January 2020 Green Star


January 2020

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

Planet Over Money in 2020... and Beyond
  by GPPA Co-chair Alan Smith

As Australia and New Zealand celebrate a new year before the rest of the world, one begs the question, are they living in the future? No, they are just on a different part of the planet. Time is something we have constructed to represent the movement of this planet on its axis and its movement around the sun. This construct, this tool, however has been used to subjugate, exploit and destroy people and planet.

From obsessions with deadlines to obsessions with efficiency, our species has reeked havoc on itself and the planet as a whole. Yet, the idea of having reverence for this planet is timeless. As we celebrate a new year, a new decade, I encourage us to think about engaging in timeless activities, and living timeless lives. The new year will be full of deadlines, and all sorts of other ways in which this construct of time will used to rule our lives. Yet, I encourage us to be more focused on LIFElines, to help each other, and rescue this planet from our destructive ways. It is also important to cherish each moment. I know this all too well as this time last year I was mourning the passing of my mother.

sankofa.jpgThe past and the future live in our minds as constructs. How we chose to think about the past and future greatly effects what we do in the present. Shared here is a drawing of mine inspired by a West African symbol called the "Sankofa bird." It is a bird with its feet pointed toward the future, but with its neck craned back. It represents taking what is good from the past and bringing it into the future, learning from the past.

The future can look bleak or bright. When I look at this past decade I am encouraged. One of highlights of these past 10 years was born out of the bleakest moments. The Occupy Movement of 2011 a response to the financial crash of 2008-9. It ushered in an awakening worldwide that the planet was more important than profit, that glacier ice sheets were more important than financial spreadsheets. Since then there's been a increase in worldwide attention to and activism against the economic, social, and environmental injustices wrought by capitalism, militarism, and other -isms.

As an educator, I know that changes can take years or they can take only seconds. There's no simple formula for having the light bulb going off in students' heads. Our constructs of time have no bearing on the changes we seek. Change is not bound by time. The 4 pillars and 10 Key Values that we hold dear as Greens are timeless and my commitment to them is likewise. My new year message: Planet over money in 2020....and beyond.


GPPA News Highlights   

  edited by Chris Robinson 

PA Greens support formation of Federal Renewable Energy Commission (FREC)

On December 1, the Steering Committee of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) endorsed the formation of a Federal Renewable Energy Commission (FREC). This newly created national agency would have the mission of organizing the Green New Deal and creating a sustainable energy structure for the U.S. (show all)



Jill Stein Sues to Reopen PA Election Security Case

PHILADELPHIA - Jill Stein and the 2016 recount team filed a motion [on 11/26] in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA to enforce the settlement agreement in Stein v. Cortés by ordering the PA Department of State to immediately decertify the ES&S ExpressVote XL voting machine. Leading election integrity experts including Dr. J. Alex Halderman agree that the deeply flawed ExpressVote XL violates the 2018 settlement of the Stein recount lawsuit guaranteeing all PA voters the right to voter-verifiable, auditable paper ballots by the 2020 election. “After the ExpressVote XL’s disastrous debut on election night, when it was observed reporting incorrect vote totals in Northampton County, we offered the state one last chance to do right by voters by voluntarily decertifying the machine,” said Stein. “It’s even more troubling to consider that these flawed machines could swing elections to the wrong winners in less obvious ways that observers might not even notice.” The ExpressVote XL was used in Philadelphia and Northampton counties on November 5 and has been selected by Cumberland County. Please read more here, (show all)


GPOAC Forms 3 Working Groups

Members of the Green Party of Allegheny County (GPOAC) formed three working groups at their November general assembly: the Clean Energy/Anti-Nuclear Working Group; the Anti-Fracking and Anti-Petrochemical Working Group; and the Anti-War Working Group. Volunteers for each working group will meet outside of the general assembly to determine a plan of action for GPOAC in 2020. Working groups can decide the best way to work together, which may be in-person meetings, phone conferences, or other methods convenient for its members. If you’re interested in joining any working group, please contact the GPOAC executive committee at [email protected]. (show all)


Greens Table at Lancaster Pride

Photo shows (left to right) Tim Runkle, Nick Prete and Alex Noyle.






Campaign Updates   

  edited by Sheri Miller  

Green Party of PA candidates for State Treasurer, Auditor General, and/or Attorney General will be selected at the GPPA January Webconference.  Come join us and share in the excitement as we kick off of a great campaigning year - 2020!  



National Green News   

  edited by Gayle Morrow

The Green New Deal

“The Green New Deal will convert the old, gray economy into a new, sustainable economy that is environmentally sound, economically viable and socially responsible. It seeks to solve the climate crisis by combining quick action to get to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and 100% renewable energy by 2030 along with an ‘Economic Bill of Rights’ – the right to single-payer healthcare, a guaranteed job at a living wage, affordable housing and free college education.” (show all)



Big Green Project!! Or is it? Bonus: Discussion of RCV Green Party calls for authorities to kill $1 billion hydropower project.(show all)



In light of the recent propensity in the U.S. to divide ourselves on one side or another, creating a contentious us vs them atmosphere that appears to permeate every facet of our lives, I have set out this month to highlight how Greens are truly of one mind all over the world. We need to remind ourselves of this occasionally to stay grounded.

One young Green candidate, encouraging others. 

Even though he is Canadian, he has an inspiring story of what to expect and how to grow, while remaining persistent, good advice to any U.S. Green candidate. (show all)


Why older people everywhere should vote Green.

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Sound familiar?

Greens will write-off student debt. (show all)


Global Green News   

  edited by Gayle Morrow


Sometimes it is good to go back to your roots to be informed of your history and to get grounded. For example, did you know that the first Green Parties were established in 1972 in Tasmania and New Zealand? Thought it was the U.S., didn’t you? Read more about the organizational history of the Global Greens. (show all)



Green Party Climate & Energy “Platform” The UK had another election December 12, called by Boris Johnson. The parties published their manifestos [platform] before the day of the election. Here are the UK Green Party climate and energy policies, which speak of funding the changes needed, somewhat different from the U.S. GP that seems to set goals but leaves the mention of funding to individual candidates. (show all)


Green Party Election Results

Green Party [UK] piled on more votes than any other party in climate election with a 60% surge. (show all)


Familiar name…

Seems the U.S. isn’t the only place the Family Sanders puts forth a candidate. Larry Sanders, UK Greens spokesperson for health & social care, and the brother of U.S. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, attended a pre-election event on the Isle of Wight. (show all)


GPPA Coming Events   

  edited by Chris Robinson

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


January 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 11:30 pm
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.


January 3, 11:00 am
Stop Banking the Bomb
PNC Tower, 300 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
Endorsed by the Green Party of Allegheny County: [email protected]


January 6, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Chester County Virtual Meeting
Interested parties should contact [email protected]


January 6, 7:30 pm
Tara Yaney Swearing-in Ceremony
Edgewood Borough Office, 2 Race Street, Swissvale, PA
More information from [email protected]


January 7, 6:00 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County General Assembly
Panera Bread, 3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA
More information from [email protected]


January 12, noon
GPPA Delegates Virtual Meeting
Delegates will elect GPPA officers for 2020. All interested members of the public may attend to learn more about the Green Party.
Please register in advance at: https://www.gpofpa.org/2020_01_conf


January 13, 6:00 pm
Meet Councilperson Tara Yaney
The Loft, 1118 South Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh. Meet newly elected Tara and share ideas.
Sponsored by the Green Party of Allegheny County: [email protected]


January 18, 11:00 am
Stop Banking the Bomb
PNC, 236 Shiloh Street, Pittsburgh, PA.
Endorsed by the Green Party of Allegheny County:
[email protected].


January 20
Martin Luther King Day of Action
  8:00 am
, Philadelphia, Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive.
 12:00 Noon, King of Prussia, Brandywine Peace Nonviolent Action, Lockheed Martin, 230 Mall Boulevard.


January 20, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Montgomery County Meeting
More information from [email protected]


January 25, 9:00 am
Green Party of Lancaster County Meeting
Folklore Coffee Company, One North Market Street, Elizabethtown.
More information from [email protected]
Please RSVP at https://www.gpofpa.org/2019_jan_lancaster


January 28, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Philadelphia Membership Meeting
For the location, please contact [email protected]


February 3, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Chester County Meeting
Interested parties should contact [email protected]


February 4, 6:00 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County General Assembly
Panera Bread, 3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA
More information from [email protected]


February 17, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Montgomery County Meeting
501 South Easton Road, Wyncote, PA.
More information from [email protected]


February 25, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Philadelphia Membership Meeting
For the location, please contact [email protected]



GPPA Meeting Dates for 2020:

  • January Webconference (online, officer elections, 2020 state candidate selection) - Sunday January 12, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
  • Spring Conference and Presidential Forum (in-person two-day conference), March 21-22  - Harrisburg, PA
  • Summer Webconference (online) - Sunday June 7
  • Fall Conference & Retreat (in-person) - Saturday/Sunday September 12/13
  • Year-End Webconference, Post-Election Day (online) - Sunday November 15

Web Conferences are online - RSVP to get connection information.&nbsp. Visit the GPPA events calendar to RSVP. 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, & Sheri Miller   
LAYOUT: Sheri Miller & Dannee Schoepfer 
GRAPHIC ARTS: Kevin Richardson 



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