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We Got Jill Stein on the PA Ballot08.21.16

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #16, August 3, 2016

Hooray, Green Party Representative!
You did it! Jill Stein is on the PA ballot because of you. Fifteen Representatives from the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) turned in 1,391 signatures nominating Jill Stein for President. (More on that below.)
This report will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #15, which you received on July 2.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
On August 1, Green Party officers submitted the signatures of 21,713 Pennsylvania voters nominating Jill Stein for President of the U.S. Of that total, 1,391 signatures were collected by 15 Philadelphia Green Party Representatives, averaging 93 signatures per Representative. Here is a signature-count breakdown: triple digits from Charles, Chris R., Judy and Beverly; double digits from Bernadette Marie, James, Ernest, Vivek, Hillary, Mike, Belinda, Yakov, and Chris D.; and single digits from Melissa and Joan. Every signature you collected was important in getting Jill Stein on the ballot.
Since my last report, the following new Green Party Representatives have joined our campaign: Erik and Detrice Nicole (Fern Rock), Frank (Point Breeze), Joan (Germantown), and Khummit (Wynnefield). Thank you all for your interest in the Green Party. We now have 26 Green Party Representatives.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
For the last two months, five Green Party Representatives have been planning ways to spread the word about the Green Party and our candidate, Jill Stein. They have discussed door-to-door publicity, tabling on campuses, public events and telephone calls. Members attending the GPOP General Membership Meeting on July 20 approved the formation of an Outreach Working Group. If you would like to become a member of the new Outreach Working Group, its next meeting will take place at 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 18. Please contact me for the location.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
This task has been on hold, given the other Green Party Representatives’ attention to collecting signatures on our nominating petitions and other support for Green Party candidates.

Thank you so much for all you have done as a Green Party Representative.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
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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Jill Stein Has Successful Visit to Germantown07.10.16

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #15, July 2, 2016

Hello, Green Party Representative.
Jill Stein spent the afternoon with us at the Juneteenth Celebration in Germantown. I have already sent a “thank you” email to the Green Party Representatives who helped organize this event. We collected quite a few signatures on nomination papers, and Jill brought in seven new Green Party Representatives (see below). I have also posted a “welcome” email to our new members.

This report will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #14, which you received on June 10.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Green Party Representatives have now collected more than 1,000 signatures on nominating petitions. So far, nine Representatives have turned in signed petitions, averaging 112 signatures per Representative (high = 269; low = 29). As you can see, we need every single signature you collect. We have another 12 Representatives (some of them new) who have not yet turned in nominating petitions. Please let me know when I can pick up signed nominating petitions from you.
Since Report #14, the following new Green Representatives have joined our campaign: Vivek (Center City East), Jill (Wister), Chris (Fairhill), Jakov (University City), Alia (Center City Southwest), Erik (Fern Rock) and Melissa (Holmesburg). We are looking for more people to join us as Green Party Representatives. Please ask your friends for their help.
Remember, I need to know when I may pick up signed petitions from you.

Here are also some excellent events where we plan to collect nomination signatures in nice weather:
New Venue. Spruce Street Harbor Park, Waterfront Live Music, 6:30 pm, Columbus Boulevard at Spruce Street, Philadelphia. We have never before collected signatures at this venue because it is new. Please let us know if you find that this is a good location.
July 6. Pastorius Park Free Concert (Aldo Brazil). 6:30 pm, Millman Street at Hartwell Lane in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.
July 9 and 10. Hispanic Fiesta, 2:00 pm, Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 South Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia.
July 13. Pastorius Park Free Concert (Wesley Stace). 6:30 pm, Millman Street at Hartwell Lane in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.
July 14. Gorgas Park Free Concert, North Ridge Music School Band & The Pie Eyed Preachers, 7:00 pm, 6400 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough, Philadelphia.
July 16. Celebrating Women in Jazz, noon, Saunders Park Greene, East 39th Street at Powelton Avenue in Powelton, Philadelphia.
July 16. Bastille Day Festival, an afternoon of populist panache, 5:30 pm. The Bearded Ladies, an experimental cabaret troupe, will present the entire French Revolution in an hour-long spectacle of song, dance, beheading, and raining Tastykakes.
The key to petitioning at concerts is GET THERE EARLY, collect signatures while people are entering, and then enjoy the music.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
This task has been on hold, given the Green Party Representatives’ attention to collecting signatures on our nominating petitions and other support for Green Party candidates.
Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
Green Party Representative Robert Jaffe videoed Jill Stein during her afternoon campaigning in Germantown. Robert’s video will be available soon. During that campaign event, Randy Lobasso did a podcast for the Bicycle Coalition in which he asked Jill Stein about her transportation platform. You may find Randy’s podcast here.

Thank you so much for all you have done as a Green Party Representative.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
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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Building the Green Party Through Ballot Access06.28.16

Building the Green Party Through Ballot Access
GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #14, June 10, 2016

Hello, Green Party Representative.
This report will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #13, which you received on May 22.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
There are several reason we struggled to convince activists to run for PA Representative this year. One middling reason was that each Green Party candidates must collect nominating signatures, which also count for our state-wide candidates (termed “piggybacking”). It seemed obvious to some of us that the more candidates we recruited to collect 700 signatures in each House District, the faster we could reach the 21,775 nomination signatures we need for our five state-wide candidates.
You know that we tried to recruit candidates from Philadelphia for PA Representative, but we were not successful this year. Fortunately, there are three Green Party candidates who are collecting signatures: Gabe Lytle in House District 60, Michael Bagdes-Canning in District 64, and Jay Sweeney in District117.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
We have asked Green Party Representative Robert Jaffe to video the proceedings at GREEN NIGHT OUT on June 11. Animal rights activist Marianne Bessey will lead our discussion of “Ecological Impact of Animal Agriculture.” We have been asked for a video (or live-stream) of this event by the animal rights committee of the Green Party of the U.S.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Charles, Bernadette Marie and I have returned to telephone calls to new Green Party members. So far, we have completed calls to everyone who joined us between October 2014 and September 2015. Now we are calling new Greens who joined us since October 2015.
We will are inviting them (along with you) to the next Green Party membership meeting at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 22, at the Jill Stein for President Campaign Office, . Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up just six or eight phone numbers for you. Calling new Greens has been inspiring because most of them are really glad to hear from us.
Our signature collection in Philadelphia got off to a terrific start, but momentum is important now that we are half way through. Our most recent Green Party Representative is Cheryl, in Holmesburg (Ward 64). We are looking for more people to join us as Green Party Representatives because this is the only way we will see Green Party candidates take their rightful place on the ballot. Please ask your friends for their help.
On May 30, I asked each of you to report whether you had signatures for me to pick up and whether you could join us during the next 10 days in collecting signatures. I got a good response, though not a hundred percent. Please let me know when I may pick up signatures from you.

Here are also some excellent events where we plan to collect nomination signatures in nice weather
(** means new to this list):
June 11. Roxborough Summer Solstice Festival, noon, Gorgas Park, 6400 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough. Contact Green Party Representative Chris.
June 11. Roxborough Summer Solstice Festival, 5:00 pm, Gorgas Park, 6400 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough. Contact Green Party Representative Charles.
June 12. Odunde Festival, 10:00 am, 12 city blocks centered around 23rd and South Streets in south Philadelphia. Contact Green Party Representative Hillary.
June 12. Philly Pride Festival, noon at Penn’s Landing, 101 East Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia. Contact Green Party Representative Hillary.
** June 15. Pastorius Park Free Concert (Philadelphia Orchestra). 7:30 pm, Millman Street at Hartwell Lane in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. (Contact Green Party Representative Chris.
** June 18. 10th Juneteenth Festival. Commemoration of abolition of slavery, Germantown Avenue at Washington Lane in Germantown, Philadelphia, 10:00 am, historical re-enactments, food, music, family activities.
** June 22. Pastorius Park Free Concert (Ben Arnold). 7:30 pm, Millman Street at Hartwell Lane in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.

It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP 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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Quarterly Report by GPOP Membership Secretary05.27.16

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #13, May 22, 2016

Hello, Green Party Representative.
The Green Party City Committee has asked me to make a presentation to the Green Party Membership meeting at 7:00 pm on May 25 at Alma Mater, 7165 Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy, Philadelphia. Unfortunately, I will be on the Appalachian Trail at that time. Therefore, I have decided to make my presentation in writing to GPOP NEWS as GPOP EOW Group Report #13.
This will also bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #12, which you received on May 14. [Green Party Representatives receive approximately two EOW Group Reports each month. If any one would like to receive these Reports, they may become a Green Party Representative to help us build the Green Party. Back issues of EOW Group Reports may be found here.]
As your elected GPOP Membership Secretary, I have been working to build the GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group to fulfill the three tasks given to it by our membership on September 30, 2015. Mainly, I have been recruiting voters to become a Green Party Representative in their neighborhood. The EOW Group began this year with seven Representatives, Ernest (Ward 12, Wister), Matt (Ward 13, Nicetown), Hillary (Ward 46, Cedar Park), John, Eric and Chris (Ward 59, Germantown), and Judy (Ward 61, Olney).
Since that time, we have lost one Representative, but we have been joined by Bernadette Marie and Beverley (Ward 21, Roxborough), Christel (Ward 46, Cedar Park), Charles (Ward 54, East Oxford Circle), and Galen (Ward 65, Torresdale). Our newest Representative is James (Ward 27, University City). We now have 12 Green Party Representatives — a 71 percent increase in four months. Some of these new Representatives have attended GPOP meetings and all are circulating our nominating petitions.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
During 2015, our EOW Group sent emails to movement organizations asking if any of their members would consider running in the 2016 General Election as a Green Party candidate on a single-issue platform: peace, single-payer healthcare, renewable energy or anti-mass-incarceration. At the suggestion of one renewable energy activist, I contacted Dr. Vera Cole, “The Guru of Solar Energy.” Unfortunately for us, The Guru had already decided to run for PA Representative as a Democrat.
Each list was approached two more times during 2016: in January to let them know that the Green Party had a continuing interest, and in March to let them know that we are now recruiting candidates for 2017 and 2018.
Earlier this month, I sent an email to three renewable energy lists asking them to support the Green Party’s three candidates for PA Representative – all of whom are against fracking and none of whom are running in Philadelphia.
Your EOW Group also approached MK Feeney to run for District Attorney in 2017. MK turned down our request because she is building a new, private practice after many years as an assistant district attorney. We will contact her again when the time is right.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
Our EOW Group has reached out to our membership to find volunteers who will become involved in developing the skills we will need for future growth. We have been grateful to find Robert Jaffe, who is interested in video work. Robert is planning to video the March 4 Our Lives on July 25.
Of course, there are many other tasks for creative Green Party Representatives. We are looking for people to create a website, manage our email list, build our media contacts, and produce regular fundraising/entertainment events. We hope that more people will become Green Party Representatives to learn these skills.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Our EOW Group began recruiting more Representatives by contacting the members of GPOP NEWS, and the volunteers who worked on Green Party campaigns during 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
Then, as an experiment, I telephoned some new Green Party members, using a list of numbers provided by the Philadelphia Voter Registration Office. The response was extraordinary. This seemed like a promising avenue to increase Green Party activism. These people already have an interest in the Green Party, and it is an easy way to engage them in our activities.
Two Representatives, Bernadette Marie and Charles, have agreed to help me with phone calls to other, new Greens. Political interest is high in a presidential election year, so now is our moment. So far, we have called 65 new Greens, and the 17 interested ones have given us their email addresses. This 26 percent positive-response rate is a great step forward for our party.
We will resume our calls to new Greens when we have a location for the June 22 Membership Meeting. Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up just six or eight phone numbers for you.

Our EOW Group has also begun collecting signatures on the Green Party nomination papers. This year, we were able to start early. On Primary Election Day, seven Representatives collected 508 signatures, the best we have ever done. This week, I will submit 717 signatures collected by Green Party Representatives for verification by the Jill Stein Campaign for President. We are looking for more people to join us as Green Party Representatives because this is the only way we will see Green Party candidates take their rightful place on the ballot.
Here are also some excellent events where we plan to collect nomination signatures in nice weather
(** means new to this list):
May 28. Rally against Drone War Command Center, noon, Horsham, PA. June 1. Organized Labor rally, 5:00 pm at the Temple Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street in North Philadelphia. Sponsor: AFSCME 1199C, Hospital and Healthcare Employees.
** June 11. Roxborough Summer Solstice Festival, Gorgas Park, 6400 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough.
** June 12. Odunde Festival, 10:00 am, 12 city blocks centered around 23rd and South Streets in south Philadelphia.
** June 12. Philly Pride Festival, noon at Penn’s Landing, 101 East Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia.
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.
I would like to learn what you will do to help us build the Green Party.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP 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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Excellent Locations for Our Nomination Signature Collecting05.21.16

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #12, May 14, 2016

Hello, Green Party Representative.
In the next few weeks, there are some excellent locations for each of us to collect signatures on nomination papers. Please see the listing below for details.
The following will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #11, which you received on May 2.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
Please welcome Robert Jaffe, whose specialty is video production. Robert has been linked up with Greens who are organizing the March for Our Lives, July 25, at the Democrat’s convention in Philadelphia. We look forward to working with Robert in the future.
We still need Representatives to help with website construction, email list, and fundraising. Can you help with any of these projects? Do you have any of the required skills? If not, are you ready to learn these skills?

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Telephone calls to new Green Party members, which had been going quite successfully, have ground to a halt because there was a delay in finding a location for the next Green Party Meeting. It will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 25, at Alma Mater in Mount Airy.
We will resume our calls to new Greens after that date. Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up just six or eight phone numbers for you.

Here are also some excellent events to collect nomination signatures in nice weather warms (** means new to this list):
May 15. Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival, 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. You will meet many Montgomery County voters, so be sure that you have Montgomery County nomination papers with you. If you need petitions, please contact Chris.
May 21. Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, six blocks of Walnut Street (including Rittenhouse Square) will host 50,000 visitors. Beyond the eats, there’s also live music, free wine tastings, fashionable shopping and more.
May 21. Kensington Petitioning at noon. Location to be announced. Please RSVP to Galen (215-883-9771).
** May 21. March against Monsanto, noon, Thomas Payne Plaza/Municipal Service Building, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia.
** May 28. Rally against Drone War Command Center, noon, Horsham, PA.
** June 1. Organized Labor rally at 5:00 pm at the Temple Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street in North Philadelphia. Sponsor: AFSCME 1199C, Hospital and Healthcare Employees.
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.

Please respond to this email and tell me what you will do to help us build the Green Party.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP 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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Thank You for Hard Work on Primary Day05.14.16

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Report #11, May 2, 2016

Hello, Green Party Representative.
You did a fantastic job at your polling places during the Primary Election. Thank you very much for spending the time and for collecting those signatures on Green Party nomination papers. Here is a look at how we did individually and collectively. The numbers collected from each Representative (pre-primary/primary-day): Ernest (0/38), Beverley (37/77), Bernadette Marie (2/34), Hillary (0/38), Chris (8/109), Charles (36/62) and Judy (0/150). Total signatures collected: 591. This just shows how each of us contributing a small piece will add up to a sizeable quantity.
I hope that you will be able to participate in some of the signature-collecting events which are planned for this month. The next one is Mount Airy Day (5/7). Please see the calendar (below) for the specific information. This is always a fantastic place to meet people, talk politics, and collect signatures.
The following will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #10, which you received on April 11.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Telephone calls to new Green Party members continue to be quite successful. Bernadette Marie, Charles and I have called 53 people and received email addresses from 17 of them. I sent these new Greens an email welcoming them to our Party and inviting them to our General Membership Meeting on April 27.
We would like more GPOP Representatives working with us. Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up just six or eight phone numbers for you.
Please welcome Christel, our most recent Green Party Representative and our second in Cedar Park, Ward 46.

On Primary Election Day, Beverly tells me that one of her Roxborough neighbors refused to sign the Green Party nomination paper because she wanted Donald Trump to win the November. According to Beverly, her son pointed out, “Mom, if they steal Trumps nomination at the Republican Convention and he has to run as an independent, you might be asking Beverly for her signature.” At that point, the neighbor grabbed the clipboard and signed.

Here are also some excellent events to collect nomination signatures as the weather warms up:
** May 6. First Friday Petitioning at 5:30 pm, Second and Race Streets in Old City, Philadelphia. Please RSVP to Charles (215-743-3767).
** May 7. Action United mobilization at the oil refinery, 1:00 pm, 28th Street and Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia. See: www.RightToBreathe2016.org or call 215-584-4602 for more information.
May 7. Mount Airy Day, http://www.mtairyday.org/, is always a good place to collect signatures, and it is fun for the whole family: live music on two stages, a Kid Zone, and plenty of vendors. The Green Party will have a table which you can use as a base. RSVP to Chris, 267-977-0570.
** May 14. Saul Country Fair Day, 10:00 am, 7100 Henry Avenue in Roxborough, Philadelphia. Please RSVP to Bernadette Marie (267-275-5814). http://saulcountryfairday.weebly.com/
May 15. Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival, is not as good as the May Day Festival, but it might be more convenient for you. There will be many Montgomery County voters, so be sure that you have Montgomery County nomination papers with you. If you need petitions, please contact Chris the week before.
** May 21. Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, six blocks of Walnut Street (including Rittenhouse Square) will host 50,000 visitors. Beyond the eats, there’s also live music, free wine tastings, fashionable shopping and more.
** May 21. Kensington Petitioning at noon. Location to be announced. Please RSVP to Galen (215-883-9771).
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.

Please respond to this email and tell me what you will do to help us build the Green Party.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP 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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Please Attend May Day and Mount Airy Day04.23.16

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group Report #10
April 11, 2016

Hello, GPOP Representative.
Primary Election Day is almost here. Please let me know now if you need fresh Green Party Nomination Papers for your polling place on Tuesday, April 26. This will be the best place to collect signatures. At my polling place last year, I collected 99 signatures for our candidate on Green Party Nomination Papers, and this year I will try to get more than 100 signatures. I hope that you have good results too. I am planning to pick up at your home the Nomination Papers you complete at your polling place.
The next big events for our signature collecting will be the May Day Celebration (5/1) and Mount Airy Day (5/7). The Green Party will have a table at both of these events for you to use as a base (for locations, see calendar below). Please feel free to drop off at our table any completed petitions, and we will have fresh ones there for you to pick up.
The following will bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #9, which you received on March 28.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Telephone calls to new Green Party members have been quite successful. Charles and I have called 28 people and received email addresses from 12 of them. I sent these new Greens an email welcoming them to our Party and inviting them to our Presidential Caucus on April 16.
This seems like a promising avenue to increase Green Party activism. Political interest is high in a presidential election year, so now is our moment. These people already have an interest in the Green Party, and it is an easy way to engage them in our activities.
Charles and I are now calling a new list, and we would like more GPOP Representatives working with us. Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up just six or eight phone numbers for you.
Please welcome Galen, our most recent Green Party Representative and our first in Torresdale, Ward 65.
Beverly went to Weavers Way, where she collected 20 signatures. She tells us, “A few people wouldn’t sign because they don’t want a third party, [and one person] who lives across the street won’t sign because she is determined that Hillary Clinton gets elected.” I advised Beverly not to take such comments personally and to move on to the next prospect. It will only waste time to enter a discussion with a Hillaryite, a Sandernista, or a Trumpmaniac.
Here are also some excellent events to collect nomination signatures as the weather warms up:
April 14. Demonstration to Stop the Stadium, 2:00 pm at the Temple University Bell Tower, 1210 West Berks Street, North Philadelphia.
April 26. The Primary Election is absolutely the best place for you to collect signatures because it is the most concentrated group of registered voters. Please make time to volunteer at your neighborhood polling place between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm. There will be a good turnout because of the presidential sweepstakes, and every single voter is permitted to sign your nomination paper. If they ask, please explain that they do not have to be a Green Party member to sign.
May 1. The May Day Festival in Clark Park, 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue, usually has a good turnout. We will have a Green Party table which you can use as a base. Bring your children or grandchildren because the playground there is excellent.
May 1. Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival is not as good as the May Day Festival, but it might be more convenient for you. There will be many Montgomery County voters, so be sure that you have Montgomery County nomination papers with you. If you need more petitions, please contact me the week before, because I will be in Clark Park on 5/1.
May 7. Mount Airy Day is always a good place to collect signatures, and it is fun for the whole family: live music on two stages, a Kid Zone, and plenty of vendors. The Green Party will have a table which you can use as a base.
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
Okay! I know you are not interested in media work. However, we still need Representatives to help with website construction, email list, and fundraising. Can you help with any of these projects? Do you have any of the required skills? If not, are you ready to learn these skills?

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
Since Report #9, I have sent follow-ups to our movement allies who were previously contacted about running candidates on the Green Party ballot during 2016. Follow-up emails were posted to lists of activists for single-payer healthcare, renewable energy, peace actions, and ending mass incarceration. I explained to them that the deadline, March 28, has passed and that we are now searching for people to run for office in future years.
During 2017, we will need candidates for Philadelphia District Attorney and Philadelphia Controller. This is also a good time to find some qualified candidates for PA House of Representatives during 2018. A serious candidate could form an election committee right now and begin fundraising.
Please respond to this email and tell me what you will do to help us build the Green Party.

It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP 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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Volunteer at Your Primary Election Polling Place04.10.16

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group Report #9
March 28, 2016

Hello, GPOP Representative.

I want to be sure that I have you listed to be at the correct polling place for the Primary Election on April 26 to collect signatures on our Green Party Nomination Papers.
I have Ernest at 12-22; Bernadette Marie at 21-3; Beverly at 21-10,17,18; Hillary at 46-10; Charles at 54-1,2,3,5; John at 59-18; Chris at 59-19; and Judy at 61-21. Eric will be working inside the polls as an elected official at 59-21. Matt, I am not sure whether you want to volunteer at your home polling place (13-2,3) or the polls where you volunteered in November 2015 (22-15). Please send me corrections to this list.
Now, I would like to bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #8, which you received on March 14.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
As an experiment, I tried to connect with some newly registered Green Party members. I got telephone numbers from the Voter Registration Office, and I called seven people who changed their registration to Green during 2015. Every phone number was good, and I got four new email addresses. I sent these people an email welcoming them to the Green Party and inviting them to our Presidential Caucus on April 16.
This seems like a promising avenue to increase Green Party activism. These people already have an interest in the Green Party, and it is an easy way to engage them in our activities. Bernadette Marie and Charles have agreed to help me with phone calls to other new Greens. Political interest is high in a presidential election year, so now is our moment. We need more GPOP Representatives working with us. Please let me know if you will help, and I will round up six phone numbers for you
.
Here are also some excellent events to collect signatures as the weather warms up (** means new to this list):
** April 2. Kick off Democracy Spring, 10:00 am, at the Liberty Bell, Independence Mall, Sixth and Market Streets in Old City, Philadelphia.
** April 2. Beef & Beer Dance Party to support May Day Festival (see below), 7:00 pm, SEIU Union Hall, 455 North Fifth Street (rear entrance), Philadelphia, PA.
** April 14. Demonstration to Stop the Stadium, 2:00 pm at the Temple University Bell Tower, 1210 West Berks Street, North Philadelphia.
April 26. The Primary Election is absolutely the best place for you to collect signatures because it is the most concentrated group of registered voters. Please make time to volunteer at your neighborhood polling place between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm. There will be a good turnout because of the presidential sweepstakes, and every single voter is permitted to sign your nomination paper. If they ask, please explain that they do not have to be a Green Party member to sign.
May 1. The May Day Festival in Clark Park, 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue, usually has a good turnout. We will have a Green Party table which you can use as a base. Bring your children or grandchildren because the playground there is excellent.
May 1. Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival, is not as good as the May Day Festival, but it might be more convenient for you. There will be many Montgomery County voters, so be sure that you have Montgomery County nomination papers with you. If you need more petitions, please contact me the week before, because I will be in Clark Park on 5/1.
May 7. Mount Airy Day is always a good place to collect signatures, and it is fun for the whole family: live music on two stages, a Kid Zone, and plenty of vendors. The Green Party will have a table which you can use as a base.
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
The Green Party of the U.S. held a Media Workshop Conference Call on March 22 for people who wanted to learn more about building the Green Party’s presence in the local media. We are still looking for a GPOP Representative who wants to learn about media work. Let’s have a GPOP Representative on the next conference call. Will you do it?
In addition to media work, we still need volunteers to help us with website construction, email list, and fundraising. Can you help with any of these projects? Do you have any of the required skills? If not, are you ready to learn these skills?

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
The Green Party EOW Group has begun our search for people to run for office next year. During 2017, we will need candidates for the following offices: Philadelphia District Attorney and Philadelphia Controller. These are each four-year terms, and candidates must be at least 25-years old and must have been a resident of Philadelphia for at least one year. Candidates for District Attorney must have been a lawyer for at least two years. There will also be judicial elections. Please let me know, if you know anyone who is interested.
Please respond to this email and tell me what you will do to help us build the Green Party.

It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP 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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Nomination Petitioning Has Begun, II03.27.16

GPOP EOW Group Report #8
March 14, 2016

Hello, GPOP Representative.

I have prepared an account of the February GPOP City Committee election. You can find this article here along with a photo of the new City Committee.

The GPOP Presidential Caucus will take place at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 16, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 1906 South Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. Please mark your calendar now because you will want to be there to cast your ballot for “The Greater Good, Not the Lesser Evil.”

Now I would like to bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #7, which you received on February 28.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
You have now received three nomination papers (and a clipboard, if you requested one). Included was a two-sided flyer, “2016 Petitioning Instructions”/”Petitioning Made Easy.” If you have any questions, please contact me. Please note that two of the nomination papers I dropped off at your home do not have “2. County of Signers” filled in. Please fill in that space as you need them. Each page may contain signatures from only one county: Philadelphia, Montgomery, etc. As soon as you need more petitions, please let me know.
We now have a new Representative, Beverly, our second in Roxborough, Ward 21. I have also added Charles Sherrouse to our list of GPOP Representatives for Ward 54, Oxford Circle, because he has expressed interest in working on petitioning for ballot access.

Here are also some excellent events where you may collect signatures as the weather warms up:
April 26. The Primary Election is absolutely the best place for you to collect signatures because it is the most concentrated group of registered voters. Please make time to volunteer at your neighborhood polling place between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm. There will be a good turnout because of the presidential sweepstakes, and every single voter is permitted to sign your nomination paper.
May 1. The May Day Festival in Clark Park, 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue, usually has a good turnout. We will have a Green Party table which you can use as a base. Bring your children or grandchildren because the playground there is excellent.
May 1. Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival is not as good as the May Day Festival, but it might be more convenient for you. There will be many Montgomery County voters, so be sure that you have Montgomery County nomination papers with you. If you need more petitions, please contact me the week before, because I will be in Clark Park on 5/1.
May 7. Mount Airy Day, http://www.mtairyday.org/, is always a good place to collect signatures, and it is fun for the whole family: live music on two stages, a Kid Zone, and plenty of vendors. The Green Party will have a table which you can use as a base.
May 21. Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. Six blocks of Walnut Street (including Rittenhouse Square) will host 50,000 visitors. Beyond the eats, there’s also live music, free wine tastings, fashionable shopping and more.
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.

Let’s recruit more GPOP Representatives. Please send me the contact information for any of your friends or neighbors who say they might be interested in volunteering for the Green Party in their own neighborhood.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
On March 8, I took part in a Media Strategy Conference Call organized by the national Green Party, I got to meet around 20 Green Party media representatives from California, District of Columbia, Oregon, New York, North Carolina, and Washington. It surprised me to learn that the Green Party U.S. has resources to help members like us who are working locally to build the party.
There will be a Media Workshop Conference Call on March 22 for people like you who would like to learn more about building the Green Party’s presence in the local media. Please let me know if you would like to attend this conference call as the Philadelphia delegate.
In addition to media work, we still need volunteers to help us with website construction, email list, and fundraising. Can you help with any of these projects? Do you have any of the required skills? If not, are you ready to learn these skills?

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
I believe we are about finished recruiting candidates to run for office on the Green Party ballot in 2016. Of course, we can still add more candidates, but we had best begin our search for people who would like to run for office next year. In my next report, I will outline the elected offices which will be contested in 2017.

Please respond to this email and let me know what you would like to do to help us build the Green Party.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP 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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Green Nomination Petitioning Has Begun, I03.12.16

GPOP EOW Group Report #7
February 28, 2016

Hello, GPOP Representative.

At the General Membership Meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) on February 24, I received the 2016 Green Party Nomination Papers. GPOP Representatives like you and I will be the volunteers who collect signatures from our neighbors – and who recruit other people to help us. I plan to drop off nomination papers at your home next week. Please let me know if you need a legal-sized clipboard.
At the GPOP meeting, Eric and I traded offices. Eric is now City Committee Member at Large, and I am now Membership Secretary. Hillary, the other GPOP Representative running, was re-elected to be Treasurer. I plan to write something about the new GPOP City Committee. If you have questions for me to pose to them, please send them to me soon – like, right away!
Now I would like to bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #6, which you received on February 9. http://www.gpop.org/news/?p=1888.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
I believe we are about finished recruiting candidates to run for office on the Green Party ballot in 2016. The nomination papers we are working with include: candidates for President and Vice President of the U.S., PA Attorney General, PA Auditor General, and PA State Treasurer. Any additional candidates will have to be registered as Green Party voters before March 28.
I regret that we have not yet been able to recruit any candidates for PA State Representative. Each State Representative Division is roughly one-third the size of a City Council District in population and geography. This is the easiest office campaign to run, and it is a good jumping-off point for people who are beginning a political career.
Prof. Vera Cole, known as the “guru of solar energy” in PA, sent me contact information for John Brown, who she believes would make a good Green Party candidate for PA State Representative. I have written to John Brown, and I will let you know what he has to say.
I have also been in touch with a lawyer, MK Feeney, about running for Philadelphia District Attorney in 2017. She is now building a private practice (after 14 years as an assistant district attorney), and she is not yet prepared to become a public figure. Perhaps tomorrow!

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
There are many good places where you can collect signatures on nomination papers. I prefer farmers markets, dog runs in the park, and the steps of Weavers Way Co-op. There are also some excellent events scheduled as the weather warms up.
April 26. The Primary Election is absolutely the best place for you to collect signatures because it is the most concentrated group of registered voters. Please make time to volunteer at your neighborhood polling place between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm. There will be a good turnout because of the presidential sweepstakes, and every single voter is permitted to sign your nomination paper.
May 1. The May Day Festival in Clark Park, 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue, usually has a good turnout. We will have a Green Party table which you can use as a base. Bring your children or grandchildren because the playground there is excellent.
May 1. Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival, is not as good as the May Day Festival, but it might be more convenient for you. There will be many Montgomery County voters, so be sure that you have Montgomery County nomination papers with you.
May 7. Mount Airy Day, is always a good place to collect signatures, and it is fun for the whole family: live music on two stages, a Kid Zone, and plenty of vendors. The Green Party will have a table which you can use as a base.
Please let us know of street festivals in your neighborhood.

The GPOP Presidential Caucus will take place on Saturday, April 16, and you will receive an invitation to attend and to cast your ballot.
We each have work to do in recruiting more GPOP Representatives. Please send me the contact information for any of your friends or neighbors who say they might be interested in volunteering for the Green Party in their own neighborhood.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
The following GPOP Representatives were elected to office at the Green Party Membership Meeting on February 24: Treasurer Hillary Kane (Ward 46), and Eric Hamell and Chris Robinson (both from Ward 59). The other GPOP City Committee members are not yet GPOP Representatives. Perhaps tomorrow they will join us.
I have to admit that I have not worked very hard on this task because the others seemed to be so much more urgent. The Green Party still needs volunteers to help us with the following: website construction, email list, publicity and fundraising. Can you help with any of these projects? Do you have any of the required skills? If not, are you ready to learn these skills?

Please respond to this email and let me know what you would like to do to help us build the Green Party.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP 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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New Green Party Candidates02.21.16

GPOP EOW Group Report #6
February 9, 2016

Hello, GPOP Representative.

I hope that you will be able to attend the General Membership Meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 24. This will be an important meeting because you will be able to vote on our new GPOP City Committee (think “steering committee”). It will be important for us to elect activists to this leadership body. This election will be held at the Ethical Humanist Society.

Now I would like to bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #5, which you received on January 17.

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
We are putting together a Green Party ballot, and I would like to know who you have asked to run for office in 2016 as a Green Party candidate. Please let me know. I received an email from Eric, the GPOP Representative in Ward 59, Division 21, who says he has approached several people about running for PA State Representative. Thank you, Eric.
I would appreciate hearing which people you have approached. If you would like to send a request to your neighborhood or movement lists, I will be happy to send you a copy of a sample email for you to use.
I telephoned Prof. Vera Cole, known as the “guru of solar energy” in PA. Vera tells me that she knows someone who might wish to run as a Green Party candidate. I am now awaiting the contact information.
I have also been in touch with a lawyer about running for Philadelphia District Attorney in 2017. More on this in Report #7.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
Last weekend, I attended the Green Party of Pennsylvania annual convention, along with GPOP Representative Hillary (Ward 46, Division 10). We had a forum with four of the five Green Party candidates for president of the U.S.: Darryl Cherney, William Kreml, Kent Mesplay, Sedinam K.C.M. Curry and Jill Stein. The GPOP Presidential Caucus will take place on Wednesday, April 27, and you will receive an invitation to attend and to cast your ballot.
Our state Green Party then endorsed Cheri Honkala to be the Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania. There were several other endorsements, so we will have a significant ballot to present to the voters this year.
We have a new GPOP Representative, Bernadette, in Ward 21 (Roxborough). She is joining you and our other Representatives in Ward 12 (Wister); Ward 13 (Nicetown); Ward 46 (Cedar Park); Ward 59 (Germantown); and Ward 61 (Olney). We each have work to do in recruiting more GPOP Representatives. Please send me the contact information for any of your friends or neighbors who say they might be interested in volunteering for the Green Party in their home neighborhood.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
I have to admit that I have not worked very hard on this task because the others seemed to be so much more urgent. The Green Party still needs volunteers to help us with the following: website construction, email list, publicity and fundraising. Can you help with any of these projects? Do you have any of the required skills? If not, are you ready to learn these skills?

Please, please respond to this email and let me know what you would like to do to help us build the Green Party.
It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
Election Operations Organizer
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP 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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Planning the 2016 Campaign01.25.16

GPOP EOW Group Report #5
January 17, 2016

I hope that you are ready to go forward into the 2016 election cycle. I know that we will be successful in 2016 if we all take part. Please let me bring you up to date on what has happened since Report #4, (before the holidays).

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
I have just finished sending emails to my movement contacts asking for recommendations of possible candidates for PA State Representatives. I personally know organizers in the anti-drone warfare and peace movements, the anti-fracking and anti-nuclear-power movements, and the single-payer healthcare movement. Last fall, I asked each of these to recommend potential candidates to run on the Green Party ballot. I just sent a reminder to each movement list, explaining that the 2016 campaign has begun.
I would appreciate it if you would send a request to the movement lists on which you reside. I will be happy to send you a copy of a sample for you to use. Just let me know.
The Green Party of Pennsylvania is searching for a candidate to run for the U.S. Senate. They have not yet found a candidate, but they do have some funds in a campaign account awaiting this candidate.
The Green Party of the U.S. has just authorized the campaign of five candidates to be the Green Party nominee for president of the U.S. This means that Philadelphia will have a candidate for at least one office on the ballot, and our work will have significance in the 2016 General Election.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
I have contacted the volunteers from Green Party campaigns in 2015, 2012 and 2011, requesting their help. I will soon send an email to volunteers from 2010. When we eventually have candidates for office, this should be an easier pitch.
We now have the PA Election Calendar for 2016. GPOP Representatives will be able to begin collecting signatures on Green Party nomination papers on February 17. I hope to have more information for you in Report #6.
Right now, the important thing for each of us is to recruit more GPOP Representatives. Please send me the contact information for any of your friends or neighbors who might be interested.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
We need volunteers to help us with these tasks: website, email list, publicity and fundraising. Can you help with any of the above projects? Do you have any of the required skills? If not, are you ready to learn these skills?
Please, please respond to this email and let me know what you would like to do to help us build the Green Party.

It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
City Committee Member at Large
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “GPOP 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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Green Party Post-Election Progress12.14.15

GPOP EOW Group Report #4
December 14, 2015

Hello, GPOP EOW Group Member.

The 2015 election is over, and we had some successes and some challenges. Fortunately, our candidate, Kristin Combs, gained the most votes of any Green Party candidate in Philadelphia since our Party was formed at the turn of the century. Unfortunately, some Green Party activists did not participate in Kristin’s exciting campaign. This gives us quite a bit of work to do now that the election is behind us.
We have all had time to reflect upon the election, and it is now time for us to resume our work to build the Green Party. I hope that each of us will choose some activity from the following list of tasks.

Task: Recruiting Green Party Candidates
Yes, we have already approached five movement organizations about running a candidate on the Green Party ballot for PA State Representative in 2016, and we have not yet heard from any interested parties. This is not surprising because we are asking organizations to do something out of the ordinary. Many groups are stuck in a rut. Maybe you are a member of such an organization.
We are looking for neighborhood or activist organizations which would like to publicize their cause by using the Green Party ballot line for one of their members to run for office. The candidate should be accepting of Green Party values, but that would allow us to work with democracy, peace, feminist, labor union, anti-mass-incarceration, pro-living-minimum-wage and anti-discrimination activists.
Do you know of some organizations to contact about this proposal?

Task: Organizing Campaign Workers
On November 4, I polled the members of GPOP News and GPOP Chat to find their thoughts about Kristin’s campaign. You have already read the results of that poll, which was posted to you on November 16 as “EOW Group Report #3.”
I followed that by preparing “Volunteers Necessary for Electoral Success,” which was posted on December 4. I hope that you took the time to read this piece, because it explains the importance of the work we are doing right now. As you know from the personal email to you, Kristin Combs won the election at your polling place (and at the other polling places with volunteers from the EOW Group).
Please make use of this when you contact friends and neighbors about volunteering for Green Party candidates in 2016.

Task: Building an Infrastructure to Win Elections
Our forces are still inadequate to the task at hand, but that is understandable considering that the EOW Group is only three months old. We have a long-term project ahead of us to change society through electoral means.
Basically, we need people to work with us on future campaigns by Green Party candidates. At the most rudimentary level, this means working the polls each election day, as you have already done this year. Later this month, I will be contacting the people who volunteered for Kristin Combs who are not already members of the EOW Group, and I will ask them to join us. Organizing election volunteers, however, is only one element in building the infrastructure we need.
There are many additional tasks which we can do to improve the electoral success of future Green Party candidates. For instance, we really need a website, a fundraising committee, and an email list-serve. A publicity committee to produce press releases, yard signs and flyers (leaflets) is another necessary component of our work.
Can you help with any of the above projects? Do you have any of these skills? If not, are you ready to learn these skills?

I know that sounds like a lot of things for any one person to do, and I have no intention to do everything myself. We should work together, and we should each take one step at a time. Please decide which step will be your next one, and then let me know.

Thank you and Happy Holidays,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
City Committee Member at Large
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: 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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Volunteers Necessary for Electoral Success12.06.15

2015 Municipal Election Summary, Part 2
December 4, 2015

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GPOPNEWS/conversations/messages/2039
“There are two ways that a theoretician goes astray. 1) The devil leads him around by the nose with a false hypothesis (for this he deserves pity). 2) His arguments are erroneous and ridiculous (for this he deserves a beating).” — Albert Einstein, letter to Hendrik Lorentz, quoted in New York Times, “Finding Relativity” by Dennis Overbye, November 24, 2015.

There is a false hypothesis which is commonly expressed within the Green Party. This hypothesis makes it difficult for Green Party candidates to build a wide-spread electoral movement which (in time) will be able to win elections. It is important for us to discuss this hypothesis because it stands in the way of our efforts to build the Green Party.

The Hypothesis
At the November 2014 monthly meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP), an active member said that statistics have shown him that voters go to the polls with their minds made up. Therefore, he continued, it is a waste of time for members to volunteer at the polls for a Green Party candidate. A similar hypothesis is sometimes voiced at quarterly meetings of the Green Party of Pennsylvania. It would be tragic if this hypothesis has convinced Green Party members to stay at home, instead of volunteering to build our party.

Personally, I have never seen any such statistics, and this hypothesis runs counter to the basic strategy of the Green Party. GPOP has relied since its creation on building rank-and-file support for our candidates at the polls. Fortunately, there is quite bit of evidence contradicting this hypothesis, and I hope to demonstrate to you that this hypothesis is incorrect. I would like to relate some of my experiences with electoral campaigns during the last twelve years, which may shed some light on this topic.

Inconsistency or Social Causation
The first Green Party electoral campaign in which I volunteered was Tom Hutt’s campaign for Philadelphia City Council District 8 in 2003. During that campaign in the early days of the GPOP, I found it interesting that some divisions (precincts) had a very small vote for Hutt, while in other divisions he actually won the election.
This seemed like an inconsistency to me: Why would divisions with similar economic/ethnic demographics have such widely different counts for the Green Party candidate? Notably, Hutt was able to cover very few polling places with volunteers, though he had tried to recruit as many as possible. Could that have caused the variation in voting for a Green candidate? I began to follow election results more closely in following years, to determine if this was a natural inconsistency or if there was a social causation for it.

Ward Results: 2007 through 2015
In the 2007 Philadelphia City Council election, the Green Party’s candidate for District 8, Brian Rudnick, received 1,100 votes (four percent). At the end of the campaign, I wrote, “Rudnick’s campaign for City Council focused on three wards (Chestnut Hill’s Ward 9, Mount Airy’s Ward 22, and Germantown’s Ward 59), where he received 81 percent of his vote. In those three wards, he had volunteers in 27 divisions. The other 44 divisions in those wards had no volunteers (33) or paid poll workers (11). Paid poll workers had no significant effect, and their divisions have been counted here as polls with no volunteers. Divisions with volunteers averaged three times the number of Green votes in polls with no volunteers.” [See, “Analysis of the Green Party in the Election of 2007.”]

During 2010, GPOP had 59 volunteers at the polls for Hugh Giordano’s campaign for PA State Representative in District 194. Of that number, 14 were Green Party members, 28 were from the United Food and Commercial Workers and Iron Workers, and 17 from other parties or independents. In Philadelphia, Giordano received 3,212 votes (23 percent). After the election, I wrote, “Not surprisingly, Giordano did best in his home Ward 21 (Roxborough/Manyunk), where he won six divisions (aka precincts) with 39 to 46 percent of the vote. Giordano came close to winning another six divisions with 37 to 39 percent of the vote. There was only one division in Ward 21 where Giordano received less than 20 percent of the vote. Overall, Giordano received 85 percent of his vote in Ward 21, where he averaged 86 votes/division.” Giordano had a volunteer poll worker at every division in Ward 21.

The following year, 63 volunteers worked at the polls city-wide for Green Party candidate Cheri Honkala’s campaign for Sheriff of Philadelphia. Of that number, 23 were Green Party and 40 were from other parties or independents. Honkala received 10,430 votes (seven percent) citywide. Following the election, I wrote, “Of the 66 wards, Cheri’s campaign had no poll worker in 33 of them. In those 33 wards, Cheri received 3,611 votes (35% of her total), averaging 109 votes/ward. In the 33 wards where Cheri did have poll workers, she received 6,819 votes (65% of her total), averaging 207 votes/ward.” [See, “History of Green Party Volunteers in Philadelphia Elections (2007 – 2013).”]

During 2015, the Green Party’s Kristin Combs, who campaigned for Philadelphia City Council-at-Large, received 11,366 votes (6 percent) city wide. This was the most votes ever received by a Green Party candidate running in Philadelphia. Kristin had 71 poll volunteers, 13 from GPOP and 58 from Neighborhood Networks, Temple $15 Now, and other organizations. Those volunteers worked at divisions in 22 Wards where Kristin received 7,567 votes (67 percent of her total) which was 344 votes/ward. In the 44 wards where Combs had no poll volunteers, she received 3,799 votes (33 percent of her total) which was 86 votes/ward.
Significantly, if the Green Party had been able to mobilize the same proportion of volunteers in the 44 wards where the Combs campaign had no representatives, she would have been able to double her total vote to more than 22,700. While this would not have been enough votes for Combs to have won a seat on City Council, it does demonstrate the value of volunteers at the polls.

Results within a Single Ward
I understand one problem with trying to draw conclusions from the limited, ward-based statistics presented above. A wise skeptic might say, “Perhaps the presence of a volunteer working for the candidate made no difference in the vote total. Perhaps there were differences between the economic/ethnic demographics of the wards which caused the divergence between wards which voted for Combs and those which did not – regardless of the presence of a volunteer.”

Actually, I thought that myself and attempted to answer such skepticism by looking at the votes for Combs within a single ward, in this case Germantown’s Ward 59, where I reside. Germantown has 25 divisions, where Combs received 422 votes (17/division). Interestingly, Combs had volunteers at eight of those polling places, and the polls with volunteers produced 243 of her votes (30/division). At the 17 polling places with no volunteers, Combs earned 179 votes (11/division). These numbers demonstrate that the Green Party could have increased Combs’ vote total in Germantown to 750, had the Green Party been able to mobilize 17 additional volunteers.

Conclusion
I suppose that by now you have deduced the alternative hypothesis which I am proposing. I believe that Green Party candidates cannot win elections without Green Party volunteers working the polls on election day. I think that there is now enough evidence from the campaigns of Green Party candidates during the last twelve years to demonstrate the necessity of volunteers working the polls for our candidates. I hope that in proposing this hypothesis, I will earn neither your pity nor a beating. Instead, I hope you will express your support for this hypothesis by joining me in our newly formed GPOP Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group.
Please volunteer by telephone or email, and then forward this email to those who might be interested in helping us.

Thank you,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
City Committee Member at Large
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: 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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2015 Municipal Election Summary11.16.15

EOW Group Report #3, November 16, 2015

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) had one candidate on the ballot in 2015, Kristin Combs who ran for Philadelphia City Council. She was listed in a city-wide campaign for one of the minor-party, at-large seats. Kristin did an exceptional job of running a full-time campaign while, at the same time, teaching high school.

Here are some of Kristin’s accomplishments. She was 1) the first Green Party candidate to achieve city-wide ballot status since 2012, 2) the first GPOP candidate to receive the endorsement of AFSCME District Council 33 and APWU Local 7048, and 3) the first GPOP candidate to receive the endorsement of the Philadelphia chapters of Americans for Democratic Action and National Organization for Women (NOW) PAC.
As a result, Kristin earned more than 11,181 votes in the General Election on November 3. This was historically the highest vote total of any Green Party candidate running city-wide in Philadelphia. She accomplished this by convincing many voters to “split their ticket,” i.e. to vote for one Green candidate, while they were still voting with another party for the rest of the ballot.

Polling GPOP’s Membership
On November 4, members of GPOP’s Election Operations Working (EOW) Group, GPOP NEWS and GPOP Chat, received a request to evaluate the Green Party and Kristin Combs’ performance in the 2015 General Election. We received five thoughtful responses (three from GPOP Chat and two from GPOP News).
Neil Haagen, a leader of the Green Party of Centre County, PA, responding via telephone, expressed a widely-held opinion: “I think that Kristin should be congratulated for the campaign she ran. As a young school teacher with no electoral experience and zero name recognition, Kristin acquired many endorsements and the active support of labor and movement organizations. Through the dedication of time and energy, she carried out a smart campaign which drew more than 11,100 neighbors to vote for her.”

More Volunteers Required
As for our members’ thoughts on improving future Green Party campaigns, there was one overriding issue of agreement. Judy Becker, who volunteered for Kristin at a polling place in Olney (Ward 61), said, “We needed more volunteers.” There you have it: winning an election is tough work and no candidate can do it alone.
Green Party candidates have found over the last eleven years that there is one simple ingredient which will improve the vote for a candidate at any polling place – a volunteer who is present and asking neighbors for their vote. We know that this was true when Tom Hutt ran as a Green for City Council District 9 in 2004, and it has been proven to be true in nearly every election since then. [Please see “History of Green Party Volunteers in Philadelphia Elections (2007 – 2013).”]

Okay, we understand that some Greens had to work on November 3, but there were many other tasks for volunteers. Peter Applebaum pointed out, “Driving around Germantown and Mount Airy, I saw [yard] signs all over along the streets. Walking around Center City, the Northeast, South Philly, there was no evidence that Kristin was running for election.” Perhaps some Greens in Center City, the Northeast and South Philly will volunteer an hour next year to put up yard signs for future Green candidates.
Kristin Combs has complained that she faced “a near media black-out.” On this point, Peter Applebaum had another good idea for volunteers, “The Inquirer is a powerful force. In the next campaign, 1000 Green Party members should harass the Inquirer until they know enough to endorse the candidate.”
Bernadette Marie Cronin-Geller, who volunteered at the polls in Roxborough (Ward 21) for Kristin, pointed out another area in which we need more volunteers, “Folks I talked with did not know that the Green Party was a party like the Dems or Repubs. We need good literature about the Green Party and how it’s different. That will require more folks willing to educate by creative means.”

“I also think we need more experienced candidates with city-wide exposure,” continued Bernadette, “which is where Chris’ [Electoral Operations Working (EOW) Group] comes in.” The EOW Group is now recruiting Green Party candidates for 2016. They are searching for people who want to make a change and who are fed up with the current two-party, do-nothing politics. The EOW Group needs your help in contacting movement, labor and neighborhood organizations around the city.
We also received a long email via GPOP Chat from Bruce Haskins, who had six suggestions for improving Green Party electoral campaigns.

I hope that these thoughts will be helpful to future Green Party candidates. I also hope that these opinions will convince you to join the GPOP EOW Group. If you have additional suggestions, please let me know for inclusion in Report #4.
Sincerely,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
City Committee Member at Large
Green Party of Philadelphia
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Posted on 11/16/’15 to: Green Party of the U.S. ; GPOP News, Northwest Greens, and GPOP Chat.
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