Renewal of PA’s Green Party



 Green Party of Pennsylvania
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, November 20, 2022
 
CONTACT: 
Chris Robinson, Communication Team Leader
215-843-4256 and [email protected]

Renewal of PA’s Green Party
 
By Chris Robinson, Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) delegate to Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) State Committee
 
I was impressed by the way elected delegates to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) came together on November 13 to accept by consensus a plan to rebuild their party during the coming year. Thirty delegates and friends from 12 PA counties discussed a plan which was drafted by GPPA Co-chair Jay Ting Walker from Allegheny County.
 
Walker’s plan was called “2023 GPPA Goals,” but it was much more than that. It also included targets for expanding the Green Party’s influence and helping the Green Party impact local and county elections during the coming year.
 
I asked Walker what motivated him, and he said, “Our 2022 campaigns demonstrated that our state and county parties needed to be strengthened. In 2023 the GPPA is setting out to deepen our organizing around the state by focusing on supporting the continued development of our county parties, by developing our fundraising abilities, and by building on our already strong communications.”
 
“To accomplish this,” Walker continued, “the State Committee is finalizing 2023 GPPA Goals to make sure that we have benchmarks to hit in continuing to develop our statewide organization. GPPA will also be supporting municipal [and county] candidates around the Commonwealth. The Green Party already has a strong message that prioritizes the environment and working people. By strengthening our organization, we'll be able to deliver our winning message to more people throughout the Commonwealth.” 
 
The main plank in this program will be development of ten well-functioning Green Parties at the county level. At the present time, GPPA has active locals in Allegheny, Berks, Centre, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Montgomery and Wayne Counties and Philadelphia. Over the last few years, previously active Green Parties in Adams, Bucks, Chester and Erie Counties have been allowed to atrophy. 2023 GPPA Goals says, “County parties are our cornerstone. They support our petitioning efforts, our candidates, and our local actions. We need to make sure it's easy to run one and that there's lots of guidance.” 
 
Following the meeting, I asked some of the delegates to the GPPA State Committee what they thought of the 2023 GPPA Goals, and their response was genuinely positive.
 
Treasurer Joseph U. Murray of the Green Party of Berks County told me, “Large numbers of Americans say they want a choice other than Democrats or Republicans. They do not appear to understand, however, that only they can build that party. Our central task is to drive that understanding home and to show people that Green Party principles and values are the foundation to build on. So yes, we fully agree with and support Jay's 2023 GPPA Goals, and our December local meeting will be devoted to planning our tasks to achieve these goals.” 
 
“On the whole, I do like the goals that Jay made,” Miguel Diaz from Monroe County told me, “and at first glance, many of these goals appear achievable and well-measured. It has specific goals that are also within reason. The boundaries and the definitions for goals need to be clear enough to orient everyone toward a common direction. They need to be big enough so that everyone is excited, and they need to be reasonable enough so that people do not get discouraged. This plan certainly does that.” 
 
“I am so grateful to Jay Ting Walker for articulating goals that are both achievable and essential for the future of GPPA,” Co-chair of GPPAA Beth Scroggin from Chester County told me. “Chester County plans to host quarterly meetings next year, recruiting active members so that we can achieve ballot access for any local candidates in 2023 and state-wide candidates in 2024.” 
 
“We now have a framework to help us forge stronger local Green Parties at the county level,” said Chair Doug Mason of the Centre County Greens. “In central Pennsylvania, these goals will lead to lasting stability and durability.”
 
As for me, I have requested that the Green Party of Philadelphia place the GPPA 2023 Goals on the agenda for our next general membership meeting. It is time for us to renew the Green Party.
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 email [email protected]. Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/gpofpa/; Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/pagreenparty/; and Twitterhttps://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA.  
 
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PA Green and Keystone Parties Plan Debate for U.S. Senate Candidates

Richard L. Weiss
for
U.S. Senate from PA
For Immediate Release
Saturday, November 1, 2022
 
Contact Person: Chris Robinson
267-977-0570, [email protected] 
PA Green and Keystone Parties Plan Debate for U.S. Senate Candidates
Green Party candidate Richard L. Weiss and Keystone Party candidate Daniel Wassmer are two candidates on the General Election ballot for U.S. Senate. Both were ignored in the recent debate between the Democratic and Republican Party Candidates. 
“Candidly, debates were meant to be inclusive since most voters will be basing their decisions regarding who will represent them on the ideas presented,” said Daniel Wassmer, an attorney and college professor from Pike County.
The Keystone Party and the Green Party agree on many of the issues, particularly election reform, and criminal justice system reform. In addition, both parties support protection of civil liberties and legalization of cannabis. The two major parties don’t offer options like these. They both seem to be in lock step in support of expanding the police state, trillion-dollar military budgets, supporting genocide in Yemen, allying with repressive regimes like Saudi Arabia, as well as invading to overthrow sovereign nations like Syria without Congressional authorization. 
Pennsylvania voters are beginning to become aware that they don’t have to vote to continue the status quo, and they are also learning that there are better alternatives.
"Voters deserve to know there are candidates in favor of peace and that war is not the only choice on the ballot on November 8," said Richard Weiss, a lawyer from Allegheny County.
These two candidates, Wassmer and Weiss, have been making themselves available to media outlets willing to listen.  VEEM in Pittsburgh, for example offered a forum for our candidates to be heard, as did PennLive, CNET, and PCN. Oz should accept our invitation to have a public chat on the issues that concern Pennsylvania’s voters! 
The Keystone Party and the Green Party invite all voters to learn more about our candidates. For more information about the debate, please contact Daniel Wassmer, [email protected]; and Richard Weiss, [email protected]. You may follow Daniel Wassmer here, http://www.wassmer4pa.com/. You may follow Richard Weiss on Twitter, @RichardLWeiss.
The Keystone Party of Pennsylvania (https://www.keystone.party) has a mission to create a culture of positive policy change with workable solutions that solve real-world problems. Policy changes such as limiting government overreach, government spending within its means, and criminal justice reform to name a few. This will be achieved by electing honest and reasonable candidates who support a small, effective and efficient government. Follow us on social media: Twitter, https://twitter.com/KeystoneofPA; and Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/KeystonePartyofPA.
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 https://www.gpofpa.org/ or email [email protected]. Please follow GPPA on social media: Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA; Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/gpofpa/; and Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/pagreenparty/
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No More War In Ukraine

  
 
Friday, October 21, 2022

No More War In Ukraine

 
      Because the United States is fighting a proxy war with Russia in Ukraine, it is important that the Green Party of the United States have an official statement regarding its position on the war in Ukraine. It is especially important because of the grave danger of nuclear war in which the government has placed our country and the rest of the world. Because one of the Green Party pillars is Peace, we should have a position that is likely to end the hostilities and resolve the differences between Russia and Ukraine in a peaceful manner.
      The Green Party of the United States (GPUS) endorse the following statement, on October 10th, 2022, as the official position of GPUS regarding the war in Ukraine:

GPAX/GPUS Statement On War In Ukraine

      The Green Party of the United States (GPUS) views the war in Ukraine with great concern. As the US party of peace, we emphatically oppose the recourse to war as a means of inter-state dispute resolution and, accordingly, condemn the present violence in Ukraine by all sides. With respect to the US and Western response, we express specific concerns regarding:
  1. The militaristic approach of indefinitely arming Ukraine. This strategy is demonstrably flawed. Ukraine is losing the war (despite heavy Western military assistance) and protracting the conflict through further armament will only lead to more death and destruction in Ukraine – not to a Ukrainian victory. This approach does not reflect a sincere interest in the well-being of the Ukrainian people, but rather the geopolitical and financial interests of Western elites.
  2. The misbegotten approach of imposing inefficacious and self-destructive sanctions on Russia. This strategy is empirically flawed. In keeping with the long track record of previous failures of punitive sanctions regimes, the current sanctions on Russia have not altered its behavior in Ukraine. Instead, they have increased its energy revenues and strengthened the Ruble, while damaging the Western European economy and undermining confidence in the US financial system. Aggravating international tensions through economic warfare will not bring peace to Ukraine.
  3. The unwillingness to engage in diplomacy. A ceasefire, and subsequent negotiated peace, is the only realistic way to end the war shy of the utter ruination of Ukraine. Adoption of a realistic negotiating position and willingness to make concessions is essential to the initiation of genuine peace talks, but the US has failed to pursue a diplomatic solution.
  4. The dishonest portrayal of developments in Ukraine. Russian aggression is rightfully covered and denounced. However, sole attribution of blame to Russia whitewashes an extended history of inimical US interference in Ukraine, contributing to current hostilities. Additionally, depiction of the Zelensky Government as a democratic force representative of the Ukrainian people and selective coverage of Ukrainian military successes deceitfully engender popular support for the failing strategy of continued military aid. The West proudly lauds its freedom of speech and press. We encourage Western media to make use of this right in accurately and critically covering events in Ukraine.

    GPUS calls for cessation of unconditional military aid to Ukraine, lifting of counter-productive sanctions regimes, and initiation of genuine negotiations toward a ceasefire and sustainable peace framework! We implore the Biden Administration to use its position of influence to facilitate peace by encouraging peace talks and engaging with Russia to de-escalate tensions – not to fuel war by further arming Ukraine and prolonging a terrible conflict.

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Green Party candidate stops in State College

WTAJ Your News Leader
Monday, October 17, 2022

Green Party candidate stops in State College

 
      CENTRE COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ) – Another candidate for lieutenant governor made a stop at State College today.
      On Monday, Oct. 17, the stop was part of Michael Bagdes-Canning’s “The Trouble with Normal, is it only gets worse” tour.
 
      Bagdes-Canning says his campaign is focused on three major issues. Those three issues are building alternatives, climate, and the one most important to himself, corruption.
 
      A third-party candidate often has to fight the misconception that a vote for them is wasted.
      “What I’ve seen with the data is that no, we’re not throwing our votes away,” Bagdes-Canning said. “We are bringing new people into the process. there are people who are
disgusted when you look at polls of politicians almost everybody is dissatisfied with our government so what we do is bring people in who normally wouldn’t vote at all.”
https://www.wtaj.com/news/local-news/green-party-candidate-stops-in-state-college/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ6PvJX7d6A

Green Party Candidate at East Falls Neighbors in Philadelphia

Christina “PK” DiGiulio
For
Governor of PA

For Release, Tuesday, October 18, 2022

For information or interviews, please contact


Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570, [email protected]

 

Green Party Candidate at East Falls Neighbors in Philadelphia

 

Green Party candidate Christina DiGiulio, who is running for PA Governor, spoke with Philadelphia voters on October 10 at the East Falls Presbyterian Church. The East Falls Community Council meeting was chaired by Emily Nichols, while candidates had been invited by John Gillespie. DiGiulio had stepped in to speak for Richard L. Weiss, Green Party of PA candidate for U.S. Senate. Weiss had received the invitation but was not available.

 

After reading Weiss’ prepared statement, DiGiulio explained to the voters why she was “running for governor in an election which I cannot win.” She said that her task is to raise the issues which other candidates avoid, “Candidates from the two corporate parties have no solutions for the many problems faced by the voters. They offer voters a scarcity of new ideas. The Green Party has solutions,” explained DiGiulio, “for climate change and for our healthcare crisis. The Green Party has solutions for corruption in Harrisburg.”

 

Given her background as a water protector near Marsh Creek State Park, DiGiulio eloquently explained how fracking for fossil fuel is poisoning PA’s air, water and land. “This must stop,” she said. “Just think of our children’s future.”

 

One East Falls neighbor asked, “Isn’t the Green Party a spoiler taking votes away from the other parties?” DiGiulio patiently explained that exit polling has shown that 60% of Green Party voters would have abstained from voting for any candidate from a corporate party. “We bring out more voters to the polls,” said DiGiulio, “and that could also help other progressive candidates to win.”

 

 Christina “PK” DiGiulio needs your help to get elected in the 2022 General Election. To volunteer, please email [email protected] or telephone (717)-839-2395. You may follow her campaign for Governor of PA on twitter, @PKforPA; and Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/PKforPA

 

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PA Green Party Candidate Demands Broadband Internet

Michael Bagdes-Canning

for

PA Lieutenant Governor

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

 

Contact Person: Michael Bagdes-Canning

724-431-8560, [email protected]  

 

PA Green Party Candidate Demands Broadband Internet

By Michael Bagdes-Canning, Green Party candidate for PA Lt. Governor

 

In early August, Christina “PK” DiGiulio for PA Governor and I earned our places on the 2022 General Election ballot. I am thrilled by the support we received from some of our fellow Greens and others who wanted a real choice in November. Our volunteers averaged around 100 signatures. Now that we are on the ballot, I hope we can enlist some of that energy for the next phase, building county Green Party organizations. 

Just think of the local issues for which the Green Party has solutions. There are many local issues in your county, which could be approached by your local Green Party. Here is one, which affects where I live in Butler County.

Last year, my local grandchildren, like many other children across PA – and their parents and grandparents -- were introduced to a new concept: remote learning. Obviously, this came with some social costs and a learning curve for all of us. On many days, my two grandkids came to our home, while their parents were at work. It was during these times that it dawned on me that there was something seriously wrong with our internet service.

In our area; we have “high speed internet.” This means that we are served by a copper direct service line. Copper is old and slow technology. What this lousy service meant was our two grandkids could not do remote schooling at the same time, or the system would bog down. Then they would lose connection with their teachers. It also meant that my wife, Karen, and I had to forego meetings and other internet-based things during school hours.

As I said, we are pretty well off for our district. There were some students (and their caregivers) who had to drive to the school parking lot to access their remote schooling, because they did not have access to internet or cell service. This is a horrible solution.

According to the Census Bureau, up to 20% of Pennsylvania households do not have access to broadband internet. However, folks living in rural areas and black and Hispanic families, and households earning less than $30,000 are disproportionately impacted, less likely to have access to basic internet service. The lack of broadband internet access has, among other consequences, social, medical, and economic ramifications.

I believe that internet service is the equivalent of what roadways, telephones, water, sewerage, and electricity were for prior generations. Students and businesses that are lacking infrastructure, suffer consequences that lead to unequal outcomes. We must do better.

When I am elected Lt. Governor of PA, I will see that PA publicly funds last-mile installation of fiber optic cable to underserved areas. PA should also reclassify the internet as a Title II communications service. This designation will allow the FCC to protect consumers against abuses by service providers, prevent unfair data caps and shut-offs, ensure network reliability, and affordability. PA should also remove barriers to competition -- including incentivizing public options. The digital divide is real and bridging it is an important step to revitalizing areas on the wrong side of the digital tracks.

As the focus of this campaign shifts, we’ll be looking for places to get our message out. We’re willing to go anywhere. If you would like to organize a backyard gathering, a campus event, a table at a local street fair, or anything else that we can attend, let us know. We will also respond promptly to media requests.

 

To join the DiGiulio Campaign for PA Governor and the Bagdes-Canning Campaign for PA Lt. Governor, please sign up here, https://www.greenslate2022.com/volunteer. To contribute to their Campaign, please visit, https://www.greenslate2022.com/donate

 

For more information:
Broadband Internet access should be open to bidding, not simply the current choice between cable or telephone company monopolies, where grassroots Internet service providers must merge or go out of business. Broadband access should be a taxpayer-funded utility, like water and sewer, ending the "digital divide" that keeps low-income folks from access to the Internet.”
Platform, Green Party of the US, IV. Economic Justice & Sustainability, L. Advanced Technology and Defense Conversion, Paragraph 8, https://www.gp.org/economic_justice_and_sustainability_2016 

 

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Prepare for the Surge Howie Hawkins Tells PA Greens

 

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) held its state-wide delegates meeting on September 10 in Belefonte, PA. There were 25 delegates and visitors participating live and almost as many via Zoom. The Keynote Address was given by Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for President of the U.S. (2020) and candidate for Governor of New York (2022, 2018, 2014 and 2010).

 

By Howie Hawkins, GPPA Keynote Speaker on September 10

GPPA Co-Chair Jay Walker asked me to come here and to talk about whatever I think will rally the Green Party of PA. So, I will give you some suggestions for party organizing and then about policy.

 

My Main Point: Don’t be Discouraged.

The Green Party has always had internal fights and periods of low membership. For instance in the 1990s we had the GPUSA split with the ASGP. Then in the 2000s, we had the split between the Cobb and Nader factions.

When Ralph Nader ran for President as the Green Party candidate in 2000, we got 2,900,000 votes. Four years later, our candidate David Cobb got 120,000 votes. Gradually, this was rebuilt until our candidate Jill Stein received 1,500,000 votes in 2016. In 2020, I was your candidate, but I could not get on the ballot in 21 states – including Pennsylvania. I received 405,000 votes.

Still, it is our job to rebuild the Green Party membership and to build the vote for our candidates.

 

Fill the Vacuum on the Left.

Republicans are not just a conservative party. They have become an extremist, far-right, racist and authoritarian party -- a fascist party. The Democrats are a party of the corporate establishment with a program of neoliberal austerity at home and economic and militaristic imperialism abroad. Progressive Democrats make their party look better than it is, but they have little power.

Democrats don’t fight the fascists. They adapt to them. Biden is still seeking bipartisanship with the party that tried -- and is still trying -- to overthrow his 2020 election. The Democrats failed with their top issue, the For the People Act (HR 1), for voting rights. It wasn’t a priority for the Democrats. Biden and Schumer never made lifting the filibuster a priority or a public issue. The Washington Post kept score. There were about 10 Democratic Senators who really didn’t want to change the filibuster. So they gave the Republicans a veto. That’s not how to fight fascists.

Meanwhile, we know from public opinion polling that Green Party positions are 60%+ majority positions: Medicare for All; Green New Deal; Tax the Rich; Raise the Minimum Wage; and Tuition-free Public College. Sooner or later, there will be a surge of support for our policies and candidates.

 

Organize to Take in the Surge.

Social movements explode with little warning. Remember Occupy and George Floyd/Black Lives Matter? Social change comes in leaps, not a gradual linear accumulation of reforms.

So we have to be organized and ready to take in people when that surge comes. That means our local and state parties need to be well-organized and well-resourced so we can respond to people who come to us. We need to expand our base beyond the usual suspects who respond to our Facebook events.

Our county locals should be canvassing year round. Deep canvassing, not drive-by election canvassing. Deep canvassing, or relational organizing, where we talk with people one-on-one, usually on doorsteps (but also tabling or street corner leafleting) where we listen instead of preach.

We have found this to be the most persuasive form of political communication. First, we build relationships and trust, and then we can debate policy. Don’t despair if it seems we are small. Build the organization capacity so we are ready when mass movements arise.

 

Hawkins went on to answer questions and to discuss policy like fair ballot access, proportional representation, ecosocialist green new deal, economic bill of rights, and the war in Ukraine.

 

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 or email [email protected]. Please follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.

 

For More Information:

“Strategic Plan,” Green Party of the U.S.

https://www.gp.org/strategic_plan


Zarah Livingston PA Green Party Candidate to Meet Voters in House District #32

Zarah Livingston
for
PA House District #32
For Immediate Release
Saturday, September 7, 2022
 

Contact Person: Chris Robinson
267-977-0570, [email protected] 

 

PA Green Party Candidate to Meet Voters in House District #32

By Zarah Livingston, Green Party Candidate for PA House District #32

 

Hello. My name is Zarah Lvingston, and I am campaigning to be the PA Representative for District 32. I plan to meet the voters while knocking on doors in Oakmont, Penn Hills, Plum and Verona, and I am sure that we will build a close relationship.

 

I hope to be a Green Party representative who actually feels close to the community. Then, I will be able to formally address the ongoing gun violence with practical programs for youth and their parents. I plan to make it easier for my constituents to access public information, for example campaign records, public funds information, etc.

 

The things which really make me angry about Harrisburg are the continuing issue with gifts to legislators, which in my opinion gives people the capacity to kind of buy themselves out of trouble. Whether that’s in the format of handling things monetarily -- commonly called hush money -- or gifts from fossil fuel companies -- commonly called bribes.

 

I’m now along the journey of this campaign, however, where I will actually get to learn what all of you have been yearning to see fixed or beginning to be fixed in your respective areas. And yes, I may be YEARS younger than my counterpart, but my experience in community work (on my own free time) gives me perspective on how to talk and to truly converse with my neighbors.

When is the last time my opponent came out into the neighborhood? I plan to attend town meetings, block parties, and church socials. 

 

To join the Zarah Livingston Campaign for PA House District 32, please visit her website, https://www.zarahforpa32.com/. You may follow Zarah’s campaign at @ZarahForPA32 and https://www.facebook.com/zarahforpa32

 

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PA Green Party Candidates, Unions Can Build Working Class Unity

For Immediate Release

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Contact Person: Chris Robinson

267-977-0570, [email protected]  

 

PA Green Party Candidates, Unions Can Build Working Class Unity

On Labor Day 2022, Green Party candidates for PA Governor and Lt. Governor recognized the importance of organized labor in moving forward our Commonwealth. Green Party candidate for PA Governor, Christina "PK" DiGiulio (Chester County) said, “I am inspired to see a new generation of workers forming labor unions to elevate and protect their workforce.”

DiGiulio said she liked the statement made by her counterpart Paul Glover, who received 27,792 votes as a Green for PA Governor in 2018. At the time, Glover had said, “As I see it, unions should demand greater ownership, not just greater wages. This means ownership of factories and banks and farms. As we build such labor institutions, workers will escape middle class treadmills . . . .  These ultimate unions will empower workers as owners of co-operative enterprises whose purpose is to meet basic needs while replenishing the earth.”

Green Party candidate Michael Bagdes-Canning (Butler) for PA Lt. Governor, expanded upon this thought, saying, “Our economy is set up to keep us fighting against each other rather than for each other. The same forces keeping us as wage slaves are also destroying the very climate we depend on for survival, pitting us against each other – using race, gender, immigration status, and our zip codes to divide us. When we in the working class unite, that will all change.”

“That’s what inspired me about the history of our labor movement,” continued Bagdes-Canning. “Workers organizing in unions changed the face of the workplace and beyond. Those workers organized across the differences that divided them and brought workers together to fight for radical change.”

The Green Party Platform says, “The Green Party supports the irreducible right of working people, without hindrance, to form a union and to bargain collectively with their employer. This right was guaranteed under the National Labor Relations Act of 1935. We support the right of workers, without penalty, to inform other workers on the premises of a union being formed. This includes advertising and recruiting.”

To join the DiGiulio Campaign for PA Governor and the Bagdes-Canning Campaign for PA Lt. Governor, please sign up here, https://www.greenslate2022.com/volunteer. To contribute to their Campaign, please visit, https://www.greenslate2022.com/donate

 

For more information, please see:
Green Party Platform, GPUS, II Social Justice, G. Labor; https://www.gp.org/social_justice/#sjLabor 

 

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U.S. Senate from PA, Vote Green Party – Not the Same Old Story

Richard L. Weiss

for

U.S. Senate from PA

For Immediate Release

Saturday, August 27, 2022

 

Contact Person: Chris Robinson
267-977-0570, [email protected] 

 

U.S. Senate from PA, Vote Green Party – Not the Same Old Story 

 

By Richard L. Weiss, Green Party Candidate for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania

 

In the November General Election, you will see my name listed as the Green Party Candidate for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania. This is why you should vote for me.

 

First, End Cancer Causing Fracking

I believe that fracking is ruining the water and health of Pennsylvania. The latest UN report on climate change predicts heat waves, drought, famine and rising sea levels which the UN Secretary General says “puts us firmly on track towards an unlivable world” and which underscores the need to immediately make all efforts to stop emissions of greenhouse gasses. This can be accomplished through a "just transition" to renewable energy that provides jobs, and does not cause cancer like fracking and burning fossil fuels.

Pennsylvania is at a crossroads. The technology exists today. All we need to do is implement it. Fossil fuels provide fewer jobs, which are temporary, produce more expensive energy, leave behind environmental disasters and cause cancer. Renewable energy provides more and permanent jobs, produces cheaper energy, preserves the environment and doesn't cause cancer. Cancer is a high tax to pay. If you think the fires, droughts and floods we have seen so far around the world are bad, we haven’t seen anything yet from climate change.

As your U.S. Senator, I will work to end fracking and invest in a just transition to renewable energy as soon as possible.

 

Second, Universal Health Care

The pandemic shows no sign of slowing down let alone stopping. Recent research shows that 1 in 8 Covid cases (including mild cases) results in lasting symptoms post infection. These Long Covid symptoms may be debilitating and of possibly lifetime duration. In the media we see talk of a labor shortage and claims that people don’t want to work. There is no talk of the millions who are currently unable to work because they are either disabled by Covid or caring for someone who was disabled by Covid. Covid affects all organs and blood vessels, causing problems with kidneys, liver, pancreas, thyroid, brain as well as micro-clots and high blood pressure, which is why we are seeing strokes and heart attacks skyrocketing in all age groups. Post Covid there is increased risk of psychotic disorder, cognitive deficit, dementia, and epilepsy. Covid infects the cells of the pancreas that make insulin, resulting in record new onset diabetes cases. A case of Covid may age cells in the body 10 or 20 years.

Contrary to popular belief, past infection does not provide protection against future infection. In fact, the opposite. Covid weakens the immune system, making reinfection more likely, as well as increasing susceptibility to infections of all kinds and making latent infections active again. This is why we are seeing many infections spreading in addition to Covid, including monkeypox and now polio. Monkeypox spreads the same way as chickenpox. When I was little we did not have a varicella chickenpox vaccine. Everyone (~90%) got chickenpox. We do not want to do this with monkeypox, which has a higher case fatality rate than Covid.

Regardless of your position on vaccine mandates and masks, indoor air quality standards requiring CO2 levels to be maintained below 700 parts per million (ppm) would greatly reduce transmission. CO2 is a marker for the amount of air recently exhaled by others. For reference, a CO2 level of 800 ppm indicates 1% of the air in an indoor space was already exhaled and is being rebreathed. There are also HEPA filters and UV methods that remove or kill viral particles.

Furthermore we could have hours of operation for those who want masking. For instance, the hours of 6:00 am to 12:00 pm could be made mask-only at supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, and other essential services. We could have mask-only buses and mask-optional buses. The same with flights.

The Covid pandemic underlines the need for universal healthcare. Many who lose their job cannot afford to maintain their health insurance. In the modern gig economy, many do not receive health insurance through their employer. They may face the choice of paying for rent or healthcare, but not both. Current health insurance has too many deductibles, co-pays and limitations on coverage. Employers who provide healthcare will benefit from Medicare for All by having costs reduced. Employers who do not provide healthcare will benefit from Medicare for All by having healthier workers. Medicare for All costs less for better care.

 

Third, Negotiate Peace

I believe we need to negotiate peace in Ukraine, revoke the AUMF, reduce overseas bases to pre-9/11 levels, bring troops home and spend that money at home. Climate change is the greatest national security threat. Engage with China on an equal basis to reduce tensions. Stop funding terrorists and pass the Stop Arming Terrorists Bill proposed by Tulsi Gabbard. Freedom of contract is a fundamental Constitutional right including the right not to purchase, i.e. boycott. Create a Palestinian state. End U.S. support for the war in Yemen. Free Julian Assange, who only reported facts, and prosecute the perpetrators of the war crimes he revealed.

 

Fourth, Protect Civil Liberties, Reduce Crime, Save Taxpayer Money

Reproductive rights are in the Green Party platform, https://www.gp.org/social_justice/. My personal position on abortion can be found here:  http://ivoterguide.com/candidate?elecK=778&raceK=11199&canK=56347&

End civil asset forfeiture, the drug war, over-criminalization, pre-textual stops, excessive force, qualified immunity, mandatory minimums, the death penalty, the Patriot Act, FISA 702, secret watch lists, NDAA indefinite detention, and cash bail. Stop caging kids. Legalize cannabis and expunge prior records. Enact sensible gun laws.

Develop police standards of conduct. Put body cameras at all times on both officers and anyone arrested. All training and equipment should be devoted to taking suspects alive, and a death considered a failure. Our system of justice is based on the principle that it is better to let a guilty person go free than to convict an innocent one. Let us develop a system of policing based on that principle. I would rather take a bullet than shoot an innocent person.

 

If You Want Something Different, Vote for Something Different.  

Richard L. Weiss is a native of southwestern Pennsylvania where he grew up working in his family’s bakery business. He has worked as an attorney for the federal government at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and privately overseas. Weiss has worked on financing for the largest geothermal power plant in Indonesia in Sarulla on Sumatra Island. He earned a J.D. at the University of Denver and was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law at American University in Washington, DC. In addition, he has an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. 

 

You may volunteer to get Richard L. Weiss on the ballot here, https://www.greenslate2022.com/volunteer.  You may follow Richard’s campaign here, Twitter: @RichardLWeiss


PA Green Party Calls for Community Based Economics

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, August 18, 2022

 

CONTACT: 

Chris Robinson, Communication Team Leader

215-843-4256 and [email protected] 

PA Green Party Calls for Community Based Economics

By Treasurer Joseph U. Murray, Green Party of Berks County

Housing, food and utilities are the basics for a human life. Yet in a nation with a $25 trillion economy, homelessness, hunger and poverty are steadily increasing as a recent letter from Habitat for Humanity stated: “17% of children in your home state of PA are living in poverty . . . . Secure housing provides a pathway to financial stability, safety for children and a healthy environment in which whole families can thrive.”

I paraphrased Habitat’s letter. They referred to home ownership, but the same applies to safe, affordable decent rental housing. The Green Party Platform warns, “State governments continue to weaken or preempt local rent control laws, while landlords who violate housing code requirements by failing to keep their property in habitable condition, are often tolerated or given lenient penalties. Housing discrimination also remains rampant against people of color, immigrants, disabled, single people, gays and lesbians, and families with children.” .

All those reading this should know their take home pay and their monthly living costs. This article focuses on housing costs, their skyrocketing level, and why you can never get ahead. The following figures are from a Zillow analysis in August to September 2021 and are for the Philadelphia Housing Market cited by a SOFI report:

Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,595
Median Studio Rent: $762
Median one-bedroom rent: $805 
Median two- bedroom rent $971
Median three- bedroom rent: $$1,085
Median four-bedroom rent: $1,155
Median gross rent: $951

Average utility costs in Pennsylvania: $ 353
Average grocery and food costs in Pennsylvania $278 per person per month.

These figures were before inflation took off in 2022 and rents, mortgage interest rates and food costs shot up so that all workers wage gains were wiped out and their actual earnings were driven down.

Behind this lies record profits for the oil and gas industries and cash flows for the private equity firms that snapped up foreclosed homes after the Wall Street-caused financial crash of 2008. Since that time those same financial corporations have been buying rental housing from small landlords in hot markets and jacking up rents while evicting rent-subsidized tenants to maximize investment returns.

It makes basic sense that stable housing in a community with all the essential basic services available and affordable make for a stable society in which gun violence records are not set daily. Why this isn’t the case is very clear and open, our society exists to serve the maximizing of profits and wealth concentration for those who control the assets, production, commodities, and property of PA.

This system is fully supported by the Democratic and Republican Parties which are the political franchise of the Wall Street powers. They will tell you it’s the best system for the majority and those who don’t benefit from it are at fault. This is a well proven lie by our own history, by the results of the GI Bill and VA mortgages which were established after WW II veterans fought politically for them here at home.

The Green Party has a different vision of how our society should work. Compare our existing system to this Green Party Key Value:

COMMUNITY BASED ECONOMICS

“[The Green Party supports] redesigning our work structures to encourage employee ownership and workplace democracy. We support developing new economic activities and institutions that allow us to use technology in ways that are humane, freeing, ecological and responsive and accountable to communities. We support establishing a basic form of economic security open to all. We call for moving the narrow “job ethic” to new definitions of work, jobs and income in a cooperative and democratic economy. We support restructuring our patterns of income distribution to reflect the wealth created by those outside the formal monetary economy – those who take responsibility for parenting, housekeeping, home gardens, community volunteer work and the like. We support restricting the size and concentrated power of corporations without discouraging superior efficiency or technological innovation.

The Green Party Platform calls for renter/tenant’s rights, publicly elected local rent control boards, promotion of affordable housing policy as a national priority, and vigorous enforcement of fair housing laws. The focus of Green Party values is community, humanity and the Earth that sustains all life. If we continue with the present system of politics and economics you will witness human civilization devour itself and the Earth leaving only the mocking cries of scavengers as our legacy of existence.  .

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:
“Our Ten Key Values,” Green Party of the US, https://www.gp.org/ten_key_values 

“Green Party Platform,” Green Party of the US; Section II. Social Justice Paragraph K. Housing and Homelessness; https://www.gp.org/social_justice/#sjHousing 

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PA Green Gubernatorial Candidates Say “End Legalized Bribery!”

For Immediate Release

Sunday, August 14, 2022

 

Contact Person: Chris Robinson

267-977-0570, [email protected]    

 

 

PA Green Gubernatorial Candidates Say “End Legalized Bribery!”

 

The Harrisburg Four were arrested inside the PA Capitol on June 13. They appeared in magisterial court on August 9, including Green Party candidate for PA Lt Governor Michael Bagdes-Canning. The Four were in the Capitol, appealing to all 203 members of the PA House of Representatives to support a gift ban. The Gift Ban, HB 1214, is a bill to ban lobbyist gifts to legislators. It has been supported by a number of organizations including March on Harrisburg and the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org).

 

All of the defendants used a necessity defense and were found not guilty of various charges including criminal trespass. The defendants’ arguments included citing a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which compiled the scientific findings from thousands of studies around the world.  The report made a stark case that climate change is accelerating, is caused by human development, and can only be halted by a rapid transition away from fossil fuels and carbon-intensive industry.

 

"The IPCC lays out the case for urgent action clearly in their recent report on climate change, and we're glad Judge O’Leary agreed," said Bagdes-Canning. "We're calling on all elected officials and candidates this year to pledge to uphold Article 1, Section 27, of the Pennsylvania Constitution demanding that we protect the environment for future generations, instead of taking lobbying gifts – sometimes called 'bribes' -- from fossil fuel companies which are destroying that future."

 

“From the beginning, March on Harrisburg and Veterans for Peace were with us,” said Bagdes-Canning. “They lent their expertise and helped recruit folks for the action. The Ohio Valley Environmental Resistance and Extinction Rebellion, too, were plugged in, and they brought their skills.”

 

"I find it disgusting that corruption is effectively legal in PA," said Green Party candidate for PA Governor Christina DiGiulio. "I support the Harrisburg Four's message. When elected PA Governor, I pledge to support a lobbying gift ban and to refuse bribes from lobbyists, especially fossil fuel interests. I promise to fight for a just transition that bans fracking statewide, while making sure no worker or family is left behind."

 

"I call on all candidates for PA Governor this year to make the same pledge and to declare a climate emergency," DiGiulio added. "Climate action cannot wait. We must act now."

 

To join the DiGiulio Campaign for PA Governor and the Bagdes-Canning Campaign for PA Lt. Governor, please sign up here, https://www.greenslate2022.com/volunteer.


To contribute to their Campaign, please visit, https://www.greenslate2022.com/donate

 

 

For more information:

 

Constitution of the Commonwealth of PA, Article 1, Paragraph 27, Natural Resources and the Public Estate, https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=00&div=0&chpt=1&sctn=27&subsctn=0

“'Delay means death' - UN climate report urges immediate, drastic action,”  

https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/delay-means-death-un-climate-report-urges-immediate-drastic-action-2022-02-28/

 

Gift Ban Legislation, PA House Bill 1214 (HB 1214), https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/pn/public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2021&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billnbr=1214&pn=1274

 

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Green Party of Pennsylvania files nomination petitions to put fracking, healthcare, more on ballot

 

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, August 6, 2022

 

CONTACT: 

Garret Wassermann, Green Wave Team Leader

[email protected]   

and

Chris Robinson, Communication Team Leader

215-843-4256 and [email protected] 

 

PA Greens File Nomination Petitions to Put Fracking, Healthcare, More on the Ballot

 

On Monday, August 1, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/) filed more than 500 petitions containing thousands of signatures from registered voters from across the state to qualify five candidates for ballot access in the November 2022 general election. This will put critical issues like fracking, climate change, healthcare, criminal justice modernization, corruption in government, and voting reforms on the ballot, giving voters a starkly different political vision than offered by Republicans and Democrats.

The Green Party candidates include Christina "PK" DiGiulio for PA Governor, Michael Bagdes-Canning for PA Lieutenant Governor, Richard L. Weiss for U.S. Senator, Jay Ting Walker for PA Representative District 23, and Queonia "Zarah" Livingston for PA Representative District 32.

These Green Party candidates call for a statewide ban on fracking; a just transition for workers and families to a renewable energy green economy to address climate change; a single-payer healthcare system that protects and expands abortion rights; decriminalization of cannabis and an end to cash bail; a gift ban to address legislative corruption; ranked choice voting and proportional representation for fair elections that end gerrymandering and better reflect constituencies; and more. More information about the candidates and the full GPPA platform is available at www.greenslate2022.com.

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.

 

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PA Green Party candidate: It is time to fix things

 

When my candidacy for PA Lt. Governor was endorsed by the Green Party of PA (GPPA), I was excited to have the opportunity to relate to the movement for change on a different level. Over the last 40 years, I had become deeply involved with the movement to end fracking and to stop climate change. There were all kinds of struggles going on around me, but these movements were happening in silos. There was energy for change, but no one was doing the analysis or encouraging folks to turn up for the other’s events.


Michael Bagdes-Canning for PA Lieutenant Governor
www.facebook.com/michael.bagdescanning

For Immediate Release
July 27, 2022

Contact Person:
Michael Bagdes-Canning, [email protected]


It sometimes seems to me that things are impossibly broken. The climate fight seems lost. The Supreme Court has rolled back protections for women, the environment, and voting rights. We’re in yet another war. It seems that there is a mass shooting every week. Our prisons are filled. We are faced with a housing crisis, a crisis at our border, and the pandemic still rolls on. There seems to be no way out of this, and many have given up.

I’m reminded of a Bob Dylan song (Copyright ©1989 by Special Rider Music):

Everything Is Broken

Broken lines, broken strings,
Broken threads, broken springs,
Broken idols, broken heads,
People sleeping in broken beds
Ain't no use jiving
Ain't no use joking
Everything is broken

Recently, I had a conversation with George Lakey, the nonviolence strategist and author of How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning (2018). George is an octogenarian with a wealth of experience in bringing about change. George and I were arrested in 2021 with 11 others in front of a JPMorgan Chase Bank headquarters in Wilmington, DE, demanding that Chase stop financing fossil fuel projects.

I asked George about our “brokenness.” Is it too late to do anything? George reminded me that times like these are ripe for change. He reminded me of the 1930s and the 1960s. They were both times of great upheaval, violence, repression, and war, but also times that changed the U.S. fundamentally.

What was it about those times? People were organizing across issues, thinking strategically, being relentless, escalating, demanding justice.

Broken bottles, broken plates,
Broken switches, broken gates,
Broken dishes, broken parts,
Streets are filled with broken hearts
Broken words never meant to be spoken,
Everything is broken

While organizing to stop fracking and climate change, one of the epiphanies I had occurred when I was working with folks in the struggle against mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining in WV. One of their organizers said, “You know, we’re fighting the same monster, it just has many heads.” When I looked around, I noticed that not only were fracking, climate, and MTR related, but the monster also had its dirty hands in crushing unions, destroying local economies, pitting people against people in another region. Once I saw that, I knew that the monster was also pitting us against each other.

Seem like every time you stop and turn around
Something else just hit the ground

Somewhere along the line, I looked up and saw that there were all kinds of resistance right in my own community. There were folks trying to save our local hospital. There were folks looking to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance. There was a group trying to rebuild the local farm economy. There was another group pushing back against attempts to close a long-term care facility. There were folks decrying racism, embracing Black Lives Matter.

Broken cutters, broken saws,
Broken buckles, broken laws,
Broken bodies, broken bones,
Broken voices on broken phones
Take a deep breath, feel like you're chokin',
Everything is broken

Running for PA Lt. Governor has given me another way to bring many movements together. I’ve come to believe that just showing up for each other is not enough. It is important for us each to see where our struggles intersect. We also have to overcome the divisions that artificially keep us apart. We have to come to know each other. I’ve seen this play out. My friends in the Green Party of Allegheny County (GPOAC) have done an amazing job of building the Green Party but also making connections with front-line struggles. GPOAC consistently shows up, and they get to know people who oppose injustice. They have helped build bridges between groups. They are a great example of what building strength looks like.

Every time you leave and go off someplace
Things fall to pieces in my face

On June 13, I was arrested with 10 others at the PA Capitol. Many of us were climate activists, but there were also a good many from a group which is fighting corruption in Harrisburg. The action we pulled off was a good example of fusion. We are facing the existential threat of catastrophic climate change. Despite having science and public opinion firmly on the side of climate action, our state government is actually taking steps in the wrong direction.

Broken hands on broken ploughs,
Broken treaties, broken vows,
Broken pipes, broken tools,
People bending broken rules
Hound dog howling, bull frog croaking,
Everything is broken

We need to build solidarity across fights. We need to recognize that we are often fighting different heads of the same monster. That’s what my run for PA Lt. Governor is all about. I want to build bridges between the many organizations which oppose injustice. There’s lots that is broken. It is now time for us to fix things.

If you would like to join Michael Bagdes-Canning’s campaign for PA Lt. Governor, please contact 724-431-8560 and [email protected]

For more information, please see: 

“Nonviolent Direct Action to Stop Climate Change,” Michael Bagdes-Canning for PA Lt. Governor News Release, June 22, 2022, https://www.gpofpa.org/nonviolent_direct_action_to_stop_climate_change 

“This Unjust System Cannot Survive the Storm,”  Michael Bagdes-Canning for PA Lt. Governor News Release, April 23, 2022, https://www.gpofpa.org/this_unjust_system_cannot_survive_the_storm 


PA Green Party Candidate on “Boomers & Stickers”

By Michael Bagdes-Canning, Green Party Candidate for PA Lt. Governor
  
      When I received the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) endorsement to be their candidate for Lieutenant Governor, I spent some time thinking about how my life has changed in the last 40 years and how much I have learned.  When my wife, Karen, and I moved into our homeplace 40 years ago, seven acres were scarred by an active strip mine. The house had suffered from years of neglect. The Butler, PA, economy, too, was in tatters: jobs had been extracted to warmer climes and the exodus of young people had already begun. My parents were beside themselves –  not only did we move into a ramshackle home on an abused piece of land, we moved into a “depressed economy.”
      Once upon a time, Butler County, and much of the rest of the U.S., could feed itself. Vegetables, pork, beef, poultry and eggs were all produced on local farms and grown in a sustainable fashion by local farmers. Those were the good old days before industrialization, globalization and ill-conceived farm policy, before forces that encouraged consolidation, over-mechanization, conglomeration, and specialization. Those same forces spelled the end of the small, diversified family farm and the advent of the industrial farmer.

      I now see that our legislators decided to favor big farms and to squeeze family farmers. Their choices led to today’s system in which farmers receive just 15 cents of every dollar spent by consumers on food. Many farmers have to get off-farm jobs just to survive, and many more have decided it’s easier to get out of farming or sell the farm. Our current farm policy seems to be designed to prop up the industrial farm and the profit-taking middleman and to drive the little guy out of business. I think this needs to be rethought. Until we can feed ourselves, we can have no homeland security.

      The same can be said of our local economies. Towns like Cherry Valley once had thriving local markets. Many people of my generation grew up in homes where a family could function with one income. There were lots of good-paying, family-sustaining jobs. The streets of our cities and towns were lined with local, prosperous businesses. There was never a shortage of folks willing to step up to staff the volunteer fire department or to volunteer at polling places.

      Our legislators decided to favor big box stores over local merchants. They gave tax breaks to the superstores and offered them infrastructure they needed to locate outside town. Now, our towns are boarded up, shadows of what they used to be.

      Our legislators decided to change labor law to weaken unions. Trade agreements were passed that globalized our economy. States competed with other states to lure businesses away. “Accept lower pay or we’ll move,” our employers told us. The new labor laws left our unions too weak to put up much of a fight as we were pitted against the workers in Arizona, who were pitted against the workers of Mexico, who were pitted against the workers of China -- a race to the bottom which has left middle-class wages flat for decades while corporate profits and wage inequality have exploded.

      A single income is no longer enough to get by, so both parents must now work outside the home, shouldering the dual burden of childcare costs and lost time with their sons and daughters. People don’t have time anymore to volunteer at the fire halls, to serve in government, to work the polls, or engage in mutual friendliness.

      I could go on and on. In the almost 40 years that I’ve lived in PA, I’ve watched it hemorrhage jobs and young people. It’s time for that to end. Our communities are fractured; many of us don't even know our neighbors, and fewer of us make decisions based on neighborliness because we don’t have the time. Decisions made by our “leaders” have robbed us of community.

      Novelist and environmentalist Wallace Stegner (1909 -- 1993) separated Americans into two camps: Boomers and Stickers. Boomers (and here he was not talking about the generation I am part of) are “those who pillage and run” and want “to make a killing and end up on Easy Street.” Stickers are “motivated by affection, by such a love for place and its life that they want to preserve it and remain in it.” When I reflect on my life in Pennsylvania, this rings true.

      Our legislators have empowered Boomers and punished Stickers. Rather than rewarding those who cherish their neighbors and the place they live, they have incentivized extraction of wealth – leaving most Pennsylvanians struggling and places like Cherry Valley neglected, impoverished, and shrinking.

      For too long our “leaders” have promised us the world, only to sell it to the highest corporate bidder. The corruption of our politicians has been the millstone around the neck of our once thriving working class communities. The jobs we have lost are gone, but the grit and love of place are still here. We Stickers are anxious to build back what is lost.

      I can now see that we have the best government money can buy!

      In PA, it is COMPLETELY legal for paid lobbyists to “gift” (bribe) our elected representatives with anything: vacations, sports tickets, and -- of course -- endless wining and dining, EVERY SINGLE NIGHT WHEN THE LEGISLATURE IS IN SESSION in Harrisburg. Is it any wonder legislators are more responsive to lobbyists than to constituents?

      In PA, there are NO limits on the amount of money that a person or entity can give to legislative campaigns. A single person can give tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to a single candidate.

      In PA, legislators are reimbursed for their meals and housing while in Harrisburg, but do not have to turn in receipts. It’s called the “per diem.” Anywhere from $177 to $200 per day! Many of them pocket their “per diem” and then dine with lobbyists to avoid spending a cent on food. Some politicians use their campaign accounts as personal slush funds maintained by a steady flow of donations from shady lobbyists.

      In fact, some legislators, like Senator Gene Yaw (R-District 23), have outside jobs. This, despite the fact they are paid as full-time legislators with all the perks. And some of those legislators, like Senator Yaw, have jobs that look like gross conflicts of interest. Yaw works for the McCormick Law Firm, which does a fair amount of work with the oil and gas industry, while he chairs the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee which writes laws that directly impact the oil and gas industry.

      The lobbyists in Harrisburg, and there is ONE OIL AND GAS LOBBYIST FOR EVERY LEGISLATOR, do not feed and donate to our officials out of the kindness of their heart. They expect something in return.

      When elected Lt. Governor in November, with my running mate Christina “PKA” DiGiulio as PA Governor, we will fight for poor and working people. Our sole focus will be on bringing good-paying, family-sustaining jobs back to PA. Instead of looking to bring back 20th century jobs in dying industries, we will push for 21st century jobs that will not leave. The skilled craftspeople that used to work in those dying industries will be employed to manufacture and install solar panels. Our underemployed building trade workers will be employed retrofitting our housing stock, making them less leaky and more self-sufficient.

      Pie in the sky? No! It’s a change of priority. Instead of enriching Wall Street, it’s time to invest in Main St. It’s time to empower Stickers and to boot the Boomers. We can create a new generation of high-quality jobs by investing in a Green New Deal that restores the damage done by extractive Boomer industry and prepares our home for the future. It would also provide for an economy where our young people can stay and raise their families.

      I believe PA 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.
 
If you would like to join Michael Bagdes-Canning’s campaign for PA Lt. Governor, please contact 724-431-8560 and [email protected].

July 2022

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

 

July 2022

 

A guide to the PA Green Party ticket and some of each candidates’ top issues

By Harrison Cann, City & State PA, May 9, 2022

 

While most election talks are focused on red versus blue, there’s another color looking to get on the ticket in the Commonwealth: green.

The Green Party has fielded candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and U.S. Senate in a crucial election year in PA. Despite the lack of electoral success for third parties, the Green Party is hopeful it can get its three candidates on the ballot in 2022. The party’s platform stands on four ideals: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom and social justice. The candidates are seeking to be an alternative for apathetic voters tired of the two-party gridlock in Harrisburg and Washington, DC.

Here are the Green Party candidates seeking nomination in the Commonwealth.

CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: CHRISTINA “PK” DIGIULIO

DiGiulio, 44, a former analytical chemist for the Department of Defense, is the co-founder of the Watchdogs of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Better Path Coalition. From Upper Uwchlan Township in Chester County, she got involved in politics as a vocal opponent of the Mariner East pipeline. City & State spoke with DiGiulio in March when she first began her campaign and received the party’s endorsement. She stressed that outside of environmental concerns, the Green Party is focused on being the voice of the people rather than the voice of the party’s donors.

“It’s time to focus on the people 100%. We need basic human rights. There are people without clean water in 2022 in PA. That’s pretty pathetic,” she said. “I think third parties give people the option of something else, and I really think it’s necessary for getting our political party system straightened out.”

DiGiulio said that regardless of their electoral success, she hopes the Green Party can bring important issues to the forefront that aren’t normally talked about during elections. “If (Green politics) start to become part of the political conversation, I think that’s successful.”

CANDIDATE FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: MICHAEL BAGDES-CANNING

Joining DiGiulio in her run for Harrisburg is Bagdes-Canning, mayor of Cherry Valley Borough in Butler County and a former vice president of the Grove City Education Association. Bagdes-Canning, also a co-founder of the Better Path Coalition, lost his previous attempt to run as a Green Party candidate for state representative in the 64th legislative district. Unlike DiGiulio, Bagdes-Canning has been involved in politics for decades. He started out on the Cherry Valley Borough Council in 1989 after one local council member died in a car accident. And more recently, he took over the role as mayor following the previous mayor dying due to COVID-19 complications. And having worked with DiGiulio in the past, he said he’s thrilled to campaign with her now.

He said his time in local politics revealed how many people avoid talking about difficult issues. “When a community can talk about silly or mundane stuff, but can’t talk about someone's voice … that tells me something about the state of our communities.” He added that local government plays an important role that’s often overlooked by the media, and that his focus would be on issues affecting people’s bottom line.

“That’s a sad thing … local governments are drying up, and even we have a tough time having enough people for a quorum,” he said. “The issues close to home don’t get enough attention.”

CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SENATE: RICHARD L. WEISS, ESQ

Richard L. Weiss is a lawyer from Allegheny County who previously ran unsuccessful Green campaigns for attorney general and the Court of Common Pleas in 2020 and 2021, respectively. In the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas special election, he received more than 41,000 votes but failed to pick up one of the 11 open seats. As an attorney, he says he supports criminal justice reforms such as ending cash bail, decriminalizing drug use and sex work, and establishing citizens’ police review boards.

WHAT’S NEXT

With the Green Party’s statewide slate set, candidates are looking to ensure their spot as minor political party nominees in November. . . . Their work is cut out for them to meet signature requirements to get on the ballot. In order to secure a spot on the ballot in the general election, each candidate must obtain 5,000 valid signatures by August 1. read more...

 

 

 

 

PA Green News

Edited by Chris Robinson

 

Look at What Happens to Mothers in PA

 By Christina "PK"� DiGiulio, Green Party candidate for PA Governor

For women, it may seem as though our society is becoming more regressive and undemocratic. Because women have never had an equitable role in decision making, we have had to deal with the patriarchy. Now, more than ever, is time for women to step into our power.

The experience of being a woman is unique, and our voices must be heard while running for office. Women need things which are not being talked about from a feminine perspective in Harrisburg: universal healthcare -- including reproductive rights; equal pay for equal work; quality education for children; and freedom from fear of poverty, homelessness and hunger. I know that there are a lot of us who are well aware of how the patriarchy and the duopoly have treated us inequitably.

Healthy communities require healthy families.

Just look at what happens to mothers in PA. Right now, women are afraid for their children. Will children be safe at school; will they be safe from the pandemic; will they be safe from violence on the streets? Family work is important and should be paid adequately to achieve economic equity.

We need more women in office, who will say "No" to the fossil fuel companies which are polluting our air, land and water. Right now, Harrisburg is ignoring data about our health. Mothers would never do that!

I am running for Governor of PA to say "No" to the pollution which adversely affects childhood development and fetal health. "No" to contamination which harms our children's education ability. We need more women in office calling for research that improves health -- not research into making harmful corporations more profitable ...read more

PA Climate Convergence Day of Action


 

Chair Doug Mason, Centre County Green Party, told GREEN STAR, “I was one of ten protesters in the PA House of Representatives chamber in Harrisburg on 6/13. Two tried to unfurl a 20 foot by 30 foot banner that read, ‘You Take Bribes, The World Dies,’ while we all loudly chanted the same slogan repeatedly. Green Party candidate for PA Governor, Christine “PK” DiGiulio, was one of those with the banner during the House session. Me and two others showered the legislators with 203 one-dollar bills (one for each Representative) from the visitors gallery as well. Each bill had a message in marker, such as ‘Climate Action Now’ or ‘Pass the Gift Ban.’ Two were arrested and charged with criminal trespass, while the other eight, including me, were tossed out of the Capitol building and threatened with trespassing charges if we returned to the area. This was the first of a series of actions planned by the newly formed PAC (Pennsylvania Action on Climate). Ten others were arrested for occupying rabidly anti-environmental PA Sen. Gene Yaw’s office, including Green Party candidate for PA Lt Governor Michael Bagdes-Canning.” 

 

 

Stop Banking the Bomb

 

Green Party of Allegheny County Facebook page says, “The weather is always good when you are outside trying to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Yesterday (6/4) we were in Wilkinsburg, PA. We will not end this campaign until PNC Stops Banking the Bomb! ...read more

 

 

Campaign Updates

 

Only Time Will Tell If We Stand The Test of Time

By Chris Robinson

 

Well, friends, we are down to the wire. I remember when Van Halen sang (1985), "Only time will tell if we stand the test of time." That is exactly where you and the Green Party are right now. Will you help our candidates get on the 2022 General Election ballot? Or will you close the door on them and pretend you cannot hear their cries for help? 

We have three activist candidates running state-wide this year, and they need your help. Please down-load a Green Party nomination paper and ask your friends to sign, https://www.gpofpa.org/2022_petition 
It is now or never, so please do it NOW ! !

Then return the nomination paper to your county Green Party or to GPPA Green Wave, P.O. Box 59524, Philadelphia, PA 19102. 

 

 

 ‌National ‌Green‌ ‌News

Edited by Noah Alter

 

Green Party Calls for Real Systemic Solutions to Violence in Wake of Uvalde Mass Shooting

 

 

It is the time that we, as a nation, regardless of political affiliation, come to terms with the fact that we have a serious problem with gun violence. Furthermore, it is time that we realize that thoughts & prayers do not deliver. This may come as a surprise to many, namely those who are unwilling to wake up to reality, but the U.S. ranks second on the list of countries with the highest number of gun deaths. In 2021, 45,011 Americans alone died of gunshot wounds with a total of 692 mass shootings.

 

"It is necessary to implement strategies guided by research on risk factors that contribute to violence, easy access to healthcare, and community-based programs to support families such as developing and evaluating programs and settings in schools, workplaces, prisons, neighborhoods, clinics, and other relevant contexts to prevent violence," said Green Party of the United States Steering Committee Co-Chair Margaret Elisabeth (Washington). . . .

  

Unfortunately, under our two-party system, we have become immune to the nightly breaking news, presenting the daily round of gun violence. It is as if we accept this caliber of death as a normal daily occurrence. Sadly, NRA-backed politicians firmly believe that putting more guns on the streets by equipping teachers with a Glock is somehow going to solve the problem, specifically school shootings. Rather, we must heavily fund mental health programs; focus on equipping teachers with highlighters, pencils, and notebooks rather than a Glock; and enforce common sense gun laws. It’s time that we, as a nation, come together to combat needless gun violence.

 

The Green Party implores all of you to mobilize your friends and neighbors and hold legislators accountable for their unwillingness to prioritize the health and well-being of their constituents. Together, we will prioritize people over profit! ...read here

 

 

 

Global Green News

Edited by Hal Brown

 

U.N. warns of catastrophic food crises due to war and “climate shocks”

For a fourth consecutive year, East Africa has seen very little rainfall causing severe disruption in food supplies. In this region Somalia is a country that has faced war and poverty for decades, and has reported 448 deaths from malnutrition so far this year.

“Somalia is in danger of entering an unprecedented fifth consecutive failed rainy season, meaning hundreds of thousands of people face the risk of famine. Famine cost the lives of 260,000 Somalis in 2010-2011. This cannot be allowed to happen again in 2022,” said Adam Abdelmoula, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator. ...read more

 

 

35th European Green Party Council to address security, climate and social crises

The Greens gathering in Latvia finished with the election of the next party committee. Benedetta de Marte was the newly-elected secretary general of the EGP. De Marte closed with a speech that was crucial to understand her purposes for the future: “Our mission in Europe is to fight against the climate crisis, for feminism, transforming the economy and protecting the law . . . . We have big challenges ahead. We need to listen to them, stay united, and take advantage of the great successes our Greens in government are achieving.” ...read more

 

 

G7 countries reach agreement on phase out of coal

On May 26 and 27, the G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers held a meeting in Berlin. . . . The meeting was led by the German Federal Minister for the Environment and Consumer Protection, Steffi Lemke, and the German Federal Minister for the Economy and Climate Protection, Robert Habeck (Green Party). . . . Ministers have demanded that the World Bank and other international investors commit to stop financing coal. Moreover they agreed to end financing for any foreign fossil fuel projects at the end of this year.

The declaration also included provisions on transport. The high degree of decarbonization of the road sector will mean, among other things, that sales of electric cars will increase by the end of the decade. However, it was emphasized that the key to substantial change is sustainable transport, i.e. based on a significant and increased role of public transport. ...read more

 

GPPA Meeting Dates:

All State Web Conferences will be 12 Noon to 4:00pm

  • Sunday, September 11, 2022
  • Sunday, November 13, 2022

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Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Team Issue Credits

 

EDITORS: Noah Alter, Hal Brown and Chris Robinson
CONTRIBUTORS: Michael Bagdes-Canning, Christina "PK" DiGiulio, Doug Mason, and Eddie Van Halen 
LAYOUT: Hal Brown, Sheri Miller and David Ochmanowicz
GRAPHIC ARTS: Kevin Richardson

 

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Nonviolent Direct Action to Stop Climate Change

On the weekend of June 11-13, the PA Climate Convergence demonstrated outside the PA Capitol in Harrisburg. Representatives of 77 organizations called for urgent legislative and administrative action on climate. They wanted a path to climate justice which includes the phase out of greenhouse gas production and a just transition to clean, renewable energy for those most affected by the exploitative fossil fuel and petrochemical economy.
On Monday, June 13, demonstrators presented the PA Governor and General Assembly with a petition signed by 6,000 citizens demanding that the government
STOP:
  • Denying climate change;
  • Subsidizing fossil fuel production;
  • Ignoring hazards to communities from fossil fuel production;
  • Prioritizing jobs in a dying industry rather than training for a new generation of jobs in clean, renewable energy; and
  • Talking about cutting greenhouse gas emissions while ramping up fracked-gas extraction, production and pipelines.

While those concerned citizens were lobbying for their environmental rights, which are guaranteed by the PA Constitution, a smaller group concerned about the environment and government corruption took direct action to impress the PA General Assembly with the need for urgent attention to the climate. Below is the account of one of the ten demonstrators who were arrested because -- rather than hear the truth -- the PA Legislature chose to arrest people.

 
By Michael Bagdes-Canning, Green Party Candidate for PA Lieutenant Governor
 
Monday began with training at 10 am, a healthy mix of the principles of nonviolent direct action and rehearsing the scenarios. The first action team headed out at 12:55 pm, followed by the non-arrestable team at 1 pm. The first team headed to the office of Senator Gene Yaw (R-District 23).

Our issue with Yaw was his conflict of interests. Yaw is handsomely paid as a FULL TIME legislator, but more to the point, Yaw is chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. In that role, he oversees legislation that impacts the oil and gas industry. Unfittingly, Yaw is also a lawyer with a firm in Williamsport which says on its website, “With top-to-bottom knowledge of the energy industry, our attorneys work with the gas companies to advise on all legal aspects of development and operation.” Moreover, Yaw's top ten donors to his campaign include eight oil and gas related entities. Because PA allows gifts to legislators and most of those gifts go unreported, we have no idea how much money Yaw is raking in from the oil and gas industry.

The police recognized members of the first action team, but the team was able to get up to Senator Gene Yaw's office. When the eight of us went inside this office, we were told that the Senator wasn't in, that he was already at work in the Senate. But . . . but . . . but . . . our people on the outside saw him SPRINTING out of the office when he found out we were there to see him. Better still, his staff insisted that outside jobs, campaign contributions, and gifts weren't bribes -- and then they called to have us arrested.
     
Funny fact: If we had offered to buy those policemen a cup of coffee and if they had accepted, they could have been fired because that is corruption. Yaw, however, can rake in the money, and -- because our corrupt PA legislature says it is legal -- it's not bribery, it's all okay. Everybody got out of police custody within an hour and received summary citations for criminal trespass. These are the equivalent of traffic tickets.

Our second action team left at 2 pm. They planned to leave at 1:05 pm, but the PA House kept going back into recess and caucusing. The team was kept in limbo until the House finally came into session around 4 pm.
     
As it turned out, the second action had 11 people willing to risk arrest while visiting the House chambers. The plan was to “bribe” the legislators and drop a banner. The money droppers tossed money over the side, but the banner droppers were unable to unfurl the banner because of a very quick police response. One of the banner droppers was Christina “PK” DiGiulio, the Green Party Candidate for PA Governor. The “bribers” rained down $203 of real money ($1 for each PA Representative) which had "BRIBE" or another appropriate message written on it. Their banner read “You Take Bribes, The Planet Dies.” Unfortunately, the Capitol Police ripped the banner out of the teams hands before it fully unfurled. Only two of the 11 were arrested, issued summary citations, and then released fairly quickly, while the police issued a simple warning to the other nine to not come back again within 24 hours.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that another, allied group acted boldly throughout the weekend. Our spirits were lifted with the fruits of their bold action -- banners were hung from bridges, billboards and fences. They, too, were giving voice to the urgency of the moment and, in the end, many of them joined us for the actions described above. Coupled with the powerful panels, art, marches, projections, and training that made up the PA Climate Convergence, a powerful message was sent.
     
There are many tools in the activist toolbox. Nonviolent direct action is an essential one. This was a beautiful example of moral-fusion organizing, and together with our allies we brought out 50 people on a Monday to a nonviolent direct action. United under the banner of a new group, Pennsylvanians for Action on Climate (PAC), they promise to come back again and again until our demands for climate action and an end to corruption are met.
     
We put a spotlight on the intersection of fossil-fueled climate catastrophe and the catastrophic consequences of money corrupting our politics. Participating with us were
  • Beyond Extreme Energy,
  • Green Party of Pennsylvania,
  • Marcellus Outreach Butler,
  • March On Harrisburg,
  • Occupy Biden,
  • Ohio Valley Environmental Resistance,
  • Veterans For Peace,
  • XR Philly,
  • XR Delaware, and others.
We successfully made some very corrupt people think about their corruption, and we also made some of our friends inside the Capitol feel emboldened.
Overall, I believe this was a great success. Well done, everybody!
If you would like to join Michael Bagdes-Canning’s campaign for PA Lt. Governor, please contact [email protected] 

Look at What Happens to Mothers in PA

Christina “PK” DiGiulio
For
Governor of PA

For Release, Thursday, June 2, 2022

For information or interviews, please contact
Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570, [email protected]

Look at What Happens to Mothers in PA

-- By Christina "PK" DiGiulio, Green Party candidate for PA Governor.

For women, it may seem as though our society is becoming more regressive and undemocratic. Because women have never had an equitable role in decision making, we have had to deal with the patriarchy. Now, more than ever, is time for women to step into our power.

The experience of being a woman is unique, and our voices must be heard while running for office. Women need things which are not being talked about from a feminine perspective in Harrisburg: universal healthcare -- including reproductive rights; equal pay for equal work; quality education for children; and freedom from fear of poverty, homelessness and hunger. I know that there are a lot of us who are well aware of how the patriarchy and the duopoly have treated us inequitably.

 

Healthy communities require healthy families.

Just look at what happens to mothers in Pennsylvania. Right now, women are afraid for their children. Will children be safe at school; will they be safe from the pandemic; will they be safe from violence on the streets? Family work is important and should be paid adequately to achieve economic equity.

We need more women in office, who will say "No" to the fossil fuel companies which are polluting our air, land and water. Right now, Harrisburg is ignoring data about our health. Mothers would never do that!

I am running for Governor of Pennsylvania to say "No" to the pollution which adversely affects childhood development and fetal health. "No" to contamination which harms our children's education ability. We need more women in office calling for research that improves health -- not research into making harmful corporations more profitable.

Society may seem to be going backward at times. In reality, what we are living through is the backlash of those in power who resent the progress in recognition of the rights of women, people of color, disabled people, and children. They fear that our empowerment is their demise when the truth is that with the rising tide, all of our ships are secured.

We need women in office who will make society's foundations stronger by outlawing pollution and making polluters pay for their crimes. This change must bring about an end to the personal attacks on female officials.

I am running for Governor of PA to educate people about what is really going on within the duopoly. We do not need to fight and play their games. We just need to educate people about what is really happening in front of us. It is time for us to rise into our power.

Let's validate voters' experience and ask them to VOTE GREEN PARTY!

 

Christina “PK” DiGiulio needs your help to get on the ballot for the 2022 General Election. To volunteer, please email [email protected] or telephone (717)-839-2395. You may follow her campaign for Governor of PA on Twitter, @PKforPA; and
Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/PKforPA.

 

For more information:

"Since the beginning of what we call civilization, when men's dominance over women was firmly established, until the present day, our history has been marred with oppression of and brutality to women. The Green Party deplores this system of male domination, known as patriarchy, in all its forms, both subtle and overt -- from oppression, inequality, and discrimination to all forms of violence against women and girls including rape, trafficking, forced sex which is also rape, slavery, prostitution and violence against women within marriage and relationships and in all institutions. The change the world is crying for cannot occur unless women's voices are heard." Green Party Platform, II. Social Justice, A. Civil Rights and Equal Rights, 1.Women's Rights, https://www.gp.org/social_justice#womens-rights   

"We call for social policies to focus on protecting families. The young -- our citizens of tomorrow -- are increasingly at risk. Programs must ensure that children, who are among the most vulnerable members of society, receive basic nutritional, educational, and medical necessities." Green Party Platform, I. Democracy, B. Community, 1. Families and Children, https://www.gp.org/democracy#dem_families

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This Unjust System Cannot Survive the Storm

By Michael Bagdes-Canning, Green Party Candidate for PA Lieutenant Governor

I think our justice system is unjust. Worse, even the injustice is applied unjustly. The poor and disenfranchised are unlikely to get a fair shake.


Michael Bagdes-Canning for PA Lieutenant Governor

For Immediate Release
Monday, April 23, 2022

Contact:
Michael Bagdes-Canning, [email protected]


Moral philosopher John Rawls wrote in his Theory of Justice (1971), "Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought. A theory however elegant and economical must be rejected or revised if it is untrue; likewise laws and institutions no matter how efficient and well-arranged must be reformed or abolished if they are unjust. Each person possesses an inviolability founded on justice that even the welfare of society as a whole cannot override. For this reason justice denies that the loss of freedom for some is made right by a greater good shared by others."

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit in a courtroom, where injustice was prevalent. I was there to support a friend who had participated in an action around an environmental issue. However, before we got to her case, we sat through several others. In every instance, the people on trial were poor, addicted, black, or a combination. In each case, the defendants were victims of a system that is stacked against them, that treats them as less, that had criminalized poverty. A woman in prison, unable to pay a fine imposed when she was deep in her addiction, a young unemployed man incapable of paying even a small amount required to set up a payment plan. What kind of justice is it to further impoverish the already impoverished, to kick an addict rather than treat them?

Our courts are packed with people accused of crimes of poverty -- crimes that people commit because they are impoverished. I’m in no way praising our injustice system, but I will note that the judge did treat the defendants with some dignity. He also showed some compassion for them. Not enough, but some.

My friend is not impoverished in a way that is easily recognized; she is a woman of perceived privilege. Make no mistake, though, she, like most of us, will not have the privilege of escaping the ravages of catastrophic climate change, her generation and ones that follow will deal with the dire consequences of our criminal neglect of this issue. She is already facing an uncertain future, one far less predictable, and less prosperous, than the one that I grew up in.

She was in court because she had been charged with harassment -- she hung a scary Halloween zombie ghost on the fence of a corporate executive of an ecocidal fossil fuel company. Oh my! The executive of a company, which is harassing present and future generations with the prospect of extinction, felt threatened by a zombie ghost. Shades of Ebenezer Scrooge! The Ghost of Christmas Present: "Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die?"

Harassment is a silly charge. How about measured self-defense?

She, too, was a victim of our injustice system. Because she dared speak out against an eco-criminal, she had to appear in court, take off time from work, and travel to court. She was required to be there by 1:30. If she missed her court date, she would be guilty by default and fined. Not that her trial started at 1:30.

Defendants are expected to be there, but the court will get to you when it gets to you. In my experience, defendants like my friends are often last. I once sat in a courtroom all afternoon only to be told at the end of the day that I was “no papered,” – meaning there was no paperwork – the prosecutor either lost or, more likely, had no intention of arguing my case. Yet, I spent the entire afternoon in a courtroom, assured my case was coming up “soon.”

Around 2:30, my friend was the only defendant left in the courtroom. She was called to the bench and informed that the officer who was to testify against her was not going to make it. In a just system, she would have been innocent by default -- her accuser didn’t even bother to show up. But, no, her trial would be rescheduled. Another missed day of work, another commute to the courthouse, and more time sitting. Again, I have seen this over and over. I once traveled all the way to Harrisburg only to have the police come up missing. Last autumn, I drove over six hours to Wilmington, DE, where I had to book a room -- only to have the trial rescheduled because the police could not make it. These are not accidents!

In our system, we are told that we are presumed to be innocent until convicted. Yet, we are “fined”ťif we choose to fight against injustice. My friend missed work (and pay), she had costs associated with travel, and she gave up precious life energy. Yet, she still awaits her day in court, her chance at justice. And she will be fined, yet again. Even if she is found innocent, our justice system is unjust.

The Green Party seeks a just system, and as the next Lieutenant Governor of PA, I plan to work for the necessary reforms. As Matthew Stover writes in Shatterpoint (2004), "Jedi fight for civilization, because only civilization creates peace. We fight for justice because justice is the fundamental bedrock of civilization: an unjust civilization is built upon sand. It does not long survive a storm.”

If you would like to join Michael Bagdes-Canning’s campaign for PA Lt. Governor, please contact [email protected].


Green Party Enlisting PA Volunteers

Green Party of Pennsylvania

News Release

For release: Thursday, April 28, 2022

 

For more information please contact 

Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570, [email protected]

Green Party Enlisting PA Volunteers

Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) Co-Chair Beth Scroggin told voters at the end of March, “The Green Party has an excellent slate of candidates running for office this year, but we need your help to get them on the ballot.  Whether you’re a seasoned petitioner or have never carried a clipboard before, we would be so grateful for you to join us this year in helping our candidates achieve ballot access and get into office, where they can start making the changes we so desperately need!”

Scroggin was talking about Richard L. Weiss, Esq. (Allegheny County) who is running for U.S. Senate from PA, Christina “PK” DiGiulio (Chester County) who is making a bid for PA Governor, and Michael Bagdes-Canning (Butler County) who is campaigning to be PA Lt. Governor. These three activists support renewable energy, single-payer healthcare, a just transition to a new economy, and an end to corruption in Harrisburg. Plus, they are ready to take on all candidates from the two corporate parties, if they have your support. 

Chris Robinson (Philadelphia), leader of GPPA’s communication team, made a good point when he said, “Great candidates are only as good as their supporters. Interested voters, who are disgusted with the two corporate parties, will have to volunteer if they want an alternative on the ballot. This will not happen by magic! It will take hundreds of volunteers petitioning in every city and borough to have Green Party candidates nominated for the November 2022 General Election.”

“Right now, gathering signatures on the Green Party petitions to nominate state-wide candidates is a great opportunity for new activists,” said GPPA Steering Committee Member Beth Schongar (Allegheny County).  

“First, it will give them a great opening to talk to people about the Green Party and progressive politics,” said Schongar. “Volunteers will be asking voters to help us get candidates on the ballot and increase everyone’s choices on Election Day. Most voters are glad to help and interested to find out that the Green Party is real and active. It can lead to interesting conversations and recruit new members.”

“Second,” continued Schongar, “getting enough nomination signatures to put us on the ballot will give Green Party candidates the opportunity to join debates, particularly with the League of Women Voters. It will also allow our candidates to issue news releases and join other forums to share Green Party views. When our candidates present Green Party policies, it helps people realize that the Green Party is the future. Petitioning and campaigning are our opportunities to make our views known and increase participation. Let’s make the best of it by getting out and collecting signatures on the Green Party’s nominating petitions!” 

Joining the Green Party effort is quick and easy, just leave your contact information via email [email protected] or telephone 717-839-2395. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is an independent political party which 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, ttps://www.instagram.com/pagreenparty/; and Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA

 

For more information:
Announcing the Green Party of PA 2022 Candidates” by Co-chair Beth Scroggin, GPPA news release, March 21, 2022, https://www.gpofpa.org/announcing_the_green_party_of_pa_2022_candidates 

 

“Sign up here to receive instructions on securing a 2022 Green Party Nomination Petition,” GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/2022_petition  

 

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Bagdes-Canning: Let's Expose the Rank Hypocrisy of the Two Corporate Parties

My whole political outlook has changed since 2014, when I was called by a distraught parent about a fracked-gas well on fire near Summit Elementary in the Butler School District. As it turns out, the well wasn't on fire, it was flaring. That was still alarming. Flaring wells are emitters of all sorts of toxins, and this one was dangerously close to the school.

I went around the neighborhood knocking on doors to find out what the neighbors thought, what they were saying. A woman standing by her mailbox told me, "I've lived here for 42 years. We all get along, but we don't talk about the tough things." After a few more minutes, I turned to walk away, and she called after me, "What can we do? They're so big, and we're so small.


Michael Bagdes-Canning for PA Lieutenant Governor

For Immediate Release
Monday, April 18, 2022

Contact Person:
Michael Bagdes-Canning, 724-431-8560, [email protected]


That neighborhood had lost all semblance of community. Neighbors knew each other. They waved to each other. They said hello, but they didn't talk about the tough things. So, when poisons were released from a gas well near the school -- putting children, teachers and staff in harm's way -- the neighbors didn't talk about it. We had lost our community.

This brings me to the current race for PA Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and U.S. Senator from PA. When I agreed to become a Green Party candidate, I was told that the plan was to build the Green Party base so that, moving into next year, we have more activists who can be a force in local races in places we haven't been before.

I am a politician, and I am campaigning to be Lt. Governor of PA. I am a retired teacher. I used to run a class of 20 students or less. They were delinquent boys. So that is like working with Democrats and Republicans, only my delinquents were more likable. I have held elected office since 1989. I am now the Mayor of a Cherry Valley Borough, but let's put that in context. There are 54 residents of Cherry Valley, and 39 registered voters.

My running mate for PA Governor, Christina "PK" DiGiulio, is a chemist who has never held elected office and who has certainly never run an organization approaching the size of the Commonwealth of PA. PK and I do not have experts sitting in the wings to coach us. What we have are proven ideas and people power.

Call me crazy, but I didn't sign up to be a real candidate. I signed up to be an unsettling force. The Green Party is not going to win in a system designed to make SURE we don't win. I have to embrace that. The Green Party has serious points to make, serious critiques of the political and economic system. I want to have fun doing that. I want to run a guerilla campaign -- playing to our strengths, avoiding fights we can't win. Using the resources we have and not getting bogged down trying to make do.

What you have in "PK" and me are disruptors. In our own ways, we are pretty good at shaking up the status quo. I'm not making a joke of the Green Party or of elections. I'm talking about exposing the rank hypocrisy of the two corporate parties and about how they betray working people. I'm also talking about acknowledging the obvious – this is not a campaign that is going to get the most votes. So let's have some fun. That's what I want to do.

Grassroots Democracy, one of the Green Party's 10 Key Values, means participation. None of us should be lifting more than their fair share. Our candidates are not "sages on the stages." They are the face of us! We should all be accountable, and we should all get our hands dirty. Personal and Global Responsibility is another Green Party Key Value. We, personally and as a party, need to reflect our commitment to making this Commonwealth a better place. If the Green Party is going to be a force, we have to build our community. We all need to play our role, to take ownership.

What can you do now to help us grow the Green Party infrastructure? Obviously, "PK" and I need your help in gathering voters' signatures on our nomination petitions. Also, if we are going to get the word out, we need places to go, people to talk with. We need social media. We need creative people to come up with disruptive things we can do. We need people to develop messaging. We need money. We need all sorts of things about which you can teach me.

The end of the story I started with is a testament to organizing. About three months after I had met with the distraught parent, I went to a Cherry Valley Township Supervisors meeting. They were considering a permit for a compressor station. The mother who had called me about the well fire had spent weeks organizing opposition. The meeting was packed with residents who opposed the compressor station. Many got up to speak. Toward the end, an elderly woman got up and "talked about the tough things." When she finished, she turned, looked at me, and nodded. The Supervisors rejected the permit application.

If you would like to join Michael Bagdes-Canning's campaign for PA Lt. Governor, please contact 724-431-8560, [email protected]

 

For more information:

"Our Ten Key Values," Green Party of the U.S.,
https://www.gp.org/ten_key_values

"'End the War on Drugs' says Green Party Candidate for PA Lt. Governor," Michael Bagdes-Canning news release, April 2, 2022,
https://www.gpofpa.org/_end_the_war_on_drugs_says_green_party_candidate_for_pa_lt_governor

"BREAKING: Green Party Candidate Announces Bid For PA Lieutenant Governor," Michael Bagdes-Canning news release, March 9, 2022,
https://www.gpofpa.org/michael_bagdes_canning_for_pa_lieutenant_governor


Christina "PK" DiGiulio for Governor of PA Interview - Green Star Live March, 2022

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Green Party Candidate for PA Governor says, “I agree, ‘Delay Means Death’”

Christina “PK” DiGiulio
For
Governor of PA

May be an image of 1 person, standing, footwear and outdoors

For Release, Monday, April 4, 2022

For information or interviews, please contact
Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570, [email protected]

Green Party Candidate for PA Governor says, “I agree, ‘Delay Means Death’”
By Christina “PK” DiGiulio, Green Party candidate for Governor of PA
 
I was reading some of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which was released by the United Nations on February 28, and I was alarmed to learn some new estimates of the effects of our refusal to stop using fossil fuels. I felt like I was standing next to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres when he said, “Delay means death.” 
 
The IPCC report says that climate change will have a horrendously compounded effect on today’s children. It says, “Today’s children and future generations are more likely to be exposed and vulnerable to climate change and related risks such as flooding, heat stress, water scarcity, poverty, and hunger. Children are amongst those suffering the most, as we see today. What is our children’s future going to look like, if we do not limit global warming to well below 2°C, preferably to 1.5°C, compared to pre-industrial temperature? Based on the . . . assessment, we know that global warming is already changing much of the world as we know it. Its impacts will intensify in the coming decades with profound implications for all aspects of human life around the world. Our food and water supplies, our cities, infrastructure and economies as well as our health and well-being will be affected.”
 
While people who are now 55 years old or older will continue to feel increasing shocks of climate change during the rest of their lives, children who are now ten years or younger will experience a four-fold increase in extreme events during their lives. These extreme events will include deadly heat stress, loss of coastal settlements, and water scarcity. As the report says, “Today’s young people and future generations will also witness stronger negative effects of climate change on food production and availability. The warmer it gets, the more difficult it will become to grow or produce, transport, distribute, buy, and store food – a trend that is projected to hit poor populations the hardest.” This chaotic environment which children will inherit will be the only world they ever know, if we do not treat climate change as the emergency which it is.   
 
Finally, the IPCC report explained to me that these results of climate change will work together. “In addition, we now know that multiple climate hazards will occur simultaneously more often in the future. They may reinforce each other and result in increased impacts and risks to nature and people that are more complex and more difficult to manage. For example, reductions in crop yields due to heat and drought, made worse by reduced productivity because of heat stress among farm workers, will increase food prices, reduce household incomes and lead to health risks from malnutrition, as well as climate-related deaths . . . .” 
 
I also learned that fortunately there is some good news in the report. “All these risks can be reduced substantially by taking urgent action to limit global warming and by strengthening our adaptation efforts -- for example by protecting and conserving nature, and by improving planning and management of our cities . . . . The youth movement, together with many non-governmental organizations, has led to a rising wave of public global awareness of climate change and its life-threatening impacts. To successfully secure our own future and the future of the coming generations, climate risks must be factored into each decision and planning. We have the knowledge and the tools. Now it is our choice to make.” 
 
When I am elected governor of Pennsylvania, I will declare a state of emergency to address climate change and introduce state-level elements of the Green New Deal policy. With a Green Party governor, PA will be able to stop our decline to the point of no return. Please join my campaign for governor of PA if you are as worried as I am about our children.
 
Christina “PK” Digiulio needs your help to get on the ballot for the 2022 General Election, please email [email protected] or telephone (717)-839-2395. You may follow her campaign for Governor of PA on Twitter, @PKforPA; and
Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/PKforPA.  
 
For More Information: 
“How will climate change affect the lives of today’s children tomorrow, if no immediate action is taken?” IPCC Sixth Assessment Report,
https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg2/about/frequently-asked-questions/keyfaq3/
 
'Delay means death' - UN climate report urges immediate, drastic action,”  
 
“It’s Time for the Green New Deal,” Green Party of the U.S., https://www.gp.org/green_new_deal

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“End the War on Drugs” says Green Party Candidate for PA Lt. Governor

Michael Bagdes-Canning

for

PA Lieutenant Governor

 

For Immediate Release

Saturday, April 2, 2022

 

Contact Person: Michael Bagdes-Canning

724-431-8560, [email protected] 

 

Today, Michael Bagdes-Canning, the Green Party candidate for Lt. Governor of PA, has called for an end to the War On Drugs. In a conversation at his home in Cherry Valley, PA, Bagdes-Canning told voters:

 

The War on Drugs is more than 50 years old, and it is America’s longest war. Like other wars, it has diverted trillions of dollars from our communities, militarized our police departments, claimed thousands of lives, decimated communities, and, largely, been waged in poor and working-class neighborhoods.

 

Like other wars before it, the War on Drugs was built on a series of policy lies and decisions that perpetuated white supremacy, racism, and xenophobia. It was racist in intent and implementation.  As demonstrated in numerous studies, our criminal justice system has been weaponized against communities of color, with far reaching consequences for their residents. The War on Drugs has created suffering on an unimaginable scale, with no discernible benefit. Despite the trillions of dollars spent, drug overdose rates have exploded – from 6.1 per 100,000 in 1999 to 21.6 in 2021.

 

What would I advocate? Well, I like the recommendations found in the Green Party Platform:

 

First of all, PA should adopt a system of treatment rather than incarceration, similar to Portugal. We should redirect funds presently budgeted for the War on Drugs toward research, education, prevention, and treatment. Treatment and legalization have a track record which shows just how shameful the half-century long War on Drugs has been.

 

Second, PA should legalize possession, sale, and cultivation of cannabis/marijuana.

 

Third, PA should grant amnesty and release from confinement without any further parole or probation, those who have been incarcerated for the use, sale, or cultivation of marijuana, and who otherwise are without convictions for victim-oriented crimes. Provide the option for drug treatment to those leaving confinement. All felony charges related to convictions for marijuana possession should be stricken from a person’s record.

 

Fourth, Congress should amend the Controlled Substances Act to reflect that drug use, in itself, is not a crime, and that persons living in the U.S. who are arrested for using drugs should not be incarcerated with those who have committed victim-oriented crimes.

Fifth, PA should reform our criminal justice system, acknowledging that it has, for centuries, been used as a tool of oppression. Therefore, we should invest in the communities that have been ravaged in this unjust war.

 

If the War on Drugs were an actual armed conflict, the generals would have been fired and the war called off. The War on Drugs was misguided from its beginning. We’ve lost this war. It’s time to declare a peace, time to rebuild communities.

 

If you would like to join Michael Bagdes-Canning’s campaign for PA Lt. Governor, please contact 724-431-8560, [email protected]

 

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Announcing the Green Party of PA 2022 Candidates

Green Party of Pennsylvania
News Release
 
For release: Monday, March 21, 2022
 
For more information please contact 
Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570, [email protected]  
 
Announcing the Green Party of PA 2022 Candidates
 
By Co-chair Beth Scroggin, Green Party of Pennsylvania 
 
Greetings to all Pennsylvania Commonwealth voters as we welcome spring, a season marked with growth and renewal, along with some beautiful weather!  On March 16, the Green Party of PA (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) began circulating nominating papers for our candidates, which has inspired a renewed sense of excitement within me for Green politics. I hope that as you learn more about our state-level candidates this year, you will feel equally as inspired.  
 
Just before our nominating convention on March 13, I spoke with Christina “PK” DiGiulio, who will be running for PA governor.  I have been acquainted with Christina for a few years through the water protector movement in Chester County, where we both live. Speaking with her at length was both fascinating and delightful!  After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Lock Haven University, Christina worked for a number of years for the Department of Defense. Then, tragically, she needed to step away from her job after contracting Lyme disease.  
 
While recovering, Christina began researching native artifacts, which led her to learning about the water protectors in North Dakota, who were protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. From there, Christina was inspired to join local water protectors here in PA.  She first worked with Lancaster Against Pipelines, then learned that we have the Mariner East Pipeline threatening our water and safety right here in Chester County.  Christina was horrified that she had moved here not knowing that such a tremendous threat to our safety was in the process of being built. She realized that many people unknowingly live near such existential threats because corporations want to build them and the government does nothing to inform or protect the people.  
 
When she is elected governor of Pennsylvania, Christina DiGiulio would work to inform residents and protect the environment. As she pointed out in our conversation, residents cannot give consent to a pipeline being constructed in their backyard or near their child’s school without being fully informed of what the pipeline is, why it is there, and what could happen if something goes wrong. On a grander scale, Christina noted that we, as human beings, are part of nature, and we have evolved to live in harmony with it. If we don’t protect our environment, we won’t be healthy ourselves. I am so grateful that Christina has chosen to run with the Green Party, and I can’t wait to vote for her in November!

Joining Christina “PK” DiGuilio on the ballot will be Michael Bagdes-Canning, running for Lieutenant Governor of PA, and Richard Weiss, running for U.S. Senate.  Michael Bagdes-Canning has run before as a Green for the PA General Assembly. He is currently the mayor of Cherry Valley Borough, PA. Michael has served as an organizer of Marcellus Outreach Butler, an anti-fracking organization in western PA, and has co-founded the Better Path Coalition, a statewide coalition of grassroots environmental groups. In his campaign with Christina DiGiulio, Michael plans to focus on anti-corruption legislation, improving healthcare access and affordability, environmental justice and repair, infrastructure upgrades, protecting womens’ rights, and ensuring voting rights. 
 
Richard L. Weiss is a lawyer who has previously run as a Green for PA Attorney General. He supports criminal justice reforms including ending cash bail, decriminalizing drug use and sex work, and establishing citizens' police review boards with strong police professionalism standards. Richard says that when he is elected to the U.S. Senate, his first act will be to move for a vote on Medicare For All. 
 
The Green Party has an excellent slate of candidates running for office this year, but we need your help to get them on the ballot.  Whether you’re a seasoned petitioner or have never carried a clipboard before, we would be so grateful for you to join us this year in helping our candidates achieve ballot access and get into office, where they can start making the changes we so desperately need!
 
To join the Green Party campaign, please email [email protected] or telephone (717) 839-2395. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is an independent political party which 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, ttps://www.instagram.com/pagreenparty/; and Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA
 
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See also:
https://www.gpofpa.org/christina_pk_digiulio_for_governor_of_pa
https://www.gpofpa.org/michael_bagdes_canning_for_pa_lieutenant_governor

PA Greens Publish Free ebook “Eliminating Fossil Fuel Pipelines So We Have A Healthy Future”

 

Green Party of Pennsylvania

For release: Saturday, March 19, 2022

 

For more information please contact 

Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570, [email protected]

 

Green Party of PA Publishes “Eliminating Fossil Fuel Pipelines So We Have A Healthy Future”

 

On March 19, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) published a new monograph, “Eliminating Fossil Fuel Pipelines So We Have A Healthy Future” by Jocolyn Bowser-Bostic. This publication explores the various environmental problems associated with fossil fuel pipelines and the resulting health consequences. 

This free ebook offers a highly visual perspective, using photos from citizens affected by local pipelines and fracking sites in and around PA. You may read “Eliminating Fossil Fuel Pipelines So We Have A Healthy Future” by visiting, www.gpofpa.org/pipelines or https://www.gpofpa.org/an_essay_against_fossil_fuel_pipelines

Christina "PK" DiGiulio (Chester County), the GPPA candidate for Governor of PA, said, "As someone who lives in a community impacted by the petrochemical industry -- in particular the Mariner East Pipeline Project -- I am grateful for the Green Party and Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick for putting the work into and publishing this document. The photographs will be extremely useful for organizers who want to convince their neighbors of the harmful effects of pipelines.”

Green Party candidate for Lieutenant Governor of PA Michael Bagdes-Canning testified, “As someone who lives in the shale-fields of PA, where the gas that fills Mariner East Pipeline is extracted, I can’t thank Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick enough for this document. Neither the Republicans, who deny the science, nor the Democrats, who ignore the science, are fit to lead us into the future. There is no sane reason to frack, crack, transmit, ship, or burn methane.”

That is not the end of the methane madness. Arianne Elinich of Bucks County Concerned Citizens Against the Pipelines (a PA resident directly impacted by the Adelphia Gateway Pipeline Project) shares Bagdes-Canning’s concerns. “From the harmful health and well-water impacts of fracking to the perpetual public safety risks of pipeline infrastructure, fracked gas is a ‘Bridge Fuel to Nowhere,’” said Elinich. “Folks are beginning to understand that fossil fuels are old school and that it’s essential for our elected officials to prioritize the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of PA over any possible corporate interests, inferred or otherwise. With the ever-growing opposition towards greenfield pipeline projects like PennEast, corporations will continue to look towards the repurposing of infrastructure, as is the case with the Adelphia Gateway Pipeline Project. But these projects in all actuality may very well raise even more significant public safety and environmental concerns as a result of the age, repurposing of, and the new facilities being constructed for such pipeline projects. Moreover, it is clear from the recent defeat of the PennEast Pipeline, that the power of the people is a force that is growing stronger, more constructive and more cohesive with every challenge. Do not doubt that change is possible.”

“I think this will be a quick, easy read for folks looking to digest some information on the fracking problem and how important it is to stop drilling now,” said Co-chair David Ochmanowicz of the Green Party of Bucks County and steering committee member of GPPA. “We are grateful to have had photography contributions from Bucks County Concerned Citizens Against the Pipelines, Kim Fraczek, Christine Pontecorvo and Christina “PK” DiGiulio.” 

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is an independent political party which 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, ttps://www.instagram.com/pagreenparty/; and Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA

 

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Green Party Co-sponsors PA Climate Convergence

Green Party of Pennsylvania

News Release

 

For release: Tuesday, March 15, 2022

 

For more information please contact 

Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570, [email protected]  

 

Green Party Co-sponsors PA Climate Convergence

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) has become a co-sponsor of the PA Climate Convergence. Meeting virtually on March 13, Green Party delegates, elected by their county locals, voted unanimously to co-sponsor the event in Harrisburg, PA, on the weekend on June 11 – June 13.

GPPA Co-chair Beth Scroggin (Chester County) explained, “We support the Climate Convergence because climate change is the most important issue any of us are facing. If we continue to ignore it, none of the other issues we focus on will matter, because we will all cease to exist. The Green Party has always prioritized the environment, and because our candidates do not accept corporate donations, we are not forced to remain silent on the issue or minimize it."

Hundreds of grass-roots activists from environmental organizations will join together for a weekend of actions, aimed at changing the climate conversation. They are alarmed by the backward stance of the PA General Assembly. Green Party organizer Joe Murray (Berks County) said, “Our government is keeping PA from being part of the solution to our biggest crisis by denying climate change and subsidizing fossil fuel production.”

 

Green Party Co-chair Jay Ting Walker (Allegheny County) said, “I will be part of the Climate Convergence because the PA General Assembly has been ignoring hazards to communities from fossil fuel production and refusing to train a new generation for jobs in clean, renewable energy.”

 

Following the vote, Michael Bagdes-Canning, the Green Party candidate for Lieutenant Governor of PA, said, “I grew up shaped by the prophetic voice of Dr. King. On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King said, ‘We are faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.’ I think it's almost like Dr. King was speaking to us today, because we are faced with an existential crisis. Climate change is serious, and the PA Climate Convergence is an opportunity for people to come together, to plan vigorous and positive action. The fierce urgency of this moment requires it.”

 

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is an independent political party which 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, ttps://www.instagram.com/pagreenparty/; and Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA

For more information, please see: 

PA Climate Convergence, https://www.pennsylvaniaclimateconvergence.org/ 

Emergency Global Green New Deal, Global Climate Convergence,
https://globalclimateconvergence.org/about/what-we-are-calling-for/ 

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Michael Bagdes-Canning for PA Lieutenant Governor

Michael Bagdes-Canning

for

PA Lieutenant Governor

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

 

Contact Person: Michael Bagdes-Canning

724-431-8560, [email protected] 

 

BREAKING: Green Party Candidate Announces Bid For Lieutenant Governor

Michael Bagdes-Canning announced that he will seek the nomination of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania.

Bagdes-Canning is a husband, father, and grandfather living in Cherry Valley Borough, Butler County, where he has held elected office for 33 years. He is currently Mayor. He is a retired teacher. Bagdes-Canning spent almost 36 years in the classroom, the last 29 teaching delinquent and dependent boys. He was a union member throughout his working life, serving as president, vice president, and building representative in his local. Since his retirement, Bagdes-Canning has been an organizer in the fracking / climate fight locally, statewide, and on the national level. He serves on the board of several community organizations and is a cofounder of Marcellus Outreach Butler (Butler County), a cofounder of the Better Path Coalition (PA), and works with Beyond Extreme Energy (national).

In the latest United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, scientists said the planet is overheating and that exceeding 1.5 degrees Celcius, which appears likely on the current trajectory, would have devastating effects, from harming food production to further intensifying wildfires.

“After reading the most recent IPCC Report and hearing the totally inadequate response from our local, state, and national leaders to its findings, I could no longer sit by. Using the invasion of Ukraine as a pretext for more drilling, more pipes, and more export facilities is madness,” said Bagdes-Canning. “We can’t afford that kind of misleadership.”

Bagdes-Canning is also running to end corruption. “Our political system isn’t broken. It functions exactly the way the two corporate parties and the 1% want it to. Our government is for sale to the highest bidder.”

Bagdes-Canning has called for a gift ban, an end to the per diem, and an end to partisan gerrymandering. “These are highly popular reforms, but neither party has acted on them. Why would they? Both parties collude with the 1% to run things. That’s why politicians serve the people who  bribe them and not the people who elect them.”

Bagdes-Canning said he will work with other Greens seeking office. “Our plans will reflect the interests of the poor and working class of Pennsylvania. I’m thrilled to be running with fighters. The people of Pennsylvania deserve a government that serves them, not the rich.”

 

If you would like to join Michael Bagdes-Canning’s campaign for PA Lt. Governor, please contact 724-431-8560, [email protected]

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Christina “PK” Digiulio For Governor of PA

Christina “PK” Digiulio
For
Governor of PA

For Release, Monday, March 7, 2022

For information or interviews, please contact
Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570, [email protected]

BREAKING: Christina “PK” Digiulio Announces
Campaign for Governor of PA

Christina “PK” Digiulio is announcing her candidacy for Governor of PA. She was interviewed by Chris Robinson, leader of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) communication team.

 

Please tell me, Who are you?

Christina Digiulio: I am an avid lover of nature, a water protector and Pennsylvania resident near Marsh Creek Lake. I have a BA from Lock Haven University and am a former analytical chemist for the Department of Defense. I am a co-founder of the Watchdogs of SouthEastern Pennsylvania (WaSEPA) and the Better Path Coalition, and I have been actively opposed to Energy Transfer’s Mariner East pipeline system and the fossil fuel industry.

 

Why are you running for Governor of PA?

Christina Digiulio: I have been listening to the current batch of candidates, who have announced their campaigns from the two corporate parties. It is striking that none of them have mentioned their opposition to the way our constitutional rights are being violated. Under the Constitution of our Commonwealth, we have "a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment." 

Currently, our rights are being ignored, and we need a governor who will not be a pushover for polluters and profits. Allegheny County needs clean air, the Poconos need clean water, and citizens living downwind from landfills, compressor stations, and nuclear power plants need an end to constant toxicity and low-level radiation. There are ongoing, adverse health impacts from all these types of pollution.

The culture of corruption has had a harmful impact on our ability to solve these health problems. When the other candidates for PA Governor accept money from corporations, it is not surprising that they then overlook what is happening in our neighborhoods.

The fossil fuel infrastructure in PA has become a hazard to human health and to the natural environment around us. It has become a sinister system, which is protected by venal politicians.

 

Why are you requesting the endorsement of the Green Party for your candidacy for Governor of PA?

Christina Digiulio: I agree with the Green Party’s Ten Key Values. I especially like that the Green Party first called for a ban on fracking for gas in 2008, when it was instituted by a Democratic Governor in PA. The Green Party provides a contrast with the gubernatorial candidates from the two corporate parties, who have remained silent about our fossil fuel problems.

 

I also agree with the Green Party’s stand on liberating people from the confines of heteronormativity, which impacts the LGBTQIA+ community and all of our society.    

I hope that my candidacy for Governor of PA will build the membership of the Green Party and assist other Green Party candidates to make their mark on the electoral globe.

For more information, please contact Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570 and [email protected]

 

For more information, please see:

Constitution of the Commonwealth of PA, Paragraph 27, Natural Resources and the Public Estate, https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=00&div=0&chpt=1&sctn=27&subsctn=0 

Ten Key Values, Green Party of the U.S., https://www.gp.org/ten_key_values 

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Pennsylvania Greens say, “No War with Russia!”

Green Party of Pennsylvania
News Release
 
For release: Thursday, February 17, 2022
 
For more information please contact 
Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570, [email protected]  
 
Pennsylvania Greens say, “No War with Russia!”
 
On February 12, the pre-Valentine’s Day crowd at Philadelphia’s Love Park was joined by 75 demonstrators who gathered for a rally to stop the U.S. escalation of tension with Russia. The protest called for an end to U.S. military and economic moves against Russia. Signs said, “Fight Racism, Not Russians!” and “Union Contracts, Not Military Contracts!”
 
“The drumbeat for war should be shown for what it is -- a distraction,” declared Hillary Kane (Cedar Park), a member of the Green Party of Philadelphia City Committee (GPOP, www.gpop.org). “It is a convenient distraction from all of the ills plaguing Biden domestically -- from the COVID pandemic to the housing crisis to the climate crisis. We need to focus our energies on those issues, not some trumped up conflict with Russia. This is 2022, not 1962."
 
Indigenous performers Kalpulli Kamaxtle Xiuhcóatl drummed and danced to raise demonstrators’ spirits. The rally had been endorsed by a coalition of groups including Black Alliance for Peace, Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP), International Action Center Philadelphia, Party for Socialism and Liberation Philadelphia, Peace Action, Philadelphia Boricua Committee, Socialist Resurgence and Workers World Party Philadelphia. 
 
"I haven't been to any public gatherings, protests or demonstrations since the pandemic began,” confessed GPOP member Beverly Rolfsmeyer (Roxborough), “but sometimes you know when you need to be somewhere -- when a cause is so important that you put your concerns aside. Why are we still doing anti-war demonstrations?  I thought we were over that!  As a registered Green Party voter, I can't, in all consciousness, be part of a system where both Parties in power put militarism over improving our infrastructure, eliminating poverty, and putting all of our resources into reversing climate change."
 
“The U.S. is in a crisis of its own,” said GPOP member Georgie Georgeson (South Philadelphia). “I can think of far better uses for our tax dollars than to line the pockets of war profiteers and gamble with the lives of our youth and the lives of innocent Russians and Ukrainians. Biden should exercise diplomacy and focus instead on fulfilling his campaign promises and making tangible improvements in the lives of his constituents.” Georgeson is a past member of the GPOP City Committee.
 
“The Green Party is the Peace Party,” said Chris Robinson (Germantown) to the gathered crowd. “There is no way that the Green Party will support a war with Russia! We have demanded that the Pentagon budget be cut in half. Those wasted funds should be used instead for housing, universal healthcare, and transforming our fossil-fuel economy into a renewable-fuel economy. Right now, the Pentagon is spending $1.2 trillion ordered by Barack Obama for a complete rearmament of the Pentagon’s nuclear weapons. Those funds should be used, instead, to end world hunger and to end man-made climate change.” Robinson was a member of the GPOP City Committee and is now leader of the Green Party of Pennsylvania Communication Team (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org).
 
“The Green Party needs you to run for office to turn around our country,” urged Robinson. “We want to run environmental candidates, peace candidates, community-control-of-police candidates, and universal healthcare candidates. Please let us know if you are ready to do your part.”
 
The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is an independent political party which 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, ttps://www.instagram.com/pagreenparty/; and Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA
For more information, please see:
Photos from 2/12/22 rally in Love Park by Rich Gardner, http://prawnworks.net/rlg/2022/Rally-Russia-Ukraine-220212.html
“In 2018 the Congressional Budget Office floated a figure of $1.2-trillion for a complete rearmament of our nuclear delivery system. All of this . . . is a continuation of an initiative begun under President Obama.” by James Hanink, New Oxford Review, Nuclear Rearmament, September 15, 2020, https://www.newoxfordreview.org/nuclear-rearmament/.
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Stop Banking the Bomb Promoted by PA Green Party

 

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, February , 2022

 

CONTACT:

GPPA Communication Team

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

Stop Banking the Bomb Promoted by PA Green Party 

Stop Banking The Bomb (SBTB) is a Pittsburgh-based campaign targeting PNC Bank for its illegal investment in nuclear weapons. In total, PNC has invested 1.6 billion dollars ($1,600,000,000!) in eight nuclear weapon manufacturers. Nuclear weapons have been banned under international law since January 2021.

 

The SBTB coalition has more than two dozen organizations as members, including the Green Party of Allegheny County and the Green Party of Butler/Venango Counties. SBTB demands that PNC Bank immediately sell all of its assets invested in nuclear weapon manufacturers and make a binding commitment to never again invest in weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

 

"Our SBTB movement to reduce the threat of nuclear war by targeting PNC's billions invested in nukes was never about any particular activist group or political affiliation,” explained lead SBTB organizer Rev. Fr. Paul Dordal, co-director of the Christian Alliance for Peace. “We always saw this life or death issue as a means to join all people of goodwill to struggle together for humanity, for our environment, for our planet's very existence. That is why over twenty-five groups in Pittsburgh and nationally have dropped their differences and banded together to make peace a real possibility."

 

“The Green Party has been a proud member of SBTB,” said Chris Robinson, leader of the Green Party’s communication team, “because PNC Bank’s investment in nuclear weapons is evil. Green Party members stand for nonviolence as one of our Four Green Pillars, and we do not want our savings deposits used as an investment in death and destruction.”  

 

Stop Banking The Bomb regularly has rallies, die-ins, marches, and other events to put public pressure on PNC Bank. They held a recent teach-in on January 25 to educate people about their movement, the role and history of nuclear weapons, what PNC Bank does as a company, and the international treaties banning nuclear weapons. For information about their next event, please contact them at [email protected] or visit the SBTB Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/StopBankingtheBomb.  

 

This report was written by Vice Chair Riley Mahon, Green Party of Allegheny County (GPAOC, https://www.alleghenygreens.org/). The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is an independent political party which 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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Some Allegheny County residents say Health Department hasn't taken enough steps to improve air quality

As the Allegheny County Health Department attempts to improve the county's air quality, environmentalists say enough isn't being done and communication between them and the department is lacking.

"While we have made some progress, Allegheny County residents still suffer unhealthy air quality far too often for officials to take a victory lap," Patrick Campbell, the executive director for the Group Against Smog and Pollution, said during the Board of Health meeting last Wednesday.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 10, 2022
By Hallie Lauer


During that meeting, Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen briefly addressed the newly enacted Mon Valley Air Pollution Episode Rule, an addition to the county's air pollution control regulations, to note that all 16 regulated facilities had submitted their air pollution mitigation plans.

The rule was officially approved in September by the Board of Health and Allegheny County Council. The 16 facilities had 90 days — until Dec. 26 — to submit their plans that outlined what mitigation strategies they would take on days where the county was under an air quality watch or warning. Although those plans became effective upon their submission, members of the Health Department's air quality team are still reviewing the plans and some of them may require changes, Dr. Bogen said.

But for many residents who tuned into the meeting, this step hasn't been enough.

"The regulations that Allegheny County Health Department has brought forth so far are improvements, but they're just small improvements," Matthew Nemeth [North Hills Coordinator for the Green Party of Allegheny County] told the board during public comment. "We need a lot more."

Mr. Nemeth went on to say that he has recently been apartment hunting and has intentionally avoided certain areas of the county because they are known to have worse air quality than others.

"When I looked up the address and saw that it was in West Mifflin, that immediately set off a red flag in my mind … and I know that those neighborhoods are completely polluted with terrible air quality from a lot of the industrial facilities, most notably Clairton Coke Works," Mr. Nemeth said.

Between Jan. 3 and Jan. 8, the SmellPGH app, designed by the Carnegie Mellon CREATE Lab to crowdsource reports from residents, received over 100 reports from residents of "foul odors" in the county.

Many of the reports included comments that described the air as smelling like "rotten eggs" or sulfur. The rotten egg smell is caused by an excess of hydrogen sulfide in the air, an issue the Health Department previously has cited U.S. Steel for at the Clairton Coke Works.

Most recently, the Clairton Coke Works facility was fined $5,500 on Dec. 15 for a leak caused by an equipment breakdown that occurred in August, which released an excess of hydrogen sulfide, along with four other types of pollutants.

"The current way that coke ovens are regulated, by allowing a certain percentage of leaking equipment and allowable seconds of visible emissions, is insufficient to protect public health," Jay Ting Walker, an organizer from Clean Air Council [and co-chair of the Green Party of Pennsylvania], said during Wednesday's meeting. "The Allegheny County Health Department must do much more to adequately address the environmental injustices resulting from allowing preventable air pollution that burdens the health of nearby residents."

The Health Department has issued nine violations to U.S. Steel over the past two years, according to the notice of violation sent in December. Health Department spokesperson Chris Togneri said that the department has been "extremely aggressive" with regard to enforcement and legal action. The Liberty air quality monitor, which is about 2 miles from the coke works, is often cited when people refer to air quality issues, but fine particulate pollution has decreased by 32% over the last 10 years at that monitor, which are "some of the largest decreases in fine particulate pollution anywhere in the country," Mr. Togneri said.

"We are extremely proud that last year, every single air quality monitor in Allegheny County met federal air quality standards for fine particulate pollution for the first time since that monitoring began," Mr. Togneri said. "We have made tremendous progress and have met those standards a year ahead of when modeling predicted that we would because of our proactive approach."

Even with the most recent citation, environmental advocates are looking for more information about the enforcement of regulations and the prevention of these issues.

"There's been no communication about what's causing the exceedances or what's being done to stem them," Mr. Campbell said at Wednesday's meeting. Mr. Campbell then asked the board members to "do all that you can to provide more frequent and substantive updates" about what the Health Department is doing to enforce these regulations and reduce air pollution.

"We are not stopping efforts to improve our air quality, and we are not satisfied," Mr. Togneri said. "We also recognize that we cannot do this alone, as we have said continuously. The Health Department will continue to engage elected officials at the local, state and federal level to ensure comprehensive and workable solutions are advanced for improving air quality in the region. "We will continue to recommend and assist in the development of policy solutions to provide additional tools to the department. We will continue to use the tools that we have, exploring new and innovative ideas that can allow the department to go further in addressing air quality and all of the other myriad of issues that they have been charged by state and federal government to address," he said.

Part of the newly enacted Mon Valley Episode Rule requires the Health Department to alert residents when the county is experiencing bad air quality days. The Health Department awarded nine "mini-grants" to community-based organizations to help residents sign up for the Allegheny Alerts system, where they can receive emails, text messages or calls about the Air Quality Action Days — but some think that isn't enough.

"More widespread and reliable notification for adverse air quality events to the public would greatly help families and at-risk individuals make informed decisions to protect themselves and loved ones on dangerous days," county resident [and Green Party member] Alex Downing said during public comment.

Mr. Downing also noted that even though hydrogen sulfide exceedances don't always trigger an Air Quality Action alert, they "can still be dangerous," and the public should be notified.


Emissions from the Clairton Coke Works rise above the City of Clairton on the evening of Sept. 3, 2021. (Photo by Quinn Glabicki / PublicSource)


Greens holding elected office, US as November 2021 elections

Greens holding elected office, U.S as November 2021 elections
Report by Mike Feinstein
Elections Database Manager, GPUS
January 20, 2022

At least 133 Greens hold elected office in 18 states as of November 2, 2021 elections
 
 
The list below includes 123 Greens currently serving in elected office, who were elected to those offices https://www.gpelections.org/greens-in-office/.  Another six have been appointed to elected office,. Four more joined the Green Party after being elected.
 
Of Greens currently holding elected office, 42 are serving on city councils and 34 on school boards. 
 
Of the 106 Greens who ran for municipal and county office in 2021, 52 won their races (49.1%). Nineteen of 25 Green incumbents were re-elected in 2021, including six of ten city councilmembers.
 
Among them were ten for city council, 12 for school board, as well as a mayor and community college board member. Seven more were elected to fire protection districts (2), library boards (2), and a water board (1), sewer board (1) and health district (1).  Another sitting township supervisor in Pennsylvania who wasn’t Green when elected in 2019, joined the Green Party in August 21 while in office. 
A 2021 Green Party 2021 end-of-the-year election report will be coming out soon in Green Pages and forwarded here.
 
Social media links to share of this report 
 
 
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Greens holding elected office, U.S. November 2, 2021
At least 133 Greens hold elected office in 18 states
 
California (24) 
 
Mayor (1)
Bruce Delgado, Mayor, Marina (Monterey County) term through Nov 2022
City Council (3)
Sylvia Chavez, City Council, Calipatria (Imperial County) term through Nov 2024
Dave Grover, City Council, Trinidad (Humboldt County) term through Nov 2024
Quincy McCourt, City Council, Susanville (Lassen County) term through March 2024
School Districts (6)
David Clark, Governing Board Member, Cardiff School District, Cardiff-By-The-Sea (San Diego County) term though Nov 2022
Jacob Coan, Governing Board Member, South Bay Union School District, Eureka (Humboldt County) term through Nov 2022
Carolyn Dixon, Governing Board Member, Wright Elementary School District, Santa Rosa (Sonoma County) term through Nov 2022
Mark Dyken, Governing Board Member, Vallecito Union School District (Calaveras County) term through Nov 2022
Laura Esperanza Surls, Canyon School Board, Canyon Township (Contra Costa County) term through Nov 2022
Dana Silvernale, Governing Boardmember, North Humboldt Union High School (Humboldt County) term through Nov 2022
Fire Districts (1)
John Abraham Powell, Board of Directors, Montecito Fire District, Montecito (Santa Barbara County) term through Nov 2024
Water Districts (4)
Jane Jarlsberg, Joshua Basin Water District (San Bernardino County) term through Nov 2024 
Randy Marx, Board of Directors, Fair Oaks Water District, Division 4 (Sacramento County) term through Nov 2024 
William Stokem, Board of Directors. Mendocino County Waterworks District II Granite Bay (Mendocino County) term through June 2024
Robert “Bob” Patrick Wichert, Director, Sacramento Suburban Water District; Division 3 (Sacramento County) term through Nov 2022
Community Service Districts (2)
Matthew Clark, Board of Directors, Grenada Community Services District (San Mateo County) term through Nov 2024 
Sharron Parra, Hyampom Community Service District (Trinity County)  term through Nov 2024
Neighborhood Councils (7) all terms through spring 2023
Kyle Cadman, West Area At-Large Representative, Olympic Park Neighborhood Council,  Los Angeles (Los Angeles County) term through Spring 2023
Sam Evans, At-Large Representative, Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council (Los Angeles County) term through Spring 2023
Matthew Glaser, Little Tokyo At-Large Business Owner, Emp, Non-Profit Rep, Arts District & Little Tokyo Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles (Los Angeles County) term through Spring 2023
Hugh Moore, Area 2 Resident Representative – Seat 2 (Group B), United Neighborhoods of the Historic Arlington Heights, West Adams and Jefferson Park Community Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles (Los Angeles County) term through Spring 2023
Mireira Alejandra Moran , Renter Representative Pacoima Neighborhood Council Los Angeles (Los Angeles County) term through Spring 2023
Carl Petersen, Resident Boardmember, Northridge East Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles (Los Angeles County) term through Spring 2023
Alexander Robinson, Resident Boardmember, Westlake South Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles (Los Angeles County) term through Spring 2023
 
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Colorado (2)
 
Timothy Barnes, City Council, Lafayette (Boulder County) term through November 2023
Matt Keefauver, City Council, Cortez (Montezuma County) term through April 2022 (appointed June 2021)
 
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Connecticut (8)
 
Dagmar Noll, Town Council, Willimantic (Windham County) term through Nov 2023
Hugh Birdsall, Zoning Board of Appeals, Clinton (Middlesex County) term through Nov 2025
Emery Ng, Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate, Windham (Windham County) term through Nov 2025
Michael Westerfield, Board of Assessment Appeals, Windham (Windham County) term through Nov 2023
Charlie Krich, At-large, Willimantic Taxing District Board of Directors, Windham (Windham County) term through Nov 2025
Cassandra Martineau, At-large, Willimantic Taxing District Board of Directors, Windham (Windham County) term through Nov 2025
Leif Smith, Constable, Redding (Fairfield County) term through Nov 2023
Rob Derry, Police Commission, Clinton (Middlesex County) term through Nov 2023
 
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Delaware (1)
 
Adriana Bohm, Boardmember, Election District A, Red Clay School District (New Castle) term through May 2023 
 
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lllinois (4)
 
Peter Schwartzman, Mayor, Galesburg, 5 term through April 2025
Don Crawford, Board of Trustees, St. Elmo Public Library District (Fayette County) term through April 2023
Sandy Lezon, Library Board of Trustees, Warrenville Public Library District, Warrenville, term through April 2025
Steve De La Rosa, Library Board of Trustees, Villa Park (Dupage County) term through April 2025
 
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Maine (48)
 
Anna Trevorrow, City Council, District 1, Portland (Cumberland County) term through Nov 2024
Scott Harriman, City Council, District 2, Lewiston (Oxford County) term through Nov 2024
Ross Lawrence, City Council, Eastport (Washington County) term through November 2023
Jeff Manter, Town Council, Veazie (Penobscot County) term through July 2023
Scott Avery, Selectboard Member, Casco (Cumberland County), term through June 2024
Jordan Barnett-Parker, Selectboard Member, Lincolnville (Waldo County) term through June 2022
Jennifer Billings, Selectboard Member, West Paris (Oxford County) term through June 2024
Ronald Deegan, Selectboard Member, Bryant Pond (Woodstock) (Oxford County) term ends March 2022
Glenn Dochtermann, Selectboard Member, Alfred (York County) term through June 2022
Jason Dolloff, Selectboard Member, Peru (Oxford County) term through July 2023
Daniel Frye, Select Board Member, Carmel (Penobscot County) term through March 2023
Gerald Hoag, Select Board Member, Beaver Cove (Penobscot County) term through May 2023 (appointed May 2021)
Wayne ‘Chip’ Johnson, Select Board Member, Solon (Somerset County) term through March 2024
Daniel Monahan, Select Board Member, Trenton (Hancock County) term ends May 2023
Jeremy Petty, Selectboard Member, Sabattus (Androscoggin County) term through November 2023
Kevin Rogers, Selected Board Member, Naples (Cumberland County) term through May 2024
Chris Parker, Select Board, Sabago (Somerset County) term through 2022
Desiree Scorcia, Selectboard Member, Boothbay (Lincoln County) term through June 2022
Timothy McCarthy, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Frye Island (Cumberland County) term though August 2023  (joined Green Party on September 14, 2021 after elected on September 1, 2021)
John Neptune, Tribal Council, Indian Island, Penobscot Nation (Penobscot County), term through September 2024
Desiree Bailey, School Boardmember, Wiscasett School Department (Lincoln County) term ends June 2024
Jodi Brasslett, School Board Member, Regional School Unit (RSA) #31, Stetson (Penobscot County) term through March 2023
Vanessa Bryant, School Boardmember, Maine School Administrative District 51, North Yarmouth  representative (Cumberland County), term through June 2024 (appointed July 2021)
Ashlee Chaine, School Boardmember, Maine School Administrative District 72, Fryeburg co-representative (Oxford County) term through June 2022 (appointed August 2020)
Maureen Chipullo, School Boardmember, RSU District 19, Corinna (Penobscot County) term through March 2024
Danielle Gray, Sangerville representative, Maine School Administrative District  #4 (Piscataquis County) term through April 2024
Adam Harkins, School Boardmember, Southport Central School District (Lincoln County) term through April 2024
Stephanie Hagenbuch, School Boardmember, Lebanon seat, School Administrative District 60, Lebanon (York County) term ends July 2023
Rebecca Hennessy, Boardmember School Committee, Northfield (Washington County) term through June 2022
Ann Ingersoll, School Boardmember, Maine School Administrative District  #134 (Somerset County) term through March 2024
Danny Jackson, School Boardmember,  RSU District 49 School Board (Lincoln County) term through June 2022
Robert Lindblom, School Boardmember, Solon representative, Maine School Administrative District 74 (MSAD) (Somerset County) term through May 2024
Patrick Milligan, School Boardmember, Spruce Mountain School District, Livermore Falls representative (Androscoggin County) term through June 2023
Jessica Smith, School Boardmember,  RSU District 16 School Board (Androscoggin County)  term through Nov 2022 (appointed August 2021)
Megan Parks, School Committee, Lewiston Public Schools (Androscoggin County) term through Nov 2023
Patricia Patnaude, School Boardmembrer, Maine School Administrative District 72 (MSAD), Stow (Oxford County) term through June 2023
Sam Pfeiffle,  School Boardmember, Maine School Administrative District (MSAD 15), Gray/New Gloucester (Cumberland County) term through June 2025
Kevin Souza, Embden representative, Regional School Unit (RSU) #74 (Somerset County) term through March 2022
Nicole Springer, Passadumkeag representative, Maine School Administrative District (MSAD) #31 (Penobscot County) term ends June 2023
Ivy Turner, School Board member, Perry School Department, Perry (Washington County) term ends August 2022
Diane Whalen, Regional School Unit 24 #4 Director, Sabattus (Androscoggin County) term through Nov 2024
Ryan Whitehouse, School Boardmember, East Millinocket Schools, East Millinocket (Penobscot County) term through November 2024
Deron Whittemore, School Boardmember, Solon representative, Maine School Administrative District 74 (MSAD) (Somerset County) term through March 2022
Larry Whittington,  School Boardmember, RSU District 56, Dixfield representative (Oxford County) term through June 2024
Jacqueline Wolinski, School Boardmember, RSU District 54, Skowhegan representative (Somerset County) term through June 2023 (appointed August 2021)
Christopher Henderson, Board of Directors, Hampden Water Board, Hampden (Penobscot County) term through November 2023
Jessica Tremblay, Board of Directors, Alfred Water Board, Alfred (York County) terms through June 2024
Adam Morse, Board of Directors,  Freeport Sewer Board, Freeport (Cumberland County) term through November 2024
 
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Massachusetts (8)
 
Bryan Moss, Town Meeting Seat, Precinct 8, Shrewsbury (Worcester County) term through May 2024
Sharon Moss, Town Meeting Representative, Shrewsbury (Worcester County) term through May 2023 
Edward Tar Larner, Housing Board, Concord (Middlesex County) term through March 2024
Matthew Moncreaff, Board of Selectman, Princeton (Worcester County) term through May 2022
Michael Lavery, Board of Selectman, Becket (Berkshire County) term through June 2023 (joined Green Party in February 2021 after elected in June 2020)
Joyce Palmer-Fortune, Select Board, Whately (Franklin County) term though May 2023 
Nat Fortune, Town Moderator, Whately (Franklin County) term though May 2023  
David Spanagel,  Lancaster Library Trustee, term through May 2024
 
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Michigan (3)
 
Kat Bruner James, City Council, Ferndale (Oakland County) term though Nov 2023
Cliff Yankovich, City Council, Lowell (Kent County) term though Nov 2023
Evelyn Pridemore, Redford Union School District, Redford (Wayne County) term though Nov 2022
 
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Missouri (1)
Ed Williamson, Texas County Health Board (Texas County) term through May 2023
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Minnesota (2)
Samantha Pree-Stinson, Board of Estimates and Taxation, Minneapolis (Hennepin County) term though Nov 2025
Audrey Thayer, City Council, Ward 1, Bemidji (Beltrami County) term though Nov 2024
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New York (4)
Jamie Cooney, Village Trustee, South Corning Village (Steuben County) term through September 2024 
Anthony Del Plato, Village Trustee, Village of Interlaken (Seneca County) term through March 2025
Daniel Welsh, Town Board, Lewisboro (Westchester County) term through Nov 2023
Joseph Wetmore, Town Board, Lansing (Tompkins County) term through Nov 2021
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Ohio (1)
 
Rick Duff, Township Fiscal Officer, Mifflin (Ashland County) term though Nov 2023
 
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Oregon (9)
 
Josiah Dean, City Council, Dufur (Wasco County) term through Nov 2024
Shauleen Higgin, City Council, Lakeside (Coos County) term through November 2022 (joined Green Party in 2020 after elected in 2018)
Abe Currin, Board of Directors, Zone 6, Blue Mountain Community College (Umatilla County) term ends May 2025
Michael Sonnleitner, Board of Directors, Zone 3, Portland Community College, Portland (Multnomah County) term through May 2023
Michael Clary, Coos Soil and Water Conservation District, Zone 4 (Coos County) term though November 2024
Alex Polikoff, Corvallis Rural Fire Protection District (Benton County) term through May 2024
Brian Powers,  Position 5, Hubbard Rural Fire Protection District, Hubbard (Marion County) term ends May 2025
Chloe Flora, Pine Eagle Health District , Position 1 (Baker County) term through May 2025
Matt Donahue, Circuit Court Judge (Benton County) term though May 2026
 
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Pennsylvania (10)
 
Tara Yaney, Borough Council, Edgewood (Allegheny County) term through Nov 2023
Michael Bagdes-Canning, Borough Council, Cherry Valley Borough (Butler County) term through Nov 2023
Laura Dininni, Township Supervisor, Ferguson Township (Centre County) term through Nov 2023 (joined Green Party in August 2021 after elected WHEN)
Matthew Reitenauer, School Board, Brandywine Heights, Topton (Berks County) term through Nov 2025
Jay Sweeney, Auditor, Falls Township (Wyoming County) term through Nov 2025
Abigail Hunter, Judge of Elections Ward 7, Precinct 8, Pittsburgh (Allegheny County) term through Nov 2025
Andrew Moses Yanez Oliva, Judge of Elections, Ward 15, District 6, Reading (Berks County) term through Nov 2025
William Pilkonis, Judge of Elections, W-10 P-01, Scranton (Lackawanna County) term through Nov 2021
Jay Ting Walker, Inspector of Elections, Ward 7, District 6, Pittsburgh (Allegheny County) term through Nov 2023
Bert Schultz, Inspector of Elections, Ward 9, Division 6, Philadelphia  term through Nov 2023
 
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South Carolina (1)
 
Michael Stewart, Soil and Water Commission (Greenville County) term through Nov 2022
 
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Virginia (2)
 
Thomas Adams, Soil & Water Conservation Board, Skyline District (Montgomery County) term through Nov 2023
Ira Richards III, Soil & Water Conservation Board, Lord Fairfax District (Warren County) term through Nov 2023
 
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West Virginia (2)
 
John W. Farrell, Supervisor, Southern Conservation District, West Virginia Conservation Agency term through May 2024 
Daniel Lutz, Eastern Panhandle Conservation District, District 19 (Jefferson County) term through May 2024
 
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Wisconsin (3)
 
Bob Gifford, County Board of Supervisors, District 10 (Portage County) term through Apr 2022
Brian Benford, Common Council, District 6 (Dane County) term through April 2023
Barbara Dahlgren, District 11, Wisconsin Conservation Congress delegate (Milwaukee County) term through April 2023

PA Green Party Elects 2022 Steering Committee

Green Party of Pennsylvania
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 14, 2022
 
CONTACT:
GPPA Communication Team
Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570 and [email protected]
PA Green Party Elects 2022 Steering Committee
 
The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org/) is one of our Commonwealth’s most active minor political parties with 9,000 members. Those members are organized into county Green Parties, which elect the GPPA steering committee. On January 9, delegates from ten counties elected a dynamic steering committee to lead the Green Party during 2022.
 
GPPA has two co-chairs who serve for staggered two-year terms. The delegates elected Co-chair Jay Ting Walker (Allegheny County) as leader until the end of 2023. Walker has been a member at large of the GPPA steering committee and an elected member of the Green Party of Allegheny County (GPOAC, https://www.alleghenygreens.org/) steering committee since 2017. Walker has also run twice for election as the GPPA candidate for PA House District 23.
 
Incumbent Co-chair Beth Scroggin (Chester County) said, “I am so grateful to Jay Ting Walker for joining me as co-chair! His energy, enthusiasm, and ideas are just what the Green Party needs to move forward this year.” Referring to other new members of the GPPA steering committee, Scroggin continued, “David Ochmanowicz (Bucks County) brings more than a decade of experience with the Green Party as well as his seasoning as an elected Green official. Beth Schongar and Claire Cohen are both accomplished, passionate women who will bring fresh perspectives to our steering committee. Overall, we will have a great team of people!”
 
Asked for his political forecast, Walker said, “I predict that 2022 will be a dazzling year for the Green Party. We have justice, climate science, the people, and even the PA Constitution on our side. Our only obstacles are the corporations and the politicians they have in their pockets. The Green Party will be in the streets and on the ballot, fighting for the future of every citizen of PA.”
 
In looking at the Green Party’s prospects, Scroggin predicted, “In 2022, I think that recruiting diverse electoral candidates for office, both at the state and local level should be our top priority. In order to recruit those candidates, we will need to build diverse memberships at the local level. Because the Green Party is entirely funded by individuals, and not corporations, we are looking for candidates who can represent the interests of people in their communities. They need not be seasoned politicians, just people hoping to bring positive change for the environment, for peace, and for socioeconomic justice via grassroots democracy.”
 
Asked about his plans, newly-elected Steering Committee Member at Large David Ochmanowicz said, “I am looking forward to returning to the life of an active state-wide Green after serving my community locally these last four years as elected School Director. I'd like to concentrate some of our resources on providing local Greens the opportunity to build by getting groups meeting in new counties. GPPA can provide insight, structure, education, and resources to help local grassroots leadership work cohesively with neighboring counties to thrive.”
 
“Young EcoSolialist (YES) Greens and a re-launch of the Campus Greens here in PA,” continued Ochmanowicz, “would go a long way toward building political awareness in the next generation of voters. Young people largely seem in line with Green Party values and our mission: to elect responsible progressive, uncorrupted politicians to serve our great Commonwealth. We will elect Green Party members to office because they will be for the people, and not for special-interest corporate donors and political parties which have little respect for a free and fair democracy.”
 
Newly-elected Steering Committee Member at Large Beth Schongar (Allegheny County) sees her new job similarly, "My personal goal is to help the Green Party to communicate and involve registered Greens, who have not been involved in the party except for registering and voting. I think that broader involvement of party members is needed in order to have a broader, more diverse pool of electoral candidates and campaign workers."
 
Walker agreed, saying, “I am putting out the call to long-time Greens who have not been active for five years or more. Please contact your friends and ask them to register Green, right now! Our strong organizers from the past, who have not been active recently, should join us in building the Green Party. I ask each of them to contact me!  We should all work together now to forge a stronger Green Party!”
 
To volunteer with the Green Party (as a candidate for office or as a campaign worker), please email to [email protected] or leave a telephone message at 717-839-2395. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is an independent political party which 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 more information please see:
 
“Introducing the New Leaders of PA’s Green Party” by Beth Scroggin and Tina Olson. GPPA News Release, January 19, 2021, https://www.gpofpa.org/introducing_the_new_leaders_of_pa_s_green_party 
 
PA Green Party Elects New Co-chair,” GPPA News Release, January 20, 2019, https://www.gpofpa.org/pa_green_party_elects_new_co_chair 
 
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GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA DENOUNCES CORRUPTION OF LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA DENOUNCES CORRUPTION OF LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS

The Greens offer different priorities
 
By Jarrett Anderson. 
 
      Philadelphia City Councilmember Bobby Henon joined the long list of local elected officials who have been convicted of corruption. In 2015, Councilmember Henon was in discussions about renewing an agreement between Comcast and the City of Philadelphia. The agreement would, among other things, increase internet access for low-income Philadelphia residents and students.
      One might assume that a City Councilmember would view themselves as a civil servant, but the federal jury’s recent decision in Henon’s case suggests otherwise. Audio and text exchanges revealed that Councilmember Henon had gone to bat, not for his constituents, but for his powerful labor leader friend and campaign donor John Dougherty.

      Recently, the following local Democratic elected officials have gone to jail:
  • City Treasurer (2005),
  • PA State Senator (2014),
  • PA Representatives from Districts 198, 191, and 192 (2015),
  • U.S. Congressman (2016),
  • PA Representative from District 197 (2016),
  • Philadelphia District Attorney (2017),
  • PA Representative from District 190 (2018),
  • another PA Representative from District 190 (2019), and
  • Philadelphia Sheriff (2019). 
      Philadelphia has seen so many examples of political corruption in recent years that we wonder if local politicians remember that they are not supposed to work to enrich themselves and their campaign donors—they are supposed to work to advocate for and protect us.
Sadly, corruption is endemic to corporate political parties and political systems that prioritize profit before people.
      Councilmember Henon will likely not be the last corporate politician to use his connections and political leverage to benefit his own career and that of the powerful entities that fund his campaign. History shows us that corporate Democrats and Republicans are beholden to their corporate sponsors, not to the people they are meant to represent. The Philadelphia Democratic Party dominates local politics, and yet their elected officials frequently fail to live up to their stated democratic values. Councilmember Henon is just the latest example.
 
      “I am seldom surprised at the rampant corruption within the Philadelphia Democratic Party since the 1970 Abscam investigation sent three Democrats on City Council and two Democrats in the U.S. Congress to jail,” said Chris Robinson, a Green Party member from Ward 59 (Germantown).
“Of course, many questions from the Henon/Dougherty conviction remain open,” Robinson said. “Green Party members would like to know what measures Mayor Jim Kenney (Democrat) will propose to plug the leaks in our city’s ethics laws, and what ethics proposals will appear in the platform of any of the eight Philadelphia Democrats who are often spoken of as candidates for Mayor in 2023? They have all been quite silent.”
 
      Democrats and Republicans have a business-as-usual culture that manifests in their policies, party structure, and how their elected officials conduct themselves in the workplace. Hence, corrupt Henon funnels money to his donors and considers it good economic policy.
      In contrast, the Green Party has a grassroots culture that manifests in our policies, party structure, and culture. Green Party policies include campaign finance reform to make elections more fair and democratic, a locally administered universal health care system, and local and regional initiatives in sustainable economic development. Our national party is largely managed, not by untouchable bureaucrats, but by delegates from our state parties that are elected at the state level.
 
      You don’t see Green Party officials indicted for corruption scandals. All this to say, the Green Party is a viable alternative to the two dominant parties.
      The Green Party of Philadelphia recently requested that Mayor Kenney nominate our endorsed candidate, Richard Garella, to fill the open position as the minor political party member of the Philadelphia City Commissioners. Garella is eminently qualified and is a champion of election integrity, proven by his involvement in the Election Verification Network and his role as co-founder of Protect Our Vote Philly. Local organizations joined the Greens in our request that Mayor Kenney choose a progressive candidate; instead, he chose a Republican.
 
      Recent local elections point to Philadelphians’ desire to see truly progressive answers to our city’s problems. The Green Party of Philadelphia and many of our endorsed candidates for local office have proposed a variety of solutions to solve inequality and corruption.
      We have advocated for a democratically elected civilian review board of the police. We denounced and miliated against the construction of the SEPTA fracked gas power plant in Nicetown. We have proposed community-based land trusts of currently vacant homes to combat housing insecurity. And we joined and supported advocates for housing justice at the James Talib Dean camp in 2020. These examples speak to the Green Party’s priorities.
      We invite our neighbors to reject the political corruption of the corporate duopoly and demand that local officials be the type of civil servants our communities need.
 
Jarrett Anderson is a member of the City Committee of the Green Party of Philadelphia. The Green Party is on Twitter @GreenPartyofPHL and Facebook @GreenPartyOfPhiladelphia.
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Green Party Opposes Fossil Fuel Pipelines in PA

 

 Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

 

CONTACT:

GPPA Communication Team

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

Green Party Opposes Fossil Fuel Pipelines in PA

Since 1971, the following passage has been in the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:

"The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people."  

 

Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick (Delaware County), a former member of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) steering committee, pointed out, “These sane and wise words, however, might as well not exist because too many of our elected and appointed government officials refuse to enforce them. As I like to point out, there are numerous examples of how pipeline companies have been allowed to grossly pollute the environment without meaningful consequences, which therefore betray the above passage’s promise to current and future generations. There are many patterns of behavior we need to stop and many actions we need to take to make sure we will have a healthy, safe and beautiful environment in which we, our future children, and our precious wildlife can thrive, and the Green Party with its 10 Key Values makes sure these goals remain central to our purpose.”�

 

The Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Taskforce Report says, “Pennsylvania already has more than 12,000 miles of large-diameter oil and gas pipelines in the ground, but now, according to . . . a presentation made . . . by The Nature Conservancy, the miles of natural gas gathering lines alone will at least quadruple by 2030. The footprint of just that [new] expansion is larger than the cumulative area impacted by all other Marcellus gas infrastructure combined, and could exceed 300,000 acres, or 1 percent of the state’s land area. The movement of natural gas will also require compressor stations, estimated to number in the hundreds, to be built along the anticipated pipeline miles. All told, this pipeline infrastructure build-out will impact communities and the environment in every county in Pennsylvania.”

 

All of these buried pipelines are more dangerous than landmines when you consider their incendiary/explosive power and the fact that leaks in them may make it hard or impossible to breathe as well as cause other physical problems. Bowser-Bostick warned, “There is so much evidence on how dangerous these pipelines can be. In 2019, according to the U.S. Dept of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for all types of pipelines combined, there were 614 reported accidents which resulted in 10 people dying; 35 injuries; 2,113 evacuees; 86 fires; 28 explosions and $259 million in damages. The grim statistics of 2019 are actually slightly better than what was typical in each of the 9 preceding years. From 1/1/2010 through 12/31/2019 there were a combined 6,298 pipeline accidents which caused 140 fatalities; 656 injuries; 35,992 people to be evacuated from dangerous conditions caused by pipelines; 922 fires; 329 explosions; and $5,356,744,191 in damages.” 

 

There are many actions we can take to mitigate the dangers of these fossil fuel pipelines and put us on a faster path to a healthier and safer future that is free of fossil fuels. For example, all pipelines should have regular and comprehensive inspections by experts that are unaffiliated with the company that built the pipeline.

Bowser-Bostick explained, “Many people who have worked or lived near the gas drilling and fracking operations in the Marcellus Shale region and other U.S. areas have experienced noise pollution, smog, poisoned drinking water wells, skin rashes, constant headaches and body aches, respiratory problems, cancers, other health problems, physical injuries and deaths. Wildlife, livestock, and domesticated animals have also been seriously sickened or killed by these fracking and drilling operations. Profits and wages for a few do not justify this torment, and it seems more ridiculous to continue powering our societies with these dirty and dangerous forms of energy when we can satisfy all our energy needs through the combined use of improved energy efficiency, wind power, solar power, small scale hydropower and geothermal power that impose no health hazards on anyone.”

 

“My point of view,” she continued, “and that of the Green Party of PA is that there is no sane reason to be maintaining or adding to the pipeline infrastructure that we have in PA. In fact, on November 14, 2021, the assembled delegates of the Green Party of Pennsylvania voted unanimously to oppose any proposed or under construction fossil fuel pipelines in PA and to favor the dismantling of in-use fossil fuel pipelines as soon as possible, which will be able to happen as we adopt more clean energy infrastructure.”

“For the benefits of stopping the deterioration and improving the health of the public, animal species, and the environment and mitigating climate change,”� Bowser-Bostick concluded, “we must stop extracting oil and natural gas, not build any new fossil fuel pipelines, discontinue the building of unfinished pipelines, and stop our reliance on fossil fuel pipelines currently in use as soon as possible.”�

 

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 more information please see:

 

“Our Ten Key Values,” Green Party of the U.S., https://www.gp.org/ten_key_values 

 

Constitution of the Commonwealth of PA, § 27. Natural resources and the public estate,

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/00/00.HTM

Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force (PITF) Report, February 2016, https://files.dep.state.pa.us/ProgramIntegration/PITF/PITF%20Report%20Final.pdf

7 major pipeline projects in Pennsylvania by Candy Woodall, updated May 22, 2019, Penn Live, https://www.pennlive.com/midstate/2015/10/7_major_pipeline_projects_in_p.html 

 

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Your 2022 New Year’s Resolution

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, December 18, 2021

 

CONTACT:

GPPA Communication Team

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

 

Your 2022 New Year’s Resolution

by GPPA Co-Chair Beth Scroggin.

Happy New Year, everyone!  With 2021 now behind us, January is the perfect time to look ahead and create the metaphorical trellis upon which the rest of this year will grow vines.  With your help, those vines can bear the fruit of Greens in elected offices across the Commonwealth. In 2022, Pennsylvanians will elect a new Governor, a new U.S. Senator, 18 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as 25 PA Senators and 203 members of the PA House of Representatives.  Now more than ever, the Green Party of PA (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) needs Green candidates who will stand for people, not for corporations.

A few weeks ago, a Democratic Party candidate for Governor, Josh Shapiro, visited West Chester, the county seat of Chester County, where I live. Stumping for Shapiro was the current Governor Tom Wolf.  A group of people from the Uwchlan Safety Coalition, www.uwchlansafetycoalition.org, organized a demonstration of residents to ask Governor Wolf, in person, to pull the construction permits for the Mariner East II pipeline. This pipeline threatens residents in a variety of ways, including the chance for a spontaneous explosion or poisoning the water supply. Pennsylvanians of all political affiliations have been protesting this pipeline for years, because – while it threatens our safety on a daily basis – it provides no benefit to anyone but Sunoco. 

While we protested, chanting "Pull the permits now!" and holding signs, both Wolf and Shapiro noticed us but did not acknowledge our presence. They were too busy patting themselves on the back for not being Donald Trump, and giving speeches devoid of plans for meaningful change. The experience exemplified for me how politicians in the U.S. operate. They blatantly ignore voters' pleas for change that will literally save lives, while quietly catering to corporations and congratulating themselves for being "better than the other Party."

Now more than ever, we need Green solutions to the problems plaguing us all. Climate change has already been causing violent storms in many parts of the world, droughts and wildfires in other parts. A lack of nationalized health care has caused many to die needlessly because they can't afford the care they need. Hospitals are understaffed and their workers are exhausted and underpaid. Similarly, lack of funding for education has led to staff shortages so severe that it's a wonder our schools can operate on a day-to-day basis. It's been more than a decade since Occupy Wall Street, yet wealth inequality continues to grow by the day. Mainstream politicians continue to ignore these issues. They will continue to ignore these issues because corporations benefit from the status quo, and those same corporations fund electoral campaigns of the two corporate parties. The Green Party is the ONLY party that does not accept corporate funding, and as a result, you can count on Green candidates to represent YOUR interests!

The Green Party is calling for YOUR help in 2022!
If you care about promoting our four pillars of nonviolence, social justice, grassroots democracy, and ecological wisdom, please join us! Whether you're new to politics, have plenty of experience but have taken a break, or have been fighting the system for decades, we will welcome you and find something important for you to do. We need candidates for all elected offices, as well as people who will help those candidates run their campaigns. Make one of your New Year's resolutions to get in touch with your local Green Party, or start one of your own!

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

Beth Scroggin is co-chair of GPPA. She has also served as secretary of GPPA and as chair of the Green Party of Chester County.

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It was a good run . . . but the race is far from over.

 

 

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

 

CONTACT:

GPPA Communication Team

Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570 and [email protected]pa.org

 

It was a good run . . . but the race is far from over.

David Ochmanowicz has been a Green Party activist since 2011. During 2017, he ran for and won a seat as Director of the Quakertown Community School Board in Bucks County. Ochmanowicz did not run for re-election this year, and he has offered some thoughts about his presence as School Director.

-- By David Ochmanowicz.

As my 4 years as School Director conclude, who would have thought I would have so many mixed feelings over these last few months. What a privilege it has been to be the voice of a (my) community. What a responsibility it has been to be trusted to serve.

It's an end to something; an ending I chose with my eyes wide open. You might think that would make my transition into a more normal life much easier. But it doesn’t. Knowing I'll have literally dozens of hours every month to myself and with my family; being at home on Thursdays before 11; not having to check the calendar for Saturday workshops and School Board meetings -- all seem like things to look forward to. At least, that’s what people keep telling me.

But these are not really the joys that consume my thoughts. I cleverly, yet inadvertently, used the word “concludes” before, no doubt for some small, self-indulging illusion. Possibly some Jedi mind trick to make me believe that everything I thought was important has been concluded. Of course, it’s not.

Some of my successes have had a conclusion no doubt. A referendum regarding civics education in the classroom, a new Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service program, hundreds of votes on meaningful programs and day-to-day functions which allowed our students to access the best education we could provide, improving transparency, my 4 years at the Tech School, and many more are the joys I can carry away. For sure!

Yet – so many undertakings are still an ongoing process. I need to trust that those elected to serve in my absence will keep their eye on the prize; that prize is the public good, the common good.

Sometimes I shared in the voice of a majority, and often it was a time of unanimity. Many times, however, I was the voice of a not-so majority. Sometimes I stood with one or two other members of the Board on important issues where the not-so majority deserved a voice too.

I am worried about who will be left to speak for them now. As I “leave by choice” in my words, who else will keep up the good fight? Who will be fighting for the not-so majority? That is the hard truth.

What will happen next is still unwritten. “We the People” must pay attention, get involved, and participate. Otherwise, the pages of time will be written by private lawyers funded by corporate interests. You should support people who choose to fight for the public good, for the common good.

You should become a person who chooses to fight for the public good, for the common good.

David Ochmanowicz has been an elected delegate to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) from Bucks County. He has also served as secretary of the GPPA and chair of the Green Party of Bucks County.

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 Candidates Reflect On 2021 PA Election

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

 

CONTACT:

GPPA Communication Team

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

 

Green Party Candidates Reflect On 2021 PA Election 

 

In the 2021 General Election, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) had 12 candidates on the ballot and several write-ins. When the smoke cleared, the Green Party had seven candidates win election. Several Green Party candidates offered their thoughts on the 2021 campaign. Those thoughts are collected here to help future candidates, especially those who are running for office in 2022.

 

On Running for Office in 2022

Andrew Moses Yanez Oliva (Elected Judge of Elections, Berks County) said: "The advice I would offer Greens who plan to run for office in 2022 is this: start as early as possible. There were so many inevitable "hiccups" which I had not anticipated and felt pressured to navigate well under constrained circumstances; be they temporal or procedural. The more time you have, the better you will be able to anticipate issues and appropriately address them." 

Matthew Reitenauer (Elected School Director, Berks County) said: "The advice I would offer to any Green Party candidates that are running in 2022 would be to focus on the local issues, like clean water, saving farmland, and pesticides." 

Jay Sweeney (Elected Borough Auditor, Wyoming County) said: "I would advise Greens to seek offices that have no challenger or no candidate." [For some PA electoral offices, the Democratic and/or Republican Parties nominate no candidate.]  

Richard L. Weiss (Ran for Common Pleas Court Judge, Allegheny County) said: "Ground work is the most effective. Going door to door works but requires many people." 

 

On Mail in Voting

Jay Sweeney: "I am not opposed to mail in voting. Mail in voting is harder for third party candidates, unless, of course, ballot access is made easier."

Andrew Moses Yanez Oliva: "I think that more voters, in general, due to the pandemic, were made aware of the mail in option. I personally registered to receive a mail in ballot annually and automatically for convenience purposes."

Matthew Reitenauer: "I believe mail in voting is a great thing for Green Party members. It lets the people stay safe at home and vote. Mail in voting also makes it easier for people to vote for who they truly want instead of being persuaded elsewise by people working the polls. This process is also a safer, more convenient way for those who are handicapped to be able to vote. Those people's votes are very important too." 

Jay Sweeney: "Mail in voting deprives the voter a chance to meet a Green Party candidate and their volunteers who may be working the polls. I may have gotten 3% of the vote where I didn't have representation, while I got 20-30% or better in places where I or my volunteers worked the polls."

Richard L. Weiss: "Hopefully more people will vote and will see the Green Party on the ballot. Campaigning has to be early in order to reach mail in voters.”  

 

On Elections in General

Jay Sweeney: "Democracy demands a choice and the voters deserve one. I am proud to be a Green. I saw the way the Democrats gloated over winning a vote in the House of Representatives and the ugliness of the Republicans in denouncing it. However, I don't see progress until we can build a coalition big enough to tackle the two corporate parties."  

Andrew Moses Yanez Oliva: "I would like to invest more effort in winning local elections and cultivating a grassroots democracy culture and ethos in my community. The whole idea of running for Judge of Election in my precinct was to gain crucial and integral political skills to run for office in the future." 

Richard L. Weiss: "If the current PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro is elected PA Governor in 2022, there may be a special election for PA Attorney General. In that case, I would make myself available to run if the Green Party of PA will endorse me." 

 

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 more information, please see:

 

“2021 November Election Results,” GPUS News Release, November 2021, https://www.gp.org/2021_november_election_results  

 

“Reflections on 2020 Election by Green Party Candidate Michael Bagdes-Canning,” GPPA News Release, December 11, 2020, https://www.gpofpa.org/reflection_on_the_2020_election_by_pa_green_party_candidate_michael_bagdes_canning 

 

“PA Green Party Candidates Reflect on 2019 Election,” GPPA News Release, November 15, 2019,
https://www.gpofpa.org/pa_green_party_candidates_reflect_on_2019_election  

 

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PA Green Party Endorses Shut Down of Berks County Detention Center

PA Green Party Endorses Shut Down of Berks County Detention Center

Meeting virtually on November 14, elected delegates to the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) unanimously endorsed the Shut Down Berks Coalition. The coalition is a group of organizations and individuals demanding the closure of the Berks County Family Detention Center (BCRC) in PA and an end to the practice of imprisoning immigrant families in the U.S.

The endorsement was requested by Jay Walker (Allegheny County), a member of the GPPA Steering Committee.

 


Black Star News
November 28, 2021


Henry Conoly (Montgomery County), who is seeking GPPA endorsement for U.S. Congress District 1, said, "The inhumane and destructive detention and separation of children from their families must be stopped. These detention centers are known for their horrid conditions which leave children and families at risk of contracting disease, suffering from malnourishment, and potentially loss of life. We must close these facilities, and begin to bring these families back together while giving them access to our country."

"Detention is not a deterrent, and we have seen countless studies and statistics to that effect," explained Secretary Jes Potts of the Green Party of Berks County. "Citizens of Berks County do not want to have this backwards and unethical system perpetuated when there is so much good that can be done with the property. The best use of this facility would be to convert it into a treatment center to combat the continually rising tide of the addiction epidemic, to provide long term solutions to people who need a foundation from which to change their lives and grow into happy, prosperous and productive citizens. What Berks County and this society needs is more behavioral health resources, not more cages."

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.


Democrats Throw Meatballs in the 2021 Election

Green Party of Pennsylvania
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
 
CONTACT:
GPPA Communication Team
Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570 and [email protected]
 
Democrats Throw Meatballs in the 2021 Election
-- By Co-Chair Tina Olson, Green Party of PA. 
 
The results of the 2021 elections aren’t looking great for progress in the next season. The spreadsheet from this year’s results shows many easy misses and many hard-ball truths. The Democratic Party continues to spread itself too thin while boasting that their big tent can represent both Centrists and Leftists. Certainly from the bullpen, the Blue Sox appear to appeal to a large number of spectators. From the national league, you have rookie Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in left field striking out with Democratic Socialists by putting Medicare for All back into the batting cage. While they also have seasoned-player Kyrsten Sinema playing short-stop on raising the minimum wage. These broad swaths of ideology should give them a hometown advantage, but when a conservative batter charges the mound, there simply is no solidarity, no nine-on-one fight. 
 
This is where the four pillars of the Green Party give our pitchers better guidance. Green Party elected officials from school boards to mayors have fundamental shared beliefs in Peace, Ecological Wisdom, Social Justice, and Democracy, https://www.gp.org/the_four_pillars
 
The penalty for the Blue Sox’s MVP Joe Biden's trajectory towards right field was especially shocking to many since his election. Even when the pitch towards progress appears right down the pike, he surprises us with new levels of disappointment. This renowned switch-pitcher cares more for those sitting in their box seats as high-paying patrons, rather than most of us sitting in the nosebleed seats trying to catch a fly-ball, just once.
 
It appears that the Democrats need to work on some basic teamwork, instead of pointing fingers from right to center field. Their in-field in-fighting and failure to pass their own basic platform initiatives -- even with the stats stacked in their favor -- continues to disenfranchise the entire franchise.  They really should have been watching the Republicans who were busy stealing home plate by winning disproportionately in 2021, from local judges in PA to the shocking results in the VA. As Democrats kick sand at each other, the fans have grown bored with their antics. Ticket-holders are looking for some easy wins, or at the very least shying away from the mixed signals that catcher Jaime Harrison and his DNC are sending. 
 
So, Blue Sox, do you want to “Defund the Umpires,” “Reform the Umpires,” or raise their wages and hire more Umpires? The latter appears to be one of the many screwballs angering activists, many of whom played a major role in electing Joe Biden. In this example, the Green Party sends a very straight-forward cutter as the focus must be on hyper local, grassroots democracy that carries over into redefining the roles of umpires in our communities: More justice, less crime, https://www.gp.org/social_justice#criminal-justice-reform
 
In PA, the Blue Sox aren’t even playing ball. While their opponents are filling up the bases, Democrats are busy at the concession stand, selling merchandise for whatever clever social buzzwords and hashtags they can put on a team jersey. Which is not to say that supporting social causes via merchandise is bad, but when that money is being funneled and held by the team owners, that’s a problem. By the way, the Green Party does also have merchandise, but the money you spend on our cool items goes right back into building a league of our own. Check it out here, https://www.gpofpa.org/merchandise
 
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 Divest Philadelphia from the War Machine

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA
News Release
 
For release: Saturday, October 30, 2021
 
For more information please contact 
Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570, [email protected] 
 
Green Party Supports Divest Philadelphia from the War Machine
The Green Party of Philadelphia City Committee (GPOP, www.gpop.org) continued its support for Divest Philly from the War Machine by calling on people to join a campaign to divest the Philadelphia Board of Pensions from the nuclear weapon industry.
Divest Philly is a coalition of 27 local organizations which desire a cut in the Pentagon budget and greater investment in public services. At the present time, the managers of Philadelphia’s pensions have more than $11 billion invested in the nuclear weapon industry. Divest Philly would like the pension board to screen Philadelphia’s funds to eliminate all investments in the nuclear weapon industry. The leaders of Divest Philly from the War Machine have been in negotiations with members of Philadelphia City Council to enlist sponsors for their proposed bill.
GPOP City Committee Member Olivia Faison from Ward 60 (Garden Court) explained, "The United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that was entered into force in January 2021, made nuclear weapons illegal. The Philadelphia City Council has already unanimously passed a resolution calling on the U.S. Government to comply with the treaty. This fills me with hope that our City Council has shown some common-sense leadership on this economic and moral issue. The Green Party platform has long called for the U.S. to ‘end the research, testing and stockpiling of all nuclear weapons of any size.' Philadelphia is in the unprecedented position to uphold the integrity of the UN treaty, and of our own city, by supporting this courageous display towards nuclear disarmament and world peace by passing this bill proposed by Divest Philly from the War Machine."
The public sector at all levels of government has historically invested resources in military technology and not civilian technology," said GPOP Recording Secretary Tre Schumacher from Ward 17 (Logan). "So many of our scarce resources -- land, labor, and capital -- are allocated to unproductive or harmful activities like rents, pollution, speculation, and war.  (Re-)Allocating our resources to meaningful production -- for example, creating jobs for regenerative agriculture, education, civilian R&D, and green infrastructure, utilities and manufacturing -- is impossible without first divesting resources that are currently dedicated to unproductive pursuits like nuclear weapons."
"We have to put our money where our mouth is," said GPOP Treasurer Hillary Kane from Ward 46 (Cedar Park). "It's not enough for us to take a stand as a City in words only; we must also back that sentiment up with clear action. Divestment is an important way to do this in the language that corporations and markets speak -- the language of money."
“Since Philadelphia is the poorest large city in the U.S., we should divest our funds from (often failed) military efforts of any kind,” said Chris Robinson, a GPOP member from Ward 59 (Germantown). “Instead, we should invest in affordable housing, economic development, safe public schools, city infrastructure, sanitation, or any of the countless dire needs facing us right now.”  
Volunteers who wish to join Divest Philly from the War Machine may register right here, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15cAI8Y48IxLjragHw7N5egsOywiiAhJDy5IoJx5oC9A/. Community organizations which would like to endorse this Divest campaign may sign up right here, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScGq6N4-1BUJv_tfmw5xiySlKvYQgpRwXM8TXaKNcdjxlyeHw/viewform.
The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPOP 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 GPOP, please follow GPOP on social
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From the PA Chair: Become a Rising Star in the Green Party

 

 Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sunday, October 24, 2021

 

CONTACT:

GPPA Communication Team

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

 

Become a Rising Star in the Green Party

 

By Co-chair Beth Scroggin, Green Party of PA. 

 

October marked five years since I joined the Green Party.  After having worked on the Bernie Sanders campaign for nearly a year and seeing my efforts undermined by the Democratic Party, I knew that I needed to invest my future efforts into a party that represented my values AND had the courage and integrity to support grassroots efforts.  My involvement with the Green Party escalated quickly after the leaders of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) informed me that my county had no local chapter.  Shortly thereafter, I became the co-founder and co-chair of the Chester County Green Party.  A local couple allowed us to hold meetings in their home, and always made sure we were well equipped with office supplies, snacks, tea, and the occasional adult beverage. Our first meeting truly changed my life forever, as it is where I met my current significant other as well as some other very dear friends.  

 

Despite my natural need for structure and tendencies toward planning and organization, the decision to become a Green Party leader was one fueled by passion, and I had no particular plan in mind.  I simply held regular meetings, contacted interested people on a list provided to me by the state leaders, and made outreach efforts by attending meetings of other local progressive groups. Through those efforts, my county was able to find a candidate interested in running for mayor of one of our larger boroughs.  We supported his campaign, and gained a great deal of knowledge and experience in local politics, as well as helping him secure ten percent of the vote. As you may know, ten percent for a first-time candidate running with a third party is truly outstanding.

 

I tell you of this because the Green Party of Pennsylvania is currently looking for new leaders.  In 2022, we will have several open positions on our Steering Committee, as well as open spots for national delegates to the Green Party of the U.S. and its many sub-committees.  Additionally, we are always delighted to see people start a new local chapter in PA.  If you live in Pennsylvania and have a passion for our Four Pillars (Ecological Wisdom, Social Justice, Grassroots Democracy, and Nonviolence), I urge you to email me at [email protected]

 

Our next state meeting will take place on Sunday, November 14, and I hope you will take that opportunity to nominate yourself for a leadership position in the Green Party.  If you don’t already know us, I can promise that we are a friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable group who will support you in your efforts to become a leader in the only party which does not accept corporate contributions and which seeks to represent the people.  If you do already know the Green Party, you know that we love to see rising stars in our party, and that it doesn’t take long to jump into a leadership position and start enacting real change.

 

As you consider taking on a leadership role in the Green Party, I will leave you with a quote from one of my personal heroes, subject of the book Into the Wild, “Don’t hesitate or make excuses. Just get out and do it. You will be very, very glad that you did.” 

 

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 Reparations Movement

GREEN PARTY OF PHILADELPHIA

News Release

 

For release: Monday, October 18, 2021

 

For more information please contact 

Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570, [email protected] 

 

Green Party Supports Reparations Movement

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) endorsed the March for Reparations on October 16 in Clark Park, University City, Philadelphia. This was not a difficult endorsement because the Green Party holds that the national problem of white supremacy can only be resolved through reparations.

From the Green Party point of view, reparations should be offered for three types of white supremacy: the forced slavery of kidnapped Africans beginning in the colonial era; the resulting violence and discrimination against citizens of color since the formal end of chattel slavery in 1865; and the continuing punishment of people of color by “the ideology of white supremacy which permeates our institutions today.” Those institutions include healthcare, housing, education, finances, law enforcement, employment and food distribution. As a result, the Green Party in 2018 endorsed the call for a National Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans (HR 40).

The March for Reparations on October 16 was sponsored nationally by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, which held similar events in Oakland, CA; Saint Petersburg, FL; Saint Louis, MO; and Portland, OR. There were five demands made by the marchers: Philadelphia must provide housing for the homeless; Temple, Penn and Drexel Universities must pay reparations for their land-grabs from the community; Philadelphia must pay reparations for the 1985 bombing of Osage Avenue and the incarceration of the Move 9; the immediate release of Mumia Abu-Jamal; and Philadelphia must pay reparations for “mass incarceration, police murder, violence of poverty, hostile colonial schools, and a genocidal healthcare system.”

Chris Robinson, a member of the Green Party of Philadelphia from Ward 29 (Germantown) spoke at the rally following the march. Here is what Robinson said:

Uhuru! And thank you for inviting the Green Party to participate.

I was prepared to give the Green Party’s arguments in favor of reparations, but I believe that will not be necessary for your crowd. [Laughter]

Therefore, I will instead make a suggestion to you. Next year, the citizens of Philadelphia will elect 23 people to the PA House of Representatives. The Uhuru Solidarity Movement’s demand for reparations and the five local demands of today’s March for Reparations may all be found in the Green Party’s platform. Therefore, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement should consider asking the Green Party to nominate some of your members for State Representative on the Green Party ballot line. Just think of the publicity for both of our organizations if the mass media began to ask Democratic and Republican Party candidates for their statement about reparations!

Uhuru! 

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPOP 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 GPOP, please follow GPOP on social media:
Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/GreenPartyOfPhiladelphia/
Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/green_party_of_philadelphia/ and
Twitter, https://twitter.com/GreenPartyofPHL

 

For more information, please see: 

“March for Reparations, October 16, 2021,” Uhuru Solidarity Movement, https://uhurusolidarity.org/march-for-reparations-2021/;  

Green Party Platform; II. Social Justice; A. Civil Rights & Equal Rights; Reparations for U.S. Afrodescendants, https://www.gp.org/social_justice#Reparations; and  

“Green Party endorses U.S. House Resolution on Reparations for the descendants of Africans enslaved in the U.S.,” Green Party of the U.S., February 14, 2018, news release, https://www.gp.org/greens_endorse_reparations. 

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Kearni Warren: Election Day Poll Watching

Election day is quickly approaching us!

Kearni is in search of poll watchers for November 2nd to help ensure she has a campaign presence across the city.

Poll watchers will sign up for specific time slots and will be assigned one of the twenty polling places to cover.

While we cannot pay you for this service, Team Warren will provide free campaign t-shirts to all helpers!

Sign Up Here

 

Please reach out with any questions.

Thank you so much for your support this Fall - only a few more steps until this historic election!

 

Best,

David DeMarco
Campaign Manager
The People For Kearni
www.warren4chester.com
warren4chester.nationbuilder.com/donation


Lorianne Burgess for Mayor Of Ambridge, PA

Lorianne Burgess for Mayor Of Ambridge, PA

 

For Immediate Release

Thursday, October 7, 2021

For More Information, Please Contact:
Lorianne Burgess, [email protected]  

 

The Green Party of Pennsylvania endorsed Lorianne Burgess for Mayor of Ambridge Boro, PA. Lorianne Burgess has carried on an active campaign. She will be on the ballot in Beaver County for Mayor of Ambridge Boro on Tuesday, November 2. 

 

Here are the answers which Lorianne Burgess gave to some voter questions:

 

  1. -- How have you been involved in the Ambridge Boro community?
    A. Lorianne Burgess -- I am a widowed mother of two children, and I have lived in Ambridge my entire life. I graduated from Ambridge High School. I understand the struggles of the people in our community. I talk to so many of my fellow citizens every day, in my bakery and walking down the street. I believe that there is something beautiful on every single block of this amazing town. There are genuinely wonderful folks in every corner of this diverse, inspiring melting pot of a community that we have the supreme privilege to be a part of. I wouldn’t live anywhere else.

Following in the footsteps of my older family members, I have been involved in community groups, happily giving back to our town. I have been involved in Girl Scouts, CCBA, helping out when I’ve been able to. I own and run Stangl’s Bakery, which has been in my family for over 100 years. I have served as president of the Ambridge Area Chamber of Commerce, and I currently serve as president of Ambridge Crime Watch.

 

  1. -- Why are you running for Mayor of Ambridge Boro?
    A. Lorianne Burgess -- For quite a long time, there has been a lack of energy and community presence, in the office of Ambridge Mayor. I know quite a few people that have never met an Ambridge mayor, which is someone that should be out, meeting folks, and the face of a community.

 

  1. -- What sets you apart from the other candidates for Mayor?
  2. Lorianne Burgess -- I view myself as a very socially liberal person. I believe in equality. I pride myself in being a very caring person, without being naive. I have earned the trust of many of the pillars of the Ambridge community. I am approachable for young and old alike. I am always working on my conflict resolution skills, and I really want to bring “being neighborly” back!

 

  1. What is the largest challenge facing Ambridge, and how will you approach it?
    A. Lorianne Burgess -- I think we have two major issues that need to be worked on, both equally important. One is that we need to bridge the ˜trust gap” between the police department and the community. Some really good steps have been taken toward accomplishing this, but we still need to work on it. The officers need outlets to engage with youth and charitable organizations. The other issue that we must address is, of course, our drug epidemic, which goes hand in hand with the mental health epidemic. 

 

Q. -- What will be your top priorities as mayor?
A. Lorianne Burgess -- As mayor, I want to put a fresh face of hope on our town. I don’t think the town needs another get-off-my-lawn old white man, in the mayor’s office. As a business owner in Ambridge, I have seen some hard times. We have had to really hustle and be creative. I think that’s what Ambridge needs: creativity and determination. We have some positive momentum, and it needs to be fed. With the right energy Ambridge could definitely see more positive things happen in the years to come.

  1. -- Why are you running for Mayor as a Green Party Candidate?
    A. Lorianne Burgess -- The transparency is one of the best parts of the Green Party for me. The Green Party is the party with the most accountability. There are no string-pullers. I owe no favors. Should you vote for your party, or for what you believe in? I can do both with total confidence.

You may follow Lorianne Burgess’ campaign for Mayor of Ambridge Boro, PA, right here, https://www.facebook.com/Lorianne4Mayor/  


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SEIU Healthcare PA Endorses Kearni Warren for Chester City Council

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

For More Information, Please Contact:
David DeMarco, 610-809-6032 and [email protected] 

 

SEIU Healthcare PA Endorses Kearni Warren for Chester City Council 

 

On September 24, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Pennsylvania endorsed Green Party candidate Kearni Warren, who is running for Chester City Council. SEIU Healthcare PA said on Facebook, "Pennsylvania healthcare workers are proud to support Kearni Warren for Chester City Council At-Large. As a home care worker, union member, and leader in SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, Kearni will fight for caregivers, working families, and good union jobs." 

 

Cheryl Womack, home care worker and SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania member, said, "I appreciate Kearni Warren and support her 100%! Her record of loyalty, dedication, sacrifice, and willingness to help others is impeccable. She is a phenomenal woman, and I know she will bring positive change to Chester."

 

As a candidate in the November 2 General Election, Kearni Warren has taken a strong stand for union rights and fighting for caregivers to be respected, protected, and paid what they deserve. 

 

Kearni Warren said, “Home care work has been ignored and shamed for many years. Domestic work including care work were left out of the early labor laws due to the workers being primarily women and those women were disproportionately women of color. Home care work has had bad stigmas attached to it. Many people look down upon caregivers because they have never had the honor of caring for someone who was unable to completely care for themselves and unless you care for someone, you don’t know the level of skill and the amount of mental and physical strength and stamina required to keep the people you care for alive. 

“This is why I believe Congress must pass the Better Care Better Jobs Act (Senate Bill 2210, House Bill 4131). The Better Care  Better Jobs Act will bring a long overdue and needed investment into the care economy.”  

In response to her endorsement by SEIU Healthcare PA, Kearni Warren said, "Thank you! I have been a home care worker for 20 years, and I have been a union member of SEIU Healthcare PA for seven years. SEIU has made my voice stronger. The union along with my union sisters and brothers gave me comfort and purpose last year during the onset of COVID and the racial reckoning that was taking place throughout the country as I was having a difficult time emotionally watching black bodies brutalized, murdered, and disabled by American police departments. Because of the support of SEIU, I became more involved and became a union leader and member lobbyist later moving into employee roles as a member political organizer and a member organizer. Fighting for the rights and dignity of caregivers is personal to me and I am grateful that SEIU Healthcare PA, Pennsylvania's largest and most powerful healthcare union has endorsed me."

Kearni Warren’s inclusion on the 2021 ballot marks the first time a Green Party candidate has challenged Chester’s Democratic Party. You can learn more about Kearni Warren’s Campaign at her website, www.warren4chester.com, or on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/kearniwarrenforchester

 

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Green Party Opposes Fracking Brine on Rural PA Roads

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

 

CONTACT:

GPPA Communication Team

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

 

Green Party Opposes Fracking Brine on Rural PA Roads

The State Committee of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) has agreed to oppose the spread of fracking brine on rural PA roads. Meeting virtually on September 18, more than 20 elected delegates from county Green Parties achieved consensus on a letter to the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) demanding a ban on use of such waste materials.

Falls Township Auditor Jay Sweeney of Wyoming County, had requested the Green Party to take such action. Sweeney said, “I submitted the request for GPPA to sign on to the letter demanding an end to the spread of radioactive frack wastewater on our PA roads because this industry continues to be the biggest threat to the environment of rural PA and worldwide. The Green Party holds environmental wisdom as one of its Four Green Pillars.”

 

“Fracking continues to be the biggest threat to the environment in my opinion,” continued Sweeney, “because it consumes vast quantities of water that cannot be returned to its natural state. It results in this dangerous radioactive wastewater that the fossil fuel industry cannot recycle or dispose of in a benign manner. They use dangerous disposal methods including deep well injection techniques to drive the water underground. This not only threatens our water table, but has also resulted in earthquakes. Using the wastewater for dust control and deicing of roads is another disposal method that introduces radiation and other dangerous elements into our environment. In addition, fracking results in the release of methane into the atmosphere, a major contributor to the greenhouse effect and climate change. Fracking needs to stop!” 

 

The letter to DEP had already been signed by more than 60 organizations which defend the environment. Sweeney said, “We must join with others who are taking a leadership role on these issues. I hope the Green Party establishes a relationship with these leaders so we can take more timely action with them when necessary.” 

“This new proposal to dispose of fracking waste products by spraying them all over PA's roads is just the latest outrageous step in the entirely unnecessary fracking process,” explained GPPA Co-chair Beth Scroggin of Chester County. “The Green Party has been against fracking since it was introduced by PA Governor Ed Rendell in 2008. Fracking is unsafe for the environment, people, and animals alike. There is absolutely no need for anyone to be devising new ways to use fossil fuels at this point. There are all sorts of ways in which the process of fracking can malfunction, causing chemicals to leak into the groundwater or pollute the air. Additionally, it needlessly depletes our supply of freshwater. The fracking industry has already taken a devastating toll on neighborhoods across PA, so that corporations can make more money.”

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 more information, please see:

 

Sign the letter to DEP re: Road Spreading of Brine,” https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfywuN-6wKXEOW2Zwqy5dHmhIt2XtwlHxJ2AgiQaA8KRPk8yQ/viewform

 

“PA Greens Push for an End to Fracking” by Matt Nemeth, Green Party of PA News Release, October 4, 2020, https://www.gp.org/pa_greens_push_for_an_end_to_fracking; and 

 

“Pennsylvania and Fracking,” Global Energy Monitor, April 30, 2021, https://www.gem.wiki/Pennsylvania_and_fracking

 

 

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Running for Election as a Green Party Candidate

  • By Co-chair Beth Scroggin, Green Party of PA

PHILADELPHIA – Welcome to October, a month when our Pennsylvania fall foliage can astound us with its beauty, and when our Green Party electoral campaigns are in full swing! The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is proud to be running ten candidates in local elections and is eagerly anticipating running a full slate of candidates for state-wide positions next year. My fondest memories of my work in the Green Party are from when I have worked for local campaigns: collecting nomination signatures, introducing candidates to potential voters at fall festivals, and knocking on doors to hand out literature and talk to voters about their concerns.


Green Party of Pennsylvania
www.gpofpa.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 13, 2021

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


The Green Party of Allegheny County (GPOAC) is running five candidates, including Ward Allebach (Bradford Woods Borough Council), Connor Mulvaney (Pittsburgh City Council District 4), Steven Martinez (Dormont Borough Council), Jay T. Walker (Judge of Elections Ward 7, District 6, Pittsburgh), and Abigail “Abi” Hunter (Judge of Elections Ward 7, District 8, Pittsburgh). Ward Allebach recently shared with GPPA GREEN STAR, “I’ve been volunteering with the Bradford Woods Conservancy to make my community a better place since I moved to Bradford Woods 15 years ago. Running for Council seems like the next best step to continue this work.” Connor Mulvaney expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “Now we can dig in with our neighbors and outwork an incumbent who thinks elections can be bought and sold. I’m really excited to keep listening to my neighbors and keep building our movement for change in Pittsburgh City Council!"

In Beaver County, also in western PA, the Green Party has candidate Lorianne Burgess running for Mayor of Ambridge Borough. I applaud the energy and excitement in western Pennsylvania and wish all Green Party candidates the very best!

Berks County Green Party here in eastern PA where I live, has two candidates running for office, including Matthew Reitenauer (Brandywine Heights School Board) and Andrew Moses Yanez Oliva (Judge of Elections, Ward 15, District 6, City of Reading).

Former chair of GPPA and 2018 Green Party candidate for PA Auditor General, Jay Sweeney is running for re-election as Falls Township Auditor in Wyoming County.

Last, but certainly not least, the Green Party is proud to have Kearni Warren running for Chester City Council in Delaware County. On her campaign page, Kearni recently shared, “It is time to reclaim and reframe Chester, PA. We walk the same streets that MLK did. We share the same activism, fire and spirit because we know what greatness comes out of Chester. From the arts to business, Chester has some of the most amazing potential. I’m proud to say I’m Chester Made. And this is what I live and fight for. This is my passion, the community. You are my passion.”

The Green Party is truly fortunate to have candidates with such dedication and integrity running for office. If you find that one of our Green candidates is campaigning near you, and if you share their passion for the Green Party’s four pillars of ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy, and nonviolence, I encourage you to join their campaign and to relish the unique feeling of inspiration that comes from working for a candidate who represents your values.

If you would like to see Green Party values represented in your town, in our state, and in the conversation surrounding election season, we implore you to consider running for office as a Green Party candidate in 2022. You may run locally for the PA General Assembly or for a state-wide office, including Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or U.S. Senator. Running strong candidates is the most important work of the Green Party. I am grateful for all who have run with us and am eager for you to join us.

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, Instagram, and Twitter


Candidate for Congress in PA District 1, "Congress Must Act Now!"

 

 

Henry Conoly for Congress
www.facebook.com/henryc4ushouse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 27

For More Information:
Henry Conoly, [email protected]

 

On Thursday, August 26, the Supreme Court voted 6-3 to overturn the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) eviction moratorium and put millions of people at risk of being forced to the streets. This is happening at a time when a surge in COVID cases is occurring, and people are still yearning for a thriving wage that doesn't require them to spend a majority of their time at their workplace. It is clear that the theatrics from the squad in sleeping on the steps of the capitol did nothing more than gather the spotlight of the media and a chance to generate energy behind reelection hopes. What is even clearer is that the U.S. House and Senate must immediately gather in their respective chambers and begin to ensure that millions don't end up on the streets.

In their Ecosocialist Green New Deal, 2020 Green Party Presidential Candidate Howie Hawkins and Vice Presidential Candidate Angela Walker laid out the grounds for ending homelessness in this nation. In their Green New Deal they called for both universal rent control and public housing in walkable communities. This plan is one which my campaign for U.S. House in PA's District 1 supports completely. In order for it to happen, we cannot have the largest homeless crisis in the history of our country come before it. That is why it is important that those currently in power act now.

Congress could reconvene and begin to work with the President to overturn and block the Supreme Court's ruling on the eviction moratorium. This would secure the homes that millions of people need during this dangerous moment in the pandemic. This is a moment that will require both the legislative and executive branches to put the people above their corporate donors, potentially damaging their re-election efforts but also protecting the most vulnerable in our nation.

If Congress fails to reconvene and begin working to ensure that millions don't end up on the streets, it should serve to the people of this nation as further proof of why we need new people, not beholden to corporate donors in Washington, DC. This failure, coupled with the many other notable failures of the oligarchy, serves as proof that the system is broken and not designed to help the people that elect those in power.

My campaign stands firm in our support for the worker, the renter, and those in this nation that want better. I said during the theatrics of sleeping on the capitol steps that if I was elected to the U.S. House I would have used my position to bully everyone back to Washington to take tangible action. I believe that being elected to office isn't about publicity but rather about risking everything to protect not only those that elected you but everyone else. I believe that being elected to office requires you to risk everything to help people you never met. I believe that housing is a human right, and I believe that any eviction is a violation of human rights. Evictions during a pandemic are even more egregious. Congress must take action now. 


There is a Cure for the Covid-19 Blues

By Co-chair Tina Olson, Green Party of Pennsylvania

Across Pennsylvania, this time of year begins a season for parents and teachers preparing for opening schools; dusting off iPads, lacing up new sneakers, and fulfilling the wishes of those toothless first-grader grins and whims. This year is the second year parents are faced with the uncertainty of COVID variants and supply lists for class requirements that can be economically overwhelming in this unprecedented time of scrimping and scraping. The online parent-portals are open, the animal crackers are packed, but the uncertainty of COVID variants looms over each of us as we prepare for the worst. We may be masked, but our common stressors are not hiding, our familiar struggles can not be sanitized.

"I'm gonna raise a fuss, I'm gonna raise a holler…"

What begs to be questioned is how do we go into this school year while the inequality of our different school districts continues to fail struggling families, but more importantly fails to recognize that in higher populated schools, the grim reality is overall unequal. Families with the means to adorn their kids with designer toddler-wear set a precedence of privilege that perpetuates the distinction of class struggle. Kids from rich school districts don't worry like the kids attending schools that barely keep the lights on and their lunch trays full.

It should come as no surprise that the bigger the school district the more likely parents feel they have no control. Enormous school districts like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh can't compete with school districts like Radnor, which are 70% white and naturally have smaller schools with more individual attention. We know that many variables contribute to whether or not a student thrives, yet society fails to reflect the solutions in its misguided votes.

"...About working all Summer, just a-trying to earn a dollar…"

Better representation means the likelihood of better communication and making tough decisions to close in-person learning if a particular area spikes in COVID cases, or the opposite in areas with fewer cases. This is what we should have learned nearly two years ago: blanket closings hurt the relationship between the government and its citizens, while remaining open where we ought not will increase the mortality rate.

There is no Blue or Red Team, and there are no Covidiots, just people trying to carve out a living with misinformation flowing in two directions into two Blue and Red color-coded coffers. We are only people looking for our representatives to be vigilant, to protect our livelihoods and the lives of those most vulnerable from morbid outcomes of COVID-19. Additionally, we are all just trying to navigate our way through a for-profit Democracy that puts a paycheck above the people who have hired them to just do the bare minimum of curating a fair system for survival.

The recent arguments in Harrisburg from abortion rights to auditing past elections, these dispassionate and self-absorbed distractions that our representatives have to offer, leave a blank chalkboard where solutions should be sketched out. The growing inequalities as a result of the pandemic economy are resonating within a majority of our residents; from tenant disputes and displaced workers trying to find new jobs that offer a livable wage, to kids growing up in a climate of dystopian reality of burning forests and flaming faucets as a result of fracking profiteers.

"Sometimes I wonder what Imma gonna do…"

We need our representatives to stay focused on a sustainable directive. Take this crisis in this new century and crumpling infrastructure as a sign that hierarchical and centralized wealth-down capitalism will not save us or our planet.

As an alternative, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) calls for fully-funded schools at a hyper-local level. We believe that schools should remain democratic without the influence of private enterprise. What this means for the Age of COVID, is the increase of power over those who would rather choose to be reckless with our children's lives versus staying vigilant in the fight for better days during a continuing global pandemic.

In general, we know that class size and school size are crucial in a child's development, that better teacher-to-student ratios can strengthen the resolve, and that privatized alternatives have failed to fulfill the prime directive of educating kids moving towards a more complicated future. We simply need more time to teach students. This is why there should be no argument in expanding education to include an associate and baccalaureate education.

GPPA also demands that the minimum wage be no less than $15/hour while realistic wages should be $20/hour and more. We demand that healthcare be provided by public funds for all residents. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it's that we need Healthcare for All and more incentives for students of all ages to enter the professional healthcare and teaching fields.

"There ain't no cure for the summertime blues."

This is why building the Green Party needs to focus on local elections. This year we have 10 candidates running for positions from mayor to school board members to city council who need your immediate support. Moving towards the 2022 elections, all of the PA Representatives and half of our State Senators are up for re-election. The Gubernatorial race is crucial in all of this. Collectively, the Green Party needs more members to build power in order to push the initiatives for a more equitable system. Please consider the advantage of running for office or becoming involved in local Green Party electoral campaigns. A win for Greens would be a win for so many lives of people you could affect.

While there ain't no cure for the summertime blues, there is a cure for the COVID-19 blues. Once again, the answer starts from within ourselves. The duty of each person is to recognize the need for fully-funded mutual aid and a fully-functioning representative democracy in every neighborhood, in every school district, and in every elected office in our country.

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,  Instagram,  and Twitter.


Kearni Warren Makes History in Race for Chester City Council

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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

For More Information, Please Contact:
David DeMarco, 610-809-6032 and [email protected] 

 

Kearni Warren Makes History in Race for Chester City Council

Chester’s First Green Party Challenger

Chester, PA – Chester resident, community activist, and union member Kearni Warren is officially on the ballot in this Fall’s showdown for Chester City Council. She is the first minor party candidate to ever challenge the Democratic regime.

“I am extremely excited to enter this race as the grassroots voice of our community,” Ms. Warren said. “Chester is my home, and it has been for generations. I grew up in the Ruth L. Bennett Homes with my mother, Rev. Bernice Warren, who instilled in me the values of a true Chester leader: respect, dignity, and most of all, truth. I am launching this campaign to restore Chester’s leadership to these values.”

Kearni Warren is a strong advocate for local education, herself graduating from Eastern University’s Business Administration program, which aided her first entrepreneurial venture as a consultant. When her grandfather fell ill in 2001, Ms. Warren returned home to Chester to work full-time as a family caregiver, which was the start of her 20 year commitment to caregiving.  During her time as a unionized caregiver, she has worked as a member political organizer and lobbyist for the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Pennsylvania (SEIUHCPA) and United Home Care Workers of Pennsylvania. She is an author, speaker, environmental and racial equity activist and is currently a member of the Emerge PA class of 2021.

In her platform, Kearni Warren takes aim at financial de-development, corruption, and environmental injustice. “For too long, Chester’s leadership has not been held accountable. For nearly all of the 20th Century, we had a Republican political machine that drained our city’s federal aid programs and invited waste industries to litter our waterfront.” Ms. Warren stated. “And now, in the 21st Century, we have a constant flow of Democratic council members who can’t even get the trash picked up on time, let alone address Chester’s severe social, environmental, and financial pitfalls.”

Kearni Warren shared one direct message to her neighbors: “Chester residents, Upon my election this Fall, I will work tirelessly to resolve the problems that face us day-to-day. I will focus on developing our waterfront for locally-owned businesses, revitalizing our infrastructure, and ending waste incineration in our city.”

Ms. Warren’s inclusion on the ballot this Fall marks the first time a Green Party candidate has challenged Chester’s Democratic Party. You can learn more about Kearni Warren’s Campaign at her website, www.warren4chester.com, or on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/kearniwarrenforchester

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Green Party Candidate for Congress, PA District 1, says, “End war and welcome refugees

   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

 

For More Information:

Henry Conoly

215-853-4875 and [email protected] 

Green Party Candidate for Congress, PA District 1, says, “End war and welcome refugees”

 

For 40 plus years, direct and indirect military action in Afghanistan has led to a destabilization of a country which once valued and respected human rights and liberties. The U.S. funding of and training of the Mujahideen, later known as the Taliban, created a situation where the need to care for refugees and victims of our military occupation would be inevitable. 

Our withdrawal from Afghanistan was long overdue and should have been done 20 years ago. It is now the responsibility of the United States to provide safe refuge for all people seeking to flee Afghanistan. Providing a place of safety to those who are the victims of the destabilization of Afghanistan is not a partisan issue, it is a humanitarian issue. This humanitarian issue would have occurred following the Trump Administration’s May deadline or the Biden Administration’s deadline. 

 

This situation should also prove to us why we must end all U.S. foreign combat, close foreign bases and bring troops and U.S. military equipment back to the United States. My campaign for the US House in Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District is committed to working to make these needed actions a reality. 

 

Once we bring our troops and equipment home, we can begin to address the bloated size of our military. The Pentagon budget in the United States far exceeds what is needed to provide defense against attacks on our homeland. Funding clandestine operations in nations, such as the operations which armed and trained the Taliban, do not make our country or the world a safer place. I believe that diplomacy and coordination with our global community will ultimately do more to make the world a safer place than any recent US operation.

 

Lastly, Congress must immediately end the Authorization for Use of Military Force of 2001 (AUMF) that was authorized in response to 9/11. The AUMF has allowed four different presidents to control the power to wage war in direct violation of the Constitution's mandate on how war is authorized. We will only be able to end the disaster that has been the global war on terrorism when the AUMF is also struck down, not amended. 

 

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Green Party Calls for PA Election Reform

Green Party of Pennsylvania
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
 
CONTACT:
GPPA Communication Team
Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570 and [email protected]
 
Green Party Calls for PA Election Reform. 
-- By Garret Wassermann, Co-chair of Green Party of the U.S.  
Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Republican Party proposed changes to the state’s 1938 Election Code. The bill, HB 1300, was ultimately vetoed by Governor Tom Wolf in June. However, Pennsylvania’s decades-old election code does need serious analysis and change, especially in light of lessons learned in 2020 while trying to hold elections during a global pandemic. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) had previously submitted some ideas to the public, and I would like to revisit and expand on those ideas. 
Some of the reforms Greens called for in 2019, such as voter-verifiable paper ballots, were actually implemented last year.  Of course, the state only adopted paper ballots after a lawsuit brought by Jill Stein, the 2016 Green Party presidential nominee, and several GPPA  members. In the final settlement with Stein, PA agreed to adopt paper ballots in 2020 and have full vote auditing measures in place by 2022. While that was an important win for election integrity and transparency, many other changes are still needed to create a more representative electoral system and ensure truly free and fair elections.
The Green Party calls on elected officials of all levels of government to adopt the following policies for municipal, state, and federal elections:

Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.
           

2021 is an important year for elections because the once-per-decade redistricting process has begun. Under PA’s current law, the state legislature draws and approves the new district maps. In practice, this means the political party which happens to be a majority at the Census can effectively draw the maps on their own, ignoring input from any other party. Districts can often be drawn in ways taking into account demographics that may benefit a particular political party or incumbent official, resulting in what’s known as “gerrymandering.” A citizens’ commission, independent of the legislature and made up of regular citizens instead of elected officials, should be formed to draw fair maps. This commission’s membership must equitably represent not just Democrats and Republicans but also minor parties and independent voters.

Ranked Choice Voting and Proportional Representation.

Ranked choice voting (RCV) has numerous benefits, including giving voters the opportunity to better express their preferences in candidates. RCV has often resulted in friendlier campaigns that talk more about policy instead of negative attacks, since candidates would rather be nice and try to earn your second-rank vote than turn people off with attacks.
           
Legislative bodies should be elected by proportional representation methods such as Single Transferable Vote (STV), a form of ranked choice voting that uses multi-winner districts – that is, each district elects multiple people at a time, to ensure that the resulting winners proportionally look like and represent their voters. Having multiple winners in each district also makes it much more difficult to gerrymander. While multi-winner districts for Congress are currently prohibited by federal law, there's nothing stopping PA from implementing it at the state and municipal levels. STV and other forms of proportional representation result in broader, more diverse legislative bodies which better reflect constituents.

Equitable Recognition of All Political Parties.


Minor parties should be able to maintain legal recognition with a small number of registered members, rather than needing to field candidates for statewide office every two years. This requirement forces minor parties to drain resources on more expensive statewide campaigns instead of being able to provide more support to their municipal candidates. One way to implement this was the Voters’ Choice Act, which was introduced by Senator Mike Fulmer (Lebanon County) before he retired. The Voter’s Choice Act would have given minor party status to any PA political party with membership of 0.05 percent of all registered voters.

Equitable Ballot Access.

Pennsylvania should immediately set real choice on every ballot as a priority goal. Legislation should set equitable ballot access rules and petitioning requirements, in part by lowering thresholds for all candidates for any level of office to the range of tens to hundreds of nomination signatures, rather than the hundreds and even thousands required today. These requirements should recognize the right of minor party and independent candidates to run in fair elections and therefore not be too difficult or expensive to file.
           
Prior to 2016, a run for statewide office, such as U.S. Senate, required more than 80,000 signatures. 2006 Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate Carl Romanelli won a ruling in court which lowered this amount to 5,000, still much more than most countries, but better than in PA history.

Publicly-Funded Elections.


By replacing the current model of private donations with a publicly-funded model, PA elections could become a true contest of ideas while eliminating negative, smear campaigns. One such model, proposed by groups like March on Harrisburg, is to use “democracy dollars,” in which voters may send their democracy dollars – sort of a voucher system – to the candidate(s) of their choice, who could then exchange the vouchers for campaign materials.

My friend GPPA Co-chair Beth Scroggin told me, “As the Green Party's placeholder candidate in PA for the 2020 Presidential Election, I experienced first hand the imbalance of power when it comes to fair elections.  The Democratic Party brought forth a lawsuit questioning the Green Party's paperwork in an attempt to keep us off the ballot.  When the court dismissed the case, the Democrats appealed. In order to continue fighting the Democrats in court, the Green Party needed to keep raising money. Because we are the only party that does not accept corporate contributions, we were at a disadvantage. The Democrats undoubtedly would have continued the appeals process until we ran out of money. Although we claim to live in a democracy, we in fact live in a society in which money buys power.” 

End Publicly-Funded Primaries.

Current PA election law allows the two corporate political parties to hold their primaries using publicly-funded election equipment, staffed by community members paid by public election funds. Meanwhile, other political parties are prohibited from using election equipment. They must hold their own primary/endorsement process at private expense, despite the fact that their members also pay taxes that fund the primaries. The Democratic and Republican Parties should be expected to foot the bill for their own primaries and endorsement process just like every other party.

Automatic Mail-In Ballots and Same Day Registration.


All voters should receive a copy of their ballot in the mail automatically, to allow time for voters to research all the candidates and questions on the ballot before voting. The ballot could be mailed in early or brought to a polling location on election day. Some states such as Oregon already use a completely mail-in ballot system that works well. Potential voters should be able to register on election day and immediately cast their ballots.
 
Garret Wasserman has been an active member of the Green Party of Allegheny County, PA, since 2016, serving as media coordinator in 2017 and then vice chair from 2018–2020. He was leader of the GPPA Green Wave Team during 2020, and he was elected co-chair of the Green Party of the U.S. in 2021. 
 
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 more information, please see:
Green Party Promotes Strong Democracy in PA,” Green Party of PA News Release, February 20, 2019, https://www.gpofpa.org/green_party_promotes_strong_democracy_in_pa;  
“PA Voter’s Choice Act SB 495,” PA Ballot Access Coalition, http://www.paballotaccess.org/voters--choice-act.html; 
“Democracy Dollars: How Does It Work?” by Nate Fisher, Common Cause, August 3, 2021, https://www.commoncause.org/illinois/democracy-wire/democracy-dollars-how-does-it-work/; 
“Democracy Dollars,” March on Harrisburg, https://www.mohpa.org/democracy-dollars; and  
“PA Green Party Will Not Be Silenced by Democrats,” Green Party of PA News Release, August 12, 2020, https://www.gpofpa.org/pa_green_party_will_not_be_silenced_by_democrats
 
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PA Greens to March for Medicare For All

PA Greens to March for Medicare For All

March For M4AM4ALL

 

The Steering Committee of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) is pleased to announce that it has endorsed the #M4M4ALL | Marches (https://m4m4all.org/) which will take place on Saturday, July 24. Many members of the Green Party will participate in this nationwide march to rally for the cause of universal health.

This grassroots organization and volunteer-run march will take place in more than 50 cities including Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. What started as a few Tweets became a new movement. The snowball effect has produced some very last-minute leaps of an effort to stand up and be heard by elected representatives, who have put this issue on the back burner. Well-known activists like Susan Sarandon, former presidential candidate Marrianne Williamson, and Chris Smalls (who famously took on Amazon) are among the many speakers who have been added across the country. Pennsylvania Greens Ed Grystar and Claire Cohen will be speaking in Pittsburgh. Barry Lawhorne (AKA Paleh0rse on Twitter) will be speaking in Philadelphia.

GPPA is mobilizing for single-payer healthcare in Pennsylvania. For more than 20 years, Greens have been active in our communities raising awareness of the tragedies of not having real access to medical care. Greens stand with our progressive neighbors, who know the best path forward is to fully fund real access to healthcare, provide decent wages for nurses, and erase medical debt.

For more details please visit: #M4M4ALL | Marches (https://m4m4all.org/). In Pittsburgh, https://www.mobilize.us/marchformedicareforallm4m4all-1/event/401956/, the march will begin at 10:00 AM at Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh. In Philadelphia, https://www.mobilize.us/marchformedicareforallm4m4all-1/event/401966/, the march will begin at 4:00 PM at Philadelphia City Hall, 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia.

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 More Information:

PA Green Party Demands Single-Payer Healthcare By Carl J. Romanelli, Green Party of Pennsylvania news release, March 6, 2021, https://www.gpofpa.org/pa_green_party_demands_single_payer_healthcare;

Green Party of PA Platform, IV Single-Payer Universal Healthcare – No more, No less, https://www.gpofpa.org/platform;

Green Party of the U.S. Platform, II Social Justice, F Healthcare, https://www.gp.org/social_justice/#sjHealthCare; and

Medicare for All as a Community-Controlled National Health Service, Howie Hawkins Green for President, November 1, 2019, https://howiehawkins.us/the-hawkins-healthcare-plan-medicare-for-all-as-a-community-controlled-national-health-service/.

 

 

 

 

 


PA Green Reflects on Summer Travel

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

 

CONTACT:

GPPA Communication Team

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

 

PA Green Reflects on Summer Travel

By Beth Scroggin, Co-chair of Green Party of Pennsylvania. 

 

As we progress into August, I find myself reflecting on how this summer has brought awareness of political issues we face, and how the Green Party has always been on the right side of history.  Nearly every summer of my adult life, I have traveled to a different place in the U.S. or Canada and have sought to experience all that nature has to offer.  My travels have all reinforced my sense of urgency when it comes to protecting our environment, and have highlighted the importance of one of the Green Party’s four pillars:  Ecological Wisdom.  

 

In addition to drawing my attention to our environment, my travels this year have also made evident our collapsing economy.  While visiting Ocean City, MD, I was struck by how many stores were closed due to staff shortages.  While conservatives love to complain that “nobody wants to work anymore,” the reality is that fewer people are willing or able to work jobs with unreliable hours, no room for advancement, poverty wages, and inadequate or nonexistent benefits.  Now more than ever, we must also draw our attention to the Green Party’s pillar of Social Justice and run candidates who are willing to fight for it.  Although so many people had hoped that we could stop worrying about politics in 2021, we are all reaching a point at which our unstable environment and economy can no longer be ignored.

 

With absurdly high record-breaking temperatures this summer in the Pacific Northwest, a frighteningly lengthy and intense fire season on the West Coast, and increasing frequency of violent storms and odd conditions like the record wet-bulb temperature here in the East, we are all beginning to feel the impact of climate change.  The Green Party of the U.S. (www.gp.org) has called for President Biden to commit the U.S. to a 100% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, as well as to formally declare a climate emergency, embrace a robust carbon tax, and increase U.S. funding for the climate mitigation fund for developing countries.  

 

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the president’s climate goals fall far short of what is necessary.  Most of the President’s recent $579 billion infrastructure package expanded fossil fuel infrastructure, while omitting investments in green energy jobs, funds to combat the climate crisis, and programs to support energy efficiency for buildings.  In contrast, the Green Party has been calling for an Ecosocialist Green New Deal in the U.S. since 2010.  Recently, our Eco-Action Committee has called for Congress to pass a $4.1 trillion per year green economic stimulus for the next ten years to create 30 million jobs and to accelerate our transition to 100% renewable energy.

 

Both the media and employers alike have noticed the impact of our global worker shortage, and the resultant unpredictable shortages of certain products (currently, chicken wings).  Recent economic stimulus packages related to Covid-19 as well as expansion of unemployment benefits have caused workers to reconsider working jobs that do not compensate fairly.  In response, we can see fast food companies, grocery stores, and gas stations heavily advertising increased starting salaries and benefits.  The recently released Executive Paywatch reveals that the average S&P 500 company CEO-to-worker pay ratio is 299-to-1, with the worst offender, Amazon’s, ratio being 741-to-1.  

 

Unless legislation is passed to increase taxes on corporations and billionaires, we will never see workers being paid fairly.  Of course, with those corporations and billionaires funding politicians’ campaigns in the two major parties, we will never see such legislation passed if we continue to elect candidates from the corporate parties.  Because the Green Party does not accept corporate funding, our candidates are beholden only to the people they serve.  The Green Party Platform advocates for living wages for all workers, the reinvestment of military funding into family support, tax incentives for businesses paying living wages, and “income tax policies that restrict the accumulation of excessive individual wealth.”

 

This month, I encourage all readers to enjoy what remains of your summer and to look for ways you can support local Green Party candidates who will fight for the changes we need both economically and environmentally.

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 More Information: 

“The Four Pillars,” Green Party of the U.S., https://www.gp.org/the_four_pillars

Green Party Decries Biden’s Retreat on Climate in Infrastructure Stimulus, Line 3 Pipeline,” Green Party of the U.S., news release on June 29, 2021, https://www.gp.org/green_party_decries_biden_retreat_on_climate_in_infrastructure_stimulus_line_3_pipeline

“June 2021 News from the EcoAction Committee,” Green Party of the U.S., June 21, 2021, https://www.gp.org/june_2021_news_from_the_ecoaction_committee; and 

“Executive Paywatch,” AFL-CIO, 2021, https://aflcio.org/executive-paywatch

 

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PA Green Party Remembers Mort Malkin (1932 - 2021)

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, July 19, 2021

 

CONTACT:

GPPA Communication Team

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

 

PA Green Party Remembers Mort Malkin (1932 -- 2021)

 

“As Co-Chair of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org), I was saddened to learn of Mort Malkin’s passing,” said Beth Scroggin (Chester). “Although I did not have the opportunity to meet Mort, I am grateful for the work that he had done over many years to ensure that the Green Party was available to me when I wanted to join. Mort spent his life working toward a better future for people and for the planet we inhabit. May his example inspire all of us to work today for people who have yet to join our cause.”

 

Beverly Beers, chair of Wayne County Green Party, said sorrowfully: "I received news that Mort Malkin of the Wayne County Greens passed away today, July 11. Mort was a peace activist, writer and fitness guru. He was the author of several books. His most recent was Homo Sapiens: A Violent Gene? (Pisgah Press LLC), in which he argued that human evolution and survival depended on cooperation and peace not violence and war. Mort was a mainstay of our Green Party. Members of the Green Party often lamented our lack of power in the face of the two behemoths which rule our political system. Mort never ever did."

 

"Mort approached every issue with the absolute conviction that our platform could be accomplished and that the world could live in peace," continued Beers. "He attended our June meeting and spoke of his concern about nuclear war. His main message was to get out info about the 800 U.S. military bases located around the world. Mort had recently written a letter-to-the-editor for The River Reporter on this issue. Mort wore his Green Party button with pride. He will be greatly missed."

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River Reporter, Letter to Editor, May 27, 2021
Nuclear weapons and military budgets

   The recent Green Party Presidential candidate, Howie Hawkins, recently sent a message to the American people. He urged us to join the 54 nations that signed and ratified the Treaty to Ban Nuclear, pledge no first use of nuclear weapons and reduce the U.S.’ military budget by 75 percent.

   Here are some other numbers: 32 nations, including the U.S., oppose the UN Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons. Currently, there are 13,400 nuclear weapons in arsenals. A great majority of Americans support the UN Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons. They also support a no-first-use pledge. Regarding the U.S.’ military budget, there are more than 800 U.S. military bases in other countries. The money to maintain them there is a significant part of the military budget.

   Let us write, email and call our elected Congress-people and tell them what we think.

Mort Malkin, Milanville, PA

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Jay Sweeney, GPPA 2018 candidate for PA Auditor General, also reminisced about Mort Malkin’s passing. "That is sad news! Mort was a retired doctor when I met him. He was a prolific writer. His interests were many and diverse. I am fortunate to have counted Mort as a friend. He taught me some of the mechanics of aerobic walking and offered to do one of his 100-mile walks in support of my campaign for PA State Senate.”

 

“Mort and I travelled to a Sierra Club meeting one time,” continued Sweeney. “He got the crowd up in arms by claiming that war is the biggest environmental threat. They didn’t agree. Mort also antagonized the Northeastern Sierra Club group when he used the term “global heating” about ten years ago. They thought his speech was too radical. Mort was brilliant and gifted beyond compare. His intellect and vision were astute. Mort will be sorely missed by his family, friends and community.”

________________ 

 

River Reporter, Poetry From Our Readers, April 15, 2020

Viruses

By Mort Malkin.

Very microscopic they are,
and barely a life form, but we
higher beings can’t match them for
virility. Homo sapien
does well though, large scale, as we’ve shown
at Hiroshima.  Then, we may
compete in the contagion game
with our entry:  ICBMs.
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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 More Information: 

Homo Sapiens: A Violent Gene? by Mort Malkin, Pisgah Press, 2021, https://pisgahpress.com/product/homo-sapiens-a-violent-gene/.
Nuclear weapons and military budgets” by Mort Malkin, Letter to Editor, River Reporter, May 27, 2021, https://riverreporter.com/stories/nuclear-weapons-and-military-budgets-and-more,44560;
Viruses” by Mort Malkin, Poetry From Our Readers, River Reporter, April 15, 2020, https://riverreporter.com/stories/the-masks-we-wore-and-more,36941; and
“The Gadfly,” a column by Mort Malkin, River Reporter, https://riverreporter.com/the-gadfly/

 

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Pittsburgh Green Party joins Stop the Station

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

 

CONTACT:

GPPA Communication Team

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

 

Pittsburgh Green Party joins Stop the Station

 

Stop the Station is a coalition of local activist groups fighting for police accountability in the city of Pittsburgh, PA. It was initially formed in the summer of 2020 to fight the relocation of the Zone 5 Police Station to East Liberty at a cost of $3 million. There was a backlash from the community to the project and to the city’s lying that the decision was by popular demand. Since then, Stop the Station has gained much support and momentum. The Green Party of Allegheny County (GPOAC, https://www.alleghenygreens.org/) is a member of Stop the Station’s Community Control Coalition. 

 

Riley Mahon, a Green Party activist, says, “Stop the Station has increased the scope of its demands, including an immediate halt to all police-related capital budget projects pending community review. It also supported the recent direct ballot initiatives in Pittsburgh to enforce Breonna’s Law and expand the power of the Civilian Police Review Board. Stop the Station now additionally pushes for a 50% decrease in police funding, which would essentially bring the police budget back to levels prior to the current city administration. The cut funding should be redirected towards democratically owned housing and social service.” For more information about Stop the Station, please visit https://stopthestationpgh.com/

 

Perhaps most notable is the recently launched Community Control of the Police campaign, another push for a direct ballot referendum. The referendum will be whether or not to implement a piece of legislation, written by Congressional candidate and law professor Jerry Dickinson and a group of his students, to replace the current appointed and toothless civilian police review board. This legislation would create a new, independent, democratically elected board with the power to hire, fire, subpoena and otherwise discipline the police as well as control their budget. Essentially, the new body would function very similarly to the school board, but for the police department.

 

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 Women Respond to PA Attack on Reproductive Rights

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

 

CONTACT:

GPPA Communication Team

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

or

Tina Olson, [email protected] 

 

Green Party Women Respond to PA Attack on Reproductive Rights

 

Since the beginning of Covid, the “Don’t Tread on Me” patriots have joked about masks, “Keep your laws off my body.” This bait-and-switch of a hijacked slogan took a turn for the worse on May 25 as a PA House committee passed three bills to legislate and incriminate people with uteruses. The offensive bills are, the Unborn Child Dignity Legislation (HB 118); the Heartbeat Bill (HB 904); and the Down Syndrome Protection Bill (HB 1500). Women of the Green Party responded in solidarity with protecting women’s right to choose.

 

Co-Chair of the Green Party of the U.S. Kristin Combs (Philadelphia) said, “I've grown to expect that even our most progressive state legislators only provide a levee between us and a dystopian future, but for three bills targeting reproductive rights to pass in one day is an extraordinarily reckless display of neglect.” 

 

Co-chair of the Green Party of PA (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) Tina Olson (Lehigh Valley) said, “The Green Party stands with a person’s right to choose whether or not to sustain a pregnancy. In fact, we encourage our representatives to push past the patriarchy and to fund free birth control which would reduce unintended pregnancies. Unintended pregnancies and medically harmful pregnancies should not be forced to term. Doing so increases maternal morbidity, the overall well-being and balance of self determination.”

 

“While all women deserve access to safe, healthy abortions regardless of reason, legislators who write and vote for bills such as these fail to account for the multitude of reasons why women choose, or in some cases require, abortions,” explained GPPA Co-chair Beth Scroggin (Chester). “They do not recognize the 14-year-old who is pregnant by her own father, the widowed mother of four who works day and night to support the children she already has and cannot accommodate another, or the woman who desperately wants a baby but has discovered her current pregnancy endangers her life.  Between one-in-three and one-in-four women has an abortion at some point in her life, each with her own reason.  Our politicians need to work for ALL of us.” 

 

While the media has been keen to keep us informed about the dickering between both major parties, they fail to use their power of sensational outrage when it comes to a true attempt to inhibit and prosecute people who become pregnant. Criminalizing medical procedures like terminating a pregnancy affects the health and welfare of an unfathomable amount of Pennsylvanians. 

 

“I think the anti-abortion bills are horrendous considering how the same people pushing for these bills aren't willing to support women after childbirth and also aren't willing to make family planning tools like contraceptives more accessible and affordable,” said GPPA member Whitney Mariah Turnbull-Huggins (Lancaster). “It also hurts women who don't actually want abortions, but need them due to medical emergencies.” 

 

Olivia Faison, Green Party 2020 candidate for PA Auditor General, pulled no punches on this topic, “What kind of governance have we foolishly voted for? Apparently, we have one that seizes the opportunity to kick its female population down even as we are all suffering with this pandemic.”

 

Olson agreed, saying, “The impact of Covid-19 on mothers and women has already negatively shifted our society’s progress towards a more equitable workforce. The disproportionate effect on people who are in their childbearing years and how this will play out in the future workforce is unknown. Mothers are still expected to be the primary caregivers and are often the secondary and lesser income earners. The expectations of having a successful career and being the perfect parent is only adding to pandemic maternal anxiety.” 

 

“Punish, Punish, Punish!!” continued Faison, “Is that the only remedy that the government has? Why on earth would an elected lawmaker want to pass legislation that would ruin the lives of a family, and punish a woman to a life sentence for deciding what she wishes to do with HER OWN BODY? What a miserable and hateful thing to propose.  Let's be fair and ask ourselves what would happen if that same life sentence were imposed on the men who wanted to have vasectomies on THEIR OWN BODIES?”

 

Olson concluded, “With both major parties in PA playing tit-for-tat -- like a never-ending game of table tennis where both sides are rewarded with millions of taxpayer dollars -- it’s increasingly difficult to be confident that any of our rights are safe. With mediocre responses by Democrats whose only solution is to fill their coffers at every turn while sliding further into the authoritarian and regressive policies that target the vulnerable among us, it’s become increasingly obvious that each of us needs to assess where we can affect change. If you are as worried as I am, please find a way to get involved. Moving forward, think about becoming a candidate, work on an electoral campaign, to flip our houses GREEN in 2022. 

 

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 more information please see:

House Bill 118, An Act providing for the final disposition of fetal remains; and imposing penalties.

House Bill 904, An Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in abortion, further providing for legislative intent, providing for fetal heartbeat examination, further providing for medical consultation and judgment, for abortion on unborn child of 24 or more weeks gestational age and for reporting.

House Bill 1500, Known as the Down Syndrome Protection Bill.

“Planned Parenthood Keystone Joins 19 PA Organizations To Issue Statement on Anti-Abortion Bills, May 25, 2021, https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-keystone/who-we-are/newsroom/pa-sexual-and-reproductive-health-advocates-statement-on-anti-abortion-bills

“COVID-19 recession is tougher on women,” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 2020, https://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2020/beyond-bls/covid-19-recession-is-tougher-on-women.htm

Stress and Anxiety Levels in Pregnant and Postpartum Women during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, December 17, 2020, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7766953/

 

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PA Green Party Denounces Israeli Violence

 Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

 

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

 


PA Green Party Denounces Israeli Violence  

 

In response to the Israeli killing spree in the Gaza Strip, many Green Party activists came forward to stand with Palestinians in their continued struggle for the right to exist. Members of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org)  joined in pro-Palestinian rallies that were held throughout the state on May 15. The Green Party joined other activist organizations such as Black Lives Matter; Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Coalition; Drexel Students for Justice in Palestine; New Afrikan Independence Party; Pittsburgh Anti-Imperialist League; and Jewish Voice for Peace, in solidarity to end the suffering of the Palestinian people.

 

Reports of Palestinian civilian casualties were flooding in from major media outlets and social media. The continuous bombing and arbitrary slaughter of civilians had been carried out by Israel since May 7. On the 73rd anniversary of Nakba Day, May 15, one such airstrike was aimed at the media itself, the high-rise building in Gaza housing the offices of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Associated Press (AP) and Al Jazeera. 

 

Chris Robinson, a  member of the Green Party of Philadelphia, attended the rally there and described the following scene, “Support for the liberation of Palestine was vigorous in Philadelphia. More than 800 people paraded from Rittenhouse Square, chanting militant slogans and singing liberation songs. People understand that Israeli apartheid has lasted too long. It is our job to explain this to the U.S. corporate duopoly.” 

 

“One of the Ten Key Values of the Green Party calls for nonviolent methods of resolving conflicts while respecting the right for people to defend themselves,” explained GPPA Co-chair Tina Olson (Hellertown). “In particular, the decades-long conflict in the Israeli-Palestine region has been unfairly financed and supported by countries like the U.S. From the Green Party Platform we learn, ‘Our Green values oblige us to support popular movements for peace and demilitarization in Israel-Palestine, especially those that reach across the lines of conflict to engage both Palestinians and Israelis of good will.’

 

Connor Mulvaney, 2021 Green Party candidate for Pittsburgh City Council, expressed his support for the Palestinian peoples’ plight, "An end to all hostilities is not possible until the oppressor-oppressed system the Israeli government uses to subjugate Palestinian Arabs ceases. Our campaign stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people and supports the movement for the U.S. to boycott, divest, and sanction the Israeli government." 

 

“As activists protest and petition against the inhumane treatment of Palestinians, the Biden Administration continues to evade confronting the cries for change in U.S. policy backing Israel’s criminal overreach,” continued Olson. “Additionally, it has not taken any measures to reverse the policies that former president Donald Trump enacted. The bloated funding for the Pentagon is astronomical. Then add another $3.8 billion in military aid to Israel, and it’s clear that the war hawks in DC are once again profiting from misery. There are no real divisions between the two corporate parties when it comes to the oppression of people for profit. Their lack of interest in helping to change the tide of the conflict by weighing the situation with some conscience also reminds us that when then-candidate Joe Biden said, ‘Nothing will fundamentally change,’ he meant it.”

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 more information please see:

“We Stand in Solidarity with the Palestinian People,” news release, Green Party of California, May 16, 2021, https://www.gp.org/solidarity_with_the_people_of_palestine

“One Secular, Democratic State for Palestinians and Israelis,” Green Party of the U.S. Platform, March 28, 2019, https://www.gp.org/israel_palestine

“Why Does the Green Party in the U.S. Support the Palestinians’ Right of Return?” Green Party of the U.S. International Committee, undated, https://gpus.org/why-does-the-green-party-in-the-u-s-support-palestinians-right-of-return/

 

In the photo: Emily De Ferrari, Green Party of Allegheny County, speaks during the Solidarity with Palestine rally in Pittsburgh on May 15. Photo credit: Matt Nemeth, Allegheny Greens. 

 

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PA Green Party Immigrant Rights Update

 Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sunday, May 16, 2021

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

 

PA Green Party Immigrant Rights Update

By Jenny Isaacs

Since 2019, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) has been on record calling for the closing of the Berks County Detention Center. Many people were shocked to learn that Berks had been housing immigrant families (including children) since 2014. They were unaware that family detention and mass deportation as tools of immigration enforcement did not originate with the Trump administration.

As of February 27, there are no more families and children being detained at Berks. HURRAY!!! Unfortunately, Berks County Commissioners are not being very transparent about whether or not their contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will continue. On March 26, Make the Road PA and the Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University Law School filed suit against the commissioners demanding that they publicly explain and discuss their negotiations with ICE and share relevant materials with the public. This would not stop Berks County from contracting again with ICE. So the fight continues to end reliance on detention and deportation as tools of immigration enforcement.  

The statewide fight for driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants is building power in 2021.  A bill in Harrisburg, HB 279, would allow all PA residents to secure a standard driver's license and ensure data privacy for all drivers in the commonwealth.  For more information on this crucial fight for workers and for the human right to mobility contact Driving PA Forward. Please contact your state Representative and urge their support. 

 

Shut Down Berks recently joined a national newly-founded coalition, the Family Liberation Abolitionist Network, calling for a permanent end to all family detention.  With Detention Watch and many other organizations across the country, they celebrated on April 29 when Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Freedom for Families Act (HR 53) into Congress to ensure "that no child or family is threatened by detention, separation, or emotional trauma because they are seeking safety in America."

 

Concerned citizens may help by urging their Congressional representatives to co-sponsor and support the Freedom for Families Act (HR 53), and if they want to help "Melt ICE in PA" they may contact Shut Down Berks.  

 

I am proud to announce that Immigrant Rights Action, the grassroots group I helped found in Doylestown in 2017, received Department of Justice recognition in May 2021 as a recognized nonprofit legal immigration services provider. We are the first and only provider in Bucks County. This will be an important expansion of our ability to uphold the rights of all immigrants regardless of status.

Jenny Isaacs was chair of Bucks County Green Party and leader of the Green Party of Pennsylvania Green Wave Team (2017—2019). 

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 more information please see:

“Berks detention center is now empty, but will it stay that way?” by Jeff Gammage, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 2, 2021, https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/berks-detention-center-is-now-empty-but-will-it-stay-that-way/ar-BB1e9ZK5;

“PA Green Party Says, ‘Shut Down Berks Detention Center, NOW !’” Green Party of Pennsylvania News Release, June 11, 2019, https://www.gp.org/shut_down_berks_detention_center;

Driving PA Forward, http://drivingpaforward.org/;

Shut Down Berks Coalition, http://paimmigrant.org/campaign-to-shut-down-berks/. To join their email list, https://www.facebook.com/ShutDownBerksCoalition/app/100265896690345/ and

Immigrant Rights Action of Doylestown, https://immigrantrightsaction.org/

 

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Walk For Our Grandchildren and Mother Earth, June 20 to June 28

Green Party of Pennsylvania 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, May 13, 2021

 

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

 

Walk For Our Grandchildren and Mother Earth, June 20 -- June 28

By Michael Bagdes-Canning.        

 

Like you and all my Green friends, I know that climate change is endangering all future generations, and I am part of a team organizing a major action in June to challenge this outcome, the Walk For Our Grandchildren and Mother Earth.  I hope you will consider walking with us. This isn’t just any stroll. We aim to pressure President Biden and his administration to do everything in their power to end fossil fuel extraction and burning, the making of nerdles for the dead-end plastic industry. We want them to transition immediately to renewables, especially wind and solar, energy efficiency and battery storage. We aim to take the fight directly to Biden – the march will start in Scranton, PA, the birthplace of “Scrappy Joe” and end in Wilmington, DE, where he has made his adult home. But “Uncle Joe” is not our only target.

 

This fight is personal to me. I live in the shalefields of western PA, and the last 10+ years of my life have been consumed by fighting fracking and climate change. This walk will take us from the shalefields of northeastern PA, past fracking waste disposal sites, through many pipeline fights, into environmental justice zones, and then into the corporate wasteland of Wilmington – corporate home to frackers, pipeliners, trash burners, and the dirty banks that fund them (and so much else). And, if you know me, that won’t be the end. 

 

As we all know, President Biden has proposed policies to accomplish these goals. But his Jobs Act is not sufficient. Much bolder action is needed. Our goal can be summarized by the proposal for a Thrive Act, which would invest one trillion dollars per year for the next ten years to build a jobs-creating, justice-based, renewable-energy economy. In the process, we intend to demonstrate that ongoing fossil fuel projects like Dakota Access Pipeline, Line 3 in Minnesota, Mountain Valley Pipeline, and similar projects presently permitted, financed and under construction, must be terminated immediately.

  

Vaccinated people of all ages are invited to participate and walk with us (those ineligible for vaccination are welcome). On the Summer Solstice and Fathers’ Day, June 20, we will gather and rally in Scranton, PA, where Biden was born and raised. Over the next eight days we will walk and drive to Wilmington, DE, Biden’s long-time residence. Along the way we will meet activists fighting environmental assaults and injustices like the Marcus Hook refinery in Philadelphia, the Gibbstown LNG export facility on the Delaware River in NJ, and a toxic trash incinerator in Chester, PA. On June 28, in Wilmington, we will challenge financing by Chase Bank, the largest U.S. funder of fossil fuels.

 

Please feel free to contact me so I can share my excitement about this great event and answer any questions you may have,
Thanks, Michael, 724-431-8560, [email protected].  

 

Michael Bagdes-Canning was the 2020 Green Party candidate for PA House District 64. Please 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/

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 of Pennsylvania embraces workers' rights on May Day

By Beth Scroggin, chair of the Green Party of Chester County and co-chair of the Green Party of PA

Green Party of Pennsylvania
www.gpofpa.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

CONTACT:
GPPA Communication Team
Chris Robinson, [email protected]
Tina Olson, [email protected]

 

PHILADELPHIA – Happy May Day! Celebrated in various ways throughout hundreds of years, May Day joyfully welcomes the change of season. My inner child looks forward to the May Day celebration at my daughter’s Waldorf School, which includes maypole dancing and a wooden boat race. My activist side, however, observes the significance and necessity of the coinciding International Workers’ Day. 

Started during the Industrial Revolution in response to deplorable (and at times, deadly) working conditions and long hours, International Workers’ Day continues to serve as an opportunity for workers to organize and protect and fight for their rights. In 1884, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (now called the American Federation of Labor) held a convention and declared that eight hours shall constitute a legal work day. The Knights of Labor supported this declaration and encouraged workers to demonstrate and strike as necessary to fight for this right. May Day demonstrations have led to notable events such as the Haymarket Affair in Chicago in 1886, during which demonstrators and police officers clashed and a bomb of unidentified origin was thrown.

Then, the Pullman Strike in 1894 began as a strike at the Pullman Railroad Company but ended with a violent clash between striking workers and National Guardsmen. In response to the Pullman Strike, then-President Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day to be celebrated the first Monday in September. Some say that this move was an attempt to appease angry workers, while others believe Cleveland was trying to distract workers from International Workers’ Day and discourage potential radical activities. In 1958, Dwight Eisenhower continued the attempt to quell International Workers’ Day demonstrations by declaring May 1 to be Law Day, which would celebrate the existence of law and order. Clearly, the U.S. government has never been friendly toward or supportive of the American workers.

Now more than ever, workers must organize and fight for their rights. As a public school teacher, I have been a proud union member for the last 14 years. I am confident that I am part of an organization which works tirelessly to ensure that I am paid fairly and that my working hours and expectations are explicitly defined. Never have I been more grateful for my union, the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), than this past year. PSEA fought to ensure that teachers were paid during quarantine and that teachers received COVID vaccines as quickly as possible. The president of my own local union spoke with me over the phone for nearly an hour this past summer while I expressed my fears about the upcoming school year and contemplated my options. I imagined her having similar conversations with each of the other members and marveled at the ability of union leaders to take on the concerns of all workers and represent them in conversations with leadership. As one of my union representatives once said, “Sometimes people look at what union members have in terms of compensation, health care, and defined working hours and feel resentment toward us, when in fact, everyone deserves what we have.”

The Green Party has always stood for workers’ rights. We have supported strikes across the country throughout the years, as well as Fight for $15 protests. Green Party 2016 Vice Presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka has worked with the Green Party Power Project and has advocated for “reclaiming May Day as a day of resistance.” Most recently, the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) attended a rally in support of Amazon workers attempting to unionize. In a speech addressing the rally attendees, GPOP City Committee member (and GPUS Treasurer) Hillary Kane pointed out that the Green Party’s own staff is unionized, and that by refusing to take corporate funding, our candidates will never be beholden to union-busting corporations. Working people need a political party who will fight for them and their rights, and whose elected candidates will serve them, and not corporate overlords. The Green Party will always choose people over profit

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, Instagram, and Twitter.

For more information:

Green Party Power Project,
https://greenpartypower.com/;

Green Party Stands with #BAmazon Workers by Hillary Kane,
https://www.gp.org/gpofpa_stands_with_bamazon_workers; and

The Cost of Structural Violence by Alan Smith, GREEN STAR, May 2019,
https://www.gp.org/a_may_day_message.


Green Party Has Cure for Philadelphia Gun Violence

Green Party of Pennsylvania
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 19, 2021
 
CONTACT:
GPPA Communication Team
Chris Robinson, 267-977-0570 and [email protected]
or
Tina Olson, [email protected] 
 
Green Party Has Cure for Philadelphia Gun Violence
 
-- By Justin Bell. 
 
2021 is off to a bad start for Philadelphia. The murder rate is unnerving, and we are only three months in. The city is on its way to setting a new record that no city wants to hold.  A staggering murder rate. The shootings have begun to happen throughout the day rather than at night which used to be peak crime hours. Our local officials are baffled. They purpose the same old ideas: curfews, more police, etc. The tactics they propose would seem to show a complete misunderstanding of the cause. Do they really not get it or is this system they designed working?
 
“It is very revealing that the Democratic and Republican officials do not look at the statistics,” said Chris Robinson, a Green Party of Philadelphia member (GPOP, www.gpop.org).  “There is no secret to the cause of gun violence: our history of racism. A study published last year by Dr. Jessica H. Beard, assistant professor of surgery and director of trauma research at Temple University’s school of medicine, showed that gun violence in Philadelphia happens in the areas which were redlined following World War II. Because of our history of racist disinvestment in certain neighborhoods, gun violence has increased there.”
  
Fortunately, the Green Party has political proposals that will reverse that disinvestment and contribute to a massive lessening of gun violence.  The Green Party has called for reparations, a universal basic income, and single-payer health care for all. The Green Party program for a Green New Deal calls for an Economic Bill of Rights, which would employ everyone at a living wage. These measures address systemic problems that contribute to gun violence.
 
“The Green Party calls for an end to the violence and paints a clear road map to achieving this goal,” said Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture, a member of GPOP and the Black Alliance for Peace. “Communities need these types of resources: jobs and job training; affordable, accessible health care; safe, quality public schools; accessible, culturally competent mental health services that must include anger management, trauma-informed care, etc. To stop gun violence, city officials must have the political will to support the proper funding of these types of community resources.”
 
In order to repair these areas which have been discriminated against for more than 70 years, the Green Party holds that it’s absolutely necessary to put everyone on a level playing field. One way to do that is through reparations. Evanston, Illinois, has just passed a tax on cannabis, which will benefit Black citizens. That is a great start, but unfortunately does not go far enough. Philadelphia could take a look at their framework and build on it.
 
Another important way is through universal basic income. This would provide communities with a sense of security. It’s often hard for young black and brown people to get a job due to systemic racism. A guaranteed income could keep young adults off the street and away from illegal sources of income. This would allow them to provide for their families or take the extra time to get an education, leading them to be more appealing to an employer. 
 
Last but not least, single-payer healthcare. How often do you hear the horror stories of Americans going broke due to medical bills? Pop in “Sicko” by Michael Moore, if you need a refresher. In America the sick get punished for being sick. Often times, being under-insured can cost just as much -- if not more -- than having no insurance. Not only are people going through diseases like cancer and COVID-19, but they are also losing their homes on top of it. 
 
The corporate duopoly understands the link between economic injustice and violence, and yet they kowtow to lobbyists and corporate donors.  They leave the vast majority of Americans to contend with a few trifling survival checks, all the while increasing police presence and enforcing stricter curfews. The Green Party is the only party that is prepared to enact economic justice through laws designed to lift people out of poverty and curb the violence overtaking our fair city. 
 
Justin Bell is a member of the Green Party of Philadelphia City 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 
For more information: 

“In Philadelphia, firearm violence incidence has been empirically tied to poverty and structural place-based economic disinvestment.” Changes in Shooting Incidence in Philadelphia, PA, Between March and November 2020, JAMA Network Research Letter, February 10, 2021, https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2776537

Pandemic Has Exacerbated Issues Such as Poverty, Unemployment and Structural Racism That Are Empirically Tied to Violence in Philadelphia, Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine, February 10, 2021, https://medicine.temple.edu/news/temple-led-research-team-finds-covid-19-containment-measures-in-philadelphia-associated-with-increase-in-firearm-violence

Summary of the Green New Deal, Green Party of the U.S., https://gpus.org/organizing-tools/the-green-new-deal/
 
Green Party of U.S. Platform, II.Social Justice, A.Civil Rights & Equal Rights, 2.Reparations for U.S. Afrodescendants, https://www.gp.org/social_justice#Reparations
 
Green Party of U.S. Platform, IV.Economic Justice and Sustainability, D.Livable Income, https://www.gp.org/economic_justice_and_sustainability
 
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PA Greens: Allegheny County must pass paid sick leave, address air quality

Green Party of Pennsylvania
www.gpofpa.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

CONTACT:
GPPA Communication Team
Chris Robinson, [email protected]
Tina Olson, [email protected]

 

PHILADELPHIA – The following testimony was given by Vice-chair Jay Walker, Green Party of Allegheny County, before the Allegheny County Council on March 9.

My name is Jay Ting Walker, and I’m the vice chair of the Green Party of Allegheny County. I want to lend my voice of support for the paid sick days legislation that’s being considered by this council. During a global pandemic sick workers feeling like they’re stuck choosing between potentially infecting others with COVID or paying their bills is completely unacceptable. Let’s as a county put into place an ordinance that not only benefits the workers who run our society, but also our entire society as a whole. Paid sick leave legislation is a common sense policy that should be a no-brainer.

I'm also here to speak on another important health issue. As all of you are aware, our county has some of the worst air quality in the entire country -- the entire country! People die of air quality related issues every single day here, yet we don't seem to take the issue very seriously. This year we've already had multiple strings of particularly bad air quality days. Ever wonder why you feel sick in the morning? Unexplained headaches? Why you seem to wake up in the middle of the night for no reason? You can thank major local polluters and lack of enforcement for that.

There have been some promising steps taken by the Board of Health under new director Dr. Debra Bogen, but it's extremely premature to take a victory lap. You've likely seen the press release from our county, boasting about our new temporary air quality compliance. We might want to think twice about celebrating being the last part of the country to reach this bare minimum level. This is especially true when the improvements were largely due to a global pandemic grinding our economy to a halt. The no-PR-spin truth is that we've made only minor improvements and our residents continue to suffer from poor air quality on a daily basis.

Just like with today's sick leave ordinance, Allegheny County Council will soon be in position to pass more laws to better protect the health of our residents. Please support stronger air regulations so that our residents don't continue to get sick and die for the continued profits of wealthy executives. Proposed ordinances will be delivered to the County Council by the Allegheny County Health Department. Each of these will have received hundreds of public comments asking for them to be strengthened. They will also have received a handful of comments from polluting industries fighting for their continued permission to kill our fellow residents with minimal accountability. Speak with the attorneys and engineers in our region's air quality organizations about how these regulations can legally do more to protect the health of all residents across our county. More and more people are realizing how terrible our air quality continues to be. If we want to succeed as a region we'll need to be serious about tackling this issue.

Lastly, I'd like to ask our county council to increase air permit fees as recommended by the Allegheny County Health Department. All of the facilities in Allegheny County are paying outdated fee amounts while every other facility in Pennsylvania has already been paying the recommended fees. This increase would bring us in line with the rest of the commonwealth. It would also help properly fund the Health Department's regulatory oversight.

In closing, I'd like to ask County Council to:

  1. Vote in favor of paid sick leave legislation,
  2. Strengthen the proposed air quality regulations that will be eventually coming to you, and
  3. Vote in favor of increasing air permit fees to match those of facilities across the rest of the Commonwealth.

Use the powerful law-making tools at your disposal to protect the health and the lives of the 1,213,570 residents in our county. You all hold very important and powerful positions. A wise man once said, "With great power comes great responsibility." Please do the responsible things to protect us all!

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 more information:

Allegheny County Health Department: Unhealthy Air Quality Observed in the Mon Valley, CBS News KDKA, April 5, 2021,
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2021/04/05/allegheny-co-health-dept-unhealthy-air-quality-observed-in-the-mon-valley/;

Allegheny County Executive Vetoes Paid Sick Leave Act, CBS News KDKA, March 16, 2021,
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2021/03/16/allegheny-county-executive-rich-fitzgerald-vetoes-paid-sick-days-act/;

Report: Pittsburgh Ranked 8th Worst for Air Pollution among U.S. Cities by Hannah Lynn, Pittsburgh City Paper, April 22, 2020,
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/report-pittsburgh-ranked-8th-worst-for-air-pollution-among-us-cities/;

Clean Air for Pittsburgh, PennEnvironment,
https://pennenvironment.org/programs/pae/clean-air-pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Air Pollution, Clean Air Council,
https://cleanair.org/public-health/pittsburgh-air-pollution/


PA Greens have electoral candidates in 6 counties

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

CONTACT:
GPPA Communication Team
Chris Robinson, [email protected]
Tina Olson, [email protected]

PHILADELPHIA – The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is proud to announce that it now has candidates now running for office in six PA Counties. Of course, the Green Party is still assembling prospective candidates for local office: school board, judge of elections, town auditor, etc.

GPPA Co-chair Beth Scroggin (Chester County) explained, “If you embrace the Green Party's values and have ever thought about running for office, this is your year! There is a wide variety of local positions available, and you can make decisions that will directly impact the lives of those in your community."

One of the most interesting electoral races is the Special Election for PA Senate District 22 in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. This Special Election will take place on May 18 as part of the Primary Election. GPPA will run Marlene Sebastianelli for this senate seat. As a seasoned Nursing Home Administrator (NHA), Marlene Sebastianelli has spent years ensuring elderly residents receive quality care. She has been a consultant for the State of Pennsylvania on regulatory compliance in nursing homes throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Marlene Sebastianelli is also the owner of Case Quattro Winery in Peckville and co-owner of Intact Health & Wellness in Dunmore, PA.

As for the PA General Election, which will take place on November 2, the Green Party is running mobility advocate Connor Mulvaney for Pittsburgh City Council District 4. Mulvaney's campaign has earned the endorsements of No Cop Money PA and the Pittsburgh Democratic Socialists of America, in addition to GPPA and the Green Party of Allegheny County. Connor Mulvaney is focusing his run on equitable public transit, access to necessities and community resiliency.

PA has 2,562 municipalities (cities, townships and boroughs) which will all elect local officials this year. The Green Party already has additional candidates in Lackawanna, Luzerne, McKean, Montgomery, and Wyoming Counties, and it is planning to recruit more.

GPPA electoral campaigns are supported by its Green Wave Team, a group of activists who are ready to share their expertise with inexperienced candidates. Green Wave Co-leader Noel Antonio Rivera (Berks County) said, “We need representatives who will fight for their constituents instead of rolling over to power and money. We need candidates who are committed to green values. If this is you or if you know someone that fits this description, please feel free to join the Green Wave Team. The Green Wave Team is here to support Green Party candidates, potential candidates, or volunteers.”

New volunteers may join the Green Wave Team.  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, Instagram,  and Twitter.

For more information:

Marlene Sebastianelli for PA Senate District 22,
https://marlene4senate.com/;

Connor Mulvaney for Pittsburgh City Council District 4,
https://www.connor4pgh.com/meet-connor;

Join the Green Wave of Pennsylvania,
https://www.greenwaveofpa.com/home

PA Greens Tracking Down New Candidates,” Green Party of Pennsylvania News Release, January 30, 2021,
https://www.gp.org/tracking_down_new_candidates


Green Party Stands with #BAmazon Workers

  

 Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, March 22, 2021

 

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

 

Green Party Stands with #BAmazon Workers

 

[These remarks were given on March 20, by Hillary Kane, Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org), at a rally in support of Amazon workers trying to unionize in Bessemer, AL. The event was endorsed by: Black Alliance for Peace, Black and Brown Coalition. Black Lives Matter Philly, Caucus of Working Educators, Coalition of Labor Union Women Philly, Green Party of Philadelphia, Our Revolution, Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign Poor People's Army, Philly Black Radical Collective, Philly Boricuas, Philadelphia Socialist Alternative, Philly Socialists, Party for Socialism and Liberation Philly, Socialist Resurgence, Socialist Revolution Philly, Teamsters Local 623, Temple Association of University Professionals (TAUP), UNITE HERE Local 274, and Workers World Party Philadelphia.]

by Hillary Kane. 

Thank you to the organizers of today’s march and rally for allowing me to speak.  I represent the Green Party, an independent political party.  The Green Party often co-sponsors rallies such as these, joining in the fight for better working conditions, but we rarely get invited to share the podium because of deep seated fears of independent politics.  Politics that doesn’t go along with the status quo, the two-party system or in this city -- let’s be real -- a one-party system.

You may know the Green Party as an environmental party, and we are.  But we are also a party rooted in social justice.  We were founded over 30 years ago to give political voice to people’s movements – like this one against corporate greed and corruption.  That same corporate greed is killing both the planet and the people. The Green Party links the ecological crisis with the economic crisis of people not having enough to provide basic necessities for themselves and their families. This is why we developed ideas like the Green New Deal – putting people and planet together over profit. Putting people to work, in living wage jobs – jobs that repair and restore our environment rather than use it up and spit it out. Howie Hawkins, our most recent Presidential candidate and himself a retired Teamster, was the first to run on the Green New Deal back in 2010. The real Green New Deal funded by deep cuts to the military.

The Green Party is an eco-socialist party.  For us, that means supporting things such as unions, worker-ownership, co-operatives, and other forms of economic democracy. We practice what we preach -- our own national party staff is unionized, and we are the only ballot-qualified party that refuses to take corporate money. Some other parties may talk a good talk (and let’s be real, they only talk that talk some of the time), but then they turn around and take millions of dollars in corporate contributions to fund their campaigns.  Don’t be fooled. You cannot stand for workers’ rights one day and then take money from union-busting corporations the next. How do you think those politicians will ultimately vote? For the people or for their funders? The Green Party will only ever stand for the people – because we are the people. We have no other choice.

As an environmental party, we are also one of the few voices who don’t believe in constant, unchecked economic growth. Development without redistribution will not lift all boats. And yet, only two short years ago, when Amazon promised jobs and development through it’s HQ2 competitions, our city led by a Democratic mayor and Democratic city council, happily bid to make Philadelphia the next home for Amazon. A bid that included tax breaks, free public infrastructure, and other corporate welfare simply to woo this company into our midst. 

This is why political independence matters. And the Green Party takes that seriously. We are one of the only political parties, and I think the only ballot-qualified party, that constantly and consistently challenges the two-party system at all levels of government from city hall to the state house to the White House.  The union movement needs allies in government. We need laws that protect workers and their right to organize. And we achieve that by electing our own into the halls of power. 

Power – that’s what this struggle is about. The power to demand dignity in the workplace and to one day achieve it.  #BAmazon Workers – the Green Party stands with you. 

Hillary Kane is a member of the Green Party of Philadelphia City Committee and a member of the Green Party of the U.S. 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.

For more information: 

North Carolina Green Party Supports Amazon Workers, March 8, 2021, https://www.gp.org/ncgp_supports_amazon_workers

 

Pictured above are rally organizer and Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) member Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture (left) and GPOP City Committee Members Charles Sherrouse and Hillary Kane holding the banner at the rally..

 

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Pittsburgh City Council Candidate Connor Mulvaney Receives Two Key Endorsements

 

Connor Mulvaney
for Pittsburgh City Council

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sunday, March 21, 2021

 

CONTACT:
Matt Nemeth,
Connor for Council Media Coordinator,
412-721-2002 and [email protected]


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

 

Pittsburgh City Council Candidate Connor Mulvaney Receives Two Key Endorsements

 

Pittsburgh, PA -- Mobility activist Connor Mulvaney received two key endorsements this week in his run for Pittsburgh City Council District 4

 

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) endorsed Connor on March 15 after a vote by their General Assembly, encompassing delegates representing all the local Green Parties in the state. “I’ve been following the start-up of Connor’s campaign with excitement as he brings great energy to both the GPPA and progressive Pittsburgh politics necessary for all of Pennsylvania. I very happily voted to endorse him,”� said GPPA Co-chair Tina Olson. 

 

The Democratic Socialists of America's Pittsburgh Chapter also voted to support Mulvaney. In a statement issued on social media after the March 16 meeting, DSA Pittsburgh said it believes Connor’s campaign is an opportunity “to build a Pittsburgh & Allegheny County for the many -- not the privileged few.”

 

The Brookline resident’s campaign is focused on issues around housing, mobility, environment and public health and is calling for a budget for District 4 that will put the community first. A union laborer, sustainable development organizer and mobility advocate, Connor is committed to working for Pittsburgh’s southern neighborhoods. He understands the challenges that the 21st Century poses to working people in Pittsburgh.

 

“We need to rebuild our infrastructure, economy and communities to be more resilient,” Connor said. “District 4 deserves a working-class representative who has a vision for the issues we face.”�

 

Connor is currently gathering nomination signatures. He lives with his partner Christine and their dogter, Lucy. When he’s not working, you might see him running, riding his bike or walking Lucy around District 4.

 

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. Follow Connor’s campaign on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/connorforpgh;
Twitter, https://twitter.com/ConnorMulvaney; or
Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/connorforcouncil/

 

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Puff, Puff, Pass All of the Cannabis Bills in PA!

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, March 19, 2021

 

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

 

Puff, Puff, Pass All of the Cannabis Bills in PA!

 

by Tina Olson. 

 

The 2021 Cannabis Fest in Kutztown, PA, will take  place on April 17 and 18. For years the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) has been proud to be a part of the growing movement to finally decriminalize growing, selling, buying, and using nature’s sweet leaf.As a much-welcomed outdoor event, many Greens have already committed to convening there. For years we have been proud to be a part of the growing movement to finally decriminalize growing, selling, buying, and using nature’s sweet leaf. Let’s take this opportunity to look at the timeline of cannabis use, the attitudes, and unjust racial implications of the war on weed. Plus, a glimpse at what is happening in both our state legislative houses.

 

From the not-so distant past, images of firing up a marijuana cigarette, a joint, a spliff, or a doobie meant an onslaught of images that revealed the dangers and temptations of the Devil’s Lettuce. Fearful visions of moral depravity were ingrained into our young minds as we hit tender milestones of development. If Reefer Madness had legs, it would have frog-marched our curious teen-selfs straight to the river Styx and fed us to Cerberus. If Nancy Regan was playing, many of us would have lost that DARE. 

 

Spoiler alert! As it turns out, simply smoking a doink did not lead most people to a road of ruin and river to the Underworld. That is, unless you were at an intersection due to your marginalized status, then you were three times as likely to end up demonized and incarcerated through racial profiling as the civil war-machine on drugs demolished entire generations of communities and families.  

 

Thankfully, we are collectively trying to leave the past mass incarceration where it belongs, but we need to be wary of which path to take. Legalization in Pennsylvania will ensure that we have one hand in the future and the other one stuck scraping a bowl with a pocket knife to conserve America’s sticky green gold. 

 

The Green Party stands for full decriminalization of cannabis. Decriminalization is the only path to ensure that everyone who needs access to the medical benefits and agricultural economic boosts are able to attain them. As it stands, for example, it can cost over $300 to get a medical marijuana card, but that’s not even the beginning of price-gouging market monopoly practices that PA and other states are engaging in. Here is another something: Grower/processors must first pay a non-refundable $10,000 application fee, then have a verifiable amount of no less than $2,000,000 in capital and $500,000 of that must be in a financial institution. To get the initial certificate to grow, you need to pay $200,000. Plus, every year you must pay a $10,000 renewal fee. In other words, to even get that hand in the future, you need to be holding a silver spoon and have more money than any local weed dealer, plus good credit and no criminal record. These restrictions and extremely limiting financial hurdles make the market impenetrable by the same people who have diligently worked towards legalization and those who have supplied a lot of us with our dank stash. 

 

Without decriminalization, the most famous and literal “grassroots'' movement becomes an industry for the elite to protect its hot-boxed frat boys from the ramifications of laws that have become inconvenient to the bourgeoisie. Without further development, not only is our prison system overrun with racist policies and broken promises, those same boys go on in life to getting kick backs in their retirement funds through marajuana stocks pumped up by ‘woke’ Wall Street. And those boys are first in line to pay the fees to grow the weed that swallowed the spider to catch the fly. 

 

Currently there are a few pieces of legislation being passed around in the PA General Assembly. One bill that gets close to meeting the many issues surrounding decriminalization is being reintroduced this year by Representative Jake Wheatey (D, District 19). The Criminal and Social Justice Reform Through a Legal Adult-Use Cannabis Marketplace or House Bill (HB) 2050, doesn’t meet all of our concerns, but it is a step forward. 

 

Another bill being carried over from the 2020 session is in the PA Senate co-sponsored by Senator Sharif Street (D, District 3). Senate Bill (SB) 233 calls for incremental decriminalization by lowering fines and penalties for possession. Senator Street is also working towards similar goals that HB 2050 proposes.

 

While important legislation is being written and reviewed a fundamental problem is growing. This all costs too much for a plant that even my grandmother grew on her patio in the 1980’s like some grandmothers raised chickens and sold eggs to their local grocers. The proceeds of this industry simply won’t go towards people who desperately need to supplement or build income. Nor will they aid cannabis users with one of the 17 recognized medical conditions that qualify you for a medical card. 

 

Another hold up in our state is coming from the representatives from both major parties trying to score wins in too many directions, but mostly wins for their own wallets. Both Democrats and Republicans are guilty of not seeing the big field and hiding behind a smoke-screen of corporate interest and old conservative views, as usual. This is something that is not true for Green Party candidates, who deny corporate funding and have the mission to fully realize the benefits to our society and social justice by decriminalizing all aspects of cannabis. They don’t call us the Green Party for nothing. And, you can put that in your pipe and smoke it!

 

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 more information, please see:

Pennsylvania 2021 Cannabis Festival, http://www.penncannafest.com/

 

PA Should Follow Oregon and Decriminalize Drug Use, GPPA News Release, December 9, 2020, https://www.gpofpa.org/pa_should_follow_oregon_and_decriminalize_drug_use

 

Adult-Use Cannabis, PA HB 2050, https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legis/CSM/showMemoPublic.cfm?chamber=H&SPick=20210&cosponId=34520

 

Please sign Petition, “IT’S TIME TO LEGALIZE ADULT-USE CANNABIS IN PA,”  https://www.pahouse.com/Wheatley/TakeAction/?ac=145

 

Decriminalization of Cannabis, PA SB 233, https://www.legis.state.pa.us//cfdocs/Legis/CSM/showMemoPublic.cfm?chamber=S&SPick=20210&cosponId=33066

 

GPPA Petition Calling for Cannabis Decriminalization, April 2016, https://www.gpofpa.org/support_cannabis_decriminalization_in_pennsylvania

 

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PA Completes Election Audit Required by Jill Stein Settlement

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sunday, March 14, 2021

 

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

 

PA Completes Election Audit Required by Jill Stein Settlement

-- By Emily Cook.  

Outgoing PA Secretary of State Kathy Bookvar announced on February 5, that the pilot audit of last year’s presidential election had been successfully completed. Bookvar did not acknowledge that the audit had been required by the settlement in U.S. Court with the Green Party’s candidate for president in 2016. The PA Department of State said, “The risk-limiting audit is a scientifically designed procedure using statistical methods to provide a high level of confidence and statistical verification that the outcome of an election is accurate and detect possible interference.”

“At best, this pilot provided evidence that [President Joe] Biden got more votes than [Donald] Trump in total in the counties that participated in the pilot,” said Philip Stark, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley who invented risk-limiting audits. Stark told SpotlightPA, “That’s different from showing that any equipment worked properly, that the count was accurate, or that Biden won [Pennsylvania].”

2016 Presidential Green Party candidate Jill Stein and the Green Party can be credited with spotlighting Pennsylvania’s shortcomings in voting machine functions, underscoring the need for true paper ballots due to the unverifiability of the vote. The settlement in U.S. Court has again placed auditing under national scrutiny due to the controversy over the 2020 presidential election outcome.  In that settlement, there was a directive that the PA Secretary of State must “direct each county to audit all unofficial election results using robust pre-certification audit methods to be determined based on the recommendations of a Work Group established by the Secretary.” It also required that the audit was to be implemented no later than 2022.

PA’s recently purchased and controversial ES&S ExpressVote XL voting systems (used in Cumberland, Northampton and Philadelphia Counties) still remain a problem. Rich Garella of Protect Our Vote Philly said, “Without a chain of custody for the ballots that are audited, and without full public transparency of the audit process, this pilot audit doesn’t prove or confirm anything to the public.  As a pilot, it is not intended to. Next year when it’s done for real it will mean something as long as it’s done right.”

Jill Stein reminded PA voters of the issues which remain with some voting machines, “In Pennsylvania the ballot marking devices voters use actually invalidate any true audit.” It should be noted that these recent audits were pilots and performed without transparency and did not include four counties in their sampling. Until the election code is corrected, these audits are limited in value.

Emily Cook is a former chair of the Green Party of Montgomery County, PA, and was a plaintiff in Jill Stein vs. Cortes.

 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 further information:

PA Vote Confirms Biden Got More Votes than Trump by Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA, March 10, 2021, https://www.spotlightpa.org/news/2021/03/pa-election-biden-trump-risk-limiting-audit-limitations/;

Risk Limiting Audit Pilot of November 2020 Presidential Election Finds Strong Evidence of Accurate Count, Pennsylvania Pressroom, February 5, 2021, https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/State-details.aspx?newsid=453;

Year 2 Report, PA Post-Election Audit Work Group, PA Department of State, December 31, 2020,
https://www.votespa.com/About-Elections/Documents/PADOS-RLA-WG-Year-2-Report-12-31-2020.pdf

Judge Diamond’s Big Miscalculation by Emily Cook , Green Party of PA, May 19, 2020, https://www.gpofpa.org/judge_diamonds_big_miscalculation;

Settlement Agreement and Release, Stein vs. Cortes, U.S. District Court for Eastern PA, November 28, 2018, https://ecbawm.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Stein-v.-Cortes-Agreement-Signature-Pages-11-28-2018.pdf;

Protect Our Vote Philly, www.povphilly.org.  

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PA Green Calls for Eco-Socialism on 51st Earth Day

PA Green Calls for Eco-Socialism on 51st Earth Day

-- By Tre Schumacher.  

 

Beginning in 1970, the early years of Earth Day were political.  Participants made spider webs from yarn to revere the world’s interconnectedness.  After a few years, Earth Day became less about politics and more about activities such as cleaning up litter. We also stopped thinking like an ecosystem.

 

Not thinking like an ecosystem entails linear, reductionist, mechanistic thinking.  Reductionist-style thinking can be applied to any domain, though is limited in providing thorough explanations. The Newtonian paradigm of science is reductionist.  Newton’s first law of motion states a body’s motion will not change unless impinged upon by an outside force. In mainstream economics, similarly, economic crises are seen as anomalies.  

 

What is similar in both cases is the reductionist treatment of stasis (both a body’s motion staying the same unless impinged upon and economic equilibrium) as normal and desired. Both treat out-of-equilibrium states as anomalies and calamities.  While for reductionism, change is an anomaly in a static world, for non-reductionism or ecological thinking, stability is a special and transitory case in a contingent and constantly evolving world. Non-reductionism might treat things like economic crises as cyclically occurring events systematically inherent to the economy. Reductionist thinking, antithetical to how an ecosystem works, can be applied to all domains, not just science.

 

In Newtonian physics, time is a mere coordinate used for measurement. Times can be named “Time 1” and “Time 2” without any reference to phenomena occurring within those times. The divorce of temporality from phenomena in Newtonian physics mirrors capitalist production, wherein, for example, factory workers (1) tend to be divorced from their goods and services they produce and (2) get paid by the time they spend laboring. Thus, in capitalism, workers sell their time, regardless of and indifferent to what occurs during that time. Reductionism here plagues not just methods of doing science but economic methods of production. 

 

Non-reductionist thinking, or thinking like an ecosystem, affirms eco-socialism, which the Green Party (www.gp.org) names as its ideology. Eco-socialism, unlike capitalism, exhibits the characteristics of an organic ecosystem such as sustainability, localism, decentralization, diversity, self-organization, and more.  Eco-socialism has the ability to welcome diversity and freely adapt to local conditions as to, for example, permit a plurality of methods of exchange. Thus, a robust gift economy can exist, and corrective local markets can emerge anytime there is a failure in the gift economy.  

 

This is opposed to capitalism, which totalizes production and exchange by limiting the possibility of alternative methods through the state rewarding unproductive and unjust activities and distorting how risks are distributed. These activities subsidize a single mode of production and exchange while restricting competing methods of production and exchange. Capitalism lives and dies according to markets (and supplemented state intervention and state-owned enterprises, which are not good alternatives to markets, carry some of the same constraints as markets, and often have worse outcomes). 

 

Eco-socialism embraces, per acting like a well-functioning ecosystem, simple rules that, from local interactions of self-organized and heterogeneous actors, yield self-sustainability in macro. Thus, may Earth Day henceforward be ecological and political, as recommended by Greens, eco-socialists, and ecological thinkers.

 

Tre Schumacher is a member at large of the Steering Committee of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (www.gpofpa.org) and recording secretary of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org). 

 

For additional information, please see:

 

“Earth Day, Birthday: The Conception of a New World” by Alan Smith, April 14, 2020, https://www.gp.org/conception_of_a_new_world

 

Pennsylvania Greens organize for 50th anniversary of Earth Day,” Green Party of Pennsylvania, news release, March 27, 2020, https://www.gp.org/50th_anniversary_of_earth_day

 

“Respecting and Celebrating the Earth” by Alan Smith, GREEN STAR, April 2019, https://www.gpofpa.org/green_star_april_2019

 

“The First Earth Day” by Neal Gale, April 19, 2018, https://www.gp.org/first_earth_day

 

“Green Party of PA on Earth Day,” GREEN STAR, April 2015, page 8, https://www.gpofpa.org/gppa_green_star_april_2015

 

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PA Green Party on the Ever-Looming Student Debt Crisis

  

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, March 6, 2021

 

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

 

PA Green on the Ever-Looming Student Debt Crisis

By Noah William Alter. 

In recent weeks, there has been much talk in Washington about cancelling $50,000 in student debt, including both Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Elizabeth Warren. However, President Joe Biden has decided that he is not interested in helping millions of students, who hold a total of nearly $1,700,000,000,000 in student debt. In a recent press conference, a reporter asked President Biden about cancelling $50,000/person in student debt, and he quickly shot it down. It appears as if he is more concerned with appeasing the far right through bipartisanship than helping the U.S. people.

Young people are often told by their family, friends, and strangers that they should go to the university and receive a higher education. In this way, we will be guaranteed a fantastic career and a prosperous life. Unfortunately, most of us are unaware that we are going to be shafted with terrible student debt with little to no potential of receiving a job with reasonable starting wages and benefits. The reality of being a recent graduate is quite stressful. We start our career search by receiving, on average, just a six-month grace period on the student loans. If we don’t find a job as soon as possible, we will begin to immediately use up our forbearance. Many young people often take whatever job that they can find, regardless of salary. Recent graduates then quickly find themselves buried in credit card debt because with student loans and pathetic wages, it does not allow us very much time to build up a decent nest egg or simply purchase the basics.

 As a recent graduate with over $100,000 USD in student debt, I feel totally trapped and incapable of paying my bills. This is not only a result of the student loans but also the peasant-like-wages that companies somehow declare as reasonable. I do not mean to boast, but I am proud to say that I have received a fantastic education. I’ve had the brilliant opportunity to live and study in four foreign countries: Canada, Germany, England, and Kuwait. In my time abroad, I quickly learned that most other first world nations do not let their students walk away from school with horrid student debt. Yes, university admission can be more competitive abroad, particularly in countries like Germany, but you will never walk away with potentially hundreds of thousands in student debt.

One reason I have become a Green Party activist is the Green Party Platform supports equal access to high-quality education, and a sharp increase in financial aid for college students with the possibility of free tuition and forgiveness of student debt. Increasing the accessibility of higher education will benefit all members of the working class and will help us to educate future generations to build a just, sustainable human and democratic future. This will also enable our children to become active citizens and constructive members of our future society. Most importantly, a proper education, at an affordable rate, will help us to strengthen cultural awareness and acceptance and will help to eradicate systematic racism. The Green Party Platform also says that it is quintessential to provide support not only to higher education but also to our young people with room and board, and all the necessary tools including books.

Yet, cancelling student debt will not be a permanent solution. We must figure out how we can alleviate the financial strain on young people, who are simply seeking to build themselves a brighter future.The biggest question that comes to mind for most is how we can lower tuition without decreasing the quality of education? Once, we have established a way to lower the price of tuition, we also need to establish a form of “universal education” to help future generations to pay for higher education, potentially through restructuring our tax code and closing all loopholes in the tax code, including the yacht tax deduction (a maximum deduction of $500,000).

 If we, as a society, continue to allow this horrible financial crisis to persist, the country will continue to suffer economically, and it will further aggravate racial, economic, and social status divides. If we do not invest in our current and future generations, the U.S. will continue to fall behind, even faster than we already are, particularly in the realm of education and innovation. Cancelling student debt and higher education reform should not remain a never-ending discussion, it is a financial disaster for all age groups, and it will only get worse. We must act now.

Noah William Alter is a member of the Green Party of PA (GPPA), active with the Green Party of Westmoreland County. 

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 more information, please see:

Implementing the Economic Bill of Rights, 5. Student and Medical Debt Relief, Howie Hawkins for President, https://howiehawkins.us/the-economic-bill-of-rights/

Green Party of the U.S. Platform, II. Social Justice, E. Education & the Arts, 1. Education, https://www.gp.org/social_justice/#sjArts

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PA Green Party Demands Single-Payer Healthcare


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PA Green Party Demands Single-Payer Healthcare

By Carl J. Romanelli. 

Over the past 20 there is hardly a day that passes in which we don’t see articles, news stories or social media posts regarding healthcare. The power of the for-profit health insurance industry, as well as medical and pharmaceutical lobbies, has diluted and distorted the traditional meaning of many of the terms associated with a healthcare overhaul. Despite this, the Green Party has remained a steadfast supporter of healthcare reform.

 

For clarity, let’s examine some of those terms.

 

Universal Healthcare -- This term originally referred to what we now call “single-payer healthcare.” However, since 2010 the name has referred to making insurance “available and affordable.” Unfortunately, under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), it really does no such thing. The options under Obamacare are predominately offered by for-profit insurance companies which are subsidized by the federal government. As a result, this term is usually not included as a stand-alone term for single-payer.

Single-Payer – Single-payer healthcare (sometimes called one payer) is a term used to describe coverage that includes all citizens enrolled in only one insurance plan, and the coverage is full for everyone. Under a single-payer system, whether national or state-based, it would be unlawful for private insurance companies to duplicate the insurance offered by the government. Single-payer provides one comprehensive insurance plan for a state or nation, but the medical system remains private. As such, the only major change to healthcare is who pays the bills, but all other aspects of U.S. healthcare remain the same.

 

Medicare for All -- This is single-payer insurance at the federal level, quite simply.

Socialized Medicine -- Under this system there is only one national insurance offered, but hospitals and other medical infrastructure are owned by the government. Doctors, nurses, and medical staff are employed by the government. Such systems are common in Europe, but since the 1960s countries have been more inclined to develop single-payer healthcare systems, rather than socialized medicine.

 

The Green Party of PA (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) supports Medicare for All as a national approach. That is truly the best single-payer system because it uses the collective power of 350 million Americans to keep the program solvent. However, the continued gridlock at the Congressional level makes Medicare for All unlikely anytime soon. For this reason, GPPA has made PA single-payer a priority issue. This is based on the idea that we are much more likely to have an effect on Harrisburg, PA, than we will on Washington, DC.

 

Justification for such logic can be found in the issue of cannabis reform. Few ever thought that PA would have a medical cannabis program with a Republican controlled legislature, but we have had such a program for five years. There is currently bi-partisan legislation for complete legalization of adult use cannabis. Single-payer healthcare, like cannabis reform, is an issue that has gotten more popular among the citizenry as people learn about it.

 

What would single-payer look like in PA?

If a single-payer healthcare system was in place in PA all the citizens of our Commonwealth would have complete healthcare coverage, including, but not limited to doctor visits, hospitalization, ambulance, long-term care, rehabilitation and substance abuse treatment, mental health, chiropractic, prescriptions and surgery. People would be covered by virtue of being Pennsylvanians, regardless of age or income.

 

What would be the cost?

The funding for PA single-payer comes from three basic sources: individual contributions, employer contributions and transfers of federal and state money into the PA Healthcare Trust Fund. The individual contribution would be 3% of gross income (up to $250,000), which amounts to $30 on every thousand earned. This individual contribution would amount to considerable savings compared to our present system, as there would no additional premiums, co-pays or deductibles. The employer contribution in the proposed legislation is 10% of gross payroll. For employers the savings will also be substantial compared to the current cost. Further, such a system would save billions compared to profit-extracting private insurance. An economic impact study completed in 2013 verifies the efficacy of such a system.

 

Since the turn of the Century, GPPA has demanded: “Enact single-payer universal healthcare for all Pennsylvanians, state-funded and locally administered with an emphasis on the greatest possible flexibility for doctors and patients, to guarantee healthcare for all, alleviate the medical malpractice insurance crisis and cut costs by focusing on prevention.” 

The time could never be more appropriate for healthcare reform. We are in the middle of a deadly pandemic, small businesses are closing, and other businesses -- as well as state, county, and municipal governments -- are more cash-strapped than ever before. We in the Green Party are committed to such reform, which is in direct line with our values of social and economic justice. 

 

Carl J. Romanelli was the Green Party candidate in 2006 for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania. He is active with the Green Party of Luzerne County, PA.

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For more information, please see:
Green Party of PA Platform, IV Single-Payer Universal Healthcare – No more, No less, https://www.gpofpa.org/platform 
Green Party of the U.S. Platform, II Social Justice, F Healthcare, https://www.gp.org/social_justice/#sjHealthCare;  
Medicare for All as a Community-Controlled National Health Service, Howie Hawkins Green for President, November 1, 2019, https://howiehawkins.us/the-hawkins-healthcare-plan-medicare-for-all-as-a-community-controlled-national-health-service/;  
Pennsylvania Health Care Plan Impact and Implementation by Gerald Friedman, Ph.D. Department of Economics University of Massachusetts at Amherst, March 5, 2013, https://healthcare4allpa.org/temp/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/EconomicImpactStudy3513.pdf
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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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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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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 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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 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 Green Star

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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

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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

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Core Team by Charles Sherrouse

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  edited by Hal Brown

 

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

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   

 


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