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Green Party Favors Single-Payer Healthcare Legislation03.31.13

Pittsburgh-area legislator to introduce Family and Business Healthcare Security bill in current legislative session, while Healthcare 4 All releases results of Economic Impact Study

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.greenpartypa.org/index.php) extends its sincere gratitude to Senator James Ferlo of Pittsburgh for his continued work toward a state-based single-payer healthcare plan. During past legislative sessions Senator Ferlo has been the lead legislator in the Pennsylvania Senate on this issue. The Greens also extend congratulations and appreciation to the non-profit organization, Healthcare 4 All PA, www.Healthcare4allpa.org, which has worked tirelessly to help Pennsylvanians on a path to meaningful and civilized health coverage.

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03.19.13

Greens to Meet

Wednesday, March 27

 

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 
   
 

Liberty Choice Market

www.yelp.com/biz/liberty-choice-philadelphia
1947 North Front Street (at Norris)

Kensington, Philadelphia 19122
Easily accessible via SEPTA’s Market Street line (Berks Station).

 

 

215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org

 

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org)
will hold its monthly General Membership Meeting.
Please attend to contribute your ideas about building the Green Party.
 
Voter Registration Campaign
The Green Party will begin a campaign to register new voters.

Please bring your ideas about the best methods.

Nomination Petitioning
It is time for the Green Party to build our internal organization.
This means training teams to collect signatures on candidate nomination papers.
We have experienced Greens who will assist us.

We look forward to your participation.
This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge.
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Green Party Invigorates Philadelphia Leadership03.19.13

Green Party Invigorates Philadelphia Leadership

By Chris Robinson.

On February 27, members of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) voted to invigorate their leadership by electing two new members to the GPOP City Committee.

The new Chair of the Philadelphia Greens is Alex Gillett, who has had a long history of various leadership positions within the Party, including City Committee offices from 2004 through 2007. Gillett, who lives in the Sherwood section, Ward 46, of West Philadelphia, plans now to “build a real political party.” He wants to focus on two Green Party-building efforts.

Gillette says he plans “to establish a Green candidate nominating-petition group capable of getting 30,000 signatures in Philadelphia for state-wide candidates.” His second effort will be “to establish a group to register new Greens.”

The other new addition to the GPOP City Committee is Tara Colon, a newly-registered Green from Fishtown, Ward 18. Elected as an at-large City Committee member and sparkling with energy, Colon promises to energize the Green Party’s rank-and-file with organizing and other activities in the row-house wards.

The other 5 members of the Green’s leadership were re-elected, although some have changed offices. John Gonzalez (Fairhill, Ward 19) is the Green’s new treasurer. Carol McLean (Germantown, Ward 59) is now recording secretary, and Erin Worrell (Rittenhouse Square, Ward 8) is membership secretary. Joining Colon as at-large members are Glenn Davis (Hestonville, Ward 4) and Chris Robinson (Germantown, Ward 59).

For more information about the Green Party or to become a member, please call 215-243-7103 of email gpop@gpop.org.

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03.19.13

Greens to Meet

Wednesday, March 27

 

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

 

 
 

Liberty Choice Market

www.yelp.com/biz/liberty-choice-philadelphia
1947 North Front Street (at Norris)

Kensington, Philadelphia 19122
Easily accessible via SEPTA’s Market Street line (Berks Station).

 

215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org)
will hold its monthly General Membership Meeting.
Please attend to contribute your ideas about building the Green Party.

 
Voter Registration Campaign
The Green Party will begin a campaign to register new voters.

Please bring your ideas about the best methods.

Nomination Petitioning
It is time for the Green Party to build our internal organization.
This means training teams to collect signatures on candidate nomination papers.
We have experienced Greens who will assist us.

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

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Greens Oppose Privatization of Public Assets03.19.13

PA Greens Oppose Privatization of Public Assets 

Pennsylvania is at a crossroads. David Ochmanowicz, Jr, secretary of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.greenpartypa.org), sees it this way, “With the agenda of streamlined privatization of all of our citizen-owned assets on the table in Pennsylvania, the Green Party has become the only political party to take a vigorous stand against privatization.”

On January 19, Governor Thomas W. Corbett’s spokesman Kevin Harley told the press, “The governor is a proponent of bold privatization. That has been his consistent position from day one – and it hasn’t changed.” In line with this philosophy, Corbett has proposed to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery, and the state’s wine and spirit shops.

Jay Sweeney, chair of the GPPA (Wyoming County), responded: “Governor Corbett’s privatization philosophy is reprehensible! Privatization is turning public assets over to corporations. We do not need middlemen extracting profit from Pennsylvania residents with Commonwealth assets.  The Governor should end this practice and develop a fair taxation policy that gets the money from those who have it, rather than taking it from those that can’t afford it. He certainly knows where to find the money when it’s time to fund his campaigns.”

While Corbett is a Republican, he is following in the footsteps of Governor Edward Rendell (a Democrat), who proposed the privatization of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and initiated the privatization of public schools and state prisons. Rendell also began the privatization of Pennsylvania’s parks and forests by leasing them to corporations for gas drilling (aka fracking).

The Green Party has long been opposed to the looting of public assets by private business for the purpose of enriching the business owners at the expense of the public. The Green Party’s national platform as early as 2004 said that Greens “stand firmly opposed to privatization and contracting-out of public services. A government that works for us would provide critical goods and services that should not be run for profit.”. .

Because of their political analysis, the Green Party has supported campaigns against the privatization of public education, water supplies and other natural resources, parks and recreation, the military and police, libraries, broadcast airwaves, prisons and Social Security. This includes the Green Party of Luzerne County which took a stand against privatization of parking lots in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

In August 2011, GPPA came out against the privatization of PA Wine and Spirit Shops. Then-Chair of the Green Party I.K. Samways (Allegheny County) said, “The Green Party is leading the opposition to Republican control of our Commonwealth, and I am very pleased that the Green Party will stand firmly against this anti-union legislation.” Vivek Ananthan, treasurer of GPPA and then chair of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org), said at that time, “Privatization at every level has been a failure in this country. Why would privatization of liquor stores be an exception? Rampant capitalism is the cause of our Himalayan-like deficit.”

In May, 2012, The Green Party of Philadelphia published its own plan to save the city’s troubled public education system. The second of four points in the Green Party’s Proposal for Philadelphia’s Public Schools reads “The Green Party is unalterably opposed to the dissolution of public schools and the privatization of education. Therefore, our second task is to end all attempts to privatize education, which have been sweeping Philadelphia under the direction of the SRC and their appointed superintendents. We maintain that public education is a public responsibility and that all relevant decisions must be made by community stakeholders and their representatives. We oppose all schemes for corporations to pursue private profits at the expense of public schools and their students and teachers. Studies have shown that privatized schools cost more to run and do not provide an educational benefit to the students.”

Then in June 2012, the Green Party of Philadelphia came out against the privatization of the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) by Democratic Party Mayor Michael Nutter. “Privatization of basic utilities is the most egregious example of erring on the side of profit for the few at the expense of the needs of the many,” said Belinda Davis, then GPOP Treasurer. “After the most recent examples of corporate greed and its disastrous effects, why would the city even think of selling PGW, except as a short-term budgetary fix? This is short-sighted in the extreme, and the residents of Philadelphia will have to pay for it.”

At the PA kickoff for the Green Party’s presidential ticket in September 2012, Carl Romanelli, then-chair of GPPA, explained that Greens demand an end to the privatization of mass incarceration. Romanelli said, “It is wrong for people to be put in jail just to service the prison-industrial complex. Our country (with five percent of the world’s population) now has 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. The presidential candidates from the two corporate parties refuse to talk about this.”

For more information about the Green Party, please contact 888-721-4733 and contact@gpofpa.org.

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Gen. Membership Meeting Minutes, 2/27/1303.19.13

 

MINUTES – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, February 27, 2013

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA (GPOP, www.gpop.org)

This meeting convened at 7:00 p.m. at the Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse, 100 East Mermaid Lane in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. .

Facilitated by Glenn Davis, GPOP City Committee At Large.
Welcome to Northwest Philadelphia by Chris Robinson, GPOP City Committee At-Large.

Minutes by Chris Robinson, chrisrecon@netzero.net.

GPOP Members in attendance: Vivek Ananthan, Ester Croft and Brandon Slattery (Ward 5); Tara Colon (Ward 18); Bernadette Cronin-Geller (Ward 21); Burt Dallas and Josh Mitteldorf (Ward 9); James Manuel (Ward 31); Glenn Davis (Ward 4); Alex Gillett (Ward 46); John Gonzalez (Ward 19); Eric Hamell and Chris Robinson (Ward 59); Ernest Schulte (Ward 12); Charles Sherrouse (Ward 54) and Christina Valente and Erin Worrell (Ward 8). Others in attendance: Kristin Combs, Lawrence Geller, Richard Kanegis, Bob Smith, Galen Tyler and two of Brandon’s friends who did not sign in.

ANNOUNCEMENTS (endorsed by GPOP)
      War Tax Resistance Forum, March 23, 2:00 pm, Tabernacle Church in Philadelphia, 3700 Chestnut Street, University City, Philadelphia. More information from Brandywine Peace Community, (610) 544-1818 or brandywine@juno.com.

      GPOP General Membership Meeting, March 27, Liberty Choice Market, 2nd Floor, 1934 North Front Street (at Norris) in Kensington, 19122. Easily accessible via SEPTA’s Market Street line (Berks Station). This meeting place is not handicap accessible. More information from 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org.
      Anti-Fracking Earth Day Protest, 3:00 pm, April 22, Regional DEP office in Norristown, PA. More information from 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org.

Other Events

      Green Happy Hour, 5:00 every Tuesday, Tony’s Way, 1900 North Front Street (at Berks Street). For more information please contact (267) 344-6318 and cherihonkalappehrc@gmail.com.
     
Other Announcements may be sent to chrisrecon@netzero.net, and they will be added to the final copy of the meeting minutes.

Motion to Amend GPOP By-Laws

      The January 23, GPOP General Membership Meeting voted to amend the GPOP By-Laws III. General Meeting, Section F to read, “The quorum necessary to conduct business shall be seven (7) members.”
      This amendment was approved and the GPOP By-Laws will be changed.

DURING THE ELECTION OF OFFICERS, THE MEETING WAS CHAIRED BY JAMES MANUEL

Nominations for Green Party City Committee
      There are seven members on the Green Party City Committee. There are four officers: Chair, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and Membership Secretary. There are also three At-Large Members of the City Committee.

      Any GPOP member may nominate a person for the City Committee, and any GPOP member may be nominated for an officer position, an at-large position, or both an officer position and an at-large position. Nominations remained open when the meeting began. There being no new nominations or self-nominations, the nominations were closed and the meeting moved on to electing a new GPOP City Committee. Bernadette Cronin-Geller and Christina Valente did an admirable job of collecting and counting the ballots.

Two Provisional Ballots.
      There were two people present who were not on the City Commissioners’ List of Registered Greens dated February 14, 2013.After a discussion, the membership decided to allow these two people to vote using provisional ballots. Their ballots will not be counted until each of them sends in a copy of their Voter Registration Card demonstrating that they were, in fact, registered Green before February 27, 2013.

Election of 4 GPOP Officers
      Each candidate spoke for three minutes to present their reason for running. This was followed by questions from the membership. GPOP members then vote on a secret ballot for no more than one candidate for each office. Members were also allowed to vote “No Candidate.” The winner of any office must receive the vote of at least half (50 percent) of the members present.
      The following people were elected:
Chair: Alex Gillett;
Treasurer: John Gonzalez;
Membership Secretary: Erin Worrell; and
Recording Secretary: Carol McLean.
      [James Manuel says, “I think it would be helpful to include the names of the candidates who were not elected for the respective Committee positions.  I realize they are on the previous meetings' minutes, but they did address the meeting.”
Glenn Davis was not elected Chair of GPOP, and Belinda Davis was not elected treasurer of GPOP.]

Election of 3 At-Large Members
      Each candidate spoke for three minutes to present their reason for running. This was followed by questions from the membership. GPOP members then voted on a secret ballot for no more than three candidates in ranked order. Members were also allowed to vote “No Candidate.” The first choice on each ballot will be multiplied by 3; Second choice on each ballot will be multiplied by 2, and Third choice on each ballot will be multiplied by 1. Then the vote totals will be tallied.
      The following people, who received the top three vote totals, were elected to the City Committee At-Large: Chris Robinson, Tara Colon, and Glenn Davis.
      [James Manuel says, “Also, given the situation with the provisional ballots, I think the complete results (with tallies) for the at-large positions would be good for transparency.” Here are the tallies for At-Large City Committee, voting in ranked order: Chris Robinson (28), Tara Colon (20), Glenn Davis (15) and Belinda Davis (13). The top three won seats, while Vivek Ananthan and Galen Tyler had lesser tallies.]

Election of 12 Delegates to the PA State Green Party (GPPA)
      The GPOP is permitted to elect 12 delegates and three alternate delegates to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org). GPPA meets quarterly in various parts of PA. Their next meeting will be in Wilkes-Barre, PA, on Saturday, April 13. Self-nominations for delegate status were made by a show of hands. The following GPOP members were elected to be delegates to GPPA: Esther Croft, Bernadette Cronin-Geller, Burt Dallas, Belinda Davis, John Gonzalez, Chris Robinson, Charles Sherrouse, Galen Tyler, Christine Valente and Erin Worrell.

The next GPOP General Membership Meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m. At this meeting GPOP members will decide whether or not Skype attendance and/or Skype voting should be permitted at GPOP Meetings. The GPOP Membership will also create membership working groups and neighborhood working groups for the greater involvement of GPOP members.

The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
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Greens to Meet – March 2703.18.13

Greens to Meet
Wednesday, March 27
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Liberty Choice
1947 N. Front Street
Easily accessible via the Market-Frankford El (Berks stop)
215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org

The Green Party of Philadelphia will hold its monthly General Membership Meeting. Please attend to contribute your ideas about building the Green Party.

Voter Registration Campaign
The Green Party will begin a campaign to register new voters. Please bring your ideas about the best methods.

Nomination Petitioning
It is time for the Green Party to build our internal organization. This means training teams to collect signatures on candidate nomination papers. We have experienced Greens who will assist us.

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

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