Philly Green Party

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, October 24, 2011, MINUTES

Posted in General Meetings on Oct 27, 2011

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA (GPOP)

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, October 24, 2011, MINUTES

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gpopnews/message/1514

The meeting began at 7:00 pm at Crossroads Coffeehouse, 6165 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough, Philadelphia.

Minutes
were taken by Chris Robinson, At-Large GPOP City Committee, in Mike Nance’s absence.
Facilitated by Carol McLean, GPOP Membership Secretary.

Brief announcements – Chris Robinson.

October 30. Last Party for Cheri Honkala, 2:00 pm, at Cheri’s office, 718 Market Street, Philadelphia. Free food and drinks. Donation requested.

November 5. Rally and March to Stop the Wars and Build the Resistance, noon, Broad Street and Susquehanna Avenue in North Philadelphia. This event is being organized by the Black is Back Coalition, http://www.blackisbackcoalition.org/, and it has been endorsed by GPOP.

November 8. Municipal Election, 7:00 am until 8:00 pm. Please volunteer to help Cheri Honkala for Sheriff of Philadelphia at your polling place. Just call 215-243-7103 or email gpop@gpop.org.

November 12. GREEN NIGHT OUT, 7:00 pm, discussion and dinner with Yves Engler and Bianka Mugyeni about “Cars and Capitalism,” Singapore Vegetarian Kosher Chinese Restaurant, 1006 Race Street in Chinatown, Philadelphia. All you can eat, $25/person.

November 21. Greens to Meet, GPOP General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 100 East Mermaid Lane in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. We will discuss the Green Party position on reforming Philadelphia’s Public Schools, and we will hear presentations from members who want to run for elected office during 2012.

Brief announcements – Hillary Kane.

Hillary listed the various canvassing events for Cheri Honkala, which will take place in the neighborhoods during the week ending October 30. This list was sent to GPOP NEWS. It can be found at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gpopnews/message/1510.

December 3 or 4. Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) Delegate Meeting. This is a tentative date and no location has been chosen. The meeting will be open to the public. More information will be announced via GPOP NEWS.

There will be no GPOP General Membership Meeting during the month of December 2012.

Introduction of those present: Dave Butler, Esther Croft, Belinda Davis, Alex Gillett, Eric Hamell, Peter Javsicas, Hillary Kane, Richard Kane, Mike Laughlin, Jason Lonabaugh, Carol McLean, Christina Pie, Chris Robinson, Bernadette Soltis, and Pablo Virgo. The meeting did not achieve quorum.

Recommendations to amend the agenda.

      Richard requested a reconsideration of an endorsement of Kathy Bookvar, candidate for Commonwealth Court. Since the meeting did not achieve quorum, there was consensus that reconsideration was not in order.

Cheri Honkala Campaign for Sheriff of Philadelphia, www.cherihonkala.com

      Hillary, treasurer of the Honkala Campaign, explained the latest developments: Cheri is attending four or five events/day; Cheri’s debate with the Republican Candidate for Sheriff was very successful (See: http://vimeo.com/30972704); the Campaign is pressuring WHYY/League of Women Voters to hold a televised Sheriff candidate debate; neighborhood canvassing is proceeding daily, the Campaign has raised more than $20,000 but is desperate for money to pay for election-day literature. Please volunteer to canvass in your neighborhood and to take your place at the polls, working for Cheri on Tuesday, November 8. Also, contributions to Friends of Cheri Honkala may be made on-line via the “Donate” button on www.cherihonkala.com.

Occupy Philly
      Chris pointed out that GPOP has not had a visible presence at Occupy Philly, although Green Party members have attended daily. Chris suggested that Greens who visit Occupy Philly wear Green Party shirts, carry Green Party signs, and hand out Green Party literature. We have a new flyer, which will be distributed via email to interested members.

      Richard suggested that the Green Party purchase a heater for the occupiers, because the weather is getting cold.

      Pablo suggested that GPOP hold a General Membership meeting at Occupy Philly as a way to increase our presence.

      Peter suggested that we have a more organized presence through a Green Party tent or table. Chris raised the concern that so much of our time is currently devoted to Cheri’s Campaign (see above), but that will end on November 8. Chris, Hillary, Peter and Richard were the only members present who volunteered to staff a tent or table. If any additional members are interested, they should contact 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org.

Voters Choice Act, SB21

      The Green Party is participating in lobbying for SB21 in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition, http://www.paballotaccess.org. This bill with change the definition of a Party so that Greens, Libertarians, etc., will not have such burdensome requirements for ballot access.
      Alex explained that this is a fantastic issue for Greens because the voters agree with us, and the politicians are opposed to what the voters want. Specifically, GPOP is trying to convince all six PA Senators from Philadelphia to endorse SB21.
      Alex has been in touch with Senator Anthony Williams, Belinda has been in touch with Senator LeAnna Washington, and Hugh Giordano has been in touch with Senator Vincent Hughes. Any Green Party member who would like a sample email to send to their Senator should contact Chris at chrisrecon@netzero.net.
      Bernadette, a Green from Chester County, offered to contact Senator John Rafferty, Esther offered to contact Senator Lawrence Farnese, and Christina and Dave will contact Senator Hughes.

      Peter was impressed with the presentation made by Pennsylvania Independents at GREEN NIGHT OUT on October 1, www.gpop.org/news/?p=485#more-485. They spoke about supporting SB21 in coalition with third parties.

Treasurer’s Report

Belinda said GPOP has $478.54 in the bank. Please send your contribution to “GPOP” to Treasurer Belinda Davis, 331 East Gowen Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19119, or make your donation on-line at http://www.gpop.org/news/?page_id=142.

GPOP City Committee Election

There are two vacancies on the Green Party City Committee. GPOP needs a Recording Secretary and one At-Large Member. For a description of these offices, please visit http://www.gpop.org/news/?page_id=47. Once again, our failure to achieve quorum prevented this election from taking place.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.

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