Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Quarterly Report to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA)
November 15, 2015
The Green Party of Philadelphia has been very active since the last Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Delegate Meeting on September 19, 2015, in Harrisburg, PA. We have focused our efforts on staffing the polls for Kristin Combs’ campaign for Philadelphia City Council and on finding candidates to run for PA State office in 2016.
September 2015 (continued)
On September 30, the GPOP General Membership Meeting was held at Calvary Center for Culture and Community in Cedar Park, West Philadelphia. It was attended by 11 members and friends. Those present heard an account of the GPPA Quarterly Meeting in Harrisburg on 9/11. Kristin Combs gave a report on her campaign via telephone. The membership then approved an Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group, which will have three functions: “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 October 4, a news release, “Green Party Looking for Political Candidates,” was posted to the media. This news release appeared in: Green Party of the U.S. website under State and Local News; The Independent Voice, October 5; Lehigh Valley Vanguard, October 5, 2015; Philadelphia Free Press, October 6, 2015; and Philadelphia Public Record, October 8, 2015, pages 15, 21.
On October 5, the GPOP EOW Group posted Report #1 to the membership. Report #1 summarized the preparatory work, which had been done prior to the GPOP Membership Meeting on 9/30. It also asked for GPOP members to volunteer for the EOW Group.
On October 10, Hillary Kane organized GPOP’s GREEN NIGHT OUT at Sang Kee Peking Duck House in Chinatown, Philadelphia. Guest of honor (and Green Party candidate for City Council) Kristin Combs discussed her campaign with the 13 people who attended.
On October 12, a news release, “City Council Candidate Kristin Combs Speaks at Green Night Out,” was posted to the media. This news release appeared in: OpEdNews, October 12, 2015; Philadelphia Free Press, October 13, 2015; Northwest Greens email list, October 13, 2015; GPOP NEWS, email list of Green Party of Philadelphia, October 13, 2015; Pennsylvania State News, October 13, 2015; Green Party of Pennsylvania, Facebook, October 13, 2015; and Green Party of the U.S. website under State and Local News, October 14, 2015.
On October 18, the GPOP EOW Group posted Report #2 to the membership. Report #2 described the activity which had taken place following the GPOP Membership Meeting on 9/30.
On October 28, the GPOP General Membership Meeting was held at Roma’s Pizza, in Roxborough, Philadelphia. It was attended by nine members. Members heard a report from Kristin Combs and from Belinda Davis, Kristin’s volunteer coordinator. Hillary Kane said that the next Green Night Out would be postponed until 2016. The GPOP City Committee is planning a 15th Anniversary Party for GPOP in the spring of 2016.
On November 3, GPOP members worked the polls for Kristin Combs’ campaign for Philadelphia Council. Final figures for this election are not yet available, but public estimates put Kristin’s total at more than 11,100 votes. While this was not enough to earn Kristin a seat on City Council, it was the largest total in history for any Green Party candidate in any Philadelphia city-wide election.
The November GPOP General Membership Meeting was postponed until December 2 because it conflicted with a national celebration of Euro-Imperialism.
During October and November, GPOP members were active within the Philadelphia Area Anti-Drone Network (meetings on 9/16 and 10/21). Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller, Lawrence Geller, Evelyn Haas, Eric Hamell, Chris Robinson and Bob Smith attended demonstrations (9/26 and 10/31) against the new Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA. It was good to see Greens from Lancaster County there as well.
On October 13, Glenn Davis and Julian Robinson attended the Ferguson to Philly planning meeting at the Friends Center.
On October 22, Eric Hamell attended the Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks pot-luck social for Kristin Combs, the GPOP candidate for City Council.
On October 24, GPOP members marched in Spiral Q’s Peoplehood Parade. GPOP was a Peoplehood Partner.
On November 10, Glenn Davis participated in the national Fight for $15/hour demonstration. A photo of the demonstration in Philadelphia can be found here.
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
City Committee Member at Large
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)