GPOP EOW Group Report #6
February 9, 2016
Hello, GPOP Representative.
I hope that you will be able to attend the General Membership Meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 24. This will be an important meeting because you will be able to vote on our new GPOP City Committee (think “steering committee”). It will be important for us to elect activists to this leadership body. This election will be held at the Ethical Humanist Society.
Now I would like to bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #5, which you received on January 17.
Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
We are putting together a Green Party ballot, and I would like to know who you have asked to run for office in 2016 as a Green Party candidate. Please let me know. I received an email from Eric, the GPOP Representative in Ward 59, Division 21, who says he has approached several people about running for PA State Representative. Thank you, Eric.
I would appreciate hearing which people you have approached. If you would like to send a request to your neighborhood or movement lists, I will be happy to send you a copy of a sample email for you to use.
I telephoned Prof. Vera Cole, known as the “guru of solar energy” in PA. Vera tells me that she knows someone who might wish to run as a Green Party candidate. I am now awaiting the contact information.
I have also been in touch with a lawyer about running for Philadelphia District Attorney in 2017. More on this in Report #7.
Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Last weekend, I attended the Green Party of Pennsylvania annual convention, along with GPOP Representative Hillary (Ward 46, Division 10). We had a forum with four of the five Green Party candidates for president of the U.S.: Darryl Cherney, William Kreml, Kent Mesplay, Sedinam K.C.M. Curry and Jill Stein. The GPOP Presidential Caucus will take place on Wednesday, April 27, and you will receive an invitation to attend and to cast your ballot.
Our state Green Party then endorsed Cheri Honkala to be the Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania. There were several other endorsements, so we will have a significant ballot to present to the voters this year.
We have a new GPOP Representative, Bernadette, in Ward 21 (Roxborough). She is joining you and our other Representatives in Ward 12 (Wister); Ward 13 (Nicetown); Ward 46 (Cedar Park); Ward 59 (Germantown); and Ward 61 (Olney). We each have work to do in recruiting more GPOP Representatives. Please send me the contact information for any of your friends or neighbors who say they might be interested in volunteering for the Green Party in their home neighborhood.
Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
I have to admit that I have not worked very hard on this task because the others seemed to be so much more urgent. The Green Party still needs volunteers to help us with the following: website construction, email list, publicity and fundraising. Can you help with any of these projects? Do you have any of the required skills? If not, are you ready to learn these skills?
Please, please respond to this email and let me know what you would like to do to help us build the Green Party.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
Election Operations Organizer
Green Party of Philadelphia
PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP 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.”