Philly Green Party

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

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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

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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

Greens to Meet, 11/30, 7:00 pm

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

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

    This venue is wheelchair accessible.

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

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

    Please RSVP via Facebook.

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

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Written on November 26, 2017

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Good Luck at Your Polling Place

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Volume 2, #7
November 6, 2017

Dear Green Party Representative.

As our Fall Campaign comes to a close, I want to wish each of you success at your polling place on November 7. We have an excellent candidate, Jules Mermelstein, for Judge of PA Superior Court, and he will do well at polls where each of us volunteers for him. In September, Jules received the endorsement of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, which has 181,000 members in our state.
The rest of Report #7 will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #6 was posted to you on September 18.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
In coordination with Jules4Judge, Green Party Representatives like you have gone door-to-door in their divisions, and they plan to appear at the polls to ask their neighbors to “PUSH BUTTON #302 FIRST.” This is important because voters who begin by pushing their party button will not be able to vote for Jules. We will have ten Green Party Representative (including myself), volunteering at voting locations which include 20 divisions (precincts). When the returns are certified, I will let you know how our volunteers did.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
I have some good news to report. The GPOP membership created a Communications Working Group (CWG) at their September Membership Meeting and approved the CWG Statement of Purpose and Goals at the October Membership Meeting. Please visit the CWG page on our website for more information.
The current CWG members are Green Party Representatives Charles, Christian, Georgie, Jarrett and Margie. Please let me know if you would like to join the new CWG, to help with news releases, email contact with Green Party members and social media.
Here is an excellent opportunity for you to participate, become our recording secretary. Green Party Recording Secretary is an important office which involves much more than just taking minutes at meetings. Our Recording Secretary is a member of the GPOP City Committee and deeply involved in building the Green Party on a daily basis. Please let me know if you are interested in becoming our Recording Secretary – even if it is only on a trial basis.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
The Green Party is still searching for people to run in 2018 as Green Party candidates for PA State Representative. Your State Representative will be running for re-election next year. I hope you will consider running against them as a Green Party candidate, seeking single-payer healthcare, reparations for slavery, an end to fracking, a basic universal income, and an end mass incarceration.

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.”

Written on November 26, 2017

Posted in Election Operationswith Comments Off on Good Luck at Your Polling Place

Greens want Elected School Board in Philly

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

http://www.gp.org/gpop_calls_for_elected_school_board

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

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

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

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

The Green Party is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice. For information about the Green Party of Philadelphia, please call 215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org. Follow us on Twitter at @GreenPartyofPHL and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreenPartyOfPhiladelphia.
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Written on November 18, 2017

Posted in Newswith Comments Off on Greens want Elected School Board in Philly

Minutes, October Membership Meeting

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

Shissler Recreation Center, Fishtown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully submitted by Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
November 4, Impeach Trump Rally, 2:00 pm, Thomas Paine Plaza. https://www.facebook.com/events/523147704689612
November 7, General Election, 7:00 am. Volunteer for Jules4Judge at your very own polling place. http://www.mermelstein4judge.org/volunteer
November 9, GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, W/N W/N. http://www.winwincoffeebar.com/
November 18, GPPA Quarterly Meeting, 10:00 am, in Pittsburgh, PA. http://www.gpofpa.org/gpofpa_state_quarterly_meeting_2017_11
November 18, Living Legacy of the Soviet Union, 5:00 pm, 1801 Diamond Street, Philadelphia. https://www.facebook.com/events/528031530868303/
November 23, Happy Thanksgiving!
November 25, Thanksgiving Weekend at the Drone War Command Center, noon. http://www.brandywinepeace.com/event/take-a-break-thanksgiving-weekend-in-horsham-pa-protest-the-drone-war-command-center-at-the-air-guard-station/
November 30, GPOP General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, Shissler Recreation Center. http://www.phila.gov/findrec/RecCenterDetails.aspx?ID=831
December 15 thru 17, GPUS Diversity Committee needs housing in Philadelphia for participants in an anti-oppression training class. If you have a spare bed or sofa, please contact Belinda at bedavis@history.rutgers.edu.
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Written on November 2, 2017

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

Statement of Purpose, Communications Working Group

Communications Working Group
Statement of Purpose & Goals

[Approved by the General Membership Meeting, October 26, 2017.]

Purpose:
To professionalize, modernize and bring consistency to GPOP communications, both internally (among GPOP membership) and externally (with the public).

Goals:
1. Migrate to NationBuilder platform, which provides both a website and email component.
a. Approved at GPOP Membership Meeting on 9/28/17.
b. Next Steps:
i. Need current list of those subscribed to GPOP email lists
ii. Limit current emails from Chris’ Netzero Accounts to meeting reminders. Any other email notices to be sent to GPOP mailing lists should be approved by City Committee until new email system and procedures are established.
iii. Policies and procedures for sending emails to GPOP members will be established by the Working Group.
iv. Ensure content on gpop.org can be archived on Nationbuilder website or linked from there.

2. Authority to draft and disseminate Press Releases & Statements
a. One member of Working Group can draft a press release or statement; should be approved via email by 2 additional members of the Working Group.
b. Next Steps:
i. Need Press contact list to be shared with Communications Working Group via excel document or Google docs.

3. Social Media
a. Authority to manage Admin functions of Facebook and Twitter and establish policies and procedures for adding new Admins and posting messages/creating events.
b. Next Steps:
i. Determine who currently has Admin rights on Twitter and Facebook.
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Written on October 30, 2017

Posted in Communications, Newswith Comments Off on Statement of Purpose, Communications Working Group

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