Philly Green Party

Happy New Year of Struggle!

Posted in Election Operations, News on Jan 30, 2018

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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