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Happy New Year of Struggle!01.30.18

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.

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.
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.

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).

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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GPOP Bimonthly Report to GPPA01.27.18

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.”
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.
January 27, Winter Green Party, 1:00 pm, at PhillyCam.
February 8, GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, at w/n w/n.
February 22, GPOP General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, City Committee at Shissler Recreation Center.

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

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Green Winter Party, 1/27, 1:00 PM01.11.18

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

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Green Party Seeks Candidates12.23.17

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

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
A similar article appeared in Philly Voice.

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Greens to Meet, 11/30, 7:00 pm11.26.17

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

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

    This venue is wheelchair accessible.

    More information from
    215-843-4256 and

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

    Please RSVP via Facebook.

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


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Greens want Elected School Board in Philly11.18.17

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

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 Follow us on Twitter at @GreenPartyofPHL and on Facebook at

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Statement of Purpose, Communications Working Group10.30.17

Communications Working Group
Statement of Purpose & Goals

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

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

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 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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Philly Greens to Amazon: “Stay Away”10.17.17

Green Party to Amazon: Stay Away from Philly

PHILADELPHIA, PA – On October 19, cities across the country will submit their proposals to become the home of Amazon’s new $5 billion headquarters. The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) City Committee condemns Mayor Jim Kenney’s decision to enter Philadelphia into this competition while ignoring the harsh reality of the poor and working class citizens of Philadelphia. Far from improving our city, an Amazon headquarters would only exacerbate the crises we already face.

Amazon, which made $136 billion in revenue in 2016, is demanding tax breaks from the city it selects as its new home. Philadelphia cannot afford any more corporate welfare. The city has already given Comcast a ten-year property tax abatement in addition to tens of millions of dollars for Comcast’s new Center City building. It seems Mayor Kenney, a willing participant in Amazon’s bribery, can somehow put money on the table for Amazon but can’t seem to do so for the people of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the U.S. Over 400,000 Philadelphians live below the federal poverty line, including 37% of the city’s children. Childhood hunger has more than tripled in parts of Philadelphia since 2006. But instead of using city money to end this crippling poverty, Mayor Kenney has promised millions of dollars to a massive corporation that only pays an average of 13% in taxes. Lauren Hitt, the Mayor’s communications director, has even said the city could overhaul its tax system for Amazon, saying, “We do have business taxes, but that’s something that could be looked at in the scope of Amazon coming here.”

Amazon claims its new headquarters will create 50,000 jobs, but Amazon has long been waging war against workers. The company has vigorously and consistently fought against its employees’ attempts at unionization and treats its workers with deadly disregard. In 2011, Amazon stationed ambulances outside its Allentown warehouse, where a lack of air conditioning allowed temperatures to rise over 100 degrees and caused 15 employees to collapse. A 2015 report by the New York Times detailed Amazon’s vile corporate workplace practices, including placing a woman who had recently had a stillborn child on a “performance improvement plan.”

According to S&P, Amazon “has been a major indirect contributor to higher housing prices and rents.” In Amazon’s current home of Seattle, rents have skyrocketed by 57% since 2011 and housing prices have increased as much as 13% per year. Philadelphia is already dealing with a housing crisis, and an Amazon headquarters would put that crisis into overdrive. The median house price in Philadelphia has soared 33% in the last decade, while the city lost 20% of its low-cost rental units between 2000 and 2014. By refusing to house the homeless but promising millions to house a multi-billion-dollar corporation, Mayor Kenney reveals his morally bankrupt priorities that put profits before people.

The Green Party of Philadelphia encourages all city residents to call Mayor Kenney at 215-686-2181 on Thursday, October 19 and tell him they oppose bringing Amazon to Philadelphia.

Taj Magruder, a Member At-Large of the GPOP City Committee, said, “It’s time to put a stop to corporate welfare in Philadelphia. We refuse to sell our city to Amazon.” Chris Robinson, GPOP Membership Secretary, said, “I agree with Taj that we must ban Amazon from Philadelphia. The Green Party sees the economy as being a support for a harmonious community and a healthy environment. Contrary to the two corporate parties, the Green Party platform says that ‘the giant multinational corporation [like Amazon] is the world’s most potent force for environmental and social destruction.’ Mega-monopolies like Amazon will find no friends in a Green Philadelphia.”

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 email Follow us on Twitter at @GreenPartyofPHL and on Facebook at

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Greens to Meet, 10/26, 7:00 pm10.12.17

Greens to Meet
Thursday, October 26

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Shissler Recreation Center
1800 Blair Street
(near Girard Ave)
Fishtown, Philadelphia

This venue is wheelchair accessible.
More information from 215-843-4256 and

Please join us to plan for the Green Party Election Day Presence at the Polls.
Let’s talk and decide what you can do!

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

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Petition: Oppose SEPTA’s Plant in Nicetown10.03.17

The Green Party has actively opposed SEPTA’s fracked-gas power plants proposed for Nicetown and other neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

Please take a look at this Energy Justice Petition. It lists seven excellent reasons why most people reject SEPTA’s proposal. If you feel that this petition speaks for you, please sign it and then forward it to your friends and neighbors.

We need your signature on the petition no later than October 19. So please sign it today.

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Greens Mark Peace Day, Blast Military Budget09.30.17

Green Party Peace Action Committee marks Peace Day, blasts Trump’s U.N. speech and the U.S. Senate’s military budget hike

WASHNGTON, D.C. – The Green Party’s Peace Action Committee (GPAX) calls for the development of alternative solutions to violence on the International Day of Peace. GPAX, an official committee of the Green Party of the U.S., has chosen Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”), to announce its reorganization after a hiatus of several years.
“President Trump’s belligerent speech in front of the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly, with his appalling assertion that the U.S. would ‘totally destroy’ North Korea, show how urgently we need a strong movement for peace. The Green Party exists to represent the movement in the political field by an alternative to the two war parties,” said Rich Whitney, GPAX co-chair and Illinois Green Party member. “Mr. Trump’s threats, which blatantly violate the U.N. Charter, are unfortunately consistent with invasions and attacks launched by the previous two administrations against Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, and with U.S. aid for assaults by Saudi Arabia on Yemen and by Israel on Gaza,” said Mr. Whitney.

Greens said the U.S. Senate vote on Monday for a massive increase in the military budget to $700 billion, approved with bipartisan support, and Democrats’ enthusiasm for a new Cold War with Russia are further evidence that a revived peace movement is necessary.
Peace Day was founded in 1981 through a U.N. resolution. GPAX exists to facilitate the planning and achievement of peace and justice actions of the Green Party and to support and promote the party’s anti-war candidates and agenda. “We recognize that peace is not just the absence of violence, it’s a willingness to resolve conflict in a constructive manner and to develop alternatives to society’s current patterns of violence,” said Rita Jacobs, member of GPAX and the Green Party of Michigan.

The Green Party lists nonviolence among the Ten Key Values in its national platform. The platform calls for a number of measures to achieve peace, including the elimination of weapons of mass destruction, demilitarization in the Middle East, swift action against human rights violations, and adherence to international law and existing treaties.
“We believe that nations should prepare for peace, not violence. The achievement of peace can only be realized through practices that lead to economic justice, universal nuclear disarmament, sane defense spending, international cooperation, and human rights,” said Deanna Dee Taylor, GPAX co-chair and member of the Green Party of Utah.
GPAX furthers its mission and the Green Party platform through educational events and activities at the national and state levels.

Green Party of the United States,, 202-319-7191, @GreenPartyUS.

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“Harvey”: Climate Change Alarm Bell08.31.17

Hurricane Harvey Rings the Climate Change Alarm Bell

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders are calling Hurricane Harvey the latest alarm bell on global warming and said that President Trump and Congress must make solving the climate crisis the nation’s top priority.
Greens expressed sympathy and solidarity with people in Houston and other parts of Texas and Louisiana who are suffering the effects of the hurricane and have lost homes, belongings, and loved ones.

“Along with providing relief to those affected by Harvey, we need a reversal of the U.S. political establishment’s irresponsible direction on climate change. The only solution to the crisis is a Green solution,” said Wesson Gaige, co-chair of the Green Party of Texas.

Texas Greens are urging support and donations to several frontline relief organizations: [Please visit and n.]

The Green Party listed talking points on Hurricane Harvey, climate change, and Green solutions:
• The severity of Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it wreaked in Houston must be recognized as an effect of climate change and an indication of similar and worse disasters to come. The planet’s climate functions as a system: there are no isolated storms, all weather is affected by global warming. The Trump Administration’s rejection of science is already having deadly consequences.
• Although rainfall from Harvey is unprecedented, 2017 is the city’s third year with severe flooding. The disaster in Houston is one of many floods around the world that have displaced tens of millions this summer, with more than 1,000 deaths in South Asia.
• Lowering the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is urgently necessary, otherwise increasingly unstable weather and the rise of sea levels promise a future of Katrinas, Sandys, Harveys, mass population displacement, and global social breakdown in the coming decades. Working class communities, the poor, and people of color are facing the worst effects. The only solution is a rapid conversion from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.
• The Green Party has called for 100% renewable energy by 2030. To achieve this goal, Green candidates are promoting the Green New Deal, a plan to reorganize the U.S. economy, expand the public sphere, and create millions of new jobs in conservation and energy conversion.
• The Green Party has compared global warming to the global threat posed by the Axis powers at the beginning of World War II and has called for U.S. leadership in a worldwide alliance to end the crisis that includes peaceful cooperation with currently perceived enemies like Russia and Iran.
• ExxonMobil and other companies that knew about the reality of climate change placed oil refineries and other toxic sites in flood zones. In the wake of Harvey, their irresponsibility resulted in a toxic brew that is now spreading over hundreds of square miles and contaminating water tables. Two explosions and fume injuries were reported Thursday morning. The poor and people of color who live in affected areas are suffering the most harm. State and local governments in Texas have refused to undertake any preparation or enact regulation in the face of predictable emergencies.
• Only the Green Party is taking the climate crisis seriously. Greens said that a political field limited to two parties, both of which accept money and influence from the fossil-fuel industry, has become a threat to future generations.

Republicans, led by President Trump, continue to deny that the crisis exists and are dismantling environmental regulations and agencies, including the EPA, even as the need for these agencies and for regulation has grown. Republicans are likely to use Hurricane Harvey to call for more drilling and refineries. The Green Party has condemned President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change.

Democrats acknowledge the crisis but won’t take necessary action. The Obama Administration made sure that the Paris accords were not legally binding, and President Obama boasted of increased oil production. Hillary Clinton and her representatives kept carbon taxes, a ban on fracking, and other measures out of the 2016 Democratic Party platform.

Green Party leaders said that the “100 by ’50 Act” (Senate Bill 987) introduced by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was “too little, too late” in light of warnings from scientists about the severity of the crisis.

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Remove Rizzo Statue08.19.17

Philly Greens Call for Removal of Frank Rizzo Statue

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Earlier this month, white supremacists protested against the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, VA, where they killed Heather Heyer and injured dozens of others. These events highlight the urgent need to examine and eradicate racism in our culture and institutions. Therefore, the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) City Committee calls for the removal of the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo that stands in front of the Municipal Services Building.

First and foremost, the Green Party salutes Philly REAL Justice, a Black-led coalition for racial, economic, and legal justice for communities of color, which has been organizing the effort to remove the Rizzo statue for quite some time. We offer Philly REAL Justice our admiration and our solidarity in the campaign to remove Rizzo’s statue.

Not all white supremacists wear white hoods or Confederate uniforms. Frank Rizzo, who served as Philadelphia’s police commissioner (1968-71) and mayor (1972-80), used his power to inflict terror and violence upon the African American community, as well as the LGBTQ community and others.

Among his many actions, he ordered police raids of the offices of SNCC, strip-searched members of the Black Panther Party in front of news cameras, and ordered police to attack a group of black students who were peacefully protesting for a black history curriculum. In 1980, the U.S. Department of Justice even sued Philadelphia for police conduct that included “physical abuse, unlawful use of deadly force and disciplinary procedures which condoned abuse.” In 1978, Rizzo explicitly urged people to “vote white” to change the City Charter so he could seek a third term as mayor. As long as his statue stands in front of the Municipal Services Building, the city gives its approval to Rizzo’s words and actions.

Rizzo’s legacy of racism and brutality remains alive and well in Philadelphia today. Between 2007 and 2013, police in Philadelphia killed people at a rate six times greater than in New York City; 81% of their victims were African American. Furthermore, 80% of stop-and-frisks, made without reasonable suspicion in Philadelphia, are made against people of color. These are injustices that Mayor James F. Kenney pledged he would end when he ran for mayor and must address even after the statue comes down. Removing the statue will not erase Rizzo’s legacy, but it will show that Philadelphia refuses to honor a man who made a career out of bigotry.

Members of the Green Party City Committee agree that the statue has no home on the steps of a city building. Chris Robinson, GPOP Membership Secretary, said, “I lived through the Rizzo Calamity and participated in the ‘STOP Rizzo’ movement to prevent him from changing the City Charter. Some now suggest moving his statue to a more appropriate place, and I believe that it would be appropriate to locate it in the courtyard of Eastern State Penitentiary.” Jarrett Anderson, GPOP Treasurer, said, “Rizzo’s statue should be moved to the bottom of the Schuylkill River.”

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 contact 215-843-4256 and Follow GPOP on Twitter at @GreenPartyofPHL and on Facebook at

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Jules for Judge Campaign Secures Ballot Access08.18.17

Here’s Why to Vote for Jules

The Campaign to Elect Jules Mermelstein to the Pennsylvania Superior Court is thrilled to announce that thanks to the efforts of volunteers across 44 counties, he will be on the ballot for the November 7, Pennsylvania General Election. More than 4,300 Pennsylvania voters submitted their signatures for the campaign to nominate Jules for Judge. On Friday, July 28, nearly double the signatures needed to place Jules Mermelstein on the ballot were submitted. None were challenged over the following days.

Mermelstein has worked as an attorney, and both as a high school and college government teacher. He spent more than two decades teaching Sunday school to teens and was elected five terms as a township official. Mermelstein has never had a single ethics complaint made against him. In fact, in two of Mermelstein’s bids for Upper Dublin Township Commissioner, he was endorsed by both major parties. Now, as a Green Party candidate, Mermelstein believes he will bring much-needed nonpartisan integrity to a judicial system that has been plagued by corruption.

Recently, Mermelstein was proud to appear at a candidate press conference for the Annual National Meeting of the Green Party of the United States, where he described his thoughts on injustices throughout Pennsylvania that have left voters seeking third party options. The issues he focused on include corruption in Pennsylvania courts and the constitutional right to have clean air and water.

“As a former criminal defense attorney,” Mermelstein told Green Party members from around the U.S., “I am fully aware of the racism inherent in that system. I actually argued a case once to a judge that the commonwealth hadn’t proven my client guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and his response from the bench in open court was, ‘The fact that your client’s black makes it worse.’ I took that appeal actually to the court I’m running for and got an order for a new trial before a different judge.”

Mermelstein continued, “Pennsylvanians are lucky in that we have a constitutional right to a clean environment. Article 1, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution states that we’re entitled to clean air and pure water… Our state Supreme Court has repeatedly slapped down administrations — both Republican and Democrat — who have tried to cozy up to the fracking industry. This has not stopped that activity. We need judges throughout the system to recognize people’s right to a clean environment.”

The Jules for Judge Campaign has volunteers — Green and all others welcome — canvassing in towns across the state, and Mermelstein himself has been traveling tirelessly since his candidacy was announced. Be sure to check the campaign calendar to see when Mermelstein will be in your region and don’t forget to mark your calendars to vote November 7 and elect Jules Mermelstein as Superior Court Judge!

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Greens Urge Prosecution of White Supremacists08.14.17

Green Party urges prosecution of white supremacist groups for domestic terrorism in the wake of racist violence in Charlottesville

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States is calling for vigorous prosecution of white supremacist groups responsible for the violence, injuries, and deaths that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, August 12. Greens said that the violence inflicted on anti-racist counter-protesters, including a car driven into a crowd that killed one person and injured more than two dozen others, was a deliberate act of domestic terrorism.

The Green Party strongly condemns the white supremacists and their rally and violent actions and expressed solidarity with all those who participated in the counter-demonstrations. White supremacist and neo-Nazi organizations thrive on violence and threats of death and mayhem. They support a violent overthrow of the U.S. government and various forms of subjugation, expulsion, and extermination for all people of color, LGBTs, immigrants, Jews, Muslims, and anyone who doesn’t conform to their vision of a white gentile male-dominated society based on an extremist “blood and soil” ideology.

The violence on the University of Virginia campus was consistent with the openly expressed intention of white supremacist groups to provoke a “race war” and clearly fits the definition of terrorism.

President Trump responded by casting blame “on many sides,” as if peaceful anti-racist protesters were responsible for the attacks they suffered. The president’s reaction betrayed the influence of advisors like Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, who have ties to fanatical far-right, neo-Nazi, anti-Muslim, and white supremacist organizations. Greens said that Mr. Trump’s loyalty to these staffers makes him unfit to occupy the White House. (On Monday, the president condemned “criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups” after widespread criticism of his initial response on Saturday.)

The Green Party counts nonviolence and respect for diversity among its Ten Key Values and has endorsed Black Lives Matter and its demand for racial justice. The party also recognizes and upholds the right of self-defense, in keeping with the Key Value of nonviolence. Greens support efforts to eradicate racism and other forms of discrimination, including removal of public monuments that glorify Confederate leaders and military personnel.

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