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GPOP Quarterly Report to PA Green Party, 1/29/’1601.29.16

Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Quarterly Report to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA),
January 29, 2016

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) has been less active since the last Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Delegate Meeting on November 21, 2015, in Harrisburg, PA. This is part of our, regular post-election breather. During the last quarter, we have worked to find candidates for election in 2016 and to build a network of Green Party Representatives, our volunteers at the polls for future elections.

November 2015 (continued)
November 15, GPOP posted a Quarterly Report to GPPA covering the growth of the local Green Party since September 19, 2015.
November 16, GPOP City Committee Member Chris Robinson posted GPOP Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group Report #3, “Municipal Election Summary Part 1,” to GPOP members. This report covered the comments submitted by poll workers who volunteered for Kristin Combs campaign for Philadelphia City Council.
November 25, the monthly GPOP General Membership Meeting was postponed because the date conflicted with Thanksgiving.

December 2015
December 2, the postponed GPOP Membership Meeting was held at Liberty Choice Market in Kensington. Quorum was not achieved at this last-scheduled meeting of 2015.
December 4, GPOP City Committee Member Chris Robinson posted “Municipal Election Summary Part 2, Volunteers Necessary for Electoral Success”, traced the importance of volunteers to Green Party growth from 2007 through 2015. It was written to assist GPOP Representatives in recruiting volunteers at the polls during 2016.
December 13, GPOP posted the Pennsylvania State Election Calendar to its members.
December 14, GPOP City Committee Member Chris Robinson posted “Green Party Post-Election Progress,” GPOP EOW Group Report #4, to GPOP members. This report covered our three-part plan for post-election progress in building the Green Party.

January 2016
January 14, GPOP Treasurer Hillary Kane posted a call for nominations to GPOP members. This call explained the GPOP election process for public office and for the GPOP City Committee (local leadership).
January 17, GPOP City Committee Member Chris Robinson posted “Planning the 2016 Campaign,” GPOP Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group Report #5, to Green Party Representatives.
January 27, the GPOP General Membership Meeting was held at Calvary Community Center in Cedar Park, West Philadelphia. This was GPOP’s annual nominations meeting. Ten members attended, and they nominated seven people to fill the seven offices on the GPOP City Committee. Nominations will remain open until the GPOP Election Meeting on February 24. Unofficial notes from this meeting may be found here.
January 29, GPOP posted a Quarterly Report to GPPA, covering the growth of the local Green Party since November 21, 2015.

Movement Connections
GPOP Membership Secretary Eric Hamell has been trained as a patient escort for Planned Parenthood. He volunteers for four hours each month.
November 18, three GPOP Members attended a meeting of the Philadelphia Area Anti-Drone Network (PAADN) at the Friends Center.
November 28, two Philadelphia Greens attended the “End Drone War and Terror” vigil against the new Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA.
December 16, two GPOP Members attended a meeting of the Philadelphia Area Anti-Drone Network (PAADN) at the Friends Center.
December 17, GPOP Membership Secretary Eric Hamell attended a rally on International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers in Love Park, Philadelphia.
December 26, three Philadelphia Greens attended the “Ignite Peace” vigil against the new Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA.
In Late December, GPOP Chair Glenn Davis attended the evidentiary hearing on unconstitutional treatment of Mumia Abu Jamal at the U.S. District Court in Scranton, PA.
Submitted in solidarity by
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
City Committee Member at Large
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
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Greens to Meet in Cedar Park, 1/27, 7:00 pm01.25.16

GREENS TO MEET,1,26 and 2,24,’16

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Planning the 2016 Campaign01.25.16

GPOP EOW Group Report #5
January 17, 2016

I hope that you are ready to go forward into the 2016 election cycle. I know that we will be successful in 2016 if we all take part. Please let me bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #4, (before the holidays).

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
I have just finished sending emails to my movement contacts asking for recommendations of possible candidates for PA State Representatives. I personally know organizers in the anti-drone warfare and peace movements, the anti-fracking and anti-nuclear-power movements, and the single-payer healthcare movement. Last fall, I asked each of these to recommend potential candidates to run on the Green Party ballot. I just sent a reminder to each movement list, explaining that the 2016 campaign has begun.
I would appreciate it if you would send a request to the movement lists on which you reside. I will be happy to send you a copy of a sample for you to use. Just let me know.
The Green Party of Pennsylvania is searching for a candidate to run for the U.S. Senate. They have not yet found a candidate, but they do have some funds in a campaign account awaiting this candidate.
The Green Party of the U.S. has just authorized the campaign of five candidates to be the Green Party nominee for president of the U.S. This means that Philadelphia will have a candidate for at least one office on the ballot, and our work will have significance in the 2016 General Election.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
I have contacted the volunteers from Green Party campaigns in 2015, 2012 and 2011, requesting their help. I will soon send an email to volunteers from 2010. When we eventually have candidates for office, this should be an easier pitch.
We now have the PA Election Calendar for 2016. GPOP Representatives will be able to begin collecting signatures on Green Party nomination papers on February 17. I hope to have more information for you in Report #6.
Right now, the important thing for each of us is to recruit more GPOP Representatives. Please send me the contact information for any of your friends or neighbors who might be interested.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
We need volunteers to help us with these tasks: website, email list, publicity and fundraising. Can you help with any of the above projects? Do you have any of the required skills? If not, are you ready to learn these skills?
Please, please respond to this email and let me know what you would like to do to help us build the Green Party.

It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
City Committee Member at Large
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP Representatives.” According to a motion approved by the GPOP membership on September 30, 2015, the EOW Group has 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.”
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Green Presidential Nomination: 5 Candidates01.15.16

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Green Party Recognizes 5 Candidates for Presidential Nomination

Green Party of the United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States has recognized five candidates for the party’s presidential nomination. The presidential and vice-presidential nominees will be chosen at the 2016 Green Presidential Nominating Convention, which will take place in Houston, Texas, from August 4 to 7.

The five candidates are:
Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry,
Dr. Jill Stein,
Darryl Cherney,
William P. Kreml, and
Kent Mesplay.

For contact information, see the candidates’ web sites or the Green Party’s Presidential Candidates Page.

In the 2012 election, the Green Party had presidential ballot lines in 37 states including the District of Columbia, reaching 82% of voters. As of January 1, 2016, the Green Party is already on the ballot in 22 states, is actively petitioning in eight other states, and is aiming for ballot lines in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

As of December 30, the Green Party’s Presidential Campaign Support Committee determined that all five had sufficiently met the requirements to be officially recognized by the party. Requirements for recognition include evidence of support from at least 100 party members across the country, completion of a questionnaire stating the campaign’s main issues and strategy, and a pledge to appear on all available state Green Party ballot lines.

Green presidential contenders must also file with the FEC and meet fundraising milestones in order to maintain recognized status.

The requirements for recognition are meant to show a candidate’s level of campaign organization, campaign strategy, and positions on issues, and help the party determine which candidates are seriously seeking the nomination. The process helps state Green Parties decide which candidates to place before their members during the 2016 primaries and at statewide conventions and caucuses in preparation for the nominating convention. Each state Green Party has its own procedure for apportioning delegates.

The Green Party has demanded that Green presidential nominees be allowed to participate in post-nomination debates and is currently a plaintiff in two lawsuits against the Commission on Presidential Debates.

The Green nominees in previous presidential election years were Dr. Stein and Cheri Honkala (2012), Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente (2008), David Cobb and Pat LaMarche (2004), and Ralph Nader and Winona LaDuke (2000 and 1996).

MORE INFORMATION
Green Party of the United States, http://www.gp.org, 202-319-7191
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Call for Green Party Nominations01.15.16

We would like you to attend two important Green Party Meetings on Wednesday, January 27, and Wednesday, February 24th.

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) has a City Committee (like a steering committee) which was elected in 2015 for a one-year term of office. Nominations for the coming year are taking place right now. Won’t you consider nominating yourself or someone else?

The positions on the City Committee are:
Chair,
Treasurer,
Recording Secretary,
Membership Secretary, and
3 At-Large Members

Any registered Green may run for election to any of the seven positions listed above. Nomination of officers remains open for your convenience. If you would like to nominate yourself (or another Green) for the GPOP City Committee, please contact 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org. You can also make nominations in person at the January 27 meeting, which will take place at the Calvary Center for Culture and Community (CCCC), 801 South 48th Street (at Baltimore Avenue) in West Philadelphia. This meeting will also be a good time to meet current leaders, discuss issues of concern, and learn more about the expectations of City Committee members.

Voting on nominees will take place at the following General Membership Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 1901 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.

If you would like to help us build the Green Party, please contact me by telephone or by email. Otherwise, I look forward to talking with you in person at one or both of these meetings.

Hillary Kane, 267-971-3559
hillary.aisenstein@gmail.com
GPOP Treasurer
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