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Greens to Meet, 10/26, 7:00 pm10.17.16

Greens to Meet
Wednesday, October 26,
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Roxborough Read & Eat
6156 Ridge Ave
Roxborough, Philadelphia
(Easily accessible via SEPTA 9 or 27 Bus)
More information from 215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org

Please join us to plan for
The Green Party Election Day Presence at the Polls.

Let’s talk and decide what you can do!

We look forward to your participation.
This meeting is open to the public with no admission charge.
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grassroots democracy – social justice – nonviolence – ecological wisdom
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Let’s Get Working on Jill Stein’s Campaign10.17.16

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #17, September 6, 2016

Let’s get started, Green Party Representative!
I hope you had a good vacation, with lots of fun over the long, Labor Day weekend. Now it is time to get busy!
Your role in the Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka Campaign for President/Vice President will be critical. Jill will need you at the polls on Tuesday, November 8. Before that, however, we need to prepare your neighbors by letting them know what Jill Stein stands for. Namely, we want to put a Jill Stein flyer in each-and-every door in your voting division. Hopefully, this will help to generate votes for Jill from those who had not known there is a Green Party alternative to the “lesser evil” candidates.

Generating votes for Jill Stein was the reason for my email to you last week, “Pick a day, any day.” I wanted you to have a chance to choose a Saturday or Sunday that was convenient for you. If I do not hear from you, I will simply assign a day for literature distribution starting from your home. Please look for this list of assignments soon.

Our first four literature drops are listed below. I hope that you will also volunteer to help the other Representatives distribute Jill Stein literature in their neighborhoods.
This report will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #16, which you received on August 3.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Since my last report, the following new Green Party Representatives have joined our campaign: Scott (University City), William (Mount Airy), Kentu (Germantown), and Brianna and John (Chestnut Hill). Thank you all for your interest in the Green Party and in our candidate Jill Stein. We now have 31 Green Party Representatives.
This weekend there are four literature drops scheduled to publicize the Stein/Baraka Campaign:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
1:00 pm, Meet outside Charles’ house, 1434 Elbridge Street in Oxford Circle East to cover Ward 54, 5.
1:00 pm, Meet outside Bernadette Marie’s apartment building, Henry on the Park, Building G, 7901 Henry Avenue, in Roxborough, to cover Ward 21, 3.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
1:00 pm, Meet outside Joan’s house, 411 East High Street in Germantown, to cover Ward 59, 8.
3:00 pm, Meet outside Kentu’s apartment building, 123 West Tulpehocken Street in Germantown, to cover Ward 59, 22.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
We definitely need more Green Party Representatives volunteering on the Outreach Working Group. If you would like to become a member of the new Outreach Working Group, its next meeting will take place at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 13. Please contact me for the location.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
I am sure that you have been horrified during the last month at the bad publicity swirling around the Philadelphia District Attorney. We are still searching for an honest lawyer who would like to campaign as a Green Party candidate for District Attorney during 2017. Please let me know of any prospective candidates you may know, or give them my contact information.

Thank you so much for all you have done as a Green Party Representative.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “Green Party 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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Minutes, General Membership Meeting, 9/2810.09.16

Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
General Membership Meeting, September 28, 2016

Held at Liberty Choice Market, 1947 North Front Street
Kensington, Philadelphia

Meeting Minutes
1.INTRODUCTIONS
PRESENT:
Vivek Ananthan, Mike Georgeson, Alex Gilette, Eric Hamell (GPOP City Committee Member at Large), Hillary Kane (GPOP Treasurer), Mohammed Myers, James Robertson, Chris Robinson (GPOP Membership Secretary), Ernest Schulte, Charles Sherrouse (GPOP City Committee Member at Large), Kassie Stanford, Galen Tyler (GPOP Chair). Galen brought with two friends, Jamal and Larry, who did not sign in. There were also three Temple University journalism students, who attended on assignment, Larry Puchalski, Michaela Althouse and Greta Anderson. GPOP City Committee Member at Large Julian Robinson was absent without excuse.
MINUTES: Minutes were taken by Chris Robinson because of the excused absence of Recording Secretary Belinda Davis. Chris sent a draft copy to those present (above list) requesting additions and corrections. Additions were submitted by Hillary (see below).

2.ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA (none)

3.JILL STEIN CAMPAIGN UPDATE
Galen spoke about the 9/26 Hofstra University Protest, aka “Occupy the Debate.” The crowd turnout was smaller than expected, and 24 people were arrested for civil disobedience.
Chris reported that we now have 24 poll workers who have signed on as Green Party Representatives. This is four times as many as we had in 2015, and the number is still growing. Representatives have already distributed Jill Stein literature in six of those divisions, and they will distribute door-to-door in four more over the coming weekend. Galen said that Cheri Honkala would volunteer to work the polls, and she would like to stuff doors in her division on October 30. Following the meeting, Kassie volunteered to work the polls where she votes.

4.OUTREACH REPORT
James described some of the problems he has had trying to organize ex-Sandernistas. It has been a serious problem because there is no Jill Stein Campaign in Philadelphia. James’ organization is planning to invite Jill Stein to Philadelphia during the first week in November, and they are working with her national campaign to come up with a good date. James appealed for help from the Green Party in building publicity for Jill Stein for President.

5.GREEN ACTIVISM BEYOND THE BALLOT
Chris explained that Mohammed had made a presentation to the GPOP City Committee on 9/14, which was approved by all present. Mohammed had been invited to make that presentation to the GPOP membership at this meeting.
Mohammed then spoke about the importance of Green Party members being present in the neighborhoods – beyond their electoral work. He said that in many African American neighborhoods, people had never heard of the Green Party and had no idea what it stood for. Mohammed, himself, is impressed by the Green Party’s history of standing for justice and ending oppression of minority communities. He said that the Green Party must focus on politicization of oppressed people because it will build Green Party name recognition and enlist new members.
Green members agreed with Mohammed’s analysis, and one member suggested that we work on his ideas following the General Election. Mohammed objected to this, saying that the time to become present in the neighborhoods is right now.
Galen then spoke to some of Mohammed’s concerns. Galen recently met with Concerned Black Men of Philadelphia, and had a good discussion with them. Often, Galen has run into the problem of “gatekeepers” who are working for the Democrats and who close the door, shutting out Green Party representatives.

6.GPPA STATE MEETING, 10/22
Hillary reported that Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) delegates will meet at Gettysburg College on 10/22. She said it is important that all GPOP delegates make plans to attend. [Hillary added, “We will vote on approving a new logo for GPPA, which sounds small but is very important. Without an approved new logo, we have been unable to print new literature. The last meeting did not have quorum so we were unable to officially approve a design that almost everyone approves of. We also expect a good turnout from new people from more ‘far flung’ areas of the state that have been energized by the Stein campaign and want to get a new Green Party local organized in their county. We should have a strong showing of support for these new organizing efforts. Finally, we will be discussing plans for recruiting local candidates in 2017 (in addition to reports on current races).”]

7.TREASURER’S REPORT
Hillary reported that GPOP has $1,400.00. She said that we have still not paid our share to Patrick Doyle for his work on the 7/25 Power to the People rally at the Democratic Party’s National Convention (DNC). Chris moved that we reimburse Patrick for any supplies he can document (with invoices) up to $250.00. This motion was pass by consensus.

Respectfully submitted for your consideration by Chris Robinson.
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“Evil of the Two Lessers”10.04.16


POSTED BY: GREEN PAPERS, OCTOBER 3, 2016

By Chris Robinson

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Evil-of-the-Two-Lessers-by-Chris-Robinson-Democratic_Democrats_Goldwater_Green-160927-925.html.

Permit me to offer a brief history lesson, which might convince some to see the world from a different perspective. The first election campaign I volunteered in was that of President Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964. I was then a student at Dickinson College, but I was not yet old enough to vote. During the half century since then, I have been an active participant in politics, and I have learned two interesting lessons, which I plan to share with you if you keep reading.

I can see now that I was a young fool in 1964, when I believed that Johnson was a peace candidate who would negotiate a settlement of the Vietnam War. He was running for president against Senator Barry Morris Goldwater (R-AZ), who claimed he would bomb Vietnam back to the Stone Age. There was no doubt in my mind which was the “lesser evil.” Upon winning the election, of course, Johnson proceeded to bomb Vietnam back to the Stone Age. I have never forgotten this lesson about “strategic voting,” also called the “Evil of the Two Lessers.”


I became an activist in Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and via that organization in the struggle to end the War in Vietnam. During that struggle, I learned a second lesson which would become useful: there is an American Ruling Class. Today it is known as “The One Percent.” It became evident to educated observers that, election after election, U.S. society continued on the same path, no matter which of the two evil parties would control Congress and the White House. Wars continued, prisons became more overcrowded, working people became poorer, and poor people became hungrier.

By way of example, when “peace” candidate James Earl Carter, Jr., won the presidency in 1976 after defeating President Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. (another “greater evil”), Carter took the peace dividend resulting from the end of the Vietnam War and invested it in a brand new nuclear arsenal (both submarine-launched and intercontinental ballistic missiles). Carter still tries to protect and project his image as a peace activist, while the whole world (outside the north American continent) knows who Carter still works for. After all, his nuclear arsenal still threatens the rest of the world.

Politically, there has been a consistent monopoly of power at the apex. The One Percent has seized control of the two major parties, and Democratic Party politicians have steadily and persistently promoted policies that have moved to the right. Just look at Democratic Party achievements: the destruction of the labor movement and the de-regulation of Wall Street, the Defense of Marriage Act, and an end to the safety net, welfare, as we knew it (President William Jefferson Clinton); a healthcare system dominated by finance capital and a billion dollar investment in a new nuclear arsenal (President Barak Hussein Obama, Jr.). Democrats have cooperated with Republicans in the exploitation of the Earth: protection of fossil fuel extraction with the most expensive military imaginable, and the repeated use of that military in undeclared oil wars in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Libya.

One item at a time, the Democratic Party has taken strips from the Republican Party’s political mantle, and stitched together for itself a new, conservative coat. To stay alive, the Republican Party has been forced further and further to the right and into the hands of a lunatic fringe. The Democratic Party is no longer the Party of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and it vigorously rejects any attempt (i.e. Bernard Sanders’) to return control to the grassroots.

For me, these were two important lessons: rejection of the Evil of the Two Lessers and understanding electoral politics as essential to the class struggle against The One Percent. The key question then became what to do with those two lessons.

Fortunately, the Green Party entered U.S. politics in 2000, running incorruptible Ralph Nader for President. Finally, we had a political party that stood for a grassroots platform, which had been unheard of in our country since 1945, the year I was born. Finally, there was a feminist, pacifist Party that had a plan for full employment at union wages, reparations for slavery, an end to climate change, redistribution of wealth from the One Percent, negotiation instead of intimidation, single-payer healthcare, legalization of marijuana and ending the drug war, and free public education through college graduation.

This year, The Evil of the Two Lessers has again become a rat race with Republicans and Democrats running in circles without resolving of any social problems. If you are searching for a political party which is not controlled by major corporations, it is time to look at the Green Party in your locale. Naturally, it will take some time for the Green Party to catch on, especially since it refuses corporate money. Perhaps it is time for you to vote for Jill Stein for President on Election Day. Perhaps it is time for you to join the Green Party and to run as a Green for local office in the 2017 election.
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Chris Robinson is the Membership Secretary of the Green Party of Philadelphia. For more information, please contact 215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org.
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