Green Party of Philadelphia
Minutes, General Member Meeting, 5/25, 7:00 pm
Alma Mater, 7165 Germantown Avenue, Mount Airy, Philadelphia
Introductions: Galen Tyler, Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller, Bob Smith, Wolfgang Natter, Alex Gillett, Teddy Clark, Ernest Schulte, Hillary Kane, and Belinda Davis
Outreach: The group discussed different forms of recruitment, from dedicated meetings, to seeing what particular neighborhoods are looking for/meeting people where they are, to what else we can do between meetings. Bernadette Marie spoke to the importance of personal contact, especially by phone; also walking door-to-door, for which we need more brochures. Hillary mentioned the difficulty of keeping people coming after the first meeting, especially as the locations change. Additional suggestions included events that GPOP sponsors and other opportunities to engage besides meetings to help involve people. It was suggested we keep better track of what individuals like and want to do. Alex mentioned the need to create a culture of accomplishment and to better respect and support outreach. Discussion continued to ideas for taking advantage of this moment precisely now, when there are so many disaffected members of the two major parties looking for ways to be involved and have their voices heard. It was suggested need to do better at the local level at making our presence known, and not just through election campaigns. Discussion returned to concern for opportunities beyond/outside of regular meetings, especially for young people and students, and turned to the possibility of student interns who might be interested in organizing on their campuses, who might also work on social media and otherwise get the message out.
Green Nights Out: The upcoming event is on 6/11, featuring Marianne Bessey in discussion of “The Ecological Impact of Animal Agriculture.” The dinner will take place beginning at 6:30 at Su Xing House, 1508 Sansom St. A GNO featuring Cheri talking about the March for Our Lives will then follow in July. It was provisionally determined that no GNO be held in August.
Petitioning: Upcoming petitioning opportunities were discussed, including the West Philly street fair and Bala sustainability fair on 6/4; Gorgas Park Solstice Festival on 6/11; and Odunde and Gay Pride on 6/12. We are now also in a position to pay for $1 per signature to petitioners needing pay.
Anti-Drone-War Displays during the DNC: Bob Smith presented on nodrones.org, worldcan’twait.org, and the BrandywinePeace.org initiatives that will take place during the DNC: “truth displays” throughout week, featuring drone replicas, death masks, and facts concerning children killed in drone attacks and other such information. Bob emphasized that it is important to rally people around this, and to remind them about the Democrats’ role in prosecuting and prolonging wars. GPOP voted to endorse the displays; Greens and others should sign up to help on the Brandywine Peace website, and otherwise promote participation.
March for Our Lives: There is now an office for the march, at the Jill Stein Campaign HQ, 1301 West Porter Street. There are now flyers, there is a website, and a phone number, with interns who will answer. The march application to the city was turned down. Galen suggested that is vital to make publicity around this. We need to get City Council members involved; we need people to work at workshops in preparation for the march (dates TBD), and to otherwise be involved. GPOP had voted to become an institutional PhillyCam member, which will also help support the march.
Fracking: Teddy Clarke offered information and passed around a recent article on fracking, which she hoped to see distributed widely. GPUS’s existing efforts against fracking were discussed.
Ballot Access: Hillary reported on the result of the recent court hearing in Philadelphia concerning ballot access. The judge refused to hear the case, sending it back to the lower courts, which represents a victory, at least on the issue of minority parties being forced to cover court costs when they lose legal challenges against their petitions.
Announcements: Information on The New Century Movement was provided, concerning raids and other aspects of immigrant rights; the group may be coming to Philadelphia. Bernadette offered to create a phone tree connection.
Treasurer’s Report: Hillary reported the balance is $1114.00. She also noted that the GPOP account is accessible in real time online.
Next Meeting: will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, 6/22, and will take place at the Jill Stein Campaign HQ, 1301 West Porter Street, Oregon, south Philadelphia.
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