April 2020 Green Star


April 2020

Working toward a future where people and planet are valued, and our government represents all of us.

In an effort to protect Green voters from potential exposure to COVID-19, Green Party of Pennsylvania in-person Presidential caucuses have been cancelled. The caucuses will take place online during April. Any registered Green may request an online absentee ballot no later than April 14 at the following link: https://www.gpofpa.org/2020_caucus_ballot. For a complete explanation of the online caucus process, visit https://www.gpofpa.org/2020_caucus.

PA Greens Organize for 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

     “Earth Day, April 22, is important to members of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org),” said Chris Robinson, leader of GPPA’s communication team. “In past years, GPPA has held big events for Earth Day. I remember when we organized with our movement friends to hold Earth Day 2013 demonstrations at every regional office of the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) because they were not protecting the environment from the fossil fuel industry.”

     “This year,” continued Robinson, “PA Greens were prepared to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by participating with the Youth Climate Strike Coalition, https://strikewithus.org/, in disrupting the fossil fuel industry’s business as usual. Due to the global pandemic, PA Greens are now organizing alternatives.”

     “For the Green Party, Earth Day is every day,” said GPPA Recording Secretary Beth Scroggin of Chester County. “We recognize the existential crisis of climate change that we are currently facing as a planet, and we are the only political party that has the courage to address climate change head-on, willing to make the necessary changes, instead of fearfully pandering to the status quo and calling it ‘practicality.’"

     “My years working in the Green movement are the culmination of a social justice spirit that I garnered from attending the first Earth Day with 60,000 others on April 22, 1970, in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park,” recalled Chair Doug Mason of the Green Party of Centre County. “We went to celebrate our planet's environment and raise public awareness about pollution. Many of the 20 million who participated nationwide went on, like me, to pursue careers in ecological advocacy or to engage in related political activism.

     “The challenges on this 50th anniversary,” continued Mason, “include climate change, biodiversity loss and resource scarcity, and unfortunately, the policies of the duopoly fail to address such concerns adequately. Only the Green Party envisions a platform with planks that demand bold, immediate responses rather than the slow, incremental pace set by the two major parties. Ignore corporate green washing this Earth Day and join forces with a planet-wide political force that is our best chance of salvaging civilization and the rest of the biosphere. Register and vote Green in 2020 and beyond.”

     PA Greens are now joining with Youth Climate Strike Coalition to ask organizers to no longer physically mass mobilize for Earth Day and to instead think critically and creatively about how to engage their communities in disrupting business as usual through different and new tactics.


GPPA News Highlights   

  edited by Chris Robinson 

GPPA Spring Meeting

Forced by the world-wide pandemic to move their Spring Convention online, more than 20 GPPA delegates from more than ten counties met on 3/22 via Zoom. They were joined by more than 15 observers. The attending delegates decided by consensus to cancel the Green Party in-person Presidential Caucus in April and to hold the caucus via online ballots. (See "Green Events" for more details.) The delegates also decided to endorse a declaration by the Lavender Caucus of the Green Party of the United States. The Lavender Greens had objected to the Declaration on Women's Sex-Based Rights, which was circulated by the Green Party of Georgia. Want to know more? Then contact your county's delegate to GPPA.


The Rust Belt is Ground Zero in the Fight to Survive    by Ron Gavalik

Reasonable people understand, the United States must be delivered from the grips of corporate dominion and placed back into the hands of popular democracy. What most of us don’t realize is that struggle has centered in the Rust Belt region of the nation. . . . The world’s former epicenter of steel production in the Greater Pittsburgh area has now become the main battleground in the long fight to reclaim the nation’s moral progress from the grips of corporate fascism. Evidence of the ideological right-wing shift was recently demonstrated by the Allegheny County Democrats. That party’s establishment embraced an extreme slate of anti-choice, anti-environment, and anti-healthcare candidates during an endorsement meeting in February.(show all)


Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and the 2020 Olympics

The following is drawn from a Report to the National Committee, Green Party of the U.S. (GPUS) on February 17 by Tom Bailey, a member of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA), and Stephen Verchinski, a member of the Green Party of New Mexico. Both of the authors are elected delegates to the International Committee of the GPUS.(show all)


Campaign Updates   

  edited by Chris Robinson  


Garret Wassermann for PA Representative, District 45
Garret told GREEN STAR, “During March, I intend to work on some YouTube videos, blog posts, and letters-to-the-editor while we're inside. If you have any thoughts on topics for a post or video, or have a question you'd like me to answer, let us know, and we'll try to include your question in a future post or video!” For more information visit Garret’s campaign website: https://votegarret.org
    or his Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/VoteGarret/


Jay Ting Walker for PA Representative, District 23
Jay told GREEN STAR, “I'm the son of an immigrant single mother. Like so many other single parent households, we were a working poor family. I was always the kid who loved reading and asked tons of questions. My politics developed in college with exposure to environmental activism and Democracy Now. I've been a strong believer in racial justice from an early age due to amazing public school teachers. This combination of a working class perspective, exposure to progressive values, and a strong sense of racial justice have led to who I am today.” Connect with Jay’s campaign. For more information visit his Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/JayTingWalker
   or his website:  https://jaytingwalker.com


Three State-wide Green Party Candidates:


Tim Runkle for PA Treasurer
Tim told GREEN STAR, “In 2017, I ran for Elizabethtown Borough Council and Judge of Elections receiving 8.5% of the vote in the three-way race for Borough Council and winning the Judge of Elections office. In 2019, I won the Elizabethtown Tax Collector election through a write-in campaign. I chose not to assume the office.” Tim is chair of the Green Party of Lancaster County and treasurer of GPPA.


Richard L. Weiss, Esq. for PA Attorney General
Richard told GREEN STAR, “I was born in Pittsburgh. I have worked as an attorney for the Federal Government in Washington, DC, at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and in Indonesia on financing for development projects. While in Indonesia, I had the privilege of working on financing for the Sarulla Geothermal Power Project on behalf of the project company. Sarulla, in North Sumatra, is the largest geothermal project in Indonesia and one of the largest in the world.” Richard, a PA attorney since 1992, is a delegate to GPPA from the Green Party of Allegheny County.


Team Updates   

Finance Team by Tim Runkle

Finance TeamJoin HERE.   



GreenWave Team by Garret Wasserman

GreenWaveThe Green Wave Team has received the ballot access forms from the state and is now distributing to organizers across the state! We invite you to join our organizing teleconference call at 8pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month to learn how you can help start petitioning.

Sign up HERE to receive call info or email for more information!


Communications Team by Chris Robinson

Communications Team If you would like to join, please contact Chris at chrisrecon-at-netzero-dot-net; for the phone number, visit our website at https://www.gpofpa.org/, or to join online, sign up HERE.



Core Team by Sheri Miller

Core Team The Core Team, https://www.gpofpa.org/core_team, has added several new members and a new team leader. The Core Team will resume twice monthly calls, but at a new time: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 9 pm. Any Green Party members interested in helping with archives, bylaws, database, internal elections, platform, speakers bureau, technology, or website, please sign up here: HERE.


National Green News   

  edited by Gayle Morrow

Detroit 2020

Although many conferences and gatherings have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic it seems the National Green Party Conference coming up in July is still on. You should check the Web site regularly though because it appears we may be in for a very long period of the new normal.

The Green Party's 2020 Annual National Meeting / Presidential Nominating Convention will take place in Detroit, Michigan from July 9 – 12, 2020.(show all)


Washington Governor's Race

Liz Hallock running for Washington governor as a Green Party candidate  (show all)


New York’s 46th Senate District Race

Green Party Member Launches Bid For NY's 46th Senate District  (show all)


Springfield MO 135th District

Springfield [MO]Activist Vicke Kepling Offers 135th District Voters a Green Party Candidate  (show all)


U Buffalo student Green discusses their decision to stay Green

The problems with being a Green Party member and why I don’t plan on changing parties.  (show all)


New York’s 27th Congressional District

Antifascist Comedian Mike Gamms Gets New York Green Party Nod for NY27 Congressional Race.  (show all)


Montana Ballot

Greens qualify for Montana ballot.  (show all)


Global Green News   

  edited by Gayle Morrow

New Zealand

New Zealand's Greens pit teenage activist against PM Ardern for general election  (show all)


Green Party candidate makes pointed dig at 'arbitrary' voting age while celebrating 18th birthday.

“Turned 18 today and was suddenly transformed into an informed, responsible, politically engaged, member of society. I'm a completely different [sic] person to yesterday and fully understand why we picked the arbitrary age of 18 as the point where our system decides your voice has worth.”  (show all)


United Kingdom

How can the Green Party build relationships with the farming sector? A question US Greens should be pondering as well.  (show all)



Hamburg election: Greens make major gains, AfD support falls.  (show all)


If you have ever lived or visited Germany then you know how sacred their no speed limit autobahns are. Green push for autobahn speed limit fails in Bundestag.  (show all)



A non-binary astrophysicist named Amita Kuttner has announced they’re running to be the next leader of Canada’s Green Party.  (show all)


GPPA Coming Events   

  edited by Chris Robinson

Green Party events are in GREEN. Other Movement events are in RED.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: PA Green Party Presidential Caucus
The PA Green Party Presidential Caucus will take place online during April. No later than April 14, any registered Green may request an online absentee ballot here, https://www.gpofpa.org/2020_caucus_ballot. This is a complete explanation of the online caucus process, https://www.gpofpa.org/2020_caucus.

SCHEDULE OF COUNTY GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CAUCUSES April 4, Lancaster Greens, CANCELED; April 5, Lackawanna Greens, CANCELED; April 7, Allegheny Greens, CANCELED; April 18, Centre Greens, CANCELED; April 21, Philadelphia Greens, CANCELED; April 25, Central PA Regional Greens, CANCELED; April 26, Chester Greens, CANCELED; and April 29, Erie Greens, CANCELED.


April 3, 10, 17 and 24
Climate Crisis Awareness Rally
Lincoln Square in Gettysburg (York Street crossing)
Hosted by Adams County Green Party in solidarity with Greta Thunburg's worldwide climate awareness movement.
More information from: https://www.facebook.com/events/2206600726129147/


April 4, 1;00 PM
We Cried Power, A Documentary
Preview screening by Marcellus Butler Outreach, Public Library, 218 North McKean Street, Butler, PA.


April 6
Green Party of Chester County Meeting
More information from: [email protected]


April 7
Green Party of Allegheny County General Assembly
More information from: [email protected]


April 14
DEADLINE to Request a GPPA Absentee Ballot
Any registered Green may request an online absentee ballot from:


April 18 until April 19
PA Cannabis Festival
POSTPONED until October 3 -- 4.
More information from: https://www.penncannafest.com/


April 20, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Montgomery County Meeting
Rm. 347, Easton Hall, Arcadia University
450 South Easton Road, Glenside, PA.
More information from: [email protected]


April 21, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Philadelphia Membership Meeting
Location and More information from: [email protected]


April 22, 5:00 pm
Lackawanna Earth Day Cleanup with Lackawanna County Greens
Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, 213 Railroad Avenue, Scranton, PA.
More information from: [email protected]


April 22 thru April 24
Earth Day Climate Actions
Youth Climate Strike
April 22, Mass Mobilization
April 23, Stop the Money
April 24, Political Action
More information from: https://strikewithus.org/


April 25, noon
Protest at Drone War Command
Brandywine Peace Community, Bucks County Green Party, Montgomery County Green Party,
Green Party of Philadelphia: [email protected]
Air Guard Station
Easton Road (#611) at County Line Road, Horsham, PA
More information from: http://www.brandywinepeace.com/events


May 4, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Chester County Virtual Meeting
More information from: [email protected]


May 5, 6:00 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County General Assembly
Panera Bread, 3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA
More information from: [email protected]


GPPA Meeting Dates for 2020:

  • June (virtual) - Sunday June 7
  • September (in-person, retreat) - Saturday/Sunday September 12/13
  • November, Post-Election Day (virtual) - Sunday November 15

Web Conferences are online - RSVP to get connection information.  The locations for in-person conferences are to be determined.  In-person conferences can be hosted by counties, county groups or regions. These events are fundraisers.  When hosted locally, the host group receives back half of the revenue after expenses.  To apply for hosting, submit your info to our Application for Local Hosting of GPPA State Meetings or GPPA-Sponsored EventsWe strive for geographic diversity in reviewing applications, however, all submissions are considered.


Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team & Media Committee 

Issue Credits:

EDITORS: Chris Robinson & Gayle Morrow;  
CONTRIBUTORS: Tim Runkle, Garret Wasserman, Ron Gavalik, Sheri Miller, & Chris Robinson;
LAYOUT: Sheri Miller, Dannee Schoepfer, & Hal Brown  
GRAPHIC ARTS: Kevin Richardson 



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