March 2021 Green Star


March 2021

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

Choose to Challenge, International Women’s Day, March 8 by Co-chair Beth Scroggin, Green Party of Pennsylvania

Welcome to March, a month during which we celebrate growth and progress! Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring, when plants and animals emerge from a long, cold winter, reminding us all of our natural resiliency. Additionally, countries around the world (regardless of hemisphere) observe International Women’s Day on March 8, an occasion whose roots extend back over a century, beginning with a declaration of the day from the Socialist Party of America.

Originally created as an opportunity for women to press their political demands, International Women’s Day has expanded to be a time to celebrate women’s achievements as well. In my mind, these purposes intermingle: as we celebrate women’s accomplishments in the social, economic, scientific, cultural, and political spheres, we recognize that we women build upon the achievements of those who came before us. Women who have fought for, and who continue to fight for gender equity (one of the Green Party’s 10 Key Values) clear space and create paths for the women of the future to succeed in the areas of their choosing.

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is “Choose to Challenge.” Ironically, this March marks the one-year anniversary of the challenge none of us chose: the day we reached a collective realization that we were in the midst of a global pandemic and life as we knew it was completely upended. Numerous articles have addressed the ways in which women have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Essential workers are more likely to be women, an unfortunate reality during a pandemic, but especially so in a country which devalues its essential workers in every possible way. Pay (particularly for women) and leave (particularly for child-rearing purposes) is severely inadequate. (show all)



GPPA News Highlights

edited by Chris Robinson

Green Party of Allegheny County (GPOAC) General Assembly and Convention

Meeting virtually on February 2, the members of GPOAC endorsed Connor Mulvaney as their candidate for Pittsburgh City Council District 4. Members also elected new delegates to GPPA and a new GPOAC Executive Committee: Chair Kelly Kuzemchak; Vice Chair Jay Ting Walker; Secretary Alexis Thompson; Working Groups/Action Coordinator Mike Stout; Neighborhoods Coordinator Dominic Bordelon; and Treasurer Chuck Ritz. (show all)


PA Greens Tracking Down New Candidates

“Unfortunately, our Commonwealth’s General Assembly in Harrisburg, PA, has become stuck in a rut,” complained newly-elected Co-Chair Beth Scroggin (Chester) of the Green Party of PA (GPPA, “Politicians from the two corporate parties have been ignoring the wishes of PA voters because they are enthralled by industry’s lobbyists. The people want universal healthcare, but Harrisburg listens to for-profit medicine; the people want an end to fracking, but Harrisburg is hungry for fossil-fuel money; the people want government reform and fair redistricting, but Harrisburg takes care of its own. The Green Party is now tracking down candidates who want to shake up the corporate parties by running for local office in 2021 and for the General Assembly in 2022.” (show all)


Connor Mulvaney Announces Run for Pittsburgh City Council District 4

‌ Organizer and mobility advocate Connor Mulvaney announced his intent to run for Pittsburgh City Council District 4 seat on January 29. The 27-year-old Brookline resident will be seeking the nomination of the Green Party with plans to appear on the ballot for the 2021 general election. “The most important issue we face is preparing to heal from this pandemic, while we figure out how we will prevent District 4 and the City of Pittsburgh from falling victim to similar crises again,” said Mulvaney. (show all)


Bucks County Green Party Elects 2021 Leaders

Meeting virtually on January 18, the members of the Bucks County Green Party elected new leaders for 2021. Terry Beitl and David Ochmanowicz were elected co-chairs of the party.


Campaign Updates

edited by Chris Robinson


Connor Mulvaney for Pittsburgh City Council, District 4

Connor told GREEN STAR, “We will begin collecting signatures on my nomination papers on March 10. Please give me a hand, if you live in Allegheny County. Thank you.” For more information visit his website and/or follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!




Team Updates

Finance Team by Noel Antonio Rivera 

Finance TeamAs the new co-leaders of the Finance Team, we plan to host two meetings each month via Zoom. The Finance Team manages the GPPA’s budget and merchandise and communicates with the Steering Committee and particularly the Treasurer to provide financial information and advice and facilitate compliance with the FEC. Our 2021 goals include raising funds for the GPPA with fundraisers, maintaining monthly sustainers, and adding 5 new sustainers per month starting from our current 60. Among other methods of generating revenue, we will support one targeted-issue fundraiser, and work with the Communications Team to keep good public relations while generating GPPA revenue. HERE.


GreenWave Team by Noel Antonio Rivera

GreenWavePlease invite anyone interested in running for office or volunteering for a Green Party campaign to join the Green Wave Team. We will begin our ballot access training for volunteers this month.

To join the Green Wave Team and get invited to future organizing calls, please visit HERE to receive call info or email for more information!


Communications Team by Chris Robinson and Tina Olson

Communications TeamThe ComTeam door is wide open. Just look at all the treasure: Instagram, news releases, Twitter, GREEN STAR, Facebook, and much, much more! Why not step inside? To join online, sign up HERE..


Core Team by By Sheri Miller and Kelly Kuzemchak

Core TeamCore team proposes Green Party rules, develops the platform, and manages the tools and systems that maintain the party and allow it to grow. If you are interested in helping, sign up HERE.



National Green News

edited by David Ochmanowicz

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Connecticut Green Party responds to Gov. Lamont's "unimaginative" budget

The Green Party's response to Governor Lamont is driven by two assumptions. First, that in a period characterized by a deadly pandemic, rampant unemployment, and the threat of large scale evictions, prioritizing new and creative solutions are the order of the day if the great majority of people living in Connecticut are to survive and prosper. Second, that Connecticut's super-wealthy should not profit from a pandemic that has laid waste to the lives of millions of working people, so increasing progressive taxes (like the income tax) and decreasing regressive taxes (like the sales tax) are a first, necessary step toward greater fairness in Connecticut's budget. (show all)


Support a Washington state public bank!

Presently all of the revenue of our state, local and tribal governments is deposited with private-sector banks. All of the financing that our various governments obtain is issued by those same banks. The profits from these two aspects of handling our money float off to the shareholders of those banks. With a public bank, the profits would be returned to us. What’s more, unlike a private-sector bank, a public bank could invest in projects that are in the public interest, just because they are in the public interest, and whether or not they earned the maximum possible return for the bank. (show all)


Mountain Party joins Appalachian People's Front

Mountain Party joins Appalachian People's Front On February 7, the State Executive Committee of the West Virginia Mountain Party voted to affiliate with the Appalachian People's Front (APF), a newly formed left-wing coalition dedicated to mutual aid, political education, and community organizing in West Virginia and surrounding states. Like the Mountain Party, APF is dedicated to grassroots organizing and the building of independent working-class institutions outside of the two-party system. (show all)


Saying goodbye & paying tribute TODAY to our dear Rev. Bruce Wright

The Rev. Bruce Wright has died from meningitis. He was 59 and is survived by his wife Barbara Wright and his children, Christina Wright and Michael Wright. Rev. Bruce Wright worked for decades in the #PoorPeoplesArmy, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, and Refuge Ministries. (show all)


Formation of the United States Green Party first affiliated disability caucus

The Indiana Green Party (INGP) held its coordinating committee meeting utilizing Zoom teleconferencing due to COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday, December 12. The creation of the Disability Caucus signifies a step towards inclusion and diversity for the INGP. The Disability Caucus foci include advocating for disability issues within the state of Indiana, promoting disability issues within the Green Party, and promoting the INGP to the disability community. (show all)



GPPA Coming Events

edited by Chris Robinson

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

March 1 through April 11-
War Abolition 101
Six week online course from Register in advance at:


March 1, 6:30 pm
Campaign Virtual Kickoff, Green Party of Montgomery County
For more information and Zoom link email: [email protected]


March 2, 6:30 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County Virtual General Assembly
More information from: [email protected]


March 3, 7:00 pm
Community News Reporting
First of six classes with Scribe Video Center
More information from:


March 4, 3:30 pm
Building & Maintaining Strong Coalitions
Online workshop, hosted by The Organizing Center


March 7, 2:30 pm
Divest Philly from the War Machine
Please RSVP here:


March 8
International Women’s Day
More information from:


March 8, 7:30 pm
Lackawanna County Green Party Virtual Winter Meeting
More information from:


March 10
First Day for PA Green Party Candidates to Circulate Nomination Paper
More information from: [email protected]


March 12, 6:00 pm
Lebanon County Green Party Virtual Meeting
More information from:


March 13, 11:00 am
Stop Banking the Bomb
PNC, 618 North Homewood Avenue, Homewood, PA.
More information from: [email protected]


March 13, 2:30 pm
Virtual Wildlife Traces and Forensics
Online Zoom from Little Buffalo State Park (Perry County) with the Park Naturalis.
Please RSVP in advance with Mindy at: [email protected]


March 13, 6:00 pm
GPPA Young EcoSocialists Game Night
GPPA youth caucus (35 years and under are welcome).
Please RSVP here:


March 14, noon
GPPA State Virtual Meeting
Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP to receive Zoom contact information
More information from:


March 15, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Montgomery County Virtual Meeting
More information from: [email protected]


March 21
UN Elimination of Racial Discrimination Day
More information from:


March 22
UN World Water Day


March 23, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Philadelphia Virtual Meeting
More information from: [email protected]


March 27, 11:00 am
Stop Banking the Bomb
Endorsed by the Green Party of Allegheny County
More information from: [email protected]


March 27, 3:00 pm
Green Party of Wayne County Meeting
More information from: [email protected]


March 27
Green Party of Berks County Virtual Meeting
For time and Zoom information, please RSVP to: [email protected]


April 6, 6:30 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County Virtual General Assembly
Zoom contact and more information from: [email protected]


GPPA Meeting Dates for 2021:

2021 Meetings will be held the second Sundays of: January, March, June, September, November. If March is in-person, it will be in Harrisburg. All State Web Conferences will be 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.

  • Sunday, March 14
  • Sunday, June 13
  • Sunday, September 12
  • Sunday, November 14

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 Events. We 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, Hal Brown, & Dave Ochmanowicz
CONTRIBUTORS: Sheri Miller, Tina Olson, Noel Antonio Rivera, Chris Robinson, Beth Scroggin, Garret Wasserman
LAYOUT: Tina Olson
GRAPHIC ARTS: Kevin Richardson




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