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Greens to Meet, 11/30, 7:00 pm11.18.17

    Greens to Meet
    Thursday, Novemberber 30
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Shissler Recreation Center
    1800 Blair Street
    (near East Berks Street)
    Fishtown, Philadelphia

    This venue is wheelchair accessible.

    More information from 215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org

    Please join us to discuss the
    results of the 2017 General Election.
    Let’s talk and decide what you can do!

    Please RSVP via Facebook.

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

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Greens want Elected School Board in Philly11.18.17

Green Party of Philadelphia calls for an elected School Board to replace the School Reform Commission

http://www.gp.org/gpop_calls_for_elected_school_board

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) applauds the tireless work of the grassroots coalition Our City Our Schools, whose pressure led Mayor Jim Kenney to announce on November 2 that he will abolish the School Reform Commission and return Philadelphia schools to local control. The state takeover of our schools by an unaccountable body has been a failed experiment, and this victory belongs to the many community activists who made their voices heard. However, Mayor Kenney’s decision to move to a model of a Mayoral-appointed board is a missed opportunity to reorganize Philadelphia’s public school system under the democratic control of its students, parents, and teachers.

The Green Party of Philadelphia calls for the new Philadelphia School Board to be democratically elected by Philadelphia’s voters. “To prevent a takeover by corporate interests,” said Taj Magruder, a Member At-Large of the GPOP City Committee, “our school board elections must be publicly funded and must use instant run-off voting. In addition, students and teachers should have their own elected representatives on our new school board.” Chris Robinson, the GPOP Membership Secretary, said, “The public school children in Philadelphia deserve an elected school board, just like the children in all of the other school districts in Pennsylvania.” The Green Party of Philadelphia stands with the Our City Our Schools coalition, which is also calling for a “People’s School Board — a board made up of the students, parents and educators.”

The Caucus of Working Educators, a group within the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and a member of the Our City Our Schools coalition, noted on their website in response to the Mayor’s announcement that they “did push for the conversation on [the what model should replace the SRC] to be transparent and take public input into account, calling for the creation of a citywide task force” to lead the conversation. Instead, as shown by Mayor Kenney’s statement to City Council, “it seems that a decision has already been made to commit to a particular model.”

In 2012, the Green Party of Philadelphia outlined a Proposal for Philadelphia Public Schools that included a series of reforms that need to be implemented to ensure that every child receives a public education that fosters critical and holistic thought, and provides the breadth and depth of learning necessary to become an active citizen and constructive member of society. In addition to calling for an elected School Board, those reforms include ending all attempts to privatize education, equalizing educational resources by challenging our discriminatory funding system in court, and ending the school-to-prison pipeline by removing “zero tolerance” policies, and ending high-stakes testing.

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 at @GreenPartyofPHL and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreenPartyOfPhiladelphia.
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Minutes, October Membership Meeting11.02.17

Minutes, GPOP Membership Meeting
October 26, 2017 – 7 PM

Shissler Recreation Center, Fishtown

Attendence: Jarrett Anderson, Treasurer; Belinda Davis; Olivia Faison, City Committee Member at Large; Georgie Georgeson, City Committee Member at Large; Alex Gillett; Eric Hamell; Taj Magruder, City Committee Member At Large; Asanetwaa Nkrumah-Ture; Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary; Ernest Schulte; and Charles Sherrouse. Absent: Galen Tyler, Chair.

This meeting was chaired by Taj, and minutes were taken by Chris. [Draft minutes were circulated for additions and corrections on 10/30. No additions or corrections were received by 11/1. The minutes were then posted. See http://www.gpop.org/news/?p=2414.]

Jules’ Campaign
Taj urged everyone to work the polls for Jules Mermelstein for Judge. Literature is available from Jules’ website.

Call for candidates
Taj made a call for Green Party candidates for races in 2018 and 2019. See the minutes from the September GPOP Membership meeting for more on this topic.

Communications Working Group
Jarrett reported that the GPOP email list has been entered into NationBuilder (NB), and it has been used successfully three times. Georgie has developed an email template for NB.
Jarrett read the CWG Statement of Purpose and Goals, which had been requested by the September Membership Meeting.
Chris objected because it will change GPOP’s method of approving News Releases. In the past, Draft News Releases were approved by a quorum of GPOP’s elected leaders. Under the CWG plan, GPOP News Releases will be approved by three unelected volunteers from CWG.
The membership approved the CWG Statement of Purpose and Goals. (7 aye, 1 nay, and 2 abstentions)

Treasurer’s Report
Jarrett’s said GPOP spent $278 since our last meeting, which was the annual rental for NB. Monthly statements are available on GoogleDrive. GPOP now has $1,141.25. There was a brief discussion of requiring dues for Green Party membership.

Election of GPOP Recording Secretary
Chris said that there have been no nominations. Taj asked if any member present would be interested in running for this office. Since there were no candidates, this election was postponed, and NOMINATIONS FOR RECORDING SECRETARY REMAIN OPEN.

Electoral Operations Working Group (EOWG)
Chris requested and was given permission to make an EOWG report. Chris said that he has ordered 2,000 pieces of literature for distribution at 9 polling places (which include 20 divisions) by ten Green Party Representatives. This literature will be distributed to Green Party Representatives next week, along with instructions for volunteering at the polls.

There was no discussion of the following:
GPOP Issue Survey
On 4/27, the GPOP membership expressed a need for a survey of issues deemed important. The on-line survey was posted to the membership on 7/16. If you prefer a hard copy of the survey, please let us know.

Respectfully submitted by Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
November 4, Impeach Trump Rally, 2:00 pm, Thomas Paine Plaza. https://www.facebook.com/events/523147704689612
November 7, General Election, 7:00 am. Volunteer for Jules4Judge at your very own polling place. http://www.mermelstein4judge.org/volunteer
November 9, GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, W/N W/N. http://www.winwincoffeebar.com/
November 18, GPPA Quarterly Meeting, 10:00 am, in Pittsburgh, PA. http://www.gpofpa.org/gpofpa_state_quarterly_meeting_2017_11
November 18, Living Legacy of the Soviet Union, 5:00 pm, 1801 Diamond Street, Philadelphia. https://www.facebook.com/events/528031530868303/
November 23, Happy Thanksgiving!
November 25, Thanksgiving Weekend at the Drone War Command Center, noon. http://www.brandywinepeace.com/event/take-a-break-thanksgiving-weekend-in-horsham-pa-protest-the-drone-war-command-center-at-the-air-guard-station/
November 30, GPOP General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, Shissler Recreation Center. http://www.phila.gov/findrec/RecCenterDetails.aspx?ID=831
December 15 thru 17, GPUS Diversity Committee needs housing in Philadelphia for participants in an anti-oppression training class. If you have a spare bed or sofa, please contact Belinda at bedavis@history.rutgers.edu.
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