Philly Green Party

Minutes, GPOP General Membership Meeting, June 24, 2015

Posted in General Meetings on Jul 15, 2015

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA (GPOP), General Membership Meeting,
Minutes from Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Liberty Choice Market, Front & Norris Streets, Kensington, Philadelphia

Attendance: Alex Gillett, Glenn Davis, Hillary Kane, Kristin Combs, Sergio Fogel, Charles Sherrouse and Eric Hamell.
Minutes were taken by Hillary in the absence of an elected Recording Secretary. Chris circulated a draft copy to those present and received additions and corrections from Hillary, Kristin and Eric. The final copy was posted to www.gpop.org on July 15.

1) Announcements
June 25-28, U.S. Social Forum. Be seen being Green. We will have about 10 people attending as part of the GPOP contingent. Attend workshops and make comments/ask questions, make it a point to publicize the Green Party.
June 27, Anti-Drone protest in Horsham
Alex raised concerns about the anti-drone demonstrations (at Horsham) because they appear to be directed to the “proletariat,” the actual workers and staffers of the facility who would need to make great personal risks to challenge the program, rather than the government & leadership that put the policies in place.
June 27, Jill Stein at Green Night Out
July 8, GPOP City Committee at Cavanaugh’s (to be confirmed)
July 29, GPOP General Membership meeting with notary at Cavanaugh’s
August 12, GPOP City Committee (location TBA)

2) Introductions
See attendance list above

3) Campaign reports
Kristin has 500 signatures in hand. Reports from others, like the Socialist Alternative, have reported many more. There is also an independent running a strong campaign: Andrew Stober http://articles.philly.com/2015-06-07/news/63120358_1_philadelphia-city-council-at-large-incumbents. Kristin has a piece of literature that is not being received well so she’s redoing it. She is working closely with Socialist Alternative, http://phillysocialistalt.com/, being more explicitly anti-corporate in her literature. Many of us noted that we were not receiving email from Kristin’s campaign, and she is going to see why we’re not on her list.

Glenn also has about 500. Some people mobilizing for Glenn because they want to see one of the incumbents out (Anthony Clark). Glenn also noted that there might be a Special Election for State Representative in District 190, if Vanessa Lowry Brown gets kicked out for campaign finance improprieties. Glenn looked it up, and he apparently can run for both offices simultaneously.

Hillary emphasized the need to have more organized and coordinated petitioning over the weekend.

Discussion of the plan for turning in the signatures. Note about the court ruling that says we don’t have to notarize each signature page. Kristin explained, “The discussion we had was that we would proceed with still notarizing the pages.”

Discussion of who will be on hand on which day to turn in signatures. General consensus is Kristin, Glenn, and Alex in the morning of Monday, August 3. Others will meet over the weekend to review all the pages and batch them.
Alex suggested that we file a Writ of Mandamus to require the other parties to obey the law and cite Bonusgate. He also suggested that we should have someone in a Green Party t-shirt hang out in the office all day to see who comes in and asks for copies of our stuff.

4) Report from GPOP Treasurer
GPOP has $817 in treasury but about $150 is for pre-sales of Saturday’s Green Night Out.
Discussion of GPUS brochure. Hillary got estimates from Paper Crane. Kristin and Alex both had contacts with other union printers that were cheaper. Hillary will get new quotes.

5) Special Elections
Charles noted there were three special elections going on, and the Election Day will be August 11. Those voters are clearly very interested in politics, and we should plan to flyer them to publicize our candidates. It’s also a good way to warm up your machine in preparation for Election Day, November 4.

6) Discussion of Email lists
Alex noted that we don’t have an internal, members-only email list for planning activities (beyond the City Committee list). Hillary suggested that we can probably do this through NationBuilder. Alex asked for a presentation on NationBuilder (capabilities, costs) for the next meeting.
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