Philly Green Party

Minutes, April Membership Meeting

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

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 Report

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, 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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Greens to Meet, 4/27, 7:00 pm

Green Party of Philadelphia

April 27, 7:00 pm

Stop the SEPTA power-plant in Nicetown,
Close the Drone-war Command in Horsham,
Build Single-payer Healthcare in PA.

What can you do to organize?


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

Written on April 23, 2017

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GPOP Report to GPPA Quarterly Delegates Meeting

Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Quarterly Report to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA),
April 20, 2017

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) has been very active since the last Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Delegate Meeting on January 29, 2017, in Harrisburg, PA. At that meeting GPPA endorsed Cheri Honkala to run for PA State Representative in District 197. For more information about this campaign, please see

February 2017
February 2.
The GPOP City Committee (think, “steering committee”) approved and posted a News Release on GPOP’s endorsement of Cheri Honkala for PA State Representative.
February 4. The GPOP Outreach Working Group (OWG) held a Welcome Party for New Members. Forty-five people attended, and many volunteered to work on GPOP committees and on Cheri Honkala’s Campaign.
February 5. The GPOP OWG held its monthly meeting. Members analyzed the Welcome Party and began planning another one. They also planned the GPOP presence at Solidarity Forum on 2/11 and began work on a number of events to involve Green Party members.
February 6. The GPOP Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group posted Report #1 of 2017, “Volunteer for Special Election on 3/21.”
February 22. The GPOP Membership Meeting was attended by 24 people. They elected a new seven-person GPOP City Committee which included four members who became Greens via the Stein/Baraka Campaign. The new GPOP leadership is much younger than last year’s City Committee. Please see, “Philly Greens Elect New Leaders.”

March 2017
March 5.
The GPOP OWG held its monthly meeting. Under discussion were a GPOP representation at the Solidarity Forum on 3/11, a Green Party Happy Hour, a Green Party Wildflower Walk in Wissahickon Park, another Welcome Party for New Members, and a Green Party Bowling Night.
March 21. GPOP members participated at the polls in the Special Election for PA Representative in District 197. The Green Party’s Cheri Honkala came in second with 12 percent of the votes.
March 22. The GPOP EOW Group posted Report #2, “Start of Our Spring Campaign.” The GPOP Spring Campaign has two projects: collection of nominating signatures for Jules Mermelstein and door-to-door distribution of the new “Register Green, Vote Green” flyer.
March 23. The GPOP Membership Meeting was attended by 15 people. Greens present endorsed the movement to stop SEPTA’s fracked-gas power plant in Nicetown. Greens also endorsed Jules Mermelstein for Judge of PA Superior Court. Eric Hamell and Olivia Faison were endorsed to run in November on the Green Party ballot for Inspector of Elections. GPOP members also elected a new slate of delegates to GPPA.
March 31. The GPOP OWG held a Green Party Happy Hour at W/N W/N in Spring Garden, Philadelphia. Thirteen people attended. Another Happy Hour is planned for April.

April 2017
April 2.
The GPOP OWG held its monthly meeting.

GPOP Members also attended:
The March 25 Rally Against the Drone Command Center in Horsham, PA. It was good to join other Greens there from Bucks and Lancaster Counties.
The March 25 Beef and Beer Fundraiser for the May Day USA March and Family Celebration, which will be held on 5/1 in Clark Park, West Philadelphia.

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Start of Our Spring Campaign

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Volume 2, #2
March 22, 2017

Thank you for helping with Cheri Honkala’s Campaign for PA State Representative in District 197. All that we know of the outcome is that the Republican candidate (the only one on the ballot) received 7.4 percent of the vote (198). The other three write-in candidates (two Democrats and one Green) received 92.6 percent of the vote (2,483). We are now waiting for the write-in votes to be counted on 3/25, and then for any re-counts to be completed.
Please let me know which polling place (Ward?, Division?) you were assigned to, and I will let you know how the final vote turned out in your division.

It is now time for us to begin the Spring Campaign, which has two aspects: publicize the Green Party and get Jules Mermelstein, Esq. on the November ballot for PA Superior Court Judge. There will be more about both of these below.
The rest of Report #2 will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #1 was posted to you on February 6, and it will outline more of our Spring Campaign.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Just in time for our Spring Campaign, the GPOP Outreach Working Group has produced a new flyer, “Register Green, Vote Green,” for us to distribute in our neighborhoods. 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 other important aspect of our Spring Campaign is for us to get the Green Party’s Jules Mermelstein on the November ballot. I will be in touch with you to get nominating papers to you. (Please let me know if you already have a legal-size clipboard, so I don’t purchase too many.)
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 Green Party Nomination Paper. Please take this day off from work, or spend as many hours as possible volunteering at your polls.

We will also be collecting signatures at local events: block parties, concerts, political rallies, etc. I hope that you will let me know in advance of events in your neighborhood. Then, Green Party Representatives can join you there. 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. These are the Greens who planned our excellent Welcome Party for New Members back in February, and who represented the Green Party at the last two monthly Solidarity Forums. Their next event will be a Green Party Happy Hour on March 31 at W/N W/N.
The next meeting of our Outreach Working Group will take place at 2:00 pm on Sunday, 4/2, 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
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
We are still looking for candidates for Philadelphia District Attorney and Philadelphia Comptroller. In addition, we would like to run some Green Party candidates for PA State Representative in 2018. Please let me know if you have a suggestion, and I will contact that person.

I hope that you will continue to be active along with our other 31 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.”

Written on April 19, 2017

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Greens oppose SEPTA power plant, Endorse Mermelstein for Judge

Green Party opposes SEPTA gas power plant, Endorses Jules Mermelstein for PA Superior Court Judge

At the March Membership Meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP), members voted to endorse the opposition campaign to the proposed SEPTA fracked-gas power plant in Nicetown. Despite the SEPTA board voting to approve the project, the Green Party voted to support the ongoing efforts to resist the building of the gas power plant.

Over 50 groups have signed on to support the resistance efforts including 350Philadelphia, Avenging the Ancestors Coalition, Brandywine Peace Community, Caucus of Working Educators, Food and Water Watch, Neighborhood Networks, Edward T. Steel Public School, Friends of Mifflin School, and many other community, environmental, faith and labor organizations.

Chris Robinson, GPOP membership secretary, said, “It is important to continue educating the public about the environmental dangers of the gas power plant and mobilizing those who are opposed.” Legislators who have voiced support for the opposition to the plant include State Representative Rosita Youngblood and Councilwoman Cindy Bass.

The Greens in attendance also voted unanimously to endorse Jules Mermelstein for PA Superior Court Judge. “I am delighted to receive the endorsement of the Green Party of Philadelphia,” Mermelstein responded. “In recent years we have seen the evidence of the misuse of the justice system by both parties in Pennsylvania. We have seen PA Supreme Court justices being forced to resign. We have seen Attorneys General of both parties end up in jail. We have seen a juvenile court judge selling our children to a private prison. And most recently we have seen the DA of Philadelphia indicted for corruption. The Green Party and I will be reaching out to work with other individuals and groups interested in bringing true justice to Pennsylvania, beginning with my election to the Superior Court in November.”

Mermelstein, a retired attorney and teacher, received the endorsement of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) in January and will run as a Green Party candidate in the November 7 General Election.

Green Party members Olivia Faison and Eric Hamell will run for Minority Inspector of Elections at their respective polling places in November. Galen Tyler, GPOP chair, said, “We are searching for others who would like to run for office on the Green Party ballot in 2017 and 2018.”

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

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Minutes, March Membership Meeting

Minutes, General Membership Meeting
March 23, 2017

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

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.
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,
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, 3/21

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.”

Written on March 18, 2017

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Major Endorsements for Honkala in 197

BREAKING NEWS: Philly candidate receives major endorsements

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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.

Written on March 12, 2017

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Minutes, February Membership Meeting

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

Meeting called to order at 7:10 by Galen.

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.

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.

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

Written on March 12, 2017

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Philly Greens Elect New 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

Written on March 3, 2017

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Cheri Honkala Lives in District 197

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.

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, Learn more about Cheri Honkala.

Written on March 3, 2017

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Greens to Meet, 2/22, in Fishtown

Green Party of Philadelphia

February 22, 2017, 7:00 pm

GPOP City Committee Election

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

Written on February 18, 2017

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Minutes, General Membership Meeting, 1/25/’17

General Membership Meeting Minutes
Green Party of Philadelphia

Held at Roxborough Read and Eat
Meeting commenced at 7:10 pm on 1/25/’17

In Attendance
Jarrett Anderson (Ward 48); Christian Banchs (Ward 52); Shoshana Bricklin and Bert Schultz (Ward 9); Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller, Ron Lane, Margie Neary and Beverly Rolfsmeyer (Ward 28); Georgie Georgeson (Ward 2); Alex Gillett and Hillary Kane (Ward 46); Eric Hamell and Chris Robinson (Ward 59); Murielle and Scott McCarthy (Ward 5); Ian McShea (Ward 12); Taj Magruder (Ward 36); Elizabeth Ortiz (Ward 33); Shiela Ptah (Ward 42); Cheri Honkala and Wilfredo Ramos (Ward 19); James Robertson (Ward 27); Charles Sherrouse (Ward 54); and Galen Tyler (Ward 65).
The meeting was chaired by Galen, and minutes were taken by Ian because of the excused absence of Recording Secretary Belinda Davis.

Education Committee, Hillary
Starting a Green Party book club. Study Green Party philosophy. Sunday, March 12, 4:00 PM, first class. First book: Ecology and Socialism, by Chris Williams. Once a month. Location: Grind Core, South Philly.

1. Outreach Working Group, Margie
Welcome Party, February 4th at William Way LGBT Community Center, 13th and Spruce, 12:00 – 2:30. Potluck. Invite members as well as interested individuals, and other organizations in Philadelphia. Spreading word, flyering, Twitter, Facebook, emails, phone calling.

a. Phone calling after February 4th to contact veteran Greens.
b. Interest in joining Outreach working group, recruiting members.
c. Strategic Planning retreat ~ April TBD

2. Nominations for City Committee
Nominations are open, will remain open till February 22.

a. Committee positions – Chair, Recording Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, 3 At-Large-Members.
i. Galen – Nominated for Chair.
ii. Taj – Nominated for At-Large.
iii. Sheila – Nominated for At-Large.
iv. Chris – Nominated for Membership Secretary.
v. Ian – Nominated for Recording Secretary.
vi. Georgie – Nominated for At-Large.
vii. Jarrett – Nominated for Treasurer

The GPOP City Committee Election will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 22, at Shissler Recreation Center in Fishtown.

3. Cheri Honkala Campaign for PA Representative in District 197
Kensington, ran for Sheriff of Philadelphia, ran as Jill Stein’s running mate in 2012. Request for Endorsement to run for State Representative of District 197.
a. Corrupt history of Democratic Party leadership in the 197th District.
b. Special Election because Leslie Acosta is being imprisoned.
c. Democratic Party nominating Freddie Ramirez; he runs three mental health facilities.
d. Highest opiate deaths in Kensington. Highest poverty in Kensington.
e. Name recognition, but no money.
f. Running to WIN.
g. ENDORSEMENT BY CONSENSUS. Honkala for the 197th!

4. Request funds to print “Register Green, Vote Green” flyer for neighborhood distribution
a. $400.00 for 10,000 copies.
b. Request tabled for next month.

5. Announcements.

a. February 24 – 26, National Conference in Philadelphia on Election Integrity and Voter Democracy. Arch Street Meeting House.
i. Outreach Committee to attend.
b. #NODAPL – Sunoco is a company very involved in pipeline. Green Party should take leadership in actions.
i. Oil Pipeline in South New Jersey.
c. Bible Museum. – opposition?
d. Door Knocking for Cheri Honkala Special Election Campaign.
i. Saturday, February 28, 10:00 AM, Broad and Clearfield, Cheri Honkala announcing campaign.
ii. Monday, February 30, 6:00, Murielle’s House.

Meeting Adjourned, 8:53 PM.

Written on February 18, 2017

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Report on Welcome Party for New Greens

Report on Welcome Party for New Greens

Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday, February 4, to help us welcome new members to the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP). We had a fantastic turnout, with more than 45 people in attendance and a beautiful potluck spread. William Way LGBT Community Center was a great setting for our party. It was a standing room only crowd during the talks given by our featured speakers, Kristin Combs and Cheri Honkala. We raised money for Cheri’s campaign for State Rep in District 197. People also volunteered to help Cheri’s Campaign in the upcoming Special Election on Tuesday, March 21.

If you missed the party, don’t fret. We’ll be hosting another social gathering this summer. Please stay tuned for those details!

Check out some pics from the party (below), and please join us at the next GPOP General Membership Meeting at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 22, at Shissler Recreation Center, 1800 Blair Street, Fishtown, Philadelphia.

Margie Neary, co-chair
GPOP Outreach Working Group

Galen Tyler, GPOP City Committee Chair

Greens welcome new members

Kristin Combs, featured speaker and former Green Party candidate for Philadelphia City Council At-Large

Cheri Honkala, featured speaker and Green Party candidate for State Representative in District 197

Attendees mingle

Written on February 14, 2017

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