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Happy New Year of Struggle!01.30.18

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

Happy New Year of Struggle!

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is Good to be Green,
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

PS: Members of the GPOP EOW Group are called “Green Party Representatives.” According to a motion approved by the GPOP membership on September 30, 2015, the EOW Group has three tasks: “recruiting Green Party candidates who will campaign for office; organizing people to work on those campaigns; and building an infrastructure that will be able to win electoral campaigns.”

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GPOP Bimonthly Report to GPPA01.27.18

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

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

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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

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

Mark your calendars!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2018 Important Dates for PA Elections01.02.18

2018 PA ELECTIONS IMPORTANT DATES for Green Party Candidates and Members

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

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


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

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

Note: All dates in this calendar are subject to change without notice.

The above information was derived from the PA Department of State publication “2018 PA Elections Important Dates to Remember.”

Prepared by Chris Robinson on 11/19/’17 and 215-843-4256
Membership Secretary
Green Party of Philadelphia

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