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Labor Day with Kristin Combs, 9/9, 8:00 am08.30.15

The campaign has begun! Please help us publicize Kristin Combs’ campaign for Philadelphia City Council Member at Large. Alex Gillett has organized a Kristin for Council presence at the Labor Day parade. I will be there, and you are invited to join us.

Alex will be at the SE corner of Washington and Delaware Avenues (Sheet Metal Workers’ Hall) beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, September 7, with stickers and signs for the Green Party and Kristin. You will be able to mingle with the union workers in the parking lot until the parade starts, and then march along with the marchers or find a place to stand along the parade route. The idea is to spread out and look as big as possible. (The official Labor Day announcement is below.)

For more information, please contact
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
chrisrecon@netzero.net
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Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO 28th Tri-State Labor Day Parade and Family Celebration
September 7, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Sheet Metal Workers’ Hall,
1301 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Tri-State Labor Day Parade:
8:30 A.M. Parade gathering;
9:15 A.M. Pre-parade kickoff Rally;
10:00 A.M. Parade begins

Parade begins at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 Union Hall, Columbus Blvd. and Washington Ave. to Penn’s Landing Great Plaza at Columbus Blvd and Market St.
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Kristin Combs Will Appear on the November Ballot08.29.15

Please volunteer for Kristin Combs at your polling place on Tuesday, November 3.
Send your contact information to the Green Party of Philadelphia, c/o Chris Robinson, chrisrecon@netzero.net, 215-843-4256.
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Green Party Candidate for Council at-Large Successfully Passes Challenge Window

PHILADELPHIA- After filing for ballot access on August 3, Green Party candidate for city council at-large, Kristin Combs, a Philadelphia public school teacher at Penn Treaty School, remained unchallenged when the window for such challenges closed. She will appear on the ballot for the general election on Tuesday, November 3.

Kristin Combs has gained momentum and endorsements from a broad coalition of groups including the prominent AFSCME District Council 33, the blue-collar union for Philadelphia’s city employees. Kate Goodman, a member of endorsing organization Socialist Alternative, says “Working class people need independent politicians who represent us, not the Chamber of Commerce. The fight for the $15 minimum wage has been led by independent workers’ organizations, like Socialist Alternative’s City Councilmember Kshama Sawant in Seattle, WA. We need a champion like Kristin Combs in Philly on City Council to fight unapologetically for the $15 minimum wage.”

There are seven at-large council seats available with a maximum of five seats going to the majority party – the Democrats. Kristin is vying for one of the two minority seats, which go to the individuals with the next highest votes; traditionally, this has meant Republicans. However, it also could mean a third party candidate, and she has a chance to win.

“If liberal voters do not vote party-line but instead allot one vote to Kristin, they assure a more progressive voice within the City Council and do not risk losing a seat for Democrats,” says Green Party Treasurer Hillary Kane. “Progressives are excited to use one of their five at-large votes on November 3 to support a candidate whose primary agenda is social and economic justice.”

For more information or to make a contribution, visit www.combs4citycouncil.com.

Endorsements:
AFSCME District Council 33, APWU Bulk Mail Center Local 748, Green Party of Philadelphia, Socialist Alternative, and Socialist Party USA (Philadelphia Local).

For interviews please contact Kristin Combs, 215-613-4223, combs4council@gmail.com
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GPOP General Membership Meeting, July 29, 201508.16.15

Minutes from Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Cavanaugh’s Restaurant, 39th and Sansom Streets, University City, Philadelphia

Attendance:
Mady Cantor, Kristin Combs, Glenn Davis, Jeremy Griffin, Eric Hamell, Hector Colon, John Holloway, Cheri Honkala, Hillary Kane, Richard Kane, Chris Robinson, Julian Robinson, Beverly Rolfsmeyer, Ernest Schulte, Charles Sherrouse and Galen Tyler.

Minutes were taken by Hillary in the absence of an elected Recording Secretary. Chris circulated a draft copy to those present on August 12 and received no additions and corrections. The approved copy was posted to www.gpop.org on August 16.

1. Notarization of Nomination Papers
Mady Cantor notarized nomination papers presented by those present. In hand and notarized: 1160. In hand (not notarized): 1000.

2. Election Operations Working Group.
Chris sent an email with a call for a new working group. He also handed out printed copies. So far, he has gotten positive feedback. He will ask for the approval of GPOP membership at our September meeting.

3. Treasurer’s Report.
Hillary said we have $1,440 in the bank partly due to a very successful Green Night Out with Jill Stein skyping in. She asked for approval to spend $300 to send a delegation to the Annual National Meeting. No objections.
She also connected with some folks who would make for great speakers for Green Night Outs and/or the Green Gala. Would like to plan something for early October. There was a discussion of whether this should be a small group or is so central that it needs to be broader in membership.

4. Relying upon volunteers.
There was a discussion of the need to move beyond volunteerism in order to attract young people and more people of color to the Green Party. Cheri is working on pressing this point with both GPUS and with the Stein campaign.

5. Voter registration parties.
6. Hector is interested in Co-Chairing the new Outreach Working Group along with Galen Tyler.

7. Kristin Combs for Council Updates.
Keep collecting signatures! The American Postal Workers Bulk Mail Local Union meeting with her (already endorsed her). AFSCME District Council 33 also endorsed (but not publicizing).
She is planning a press blitz on August 3. Many other groups are waiting to do endorsements until after the ballots go out on Special Elections on August 11th in State Rep districts 174, 191, 195.
We need to practice Election Day activities that day.
8. ANM report.
Hillary made a report on the GP U.S. Annual National Meeting. The Stein campaign needs donations for matching funds. There was a call for more involvement in anit-war activities, especially Iran.
9. Animal Anti-Abuse meeting.
Beverly gave a report on a meeting of Responsible Policies for Animals she attended, representing GPOP. Beverly also handed out printed copies of their Animal-Rights Strategy Bulletin #1, dated May 2015.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.
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Glenn Davis Files for Philadelphia City Commissioner08.08.15

http://davis-gpofpa.nationbuilder.com/glenn_davis_files_for_philadelphia_city_commissioner

On August 3, Glenn Davis filed nomination papers to be the Green Party’s candidate for Philadelphia City Commissioner, the office that oversees elections. Davis is the chair of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP).

After filing, Davis said, “Philadelphia now has a choice. No one has to vote for the corporate parties. They can now vote for the Green Party candidate for Philadelphia City Commissioner. When elected, I will expose corruption in the election system, register more new voters — especially young voters — and hold neighborhood informational meetings to encourage voting.”

Glenn Davis is running for City Commissioner with six objectives: open all elections to minor parties, end corruption in regulation of elections, a paper record of votes at every polling place, decent pay for polling place officials, registration and education of new voters, and instant run-off voting to achieve majority rule.

“Glenn Davis will engage the neglected voters — young people, returning citizens, and those who have been alienated from voting by corrupt officials and faulty machines,” says Paul Glover, last year’s Green Party candidate for governor of Pennsylvania.

Julian Robinson, a sophomore at Community College of Philadelphia and a member of the GPOP City Committee, is working for Glenn Davis’ campaign “because I believe in his campaign. I believe that we should have more youth involved in the voting process. Not enough youth vote or run for office. Glenn will reach out to them. I also would like to get rid of the “Party” button, so that people will vote for individual candidates.”

Another volunteer with the Davis Campaign is Jeremy R. Griffin, a sophomore at Kutztown University, who collected many nomination signatures for Davis. Griffin is an environmental activist and a docent at Wild West Philly. He is working on the campaign for Glenn Davis because, “I am not for the politics of the two corporate parties. As a registered Green Party member, who lives in Philadelphia, I believe that Glenn Davis is a man with truth and morals who I can get behind.”

Glenn Davis is a 45-year old father of three, born and raised in the Haddington neighborhood of West Philadelphia. He is on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project. Davis is a veteran of the U.S. Army and has served as the vice-president of Shepard Recreation Advisory Council.

Davis has been active in DecarceratePA, and he walked from Philadelphia’s Love Park to the State Capitol in Harrisburg as part of the DecarceratePA march to stop Graterford Prison’s expansion.

“Vote for Glenn Davis for Philadelphia City Commissioner,” said Cheri Honkala, the Green Party candidate for sheriff in 2011 and for vice president in 2012. Honkala continued, “a vote for Glenn Davis will demonstrate that you are serious about real change in the vital area of clean elections.”

Contributions for Glenn Davis’ Campaign for Philadelphia City Commissioner may be made here, or by sending a check or money order to “Friends of Glenn Davis,” c/o Treasurer Hillary Kane, 5031 Catharine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143.

The Green Party is an independent political party based upon grassroots democracy, social justice, nonviolence and ecological wisdom. For more information about the Green Party, please contact 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org.

This news release can also be found at the following sites:

http://gp.org/newsroom/press-releases/details/4/834,

http://www.gpop.org/news/?p=1703,

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GPOPNEWS/conversations/messages/1996,

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/nwgreens/conversations/messages/11537,

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GPOPCHAT/conversations/messages/17235,

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Glenn-Davis-Files-for-Phil-by-Chris-Robinson-Elections_Green_Green-Party-Of-Philadelphia_Nomination-150808-249.html.

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