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Greens to Meet, 5/25, 7:00 pm05.21.17

GREENS TO MEET
Green Party of Philadelphia

May 25, 7:00 pm

Rebuild the Peace Movement in Philly.
What can you do to organize?

RSVP

Shissler Recreation Center
1800 Blair Street (near Girard Ave)
Fishtown, Philadelphia

We look forward to your participation.
This meeting will be open to the public with no admission charge.

For more information, please contact
215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org
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grassroots democracy – social justice – nonviolence – ecological wisdom
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GPOP Statement on Primary Election Results05.21.17

Green Party of Philadelphia’s Statement on Tuesday’s Election Results

http://www.gp.org/philly_greens_on_primary_results

With preliminary results of the 2017 Primary Election now in, and given the Democratic Party’s stranglehold on our city’s politics, it is clear that Larry Krasner will be Philadelphia’s next District Attorney. It is the Green Party of Philadelphia’s hope that Krasner will abandon the longstanding pattern of corruption established by our city’s elected officials, as most recently exemplified by our present District Attorney, Seth Williams.

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, WWW.gpop.org) calls upon Krasner, if elected District Attorney, to bring an end to a criminal justice system that criminalizes poverty and race while letting white-collar corporate crimes go unpunished. The Green Party recognizes that Krasner’s platform includes many reforms which are in line with our party’s key values, and we hope that he honors these pledges in office, specifically:

In a city that is 43% African American, the Green Party calls for a District Attorney who reflects the truth that “Black lives matter” not only in his rhetoric, but also in his actions.
In a city where (according to the ACLU of Pennsylvania) 25% of pedestrian stops by police are made without reasonable suspicion and 80% of those pedestrians are people of color, the Green Party calls for a District Attorney who will push for an end to stop-and-frisk and who will refuse to bring cases resulting from these illegal, racist practices.
Only a few weeks after Philadelphia police arrested 22 people in Frankford for marijuana, the Green Party calls for an end to the failed War on Drugs and for the legalization of drug possession.
Only days after Philadelphians raised nearly $58,000 for the “Mama’s Bail Out Day” campaign, the Green Party calls for the elimination of a cash bail system that is designed to keep low-income people behind bars.
Finally, the Green Party calls for a District Attorney who will never pursue the death penalty – a barbaric practice that brings neither closure nor healing, but only more pain and victims.

In addition to restoring the idea of “justice” to our criminal justice system, Philadelphia’s next District Attorney must guarantee voters’ right to fair elections. We witnessed an astonishing attack of this right in March’s special election in PA House District 197, which was rampant with election fraud and voter intimidation. We demand that the next District Attorney continues the investigation into the special election and takes concrete steps to ensure election integrity.

Finally, we must highlight the urgent need for electoral reform as demonstrated by this election.
Krasner won the primary with 38% of the vote, representing only 6% of the city’s registered voters. A system where a candidate can win office, despite only a minority of voters casting their ballots for him, is an insult to democracy. Therefore, the Green Party calls for Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), where voters rank candidates in their order of preference and a candidate only wins if they obtain majority support.
We must also acknowledge the legalized bribery that is our campaign finance system. Total spending in this election is expected to double what was spent in Philadelphia’s last competitive primary for District Attorney. Indeed, Krasner’s campaign was supported both by grassroots efforts and by a super PAC funded by George Soros; we hope that his actions as District Attorney will be influenced by the people of Philadelphia and not by an outside billionaire. Therefore, the Green Party calls for the full public financing of elections and for stricter limits on campaign spending and contributions.

The Green Party is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice. For information about the Green Party of Philadelphia, please call 215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.
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This news release also appeared online in Mass Central (Where the Masses Converge).
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Time to Join our Spring Campaign05.21.17

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Volume 2, #3
April 23, 2017

TIME TO JOIN OUR SPRING CAMPAIGN

Spring has sprung, and the Green Party has already held its Wildflower Walk in the Wissahickon. Now is the time to join our Spring Campaign, if you are not already on board.
The rest of Report #3 will bring you up to date on what has happened with our Spring Campaign since Report #2 was posted to you on March 22. It is not too late for you to join us in building the Green Party, but more on that below.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
The first aspect of our Spring Campaign is the distribution of our new flyer, “Register Green, Vote Green,” in the neighborhood where Green Party Representatives live. So far, we have completed two divisions, mine in Germantown and Charles’ in Oxford Circle East. Please let me know what date is good for you (afternoons or weekends), and I will bring flyers and help you pass them out door-to-door.
The second important aspect of our Spring Campaign is for us to get Jules Mermelstein on the November ballot as the Green Party candidate for judge of PA’s Superior Court. I have already posted a calendar of petitioning locations for your use and to this date we are making progress. Right now we have 107 signatures, collected by the following Green Party Representatives: Charles, Chris, Margie and Christian (double digits); and Georgie, Hillary, Jarrett, Taj and Vivek (single digits).
Please let me know when you are ready to join us in collecting signatures. The number one best location will be at your own polling place during the Municipal Primary on May 16. Every voter leaving the polls that day is eligible to sign the Jules Mermelstein nomination paper. Please take 5/16 off from work, or spend as many hours as possible joining us at your polling place.

I hope that you will also let me know in advance of events in your neighborhood. Then, Green Party Representatives can join you there to collect signatures. This process has worked well during the last two years, but it requires your active participation.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
Please consider joining the GPOP Outreach Working Group (OWG). These are the Greens who planned our Wildflower Walk in the Wissahickon, and who are planning our July Welcome Party for New Members and other exciting events. Their next Green Party Happy Hour will take place on April 28 at Bob & Barbara’s Lounge.
The May OWG meeting will take place at 2:00 pm on Sunday, 5/7, at the Gittis Student Center on Temple University’s campus. Please contact Outreach Co-chair Margie Neary for more information at 215-868-7290 and margie.neary-at-gmail.com.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
Unfortunately, I have nothing new to report on this task. If you have made any progress, please send me the information.

Also, please let me know today: 1) when may I drop a clipboard with nominating papers at your house and 2) when would you like to flyer with me door-to-door in your neighborhood?

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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Greens Endorse Walk for Jobs & Justice05.10.17

Green Party of Philadelphia endorses EQAT’s “Walk for Green Jobs & Justice”

http://www.gp.org/phillly_greens_endorse_walk_4_green_jobs_justice

The April membership meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) endorsed the Earth Quaker Action Team’s (EQAT) “Walk for Green Jobs and Justice.” The walk is part of EQAT’s larger campaign, “Power Local Green Jobs,” which demands that PECO — PA’s largest utility company — invest in locally generated solar power that benefits low-income communities and communities of color.

The Green Party platform is closely aligned with the mission of this campaign, as it highlights several of the Greens stated values. Chris Robinson, the GPOP membership secretary, points out that the Green Party platform says, “Greens support science-based policies to curb climate change. We have an ambitious plan to make drastic changes quickly to avert global catastrophe. We will expend maximum effort to preserve a planet friendly to life as we know it by curtailing greenhouse gas emissions and actively removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.”

“In addition, Robinson highlights the Green Party platform’s call to “create an inclusive program to train workers for the new, clean-energy economy. Focusing on both the environment and social justice, prioritize the creation of green jobs in communities of color and low-income communities.”

“The Walk for Green Jobs and Justice” begins on Monday, May 8, at Morris Chapel Baptist Church, 2701 North 12th Street in North Philadelphia. Over the course of two weeks, walkers will traverse the five counties included within PECO’s service area: Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia.

The final mile of the walk will begin at Philadelphia’s City Hall on Monday, May 22, at noon and will end outside of PECO headquarters. Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, will participate in the final mile, along with other groups including POWER,a broad multi-faith network of more than 60 congregations, and 350 Phiadelphia.

EQAT’s “Power Local Green Jobs” campaign demands that PECO:
1. Dramatically increase the purchase of local rooftop solar power so that 20% of PECO’s electricity comes from roofs in its service area by 2050;
2. Spur solar installation on suitable roofs in high unemployment areas, starting in North Philadelphia, to economically benefit those communities; and
3. Prioritize installation by local workers, especially from high unemployment areas.

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. Visit the Green Party of Philadelphia’s website at www.gpop.org.
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Minutes, April Membership Meeting05.03.17

Green Party of Philadelphia
Membership Meeting
April 27, 2017
Shissler Recreation Center, Fishtown

Minutes
Attendence: Jarrett Anderson, Treasurer; Christian Banchs; Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller; Belinda Davis; Olivia Faison; Georgie Georgeson, City Committee Member At-Large; Eric Hamell; Hillary Kane; Richard Kanegis; Taj Magruder, City Committee Member At-Large; Scott McCarthy; Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary; Ernest Schulte; and Charles Sherrouse. Absent City Committee Members: Ian McShea, Recording Secretary; Galen Tyler, Chair; and Rachel Rawlings, City Committee Member At-Large.

This meeting was chaired by Taj, and minutes were taken by Chris.

Campaign Updates
Special Election, March 21
No report.
Jules Mermelstein for PA Superior Court Judge
No report.

Working Group Reports
Outreach Working Group

Taj read a report prepared by OWG Co-Chair Margie Neary.
Members present approved by consensus spending $257.00 to purchase a GPOP banner from FastSigns, which will include the new GPOP Logo.
Members present approved by consensus spending $25.00 for printing and postage on a mailing to new members.
Members present approved by consensus advancing $130.00 for a reservation for the next Welcome Party for New Members. This amount should be returned to the treasury from donations at the event.
Climate Justice Subcommittee. Members present endorsed The Green March for Jobs and Justice, May 8 – 22. A 100-mile walk around PECO’s service area.

Electoral Operations Working Group
Chris reported that the EOW Group now has 8 Green Party Representatives who are collecting signatures for Jules Mermelstein. Total collected to date is 107 signatures.

GPOP General Business
Members present elected Hillary and Christian to be GPOP Delegates to GPPA. Eric was elected to be an Alternate Delegate to GPPA.
GPPA Quarterly Meeting – Phoenixville – Saturday, April 29.
GPPA Quarterly Meeting, Erie, PA, on the weekend, July 15-16. More information to be announced.
GPUS National Meeting, Newark, NJ, on July 13-16.

Issue-based Work
Chris proposed the formation of a committee to work on a solution to our problem of involving our members in other movement organizations. We have already devised a solution to our recruiting problem with the GPOP Outreach Working Group, and we have also found a solution to our representation at polling places with our GPOP Electoral Operations Working Group.
It seemed reasonable to Chris that we would next solve the problem of having a Green Party impact within other movement organizations.
There was a long discussion during which very, very few members spoke in favor of Chris’ proposal.
Charles then suggested that we poll our members to see which movement groups they believe are important, and Taj volunteered to post that poll.
[Charles adds: You missed the decision to hold an event around the recently released briefing on Islamophobia: Christian, Hillary, Belinda, Eric, and myself, volunteered to work on that.] “The Green Party Islamophobia Briefing Paper” was posted to Philadelphia’s Greens on April 17. Please see GPOP NEWS, GPOP Chat, and Northwest Greens lists on that date.

Treasurer’s Report
Jarrett reported that GPOP has just over $1,000.00. He thanked GPOP Sustainers for their monthly donations and asked others to join them.
New GPOP T-shirt
Jarrett presented an idea for a new Green Party t-shirt. After discussion, this idea was tabled.
Education Committee
Hillary reported that 5 people attended the first Book Club, and they have planned a second meeting on June 25. The Club is now reading The Democrats: A Critical History by Lance Selfa, 2012, second edition, Haymarket Books.

Green Party Announcements/Events
4/28 –OWG Happy Hour at Bob and Barbara’s Lounge, 6:00 pm. Organized by OWG’s Taj.
4/29 – GPPA Quarterly Meeting, 12:30 pm, Phoenixville Public Library.
May ? – OWG Bowling Event. Coordinated by OWG’s Taj.
5/7 – OWG Meeting, 2:00 pm, Gittis Student Center, Temple U.
5/11 – GPOP City Committee, 7:00 pm, at W/N W/N.
5/19 – OWG Happy Hour, 6:00 pm, at W/N W/N.
5/25 – GPOP Membership Mtng, 7:00 pm, Shissler Recreation Center.
June ? — Picnic in the Park being planned by OWG’s Murielle.
7/8 — OWG’s Welcome Party for New Greens, tentatively at William Way. Being planned by OWG’s Margie.

EVENTS planned by other organizations:
4/29 – Rally against Drone War Command Center, noon, Horsham Air Base.
May 1, May Day USA March, Rally and Family Celebration, 5:00 pm, Clark Park, Baltimore Avenue @ South 43rd Street in Cedar Park, West Philadelphia. [Meet at the GPOP table.] Live music, Veterans for Peace BBQ Grill Team, and children’s activities. [Petition contact: Chris, 267-977-0570]
May 6, Mount Airy Day, 11:00 am until 5:00 pm, 6400 Germantown Avenue. [Meet at the Green Party table.] Bring the kids and/or grandkids because this is a fantastic day for the whole family. [Petition contact: Chris, 267-977-0570]
May 8 – 22, Green March for Jobs and Justice, May 8 – 22.
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GPOP Outreach Working Group Report05.02.17

Outreach Working Group
Report To the GPOP Membership
April 27, 2017

This report was prepared by Outreach Working Group (OWG) Co-chair Margie Neary, and presented to the GPOP Membership by OWG Co-chair Taj Magruder.

1. New logo
Thanks to Georgie for designing our new logo! (Belinda has the gift certificate and will present to Georgie). Can you ask Rachel to provide update on when the website will be updated with new logo?
2. New banner
Please request approval from membership to spend $257.00 on new banner with new logo. (Chris obtained quote from FastSigns, they repaired our current banner)

3. Opposing SEPTA fracked-gas power plant
Margie has attended two recent 350 Philadelphia meetings and has alerted GPOP to several actions organized by 350. As a result, many GPOP members have called Councilwoman Cindy Bass’ office asking her to rezone the site. She and Chris canvassed at Shop Rite w/350 on 4/13 to collect signatures to ask Cindy Bass to rezone the site and Margie has been active promoting this activity on Twitter/Facebook. Will continue to keep GPOP informed of actions & updates.

4. Summer Welcome Party
Saturday in July (exact date TBD). Will be held at William Way again.
Can you ask membership to approve fee of $130 to rent space?
Jules Mermelstein will be invited to speak. Other speakers TBA. Newly registered Greens will be sent a mailed invitation. Please ask for membership approval of $25 for postage & printing invitations for newly registered greens.

4. Happy Hours
April 28, 6pm, Bob & Barbara’s
May 19 – Christian to decide where

5. GPOP to endorse “Walk for Green Jobs and Justice” – an EQAT campaign
Campaign demands that PECO shift to 20% local solar by 2025, prioritizing rooftop solar and job creation in neighborhoods with high unemployment (north philly)
Will commence a 100 mile “Walk for Green Jobs and Justice” on May 8, concluding on May 22 with a march down Market Street from City Hall to PECO HQ, joined by Bill McKibben, 350.org founder
Margie will organize GPOP members to march on May 22.
Please ask membership to vote to endorse this campaign.

6. Next OWG meeting: Sunday, May 7, 2 pm, Temple Student Center
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