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Greens Mark Peace Day, Blast Military Budget09.30.17

Green Party Peace Action Committee marks Peace Day, blasts Trump’s U.N. speech and the U.S. Senate’s military budget hike

http://www.gp.org/peace_day

WASHNGTON, D.C. – The Green Party’s Peace Action Committee (GPAX) calls for the development of alternative solutions to violence on the International Day of Peace. GPAX, an official committee of the Green Party of the U.S., has chosen Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”), to announce its reorganization after a hiatus of several years.
“President Trump’s belligerent speech in front of the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly, with his appalling assertion that the U.S. would ‘totally destroy’ North Korea, show how urgently we need a strong movement for peace. The Green Party exists to represent the movement in the political field by an alternative to the two war parties,” said Rich Whitney, GPAX co-chair and Illinois Green Party member. “Mr. Trump’s threats, which blatantly violate the U.N. Charter, are unfortunately consistent with invasions and attacks launched by the previous two administrations against Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, and with U.S. aid for assaults by Saudi Arabia on Yemen and by Israel on Gaza,” said Mr. Whitney.

Greens said the U.S. Senate vote on Monday for a massive increase in the military budget to $700 billion, approved with bipartisan support, and Democrats’ enthusiasm for a new Cold War with Russia are further evidence that a revived peace movement is necessary.
Peace Day was founded in 1981 through a U.N. resolution. GPAX exists to facilitate the planning and achievement of peace and justice actions of the Green Party and to support and promote the party’s anti-war candidates and agenda. “We recognize that peace is not just the absence of violence, it’s a willingness to resolve conflict in a constructive manner and to develop alternatives to society’s current patterns of violence,” said Rita Jacobs, member of GPAX and the Green Party of Michigan.

The Green Party lists nonviolence among the Ten Key Values in its national platform. The platform calls for a number of measures to achieve peace, including the elimination of weapons of mass destruction, demilitarization in the Middle East, swift action against human rights violations, and adherence to international law and existing treaties.
“We believe that nations should prepare for peace, not violence. The achievement of peace can only be realized through practices that lead to economic justice, universal nuclear disarmament, sane defense spending, international cooperation, and human rights,” said Deanna Dee Taylor, GPAX co-chair and member of the Green Party of Utah.
GPAX furthers its mission and the Green Party platform through educational events and activities at the national and state levels.

MORE INFORMATION
Green Party of the United States, http://www.gp.org, 202-319-7191, @GreenPartyUS.
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The Fall Campaign Has Begun09.30.17

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Volume 2, #6
September 18, 2017

Dear Green Party Representative.

Our Fall campaign has now begun, and we are looking forward to the General Election on November 7. We have almost completed distribution of GPOP flyers in every division where we have Green Party Representatives volunteering at their own polling place. This will be a giant help in convincing voters to push the electoral button for Jules Mermelstein for Judge of Superior Court.
The rest of Report #6 will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #5 was posted to you on July 23.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Jules Mermelstein joined us at the Philadelphia Labor Day Parade. He also sent volunteers to help us reach out to voters at GreenFest. At both of these events, we were able to install the GPOP banner prominently and to distribute many GPOP flyers.
We have also recruited three new Green Party Representatives (Murielle in Queen Village, Denise in Frankford and Bernadette Marie in Andora). They will each volunteer at their own polling place for Jules. This brings our total to ten Green Party Representative (including myself), who have already volunteered to work for Jules’ election.
Please contact me today (email or telephone) if you are ready to become a Green Party Representatives.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
We are still searching for people to run in 2018 as Green Party candidates for PA State Representative. Your State Representative will be running for re-election next year. I hope you will consider running against them as a Green Party candidate seeking single-payer healthcare, reparations for slavery, an end to fracking, a basic universal income, and an end mass incarceration.
I have pushed this search vigorously with other movement organizations, and I hope that you have also been mentioning it to people you know.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
There are still openings for Green Party Representatives who are interested in two important tasks: building media relations and coordinating affiliations with progressive movements. If you are interested in learning either of these skills, please contact me.

Also, please don’t forget to contact me about becoming a Green Party Representative at your polling place on Tuesday, November 7.
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 TO MEET, 9/28, 7:00 pm09.18.17

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA
Membership Meeting

Thursday, September 28, 7:00 pm

Greens will gather to plan outreach for the
Jules Mermelstein Campaign.

Greens will also refine their strategy for
representation at the polls during the General Election.

Please join us. This meeting is open to the public.
There will be no admission charge
(a free-will offering will be accepted).

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

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

For more information: https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPHL, 215-843-4256 or gpop@gpop.org.
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Electioneering in District 197 Must Wait for Judge09.18.17

Green Party, GOP must wait to find out if they can sue over special election
METRO, Friday, September 15, 2017

Attorneys for Green Party candidate Cheri Honkala and former Republican candidate Lucinda Little will need to wait to find out if a federal court will hear their case alleging electioneering in the city’s 197th district.

The parties on both sides of a potential lawsuit that claims illegal electioneering took place during a special election in Pennsylvania House District 197 will need to wait more than six weeks before they will know if the case will be heard in federal court.
During a hearing held Thursday afternoon, after hearing arguments from the many attorneys involved in the case – including those for the candidates who lost the March 21 special election, Green Party candidate Cheri Honkala and Republican candidate Lucinda Little, as well as those for the Democratic City Committee, the Board of City Commissioners, the Department of State, state Rep. Mike Turzai and Democrat Emilio Vazquez, who won the election – Judge Joel H. Slomsky requested all parties involved to submit supplemental materials after they receive a transcript of the day’s proceedings before he would rule on whether the case could be brought to trial.

Lawyers for both Honkala and Little, as well as the Republican City Committee, contend that the pair were deprived of a fair election, with several alleged examples being brought up in court, including poll workers going as far as following voters into voting booths on the day of the election in order to force voters to cast their ballot for Vazquez. “This is massive fraud on a regular basis, and we have to stop it if we can,” Sam Stretton, an attorney for Honkala, told the judge during the hearing.
For their part, attorneys for Vazquez, the Democratic City Committee, the Board of Commissioners and the Department of State and Turzai all provided arguments on having the case thrown out, with many noting that there were other ways to solve an election issue, like contesting the election results, rather than bringing it to federal court.
However, Stretton argued that they have reviewed all avenues available to them and have determined that the most appropriate action was to file a federal lawsuit hoping to void the results of the election that put Vazquez in office. They also claimed that their rights under the Federal Voting Rights Act and Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Election Codes were violated during the election. “We did not bring this lightly,” said Stretton. “This is a pattern where everything that could happen wrong, happened wrong.”
While both parties saved specifics of their cases for the full trial, Linda Kerns, an attorney for Little and the Republican City Committee, said that, if the case were brought to trial, they could prove that poll workers gave write-in voters stamps that forced them to vote for Vazquez and had images that could prove at least four people – “eight legs,” as she told the judge – could be seen in one voting booth in the district, which she said indicated that poll workers followed voters into polls in order to manipulate their votes.
At the end of the hearing, Slomsky said that he looked forward to reading through forthcoming supplemental materials and would let all parties involved know if the case could be brought to trial after he had done so. Slomsky’s decision isn’t expected to be heard for at least six weeks, as obtaining a transcrtipt of Thursday’s hearing is expected to take 30 days, and the attornies have an additional two weeks to submit additional materials.
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