GNO featuring Cheri talking about the March for Our Lives will then follow in July. It was provisionally determined that no GNO be held in August.

Petitioning: Upcoming petitioning opportunities were discussed, including the West Philly street fair and Bala sustainability fair on 6/4; Gorgas Park Solstice Festival on 6/11; and Odunde and Gay Pride on 6/12. We are now also in a position to pay for $1 per signature to petitioners needing pay.

Anti-Drone-War Displays during the DNC: Bob Smith presented on nodrones.org, worldcan’twait.org, and the BrandywinePeace.org initiatives that will take place during the DNC: “truth displays” throughout week, featuring drone replicas, death masks, and facts concerning children killed in drone attacks and other such information. Bob emphasized that it is important to rally people around this, and to remind them about the Democrats’ role in prosecuting and prolonging wars. GPOP voted to endorse the displays; Greens and others should sign up to help on the Brandywine Peace website, and otherwise promote participation.

March for Our Lives: There is now an office for the march, at the Jill Stein Campaign HQ, 1301 West Porter Street. There are now flyers, there is a website, and a phone number, with interns who will answer. The march application to the city was turned down. Galen suggested that is vital to make publicity around this. We need to get City Council members involved; we need people to work at workshops in preparation for the march (dates TBD), and to otherwise be involved. GPOP had voted to become an institutional PhillyCam member, which will also help support the march.

Fracking: Teddy Clarke offered information and passed around a recent article on fracking, which she hoped to see distributed widely. GPUS’s existing efforts against fracking were discussed.

Ballot Access: Hillary reported on the result of the recent court hearing in Philadelphia concerning ballot access. The judge refused to hear the case, sending it back to the lower courts, which represents a victory, at least on the issue of minority parties being forced to cover court costs when they lose legal challenges against their petitions.

Announcements: Information on The New Century Movement was provided, concerning raids and other aspects of immigrant rights; the group may be coming to Philadelphia. Bernadette offered to create a phone tree connection.

Treasurer’s Report: Hillary reported the balance is $1114.00. She also noted that the GPOP account is accessible in real time online.

Next Meeting: will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, 6/22, and will take place at the Jill Stein Campaign HQ, 1301 West Porter Street, Oregon, south Philadelphia.

Respectfully submitted,
Belinda Davis
Recording Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

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Quarterly Report by GPOP Membership Secretary05.27.16

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #13, May 22, 2016

Hello, Green Party Representative.
The Green Party City Committee has asked me to make a presentation to the Green Party Membership meeting at 7:00 pm on May 25 at Alma Mater, 7165 Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy, Philadelphia. Unfortunately, I will be on the Appalachian Trail at that time. Therefore, I have decided to make my presentation in writing to GPOP NEWS as GPOP EOW Group Report #13.
This will also bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #12, which you received on May 14. [Green Party Representatives receive approximately two EOW Group Reports each month. If any one would like to receive these Reports, they may become a Green Party Representative to help us build the Green Party. Back issues of EOW Group Reports may be found here.]
As your elected GPOP Membership Secretary, I have been working to build the GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group to fulfill the three tasks given to it by our membership on September 30, 2015. Mainly, I have been recruiting voters to become a Green Party Representative in their neighborhood. The EOW Group began this year with seven Representatives, Ernest (Ward 12, Wister), Matt (Ward 13, Nicetown), Hillary (Ward 46, Cedar Park), John, Eric and Chris (Ward 59, Germantown), and Judy (Ward 61, Olney).
Since that time, we have lost one Representative, but we have been joined by Bernadette Marie and Beverley (Ward 21, Roxborough), Christel (Ward 46, Cedar Park), Charles (Ward 54, East Oxford Circle), and Galen (Ward 65, Torresdale). Our newest Representative is James (Ward 27, University City). We now have 12 Green Party Representatives — a 71 percent increase in four months. Some of these new Representatives have attended GPOP meetings and all are circulating our nominating petitions.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
During 2015, our EOW Group sent emails to movement organizations asking if any of their members would consider running in the 2016 General Election as a Green Party candidate on a single-issue platform: peace, single-payer healthcare, renewable energy or anti-mass-incarceration. At the suggestion of one renewable energy activist, I contacted Dr. Vera Cole, “The Guru of Solar Energy.” Unfortunately for us, The Guru had already decided to run for PA Representative as a Democrat.
Each list was approached two more times during 2016: in January to let them know that the Green Party had a continuing interest, and in March to let them know that we are now recruiting candidates for 2017 and 2018.
Earlier this month, I sent an email to three renewable energy lists asking them to support the Green Party’s three candidates for PA Representative – all of whom are against fracking and none of whom are running in Philadelphia.
Your EOW Group also approached MK Feeney to run for District Attorney in 2017. MK turned down our request because she is building a new, private practice after many years as an assistant district attorney. We will contact her again when the time is right.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
Our EOW Group has reached out to our membership to find volunteers who will become involved in developing the skills we will need for future growth. We have been grateful to find Robert Jaffe, who is interested in video work. Robert is planning to video the March 4 Our Lives on July 25.
Of course, there are many other tasks for creative Green Party Representatives. We are looking for people to create a website, manage our email list, build our media contacts, and produce regular fundraising/entertainment events. We hope that more people will become Green Party Representatives to learn these skills.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Our EOW Group began recruiting more Representatives by contacting the members of GPOP NEWS, and the volunteers who worked on Green Party campaigns during 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
Then, as an experiment, I telephoned some new Green Party members, using a list of numbers provided by the Philadelphia Voter Registration Office. The response was extraordinary. This seemed like a promising avenue to increase Green Party activism. These people already have an interest in the Green Party, and it is an easy way to engage them in our activities.
Two Representatives, Bernadette Marie and Charles, have agreed to help me with phone calls to other, new Greens. Political interest is high in a presidential election year, so now is our moment. So far, we have called 65 new Greens, and the 17 interested ones have given us their email addresses. This 26 percent positive-response rate is a great step forward for our party.
We will resume our calls to new Greens when we have a location for the June 22 Membership Meeting. Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up just six or eight phone numbers for you.

Our EOW Group has also begun collecting signatures on the Green Party nomination papers. This year, we were able to start early. On Primary Election Day, seven Representatives collected 508 signatures, the best we have ever done. This week, I will submit 717 signatures collected by Green Party Representatives for verification by the Jill Stein Campaign for President. We are looking for more people to join us as Green Party Representatives because this is the only way we will see Green Party candidates take their rightful place on the ballot.
Here are also some excellent events where we plan to collect nomination signatures in nice weather
(** means new to this list):
May 28. Rally against Drone War Command Center, noon, Horsham, PA. June 1. Organized Labor rally, 5:00 pm at the Temple Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street in North Philadelphia. Sponsor: AFSCME 1199C, Hospital and Healthcare Employees.
** June 11. Roxborough Summer Solstice Festival, Gorgas Park, 6400 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough.
** June 12. Odunde Festival, 10:00 am, 12 city blocks centered around 23rd and South Streets in south Philadelphia.
** June 12. Philly Pride Festival, noon at Penn’s Landing, 101 East Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia.
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.
I would like to learn what you will do to help us build the Green Party.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
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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Minutes, GPOP General Member Meeting, 4/2705.27.16

Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
Minutes, General Member Meeting, 4/27, 7:00 pm
Liberty Choice, 1947 North Front Street , Kensington

Introductions: Galen Tyler, Chris Robinson, Ernest Schulte, Charles Sherrouse, Hector Colon, Alex Gillett, Liz Ortiz, Cheri Honkala, Eric Hamell, Hillary Kane, Richard Kanegis, Bernadette Cronin-Geller, Matthew Rolon, Belinda Davis

Election of Delegates to GPPA: Members voted the following as delegates to the GPPA: Galen Tyler, Kristin Combs, Cheri Honkala, Liz Ortiz, Charles Sherrouse, Vivek Anathan, Alex Gillett, Eric Hamell, Chris Robinson, and Hillary Kane. Hector Colon and Bernadette Cronin-Geller will serve as alternates. GPOP determined to communicate to GPPA that GPPA delegates in turn to the national convention include (more) people of color. Plans for transportation to the 4/30 GPPA meeting in Harrisburg were discussed.

Petitioning update: We are required to submit up to 22,000 signatures, so our goal is ca. 30-35,000. Chris reported 626 signatures from Phila. to date; petitions should be submitted to Chris or ? as soon as possible. Planning is underway for petition training in Kensington. Upcoming petitioning events include May 1st, May Day event in Clark Park; May 6th at First Friday; May 7th at Mt. Airy Day; May 14th at the Saul High School Agricultural Fair; and the June 6th Gorgas Park Solstice Music Festival. Members were encouraged to “own” other individual dates and events for group canvassing. Tausif Khan is the PA coordinator of petitioning.

Analysis of Corporate Parties’ Primary: Socialist Alternative has invited Bernie to run as president, w/Jill Stein as the V.P. candidate. The July 25thMarch for our Lives will encourage delegates to walk off the convention floor, come to our tent, and register as Green. Jill Stein will announce a demonstration and press conference on Wed., July 27th, after the nomination has been announced.

Planning for Demonstrations at the Democratic National Convention: GPOP has already endorsed March for our Lives; we need to make sure our presence is very strong and noticable. Everyone should already be making signs. Buses will be coming in from all over the country, and we need to work to fill them. The Monday March for Our Lives will be preceded by the Sunday environmental march led by Food and Water Watch et al; at noon that day there will also be a GPPA coordinated state meeting and fundraiser. The list of MfoL endorsers will be posted soon on the website, at www.marchforourlives2016.org; see also the FB and Twitter presence.

Discussion of future outreach events: tabled till our next mtg.

Dedicated outreach mtgs. and Green Nights Out: The 5/14 Green Night Out event will be postponed. Other speaker ideas for GNOs included Cheri Honkala, speaking about the March for Our Lives.

Announcements
–5/9, 6 p.m.PPEHRCFilm Fundraiser for the March, at Connie’s Rickrack Bar
–5/14. 2 p.m.March for our Lives picnic/conversation/planning meeting, at the PPEHRC farm, 2nd& Susequehanna, together with the War Resisters League. There will also be a “reality tour.”
–Bernadette is still working on getting info concerning affordable housing in Germantown/Mt. Airy; the issue will also be prominent at the MfoL, in the form e.g. of a huge tent city.
–Rev. Edward Pinkney is still stting in jail. Funds were collected to make a GPOP contribution to his legal costs.

Treasurer’s Report: $1000.14
Next general mtg
.: 5/25, at Alma Mater in Mt. Airy
Respectfully submitted,
Belinda Davis

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Greens to Meet in Mt. Airy, 5/25, 7:00 pm05.21.16

Greens to Meet
Wednesday, May 25

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Alma Mater
7165 Germantown Avenue
Mount Airy, Philadelphia

(Easily accessible via SEPTA 23 or H Bus)

More information from 215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org

Please join us to discuss getting Green Party candidates on the 2016 Ballot
and organizing demonstrations at the DNC Convention.

We look forward to your help in building an active Green Party.

This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge.
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grassroots democracy – social justice – nonviolence – ecological wisdom
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