Archive for February, 2013
The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) strongly opposes any changes to current zoning for community gardens. Neighborhoods depend upon these gardens for healthy food and a greener environment, but their very existence may be severely impacted during the current session of City Council.
Councilman Brian O’Neill, 10th District, has introduced City Council Bill 120917, legislation that seriously restricts community gardens and market farms in residential/commercial districts (CMX-2). Ironically, of all the council districts, O’Neill’s has the least amount of this land type, yet he remains tight-lipped about his rationale for this bill. (more…)
The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) welcomes the national conversation on gun violence that has begun since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It is a long-overdue development in the country with the highest rate of firearms deaths in the developed world. The Green Party considers Mayor Michael Nutter’s proposed Sandy Hook Principles a good but ultimately insufficient contribution to that conversation.
The current conversation, and the foundation of these principles, revolves largely around conversations about increased background checks, mental health issues, and high-powered and high-capacity weapons, such as assault rifles. Chris Robinson, a member of the Green Party’s City Committee, explained, “These weapons are great at grabbing headlines when used to commit mass violence, but the national conversation fails to address the sort of daily gun violence that plagues cities like Philadelphia, which has seen more than 300 murders every year since at least 2007, according to Philadelphia Police Department statistics. Most of the death here are the result of handguns, not assault rifles.” (more…)