The Green Party of Philadelphia has been very active since the last Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Delegate Meeting on May 30, 2015, in Swarthmore, PA. We have focused our efforts on getting two GPOP candidates on the ballot for the General Election on November 3.
During this period GPOP members were active within the Philadelphia Area Anti-Drone Network and attended all of the demonstrations against the new Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA. GPOP members were also active within DecarceratePA, the Philadelphia Unemployment Project and the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.
On June 9, GPOP posted a news release entitled, “Green Party ideas for the Next Mayor of Philadelphia.”
On June 24, the GPOP General Membership Meeting was attended by seven people. Most of the discussion concerned building our petition campaign with only one month to go. The minutes from this meeting can be found here.
From June 25 through June 28, U.S. Social Forum took place in Philadelphia. Ten GPOP members were active, and even more attended workshops. A video report can be found here.
On June 27, a Green Night Out fundraiser for GPOP was successful. Twenty five people feasted upon Chinese food while conversing via Skype with Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for President of the U.S. in 2012.
From July 23 through July 27, GPOP members participated in the Green Party U.S. Annual National Meeting (ANM) in Saint Louis, MO. Eight GPOP members attended, including ANM Coordinator Hillary Kane.
On July 29, the GPOP General Membership Meeting drew 16 people to have their nomination papers notarized. Kristin Combs reported that she had endorsements from the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Bulk Mail Local and from American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 33. Hillary Kane reported on the GPUS Annual National Meeting, including their hope for greater Green Party involvement in the peace movement. Chris Robinson reported on his call for the formation of a GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group. The minutes from this meeting can be found here.
On August 3, GPOP members Kristin Combs and Glenn Davis submitted their nomination papers. Kristin Combs is running for Philadelphia City Council Member at Large, and Glenn Davis is running for Philadelphia City Commissioner. Kristin’s nomination was unchallenged.
Glenn Davis’ nomination was challenged by the Republican Party. At a hearing on August 17, a judge ruled that Glenn did not have enough valid signatures. Carl Romanelli and a lawyer from GPPA represented Glenn based upon CPPA vs. Aichele. It is not clear if GPPA has appealed this decision or if GPPA has decided that CPPA vs. Aichele was not relevant. [See: http://www.gp.org/state-and-local-news/1454-green-party-nominee-for-philadelphia-city-office-removed-from-november-2015-ballot.]
On August 19, Chris Robinson attended a meeting of Philadelphia Area Anti-Drone Network and proposed that a member of the peace movement run for PA State Representative on the Green Party ticket in 2016. Chris explained to the network delegates that the Green Party is solidly against drone warfare, and that the only presidential candidate against drone warfare in 2014 was the Green Party’s Jill Stein.
GPOP does not hold a General Membership meeting during August.
On September 7, eight GPOP members joined Kristin Combs at the Philadelphia Labor Day Parade to publicize her campaign for City Council.
On September 10, the GPOP City Committee endorsed a Call for an Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group, which was initiated by Chris Robinson on July 27. If approved by GPOP’s membership, the EOW Group will have three tasks: recruiting Green Party candidates who will campaign for office; organizing people to work on those campaigns; and building an infrastructure that will be able to win electoral campaigns.
On September 11, Chris Robinson attended the monthly meeting of Food and Water Watch. He asked the activists present to spread the word that the Green Party is searching for a candidate who will run for PA State Representative on an anti-fracking slate. Chris explained that the Green Party is the only political party opposed to fracking, and that our opposition dates back to 2008 when Democratic Party Governor Edward G. Rendell initiated fracking in PA.
I hope that other Green Party chapters will let members of GPOP know of their events by posting to our discussion list. Only members may post, but that is not difficult if you follow the east directions under “Join Group.”
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
City Committee Member at Large
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)