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Minutes, March Membership Meeting03.29.17

Minutes, General Membership Meeting
March 23, 2017

Meeting was held at Shissler Recreation Center in Fishtown, Philadelphia.

Introductions.
City Committee in attendance: Galen Tyler, chair; Chris Robinson, membership secretary;, Jarrett Anderson, treasurer; Rachel Rawlings, at-large; Georgie Georgeson, at-large; and Taj Magruder, at-large. Absent: Ian McShea, recording secretary.
GPOP members in attendance: Eric Hamell, Margie Neary, Olivia Faison, Ernest Schulte, Scott McCarthy, Alex Gillett , Belinda Davis, Vivek Ananthan and Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture.
Friends of GPOP in attendance: Cynthony Dench, Olivia’s mom; Andrew Chang, treasurer of Green Party of Montgomery County (Montcogreens); Julia Scancchio, secretary, Montcogreens.

Galen chaired the meeting, and (in Ian’s absence) Rachel took minutes. Meeting called to order at 7:10 by Galen with printed agenda prepared by Margie.

Campaign Updates
Cheri Honkala Special Election
, 3/21, update by Galen
3/24, 9am, public counting of printed ballots
Cheri’s lawyers petitioned to find out disposition of ballots
Commissioners allowed staffers to take ballots home until count?
Letter sent calling for new special election
Federal Court Monday or Tuesday to decide on whether to hold new election

Open discussion:
Taj recounted shenanigans from multiple polling places from Cheri’t twitter/fb
Asantewaa recommended Cheri’s page and plans to celebrate tomorrow at the count. We need to be prepared for whatever legal battle ensues. The PanAmerican mental health clinic is where Leslie Acosta embezzled funds and is run by Freddie Ramirez, so why was that a polling place?
Rachel said that calling for another special election would be counterproductive
Galen said Green ethics require a special election to make every vote count
Cynthony said that tomorrow if Cheri is declared the winner, it’s in spite of the cheating
Jarett: Cheri already said she will not recognize the reults, so we need to act in accordance
Galen: I’ve been involved in elections but never in a group this close-knit and personal. “At least 80-90% of the folks voting for Cheri, they [the dems] tried to stop them.”
Scott: It’s crazy to contest the results if we win.
[Belinda added the following "THE DISCUSSION IS EFFECTIVELY MOOT, BECAUSE THE IRREGULARITIES IN THE PROCESS VIRTUALLY ENSURED THAT CHERI COULD NOT WIN, EVEN IF THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WANTED TO VOTE FOR HER. ALSO, WE NEED TO ADD THE LINK IN FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO FILE A REPORT ON IRREGULARITIES TUESDAY (AND OTHERWISE): http://www.cheri197.com/report/.]
Taj: As the green party we stand by our values even if we win, and we say the election was corrupt.
Asantewaa: Are we conceding?
Galen: No, but based on reports it’s almost impossible we won. Some polling places put out copies of the same tape.
Julia: Wasn’t there a loophole allowing us inside?
Galen explained that most polling places were hostile to Greens but had close-knit Dem presence. West Kensington Ministry (Cheri’s polling place) was the worst

After about 40 minutes, Rachel moved to table the discussion of a GPOP formal statement. Galen seconded. Discussion of formal statement tabled by 9 to 2 vote. Language will be crafted after the City announces the results.

General Election, 11/7
Jules Mermelstein for Judge of Superior Court

Julie reports that Jules Mermelstein and Bob Casey will be in Scranton on Monday, 3/27, at “Save the EPA” event organized by Food & Water Watch. Temple Hesed, 6:30-9:30 pm
Chris spoke with Jules last week. GPOP began circulating his nominating petition last night and Jules needs volunteers for his Philadelphia campaign. Please contact Chris to volunteer for Jules Campaign.
Andrew: Jules needs a financial director, without whom he cannot raise funds.
GPOP endorsed Jules by consensus.

Sheila Ptah for Philadelphia Controller
Sheila Ptah did not come to the meeting. Chris reports Sheila told him she was not going to run for Philadelphia Controller. [Belinda adds: “There is some lack of clarity concerning whether or not Sheila will run.”]

Additional Candidates for Local Offices
Olivia plans to run for inspector of elections in Ward 60, div 17.
Eric plans to run for election inspector in 59, 21
Jarrett moved to endorse both Eric and Olivia. Taj seconded. Endorsement made by consensus.

Working Group Reports
GPOP Outreach Working Group
(OWG) report by Margie:

* OWG plans to host a Happy Hour for us at w/n w/n on Fri March 31st from 6-9pm. ” “Be open. Think Croissant not bagel.” A Facebook event has been posted.
* Earth Day park walk, 4/22, meet up at Wissahickon Transportaiton Center
* Logo contest: no submission yet other than Georgie’s: Green Diamond with the Liberty Bell. 11 votes for, 1 against adopting George’s logo. He will receive a $25 gift cert
* “Register Green, Vote Green” Flyer now translated into Spanish
* GPOP members have been meeting with Solidarity Forum
* Next OWG meeting, 4/2, 2:00 pm at Gittis Center, Temple Univ.
* Asantewaa: Let’s coordinate with Cheri’s campaign and encourage her volunteers to join the Green Party
* George; Let’s do something next year for St. Pat’s Day.

GPOP Education Committee
Discussion of Ecology and Socialism by Chris Williams, 4:00 pm, Grindcore, https://www.facebook.com/events/346548762410466/
Electoral Operations:
Chris had nothing to report.

Election of GPOP Delegates to GPPA:
GPOP has 14 delegates to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) and 8 alternates, elected for a one-year term in office. GPPA delegates meet quarterly, usually in central PA. Next GPPA meeting is Sat, April 29, in Phoenixville.

Chris nominated himself and Kristin Combs.
Taj nominated himself.
Galen nominated himself, Cheri Honkala, Liz Ortiz. (Cheri and Liz accepted nominations via SMS.)
Scott, Margie, Alex, Ernest each nominated themselves
Belinda and Georgie nominated themselves as alternates.
Slate of 10 delegates and 2 alternates, approved by consensus
No picture of City Committee taken today because Ian absent

Climate Justice
Margie reported that 350 Philadelphia asking for GPOP endorsement of their opposition to SEPTA natural Gas power plant near Wayne Junction. 1/3 of kids in neighborhood have asthma.
Voice Vote to endorse by consensus.

Galen: We need to get out more and build coalitions with community activists
Scott: Our goal is to change the political system and empower communities. We’ll need a message
Georgie: When people ask what we’re going to do, you invite them in.
Belinda the original German green party objected to the split between electoral politics and activism around progressive issues. They tried to design a party which would merge both elections and activism.

Treasurer’s report by Jarrett
Printing and Cheri campaign took a lot out; current account is $916.43. Pass that hat!

Other announcements:
Sunday night 6pm at the Church, Cheri’s campaign will have a discussion about the election and next steps.
May Day USA Beef & Beer Dance Party, fundariser at SEIU Hall. Vivek has tickets.
The meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm.

Future Events
3/31 – Happy Hour at W/N W/N, a worker cooperative, 913 Spring Garden Street. A Facebook event has been posted. An email announcement and flyer are in the works.
4/2 – GPOP OWG Meeting, 2:00 pm, Gittis Student Center, Temple University, 1755North 13th Street, North Philadelphia.
4/2 – GPOP Book Club, 4:00 pm, Grindcore.
4/13 – GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, Gittis Student Center, Temple University, 1755North 13th Street, North Philadelphia.
4/22 – Earthday walk in Wissahickon Park. Organized by OWG’s Margie.
4/27 – GPOP General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, location to be announced.
May ? – GPOP Bowling Event. Coordinated by Taj.
June ? — Welcome Party for New Greens being planned by OWG’s Margie.
June — Picnic in the Park being planned by OWG’s Murielle.
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Volunteer for Special Election, 3/2103.18.17

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Volume 2, #1
February 6, 2017

Volunteer for Special Election on March 21

Well, this has already been an exciting year, and we are only one-twelfth engrossed. On January 16, Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) members participated in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Protest, and on January 20 and 21, they participated in Occupy the Inauguration and the Women’s March for Justice. Green Party participation in these three events was organized by the GPOP Outreach Working Group.

On January 25, GPOP members endorsed Cheri Honkala (Fairhill) to run in a special election for PA Representative in District 197. Our Outreach Working Group then held a Welcome Party for New Greens on February 4, and more than 40 people attended it.
You can learn more about our endorsement of Cheri Honkala by reading the News Release authored by GPOP Representative Margie Neary (Roxborough). This special election will take place on Tuesday, March 21, and I am urging you and our other Representatives to volunteer with me at the polls for Cheri’s Campaign. You may also volunteer for Cheri’s Campaign by contacting GPOP Representative Murielle McCarthy (Center City East).

Right now, we are looking forward to the Green Party internal election on February 22, in which our members will elect a new City Committee (think “steering committee”) for the coming year. The election of a new GPOP City Committee is important for our future organizing. There are six GPOP Representatives running for seats on our seven-person City Committee. Remember, they are still running for office, and they might not win without your vote. Also, the nominations for those offices are still open. So, please self-nominate if you are interested.

The rest of Report #1 (2017) will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #19 (2016) which was posted to you on December 29.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
It is still important for us to build our network of volunteers at the polling places. The primary election will take place on Tuesday, May 16. Please schedule that day off from work because your presence at the polls will be very important to our candidates (see below). During the primary, we will be collecting voters’ signatures on Nomination Papers for Green Party candidates. Your presence at the polls will give you access to a steady stream of voters, all of whom are potential signers. This is absolutely, the best location to get petitions completed.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
The GPOP Outreach Working Group has been carrying quite a load of work. They can use your help, if you are not already a member. Co-chaired by Representatives Margie Neary and Taj Magruder (Point Breeze), the Group is now planning a film showing around mass incarceration. The Outreach Working Group can also use greater participation from those of you who have not actively participated.
Fortunately for the Green Party, Margie has been producing very nice News Releases. Her second, covering the endorsement of Cheri for State House, was approved by the City Committee and posted to the media on February 2.
We still need help with our website design, fundraising, and publication of a GPOP newsletter. If you are ready to take charge – or to help out – please let me know.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
In addition to the special election discussed above, we are also preparing to run Green Party candidates in the General Election on November 7. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) has already endorsed Montco Green Jules Mermelstein for PA Superior Court.
We will soon consider endorsing Sheila Ptah for Philadelphia Comptroller, and we have two candidates who will seek our endorsement for Inspector of Elections at their polling place.
This is why we need your help, along with the other Green Party Representatives, at the polls on primary day, May 16. It will be incumbent on us to collect enough signatures to get these Greens on the ballot.
I hope that you will continue to be active along with our other 28 Representatives. Please let me know how you plan to fit into our vigorous organizing.

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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Major Endorsements for Honkala in 19703.12.17

BREAKING NEWS: Philly candidate receives major endorsements

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

http://www.gp.org/honkala_receives_major_endorsements

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Cheri Honkala, a well-known Kensington-based anti-poverty activist and candidate for Pennsylvania State Representative in District 197 has been endorsed by a national progressive political action organization, Our Revolution, and a local progressive group, Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks.
Our Revolution, the group kicked off by 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, announced its endorsement for Honkala on Tuesday. Andrea Putnam, former Bernie campaign director for Pennsylvania and current Honkala GOTV director, praised the announcement. “Our Revolution’s endorsement only amplifies Cheri’s lifetime commitment to fighting for the people, who are tired of politics-as-usual at both local and national levels.”

“Cheri Honkala is running a truly grassroots campaign this is of, by, and for the people of Pennsylvania’s 197th legislative district,” said Tim Canova, who garnered the support of progressives nationwide when he vied for the seat of then-Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a Florida congressional district. “Her campaign—with its message of human rights and justice for the 99 percent—presents an opportunity for a great progressive breakthrough,” Canova said. “Progress For All and Tim Canova are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Cheri at this historic moment.”

Honkala was also recommended by the PEOPLE Committee of one of the city’s largest labor unions representing public-service workers, A.F.S.C.M.E. District Council 47, for an official union endorsement by the full delegation. That endorsement came a day after Honkala met with members of A.F.S.C.M.E District 47 — the initials stand for the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees — to explain what makes her most qualified to represent one of Pennsylvania’s poorest legislative districts. Honkala says she is honored to have been recommended for a labor union endorsement. “The members of A.F.S.C.M.E District Council 47 know me well,” she said. “I have spent the better part of 30 years fighting alongside local labor unions because it is the right thing to do.”

Former Philadelphia health commissioner and past president of the American Public Health Association Walter Tsou supports Honkala, too.
“Cheri has been fighting for the little guy all her life,” Tsou said. “She is far and away the most progressive candidate in the 197th district and we need her in Harrisburg.”

Cheri Honkala, who has advocated for poor and homeless persons in and around the 197th district for the past 30 years, vowed to continue working with labor unions. “I am not beholden to corporations and political bosses–only to our poor and working class communities,” Honkala said. “If elected, I will continue to be in solidarity with labor unions on the picket line as well as supporting workers’ issues in the state house.”

Honkala’s deep relationships with unions is apparent. Jim Moran, Director Emeritus of Philaposh—an organization created by unions to advocate for the occupational health and safety of public-service workers in Philadelphia—gushed about Honkala. “It’s time to trade in the politics of party for the politics of performance,” Moran said. “Cheri Honkala has a 30-year track record of performing tremendously for labor rights, human rights and the rights of our communities to a better life. I’m proud to have known her, worked with her, and gone to jail with her in these struggles. This is no time to turn our backs on Cheri in the race for State Representative in the 197th District.”

What makes Honkala’s race even more exciting and relevant is she stepped up after two district legislators in a row — both of whom happened to be Democrats — resigned on federal corruption charges. “It’s time to end this legacy of corruption that practices the politics of fear. We need a new voice to advocate for our district in Harrisburg,” Honkala said.

Unfortunately, the powers that be have gotten in the way of Honkala’s path to victory. The Green Party of Pennsylvania campaign submitted paperwork on time to be on the ballot. They asked the state if they needed to submit anything else. The Department of State’s Board of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation said, “no.” The day after the deadline, they got an email saying they needed to submit one more document. They rushed it to Harrisburg that day. It didn’t help, and Honkala was not allowed onto the ballot. The state Supreme Court upheld Friday a lower court’s ruling in a split 4-3 decision that Honkala be kept off the ballot because of the state agency’s clerical error. Undeterred by the ruling, Honkala and her coalition of supporters are organizing a write-in campaign for the special election. In a low-turnout special election, Honkala needs just 1,500 votes to win this special election.

The Democrats’ first candidate was knocked off the ballot because he was not legally qualified to run in District 197 because he does not live in the district. Democrats attempt to place another candidate on the ballot was denied by a court ruling. Republican Lucinda Little will be the only candidate on the ballot.
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Minutes, February Membership Meeting03.12.17

Minutes, General Membership Meeting
February 22, 2017
Shissler Recreation Center

Meeting called to order at 7:10 by Galen.

Introductions.
Gratitude expressed for Charles Neary and the Shissler Recreation Center for hosting.

In Attendence.
Chris Robinson, Eric Hamell, Jules Mermelstein, Rachel Rawlings, Georgie Michaelson, Asantewa Ture, Vivek Ananthan, Tracy Conifer, Pablo Rodriguez, Kristin Combs, Galen Tyler, Liz Ortiz, Cheri Honkala, Jarrett Anderson, Taj McGruder, Charles Neary, Scott McCarthy, Margaret Neary, Murielle McCarthy, Christian Bansch, Charles Sherrouse, Ian McShea, Hillary Kane, and Alex Gillett.

Outreach Working Group.
February 4th membership party was a success. 40 people attended. $349.00 raised.
Expanding social media, web, and email presence.
Planning another membership party, started a strategic planning group, and a film screening.
New fliers for Green Party designed. Request for $424.00 to print 10,000 fliers. Membership voted in favor of the expenditure.
Motion to approve $25.00 gift card to Wooden Shoe Bookstore for logo design competition. Motion passed. Membership voted in favor.
Next meeting: Sunday, March 5th at 2:00 PM, Temple University Student Center, 13th and Montgomery

Educational Working Group.
Choosing first book: Ecology and Socialism.
First meeting: TBA.

Treasury Report.
$1,883.88 total in revenue. 3 new sustainers.

City Committee Elections.
Nominations.

Chair – Galen Tyler. 22 Yes, 1 No, 0 Abstain.
Treasurer – Jarrett Anderson. 22, 0, 1.
Recoding Secretary – Ian McShea. 23, 0, 0.
Membership Secretary – Chris Robinson. 18, 3, 2.
Primary Member At-Large – Rachel Rawlings. 23, 1, 0.
Secondary Member At-Large – Taj McGruder. 23, 0, 1.
Tertiary Member At-Large – Georgie Michaelson. 23, 0, 1.
All nominees were elected.

Campaigns.
Cheri Honkala.

Received endorsement of 19th Ward and Sheriff Jewell Williams of the 16th Ward. Fighting for name on ballot. Possible write-in.
Minimum goal of 3000 votes.
Raised over $40,000.00.
Meet and Greet at Taller Puertorriqueno, Sunday, February 26, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, 5th and Huntington.
Motion to contribute $500.00 to Honkala Campaign for literature and sustenance.
Motion passed.

Jules Mermelstein.
Running for PA superior court judge.
Petitioning starts March 8th.

State Meeting.
Saturday, April 29, Pheonixville, Location TBA.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM
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Philly Greens Elect New Leaders03.03.17

http://www.gp.org/philly_leaders

The members of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) have elected new leaders. This election marks a major turn for Philadelphia’s opposition to the two corporate Parties. Meeting at Shissler Recreation Center in Fishtown, Green Party members elected a seven-person City Committee (think “steering committee”) with only two incumbents. The other five new members have never before held elected leadership posts within the Green Party. The election was moderated by Kristin Combs, chair of the Green Party of Pennsylvania.

This new City Committee is significantly younger than the leaders they replaced. For instance, three of the new City Committee members are in their twenties. They are replacing leaders whose average age was 52 years.

The newly-elected Green Party leaders included, Recording Secretary Ian McShea (Ward 12, Wister); Treasurer Jarrett Anderson (Ward 48, South Philadelphia); and three new Members At-Large: Georgie Georgeson (Ward 2, Bella Vista); Taj Magruder (Ward 36, Point Breeze) and Rachel Rawlings (Ward 27, University City). The two incumbent, re-elected Greens were Chair Galen Tyler (Ward 65, Torresdale) and Membership Secretary Chris Robinson (Ward 59, Germantown).

All of the new leaders have already earned their stripes doing volunteer work. McShea, a carpenter, represented Green Party presidential/vice-presidential candidates Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka at the polls in 2016, and he is presently training poll workers for Cheri Honkala’s Campaign for PA Representative in District 197. Magruder has been the co-chair of the GPOP Outreach Working Group.

Anderson, a middle school teacher, has managed for six months the GPOP twitter account (handle, @greenpartyofphl), which has more than doubled in followers. Anderson said that he plans to “amplify the Green Party message via Twitter and grow our contact with individuals and organizations in the Philly area. I also hope to use GPOP Twitter so that the public knows that the Green Party is much more than the environment.” He continued, “I want people to see the breadth of the Green Party platform and the connectedness of our Four Pillars: ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy, and nonviolence. We need to be drawing connections between these issues, and Twitter is a great platform for us to do this.”

Georgeson, a graphic designer, has created flyers for the Green Party and is currently working on their new logo. Georgeson said,“I plan to use my skills as a graphic designer as well as my involvement with the local activist community to help increase awareness of the Green Party and our Four Pillars; especially among those that have been left out in the cold by the two corporate parties and are looking for some real, life-saving change.”

Rawlings, a computer systems administrator, volunteered on Kristin Combs’ campaign for Philadelphia City Council in 2015. “I want to increase our visibility and viability so that we can compete in every city and state election, including having two candidates for at-large council seats in 2019.”

The Green Party is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of nonviolence, grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom and social justice. For information about the next Green Party meeting, please call 215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.
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Cheri Honkala Lives in District 19703.03.17

Friday, February 24, 2017

Cheri Honkala Lives in District 197, Has Advocated for Philadelphians for Almost 30 Years & Has Won Democratic Ward Endorsement

While Freddie Ramirez Was the Heir to a Legacy of Corruption, Honkala is Building a Coalition of Community Leaders Ready to Fight for Our Basic Human Rights.

http://www.gp.org/honkala_won_dem_ward_endorsement

On Thursday, February 23, Judge Anne Covey removed Freddie Ramirez from the special election ballot for State Representative of the Pennsylvania District 197 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The removal was due to Ramirez not living in the 197th district.

“Some corrupt Democrats thought it could pull a fast one on voters by adding a non-resident onto the ballot,” said Edgardo Gonzalez, chairman of Cheri Honkala’s campaign. “Meanwhile, Cheri Honkala, a resident with a decades-long reputation for helping people in the 197th, is awaiting word on whether she will be allowed on the Green Party’s legally earned ballot line.”

Cheri Honkala lives in the 197th District on North Hancock Street, and is a long-time advocate for poor and homeless persons in Philadelphia. For almost 30 years, she has fought and organized for basic human rights. Cheri has led marches and participated in civil disobedience including for quality education, economic equality, fair elections and debates, basic human rights such as food and housing, as well as for protecting our land and water.

“Cheri took care of my children when I was in a coma because of wrongly prescribed pills. She took us into her already cramped apartment when we were homeless. Right now she’s parenting three foster kids–brothers who would have otherwise been split up had she not left a campaign meeting to go get them,” recalled Liz Ortiz, one of the Honkala campaign’s Ground Team Leaders responsible for door-knocking teams. “Compare that compassion with Leslie Acosta, who pled guilty to fraud and kept it secret from us for a year. Compare it with Freddie Ramirez, hand-picked by Leslie, who doesn’t even live here and or know these communities yet thought he could use us all–not fight for us.”

On February 15, the Commonwealth Court ruled not to accept the Petition for Writ of Mandamus by Cheri Honkala and the Green Party of Pennsylvania to place Honkala on the ballot. While the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) turned in one paper late, they were explicitly told they had completed all of their paperwork by the Department of State’s Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation. This decision has been appealed to the state Supreme Court by lawyer Samuel Stretton on behalf of GPPA and Cheri Honkala.

“I’ve been meeting with many community groups, and have had the pleasure of appearing before some Democratic Ward committees. This district is struggling, and they know the same politics-as-usual won’t help our neighbors. Even before Freddie was kicked off the ballot, I’m incredibly honored that Ward 19 endorsed my candidacy for the special election. I’m also looking forward to the write-in training that Ward 16 is hosting tomorrow. Over the next four weeks, I’m going to keep knocking on doors and keep meeting with community, labor, or other leaders. We are building a coalition of people with integrity that are interested in fighting for policies in Harrisburg that truly help this community,” said Cheri Honkala.

Currently, Honkala is planning a write-in campaign because of the Commonwealth Court’s decision last week. “We have already begun write-in training for poll workers and will have these trainings in different wards in the coming weeks. We are distributing literature about Cheri having write-in status, even as we hope for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to recognize that they are denying the Green Party its legal right as a minor party to a special election ballot line,” stated Galen Tyler, campaign manager and chair of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP). “Not to mention that they would be upholding a First Amendment violation to voters’ right to expression and assembly.”

“It looks like the Democratic Party may appeal Freddie’s removal, or ask to have another candidate on the ballot. We are sounding the alarm. The Green Party has minor party status. It is legally allowed to have a candidate in special elections. The courts have said so far that because one paper was turned in one day late after officials said everything was in order, Cheri must pursue a write-in campaign,” explained Hillary Kane, treasurer of Honkala’s campaign and outgoing secretary of the GPPA.

“Let’s all be very clear. If Freddie is allowed to stay on the ballot upon appeal or the Democrats are allowed to replace Freddie, our courts will be saying that there are no consequences that the Democratic Party followed the lead of the corrupt, former legislator Acosta by selecting Ramirez, her hand-picked choice. The courts would be saying that Democrats can pick someone who does not even live in the district and he can either stay on the ballot or easily be replaced. But the Green Party? No. We can tell you all your papers are in, not care that you got us that single paper within 24 hours of realizing it was missing, and then kick your candidate who has fought alongside her neighbors for 30 years off the ballot,” said Gonzales.

“We will see what our democracy looks like by how the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decides these appeals. Either way, the people of the 197th are not going to fall for the corruption and shenanigans of politics-as-usual on March 21st.” Honkala concluded. “We have an opportunity to stand together and fight for basic human rights like food and housing, clean water, quality education, and sanctuary for our neighbors. We are building the #WeAreThe197 coalition that will keep growing through and beyond Election Day. Everyone with the integrity to be serious about fighting for our community’s needs, join us.”

For interviews or additional information, please contact Michael Dennis (Deputy Campaign Manager), 717-873-0588, media@cheri197.com. Learn more about Cheri Honkala.

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