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Greens to Meet, 7/29, 7:00 pm07.15.15

GPOP General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, July 29, 7:00 pm

TURN IN YOUR NOMINATION PAPERS

Kristin Combs for City Council Member At Large,
www.combs4citycouncil.com, and

Glenn Davis for City Commissioner,

https://m.facebook.com/GlennDavisforCityCommissionerPhiladelphiaPa.2015

Please join us. A free notary will be present.

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

Cavanaugh’s Restaurant
(Basement meeting room)
119 South 39th Street
(at Sansom Street)
University City, Philadelphia

For more information:
215-243-7103 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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Minutes, GPOP General Membership Meeting, June 24, 201507.15.15

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA (GPOP), General Membership Meeting,
Minutes from Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Liberty Choice Market, Front & Norris Streets, Kensington, Philadelphia

Attendance: Alex Gillett, Glenn Davis, Hillary Kane, Kristin Combs, Sergio Fogel, Charles Sherrouse and Eric Hamell.
Minutes were taken by Hillary in the absence of an elected Recording Secretary. Chris circulated a draft copy to those present and received additions and corrections from Hillary, Kristin and Eric. The final copy was posted to www.gpop.org on July 15.

1) Announcements
June 25-28, U.S. Social Forum. Be seen being Green. We will have about 10 people attending as part of the GPOP contingent. Attend workshops and make comments/ask questions, make it a point to publicize the Green Party.
June 27, Anti-Drone protest in Horsham
Alex raised concerns about the anti-drone demonstrations (at Horsham) because they appear to be directed to the “proletariat,” the actual workers and staffers of the facility who would need to make great personal risks to challenge the program, rather than the government & leadership that put the policies in place.
June 27, Jill Stein at Green Night Out
July 8, GPOP City Committee at Cavanaugh’s (to be confirmed)
July 29, GPOP General Membership meeting with notary at Cavanaugh’s
August 12, GPOP City Committee (location TBA)

2) Introductions
See attendance list above

3) Campaign reports
Kristin has 500 signatures in hand. Reports from others, like the Socialist Alternative, have reported many more. There is also an independent running a strong campaign: Andrew Stober http://articles.philly.com/2015-06-07/news/63120358_1_philadelphia-city-council-at-large-incumbents. Kristin has a piece of literature that is not being received well so she’s redoing it. She is working closely with Socialist Alternative, http://phillysocialistalt.com/, being more explicitly anti-corporate in her literature. Many of us noted that we were not receiving email from Kristin’s campaign, and she is going to see why we’re not on her list.

Glenn also has about 500. Some people mobilizing for Glenn because they want to see one of the incumbents out (Anthony Clark). Glenn also noted that there might be a Special Election for State Representative in District 190, if Vanessa Lowry Brown gets kicked out for campaign finance improprieties. Glenn looked it up, and he apparently can run for both offices simultaneously.

Hillary emphasized the need to have more organized and coordinated petitioning over the weekend.

Discussion of the plan for turning in the signatures. Note about the court ruling that says we don’t have to notarize each signature page. Kristin explained, “The discussion we had was that we would proceed with still notarizing the pages.”

Discussion of who will be on hand on which day to turn in signatures. General consensus is Kristin, Glenn, and Alex in the morning of Monday, August 3. Others will meet over the weekend to review all the pages and batch them.
Alex suggested that we file a Writ of Mandamus to require the other parties to obey the law and cite Bonusgate. He also suggested that we should have someone in a Green Party t-shirt hang out in the office all day to see who comes in and asks for copies of our stuff.

4) Report from GPOP Treasurer
GPOP has $817 in treasury but about $150 is for pre-sales of Saturday’s Green Night Out.
Discussion of GPUS brochure. Hillary got estimates from Paper Crane. Kristin and Alex both had contacts with other union printers that were cheaper. Hillary will get new quotes.

5) Special Elections
Charles noted there were three special elections going on, and the Election Day will be August 11. Those voters are clearly very interested in politics, and we should plan to flyer them to publicize our candidates. It’s also a good way to warm up your machine in preparation for Election Day, November 4.

6) Discussion of Email lists
Alex noted that we don’t have an internal, members-only email list for planning activities (beyond the City Committee list). Hillary suggested that we can probably do this through NationBuilder. Alex asked for a presentation on NationBuilder (capabilities, costs) for the next meeting.
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GPOP General Membership Meeting, 5/27/201507.03.15

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA, Minutes from Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Dream House Asian Bistro, 6127 Ridge Avenue (at Green Lane), Roxborough, Philadelphia

Attendance: Alex Gillett, Bernadette Cronin-Geller, Glenn Davis, Julian Robinson, Beverly Rolfsmeyer, Hillary Kane, Chris Robinson, Ernest Schulte, Lawrence Geller, John Winfelter, and Eric Hamell
Minutes were taken by Hillary in the absence of an elected Recording Secretary.

1) Announcements
May 30, GPPA State Meeting in Swarthmore, 11 AM-3 PM
May 30, Horsham Demonstration against Drone Command Center
June 10, City Committee meeting/Phone Banking, 7 PM at Liberty Choice
June 24, GPOP meeting, location TBA [THIS DATE WAS CHANGED, SEE #8 BELOW]
June 25-28, US Social Forum
Hillary selling tickets to USSF through GPOP at only $20. Buy tickets through Hillary, not the USSF Philly site. Proposing two workshops: one on ballot access (with Jay Sweeney, Carl Romanelli, and possibly Alex Gillett and Paul Rossi), and another on May Day as a National Holiday (Vivek Ananthan).

May 26, Bernadette, Lawrence and Eric protested at the federal building yesterday against drone strikes. Philadelphia-Area Anti-Drone Network.
Alex raised concerns about the anti-drone demonstrations (at Horsham) because they appear to be directed to the “proletariat,” the actual workers and staffers of the facility who would need to make great personal risks to challenge the program, rather than the government & leadership that put the policies in place.

2) Introductions
See attendance list above

3) Discussion of Primary Election Results
Alex noted that the turnout was low – only 30%. This is a big opening for us — voter dissatisfaction is high.
Chris felt that this was because no one is talking about their issues. If Greens were running, we would presumably be talking about the issues people care about.
Lawrence mentioned that we need to work to mobilize the 1900 or so registered Greens that have already indicated some support for us. We need to ask those 1900 registrants to take 50 brochures a piece and hand them out in their own neighborhood.
Eric is supposed to be putting a list together of registered Greens with phone numbers. We can’t afford to do a snail mailing. This was decided on at the last City Committee meeting. The goal is to do some phone banking on June 10th in lieu of the City Committee meeting.
Hillary mentioned the new GPUS brochure that has a space for a local chapter’s information. It also happens to have Hillary on it! Can we raise $ to get some of these new brochures produced?
Next week, Chris will get the list of Greens who voted in the Primary.
Hillary will also update the Philly Election Results spreadsheet which tracks votes for Green candidates for the entire city by division.
Glenn wants us to focus more on younger voters “millennials.” Focus on #BlackLivesMatter as a local movement. We need more Greens to come out to participate.
Alex thinks we need to simply go to our own neighbors and talk with them about joining the Green Party, how to register, etc. He wants to focus on voter registration.
Beverly, picking up on the movement thread, asked how we could be more involved and more visible at events and demonstrations.
Hillary noted that one additional thing we need to do is use social media. She has been tweeting when she can from the GPPA account — such as at one of the #BlackLivesMatters events and when she and Chris gathered signatures at Mt. Airy Day.

4) Discussion of new Press Release
Chris proposed a press release if no one got a majority, but Kenney did. So this idea is no longer useful. Alternative plan is to issue a release that makes a set of recommendations for the next mayor and try to get the two major party candidates to agree to those points or at least to debate them. The meeting accepted this plan, and Chris will ask everyone for their ideas.
Alex wants us to be more political. We have been too passive. A candidate for mayor (Anthony Hardy Williams) paid a $30,000 fine to the Board of Ethics for campaign finance violations. Another candidate paid $6-8,000. Alex’s PAC has gone to Harrisburg and looked at the signatures of incumbent candidates and at least 10% are bad. Until we threaten the incumbents with defeat from signature challenges, our proposed legislation to change the ballot access rules will not have a chance. Alex thinks we could bring this to the media — not do an actual challenge ourselves.
Discussion about getting out of our individual bubbles — some want to do anti-drone protests, some want to work on ballot access challenges, some want to do door-to-door outreach — but no one activity is unifying the party and people are often not interested in working on what they perceive to be “other people’s” stuff.
Lawrence: We have a malaise in GPOP right now — we need to make a plan, stick to it, and push ourselves to hold ourselves accountable to the decisions we made at previous meetings. We need to roll up our sleeves and do work.

5) Latest news from Kristin’s campaign
Kristin not present but her campaign seems to be ramping up post-primary. She reached out to Hillary to join her campaign committee. She seems to be doing stuff. Chris will email her to send a report to GPOP News. Alex said her campaign was a bit in limbo until the primary. Helen Gym’s victory has prompted Kristin to re-focus her campaign and message.
John mentioned the real estate tax for businesses and large corporations (Comcast, Stadium, Universities). Tons of money for the stadiums only goes to a small section of South Philly.
Bernadette suggested charter school oversight as an issue for Kristin.

6) Latest news from Glenn’s campaign
Glenn said his campaign is going well. He’s running a “grass roots” campaign and focusing more on getting people involved rather than raising money. He has some support from Stephanie Singer’s office since she was kicked off the ballot. Goal is to beat the Republican who, in 2011, won with only 15% of the vote. Glenn believes that he will be challenged by the Republicans since we’re a bigger threat to them in this election. We need to each talk to all of our Democratic friends and explain that they can and should split their vote and this will actually help knock off the Republican, not “spoil” a Democrat.
Raising money by door knocking. Doing it while petitioning.
Next campaign meeting Sunday, May 31st at Hillary’s house at 2:30 PM. 5031 Catharine Street.

7) Report from GPOP Treasurer
Hillary passed out the analysis of income and expenditures. Our income is roughly evenly split between one-time donors, monthly sustainers, and “pass the hat.” Hillary noted that the monthly sustainer program brings in ~$80 a month and comes from only 5 people. We could easily increase our income substantially by recruiting more sustainers.
Green Night Out has been revived at the Sang Kee Peking Duck House, www.sangkeechinatown.com, 238 North Ninth Street, Chinatown, on Saturday, June 27th.

8) Next GPOP General Membership Meeting
GPOP usually holds its General Membership Meeting on the fourth Wednesday of each month (with the exception of August and December). Unfortunately, the fourth Wednesday of July will conflict with travel plans for members who will attend the National Convention of the Green Party of the U.S. in Saint Louis, MO, http://www.gp.org/current-news/1367-the-green-party-will-hold-its-2015-annual-national-meeting-in-st-louis-missouri-july-23-26. Therefore, the membership agreed to hold its next General Membership meeting on Wednesday, July 29. Please bring your nomination petitions to this meeting. Mady Cantor will notarize them for free.
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