Philly Green Party

Minutes, General Membership Meeting, 9/28

Posted in General Meetings on Oct 09, 2016

Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
General Membership Meeting, September 28, 2016

Held at Liberty Choice Market, 1947 North Front Street
Kensington, Philadelphia

Meeting Minutes
1.INTRODUCTIONS
PRESENT:
Vivek Ananthan, Mike Georgeson, Alex Gilette, Eric Hamell (GPOP City Committee Member at Large), Hillary Kane (GPOP Treasurer), Mohammed Myers, James Robertson, Chris Robinson (GPOP Membership Secretary), Ernest Schulte, Charles Sherrouse (GPOP City Committee Member at Large), Kassie Stanford, Galen Tyler (GPOP Chair). Galen brought with two friends, Jamal and Larry, who did not sign in. There were also three Temple University journalism students, who attended on assignment, Larry Puchalski, Michaela Althouse and Greta Anderson. GPOP City Committee Member at Large Julian Robinson was absent without excuse.
MINUTES: Minutes were taken by Chris Robinson because of the excused absence of Recording Secretary Belinda Davis. Chris sent a draft copy to those present (above list) requesting additions and corrections. Additions were submitted by Hillary (see below).

2.ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA (none)

3.JILL STEIN CAMPAIGN UPDATE
Galen spoke about the 9/26 Hofstra University Protest, aka “Occupy the Debate.” The crowd turnout was smaller than expected, and 24 people were arrested for civil disobedience.
Chris reported that we now have 24 poll workers who have signed on as Green Party Representatives. This is four times as many as we had in 2015, and the number is still growing. Representatives have already distributed Jill Stein literature in six of those divisions, and they will distribute door-to-door in four more over the coming weekend. Galen said that Cheri Honkala would volunteer to work the polls, and she would like to stuff doors in her division on October 30. Following the meeting, Kassie volunteered to work the polls where she votes.

4.OUTREACH REPORT
James described some of the problems he has had trying to organize ex-Sandernistas. It has been a serious problem because there is no Jill Stein Campaign in Philadelphia. James’ organization is planning to invite Jill Stein to Philadelphia during the first week in November, and they are working with her national campaign to come up with a good date. James appealed for help from the Green Party in building publicity for Jill Stein for President.

5.GREEN ACTIVISM BEYOND THE BALLOT
Chris explained that Mohammed had made a presentation to the GPOP City Committee on 9/14, which was approved by all present. Mohammed had been invited to make that presentation to the GPOP membership at this meeting.
Mohammed then spoke about the importance of Green Party members being present in the neighborhoods – beyond their electoral work. He said that in many African American neighborhoods, people had never heard of the Green Party and had no idea what it stood for. Mohammed, himself, is impressed by the Green Party’s history of standing for justice and ending oppression of minority communities. He said that the Green Party must focus on politicization of oppressed people because it will build Green Party name recognition and enlist new members.
Green members agreed with Mohammed’s analysis, and one member suggested that we work on his ideas following the General Election. Mohammed objected to this, saying that the time to become present in the neighborhoods is right now.
Galen then spoke to some of Mohammed’s concerns. Galen recently met with Concerned Black Men of Philadelphia, and had a good discussion with them. Often, Galen has run into the problem of “gatekeepers” who are working for the Democrats and who close the door, shutting out Green Party representatives.

6.GPPA STATE MEETING, 10/22
Hillary reported that Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) delegates will meet at Gettysburg College on 10/22. She said it is important that all GPOP delegates make plans to attend. [Hillary added, “We will vote on approving a new logo for GPPA, which sounds small but is very important. Without an approved new logo, we have been unable to print new literature. The last meeting did not have quorum so we were unable to officially approve a design that almost everyone approves of. We also expect a good turnout from new people from more ‘far flung’ areas of the state that have been energized by the Stein campaign and want to get a new Green Party local organized in their county. We should have a strong showing of support for these new organizing efforts. Finally, we will be discussing plans for recruiting local candidates in 2017 (in addition to reports on current races).”]

7.TREASURER’S REPORT
Hillary reported that GPOP has $1,400.00. She said that we have still not paid our share to Patrick Doyle for his work on the 7/25 Power to the People rally at the Democratic Party’s National Convention (DNC). Chris moved that we reimburse Patrick for any supplies he can document (with invoices) up to $250.00. This motion was pass by consensus.

Respectfully submitted for your consideration by Chris Robinson.
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