Choose to Challenge, International Women’s Day, March 8

  
 Green Party of Pennsylvania
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 15, 2021
 
CONTACT:
Chris Robinson, Communication Team
267-977-0570 and [email protected] 
 
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.  
 
Hospitals are dangerously understaffed; therefore, frontline workers are overworked and exhausted. Adding insult to injury, our government’s despicably atrocious handling of the pandemic led to hospitals being overwhelmed with patients. Schools and childcare facilities have had to determine how to care for and educate children with little to no guidance from government officials. Pressure mounted from the general public’s desperation to send their children back to school so that they could go back to work, because our government provided pathetically inconsequential economic support to families. Additionally, our government did almost nothing to support small businesses, and some of the hardest-hit industries (restaurants, childcare facilities, beauty salons, hotels) are disproportionately staffed by women.  
 
Aside from our workplace challenges, we women are also more likely to be homemakers and caretakers, desperately trying to keep our homes in order for our families, who are spending a lot more time there. Studies have shown that even in two-parent households in which both parents work full-time jobs, women do more housework and spend more hours on childcare, which is no different during a pandemic.  As a single mother and public school teacher, I certainly find myself asking, “How can I choose to challenge anything when so much challenge is being thrust upon me now more than ever?”
 
Women across the world, as well as those right here in Pennsylvania, offer inspiration to others as they choose to challenge what currently exists and push us toward what could and should be. Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand (for whom the Green Party provided confidence and supply), challenged the citizens of New Zealand to follow quarantine measures during the pandemic, inspiring them with her empathy and supporting public health professionals by supplying what they needed. Similarly, Green Party Prime Minister of Iceland Katrin Jakobsdottir challenged Iceland’s citizens to take collective responsibility for fighting COVID-19 while providing free testing and equal access to healthcare with a strong public health system. Even in the midst of the pandemic, 18-year-old activist Greta Thunberg continued to challenge world leaders to take immediate action against climate change, and refused to settle for anything less than what is necessary to preserve our planet for future generations.  
 
Here in PA, Cheri Honkala continues to challenge local officials to end homelessness and poverty, while inspiring others to join her Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign to fight for what all people deserve.  All across our state, women are choosing to challenge corporations who are building pipelines in their backyards. In Huntingdon County, Ellen and Elise Gerhart have been directly interfering with Sunoco’s construction of a pipeline on their property. The construction of that same pipeline is being challenged in Chester County by the women-led Uwchlan Safety Coalition and Mama Bear Brigade. In central PA, Malinda Clatterbuck and her husband lead Lancaster Against Pipelines, which fights against the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. While all of the aforementioned women are choosing different challenges in different areas, what unites them is the choice to fight to save people’s lives.
 
This month, I challenge myself and all women to stand for the Green Party’s 10 Key Values, whether through direct action, raising awareness, donating to a worthy cause, supporting a local campaign, or volunteering to help us build the Green Party of Pennsylvania.  However, on those days when you’re fighting feelings of inadequacy despite giving your best effort to all you hold dear, challenge those negative feelings and be proud of yourself for all that you do and all that you are.
The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s Four Pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org. Please follow GPPA on social media:
Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/gpofpa/; Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/pagreenparty/; and Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA
For additional information, please see:
Ten Key Values, Green Party of the United States, https://www.gp.org/ten_key_values;

International Women’s Day, Choose to Challenge, https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

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PA Greens Tracking Down New Candidates

  

 Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, January 30, 2021

 

CONTACT:
Chris Robinson, Communication Team
267-977-0570 and [email protected]
or
Tina Olson, [email protected] 

 

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, www.gpofpa.org).  “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,” ventured Scroggin. “More than ever, the voters need candidates who represent them, not corporations. Green Party candidates do not accept corporate contributions. As elected officials, therefore, Greens will not be beholden to corporate donors. Because we exist outside of the two-party system, Green Party candidates do not play along in partisan us-versus-them games. The Green Party is seeking candidates who will represent people, the planet, and peace over profit.”

 

“We are looking for progressive minded individuals, committed to positive change in our society as well as politics,” said GPPA Steering Committee Member Noel Antonio Rivera (Berks). “The Green Party needs new voices devoted to communicating our Ten Key Values to show voters that there are more options.”

“One of the Ten Key Values of the Green Party is Grassroots Democracy, which simply means putting the power back into the hands of the people by supporting everyday folks from varying backgrounds to run for office,” offered GPPA Co-chair Tina Olson (Lehigh Valley). “For too long we’ve had the same people hold up progress in the name of maintaining the status quo. I encourage everyone to consider themselves a possible candidate to get involved with campaigns because a representative democracy requires participation.” 

 

“Green Wave is an initiative by the GPPA to support our Green candidates for office and help grow our local parties,” explained Green Wave Co-leader Garret Wasserman (Allegheny).As we enter 2021, we're gearing up to help create a green wave of candidates in this year's municipal elections. Green Wave goals for 2021 call for 35 local candidates running on November 2. This will be a great improvement over the ten local candidates endorsed by Green Wave in 2017. Green Wave is also recruiting strong candidates to run for office during 2022.

 

There are currently 14 elected Green Party office holders in PA. Of that total, 12 will be up for re-election this year. Green Wave will support those incumbents who are seeking re-election, along with new candidates who are interested in running for office in 2021 for the first time. Wasserman said, “We invite all local Green activists and volunteers to join our bimonthly virtual meetings where we discuss organizing strategy and how to best grow the Green movement. Our virtual meetings often include volunteer and organizer training. We welcome new activists to come and get started with Green Wave.”

 

To learn more about running for office as a Green Party candidate, please contact GPPA Green Wave at [email protected] or visit https://www.gpofpa.org/team_greenwave_join. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s Four Pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org. Please follow GPPA on social media:
Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/gpofpa/,
Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/pagreenparty/ and
Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA.

 

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BROOKLINE, PA, MOBILITY ADVOCATE CONNOR MULVANEY ANNOUNCES RUN FOR DISTRICT 4, PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCIL

Connor Mulvaney
for Pittsburgh City Council

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, January 29, 2021

 

CONTACT:
Matt Nemeth,
Connor for Council Media Coordinator, [email protected]


Chris Robinson, GPPA Communication Team
267-977-0570 and [email protected]. 

 

BROOKLINE, PA, MOBILITY ADVOCATE CONNOR MULVANEY ANNOUNCES RUN FOR DISTRICT 4, PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCIL 

 

PITTSBURGH, PA | Organizer and mobility advocate Connor Mulvaney announced his intent to run for Pittsburgh City Council’s 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. We must build resilience in ways that are meaningful for peoples' everyday lives, such as keeping our streets safe and clear, keeping the lights on, and ensuring our families are fed and in good health. We can do all of this and more with a bold approach to policy,” said Mr. Mulvaney.

 

He aims to make equitable urban planning and affordable mass transit expansion priorities if elected to office and believes it is currently too difficult for many city residents to get food, medical care, or social contact.  

 

“We can be more assertive of our public transit infrastructure with more dedicated bus lanes or bike lanes, and really start to recenter our city around mobility for people to safely get around in the way that they choose instead of only the way that poor urban planning of the 20th century has chosen for them,” Mr. Mulvaney explained.

 

Mr. Mulvaney recognized the importance of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and economic depression, especially since both have led the city to the edge of a budget crisis compounding numerous existing issues. 

 

He seeks to reverse cuts that have been made to the critical Departments of Equity and Inclusion, Public Works and Mobility, and Infrastructure, arguing city residents’ tax dollars should be prioritized on strengthening the services and infrastructure neighborhoods need.

 

“Projects and maintenance are being delayed, and we need to plan for how we will address the most immediate impacts such as snow removal or emergency repairs in the coming year,” Mr. Mulvaney asserted.

 

Other focuses of Mr. Mulvaney’s campaign will include tackling water and air pollution and strengthening the protections of renters and homeowners against predatory developers. He wants to make sure everyone in District 4 will be prepared to face the uncertainties of the 21st century together.  

 

“Our city must heal interpersonally and spiritually, but also materially. It's well documented that Pittsburgh is not the most livable city for everyone, but we can't shrug our shoulders and say we'll do better. We have the means to be better right now, all we need is the will to accept the responsibility of the institutions we inherit and the insistence on doing what is right,” Mr. Mulvaney said.

 

Mr. Mulvaney is currently a union laborer and civic organizer. He has a bachelor’s degree from Point Park University and a Master’s in Sustainability from Chatham University.  His research and organizing work for Re-Imagine! Beaver County focuses on sustainable development in Southwestern Pennsylvania that creates more equitable and resilient communities.

More information about Connor Mulvaney’s Campaign for Pittsburgh City Council can be found at https://www.connor4pgh.com. To volunteer for Mulvaney’s Campaign, please visit https://www.connor4pgh.com/get-involved

 

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Introducing the New Leaders of PA’s Green Party

  
Green Party of Pennsylvania
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
 
CONTACT: 
Chris Robinson, Communication Team 
267-977-0570 and [email protected]. 
 
Introducing the New Leaders of PA’s Green Party
 
By Beth Scroggin and Tina Olson.
 
Happy New Year, everyone!  We are delighted to have been elected as co-chairs of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) and hope to build our party in strength and numbers.  Now, more than ever, we need to elect Green Party candidates and advocate for Green values at every available opportunity. As the new co-chairs of GPPA, we would like to introduce ourselves to those who don’t already know us.
 
I, Beth Scroggin, have been working with the GPPA since 2016, when I founded the Chester County Green Party.  In 2017, I was elected as a national delegate to the Green Party of the United States (GPUS, www.gp.org)  as well as to the GPPA Steering Committee as a member at large  The following year, I was elected to serve as GPPA secretary, which I have done for the last three years.  Since 2016, I have worked on Green candidates’ campaigns and have represented my local Green Party at demonstrations opposing war and promoting the care of our planet.  I have worked as a math teacher at a public junior-senior high school for the last 14 years, and I care a great deal about educating children, as well as ensuring that all employees are represented and advocated for by a strong union.  On a daily basis, I try to represent the Green Party and embody its values here in Chester County, where I live with my boyfriend, Jason and my 11-year-old daughter, Lilith.
  
I, Tina Olson, came into the GPPA this past summer like many others fed up with the lack of representation of progressive politics from the Democratic Party. As a former registered Independent voter, I volunteered and canvassed for Democrats for over a decade. After the disturbing nomination of Joe Biden, I proudly re-registered for the Green Party. As a life-long activist, I’ve helped organize various campaigns, petitions, and protests. I also organized family-friendly music festivals while advocating for early literacy and promoting young artists. My first presidential vote went to Ralph Nader and after two decades, I’m excited to fully realize the necessity of building up candidates outside of the failing two-party system. I can safely say that in the months since I became an active member, I have been incredibly inspired by the people I have met and hope to continue to build the GPPA as a strong political body. This includes building a local chapter in the Lehigh Valley (Northampton and Lehigh counties). At home, in Hellertown, I am the mother of four amazing people: Darius, 22, Holden,18, Oliver, 16, and Violet,13.
 
We are so grateful to our previous co-chairs, Sheri Miller and Alan Smith, for all of their hard work and inspiration. Sheri has done a tremendous amount of work to organize the party internally, ensuring that our policies and procedures are clear and easy to follow, helping us to easily bring new members and their excitement and energy into the fold.  Alan has always provided a living, breathing example of Green values personified. To every meeting and decision, Alan brought careful consideration and clarity, and had a knack for expressing his values in a way that inspired admiration for him, and inspiration to live the ideals of “People, Planet, and Peace over Profit.”
 
We were elected by the 24 Green Party delegates from 12 county chapters of the GPPA, who met virtually on January 10 to conduct party business. Here are the results of the election:
Co-chair Beth Scroggin (Chester);
Co-chair Tina Olson (Lehigh Valley);
Secretary Kelly Kuzemchak (Allegheny);
Member at Large Noel Antonio Rivera (Berks);
Member at Large Tre Schumacher (Philadelphia); and 
Member at Large Jay Walker (Allegheny). 
[Tim Runkle’s term in office as GPPA Treasurer does not expire until the end of 2021.]

Please welcome our new GPPA Steering Committee!
The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s Four Pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org. Please follow GPPA on social media: 
Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/gpofpa/
Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/pagreenparty/ and 
Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA
 
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Green Party Supports Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Green Party of Pennsylvania
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
 
CONTACT:
Chris Robinson, Communication Team
267-977-0570 and [email protected]. 
 
Green Party Supports Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons
On January 22, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) will go into effect after ratification by 53 nations and with the support of 599 peace organizations, including the Green Party (GPUS, www.gp.org). The Treaty will make it illegal for any nation to develop, test, manufacture, transfer, possess, stockpile, use or threaten to use nuclear weapons. It will also prohibit any nation from allowing nuclear weapons to be stationed on its territory.
At the present time, there are 13,400 nuclear warheads threatening the world’s population (5,800 by the U.S.). The U.S. is the only country to have used nuclear weapons in war. In the final days of World War II, it detonated two atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing more than 200,000 people. Many thousands more died in the years following the attacks from illnesses caused by their exposure to radiation from the bombs. Almost all of the victims were civilians.

In 2010, U.S. President Barack H. Obama (Democrat) began a $1.2 trillion rebuild of the Pentagon’s nuclear arsenal. U.S. President Donald J. Trump (Republican) submitted a FY 2021 budget request for nuclear weapons totaling $44.5 billion. 
There can be no peace with this nuclear sword hanging over the world and its citizens. The Green Party’s Peace Action Committee (GPAX) on July 6, 2020,  endorsed the Green Party World Peace Platform, which says, in part, “The Green Party calls for the abolition of nuclear weapons through legislative and diplomatic means. Until that goal can be accomplished, our government must adopt a no-first-strike policy and no-preemptive strike policy. Our government must abide by all nuclear arms control treaties that limit proliferation, improve safeguards, and reduce sizes of nuclear arsenals leading to elimination, such as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) . . . . Our government must honor its commitments to end the research, testing and stockpiling of all nuclear weapons of any size; and dismantle all nuclear warheads from their missiles.”
On August 6, 2020, the 75th anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, Green Party candidate for President, Howie Hawkins, wrote, “Very few Americans know about [the TPNW] because none of the leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties and none of their presidential or senatorial candidates are addressing this crisis. None of them oppose [Obama’s] nuclear modernization program. None have proposals to reverse the new nuclear arms race. None have objected to the use of nuclear weapons in U.S. foreign and military policy. Every time U.S. leaders say, ‘All options are on the table,’ the threat of a nuclear strike is implied. . . . Voting for the lesser evils among these candidates is still voting for the nuclear arms race and endless wars. Voting Green is voting for peace initiatives that offer a way out of this march toward nuclear doomsday.”
Chris Robinson (Philadelphia), a Green Party member, said, “I am so glad that TPNW will finally go into force. I became an activist for peace during the 1960s when I refused to participate in the nuclear bomb drills held in Philadelphia’s public schools. As soon as I learned about a new peace party being formed, I joined the Green Party because of its anti-militarism platform. Now, I am a Green Party representative to Divest Philly from the War Machine, which is working to have the Philadelphia Pension Fund divest from investments in nuclear weapons.”
Events in Celebration of TPNW Entry into Force
Justin Bell, a member of the City Committee of the Green Party of Philadelphia, said, “Greens of Philadelphia, even though Trump is out, we know there is no time for rest. A Democratic war hawk and a Republican war hawk are all the same to us. Joe Biden was a leader in the push for the war in Iraq. The time is now to create a movement across the globe that is anti-nuclear weaponry. We can do our part by showing up at the Federal Building, 6th & Arch Streets, at noon on 1/22, the day the TPNW goes into effect. We need a mass gathering to show our legislators that the people support this measure. If we come out in force, it will prompt political leaders to make more of an effort when drafting laws to include anti-war measures.”  
January 18 at noonDr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Time of Nonviolent Action at Lockheed Martin, King of Prussia, PA, to Celebrate the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty Entering Into Force;
January 22 at 11:30 am, PNC: Divest From Nukes Now at The Tower at PNC Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA, https://www.facebook.com/events/715272276071920;
January 22 at noon, PHILADELPHIA Area Announcement of U.N. Nuclear Ban Treaty Entry Into Force in front of Byrne U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia, https://www.facebook.com/events/838645053622733; and
The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s Four Pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org.
Please follow GPPA on social media: 
For additional information, please see:
The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, International Committee Against Nuclear Weapons, https://www.icanw.org/the_treaty;
Divest Philly from the War Machine, World Beyond War, https://worldbeyondwar.org/divestphilly/;
“The Nuclear Ban Treaty Will Enter Force” by Ryan Swan, Green Party Peace Action Committee (GPAX), https://gpax.gpus.org/nuclear-ban-treaty-will-enter-force/;  
“Reverse the Nuclear Arms Race” by Howie Hawkins and Madelyn Hoffman, Counterpunch, August 6, 2020, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/08/06/reverse-the-new-nuclear-arms-race/
Green Party’s World Peace Platform, endorsed by Green Party Peace Action Committee (GPAX), July 6, 2020, https://gpus.org/committees/peace-action/the-green-partys-world-peace-platform/;
Complete List of All U.S. Nuclear Weapons, June 12, 2020, http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Usa/Weapons/Allbombs.html;

White House Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2021 Nuclear Weapons Spending, March 20, 2020, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, https://armscontrolcenter.org/white-house-budget-request-for-fiscal-year-2021-nuclear-weapons-spending/; and

Fact Sheet: An Enduring Commitment to the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent, White House Press Secretary, November 17, 2010, https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2010/11/17/fact-sheet-enduring-commitment-us-nuclear-deterrent
Update: 01/15/2021: Added the event  "PNC: Divest From Nukes" in Pittsburgh sponsored by the Stop Banking the Bomb coalition which includes the Green Party of Allegheny County.
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Don't burn Tracy Ridge in Allegheny National Forest

PHILADELPHIA – There is potentially a very harmful outcome waiting to happen in a well-known hiking area and recreational retreat known as Tracy Ridge. Tracy Ridge is located just south of the New York/ Pennsylvania state border in the beautiful Allegheny National Forest (ANF). 

According to the U.S. Forest Service, there is a proposed plan to have a “prescribed burn” at Tracy Ridge. Their proposed plan is to burn the current ecosystem there. They say this will help promote the regeneration of the oak tree population. This proposal by the U.S. Forest Service has attracted a lot of negative attention, particularly among environmental organizations and the Green Party of Pennsylvania, (GPPA). 

Green Party of Pennsylvania
https://www.gpofpa.org/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 24, 2020

CONTACT:
Chris Robinson, Communication Team, [email protected]


According to Richard Hatfield, the ANF’s Bradford District ranger, “utilizing prescribed fire for oak regeneration and maintenance is a fairly standard tool.” However, the question that arises is will this cause more damage to the already fragile ecosystem and fight against the current climate crisis?

Chris Robinson (Philadelphia), of the GPPA Communication Team,  pointed out that “the Green Party Platform says, ‘From oxygen production to water conservation to carbon sinks to stratospheric ozone regulation to medicines and homes for all kinds of creatures, forests are indispensable to human and animal life and must be protected.’ Therefore, the Green Party calls for actions to protect our forests, including “overhaul state and U.S. Forest Service rules to protect our forests and use them wisely’ and ‘restructure all federal and state land use policies so that our practices become environmentally sustainable.’”

The first, of potentially several burns at Tracy Ridge is scheduled to make its debut in spring of 2021. However, the details for said burn have not been made clear. Barbara Laxon (McKean County), a member of the GPPA Steering Committee, stated in a comment to the Forest Service, “so we are told that we will have a few burns every ‘few’ years. How many is ‘few’? And to continue for how long? [….] And who benefits from an increase in oak over other species? Not the public.”

“In my opinion, the ANF biodiversity which already exists would be destroyed, including the nests of our most protected national bird – the Bald Eagle,” said Noah Alter, a Green Party member from Westmoreland County. “Moreover,with the current climate crisis, the evergreen population found at Tracy Ridge is able to pull more CO2 from the air which helps to provide for a cleaner environment for our Commonwealth as well as surrounding states.These trees are pivotal in the fight against climate change. Oak trees, on the other hand, are only active in pulling out harmful chemicals from the air during the months when leaves are on the trees. Hence, the evergreen population is much more beneficial for the current and well-established biodiversity and contributes significantly more in the fight against climate change. I believe that the benefits of retaining the evergreens seriously outweighs the proposal of destroying an ecosystem with the hopes of replacing it with more deciduous trees which would not be nearly as beneficial.”

 “While I understand that the prescribed burn is intended to help biodiversity, such a fire can also completely devastate the local ecosystem,” said Doug Mason, a leader of Centre County Green Party and Progressive Greens of Central PA. “This outcome can adversely impact the animals, insects, soil and water in the Tracy Ridge area. The stream water may even receive pollution from the smoke and ash. Without fish, there are fewer options for animals. This cycle continues until there is nothing left, the biome starts restoring itself, or everything leaves because the resources are so few. The Allegheny National Forest is already stressed by human pressure. Therefore, I say, ‘No,’ to the prescribed burn on Tracy Ridge.” 

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s Four Pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org. Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/gpofpa/Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/pagreenparty/and Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA

For additional information, please see:

“Platform,” Green Party of the U.S., III. Ecological Sustainability, L. Forestry Practices,
https://www.gp.org/ecological_sustainability/#esForestry ; 

“Forest Service Proposes Fires in Part of Allegheny National Forest to Help Oaks Grow” by Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,  October 13, 2020, https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2020/10/13/oak-tree-regeneration-Allegheny-National-Forest-prescribed-burn-Forest-Service/stories/202010130144

“Tracy Ridge Oak Ecosystem Conservation,” Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, September 10, 2020,
https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58647 . 


PA Should Follow Oregon and Decriminalize Drug Use

PHILADELPHIA – Fifteen states have now legalized the adult use of cannabis (aka marijuana, ganja, reefer, weed, etc.). While you were occupied with the November 3 election, four states, Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota legalized cannabis, joining the other eleven states and two U.S. territories where it was already legal.

Voters in Oregon State, where cannabis was legalized in 2015, went a step further and decriminalized heroin, cocaine, and "all drugs," a sentiment clearly stated in the Green Party platform. For many years the Green Party has called to "implement a step-by-step program to decriminalize all drugs in the United States."


Green Party of Pennsylvania
www.gpofpa.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

CONTACT:
Tre Schumacher, [email protected]
Chris Robinson, Communication Team, [email protected]


"Drug legalization exhibits respect for the individual, fiscal responsibility on the part of the government, and progressive criminal justice reform," explained Tre Schumacher (Philadelphia), member of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) steering committee. "Legalizing drugs means less crowded jails and more free citizens contributing to society. It means fewer tax dollars spent on police raids, legal expenses, incarceration expenses, and other expenses associated with enforcing drug criminalization. Legalization means more investments, consumer spending, and tax revenue." Schumacher continued, "Although drug legalization is not police reform, it is policing reform. Drug legalization advances the way we define, think and treat law, crime, and the 'criminal mind.'"

"If drug use is a free choice, the state should have no right to encroach on individual liberty. If drug use results in addiction or destructive behavior, it should then be addressed by medical professionals, not by the state in the form of incarceration," said Tina Olson (Hellertown), organizer for the Lehigh Valley Green Party. "From the perspective of mental health professionals, the question of whether addiction is a moral debate or medical issue has been resolved. As addiction is now listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), we have to look at it as an ongoing health condition. Jailing addicts and addicts-in-recovery is akin to imprisoning someone with schizophrenia. As we know from the history of mental institutions, that method is cruel and inhumane."

Chris Robinson (Philadelphia), co-leader of GPPA's communication team, said, "The voting public overwhelmingly agrees with the Green Party. A supermajority of U.S. voters (68 percent) said they supported legalization of cannabis in a Gallup poll in October 2020. A Harper Poll in May 2020, showed that 62 percent of PA voters supported legalization of cannabis, with majorities from conservatives, centrists and liberals. It is time for the PA General Assembly to act."

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party's Four Pillars: ecological wisdom, grassroots democracy, nonviolence, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org. Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

For more information, please see:

Platform, Green Party of the U.S., II. Social Justice, H. Criminal Justice, Green Solutions, End the War on Drugs,
https://www.gp.org/social_justice/#sjCriminalJustice;

"National Poll Finds Overwhelming Support for Legalization" by Marie Edinger, December 1, 2020,
https://www.wikileaf.com/thestash/national-poll-finds-overwhelming-support-for-legalization/;

"Pennsylvania: Poll Shows Broad Support for Legalization," August 25, 2020,
https://www.mpp.org/states/pennsylvania/

"PA Cannabis Coalition Calls for Principle-Based Approach to Adult-Use Marojuana," June 14, 2020,
https://www.pcanna.org/recentnews.


December 2020 Green Star

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December 2020


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

PA Green Party 2020 Candidates Light the Way for 2021!

 

  by Tina Olson, Organizer of Lehigh Valley Green Party

What an amazing year to reflect on as the first year of this new decade. From the unprecedented Coronavirus that threatened our society to the absurd and dangerous leans of our country towards greed and apathy. One thing that is more evident after this year is that both grassroots politics and mutual aid have an undeniable and crucial role in the future of our representation and planet. The resilience that the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) has shown despite the obstacles should be celebrated. Each candidate, volunteer, and voter took a brave stance in listening to their conscience and trusting the values of the Green Party to be a beacon and commonplace for those who maintain the hope for a better world.

The divisiveness of voters in PA was nearly 50/50, but in the distance there is a steady cry for change in the failing two-party system. According to Pennsylvania Elections - Summary Results, each of our statewide candidates sealed above 1% of the vote, which means that we have maintained minor party status in PA. Including the Libertarian Party, 3% of our state stands together to fight back against the duopoly, even during a pandemic-even during the panic of Donald Trump. It makes so much sense that in the state of Birthplace of American Democracy, the tiniest voices held steadfast for the sake of progress. We pushed the fear out and remained courageous and committed in our convictions.

We could not have done any of this without our candidates putting themselves in that spotlight to represent our growing party. We thank them for all that they have done for us and for all of the time that it took. We expect a more concise break-down of votes in the coming weeks, particularly learning the results of the last-minute write-in campaign for Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker.

Olivia Faison of Philadelphia, our 2020 candidate for PA Auditor General, has expressed interest in continuing her everyday fight for us while working with local non-profits. Her voice in the GPPA is a fire that keeps us all reminded to challenge ourselves to take brave steps for the betterment of ourselves and others.

Tim Runkle of Lancaster County, our 2020 candidate for PA Treasurer, continues his role as our state party treasurer and is looking forward to talking with people who are interested in learning the ropes of the Finance Team. He’s also the person to ask about donations and sustainable membership options.

Noel Antonio Rivera of Reading, our 2020 candidate for PA Representative District 127, is looking at running for office again soon.

Garret Wasserman of Allegheny County, our 2020 candidate for PA Representative District 45, continues to lead the GreenWave Team that is already getting busy looking at 2021 elections that are primarily local, municipalities, and judges. If you are interested in running or helping with campaigns for next year, please reach out to him as he has some exciting plans to help support potential candidates.

Jay Ting Walker of Allegheny County, our 2020 candidate for PA Representative District 23, continues his role in the GPPA while also balancing a role in the Green Party Young Ecosocialists, https://www.yesgp.org, and at a national level, and at a national level.

We also look forward to hearing from 2020 candidates like Richard L. Weiss of Allegheny County and Michael Badges-Canning of Venango County, our 2020 candidate for PA Representative District 64.

The GPPA are so grateful for all of the participation this year from everyone and look forward to the expansion developing right now in the inner works of our Party. As always, we would love to hear from you!

 

GPPA News Highlights   

  edited by Chris Robinson 

GPPA State Meeting on 11/15

On November 15, GPPA held a virtual meeting of county delegates. There were 29 delegates participating and 19 observers from 17 counties. Delegates heard reports from active county Green Parties, and reports from GPPA’s four teams. Delegates approved by consensus a Reform Proposal, which was sent to the teams for implementation. Delegates were also asked to nominate candidates for the 2021 Green Party leadership election, which will be held on January 10, 2021. The nomination form is here, https://www.gpofpa.org/nominations (show all)

 

Red, White, Blue, and . . . Green!

  by Hana Graybill

Democrat and Republican. Liberal and Conservative. Left and Right. The United States is dominated by a bipartisan system. These two poles vehemently oppose each other, demanding that citizens choose a side. The media perpetuates this bipartisanship, almost exclusively covering these two parties. Yet, more than 60 other political parties are currently active throughout the country. . . .

The Green Party has been active internationally since 1972, but it was not officially established in the U.S. until 2001. The party now has members in more than 90 countries, and in the U.S., membership includes more than 150 elected Greens and almost 200 running in 2020. Most states have a Green Party, but whether those state parties are officially recognized or not depend on state laws. A grassroots organization that stands for the health of the planet and future generations, the Greens base all their actions on four pillars: peace, ecology, social justice, and democracy. These pillars relate to their 10 key values, including decentralization, respect for social justice, and feminism and gender equity. They aim to end the country’s two-party system and the control by the one percent. (show all)

 

“PA Legislators Self Deal,” says Green Party Candidate

  by Michael Badges-Canning

Michael Bagdes-Canning is the Green Party candidate for PA House District 64, and he is a man of the people. “For too long the politicians who govern us have promised us the world, only to sell it to the highest corporate bidder,” said Michael. . . . On October 8, Bagdes-Canning, with members of Oil Region DSA and students from Cranberry High School, paid a visit to Representative R. Lee James’ office with a “silver platter special” -- three platters of anti-corruption legislation that are overwhelmingly supported by PA voters: a gift ban, an end to the per diem, and an end to partisan gerrymandering. (show all)

 

PA Greens Push for an End to Fracking

  by Matt Nemeth, North Hills Coordinator, Green Party of Allegheny County

Public opinion about fracking among PA voters is completely split down the middle. Yet when it comes to government representation, half of the Pennsylvanian electorate has virtually no one to turn to. The Green Party of PA (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) believes our citizens deserve politicians committed to guarding public and environmental health, unencumbered by lies that fracking is safe and economic devastation is the only alternative.(show all)

 

 

PA Greens Warn of Rule by Corporate Club

  by GPPA Co-chair Alan Smith

With a 5-2 Democratic majority, the PA Supreme Court ruled on 9/17 that Green Party Presidential Candidate Howie Hawkins, would be taken off the PA ballot for the General Election. This overturned a previous ruling by the PA Commonwealth Court. In response to this loss, by the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org), Co-chair Alan Smith (Chester) lamented, "All the hard work we did, being forced to petition during a pandemic, risking our lives and the lives of others, over 30 volunteers painstakingly reviewing our petitions line by line, thousands of dollars spent in lawyers fees, and the courts still manage to kick two of our candidates off the ballot, one of them a queer, working class Black woman.” (show all)

 

GPPA Will End Housing Insecurity

  by Justin Bell

 

The elected leaders of Philadelphia, PA, are debating how to deal with three encampments of people who have no permanent homes. There have been several threats to remove the unhoused citizens using police force, and some of these threats have been reversed by the courts. As a Green Party of PA (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) leader, I do not approve of evicting the encampments. This would endanger those living in them and get us further from a resolution. In today’s climate we can not ask the police force to do anything responsibly or expect any accountability from them for the damage done in the process. However the encampments are really just the surface of the core issue. How do we end housing insecurities? (show all)

 

Team Updates   

Finance Team by Tim Runkle

Finance TeamThe Finance Team establishes the Green Party budget; plans events, meetings, and fundraising initiatives; promotes membership options; and manages merchandise. Please join the Finance Team hereHERE.

 

GreenWave Team by Garret Wassermann

GreenWaveGreen Wave thanks all of our candidates this year, as well as our volunteers. Thanks to your hard work, the Green Party has maintained minor political party status, which is beneficial to help the party grow and run more candidates in the future. To prepare for those candidates in 2021, we’re holding a Re-Organizing Meeting on 12/3 at 8 pm to discuss what needs to be done in our counties to grow our Green Wave network. All Green Wave county or regional coordinators are invited to join us, even if you haven’t been active in a while. We invite anyone thinking about running for office or interested in assisting a campaign to join the discussion. RSVP and receive the Zoom call information at https://www.gpofpa.org/green_wave_2020_12

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 Tina Olson

Communications TeamThe ComTeam is asking for you to get involved in writing op-eds in local newspapers and for our monthly GREEN STAR newsletter. We would like to expand our media team to be more inclusive for members from the Black Caucus, Latinx Caucus, National Women’s Caucus and Lavender Greens to help us highlight the diversity in our Party. Please contact Chris Robinson or Tina Olson with your ideas! To join our team, please volunteer at https://www.gpofpa.org/, or to join online, sign up HERE.

Core Team by Charles Sherrouse

Core TeamOn November 16 the State Committee referred an organizational reform proposal to the Core team. This brought a resurgence of interest in the Core Team. The Team decided to implement several changes to the GPofPA slack platform. The next focus of discussion will be on Core functions, with a focus on volunteer integration and access to party resources. To join the Core Team, please visit If you are interested in helping, sign up HERE.

 

National Green News   

  edited by Hal Brown

Green, 26-Year-Old Mayor Elected in Baldwin Park, CA; Plus 10 Other Green Candidate Victories So Far

WASHINGTON — Overcoming immense challenges including “anyone but Trump”, pandemic campaigning conditions, nationwide panic about election integrity and four years of smears from the corporate oligarchy, the Green Party emerged from Election Day with 11 wins in the state of California and Oregon, and achievements elsewhere. (show all)

 

Global Green News   

  edited by Hal Brown

Green Politics is Class Politics

“I’ve seen several tweets recently by socialist activists on Twitter that I have a lot of time for, bemoan the fact that Labour are being outflanked on a variety of issues by the Green Party, despite the Greens having ‘no class analysis’. Or, as one tweet read, ‘The Greens think a class analysis has something to do with Ofsted.’ Which is a funny line, but simply not true. The Greens absolutely do have a class analysis, but it’s different and more expansive than that of Labour and the traditional left, and rarely theorised.” (show all)

 

Rwanda Elects Green Senator to Parliament!

“Members of the National Consultative Forum of Political Organisations in Rwanda September 24, 2020, elected both Mr. Alexis Mugisha and Ms. Mukakarangwa Clotilde to the Rwandan Senate as stipulated by the Rwandan Constitution. Both were confirmed yesterday by the Supreme Court. Mugisha, is the Commissioner General of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda and has been a party member since its inception in 2009.” (show all)

 

GPPA Coming Events   

    edited by Chris Robinson

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

December 5
Green Party of Wayne County Meeting
Zoom contact and more information from: [email protected]

 

December 5, 11:00 am
Stop Banking the Bomb
Westmoreland County PNC.
More information from: [email protected]

 

December 5, 3:30 PM
What’s Next? It’s Up to Us
Discussion host, Reclaim Philadelphia.
https://www.facebook.com/events/419533739045008

 

December 8, 7:00 pm
GPPA New Year Event
With live entertainment online.
More information from: [email protected]

 

December 9, 1:00 pm
Rails to Trails Conservancy
Redefining Safety on Trails Webinar.
Information and RSVP,
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1243962577612268048

 

December 10, 7:00 pm
Human Rights Film Festival Keynote Address
By Syrus Marcus Ware of Black Lives Matter.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1049101258869368

 

December 14, 7:30 pm
Green Party of Lackawanna County Virtual Meeting
Green Party of Lackawanna County Virtual Meeting. More information from: [email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/events/984757668700127

 

December 16, 5:30 pm
Philly Jobs with Justice Celebration
More information from: [email protected]
RSVP to https://actionnetwork.org/events/philly-jwj-end-of-year-celebration

 

December 19, 11:00 am
Stop Banking the Bomb
Squirrel Hill PNC.
More information from: [email protected]

 

December 21, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Montgomery County Virtual Meeting
Virtual business meeting.
Please Email: [email protected]

 

December 22, 7:30 pm
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Virtual Meeting
More information from: [email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/events/260828888556403/

 

January 6, 6:00 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County Virtual General Assembly
Zoom contact and more information from: [email protected]

 

GPPA Meeting Dates for 2021:

  • January 10 Winter Committee Web Conference (officer elections & candidate selection), noon.
  • March 14 Spring State Committee Web Conference, noon
  • June 13 Summer State Committee Web conference, noon

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.


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Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team & Media Committee 

Issue Credits:

EDITORS: Chris Robinson, Hal Brown, and Tina Olson
CONTRIBUTORS: Justin Bell, Hal Brown, Michael Badges Canning, Matt Nemeth, Tina Olson, Chris Robinson, Charles Sherrouse, and Alan Smith
LAYOUT: Hal Brown, Sherri Miller, and Tina Olson
GRAPHIC ARTS: Kevin Richardson


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Everything we do is based on our Four Pillars and Ten Key ValuesIf you find that you share these ideals, come and join the movement.

You can support the Green Party in many ways; however, a monthly sustaining donation helps to fund a solid infrastructure to help local chapters coordinate candidates and provide resources to make their campaigns successful.  As little as $3 per month can have a significant impact! 

Sustaining Donation           Single Donation          Purchase Green Merchandise

Join us and help bring about a future where people and planet are valued over profits. We have a new, tiered membership structure that allows you to determine your level of commitment and support. And if you want to get more directly involved, consider joining an action team.  Work with other committed progressives and activists in activities such as planning events, developing media content, or helping with campaigns. Let's join together to make 2020 the year of progressives!

 

The Green Star is an official publication of the Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team * 2020 

 

 


Don’t Call Burning Plastic “Recycling”

 

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

 

CONTACT:
Tre Schumacher
[email protected]

Chris Robinson, Communication Team
267-977-0570 and [email protected]

 

PA Greens: Don’t Call Burning Plastic “Recycling”

 

            The Steering Committee of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) voted on October 25 to oppose the passage of PA House Bill 1808 (HB 1808) because the bill would expand the definition of recycling to include burning plastic waste as fuel. This bill has already passed the PA House of Representatives and is awaiting a vote in the PA Senate.

         GPPA Steering Committee Member Tre Schumacher (Philadelphia) said, “The plastic industry has a waste stream which cannot be recycled. Their solution is to rename burning this waste as ‘advanced recycling.’ Voilà! Their problem is solved, the waste is now recyclable!  However, both the converting of plastic into fuel and the burning of this fuel create larger problems, such as creating incentives to use more plastic, increasing carbon dioxide emissions, and other serious environmental and health risks.” 

Environmental activists at PennEnviroment said, “The process touted as ‘advanced recycling’ by proponents in PA is by and large the opposite. Instead, existing facilities are primarily turning plastic into fuel to be burned. This network of waste-and-burn facilities overburden low-income communities and communities of color. This has serious climate and health implications and must be halted if we are to beat plastic pollution and climate change.” 

"Plastics are not renewable," said Chris Robinson, leader of GPPA's Communication Team. "Plastics don’t grow from sunlight. They are made from fossil fuels extracted from the ground, and each step in that process has the potential to pollute our air, water and soil. When you add incineration of plastic waste to the production of plastic waste, you are adding even more pollution."

This is why the Green Party is opposed to HB1808.  Instead, the Green Party proposes real, sustainable practices such as funding mass transit to reduce fuel use, investing in conservation and sustainable agriculture to reduce natural resource extraction, creating 20 million jobs over the next decade to transition to 100% renewable energy, and phasing out landfills and waste incinerators in favor of alternatives including but not limited to source reduction and clean recycling and composting.  

Please join the Green Party in the struggle for a sustainable economy and future. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s Four Pillars: ecological wisdom, grassroots democracy, nonviolence, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org. Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/gpofpa/; Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/pagreenparty/; and Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA

 

For more information, please see:

“PA Legislation part of Nationwide Industry Effort to Push Misleading Plastic ‘Recycling,’” PennEnvironment News Release, July 28, 2020, https://pennenvironment.org/news/pae/new-report-plastic-%E2%80%9Cchemical-recycling%E2%80%9D-means-more-pollution-pennsylvania

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Red, White, Blue, and ... Green!

 

Democrat and Republican. Liberal and Conservative. Left and Right. The United States is dominated by a bipartisan system. These two poles vehemently oppose each other, demanding that citizens choose a side. The media perpetuates this bipartisanship, almost exclusively covering these two parties. Yet, more than 60 other political parties are currently active throughout the country. Some of them, such as the Libertarian and Vermont Progressive Parties, are represented in Congress or state legislators. Others, such as the Green Party, have representatives serving at the municipal level.


Green Party of Pennsylvania
www.gpofpa.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, October 31, 2020

CONTACT:
Chris Robinson, Communication Team, [email protected]

By Hana Graybill


The Green Party has been active internationally since 1972, but it was not officially established in the U.S. until 2001. The party now has members in more than 90 countries, and in the U.S., membership includes more than 150 elected Greens and almost 200 running in 2020. Most states have a Green Party, but whether those state parties are officially recognized or not depend on state laws.

A grassroots organization that stands for the health of the planet and future generations, the Greens base all their actions on four pillars: peace, ecology, social justice, and democracy. These pillars relate to their 10 key values, including decentralization, respect for social justice, and feminism and gender equity. They aim to end the country's two-party system and the control by the one percent.

Timothy Runkle has been involved with the Green Party since 2005. In addition to working as a Senior Project Manager in the environmental consulting industry, he serves as both the Treasurer for the Green Party of Pennsylvania and the co-chair of the Lancaster County Green Party. He is also running for Pennsylvania State Treasurer as the Green Party candidate in the fast-approaching election.

I recently spoke over the phone with Runkle about his experience working with the media and campaigning as a third-party candidate. We began by discussing whether he feels as though the media is stacked against him and the Green Party.

"Yes and no," he said. "In one sense, you really need to do the work in order to get the attention. People can't sit and complain that they don't get the spotlight if they are not out there running strong campaigns or doing something to get attention."

But even when the Greens are doing that work, the media are difficult to break into. Runkle noted that the media seems to have its own agenda, which they know will provide them with successful stories.

"In that sense, it probably is rigged in a certain way that's not to our benefit or to the ordinary person's benefit," he said. "The media, especially the national media, is its own machine with its own functions."

Thus, obtaining a seat at those media tables is incredibly difficult and can be quite frustrating. As Runkle mentioned, both the Democratic and Republican parties have been established for many years. They have strong connections with the media and long contact lists. Third parties like the Greens do not have that advantage.

"That's a challenge and a frustration," said Runkle of this disadvantage, "because you know right off the bat that there's a step above you that you just won't be able to attain when you don't have the brand recognition."

Locally in Pennsylvania, the Greens have some of this brand recognition thanks to both the work they do and their elected officials. Nationally, though, Runkle would like to see a lot of reform, starting with the presidential debates. He described the Commission on Presidential Debates as "an awful mess of partisan folks that have no interest in including any outside opinion." Instead of the Commission, he would love to see control turned back over to the League of Women Voters who previously included third-party candidates.

Runkle would also like to see a change to publicly funded elections, as well as the overturning of Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission. He said the Supreme Court's 2010 controversial decision "basically made money equal to free speech and allows for unlimited spending by super packs and candidate-affiliate packs." He contends that these elements prevent candidates without loads of disposable money to fund their campaign from gaining exposure and attention.

So, without this money and the media contacts, how does the Green Party drive awareness to their platform and candidates? The answer stems from the Greens' grassroots approach.

"In our view, there's really only one way to do it, and that's to be connected to your community, in particular, frontline communities," said Runkle."The folks that are most disenfranchised in the political process and have the most to lose are the people that we connect with."

Over the past few months, the Green Party has sent representatives to Philadelphia's homeless encampment, which was formed because of the pandemic. Yet, these representatives were not necessarily there to gain recognition or register party members.

"We understand that the community, when they are self-empowered, will move forward on actions on their own," Runkle said."If they see the Greens as a vehicle to do that, that's important for our growth but more importantly for their growth."

The Party does similar work across Pennsylvania through public advocacy groups like Pittsburghers for Public Transit and March on Harrisburg. Unfortunately, this work is often done without drawing much public attention to the Greens. Runkle admitted that they could do a better job of raising awareness about these efforts by alerting the media with more than just their monthly newsletter.

Regrettably, the media coverage that the Greens do receive tends to be negative. For instance, earlier this year, the Democratic Party sued to remove the Green Party from the ballot, which delayed printing.

"We were getting media inquiries left and right over that," said Runkle."The New York Times, the Washington Post, we were on CNN. And that's the only time they really reach out to us, when it becomes a problem for the other two power parties."

Despite all these obstacles, the Green Party continues to run candidates, some of whom do succeed in getting elected. For example, in Philadelphia County, Green Party member Kristin Combs is serving as a Philadelphia Judge of Elections, and in Allegheny County, Jay Ting Walker is a Pittsburgh Inspector of Elections. Runkle explained that this success is thanks to good candidates, the Party's perseverance, and hard work.

"Having the right candidate is important, and you can do that by persistence," he said. "Candidates kind of pop up and are motivated for a multitude of reasons. The ones that are successful are normally the ones that have been doing the work in their communities for years."

He recalled a successful election year a while back when 19 out of about 25 Green candidates were elected. Though the numbers are small, the percentage is large, especially for the effort that they put in to make those wins happen. As the public witnesses these successes, he believes that "public attitude will change and get away from the dipoles and see that we have more options."

Other successes for the Greens have happened in court when they have challenged unconstitutional election laws. In 2006, Green Senate candidate Carl Romanelli was kicked off the ballot by Democratic candidate Bob Casey for not having enough signatures. But in addition to that expulsion, he was fined almost $80,000 to cover Casey's court fees. The Green Party took this to the U.S. Court of Appeals, where the court ruled that levying court fees is an obstruction to seeking public office.

In 2016, Green presidential candidate Jill Stein filed for a recount of presidential votes in three states, including Pennsylvania. Quickly, though, she dropped the Pennsylvanian case because she and the Greens determined that even if a recount was awarded, the votes would not manually be recounted. Instead, the votes would be run through the computer again, just as had been done before, producing the same result. Out of that case came changes to the Pennsylvania voting system, such as verifiable paper trails on all votes and upcoming election-result auditing.

Runkle admits that he does not know whether these cases helped the Green Party. However, he thinks they helped the public in general. "Those two cases weren't something that we did for ourselves," he said. "We did it for everybody, and it did overturn some unconstitutional election laws."

Runkle is seeing public attitude start to change, especially thanks to the upcoming presidential election. He mentioned that many more groups have been reaching out to the Green Party than in years past, looking for inclusion in the political process. Again, he referenced the League of Women Voters who are trying to include all candidates in local debates instead of just those from the left and right. Other groups have reached out to include the Greens in voter guides.

"I think that's a good thing," Runkle said about these changes. "Something to look forward to for our party and for everybody."

More information about 2020 GPPA candidates can be found at: https://www.greenslate2020.org/. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party's Four Pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org. Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.

Hana Graybill is a senior studying communication at Drexel University. She hopes to pursue a career in corporate social responsibility, specifically working on community and employee engagement programs, after graduating in June 2021. This article was originally submitted as a course assignment that objectively assesses the Green Party's efforts to connect with the media and the public.


November 2020 Green Star

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November 2020


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

GPPA News Highlights   

  edited by Chris Robinson 

 

Green Party of Allegheny County joins Medicare-for-All Speakout

On October 16, GPOAC joined an event sponsored by the Western PA Coalition for Single-Payer Healthcare. (show all)

 

 

 

 

 

Berks County Green Party at Cannabis Fest, 10/3--10/4

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PA Greens Building Name Recognition

Green Party candidates use the media to build name recognition. Here are four examples:
Timothy Runke joins Joseph Soloski, both candidates for PA State Treasurer, on the WWDB Pennsylvania Project for a conversation on how each will fulfill the duties of the office. https://wwdbam.com/episodes/the-pennsylvania-project-episode-76/?fbclid=IwAR1UHaMjfXgZat-eBOW0VANv3O4Y-3gVDKYf4ZEQaoNAc1BLmFWIzsMk9Xg
During his interview with Scott LaMar of WITF Smart Talk, Timothy Runkle explains that we can use the PA State Treasurer’s office to provide a new perspective on Commonwealth revenues and spending. https://www.witf.org/2020/09/21/smart-talk-tuesday-dem-congressional-candidate-eugene-depasquale-green-treasurer-candidate-tim-runkle/
Timothy Runkle discusses direct democracies, cooperatives, fossil fuel subsidies, and the case against nuclear energy as well as the importance of understanding fiat currency for the State Treasurer of Pennsylvania. Tim joins the United Anarchist News Show at 1 hour into the podcast. https://www.twitch.tv/videos/755110308?fbclid=IwAR2dqOF0lkKrM5d54zFt0ITwg0khQJu505UkTSvOnfI5EAlSlKn_7kxk_cw
In this brief appearance on Renegade ReW Timothy Runkle provides an update on the difficulties of ballot access and touches on his campaign for PA State Treasurer. Includes details on the Amish for Trump, Intercourse, and the smorgasbords of Lancaster County, PA. https://vimeo.com/459725940?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=29220https://vimeo.com/459725940?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=29220

 

 

Campaign Updates   

  edited by Tina Olson  

 

We asked our Green Party candidates what they learned while running for office during 2020. Here is some of what we heard from them:

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Jay Ting Walker for PA Representative, District 23
Jay told GREEN STAR, "This election I learned how important having a robust campaign team is. Our campaign team got upgraded in the middle of the campaign, and it was transformational. I wish I spent a lot more time fundraising to pay for necessary campaign expenses. I think having some paid staff will be the difference between our winning and our losing campaigns in the future. There is always more that can be done, and I don't beat myself up for not getting to them. Another major difference would have been to start the campaign earlier. We've learned so much this campaign season. I'm excited to see what we get up to next year.”
Follow Jay’s campaign on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/JayTingWalker; Twitter, https://twitter.com/Jaytingwalker; or Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/jaytingwalker/. Donations and volunteers from across the state are more than welcome on my website, http://jaytingwalker.com/

 

Garret Wassermann for PA Representative, District 45
Garret told GREEN STAR, “I've learned that a campaign, at least for state office, cannot be done by one person alone. It truly takes a village. The Green Party must be our village of candidates and campaign staff and volunteers, ready to jump in and fight and win. We need to also have our whole campaign year planned out ahead of time, with specific tasks each month we can give to volunteers. I'm looking forward to debriefing the year with other candidates and volunteers and coming up with a plan for the elections in 2021, 2022, and beyond.”
You can learn more about Garret’s campaign or donate at http://www.votegarret.org/. Garret’s Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/VoteGarret/

 

Michael Bagdes-Canning for PA Representative, District 64
You can follow Michael on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/mike4pa64/; Twitter, https://mobile.twitter.com/bagdescanning; Facebook, https://m.facebook.com/mikebagdescanning; and his website, https://www.mikeforpa64.com/

 

Noel Antonio Rivera for PA Representative, District 127
Noel’s Facebook is, https://www.facebook.com/riveraforpa/, and his website is https://riveraforpa.wixsite.com/bethechange. He can be reached at [email protected]

 

Three State-wide Green Party Candidates, https://www.greenslate2020.org/

 

Richard L. Weiss, Esq. for PA Attorney General

 

Tim Runkle for PA Treasurer
Pleased follow Tim on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Tim4ElectedOffice/

 

Olivia Faison for PA Auditor General
Olivia told GREEN STAR, “This election cycle has been a different kind of challenge due to the unprecedented Covid pandemic. The crisis has caused reflection on how important our focus needs to be on grassroots organizations. In particular, getting involved to help the over 100,000 smaller nonprofits in Pennsylvania with 501(c)3 status, to get funding, as they are the devoted liaisons, and the keepers of our culture and our unique heritage. In addition, these organizations are perfectly positioned to create jobs for the all-important "Gig Economy," the actual economy which employs most of the people. Furthermore, these organizations are on the front line of social changes, and impacting social issues such as homelessness and criminal justice reform. As we weather the economic upheaval this health crisis has caused,” Olivia has spent a lot of time supporting such organizations and events. All the while, she continues to campaign for Grassroots Democracy: a change for the better, of the people, by the people, for the people, and including the people in decisions that affect their lives.

 

 

Team Updates   

Finance Team by Tim Runkle

Finance TeamThe Finance Team establishes the Green Party budget; plans events, meetings, and fundraising initiatives; promotes membership options; and manages merchandise. Please join the Finance Team HERE.

 

 

GreenWave Team by Garret Wassermann

GreenWaveThe Green Wave Team uses the electoral process to energize and grow county locals. We use a regional approach to coordinate and support our efforts across the Commonwealth. To receive an invitation to the next Green Wave virtual meeting, please contact HERE.

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

Communications TeamPA Greens (and its county chapters) now have nine Twitter accounts. If you want to start your own, please consider joining the ComTeam. If you would like to join our team, please volunteer at https://www.gpofpa.org/, or to join online, sign up HERE..

 

 

Core Team by Charles Sherrouse

Core TeamThe Core Team establishes party rules, develops the platform, and manages the tools and systems that maintain the Green Party and allow it to grow. Please join the Core Team HERE.

 

 

 

National Green News   

  edited by David Ochmanowicz.

 

Please volunteer to edit this page for future issues of GREEN STAR.‌ ‌Instruction is available.

 

C-NET Interview with Tim Runkle, Green Party Candidate for PA Treasurer

Check out Tim Runkle’s interview with Anne Danahy on C-NET where he talks about pivoting priorities for the Pennsylvania State Treasurer. (show all)

 

Celebrating the founding of the Black Panther Party

Meanwhile, Democrats, as expected, have taken the slogans of organizations like Black Lives Matter to make grand gestures but, ultimately, doing nothing more to solve problem. This is why the Green Party is so necessary. Someone has to raise awareness of these issues. Someone has to spell out plans for how we end the abuse, misconduct, and blatant murders being committed by police officers (who are then only given administrative leave as “punishment”). (show all)

 

 

 

Hawkins says Supreme Court nomination should wait until after the election

The recent Democrat appointees, including Ruth Badder Ginsberg, have been neoliberals on economics who agree with the conservative justices on corporate power. Like the rest of the body politic, the court has shifted far to the right, with the current liberal bloc being centrists by historical standards and much to the right of recent liberal standard-bearers such as William Brennan and Thurgood Marshall. Today's SCOTUS liberals would have been on the right in Earl Warren's Supreme Court. The court is the most business-friendly in a century. (show all)

 

 

 

Questions for the 2020 Candidates: Ward 3 Council Craig Cayetano

“I helped to start a mutual aid group: Mutual Passaic County during the pandemic, am a founding member of Voter Choice NJ and am currently one of the state co-chairs of the Green Party of New Jersey. I work with people every day, in many different capacities and can put aside partisan party politics to forge a path ahead together. I’m not someone that is just going to fall in line. I stand up, speak up, make objective decisions and am a listener.” (show all)

 

 

 

Henry Bear: An authentic voice for the people

Maine Green Independent Party representative Henry Bear has successfully entered into the race for District 2 of the Maine State Senate. Bear, a member of the Houlton Band of Maliseets, will run against Incumbent Michael Carpenter (D) and Harold Stewart (R) as a write-in candidate. Bear joined the Green Independent Party on November 22, 2017, becoming the second Green Party member to serve in the Maine House of Representatives and also one of the two highest elected members of the United States Green Party. (show all)

 

 

 

 

Global Green News   

  edited by Hal Brown

 

The Green Party of Bolivia urges supporters to polls “in defense of life and democracy”

“BOLIVIAN CITIZENS CANNOT ALLOW THE RETURN TO GOVERNMENT OF THE DEMAGOGIC PRACTICES OF MAS, WHICH INTERNATIONALLY PROCLAIMED THE DEFENSE OF MOTHER EARTH AND NATURE, BUT IN REALITY IS ONE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S MOST DISGUISED IN ITS PREDATORY AND SQUANDERING OF OUR NATURAL RESOURCES” -- Margot Soria Saravia, leader of the Green Party of Bolivia. (show all)

 

Green Party conference backs reparations for slavery

The Green Party of England and Wales today became the first political party with representation in the UK parliament to support a policy of reparations for slavery. At the party’s Autumn conference – held online due to the coronavirus pandemic. 93% of members voted to back the pro-reparations motion. The move sees the party calling for the UK government to commit to a “holistic process of atonement and reparations.” (show all)

 

Senators of Green Alliance Party call for Columbia to ratify the Escazu’ Agreement 

Senators of the Green Alliance Party (Partido Alianza Verde) of Colombia are calling for President Iván Duque to ratify the Escazú Agreement. It is the first multilateral environmental agreement in Latin America and the Caribbean – and in the world – that would protect human rights defenders in environmental matters. This comes as the Colombian Congress is scheduled to meet on October 14 for the presentation of the Escazú Agreement to the Senate and House. The months prior have seen a lead up of opposition from within Congress against the treaty. Opposing parties cite the effect on mining, energy and transport sectors. Another source of controversy, the scope of the precautionary principle and how far it will reach. (show all)

 

Katrin Jakobsdottir Announces Iceland Will Achieve Paris Agreement Targets

“Politics is about succeeding in important matters. Climate change is a priority for this government, and it is therefore a great pleasure to present today a new action plan on climate change, which shows that due to targeted action, Iceland will live up to its obligations under the Paris Agreement – and better yet. This is not a matter of course, but the government decided at the beginning of this election period to put the climate fight at the forefront, and since then we have worked hard to achieve our goal of a 40% reduction in emissions by 2030. Now we are aiming for that and I am incredibly proud!” (show all)

 

 

GPPA Coming Events   

  edited by Chris Robinson

 

November 1, 9:00 pm
End of Great Green Clean-up!
Sponsored by the Green Party of Lackawanna County.
More information from: [email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/events/742624116521385

 

November 3, 7:00 am until 8:00 pm
GENERAL ELECTION DAY
Please volunteer at your polling place.
More information from: [email protected]

 

November 7, 11:00 am
Stop Banking the Bomb
South 18th & East Carson Streets, Pittsburgh.
More information from: [email protected]


Zoom Trivia with Green Party of Westmoreland County
More information from Bili: [email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/events/1065986527190005/

 

November 10, 6:00 pm
From the Hearts & Minds of Our Youth
The Diversity Coalition hosts a virtual panel of youth discussing their visions of the future. Please register here:
https://www.wdcoalition.org/register/

 

November 10, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Chester County Virtual Meeting
More information from: [email protected]

 

November 15, noon
GPPA Virtual Conference
Everyone is welcome
Please register in advance to receive ZOOM contact information, :
https://www.gpofpa.org/2020_11_conf

 

November 16, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Montgomery County Virtual Meeting
Virtual business meeting.
More information from: [email protected]

 

November 21, 11:00 am
Stop Banking the Bomb
401 Beaver Street, Sewickley.
More information from: [email protected]

 

November 24, 7:30 pm
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Virtual Meeting
More information from: [email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/events/260828878556404/

 

December 1, 6:00 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County Virtual General Assembly
ZOOM and more information from: [email protected]

 

 

GPPA Meeting Dates for 2020:

  • November 15, Post-Election Day (virtual), noon
  • January 10, Winter Web Conference (officer elections & 2021 candidate selection), noon.
  • March 14, Spring State Committee (in person, location to be determined), noon.
  • June 13, Summer Web Conference, noon.

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.


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Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team & Media Committee 

Issue Credits:

EDITORS: Hal Brown, David Ochmanowicz, Tina Olson & Chris Robinson.   
CONTRIBUTORS: Olivia Faison, Tim Runkle, Jay Ting Walker, & Garret Wassermann.
LAYOUT: Dannee Schoepfer & Hal Brown 
GRAPHIC ARTS: Kevin Richardson 


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“PA Legislators Self Deal,” says Green Party Candidate

Candidate for PA House District 64 Wants End To Per Diem Pay

Michael Bagdes-Canning is the Green Party candidate for PA House District 64, and he is a man of the people. “For too long the politicians who govern us have promised us the world, only to sell it to the highest corporate bidder,” said Michael. “The corruption of our two major parties has been the millstone around the neck of our once thriving working-class community. How many good, high paying jobs must move away before we stand up and say we won't take it anymore? The jobs we have lost are gone, and we cannot bring them back. We can create a new generation of high-quality jobs by investing in a Green New Deal that restores the damage done by industry and prepares our home for the future. I believe our district can be a place where every person can live a dignified life: where every person who is able to work can work, where every person can comfortably afford the basic provisions they need to survive, and where we exist harmoniously with the land we live and rely on.”

On October 8, Bagdes-Canning, with members of Oil Region DSA and students from Cranberry High School, paid a visit to Representative R. Lee James’ office with a “silver platter special” -- three platters of anti-corruption legislation that are overwhelmingly supported by PA voters: a gift ban, an end to the per diem, and an end to partisan gerrymandering. Several days before that, Michael went to Jame’s office in Harrisburg to make similar demands. Michael said, “Our PA legislators are handsomely paid (around $87,000 per year, at minimum), but on top of their pay they can get an additional $179 per day while they are in Harrisburg or doing official business.”

 Gift Ban
“Our legislators can be gifted almost anything, and they are: sports tickets, wining and dining, luxury vacations,” said Bagdes-Canning. “Lobbyists gift our legislators routinely, but they don’t have to report the gifts unless they cross a certain threshold.”

End the Per Diem
“They are incentivized to accept wining and dining because they also get a per diem of $179,” said Michael. “They do not have to submit receipts. The money is tax-free. $179 works out to about $22.38 per hour if they work an 8 hour day. The average pay for workers in Venango County is $19.20 per hour. The per diem can add a significant amount. In one calendar year, from November of 2015 to December of 2016, James collected $15,752. That placed him near the top of all legislators. He chose not to submit receipts, to merely collect the per diem. At the very least, this smacks of arrogance. At its worst, it smacks of corruption.”

Stop Partisan Gerrymandering
Michael is for ending partisan gerrymandering. “Too many legislators run for re-election because they have designed their districts to be insulated from any challengers,” he said. “But this should be a democracy. The people should pick their representatives, not the other way around.”

Michael Bagdes-Canning said, “R. Lee James has been in Harrisburg since 2013, he has had the opportunity to sponsor this legislation, and he has not. If I am elected, I will immediately sign on to each of these pieces of legislation as a cosponsor. If elected, I will not collect a per diem.”

Michael Bagdes-Canning, Green Party candidate for PA House District 64, is pleased to have been endorsed by several groups and individuals. He has been endorsed by the following organizations:

PA Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals (PASNAP);
Clean Water Action;
Sunrise Pittsburgh;
Our Revolution, Butler;
Indivisible We Rise, West Central PA;
Grassroots Pittsburgh;
Green Party of Pennsylvania, and
Oil Region Democratic Socialists of America.

Michael Bagdes-Canning has also been endorsed by a number of individuals of note:
John Kluck, Chair of Venango County Democrats and former candidate for this seat,
Bhaskar Sunkara (D), Activist and Journalist;
Dr. Jill Stein (G), Green Party 2016 Presidential Candidate;
Howie Hawkins (G), Green Party 2020 Presidential Candidate;
Peter Buck (D), Candidate for PA State Representative, District 171;
Ellen Gerhart (D), Camp White Pine | PSEA Member; 
Ed Grystar (G), Western PA Coalition for Single-Payer Healthcare, Chair | PASNAP, Organizer;
Maggie Henry (D), The Farmer’s Wife | Organic farmer | Beyond Extreme Energy;
Ron Lockwood (R), Mayor, Cherry Valley, PA;
Mel Packer (G), Former US Senate Candidate | Social Justice Advocate; and
Leslie Stauffer (D), Marcellus Outreach Butler, Planning Group Member | Labor For Standing Rock, Member.

You can follow Michael on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/mike4pa64/; Twitter, https://mobile.twitter.com/bagdescanning; Facebook, https://m.facebook.com/mikebagdescanning; and his website, https://www.mikeforpa64.com/.

More information about 2020 GPPA candidates can be found at https://www.greenslate2020.org/. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s Four Pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org. Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/gpofpa/,  and Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA


PA Greens Push for an End to Fracking

PA Greens Push for an End to Fracking

By Matt Nemeth, North Hills Coordinator, Green Party of Allegheny County. 

       It has taken slightly more than a decade for hydraulic fracturing to entrench itself in PA, forming a beltway of 10,000 wells that arc from the southwest to the northeast. Colloquially referred to as fracking, the process involves drilling and pumping high pressure chemical-laden water and sand deep into underground shale deposits to release and capture gas and oil. Over the years, it has become evident that economic prosperity has fallen short of original promises, while alarming reports of public health decline, potent greenhouse gas leaks, and environmental devastation have bubbled to the surface.

       Public opinion about fracking among PA voters is completely split down the middle. Yet when it comes to government representation, half of the Pennsylvanian electorate has virtually no one to turn to. The Green Party of PA (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) believes our citizens deserve politicians committed to guarding public and environmental health, unencumbered by lies that fracking is safe and economic devastation is the only alternative.

       This industry that poisons PA’s waters and sickens its people has near total condonation among state government leaders. Such a vast majority of Republican and Democratic politicians support fracking that finding opposition is like searching for a needle in a haystack. PA Governor Tom Wolf, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, all eighteen of the state’s current U.S. representatives, and both of its senators support the continued use of fracking nationally with the amount of regulation needed the only variation in opinion.

       Many politicians and fossil fuel industry representatives have claimed that fracking is “clean and safe,” but the findings in science and health reports beg to differ. Because the PA Departments of Health and Environmental Protection have ignored the crisis brought on by fracking pollution, government led studies on its health and environmental effects are scarce. Politicians have used this to their advantage over the years, telling the public they have nothing to fear because the Departments of Health and Environmental Protection have not found links between fracking and certain health issues or environmental pollution. This, however, is because they have not been looking. Fortunately, this gap has been partially filled by science-based nonprofits, independent newsrooms, and concerned public citizens. What we have learned from their studies, investigative reporting, and firsthand testimony is not encouraging.

       There are communities in PA where the residents have to drive out of town weekly to buy dozens of gallons of water to drink and bathe safely. This is because their well water was contaminated by cancer-causing toxic chemicals leaching from nearby fracking wells. There are numerous reports of farm animals, pets, and wildlife sickening or dying from contaminated drinking water and radioactive chemical waste released into waterways. In southwestern PA, an alarming jump in the rate of rare cancers has been recorded since 2008, when fracking started proliferating in the region. Only now, is the PA Department of Health planning a study that examines whether there is a correlation between the two.

       In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, which Democrats now fashionably claim to be concerned with, a recent scientific study found PA emits about one million tons of methane annually due to fracking. Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases, contributing to a quarter of all global warming. It is capable of about eighty times the warming caused by carbon dioxide.

       Out of a combined 253 politicians in the PA General Assembly, just a handful of Democrats favor a statewide ban. Even DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell, charged specifically with protecting the health of Pennsylvania’s ecosystems, will not publicly condemn the fracking industry. Some might have hoped June’s Grand Jury Report exposing the statewide scope of pollution and absent regulatory effort would be bombshell enough to spur state lawmakers into action, but alas money seems to have spoken louder than the cries of the sick.

       The Green Party of Pennsylvania has officially opposed the practice of fracking since 2008, when it was evident that the use of volatile chemicals could harm local communities and waterways. Unfortunately, the Greens were right. In the years since, we have heard the voices of the sick. We have seen the destruction done to our major waterways and delicate ecosystems. We know that the continuation of oil and gas drilling means more greenhouse gas emissions and the resignation of our planet’s climate stability. Thus far, our state’s government and business institutions have failed us, and they continue to lead us on a path to ruin. That is why the Green Party puts forth our candidates every election, so PA voters have a choice.

       On November 3, the GPPA will have candidates for PA Auditor General, PA Attorney General, PA Treasurer, State Representatives for Districts 23, 45 (write-in), 64, and 127 (write-in), U.S. Vice President, and President (both write-in). All Green Party candidates support a ban on the dangerous practice of fracking. The GPPA calls upon all citizens of the Commonwealth to become politically active, to raise awareness of the dangers of fracking, and to pressure elected officials to oppose fracking and provide relief to the communities and habitats that have been decimated. We strongly encourage those who are deeply concerned about public and environmental health to explore running for local office in opposition to fracking, or to help those who will run. The crisis in our Commonwealth requires the election of more environmental stewards.

More information about 2020 GPPA candidates can be found at: https://www.greenslate2020.org/. The GPPA is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s Four Pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org. Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/gpofpa/,  and Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA

For More Information, Please See: 

“Gas Drilling and Fracking,” Green Party of PA, https://www.gpofpa.org/fracking

Grand Jury Finds PA Failed To Protect Citizens During Fracking Boom,” Attorney General News Release, June 25, 2020, https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/taking-action/press-releases/43rd-statewide-grand-jury-finds-pennsylvania-failed-to-protect-citizens-during-fracking-boom/

“Municipal Efforts against Fracking are Grassroots Democracy” by Garret Wassermann, November 19, 2019, https://www.gpofpa.org/municipal_efforts_against_fracking_are_grassroots_democracy

“PA Greens Demand 100%$ Renewable Energy,” Green Party of PA, July 3, 2019, https://www.gpofpa.org/pa_greens_demand_100_renewable


Hawkins Slams House Energy Bill for Promoting Fossil Fuels and Nukes

September 26, 2020

 

Hawkins Slams House Energy Bill for Promoting Fossil Fuels and Nukes

 

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for President, criticized the Energy Bill (HR 4447) passed by the House this week as a continuation of the Democrats’ promotion of continued use of fossil fuels, which ignores the dangers of rapidly accelerating climate change, including its disproportionate impact on low-income minority communities.
 

“Democrats such as Biden, Pelosi, and Cuomo not only advocate a 30-plus-year go-slow approach to cut emissions, they actually promote fossil fuels, including wasting massive corporate welfare payments to promote carbon capture technology. Progressive Democrats in Congress like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) took the Green New Deal, the signature policy of the Green Party in the 2010s, and gutted it by rejecting the Green demand for immediate ban on fracking and a halt to new fossil fuel infrastructure and by extending the deadline for zero emissions from 2030 to 2050. Then the Biden and the Democratic platform dropped even mention of a Green New Deal,” said Hawkins, who was the first U.S. candidate to propose a Green New Deal with a 10-year plan to zero out emissions when he ran for New York governor in 2010.
 

More than 100 climate groups, including Food and Water Watch, Climate Justice Alliance and Indigenous Environmental Network, issued a statement saying “this bill will decrease environmental justice and increase environmental racism.” Food and Water Watch noted that “It attempts to greenwash carbon capture, advances policies that would actually increase oil production, seeks to release new sources of methane from our ocean floors, and promotes ‘advanced’ nuclear power as a so-called climate solution. This package would lock in continued extracting, processing, and burning of fossil fuels for decades to come.”
 

Hawkins also blasted the Democrats for promoting nuclear power. “The costs of nuclear power are now two to three times higher than most forms of solar and wind power. The four of the six new nuclear construction projects in South Carolina and Georgia that Biden promoted as vice president with loan guarantees have been abandoned due to cost overruns and construction delays. The same problems plague the remaining at two projects in Vogtle, Georgia. Those boondoggles only continue because Georgia is gouging ratepayers to waste more money on them. Nuclear power is dirty, dangerous, and too expensive. Biden apparently doesn’t care. He wants to please his campaign donors from the nuclear industry,” Hawkins said. Biden is the only presidential candidate this cycle to receive contributions from individuals associated with the Nuclear Energy Institute, according to Open Secrets.
 

Hawkins’ ecosocialist Green New Deal (GND) plan includes a multi-trillion investment in jobs, businesses, housing, schools, health care, and public transit in racially-oppressed communities that have been segregated, discriminated against, and exploited for generations. Two years ago, the International Panel on Climate Change identified how much carbon we had left to burn before pushing the planet across the tipping point for extremely dangerous global warming of 1.5º Celsius. In the last 2 years, the world has used up 20% of that carbon budget, leaving us just 8 years at the current rate. 
 

"Yet the Democrats want to wait 30 years to get to net-zero emissions. The term net zero is a fossil fuel industry favorite because it leaves the door open to continued oil and gas burning that is supposed offset by planting trees. We need those trees to draw carbon out of the atmosphere so we can reverse global warming. Trump calls climate change a hoax, but the Democrats act as if it is a hoax,” Hawkins said.

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PA Green Party Warns of Rule by Corporate Club

Green Party of Pennsylvania
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, September 20, 2020
 
CONTACT: 
Chris Robinson, Communication Team
267-977-0570 and [email protected]
 
PA Green Party Warns of Rule by Corporate Club
With a 5-2 Democratic majority, the PA Supreme Court ruled on 9/17 that Green Party Presidential Candidate Howie Hawkins, would be taken off the PA ballot for the General Election. This overturned a previous ruling by the PA Commonwealth Court.
In response to this loss, by the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org), Co-chair Alan Smith (Chester) lamented, "All the hard work we did, being forced to petition during a pandemic, risking our lives and the lives of others, over 30 volunteers painstakingly reviewing our petitions line by line, thousands of dollars spent in lawyers fees, and the courts still manage to kick two of our candidates off the ballot, one of them a queer, working class Black woman. The extensive bureaucratic processes to run for office or even get on the ballot are designed to keep everyday people disempowered and discouraged. If we want to live in a truly representative democracy we must push to eliminate these voter suppression techniques built into the system. We must rally to end these Jim Crow like processes so that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will have true freedom of choice and will not be ruled by a corporate club. As it stands now there is no integrity to our elections. They are fraudulent." 
 
In May, during statewide stay at home orders, the GPPA, along with the Libertarian and Constitution Parties, filed a petition for relief of candidate signature requirements. Much of the valid period for collecting signatures overlapped the COVID-19 pandemic and safety of petitioners was a big concern. The petition for waiving the signature requirement was denied, with the argument that the deadly pandemic did not constitute a “burden” for getting on the ballot.  
 
Despite the pandemic, Green Party volunteers came out in force and gathered 170% of the required signatures, successfully qualifying all state candidates for the ballot.  Almost immediately, the Democrats attempted to remove ALL Green Party candidates from the ballot by challenging 8,159 of the 8,551 signatures and citing irregularities in the nomination paperwork. This required a costly defense by the GPPA, a defense that was paid almost entirely by donations of individual voters.  A detailed analysis showed nearly every signature to be valid and testimony from the State showed that GPPA had submitted their paperwork as directed during a period when State offices were closed, and normal, in-person submission processes could not be followed. The Commonwealth Court then ruled in favor of the Green Party for all except Angela Walker as Vice Presidential candidate. The Democrats ultimately prevailed in removing Howie Hawkins, the Green Party Presidential candidate, by appealing the case to a predominantly Democratic PA Supreme Court. The other Green Party state-wide and district candidates will remain on the ballot for November.  
GPPA Steering Committee Member Jay Walker (Allegheny) said, “This is definitely a miscarriage of justice. The PA Department of State testified in court that they had told us we had filed everything we needed. They also testified that they checked with their higher ups AND with their attorneys to confirm that. No amount of legalizing will ever make up for how unjust it was to FORCE us to gather every single signature during a deadly global pandemic -- which we did -- and to then just kick us off the ballot anyway!” Walker is also a candidate for PA House District 23. 
GPPA Co-Chair Sheri Miller (Adams) warned, “I know there is a lot of fear around this election, however, the idea that any political party can successfully remove a legitimate opponent from the ballot through bureaucratic manipulation should greatly concern every person who wants to live in a free society, regardless of whether they personally believe a Green Party candidate on the ballot would swing the election to the ‘greater evil.’ The greater evil is the acceptance of disenfranchising voters in a democracy. What did this exercise in voter suppression accomplish? Possibly the loss of the election for the Democrats in PA as thousands of angry people, many of whom would likely have voted for what they considered to be the lesser evil, decide to stay home on election day, disgusted with this entire mockery of our democracy. Apparently the Democrats learned nothing from their loss in 2016!” 
Donations to the GPPA legal fund to help with court costs, may be made here, https://www.gpofpa.org/ballot_access_legal_fees. More information about 2020 GPPA candidates can be found at: https://www.greenslate2020.org/. The GPPA is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s Four Pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org. Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/gpofpa/,  and Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA

Green Party of PA Will End Housing Insecurity

 

By Justin Bell, member of the Green Party of Philadelphia City Committee. 

The elected leaders of Philadelphia, PA, are debating how to deal with three encampments of people who have no permanent homes. There have been several threats to remove the unhoused citizens using police force, and some of these threats have been reversed by the courts. 

 

As a Green Party of PA (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) leader, I do not approve of evicting the encampments. This would endanger those living in them and get us further from a resolution. In today’s climate we can not ask the police force to do anything responsibly or expect any accountability from them for the damage done in the process.  However the encampments are really just the surface of the core issue.  How do we end housing insecurities?

 

The Green Party would begin by ensuring that people do not become homeless. That part won't be easy. The Green Party’s Howie Hawkins, candidate for president of the U.S., has put forth an Economic Bill of Rights.  This would include ending poverty as we know it. Hawkins says, “We will end poverty by guaranteeing every person has an income above the poverty line. The income guarantee will be built into the federal progressive income tax structure. If your income is below poverty, the federal government will send you a monthly check to bring your income above the poverty line. . . . We will update the official poverty line to reflect a realistic income needed for self-sufficiency to pay for basic needs. Researchers find that 200% of the current poverty line is a more realistic poverty line.”

 

Hawkins continues, “The income guarantee we will enact is often called the Negative Income Tax (NIT). We prefer it to the Universal Basic Income (UBI) because it targets the benefits to those who need it, provides a sufficient benefit to end poverty, and costs a fraction of a UBI.” 

 

Hawkins would also guarantee every person a job. His Economic Bill of Rights says, “We will enact . . . a federal job guarantee to every American willing and able to work in public services and public works (infrastructure). If you cannot find a living-wage job in the private sector, you go to the Employment Office — not the Unemployment Office — and get your living-wage job. The program will be like New Deal’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s, but expanded to guarantee full employment.” 

 

This would help citizens become independent and buy their own homes as opposed to renting and being at the mercy of landlords.  It is also a great way to build generational wealth. There are many families that are not able to leave an inheritance to their heirs. This exacerbates the wealth gap and is especially devastating to black and brown communities.

 

The Green Party’s next step will be to pick up the pieces and make people who have already lost their homes whole again. “There are 10 abandoned houses for every homeless person in Philadelphia right now,”  said Cheri Honkala, director and co-founder of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC, https://www.facebook.com/ppehrc). Honkala was the Green Party’s candidate for vice president in 2012. 

 

Hawkins’ Economic Bill of Rights says, “Public housing and universal rent control is how we will provide affordable housing for all who need it within a decade. We will build 25 million new units of public housing in a 10-year, $2.5 trillion public housing program that is part of our Ecosocialist Green New Deal. 40% of the units -- 10 million units -- will be set aside for low-income people seeking affordable housing. This set-aside will more than cover the current shortage of 7.8 million units of affordable housing for low income (7.5 million) and homeless (400,000) households and individuals. These public housing developments will be high quality, humanly scaled, and designed to be energy efficient and powered, heated, and cooled by clean energy. This housing program will be a jobs program, a clean energy program, desegregation program, and a walkable communities program as well as an affordable housing program.” 

 

Offering affordable housing is a good start. In order to accomplish it, universal rent control and public housing will need to be widespread.  It will be controlled federally so that local organizations like the Philadelphia Housing Authority(PHA) cannot use funds inappropriately.  A good example of that would be the $45 million PHA headquarters, where one of the encampments has staged itself. Instead, a community lead board should be elected to establish and enforce laws regarding the illegal repurposing of properties. This would apply to developers removing people from their homes or landlords charging unreasonable amounts.  

 

These actions need to be taken with utmost urgency. The unhoused population is expected to increase by 250,000 people in the U.S. This is the beginning of a crisis situation in our country. Lisa Savage, a Green Party candidate for senate in Maine tweeted: “Homelessness is an abomination & completely preventable with the vast resources of the U.S. I support the demands of Portland's tent-out protest led by unhoused folks, including an eviction freeze & safe space for unhoused people. Housing is a human right!”  

 

On September 10, a third attempt by the city of Philadelphia to evict the encampments was unsuccessful.  Activists (including GPPA & PPEHRC) from all around the city showed up in force to prevent the removal. They were successful. In a press conference, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) stated, “We’re going to continue to try to do it the way we’ve been doing it, in an amicable way, in a non-forceful way. And we’ll continue doing that until we have to move it.”  So as of now, there is still a stand off.  The city offers temporary housing as a solution to a problem that is not temporary. We are going to need to think outside the two-party box in order to curtail this crisis.   

 

More information about 2020 GPPA candidates can be found at: https://www.greenslate2020.org/. The GPPA is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s Four Pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected]. Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/gpofpa/,  and Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA


For more information, please see: 

 

“Economic Bill of Rights” by Howie Hawkins for President, https://howiehawkins.us/the-economic-bill-of-rights/; and 

 

“Green Party of Philadelphia Joins the Fight for Housing Rights,” news release, July 26, 2017, https://www.gp.org/philly_greens_housing_rights.  

 


PA Greens Charge Democrats With Delaying 2020 Ballot

  
  
 Green Party of Pennsylvania
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, September 12, 2020
 
CONTACT: 
Garret Wassermann
[email protected] 
and
Chris Robinson, Communication Team
267-977-0570 and [email protected]
 
PA Greens Charge Democrats With Delaying 2020 Ballot
 
According to reports from the Associated Press, the PA Democratic Party has already signaled it intends to appeal a decision by Commonwealth Court to the PA Supreme Court. This on-going legal action risks delaying the printing and distribution of mail-in ballots, which are more critical than ever while the state still faces a lethal pandemic that makes typical events and voting systems unsafe. Any delay to the printing and distribution of ballots narrows the time window for voters to return the ballots in time to be counted.
 
“The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) calls on the PA Democratic Party to drop its frivolous legal challenge,” demanded GPPA Secretary Beth Scroggin (Chester). “Democrats should allow the mail-in ballots to be printed and distributed widely as soon as possible, and instead use their energy and money to join the Green Party in fighting against climate change, poverty, war, and the growing creep of fascism. The Democratic Party is now reinforcing growing concerns that cuts to the U.S. Postal Service by the current administration may further delay the return of mail-in ballots.”
   
Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins had been placed on the Pennsylvania ballot alongside the Green Party's other statewide candidates according to a ruling by Commonwealth Court Judge J. Andrew Crompton on 9/9. GPPA Co-Chair Alan Smith (Chester) explained, “The Democrats had sued saying our signatures were fake. More than 30 volunteers spent countless hours reviewing the signatures, which were ruled valid by the court. The Democrats sued saying our paperwork was inaccurate. The court ruled that our paperwork was valid except for one minor technicality with an affidavit. For that reason, Angela Walker, the queer, Black woman we nominated for vice president, will not appear on the ballot. The Democrats forced our people to spend thousands of dollars and countless hours in a frivolous lawsuit all to get a queer, working class Black woman -- who works for people, planet, and peace -- removed from the ballot."
  
"It is clear that we submitted sufficient ballot signatures to be on the ballot. Angela Walker should be listed on the ballot alongside myself," said Howie Hawkins. "Democrats are causing needless delay and disruption, because even as it stands with Angela not on the ballot, our presidential electors can still vote Angela Walker for Vice Presidential if we win Pennsylvania." Without Howie and Angela on the ballot, no one will be talking about moving away from fossil fuels (fracking is a huge problem in PA) to avert climate meltdown. No one will be calling for a 75% reduction in military spending to be reinvested in our communities.
  
The Democratic Party had initially alleged various "defects" with the Green Party's petition signatures before volunteer validators confirmed that many of these challenges were erroneous. For example, some false challenges brought by the Democratic Party include claiming that living people who signed the petition were dead when they could easily be confirmed to still be alive; claiming that some registered voters were not registered at the address they signed, when a quick check of the registered voter database confirmed the address; and claiming that perfectly-legible signatures were "illegible." After Green Party volunteers had validated that many of the challenges were in error, the Democratic Party agreed to drop its challenge against the signatures and the down-ballot candidates, but continued with legal action against the Green Party presidential and vice-presidential candidates alleging that their paperwork was incorrectly filed.
  
Garret Wassermann (Pittsburgh), leader of the GPPA Green Wave Team, said, “The Green Party also calls for the PA General Assembly to end voter suppression by enabling easier ballot access and switching to a ranked choice voting system. Greens in PA must collect hundreds or thousands of signatures to be placed on the ballot for state office, while many democratic nations around the world such as Canada and the UK require only 100 signatures or less to run for national office.”
  
Tina Olson (Northampton), GPPA organizer in the Lehigh Valley, expressed her dismay, “These outlandish moves by the Democratic Party to suppress the rights of Green Party voters come as a shock and disappointment. This kind of voter suppression is just one of the many reasons that voters end up staying home on Election Day. If we can’t exercise our right to vote for our own candidates, we can’t very well claim to be a fully-realized representative democracy.”
   
Donations to the GPPA legal fund to help with court costs, may be made here, https://www.gpofpa.org/ballot_access_legal_fees. More information about 2020 GPPA candidates can be found at: https://www.greenslate2020.org/. The GPPA is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s Four Pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected]. Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/gpofpa/, and Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA
    
For more information, please see: 
   
“Reject Militarism on the Anniversary of 9/11” by Howie Hawkins, September 11, 2020, https://howiehawkins.us/reject-militarism-on-the-anniversary-of-9-11/
 
“PA Greens will not be Silenced by Democrats,” Green Party of Pennsylvania News Release, August 12, 2020, https://www.gpofpa.org/pa_green_party_will_not_be_silenced_by_democrats; and 
 
“PA Green Party Fights against Election Fraud,” Green Party of Pennsylvania News Release, July 16, 2020,  https://www.gpofpa.org/forms/shares/new?page_id=3777
   
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Green Party: Allegheny County, PA, Must Ban “Less Lethal Devices”

 
  
Green Party of Pennsylvania
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 31, 2020
 
CONTACT: 
Jay Tin Walker
j[email protected]  
and
Chris Robinson, Communication Team
215-843-4256 and [email protected]
 
Green Party: Allegheny County, PA, Must Ban “Less Lethal Devices”

The Allegheny County Council has voted down a bill banning “less lethal weapons” by a vote of 12 to 3. The bill would have prevented the use of weapons like tear gas, flash-bang grenades and rubber bullets by the Allegheny County Police. The bill was introduced in response to the use of tear gas by the Pittsburgh Police against nonviolent, Black Lives Matter demonstrators. There were nine Democrats and three Republicans voting against the ban on “less lethal weapons.” The following testimony was delivered by Chair Jay Walker, Green Party of Allegheny County (GPOAC, www.alleghenygreens.org), at the Allegheny County Council meeting on June 9. Jay Ting Walker is also the Green Party candidate for PA Representative District 23. 

Green Party of Allegheny County supports legislation to ban “less lethal devices” -- By Jay Walker

Hi. My name is Jay Ting Walker, and I’m the chair of the Green Party of Allegheny County. I represent the more than 1,000 Green Party members in and around Allegheny County. Our party supports bill number 11516–20 as proposed by Councilpersons Hallam and Bennett. We completely agree that “less lethal devices” are much more dangerous than they are presented. We have seen firsthand the damage done by these devices. In recent weeks Pittsburgh police have utilized these weapons on our fellow residents. Across the country we’ve witnessed these “less than lethal” weapons become lethal weapons, and we refuse to allow that to occur here. Failing to pass this legislation could result in blood on your hands.

We would like the legislation to go further by including a minimum fine and for the charge to be more serious than a summary offense if “less lethal devices” are used. The suggested maximum prison term should be longer, so that use of these horrible and traumatizing methods results in more than just a slap on the wrist. We would also suggest expanding the legislation to include Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRADs) and K-9 units.

On behalf of our members who reside in every single council district in the county, the Green Party of Allegheny County demands that you not only pass this legislation but that you also waive its second reading to protect county residents as soon as possible. Our fellow county residents should not be punished by the police for clearly stating that Black Lives Matter. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the criminal justice reforms we need. Our society as a whole needs to reduce its emphasis on over-policing and make significant steps towards abolition. Council needs to take that into consideration as our county heads into budget season. We’ll be back.

GPOAC is a chapter of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA), an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s Four Pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected]. Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/gpofpa/, and Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA

 

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Badges-Canning Announces Run For Green Party In PA District 64 - ButlerRadio

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Originally published by:  
ButlerRadio.com – Butler, PA
 Friday, September 4, 2020
 
Badges-Canning Announces Run For Green Party In 64th District

Badges-Canning Announces Run For Green Party In PA District 64

By Tyler Frielon.  
 
 
      A local teacher, union leader, and community organizer has formally announced his intentions to run for a seat in the state House of Representatives. During a virtual rally Thursday night on Facebook, Michael Bagdes-Canning formally declared his candidacy for the District 64 seat currently occupied by Republican R. Lee James.
 
      Bagdes-Canning is a Green Party candidate with an anti-corruption platform focused on bringing green jobs to the district and expanding healthcare access. Bagdes-Canning also has committed to rejecting campaign donations from corporations, lobbyists, and the fossil fuel industry.
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PA Green Party Stands With Dr. Rachel Levine

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, August 24, 2020

 

CONTACT

Tina Olson
484-852-1883 and [email protected] 

and

Chris Robinson, Communication Team
267-977-0570 and [email protected]

 

PA Green Party Stands With Dr. Rachel Levine

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) unanimously upholds an unwavering commitment to ending harassment and violence towards LGBTQA+ by standing with Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of the PA Department of Health. This decision by the GPPA Steering Committee on August 16 was made in response to the continued transphobic attacks Levine has incurred. The platform of the Green Party of the U.S. says, “We affirm the right of choosing non-binary and gender fluid identifications. We therefore support the right of individuals to be free from coercion and involuntary assignment of gender or sex.”

Levine has helped Pennsylvanians receive the best advisories and resources to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Tina Olson (Hellertown), an organizer for Lehigh Valley Green Party, said, “We are proud to offer our encouragement and support to all Pennsylvanians of varying sexual orientations and gender identities. We collectively see our Secretary of Health as a heroine to all of us in the fight for social justice and equality among marginalized communities. We also recognize the incredible devotion Levine has exhibited by providing our Commonwealth with her expertise during this evolving health crisis.”

In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, it is truly unfortunate that the conversation has gotten twisted into an excuse to incite hatred and intolerance from both elected officials (who are expected to adhere to basic ethics, equal opportunity laws, and principles) and internet trolls (who represent the worst among us).  

One of the predominant themes of these attacks is the tendency to misgender Levine, which is a hateful theme of transphobia. These acts are ignorant, unfounded, and dangerous to our overall health as they are an attempt to undermine Levine’s work as a top-tier medical professional. Having to combat the conspiracy-driven, anti-mask crowd while keeping her head above brutal harassment, Levine has shown nothing but a steady hand in the face of adversity. 

From online attacks to incidents meant to devalue Levine and her life’s work, she has maintained grace and dignified professionalism in the line of fire. In a recent press briefing she said, “I want to emphasize that while these individuals might think they are only expressing their displeasure with me, they are in fact hurting thousands of LGBTQ Pennsylvanians who suffer directly from these current demonstrations of harassment.” 

Chris Robinson (Philadelphia), leader of the GPPA Communication Team, pointed out, “The Spring GPPA Delegates Meeting took a unanimous stand against gender and transphobic harassment.” Following that decision, Garret Wasserman, vice-chair of the Green Party of Allegheny County, said, “To fully support the Green Party's 10 Key Values, Greens must celebrate diversity and be inclusive and welcoming to all genders and sexual orientations, including non-binary and transgender folks who still face misunderstandings in society and even sometimes violent transphobia.”

As a graduate of Harvard University, Tulane University, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and as an accomplished pediatrician and professor at Penn Medicine, we should be marveling in the work Levine has done for all of us. From her team-building to combat eating disorders, to raising two children, to becoming one of the few transgendered individuals that hold an official government office, Levine has served as hope for younger generations to live in a world where we truly embrace each others’ diversity.

The Green Party insists that personal and individual freedom for all was the hope outlined for us in the conception of the U.S. Constitution. Hatred should have no home in the land of the free. 

The GPPA is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s Four Pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected]. Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/gpofpa/,  and Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA 

 

For more information, please see:

Green Party U.S. Platform; II. Social Justice; 5. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, https://www.gp.org/social_justice/#sjCivilRights

“Dr. Rachel Levine responds to transphobic comments: ‘I do not have time for intolerance’” by Madasyn Lee, TribLive.com, July 28, 2020, https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/dr-rachel-levine-responds-to-transphobic-comments-i-do-not-have-time-for-intolerance/;

PA Greens support Lavender Greens on Gender Affirmation,” GPPA News Release, April 7, 2020, https://www.gpofpa.org/pa_greens_support_lavender_greens_on_gender_affirmation; and 

Lavender Greens Caucus, Green Party of the U.S., https://www.facebook.com/LavenderGreens and  https://www.lavendergreens.net/about

 

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September 2020 Green Star

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September 2020


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

Green Party Members and Friends,

On August 3, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, http://www.gpofpa.org) delivered 710 nominating papers for our state-slate of 2020 candidates to the PA Board of Elections. They included more than 8,000 signatures from PA voters. Unfortunately, the papers have been challenged, and we are going to be headed back to court in order to defend your demand for more inclusive and representative elections.

This challenge was made by the same counsel who defended the PA Democratic Party (PADEMs) during our earlier plea to the Commonwealth asking for relief of signature requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor's restrictive orders on social gatherings. In the earlier case, the PADEMs argued that the Green Party did not have support and therefore shouldn't be given relief. Now, despite extreme difficulty, you have demonstrated a great level of support, yet the PADEMs intend to dismantle your hard work.

We need your help and donations to prepare our legal defense.

Legal challenges are costly, which is why we are once again asking for your financial support. However, you can greatly reduce the costs of this challenge by volunteering to review and validate the challenged signatures. The majority of the challenging work is arguing the validity of each and every signature submitted in our papers. You can be part of our team and work directly with our legal counsel to defend your candidates.

Click here to Volunteer.

This challenge is much bigger than the top ticket! The PADEMs are going after the whole state-wide slate which means they are trying to prevent the Green Party from obtaining minor party status in PA. State-wide elections are the only way permissible for an emerging party to obtain recognition by the Commonwealth as a minor political party. What we do now directly affects our campaigns for next year and after.

Please take action now! Sign up to volunteer, donate, and share this information that help is needed. It is up to your generous support and the power of an organized Green Party to ensure a free and fair election in November.

From Sheri Miller, Alan Smith and the GREEN STAR Staff.

 

 

 

GPPA News Highlights   

  edited by Chris Robinson 

 

The Great Green Clean-Up!

The Lackawanna County Greens are proud participants of PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway and The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail’s Adopt-A-Trail programs! When you think of a fun, socially distant, activity to do, cleaning up trash probably isn’t an immediate idea, but don’t knock it until you try it! Since meeting as a group is not in the best interest of public health, we decided to try something new and make a contest of who can clean up the most trash! First Place prize is a $50 Visa card, Second Place prize is a $25 Adezzo gift certificate, and Third Place will receive a $10 gift certificate to Zummo's. In order to participate in the Great Green Clean-Up, you must sign a waiver from PennDOT. Email us, and we will send you the waiver, [email protected] (show all)

 

PA Green Party Will Not be Silenced by Democrat

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, http://www.gpofpa.org/) received information that its four statewide candidates were legally challenged by the Democratic Party of PA on Monday, August 10. GPPA Co-chair Sheri Miller (Adams County) said, “This challenge comes barely a month after lawyers for the Democratic Party argued in federal court that the Green Party was not entitled to ballot access relief during COVID-19. Instead, they demanded that Greens carry out typical petitioning even during a global pandemic, putting Green volunteers at risk of catching the deadly disease. This new attack challenging the Green Party's successful petitioning, despite the barriers imposed, is yet another attempt to remove any non-corporate-backed competitors from the ballot and to limit voters’ choices to the duopoly.” (show all)

 

PA Greens Oppose Trump’s Repression of Dissent

In a July news release, GPPA said, “Like usual, Trump blamed the Democrats for the civil unrest, and the Democrats blame Trump and the Republicans. . . . The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) considers Trump’s actions a dangerous step toward authoritarianism. Leaders of the party condemned both the president’s words and his actions. GPPA Secretary Beth Scroggin of Chester County said, “We all must stand in opposition to Donald Trump's words and actions against peaceful protesters. If we do not speak out against the federal agents abusing and abducting those who are standing up for their rights and the rights of others, there will be no one left to stand for us." (show all)

 

 

 

Campaign Updates   

  edited by Chris Robinson  

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Jay Ting Walker for PA Representative, District 23
Jay told GREEN STAR, "We submitted 1,000 nomination signatures (more than twice the amount needed) to secure our spot on the ballot. We've had more than 30 volunteers and have already raised thousands of dollars. Our experience talking to residents has made it extremely clear that District 23 is strongly opposed to fracking. If the incumbent doesn't start speaking on the issue, he'll find himself out of a job in November. Climate change is bearing down on us, and we can't wait any longer for decisive action. The PA legislature on both sides of the aisle is captured by extractive industries, but the tide is turning rapidly as climate impacts grow.” Follow Jay’s campaign on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/JayTingWalker; Twitter, https://twitter.com/Jaytingwalker; or Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/jaytingwalker/. Donations and volunteers from across the state are more than welcome on my website, http://jaytingwalker.com/.

 

Garret Wassermann for PA Representative, District 45
Garret told GREEN STAR, “Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with my campaign. While unfortunately, we only collected about half the signatures necessary to get me on the ballot, we met voters, got the word out, and helped get statewide Green Party candidates on the ballot. I am planning to continue as a write-in candidate this fall, because the stakes are so high with the poor pandemic response, growing housing crisis, increasing likelihood of a major economic crisis, and of course the ever-present spectres of war and climate change. Residents of District 45 deserve a choice, and I will at least give them a choice to write in. I am also hopeful that this write-in campaign will help in organizing a permanent Green Party presence in the district so we can run more candidates in future years. For now, we're looking at postcards and signs to help get the message out before voters start receiving mail-in ballots.” You can learn more about Garret’s campaign or donate at http://www.votegarret.org/. Garret’s Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/VoteGarret/.

 

Michael Bagdes-Canning for PA Representative, District 64
Michael told GREEN STAR, “I am excited to be on the ballot. I am running for Pennsylvania House of Representatives because, for the 38 years I’ve lived in PA 64, I’ve watched our elected officials sit by and do nothing as we hemorrhaged jobs and young people. The incumbent, R. Lee James, has time and again thrown working families under the bus when it served the needs of his multinational corporate backers. Come November, we intend to win this election and fight for working people in Harrisburg!” You can follow Michael on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/mike4pa64/; Twitter, https://mobile.twitter.com/bagdescanning; Facebook, https://m.facebook.com/mikebagdescanning; and his website, https://www.mikeforpa64.com/.

 

Noel Antonio Rivera for PA Representative, District 127
Noel told GREEN STAR, “Our communities are torn apart and must be reunited. As a Green I intend to serve not only greens, but all constituents in my district, no matter their party affiliation. District 127 is currently in the planning stages of rebuilding the community and the local economy. I am very passionate about both efforts and would be honored to participate in such efforts as well as offering my own suggestions and opinions, like building an ecodistrict in the area. I encourage anyone to reach out to me directly with any questions or concerns.” Noel’s Facebook is, https://www.facebook.com/riveraforpa/. He can be reached at [email protected].

 

Three State-wide Green Party Candidates, https://www.greenslate2020.org/

 

Richard L. Weiss, Esq. for PA Attorney General
Richard told GREEN STAR, “My top three priorities as Attorney General will be: 1. Save the taxpayers money by reducing prison population by 50%. Only those who are actually a threat to the community should be incarcerated. Prosecutorial resources can then be directed to addressing violent crime, combating corruption and consumer protection. 2. Reform the system of policing. Citizen Review Boards are only a start. Community and police must establish standards of conduct and special prosecutors for police misconduct. 3. Promote restorative justice.”

 

Tim Runkle for PA Treasurer 
Pleased follow Tim on Facebook,https://www.facebook.com/Tim4ElectedOffice/

 

Olivia Faison for PA Auditor General.

 

 

 

Team Updates   

Finance Team by Tim Runkle

Finance TeamIf you are interested in helping, sign up HERE.

 

 

GreenWave Team by Garret Wassermann

GreenWaveThe Green Wave team thanks all of the volunteers and organizers who worked hard over the last few weeks of July to get our full slate of Green Party candidates onto the ballot. Greens filed more than 8500 voter signatures on over 700 pages of petitions when only 5000 signatures were required. Our team is now moving to defend those candidates from a Democratic Party challenge to our petitions, and Green Wave will be preparing for 2021 local elections. Please join us at our next meeting or the Greenwave channel on the GPPA Slack.

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

Communications TeamOur social media is on a roll. Facebook members up 17 percent, and Twitter followers up 16 percent. If you would like to join our team, please volunteer here. at https://www.gpofpa.org/, or to join online, sign up HERE.

 

Core Team by Charles Sherrouse

Core TeamIf you are interested in helping, sign up HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

National Green News   

  edited by Dave Ochmanowicz

 

 

Please volunteer to edit this page for future issues of GREEN STAR.‌ ‌Instruction is available. https://www.gpofpa.org/team_communications_join!

 

 

Green Party Ballot Access struggles from around the Country

Releases from Greens around the Country, accumulated by GPUS Media Team, summarizing the struggles for ballot access in the time of covid our locals are struggling with. (show all)

 

Green Party candidates will appear on Maryland ballots in November

Maryland voters will have more options this November – and Democrats will face a little more competition – after the Maryland Green Party’s petition for ballot access won state approval today. Their names now appear on the Maryland State Board of Elections 2020 General Election Candidate’s List. (show all)

 

 

 

Global Green News   

  edited by Hal Brown

 

Slaying enemies of equal rights and justice – an interview with Cleo Lake Chris Jarvis 2 August 2020

When Bristol’s former lord mayor Cleo Lake entered the Green Party of England and Wales deputy leadership election, it appeared that the incumbent – Amelia Womack – faced a serious challenger. Politicians with national name recognition are hard to come by in the Green Party. But thanks – for the most part – to her work addressing Bristol’s legacy with slavery, Lake is among the few who do have that profile.(show all)

 

Brazilian Green Party denounces Brazilian State in international court for crimes against humanityGlobal Greens Posted August 11, 2020

On Monday (10 August 2020), the Green Party protocol a complaint against the Brazilian State for Crime Against Humanity at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States - OAS. Among the accusations, Brazilian Greens affirms that the neglect of the federal government, which has already claimed the lives of 100,000 Brazilians, demonstrates the clear non-compliance with articles of the pact of the American Convention on Human Rights (San José Pact). (show all)

 

We Stand in Solidarity for Democracy: a Global Greens statement Global Greens Posted 17 August, 2020

Democracy is a core value of Green politics. The Global Greens stands in solidarity with all people who seek to attain and preserve the fundamental human rights which are ingrained in democracy. We are living at a pivotal moment globally: (show all)

 

German Green party youth wants to 'replace' police

The German Green party's youth organization, the Grüne Jugend, has defied the party leadership's line by calling for a radical reduction of the powers of state security forces, according to a newspaper report. The Grüne Jugend wants to "gradually eliminate state force as a means to resolve conflicts and replace it with prevention and cooperation," according to a policy paper seen by the taz newspaper.(show all)

 

 

 

GPPA Coming Events   

  edited by Chris Robinson

 

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

 

September 1, 6:00 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County Virtual General Assembly
Zoom contact and more information from: [email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/events/819359051856175

 

September 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:30 am
Noel Rivera for PA House District 127 Meeting of volunteers at Franklyn's Breakfast, Burgers, & Shakes, 1007 Penn Street, Reading. More information from: [email protected]

 

September 5, 12, 19, 26, noon
Bell-tolling & Shout-out for Justice
Germantown Avenue at Schoolhouse Lane, Philadelphia, PA
Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community
More information from: [email protected]

 

September 5, 5:00 pm
Demand Trump/Pence Out Now!
Independence Mall, Sixth and Market Streets, Philadelphia.
National Day of Action, Posted by Refuse Fascism Philly
More information from: https://www.facebook.com/events/398478737794787

 

September 5, 3:00 pm
Kipona Labor Day Celebration
City Island, Harrisburg. Live music, 15 food trucks, free parking
Be Seen Being Green!
More information from: http://harrisburgpa.gov/kipona/

 

September 10, 5:30 pm
Green Party of Berks County Meeting
Franklyn's Breakfast, Burgers, & Shakes, 1007 Penn Street, Reading.
More information from: [email protected]

 

September 13, noon
GPPA Virtual Conference Everyone is welcome. Please register in advance to receive ZOOM contact information
More information from:
https://www.gpofpa.org/2020_09_conf.

 

September 14, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Lackawanna County Meeting
More information from: [email protected]

 

September 21
International Day of Peace
More information from: https://internationaldayofpeace.org/

 

September 21, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Montgomery County Virtual Meeting
More information from: [email protected]

 

September 22, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Virtual Meeting
More information from: [email protected]

 

September 24, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Berks County Virtual Meeting
for login information text 610-207-0219
More information from: [email protected]

 

September 28
Week of Demonstrations for Medicaid
Sponsored by Put People First. Endorsed by Green Party of Allegheny County.
More information from:
https://www.putpeoplefirstpa.org/save-the-date-medicaid-marches-week-of-9-28/

 

September 27, 1:30 pm
Green Party of Chester County Virtual Meeting
More information from: [email protected]

 

October 6, 6:00 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County Virtual General Assembly
More information from: [email protected]

 

 

 

GPPA Meeting Dates for 2020:

  • September (virtual) - 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.


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Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team & Media Committee 

Issue Credits:

EDITORS: Chris Robinson, Dave Ochmanowicz & Hal Brown   
CONTRIBUTORS: Justin Bell, Hal Brown, David Ochmanowicz, Shane Rielly, Chris Robinson, Tim Runkle & Garret Wassermann
LAYOUT: Dannee Schoepfer & Hal Brown 
GRAPHIC ARTS: Kevin Richardson 


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Join us and help bring about a future where people and planet are valued over profits. We have a new, tiered membership structure that allows you to determine your level of commitment and support. And if you want to get more directly involved, consider joining an action team.  Work with other committed progressives and activists in activities such as planning events, developing media content, or helping with campaigns. Let's join together to make 2020 the year of progressives!

 

The Green Star is an official publication of the Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team * 2020 

PA Green Party Will Not be Silenced by Democrats

  
 Green Party of Pennsylvania
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
 
CONTACT: 
Garret Wassermann
[email protected]  
and
Chris Robinson, Communication Team
215-843-4256 and [email protected]
 
PA Green Party Will Not be Silenced by Democrats 
 
Planning to Keep Green Solutions for Health, Economic, and Environmental Crises on 2020 Ballot
 
Pennsylvania finds democracy and ballot choice under attack again as the Democratic Party has filed in court to prevent Green Party candidates from appearing on the November ballot. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) received information that its four statewide candidates were legally challenged by the Democratic Party of PA on Monday, August 10. 
 
GPPA Co-chair Sheri Miller (Adams County) said, “This challenge comes barely a month after lawyers for the Democratic Party argued in federal court that the Green Party was not entitled to ballot access relief during COVID-19. Instead, they demanded that Greens carry out typical petitioning even during a global pandemic, putting Green volunteers at risk of catching the deadly disease. This new attack challenging the Green Party's successful petitioning, despite the barriers imposed, is yet another attempt to remove any non-corporate-backed competitors from the ballot and to limit voters’ choices to the duopoly.”
 
The Green Party of the U.S. (www.gp.org) Presidential and Vice-Presidential Nominees Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker had filed for ballot access in Pennsylvania on Monday, August 3, 2020, alongside candidates Timothy Runkle for PA treasurer, Richard L. Weiss for PA attorney general, and Olivia Faison for PA auditor general. The candidates filed over 8,000 signatures -- 166% of the 5,000 signature minimum required by state law -- from voters across the state, which is a great triumph considering the challenges of petitioning during a pandemic and widespread stay-at-home and social distancing orders. Volunteers were provided masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer -- paid for by the party -- to remain as safe as possible while petitioning. The Commonwealth gave no special guidance or protective equipment. 
 
GPPA also created an unprecedented system of mail-in petitioning to gather hundreds of signatures in an effort to minimize the need for volunteers to physically petition in public. This system had to be quickly developed and implemented by party volunteers as the Commonwealth again could not provide any guidance on petitioning during a pandemic since the primary election petitioning period this year concluded in early February and was unaffected by COVID-19.
 
The Democrats’ legal challenge was filed on behalf of Paul Stefano, chair of the Lawrence County Democratic Party, and Tony C. Thomas, a registered Democrat that ran for city council in Wilkes-Barre last year. The challenge will be heard by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court where it will be decided whether or not Green candidates shall be placed on the ballot. Lawyers may be required to argue and present evidence of the validity of individual signatures on the petition, which can become a time-consuming and expensive legal fight.
 
GPPA thanks all of the volunteers and petitioners who put in hard, dangerous work this year at great personal risk during a global pandemic to ensure the Green Party met ballot access requirements set by state law, and condemns the anti-democratic challenge lawsuit by the Democratic Party to nullify all that work.
 
Pandemic requirements such as social distancing had made petitioning burdensome and unsafe for both petitioners as well as the voters with whom they would need to interact.  In light of such difficulties, GPPA initially filed a lawsuit in March 2020 against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, after the Wolf administration refused to respond to requests for relief. Greens asked the courts to reduce candidates’ signature requirements to zero.  With pushback from Governor Wolf’s administration and the Democratic Party, GPPA did not win the lawsuit and had to hustle to collect signatures — at least 2,500 for state-level candidates and 5,000 for our Presidential candidate — on short notice. 
 
Garret Wassermann, GPPA Green Wave team lead and candidate for PA Representative District 45, said, “The Wolf administration and the Democratic Party previously played politics with our lives and argued in federal court that we needed to do the petitioning work to get on the ballot even if there’s a pandemic. Now that Greens rose to that challenge and succeeded, they’re still going to challenge it in court to waste time and money. It’s crystal-clear that the Democratic Party does not believe in democracy.”
 
“Recent events are demonstrating what the Greens have been warning of for years. The pandemic, the racial lynchings by the hands of the state, the climate emergency — these compounding issues cannot be addressed without future focused and just actions,” said PA Treasurer Candidate Timothy Runkle. “The Greens are uniquely positioned to advance progressive policies that are based on the pillars of non-violence, social justice, ecological wisdom, and grassroots democracy. Over 40% of voters, a majority block, believe that challenging parties are needed to repair our governing institutions. The Democratic Party is fighting that majority.”
 
“It's time to change the law for getting on the ballot. No more risking lives petitioning in a pandemic,” said PA Attorney General Candidate Richard L. Weiss, who is running on a platform calling for development of police standards of conduct which are more appropriate to a domestic civilian population, special prosecutors to handle cases of police misconduct, and ending cash bail for people who pose no threat to the community. Weiss added, “This could be a watershed year in which everything changes.” 
 
Donations to the GPPA legal fund to help with court costs, may be made here, https://www.gpofpa.org/ballot_access_legal_fees. More information about 2020 GPPA candidates can be found at: https://www.greenslate2020.org/. The GPPA is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s Four Pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected]. Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/gpofpa/,  and Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA

For more information, please see: 
“PA Greens Participate in Nominating Howie Hawkins and Angels Walker for President/Vice President,” GPPA News Release, July 14, 2020, https://www.gpofpa.org/forms/shares/new?page_id=3776
 
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August 2020


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

ECO-COMPASSIONISM: Going Green Will Make the World Less Mean
  by GPPA Co-chair Alan Smith

The cold impersonal text message pierces the darkroom reminding me of my place in the social order. "We are terminating your lease effective September 1st please see our email to you for more details." The email explains how the couple that owns our house is prioritizing their financial well being for their retirement and is selling the house that we rent from them. Pouring salt on a gaping wound they wish us well and thank us for understanding. This cold-hearted reality is indicative of the times as the moratoriums on evictions are expiring all around the US and as landlords look to shore up their financial portfolio. An avalanche of homelessness and displacement is just beginning. My husband and I with our 500 credit scores and thousands of dollars in debt along with millions of others are deemed unworthy of being housed.

Housing should be a human right. Student loan forgiveness and an overall debt jubilee should be happening. Free universal healthcare should be in place. The trillions of dollars in economic stimulus that was given to Wall Street should have been given to Main Street.

Can it be any clearer that we need a new social order, one governed not by profit? Greens are working tirelessly around the world to bring about this change. Our work is especially difficult here in the US as we face onerous ballot restrictions, keeping us from holding elected office and a corporate monopoly on media keeping us and our message out of sight and unheard.

Here in Pennsylvania Greens have gone to court to fight these voting restrictions and the election fraud perpetrated by the corporate political duopoly. Great work in this legal fight has been done by Greens such as Carl Romanelli, Emily Cook, Tim Runkle, and many others. Some success has occurred in the past with our legal action resulting in the courts reducing signature requirements and requiring new voting machines. But currently, during this pandemic the current administration and the courts have argued that Greens need to be out in the streets risking their lives and the lives of others gathering signatures to get on the ballot, while State offices remain closed and courts operate virtually through webcasting.

A healthier, fairer, more just world is possible with Greens in office. A Green government would have not just put a temporary moratorium on evictions and bill payments. A Green government makes housing a human right, and ushers in a world where heating, water, food, and other living amenities are not commodities for corporate profit. The average worker in the US contributes over $100 an hour to the US economy but does not reap the benefits of that labor. A Green government would change that.

We need housing and financial relief NOW. Please vote Green and encourage others to do so. Please donate any time, talent, or treasure no matter how small to the efforts Greens are making to bring about a reality that doesn't feature cold, impersonal text messages reminding us to pay up in so many days or face ruin. Help Greens bring about a reality characterized by eco-compassionism, where people, planet, and peace are prioritized.

 

 

GPPA News Highlights   

  edited by Chris Robinson 

PA Green Party Fights Against Election Fraud

On July 14, the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of PA ruled against the Green Party’s request for a temporary waiver of some ballot access requirements. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/) Steering Committee is calling for volunteers and launching a two-week flurry of petition activity to place Green candidates on the ballot. The Green Party had sought relief from the Court before the August 3 deadline for nominating petitions . . . . GPPA is working with the Hawkins/Walker campaign, the 2020 Green Party nominees for president and vice president, to develop a strategy for meeting the ballot access requirements as safely as possible. The effort includes outfitting volunteers with face masks, gloves, and sanitizing equipment, as well as utilizing phone banking and other media methods to reach voters to let them know when a petitioner is in their area or how to mail a petition in to keep face-to-face contact to a minimum. (show all)

 

Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker for President/Vice President

On July 11, the Green Party of the U.S. held its Presidential Nominating Convention. While the world watched online, Howie Hawkins and his running mate Angela Walker received 210 of the 355 votes on the first ballot to win the nomination for president and vice president. The convention was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic . . . . Among those voting online, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA,www.gpofpa.org) had elected 19 delegates and alternate delegates. Of that total, eight were from the Green Party of Allegheny County (GPOAC, https://www.alleghenygreens.org/). Here is what three of them thought of the Nominating Convention . . . .(show all)

 

Philadelphia Green Party Joins Call to Defund Police

Members of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP,/https://www.gpop.org) announced their endorsement of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement as well as the protests that are a response to the murder of George Floyd. They encouraged people to get in the street and make their voices heard. However, they also asked participants to take precautions . . . . The Green Party will not let the movement for justice lapse when the hashtag stops trending. In order to implement the systemic changes needed, GPOP will continue to support honest officials who are not beholden to police unions or big business. Electing Green Party candidates is one sure-fire way to get our initiatives passed. Greens do not accept corporate contributions and are completely grassroots funded. This allows Green candidates to stand up for what they believe in and to vote with their hearts. (show all)

 

PA Green Candidate, “The COVID-19 Emergency Is Not Over” 

by Garret Wassermann

It is pretty outrageous and reckless that PA state legislators voted on a concurrent resolution to end the COVID-19 emergency declaration put out by Governor Tom Wolf. While the Republicans led the effort, most Democrats in the Senate along with several Democrats in the House joined them to make this a bipartisan bill. My opponent, current PA Representative Anita A. Kulik was one of the Yes votes, as was my PA Senator Wayne Fontana . . . . According to the Pennsylvania Constitution, the governor has the authority to declare an emergency and exercise special authority and powers, which is what Wolf was using to regulate business and order a lock-down. The Constitution also states that the state legislature may at any time revoke the emergency by passing a concurrent resolution bill. This bill does not require the governor’s signature, since it is a resolution and not a typical bill. That is, it’s just a statement, and it doesn’t become law; so the governor has nothing to veto. There are two huge problems with this resolution: its effect on public health, and its effect on workers and families . . . (show all)

 

 

Campaign Updates   

  edited by Chris Robinson  

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Jay Ting Walker for PA Representative, District 23
Jay told GREEN STAR, “We need to end occupations at home AND occupations abroad. It's all tied together. Imperialism and racial capitalism go hand in hand.”
Connect with Jay’s campaign on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JayTingWalker
Jay’s campaign website is https://jaytingwalker.com

 

Garret Wassermann for PA Representative, District 45
Garret told GREEN STAR, “Shell Oil doesn’t care about its workers. Shell doesn’t care about your children. Shell doesn’t care about the planet. It is all about their profits at all cost. Both my Republican and Democrats opponents in this race have already said they want more oil and gas jobs. What we really need is a #GreenNewDeal so we can create good jobs while also improving our health and saving the planet.” Garret’s campaign website is https://votegarret.org and his Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/VoteGarret/

 

Michael Bagdes-Canning for PA Representative, District 64
Michael told GREEN STAR, “For the past 10 years, I have been involved as a frontline organizer in the climate and anti-fracking fight. I served on the Planning Group of Marcellus Outreach Butler and the Better Path Coalition. I have also served on the Coordinating Committee of the PA Poor People’s Campaign (statewide) and a direct action campaigner with Beyond Extreme Energy (national).”

 

Noel Antonio Rivera for PA Representative, District 127
Tired of elected officials siding with big money over the needs of the people? We all are! Noel told GREEN STAR, “People are worth more than corporations. Human life is more important than money." Noel’s Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/Noel-Antonio-Rivera-For-State-Representitive-105284094595859 and he can be reached at [email protected].

 

Three State-wide Green Party Candidates
https://www.greenslate2020.org/

 

Tim Runkle for PA Treasurer
Tim agrees the statue of Christopher Columbus should be removed. He told GREEN STAR, “Columbus has always been a contentious figure. When Columbus came over he immediately started to look for resources, and he took advantage of people that were here and exploited them.” Runkle said, “Violence by policing an oppressed people started Day 1, as soon as Columbus landed on these shores.” Tim’s Facebook page can be found right here, https://www.facebook.com/Tim4ElectedOffice/

 

Olivia Faison for PA Auditor General
Olivia told GREEN STAR, "I don’t really think removing Confederate monuments is going to change the fabric of what is wrong with our country: the legacy of slavery and the fact that reparations have not been addressed. I truly believe that reparations will begin our country's healing process. Let's start with the debt that is owed, and a promise that was made: a promise of 40 acres and a mule. At today's prices and with accrued interest, that's one heck-of-a step towards economic parity for our most senior African Americans, those who have lived the longest with America's injustices towards the descendants of slaves.
“Many Americans are now finding it quite distasteful to accept the vicious acts of police violence and murder from yesteryear's legacy, carried out in today's modern time. So sure, take down those monuments, and move them to the museums. But will hiding those artifacts make us forget a world and a time, in that dark part of our American history, that ignored and hid the full truth and accuracy of an economic system built on the horrors of slavery and slave labor? Nah! It's been over 400 years, and we still remember!"
Olivia told GREEN STAR, “I don’t really think removing Confederate monuments is going to change the fabric of what is wrong: the legacy of slavery and the fact that reparations have not been addressed. Take them down, move them to the museum because represent a world and a legacy that we have questioned and many of us don’t accept,”

 

 

Team Updates   

Finance Team by Tim Runkle

Finance TeamHERE.

 

 

GreenWave Team by Garret Wassermann

GreenWaveTo join the Green Wave Team, please visit.
To receive an invitation to the next Green Wave virtual meeting, please contact: HERE to receive call info or email for more information!

 

Communications Team by Chris Robinson

Communications TeamIf you would like to join our team online, sign up HERE.

 

Core Team by Charles Sherrouse

Core TeamIf you are interested in helping, sign up HERE.

 

 

Global Green News   

  edited by Hal Brown

 

Amelia Womack leads campaign for universal basic income to support arts workers

Chris Jarvis 21 July 2020

Green Party of England and Wales deputy leader Amelia Womack this week wrote to chancellor Rishi Sunak demanding the introduction of a universal...(show all)

 

 

 

Green Party international coordinators must challenge the Mexican Greens

Derek Wall 10 July 2020

The International Coordinator position is one of the most hotly contested posts on the Green Party of England and Wales executive. This time around members have four...(show all)

 

Green Party of Canada

Greens call for charges against Meng Wanzhou to be dropped

OTTAWA – The Green Party of Canada is calling on the federal government...(show all)

 

Reforming land use is crucial to a sustainable society

Peter Sims and Anne Gayfer

Rewilding, vegan farming, new social housing, energy crops, more urban green space, solar Farms, nature reserves, growing more fruit and vegetables, bio-dynamic...(show all)

 

 

 

GPPA Coming Events   

  edited by Chris Robinson

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

 

August 3
Last day for Green Party candidates to circulate and file nomination papers.
BE SURE NOMINATION PAPERS HAVE BEEN FILED BEFORE THIS DATE.

 

August 4, 6:00 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County Virtual General Assembly
Zoom contact and more information from
More information from: [email protected]

 

August 6, noon
Hiroshima Day 75th Anniversary: Remembrance & Nonviolent Resistance
Lockheed Martin (world’s #1 war profiteer, U.S.' #1 nuclear weapons contractor) behind King of Prussia Mall, Mall and Goddard Blvds in King of Prussia, PA.
Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community. Endorsed by the Green Party of Philadelphia
more information: Here

 

August 9, 6:00 pm
Nagasaki Day 75th Anniversary: Plea for Peace
Saints Peter & Paul Cathedral Basilica, 18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA.
Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community. Endorsed by the Green Party of Philadelphia.
More information: Here

 

August 17, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Montgomery County Virtual Meeting
Virtual business meeting. Please email:
[email protected]

 

August 25, 7:00pm
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Virtual Meeting
For more information, please contact:
[email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/events/260828868556405/

 

August 29, Noon
Protest at Drone War Command
Air Guard Station, Easton Road (#611) at County Line Road, Horsham, PA.
Brandywine Peace Community with Bucks County Green Party, Montgomery County Green Party, Green Party of Philadelphia,
More information from: [email protected]
or:
[email protected]
or:
Brandywine Peace Community with Bucks County Green Party, Montgomery County Green Party, Green Party of Philadelphia,

 

August 30, 1:00 PM
Green Party of Chester County Virtual Meeting
For more information, please contact: [email protected]

 

September 1, 6:00 PM
Green Party of Allegheny County Virtual General Assembly
Zoom contact and more information from: [email protected]

 

 

GPPA Meeting Dates for 2020:

  • 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.


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Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team & Media Committee 

Issue Credits:

EDITORS: Chris Robinson, Dave Ochman, &Hal Brown   
CONTRIBUTORS: Tim Runkle, Chris Robinson, Garret Wassermann, & Jay Sweeney
LAYOUT: Dannee Schoepfer & Hal Brown 
GRAPHIC ARTS: Kevin Richardson 


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PA Greens Oppose Trump’s Repression of Dissent

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, July 26, 2020
 
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PA Greens Oppose Trump’s Repression of Dissent

President Donald Trump was recently recorded making this threat: “Well, I'm going to do something. That I can tell you -- because we're not going to -- New York and Chicago and Philadelphia, Detroit and Baltimore and all of these -- Oakland is a mess. We're not going to let this happen in our country. All run by liberal Democrats.” Like usual, Trump blamed the Democrats for the civil unrest, and the Democrats blame Trump and the Republicans.
 
Neither of the corporate parties have offered a solution. That has been left up to the Green Party.  On July 22, Green Party Candidate for President Howie Hawkins, said, “The real solution for increasing security in urban areas and reducing crime is to invest in those communities. We are campaigning for a Marshall Plan to rebuild impoverished communities and an Economic Bill of Rights to end poverty and economic despair.” The only real plans that will appropriately serve all Americans are coming from the Green Party. 
 
The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) considers Trump’s actions a dangerous step toward authoritarianism. Leaders of the party condemned both the president’s words and his actions. GPPA Secretary Beth Scroggin of Chester County said, “We all must stand in opposition to Donald Trump's words and actions against peaceful protesters. If we do not speak out against the federal agents abusing and abducting those who are standing up for their rights and the rights of others, there will be no one left to stand for us."
 
GPPA Co-chair Alan Smith also of Chester County, explained further, “The ruling class of the United States has always used violence and repression to further its aims and maintain its control. What's happening in Portland is just another clear example of this. From slave catchers to ICE agents, from union busters to FBI provocateurs, from CIA covert operations to overt military actions, the ruling class has used killing, kidnapping, torture, and caging to keep a destructive social order in place here in the U.S. and abroad. This social order exploits disproportionately Black, Brown, and Indigenous people while simultaneously destroying the planet. While their rhetoric may say otherwise both political wings of the corporate duopoly serve the interests of the ruling class. The current occupant of the White House employs federal agents to attack protesters. At the same time 37 senators with a D next to their name just voted to approve his expanded military budget. Their party is also on the verge of nominating as their leader the architect of a 1994 Crime Bill that has ravaged millions of Black and Brown lives. Now more than ever, is the need to build outside of this stifling political order. Now more than ever, is it clear to vote Green, to act Green, to be Green, to elevate people, planet, and peace over profit.” 
 
Similarly, Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Maine, Lisa Savage, tweeted, "The militarized police state in Portland, OR, looks a lot like an illegal deployment of military forces against U.S. civilians. As Senator, I'll protect our Constitutional rights and work to roll back decades of encroaching police state, surveillance, and mass incarceration policies."  
 
Howie Hawkins stated in his most recent press release the true depravity of Trump's intentions. “Trump is losing by a landslide. He is using militarized police as props to try and rescue his failing campaign.”  
“The Green Party considers these actions a dangerous step toward authoritarianism. Members of the party condemn both the president’s words and actions.” said Justin Bell, a member of the Green Party of Philadelphia City Committee. “This is government overreaching at its worst.” 
 
Some Democrats have also come out and condemned Trump’s actions. Unfortunately, solace will not be found in the Democratic Party. After all, President Barack Obama paved the way for Trump in 2011 by signing the National Defense Authorization Act. This NDAA included a section entitled "Counter-Terrorism," which authorized the indefinite military detention of persons the government suspects of involvement in terrorism, including U.S. citizens arrested on American soil. Since Trump has claimed both Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Antifa are terrorist organizations, it’s unclear if what is happening in Portland is technically illegal. Though to the rest of the nation it sure looks like an infringement on civil rights. 
 
“Trump is going in the opposite direction of what is needed. We need community control of the police and a transfer of funding from over-policing and harassing impoverished communities to providing living-wage jobs, affordable housing, and good schools, health care, and social services to these communities. We do not need a would-be dictator in the White House sending secret police to cities to escalate violence,” said Presidential Candidate Hawkins. “Trump is trying to rule by dividing people, but his abusive use of secret police will backfire and result in an even larger defeat. And, if the Republican Party fails to stand up to Trump, they will also pay a price at the polls.”
 
The Green Party of PA (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s Four Pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected] Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.
 
For additional information, please see
“Trump Threatens to Deploy 75,000 Federal Agents to U.S. Cities” by John Queally, Common Dreams, July 24, 2020, https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/24/were-ready-trump-threatens-deploy-75000-federal-agents-us-cities
 
“Hawkins and Walker Oppose Trump Sending Secret Police to ‘Democrat’ Cities,” Hawkins/Walker Campaign News Release, July 22, 2020, https://howiehawkins.us/release-hawkins-walker-oppose-trump-secret-police/; and 
 
“[ACLU] Seeks to Block Federal Law Enforcement Attacks on Journalists, Legal Observers in Portland,” American Civil Liberties Union News Release, July 17, 2020, https://www.aclu.org/press-releases/aclu-sues-federal-agents-portland
 
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PA Green Party Fights Against Election Fraud

On July 14, the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of PA, ruled against the Green Party’s request for a temporary waiver of some ballot access requirements. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/) Steering Committee is calling for volunteers and launching a two-week flurry of petition activity to place Green candidates on the ballot. The Green Party had sought relief from the Court before the August 3 deadline for nominating petitions, but the Court ruled that granting relief during a deadly global pandemic would “seriously and irreparably harm the State.”

 

The Federal Court ruling was in response to a joint lawsuit from the GPPA, the Libertarian Party of PA and the Constitution Party of PA regarding the ballot access laws of the Commonwealth. The three plaintiff parties had filed to request a waiver of petitioning requirements this year in light of the COVID-19 emergency. Petitioning is a state requirement of all candidates who file to appear on the ballot. It involves collecting physical signatures from voters that live in the candidate’s district on a paper petition form. The plaintiffs argued that collecting physical signatures from voters is incompatible with accepted COVID-19 safety guidelines as well as the Governor’s own mandates and orders. They asked for a waiver this year in order to protect the public health and safety during a pandemic.

 

Lawyers representing the Wolf administration and the Democratic Party argued in court that the Governor’s stay at home orders and mandates did not apply to ballot access petitioning and that the GPPA should have been petitioning in public spaces even during the “red phase” of COVID-19 response. Unfortunately, Judge Edward G. Smith of the U.S. District for Eastern PA largely agreed with that assessment, determining that the risk from COVID-19 to volunteers and voters was only “intermediate,” and therefore the parties should be required to meet all typical ballot access requirements this year despite the pandemic.

 

It feels like the governor is playing politics with our lives,” said Garret Wassermann, team lead for GPPA’s Green Wave committee and Green Party candidate for PA State Representative in District 45. “We should not need to put volunteers and the general public at risk just to get on the ballot. How is this democracy?”

 

We can close schools, shut down businesses, move entire primary elections and switch to mail-in ballots due to COVID-19, but allowing more candidates into the November election would somehow irreparably harm the Commonwealth?” asked Timothy Runkle, Green Party candidate for PA State Treasurer. “According to the governor, the Democratic Party, and the courts, there's no potential harm in placing our volunteers door-to-door, face-to-face in the midst of a pandemic. The public's fears, concerns, and precautions are apparently not relevant.”

 

"In 2020, all across the U.S. we have seen the COVID-19 pandemic used as a voter suppression tactic from closing polling places to canceling elections. Here now is an even greater affront to democracy as the Wolf administration and a judge have decided to restrict Pennsylvania voters choices on the ballot. This decision by the Court amounts to legalized election fraud by the two ruling parties,” said Alan Smith, co-chair of GPPA. “Right now over 80 seats for the PA General Assembly, about 40 percent of the House and about 25 percent of the Senate, are running unopposed because of the measures in place to keep people off the ballot. What good is our vote if we don't get a say in who we get to vote for? Being able to be on the ballot is crucial for true democracy to take place."

 

GPPA is working with the Hawkins/Walker campaign, the 2020 Green Party nominees for president and vice president, to develop a strategy for meeting the ballot access requirements as safely as possible. The effort includes outfitting volunteers with face masks, gloves, and sanitizing equipment, as well as utilizing phone banking and other media methods to reach voters to let them know when a petitioner is in their area or how to mail a petition in to keep face-to-face contact to a minimum.

 

We’ve never had to petition during a pandemic before, there is no roadmap or historical guide,” said Wassermann. “Other states have had their signature requirements reduced or even eliminated, or switched to electronic petitioning, but PA apparently does not believe in making any changes to protect public safety and democracy during a pandemic.”

 

Volunteers can request a petition from GPPA and sign up for canvassing at https://www.gpofpa.org/request_petition_by_mail. Questions can also be directed to Tim Runkle and the Green Wave committee at [email protected], or your local Green Party. A list of Green Party locals is available at: https://www.gpofpa.org/counties. Donations toward petitioning costs, including COVID protective gear this year, are also welcomed at https://www.gpofpa.org/gw_donations. Volunteers can also sign up with the Hawkins/Walker campaign to help contact voters at https://howiehawkins.us/phone-banking-info/.

 

The Green Party of PA (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s Four Pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected].  Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.

 

 


PA Greens Participate in Nominating Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker for President/Vice President

 

On July 11, the Green Party of the U.S. held its Presidential Nominating Convention. While the world watched online, Howie Hawkins and his running mate Angela Walker received 210 of the 355 votes on the first ballot to win the nomination for president and vice president. The convention was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Howie Hawkins thanked the Green Party for nominating him, saying, “Our campaign will reach out to the tens of millions of voters who are not represented by the two parties of the millionaires and billionaires, to the independent voters who have rejected both parties and to the ‘hold your nose’ voters who reluctantly vote for candidates they do not like, from political parties they do not trust.”

Hawkins/Walker had already received the nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party and the Socialist Party USA. Their campaign had also qualified for federal primary matching funds, which means that all donations to their campaign will be matched by the federal government.

Among those voting online, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) had elected 19 delegates and alternate delegates. Of that total, eight were from the Green Party of Allegheny County (GPOAC, https://www.alleghenygreens.org/). Here is what three of them thought of the Nominating Convention:

Garret Wassermann, vice-chair of GPAOC and Green Party candidate for PA House District 45, said, “Howie and Angela are the perfect working-class ticket to represent Green values and the party's Green New Deal. That is sorely needed as we face the economic fallout of the COVID-19 health crisis and climate change.”

 “A vigorous presidential campaign can energize voters and turn them into activists,” continued Wassermann, “particularly if there's a strong set of policies they can't find anywhere else. We're lucky to have Howie and Angela this year fighting for a Green New Deal, a National Health Service, community control of the police, and much more -- all solutions you'd never hear from Democratic or Republican Parties. As the word gets out about Green values and policies, and the Democrats and Republicans continue to show their lack of leadership during a time of COVID-19 global crisis, I am confident we'll see more and more people seeking alternatives like the Green Party of Pennsylvania in order to build new institutions for a better future based in social justice, ecological wisdom, democracy, and peace.” 

I joined the Green Party just last year,” said Beth Schongar, a GPOAC member. “There are two things that drew me to the Green Party and both were on display at the Presidential Nominating Convention, which I found very reassuring as a new member. First, the Green Party realizes that half measures will not address the major issues we need to confront, especially environmental devastation, militarism with its human and economic cost, and the marginalization and violence suffered by many groups of people in our society -- such as non-white people, gender non-conforming people, people with health/mental issues, poor people, immigrants, and people with disabilities. The Green Party is working on detailed, practical proposals to change the way our society runs while preserving freedom and community participation.”

Those values bring me to the second element that draws me to the Green Party,” continued Schongar. “Several speakers such as Cam Gordon, the Minneapolis city council member, talked about how Green Party Values are used in daily decision making. The Green Party has Four Pillars and Ten Key Values that all Greens refer to and use when evaluating a course of action. I strongly support these principals. The Democrats and Republicans construct a new platform and a new set of speeches with each election to reflect the plans of their nominee after they select someone. The Greens are always working from a common starting point, even when the best path to the goals is under debate. I feel that this consistency makes it possible to support the party as a whole, even when I may not know in detail the proposals of every candidate at every level.”

Chair of GPOAC Jay Ting Walker, who is also the Green Party candidate for PA House District 23, explained, “Our nominee Howie Hawkins has already greatly energized our recruiting across PA but definitely here in Pittsburgh. We've been having our biggest meetings yet even with the transition to Zoom. People are excited that there's at least one ticket running nationwide that strongly supports Medicare for all, housing as a human right, and a ban on fracking.” 

The Green Party of PA (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s Four Pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected].  Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

For More Information:

Ten Key Values,” Green Party of the United States, https://www.gp.org/ten_key_values_2016

Syracuse's Howie Hawkins, a lifelong activist, is Green Party's nominee for presidentby Robert Harding, Auburn Citizen, July 12, 2020, https://auburnpub.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/syracuses-howie-hawkins-a-lifelong-activist-is-green-partys-nominee-for-president/article_d592c686-3440-51da-abcd-df569564e258.html

Hawkins Nomination Speech,” Hawkins/Walker News Release, July 11, 2020, https://howiehawkins.us/hawkins-nomination-speech/

Howie Hawkins wins Green Party nomination, Angela Walker his running mate,” GPUS News Release, July 11, 2020, https://www.gp.org/hawkins_wins_green_party_nomination

Hawkins Wins PA Presidential Caucus,” GPPA News Release, May 4, 2020, https://www.gpofpa.org/hawkins_wins_pa_presidential_caucus_2020_green_primary   

 


July 2020 Green Star

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

Police Brutality, White Supremacy and Reparations
  by GPPA Co-chair Alan Smith

For the past four months we have stopped what we were doing. We have taken drastic, life altering, paradigm shifting changes in order to deal with a global pandemic. The same energy is needed now in dealing with a 400 year old pandemic called white supremacy. It's the brutal treatment by white enslavers on ships sailing across the Atlantic, and the bombing of dark skinned peoples by a Black president with drones flying high in the sky. It's 17 year old Antwon Rose, Jr, killed by a white police officer in Pittsburgh and a black neighborhood in Philadelphia bombed by a Black mayor. White supremacy is a world-wide disease characterized by the dehumanization and devaluation of Black life.

Thus, George Floyd's murder is not an aberration. Ahmaud Arbery's murder is not an aberration. Breonna Taylor's murder is not an aberration. Tony McDade's murder is not an aberration. All were murdered in the name of "public safety." Black bodies have been systematically denied safety, and Black human beings have historically been excluded as part of the general public. Blackness itself has been criminalized. Blacks have been lynched to "protect and preserve" a social order. Who and what then is being protected and preserved? In the call for law and order and public safety, it is capital, property, structural/social arrangements, and white supremacy that are being protected and preserved.

Armed to the hilt, clad in riot gear and barking orders, shooting, throwing chemical weapons and running over people with their vehicles, the police have been responding to protest against police brutality with more police brutality because their core responsibility is to protect and serve the ruling class which is inherently a cruel and vicious endeavor. Continue reading article here for a list of 12 specific REPARATIONS actions.

 

 

GPPA News Highlights   

  edited by Chris Robinson 

MontCo People’s Press Conference & Rally
On June 15, a press conference and rally were held at the Montgomery County (MontCo) Courthouse to announce an action inspired by collective activism to remove MontCo Commissioner Joseph Gale. Gale had declared, on official county letterhead, that Black Lives Matter activists are “perpetrators of urban domestic terror,” a “radical left-wing hate group,” and “falsely claiming they, in fact, are victims.”
In response to the public outcry, the diverse women organizers created PA Women Rise (PWR), which sponsored this press conference and rally. Co-hosts were Green Party of Montgomery County and Temple National Lawyers Guild.(show all)

 

Fear and Unity in Elizabethtown, PA
”A tremendous bonding of the community occurred during the Black Lives Matter protest in Elizabethtown. We saw what solidarity with an oppressed population looks like. Our community members demonstrated that they are listening, hurting and willing to learn. We saw an understanding between our police department and community that will strengthen the relationships that are vital to a just society. However, a fear preceded the event that exposed the very issue for which it was purposed. The words “black”� and “protest”� combined in a way to cause “fear”� and “panic”� for some. The mention of the movement that demands change to a system of injustice compelled the precise reaction for why it exists. Folks, open your dictionaries and review the definition of racism. I understand there was worry of looting that occurred in a few other locations. I heard the rumors that buses with anti-facist groups might arrive. I believe some businesses fell into the trap. They seemingly pleaded for anyone with a concealed-carry permit to help -- and then militia occupied our downtown. As the Elizabethtown community bonded together, some business owners were essentially watching them from the buttstock of a gun.” From a Letter to the Editor by Timothy Runkle, Elizabethtown, in Lancaster Online, June 12, 2020. Tim is the treasurer of GPPA and chair of Lancaster County Green Party.(show all)

 

GPPA Elects Delegates to Presidential Nominating Convention
On June 7, 28 Green Party of PA (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) elected representatives from 10 county chapters participated in a virtual meeting to elect delegates to the Green Party U.S. (GPUS) Presidential Nominating Convention. They were joined by 12 observers.
The GPPA members elected eleven delegates to the GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention, which will be held online on Saturday, July 11. The PA delegates will vote to nominate the candidates who won the Green Party’s PA Presidential Caucus in April. In the first round, six PA delegates will vote for Howie Hawkins (New York), who won the PA Caucus, while five PA delegates will vote for Dario Hunter (California). Hawkins is currently leading with 155 delegates (192 are needed for nomination), having won 26 of Green Party state caucuses (out of 33 completed).
Among the elected delegates from PA will be Kristin Combs (Philadelphia), co-chair of GPUS; Hillary Kane (Philadelphia), treasurer of GPUS; Alan Smith (Chester), co-chair of GPPA; Beth Scroggin (Chester), secretary of GPPA; Jay Walker, chair of Green Party of Allegheny County; and David Ochmanowicz, chair of Green Party of Bucks County. Also elected as a delegate was Cheri Honkala (Philadelphia), the 2012 Green Party candidate for vice president of the U.S.(show all)

 

 

Campaign Updates   

  edited by Chris Robinson  

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Garret Wassermann for PA Representative, District 45
Garret told GREEN STAR, “There is now an ordinance being considered at the Allegheny County level that would ban the use of tear gas, pepper spray, and other chemicals used by police in crowd control. Tear gas is actually banned for use during war by international law. Yet somehow police are allowed to use it domestically? It’s literally a chemical attack on our neighbors and should not be tolerated. I support this ordinance at the county level, and would introduce a similar statewide ban on chemical attacks by police when I am elected state representative.” For more information visit his website https://votegarret.org and his Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VoteGarret/

 

Jay Ting Walker for PA Representative, District 23 
Jay told GREEN STAR, “I'm finally happy enough with the momentum building in the Green Party of Allegheny County and Green Party of PA to focus heavily on my campaign. We raised a couple thousand dollars over a couple of days and are rapidly building a robust campaign team. We also have a large and growing volunteer base to tap in to. My opponent will not get away with avoiding the fracking issue any longer and that's just the beginning of the blunt conversations we'll be having in our district." 
You can donate to Jay's campaign at This PayPal ink. Connect with Jay’s campaign on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JayTingWalker. Jay’s campaign website is https://jaytingwalker.com. Jay's campaign has volunteers from across the state and country. If you'd like to volunteer for an exciting well resourced campaign reach out to Jay through his website.

 

Three State-wide Green Party Candidates https://www.greenslate2020.org/

 

Tim Runkle for PA Treasurer
Tim told GREEN STAR, “The PA Democratic Party argues that it is too easy for anyone to meet the restrictive ballot access requirements of the Commonwealth. At the same time they provide an example of how easily it can be done. Their plan: mail 1% of the registered voters in Pennsylvania, request that they fill out a nomination paper, and mail it back. In that situation, the political body would need only a 5.8% response rate to collect 5,000 signatures. 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗼𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗰𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗔𝗗𝗘𝗠𝗦 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝗮 𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗽𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘁, $𝟭𝟬𝟮,𝟯𝟰𝟬. This is why we're forced to go to court to seek relief. The corporate parties will not fight for democratic reforms.” Tim’s Facebook page can be found right here, https://www.facebook.com/Tim4ElectedOffice/

 

Olivia Faison for PA Auditor General
Olivia told GREEN STAR, “It's hard for me to comprehend why law enforcement officials, media and politicians don't seem to get it. When law enforcement itself, (in the form of police officers), breaks the law, and further shows contempt for the law (blatantly committing the brutal crime of murder, on video, for the world to see), the citizens who respond by protesting, rioting and looting, are showing the same contempt and disregard for the law which police officers have shown towards taking a man's life. Property can be replaced! George Floyd's life cannot! Look in the mirror law enforcement! Violence begets violence! Lawlessness practiced by law enforcement, begets lawlessness practiced by the population! This is not an excuse; this is the reason!”

 

Richard L. Weiss, Esq. for PA Attorney General
Richard told GREEN STAR, “In order for society to function, the public must support our police. In order for that to happen, we must have police worthy of support. We need to develop police standards of conduct that do not unnecessarily escalate use of force -- standards that are more appropriate to policing a domestic civilian population, rather than occupied territory in a warzone.
“Simultaneously, we need special prosecutors to handle cases of police misconduct. Ordinary prosecutors need police help in prosecuting cases, and help from police unions in getting reelected, and police protection from criminals. Therefore, there is a conflict of interest, and special prosecutors with their own security force are needed for prosecution of police.
“We should also end cash bail and stop imprisoning people who pose no threat to the community and have not been convicted of any crime. This and not charging a crime for mere possession or use of cannabis will reduce the prison population, cut down on tensions between police and the public, as well as save money wasted on expensive and unnecessary incarceration."

 

 

Team Updates   

Finance Team by Tim Runkle

Finance TeamTo join the Finance Team, please visit HERE.

 

 

GreenWave Team by Garret Wassermann

GreenWave

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

Communications TeamThe ComTeam door is wide open for volunteers to work on GREEN STAR. We need editors for GPPA News Highlights, National Green News, and Global Green News. Also, if you want to write a “Why I’m Green” story for us, please visit, https://www.gpofpa.org/why_im_green. Please step over the threshold and join the ComTeam. To volunteer please visit, at https://www.gpofpa.org/team_communications_join.

 

Core Team by Charles Sherrouse

Core TeamIf you are interested in helping, sign up HERE.

 

 

 

National Green News   

  edited by Gayle Morrow

Rhode Island Going Rogue
“In a state committee vote taken over the Memorial Day weekend, the Green Party of Rhode Island, one of the nation’s oldest Green parties, has broken ranks with the national party and decided not to nominate a candidate in this year’s presidential election. Instead, the local party will focus on local and state races, and a campaign to adopt ranked choice voting for state elections.” (show all)

 

Court Rejects Push to Have Debates Welcome 3rd-Party Candidates
If someone were to ask you the first and most important thing a candidate can do to gain name recognition what would you say? For me it would be to participate in the televised debates. However, the Commission on Presidential Debates, that presents as non-partisan but which the nonprofit, Level The Playing Field, claims is anything but nonpartisan has set one particular rule that makes participation for third parties just about impossible. Candidates must be polling at 15%. That’s before they debate on television where candidates get name recognition so that they can poll at 15%. Kind of a neat plan for Republicans and Democrats, wouldn’t you say?(show all)

 

Here we have the hype spelled out by Madelyn Hoffman, candidate for U. S. Senate from New Jersey
“How far will voters allow the Democratic Party to fall before they abandon the Party altogether? How many elections will come and go with voters demanding a socialist or democratic socialist agenda, while the Party establishment tells them to hold their noses, forget their ideals, and vote Democrat, because the establishment-chosen candidate is not as bad as the other candidate, and is the only electable choice?” (show all)

 

Greens all over the world are taking note and making statements on the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis PD and the Black Lives Matter movement. Some follow
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Ireland
New Zealand
Federation of Young European Greens
Green Party of the EU puts forth a resolution to condemn racism in the British Parliament which was passed on 19 June. (show all)

 

Greens are seeking relief from petition requirements due to COVID in at least 10 states
PA MD OH AR

 

Green Party: New York should stop giving Stock Transfer Taxes back to Wall Street
The state would be able to prevent an estimated 20% in budget cuts to essential services like education by keeping those tax dollars, says Green Party Co-chair, Peter Lavenia.(show all)

 

Hawaii’i Green Party appeals to voters to join “the party [that] is a fertile ground where voters, frustrated with their limited choices, can make a statement of their desire for progressive change.”
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Global Green News   

  edited by Gayle Morrow

Green Party of UK & Wales elects new leaders
A big SIGH… UK Green Party is electing new leaders who are unhappy with their 2.7% support in the last Parliamentary elections. Gee, US Greens would be happy with the .7%.(show all)

 

Youth wing of the Green Party of England & Wales speak out. Listen to the youth or become a dead party
“We’re not going to defeat the twin evils with business-as-usual politics. Radical change to save the planet means a politics radically different to the status quo; a clean break from the decaying virus of neoliberalism.”(show all)

 

Urging Greens to stop competing in national Parliamentary elections and focus on what we’re good at—local 
“Let’s face it – beyond Caroline Lucas, the Green Party of England and Wales is unlikely to be a significant party at the level of national government any time soon. At the very most Greens may win parliamentary seats after another two general elections, which means, nationally, playing the long game.” So maybe Rhode Island [see U. S. Greens {https://upriseri.com/2020-05-29-ri-green-party/}] is on the right track?(show all)

 

Contemporary subject Greens are discussing—Police violence
NZ Police Association angered by Green Party's letter rallying against armed cops in wake of George Floyd's death. "We only have to look to the United States to see how violent things can get under a militarised police force," Davidson said. "This is especially so for minorities and communities of colour."(show all)

 

CA_Green Party leader Elizabeth May calls RCMP 'a racist institution'(show all)

 

Against paltry payments to those who lost their jobs due to COVID_(show all)

 

File this under “We’re probably never going to be doing this here.”
We’ve learned in the past that the Green Party of Ireland gets a seat at the table because “coalition” isn’t a dirty word. Here they are making a typically Green demand because they have a voice. Sigh…(show all)

 

 

GPPA Coming Events   

  edited by Chris Robinson

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

July 1, 9:00 am
Shut Down Berks!
Call Berks County Commissioners to demand that they shut down the Berks County Detention Center, the unlawful prison holding immigrant families.
https://www.facebook.com/events/995571094177458

 

July 1, 8:30 pm
Green Party of Chester County Virtual Meeting
interested parties should contact [email protected]

 

July 2, 11:30 am
Stop Banking the Bomb
PNC Tower, 300 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. Endorsed by the Green Party of Allegheny County.-
For more information, please contact [email protected]
Or go to their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/280866522968523/

 

July 2, 7:00 pm
Iraq: Occupation, Governance, Protests
Webinar with Shamiran Mako, MA Peace Action,
https://actionnetwork.org/events/webinar-iraq-occupation-governance-protests

 

July 2, 8:30 pm
Dauphin -- Lancaster Greens Call
Interested parties must RSVP at https://www.gpofpa.org/2020_07_02_daulan

 

July 4: 2:00 pm
Rally for Black Trans Lives & Liberation
Philly Black Trans Assembly, I-95 Park, South Front and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia
https://phillyprotest.com/event/black-trans-assembly-for-abolition/

 

July 7, 6:00 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County Virtual General Assembly
Zoom contact and more information from [email protected]
More information from: [email protected]

 

July 9 -- July 12
Climate Justice, Social Justice, Economic Democracy, GP U.S. 2020 Annual National Meeting
This convention will feature candidate speeches, guest speakers and approval of the Green Party’s 2020 platform. The Green Party strives to allow any Green to attend our national meetings. As the only political party that refuses corporate donations, we acknowledge a registration fee can be a financial burden for some Greens. Therefore, we never turn anyone away because of the cost of registration. Members may register right here. https://www.gp.org/convention For other registration questions, please email [email protected]
https://www.gp.org/convention

 

July 11, noon -- 7:00 pm
2020 Green Party U.S. Presidential Nominating Convention
The Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention will be broadcast LIVE, for free on the Internet for all, on Saturday, July 11, starting at noon. Please support this launch of our General Election campaign for President and Vice President by donating to the Green Party today!
More information from:
https://www.gp.org/donate_stripe

 

July 18, 9:00 am
Let’s Go Paddling
Paddle down the Allegheny River with Defend Ohi:Yo’. Launch near South 9-Mile Road and Route 219, Allegany, NY.
https://www.facebook.com/events/194001238613211

 

July 18, 11:00 am
Stop Banking the Bomb
PNC Tower, 2031 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. Endorsed by the Green Party of Allegheny County.
More information from: [email protected]

 

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

 

July 25, 1:00 pm
Green Party of Wayne County Virtual Meeting
For more information, please contact [email protected]

 

July 26, 1:00 pm
Green Party of Chester County Virtual Meeting
For a link interested parties should contact [email protected]

 

July 28, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Philadelphia Virtual Meeting
For more information, please contact More information from: [email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/events/260828875223071

 

August 3
Last day for Green Party candidates to circulate and file nomination papers.
BE SURE NOMINATION PAPERS HAVE BEEN FILED BEFORE THIS DATE.

August 4, 6:00 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County Virtual General Assembly
Green Party of Allegheny County Virtual General Assembly Zoom contact and more information from [email protected]

MIGHT INCLUDE HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI DAYS IN AUGUST

 

GPPA Meeting Dates for 2020:

  • 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.


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Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team & Media Committee 

Issue Credits:

EDITORS: Chris Robinson, & Gayle Morrow   
CONTRIBUTORS: Tim Runkle, Chris Robinson, Garret Wassermann, & Jay Sweeney
LAYOUT: Dannee Schoepfer & Hal Brown 
GRAPHIC ARTS: Kevin Richardson 


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Everything we do is based on our Four Pillars and Ten Key ValuesIf you find that you share these ideals, come and join the movement.

You can support the Green Party in many ways; however, a monthly sustaining donation helps to fund a solid infrastructure to help local chapters coordinate candidates and provide resources to make their campaigns successful.  As little as $3 per month can have a significant impact! 

                     Sustaining Donation           Single Donation          Purchase Green Merchandise

Join us and help bring about a future where people and planet are valued over profits. We have a new, tiered membership structure that allows you to determine your level of commitment and support. And if you want to get more directly involved, consider joining an action team.  Work with other committed progressives and activists in activities such as planning events, developing media content, or helping with campaigns. Let's join together to make 2020 the year of progressives!

 

The Green Star is an official publication of the Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team * 2020 

June 2020 Green Star

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June 2020


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

GPPA seeks Federal Court relief from unconstitutional election requirements

PHILADELPHIA – On May 15, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) filed suit in the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of PA, demanding relief from unconstitutional election laws that are impossible to meet under emergency COVID-19 measures declared by PA Governor Tom Wolf.

PA election rules require a minimum of 5,000 voter signatures for state-wide candidates to be awarded space on the ballot. This involves the effort of dozens of volunteers and hundreds of hours of labor to collect signatures in public before the early August deadline. Under Wolf’s stay-at-home order, volunteers will not be allowed to circulate in public, and there will be no public gatherings for them to attend.

Filing along with the Libertarian and the Constitution Parties of PA, the Green Party charged that the emergency conditions declared by Wolf will violate the First Amendment and the equal protection and due process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. The three political parties asked the court to allow access to the November 3 General Election ballot without the in-person signatures, because it will be nearly impossible or very unsafe to collect them.

"Completing the nominating process as presently required is now an improbable task given the circumstances that have been imposed by the Governor's order,” explained Tim Runkle, Green Party candidate for PA Treasurer. “These actions, although necessary to address the pandemic, are preventing candidates from obtaining access to the November ballot. Without relief from the court, not only will candidates be disenfranchised from seeking elected office, but the right of free and equal elections for the entire Commonwealth will also be violated."

COVID-19 has already killed more than 4,300 Pennsylvanians this year and infected many more. GPPA takes public health and safety seriously, and hopes for swift remedy by the courts and the Wolf administration to relieve the uncertainty regarding ballot access and to ensure Greens have the right to appear on the ballot. Therefore, the plaintiffs have asked the court to order the state to accept candidates’ nomination papers without the signatures.

"I think that COVID-19 has exposed many weaknesses in our political, economic, healthcare, and justice systems,” said Garret Wassermann, Green Party candidate for PA House District 45. “The voters deserve a real discussion and debate on what must be done to address those issues and rebuild. While Democratic and Republican candidates show little urgency, Greens offer real solutions. We are campaigning for single-payer healthcare and a Green New Deal that will invest in our communities, address pollution and climate change, and create green infrastructure jobs as the COVID-19 crisis passes. I asked the court to recognize the extraordinary emergency circumstances we are under and to ensure Greens will be on the ballot on November 3."

The 2020 Green Party candidates are:
Tim Runkle for PA Treasurer;
Olivia Faison for PA Auditor General;
Richard L. Weiss, Esq., for PA Attorney General.

Green Party legislative candidates are:
Garret Wassermann for PA House District 45;
Jay Ting Walker for PA House District 23.

More information about these declared GPPA candidates can be found at www.greenslate2020.org

Registered voters may offer their support for the GPPA's proposed legal relief by signing the Green Party's online petition at: www.gpofpa.org/dont_let_covid_19_keep_greens_off_the_ballot

Contributions to the GPPA legal fund will be greatly appreciated in order to cover legal costs. The Green Party of PA (GPPA) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected]. Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.

 

GPPA News Highlights   

  edited by Chris Robinson 

GPPA June Webconference

GPPA has received more applications to be a PA delegate to the GP U.S. Presidential National Convention (PNC) than we have positions available. Therefore we're going to hold an election on June 7 at the GPPA Webconference. We have 11 delegate positions available and 11 alternative positions available. The election will be determined by approval voting, and those with the most approval will win delegate seats, followed by the filling of alternate seats. Delegates’ responsibilities will include casting the vote for their assigned candidate for President in accordance with our delegate plan. Delegates must be present on the web application designated by GP U.S. for the duration of the PNC on July 11. Expect to reserve the time between noon and 7 pm for the PNC. More details to be released as they come available. Register for the 6/7 GPPA Webconference here. (show all)

 

Allegheny County Jail Must Reduce Spread of Covid-19 by Ron Gavalik.

The Green Party of Allegheny County (GPOAC) calls upon the Allegheny County Jail Oversight Board to protect inmates and reduce the spread of Covid-19 throughout the jail and the county. The current pandemic is a crisis, treated as an emergency situation by municipalities across the state. The GPOAC in coalition with numerous community organizations are asking for universal testing of inmates, staff, and visitors at the jail as has been conducted in the Montgomery County and Dauphin County jails. (show all)

 

 

Green Party pushing to keep Turnpike payments for transit

Transit advocates in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are leading a coalition of more than three dozen groups trying to pressure Harrisburg officials to continue $450 million annual payments from the PA Turnpike for public transit. Pittsburghers for Public Transit and the Philly Transit Riders Union say eliminating the turnpike payments before the state finds another source of transit funding would be devastating to transit agencies across the state. They have collected signatures from groups ranging from unions representing transit workers to the Green Party of Allegheny County and Philly Neighborhood Networks. (show all)

 

Hawkins Wins PA Presidential Caucus

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) held its Presidential Caucus during April 2020. Registered Greens from 27 PA counties voted in the caucus, and their votes will send delegates to the Green Party of the United States (GPUS, www.gp.org) Virtual National Convention during July. The PA caucus was won by candidate Howie Hawkins, with 53 percent of the vote. Hawkins responded, “I thank Pennsylvania Greens for their support. Every state is a battleground state for the Green Party, and perhaps no more so than in PA where Greens have to fight the Democrats as well as Republicans on fracking, pipelines, affordable housing, and military bloat, wars, and coups.”(show all)

 

 

 

Campaign Updates   

  edited by Chris Robinson  

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Garret Wassermann for PA Representative, District 45

Garret told GREEN STAR, “Senate Bill 613 originally tweaked some rules on what government employees were allowed access to private tax data for various legal purposes. However, this bill was amended to overrule Governor Wolf’s stay-at-home COVID-19 orders. This method of amending bills is used to keep things secret, as well as shaming someone into voting for the bill because of one aspect, while another aspect may be bad. Should I become State Representative, I would have zero tolerance for these types of legislative tricks and would call them out whenever I saw them." For more information visit his website https://votegarret.org Or his Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VoteGarret/

 

Jay Ting Walker for PA Representative, District 23

Jay told GREEN STAR, “My campaign has been endorsed by Our Revolution PA, Mark Dixon (NoPetroPA), Green Party of Allegheny County and Green Party of PA.” Connect with Jay’s campaign on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JayTingWalker Jay’s campaign website is https://jaytingwalker.com

 

Three State-wide Green Party Candidates

For more information visit https://www.greenslate2020.org/

 

Team Updates   

Finance Team by Tim Runkle

Finance TeamSustaining memberships have continued to climb during the past month with more than a dozen first-time donors joining the GPPA membership program. Sustaining members support us with monthly donations and are a vital part of advancing our policies and actions. Joining as a sustaining member comes with a variety of benefits detailed HERE.

GreenWave Team by Garret Wassermann

GreenWaveThe COVID-19 crisis has made typical petitioning efforts difficult, but Green Wave has remained busy! Welcome calls for new Green Party members were successfully held in April and May. Green Wave also announced a lawsuit in federal court to get signature requirements waived this year due to COVID-19. In the meantime, Greens in several counties are looking at canvassing as much as possible, if and when it is safe to do so and/or mailing petitions to voters. We welcome volunteers to help with canvassing or calling/texting voters about signing petitions.

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

Communications TeamThe ComTeam is still looking for a few good volunteers, especially those who want to do video interviews. Also, if you want to write a “Why I’m Green” story for us, please visit, https://www.gpofpa.org/why_im_green. To join our team, please volunteer at https://www.gpofpa.org/, or to join online, sign up HERE..

Core Team by Charles Sherrouse

Core TeamIf you are interested in helping, sign up HERE.

 

 

 

National Green News   

  edited by Gayle Morrow

 

US GREENS

Last month we spoke of the difficulty of 3rd parties to get their candidates on the ballot due to restrictive election law in New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin, and Illinois. As if that isn’t enough of a problem for our Democracy, now Greens and others are not meeting their ballot access petition signature requirements due to the COVI-19 concerns.

 

However, the state of Illinois that we spoke of last month passing restrictive election law requirements for third parties is now under District Court order to lighten up on the ballot access signature requirements.

/capitolfax.com/2020/04/22/federal-judge-hands-greens-libertarians-some-win

 

Pennsylvania twice appealed by letter to Governor Tom Wolfe, at this writing, to no avail.

https://www.gpofpa.org/dont_let_covid_19_keep_greens_off_the_ballot

 

The age-old question that must be answered by all third party candidates, especially the Greens who get blamed when the Democrats lose an election. “President Donald Trump won Pennsylvania for several reasons in 2016, and the number of potential Democratic voters who instead cast their ballots for Green Party candidate Jill Stein over Hillary Clinton was one in a whole playbook of things that went right for Trump and wrong for Democrats.” Note: ”…one in a whole playbook

https://www.inquirer.com/news/third-party-green-party-pennsylvania-2020-election-bread-roses-jerome-segal-20200420.html

 

The pandemic is keeping third parties off the ballot with those pesky petition signature requirements in many important states, restricting voter choice while bringing total duopoly closer. “At present, neither the Libertarian Party nor the Green Party has qualified for the ballot in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Iowa or Minnesota.”

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/04/19/coronavirus-election-2020-third-party-libertarian-green-trump-biden-193013

 

Global Green News   

  edited by Gayle Morrow

 

Let’s talk about Ireland.

 

Fracking and Ireland:

Greens push FF and FG to come out against fracked gas terminals that will import American fracked gas into Ireland. “Actor Mark Ruffalo, Environmental Groups Welcome Statement Against New Fracked Gas LNG Terminals That Would Import US Fracked Gas Into Ireland”(show all)

 

Green Party lays out 17 demands for entering coalition negotiations. (show all)

 

News Release regarding progress of the talks with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. Imagine, political parties actually talking to each other and forming coalitions! (show all)

 

Greens Being Green

 

“Green Party's youth wing anxious for Māori over police powers in COVID-19 law.” (show all)

 

“Emergency law must ease access to contraceptive pill,” say the Scottish Greens (show all)

 

 

GPPA Coming Events   

  edited by Chris Robinson

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

 

June 2
---PRIMARY ELECTION---
Some polls will be open from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm

 

June 2, 6:00 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County Virtual General Assembly
Zoom contact and more information from [email protected]

 

June 5, 12, 19
Climate Crisis Awareness Rally
Lincoln Square in Gettysburg (York Street crossing). Hosted by Adams County Green Party in solidarity with Greta Thunberg's worldwide climate movement.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2206600726129147/

 

June 7, noon
GPPA Delegates Virtual Meeting
Interested members of the public may attend to learn more about the Green Party. Please register in advance https://www.gpofpa.org/2020_06_conf

 

June 7, 4:00 pm
Green Party of Erie County Virtual Meeting
Zoom contact and more information from [email protected]

 

June 11, 4:00 pm
Learning from COVID-19
Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance, online forum.
More information from:
http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Learning_from_COVID-19:Shaping_a_Health_and_Human_Rights_Agenda_for_our_Region

 

June 13
Philly Dyke March
POSTPONED. https://www.facebook.com/events/2791682107559339/

 

June 13, 6:00 pm
Pittsburgh Green Enters!
Welcome both new and long-time members of the Green Party. Zoom contact and More information from: [email protected]

 

June 15, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Montgomery County Virtual Meeting
Virtual business meeting. To receive details please email [email protected]

 

June 16
Northeast PA Green Fair
Hosted by Lackawanna County Green Party. POSTPONED until a later date.
More information from: https://www.facebook.com/events/187618042445480/

 

June 19 thru June 28
Western PA Juneteenth & Black Music Festival
POSTPONED until late August. For more information,
https://www.facebook.com/WPAJuneteenth/

 

June 19
Philadelphia Juneteenth Celebration
POSTPONED until 2021.

 

June 23, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Philadelphia Virtual Membership Meeting
Contact information from [email protected]

 

June 28, 1:00 pm
Green Party of Chester County Virtual Meeting
For a link, interested parties should contact [email protected]

 

July 7, 6:00 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County Virtual General Assembly
Zoom contact and 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.


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Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team & Media Committee 

Issue Credits:

EDITORS: Chris Robinson, & Gayle Morrow   
CONTRIBUTORS: Tim Runkle, Chris Robinson, Garret Wassermann, & Jay Sweeney
LAYOUT: Dannee Schoepfer & Hal Brown 
GRAPHIC ARTS: Kevin Richardson 


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Everything we do is based on our Four Pillars and Ten Key ValuesIf you find that you share these ideals, come and join the movement.

You can support the Green Party in many ways; however, a monthly sustaining donation helps to fund a solid infrastructure to help local chapters coordinate candidates and provide resources to make their campaigns successful.  As little as $3 per month can have a significant impact! 

                     Sustaining Donation           Single Donation          Purchase Green Merchandise

Join us and help bring about a future where people and planet are valued over profits. We have a new, tiered membership structure that allows you to determine your level of commitment and support. And if you want to get more directly involved, consider joining an action team.  Work with other committed progressives and activists in activities such as planning events, developing media content, or helping with campaigns. Let's join together to make 2020 the year of progressives!

 

The Green Star is an official publication of the Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team * 2020 

Philadelphia Green Party Joins Call to Defund Police

  
Green Party of Pennsylvania
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
 
CONTACTS:
Belinda Davis, 267-235-0296, [email protected]
and
Hillary Kane, 267-971-3559, [email protected] 

Philadelphia Green Party Joins Call to Defund Police


On March 23, the members of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, https://www.gpop.org/) announced their endorsement of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement as well as the protests that are a response to the murder of George Floyd. They encouraged people to get in the street and make their voices heard. However, they also asked participants to take precautions. Please be sure to follow all social distancing guidelines (6 feet apart, wear a mask, hand sanitize). The spread of COVID-19 is still a primary concern, though the need for social justice takes precedence. As Maya Angelou said, “The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.” 


The protests since May 26 have not just been a reaction to the murder of George Floyd, yet another Black man killed at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, MN.  They have also been a broad critique of policing itself, as one speaker noted, “a good cop is one that evicts families from homes and conducts homeless sweeps,” referring to regular actions of law enforcement that penalize people for poverty.


Speakers also called for, as the Green Party platform calls for, massive new investments in education, social services and healthcare.


While Democrats paid them lip service and wouldn’t even say “BLM” out loud, the Republicans sought to have BLM labeled a terrorist organization. Meanwhile, the Green Party was taking BLM leaders seriously and adding their demands to our Eco-socialist platform. “As Greens we have stood behind the Black Lives Matter movement from the very beginning,” noted GPOP Chair Belinda Davis (Chestnut Hill). “The Green Party has called for reparations for slavery since we began,” she noted.


“Mayor Kenney needs to keep going and not just walk back this year’s budget increase for the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) but all of it,” said Asantewaa Nkrume-Ture (Garden Court), a Green Party member, referring to a proposed $14 million increase to the PPD budget that Kenney recently pulled.


Justin Bell (Port Richmond), a member of the GPOP City Committee, noted that police brutality is not specific to Minneapolis. He said, “Between 2007 and 2013, 81% of people shot by police officers in Philadelphia were African American. That’s a staggering number given that the city as a whole is a little over 40% African American. This is why we in Philadelphia are also calling to defund the police.” In solidarity, the Green Party stands against the brutal and racist justice system policies that destroy the fabric of communities. 


What does the Green Party expect to accomplish? Since the murder of George Floyd there have been a lot of new hashtags that deal with either defunding, reforming or abolishing police departments around the U.S. The GPOP does not endorse any one plan or strategy, however their end goal is to abolish the need for police in their current form and to allocate those funds to social programs. This is especially true in the realm of metal health and drug rehabilitation. Two tasks the police have never been equipped to handle. Minneapolis, a city with an elected Green Party City Councilmember, Cam Gordon, recently voted to abolish its police department and instead replace it with a new community-based public safety system. “We should look to Minneapolis as a model,” said Davis.

 

The Green Party will not let the movement for justice lapse, when the hashtag stops trending. In order to implement the systemic changes needed, GPOP will continue to support honest officials who are not beholden to police unions or big business. Electing Green Party candidates is one surefire way to get our initiatives passed. Greens do not accept corporate contributions and are completely grass roots funded. This allows Green candidates to stand up for what they believe in and to vote with their hearts. 

 

You may find the Green Party of Philadelphia on Twitter and Facebook. The Green Party of PA (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected]  Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.



For More Information:

“Reimagining Public Safety: Community Control, Social Investment, and Decriminalizing Drugs,” by Howie Hawkins, June 18, 2020, https://howiehawkins.us/reimagining-public-safety-community-control-social-investment-and-decriminalizing-drugs/

“Police Brutality, White Supremacy and Reparations” by Alan Smith, June 9, 2020, https://www.gpofpa.org/police_brutality_white_supremacy_and_reparations

“Uprooting Police Brutality and Racism” by Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker, June 4, 2020, https://howiehawkins.us/uprooting-police-brutality-and-racism/; and 

 

“George Floyd Response: Green Party U.S. National Black Caucus Demands Accountability, Structural Changes to Save Black and Brown Lives From Police Brutality,” May 27, 2020, https://www.gp.org/george_floyd_response_green_party_us_national_black_caucus_demands_accountability_structural_changes_to_save_black_and_brown_lives_from_police_brutality

 

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The COVID-19 Emergency Is Not Over Garret Wassermann

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, June 26, 2020

 

CONTACT: 

Garret Wassermann

[email protected] 

and

Chris Robinson, Communication Team

215-843-4256 and [email protected]

 

 

The COVID-19 Emergency Is Not Over

 

Garret Wassermann is vice-chair of the Green Party of Allegheny County and a Green Party candidate for PA State Representative in District 45. To volunteer for Garret Wassermann’s Campaign, please visit his website, https://votegarret.org/, or his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/VoteGarret/

-- by Garret Wasserman.

 

It is pretty outrageous and reckless that PA state legislators voted on a concurrent resolution to end the COVID-19 emergency declaration put out by Governor Tom Wolf. While the Republicans led the effort, most Democrats in the Senate along with several Democrats in the House joined them to make this a bipartisan bill. My opponent, current PA Representative Anita A. Kulik was one of the Yes votes, as was my PA Senator Wayne Fontana.

 

According to the Pennsylvania Constitution, the governor has the authority to declare an emergency and exercise special authority and powers, which is what Wolf was using to regulate business and order a lock-down. The Constitution also states that the state legislature may at any time revoke the emergency by passing a concurrent resolution bill. This bill does not require the governor’s signature, since it is a resolution and not a typical bill. That is, it’s just a statement, and it doesn’t become law; so the governor has nothing to veto.

 

There are two huge problems with this resolution: its effect on public health, and its effect on workers and families.

 

First, public health.

COVID-19 is far from over, more people are infected and hospitalized every day. Over 110,000 people nationwide have already died in the span of a few months, and that was with emergency lock-down orders in effect (meaning it would have been much worse without lock-down). It is absolutely still an emergency and a crisis. In fact, states that opened up earlier than PA – and had less lock-down restrictions to begin with – are already seeing huge surges in infection and hospitalization rates. Texas for example saw a record number of hospitalizations this week. I’m very concerned that it may already be too late to effectively stop the spread in those states, meaning we can expect many more infections and deaths over the coming weeks. That will be PA’s future soon, if we don’t maintain action now. Those deaths will accelerate if hospitals become crowded and overwhelmed; this was actually one of the biggest reasons for the lock-down, to ensure hospitals could keep reasonable capacity and treat everyone who needed it.

 

So what does the concurrent resolution have to do with this? Well, for one thing, it sends the wrong message to the public that the crisis is “over.” Also, the emergency declaration allows greater regulations – and resources – to flow into hospitals and the Department of Health in order to address these issues. Those resources will dry up. And honestly, they already weren’t getting the resources they needed. Reports of shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) like face masks and gowns are common; state officials should have been purchasing PPE and spreading out long ago. Without an emergency declaration, that’s even less likely to happen now. Medical professionals will die, particularly if we see another surge or second wave, and they didn’t have to if officials were making the preparations necessary.

 

Healthcare professionals are in the middle of a war for our health, and the lack of real support from state and federal officials – along with post-traumatic-stress-like symptoms – is already making many plan to leave medicine for good once the crisis is passed.

 

Second, workers and families.

A lot of special state and federal programs exist to try to help families through this crisis, but many of them only apply during a state of emergency. What this means is that officials voting for the resolution may have caused local communities across PA to suddenly lose access to state and federal funding for COVID-19 relief programs. Many essential jobs are in grocery stores and other services critical to feeding and taking care of people. Teens are having to make the difficult decision of putting themselves and families at risk in order to make extra money to help a family that may be out of work. A housing crisis may be looming, as the Governor’s executive order protections that prevented evictions until at least mid-July may suddenly expire and result in a wave of eviction attempts.

 

So what should we do? As research indicates, we need to encourage universal face mask usage in public and be prepared for brief lock-down phases as necessary. If we do so, modeling shows we can “flatten the curve” and even prevent future waves. But ONLY if nearly 100% of us wear masks at all times in public. It’s crucial we all wear a mask.

In the meantime, until the COVID-19 crisis is finally past, workers and businesses need help. I’ve written previously about actions the county and state legislature could take – including rent/mortgage freeze, utility freeze, and single payer healthcare, plus emptying the jail – and am very frustrated that the legislature chose to work on ending the emergency declaration rather than passing legislation that would actually help people through the global economic crisis caused by COVID-19. A lot can be done now. Legislators must act, not delay and ignore.

 

The Green Party of PA (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected].  Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

For More Information:

 

Several U.S. states are reporting thousands of new coronavirus cases each day” by Christina Maxouris, Columbus Telegram, June 24, 2020, https://columbustelegram.com/news/national/several-us-states-are-reporting-thousands-of-new-coronavirus-cases-each-day/article_f1f4a881-f2a0-51cd-95e9-1197981506aa.html

Texas Reports Record-Breaking COVID-19 Hospitalizations As State Reopens” by Vanessa Romo, NPA WHYY TV, June 8, 2020, https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/06/08/872660425/texas-reports-record-breaking-covid-19-hospitalizations-as-state-reopens

When This War Is Over, Many of Us Will Leave Medicine” by Dr. Michelle Harper, Elemental, April 24, 2020, https://elemental.medium.com/when-this-war-is-over-many-of-us-will-leave-medicine-86a274b5a627

“Teens Are Working As Essential Workers While Going to High School” by Elizabeth King, TeenVogue, May 26, 2020, https://www.teenvogue.com/story/teens-essential-workers

A housing ‘apocalypse’ is coming as coronavirus protections across the country expire” by Alicia Adamczyk, CNBC Make It, June 10, 2020, https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/10/how-to-prevent-the-coming-coronavirus-tsunami-of-evictions.html

Study: 100% face mask use could crush second, third COVID-19 wave” by Mike Moffitt, SFGate, June 12, 2020, https://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Study-100-face-mask-use-could-crush-second-15333170.php

“COVOD-19 Pandemic Update” by Garret Wassermann, March 25, 2020, https://votegarret.org/2020/03/25/pandemic-update

“Coronavirus Underscores Need for a Single Payer Healthcare System” by Garret Wassermann, March 6, 2020, https://votegarret.org/2020/03/06/coronavirus-needs-single-payer

“Save Lives -- Empty the Jail” by Garret Wassermann, April 9, 2020, https://votegarret.org/2020/04/09/save-lives-empty-the-jail

 

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PA Green Party Elects Delegates to Presidential Nominating Convention

  

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, June 12, 2020

 

CONTACT: 

Chris Robinson, Communication Team

215-843-4256 and [email protected]

 

PA Green Party Elects Delegates to Presidential Nominating Convention

 

On June 7, 28 Green Party of PA (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) elected representatives from 10 county chapters participated in a virtual meeting to elect delegates to the Green Party U.S. (GPUS) Presidential Nominating Convention. They were joined by 12 observers. 

 

Before the vote, GPPA members heard reports from their state steering committee and from the four Green Party team leaders. They also heard accounts of activity from the leaders of local GPPA chapters in Adams, Allegheny, Bucks, Centre, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties. There are new Green Parties under construction in Berks and Dauphin Counties. 

 

The GPPA members then elected eleven delegates to the GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention, which will be held online on Saturday, July 11. The PA delegates will vote to nominate the candidates who won the Green Party’s PA Presidential Caucus in April. In the first round, six PA delegates will vote for Howie Hawkins (New York), who won the PA Caucus, while five PA delegates will vote for Dario Hunter (California). Hawkins is currently leading with 155 delegates (192 are needed for nomination), having won 26 of Green Party state caucuses (out of 33 completed). 

 

Among the elected delegates from PA will be Kristin Combs (Philadelphia), co-chair of GPUS; Hillary Kane (Philadelphia), treasurer of GPUS; Alan Smith (Chester), co-chair of GPPA; Beth Scroggin (Chester), secretary of GPPA; Jay Walker, chair of Green Party of Allegheny County; and David Ochmanowicz, chair of Green Party of Bucks County. Also elected as a delegate was Cheri Honkala (Philadelphia), the 2012 Green Party candidate for vice president of the U.S.  

 

The GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention will be open to the public, streaming online beginning at noon on 7/11. 


In 2001, the GPPA was a founding member of the GPUS, which now has 46 affiliated state parties, plus one in the District of Columbia (DC). In 2016, the GPUS had presidential ballot lines in 44 states plus DC, including the seven states with the largest population. The Green Party 2016 presidential candidate. Jill Stein, received 1.5 million votes (1.1%). Today, more than 125 Green Party members hold elected office, including 19 offices in PA.


The Green Party of PA (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected].  Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.



FOR MORE INFORMATION

Candidates Seeking the Green Party Nomination for President

Green Party of the United States to Hold Presidential Nominating Convention Online, July 11, 2020” 

Hawkins Wins PA Presidential Caucus” GPPA News Release, May 4, 2020



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May 2020 GreenStar newsletter - Green Party of PA

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May 2020

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

May Day 2020, Emerge-Agency
by GPPA Co-chair Alan Smith

 
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The first of May is celebrated all over the world as May Day, a day to celebrate the power of laborers and the rights won by labor movements. Anarchists and socialists in the United States fought and died at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century winning all kinds of protections for workers against the seemingly invincible foes of capitalism and industrialization. Learn more about the origins of May Day here:(Link)
       Today those same forces are trying to hang on even as a global pandemic reveals their weaknesses. One can easily argue that May Day 2020 is an SOS call for help. Many of my friends and family have grown weary from all the "bad" news. However, instead of thinking that things are hopeless, we must EMERGE from this with a new sense of our own AGENCY.
      I'll never forget that time I had a knife to my throat. Fueled by endorphins, time slowed and a sense of calm washed over me. I will forever remember the adrenaline rush that has pushed me through six marathons and hundreds of smaller races. With our backs against the wall, we tap into our superpowers. Science has shown that since the rush of chemicals causes the brain to retain richer, more detailed, more focused memories of what's happening. Since the brain estimates passage of time by how much information is stored within a given interval, richer memories make it feel like more time has passed. This explains the "slow-motion" effect when we encounter something new or threatening. (link)
      My dad always says learn to love the unpredictability of life and this pandemic has helped me do this as I face new and threatening things sending a rush of chemicals to my brain every day as an "essential worker." It has shown me that we have powers to imagine and bring about incredible changes.
Let's examine ten things that our x-ray vision, bionic hearing, and telepathic minds have discovered during this pandemic:
1) That money can be pulled out of thin air.
2) That the capitalist treadmill that we're on can be stopped immediately, meaning we can never again use that excuse that, "Oh but change takes time."
3) Earth's other life forms can thrive WITH US if we change our way of life
4) That the cages we have created for prisoners or the boxes we inhabit in densely populated areas are not healthy. Physical distancing becoming a norm will bring about a need for everyone to have access to land, flora, and fauna.
5) It is now quite clear that in the United States we have a wealthcare industry, not a healthcare system, and the demand to change this is overwhelming.
6) A debt forgiveness jubilee is imaginable and feasible.
7) Most of our jobs are deemed "non-essential" and that the ones being paid the most money hold the least essential positions. We are discovering that capitalism just keeps us busy and away from quality time with ourselves and our loved ones and the planet.
8) We can and should slow down and show care and attention in our interactions with others. The lost art of patience is making a comeback as we stand six feet apart and deliveries are delayed meaning we are not able to get what we want immediately. 24-hour stores have disappeared meaning our consumerist tendencies can be shifted.
9) Creating a world that is accessible to all has become imperative.
10) Paying to live in a home is not essential and can and should be stopped. It's never been more clear that as we have shelter-at-home orders that housing is a human right.
      Let's continue to add to this list and EMERGE with AGENCY from this crisis. This emergency has succeeded in showing us that we CAN and MUST prioritize people, planet, and peace. People of the world unite and IMPROVE-ize!
Painting by Alan Smith titled: "improve-i-sing!"
 

GPPA News Highlights   

  edited by Chris Robinson 
By Barbara Laxon
On a recent visit to ANF, we found oil and gas wells, tanks of all sorts, hoses draining who knows what into the soil and air. Large cleared areas for well pads. Roads all through -- some relatively safe, some very much not. We found wells actively pumping, and wells long abandoned. Once a fossil fuel company is no longer able to get enough gas and/or oil from a well, they will either plug the well (more about this later), or they will just walk away and leave it as is. (show all)
 
By Tre Schumacher
On March 22, delegates to the Green Party of Pennsylvania spring convention voted to support the Lavender Greens’ objection to the recent actions of the Georgia Green Party (GGP). This support had been requested by Vice-chair Garret Wassermann of the Green Party of Allegheny County, who had objected to homophobic language in a GGP statement. (show all)
 
 
 
By Tre Schumacher
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced the suspension of his presidential campaign on April 8. Sanders had run an innovative campaign, largely self-organized by a diverse network of local activists. The campaign allowed Sanders to bring issues to a national stage from a different perspective than other major candidates and inspired millions of voters. Joe Biden and the Democratic Party have fundamentally different values than Sanders. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) offers a new home for registered Democrats who are now disenfranchised by the Democratic Party but would like to continue the progressive activism that Sanders’ campaign engaged with. (show all)
 
Earth Day is now celebrated in every corner of the planet by billions of people. I can't help but think that the energy of the first Earth day had a role to play in shaping my life's purpose, to learn about and educate people about honoring the diversity of this planet. From the Black Hills of South Dakota to the Himalayas, from the bayous of Louisiana to the Great Barrier Reef, from the Australian Outback to Antarctica, I have traveled the Earth learning to appreciate its wonders, its inhabitants, and its biodiversity. (show all)
 
 
On Monday, March 30, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) Steering Committee and statewide candidates demanded relief from the Pennsylvania candidate nomination procedures. In a letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and legislative leaders, the Green Party asked that “the [nomination paper] signature requirement for the statewide ballot be waived or suspended for the current election cycle” for Green Party candidates in response to emergency circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. (show all)
 

Campaign Updates   
edited by Chris Robinson  

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Garret Wassermann for PA Representative, District 45
      Garret told GREEN STAR, “Senate Bill 613 originally tweaked some rules on what government employees were allowed access to private tax data for various legal purposes. However, this bill was amended to overrule Governor Wolf’s stay-at-home COVID-19 orders. This method of amending bills is used to keep things secret, as well as shaming someone into voting for the bill because of one aspect, while another aspect may be bad. Should I become State Representative, I would have zero tolerance for these types of legislative tricks and would call them out whenever I saw them. For more information visit his website https://votegarret.org Or his Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VoteGarret/
 
Jay Ting Walker for PA Representative, District 23
      Jay told GREEN STAR, “My campaign has been endorsed by Our Revolution PA, Mark Dixon (NoPetroPA), Green Party of Allegheny County and Green Party of PA.” Connect with Jay’s campaign on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JayTingWalker Jay’s campaign website is https://jaytingwalker.com
 
Three State-wide Green Party Candidates 
For more information visit https://www.greenslate2020.org/
 
Tim Runkle for PA Treasurer
Richard L. Weiss, Esq. for PA Attorney General
Olivia Faison for PA Auditor General
  

Team Updates   

Finance Team by Tim Runkle
Finance TeamJoin HERE.
 
 
 
GreenWave Team by Garret Wassermann
GreenWave
sign up HERE to receive call info or email for more information!
 
 
 
Communications Team by Chris Robinson
Communications TeamDuring April 2020, the Communication Team sent four news releases to the media. This was the same number as April 2018 and April 2019, if you add those two months together. We still need a volunteer to lead Green Star Live, our YouTube channel. 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 Charles Sherrouse 
Core TeamIf you are interested in helping, sign up HERE.
 
 
 

National Green News   
edited by Gayle Morrow

US Green Party’s and state Green Parties’ statements on COVID-19 (show all)  
 
 
Voting in the US, or not. National problem for US Greens—prohibitive & discriminatory ballot access New Jersey (show all)
 
Greens are not only considered a “new” [not established] party requiring 25,000 petition signatures to the Democrats’ and Republicans’ 5,000 signature requirements but also have to “establish” themselves over and over. i.e. once is not enough(show all)
 
Getting on the ballot just became even more difficult for 3rd parties in New York(show all)
 
Officially recognized by the Green Party of NJ. Press release. (show all)
  
 
 
 

Global Green News    

edited by Gayle Morrow


UK Greens going above and beyond

Medway UK is a city of 270k and sits just south of London. They are very lucky to have their local Green Party who have created and implemented a very inspired program, titled Road Reps, to get help to people in their town and surrounding towns who are self-isolating and need someone there. Kate Belmont, Medway Green Party Press Officer, has created materials to aid those who would like to volunteer and be responsible for a specific road in their neighborhood. Volunteers place "calling cards" on each door. Residents reply with their needs and place the card back on the door to be picked up by the “Road Rep” of their street; Road Reps will do things like shop, post mail, bring urgent supplies, or simply talk on the phone. Supplies are delivered "no contact style" Kudos to Medway Greens. Check out their downloads at the bottom of their web page that can easily be adapted to your outreach.
Greens everywhere should be this creative and involved in the health of their communities during this pandemic. And it seems the Harrogate Greens have volunteered to help their community through as well(show all)
 
      Fears about climate change are translating into serious political gains for Green parties in German-speaking countries Austria, Switzerland, and Germany(show all)
 
      We've heard of this young green many times in his quest to unseat Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand. He makes certain his name and the Green Party goals stay in the news, and he is very good at it. Future Green PM? (show all)
 
      “South Korea to implement Green New Deal after ruling party election win. Seoul is to set a 2050 net-zero emissions goal and end coal financing, after the Democratic Party’s landslide victory in one of the world’s first Covid-19 elections.”(show all)

GPPA Coming Events   
edited by Chris Robinson

Green Party events are in GREEN. Other Movement events are in RED.
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
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 movement.
More information from: https://www.facebook.com/events/2206600726129147/
 
May 1, 11:30 am
Lunchtime slack social with Green Party of Allegheny County
More information from: (Email [email protected] for a slack invite.)
 
May 5, 6:00 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County Virtual General Assembly
Zoom contact and more information from: [email protected]
 
May 8, 11:30 am
Lunchtime slack social with Green Party of Allegheny County
More information from: (Email [email protected] for a slack invite.)
 
May 15, 11:30 am
Lunchtime slack social with Green Party of Allegheny County
More information from: (Email [email protected] for a slack invite.)
 
May 16
NE PA Green Fair and 5K
POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE. Endorsed by Green Party of Lackawanna County.
More information from: https://www.facebook.com/events/187618042445480/
 
May 18, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Montgomery County Virtual Meeting
Virtual business meeting. Please email [email protected] to receive details.
 
May 26, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Philadelphia Membership Meeting
Location and more information from: [email protected]
 
May 29 -- May 31
Left Forum
POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE.
More information from: https://2020.leftforum.org/
 
May 31, 1:00 pm
Green Party of Chester County Virtual Meeting
Interested parties should contact [email protected] for a link.
 
June 2, 6:00 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County Virtual General Assembly
Zoom contact and 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 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 & Gayle Morrow   
CONTRIBUTORS: Tim Runkle, Barbara Laxon, Tre Schumacher, Alan Smith & Chris Robinson 
LAYOUT: Sheri Miller, Hal Brown & Dannee Schoepfer 
GRAPHIC ARTS: Kevin Richardson 
ILLUSTRATIONS: Alan Smith 
 
 
Everything we do is based on our Four Pillars and Ten Key ValuesIf you find that you share these ideals, come and join the movement.
You can support the Green Party in many ways; however, a monthly sustaining donation helps to fund a solid infrastructure to help local chapters coordinate candidates and provide resources to make their campaigns successful.  As little as $3 per month can have a significant impact! 
       Sustaining Donation           Single Donation          Purchase Green Merchandise
Join us and help bring about a future where people and planet are valued over profits. We have a new, tiered membership structure that allows you to determine your level of commitment and support. And if you want to get more directly involved, consider joining an action team.  Work with other committed progressives and activists in activities such as planning events, developing media content, or helping with campaigns. Let's join together to make 2020 the year of progressives!
 

The Green Star is an official publication of the Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team * 2020 

 
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PA Green Party Seeks Federal Court Relief from Unconstitutional Election Requirements

 
 
 Green Party of Pennsylvania
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 18, 2020
 
CONTACT: 
Chris Robinson, Communication Team
215-843-4256 and [email protected]
 
PA Green Party Seeks Federal Court Relief from Unconstitutional Election Requirements
On May 15, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) filed suit in the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of PA, demanding relief from unconstitutional election laws which are impossible to meet under emergency COVID-19 measures declared by PA Governor Tom Wolf.
PA election rules require a minimum of 5,000 voter signatures for state-wide candidates to be awarded space on the ballot. This involves the effort of dozens of volunteers and hundreds of hours of labor to collect signatures in public before the early August deadline. Under Wolf’s stay-at-home order, volunteers will not be allowed to circulate in public, and there will be no public gatherings for them to attend.
Filing along with the Libertarian and the Constitution Parties of PA, the Green Party charged that the emergency conditions declared by Wolf will violate the First Amendment and the equal protection and due process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. The three political parties asked the court to allow access to the November 3 General Election ballot without the in-person signatures, because it will be nearly impossible or very unsafe to collect them.
"Completing the nominating process as presently required is now an improbable task given the circumstances that have been imposed by the Governor's order,” explained Tim Runkle, Green Party candidate for PA Treasurer. “These actions, although necessary to address the pandemic, are preventing candidates from obtaining access to the November ballot. Without relief from the court, not only will candidates be disenfranchised from seeking elected office, but the right of free and equal elections for the entire Commonwealth will also be violated."
COVID-19 has already killed more than 4,300 Pennsylvanians this year and infected many more. GPPA takes public health and safety seriously, and hopes for swift remedy by the courts and the Wolf administration to relieve the uncertainty regarding ballot access and to ensure Greens have the right to appear on the ballot. Therefore, the plaintiffs have asked the court to order the state to accept candidates’ nomination papers without the signatures. 
"I think that COVID-19 has exposed many weaknesses in our political, economic, healthcare, and justice systems,” said Garret Wassermann, Green Party candidate for PA House District 45. “The voters deserve a real discussion and debate on what must be done to address those issues and rebuild. While Democratic and Republican candidates show little urgency, Greens offer real solutions. We are campaigning for single payer healthcare and a Green New Deal that will invest in our communities, address pollution and climate change, and create green infrastructure jobs as the COVID-19 crisis passes. I asked the court to recognize the extraordinary emergency circumstances we are under and to ensure Greens will be on the ballot on November 3."
The 2020 Green Party candidates are: Tim Runkle for PA Treasurer; Olivia Faison for PA Auditor General; and Richard L. Weiss, Esq., for PA Attorney General. Green Party legislative candidates are: Garret Wassermann for PA House District 45; and Jay Ting Walker for PA House District 23. More information about these declared GPPA candidates can be found at www.greenslate2020.org.
Registered voters may offer their support for the GPPA's proposed legal relief by signing the Green Party's online petition at: www.gpofpa.org/dont_let_covid_19_keep_greens_off_the_ballot. Contributions to the GPPA legal fund will be greatly appreciated in order to cover legal costs: www.gpofpa.org/legalThe Green Party of PA (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected]
Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter
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Hawkins Wins PA Presidential Caucus

 Green Party of Pennsylvania
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 4, 2020
 
CONTACT: 
Chris Robinson, Communication Team
215-843-4256 and [email protected]

Hawkins Wins PA Presidential Caucus

 
The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) held its Presidential Caucus during April 2020. Registered Greens from 27 PA counties voted in the caucus, and their votes will send delegates to the Green Party of the United States (GPUS, www.gp.org) Virtual National Convention during July. The PA caucus was won by candidate Howie Hawkins, with 53 percent of the vote.
Hawkins responded, “I thank Pennsylvania Greens for their support. Every state is a battleground state for the Green Party, and perhaps no more so than in PA where Greens have to fight the Democrats as well as Republicans on fracking, pipelines, affordable housing, and military bloat, wars, and coups. Now we have to fight them for ballot access when coronavirus social distancing makes street petitioning unreasonable. My campaign will do all it can to help the GPPA get on the ballot for November 4.”
Hawkins had run a solid campaign, having name recognition within the Green Party from his previous campaigns for Governor of New York and from his authorship of the first Green New Deal in 2008. Hawkins had already won the nomination for president from the Socialist Party of the USA and the Peace and Freedom Party.
At the time of the GPPA Presidential Caucus, there were three candidates who had met the GPUS basic requirements for nomination: Howie Hawkins, www.howiehawkins.us; Dario Hunter, www.dariohunter.com; and David Rolde, www.davidrolde2020.org. The ballot was also open for write-in candidates. In PA, candidate Dario Hunter came in second with 41 percent of the vote.
GPPA had planned to hold in-person county caucuses around the state as it had done in previous presidential elections . . . until the Covid-19 pandemonium.  Beth Scroggin, GPPA secretary and chair of Chester County Green Party, said, "I am extraordinarily grateful to my fellow Steering Committee members for working together to organize a safe, effective way of holding our Presidential Caucus while social distancing, and to all the Green Party voters for participating in it."
Each state chapter of the Green Party elects delegates to the GPUS National Convention in accord with their state’s regulations. The GPUS allots delegate status to state chapters corresponding with the number of registered Greens in each state. There will be 402 delegates to the Green Party Presidential Convention, and a candidate will need at least 202 votes to win the Green Party nomination for president on the first ballot. At the convention, GPPA will have 11 delegates, and six will vote for Hawkins while five vote for Hunter.
With the victory in PA, Howie Hawkins now has a sizable lead, having won 14 of the 15 Green Party presidential primaries/caucuses. At the present time, Hawkins has 98 delegates going into the GPUS Presidential Convention, versus Hunter’s 39 delegates. Another 23 delegates are held by three other candidates for president.
Alex Noyle, a Green Party member from Montgomery County said, “I was so excited to vote in an election that used proportional representation. It shows that Green Party ideas about electoral reform are practical and simple to implement.” Similarly, Brian Ullom, a Green Party member from Perry County said, “I felt the online voting was well done. It was simple and easy to do, and I very much hope this is the procedure moving forward.”
The Green Party of PA (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected].  Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.
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Allegheny National Forest: What goes on behind the scenes.

 

  

 Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

 

CONTACT:
Chris Robinson, Communication Team
215-843-4256 and [email protected]

 

Allegheny National Forest: What goes on behind the scenes

[Barbara Laxon is a member of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) steering committee. She lives in McKean County, PA, and has visited Allegheny National Forest many times searching for abandoned wells, which are leaking gas and oil.]

By Barbara Laxon. 

 

Private citizens currently own ninety-three percent of the subsurface mineral rights in Allegheny National Forest (ANF) in northwest Pennsylvania. On a recent visit to ANF, we found oil and gas wells, tanks of all sorts, hoses draining who knows what into the soil and air. Large cleared areas for well pads. Roads all through -- some relatively safe, some very much not. We found wells actively pumping, and wells long abandoned.

Once a fossil fuel company is no longer able to get enough gas and/or oil from a well, they will either plug the well (more about this later), or they will just walk away and leave it as is. Just because there is not enough production for profit does not mean there is no oil or gas still coming up from underground. When those underground metal casings rust/rot, that oil or gas (along with other elements such as radon) will migrate out. Depending on the depth of the well, they will ooze through the rusted casings and onto the ground and eventually into groundwater nearby. 

According to a recent article in Climate and Capitalism, “There are three main consequences to public health and the environment from wellbore leakage: the contamination of aquifers and surface waters from gases, brines, liquid hydrocarbons and hydraulic fracturing fluids; the contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, especially from venting methane; [and] the explosion of methane accumulated in poorly ventilated areas.”

My friend Laurie Barr, founder of Save Our Streams PA, told me, “The standard process of plugging wells involves pouring concrete into a wellbore to prevent oil, gas and brine from deep formations from traveling up the wellbore to shallower formations, the aquifer and to the surface.  The industry will tell you that plugs last for 20 to 50 years. Let’s suppose that they last that full 50 years before the concrete cracks and begins to leak. Then it is re-plugged and leaks in another 50 years, and so on until? I want to know, what about wells that have been documented to leak in less than a year after being plugged?”

In Pennsylvania, once a well is initially plugged and the well site is restored, the plugging bond, which operators are required to post, is released and any subsequent costs of monitoring and plugging is left to the state.

Let’s go back to those wells that have not been plugged.  When there is new drilling in the same area, that gas can migrate out to an unplugged well, when newer wells break through into the same formation.  When that methane gets into an aquifer and into water wells, it can then get into hot water tanks in someone's home. If the methane is greater than 5% of the volume of the water, you have a case for an explosion as happened in Bradford, PA, in February 2011 and in Allegheny, NY, in November 2019.

While accompanying Laurie Barr in the ANF over the past year and a half, I've been amazed by the extensive amount of damage by both past and ongoing oil and gas exploration activities taking place in our national forest. On our most recent foray into the ANF, we were accompanied by two advocates from the group Earthworks with their specialized optical gas imaging FLIR camera. Earthworks uses this industry-standard technology to make visible the normally invisible air pollution from oil and gas operations. They detected leaks from a number of active wells, which you can see clearly if you visit their website. One tank battery was venting so much that they told us it might be the second worse they had seen in the whole country.  

You can view videos of leaky wells from our March trip in the ANF, and more pollution footage from around Pennsylvania, at https://earthworks.org/campaigns/community-empowerment-project/.  

 

The Green Party of PA (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s four pillars: ecological wisdom, grassroots democracy, nonviolence, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected].  Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

For further information, please see:

“In northeastern BC, over 10% of oil and gas wells are leaking methane” by Romain Chesnaux, Climate and Capitalism, March 3, 2020, https://climateandcapitalism.com/2020/03/03/bc-over-ten-percent-of-wells-leak/;  

Save Our Streams PA, http://saveourstreamspa.org/;

Earthworks, https://earthworks.org/about/;

“Hidden leaks of PA’s abandoned oil and gas wells” by Peter Moskowitz, Guardian, September 18, 2014, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/18/pennsylvania-abandoned-fracking-wells-methane-leaks-hidden; and

“Hydraulic fracturing: What it is,” Earthworks.org, https://earthworks.org/issues/hydraulic_fracturing_101/

 


PA Greens Welcome Bernie Supporters

Green Party of Pennsylvania
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 9, 2020
 

 

CONTACT: 
Tre Schumacher
[email protected]
Chris Robinson, Communication Team
215-843-4256 and [email protected]
 
PA Greens Welcome Bernie Supporters
By Tre Schumacher. 
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced the suspension of his presidential campaign on April 8.  Sanders had run an innovative campaign, largely self-organized by a diverse network of local activists. The campaign allowed Sanders to bring issues to a national stage from a different perspective than other major candidates and inspired millions of voters.  Joe Biden and the Democratic Party have fundamentally different values than Sanders. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) offers a new home for registered Democrats who are now disenfranchised by the Democratic Party but would like to continue the progressive activism that Sanders’ campaign engaged with.
The Green Party has drafted and pushed progressive political ideas into the mainstream. Certain ideas that Sanders adopted — such as a Green New Deal, paper ballots, banning fracking, a living wage, universal healthcare and legalizing marijuana — have been long standing policies of the Green Party.  
The Green Party is the fourth largest party in the U.S. and one of the major challengers of the American political duopoly, i.e., the Democratic and Republican Parties. Like Sanders’ campaign, the Green Party does not accept corporate or billionaire money.
The Green Party is built on Four Pillars:(https://www.gp.org/4_pillars) ecology, peace, social justice, and democracy, and Ten Key Values (https://www.gp.org/ten_key_values_2016) — ecological wisdom, grassroots democracy, social justice and equal opportunity, nonviolence, decentralization, community-based economics, feminism and gender equity, respect for diversity, personal and global responsibility, and future focus and sustainability. These values have been guiding a rapidly growing, worldwide movement for the past four decades.
The Green Party is managed as a bottom-up confederation of local chapters making it democratic and decentralized. Although registered Democrats might not be able to have a voice in the Democratic Party, they can have a voice if they join the Green Party.  
People may feel disenfranchised right now and want to vote for a candidate who aligns with their convictions. The Green Party of Pennsylvania is extending its registration deadline to vote in the GPPA Presidential Caucus until April 13, welcoming newcomers into the party, making sure they are not disenfranchised again.  After April 13, voters may still register Green, but they cannot vote in the GPPA Presidential Caucus.  Registered Greens can request a caucus ballot until April 14.  
The Green Party — an established U.S. party whose platform has been democratically amended for years — offers people a political voice, if they want one. Those who continue to be inspired and who are not interested in remaining associated with Biden, the Democratic Party, or their platform, which includes the police state, hand-outs to the fossil fuel industry, and deficit spending on war, can extend their work within the Green Party. If you have been disenfranchised by the Democratic establishment, you can make a difference in American politics by registering Green, voting Green, and getting in contact with your local Green Party chapter. 
To vote in Green Party presidential primaries, register Green by April 13 and request a ballot for the
GPPA Presidential Caucus by April 14.
Request a Green Party Presidential ballot here: https://www.gpofpa.org/2020_caucus_ballot; 
2020 Green Party Presidential candidates here: www.gp.org/2020and 
Green Party Platform here: https://www.gp.org/platform. 
Tre Schumacher is a member of the Green Party of Pennsylvania steering committee and recording secretary of the Green Party of Philadelphia. The
Green Party of PA (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected].  Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.
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PA Greens support Lavender Greens on Gender Affirmation

Green Party of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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CONTACT: 

Tre Schumacher
[email protected]

Chris Robinson, Communication Team
215-843-4256 and [email protected]

 

PA Greens support Lavender Greens on Gender Affirmation

By Tre Schumacher.

   On March 22, delegates to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) spring convention voted to support the Lavender Greens’ objection to the recent actions of the Georgia Green Party (GGP, georgiagreenparty.org). This support had been requested by Vice-chair Garret Wassermann of the Green Party of Allegheny County, who had objected to homophobic language in a GGP statement.

      In December 2019, the GGP endorsed the Declaration on the Sex-Based Rights of Women from the Women’s Human Rights Campaign (WHRC), which is a trans-exclusionary feminist organization, meaning they are feminists who do not recognize transgender women as women. Rather, they recognize women based on sex rather than on gender or gender identity.

      The WHRC claims women’s rights have been achieved on the basis of sex and any attempt to incorporate gender identity into international human rights documents or national law is an undermining of women’s rights.  According to the WHRC, gender identity undermines women’s rights as it “makes socially constructed stereotypes, which organize and maintain women’s inequality, into essential and innate conditions” and allows men to claim they are women in law, policies, and practices.

      Lavender Greens (www.lavendergreens.net), a caucus of the Green Party of the U.S. (GPUS, www.gp.org), which is concerned with issues surrounding the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community, disapproved of the GGP’s endorsement.  According to the Lavender Greens, the Declaration on the Sex-Based Rights of Women “is a document intended to deny trans people their bodily autonomy and freedom of expression, against the advice of the vast majority of medical professionals and LGBT advocacy organizations.”  Lavender Greens further demanded that the Georgia Greens revoke its endorsement of the WHRC’s declaration, write a formal apology to transgender members of the GPUS, and committ themselves and their members to learning about gender affirmation.

      The Lavender Greens then wrote a statement to the National Committee of GPUS, asking for immediate accountability from the National Committee and specifically, for GPUS to dissaccredit and disavow the Georgia Greens if the GGP does not meet the three demands.

      The GGP’s endorsement and Lavender Greens’ response were discussed at GPPA’s spring convention.  After discussion, GPPA Treasurer Tim Runkle, who is also the Green Party’s candidate for PA Treasurer, moved to support the Lavender Greens’ statement as-is. The motion was seconded by Garret Wassermann, who is also the Green Party candidate for PA House District 45, and passed by the delegates.

      Wasserman later commented, “To fully support the Green Party's 10 Key Values, we must celebrate diversity and be inclusive and welcoming to all genders and sexual orientations, including non-binary and transgender folks who still face misunderstandings in society and even sometimes violent transphobia. The trans-exclusionary language approved by the GGP was very concerning, and I hope that Georgia Greens will engage in dialogue with members of the Lavender Caucus and Greens elsewhere in the party to better understand why the language is not compatible with Green values.”

      To join the Green Party Lavender Caucus, please visit https://www.lavendergreens.net/join. To join the Green Party of Pennsylvania, please visit https://www.gpofpa.org/join_us.

Tre Schumacher is a member of the Green Party of Pennsylvania steering committee and recording secretary of the Green Party of Philadelphia. The Green Party of PA (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected].  Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, please see:

Georgia Green Party. (2019). A Resolution of the Coordinating Council of the Georgia Green Party,  https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.13/f90.8ee.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Declaration_on_Sex_Based_Rights_of_Women-provide_for_party_endorsement-as_passed.pdf;

 

Lavender Greens. (2020). National Lavender Green Caucus Call for Justice and Reconciliation with the Georgia Green Party, https://greenparty.good.do/lavgreensjusticereconciliation/lavgreensjusticereconciliation/?v=40cfcdf5 and

 

Women’s Human Rights Campaign. (2019). Declaration on the Sex-Based Rights of Women from the Women’s Human Rights Campaign: Summary. https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.13/f90.8ee.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Declaration_on_Womens_Sex_Based_Rights_2019-summary.pdf.

 

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PA Greens demand relief from candidate nomination procedures

Green Party of Pennsylvania
www.gpofpa.org/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

CONTACT:
Chris Robinson, Communication Team , 215-843-4256 and [email protected]

PHILADELPHIA – On Monday, March 30, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Steering Committee and statewide candidates demanded relief from the Pennsylvania candidate nomination procedures. In a letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and legislative leaders, the Green Party asked that “the [nomination paper] signature requirement for the statewide ballot be waived or suspended for the current election cycle” for Green Party candidates in response to emergency circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

GPPA Secretary Beth Scroggin of Chester County said, "Many public and private events began to be canceled prior to official government action. The CDC has recommended public events be canceled and for isolation to remain in place for at least eight weeks. The duration of this quarantine could be much longer depending on how seriously the virus spreads. Governor Wolf has already issued several executive orders to attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19. Under these circumstances, there is a strong possibility that the Green Party will be unable to harvest nomination signatures in any realistic manner during the legally mandated petitioning period."

GPPA Co-Chair Alan Smith of Chester County said, "Without relief from the nomination signature requirement, Green Party candidates may not be able to campaign for office or to appear on the General Election ballot on November 3. This extremely unusual situation would prohibit every voter in our Commonwealth from considering or voting for candidates who favor single payer healthcare, an end to mass incarceration, a Real Green New Deal and a universal basic income. Without the nomination of Green Party candidates, voters will be limited to the failed policies of the two corporate parties."

GPPA Treasurer Tim Runkle of Lancaster County explained, "Because of the circumstances inflicted upon us by the current pandemic, the Green Party respectfully request that the Governor and General Assembly order the PA Department of State to take immediate emergency action to honor the right of our political party and its statewide candidates for President, PA Attorney General, PA Auditor General and PA Treasurer to appear on the General Election ballot.

Registered voters in Pennsylvania can express their support for ensuring the Green Party is on the ballot by signing onto the letter as a citizen endorser. For more information, including the full letter and how to sign, please see https://www.gpofpa.org/dont_let_covid_19_keep_greens_off_the_ballot.

 

The Green Party of PA (GPPA) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party's four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected]. Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.

For further information, please see:
"Don't Let COVID-19 Keep Greens Off the Ballot," https://www.gpofpa.org/dont_let_covid_19_keep_greens_off_the_ballot.


The Garret Gazette March 2020

 

 
 
With COVID-19 (Coronavirus) "stay-at-home" orders in place, the campaign has been a little quiet the last couple of weeks, but Garret has been posting his thoughts about Coronavirus response on social media and wrote up a longer post. In a nutshell: Garret supports:
  • Immediate relief for workers: expanded unemployment, paid sick leave, rent and mortgage freeze/forgiveness so no one is homeless. Everyone deserves a living wage of at least $20 per hour, and those working outside deserve hazard pay during the health crisis.
  • Single Payer Healthcare is clearly needed, healthcare shouldn't be tied to your employer and lost when laid off.
  • Cancel student debt, especially medical school debt for the nurses and doctors on the front-lines of this fight.
  • A Green New Deal to get people back to work in green infrastructure and renewable energy as soon as the Coronavirus health crisis passes. No fossil fuel bailout!
Garret is working on essays and videos about these topics to share on social media and get the word out. Now is a critical time to put the Green vision out and set the public discussion. Garret's opponents have not had much to say so far; incumbent Anita Kulik (D) attended St Patrick's Day bar crawls and posted photos to her campaign page during the Coronavirus pandemic, and challenger Danny DeVito (R) has been busy suing Governor Wolf to force non-essential workers back to work amid a pandemic. Neither are taking Coronavirus seriously, nor do they have serious plans to deal with the economic crisis that it caused. It will be up to Garret and Greens to lead the way!

 

Interview with Rust Belt Revolution


Garret was recently interviewed by Ron Gavalik for the Rust Belt Revolution channel. Garret and Ron had a great conversation for about an hour on a number of topics including a Green New Deal, criminal justice reform, Coronavirus and healthcare, and more. Check out the full interview video here.

Speak Out Against HB 1100!


We previously spoke out about Representative Anita Kulik's Yes vote on House Bill 1100, which is a bill that gives away billions of dollars to the petrochemical industry in subsides. Governor Wolf last week finally officially vetoed the bill, which is good news, but the bill originally passed with a supermajority capable of overriding a veto. It's VERY important we reach out to representatives and senators this week to demand that they oppose a veto override vote, and let Wolf's veto stand.

Click here to find your state representative and senator and send them an email opposing HB 1100!

Don't let Wolf's veto fool you though -- he cited the reason for the veto being that he wanted to negotiate subsidies individually for each project rather than passing a blanket provision. So he's not against it in principle, but wants to leave room to negotiate. So while it's good he vetoed this particular bill, we need to remain vigilant and watch for any other attempt at subsidizing the fossil fuel industry. Considering Wolf plugged his fracking-friendly "Restore PA" plan during a Coronavirus press conference on Monday, it's very likely more fossil fuel bills will be on their way and we need to be ready to resist.
 

Help Garret get on the Ballot During COVID-19


Normally we would be out petitioning and canvassing to collect the signatures necessary to get on the ballot, but with "stay-at-home" orders in place now through at least the end of April, it's looking more and more like it won't be possible to safely do this before our August 1st filing deadline.

We've shifted to a new strategy of petitioning the Governor and the General Assembly to create a special ballot access waiver this year, effectively eliminating the signature requirement for Green candidates this year. Pennsylvania has already moved its primary back to June and is considering moving to a mail-in ballot, and many other states have already moved their voting and petitioning requirements online. With time running out, it does not seem an unreasonable ask to ask a waiver for signature requirements -- other requirements like the filing fee would still apply.

We've therefore sent a letter from the Green Party of Pennsylvania's steering committee to the governor and other officials asking for this waiver. If it is not granted in the near future, we're already considering legal action to preserve the right of Greens to appear on the ballot.

We're asking for folks to endorse the letter and electronically sign on that you support our demands and want Garret and other Green candidates on the ballot!

Will you sign the petition for the signature requirement to be waived? Thank you! Please share this statement and petition widely.
Sign The Petition To Put Garret On the Ballot!
 

Coming Up Next Week

With COVID-19, we're all stuck indoors, but that doesn't mean we can't keep in touch! We're considering an online teleconference to just meet up and talk about local issues and the campaign sometime in the near future. We could make it a "town hall". What do you think?

In the meantime Garret is working on some essays and videos to share online. Keep an eye out on social media! If you have a special request and would like Garret to write or speak about a specific topic, let us know what you have in mind!

Please reply to this email if you have any questions or would like to volunteer!
 
 
Are you following Garret on social media yet? Click the links below to follow and stay up to date on the latest news, events, and actions! I often "live tweet" events I'm at. Thank you for your support!
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Would you be able to chip in $5? We're going to be printing materials soon and buying campaign supplies, and every little bit helps! We're a small grassroots campaign that doesn't take big donor or corporate money, we rely on community members like you! Thank you for your help!
Chip in $5 or more to Garret's campaign!

 


Green Party of Philadelphia Elects 2020 Leaders

By 


Meeting at Shissler Recreation Center in Fishtown, Philadelphia, on 2/25, the membership of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) elected a new City Committee for 2020. The new leadership is racially and sexually diverse, and includes people from a variety of neighborhoods.

The new Green Party Chair Belinda Davis is from Chestnut Hill. Party Treasurer Hillary Kane is from Cedar Park. Green Party Membership Secretary Charles Sherrouse is from Oxford Circle East, while Party Recording Secretary Tre Schumacher is from Logan. Two of the three City Committee members at large are from Tacony, while the third is from Torresdale.

Green Party membership in Philadelphia has been significantly deflated during the last five years. Some might wonder whether this was due to young voters "feeling the Bern." Fortunately, this does not appear to be the case. During 2016, when Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) ran for president the first time, GPOP lost only 22 members (one percent). In contrast, Philly Greens lost 171 members (11 percent) during 2019, when there were only local candidates on the ballot.

Rather, the loss of Green Party membership in Philadelphia appears to be the result of leadership turnover. During the last two years, GPOP has been led by five different chairs. As a result, the party of activists has been overcome by inertia. There has been little Green Party outreach, even in Wards with a sizable number of members. The Green Party has also failed to publicize its political platform or its electoral candidates via news releases or advertising. Most significantly during 2019, the Green Party failed to organize a successful nomination campaign for its candidate for Philadelphia City Council. As a result of the turmoil in leadership, the Green Party membership has now reached its lowest level since 2003.

Hopefully, the new leaders of GPOP will have the energy during 2020 to turn the Green Party around during this exciting election year when voters are craving an alternative to the two corporate parties. Green Party members, who wish to help the new City Committee return the Green Party to its position of prominence, may volunteer at Email address or at https://www.gpop.org/volunteer 

 

Chris Robinson is a graduate of Central High School (#219) in Philadelphia, PA. He lives in Germantown and was been a member of the Green Party of Philadelphia (www.gpop.org) City Committee from 2011 thru 2017. Chris Robinson is also a member of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776. He has been the communication team leader for the Green Party of Pennsylvania since January 2019.

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Green-Party-of-Philadelphi-by-Chris-Robinson-Green_Green-Party_Green-Party-Of-Philadelphia-200301-747.html 

 

 


Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and the 2020 Olympics

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, February 27, 2020

 

CONTACT:
Chris Robinson, Communication Team
215-843-4256 and [email protected]

and

Thomas Bailey, 724-887-0952, [email protected] 

 

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.]

Members of the National Committee of Green Party of US (GPUS) adopted Proposal 940 on December 2, 2018.  Link Among other goals, [Proposal] 940 called for a representative of GPUS to travel and tour in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture. Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (Fuku Station) sits east of the mountains, directly on the ocean beach. Proposal 940 continued on to state, “A video recording of the tour should be made to educate the world community. Greens Japan Link must know GPPA and GPUS as solid allies.”

[Background]

On March 11, 2011, an offshore earthquake triggered a tsunami which smashed onto the Pacific Ocean shoreline in Eastern Japan.  The tsunami knocked out electricity to several of six nuclear reactors at Fuku Station. Without electricity to continually pump water inside the reactor to cool the nuclear fuel, the fuel core heated up.  This increase in temperature created a hydrogen bubble inside each of three concrete reactor buildings. Over a period of a couple days, the hydrogen bubbles burst out of these reactors. These implosions blew holes in the walls and the floor of each building.  The implosions spewed high level radioactive Cesium particles throughout the Japanese countryside and onto the Pacific Ocean. US Navy sailors on warships traveling towards Fuku Station, reported being covered by “clouds” of particles.  Link Residents refer to these events as 311.

In April, 2011, the Japanese Government told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it had suffered an International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) Level Seven nuclear catastrophe.  This announcement to the IAEA created automatic permission for Japan to increase its Maximum Radiation Dose (MRD) per year for residents. IAEA rules permitted Japan to increase the estimated dosage each person will receive in one year from 1 millsievert to 20 millsieverts. 

In 2013, a second INES event was declared by the Japanese Government. A Level Three event was announced due to the constant, uncontrolled release of coolant waters from the three blown reactors at Fuku Station. By coming into contact with remaining uranium fuel, the cooling water became contaminated with radionuclides. The hydrogen explosions had destroyed the reactor floors, so the radioactive cooling water left the concrete structure like human waste in a toilet bowl. The deadly water flushed down through the sandy soil and joined the Pacific Ocean as groundwater. Link TEPCO was unable to stop this groundwater contamination of the Pacific Ocean since it began on 311.

[Japan chosen to host 2020 Olympics]

Shinzo Abe became Prime Minister in December, 2012. He told the IOC [International Olympic Committee] radioactive fallout and releases from Fuku Station were “under control” in September, 2013. As a result, the IOC named Japan as the host country for the 2020 Olympics. Now nine years down the road, everyone can see that Mr. Abe was being optimistic or naive. His administration has been unable to stop water from Fuku’s blown reactors from flowing into the Pacific Ocean. 

The maximum radiation doses men, women and children are suffering surrounding Fuku Station and the Exclusion Zone communities remains out of control. The radioactive fuel has continued to burn at Fuku Station and in the communities within the Exclusion Zone for almost nine years. Japan has both a Level Three and Level Seven INES nuclear emergencies occurring at the same time. [Near Fuku Station, east of Fukushima City,] you will see current radiation readings between 10 and 15 millsieverts per year. This is the reason for the Exclusion Zones.The readings are so high and the danger to public health is clear to many.     

The IOC and its corporate sponsors have chosen to direct their athletes to live and perform in the same region that is simultaneously suffering two INES nuclear emergencies. The IOC and their athletes apparently seek to entertain the residents of Japan, not help them address and mitigate their contaminated coastline and mountains.

[Green Party Open Letter]

In the Open Letter to both the IOC and Athletes’ Council, we asked these bodies to meet with members of Greens US and Greens Japan. We also requested the IOC to transfer the 2020 Olympic Games out of Japan due to the radiation contamination. 

On January 21, 2019 we carried our Open Letter to Rhonda King, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council [ESC], in New York City. This Open Letter requested an Audience with the ESC to discuss the ideas expressed in our Open Letter. We then walked over to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.  We met with two employees of the Mission that day and gave them a copy of the ESC Open Letter. 

On July 26, 2019, [Tom Bailey] traveled to Tokyo and met several members of Greens Japan. First, [we saw] the March, 2019, video produced by Green Party of Japan (Greens Japan) featuring Ikuko Hebiishi, an elected Greens Japan member on the Kooriyama City Council. Kooriyama is about 60 kilometers from Fuku Station. 

Later the same day, [Tom] traveled by bullet train to Fukushima City. We shot [four videos] while visiting the Exclusion Zone in Fukushima Prefecture.  We were there on August 26, 2019, with Hiroko Aihara, a free lance journalist native to Fukushima City.   

To date, ESC, the U.S. Mission to the UN and the AC have not responded to either Stephen or [Tom].  These Open Letters and my research are posted on the website maintained by the Green Party of Allegheny County [GPOAC].

[Going Forward]

[Our plan going forward is to] tell these people [IOC, the Athletes’ Commission of the IOC, the President of UNESCO, and the U.S. Mission to the UN] what we believe has happened and what they should do as a result. The more opinions these people hear from citizens around the globe, the more likely they will take the difficult steps to implement resource sustainability as a priority.  If we all do this, we will act as the proactive stewards our clean air, pure water and land need. 

The Green Party of PA (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected].  Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.

 

For further information, please see: 

Proposal 940, National Committee, Green Party of the U.S., passed on December 2, 2018, https://secure.gpus.org/cgi-bin/vote/propdetail?pid=940

“Green Party Requests UN to Takeover Fukushima Reactors,” Green Party of PA (GPPA) news release, January 10, 2019, https://www.gpofpa.org/green_party_requests_un_to_takeover_fukushima_reactors

“Fukushima: Eleven Years After,” GPPA news release, February 12, 2019, https://www.gp.org/fukushima_eleven_years_after

“About Greens Japan,” http://greens.gr.jp/world/english/

Letters to United Nations, International Olympic Committee, and other organizations,” Green Energy Working Group, Green Party of Allegheny County (GPOAC), https://www.alleghenycountygreens.org/working-groups/green-energy

“Playlist of YouTube Videos produced by Tom Bailey on his 2019 trip to Fukushima, Japan,” https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLW0ddZ3CJsiROtor6K6pwUVZ8KQd0lhPQ

“Seven years on: Sailors exposed to Fukushima radiation seek their day in court,” The Nation, March 9, 2018, https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/seven-years-on-sailors-exposed-to-fukushima-radiation-seek-their-day-in-court/

“The official report of Executive summary The Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission,” National Diet of Japan, 2012, https://www.nirs.org/wp-content/uploads/fukushima/naiic_report.pdf

“Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Anand Grover,” U.N. Human Rights Council, May 2, 2013, https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/RegularSession/Session23/A-HRC-23-41-Add3_en.pdf

“Lessons from Fukushima,” Greenpeace, September 9, 2011, https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/research/lessons-from-fukushima/

“Japan must halt returns to Fukushima, radiation remains a concern, says UN rights expert,” U.N. Human Rights Council, October 25, 2018, https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=23772&LangID=E

Fairewinds Recommendation for Fukushima Daiichi,” Fairwinds Energy Education, 2018, https://www.fairewinds.org/fairewinds-recomendation-for-fukushima/?rq=Fairewinds%20reco

Japan to Nationalize Fukushima Utility” by Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, May 9, 2012, https://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/business/global/japan-to-nationalize-fukushima-utility.html

“Experts letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,” September 13, 2013, https://www.nirs.org/wp-content/uploads/fukushima/expert-ltr-bankimoon-09-2013.pdf

“International cooperation [on] the consequences of the nuclear accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” U.N. General Assembly, December 21, 1990, https://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/45/190

“Chernobyl: A site transformed,” European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, https://www.ebrd.com/what-we-do/sectors/nuclear-safety/chernobyl-overview.html

“Nuclear Waste: Abandonment versus Rolling Stewardship,” Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, http://ccnr.org/Rolling_Stewardship.pdf

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No Subsidies to Fracking and Petrochemicals by Garret Wassermann

Garret Wassermann for State Representative
News Release
For more information, please contact
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No Subsidies to Fracking and Petrochemicals

-- By Garret Wassermann. 

 

We live in a time when the climate crisis is worsening and accelerating, and reports are growing about childhood cancer and other health impacts to communities near oil/gas development. Voting now in favor of subsidies to the gas industry is worse than being tone-deaf. It is flatout climate denial. It is siding with corporate profits over the health and safety of our children. 

The Pittsburgh City Paper reached out to legislators in Allegheny County to ask if they supported or opposed petrochemical industry development in the region. Incumbent PA Representative Anita A. Kulik (D-District 45) did not respond to multiple requests for comment. After the bipartisan vote in favor of HB 1100 on February 4, we know for sure exactly where Kulik stands.

157 state legislators in the House, including Kulik, voted on a bipartisan basis in favor of HB 1100, a bill that promises billions of dollars over decades to the gas and petrochemical industry. This vote was extremely bipartisan, with only 35 representatives voting against it. The majority of Democrats joined most Republicans to vote in favor of this bill.

Unfortunately, HB 1100 passed the Senate too, with another bipartisan 39-11 vote, including a Yes vote from my state Senator Wayne Fontana (D). Again, most Democrats joined Republicans in voting in favor of this bill.

Having passed both the House and Senate, it must be signed by the Governor to become law. Governor Wolf has said he will veto the bill, which on the surface appears to be good. If we dig a bit deeper, however, we see the real reason: Wolf “thinks such incentives should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis” according to a spokesperson. So Wolf isn’t opposed to giving more money to petrochemicals, he just wants to have a little more say over who gets it. Given Wolf’s support for the Shell “cracker plant,” it’s not unfair to think he wants more petrochemicals. The vote for HB 1100 was unacceptable, and Wolf’s attempt at leaving open the door for more subsidies is also unacceptable. I would have very proudly voted No on this bill if I was elected.

The Republican “Energize PA” plan and the Democratic “Restore PA” plan both are focused on fossil fuel development. Neither is a real solution to Pennsylvania’s economic, environmental, and health problems. This is why I advocate a Green New Deal to address pollution and the climate crisis while also boosting our economy and creating many more jobs in renewable energy and green infrastructure. Imagine the jobs we could create with the billions they’ve promised to petrochemicals, if we simply spent the same amount of money on renewable energy and protecting our drinking water infrastructure, for example.

We don’t have to sacrifice our health and environment for jobs. I completely reject this idea that jobs must come from petrochemicals. It isn’t true, and only shows elected officials aren’t taking our health and environment seriously.

Garret Wassermann is the Green Party candidate for PA House District 45. Garret is also leader of the Green Party of Pennsylvania Green Wave Team and vice-chair of the Green Party of Allegheny County. To help Garret get on the 2020 ballot, please contact him at https://votegarret.org/get-involved/. To contribute to Garret’s campaign, please send your check or money order to “Vote Garret Wassermann,” P.O. Box 85, Coraopolis, PA 15108. 

 

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PA Green Party announces 2020 presidential caucus

PHILADELPHIA – On December 30, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Steering Committee announced that their 2020 Presidential Caucus will take place during the month of April 2020. The Steering Committee further called for all Pennsylvania County Green Parties to schedule a county Presidential Caucus during their April membership meeting.

Currently, there are seven candidates seeking the Green Party nomination for President of the U.S. They are Howie Hawkins of New York, Dario Hunter and Dennis Lambert of Ohio, Sedinam Moyowasiza-Curry of California, David Rolde of Massachusetts, Ian Schlakman of Maryland, and Chad Wilson of Tennessee.


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"The Green Party's decentralized yet unified caucus process is driven by our local membership,” said GPPA Spokesman Tim Runkle, chair of the Lancaster County Green Party. “It ensures that our Presidential nomination will be made in a democratic and participatory manner. Our Presidential Caucus is a true demonstration of grassroots democracy. Completely self-funded and organized by our volunteers, we invite all Pennsylvanians to join us as Green Party voters. Together we will create a real alternative to the corporate party system."

GPPA will hold a Presidential Forum for interested candidates at their spring meeting in Harrisburg, PA, on March 21.

PA county Green Parties have scheduled Presidential Caucuses during April in Allegheny, Erie, Lancaster and Philadelphia Counties. A Regional Presidential Caucus for Greens in the Shenandoah Valley is also planned. Other regions and county Green Parties will announce their Presidential Caucuses soon.

The Green Party of PA (GPPA) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party’s four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected]. Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.


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

PHILADELPHIA – 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.


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"The creation of FREC has been demanded by Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE), an activist organization, to replace the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)," reported GPPA Co-chair Sheri Miller of Adams County. "For the last forty years, FERC has been under the thumb of the fossil fuel industry. With the current climate crisis, we must sweep out the old structure which has brought the world to the brink of destruction. The GPPA Steering Committee recognizes that Green New Deal proposals are not enough; we also need a new governing structure."

GPPA Co-Chair Alan Smith of Chester County added, "The Green Party would like to see the new FREC have the combined missions of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and shifting to a renewable, jobs-creating, justice-based and energy efficient power grid and economy. Clearly, we want the leadership of the new FREC to be personally and professionally committed to the historic task of shifting rapidly to renewable energy. Those leaders should be chosen based on their experience with and commitment to renewable energy."

"The Green Party's support for this BXE initiative gives me heart," said the Green Party's Michael Bagdes-Canning, elected member of the Cherry Valley Borough Council in Butler County. "As a grandparent living in the shale fields and as a long-time frack fighter, I applaud BXE's proposal to turn FERC into FREC. This does two important things, it spells out in stark terms the corruption of FERC, and it articulates a vision for the future. The Green Party must be behind those engaged in the nonviolent revolution that must come."

"FREC will have to focus entirely on renewable energy for our economy, as quickly as possible," said Garret Wasserman, vice-chair of the Green Party of Allegheny County. "Imagine how quickly we could get to 100% renewable energy if all of the fossil fuel subsidies were put into renewable energy construction instead. A recent working paper by the International Monetary Fund says, 'In absolute terms, China was still, by far, the largest subsidizer [of fossil fuel] in 2015 (at $1.4 trillion), followed by the U.S. (at $649 billion).' I believe this goal fits well within the values of the Green Party and hope that signing on to the BXE initiative will help bring solidarity with the petitioning groups and concrete ideas to the public discussion around implementing a Green New Deal."

BXE has asked supporting organization to sign their petition, "The Green New Deal Must Include a Federal Renewable Energy Commission to Replace FERC." 

The Green Party of PA (GPPA) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party's four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected] Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.

Also see:

"Stepping Out of Line -- Dropping A Banner At FERC" by Michael Bagdes-Canning, GPPA News Release, July 30, 2019, https://www.gp.org/dropping_a_banner_at_ferc


PA Green Party calls Senate Bill 887 "an Act of Terrorism"

 

PHILADELPHIA – On November 3, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Steering Committee voted to oppose Senate Bill 887 (SB 887), entitled "Critical Infrastructure Protection Act." The bill was introduced by Senator Mike Regan (R-Cumberland/York) and has been co-sponsored by nine other Republican Senators.

GPPA Co-chair Sheri Miller of Adams County explained, "Recently introduced SB 887 includes a long list of corporations that are already protected by current law. This bill, however, elevates any crimes against these specific corporations to that of a felony offense. The Green Party does not understand what problem the bill is trying to fix."

 

GPPA Co-chair Alan Smith of Chester County was also uncomfortable with SB 887. "If we are willing to make felons of prospective offenders then there must be a pervasive issue which is detrimental to the health and safety of the people of the Commonwealth," said Smith. "This bill however, is not about the safety of Pennsylvania's citizens or it's environment. The creation of this bill IS ITSELF the pervasive issue which is detrimental to the health and safety of the people of the Commonwealth."

Smith continued, "The critical infrastructure of our society that needs protecting is our health, our safety and our environment, not a fracking pipeline that carries fossil fuels to Europe to make plastic. This bill's aim is to do just the opposite, to criminalize our right to good health, a clean environment, and a safe community. The fracking pipelines that run through the state of Pennsylvania are threats to the health, safety and environment of Pennsylvania, yet this bill will make it a felony to not only impede or stop their construction, but also to even discuss or strategize ways to stop these pipelines from being built. SB 887 is not only unnecessary and unconstitutional, but also destructive. Why is protesting something that will destroy Pennsylvanian's health, safety, and environment put on par with terrorism? This bill itself is an act of terrorism. It's an attack on our ability to protect the health, safety and environment of Pennsylvania and its citizens. Here in Chester County, water wells have already been poisoned and destroyed by fracking pipelines. I echo the words of former Green Vice Presidential Candidate Winona LaDuke (1996, 2000), 'Someone needs to explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist and why proposing to destroy water with chemical warfare doesn't make a corporation a terrorist.'"

"SB 887 is the epitome of corporate donations influencing politicians' actions," said GPPA Secretary Beth Scroggin. "Who defines what constitutes 'critical infrastructure'? Let's be honest. SB 887 targets those who protest against oil and gas infrastructure projects. Since the mass civil disobedience seen in response to the North Dakota Access Pipeline (2016-2017), an effort has been underway to pass legislation to press felony charges on those who would put themselves in opposition of such construction projects. State by state as pipeline projects find public opposition, these bills follow, intending to criminalize protected First Amendment rights. SB 887 goes so far as to penalize individuals for discussing or giving aid or directions leading to a public action. Neighbors may be surveilled by these companies who are intruding in their communities, and felony charges may arrive in their mailboxes if this bill becomes a law."

"What value will SB 887 provide to the Commonwealth and why is it necessary?" asked Chris Robinson, leader of the GPPA Communication Team from Philadelphia. "In many instances, we have not asked for these infrastructure projects, yet they come into our communities. Some projects provide us with no benefit. For example, Sunoco uses the Mariner East pipelines to sell our petrochemical resources oversees. We live with all the risks of those pipelines, however the profits are solely Sunoco's. Under SB 887, those who have had their land commandeered for Sunoco's benefit would be made felons for speaking against it."

The Green Party asks all voters to protect their civil liberties by writing to their PA Senator in opposition to SB 887.

Timothy Runkle is chair of the Lancaster County Green Party and treasurer of the GPPA. The Green Party of PA (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party's four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected] Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.


PA Green Party candidates reflect on 2019 election

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, November 15, 2019

CONTACT:
Chris Robinson, Communication Team
215-843-4256 and [email protected]

 

PHILADELPHIA – County affiliates of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) had four candidates on the ballot for local office in the 2019 General Election. There are many motives leading people to run for office, including the belief that they just might win. While one of the candidates actually did win her election, all four Green Party candidates have given us some insight into their rationale for running and what they learned from the experience.

By Tara Yaney running for Edgewood Borough Council, Allegheny County

The easy part of running for office turned out to be talking to people about the Green Party Ten Key Values. Really, they seemed to appeal to people from all walks of life and all political loyalties.

I guess I would say to someone thinking about running for office that it might feel like a daunting and overwhelming process, but that there are lots of places to get support along the way. The Green Party of PA website has great resources for reading about the process, both step-by-step and overall guides. Also the Green Party of Allegheny County staff and members were really supportive with the process and encouragement! [Tara came in first place with 878 votes.]

By Riley Mahon running for School Board, Upper Saint Clair Township, Allegheny County

School had always been incredibly difficult for me, and one of the main reasons was that I've been an insomniac since I was a baby. I never got enough sleep which led to almost daily tardiness, missed classes, and sometimes low grades. I had heard that there has been legislation to move the school starting times later proposed for about 10 years, and the reasons they gave for refusing to vote on it seemed silly to me. I decided that since I was going to turn 18 the day before the Primary Election, I might as well throw my hat in and see if I could stir up a conversation and maybe push the board to finally act on that issue.

Honestly I thought most people were going to scoff at me and view my campaign as a prank or some attempted mockery. When I went door to door collecting signatures, however, an overwhelming majority of people not only agreed with me on the issues but were also excited by my candidacy.

In the end, I got 807 votes which -- while only being 4% of the total votes cast -- was still a sizable number of people. Not to mention, I successfully managed to generate a lot of buzz and get people talking. Overall, this was a very good experience for me that not only helped with my growth as a person, but also taught me lots about running a campaign and interacting with voters. It was a bit overwhelming at times, but I'm absolutely glad that I did it.

By Nicholas Prete running for Methacton School Board, Eagleville, Montgomery County

The School Board had voted to close Audubon Elementary School and then let it sit vacant. If it couldn't be used as a school, why couldn't Audubon be used as a community center or for recreation? We're paying to maintain it, and getting nothing out of it. That would have ended, if I had been elected. I'm sorry we didn't win, for our kids and our community. But I couldn't be prouder of the campaign we ran and the hard work we did for 629 votes. That is nothing to scoff at.

We earned every single one of those votes. I just want to say, "Thank you," to everyone who volunteered, donated, voted for me or put up signs! Your support was what kept us going. Here's what I can promise you: I don't quit, and I never will. I am not discouraged. We gave 629 people a Green Party option they otherwise wouldn't have had. I'll never regret fighting for that.

By Mike Farley running for Supervisor of Latimore Township, Adams County

I actually ran for Auditor as well as Township Supervisor. I did get 74 votes (14 percent) for Supervisor. I also received 83 votes (17 percent) for Auditor. I know little of the man I ran against for Auditor. My opponent for Township Supervisor was a man who has been in the local government in Latimore Township for quite some time and is very well known in the community. I knew my chances were slim. I didn't really have the time and means to put a lot into the campaign, but I always believe it is important to make a statement against the two-party system. I find it most important in the smaller local elections such as the one I ran in.

My collection of signatures was a fairly simple process. I was able to get more signatures than necessary to get on the ballot in a few hours on Primary Election day. I stood outside and met voters after they cast their ballots. My approach was simple. I just stuck to telling people about the Green Party and our Ten Key Values, along with the importance of other voices being heard outside of the two-party system.

I actually received a much more positive response from the voters than I would expect in such a Republican dominated district. At this point, I am quite pleased with the response this November. Now with more name recognition, I hope to continue to run in local elections again in the very near future. I would also like to thank everyone for their support and certainly for their votes.

For more information:

Please visit these candidates website or Facebook page:
Tara Yaney, https://taraforedgewood.com/;
Riley Mahon, https://alleghenygreens.gitlab.io/rileymahon2019/;
Nicholas Prete, www.facebook.com/nickformethacton; and
Mike Farley, https://www.facebook.com/CharlesMichaelFarleyForLAtimoreTwpSuper.

Also see:

"PA Greens to Recruit Exciting Candidates for 2020"
GPPA News Release, August 25, 2019

"Our Ten Key Values"
Green Party of the U.S.

"BE the Change You Want to See, Run for Office

"Greens Holding Local Office in PA

The Green Party of PA (GPPA) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party's four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected]. Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.


Jill Stein at Federal Courthouse in Philadelphia 10/2

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Friday, September 28, 2019

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PHILADELPHIA – The Steering Committee of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) has endorsed the Protect Our Vote rally on Wednesday, October 2, and the struggle to "Stop the Machine." More information may be found here, https://www.facebook.com/events/391050428235509/

Protect Our Vote believes that the voting system chosen for three Pennsylvania counties does not meet the standard for election integrity. GPPA Co-Chair Sheri Miller said, "Cumberland, Northampton and Philadelphia Counties have chosen to use the ES&S ExpressVote XL voting system. We demand that this be stopped! We must have secure voting systems with reliable audits if voters are expected to participate and to trust the results of their voting."

The Stop the Machine rally will take place at noon on October 2 on the steps of the Byrne U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market Street in Old City, Philadelphia. Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for President in 2012 and 2016 will be present for the rally. Stein was victorious in the 2018 federal settlement requiring election integrity in all PA counties.

Richard Garella, co-founder of Protect Our Vote Philly, said, "We believe the gold standard for election integrity is: 1) hand-marked paper ballots; 2) the best possible accessibility devices; and 3) mandatory risk-limiting audits after every election. If we don't Stop the Machine, one-sixth of PA voters will be using machines that replicate the problems which the Jill Stein v. Cortez settlement was designed to prevent.

Emily Cook, a Green Party member from Montgomery County and a plaintiff in Stein v. Cortes, said, "Cumberland, Northampton and Philadelphia Counties should make haste to acquire better voting systems, as we have done in Montgomery County."

In addition to GPPA, Protect Our Vote Philly has the support of Citizens for Better Elections, Clean Money Squad PA, Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP), Huddle Up Philly, Indivisible Philadelphia, Indivisible NW Philly, March on Harrisburg, Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks, Philadelphia NOW, Represent Us Pennsylvania, and the Unitarian Universalist PA Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN).

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party's four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected]. Follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.


october 2019 geen star

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October 2019


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

Please note: In order to decrease undesired emails among our supporter's,  we will be limiting future distribution of the Green Star to those who sign up as Green Followers, Supporters, Advocates, or Champions at gpofpa.org/join_us. There is no cost to join as a Green Follower. We don't want to lose any of our readers so be sure you are signed up if you want to keep getting the Green Star!

Colonialism, Capitalism, and Conquest Versus Connectedness
  by GPPA Co-chair Alan Smith

My great grandfather, James, built a house for our family and white supremacists bombed it. He died from the injuries he suffered. He was Cherokee. His wife's mother was Lumbee, and lived enslaved on a North Carolina plantation. She was raped by the white slave master and birthed the child that would later marry James. Emma Nora and James had 12 children, one of them was my grandfather. I have spent 5 summers living and learning among the Lakota. I share this information to reveal connections. In my Earth Day message back in April I shared a phrase in Lakota. "Mitakuye Oyasin." It means, we are all related/all are my relations.

The dominance of European/Western culture and capitalism has brought alienation, not just alienation from other humans, but separation from all things, the air, the soil, other creatures. The atomization and compartmentalization of life does not allow us to recognize let alone celebrate our interconnectedness. From the leaking Fukushima Nuclear plant to the garbage patch the size of Texas in the ocean, we see deep disconnection. From the 100 companies responsible for 70% of global emissions to the greed of billionaires and multi-millionaires, we see deep disconnection. From the tenacious thirst for energy that our war machine has, to the practices of endless consumption and planned obsolescence, we see deep disconnection.

Seeking_Connection.jpgFrom October to November Native Americans come face to face with a deep disconnection surrounding their culture and history. During this time period they must endure the celebration of Christopher Columbus a person who sought to exterminate them, mocking costumes and cultural appropriation during Halloween and the lie perpetuated about Thanksgiving (The first "Thanksgiving" celebration was about giving thanks for the slaughter of several hundred Native Americans in Connecticut and the safe return of the colonists without one white settler dying).

To be Green is to celebrate our connectedness. It is to stand in the forest and listen to the trees, it is to stand shoulder to shoulder with the marginalized and oppressed, it is to care for and respect the water, the air, the soil. Sunlight shining through water droplets creates a rainbow. Humans are 70% water. Let's stop drowning and devastating the Earth with the result of our disconnectedness. Let's allow the sunlight to shine through us and create rainbows everywhere we go. Let's be Green!      

       ~More connectedness from the "Three Sisters."

 

GPPA News Highlights   

  edited by Chris Robinson 

PA Green Delegates Met in Bellefonte, PA

September 14 -- Delegates to the Green Party of PA met for an afternoon conference in Bellefonte, PA. There were 19 delegates from eight counties present, along with nine observers. Following reports from GPPA state officers, organizing teams and national committee people, the delegates discussed plans for a PA Presidential Caucus in April 2020. They were especially interested to learn about the Presidential Caucus’ impact on county Green Parties. The next gathering of GPPA delegates will be a virtual meeting at noon on Sunday, November 17.

Bucks County, PA, Greens Endorse Global Climate Strike

Climate_Strike.PNGSeptember 14 -- The Bucks County Green Party has endorsed and supports Doylestown Climate Strike led by youth in a march to the Bucks County Courthouse, where we will hear youth, adult, and organizational speakers share their personal stories and passionate calls against climate change.(show all)

 

Allegheny, PA, Greens Favor Civilian Police Review Board    

August 29 -- Testimony before Allegheny County Council by Jay Walker, chair of the Green Party of Allegheny County, “I represent the more than 1000 registered Green Party members who reside in this county. Our party endorsed an independent review board last September because it exemplified three out of the four pillars that form the foundation of our party. . . . “ (show all)

 

PA Greens to Recruit Exciting Candidates for 2020

August 25 -- The Green Party of PA (GPPA) is seeking exciting candidates to run for state legislature and statewide elected positions in 2020. Individuals need not be currently registered Green to apply. (show all)

 

 

Campaign Updates   

  edited by Chris Robinson  

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Tara Yaney for Edgewood Borough Council 
Allegheny County
Tara tells GREEN STAR that she has a BS in physics from the University of Pennsylvania and directs the Pittsburgh Concert Orchestra Junior Wind Ensemble. You might donate to her campaign via her website, For more information visit https://taraforedgewood.com/

Olivia Faison for City Council 
Philadelphia
Olivia tells GREEN STAR that she has an advertisement in the September-October issue of What’s Happening Philly Magazine, on page 8. Olivia will have a fundraiser on 10/27. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10214738787563180&set=a.2145221749978&type=3&theater

Riley Mahon for School Board 
Upper St. Clair Township, Allegheny County
Riley tells GREEN STAR that he has been endorsed by Dario Hunter, a Green Party candidate for nomination to President of the U.S. Visit Riley’s new website For more information https://alleghenygreens.gitlab.io/rileymahon2019/

Mike Farley for Supervisor 
Latimore Township, Adams County
For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/CharlesMichaelFarleyForLAtimoreTwpSuper

Nicholas Prete for School Board 
Methacton School District, Eagleville, Montgomery County
For more information visit www.facebook.com/nickformethacton

 

National Green News   

  edited by Dave Ochmanowicz

At Least 62 Greens Running for Office in 2019 Fall Elections 

At least 62 Greens are running in elections in September, October and November 2019. At least 43 Greens have run in winter, spring and summer 2019 elections, with 18 elected. Most are running for a variety of positions: city and town councils, soil and water commissions, school boards, township trustees, and zoning boards. A few are seeking seats for state legislature or statewide office. (show all)

NY Greens, unlike other third parties, call for an end to fusion voting

ALBANY, NY — Most of the state's minor parties are on red alert as the state considers an end to fusion voting — both the Working Families and Conservative parties have filed lawsuits seeking to block the Public Campaign Financing Commission from even considering the subject. (show all)

 

New London, CT, Green Party fields council, school board candidates

NEW LONDON, CT — The New London Green Party endorsed candidates for City Council and Board of Education. Green Party Chairwoman Ronna Stuller is running for a spot on the council and Sharmaine Gregor for school board. Stuller, co-founder of the Riverside Park Conservancy, served on the school board from 2009 to 2011, is a sitting member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and made an unsuccessful run at a state representative seat in 2016. (show all)

 

Workers Need More Rights and Economic Democracy By Howie Hawkins

As someone who has been a union member since I was a Marine with the American Servicemen's Union until I retired last year as a Teamster as well as a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, I have lived the reality of mistreatment of workers in the United States. It is good to see labor rising with teacher and other strikes increasing across the country and with the U.S. public showing its highest support for unions in decades. (show all)

 

FEC Recognition of the Dennis Lambert for President Campaign

Dennis Lambert for President 2020 is a legal reality. Our new treasurer, Tim Gladeau, will be responsible for making sure we record the donations, and double checking to ensure that none of them come from special interests or PACs. We are a people powered campaign. Starting the bank account and PayPal for donations cost us to run the campaign on a monthly basis. We are also close to printing some of the first campaign material. (show all)  

 

What a Green New Deal for DC could mean for the city’s working-class residents

The Green New Deal (GND) first entered U.S. political discourse during Howie Hawkins’ 2010 Green Party campaign for New York Governor. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s candidate for president, later invoked the idea in her 2012 and 2016 campaigns. Implementation of a Green New Deal is now being vigorously discussed at all levels of power. On the international stage, where the deal was first put forward by the United Nations Environment Program in 2009; in Congress, where New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others have pushed for its inclusion in a new domestic agenda; and especially at the state and city level, where programs like DC’s recent clean energy legislation already invoke its precepts. (show all)

 

 

Global Green News   

  edited by Gayle Morrow

Greens in Canada believe the voting age should be dropped from eighteen years of age to sixteen years of age, stating that voting earlier is more likely to create a life-time voter. Elizabeth May, Green Party leader, states that the issues will, after all, affect their futures. Elizabeth May is also calling for the formation within the government of a committee specifically to work on the climate crisis and believes that “it’s now or never” to begin the switch to a green economy. While in Bradenburg, Germany, sixteen year olds are not only allowed to vote, this twenty-one year old voted for Greens at sixteen and is now running for office. The Green Party is enjoying a rise in support after the German elections.

Speaking of Canada, in our June 2019 issue we posted an article that predicted that the impressive increase in Green Party votes in Prince Edward Islandraised hopes that these increases will spread to the Canadian federal election taking place October 21, 2019. If you would like to monitor results and comments of those elections HERE is a place to do so.

According to the Global Greens, governments in many countries around the world are preparing for two upcoming meetings that can determine the fate of the Paris Agreement climate commitments. In the meantime, the Green Parties of Korea, Taiwan, and Japan are supporting the Hong Kong Protests; also Green Parties all over the world, including the Green Party of UK backed the Global Climate Strike that took place September 20 -27.

India has a brand new Green Party. In addition to the The Uttarakhand Parivartan Party (UKPP), just formed in September, is The Green Party of India, while the new Green Party of Trinidad and Tobago is already distinguishing itself with calls for 160 new schools and no homework!

GREENS BEING GREENS AROUND THE WORLD

UK Green Party opposes airport expansion plans at the Leeds Bradford Airport stating, “Public money should not be used to fund the pollution of our planet by commercial companies.” The Guardian reports that airlines' CO2 emissions are rising up to 70% faster than predicted.

James Beddome, Manitoba’s Green Party leader makes a very salient point in a debate with other party leaders that “climate change isn’t just one heading in a platform, it’s something that has to be interconnected through everything else that you do.” The Manitoba Green Party is very active, by the way, proposing to axe education property tax, make up funding with a tax hike for corporations and high-income earners in addition to proposals for a sugar tax, free bus rides, and improved child care.

 

GPPA Coming Events   

  edited by Chris Robinson

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

 

October 1, 6:00 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County General Assembly
Panera Bread, 3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA
More information from [email protected]

 

October 3, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Chester County Meeting
Interested parties should contact [email protected] for more information.

 

October 4, 11:00 am
Stop Banking the Bomb
The Tower at PNC Plaza, 300 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
More information from  [email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/events/1410555052415835/

 

October 4, 11, 18, 25 at 11:30 am
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. 
facebook.com/events/2206600726129147/

 

October 5, 11:00 am
March for Peace
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA.
Endorsed by the Green Party of Allegheny County. More information from 
[email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/events/2242094152579808/

 

October 5, noon
Coffee with Greens
Crocus Cafe, 323 North Washington Avenue, Scranton, PA.
Hosted by Lackawanna County Green Party.  
More information from: [email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/events/2369437963177128/

 

October 7
LAST DAY to Register to Vote in General Election
DOUBLE CHECK TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE STILL REGISTERED! 
https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/VoterRegistrationApplication.aspx

 

October 12, 11:30 am
Anti-Imperialism Revolutionary Summit
Saint Stephen Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton Street NW, Washington, DC
https://www.facebook.com/events/980360065655754/

 

October 12, 11:00 am
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Penn Treaty Park, 1199 North Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.
https://www.facebook.com/events/383235805559248/

 

October 12, 1:00 pm
Philly Trans March
Malcolm X Park, 52nd & Pine Streets, Philadelphia
https://www.facebook.com/events/485392365370900/

 

October 13, 10:00 am
Lackawanna County Green Party Cleanup
Mulberry and Prescott Streets, Scranton, PA
More information from 
[email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/events/2074811562623983/

 

October 13, 1:00 pm
1919 Steel Strike 100th Anniversary Commemoration
National Association of Letter Carriers, 841 California Ave, Pittsburgh, PA.
More information from  [email protected]

 

October 13, 3:00 pm
Delaware County Green Party Meeting
Cotto Cafe, 1016 Sunset Street, Trainer, PA

 

October 19, 11:00 am
Stop Banking the Bomb
Location TBD
More information from  [email protected]

 

October 19, noon
Spiral Q Peoplehood Parade
Line up at Paul Robeson House, 4951 Walnut Street, West Philadelphia, PA.
http://www.spiralq.org/peoplehood-parade/

 

October 21, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Montgomery County & Green Party of Bucks County, Joint Meeting
For more information  [email protected]
Even more information  [email protected]

 

October 23, noon
Rally to End Death by Incarceration
PA Capitol Rotunda, 501 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA.
More information from 
https://www.facebook.com/events/2266068870370352/

 

October 23, 12:00 pm
Shale Insight Conference March and Rally
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA.
More information from  [email protected]
https://breatheproject.org/event/shale-insight-conference-march-and-rally/

 

October 24, 7:00 pm
Ghoulish HalloGreen
hosted by Lackawanna County Green Party at Sweeney Beach, Scranton, PA.
A spooktacular gathering with music, refreshments and some truly creepy costumes 
More information from [email protected] 
https://www.facebook.com/events/410992646479863/

 

October 24, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Membership Meeting
More information from [email protected]

 

October 26, noon
Close the Drone War Command Center
Hosted by Brandywine Peace Community with Bucks County Green Party, Montgomery County Green Party, and Green Party of Philadelphia
Air Guard Station, Easton Road (#611) at County Line Road, Horsham, PA
[email protected]
http://www.brandywinepeace.com/events/

 

October 27, 4:00 pm
Fundraiser for Olivia Faison Green Party Candidate for Philadelphia City Council
Crab Tavern, 201 Macdade Boulevard, Darby, PA.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10214738787563180&set=a.2145221749978&type=1&theater

 

GPPA Meeting Dates for 2019:

  • November Virtual Meeting/Web Conference: Sunday, November 17th
  • January Virtual Meeting/Web Conference: Sunday, January 12th, 2020 (officer elections)
  • March Convention and Petitioning Kick-off : Saturday/Sunday, March 21-22, 2020 (to be held in Region 1, SEPA) 
  • Summer Virtual Meeting/Web Conference: Sunday, June 7th, 2020
  • Fall Retreat and Planning Session : Saturday/Sunday, September 12-13, 2020 (to be held in Region 8 (Somerset area) 
  • Post-Election Day Virtual Meeting: Sunday, November 15th, 2020, 12pm-4pm 

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 toour 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.


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Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team & Media Committee 

Issue Credits:

EDITORS: Chris Robinson, Dave Ochmanowicz Jr., & Gayle Morrow   
CONTRIBUTORS: Chris Robinson, Dave Ochmanowicz Jr., Gayle Morrow, & Alan Smith
LAYOUT: Sheri Miller & Dannee Schoepfer 
GRAPHIC ARTS: Kevin Richardson
ILLUSTRATIONS: Alan Smith 

 


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Everything we do is based on our Four Pillars and Ten Key ValuesIf you find that you share these ideals, come and join the movement.

You can support the Green Party in many ways; however, a monthly sustaining donation helps to fund a solid infrastructure to help local chapters coordinate candidates and provide resources to make their campaigns successful.  As little as $3 per month can have a significant impact! 

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Join us and help bring about a future where people and planet are valued over profits. We have a new, tiered membership structure that allows you to determine your level of commitment and support. And if you want to get more directly involved, consider joining an action team.  Work with other committed progressives and activists in activities such as planning events, developing media content, or helping with campaigns. Let's join together to make 2019 the year of progressives!

 

The Green Star is an official publication of the Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team * 2019 
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Greens Say PA Legislators Working Overtime to Destroy the Planet

PHILADELPHIA – As the world goes on strike for peace and ecology and engages in direct action to save the planet, some PA legislators are working overtime to push through HB 1102, the Keystone Energy Enhancement Act. On September 23, the House Commerce Committee is scheduled to vote on this bill, which proposes to use tax dollars to set up and develop "Energy Enhancement Zones," where fracked gas will be promoted and new fracking spurred.

HB 1102 is "designed to encourage, facilitate, and subsidize natural gas and related manufacturing industries, including the highly polluting petrochemical industries, in Pennsylvania," ťaccording to a letter by the Delaware Riverkeepers Network. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) steering committee has signed onto this letter, requesting that the House Commerce Committee reject the bill.


Green Party of Pennsylvania
www.gpofpa.org/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 20, 2019

CONTACT:
Chris Robinson, Communication Team, 215-843-4256, [email protected]


GPPA Co-chair Sheri Miller from Adams County said, "The Green Party urges PA legislators to vote "NO" on HB 1102. We urge all voters in PA to contact their legislators to voice their opposition to this bill. We urge everyone to flood the media to highlight this disastrous bill, so it can be stopped."

Chris Robinson, a GPPA delegate from Philadelphia, praised the effort to stop HB 1102, saying, "I hope that next year many environmental activists will run for a seat in the PA House as Green Party candidates. Then, we can end these crack-pot ideas foisted on us by the two corporate parties."

"The adverse costs associated with subsidizing the petrochemical industry are well documented," according to Alan Smith, GPPA co-chair from Chester County. "Our environment, our health, and our economic well being are all at grave risk should this bill pass. In defense of the planet, HB 1102 must be eschewed by PA legislators and must be removed from any consideration in the future. Let our voices be heard! Eschew 1102! Remove 1102!"

The Green Party of PA is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party's four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected]. Follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.


Bucks Greens endorses Climate March in Doylestown September 22 2019

Bucks County, PA Green Party 

 

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

David Ochmanowicz; [email protected]

Jenny Isaacs; [email protected]

 

 

Bucks County Green Party endorses the Climate Strike & March in Doylestown September 22, 2019 



Doylestown, PA - The Bucks County Green Party has endorsed and will support a local Climate Strike event to be held in Doylestown PA, following the lead of the Green Party of the US in endorsing national and global climate strike actions in September being led in the U.S. by the Sunrise Movement. 

 

On Sunday, September 22nd, Bucks Students for Climate Action and Protection of the Environment (BSCAPE) is calling youth and adults alike to march in Doylestown.

 

The Doylestown event will take place from 12-1:30 PM, convening in the front parking lot of Central Bucks High School West. The group will be led by BSCAPE youth in a march to the Bucks County Courthouse, where youth, adult, and organizational speakers will share their personal stories and passionate calls against climate change.  

“Pennsylvania's troublesome expansion of harmful fossil fuel extraction is not only shortsighted but dangerous. There are few permanent jobs and the long term damage to our environment doesn’t provide any recompense for the small profits made by a few people, subsidised by our tax dollars AND our future,” said David Ochmanowicz Jr., past Chair of the Bucks County Green Party and currently an elected School Director in Quakertown Community School District. 

He goes on to add, “An Adelphia Gateway Pipeline compressor station is being planned for less than a mile and a half from Trumbauersville Elementary School, 24/7 piping out carcinogens, VOCS (volatile organic chemicals) and methane (a greenhouse gas). I am concerned for the students who will be in that building for the years to come, breathing polluted air and in peril of blowback release events. We need to stand united for the safety of our community, students and planet.”  

 

The Bucks County Green Party has held two meetings in Quakertown focusing on the compressor station already and will return to the Free Library on Mill St on September 30, 2019 at 7pm in Quakertown to discuss how the community can continue to respond to this threat.

Meeting details can be found at [email protected], @BCPAGreens on facebook or at www.gpofpa.org/bucks_county_green_party_sept_meeting

 

The Green Party is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. Green Party candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party's four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity 

Follow us on social media: Facebook and Twitter @bcpagreens

 

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Allegheny Greens Favor Civilian Police Review Board

  

 

 Green Party of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, August 29, 2019

 

CONTACT: 

Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256 and [email protected]
Jay Ting Walker, 412-532-9194 and [email protected]

 

Allegheny Greens Favor Civilian Police Review Board

Two members of the Allegheny County Council submitted a bill to create a countywide Civilian Police Review Board, similar to the board already in existence in Pittsburgh. A public hearing was held in August by Council, and below is testimony given by a Green Party spokesperson:

Hi, my name is Jay Walker, and I'm the chair of the Green Party of Allegheny County. I represent the more than 1000 registered Green Party members who reside in this county. Our party endorsed an independent review board last September because it exemplified three out of the four pillars that form the foundation of our party.

One of our four pillars is nonviolence. That includes police violence. We believe that the presence of an independent police review board would reduce the incidences of police violence like we've seen in the City of Pittsburgh after ours was created.

 The second pillar of our party is grassroots democracy. That means that our government and the agents of our government are accountable to the people. A civilian oversight board provides some of this much needed accountability building faith in our civic institutions.

 The third pillar of our party is social justice. Across the country we see countless examples of justice being left at the wayside when it comes to cases of police violence. Having an oversight body that applies countywide would reduce the massive racial disparities that exist in policing.

 The Green Party of Allegheny County has experienced a taste of police run rampant. When one of our candidates was gathering signatures in Moon, his wife was forcefully arrested by the Moon police. Now after unjust arrests from the Coraopolis police, countless court dates, and multiple undeserved prison stints, we have completely lost what little faith we had in the criminal justice community in our county. We are experiencing the nightmare of being railroaded through the criminal justice system. An independent civilian police review board would have prevented what we experienced. We can tell you that the judges, police, and councils in Moon and Coraopolis are anything but independent. The systems of checks and balances that are supposed to exist do not exist, and a review board can help create those checks and balances.

 Please vote yes to enact this review board. The residents of our county deserve non-violence, grassroots democracy, and social justice at all levels of government. Thank you.

 On August 27, the Allegheny County Council voted 9-6 against creation of a Civilian Police Review Board. Five Council Democrats joined four Republicans to defeat the measure.

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Jay Ting Walker is the chair of the Green Party of Allegheny County (GPOAC),  http://www.alleghenygreens.org/about. In 2018, Walker ran for PA House of Representatives in District 23. Please follow GPOAC on social media, @AlleghenyGreens on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about GPOAC, please email [email protected]

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PA Greens to Recruit Exciting Candidates

  

 

 Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sunday, August 25, 2019

 

CONTACT: 

Chris Robinson, Communication Team, 215-843-4256 and [email protected]

Jenny Isaacs, [email protected] 

 

PA Greens to Recruit Exciting Candidates

The Green Party of PA (GPPA) is seeking exciting candidates to run for state legislature and statewide elected positions in 2020. Individuals need not be currently registered Green to apply. GPPA Green Wave Team Leader Jenny Isaacs of Doylestown, says, "For activists already organizing around local and state issues -- like opposing fracking, pipelines, and toxic waste infrastructure, while promoting a living wage, affordable housing, and education equity -- the 2020 elections afford an opportunity to insist that candidates from the traditional duopoly address progressive alternatives."

"A good example of this," explained Chris Robinson, a Green Wave activist from Philadelphia, "is the impact that the Green New Deal has had upon the Democratic Party. The Green New Deal was originated by a Green Party candidate for Governor of New York in 2010. It was then expanded by Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for President in 2012 and 2016. Talk of a Green New Deal to combat the effects of climate change has now spread to many corporate party candidates for elected office. I am looking forward to working in 2020 with Green Party candidates who will bring creative problem-solving to the many troubling aspects of our Pennsylvania community."

Isaacs, who is also chair of the Green Party of Bucks County, points out that across the country hundreds of Green Party candidates will be challenging the two corporate parties in 2020. She adds, "We seek individuals from all walks of life and class backgrounds to run on behalf of the Green Party, especially candidates who are under-represented in elective office. We believe voters will be excited by electoral races that include a bold Green Party vision based on our 4 pillars of peace, social justice, grassroots democracy and ecological wisdom." 

GPPA is already notable for its electoral success at the municipal level. According to data available from the national Green Party, GPPA ranks second for the number of elected Green Party office-holders. Only California has more. Since 2016, the GPPA has had a regionally-based electoral committee, called “Green Wave,” which assists candidates in navigating all aspects of successfully appearing on the general election ballot, including creating a candidate committee and complying with financial disclosure regulations. 

The GPPA will hold its next meeting at noon on Saturday, September 14, at the Saint John Lutheran Church, 216 North McAllister Street in Bellefonte, PA. The meeting is open to the public and prospective candidates are encouraged to attend. Green Wave leaders stress that it is now time to begin the process. Green Party candidates will ideally have a campaign structure in place before the end of 2019. For more information, interested individuals are encouraged to visit with Green Wave, http://www.greenwaveofpa.com/, or to contact [email protected].  

The Green Party of PA (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org or email [email protected].  Follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.

 

For More Information:
“Its Time for a Green New Deal,” https://www.gp.org/green_new_deal;
“The Green Party’s Four Pillars,” https://www.gp.org/the_four_pillars; and
“Greens in Office,” https://www.gp.org/officeholders

  

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Three PA Greens on the Ballot for General Election, November 5

***MEDIA ALERT***


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

August 14, 2019


CONTACT: 

[email protected]

Chris Robinson, Communications Team Leader

Sheri Miller, Co-Chair 

Green Party of Pennsylvania, www.GPofPA.org  



Three PA Greens Obtain Ballot Access for the November Election


PHILADELPHIA – Nomination papers for three Green Party of Pennsylvania candidates have been filed. None of those candidates were challenged, and they will be listed on the ballot for the General Election, November 5. The three candidates are Nicholas Prete, running for Methacton School Board in Montgomery County; Riley Mahon, running for Upper Saint Clair School Board in Allegheny County; and Charles Michael (Mike) Farley, running for Latimore Township Supervisor in Adams County.
 
When asked why he is running for school board, Nick Prete responded, "I'm running for school board because it's time for a change. As a recent graduate, I'm the only candidate positioned to recognize the effect the board's actions have on students, teachers, and all of us. I know what it's like when the board privatizes busing, misleads their constituents, and doesn't listen. I'll be an advocate for recorded committee meetings, I'll promote ecology, I'll hold community town halls listening to the issues we all care about, and I'll be open and transparent with taxpayers. I want to get up every day and help create a better future. Methacton took a chance on me as a new kid six years ago -- and now I'm asking them to take a chance on me and vote November 5."

Mike Farley stated he is running for township supervisor because "I believe in the Green Party's 10 Key Values that no other party properly represents. We have been subject to a two party system for too long -- dominated by two parties that don't represent the interests of 99% of the population." 
Riley Mahon stated he is running for school board because "there is an epidemic that is not being addressed. That epidemic is students' poor mental health. I believe that by pushing the start times back and by teaching students healthy coping skills, we can begin to address this situation." 
This ensures that the people in three Pennsylvania localities will have an opportunity to vote for candidates who will promote public policy based on the four pillars of the Green Party: grassroots democracy, social justice, nonviolence, and ecological wisdom.Thanks go to these candidates and to their many dedicated volunteers for bringing Green Party values to Pennsylvania politics. 

Co-chair Sheri Miller of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) said, "I'm pleased that the hard work of these three candidates has paid off. I'm also grateful for the efforts of those Green candidates who did not succeed in collecting enough signatures to meet the onerous requirements for ballot access for anyone running outside of the establishment parties. Their efforts paved the way for future races. Now our candidates need support. If you believe that we need new voices and more choices in politics at all levels, then be sure to follow and share their campaigns on social media, volunteer directly to help their campaigns, or donate when you can."

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity.
For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org. Follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter

PA Greens Respond to Recent Mass Shootings

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

***MEDIA ALERT***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

 

CONTACT: [email protected]

Alan Smith & Sheri Miller

Co-Chairs of Green Party of Pennsylvania

www.GPofPA.org 

 

PA Greens Respond to Recent Mass Shootings 

 

 The Green Party of Pennsylvania reaffirms its core principles of peace and social justice in condemning the horrific mass shootings and the ideology that produced them. 

 

Seeing people and planet as things to be conquered lies at the root of violence.

 

The Green Party promotes non-violent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and will guide our actions toward lasting personal, community and global peace. 

 

We seek to join with people and organizations around the world to foster peace, economic justice, and the health of the planet.  

 

In the wake of these events, we encourage everyone to do the following:

 

1) Reach out to the marginalized, those traumatized and fearful. Comfort and protect them.

2) Visibly and vocally speak out against white nationalism, fascism and all the other -isms that fuel this violence.

3) Speak firmly against the practice of using black and brown people, immigrants and Muslims, and other marginalized peoples as scapegoats for wretched economic and political systems.

4) Educate yourself and others about the connections between seeing each other as enemies and competitors and the violence it produces here at home and abroad. 

5) Be a living example of peace. Act in solidarity with the oppressed and marginalized at home and abroad. Practice compassion and understanding. Learn and practice peace and conflict resolution.

 

The machine that is producing this destruction will be stopped when we refuse to be cogs in it. As Bayard Rustin said, "we must tuck our bodies in places so wheels don't turn." We must make this existing paradigm obsolete. 

Begin today creating a new world where people and planet are not seen as expendable.  Act now as if our lives depend on it, because they do.



People in cages, gunned down at all ages. 

Dehumanized.

Involuntary interment, for our own “betterment.” 

Dehumanized.

From nuclear bombs in Japan to drones in Afghanistan. 

Dehumanized.  

From white supremacy to capitalist patriarchy. 

Dehumanized.

From materialism to consumerism.

Dehumanized.

From imperialism to neo-liberalism and all other -isms.

Dehumanized. 

Violence. Violence. Violins scream echoing our terror. 

Violins moan as our cries they mirror.  

This is not pretty music to our ears, 

But a summoning of our worst fears. 

Terror. Terror. Terror. Tearing us apart. 

From alienation to isolation, tearing up our hearts. 

From El Paso to Ohio, making us cry, "Oh!!!"  

To find the antidote, we must sing a different note. 

For the seas to calm, "Viva! People, planet and peace!" must be our song. 

Look hard in the mirror, beyond the terror. 

See a new world where we are together.

No longer dehumanized, beyond fear, we all rise!

 

"Mirror Terror," Alan Smith

August 4, 2019

 

The Green Party is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party's four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity

 

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PA Libertarian and Green Parties agree that SB 300, which will disenfranchise nearly a half million voters, must be struck down!

Green Party of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, July 9, 2019

 

Contact: Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256 and [email protected] 

 

 

Joint Press Release: The PA Libertarian and Green Parties agree that SB 300, which will disenfranchise nearly a half million voters, must be struck down!

 

The idea of “open primaries” sounds awesome, but the language in the open primary bill (SB 300) is anything but that, redefining an unenrolled elector to be: “A person who is registered to vote within an election district having selected “NONE” or “NO AFFILIATION” in regard to a political party”

Co-chair Sheri Miller, of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA), said, “This bill will NOT open the primaries to people who have registered as Independent, or as a member of any party other than Republican or Democratic. This bill will NOT allow other parties to utilize the primary system to select their own candidates. If SB 300 becomes law, a voter will have to unregister from their party, and then -- once unregistered --  that voter will be allowed to vote only for a candidate from the Republican or Democratic Party.”

Chair Steve Scheetz, of the Libertarian Party of PA (LPPA), explained, “People will be unable to see or to hear any ideas other than those of the old parties. In addition, nearly half a million people will be taxed to pay for a process in which they cannot participate.”

“The Libertarian and Green Parties,” continued Scheetz, “believe that it would be good to amend our archaic election code, which has not been edited since 1937, to give access to ALL voters. The current open primary bill (SB 300), which disenfranchises nearly a half million voters, is NOT the answer!”

The Green Party is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org. Follow GPPA on social media: Facebook, Green Party of Pennsylvania and Twitter, @GreenPartyofPA.

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July 2019


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

On This Fourth of July

Oh the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof we were right, oil reserves lie down there.
Away in the trees, strangled bodies yet wave
O'er the land of the fee and the home of the slave.

  by GPPA Co-chair Alan Smith

These "anthem" lyrics I rewrote. They paint of picture of the United States of America (USA), where the military and prison industrial complexes serve to enforce the marketization and commodification of life. War is big business. Big business is war. Ten miles from my home lies the headquarters for the biggest weapons maker on the planet and across the street from it lies the largest shopping mall in the USA. A mere 20 miles to the east, lies Independence Hall, the place where this mythical "experiment with freedom" began.

Mere feet from my doorstep lies a dangerous fossil fuel pipeline, and outside my windows I can see the steam rise from an environmentally destructive nuclear power plant. 40 miles to the northwest is the largest immigration detention center outside of Texas. The gates of the first concentration camp in Germany read, "Work is Freedom." "Exploitation and Destruction is Freedom" should be inscribed on all ports of entry to the USA. The freedom to take advantage of and to destroy people and planet is the thread that ties the history of the USA together.

What the Green Party offers is the complete opposite. We advocate for a society that cherishes people and planet and peace. On this Fourth of July and everyday, let's dedicate ourselves to this vision. We can rewrite the future to reflect another set of altered "anthem" lyrics.

Lightning bugs’ yellow glare, birds and bats fill the air,
Showing proof that it's right to give Earth greater care.
For all, fairness, compassion, and love that we give,
Plant this land with green trees, and the planet will live.

As, a Green presidential candidate once said, "Let's work for the greater good like our lives depend on it, because they do."

GPPA News Highlights   

  edited by Chris Robinson 

GPPA’s loss will be GPNJ’s gain

Our loss will be the Green Party of New Jersey's gain when Dr. Stuart Chen-Hayes, relocates this summer to be closer to his responsibilities as a full professor at Lehman College School of Education, CUNY. Stuart became active with Bucks County Greens in 2016, and he is currently Secretary of the Bucks County Green Party and a GPPA national delegate to the GPUS. Since 2017, Stuart has been Judge of Elections in Newtown Township, one of two elected Greens in Bucks County.

 

PA Greens say, “Shut Down Berks Detention Center NOW!

“The Green Party will break the deadlock created by the two corporate parties,” said GPPA Co-chair Sheri Miller from Adams County. “Undocumented immigrants and their families, who are residing in the U.S., should be granted legal status with a chance to become U.S. citizens. All citizens of Canada and Mexico should have permanent border passes, and immigration for work should be decriminalized.” (show all)

 

 

Chair of the Green Party of Allegheny County interviewed

Jay Walker, chair of the Green Party of Allegheny County was interviewed on “Eco-Action,” PCTV21. The interviewer was Rachel Rakovan, GPPA Delegate and Mrs. Pennsylvania Earth USA 2019. (Watch the interview)

 

 

 

Double Dads One Teen

GPPA Delegate and Judge of Elections Dr. Stuart Chen-Hayes (Bucks County) has co-authored a memoir with his husband Dr. Lance Chen-Hayes. Double Dads One Teen: A Queer Family's Trailblazing Life in the USA and Taiwan is a celebration of the couple’s 25 years of activism while creating a dual national, mixed-race, queer family. (show all)

 

 

I’m Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table

Green Party member Andy Antipin (aka “Andy Blue” of Philadelphia) has just released his fifth CD with acoustic blues and eclectic folk. Some songs have famous musicians accompanying, such as Sharon Katz (former Grammy nominee), Rolly Brown (former national fingerpicking champion), and Andy Cohen. (Listen here)

 

 

Send Pennsylvania's Voice to Salem

The 2019 Annual National Meeting of the Green Party of the United States will be held July 25th-28th on the campus of Salem State University in historic Salem, Massachusetts. Last year, Pennsylvania Greens sent a clear message that it's important for GPPA to send a delegation to this conference.

The issues we face here in Pennsylvania are unique. As a "swing state" we have tremendous pressure to give up on our party and vote mainstream, allowing the stagnant, unjust, and ecocidal duopoly to continue without challenge. As a fossil fuel-rich state, we have enormous challenges and responsibility in fighting for the future of our planet. We’ve also had many successes, including recent landmark, legal victories for ballot access and election integrity. Pennsylvania Greens have a unique perspective and an active and committed membership. The voices and experiences of our state should be heard in national conversations.

We don't need much to send a good-sized delegation; we'll be sharing housing and rides to keep costs low. The funds will be used mostly for registration fees. Your help could also allow us to provide the entire funds needed to send Greens who have economic challenges that create barriers to their voices being heard. We have thousands of members across the state. If each person could donate $5, then a diverse representation of Pennsylvania Greens would have an undeniable voice at the national table. Click here to donate today!

Campaign Updates   

  edited by Chris Robinson  

Mike Farley for Supervisor and Auditor
Latimore Township, Adams County
Mike tells GREEN STAR that he has already collected enough nomination signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Nick Prete for School Board
Methacton School District, Eagleville, Montgomery County
Nick tells GREEN STAR that he has collected more than 200 nomination signatures (80 are required). You may find Nick’s campaign on Facebook.  Facebook.com/nickformethacton

Olivia Faison for City Council
Philadelphia
Olivia tells GREEN STAR that her Facebook is now up,  facebook.com/groups/2257786581154302/about/

Her campaign really needs your help in harvesting nomination signatures. Volunteers may sign up at www.olivia4philly.org/volunteer

If you cannot volunteer during July, please send Olivia a contribution  paypal.com/donate

Riley Mahon for School Board
Upper St. Clair Township, Allegheny County
Riley, a high school senior, tells GREEN STAR that he has enough signatures to appear on the ballot.

Kelly Yagatich for County Council
Allegheny County
Richard, an advocate for criminal justice reform, tells GREEN STAR that he is in the same situation as Kelly (above). Anyone who would like to volunteer to harvest signatures with them should contact: [email protected]

Richard L. Weiss, Esq. for District Attorney
Allegheny County
Richard, an advocate for criminal justice reform, tells GREEN STAR that he is in the same situation as Kelly (above). Anyone who would like to volunteer to harvest signatures with them should contact: [email protected]

 

Team Updates   

Communications Team by Chris Robinson

Communications Team Last month, the ComTeam published this fantastic GREEN STAR newsletter, and we sure can use your help in getting out the August GREEN STAR. We have also posted several videos on GPPA Facebook and on www.gpofpa.org. Look for some audio clips coming soon, as well. If you find publicity and outreach exciting, please let us know. Oh yeah, we really need jpg photos of Greens being Green. Thanks! If you would like to join the ComTeam, sign up HERE.

Finance Team by Tim Runkle

Finance TeamFinance Team has had great success this month with our phonebanking campaign! This is our newest outreach to thank Greens who have contributed and find Greens who are interested in helping to build the party locally. Join us HERE.

 

 

GreenWave Team by Jenny Isaacs

GreenWave

It's not too late to run for local office in your community! Registered Greens interested in learning more about the requirements for running are encouraged to join our calls (2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month) -- sign up HERE or email greenwaveofpa

We are actively recruiting Greens for state legislature and statewide candidates for 2020. All county locals should be having conversations about whom they might approach to run for State Representative. In 2016, our down-ballot Green candidates for PA Auditor and Treasurer, Jay Sweeney and Kristin Combs, got three times the votes that Jill Stein did for President. THESE are the candidates who are likely to help us win back our minor political party status in 2020.

 

Core Team  by Sheri Miller

Core TeamCore has been working to ensure the new combined Slack meets our communication needs for active Greens. If you are interested in becoming more active and joining in the Slack discussions, sign up for a committee or contact the Core Team HERE.

 

National Green News   

  edited by Dave Ochmanowicz

Conviction of Green Party activist, Cheri Honkala, an attack on 1st Amendment rights

On June 10, a federal court in Washington, DC, issued a guilty verdict, finding former Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Cheri Honkala guilty of charges of trespassing. Honkala is an internationally-known activist and founder of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC). In March, 2018, Honkala led a delegation of 100 activists to Washington, DC, as part of the "March for Our Lives." Green Party leaders responded to yesterday's ruling in the case of United States vs. Honkala with strong words of condemnation for government officials involved and strong support for Honkala. (show all)

 

Stop the U.S. drive to war against Iran!

The Green Party of Florida condemns the warmongering being drummed up by the U.S. government against the government and people of Iran, and the insane drive to conflagration in the Middle East. Donald Trump and his inner circle — which includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton —claim that Iran attacked "Japanese-related" shipping while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was meeting in Tehran with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The incident derailed any attempt to defuse tensions between the U.S. and Iran following the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the escalation of economic sanctions against Iran and anyone doing business with the Islamic Republic. (show all)

 

“Major wins behind us, exciting struggles ahead!”

Jill Stein, “More than two years after the groundswell demanding recounts in the 2016 election, the fight for election integrity and voting justice is still going strong. To keep you up to date on our work, made possible by the generous support of recount contributors, here are some exciting developments in the continuing struggle on the front lines:
Pennsylvania headed for 100% paper ballots by 2020;
Wisconsin recount litigation moves forward - against corporate resistance; and Detroit activists continue the fight for election integrity!” (show all)

 

Pride Month

Dennis Lambert: “I call out the nation’s leaders for denying the right of service to the LGBTQ+ community, especially those who are going along with discrimination just to get votes. Old men making money by pushing young people in to war is a story as long as history. What is new is the bigotry that is behind the idea that there cannot be someone from the LGBTQ+ community who is brave, who is strong, and who is willing to fight for Freedom and Democracy. There is more bravery in the hearts of my brothers and sisters in uniform than all the elected bigots in Washington. My campaign will ALWAYS support equal rights for all Americans, regardless of background, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, race, education, or nation of origin. I will be marching in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community in Columbus, Ohio this weekend, joining fellow presidential candidate Dario Hunter and the Ohio Green Party. (show all)

 

Pinkney Announces Presidential Exploratory Committee

"It's time for people to have a choice—a real choice. Right now, Democrats and Republicans aren't listening to the people and we have to stand up and change that. I am considering running because I believe that I can be that voice speaking on behalf of average people's concerns." Pinckney said. "We can't keep letting corporations and their friends in public office hold us down. We've got to stand up and fight back. We've got to work together to stand up to these elected officials who don't want to be held accountable. We've got to make them do the right thing. It's time for us to stand up and fight back." Recognized nationwide as a leader in the civil rights movement, Pinkney has appeared as a speaker at engagements and on radio programs across the country. (show all)

 

Green Party of the United States 2019 National Meeting In Salem, MA

Events at the Green Party's 2019 Annual National Meeting in Salem will include a forum for candidates seeking the 2020 Green Party presidential nomination. Many of the meeting events are open to the media and general public. The meeting will feature Green Party panels, workshops, and other events. Green candidates running in 2019 and 2020 and Green elected officials are expected to attend. (show all)

 

Letters: Green Beacon

[Highlands Current, New York] As chair of Hudson Valley Green Party, I am delighted to see that people in many parts of the world are turning away from toxic plutocracy by voting for the Green Party, whose four pillars are peace, environmentalism, social justice and democracy.
Locally, the Green Party has become so important that it is no longer enough for a Democratic candidate for mayor to be content with the Democratic line. Instead, he must exploit state election law to attempt to run as a write-in candidate on the Green Party line, without the endorsement of Green Party. (show all)

 

Global Green News   

  edited by Dave Ochmanowicz

The Greens Are Germany’s Leading Political Party. Wait, What?

HAMBURG, Germany — The emergence of the Green Party as a leading force in German politics is not unlike the flowering of the Serengeti after a rainstorm: What had been mere seeds one minute, hidden but full of potential, sprout overnight, so fast and so fully that it’s hard to remember how things looked before. (show all)

 

How the Green Party plans to become a major force in British politics

LONDON — The Greens are having a good year. In May's local elections, the party more than doubled its council seats to 362, a bigger proportional gain than any other party. In the European elections that followed, the party more than doubled their seat count, from three to seven, on a fiercely anti-Brexit platform. Sian Berry, who co-leads the party with Lambeth Councillor Jonathan Bartley, said the party's recent successes are down to an organised ground campaign, their opposition to austerity and climate change, and their vocal opposition to Brexit. (show all)

 

In Merkel's Twilight, German Greens Ride to Brink of Power

A Green government could have far-reaching implications in transport, energy and other industries and would “want to accelerate the coal phase-out,” said an energy analyst at researcher IHS Markit. That could mean a growing reliance on gas imports from Russia. The Green surge has been fueled by the party’s transformation from a group of eco-fanatics into a more palatable people’s party. They’re also benefiting from disillusionment with the governing parties dragging their feet on issues from gender and income inequality to climate. (show all)

 

A Green Global Party?

The modern Green Party is most definitely a progressive, urban political phenomenon. Its recent impressive showing in the European Parliament elections (particularly in Germany) seems to tell a story of a growing regional (if not yet global) political consciousness that is frightened of the future and is ready for present political action on a local, regional, and worldwide scale.
The Green Party due to the nature of the threat it wishes to solve is well suited to play the role of a global political party able to transcend its various national roots. All Green Parties are focused on the global nature of climate change. In order for each of them separately to achieve their self-professed goals, they must -- to a much greater extent than other political parties -- work across borders, which is to say transnationally. (show all)

 

Canada Green Party celebrates passage of ‘Free Willy’ bill banning whale and dolphin captivity

The Green Party of Canada celebrated in a statement Monday. “These intelligent, social mammals will now get to live where they belong — in the ocean,” the party said.
Dozens of supporters of the bill used the hashtag #emptythetanks to celebrate on social media. The bill makes exceptions if the animals are rescues, in rehabilitation or licensed for scientific research, or when it’s in the animal’s best interests.
“A person may move a live cetacean from its immediate vicinity when the cetacean is injured or in distress and is in need of assistance,” the bill states.
(show all)

 

GPPA Coming Events   

  edited by Chris Robinson

LOOK HERE TO FIND OUT ABOUT STATEWIDE AND LOCAL EVENTS.

July 4, 10:30 am
Declare Independence: From Drone Warfare to Nuclear Weapons
Organized by Brandywine Peace Community at the Federal Courthouse, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA.
http://www.brandywinepeace.com/event/declare-your-independence-from-drone-warfare-to-nuclear-weapons-4th-of-july-phila-old-city-parade/

 

July 4, noon
Baby Trump Parade
Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, Washington, DC.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2111662739132559/

 

July 11, 7:00 pm
Promise and Protest: Labor in Song
The Historic Pump House, 880 East Waterfront Drive , Munhall, PA
https://battleofhomestead.org/bhf/event/promise-and-protest-labor-in-song/

 

July 11, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Chester County Virtual Meeting
Interested parties should contact [email protected] for a link.

 

July 12, 11:30 am
Stop Banking the Bomb, PNC Picket
Endorsed by the Green Party of Allegheny County.
PNC Tower, 300 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
https://www.facebook.com/events/328901961134345/

 

July 13, 9:00 am
Bikes and Beers Victory
Hosted by the Bicycle Coalition at Victory Brewing, 3127 Lower Valley Road, Parkesburg, PA
A portion of proceeds go to the Bicycle Coalition to help improve the cycling conditions in the region.
https://www.active.com/parkesburg-pa/cycling/bikes-and-beers-parkesburg-victory-brewing-2019

 

July 13 and 14
Hands off Iran! Hands off Venezuela!
National, local demonstrations called by United National Anti-war Coalition.
http://nepajac.org/usiran2.htm

 

July 14, 10:00 am
Explore Bikes & Boats
Hosted by the Bicycle Coalition at Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA.
http://bicyclecoalition.nonprofitsoapbox.com/component/events/event/415

 

July 14, noon
GPPA Delegates’ Summer Virtual Meeting
This meeting of GPPA will be a virtual meeting held online! All interested members of the public may attend.
https://www.gpofpa.org/2019_07_meeting
Allegheny County Greens will participate collectively, Details from alleghenycountygreens-at-gmail-dot-com
Chester County Greens will participate collectively at 335 E Lancaster Ave, Unit B-11, Downingtown,PA. Details from efs1127-at-gmail-dot-com

 

July 15, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Montgomery County Meeting
For location and more information, contact [email protected]

 

July 18, 5:30 pm
Tale of Two Trails
Connecting the Schuylkill River Trail to Chester Valley Trail, hosted by the Bicycle Coalition at Main Line Health, 240 North Radnor Chester Road, Radnor, PA.
http://bicyclecoalition.nonprofitsoapbox.com/twotrails

 

July 19 and July 20
Poor Peoples Army Bootcamping
Strategic retreat to focus on plans for the coming year.
https://www.facebook.com/events/193565571581320/

 

July 20, noon
Lancaster Pride 2019
Clipper Magazine Stadium, Lancaster, PA.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2290565924497996/

 

July 21, 9:00 am
Walk for Water
North Park Boathouse, Alliston Park, PA.
Host: Rachel Rakovan, GPPA Delegate and Mrs. PA Earth USA.
Endorsed by the Green Party of Allegheny County.
https://www.facebook.com/events/820755118287085/?ti=icl

 

July 25, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Philadelphia Meeting
For location and more information, [email protected]

 

July 25 -- July 28
Green Party U.S. Annual National Meeting
Salem State University, Salem, MA.
Register here: https://salem.gp.org/

 

July 27, 11:00 am
PNC: Stop Banking the Bomb, Lawrenceville Picket -
4101 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA
https://www.facebook.com/events/422196715029758/

 

July 28, 1:00 pm
Lancaster Peace Fest
Binns Park, 100 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA.
https://www.gpofpa.org/peace_fest_2019

 

July 29, noon
Protest at Drone War Command
Brandywine Peace Community with 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.
http://www.brandywinepeace.com/events/

 

July 29, 7:00 pm
Green Party of Bucks County Meeting
Jules Pizza, 78 South Main Street, Doylestown, PA.
More information from [email protected]

 

August 6, noon
Hiroshima Day Remembrance & Nonviolent Resistance
Lockheed Martin (world’s #1 war profiteer, U.S.' #1 nuclear weapons contractor) behind King of Prussia Mall, Mall and Goddard Blvds in King of Prussia, PA.
Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community. Endorsed by the Green Party of Philadelphia.
http://www.brandywinepeace.com/

 

August 9, 4:00 pm
Nagasaki Day 'Reach-Out' to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
West side of Philadelphia City Hall, 15th and Market Streets.
Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community. Endorsed by the Green Party of Philadelphia.
http://www.brandywinepeace.com/

 

GPPA Meeting Dates for 2019:

  • Summer Virtual Meeting/Web Conference: Sunday, July 14th
  • Fall Meeting (TBD): Saturday/Sunday, September 14th-15th  
  • November Virtual Meeting: Sunday, November 17th, 12pm-4pm 

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.


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Issue Credits:

EDITORS: Chris Robinson, Dave Ochmanowicz Jr.
CONTRIBUTORS: Tim Runkle, Jenny Isaacs, Sheri Miller, Chris Robinson, Alan Smith
LAYOUT: Sheri Miller & Kevin Richardson 
GRAPHIC ARTS: Kevin Richardson 


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Join us and help bring about a future where people and planet are valued over profits. We have a new, tiered membership structure that allows you to determine your level of commitment and support. And if you want to get more directly involved, consider joining an action team.  Work with other committed progressives and activists in activities such as planning events, developing media content, or helping with campaigns. Let's join together to make 2019 the year of progressives!

 

The Green Star is an official publication of the Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team * 2019 

PA GReens Demand 100% renewable Energy

Green Party of Pennsylvania
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
 
Contact:
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256 and [email protected] 
 
PA Greens Demand 100 Percent Renewable Energy
 
Hundreds of Pennsylvanians from Erie to Philadelphia, and everywhere in between, converged on the capitol building in Harrisburg on June 19 for PA's largest Environmental Lobby Day. Chair Doug Mason, Centre County Green Party, said, “Citizens attending the Lobby Day came from more than 35 counties to call for a transition to 100 percent renewable energy on a timeline called for by the scientific community. Throughout the day, constituents visited more than 160 legislative offices, to discuss how this transition could tackle the climate emergency, save consumers money, and create clean-energy jobs.” [Please see photo below.]
 
The attendees were advocating for House Bill (HB) 1425 and Senate Bill (SB) 630, awaiting action in the PA General Assembly, which would require the Commonwealth to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Mason added, “The legislation has bipartisan support from 20 PA Senators and 70 PA Representatives. Dedicated lobbying at Environmental Lobby Day, sponsored by PennEnvironment, prompted five additional State Reps and one additional State Senator to sign on as co-sponsors of the bills.”
 
Chair Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick, Delaware County Green Party, continued, “This legislation is worthy of strong support from all Pennsylvanians because it is a significant first step in diminishing to zero the pollution we experience from fossil fuels. It will help us achieve a healthier and safer future with a sincere commitment to greater energy efficiency and a total reliance on clean and renewable forms of energy.”
 
The rally inside the Capitol rotunda was kicked off by Flora Cardoni, climate defender campaign director for PennEnvironment, "It's time for politicians to stop listening to fossil fuel lobbyists, who are holding our planet hostage with 19th century technologies. They need to listen to their constituents who want to tap into our 21st century solutions to climate change."
 
Pennsylvania's 100 percent renewable legislation is the only bill of its kind in the nation with a Republican as its primary sponsor. "Moving PA to 100 percent renewable energy means thousands of new jobs for workers and a cleaner environment for our families," said State Senator Tom Killion (R, Chester/Delaware), lead sponsor of SB 630. "We must embrace the renewable energy revolution that is unfolding around the country. Our economic future and the health of our citizens and environment depend upon it."
 
“Although this legislation doesn’t address all the societal changes that are needed or highlighted in the Green Party’s Real Green New Deal, it is a commendable change in direction for some of the major-party politicians,” explained Bowser-Bostick. “Unlike Green Party policies these bills don’t tackle social justice or environmental racism or prioritize the creation of green jobs in communities of color and low-income communities. HB 1425 and SB 630 do emphasize job training, education and job placement assistance for PA residents to work in the clean energy and energy efficiency businesses. They will also fund programs to benefit people facing the burdens of climate impact and fossil fuel workers who get displaced as the economy consumes greater amounts of renewable energy.”
 
“More than 125 municipalities have signed onto the Ready for 100 Campaign organized by the Sierra Club,” explained Mason. “I am also chair of the Sierra Club Moshannon Group, and I sit on the state chapter's Executive Committee. The momentum for 100 percent renewable energy has been growing across the nation. Four states have already passed legislation to go to 100 percent renewable energy, and nine other states have introduced similar legislation.”
 
"The solution to fixing the threat to our children's health from air pollution is the same as fixing the global ecological catastrophe of plastic pollution and the planetary climate crisis threatening humans and all life forms,” said Dr. Ned Ketyer, a pediatrician and board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “The solution is to stop extracting and burning fossil fuels and instead make other arrangements for energy, transportation, agriculture, and materials with 100 percent clean, sustainable, renewable energy." 
 
"I worry a lot about what my future will look like if we don't do something about climate change," said Caia Farrell, the ten year old South Philadelphian who closed the rally for Kids Air Force.  "In 2050, I will be 41 years old. What will my life, and my friends' lives, look like by then if we don't act now? I think about this every day, and I'm just a kid. We need grownups to do their part and help protect the planet."
 
The afternoon was spent lobbying legislators. A dozen from central PA met with an employee of State Senator Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte), the powerful leader of his party in the senate. They felt rushed in their comments, and left Corman's office feeling that, at best, the aide would report that a dozen “enviros” stopped by in support of Senator Killion's bill.
 
Three constituents were pleasantly surprised when State Representative Rich Irvin (R-Spruce Creek) unexpectedly agreed to meet with them. While Irvin refused to agree to support HB 1425 ("The technology isn't there yet."), he did agree that climate change is happening, and he is opposed to bailing out commercial nuclear reactors in PA.
 
“I got to speak one-on-one with my state representative, a cosponsor,” said Bowser-Bostick. “For the first time, I could let him know that even more needs to be done to help the people of Chester live with a lot less pollution. They will have better health outcomes by closing its dirty energy and highly polluting industries. I am happy that I went because the large presence of constituents convinced more legislators to cosponsor these bills.”
 
Absolutely no one was in State Representative Kerry Benninghoff's office to accept a packet of material outlining HB 1425, but Nancy Parks, conservation chair of Sierra Club Moshannon Group, cornered Benninghoff (R-Bellefonte) to press her concerns while he was waiting in line in the cafeteria.
 
Chair Neal Gale, Montgomery County Green Party, lobbied Representatives Ben Sanchez and Steve McCarter (both D-Montgomery). He also met with State Senator, Art Haywood’s (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia) legislative assistant. “What stood out the most was that all three were already co-sponsors of their chamber’s respective bills. There was no lobbying required.” Gale continued, “We did, however, spend our time with these legislators, describing our own reasons for working on the issue of climate disruption and the crisis unfolding around us, day by day. And in response we heard not only positive feedback, but honest, heart-felt empathetic agreement. I believe they all get it.”
 
“As I left the capital,” reported Gale, who ran as the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in 2018, “it occurred to me that there is a momentum building across the state. It began several years ago with grassroots organizations developing resolutions and action plans in their communities to transition to 100% renewable energy. The state government is winding its way in that direction, slowly, but surely. Could it be possible that the federal government might follow in a years’ time? That would certainly be helpful, but clearly not essential. The people are going to make this transition happen, regardless!” 
 
Gale continued, “As more and more Green Party members become involved at the local level to foster this great transition, it will evolve to include all the necessary, multifaceted elements for success – social and economic justice as well as environmental wisdom, forming the basis and natural condition of our society. One could almost feel it.”
 
The Green Party is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org. Follow GPPA on social media: Facebook, Green Party of Pennsylvania and Twitter,@GreenPartyofPA.

Harrisburg Demonstration photo by Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick, June 19, 2019.
 
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June 2019


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

Out and Proud / Green and Proud
  by GPPA Co-chair Alan Smith

Out and proud. Silence equals death. These slogans would emerge in the 1970s and 1980s drawing energy from what happened at the Stonewall Inn in New York City at the end of June 1969. Stonewall for many marks the beginning of open defiance en masse by the LGBTQ community. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this event. At the heart of the event was marginalized people deciding to no longer acquiesce and submit to exploitation and abuse. The police would raid establishments that were frequented and supported by members of the LGBTQ community as part of a repressive atmosphere during the 1950s and 60s during which people members of the LGBTQ community were outed and purged from institutions. "Law and order" officials were charged with enforcing a cultural belief that people who acted in particular ways were seen as deviant, that people who challenged cultural norms were seen as a security threats. Policing, harassing, and surveillance of those who "act out" was part of keeping the "social order" What must be remembered is that this social order is rooted in a system of exploitation and rigid hierarchy. When the laws and norms of a society are unjust and inhumane they must be challenged whether they are the Fugitive Slave Laws in the 1800s or laws today that restrict our ability to protest. The Green Party stands for the just treatment and respect of all and of this planet.

As a black gay man living in poverty with a white partner of almost 10 years, raising a queer Latinx teen for almost 5 years, I am indebted to those who came before that challenge unjust, abusive and exploitative norms. When I think about specific friends that have had an enormous impact on me I see a homeless black, trans man, a black trans woman, a white trans woman, a white nonbinary person, a black bisexual man, an interracial gay and lesbian couples, a white bisexual woman. some of these people having disabilities and mental health challenges. These people have taught me how to live differently, these people have aided me in ways too numerous to mention. The world has always been influenced by the work and thought of diverse people whether they made the history books or not. But diversity is not tokenism. Having a seat at the table in the boardroom of an institution that's exploiting and abusing people and planet is not salvation. Creating organizations and living in ways that don't exploit and abuse people and planet is the true liberation. As James Baldwin said, "I don't want to be integrating into a burning house." Rainbow capitalism is NOT queer liberation. We must remake the world into a place where the just treatment, and respect of people, and planet. Thus, I am an out and proud Green, despite animosity toward any political diversity, because our silence will equal the death of this planet.

 

GPPA News Highlights   

  edited by Chris Robinson 

GPOP Members Endorse New Anti-Drone-War Effort, 5/23

Members of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) decide by consensus to endorse the Brandywine Peace Campaign appeal to Governor Tom Wolf to end all drone warfare operations in PA. Wolf is commander in chief of the PA Air National Guard, which trains drone-war pilots at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA, and runs drone-war operations out of the Air National Guard Station, Horsham, PA. GPOP members met on 5/23 in Fishtown, Philadelphia. (show all)

GPPA Virtual Delegate Meeting on 5/19

On 5/19, 27 delegates using 19 terminals located in ten PA counties participated in the Spring GPPA meeting. The delegates heard reports from GPPA officers, Team leaders, and delegates to the GP U.S. Delegates voted to reduce the number of meeting from six to five/year. The next in-person delegates’ meeting will take place in Erie, on Sunday, September 15th. Minutes from the meeting are available. (show all)

“Why nuclear power bailout would be bad for Pennsylvania” 5/5     by Jay Sweeney

Nuclear power is neither renewable nor environmentally beneficial. The Green Party of Pennsylvania opposes HB 11 and SB 510 and encourages legislators to oppose these bills and constituents to call their representatives to voice opposition.  (show all)

 

 

 

Short Clips

Rachel Rakovan is a GPPA Delegate from Allegheny County. She is also Mrs. Pennsylvania Earth USA 2019, which gives her a platform to actively espouse green issues through public broadcasts, YouTube and Facebook: “I am working the polls today for the Green Party of Allegheny County! We are seeking signatures just to allow our Party to be on the ballot in November. We need about 5,000 signatures. So if you see a Green Party member at the polls, be sure to sign the petition we are promoting. It’s all for the sake of a true democracy. Thank you!” Mrs. Pennsylvania Earth USA 2019.  (show all)

 

Campaign Updates   

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Jenny Isaacs, Green Wave Team leader, reports that “any Greens who ran write-in campaigns in the May primary, (win or lose), should be sure to report the results to Green Wave immediately!  We pass this data on to the Green Party of the United States, and it is used to determine our representation at the national level.

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Garret Wassermann reports that the Green Party of Allegheny County (GPOAC) is collecting signatures for the following candidates:

Garret Wassermann - County Controller;

Kelly Yagatich - At Large County Council (similar to county commissioner);

Richard Leonard Weiss - District Attorney;

Jay Ting Walker - County Treasurer; and

Edward J Grystar - County Executive

Olivia Faison, Green Party candidate for Philadelphia City Council, reports that her website is live, https://www.olivia4philly.org/, as is the @Olivia4Philly twitter page.  She is working to confirm a facebook page. You may volunteer and contribute through her website.

Mike Farley has collected the required signatures to appear on the Adams County ballot for Latimore Township Supervisor and Auditor races.

 

Team Updates   

Finance Team by Tim Runkle

Finance TeamDuring May the Finance Team successfully launched its phone banking program, completing outreach and fundraising phone calls within Delaware County. This pilot program is intended to connect registered Greens across the state with their county or regional chapters while also promoting our membership program. Calls made by our phone banking volunteers help to increase awareness of the party by putting Greens in touch with each other. As we grow the program we will build a well-established network of phone bankers ready for the next campaign. Each month our phone bankers will be targeting a new county for outreach. If you can help us make these important connections let us know by signing up HERE.

GreenWave Team by Jenny Isaacs

GreenWaveWe just had a Green appointed as Inspector of Elections in Berks County (bringing Berks’ total to FOUR Green election officials, the most of any county). Across the state we currently have 18 officials in elected positions in 10 counties, plus one appointed Green who serves on the Luzerne County Planning Commission.

Green Wave held regular biweekly calls in March - May with an average attendance of 8 individuals from 6 counties. Three of the 6 local campaigns currently participating in Green Wave reported organized efforts to collect nomination signatures and campaign at the polls on Primary day (May 21). Candidates running for school board in Montgomery County and township supervisor/auditor in Adams County have already collected more than enough signatures to file. Olivia Faison's campaign for Philadelphia CIty Council will need a dedicated effort this summer as they still have about 4,000 signatures to go. Sign up here to volunteer.

We learned after the primary that a registered Green in Perry County won the ballot line for a major party on a write-in campaign for township supervisor; he will circulate petitions for the Green ballot line in the fall as well. This brings the total number of local campaigns confirmed this year to 7, a significant downturn from 2017. Greens interested in running for office are encouraged to join our calls (2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month) -- sign up HERE to receive call info or email for more information!

Looking ahead, we must begin recruiting soon for state legislative candidates in 2020. All county locals should be having conversations about whom they might nominate for State Representative. We have identified one candidate for statewide ("row") office and will need a 2nd. Our row office candidates in 2016, Kristin Combs & Jay Sweeney, earned more than 3% of the vote with very little effort or expense. THESE are the candidates who are likely to help us win back our minor political party status in 2020.

Communications Team by Chris Robinson

Communications Team The GPPA Communication Team produces news releases, the GREEN STAR online newsletter, and Green Star LIVE video interviews. If you have an interest in publicity, or a talent for graphics or writing, please join us. The next Communication Team conference call will take place at 9:00 pm on 6/4. 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 Report  by Sheri Miller

Core TeamFollowing the May Web Conference, GPPA teams and delegates moved to a new Slack work space, created by the Core Team to facilitate team building and communication. The Core Team leverages technology and innovation to provide a foundation and structure for all GPPA endeavors as our members work toward a just and sustainable future. If you are interested in helping, sign up HERE.

 

National Green News   

  edited by Dave Ochmanowicz

Green Party of the United States Statement - Venezuelan Embassy

”The Green Party platform states that "The U.S. must recognize the sovereignty of nation-states and their right of self-determination. The Green Party has called for a policy of non-intervention and for sanctions against Venezuela to be lifted.“ (show all)

 

 

 

2020 Presidential Candidates

While the Green Party won't be selecting our presidential nominee for a year and a half, the race for the 2020 Green Party presidential nomination has already begun.  (show all)

 

 

 

Ranked Choice Voting in striking distance!

RCV opens up political choice at a time Americans are hungry for more of it. RCV lets you rank your choices instead of voting for just one candidate. If your first choice loses and there’s no majority winner, your vote is automatically re-assigned to your second choice. This makes it impossible to “split the vote” or “spoil the election” and ensures the winner has majority support. It also brings more voices and viewpoints into our elections, and makes ”lesser evil” voting obsolete.  (show all)

 

 

Illinois Green Party opposes Illinois House Bill 1633 - Action Alert: Stop HB 1633!

H.B. 1633 is a fossil fuel industry bill designed to silence environmental activists and protect industry profits by threatening activists with steep fines, felony charges and lengthy jail sentences for exercising their freedom to protest deadly pollution and carbon emissions. In addition to the Illinois Green Party, over 50 organizations have signed and delivered the following letter to the Senate and Governor Pritzker condemning this ALEC legislation.  (show all)

 

 

How to Run on the Green New Deal in 2020

Greens have set the standard to which the others now talking about a Green New Deal have to measure up against. Green candidates must be in that debate to fight against attempts to water down the program, especially against attempts to break the link between economic justice and climate action. Now that some Democrats are promoting a Green New Deal — the signature program of the Green Party for the last decade—how should Green Party candidates run on that program in 2020?  (show all)

 

Mother's Day for PEACE

Mother's Day today is not what was intended by its founders. In 1870, Juliet Ward Howe wrote the "Mother's Day Proclamation," a call to action that asked mothers to unite in promoting world peace. President Trump's proposed budget has 62 cents of every dollar in taxes going to the military.  (show all)

 

 

 

 

Global Green News   

  edited by Sheri Miller

21-year-old Danish student Kira Peter-Hansen becomes youngest MEP in history

21 years, 3 months and 3 days. That's how old university student Kira Marie Peter-Hansen was when she made history as the youngest person ever to be elected as a Member of the European Parliament.  (show all)

 

The Green Party wave could spread across Canada 

The biggest environmental politics story is the extraordinary results by the Green Party in the recent Canadian PEI election. (show all)

 

What the Green Party byelection win means for federal election

Paul Manly became the second Green candidate in history to be elected to a federal seat after winning the Nanaimo—Ladysmith (British Columbia) byelection May 6th. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says the Green victory in the Nanaimo–Ladysmith byelection shows that the growing level of support for the party can actually translate into more seats in Parliament.  (show all)

 

 

Federal election litmus test in Nanaimo-Ladysmith byelection reads Green

There was standing room only at last week’s all-candidates debate where Manly delivered a message that clearly resonated: “If you elect me, we are going to fire up this country and we are going to get some things done because they are going to notice that people in Nanaimo-Ladysmith care about climate change, you care about the next generation, you care about the future.”  (show all)

 

GPPA Coming Events   

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LOOK HERE TO FIND OUT ABOUT STATEWIDE AND LOCAL EVENTS.

(To submit a proposal for your county to organize an in-person state meeting or another local, state-sponsored event, fill out the Event Hosting Application Form.)

 

June 4, 6:00 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County General Assembly
Panera Bread, 3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA

 

June 6, 7:00 pm
Chester County Green Party Meeting
For location, please contact [email protected]

 

June 7, 14, 21, & 28, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Climate Change Awareness Rally
Every Friday at the Gettysburg Square (York Rd & Baltimore St.)
Bring your signs and join in to bring awareness to the climate crisis and the need to take action now.

 

June 8, 1:00 pm
21st Annual Philly Dyke March
Kahn Park, 1119 Pine Street, Philadelphia
https://www.facebook.com/events/363679007556919/

 

June 9
Lakawanna Green Party Bike Ride
Heritage Trail in Scranton.
More information from [email protected]

 

June 9, Noon
Philly Pride Presents Honoring Stonewall 50
252 South 12th Street, Philadelphia
https://www.facebook.com/events/291489281539070/   

 

June 10, 6:45 pm
Lackawanna Green Party Meeting & Cleanup
Heritage Trail and Olive Street in Scranton.
More information from [email protected]

June 13th, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Gettysburg Rising June Meeting: The Unaccompanied Minor Crisis
545 Long Lane, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2530
Come learn about the children who are still being separated from their families and living in shelters all over the US, including in areas near Gettysburg.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2229811573739124/

 

June 14, 6:30 pm
Delaware County Green Party Meeting
Swarthmore Borough Hall, 1st Floor Council Room, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA
More information from  jbowserb-at-yahoo-dot-com

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

June 17, 7:00 pm
SAVE Bucks Votes
Endorsed by the Green Party of Bucks County
Doylestown Friends Meeting, 95 East Oakland Ave, Doylestown, PA

 

June 19, 5:00 pm
Juneteenth BBQ: A Celebration of African American Independence
Reservoir Park, 199 City Park Drive, Harrisburg
https://www.facebook.com/events/2141236602778117/

 

June 22, noon
Juneteenth Philadelphia Parade
Begins at 52nd and Jefferson Streets, West Philadelphia.-
http://juneteenthphilly.org/schedule/

 

June 22, 3:00 pm -
Juneteenth Philadelphia Music Festival
Malcolm X Park, 52nd and Pine Streets, West Philadelphia
http://juneteenthphilly.org/schedule/

 

June 23, 4:00 pm
Erie County Green Party Meeting
Whole Foods Co-op Cafe, 1341 West 26th Street, Erie, PA

 

June 24, 7:00 pm-
Bucks County Green Party
Guru’s Indian, 12 Cambridge Lane, Newtown, PA
More information from [email protected]

 

June 26, 7:00 pm
How the 1% Manipulate Our Understanding
ook Talk by Roy Eidelson sponsored by Divest from the War Machine
Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South Street, Philadelphia
https://www.facebook.com/events/331487917566129/

 

June 29, noon
Protest at Drone War Command
Brandywine Peace Community with 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
http://www.brandywinepeace.com/events/

 

GPPA Meeting Dates for 2019:

  • Summer Virtual Meeting/Web Conference: Sunday, July 14th
  • Fall Meeting (Erie, PA): Sunday, September 15th  
  • November Virtual Meeting: Sunday, November 17th, 12pm-4pm 

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.


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Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team & Media Committee 

Issue Credits:

EDITORS: Chris Robinson, Dave Ochmanowicz Jr., & Sheri Miller   
CONTRIBUTORS: Tim Runkle, Jenny Isaacs, Sheri Miller, Chris Robinson, & Jay Sweeney
LAYOUT: Sheri Miller & Kevin Richardson 
GRAPHIC ARTS: Kevin Richardson 


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Join us and help bring about a future where people and planet are valued over profits. We have a new, tiered membership structure that allows you to determine your level of commitment and support. And if you want to get more directly involved, consider joining an action team.  Work with other committed progressives and activists in activities such as planning events, developing media content, or helping with campaigns. Let's join together to make 2019 the year of progressives!

 

The Green Star is an official publication of the Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team * 2019 

PA Green Party Says, “Shut Down Berks Detention Center, NOW !”

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The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Steering Committee has urged the closing of the Family Detention Center in Berks County, PA, where immigrants have been imprisoned for the last five years. To accomplish this closing, GPPA has joined the PA Immigration and Citizenship Coalition.

"The Green Party will break the deadlock created by the two corporate parties," said GPPA Co-chair Sheri Miller from Adams County. "Undocumented immigrants and their families, who are residing in the U.S., should be granted legal status with a chance to become U.S. citizens. All citizens of Canada and Mexico should have permanent border passes, and immigration for work should be decriminalized.


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"All people seeking asylum from political, racial, religious or other forms of repression should be welcomed here," continued Miller. "The arbitrary denial of asylum claims must be ended, and our country should begin to support the United Nation resettlement within the U.S. of those now forced to live in refugee camps."

The Campaign to Shut Down Berks says, "The continued incarceration of these immigrant families . . . is a disgrace and a stain on our Commonwealth. However, this stain could be erased by the PA Department of Human Services (PA DHS) and Governor Tom Wolf, who have the power to shut the doors of [the Berks Detention Center] and pressure ICE to release these families. Unfortunately, neither PA DHS nor Governor Wolf have [been] shown to have the political will to fully pursue all means available for releasing these families and shutting the center down."

"The idea of using prison/internment as a short-term response to problems is wrong," insisted GPPA Co-chair Alan Smith of Chester County. "Caging people and using a militarized response to social problems are immoral, deeply flawed and exacerbate the problems. They are rooted in retribution, punishment and demonization."

"The Green Party," continued Smith, "stands for restorative and humane ways to address problems, such as demilitarizing the border and removing walls and prisons. The Green Party stands for restorative approaches like the Real Green New Deal, which advocates for living wages (including a $20 minimum wage) for all workers, regardless of their citizenship status. Putting people, planet and peace over profit is central to Earth's survival. The Berks Detention Center does just the opposite. Shut it down!"

Bucks County Green Party Chair Jenny Isaacs spoke of her experience at Berks Detention Center, "In my capacity as volunteer director of a local immigrant rights group, I visited a Doylestown resident and her 3-year-old son after they were apprehended by ICE in my community and subsequently detained at Berks in 2017. I have seen with my own eyes the confinement of small children with their parents, even though these families could easily be released to pursue their legal cases. Many members of my group were shocked to learn that Berks has been housing immigrant families since 2014; they were unaware that family detention and mass deportation as tools of immigration enforcement did not originate with the Trump administration."

Olivia Faison, Green Party candidate for Philadelphia City Council, exclaimed, "The Berks prison is inhumane! No civilized society could keep families in jail because they came here for a better life! Our country used to be a beacon of hope, but now it keeps the most vulnerable among us behind bars. I stand with the Green Party in calling for 'social justice for all those living in this country regardless of their immigration status.'"

"Mass migration of citizens of the Earth is being caused by multinational corporations," explained Chris Robinson, a Green Party delegate from Philadelphia. "Their wars for resources and their quest for profits drive down living standards around the globe. The Green Party has a plan to correct this situation over both the long and short terms. Eventually, our goal is a world where each person may choose to live and to work in any country without discrimination."

Jenny Isaacs continued, "Citizens of Pennsylvania have an unusually powerful opportunity to take a stand against the use of family detention by insisting that Governor Wolf use his legal authority to #ShutDownBerks immediately, especially since Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has joined in calling for it to be closed. I hope all Greens will contact Governor Wolf to let him know where we stand." Please contact Governor Tom Wolf at 717-787-2500 and [email protected].

The Green Party is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org. Follow GPPA on social media, Facebook and Twitter.

Further information:
Campaign to Shut Down Berks

Green Party of U.S. Platform, On Immigration


May 2019 Green Star - Green Party news

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May 2019


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

A May Day Message
  by GPPA Co-chair Alan Smith

My great grandfather died as a result of injuries from a white supremacist's bomb. From Reconstruction up to the Civil Rights Era bombings and lynchings took thousands of black lives. Yet, for almost 100 years from 1877-1966 only one Southern white man, John S. Williams, was ever convicted of killing a black person in the USA. This glaring fact is indicative of the institutionalization of white supremacy. It is an example of structural violence. As Dr. Paul Farmer says, "Structural violence is one way of describing social arrangements that put individuals and populations in harm's way...The arrangements are structural because they are embedded in the political and economic organization of our social world; they are violent because they cause injury to people...neither culture not pure individual will is at fault; rather, historically given (and often economically driven) processes." What then are these historically given or economically driven processes? White supremacy and capitalism. Capitalism perpetuates the cultural and economic superiority of whiteness. Whiteness as a standard by which things are measured is also an effective tool of capitalism. The two things go hand in hand.

Having Indigenous American and African American roots I have experienced this structural violence first hand. One's proximity to a standard of whiteness affords them a great deal of power. I know if I didn't have a white sounding name that some doors would not have opened for me. I also remember the shock on the faces of the people when they find out that I have a darker skin tone and wider nostrils, fuller lips and coarser hair than what they were expecting. When dating I encountered people that said "no blacks." I also know the flip side of things where I am an exotic and ethnic experiment. In both cases I become "thingified," or objectified. I don't want to be a market commodity, a pretty face on a brochure. I don't want to help diversify the machine. Rainbow capitalism, rainbow imperialism, rainbow colonialism is still structural violence.

What fuels these oppressive structures, these processes? It is the drive for power, the drive to dominate, to see someone as thing to be used, as a competitor or threat, instead of as a life to be honored, respected, cherished in full. We are taught this and we can unlearn it and be taught differently. My great grandparents were considered pieces of someone else's wealth, property, or savages. Society's arrangements did not grant us wealth. Struggling to make ends meet has been normalized for us. I've lived in a tent, eaten out of trash cans, faced eviction and repossession. The value of our labor has not been used to enrich us, but has been stolen and re-purposed to enrich others by a normalized exploitative social and economic arrangement. We must dismantle the system that helps perpetuate this.

Lucy_Parsons.PNGOn May 1st, people around the world celebrate human dignity on International Worker's Day, created to honor those fighting for worker's rights in 1886 at Chicago's Haymarket. Lucy Parson's husband Albert was framed and falsely blamed for the outbreak of violence at the Haymarket after the peaceful rally, and summarily executed. African American, Indigenous American and Mexican, a writer, speaker, and organizer, Lucy Parsons carried on after his death and argued vigorously for unions that were all inclusive. She spoke out specifically for the rights of sex workers. She worked tirelessly to defend those who were unjustly accused and caught up in the criminal "in-justice" system. She ardently opposed war and imperialism. She advocated for the dissolution of hierarchy and for the development of critical thinking. We have an 8-hour work day, a weekend, and labor protections due to the work of all the many Lucy Parsons of the world. What happened at the Chicago Haymarket should not be viewed as simple historical trivia, but as a powerful moment filled with many lessons.

What were the vital lessons? First, governments, corporations, and the media all work together to perpetuate structural violence. The need to attack the structure is one lesson. The need to get rid of a system is another lesson. The need to live in a new way is yet another lesson. To me the Green Party's 4 Pillars and 10 Key Values are the lesson plan, the blueprint.

What then are our assignments, what is our homework? What are some concrete steps that we can take to create this world? We must voluntarily choose not to take part in the rat race. We are kept busy so that we can't think critically. Tech giants compete for your attention. Your attention is a commodity. Unplug, connect with nature, reconnect in deep and abiding ways with the people around you. We must rid our lives of isolation and alienation and consumerism. We must demand our worth. The average worker in the USA contributes $70 worth per hour to the economy and we are only demanding $15 an hour? Shouldn't we received at least 80% of the value of our labor? Demand $55! But that's unimaginable they say. Indeed it is, and we must use our imaginations to think beyond current arrangements!

We must use creative means to navigate the capitalist minefield, whether it's sit-ins, stalling, sick outs, strikes, or slowdowns. "We must tuck our bodies in places so that wheels don't turn," said Bayard Rustin. In addition we must also make oppressive arrangements obsolete using networking, co-ops, and informal mutual aid. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was not one "little old lady refusing to give up her seat." It was 50,000 people in Montgomery, Alabama boycotting for 381 days. It was 50,000 people courageously and creatively inventing a new ways of doing things from forming car pools to cooking and selling food and funneling the money into movement. It was people deciding to walk and to make stuff instead of hopping on a bus to go to the store to buy it. It was the people in Montgomery choosing a different way of life.

There are other concrete steps we can take. We must run for school boards, become teachers, volunteer to be a guest speakers for schools or community events. We must ask questions. Our voices can shift the dynamics of a conversation and affect the outcome of a decision. Perhaps most importantly, we must keep learning and teaching. As Lucy Parsons said,"education must precede any great fundamental change in society."

I have hope that things will change and in fact are changing for the better. Arrangements are shifting. Old structures are crumbling. Some may argue that it will take too long. I disagree. As an educator, I have had students email me five years after a class and I have had students on the second day of class exhibiting tremendous shifts in their thoughts and values. I think we have all witnessed how fast society can change. So fundamental change either on the individual or societal level does not require a certain amount of time. I think what it does require is the opening up of a space. My classes are designed to do that. We can create space where ever we are for this change. Join me and millions of other Lucy Parsons in creating fertile ground and planting seeds to overcome and make obsolete structures of violence so that people, planet, and peace can thrive!

GPPA News Highlights   

  edited by Jim Beggs  

PA Greens Support Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear Power by Neal Gale

"Not only is nuclear power unaffordable, it's also extremely dangerous. In PA we have already had the Three Mile Island disaster. Russia had the Chernobyl disaster. The latest meltdown, in Fukushima, Japan, still has not been resolved, and radiation continues to enter the Pacific Ocean. Do we need any more evidence of the danger?” (show all)

 

Something Was Rotten in Pennsylvania by Emily Cook

”We have far to go toward assuring full electoral integrity. Pennsylvania was, and is still, shamefully backward when it comes to rights of voters and ballot access. The state has even been called the poster child for gerrymandering. And, in the seven years I’ve lived here, apparently the only method by which one can seek redress is by lawsuits. To their almost singular credit, the Green Party has filed several such suits, thus leading the movement to enhance electoral integrity for Pennsylvania voters.” (show all)

Green Party Demands that PA DEP Follow the PA Constitution and Do Its Job

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) holds that the scientific evidence is overwhelming that fracking and fossil fuel extraction have had enormous impacts on our climate. However, the negative impacts of fracking and fossil fuel extraction do more than impact our climate. The scientific evidence is overwhelming that fracking and fossil fuel extraction have incredibly negative public health effects. The scientific evidence is overwhelming that fracking and fossil fuel extraction violates Article I, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution. (show all)

Green Party of PA Stands Against Plan to Cut Assistance to the Poor 

“General Assistance is being targeted by the majority-Republican legislature as part of its bigger plan to dismantle an array of programs that help struggling Pennsylvanians get by,” wrote Heidi Schultheis, analyst for the Center for American Progress. Chris Robinson, a GPPA delegate from Philadelphia, agreed, saying, “This attempt to cut aid to the most vulnerable here in Pennsylvania is unconscionable and must be stopped.” (show all)

Real Green New Deal and Our National Well-being by Neal Gale

Real_Green_New_Deal3.PNG”The Green Party has been developing the Real Green New Deal since the early two thousands, beginning with the European Green Party and continuing with the Green Party of the US, as a vision to change the course of this crisis -- while recognizing that it is not just about the environment. The dramatic and geologically recent alteration of the global climate has occurred as a result of the emergence of industrial capitalism, beginning at the outset of the eighteenth century, and our increasing reliance on the use of extracted, fossil fuels, ever since”

“I see promise in the Green Party’s Real Green New Deal (Real GND)1, and I imagine it being adopted as a standard, below which we will not allow ourselves to fall. Because of the urgency I feel regarding the potential good the Green Party’s Real GND can do, I am compelled to warn us off the GND Resolution (HR 109) introduced by the Democrats this year. It does not point to the same results, and we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be fooled.” (show all)

Greens Challenge Fossil Fuel Sponsorship of Earth Day Event by Garret Wasserman

"On Sunday April 28th, members of the Green Party of Allegheny County organized a demonstration at an Earth Day event in Robin Hill Park in Moon Township against the township's acceptance of funding and sponsorship by Chevron. The demonstration comes on the anniversary of local activist Amanda Papa's arrest in the same park after challenging Chevron's presence at the event on Earth Day 2018. Amanda was charged with multiple criminal offenses including disorderly conduct, trespassing, and resisting arrest.

Sunday's demonstration went much more smoothly than the prior year as Moon police acknowledged first amendment rights to free speech and assembly. While officers stood near the Chevron table for nearly the entire event, Greens spoke with representatives of other sponsoring and participating organizations and encouraged them to speak out against Chevron sponsorship of the park and school. Members also held signs calling for a Green New Deal, and handed out literature on the Green New Deal to the public. Most event attendees seemed responsive to the Green New Deal and the action.

Allegheny Greens agreed the action went well, and resolved to hold more regular demonstrations to bring attention to local issues and activists. We hope you'll join us at the next one! To learn more about Amanda, who is still challenging the arrest in court, or donate to her legal expenses, please see: https://www.gofundme.com/amanda-protect-our-water."

 

Campaign Updates   

  edited by Brian Lee  

The door is still open for local candidates who would like to run for elected office on the Green Party ballot. In order to run, the candidate MUST have been registered as a Green Party voter before April 22.

GP_Vote_Green_BUTTON_1.75_dia_wdshadow.pngSo far, Green Party has at least four candidates running for office in 2019:

OLIVIA FAISON was endorsed to run for Philadelphia City Council Member-At-Large by the Green Party of Philadelphia. 

Interview with Olivia Faison, Green Party Candidate for Philadelphia City Council:

https://zoom.us/recording/share/209PScC2F4goW2knrXQ-gRa8fAO5XPiUsLOb7OWmup2wIumekTziMw    

Contact Olivia's campaign at:https://www.gp.org/olivia_faison or olivegreen52-at-hotmail-dot-com, (215) 748-4912.

MIKE FARLEY was endorsed by the Adams County Green Party to run for Township Supervisor and Auditor.

RILEY MAHON was endorsed by the Green Party of Allegheny County to run for Upper Saint Clair School Board.

NICK PRETE was endorsed by the Green Party of Montgomery County to run for Methacton School Board, nicholas.prete-at-icloud-dot-com, (484) 343-4564.

 

Team Updates   

Communications Team by Chris Robinson

Communications TeamThe GPPA Communication Team is the focal point for Green Party outreach to voters in our Commonwealth. We do it all: weekly news releases, monthly GREEN STAR Newsletter, daily social media (at least Twitter and FaceBook), YouTube videos (aka GREEN STAR Live) and our vibrant website, https://www.gpofpa.org/.

The ComTeam could do even more, with your help. To volunteer, please call Chris at 215-843-4256 or email him at chrisrecon-at-netzero-dot-net.

Finance Team by Tim Runkle

Finance TeamDue to conflicting schedules, the Finance Team did not meet in April. However, behind the scenes, the Team is working on donor follow-up and is getting ready for our next exciting fundraiser coming up soon. Finance Team meetings occur on the 1st and 3rd Meeting of each month at 8:30 p.m. To join the Finance Team sign up HERE.

GreenWave Team by Jenny Isaacs

GreenWave Green Wave's biweekly calls in March - April had an average attendance of 7 individuals from 5 counties. Notes from our latest call can be read here, and links are included to prior calls. We are up to 6 local candidates with the addition of a 2nd School Board candidate in Allegheny County.

Olivia Faison's campaign for City Council in Philadelphia is in need of a volunteer campaign manager. (Owing to a health crisis in her family, Wendy Lee Simonsen has had to step aside from both that role and her position as Chair of the Green Party of Philadelphia.)

Volunteers to petition for Olivia at the polls in Philadelphia on Primary Day (Tuesday, May 21) should sign up here! Folks who would like to help with phone calls from anywhere in the state to sign up local volunteers for Olivia should email [email protected] directly as soon as possible!

Core Report  by Sheri Miller

Core TeamThe Core Team has created a new, universal Slack work space for Green Party of Pennsylvania.  All Teams, delegates, and members will use the same work space with individual channels for Teams and delegates.  This will reduce duplication and confusion and may make it easier to use for people new to Slack.  More information to come in the May meeting, after which we will send out the new links.  The current Slack work spaces will be open for viewing and will eventually be archived.  Core Team creates the tools that enable us to function as an organization. We try out the newest technologies and come up with innovative ways to support our critical work. To join the Core Team, sign up HERE.

 

National Green News   

  edited by Dave Ochmanowicz

Respect all sacred sites and people    by Rev. Dr. Bruce Wright

The fire that partially destroyed the Iconic Cathedral, Notre Dame, though certainly sad, underscores some very important contrasts in priorities for people of faith in general, Christians in specific, and the public at large. The history, the architecture, and the stories associated with it have significant importance. However, it underscores some fundamental problems with what Christians prioritize and what people of wealth prioritize. Within hours of this occurrence, more than 300 million was raised for its restoration.
Yet the very same rich people in France refuse to support paying more for social programs in France. It also underscores the irony of Victor Hugo's novel Hunchback of Notre Dame, a novel the highlights the Churches need to offer sanctuary to undesirables, immigrants, homeless folks and those whom society rejects, contrasted with the Wealthy and powerful, and racists' attitudes toward the very same people, and yet they mourn the destruction of this very Cathedral. The Yellow vest protests against austerity and Government corruption further contrasts this contradiction. (show all)

Greens blast bipartisan legislation blocking free public electronic tax filing system 

The congressional move would codify a 2003 memorandum of understanding with the industry group Free File Alliance: in exchange for an IRS pledge not to create its own online filing system, the companies offer a free filing service to those below an income threshold.

70% of American taxpayers are currently eligible to file for free; however, only 3% use the free program each year. “Critics … say that companies use it as a cross-marketing tool to upsell paid products, that they have deliberately underpromoted the free option and that it leaves consumer data open to privacy breaches.” (show all)

Green Party candidate proposes foreign election non-interference legislation 

Gardena, CA -- Green Party Presidential Candidate Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry today rolled out a proposal to ban US interference in foreign elections and to strengthen the existing ban on foreign contributions to American political candidates and parties.

"The Mueller investigation and the unfolding political crisis in Venezuela share a key feature - the blatant hypocrisy that surrounds American policy with regard to foreign political activity," Moyowasifza-Curry stated. "The United States has a documented terrible history of meddling in the democratic political processes of other countries. But at the same time, it's 'do what I say, not what I do' position when it comes to our own elections, and that must stop." (show all)

Greens Say ‘No to NATO’ While War Parties Give Standing Ovations to NATO 

Many Greens, working with other peace and anti-imperialist activists, helped to organize the week of actions and many other Greens participated. The Green Party showed itself to be the alternative to the two-winged War Party of the Democrats and Republicans, a party that stands for an end to militarism and imperialism.

The protests began on March 30, 2019, with a mass rally and march across the street from the White House in Lafayette Park. The event was organized by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) whose national co-coordinator is Joe Lombardo, a Green Party member from Albany, NY. Lombardo, an antiwar organizer since the Vietnam War era, immediately announced a response to NATO when their meeting was made public. Lombardo framed the protest as stopping wars abroad and at home emphasizing the wars at home when the April 4 date was chosen by NATO. It was important to highlight militarized police and police abuse in communities of color, especially on the anniversary the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being killed by the government in 1968 and his important speech, Beyond Vietnam, which called for an end to war given one year before his murder (show all).

Celebrating Green Sheroes 

The Green Party has many strong women leaders. Three of those women left a legacy of leadership in the party with their passing in 2018. We celebrate and remember their lives and their roles in making our world a better place (show all).

 

 

GreenLine March, 2019 (GPUS Newsletter) 

The monthly newsletter of the Green Party of the United States (show all).

 

Global Green News   

  edited by Sheri Miller

Iceland elects 41-year-old environmentalist as prime minister by Greg Beach (inhabitat)

”Katrin Jakobsdottir, the 41-year-old chairwoman of the Left-Green Movement, has been elected Prime Minister of Iceland. One of the most well-liked politicians in Iceland, Katrín, a former education minister and avowed environmentalist, has pledged to set Iceland on the path to carbon neutrality by 2040.” (show all)

 

 

Prince Edward Island election results: voters elect PC minority by By Kevin Bissett and Teresa Wright (The Canadian Press)

”Voters in Prince Edward Island have shed their century-old embrace of the Island’s two-party system, electing a Tory minority government and handing the upstart Green party official Opposition status for the first time.” (show all)

 

GPPA Coming Events   

  edited by Chris Robinson

LOOK HERE TO FIND OUT ABOUT STATEWIDE AND LOCAL EVENTS.

(To submit a proposal for your county to organize an in-person state meeting or another local, state-sponsored event, fill out the Event Hosting Application Form.)

 

May 4, noon
Rally to End Homelessness
Chester County Courthouse, Two North High Street, West Chester, PA
https://www.facebook.com/events/644171896036080/    

 

May 4, noon until 4:00 pm
Mount Airy Day
Help Olivia Faison harvest signatures on her nomination paper for Philadelphia City Council.
6400 Germantown Avenue, Mount Airy, Philadelphia, PA
https://mtairyday.org/   

 

May 7, 6:00 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County General Assembly
Panera Bread, 3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA

 

May 11, 10:00 am
Green New Deal Explained
Hear from the experts including our own Jenny Isaacs.
Pennridge High School, 1228 North Fifth Street, Perkasie, PA.
https://upperbuxmontrising.wordpress.com/  

 

May 13, 6:30 pm
Webinar: Health & Economic Impacts of Fracking in PA
Delaware Riverkeeper Network: Register here:
https://delawareriverkeepernetwork.clickmeeting.com/who-pays-new-reports-on-the-health-and-economic-impacts-of-fracking-in-pennsylvania/register  

 

May 19, noon – 4:00 p.m.
GPPA Delegates Web Conference
This meeting of the Green Party of Pennsylvania will be a virtual meeting held online! All interested members of the public may attend (show all) 

Allegheny County Greens will participate collectively; details from alleghenycountygreens-at-gmail-dot-com 
Chester County Greens will participate collectively; details from efs1127-at-gmail-dot-com 
Philadelphia Greens will participate collectively; details from chrisrecon-at-netzero-dot-net  

 

May 20, 7:00 pm
Montgomery County Green Party Meeting
Location to be announced
[email protected] 

 

May 20, 7:00 pm
Bucks County Green Party Meeting
Eastern Dragon, 238 South West End Blvd, Quakertown PA
[email protected]

 

May 21, 7:00 am until 8:00 pm
Primary Election Day
This will be the best location to harvest voters’ signatures on Green Party nomination papers. If there are no Green Party candidates in your division, please ask the closest Green Party candidate how you might help them.

 

May 22, 6:30 pm
Health & Economic Impacts of Fracking in PA
Delaware Riverkeeper Network: Open to the public.
Lycoming College, Heim Science Building, Room G-11, Williamsport, PA.
More information: barbjarmoska-at-verizon-dot-net

 

May 23, 6:30 pm
Health & Economic Impacts of Fracking in PA
Delaware Riverkeeper Network: Open to the public.
California University of PA, Convocation Center, North Wing, California, PA
https://www.facebook.com/events/362737644348011/

 

May 25, noon
Protest at Drone War Command
Brandywine Peace Community with 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 http://www.brandywinepeace.com/events/  

 

May 31, 3:00 pm
Keep Free Speech Free!
Lancaster Against Pipelines
Binn’s Park, 100 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA
https://www.facebook.com/events/409475349834219/

 

June 4, 6:00 pm
Green Party of Allegheny County General Assembly
Panera Bread, 3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA

 

June 6, 7:00 pm
Chester County Green Party Meeting
For location, please contact [email protected]

 

June 8, 1:00 pm
21st Annual Philly Dyke March
Kahn Park, 1119 Pine Street, Philadelphia
https://www.facebook.com/events/363679007556919/

 

June 9, Noon
Philly Pride Presents Honoring Stonewall 50
252 South 12th Street, Philadelphia
https://www.facebook.com/events/291489281539070/   

 

June 19, 5:00 pm
Juneteenth BBQ: A Celebration of African American Independence
Reservoir Park, 199 City Park Drive, Harrisburg
https://www.facebook.com/events/2141236602778117/

 

GPPA Meeting Dates for 2019:

  • May Virtual Meeting/Spring Web Conference: Sunday, May 19th, 12pm-4pm
  • Summer Virtual Meeting/Web Conference: Sunday, July 14
  • September Meeting (Venue TBD): Sunday, September 15th, 12pm-4pm 
  • Fall Conference (Venue TBD): Saturday - Sunday, November 16-17 

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.


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Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team & Media Committee 

Issue Credits:

EDITORS: Chris Robinson, Dave Ochmanowicz Jr., Jim Beggs, Sheri Miller, & Brian Lee   
CONTRIBUTORS: Alan Smith, Tim Runkle, Neal Gale, Jenny Isaacs, Garret Wasserman, & Emily Cook
ILLUSTRATIONS: Alan Smith
LAYOUT: Sheri Miller & Kevin Richardson 
GRAPHIC ARTS: Kevin Richardson 


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Resolution 940: Fukushima-Daiichi: Seven Years Later

 

Approved by the National Committee of the Green Party of the United States, December 2, 2018

Approved by the Green Party of Pennsylvania State Committee, July 8, 2018

 

Background

Three nuclear reactor buildings at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (Fuku) blew apart following the Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting tidal wave in 2011. Nuclear fuel was thrown into the air, onto the land and into the Pacific Ocean. The roofs and floors of the three reactors were destroyed.

The plant owner poured millions of tons of water on the bottoms of each reactor to keep the remaining nuclear fuel “cool”. Thousands of residents of the nearby communities became evacuees, both voluntary and involuntary. The Japanese Government took over operation of the Fuku from the plant owner, Tokyo Electric Power Corporation. The Japanese Government has collected contaminated soil and building materials and stored same in above ground, temporary containers stored in open, unprotected fields.

In March, 2018, the Japanese Government agreed to implement recommendations of the United Nations Human Rights Commission concerning its treatment of nuclear evacuees within its borders and the maximum allowable radiation dose for its residents. The United Nations General Assembly and International Atomic Energy Agency have taken no actions.

The International Olympic Committee has identified Japan to be the host of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

OPEN LETTER TO THE UNITED NATIONS 

December 2, 2018

Ambassador Niki Haley
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
799 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

Dear Ambassador Haley:

Thank you for taking time to read our letter and to hear our ideas. The Green Parties of Pennsylvania and of the United States ask you to request the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) take action to protect the people of Japan and the Pacific Ocean from additional radiation exposure. 

The Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of 2011 caused three reactor buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (Fuku) to explode. The plant operators had cooled the uranium fuel inside with seawater. When the tsunami cut off electric power, they were unable to continue to cool the nuclear fuel leading to a buildup of hydrogen gas. The hydrogen gas expanded, formed a bubble and eventually detonated. Radioactive materials were forced through the roofs and into the soil. It was an unbelievable domestic tragedy that now affects our entire globe.

We ask you to focus on events after these explosions. How did the explosions affect the quality of life for the residents of Fukushima Prefecture. What steps have the plant operator and the Japanese central government taken in response in the past seven years? What role do the 2020 Olympic Games, to be hosted by Japan, play in Japan’s current recovery? 

Nuclear fuel left Fuku in the form of “hot particles” dispersed throughout East Japan. Our Pennsylvania state government’s environmental monitors recorded Fuku-sourced radiation shortly after the explosions. Air borne particles covered the farmland, houses, schools, forests and businesses of the communities surrounding Fuku. Ground water picked up the radiation below the reactors and carried it into the Pacific Ocean yards away from the facility.

The Japanese Government issued mandatory evacuation orders to protect the residents and increased the maximum annual radiation dose by a factor of 20. Money was given to the evacuees to compensate them for their loss of homes, commercial livelihood and family ties. Their lives were torn apart. In addition, contractors were paid to begin gathering together and storing six inches of top soil, broken building materials and storm debris now all radioactive. This rubble was stored in temporary storage bins which now punctuate the landscape of East Japan.

The quality of life in East Japan steadily declined in the last seven years. In fact, in March of this year, the Japanese Government agreed to abide by recommendations made by the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC). The UNHRC determined the treatment of the nuclear evacuees, by the Japanese Government to be unacceptable. The UNHRC recommended the government not force the evacuees to return to their home communities contaminated with radiation at this time. The government’s financial compensation was also to continue while the evacuees are displaced. The Japanese Government’s attempt to clean up Eastern Japan was started, but remains incomplete. 

Back inside Fuku, Toyko Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the plant operator, continued to cool what remained of the three reactors with water. One hundred tons of fresh water are released into each reactor daily. Unfortunately these tons of cooling water sink through the former floors, join the ground water below and seep into the Pacific Ocean only yards away. The Pacific Ocean is an international waterway. This ongoing practice is ocean dumping of radioactive waste. This process is illegal in international law. 

The long term cumulative effects of radiation exposure upon plants, animals and marine life are not contested. High level radiation in the Pacific Ocean’s food chain is an international public health hazard because it is entering our food chain. States around the Pacific are seeing the effects of Fuku-sourced radiation today. Many do not wish to buy agricultural and seafood from Japan. The effect on our food chain will be devastating to all life on Earth today and for future generations. Fuku has released more nuclear radiation into Earth’s environment than any other single source that we are aware of. Ocean and soil contamination is problem one. 

Without a roof to contain it, radioactivity escapes freely from the three reactor shells today. By contrast, the governments responsible for the crippled reactor at Chernobyl Power Station sealed it off within months of the meltdown in 1986. Air contamination is problem number two.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) owned Fuku at the time of the meltdowns. TEPCO is a for profit, private utility company. The Japanese Government took over operation of Fuku in 2012. The Japan Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRA) is the government agency in charge of Fuku now and for collecting and storing the above ground nuclear material. These makeshift bins hold 16 million cubic meters of radioactive debris. These bins do not isolate the radioactive elements inside from direct contact with water, air and soil. This is problem number three.

 Japan is a member of the United Nations. As such, its nuclear resources and facilities are subject to oversight by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The keyword is “oversight.” The UNGA controls the IAEA via the International Atomic Energy Act (Statute). As first written in the 1950s, the objectives of this Statute were to promote construction and operation of nuclear power generating stations worldwide. Key word is promote. The Statute did not delegate to the IAEA the police power to assume control of a nuclear facility in a sovereign state that is out of control. This is problem four. 

The intervening seventy years has shown us that prior UNGA sessions were naïve and painfully shortsighted in regards to nuclear power. Naïve meaning the members of the UNGA took on face value the promises of governments and private companies within the nuclear fuel, engineering and construction economic sector. These governments and private companies promised cheap electricity and safe reactor operation. Warnings of radiation dangers by conservation and safe energy groups were ignored. Short sighted by failing to require peer reviewed examples of safe, long term storage of nuclear waste before allowing nuclear stations to operate worldwide! The promises of cheap electricity, safe reactor operation and waste isolation were false. The role of citizen activists was marginalized and ignored. This is problem five. 

In the 1990s, the IAEA created the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES). INES was designed to help IAEA tell the public the threat level of an ongoing nuclear event. INES is to speak to, and warn if necessary, the global community. It currently has seven different levels ranging from no safety significance to Major Accident, Level 7. Level 7 is the most severe category for nuclear disaster. The IAEA classified Fuku as a Level 7 nuclear event in April, 2011. It needs to be amended by adding a Level 8 and here is why. Level 7 doesn’t include an event with radiation affecting more than one sovereign state nor an international waterway. Level 8 is needed to warn everyone on Earth of the IAEA’s perception of the danger to global public health. Fuku is the first, and hopefully last, Level 8 nuclear event. This is problem six.

If the hydrogen bubble had continued to grow inside Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island reactor in 1979, would that reactor have withstood the blast? That is where we live! Many of us who lived in the Harrisburg area at the time have not forgotten being told to prepare to evacuate and leave our homes because of a possible hydrogen explosion. Chernobyl’s reactor building did explode in 1986. Pictures of the “dead zone” surrounding this plant fill the Internet. Based upon these unfortunate experiences, why wouldn’t the UNGA have taken steps then to prevent us from being where we are today… with three blown reactors? Intelligence is learning from mistakes. How much physical damage and cancer must occur? How many citizens must be displaced and families separated before you, Ambassador Haley, and the UNGA say enough?! Problem seven is the UNGA’s history of inaction regarding the dangers of nuclear energy.

With these problems, Japan is preparing to play host to the world to play sports. Japan has no business entertaining sport contests as three hundred tons of radioactive water enters the Pacific Ocean daily. Japan has no business building sports venues when the three blown reactor building continuously release radiation into the atmosphere. Most importantly, Japan should make sure all of its citizens and residents are not receiving doses of radiation 20 times higher than the rest of the world primarily because it has failed to complete the removal and isolation of radioactive debris from East Japan! It should have cleaned up the prior disaster completely before diverting its attention and resources to building swimming pools and track stadiums in search of tourism dollars and international notoriety. The Japanese Government should be ashamed of its performance the past seven years. The people of Japan and the world community deserve better.

This is where we are now in time. The obvious question is where do we go from here? Here are the actions we ask you to take to resolve these problems.

  • Please meet with the IAEA for their comments on these issues and then meet with our representatives to discuss your views of IAEA positions and recommendations;

  • Draft a UNGA resolution to amend the Statute by giving the police power to the IAEA. This police power must include the jurisdiction to physically occupy nuclear facilities in a sovereign member state deemed to be out of control. “Out of control” should be defined as the ability of a sovereign government to provide a natural environment where it’s residents will receive no more than 1 miliservert annual dose. This will help to resolve problems four and seven.

  • Include in this UNGA resolution a provision directing the IAEA to physically occupy and operate the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant and to take all steps necessary to seal off the three reactors from further water, air and soil radiation contamination, both above and below ground level. This will resolve problems one and two.

  • Include in this UNGA resolution a provision to amend the Statute to IAEA to establish an INES Level 8 for nuclear events affecting more than one state or involving an international waterway. This will resolve problem six.

  • In addition, the IAEA should be directed to classify and isolate the radioactive materials contained in the thousands of temporary storage bins from further water, air and soil radiation contamination. To carry out this task, the IAEA should be directed to review and implement the hybrid structure set forth in “The Report of the German Commission on the Storage of HighLevel Radioactive Waste written in July, 2016” (German Report). This Report establishes an open merger of citizen groups, the nuclear fuel, engineering and construction economic sector and political bodies. Germany is attempting to isolate their domestically sourced radioactive materials. The IAEA should replicate this organization within Japan to isolate all their domestically sourced radioactive materials in an expedited manner. The IAEA should speak on behalf of the UNGA in this process. This will help to resolve problems one, two, three and five.

  • Draft a second UNGA resolution to require all member states with nuclear facilities to create the same hybrid organization set forth in the German Report within their state. This group will be responsible to site low and high level radioactive wastes thereafter. This will help to resolve problem four in the future.

The adults alive today must take responsibility to care for radioactive materials for what could be thousands of years. Because our generation consumed the electricity, our generation must be responsible for what we benefitted from. We have selfishly burdened future generations. 

The meltdowns and explosions of 2011 constituted a nuclear event the likes of which our communities have never seen. Large scale ocean dumping of high level radioactive materials into an international waterway over seven years is off the INES danger chart. Our message to the citizens everywhere is the nuclear fuel, engineering and construction economy can’t fix this one alone. Citizens around the world, in conjunction with the nuclear sector and their political systems, must be responsible. We must take action now to prevent the same or worse nuclear event from happening in the future.

We close by quoting from the 2017 Greenpeace survey, published this past March 1. Greenpeace Japan staffers conducted research:

... in the towns of Iitate and Namie in Fukushima prefecture,  including the exclusion zone, revealed radiation levels up to  100 times higher than the international limit for public  Exposure (1 milliservert per year). The high radiation levels in  These areas pose a significant risk to returning evacuees until  at least the 2050’s and well into the next century. 

 

Thank you for your time and consideration. 

OPEN LETTER TO THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE

Kikkan Randal
International Olympic Committee
Town, State

Japan Must Achieve UNHRC Required 1 milliservert Radiation Doseage to host 2020 Olympics

Dear Ms. Randal:

Thank you for reading this letter and considering our views. 

We are the Green Parties of Pennsylvania and the United States. We ask you to request the International Olympic Committee (IOC) perform an inquiry to protect the residents of Japan, possible Olympians and the Pacific Ocean from unnecessary nuclear radiation. The United Nations Human Rights Council ordered the reduced level of radiation exposure must be achieved on behalf of the residents of Japan. We believe these radiation reduction levels must be achieved before the 2020 Summer Olympic Games are opened. 

The Japanese National Government (Japan) is in violation of Paragraph 1 of the Olympic Charter’s Mission section. It reads in part "to encourage and support the promotion of ethics and good governance in sport as well as education of youth through sport and to dedicate its efforts to ensuring that, in sport, the spirit of fair play prevails and violence is banned". 

In addition we believe Japan has violated Paragraph 13 of the Olympic Mission. This reads in part that a host city is"to encourage and support a responsible concern for environmental issues, to promote sustainable development in sport and to require that the Olympic Games are held accordingly".

Pursuant to Rule 59, we respectfully ask an inquiry by the IOC Executive Board be called to resolve these issues. 

We understand these Missions and Rules are very important to you. For you to know where we are coming from, we suggest you read one article in the Japan Times and watch two youtube videos. Background and pictures will help you. 

The Greens Japan International Secretary Ricky Adaichi suggested one of our members read Eric Johnston’s July 16, 2011 article. It is titled “Key Players Got Nuclear Ball Rolling”. Mr. Adaichi feels this article is a beginning to understand the role the United States National Government played in bringing nuclear energy to Japan originally.

Fox News February, 2017, video showed Adam Housely reporting "unbelievable" radiation levels leaving Fukushima Daiichi and Paul Johannessen’s 2013 movie “The Women of Fukushima” with English subtitles are very informative.

Factual Background

The Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of 2011 caused three reactor buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (Fuku) to explode. The plant operators had cooled the uranium fuel inside with seawater. When the tsunami cut off electric power, they were unable to continue to cool the nuclear fuel leading to a buildup of hydrogen gas. The hydrogen gas expanded, formed a bubble and eventually detonated. Radioactive materials were forced through the roofs and into the soil. It was an unbelievable domestic tragedy with international consequences we are beginning to see more clearly today.

We ask the IOC to focus on events after these explosions. How did the explosions affect the quality of life for the residents of Fukushima Prefecture? What recommendations have the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) taken to protect human rights in Japan? What steps has Japan taken to comply with UNHRC recommendations? 

Nuclear fuel burst out of Fuku as “hot particles” dispersed throughout East Japan. Our Pennsylvania state government’s environmental monitors recorded Fuku-sourced radiation shortly after the explosions. Air borne particles covered the farmland, houses, schools, forests and businesses of the communities surrounding Fuku. Rain and ground water picked up the high level nuclear radiation on the soil and below the reactors and carried it into the Pacific Ocean yards away from the facility. 

Japan took four different steps to attempt to safeguard its residents. Contractors were paid to begin gathering together and storing six inches of top soil, broken building materials and storm debris from communities outside Fuku. This rubble was stored in temporary storage bins which now punctuate the landscape of East Japan when seen on news and youtube videos.

Second, Japan issued mandatory evacuation orders to residents in certain communities around Fuku. The rule of thumb for this evacuation was within 20 kilometers mandatory evacuation, within 30 kilometers voluntary evacuation. 

Third, Japan began to pay housing allowances to residents of communities within the mandatory evacuation zones and some voluntary evacuees. 

Finally, Japan increased the permissible maximum dose to Japan residents beginning in 2011 to 20 milliserverts per year. It did this because it was having an “emergency exposure event”namely three blown reactor buildings and high level radioactive waste spread worldwide. Much of the radioactivity concentrated around the plant presumably. Prior to the Great East Japan Earthquake, the maximum radiation dose for anyone living in Japan was 1 milliservert per year. This is the maximum safe radiation dose for all people on Earth according to the International Commission of Radiological Protection (ICRP). Because of the three explosions however, Japan raised the acceptable individual annual effective dose for Japan’s residents by a factor of 20! The IRCP allows national governments suffering an “emergency exposure event”, to increase the acceptable annual dose from between 20 to 100 milliserverts per year. 

The Toyko Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the plant operator, continued to cool what remained of the three blown reactors with water. However, instead of the closed system used before, one hundred tons of fresh water are dumped into each reactor daily. Unfortunately these tons of cooling water sink through the former floors, join the ground water below and seep into the Pacific Ocean only yards away. 

The Pacific Ocean is an international waterway. This ongoing practice is ocean dumping of radioactive waste. International law forbids this practice. 

Without a roof to contain it, radioactivity escaped freely from the three reactor shells and continues today. By contrast, the governments responsible for the crippled reactor at Chernobyl Power Station sealed it off within months of the meltdown in 1986. 

Japan took over operation of Fuku from TEPCO in 2012. The Japan Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRA) is the government agency in charge of Fuku now and for collecting and storing the above ground nuclear waste. NRA is unable to remove radioactivity from the nearby forests. The makeshift bins hold 16 million cubic meters of radioactive debris. These bins do not isolate the radioactive elements inside from direct contact with water, air and soil. In addition, NRA assumed responsibility for cleaning and maintaining Fuku itself. This included hiring workers to carry out the cleaning and maintenance duties. 

The IOC announced Toyko as the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in September, 2013.

The quality of life in East Japan steadily declined in the last seven years. Ghost towns surround Fuku. However, the NRA began canceling evacuation orders in specific communities inside some Exclusion Zones in 2017. Ending these orders had the effect of forcing the evacuees to return to their contaminated communities. Other evacuation orders are still in place due to excessive environmental radiation within Fukushima Prefecture. The NRA also ended the housing subsidy from Japan for certain evacuees. The evacuees were forced to choose between income and their health.

Japan is a member of the United Nations. As such, , the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) polices the actions of sovereign members towards their own citizens. Their review is based upon the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Japanese residents and safe energy organizations informed the UNHRC of the NRA’s decision to cease certain evacuation orders and the housing subsidy. They argued the NRA was violating the human rights of those residents told to return to their homes if their radiation dose will be over 1 milliservert. In reaction, the UNHRC opened an inquiry concerning Japan’s treatment of its residents affected by Fuku sourced radiation. 

In early 2017, the UNHRC delegates from Austria, Portugal, Germany and Mexico took testimony from Japanese residents. Japanese mothers told the UNHRC the radiation levels in Fukushima Prefecture deny them the ability to live where they wish. Some Fukushima Prefecture residents wondered if the radiation dose was low enough for them to return home for the first time in seven years. 

As a result, the UNHRC made many recommendations to Japan in November, 2017. The UNHRC determined the treatment of the nuclear evacuees, by the Japanese Government to be unacceptable. The nuclear evacuees were to be referred to as Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). The UNHRC also recommended the government not force the evacuees to return to their home communities contaminated with radiation at this time. The government’s financial compensation was also to continue while the evacuees are displaced. Also, Japan was to return the maximum annual radiation dosage for all residents to 1 milliservert. Japan has attempted to clean up Eastern Japan, but the clean up remains incomplete. 

In March, 2018, the Japanese National Government agreed to abide by these four recommendations made by the UNHRC for offsite contamination. 

As of today, Japan has attempted to locate remaining nuclear fuel within Fuku’s three blown reactors with robots. These robots filmed the remains of the reactor floors, but lasted about one hour in the intense radiation. Japan’s frozen seawater wall failed to stop radioactive water from entering the Pacific Ocean. As recently as last month, UNHRC has now begun to inquire as to the health and safety of the workers NRA hired to clean and maintain Fuku itself. 

The people most at risk of exposure to toxic substances are those most vulnerable to exploitation: the poor, children and women, migrant workers, people with disabilities and older workers. They are often exposed to a myriad of human rights abuses, forced to make the abhorrent choice between their health and income, and their plight is invisible to most consumers and policymakers with the power to change it,” said the experts. 

Total spending so far on 2020 Summer Olympics is $12 billion, $3 billion alone from the City of Tokyo.

Japan 2018 and the Olympic Mission

Greenpeace’s March 1, 2018 press release summarizes our view of the state of human rights in Japan:

In November last year, the United Nations’ Human Rights Commission’s Universal Review on Japan issued four recommendations on Fukushima issues. Member governments (Austria, Portugal, Mexico and Germany) called for Japan to respect the human rights of Fukushima evacuees and adopt strong measures to reduce the radiation risks to citizens, in particular women and children and to fully support self evacuees. 

The Japanese National Government cannot have it both ways. They can’t be exploiting women and children, migrant workers and the homeless while promoting ethical behavior through good governance. You can perhaps, unless officials who work for that government are caught in these unethical actions. 

The Japanese National Government is openly flushing its radioactive elements into our Pacific Ocean. They have been polluting an international waterway with unstable waste for seven years! Now they want to continue poisoning the Pacific while promoting sustainable environmental policies inside an Olympic track and field arena 80 kilometers away. Contaminating the largest body of water on Earth trumps separating landfill waste from recyclables. 

We do not equate the Japanese National Government with the residents of Japan. They are two different groups. Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan was in office when Fuku exploded. His opinion is much different than Mr. Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister today. Japan is not unified on this issue. 

We ask the IOC to remember, the current Japanese National Government chose to restart a handful of nuclear plants in Japan after Fuku blew in 2011. There are many in Japan who feel they must endure Mr. Abe. They see little hope their displacement from their homeland will end soon. Mr. Abe seems to hope the 2020 Olympics will get the Japanese peoples’ minds off of Fuku and more likely to open their wallets for Olympic events and trinkets. 

The natural environment of the host country must be sustainable. In our view, it is not ethical for Japan to invite international athletes to compete where the permissible radiation dose for an individual is 20 times higher than the rest of the world. 

The unmitigated flow of radiation into the Pacific and the temporary, above ground storage bins create unchecked sources of more environmental radiation! Japan is not isolating the Fuku-sourced radiation fast enough to reach the one milliservert standard today! Japan will likely pay much more than $12 billion to achieve the radiation reduction required by the UNHRC and over hundreds of years. The IOC must force Japan to recognize the serious and long term nature of its response to Fuku-sourced radiation.

Japan has also failed to encourage and support a responsible concern for environmental issues. It has not promoted sustainable development. Japan has shown distain for its responsibilities as an Olympic venue even while it was pledging to uphold it Mission. 

 The first priorities of Japan’s government should be to seal off Fuku’s groundwater-leaking reactors and isolate the above ground rad waste. These acts will help to reduce the environmental radiation lingering in East Japan. 

The delegates of Austria, Portugal, Mexico and Germany on the UNHRC are the adults in the room now. The IOC should join with the UNHRC. Please conduct an inquiry into Japan’s ability to comply with all four of the UNHRC recommendations by March, 2020. If not, please transfer the Olympic Games to another country for Summer, 2020. 

Thank you

 

ATTACHMENT C

Background Details with Endnotes

Watch two Youtube videos to understand where we are coming from. “Women of Fukushima English” (22 minutes) and “Housely Fox News Fukushima” (3 minutes). 

 

Ricky Adachi is currently International Secretary of Greens Japan. To gain an understanding of Japan today, he suggested one of our members read this JapanTimes article. This article explains the US government’s role in the development of Japan’s fission reactor program beginning after World War II up to current day. 

We, as Greens, must become more involved stewards of Earth’s water, air and soil resources. Stewards conserve existing resources while improving the resource, in some cases, by taking two steps. These steps are educating the public and organizing citizen action. Ecological wisdom. Future focus. 

Fukushima Daiichi: Seven Years Later.

1. Each day three hundred tons of water containing high level radioactive Cesium leave Fuku in eastern Japan. The water is poured onto what remains of the uranium fuel rods in each reactor blown apart by hydrogen explosions. (1) Their purpose is to cool the fuel. This cooling water sinks through the former floors, joins the ground water below Fuku and ultimately seeps into the Pacific Ocean only yards away.(2) This ongoing practice is ocean dumping of radioactive waste. Other commentators claim Japan is aware ocean dumping violates international law, but feel they have no other financially viable alternatives. (3) 

2. As a result of the hydrogen explosions, “hot particles” were blown out of the reactors into the atmosphere and eventually came down on soil, into forests on the nearby mountains or water resources throughout Japan and our globe. (4) Without roofs or floors to block them, radioactivity has escaped freely from the skeletal remains of the three reactor buildings. By contrast, the crippled reactor at Chernobyl Power Station was sealed off within months of the meltdown. (5) 

3. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) owned Fuku at the time of the meltdowns. TEPCO was a for profit, private utility. The Japanese Government took over operation of Fuku in 2012. (6) The Japan Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRA) is the federal agency managing the plant now. Japan is a member state of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). (7) The United Nations General Assembly controls the IAEA. Japan is a member of the United Nations.

4. The NRA has removed radioactive materials surrounding Fuku and neighboring communities. The radioactive debris gathered by NRA has been stored in thousands of temporary storage bins which surround Fuku. These makeshift bins hold 16 million cubic meters of radioactive waste. (8) The radioactive top soil, bags of water and building materials inside these bins now await processing to remove the radioactivity. They are sitting out in open fields, stacked liked so much municipal garbage.

5. The International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) was designed to facilitate IAEA communication with the public of the significance of nuclear events worldwide. It currently has seven different levels ranging from no safety significance to Major Accident, Level 7. Level 7 is the most severe category for nuclear disaster. The IAEA classified Fuku as a Level 7 nuclear event in April, 2011. (9) 

The meltdowns and explosions of 2011 constituted a nuclear event. NRA and TEPCO’s subsequent ocean dumping and above ground, temporary storage are evidence of a second, continuing nuclear event. The Japanese Government is allowing the for-profit utility to treat the Pacific Ocean as an open sewer. Public policy is to serve the common good, not private gain.

6. IAEA should be directed by the United Nations General Assembly to create a Level 8 in INES. Level 8 nuclear events would apply to international public health hazards. IAEA should also be required to intervene in Level 8 nuclear events when the host member state is shown to be unwilling or unable to contain radioactive materials and protect the public. 

7. As first written in the 1950s, the objectives of the International Atomic Energy Act (Statute) have been to promote construction and operation of nuclear power generating stations worldwide. The specific police power to takeover the nuclear facilities of member states when the member state is shown to unwilling or unable to isolate nuclear materials from the natural environment was never enacted by the General Assembly. 

8. History has shown us it was naïve of the General Assembly not to require safer reactor designs and to have resolved long term storage of nuclear waste questions before member states created nuclear stations all over the globe.

8. Now is the time for the General Assembly to amend the Statute to grant the IAEA the authority necessary to seal off the reactors and isolate the temporary storage bins in long term facilities.

9. The INES warning system is outdated. South Korea and Peoples Republic of China have restricted imports of Japanese agricultural products due to increased radiation. This trade issue is being resolved by the World Trade Organization. (10) INES doesn’t address scenarios where the radioactive waste of one state has or appears to have an adverse effect on residents of a second state. 

10. Currently experts disagree as to whether Fuku has created an international public health hazard. The World Health Organization and United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation have issued reports downplaying the long term effects of Fuku sourced radiation in Japan. (11) 

11. The long term cumulative effects of radiation exposure upon plants, animals and marine life are not contested. High level radiation in the Pacific Ocean’s food chain is an international public health hazard because it is entering our food chain. The effect on our food chain will be devastating to all life on Earth. No data exists to predict the extent of Fuku’s devastation because Fuku has released more nuclear radiation into Earth’s environment than ever before that we are aware of.

12. All this radiation from a private company who sought to make money by risking nuclear meltdowns. All these wastes should be placed into long term storage in a manner consistent with the citizen input process described in Report of the German Commission on the Storage of HighLevel Radioactive Waste written in July, 2016. (12)

13. Citizen activists have always asked government regulators, what will we do with the radioactive wastes? Eastern Japan is polluted with radioactive waste and there is no end in sight to their generation of more rad waste. NRA has no solutions…other than stick it out in the middle of an open field. 

14. We close by quoting from the 2017 Greenpeace survey, published this past March 1. Greenpeace Japan staffers conducted research:

…in the towns of Iitate and Namie in Fukushima prefecture, including the exclusion zone, revealed radiation levels up to 100 times higher than the international limit for public 

Exposure (1 milliservert per year). The high radiation levels in These areas pose a significant risk to returning evacuees until at least the 2050’s and well into the next century. (13) 

Transfer All 2020 Olympic Games Events Outside of Japan to Protect the Athletes and Remedy Existing Human Rights Violations inside Japan. 

15. The International Olympic Committee has announced Japan will host the 2020 Olympics. For example, the baseball and softball events will be held at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium in Fukushima City, within Fukushima Prefecture. (14) According to Google Maps, Azuma is 86 kilometers from Fuku. 

16. All athletic contests should be transferred out of Japan for two reasons. First, Fukushima Prefecture is still experiencing an emergency exposure event. Second, the location of the Japanese Government’s recent human rights violations are within Fukushima Prefecture.

17. A hydrogen bubble was growing inside Reactor #2 at Three Mile Island in March, 1979. Government officials and utility owners told the local residents the explosion of a reactor vessel would be catastrophic. (15) 

The residents living around Chernobyl suffered one hydrogen explosion in 1986. It blew the roof of the containment vessel off, sprayed nuclear fuel into the local water, air and soil. An exclusion zone exists today surrounding the former nuclear plant.

18. The residents of Fukushima Prefecture lived through three hydrogen explosions. Nuclear fuel was sprayed throughout Fukushima Prefecture and, eventually, around the entire planet. 

19. Prior to the Great East Japan Earthquake, in March, 2011, the maximum radiation dose was 1 milliservert per year. This is the maximum safe radiation dose for all people on Earth according to the International Commission of Radiological Protection (ICRP).

20. Because of the amount of fuel and other radioactive waste blown out of the plant, NRA raised the acceptable individual annual effective dose for Japan’s residents. The IRCP allows national governments suffering an “emergency exposure event”, to increase the acceptable annual dose from between 20 to 100 milliserverts per year. The NRA increased the permissible maximum dose to Japan residents beginning in 2011 to 20 milliserverts per year because it was having an “emergency exposure event”. (16) 

20. In addition, the NRA issued mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders to residents living around Fuku. The rule of thumb for this evacuation was within 20 kilometers mandatory evacuation, within 30 kilometers voluntary evacuation. Residents living within 20 kilometers were ordered to leave their homes and businesses due to the radioactive fallout. (17) The United States Government’s travel advisory was to remain 80 kilometers away from Fuku to stay safe. (18 ) 

21. The mandatory evacuation zones have become permanent Exclusion Zones. Permanent residency is prohibited. Residents who fled were paid a modest amount of money to compensate them for being forced to leave their homes. 

22. Mandatory and voluntary evacuation zones lie between Fukushima City and Fuku station. Thousands and thousands of temporary storage bins, of yet uncategorized waste, lay open to the air, water and soil. 

23. Safety of the athletes should not be put in jeopardy. What level of exposure to high level radiation is safe? Should athletes need to choose between personal health and representing their homeland in international competitions?

24. Some Fukushima Prefecture residents are wondering if the radiation is low enough for them to return home for the first time in seven years. Athletes, trainers, TV crews and spectators should not be getting into their way. 

25. Within the last 12 months, NRA began canceling evacuation orders in specific communities inside some Exclusion Zones. Ending these orders had the effect of forcing the evacuees to return to their contaminated communities. Another effect was to end the state subsidy. Other evacuation orders are still in place due to excessive environmental radiation within Fukushima Prefecture. 

26. Citizen activists and safe energy organizations informed the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) of these changes in Japanese public policy. They argued the NRA was violating the human rights of those residents told to return to their homes if their radiation exposure will be 20 milliserverts or more. (19)

26. The UNHRC took testimony from Japanese residents. Japanese mothers told the UNHRC the radiation levels in Fukushima Prefecture deny them the ability to live where they wish. As a result, the UNHRC made many recommendations to the NRA. (20)

27. Once again, Greenpeace’s March 1, 2018 Press release summarizes our view of the current state of human rights in Japan: In November last year, the United Nations’ Human Rights Commission’s Universal Review on Japan issued four recommendations on Fukushima issues. Member governments (Austria, Portugal, Mexico and Germany) called for Japan to respect the human rights of Fukushima evacuees and adopt strong measures to reduce the radiation risks to citizens, in particular women and children and to fully support self evacuees. (21)

28. On March 8, 2018 Japan agreed to comply with four of the UNHRC recommendations. 

29. Many other citizen activists in Japan today seek to enact provisions of the Chernobyl Law within Japan. They believe this legislation will guarantee basic rights for the evacuees of emergency exposure events, due to no fault of their own. (22)

30. Just in the last month, UNHRC investigators have announced their concern with Japanese Government treatment of clean up workers at Fuku:

The people most at risk of exposure to toxic substances are those most vulnerable to exploitation: the poor, children and women, migrant workers, people with disabilities and older workers. They are often exposed to a myriad of human rights abuses, forced to make the abhorrent choice between their health and income, and their plight is invisible to most consumers and policymakers with the power to change it,” said the experts.(23)

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