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New Leadership for Philadelphia’s Green Party03.04.18

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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Minutes, January Membership Meeting02.22.18

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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Greens to Meet, 1/25, 7:00 pm01.11.18

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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Minutes, November Membership Meeting12.07.17

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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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 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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Minutes, October Membership Meeting11.02.17

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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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 gpop@gpop.org

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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Minutes, September Membership Meeting10.03.17

Minutes, Membership Meeting
September 28, 2017 – 7 PM

Shissler Recreation Center, Fishtown

Attendence: Vivek Ananthan; Christian Banchs; Olivia Faison, City Committee Member at Large; Georgie Georgeson, City Committee Member at Large; Alex Gillett; Eric Hamell;, Richard Kanegis; Taj Magruder, City Committee Member At Large; Margie Neary; Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary; Ernest Schulte; and Charles Sherrouse. Absent: Jarrett Anderson, Treasurer; and Galen Tyler, Chair.

This meeting was chaired by Taj, and minutes were taken by Chris. [Draft minutes were circulated for additions and corrections on 9/30. Several changes were suggested by Charles. Minutes were posted to the membership on 10/3.]

Before the meeting began, Chris congratulated our national Green Party for developing active caucuses. As an example:
Chris circulated “Greens Condemn Cancellation of DACA” to GPOP members on September 9. This was written by the Green Party Latinx Caucus.
Chris also circulated “Greens Mark Peace Day, Blast Military Budget” to GPOP members on September 22. This was written by the Green Party Peace Action Caucus.
If any GPOP member would like to organize a caucus around an issue or constituency dear to their heart, please contact Chris at 215-843-4256 and chrisrecon@netzero.net.

Campaign Updates
Jules’ Campaign

Chris said that the GPOP Electoral Operations Working Group now has ten Representatives who will volunteer at the polls for Jules4Judge on November 7. All but one of these divisions have been flyered door-to-door with “Register Green, Vote Green,” and we will soon being flyering with Jules4Judge literature. For more information, please see EOWG Report #9. http://www.gpop.org/news/?p=2387
Christian moved that GPOP purchase Jules4Judge yard signs for $50.00. The motion passed by consensus.

Cheri’s Pretrial Hearing
Taj reported that there was no news because we are awaiting the judge’s decision. (Cheri wants to sue the Democratic Party for electioneering in the Special Election in PA House District 197.)

Call for candidates
Taj made a call for candidates for races in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, every PA State Representative District will be up for election. These are small districts, which do not require massive amounts of funding or volunteers. They will also be an ideal way for new candidates to 1) put together a campaign organization and 2) begin to build name recognition for later electoral campaigns.
During 2019, Philadelphia will have elections for Mayor, City Council and City Commissioner.
Chris suggested that GPOP post a News Release that asks interested people to request information about running as a Green Party candidate. The News Release will also give us a chance to publicize the key issues that will ground such a Green Party candidate.

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.

Move GPOP to NationBuilder.com
Taj explained that some GPOP members would like to move our website and email to NationBuilder.com (NB).
Speaking in favor: Christian, Margie, Taj and Georgie.
Speaking in opposition: Chris and Charles.
The membership voted (10 yes, 2 no) to spend $288/year to move to NB.

Creation of GPOP Communications Working Group
Taj introduced a proposal for a new working group, which will handle GPOP’s website, email communications, social media, literature and news releases.
Chris agreed with this proposal, and requested that the new working group submit a statement of its objectives for approval by the members at the October General Membership Meeting. This was acceptable to Taj.
The following members volunteered to participate in the working group: Georgie, Taj, Christian, Jarrett (in absentia), Charles, Margie and Chris.
The GPOP Comminications Working Group was created by consensus.

Status of Anti-Islamophobia Committee
This committee (consisting of 4 volunteers) was created by the GPOP membership on 4/27/’17. Charles reported that Hillary had tried to develop something, but there appears to be little interest at the present time. The committee was declared in abeyance, with Charles’ agreement.

Status of Anti-SEPTA Power Plant News Release
On 8/27, the GPOP membership authorized a News Release demonstrating our opposition to fracking and to the proposed SEPTA Power Plant in Nicetown. The lead author has now moved to Florida, and the other two authors did not respond to an email posted to them on 9/14. The membership’s authorization was declared in abeyance due to lack of progress.
Chris circulated an Energy Justice petition against the Nicetown plant to GPOP Members on September 11. Please sign this petition when you have a moment.

Treasurer’s Report
Taj read Jarrett’s Treasurer’s Report, saying GPOP has $1343.78 as of September 19.

GPOP Issue Survey
On 4/27, the GPOP membership expressed a need for a survey of issues deemed important. Taj created an on-line survey, which was posted to the membership on 7/16. If you prefer a hard copy of the survey, please let us know.

Krasner to Speak?
Richard made a motion to invite Democrat Larry Krasner to speak at the October General Membership meeting and to seek Green Party endorsement. Eric seconded the motion, which was defeated (10 in opposition, 2 in favor).

Amendment to GPOP By-Laws
Margie withdrew her request to amend the GPOP Bylaws.

Respectfully submitted by Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

October 12, GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, W/N W/N. http://www.winwincoffeebar.com/
October 26, GPOP General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, Shissler Recreation Center. http://www.phila.gov/findrec/RecCenterDetails.aspx?ID=831
October 28, Stop the Drone-Warfare Command Center, noon, Horsham Air National Guard base. http://www.brandywinepeace.com/event/ignite-peace-stop-the-drone-war-command-center-at-the-horsham-pa-air-guard-station/
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GREENS TO MEET, 9/28, 7:00 pm09.18.17

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA
Membership Meeting

Thursday, September 28, 7:00 pm

Greens will gather to plan outreach for the
Jules Mermelstein Campaign.

Greens will also refine their strategy for
representation at the polls during the General Election.

Please join us. This meeting is open to the public.
There will be no admission charge
(a free-will offering will be accepted).

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

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

For more information: https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPHL, 215-843-4256 or gpop@gpop.org.
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Minutes, July Membership Meeting08.08.17

Minutes, General Membership Meeting
July 27, 2017 – 7 PM
Shissler Recreation Center, Fishtown

Attendence: Jarrett Anderson, Treasurer; Belinda Davis; Olivia Faison; Alex Gillett; Eric Hamell;, Hillary Kane; Richard Kanegis; Taj Magruder, City Committee Member At Large; Francis McCloskey; Natasha Minkovsky; Asantewaa Nkruma-Ture; Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary; Ernest Schulte; and Nathaniel Wilkerson. Absent: Galen Tyler, Chair; Georgie Georgeson, City Committee Member at Large; and Ian McShea, Recording Secretary.

This meeting was chaired by Taj, and minutes were taken by Chris. [Draft minutes were circulated for additions and corrections on 7/29. Belinda’s ideas are included below. Final minutes posted to GPOP NEWS on 7/31.]

Decision to Accept Nominations for GPOP Recording Secretary
Following the decision made at the June General Membership Meeting, the members discussed our Recording Secretary’s prolonged and unexplained absence. [Ian had attended no meetings since the Special Election on March 31. Several City Committee members have reached out to Ian, but he has not returned text messages or messages via voicemail or email.]
At the request of the June General Membership Meeting, Hillary had contacted Ian on 6/22, and offered Ian a chance to appear in his own defense at this meeting, before his removal would be formally considered by the membership.
Ian did not appear in his own defense at this meeting, and the members present decided by consensus to consider the office of GPOP Recording Secretary to be open and to accept nominations to fill that seat. Chris will notify the GPOP membership that nominations will remain open until the next General Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 28.

Election of New City Committee Member at Large
The June General Membership Meeting had accepted with regret the resignation of Rachel Rawlings as City Committee Member at Large. Nominations for this office have been open since that meeting.
Olivia had accepted a nomination for Member at Large at the June meeting, and no additional nominations have been received . Olivia spoke briefly about her background, and why she thinks the Green Party is necessary. She also explained her interest in reparations for slavery, saying, “until reparations are made to African Americans, this country will not heal, nor will it be whole, and it will never free itself from its horrible legacy.”
Olivia was elected by the members present by consensus to be GPOP’s new City Committee Member At Large.

Endorsement
Richard proposed that the Green Party endorse Lawrence Krasner for Philadelphia District Attorney. No one seconded this motion.

Working Group Reports
Outreach Working Group

Taj reported as co-chair of the OWG that they would hold no meetings until after Labor Day, and everyone will be notified. The agenda for that meeting will include: creating a new email system to communicate with GPOP members (using MailChimp); planning more Green Party Happy Hours; and planning the next Welcome Party for New Members.
Taj then read a proposed News Release, saying that GPOP endorsed an event on National Housing Action Day, 7/29. The membership approved this endorsement by consensus. [Chris posted the News Release to the media and to the GPOP Membership on 7/28.]
Hillary suggested that GPOP post an additional News Release, which will combine Green Party opposition to fracking and opposition to SEPTA’s proposed fracked-gas power plant in Nicetown. Nathaniel volunteered to write a draft with the help of Hillary and Belinda. The draft will then be submitted to the City Committee for approval.
The membership continued discussing our organizing against SEPTA’s fracked gas plant. Asantewaa wanted more door-to-door outreach. Chris expressed a lack of confidence in the leadership of 350.org. Natasha volunteered to work on this project.
Jarrett said the new GPOP banner is ready at FastSigns, and Chris volunteered to pick it up.

Electoral Operations Working Group
Chris reported that the EOWG now has eight Green Party Representatives who will join Chris (Ward 59) at the polls on 11/7 for the Jules Mermelstein Campaign for Judge of PA Superior Court. These Representatives are Scott McCarthy (Ward 5), Belinda Davis (Ward 9), Bernadette Cronin-Geller (Ward 21), Hillary Kane (Ward 46), Christian Banchs (Ward 52), Charles Sherrouse (Ward 54), Natasha Minkovsky (Ward 55) and Olivia Faison (Ward 60). To join Green Party Representatives, please contact Chris.
Then, Chris congratulated Natasha for being the most recent Green Party Representative, and explained that Natasha has also volunteered to be the Green Party liaison with Put People First PA. PPF has non-electoral goals which are similar to GPOP’s, and their current project is single payer healthcare in PA.
Chris has emailed the new executive director of Jobs with Justice, explaining that the Green Party is searching for candidates for State Representative in 2018.
Chris also explained that EOWG will begin door-to-door outreach in divisions where we have Green Party Representatives. This will start with distribution of the “Register Green” flyer during August/September and will be followed by distribution of Jules4Judge literature during September/October. Chris and Charles have already completed the first wave of flyering in their divisions. Hillary volunteered to do hers on August 20. Please let Chris know your choice.
Chris asked members to look at the events listed below during the summer months. Many of these will be excellent locations to distribute “Register Green” flyers. Please let Chris know in advance.

Treasurer’s Report
Jarrett reported that after paying for the new banner GPOP now has slightly more than $1,078.00. He thanked all GPOP Sustainers for their continuing support, and he asked others to join GPOP Sustainers.

Report from the GPPA Quarterly Meeting
The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) held its quarterly meeting near Erie, PA, on July 16. Since no one present attended it, there was no report.

Report from the GPUS Annual National Meeting
The Green Party of the U.S. (GPUS) held its Annual National Meeting in Newark, NJ, on 7/14-16. Of those members present, Asantewaa, Hillary and Belinda had attended the Annual National Meeting.
Hillary explained how the GPUS Steering Committee elections work and the results of the election held on 7/15. The GPUS Black Caucus objected to the results of this election and made demands upon the delegates to the Annual National Meeting. Asantewaa followed with her perspective on these events and said that she believes that a political resolution to this problem will involve a more active GPUS Black Caucus, which will better educate and better vet its candidates for leadership positions.
For further reading on this topic, please see “Green Party Growing Pains” by Kevin Zeese, CounterPunch, July 21, and
White Liberal Guilt, Black Opportunism and the Green Party” by Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report.

Green Party Book Discussion
Hillary reported that the Green Party Book Discussion will take place on July 30. For information on the book, and to RSVP for the discussion, please visit Facebook.

Respectfully submitted by Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256.
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Summer Events
July 29
, Stop the Drone-Warfare Command Center, noon, Horsham Air National Guard base.
July 30, GPOP Book Discussion Group, 3:00 pm, Grindcore House.

PARKS ON TAP, throughout the city during August and September. Contact Chris, 215-843-4256, if you want GPOP literature to distribute near you. http://www.parksontap.com/new-events/

August 10, GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, W/N W/N. http://www.winwincoffeebar.com/
NO AUGUST GPOP MEETING

September 10, GreenFest, noon, Bainbridge Green (Bainbridge Street between 3rd and 5th Streets). This is a new location. Distribute GPOP literature with Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570. https://freedommerchants.com/greenfest.html
September 14, GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, W/N W/N. http://www.winwincoffeebar.com/
September 28, GPOP General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, Shissler Recreation Center. http://www.phila.gov/findrec/RecCenterDetails.aspx?ID=831
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There was No Discussion of These Topics:
Membership Issues Survey, Taj.
Anti-Islamophobia Committee, created on 4/27, Charles.
Amendment to the GPOP Bylaws, Margie.
GPOP Participation in PhillyCam, Georgie.
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GREENS TO MEET, 7/27, 7:00 pm07.22.17

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA
Membership Meeting

Thursday, July 27, 7:00 pm

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

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

At this meeting, Greens will discuss outreach in your neighborhood.

This meeting is open to the public. There will be no admission charge (a free-will offering will be accepted).

For more information please contact:
215-843-4256 or gpop@gpop.org.

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Minutes, June Membership Meeting06.28.17

Minutes, General Membership Meeting
June 22, 2017
Shissler Recreation Center, Fishtown

Attendence: Jarrett Anderson, Treasurer; Christian Banchs; Belinda Davis; Ted Ellerkamp; Olivia Faison; Georgie Georgeson, City Committee Member At-Large; Alex Gillett, Hillary Kane; Richard Kanegis; Taj Magruder, City Committee Member At-Large; Margie Neary; Sheila Ptah; Rachel Rawlings, City Committee Member At-Large; Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary; and Ernest Schulte.
Absent: Galen Tyler, Chair; and Ian McShea, Recording Secretary.

This meeting was chaired by Rachel, and minutes were taken by Chris.

Membership Issues Survey
Taj reminded the membership about our current issues survey. So far there have been only 13 members who responded.

Rachel’s Resignation
Rachel resigned her position at City Committee Member at Large. She plans to remain active, but due to a death in her family, her life is a jumble. Rachel believes that she does not have enough time to devote to City Committee responsibilities.
Hillary nominated both Christian and Margie. They both declined the nomination.
Chris nominated Olivia, who graciously accepted.
Nominations to fill Rachel’s seat will remain open until July 27. Members will elect a new City Committee At Large Member at the July General Membership Meeting.

Discussion of Ian’s Prolonged Absence
Hillary suggested that Ian should be replaced on the City Committee because he has attended no meetings since the Special Election on March 31. Several City Committee members have reached out to Ian, but he has not returned text messages or messages via voicemail or email.
The members present discussed a method of removal. Then, the membership decided with no blocking votes, to consider removing a City Committee member only after a long absence or after extreme misconduct. The challenged City Committee member would then be offered a chance to appear in their own defense before their removal would be formally considered by the membership.
The membership then acted to notify Ian that he could speak in his own defense at the GPOP Membership Meeting on 7/27. Hillary will contact Ian concerning this decision. [Hillary’s email to Ian was posted on 6/22 at 8:02 pm.]
[Hillary sent the following: “My recollection of the Ian recall process was that we agreed that moving forward it would take two successive meetings to remove someone from office. A vote to remove someone from the City Committee would initiate the process, the person in question would be notified, and by default, they would have the next successive meeting to defend themselves and try to stay elected. If the General Membership voted in a second consecutive meeting to remove the person, that was it. Simultaneously, the vote to remove in the first meeting would also trigger a call for nominations, so that if there was a second successive vote to remove, an election for the replacement city committee member could also happen at that same second meeting, since a call for nominations had taken place the month before.”] [Rachel has agreed with Hillary.]

Amendment to the GPOP Bylaws
Margie recommended that the GPOP Bylaws be amended to remove two City Committee Members At-Large. There was a lengthy discussion of this proposal, with some members expressing agreement, while others objected. One member even suggested amending the Bylaws to increase the size of the City Committee by adding additional Members At Large.
The membership then decided by consensus that this topic should be tabled until there was a specific motion that specified which wording should be removed from the Bylaws and which new wording should be added.

Endorsement
Richard proposed that the Green Party endorse Lawrence Krasner for Philadelphia District Attorney. No one seconded this motion.

GPOP Participation in PhillyCam
Georgie reported PhillyCam classes began on 6/12. He would like other GPOP members to join him at those classes. Sheila was interested.

Working Group Reports
Outreach Working Group

Margie reported the following:
Georgie has completed design of the new GPOP Banner;
GPOP Outreach Working Group is involved with 350Philly.org in the struggle to stop SEPTA’s fracking gas power plant in Nicetown. The next event will be at the hearing on 6/27 of the Phila. Air Management Office. Margie will circulate an email message for each member to post to Air Management;
GPOP Welcome Party for New Members will be held on July 8. Please RSVP on Facebook;

Electoral Operations Working Group
Chris reported that he had begun the search for Green Party candidates for 2018. Of special interest are the PA House contests for seats in Harrisburg. Chris has already contacted lists from NukeNet, EnergyJustice, Natural Gas Opponents, Gas Truth, Anti-Nuclear Research Network, Health Care for All Philadelphia, and Put People First. Please let Chris know of progressive organizations that should be contacted.
Chris also reported that 13 GPOP Representative have already collected 484 signatures on Jules4Judge nominating papers. There is another month to go. So please put two hours into collecting signatures. If we each do that, Philadelphia will be much closer to 1,000 signatures, which will be respectable.

Green Party Book Discussion
Hillary reported that the Book Discussion date has been changed to July 30. For information on the book, and to RSVP for the discussion, please visit Facebook.

Anti-Islamophobia Committee
The GPOP membership created this committee on 4/27. The committee made no report.

Treasurer’s Report
Jarrett reported that GPOP now has slightly more than $1,152.

July Events
7/8 Welcome Party for New GPOP Members, 1:00 pm, William Way LGBT Connumity Center;
7/13 GPOP City Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm, W/n W/n Coffee Bar;
7/27 GPOP Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, Shissler Recreation Center, ; and
7/30 GPOP Book Discussion, 3:00 pm, Grindcore House.

Respectfully submitted by Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256.
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Greens to Meet, 6/22, 7:00 pm06.16.17

GREENS TO MEET
Green Party of Philadelphia

June 22, 7:00 pm

Discuss the issues that impact our fair city.
What can you do to organize?

Turn in your nomination papers to get
Jules Mermelstein for Judge on the ballot.

RSVP: Facebook

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

We look forward to your participation.
Shissler Rec Center is wheelchair accessible.
This meeting 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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Minutes, May Membership Meeting06.04.17

Minutes. GPOP General Membership Meeting
May 25, 2017
Shissler Recreation Center, Fishtown

Attendence: Vivek Ananthan; Jarrett Anderson, Treasurer; Belinda Davis; Garry Frazer; Georgie Georgeson, City Committee Member At-Large; Eric Hamell; Hillary Kane; Richard Kanegis; Taj Magruder, City Committee Member At-Large; Scott McCarthy; Francis McCloskey; Kim Meudt; Rachel Rawlings, City Committee Member At-Large; Chris Robinson, Membership Secretary; Ernest Schulte; Charles Sherrouse; Bob Smith; and Galen Tyler, Chair.
Absent: Ian McShea, Recording Secretary.

This meeting was chaired by Galen, and minutes were taken by Chris.

Campaign Updates
Special Election, March 21

Hillary said that the Federal Court case has been filed and the Honkala Campaign is waiting for the Democratic Party’s response.

Jules Mermelstein for PA Superior Court Judge
Chris reported that Jules now has 2,387 signatures from 34 counties. This number of counties collecting signatures is unheard of. And this number of signatures so early in a campaign is also unheard of. Credit must be given to Green Wave, the newly formed electoral organizing committee of the Green Party of Pennsylvania.
As for Philadelphia’s participation, Chris reported that our Electoral Operations Working Group now has 12 Representatives collecting signatures, and they have already collected 371. This puts Philadelphia Greens in second place, and this must be corrected. Francis – a new Green Party member – volunteered to collect signatures for Jules.

Working Group Reports
Outreach Working Group

Taj read Margie’s Outreach Report.
Web updates. Rachel said they are proceeding slowly.
New banner. After a brief discussion, the members voted against including a telephone number on the new banner, which is being designed by Georgie.
Welcome Home Chelsea Manning Rally. Members who attended gave a brief account.

Electoral Operations Working Group
Chris had nothing additional other than the above under Jules for Judge.

Green Party of Camden, NJ
Garry Frazer and Kim Meudt gave a brief report. Greens from Camden, NJ, assisted with the Special Election in March. They are having an event, which they invited Philadelphia Greens to attend. It will be a Norcross Protest at 5:00 pm on 6/1. Kim said that the event can be found on Facebook, and “We hope to work together in the future.”

Rebuild the Philadelphia Peace Movement
Chris explained that Philadelphia had a vibrant peace movement until a Democrat was elected president in 2008. Since that time, peace demonstrations have been small and the movement has diminished. There are still remnants in existence, including some church organizations, the Granny Peace Brigade, Philadelphia Anti-Drone Network and SANE.
While the peace movement became dormant, the Pentagon’s influence has continued to grow. The military now consumes 54 percent of the discretionary U.S. budget. Assassinations by drones have increased dramatically, war crimes (including civilian deaths) by U.S. military personnel have burgeoned, and military attacks on foreign nations (without a Congressional declaration of war) now occur world-wide. Since the Green Party is also known as “The Peace Party,” Chris was wondering if GPOP members would feel compelled to rebuild the Philadelphia peace movement.
Chris then introduced Bob, the staff person for Brandywine Peace Community, the only peace organization which has remained vigorously active into the present. Many of Brandywine’s campaigns have had the endorsement of GPOP and the Green Party of Pennsylvania.
Bob began by saying, “I have come to see just how right the Green Party is.” He explained that massive military spending allows the new, Republican Party president to appear bi-partisan because militarism is also supported by the Democratic Party.
Bob then spoke about the importance of peace activists taking actions which demonstrate their opposition to militarism. He discussed Brandywine’s monthly rallies at the Horsham Drone-War Command Center, their regular events (often including civil disobedience) at the Lockheed Martin plant in King of Prussia, and the regular public outreach at SEPTA’s Regional Rail terminals. Bob requested Green Party support and participation, and he declared, “Our opposition to militarism must be visible.”
Please contact Chris if you would like to participate at 215-843-4256 and nwgreens at yahoo.com.

Membership Issues Survey
Taj reminded the membership about our current issues survey.

Green Party Book Discussion
Hillary explained that the Book Discussion date has been changed to July 30. For information on the book, and to RSVP for the discussion, please visit Facebook.

Finances
Jarrett said that GPOP now has slightly more than $1,000.

Other Events
6/8 – GPOP City Committee, 7:00 pm, W/n W/n. All GPOP members are welcome to attend. http://www.winwincoffeebar.com/
6/18 – Pride Festival. A good place to be seen being Green and to collect nomination signatures for Jules 4 Judge. For details, please see: http://www.phillygaypride.org/events/philly-pride-parade-and-festival/
6/22 – General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, Shissler Recreation Center. http://www.phila.gov/findrec/RecCenterDetails.aspx?ID=831
6/23 – GPOP Happy Hour, Spruce Street Harbor Park. Details to be announced.
6/24 – Brandywine Rally at Horsham Drone-War Command Center, noon. Details to be announced. www.brandywinepeace.com
6/25 – GPOP Outreach Working Group, 2:00 pm, Gittis Student Center, Temple University. http://studentcenter.temple.edu/howard-gittis-student-center
6/27 – SEPTA hearing on fracked-gas plant. Details to be announced.
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Greens to Meet, 5/25, 7:00 pm05.21.17

GREENS TO MEET
Green Party of Philadelphia

May 25, 7:00 pm

Rebuild the Peace Movement in Philly.
What can you do to organize?

RSVP

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

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

For more information, please contact
215-843-4256 and gpop@gpop.org
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grassroots democracy – social justice – nonviolence – ecological wisdom
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