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Minutes, January Membership Meeting02.22.18

Membership Meeting
January 25, 2017 – 7 PM
Shissler Recreation Center, Fishtown
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.

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.
Minutes from the GPPA virtual meeting were not available on 2/1/’18. [Minutes were posted on 2/12,]

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

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.

January 27, Winter Green Party, 1:00 pm, at 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.
February 22, GPOP General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, City Committee at Shissler Recreation Center.
March 17-18, GPPA Convention, hosted by Lackawanna County Greens. Location to be announced.

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2 Candidates (and more) in 201802.22.18

GPOP Election Operations Working (EOW) Group
Volume 3, #2
February 14, 2018

Two Candidates (and more) in 2018!

Dear Green Party Representative.
There are many important developments in this Report, but first I have to urge you to attend our February Membership Meeting at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 22. At this meeting, Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) members will elect our 2018 City Committee (think “steering committee”). It will be your opportunity to decide on the direction of our political party.
In this Report, I will bring you – and the other 18 Green Party Representatives up to date on the many developments since Report #1, which I posted to your Inbox at the turn of the New Year. We are definitely starting 2018 with a BANG!

Task: Recruit Green Party Candidates
This has been most exciting! The Green Party now has two members who will be seeking our endorsement to run for office in 2018. The most advanced candidacy is that of Neal Gael (Montgomery County) who has filed his Request for Endorsement with GPPA Green Wave. Once reviewed, Green Wave will transmit it to the GPPA Steering Committee. Hopefully, Neal’s endorsement will be decided at our Delegates Meeting in Scranton on March 18.
But that’s not all! We now have a new Philadelphia Green Party member who has expressed interest in running for U.S. Congress in PA District 1. You will be able to meet Robert Kalalian at the February GPOP Meeting. Robert is pulling together a campaign committee. If you want to join it, I will give you Robert’s contact information.
We are still searching for people from Philadelphia to run in 2018 as Green Party candidates for PA State Representative. It is one of our tasks to convince good activists to run for office as Green Party candidates seeking single-payer healthcare, reparations for slavery, an end to fracking, a basic universal income, and an end mass incarceration.
Please send me the contact information for prospective Green Party candidates, and I will help you to convince them to run.

Task: Organize Campaign Workers
We have taken the first step in supporting our 2018 candidates, but we still have a way to go. At the present, we have nine Green Party Representatives who have volunteered to collect voter’s signatures during the Primary Election. There are also two Green Party Representatives who cannot volunteer on 5/15, but who have offered to collect nomination signatures at other times.
Green Party Representatives can begin collecting voter’s signatures on our Nomination Papers on March 8, but the best time to collect signatures will be at your polling place during the Primary Election on Tuesday, May 15. Of course, we need more than 11 Green Party Representatives working on this project. Please let me know if you or any of your friends will help us to get Green Party candidates on the ballot.

Task: Build an Infrastructure to Win Elections
One of the most active elements of our infrastructure is GPPA Green Wave, which did a fantastic job during 2017. With Green Wave support, 12 Greens won election last year, making PA the state with the second largest number of elected Greens. GPOP still needs a Green Wave Organizer for Philadelphia. Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering.
The GPOP membership has now created three Working Groups to assist you in building the Green Party. In addition to the EOW Group which was initiated in September 2015, our membership created an Outreach Working Group in July 2016, and a Communications Working Group in September 2017. Please consider joining one of these groups because they all need volunteers. Interested? If so, I will gladly send you the proper contact information.

City Committee Elections
At the GPOP February Membership Meeting on Thursday, February 22, Green Party members will elect our 2018 City Committee. There are seven elected offices on our City Committee and nine members have been nominated. Please consider nominating yourself for the City Committee. If you would like more information, please contact me or read the section of the GPOP Bylaws on “City Committee” (Paragraph IV) and “Election of Officers and Delegates” (Paragraph VIII).

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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