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Greens Endorse Occupy Inauguration, 1/20 +21/201712.16.16

Green Party endorses Occupy Inauguration

Greens will participate in protests on Jan. 20 and 21

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States (GPUS) has endorsed Occupy Inauguration, as Greens prepare to participate in events planned for Jan. 20 and Jan. 21.

Occupy Inauguration will feature a mass rally and protest in Washington, D.C. to coincide with President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.Organizers intended Occupy Inauguration to take place whether Mr. Trump or Hillary Clinton won the election: “We knew, no matter who was to be elected, Trump or Clinton, the voices of the 99% would be shut out. We are calling for unity to stand against the oligarchy and demand representation for the people.”
Friday, Jan. 20 is Inauguration Day. Saturday, Jan. 21 is the seven-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, which removed restrictions on certain political expenditures and broadcast electioneering by corporations.

“Donald Trump is stacking his administration with know-nothings who deny climate change, white supremacists who hardly bother to hide their racism, and appointees hostile to minimum wages, overtime, workplace safety laws, corporate regulation, environmental protections, Social Security, Medicare, and immigrants’ rights. He has already betrayed working people who voted for him in the hope of an alternative to Wall Street politicians of both major parties,” said Darryl! L.C. Moch, co-chair of the GPUS.

“In joining the Occupy Inauguration coalition, Greens are also protesting Democrats and moderate Republicans whose response to Trump’s extremist agenda will be accommodation, compromise, and capitulation. The real opposition party during the next four years will be Greens, not Democrats,” said Mr. Moch.

Occupy Inauguration’s demands align with the Green Party’s own platform and principles. They include an end to mass deportations of immigrants, refugees, and their families; support for Black Lives Matter’s call for an end to institutional racism, police brutality, and the racist War on Drugs; honoring of First Nations treaties; a constitutional amendment abolishing “corporate rights”; Medicare for All; the Disability Integration Act; urgent action against climate change including a halt on fracking, new pipelines, and other fossil-fuel extraction projects; free college education and cancellation of student debt; far-reaching electoral reforms; break-up of “too big to fail” banks; an end to permanent war and the surveillance state; pardons for political prisoners and whistle-blowers; a federal $15/hour minimum wage; and scrapping of trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The list of demands also includes the Green New Deal, which has been promoted by 2016 Green presidential nominee Jill Stein, running mate Ajamu Baraka, and other Green candidates since 2010.

Other Occupy Inauguration endorsers include Occupy Wall Street, Liberty Tree, Code Pink, Socialist Alternative, Climate Revolution, Progressive Independent Party, Move to Amend, Roots Action, Veterans for Peace, Equality Coalition, Indigenous Environmental Network, DUH Demand Universal Healthcare, Justice Party, United Progressive Coalition, Native Organizers Alliance, Veterans Party of America, Real Progressives, Disabled Americans for Change, Progressive Army, Bernie National Delegate Speaking Panel, Popular Resistance, Activate Now, Socialist City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, Native American activist Winona LaDuke, Move to Amend national spokesperson and Stein/Baraka 2017 campaign manager David Cobb, and Lakota elder and activist Phyllis Young.
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2017 Election Dates for Green Party Members12.16.16

2017 PENNSYLVANIA ELECTION DATES Important For Green Party Members

March 8, First day to circulate and file nomination papers

May 16, MUNICIPAL PRIMARY, best date to collect nomination signatures

August 1, Last day to circulate and file nomination papers
August 8, Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated by nomination papers

October 10, Last day to register to vote before the November election
November 7, MUNICIPAL ELECTION

This information is derived from “2017 PENNSYLVANIA ELECTIONS IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER,” PA Department of State, http://www.dos.pa.gov/VotingElections/CandidatesCommittees/RunningforOffice/Documents/2017%20important%20dates%20final.pdf.

Note: All dates in this calendar are subject to change without notice.

More information from:
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
gpop@gpop.org
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia
www.gpop.org

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Minutes, General Membership Meeting, 11/3012.06.16

General Membership Meeting, Minutes
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
November 30, 2016

Held at A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia.

Present: Galen Tyler, Taj McGruder, Jerrod Anderson, Amanda Joachim, Olivia Faison, Kevin Bellardine, Andy Cook, Sheila Ptah, Assantewaa Nkrumah-Ture, Martha O’Connell, Willem Foster, Tremaine Lewis, Kentu Malik, Belinda Davis, Hillary Kane, Eric Hamell, Margaret Neary, Mike “Georgy” Georgeson, James Robertson, Murielle McCarthy, Scott McCarthy, Jake Biando, Anne Johnson, Ian McShea, Seth, Chris Robinson, Ernest Schulte, Alex Gillett, Jeff Stanley, Emily Wyner, Charles Sherrouse, Mark Heacock, and Charles Neary

There were no additions or amendments to the agenda. All present introduced themselves.

Announcements included the following:
–Provisional screening of the documentary The Red Pill on 12/8; sign up at tugg.com by 6:30 p.m. on 12/1, to make it happen
–Meeting of the PHL Solidarity Committee, Sat. 12/3, 1-3 p.m., Arch St. United Methodist Church, https://www.facebook.com/PHLSolidarityForum/
–Tentative end-of-year event for GPOP; keep your eyes out for specifics, and contact Belinda, bedavis@rutgers.edu, if you would like to help plan something.
–Internal elections for GPOP City Committee (chair, treasurer, membership secretary, recording secretary, and three at-large positions) to take place (as every year) over the two monthly membership meetings on January 25 and February 22, 2017; details to follow, via the listserv and social media
–Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) quarterly meeting in Harrisburg, 1/28 – 29/’17; details to follow

Discussion of electoral politics.
Chris Robinson gave a report on the Electoral Operations Working Group, which currently consists of 19 people. This group helps get Greens out to polling sites on (and before) elections, to distribute literature, etc. They also seek out members interested in running for electoral office. For 2017, this will include city comptroller, district attorney, and also inspectors of election, for which we currently have an elected Green in one set of divisions.
Sheila Ptah indicated interest in running as comptroller; Olivia Faison likewise as an inspector of election.
We also discussed possibilities for the development of a party apparatus of neighborhood leaders (something like “ward leaders”).
Green Party candidates won enough votes in Pennsylvania in the November election to regain state ballot access. This means “Green” will appear as a choice for party affiliation on voter registration forms (electronic and ultimately also paper). Greens can also run in special elections without an onerous burden of signatures.

Hillary Kane noted: when registering as Green on paper voter registration forms, where the choice is still only to write it in, it is very important to write just “Green” and not “Green Party”!
Andy Cook observed that it was far more politically significant to register as “Green” rather than as “Independent.” Olivia emphasized that it would be well worth figuring out how to audit elections more broadly, even beyond the Stein/Baraka campaign’s current presidential recount effort. Ian observed the usefulness of the Committee of 70, including in terms of familiarizing ourselves with our own wards.

Moving beyond electoral politics.
The main topic of the evening. Ian McShea proposed the establishment of an Organizing Working Group; Andy Cook, Amanda Joachim, Galen Tyler, and Belinda Davis registered their interest. Others interested should please contact Ian (ianmcshea-at-gmail.com) at their earliest convenience. Assantewaa suggested that the Trump election should act as a call for social justice advocates to be that much more engaged in politics, not just at election time, and that we ourselves need to move on this, on a range of local issues.

Galen and Hillary noted the value of having a short-, medium-, and longer-term “game plan”—and of working to prevent burn-out. James Robertson suggested there could be use in a strategic analysis, assessing the work of GPOP in the recent past, to determine what has worked more and less well. All agreed on the principles of working where people were, on what people were concerned about. There was also wide support for the idea of coalitioning with other active groups (such as Reclaim Philly, the Solidarity Forum, DecarceratePA, Friends of the Wissahickon, etc., etc.), with individuals acting as liaisons between GPOP and other groups; with getting out to others’ activities as well as planning our own (also with other groups); of “being seen being Green”; and of taking the stance of learning from other groups, as well as offering our own experience. Specific issues mentioned included protest alongside 350.org against the natural gas plant proposed for Nicetown; replacement of the School Reform Commission (SRC); and removal of children from their homes effectively because of their parents’/caregivers’ poverty; and other still more local issues.

Primary importance of outreach.
James addressed pre-election activities of the Outreach Working Group (including a park clean-up, BBQs, flyering), and emphasized the need for updated GPOP literature. Assantewaa noted the value of having literature in Spanish as well as English, and possibly in other languages. Ian and Willem both noted their Spanish language abilities. Georgy Georgeson pointed out the importance of focusing on non-voters: those who have given up on what they perceive to be the limits of political expression and choices. Olivia mentioned participating in neighborhood block parties as one means to get out the word. Sheila suggested putting lawn signs up now, precisely with the election over, and also the importance of “tabling,” and otherwise making oneself available to answer questions about being Green.
Galen said that, for Greens to be strong in Philadelphia, they have to look like Philadelphia. He noted that many of those present came from northwest Philly (e.g. Germantown), and suggested that that could be one good place to start.

Taj Magruder offered to found a Communications Working Group, which would also work on explaining the party and its activities to people of different identities (ethnic, class, gender, sexual, religious, etc.). Please contact Taj Magruder, if you are interested: tcm5116-at-gmail.com. He spoke of the importance of developing our social media presence (as well as reaching those not on social media).
Murielle reinforced the usefulness of developing various “scripts,” and suggested the usefulness of trainings to approach different audiences — including former Bernie Sanders supporters. This included some of those present, Emily Wyner reminded us, who are still seeking more information to make their decisions, and suggested we try working with focus groups.

We reviewed the Greens’ international Four Pillars (Ecological Wisdom, Social Justice, Grassroots Democracy, and Nonviolence), and the U.S. Greens’ additional six (Decentralization, Community-Based Economics, Feminism, Respect for Diversity, Personal and Global Responsibility, and Future Focus/Sustainability), totaling Ten Key Values. These are also listed on the little information cards that Alia Rahman has developed for GPOP, some of which were distributed at the meeting. Belinda also has more; contact her at bedavis-at-rutgers.edu, if you want some right away.

The discussion closed with an emphasis on the importance of moving ahead quickly now, without losing momentum (while also trying not to burn out!). Mark Heacock, who reported on the strong turnout at recent Green meetings in New Jersey, suggested that this was a primary concern also for those Greens.

Hillary Kane gave the treasurer’s report, noting a current balance of $1456.46 in our account. Over $160 was then collected at the meeting.

Respectfully submitted,
Belinda Davis, GPOP Recording Secretary
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