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Greens to Meet, 6/2606.19.13

 

 

Wednesday, June 26

 

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 membership meeting in Kensington.Building the Campaign to Elect Erin Worrell as Judge of Municipal Court
Erin’s campaign needs your help: collecting signatures on nomination papers, writing press releases, planning a campaign kickoff. Hosting a house party. Please let us know how you plan to participate.
Oppose the Privatization of Public Education
The Green Party is the only political party that is opposed to school closings and
the starvation of the public school budget. There are many things you can do to solve the
public school problem. Please join us for this discussion.

Planning for the Anti-Drone Action, 6/29
The Green Party has endorsed the actions against a drone command center at the
Horsham Air Guard Station. Will you join us on the picket line, or will you do other kinds of publicity?

GPOP Recording Secretary Vacancy
Following the untimely death of Carol McLean, GPOP needs a new Recording Secretary.
Please consider nominating yourself for this elected office.

We look forward to your participation.
This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge.
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Protest, Horsham Drone-War Ctr, 6/2906.15.13

Demonstrate at Air Guard Station
Drone War Command Center, Horsham, Montgomery County, PA

…Stop It BEFORE It Starts…

SATURDAY, JUNE 29, NOON UNTIL 2:00 PM

Easton (Rt. 611) and County Line Roads,
Horsham, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19040
(map)

Stand up…Speak Out…Protest and Demonstrate!Say “NO!” to Drone WarfareSpeakers, Music, Reading the names of U.S. drone strike victims
Bell Tolling, Banners and Signs, Drone ReplicaThe campaign to stop the planned Drone War Command Center at Horsham Air Guard Station will hold protests at the corner of Easton & County Line Roads from noon until 2:00 pm on the last Saturday of each month through September.

With the understanding of the Horsham Police and the Horsham Air Guard Station, these demonstrations will be on the grassy triangle at the corner of Easton and County Line Roads. Since this is base property, it is recommended that people leave their backpacks or cases in their car or at home. There is a Horsham township ordinance barring people from distributing flyers to cars in the road. Anyone doing so can be subject to police action. Please bring your umbrella in the event of rain, as well as sun block and water.
Recommended auto parking at the Regal Warrington Crossing Stadium 22 Movieplex, 140 Easton Road, just one-tenth of a mile north of the protest. SEPTA Bus #55 (stops at the intersection of Easton and County Line Roads) and leaves from the Olney Transportation Center, see http://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/pdf/055.pdf.
 
 

 

…Stop It BEFORE It Starts…
Drone War Command Center, Horsham, PA

For more information, please contact the Green Party of Philadelphia at 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org
Sponsors
Brandywine Peace Community, (610) 544-1818, and
American Friends Service Committee, (215) 241-7170.
 

Endorsers
Catholic Peace Fellowship, Coalition for Peace Action, BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action,

Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia, Green Party of Bucks County, Green Party of Montgomery County,
Green Party of Philadelphia (www.gpop.org), LEPOCO (Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern), Main Line Peace Action, Philly Against War, Philadelphia Catholic Worker, Veterans for Peace, and Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
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Green Party Marches to Harrisburg with DecarceratePA06.15.13

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GREEN PARTY OF PENNSYLVANIA, www.gpofpa.org

 
Members of the Green Party participated in and supported the ten-day march from Philadelphia to Harrisburg organized by DecarceratePA. At the close of the 113-mile march on June 3, Decarcerate PA and its allies rallied at the Capitol in Harrisburg to demand a People’s Budget, Not a Prison Budget. Glenn Davis, a member of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) Steering Committee [and the Green Party of Philadelphia City Committee], was the first speaker. Wearing his Green Party t-shirt, Davis made the following remarks:
“I know in Harrisburg they are closing 11 public schools and pre-kindergarten has been cut to half days. This affects every family’s income because they will now have to pay for day care or leave work early. In addition, Philadelphia is closing more than 24 public schools and 13 more next year. This is an insult to every working person. Today, we should be educating our next generation, but instead the politicians are spending more than $400 million to expand Graterford Prison just outside Philadelphia.

“I think this is a War on the Poor, and the casualties are climbing. I am marching for those who protest the War on the Poor. The casualties are our families, our children and our broken school system. There are also prisoners of the War on the Poor. That is who they are building the new prison for. It is our children they are building the new prison for.

“I am marching for the thousands of men and women who attended Mayor Nutter’s Ex-Offenders Job Fair in May. This Job Fair showed that Governor Corbett did not know what he was talking about. Thousands of ex-offenders showed up, only to be turned away because Mayor Nutter was not prepared for the demand. It was most disrespectful when they came out and asked those waiting to put their resumes in a card-board box and go home. It was a Job Fair! You don’t put your resume in a box and go home! You are supposed to give your resume to a recruiter! It felt like make-believe, like they had no jobs for anyone.

“In the Capitol, behind me are Governor Corbett and the legislators. These politicians are in “a House of Lies,” taking the back-door approach. We put them in a position of leadership, but you cannot lead from behind. I am not only upset by the Republicans, but also by the Democrats in this two party system. The politicians from the two corporate parties are in bed together, and they are screwing the poor people. That’s who we are marching for, the poor and working people.”

The March for a People’s Budget, Not a Prison Budget was endorsed by 1 Love Movement, ACLU PA, ACT UP, Books Through Bars, Broken On All Sides, Campaign for Nonviolent Schools, Center for Returning Citizens, Coalition of Labor Union Women, DreamActivist PA, EXIT-US Inc, Faculty and Staff Federation at Community College of Philadelphia, Fight for Philly, Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia, Green Party of Pennsylvania, Green Party of Philadelphia, Hearts on a Wire, Human Rights Coalition, International Action Center, International Socialist Organization, Jobs with Justice, Juntos, Mishkan Shalom, NAACP Graterford Branch, New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, Noble Pillars, Occupy Trenton, Parents United for Public Education, Philadelphians Allied for a Responsible Economy, Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Philadelphia Student Union, Philly Survivor Support Collective, Point Breeze Organizing Committee, Reconstruction Inc., Students Organizing for Unity and Liberation, Support Center for Returning Citizens, Teacher Action Group, and Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project.

The Green Party of Pennsylvania stands for grassroots democracy, social justice, nonviolence, and ecological wisdom. For more information on the GPPA, please contact 888-721-4733 and contact@gpofpa.org.
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GPOP Endorses Campaign to Stop Horsham Drone Command06.01.13

OpEdNews, Friday, May 31, 2013

 

By Chris Robinson.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Philly-Green-Party-Endorse-by-Chris-Robinson-130531-562.html

On May 22, Green Party member Lawrence Geller asked the GPOP General Membership Meeting to endorse the Campaign to Stop the Horsham Drone Command Center. Geller said, “It is incumbent upon those of us seriously opposed to our nation’s insidious drone policy to let the government know that, as well as to educate the public. The Germans had their V-2 Rockets raining down on England during WW II, causing untold death and devastation. Are our drones any different? I, for one, do not think so, no matter how much Washington tries to justify it. The world does not need drones to kill people; it needs homes to house them.”

Green Party members decided to endorse the Campaign and to organize against this new threat to the peace. The Greens recognized that all of the Republican and Democratic politicians in the Delaware Valley are supporting the Drone Command Center, but the voters are more wise. It is the task of the coalition to mobilize citizen opposition to drone warfare. Green Party spokesman Alex Gillette said that he does not “intend to release a statement on this issue.”

Since 2009, the Green Party has objected to Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, in part, because of his use of drones to assassinate opponents abroad and the collateral damage to innocent civilians in those areas.

In 2012, Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for President of the U.S., was the only candidate who opposed the use of drones. In her response to Obama’s 2013 State of the Union, Stein had this to say: “We need to end the wars for oil and other resources that have created a state of permanent, immoral and unaffordable war. That means not only withdrawing troops. We must also put an end to the draconian drone wars which create a threat to civil liberties and human rights everywhere. Their terrible toll in civilian casualties — including large numbers of women and children — has made them a powerful recruiting tool for the very organizations they are intended to destroy. Instead of leading the world in the proliferation of this dangerous, inhumane technology, we should be leading an international treaty to put an end to the use of drones as an instrument of war.”

Hillary Kane, a GPOP delegate to the Green Party of Pennsylvania, said, “It’s important that we stop the Horsham Drone Command Center before it gets started.”

The Campaign has called for protests at the site of the future Drone Command Center at noon on the last Saturday of each month through September. The protests will take place next to the Air National Guard Station, located at Easton (Rt. 611) and County Line Roads in Horsham, PA. The Campaign will also lobby the Republican and Democratic politicians who support the Drone Command Center, and hold other educational events and town-hall meetings.

The Campaign was initiated by the Brandywine Peace Community and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). The Campaign has been endorsed by Catholic Peace Fellowship; Coalition for Peace Action; BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action; Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia; Green Party of Bucks County; Green Party of Montgomery County; Green Party of Philadelphia; LEPOCO (Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern); Main Line Peace Action; Philly Against War; Philadelphia Catholic Worker; Veterans for Peace; and Vietnam Veterans Against the War. For more information about the Green Party of Philadelphia, please contact 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org.
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Chris Robinson is a graduate of Central High School (#219) in Philadelphia, PA. He lives in Germantown and is an at-large member of the Green Party of Philadelphia (www.gpop.org) City Committee. Chris Robinson is also a member of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 and Philly against War (www.phillyagainstwar.org).
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