Philly Green Party

GPOP Bi-monthly Report to GPPA

Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Bimonthly Update to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA),
March 14, 2018
Since January 21, 2018, the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) has held two membership meetings.
At the General Membership Meeting on 1/25, GPOP took nominations for its 2018 City Committee. The 12 members also created an ad hoc committee to work with the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) on the Poor People’s March (aka “March 4 Our Lives”) to be held in June. https://www.gpop.org/news/?p=2475
At the General Membership Meeting on 2/22, 19 GPOP members elected a new City Committee. A description of the 2018 GPOP City Committee may be found here. https://www.gpop.org/news/?p=2478
GPOP held a Winter Party for Members at PhillyCAM on 1/27.
GPOP posted one News Release since the last Bimonthly Update. It was entitled, “Green Party Supports Student Walkout and Calls for Action on Gun Control.” https://www.gpop.org/news/?p=2484
Here are the events planned or endorsed by GPOP.
March 29, General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm at Shissler Recreation Center; and http://www.phila.gov/findrec/RecCenterDetails.aspx?ID=831
March 31, Close the Drone War Command Center, Easter Saturday Rally called by Brandywine Peace Community and endorsed by GPOP, noon, Air Force Guard Station, Route 611/Easton & County Line Roads, Horsham, PA. http://www.brandywinepeace.com/event/demonstrations-in-horsham-resume-end-endless-war-close-drone-war-command-center-in-horsham-declare-peace/

Respectfully submitted by Chris Robinson, GPOP Delegate to GPPA, 215-843-4256.
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Written on May 20, 2018

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Written on May 19, 2018

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Green Party Nomination Papers Available Soon

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Volume 3, #3
March 16, 2018

Green Party Nomination Papers Available Soon

Dear Green Party Representative.
The nomination papers for Green Party candidates should be available next week. As you will see below, I plan to bring them back from the GPPA Conference on Sunday.
In this Report, I will try to bring you – and the other 19 Green Party Representatives — up to date on the many developments since Report #2 “Two Candidates (and more) in 2018,” which I posted to your Inbox on Valentine Day. https://www.gpop.org/news/?p=2473

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Please welcome Bob Kilalian, our most recent Green Party Representative. At the present, we have ten Green Party Representatives who have volunteered to collect voter’s signatures during the Primary Election: Bob (Queen Village); Belinda (Chestnut Hill); Bernadette, Margie and Beverly (Roxborough); Hillary (Cedar Park); Christian (Wynnefield); Charles (Oxford Circle East); Chris (Germantown); and Eric (undetermined).
There are also three Green Party Representatives who cannot volunteer on 5/15, but who have offered to collect nomination signatures at other times: Georgie, Natasha and Olivia. If your name is not listed above, please let me know whether or not you plan to collect nomination signatures for our candidates.
I plan to pick up the authorized nomination papers at the GPPA Convention, and I will deliver them to you shortly. The best time to collect signatures will be at your own polling place during the Primary Election on Tuesday, May 15.
Please let me know if any of your friends will help us to get Green Party candidates on the ballot.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
Possible Green Party candidates for elected office will present their credentials to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Convention in Scranton on Sunday, March 18. I hope that you will be there for the endorsement debate. If you would like to carpool, please let me know.
Hopefully, one of the PA state-wide candidates endorsed by the Green Party will build a campaign in Philadelphia. We remain ready to assist them.
We are still searching for people from Philadelphia to run as Green Party candidates for PA State Representative. It is one of our tasks to convince good activists to run for office as Green Party candidates seeking a basic universal income, single-payer healthcare, reparations for slavery, and an end to fracking and mass incarceration.
Please send me the contact information for prospective Green Party candidates, and I will help you to convince them to run.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
The GPOP February Membership Meeting has elected our 2018 City Committee (think “steering committee”). All the members of our City Committee are also GPOP Representatives. https://www.gpop.org/news/?p=2478
The GPOP membership created three Working Groups to assist you in building the Green Party. In addition to the EOW Group which was initiated in September 2015, our membership created an Outreach Working Group in July 2016, and a Communications Working Group in September 2017. Please consider joining one of these groups because they all need volunteers. Interested? If so, I will gladly send you the proper contact information.
http://www.gpop.org/news/?cat=33
http://www.gpop.org/news/?cat=38
http://www.gpop.org/news/?cat=40

Please let me know what you have been doing to build the Green Party.

It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
Member, Green Party of Philadelphia
www.gpop.org

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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Written on April 16, 2018

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Greens Support Student Walkout

Greens Support Student Walkout and Calls for Action on Gun Control

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) supports Philadelphia students participating in today’s (3/14) National School Walkout to protest Congress’ inaction on gun control legislation. A vast majority of Americans support more gun control, and our government’s years of inaction are yet another example of how we do not have a functioning democracy. Today we stand with the students and call for action on gun control in the Pennsylvania legislature.

The recent gun control legislation passed in Florida marks a major victory for student and family activists from Parkland. “We salute the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for turning this tragedy into a call to action. It’s thrilling to see young people stepping so powerfully and fearlessly into the role of activist to create the change they want, need, and deserve,” said Michael Georgeson, GPOP Recording Secretary.

The new legislation in Florida, however, does not go far enough in meeting the demands of the student activists and the demands of millions of Americans. The Florida bill does not ban assault weapons and does not ban high-capacity magazines, nor does it strengthen background checks. The bill does, however, allow superintendents to arm school personnel, a provision introduced by Democratic State Senator Randolph Bracy. The GPOP is baffled by this move as it ignores the clearly expressed views of both students and educators. The GPOP is firmly against armed personnel of any form inside of schools and believes that more guns in schools will lead to more children being shot, especially children of color.

This conversation about school safety fails to acknowledge the structural disinvestment from and neglect of our children and our social supports, thereby exacerbating social problems like poverty and inequality. Corporate politics have failed to connect the danger of school shootings with the original danger of structural inequality and the erosion of access to health and support services. It’s alarming that politicians can find the money to arm school personnel but not supply them with living wages or basic supplies like paper and up to date textbooks.

We call for the PA legislature to ban assault weapons, ban high-capacity magazines, and strengthen background checks. We also call for Greens in Philadelphia and beyond to support the student walkout by showing up at a walkout near you. As Claudia Elquist of the Green Party National Women’s Caucus said recently, “it’s time for us to simply show up, lend support, let the kids have the microphone…this is the time to follow, not to just send out press releases to the public.” We hope you’ll join us in applauding and standing alongside the students who choose to walk out today.

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Written on March 14, 2018

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New Leadership for Philadelphia’s Green Party

Members of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) elected their 2018 leaders while meeting at Shissler Recreation Center in Fishtown. The new leadership is young and energetic, two characteristics which will be useful in their rejuvenation of the Green Party. This was recognized by Margie Neary, the newly elected GPOP Membership Secretary, who had told the Greens, “lf elected, I would bring positive energy, organizational skills and fresh ideas to the position.”

The new GPOP City Committee will be the youngest in its history, and it is already faced with several long-term problems, including a dwindling Green Party membership. This is the result of a continuous membership slide during the past eight years.
Another obstacle is the constant turnover in Green Party leadership. New ideas and youthful vigor are, of course, beneficial to any political party. GPOP, however, has changed leaders every two years in the face of a 25 percent membership decline from 2,033 voters in November 2010 down to 1,551 voters in November 2017.

Fortunately, newly elected GPOP Chair Taj Magruder recognizes the challenge before him. In running for office, Magruder told the members in a campaign statement, “I want to increase the number of registered Greens and ensure we recruit and support more candidates for public office.” Most of the other members of his new City Committee expressed similar desires.

Christian Banch, newly elected as City Committee Member at Large, had spent 2017 on the Pennsylvania Green Party steering committee. Banchs gave a more specific anticipation of his plans for GPOP’s future. “Some things I would like to get done,” said Banchs, “would be to build on our infrastructure for communication with membership, recruit more members via increased outreach, build coalitions with organizations for issue based campaigns, increase the number of registered Greens in Philadelphia and recruit a candidate to run a viable campaign for upcoming elections.”

New GPOP Recording Secretary Michael “Georgie” Georgeson said, “My main goals going forward are to continue using my skills as a professional graphic designer and animator to increase the general public’s knowledge of the party and invite more people into our party.”

For information about the Green Party of Philadelphia, please email gpop@gpop.org. Follow them on Twitter at @GreenPartyofPHL and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreenPartyOfPhiladelphia.
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Chris Robinson is a freelance poet and writer. He was a member of the GPOP City Committee from 2011 until 2017. He may be reached at 215-843-4256 and nwgreens@yahoo.com.
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Written on March 4, 2018

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Minutes, January Membership Meeting

Membership Meeting
January 25, 2017 – 7 PM
Shissler Recreation Center, Fishtown
Minutes
Greens in Attendance: Jarrett Anderson, Treasurer; Christian Banchs; Belinda Davis; Olivia Faison, City Committee Member at Large; Georgie Georgeson, City Committee Member at Large; Cheri Honkala; Hillary Kane; Taj Magruder, City Committee Member At Large; Francis McCloskey; Margie Neary; Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary; 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 1/29. Hillary submitted one correction. Final minutes were posted to the membership on 2/1.

OLD BUSINESS
Report on GPPA Virtual Meeting
GPOP had five delegates present for the Virtual Meeting of GPPA on 1/21. Hillary reported that delegates elected a new GPPA Steering Committee. They also elected new Pennsylvania delegates to the GPUS. Two GPOP members were elected: Kristin Combs was elected to be a Member At Large of the GPPA Steering Committee, and Christian Banchs was elected to be a Pennsylvania Delegate to the GPUS National Committee.
Christian thought the virtual meeting process worked well, allowing free-flowing participation without the hassle of long travel time to the site.
Chris was pleased that GPPA has devised a structure which will be helpful in organizing the membership. There are now four GPPA Divisions (aka “Committees”): Operations, Communications, Green Wave, and Finance. Members who wish to help build the Green Party may now sign us for a specific GPPA Division. http://www.gpofpa.org/committees
Minutes from the GPPA virtual meeting were not available on 2/1/’18. [Minutes were posted on 2/12, https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1qWohCVCVXzfrZ0oc1wx7qd5cJZmP9okz.]

NEW BUSINESS
Winter Green Party
Taj said that the GPOP Outreach Committee has organized a Winter Party, on 1/27 which has been widely publicized to our membership. [Please see: “Announcements” for details.] People have RSVP’d to Facebook (12) and Eventbrite (?). Speakers will include Stuart Chen-Hayes and Olivia Faison, both of whom won election in 2017.

Create Ad Hoc Committee for “Poor People’s March”
Taj moved that GPOP create an ad hoc committee to work with the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) on their March on Washington to commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s March, 50 years ago.
Christian volunteered. Others who are interested should contact him.

Consideration of City Committee Spending
Taj requested membership approval of the City Committee’s decision on 12/1 to contribute $500 to Puerto Rican Hurricane Relief. The membership approved this with one negative vote. [Hillary corrected this count: “Both Chris and Charles voted ‘No.’”]
Chris then proposed an amendment to the GPOP Bylaws which he said would allow the membership to clarify the Bylaws with regard to limitations on City Committee spending. Taj said that the proposed amendment would change the Bylaws rather than clarify them. A discussion was tabled until the February Membership Meeting. The proposed amendment is attached.

Nominations for 2018 City Committee
The following members were nominated for the GPOP City Committee:
Chair: Taj Magruder;
Recording Secretary: (no nominee);
Treasurer: Jarrett Anderson (incumbent);
Membership Secretary: Margie Neary, and Chris Robinson (incumbent); and
Member At Large: Christian Banchs, Olivia Faison (incumbent), Georgie Georgeson (incumbent), Charles Sherrouse, and Galen Tyler.

Nominations will remain open until the election, which will take place at 7:00 pm on 2/22 at the February Membership Meeting, Shissler Recreation Center. [Please see “Announcements” (below) for details.]
Chris will post the list of current nominees to the GPOP Membership and ask them for additional nominees. Georgie will post a second list of nominees to the GPOP Membership ten days prior to the February election meeting. Georgie’s posting will include a 100-word statement from each nominee, and a photo. Both statement and photo are optional.

Communications Working Group
Margie congratulated Georgie on his design of monthly membership notices. Margie also requested that Chris stop sending emails to the GPOP membership outside of NationBuilder.
GPOP members who wish to participate in the Communications Working Group are asked to contact Margie.

Outreach Working Group
Margie discussed the plans for the Welcome Party scheduled for 1/27. She said that Outreach has no additional events planned.
GPOP members who wish to participate in the Outreach Working Group are asked to contact Margie.

Electoral Operations Working Group
Chris said that the first EOWG Report of 2018, was posted to GPOP Representatives on 1/2. [Please contact Chris if you would like to read this Report.] There are currently 23 Green Party Representatives, nine of whom volunteered at their own polling place during the November General Election.
In response to a question about 2018, Chris said that Green Wave is not yet ready to announce Green Party candidates, but it appears we will have a candidate running state-wide for U.S. Senate.
Any GPOP member who wishes to become the Green Party Representative at their own polling place is asked to contact Chris at 215-843-4256 and chrisrecon@netzero.net.

Treasurer’s Report
Jarrett said that GPOP now has $1,063.33.

Additional Remarks
Cheri spoke about the two court cases resulting from her 2017 Special Election for Representative in District 197. The Federal Court Judge just handed down a 78 page decision, and Cheri’s lawyer is reviewing it. A Municipal Court hearing into electioneering in District 197 was held on 1/22, and a follow-up hearing will be held on 2/5. [Please see “Announcements” (below) for more details.]
Francis spoke briefly about his desire to run as a Green for elected office in Philadelphia.

Respectfully submitted by Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary, 215-843-4256.

Announcements
January 27, Winter Green Party, 1:00 pm, at PhillyCam. https://phillycam.org/content/directions-phillycam
February 5, Hearing into Electioneering in District 197, Criminal Justice Center.
February 8, GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, at w/n w/n. http://www.winwincoffeebar.com/
February 22, GPOP General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, City Committee at Shissler Recreation Center. http://www.phila.gov/findrec/RecCenterDetails.aspx?ID=831
March 17-18, GPPA Convention, hosted by Lackawanna County Greens. Location to be announced. http://www.gpofpa.org/calendar
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Written on February 22, 2018

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2 Candidates (and more) in 2018

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Volume 3, #2
February 14, 2018

Two Candidates (and more) in 2018!

Dear Green Party Representative.
There are many important developments in this Report, but first I have to urge you to attend our February Membership Meeting at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 22. At this meeting, Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) members will elect our 2018 City Committee (think “steering committee”). It will be your opportunity to decide on the direction of our political party.
In this Report, I will bring you – and the other 18 Green Party Representatives up to date on the many developments since Report #1, which I posted to your Inbox at the turn of the New Year. We are definitely starting 2018 with a BANG!

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
This has been most exciting! The Green Party now has two members who will be seeking our endorsement to run for office in 2018. The most advanced candidacy is that of Neal Gael (Montgomery County) who has filed his Request for Endorsement with GPPA Green Wave. Once reviewed, Green Wave will transmit it to the GPPA Steering Committee. Hopefully, Neal’s endorsement will be decided at our Delegates Meeting in Scranton on March 18. http://www.greenwaveofpa.com/home
But that’s not all! We now have a new Philadelphia Green Party member who has expressed interest in running for U.S. Congress in PA District 1. You will be able to meet Robert Kalalian at the February GPOP Meeting. Robert is pulling together a campaign committee. If you want to join it, I will give you Robert’s contact information.
We are still searching for people from Philadelphia to run in 2018 as Green Party candidates for PA State Representative. It is one of our tasks to convince good activists to run for office as Green Party candidates seeking single-payer healthcare, reparations for slavery, an end to fracking, a basic universal income, and an end mass incarceration.
Please send me the contact information for prospective Green Party candidates, and I will help you to convince them to run.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
We have taken the first step in supporting our 2018 candidates, but we still have a way to go. At the present, we have nine Green Party Representatives who have volunteered to collect voter’s signatures during the Primary Election. There are also two Green Party Representatives who cannot volunteer on 5/15, but who have offered to collect nomination signatures at other times.
Green Party Representatives can begin collecting voter’s signatures on our Nomination Papers on March 8, but the best time to collect signatures will be at your polling place during the Primary Election on Tuesday, May 15. Of course, we need more than 11 Green Party Representatives working on this project. Please let me know if you or any of your friends will help us to get Green Party candidates on the ballot.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
One of the most active elements of our infrastructure is GPPA Green Wave, which did a fantastic job during 2017. With Green Wave support, 12 Greens won election last year, making PA the state with the second largest number of elected Greens. GPOP still needs a Green Wave Organizer for Philadelphia. Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering.
The GPOP membership has now created three Working Groups to assist you in building the Green Party. In addition to the EOW Group which was initiated in September 2015, our membership created an Outreach Working Group in July 2016, and a Communications Working Group in September 2017. Please consider joining one of these groups because they all need volunteers. Interested? If so, I will gladly send you the proper contact information.
http://www.gpop.org/news/?cat=33
http://www.gpop.org/news/?cat=38
http://www.gpop.org/news/?cat=40

City Committee Elections
At the GPOP February Membership Meeting on Thursday, February 22, Green Party members will elect our 2018 City Committee. There are seven elected offices on our City Committee and nine members have been nominated. Please consider nominating yourself for the City Committee. If you would like more information, please contact me or read the section of the GPOP Bylaws on “City Committee” (Paragraph IV) and “Election of Officers and Delegates” (Paragraph VIII). http://www.gpop.org/news/?page_id=47

Please let me know what you have been doing to build the Green Party.

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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Written on February 22, 2018

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Happy New Year of Struggle!

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Volume 3, #1
January 3, 2018

Happy New Year of Struggle!

Dear Green Party Representative.
I hope that you are looking forward to joining me in building the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) during 2018. In this report, I will offer you – and the other 22 Green Party Representatives – a peek at my perspective on GPOP’s future. For my reflections on the past year, I suggest that you reread last year’s EOW Group Report #8. http://www.gpop.org/news/?p=2438

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
Our most important task right now is to convince good people to run for office this year as Green Party candidates. Some of you may remember back in 2010, when some GPOP City Committee members approached Cheri Honkala to run for office. Seizing the opportunity, Cheri changed her registration to Green Party and ran in 2011 for Sheriff of Philadelphia. The following year she ran as a Green for Vice President of the U.S.
We are still searching for people to run in 2018 as Green Party candidates for PA State Representative. It is one of our tasks to convince good activists to run for office as Green Party candidates seeking single-payer healthcare, reparations for slavery, an end to fracking, a basic universal income, and an end mass incarceration.
To help you in this search, I have posted a news release entitled “Philadelphia Greens Seek Candidates.” You may forward this to movement lists and post copies where people gather. I have already forwarded this article to email lists of movement organizations which are in favor of single-payer healthcare, an end to mass incarceration, sustainable energy (instead of fossil fuels) and a cut in the Pentagon budge. http://www.gpop.org/news/?p=2448
Please send me the contact information for prospective Green Party candidates, and I will help you to convince them to run.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Our second task will be to organize GPOP members to become Green Party Representatives. Since you are already a Representative, I am sure that you know this means volunteering at your own polling place to assist our candidates. There are many other things you can do in your home division to help us build the Green Party, and I will explain some of them in a future Report.
Please let me know now if you plan to remain a Green Party Representative for 2018. While you are thinking of it, you might also let me know of things I can do to help you build GPOP.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
As you know from my 2017 Report #8, the GPOP membership has now created three Working Groups to assist you in building the Green Party. In addition to the EOW Group which was initiated in September 2015, our membership created an Outreach Working Group in July 2016, and a Communications Working Group in September 2017. Please consider joining any of these groups because they all need volunteers.
Interested? If so, I will gladly send you the proper contact information.
http://www.gpop.org/news/?cat=33
http://www.gpop.org/news/?cat=38
http://www.gpop.org/news/?cat=40

City Committee Elections
At the GPOP January Membership Meeting on Thursday, January 25, the Green Party will ask for nominations to the GPOP City Committee (think “Steering Committee”). There are seven elected officers on our City Committee. Please consider nominating yourself for the City Committee. If you would like more information, please contact me or read the section of the GPOP Bylaws on “City Committee” (Paragraph IV) and “Election of Officers and Delegates” (Paragraph VIII). http://www.gpop.org/news/?page_id=47

Please let me know what you have been doing to build the Green Party.

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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Written on January 30, 2018

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GPOP Bimonthly Report to GPPA

Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Bimonthly Report to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA), January 21, 2018
Since November 18, 2017, the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) has held only one membership meeting. GPOP is now in the process of electing a new leadership.
The one meeting was our November General Membeship Meeting. Ten members participated, and two visitors. We celebrated the election of GPOP leader Olivia Faison as inspector of elections at her polling place. (Two additional GPOP members were also elected to office, but we did not know about their elections at the time of the meeting.)
The GPOP membership began its annual process of electing a new City Committee (think “steering committee”) by calling for nominations. Nominations will remain open until the February Meeting.
Since the last GPPA Meeting, GPOP has posted no News Releases, but the Philadelphia Party did issue a call for candidates to run as Greens during 2018. This call was described in “Philly Greens Seek Candidates.” http://www.gp.org/philly_greens_seek_candidates
Here are the events planned by GPOP. An account will appear in our next bimonthly report to GPPA.
January 25, GPOP Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, Nominations for 2018 City Committee, at Shissler Recreation Center. http://www.phila.gov/findrec/RecCenterDetails.aspx?ID=831
January 27, Winter Green Party, 1:00 pm, at PhillyCam. https://phillycam.org/content/directions-phillycam
February 8, GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, at w/n w/n. http://www.winwincoffeebar.com/
February 22, GPOP General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, City Committee at Shissler Recreation Center. http://www.phila.gov/findrec/RecCenterDetails.aspx?ID=831

Respectfully submitted by Chris Robinson, GPOP Membership Secretary, 215-843-4256.
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Written on January 27, 2018

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Greens to Meet, 1/25, 7:00 pm

January 25, 2018
GPOP Nomination Meeting

7:00 pm at Shissler Recreation Center
1800 Blair Street (near East Berks Street),
Fishtown, Philadelphia, PA

Please help us elect our 2018 leadership.

We look forward to your participation.
These meetings 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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Written on January 11, 2018

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Green Winter Party, 1/27, 1:00 PM

Mark your calendars!

Come out to our Winter Party to meet local Greens and celebrate the wins we had in 2017!

Hear more about what we’ve been up to and see how you can get more involved. Speakers will include some of our newly elected Greens.

We’re being hosted by the gracious and spectacular folks at PhillyCAM (699 Ranstead Street) who will be filming the party to help us spread the Green word to their viewers. Come have fun and help us look good! It’s a potluck gathering so bring a snack or drink to share if you wish.

Check out the Facebook Event for more details or to let us know you’re coming.

We had a good showing in 2017 and elected the following 12 Pennsylvania Greens:
Stuart Chen-Hayes, Newtown Twp Judge of Elections (Bucks)
Kristin Combs, Philadelphia Judge of Elections (Philadelphia)
Olivia Faison, Philadelphia Inspector of Elections (Philadelphia)
Kerry Foose, Lenox Judge of Elections (Susquehanna)
Bradley Granlun, Philipsburg Borough Council (Centre)
Jim Keller, West Reading Judge of Elections (Berks)
Ethan Leatherbarrow, Philadelphia Judge of Elections (Philadelphia)
David Ochmanowicz, Quakertown Community School Board (Bucks)
William Pilkonis, Scranton Judge of Elections (Lakawanna)
Tim Runkle, Elizabethtown Judge of Elections (Lancaster)
Cem Zeytinoglu, Stroudsburg School Board (Monroe)
Julia Zion, Maxatawney Judge of Elections (Berks)

See you at the Green Winter Party!
Green Party of Philadelphia

Written on January 11, 2018

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2018 Important Dates for PA Elections

2018 PA ELECTIONS IMPORTANT DATES for Green Party Candidates and Members

March 7, First day for endorsed Green Party candidates to circulate and file nomination papers.

April 16, Last day to register Green for 2018 Green Party candidates.

May 15, PRIMARY ELECTION, BEST LOCATION TO COLLECT SIGNATURES ON NOMINATION PAPERS FOR ENDORSED GREEN PARTY CANDIDATES.

August 1, Last day for endorsed Green Party candidates to circulate and file nomination papers. BE SURE NOMINATION PAPERS HAVE BEEN FILED BEFORE THIS DATE.

August 8, Last day for withdrawal by Green Party candidates.
September 17, First day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot.
October 9, Last day to REGISTER to vote before the November election.
October 30, Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot.
November 2, Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots.

November 6, GENERAL ELECTION.
Note: All dates in this calendar are subject to change without notice.
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The above information was derived from the PA Department of State publication “2018 PA Elections Important Dates to Remember.”

Prepared by Chris Robinson on 11/19/’17
chrisrecon@netzero.net and 215-843-4256
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia
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Written on January 2, 2018

Posted in 2018 National & PA State Elections, Election Operationswith Comments Off on 2018 Important Dates for PA Elections

Green Party Seeks Candidates

http://www.gp.org/philly_greens_seek_candidates

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) is seeking candidates to run for elected office in 2018. At their October membership meeting, Philly Greens issued a “Call for Candidates.”

Galen Tyler, Chair of GPOP, said, “Now is the time for people to step up and become leaders of an independent party. The coming year will provide a great opportunity for new candidates to take their first step into political waters. Most Green Party candidates will not be elected on their first campaign for office, but there have been surprises in Philadelphia when a dynamic candidate backed by vigorous volunteers has unseated an incumbent from a corporate party.”

“The Green Party is especially interested in interviewing those who have been traditionally excluded from running as candidates for the two corporate political parties. Our door is open for qualified women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ and other citizens who agree with the Green Party’s Ten Key Values,” explained Chris Robinson, Green Party Membership Secretary. The Green’s Ten Key Values are ecological wisdom, social justice, nonviolence, grassroots democracy, feminism, future focus, respect for diversity, community-based economics, personal and global responsibility, and decentralization.

“There are several good reasons to run for office,” continued Robinson. “A candidate running for the first time will gain both name recognition and practical experience. They will also have a media soapbox to educate the community around their special issues. In addition, they will be able to pressure the incumbent and give voters a choice, which is so often lacking in Philadelphia.”

During 2018, Representatives in every PA House District will be up for election, as will PA Senators in even-numbered Districts. Candidates seeking these offices must receive the endorsement of registered GPOP members and elected delegates to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA).

Candidates for PA State Senator must be at least 25 years old, and candidates for PA House of Representatives must be at least 21 years old. Each candidate must have been a resident of PA and a citizen of the U.S. for the last four years, and a resident of the District for the last year. For more information about running for office as a Green Party candidate, please contact Chris Robinson, GPOP Membership Secretary, at 215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org.

Green Party candidates for office are coordinated and supported by GPPA Green Wave, a committee which offers a region-based network for candidates. Green Wave officials say that 2018 “could be a great year for local Green wins. Dissatisfaction with the two major parties is at an all-time high and people are looking for change that will bring hope for a peaceful, just, and stable future.”

The Green Party of Philadelphia is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice. Follow GPOP on Twitter at @GreenPartyofPHL and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreenPartyOfPhiladelphia.
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A similar article appeared in Philly Voice.
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Written on December 23, 2017

Posted in 2018 National & PA State Elections, Newswith Comments Off on Green Party Seeks Candidates

Minutes, November Membership Meeting

Minutes, Membership Meeting
November 30, 2017 – 7 PM
Shissler Recreation Center, Fishtown

Greens in Attendance: Jarrett Anderson, Treasurer; Belinda Davis; Olivia Faison, City Committee Member at Large; Alexander Gillett; Hillary Kane; Taj Magruder, City Committee Member At Large; Asanetwaa Nkrumah-Ture; Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary; Ernest Schulte and Galen Tyler, Chair.
Others in Attendance: Tonya Ryva and Marlene Soifer. Absent: Georgie Georgeson, City Committee Member at Large.

This meeting was chaired by Galen, and minutes were taken by Chris with assistance from Belinda. [Draft minutes were circulated for additions and corrections on 12/2. Hillary submitted a correction. The minutes were then posted to the GPOP website on 12/7/’17.]

Everyone present celebrated the election of Olivia Faison on 11/7 to the office of Minor Party Inspector of Elections at Ward 60, Division 17.

A representative from Philadelphia Tenants Union had been invited to speak, but the person did not appear. This will be rescheduled because GPOP has endorsed PTU.

Outreach Working Group Report by Taj
The OWG has posted one News Release since the last meeting: “Green Party Wants Elected School Board,” which was written by Margie Neary.
The next OWG event will be the Welcome Party for New Members on January 28 at PhillyCam. Please see Announcements (below) for details. The OWG requested suggestions for a speaker at this event.
Hillary suggested that we invite Jessica Clayton, David Ochmanowicz, and Cem Zeytinoglu, all of whom are Greens elected this year to various PA School Boards. She thought we might focus on education as an issue.
Taj explained that OWG prefers a welcome party with one speaker. Any of the above would be welcome to fill that role, but an Education Forum might be considered as a separate event for later in 2018.
[Hillary sent the following correction: “FWIW, I only suggested Jessica Clayton as a speaker for the welcome party. Charles suggested adding Dave O and Cem, but I thought that might not work for the reasons cited by Taj. I think we tentatively agreed to possibly do the education themed event as a separate event in February.”]
Other suggested speakers for the Welcome Party: Stewart Chen-Hays (Judge of Elections in Newtown, Bucks County), Mike Dennis (GPUS Youth Caucus and LGBTQIA+ Caucus); Gloria Matera (New York, NY) and Darryl! Mock (Washington, DC). The latter three are members of the GPUS Steering Committee.
Chris recommended that OWG repeat last year’s successful organization of Greens to participate in the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day event on January 15.

Communications Working Group (CWG) Report by Jarrett
Jarrett explained that GPOP’s new NationBuilder website was under construction, and that GPOP’s communication with members will take place monthy in a multi-issue “newsletter” format.

Treasurer’s Report by Jarrett
Jarrett said GPOP has $1,325.38, plus $85 from pass-the-hat at this meeting. There were no major expenses during the last month.
Chris suggested that a fundraising email to GPOP members would give us a chance to tell our members all of the fantastic things we have done during 2017. This might appear at their Inboxes during the first week in January.

Election Operations Working Group (EOWG) Report by Chris
Chris apologized for the two great failures of EOWG during 2017: failure to organize a better nomination campaign in the spring and failure to organize more poll volunteers in the fall. Chris said that after two years of trying to build the EOWG, he recognizes that he is personally unable to motivate GPOP’s membership.
The details of Chris’ remarks may be found in EOWG Report #8, “General Election 2017: The Good and the Bad,” which was posted to GPOP Representatives on 11/28.

Report on Green Party of PA’s (GPPA) Quarterly Meeting by Alex Gillett
Alex reported the 35 delegates came to the meeting in Pittsburgh, which did not have a GPPA chapter last year. Alex also reported on GPPA’s dire financial situation, leading to its inability to afford NationBuilder. Kristin is seeking open-source alternatives to NB. We discussed the possibility of increasing regular contributions to GPPA, either or both individually or as a large city chapter.
Alex recommends GPOP members look to Slack for notes on the meeting. [Please see the Minutes of the GPPA Quarterly Meeting on 11/18.]
The GPPA Delegates amended the GPPA Rules (bylaws) so that GPPA will have six meetings/year. Three will be face-to-face, and three will be virtual. The next meeting of GPPA Delegates (open to any GP member) will be a virtual meeting at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 20.
Hillary offered her office, on the Penn campus, as a place where many of us could participate in the next meeting as a group (see Announcements, below).

City Committee Elections
Belinda asked when the campaign would begin for the next City Committee elections. In the past, our nomination campaign has begun late in the prior year concluding with a nominations meeting, January 25, and an election meeting, February 22. This will be organized by the City Committee at its next meeting on December 14.

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. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LM536GW
Call for Candidates
Both the September and October GPOP membership meetings called for Green Party candidates for electoral races in 2018 and 2019. See the Minutes from the September GPOP Membership meeting for more on this topic. The City Committee decided to not post a news release about this call until after the 2017 General Election. http://www.gpop.org/news/?p=2393
Election of GPOP Recording Secretary
NOMINATIONS FOR A RECORDING SECRETARY REMAIN OPEN.

Respectfully submitted by Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Please mark your calendars.)

December 14, GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, W/N W/N.
December 16 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. Belinda will be in touch soon with those who kindly offered accommodations.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! There will be no General Membership Meeting during the holiday season.
December 30, New Year Observance at the Drone War Command Center, Horsham, PA. This event has been endorsed by the Green Party of Philadelphia.

2018
January 1, HAPPY NEW YEAR OF STRUGGLE!

January 11, GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, W/N W/N.
January 15, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Green Party events to be announced.
January 20, GPPA Virtual Meeting for Delegates, 10:00 am, at 3624 Market Street, Suite 5-W. Call 267-971-3559 for admission.
January 25, GPOP Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, Nominations for 2018 City Committee, location to be announced.
January 28, Welcome Party for New Greens, 1:00 pm, PhillyCam.
February 8, GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, location to be announced.
February 22, GPOP General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, City Committee election, location to be announced.
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Written on December 7, 2017

Posted in General Meetingswith Comments Off on Minutes, November Membership Meeting

General Election 2017: The Good and the Bad

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Volume 2, #8
November 28, 2017

Dear Green Party Representative.
The 2017 General Election is behind us, and in this Report to Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Electoral Operations Working Group (EOWG) I will abandon the usual format in order to deal with the election’s results. Naturally, there are both good and bad aspects resulting from the General Election. [You may find Report #7 to the GPOP EOWG on our web page.]

Bad: Jules Mermelstein Finished 9 out of 9
Unfortunately, Jules Mermelstein, the Green Party candidate, received only 106,686 votes state-wide. This was 1.39 percent of the total vote for Judge of Superior Court. Even worse, Jules Mermelstein received even less in Philadelphia, only 1.26 percent of the vote.

Good: Greens Won Six out of Ten Races in PA
In local races, Green Party members won seats on the Quakertown and Stroudsburg School Boards, a Borough Council Seat in Philipsburg, a Judge of Elections in Newtown Township and Elizabethtown, and a Minority Inspector of Elections in Philadelphia. You may read more about these victories here.

Bad: Why only Ten Races
PA is a really big state, and the Green Party should have had many more candidates contesting many more electoral offices. It is even more of a problem here in Philadelphia. The odds of winning an election become much better if there are a multitude of Greens on the ballot. This was explained to me by Representative Bernadette Marie, who said in an email, “I personally think that if we can’t fill more than one position in our very own [Green Party] column, we shouldn’t be surprised if we are the only ones who are pushing that button.” I have not, yet, heard a plan to change this.

Good: GPOP Representatives Did a Fantastic Job
As has been true in past elections, GPOP Representatives did a fantastic job volunteering for the Jules Campaign at nine polling places in Philadelphia. I congratulate these Representatives – Hillary, Charles, Belinda, Murielle and Scott, Beverley, Bernadette Marie, Christian, and Olivia – who joined me in volunteering at their own polling places. Those nine polling places pulled an average of 2.85 percent of the vote for Jules, more than double the Philadelphia average. At four polling places, GPOP Representatives (Hillary, Chris, Murielle & Scott, and Charles) won more than three times the Philadelphia average.

Bad: Why only 9 Polling Places?
During this election, the Green Party had 1,551 Green Party members in Philadelphia. It was a big disappointment to have so few Green Party members volunteering for Jules’ at their own polling places. I consider this to be my personal failure. As leader of this effort, I repeatedly contacted all of our GPOP members about working the polls. I also contacted Representatives who had volunteered during previous elections, for Jill Stein in 2016 and Kristin Combs in 2015, but I was unable to motivate more Greens to become GPOP Representatives.
This is a second failure, following my inability to motivate more Greens to volunteer during the nomination campaign to get Jules Mermelstein on the ballot last spring. (Remember, Philadelphia submitted only 588 out of Jules’ 4,204 nomination signatures.)

Good: Jules did much Better in Other Counties
Jules received a higher proportion of the vote in some of Pennsylvania’s other counties. For instance:
2.11 percent in Susquehanna County,
2.00 percent in Centre County,
1.78 percent in Butler County,
1.78 percent in Erie County,
1.75 percent in Beaver County,
1.74 percent in Allegheny County,
1.55 percent in Chester County,
1.52 percent in Lebanon County,
1.52 percent in York County,
1.45 percent in Lehigh County,
1.39 percent of total in Pennsylvania, but only
1.26 percent in Philadelphia County
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Bad: Philadelphia fell short
I am ashamed that Philadelphia was not at the top of the above list. GPOP was founded 16 years ago and our members have a lot of experience. One experienced Green, Hillary, got five percent of the vote at her polling place for Jules. Charles and Belinda also did very well. Where were our other experienced Greens?
In addition, GPOP has many new, energetic members who could have been in the forefront of our electoral work. Scott and Murielle, two of our new Greens, volunteered at their polling place, where Jules got 3.7 percent of the vote. Where were our other new Greens on Election Day?
Okay, I understand that they could not volunteer at the polls because of school, work or travel. One of our new members, Margie, was not able to volunteer at the polls, but Margie did stuff every door in her division with Jules literature. At Margie’s polling place, Jules received 2.8 percent of the vote.
Where were you on Election Day?

Good: 2018 Might Be Better
Now that we have reflected on the good and the bad from this year, it is time to consider how we can turn GPOP around during 2018. As Jill Stein use to remind us, “It is in our hands.”
First, you might become a Green Party Representative for 2018 and join our EOWG. That means you will volunteer on our electoral campaigns by collecting voters’ signatures at your polling place during the Primary Election on Tuesday, May 15, and campaigning for our candidates at your polling place during the General Election on Tuesday, November 6.
Second, you might become a Green Party candidate by running for electoral office. This is not about winning. Running for office is about publicizing the Green Party and what Greens stand for. Running for office is also about gaining experience – experience for you and experience for your campaign volunteers. This is all part of building the Green Party.
Third, GPOP needs a Recording Secretary right now. Will you volunteer?
Fourth, we have an Outreach Working Group. Are you a member of it? No, then volunteer.
Fifth, GPOP has a Communications Working Group. Are you a member of it? No, then volunteer.
Sixth, GPOP will hold elections for our seven-person City Committee (think, “steering committee”) in early 2018. Read about those offices in the GPOP By-Laws, and then run for office. You can really help turn our party around if you are in our leadership committee.

Please email or call me if you would like to volunteer or talk about other ideas you might have.
Thanks,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
chrisrecon@netzero.net
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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Written on December 2, 2017

Posted in 2017 Philadelphia Municipal Elections, Election Operationswith Comments Off on General Election 2017: The Good and the Bad

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