PA Greens Learn Lessons from 2018 Elections

Green Party of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
 
Contact: (717) 839-2395
David Ochmanowicz, DaveO@gp.org
Sheri Miller, Sheri.Miller@gmail.com
 
PA Greens Learn Lessons from 2018 Elections
 
The Chair of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) expressed both disappointment and encouragement in response to the 2018 election.  “I thought the election results were discouraging after all the work our many volunteers put into these campaigns,” said Sheri Miller, Green Party Chair.  “However, our Congressional and State Assembly candidates did well in races with only one opponent, leading me to believe that fear of the greater evil was the biggest factor in voters’ minds.”  
 
“As in previous election cycles,” continued Miller, “Green campaigns faced many obstacles.  The mainstream press essentially ignored our campaigns; however we were surprisingly pleased by the excellent coverage by some more local press and alternative media outlets.”   
 
“I was happy that the Green Party was able to field candidates for PA governor and for U.S. senate this year -- our first since 2002,” said Chris Robinson, a Philadelphia delegate to GPPA. “We had to go to federal court to overrule draconian PA ballot regulations in order for our candidates to appear on the ballot.”

Media contact with candidates was achieved by local and statewide media including interviews and video from PCN and CNet this election cycle. Our candidates responded to hundreds of inquiries and surveys for organizations and citizen groups from all over the state requesting our candidate platforms.
 
“The hard work that put our statewide candidates and local candidates on the General Election ballot and the ability of the public to see our names beside the major party candidates on that ballot puts wider cracks in the grip that the two corporate parties have on our electoral system and the behavior of traditional voters,” said Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick, Green Party candidate for Lt. Governor.
 
Some of the noticeable highlights and positives we can champion were the overwhelming support and high portion of votes in the races that could be considered two-way races. Green candidates in northeast and southwest PA -- Allegheny, Beaver and Wayne/Pike Counties -- garnered highly reassuring numbers in relation to major party races.   
 
“Meeting all the people who want a change, was amazing!” said Darcelle Slappy, Green Party candidate for PA House District 10.
 
Green candidates received support from progressive, left leaning alliances like Our Revolution as well as the occasional local Democratic Party group.
 
The Green Party of Pennsylvania thanks the League of Women Voters of PA (LWV PA) for protecting their reputation as a non-partisan source of election information when it withdrew its co-sponsorship with WPVI-TV of the senatorial debate. The decision came after LWV PA revised its election reform positions due to a federal court decision granting greater access to third party candidates.
 
“We've shown that regular people can run for office. Next up: showing that regular people can win office too,” said Jay Walker, Green Party candidate for PA House District 23.
 
The Green Party is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA candidates promote public policy based on the Green Party four pillars: grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further information about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org. Follow GPPA on social media: Facebook, Green Party of Pennsylvania and Twitter, @GreenPartyofPA.
 
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PA Lt Gov debates excluded half the candidates

Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick,

2018 PA Lt. Governor Candidate

Green Party of Pennsylvania www.gpofpa.org

On Saturday, October 6 th Pittsburgh’s WPXI-TV held a partial Pennsylvania Lt. Governor’s debate in their TV studio. This face to face meeting of the candidates was incomplete because it undemocratically limited the political education that voters need and deserve to elect their next Governor & Lt. Governor by excluding the only two female Lt. Governor candidates and non-major party candidates that legally qualified to be on the General Election Ballot.

 

The Green Party’s Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick and the Libertarian Party’s Kathleen Smith deserved to share the stage and promote their views and creative solutions to some of PA’s dire problems alongside the Democrat, John Fetterman and the Republican, Jeff Bartos.

 

This erasure of our presence at the debate was unreasonable, biased and a disservice to democracy and the thousands of registered voters who signed our petitions because they were disgusted by the status quo and wanted different viewpoints and policies to emanate from Harrisburg so their lives and their children’s futures could be better. Not only did Pittsburgh’s WPXI-TV take away an earned opportunity of free speech for us, the candidates, but it is also squashed the opportunity for peaceful dissent of the electorate to the usual political maneuvering of Democrats and Republicans and their often ineffective solutions.

 

The press should not undermine its constitutional obligation to promote a healthy democracy by preventing the legitimate perspectives of its fellow citizens from being seen, heard or addressed.



Also visit: Jocolyn for PA Lt. Governor at https://www.facebook.com/green4justiceandtruth

 

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September 2018 News from Candidates

Paul_Glover_logo.jpg Paul Glover for Governor 

Paul has been a very active candidate, making and distributing campaign posters, learning about state problems and proposing policy remedies, writing and sending press releases, answering candidate questionnaires, and posting frequently to Facebook and Twitter. Paul's messages are not just rants about the state of the world we live in, but offer practical, people-friendly, state-specific policy alternatives to fracking, mass incarceration, job loss, environmental destruction, and corporate domination. To follow Paul's social media, and become part of the conversation, visit his Facebook page at Glover for Governor of Pennsylvania

Paul is founder of more than a dozen organizations and campaigns dedicated to ecology and social justice, including Ithaca HOURS local currency, Health Democracy, the Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP), Citizen Planners of Los Angeles, and the League of Uninsured Voters (LUV). He is author of six books on grassroots economies, and a former professor of urban studies at Temple University. He consults as Greenplanners.  To learn more, donate, or volunteer, visit Glover for Governor

Jocolyn_Bowser-Bostick_logo.jpg Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick for Lt. Governor

Jocolyn has been busy arranging and attending community forums, interviews and events.  She is currently planning a tour of the Mariner East 2 Pipeline at the request of the Uwchlan Safety Coalition. Some of Jocolyn's top concerns are vigorously protecting the economic, social and political rights of women, racial minorities, believers of any faith and those of any gender identity or sexual orientation; making sure everyone has healthy, safe and affordable housing; increasing the minimum wage to at least $15/hour and facilitating other benefits for workers; bringing a government-funded universal health care system for PA; alleviating the tax burden on low and middle income residents and shifting the burden to wealthy corporations and individuals; banning fracking for oil and gas and eliminating our use of all fossil fuels and their infrastructure while becoming more energy efficient and eventually 100% reliant on clean and renewable energy sources to save money, improve our health and dramatically increase green jobs.  Adopting these changes on taxes and energy use will improve public transit and free up funds to improve K-12 education in our struggling school districts; and eliminating corruption in all levels of government and our criminal justice system will help end mass incarceration.  Find out more about Jocolyn's campaign at  Jocolyn for PA Lt. Governor

Neal_Gale_logo.jpg Neal Gale for US Senate 

Neal has been campaigning by being there.  He has attended nearly every prominent Green-promoted event this spring and summer, getting out among the people, shaking hands, and listening. His campaign slogan is "One family, many voices!" and he is committed to bringing people together around the issues of peace and climate change to pursue a safe and healthy future for our families. Neal is an eloquent spokesperson representing our party and our values to the public. If you would like to meet him, he has several events scheduled for September. 

To see his calendar or to volunteer or donate for his campaign, visit his website at Neal Gale for US Senate

John_Jay_Sweeney_logo.jpg John Jay Sweeney for State Senate, District 20

Jay is off to a great start after already having a team of volunteers organized during petitioning. Because there is not a Democratic Party candidate on the ballot, Jay also has the support of progressive Democrats in his area. Jay is actively seeking endorsements from those organizations whose values he represents. He has received endorsements from Our Revolution PA and Action Together NEPA, with others pending. Jay stands for healthy community through healthy democracy and supports independent redistricting, open primaries, verifiable voting and instant runoff or ranked choice voting. If elected, Jay would make the fracking ban in the Delaware River Basin permanent. He opposes raising the wage tax to reduce property tax, preferring to use combined reporting to capture corporate income tax that is currently being avoided through dodges such as the Delaware Loophole. Jay believes that public schools should be funded 100% through the General Fund and schools should be funded equitably. 

In coming weeks, Jay will be participating in meet and greet events in Wayne and Pike Counties and an education forum in Susquehanna County.  He also plans to table with the Democrats at the Wyoming County Fair.  Jay's website is in progress and will be up soon.   Jay has been building his website and it should be active soon.  Watch our GPPA state website for links to his content when available.   

Darcelle_Slappy_logo.jpg Darcelle Slappy for State Representative, District 10

Darcelle is currently an elected Green School Board Director in Beaver Falls.  Education, healthcare for all, and job creation are her priorities in her run for State Representative. She took part in the Beaver County Community Candidate Forum held at Aquippa High School on August 10th, sponsored by Progressive Democrats of America with Beaver County Voice for Change, Moral Monday Coalition, NAACP, Beaver County United, Southwest Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, and USW Local 1211 as co-sponsers. Darcelle joined several other candidates, including John Fetterman, to answer questions from the community and the audience. Darcelle has pulled together a team and is working on setting up her campaign.   

Jay_Ting_Walker_logo.jpg Jay Walker for State Representative, District 23 

Jay's campaign (Allegheny County) is off to a running start with a new website, Facebook page and a team of volunteers. Jay is trialing a new software tool that uses voter data to create a target audience of people for canvassing and phone-banking.  The tool uses a mobile app that creates maps and updates the status in real time, keeping track of who was contacted.  Jays volunteers are gearing up to start as soon as possible, to make the most of the 10 weeks before election day. Jay's primary goals are to end gerrymandering in PA, get money out of politics, advocate for a healthy environment, and provide healthcare as a human right to all Pennsylvanians, 

Jay has been endorsed by the Green Party of Pennsylvania, Green Party of Allegheny County, and Our Revolution Pennsylvania. To volunteer or donate, visit  Jay Walker for State Representative

Brianna_Johnston_logo.PNGBrianna Johnston, Special Election for US Congress, District 7

Brianna was endorsed at the Summer Retreat to run as our Green Party of Pennsylvaina candidate for the US Congressional District 7 special election.  Her nomination papers were filed on August 27th. Although she does not yet have a campaign team, Chester County, which is the county that endorsed her locally, is very active and is working with her to get started. Over the next few weeks, Brianna will be pulling her team together and creating an internet presence. Watch our GPPA state website for the links to her content when available.  


September 2018 Committee Updates

Core

Core TeamThe Core Team has solved the email spam problem in NationBuilder and the NationBuilder maintenance team is so grateful!. The Core Team will be sending out revised Rules to the state Party’s delegates this weekend for review and a final vote of approval at our September 2018 Virtual Meeting on September 16th.  This will mark the culmination of the team’s hard work, for more than a year, to ensure that the final document represents members’ views and provides strong guidance to support the Party. The September 16th meeting will also kick off the nominating process for Green Party of Pennsylvania’s officers, Steering Committee, and national representatives to be voted on next January.  For more information about the September 2018 Virtual Meeting, visit https://www.gpofpa.org/gpofpa_state_meeting_september_2018_virtual       

Communications

Communications TeamDavid Ochmanowicz Jr, who has been instrumental in helping us get the Communications Team off the ground, is stepping down from the position of Team Leader to devote more attention to his newly-elected position on the School Board. Dave has juggled family, work, and his commitment to our Party for many years. His tremendous efforts and expertise have strengthened our public relations and communications abilities and helped us to grow. Thank you Dave! Bill Pilkonis, the Co-Leader of the Communications Team, will be flying solo until another Co-Leader is appointed.

Finance

Finance TeamThe Finance Team would like to thank those generous donors and volunteers who offered their support during the Ballot Access Legal Defense Fund drive. With their help we were able to raise $1,420.18 during the fundraiser. Because our petitions were not challenged, we did not need to spend all the funds received, so the remainder is now reserved as part of our Legal Defense Fund for any future need of this kind.

The open comment period for the 2019 Budget Proposal Survey was closed on August 31 and now the Finance Team is moving forward with a conceptual 2019 Budget based on your responses. The conceptual budget will be presented during the next meeting of the GPPA State Committee in September. Find more details on the proposal schedule and process at www.gpofpa.org/2019_budget_process then go one step further and help the Finance Team by attending our bi-weekly meetings. Sign up at www.gpofpa.org/committees_finance

GreenWave

Green WaveOur 4-month petitioning campaign culminated July 31st when we successfully filed over 8,100 signatures on behalf of our statewide candidates. The combined contributions of nearly 100 volunteers across the state were anchored by the extraordinary collection efforts of Neal, Paul, & Jocolyn, who together were responsible for 1/3 of the total submitted. They have truly earned their place on the ballot! With the help of volunteers collecting on their behalf, our state legislative candidates Darcelle Slappy, Jay Sweeney, and Jay Walker were further responsible for another ¼ of the total signatures.

With no legal challenges forthcoming, our candidates were able to focus in August on scheduling campaign events, answering position questionnaires, & seeking endorsements. Notably, Jay Sweeney & Jay Walker have both been endorsed in their races by Our Revolution PA. The most significant contribution YOU can make to our Green campaigns is to volunteer at the polls on Election Day. Whether you can give an hour or a full day, please sign up today! Election Day Volunteer Sign-up

GreenWave oversees a regional network of support for candidates, campaigns, and new county affiliations. If you'd like to be involved in a state or local campaign, help organize a new local in your county, or apply for an internship, contact Green Wave. It takes hundreds of Greens just like you to make the Green Party work. We are a people-powered party!


September from the Chair

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I am so excited to tell you that our candidates' campaigns are off and running!  Several candidates have received endorsements from some prominent organizations such as Our Revolution and Action Together, NEPA. If you want to help our candidates win, we have campaigns throughout the state in NEPA, SEPA, and Western PA, as well as our three state-wide candidates.  You can help with web management, media relations, positions research and writing, video production, candidate scheduling, cold calling, opposition research, relations with the Green Party, driving, printing, endorsement solicitation, relations with labor unions, and as poll workers on Nov 6th.  You can sign up through GreenWave at https://www.gpofpa.org/committees_greenwave

September 21st marks the United Nations' International Day of Peace. The theme for the International Day of Peace in 2018 is “The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United Nations promotes 17 Sustainable development goals to bring about peace. When I read about these, they sounded very familiar. “The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.” Doesn’t this sound GREEN to you? Read more and find out what you can do to help promote peace at http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/

Sheri Miller, GPPA Chair


Aug From the Chair

Greetings Fellow Greens and Green Supporters!

Yesterday the Green Party of Pennsylvania filed for ballot access for six great PA candidates for the November election.  These candidates offer an alternative choice for those voters who refuse to support a continuation of the same old corporate-sponsored politics that perpetuate the destruction of our environment, the polarization and destabilization of our economy, the systematic oppression and imprisonment of persons of color, and the unending export of war and death throughout the world; all in the name of profit no matter which party is in power.  I am honored and excited to be a part of these Green campaigns that offer concrete recommendations to reverse the damage and lead us toward a future where people are valued above profits.

I recently attended the Green Annual National Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was an amazing experience and there is much I want to share so watch for an email in the next few weeks to find out more about it.


PA Greens File for Six Candidates in the 2018 General Election

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

 

CONTACT:

David Ochmanowicz Jr, DaveO@GP.org

Sheri Miller, Sheri.Miller@gmail.com



PA Greens File for Six Candidates in the 2018 General Election



The Green Party of Pennsylvania is proud to announce our candidates for office in 2018.

 

On July 31, 2018 Green Party of Pennsylvania representatives went to Harrisburg, PA and filed for six candidates to be on the ballot in the General Election on November 6, 2018.

 

Green Party of Pennsylvania Candidates for public office:

 

Governor, Paul Glover

Lieutenant Governor, Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick

US Senate, Neal Gale

State Senate District 20, Jay Sweeney

State Representative District 10, Darcelle Slappy

State Representative District 23, Jay Ting Walker


Candidate Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick said in a statement “I'm happy that I and other PA Green Party candidates will have the opportunity to earn the votes of our neighbors because even though it was hard work getting signatures for our nomination papers, we came across many people who were eager to sign because they recognized that the problems of this Commonwealth won't be solved if voters restrict themselves to the limited solutions and candidates presented by the Democrats & Republicans.”

“Due to the hard work of over 100 volunteers, voters will have the opportunity to consider Green candidates who share a people-focused agenda over the corporate-funded alternatives. stated David Ochmanowicz, Bucks County delegate to the state party. “PA voters who embrace an end to Citizens United, call for a ban on fracking, support single payer healthcare, seek responsible stewardship of our environment, and yearn for a more representative government can choose candidates that will fight for people over profits.”

The recent February 2018 court decision focusing on ballot access, a joint effort by the state’s Green, Libertarian and Constitution Parties, was successful in lifting some of the overwhelming hurdles for fair and equitable ballot access applicable to smaller parties.

“We have been diligently working on growing the PA Green Party through years of putting forward candidates against the obstacles created by the two-party system. By running candidates in every election cycle, we are creating a structure that retains knowledge and is reproducible. The six candidates that have qualified for the November ballot today will continue to break down the structures that prevent ordinary people from obtaining elected office.” said Timothy Runkle, State Party Treasurer.

“This is straight grassroots what I’m doing,” candidate Darcelle Slappy told The Beaver County Times reporter J.D. Prose in an interview posted on July 30th. “I’m going door-to-door making a personal connection with everybody, and that’s what it takes.”

Jay Sweeney, candidate for State Senate in District 20 stated, “I am thankful for all who circulated a petition on my behalf as well as those who signed. I will continue to work to empower the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and improve our electoral system. I will work for healthy communities, clean energy jobs that protect our environment, and a sustainable future.”

PA Green Party candidate for Governor, Paul Glover, is focusing his campaign on  the issues of fossil fuels, mass incarceration, education, legalization of cannabis, green jobs, organic agriculture, and universal healthcare. He stated, "I'm the only candidate for Pennsylvania Governor who would ban fracking, which poisons the future. As well, I would replace prison building by creating 500,000 green jobs.”  A long-time activist, Glover helped create Ithaca, New York’s local currency and is author of the book Green Jobs Philly.

 

To volunteer or donate to help Green candidates, visit our candidate website at www.greenwaveofpa.org, and to learn more about the partyś commitment to people over profits, www.gpofpa.org

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. Our 2018 candidates will promote public policy based on the four pillars of the Green Party: Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice, Nonviolence, and Ecological Wisdom.

Follow us on social media for news, upcoming events, and more:

Facebook: Green Party of Pennsylvania

Twitter:@GreenPartyofPA

 

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Maine Ranked Choice Voting; Greens in PA Commend You

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

June 25, 2018

 

CONTACT:

David Ochmanowicz Jr, DaveO@GP.org

Sheri Miller, Sheri.Miller@gmail.com

 

Maine Ranked Choice Voting; Greens in PA Commend You

PA Greens support Ranked Choice Voting

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is celebrating Maine’s landmark win for representative democracy on June 12th when the citizens approved a measure that adopts ranked choice voting for all state elections.  

Ranked choice voting, also known as instant runoff voting, allows voters to rank their candidates in order of preference.  If no candidate gets at least 50% of the vote, then there is no majority winner. The candidates with very few votes are dropped out and the top candidates continue in an instant runoff process: If a voter’s first choice is dropped out, then their second choice receives their vote. This process continues until a single candidate receives over 50% of the vote. This ensures that all winning candidates are elected by a majority and not just a plurality.  It also allows voters to choose candidates who truly represent their beliefs and values without the fear of helping a candidate they do not like, eliminating the perceived “spoiler effect” and “lesser evil” voting strategies that ultimately result in less representative government.

This win shows the determination of Maine citizens to take back control of their government.  Ranked choice voting was actually passed in 2016 by referendum vote. However, in October 2017, right before the general election in November, the law was repealed in a special, late-night session of the Maine legislature.  In February 2018, the people of Maine collected more than 80,000 signatures in 88 days to place a People’s Veto on the June 12, 2018 ballot to protect the people’s Ranked Choice Voting law. Sheri Miller, Green Party of Pennsylvania Chair declared that, “The historic vote on June 12th clearly demonstrates that it is possible to stand up to entrenched power and win if people are determined and organized.”  Miller, an advocate for ranked choice voting for many years, added that, “an alternative voting method such as ranked choice voting, that eliminates the pressure to vote for an unwanted candidate for fear of getting a worse one, is crucial if people want to have real choices at the polls.”

In addition to Maine, ranked choice voting has been used in municipalities across the nation from Berkeley, California (since 2010) to Takoma Park, Maryland (since 2007).

“Let’s hope the old adage ‘As goes Maine, so goes the nation’ proves to be true,” said Jay Sweeney, Green Party candidate for Pa Senate 20th District.  “If elected, I will work to see that Pennsylvania adopts ranked choice voting,” continued Sweeney.

Ranked choice voting was not the only referendum overturned by the Maine State Legislature last year.  In September 2017, Maine State House Representative Ralph Chapman spoke out against this “indifference” by the two major parties to the citizens of Maine, when they overturned "parts or all of at least three, so far, of the four citizen-initiated and –enacted major pieces of legislation from last November."  Chapman added, "Only by increased awareness, and demands for accountability, will we be able to encourage our political system to be primarily responsive to the needs of our citizens.” He ultimately changed his registration to the Green Independent Party and stood with them to support the referendum on ranked choice voting.

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. Our 2018 candidates will promote public policy based on the four pillars of the Green Party: Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice, Nonviolence, and Ecology.

For further insight on the actions that the Green Party of Pennsylvania is taking to improve our democracy and serve the needs of people over profits, please visit www.gpofpa.org

Follow us on social media for news, upcoming events, and more:

Facebook: Green Party of Pennsylvania

Twitter: @GreenPartyofPA




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From the Chair - June, 2018

Greetings Fellow Greens and Green Supporters!

As we approach the mid-year, I want to send a big thank you to all of our volunteers, delegates, candidates, committee members, and leaders.  Each day my admiration for these amazing people deepens. There is so much knowledge, skill, creativity, and determination in this group; it’s hard to imagine how we could fail.  As we gear up for the final home stretch in our petitioning efforts, let’s get our second wind, support each other, and put our candidates over the top!

In one of our recent GreenWave meetings, our illustrious Team Leader pointed out that a wave is simply organized water.  I’ve been thinking about that all week. The other ingredient in a wave is energy. The energy creates the wave and uses the wave to move forward.  The energy is what moves, not the water. The more organized the water becomes, the more momentum the wave builds. Waves can be extremely powerful.  Ocean waves can change the topography of a coastline over time. But the biggest, most beautiful waves do not happen without opposition. The resistance of the ocean floor propels the wave forward into one of the most formidable forces on earth.  So think of all those roadblocks facing challenger parties as the resistance that will shape our wave into an overwhelming force that can’t be stopped. And remember when you’re feeling discouraged that waves do not hit the beach with uniform strength – every few waves, a super wave is generated. Surfers wait for it, knowing that there will be some smaller ones first, building upon each other.  

We are the water.  With energy and organization, we become a wave.   Let’s change the topography of our country together.

Sheri Miller,

Green Party of Pennsylvania Chair


Crime Fighter Enters Race for Pennsylvania Governor

Paul Glover for Governor of Pennsylvania
http://www.paulglover.org/governor.html

For Release on May 30, 2018

CONTACT: 
Campaign Manager Brittany Anuszkievwicz 
(410) 440-4188, balphabet@gmail.com

"Jobs fight crime better than jails do," said Paul Glover, the Green Party candidate for Governor of PA. "We can fully employ the next ten generations of Pennsylvanians by rebuilding our cities in balance with nature." Glover said, when he is elected Governor, he will establish a Green Labor Administration (GLAD) and a PA State bank, which will invests tax revenue and pension funds to accelerate this job-creation process.

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) has nominated Paul Glover to be its 2018 candidate for Governor. The Green Party Platform calls for a "transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, with at least 80 percent achieved by 2030, using wind, solar, ocean, small-scale hydro, and geothermal power." The Green Party will "create an inclusive program to train workers for the new, clean energy economy, focusing on both the environment and social justice, and prioritize the creation of green jobs in communities of color and low-income communities."

For more than 40 years, Glover has been a developer of green jobs programs. As Governor, Glover plans to shift the PA budget away from prisons and into schools that prioritize green job skills. Glover is author of the books "Deep Green Jobs" and "Green Jobs Philly," which detail how to create 100,000 green jobs in Philadelphia. "Philadelphia has a 26% poverty rate and a 38% high school dropout rate," he notes. "These Philadelphians, and such people statewide, will not likely get STEM jobs. So we need to create 'stem' jobs to manage urban greenhouses on our vacant lots, plant orchards, install solar panels, remove excess paving, build low-cost tiny houses, and so forth."ť

In addition, Glover proposes what he calls "Police Integrity Congresses," which transfer control of police hiring, firing, and standards to the communities most affected by police patrols. "Police departments and police unions often protect bad officers, while police review boards have little leverage," he explains. He also calls on mainstream media to cease printing mug shots, which he says "make criminals famous while reinforcing false stereotypes of black males."ť

Glover is founder of the Philadelphia Orchard Project, plus a dozen other green organizations including Ithaca Hours local currency; PhilaHealthia medical co-op; and Citizen Planners of Los Angeles. He is author of six books on community economic development. He taught urban studies at Temple University and ecological economics at Philadelphia University.

For more information about Paul Glover's candidacy please visit http://www.paulglover.org/governor.html. To volunteer with the Paul Glover Campaign for Governor of PA, please visit http://www.greenwaveofpa.com/home.

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

Follow GPPA on social media: Facebook, Green Party of Pennsylvania and Twitter, @GreenPartyofPA. 


Green Star April 2018

PA Green Party Newsletter

News, Candidates, Information, Events Nationally, Statewide & Locally

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If you find that you share these ideals and want to work toward a future where people and planet are valued and our government represents all of us, come and join the movement. 

Everything we do is based on our Four Pillars and Ten Key Values.

 

Sign the PA Green Party Petition to decriminilize below!

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GREEN PARTY OF PENNSYLVANIA ANNOUNCES SEVEN CANDIDATES FOR 2018 STATE AND NATIONAL ELECTION

 

State Party endorses candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, US Senate, State Senate, and State House of Representatives

 

SCRANTON, PA--- PA Greens from across the state convened in Scranton at the IBEW Local 81 on March 17th & 18th for their Annual State Convention and Business Meeting. The two-day event was filled with workshops and training, such as “How to Run a Local Campaign,” “Event Planning 101,” and “Encouraging more LGBT and Women Candidates.

During the Sunday business meeting, the Greens endorsed 7 candidates running for state and national offices this year. This announcement comes after a successful 2017 election in which 12 Green Party candidates were elected to a variety of positions throughout the state. Pennsylvania currently has the 2ndmost elected Greens in office after California.

The endorsed Pennsylvania Greens running in the 2018 election are as follows:

 

     Neal Gale, US Senate

 

     Paul Glover, Governor

     Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick, Lt Governor

     Philip Gleaton, US Congress District 2

     Jay Sweeney, State Senate 20th District

     Jay Ting Walker, State House 23rd District

     Garrett Wasserman, State House 45th District

 

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties.

Our 2018 candidates will promote public policy based on the Green Party four pillars: Grassroots Democracy, Nonviolence, Ecological Wisdom, and Social Justice/Equal OpportunityCurrently, there are 147 Green Party members holding elected offices in 18 states.

For further insight on the actions that the Green Party of Pennsylvania is taking to improve our democracy and serve the needs of people over profits, please visit www.gpofpa.org

https://www.gpofpa.org/green_party_of_pennsylvania_announces_six_candidates_for_2018_state_and_national_election

 

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Green Party of PA News Highlights

 

Greetings fellow Greens! 

The mission of the Green Party of Pennsylvania is to promote Green values throughout Pennsylvania by participation in the political process: electing candidates; enacting legislation; organizing communities; providing viable new political options; supporting the development of county Green Parties; and making government more open, democratic, and participatory for all Pennsylvania citizens. 

Last month at our 2018 Convention in Scranton, we endorsed seven candidates to run for state or federal office in Pennsylvania.   As we move into petitioning and face months of hard work ahead of us, let’s keep in mind what we are working for.  Greed and intimidation are running our country right now. International weapons deals have been legalized and normalized and we are actively creating conflicts (and death) throughout the world to keep up the demand for our “national interests.” Our economy has been rigged so that the harder we work the poorer and less secure we get. The war on drugs has been escalated and new, private prisons are being built to rake in the money (that we will pay through taxes) for locking people up for minor offences.  The rights of women, people of color, and our LGBTQ population have especially been under assault. Pipelines full of poison snake their way across our beautiful state, threatening our water, while fracking drills break apart the foundations of the earth, creating new instability and earthquakes. Wind and solar energy are actively stifled along with the voices and votes of anyone who opposes the insanity that has become our corporate government.  Although this is all flagrantly obvious right now, it has been trending over the past 30 years, through periods of governmental control by both major parties.

Whether or not we win, we have made a commitment to provide an alternative voice and an alternative choice.  Petitioning to get Green Party candidates on the ballot is a major step in that commitment.  If you would like to join our efforts toward a green (and sane) future by petitioning or helping with a campaign, go to  gpofpa.org/committees_greenwave and sign up for GreenWave.

I’m looking forward to a spring and summer filled with meeting new people and sharing my hope for a brighter future.  

Thank you all for joining me in this effort.

 

Sheri Miller, Chair

Green Party of Pennsylvania

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The Operations Team is working on creating a new website.  We are actively recruiting people with technical backgrounds to participate.  If interested, go to gpofpa.org/committees_operations and sign up so we can contact you.  

The new proposed Rules changes are almost complete and will be voted on in the May virtual meeting.  Greens have a unique process for obtaining consensus that is interesting to watch.  Although only state delegates will be able to participate in votes, anyone can join in the May meeting as an observer.  Watch for the meeting information in the next Newsletter. Report by Sheri Miller.

 

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Seven Green candidates were endorsed at the State Convention in Scranton.  The candidates are getting their campaigns underway.  Stay tuned to GreenWave for more information about candidates and links to their websites.  If you are interested in helping on a campaign directly, you can contact GreenWave or a candidate’s individual website.

Petitioning is underway with petition coordinators identified in county locals across the state.  Spending a few hours collecting signatures from your own polling place on primary day (May 15th) is a great way to get a lot of valid signatures quickly since people who just voted are clearly registered and many of them may be disillusioned by their lack of options on the primary ballot.  Anyone interested in petitioning to get these great candidates on the ballot in November can sign up by joining GreenWave.  It’s also a way to get out and meet people in your area if you are interested in running as a local candidate in 2019. Report by Sheri Miller. 

 

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This year's 2018 convention was a great success. Although the numbers are not yet final, at least $500 was raised through a combination of ticket sales/merchandise/and silent auction money! It was the team's pleasure to work with the Lackawanna County Greens in assisting them with the event planning and fundraising. The Lackawanna County Greens have a strong, professional, and dedicated membership. 

 The Green Party of Pennsylvania has also been successful with our fundraising outside of our planned events - Over the course of three months, we more than doubled our original goal of attracting sustaining financial support from grassroots sponsors.  It is very encouraging for us to know that so many people believe in us enough to support our necessary operational costs! Report by Andrew Chiang.

 

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The GP of PA Communications Committee with various Media committee members have been very active revitalizing Twitter presence and regularly producing the new Green Star.

You can find our newest press releases “Green Party of Pennsylvania Announces Six Candidates for 2018 State and National Election” here.

We had success streaming various workshops from our Green Party of Pennsylvania Convention in March. You can find the video currently housed on our Facebook Page.

As GP of PA Communications Committee - we must educate and communicate current events and be involved in participatory actions, becasue that's what Greens do. Report by Dave Ochmanowicz.

 

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Millersville University Greens have thier first Campus Greens meeting

The Green Wave is rolling through college campuses across the state with the first meeting of the College Greens of Milllersville University.

In March we saw Greens on Campus as the Lancaster County Green Party was hosted by the fledgling Campus Greens of Millersville University.

The engaged youth are soon the be the largest voting block in the nation and many are making the break with the two-party system in a solid step towards democracy. Keep an eye on Millersville University!

 

 

2018 Petitioning has started! 

It's time to do your part, click below! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Leadership for Philadelphia’s Green Party

Members of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) elected their 2018 leaders while meeting at Shissler Recreation Center in Fishtown.

The new leadership is young and energetic, two characteristics which will be useful in their rejuvenation of the Green Party. This was recognized by Margie Neary, the newly elected GPOP Membership Secretary, who had told the Greens, “lf elected, I would bring positive energy, organizational skills and fresh ideas to the position.”

The new GPOP City Committee will be the youngest in its history, and it is already faced with several long-term problems, including a dwindling Green Party membership. This is the result of a continuous membership slide during the past eight years. Full Release

 

4 Pillars Report is a weekly radio program hosted by Carl Romanelli

4 Pillars Report is an independent weekly radio program hosted by Carl Romanelli, an activist with the Green Party of the US. Issues focus on various levels; local, state, national and global. All issues are designed to promote the pillars of ecology, justice, peace and democracy.

This show features John Brakey, and election expert. He talks about his efforts to make election results transparent, verifiable and public. We discuss differences in a few states, and the continuing effort for reform. John also discusses voter suppression techniques and the continued trend of state-sponsored voter disenfranchisement, predominately for people of color.

Learn more about John's work at: www.auditelectionsusa.org

Cover photo of John R. Brakey leading a presentation on election equipment and digital imaging, Green Party of PA Convention, Scranton, PA - March 17, 2018. A special thanks to Carl and John from GP of PA for their workshop help over during our convention last month. 

 

Green Party of PA is proud to support the 2018 

Cannabis Festival Earth Day weekend

April 22, 2018   Earth Day weekend

Nay Aug Park in Scranton, PA     

Come out and join us at the table, and lend a hand!

LOTS of MUSIC, Vendors, Food, Community Organizations

Join Greens from all over the State and help us raise awareness for our Party and our candidates by joining thousands from around the state to demand decriminalization on cannabis.

Be Seen Being Green!

We will be there in numbers and you can come visit our table, make a donation and maybe buy a shirt or decriminalization sign and support our State Party.

 

Gender Equity and the Green Party

I consider myself a 4th wave feminist, which means that I believe that all social injustices are interconnected. I’m also a social worker who believes in systems theory, meaning that no problem can be fixed independently. Classism, racism, and sexism cannot be demolished by only working in one domain. Our understanding of political issues can’t be reduced to just working on racism without taking into account the classism and sexism that is undoubtedly attached to racism. So we can’t work on fixing sexism without taking time to look at how we can fix class and racism in order to establish an egalitarian society.

The Green Party’s ideology is organized into Four Pillars which are then broken down into 10 key values. Feminism and Gender Equity are part of the key values, and it was this value which caused me to switch parties from blue to green. See, Greens don’t just want Gender Equality, they want Gender Equity, and that’s an important distinction.

Read on ...

https://ctsneak.wordpress.com/2018/03/10/gender-equity-and-the-green-party/

 

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Delaware County Green Party of PA
From: 7:00 P.M—8:45 P.M. 
Swarthmore Borough Hall

 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Chester County Green Party
From: 7:00 P.M—8:45 P.M. 
20 Redtail Ct, West Chester

 

Monday, April 9, 2018

GP of  Phila. City Committee Meeting
From: 7:00 P.M.
The Institute Bar http://www.institutebar.com/

 

Saturday, April 21,2018

17 Years of War protest, sponsored by Chester County Peace Movement w/Chester County Green Party
From: Noon 
Courthouse steps, West Chester, PA

 

Sunday, April 29,2018

Pottstown Climate March w/Chester County Green Party
From: 2P.M.
Meet in front of The Hill School

 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May Day USA Celebration w/GPOP
From: 3:30 P.M.
Clark Park, in University City, Philadelphia

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Primary Election Day
From: 7:00 am until 8:00 pm at your polling place
The best location to collect signatures on Green Party nomination papers.

 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

New Hope / Lambertville Pride Fest w/ Bucks County Green Party
From: 11 A.M. to ?   |  Email BCPAGreens@Gmail.com to participate
New Hope, PA 

 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Bucks County Greens meet in Quakertown
From: 7:00  P.M. to 8:45   |  Email BCPAGreens@Gmail.com to participate
Quakertown Public Library (Bucks County Free Library, James A. Michener Branch, 401 W Mill St, Quakertown, PA 18951)

 

Sign the PA Greens Petition to Decriminilize HERE!

 

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We had great results for election year 2017. 

If you want to get involved and work with us directly on these efforts, consider volunteering or joining a committee.    

 

 

 

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News Highlights from GPUS & More

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman deserves protest and the threat of sanctions over his country's mass murder of Yemeni civilians instead of a friendly welcome to the U.S. 

The Saudi Arabian leader visited President Trump on Tuesday for friendly talks about military assistance, purchases of U.S. weapons, and sharing of wealth.

Read the full release here.

 

The Green Party will hold its 2018 Annual National Meeting in Salt Lake City, July 19-22

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party of the United States will hold its 2018 Annual National Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, July 22.

Greens will convene at the University of Utah.

The meeting will feature Green Party panels, workshops, meetings of the Green National Committee, and other events.

Green candidates running in 2018 and elected officials are expected to attend.

 

On Sunday, March 18, 2018, the following Resolution was ratified by unanimous consent by a quorum of the Mountain Party State Executive Committee in support of those Communication Workers of America who are currently on strike against Frontier Communications.  

WHEREAS FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS, INC., has shown no evidence of bargaining in good faith to come to an equitable contract with its employees and members of the COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS of AMERICA in nearly two years.

WHEREAS the COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS of AMERICA are engaged in peaceful job actions and a strike against FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS, INC.,                  Read the full release here.

 

Green Party Black Caucus elects co-chairs to Reparations Working Group

 The Green Party of the United States Black Caucus is proud to announce it has nominated and elected two co-chairs to its Green Party of the United States Reparations working group to secure full and complete reparations for the descendants of slaves in the United States of America.

Anika Ofori is a cultural artist, social entrepreneur and activist. She currently lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a US Navy veteran. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban Ministry Leadership from Geneva College and a Master of Divinity from The Virginia Union University. She is a member of GPLA and GPUS-BC.

Trahern Crews is a community organizer, activist and socially responsible entrepreneur who organizes with urban youth around sustainable food access. Mr. Crews currently resides in Saint Paul Minnesota and is a member of the Minnesota Green Party, GPUS-BC and the spokesperson for the Minnesota Green Party of the 4th congressional district.

 

If you are interested in joining the Green Party of The United States Black Caucus Reparations Working group please click on the link and fill out the GPUS Reparations working Group Interest Form link below. GPUS-BC Reparations Working Group Interest Form

For more information contact   |   Anika Ofori @ nanaafianola@gmail.com    |    Trahern Crews @ 763-260-4233

 

Ballot Victory in Montana

Greetings Montana Greens!

We're pleased to announce that we have succeeded in our efforts to secure ballot access for the 2018 and 2020 election cycles!!

So any of you beautiful people who would like the opportunity to make real change in our state have a spot on the ballot!!

 

Five Utah Greens file to run for office

Five members Green Party of Utah have filed to run for office in 2018.

The five are Adam Davis (running for U.S. Congress, District 1), Abrian Velarde (running for for State Senate, District 12); Edward Bodily (running for Utah House, District 33); Matt Styles (running for Utah House, District 61) and Brendan Phillips (running for Tooele County Commission, Seat A).

All five expect to gain official candidate status at the April 21 Green Party of Utah Convention.

 

 

What is PA GreenWave? Why is it so important?

GreenWave is a committee of the Green Party of PA overseeing a regional network of support for candidates, campaigns, and new county affiliations.

2017 was a very good year for local Green wins, and we are looking forward to cultivating numerous candidates for state and federal offices in 2018 -- and to establishing local affiliates in counties that lack them.

 

 

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It takes hundreds of Greens just like you to make the Green Party work. 

We are a people-powered party. 

Seeking small donations from many (rather than huge donations from just a few) ensures that the party and its candidates represent real, everyday people and not just special interests.  

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

Join us and help bring about a future where people and planet are valued over profits.

 

If you want to get more directly involved, consider volunteering or joining a committee.  

Work with other committed progressives in activities such as planning events, developing media content, or helping with campaigns. Lets join together to make 2018 the year of progressives!

 

Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications & Media Committee 

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Issue Credits: Dave Ochmanowicz, Lon Diffenderfer

 

Additional resources from the Green Party of the United States

Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org
News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml 
Video Page http://www.gp.org/video/index.php
Green Papers http://www.greenpapers.net/
Google+ http://www.gp.org/google
Twitter http://twitter.com/gpus
Livestream Channel http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus
GP-TV Twitter page http://www.gp.org/twitter
Facebook page http://www.gp.org/facebook
Green Pages: The official publication of record of the Green Party of the United States http://gp.org/greenpages-blog 

 

The Green Star is an official publication of the Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications Committee * 2018 

Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick, candidate for Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania

My name is Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick and I am happy to be endorsed by the Green Party of PA as a candidate for Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania. 

I was born in Philadelphia and attended public schools first in North Philadelphia and then later in Media, PA where I also lived. I took classes at Yale University and CCP before graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Temple University. While attending college I worked at several different jobs and got married. My husband and I moved from an apartment in Media to our own house and home in Chester, PA in 1989. A few years later I graduated, and I spent the next 24 years working as a laboratory technician at a medical research facility & biorepository in New Jersey. I left this position when I was laid off, and I found that it was very hard to find employment again (possibly because I was over 50) especially in a full-time position. I have spent a lot of time volunteering, gardening and teaching English as a second language to adult students with my extra free time. I am currently working part-time as a pharmacy technician. Many years ago my husband and I became the parents of my late brother’s youngest son and eventually home schooled him so he could get a better education than he was receiving in Chester’s public schools. He now has his Ph. D. in biology and is doing AIDS research in Portland, Oregon.

I am both an active member of my county level Green Party by serving as the chair of the Green Party of Delaware County PA and the state level Green Party by serving as an At-Large Delegate on the steering committee of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA). I am enthusiastic about being a Green Party member because I am neither suicidal nor homicidal and the goals and values of the Green Party make it the most life-affirming political party I know of on the planet. Our Green Party is not only one of the best tools or strategies for improving the peace of mind, health and safety for ourselves, our loved ones and the rest of the human race, but also for maintaining the beauty and diversity of the land, the seas and all other living species.

The Green Party’s Ten Key Values which are succinctly expressed by its four pillars which advocate for grassroots democracy, social justice, peace and ecological wisdom equate to putting the welfare of people and the planet always above the quest for financial gain. I feel that working with other people who have the same goals on issues and are interested in electing people who are committed to the same values that the Green Party is dedicated to is much more effective than trying to do the same work by myself or within either major political party which lets the money and ideas of the rich and powerful dictate its values and goals. Therefore, both major parties are ineffective at reducing widespread poverty and oppression and too often support policies and spend our tax dollars with little or no consideration toward eliminating these large and persistent problems. 

The attitudes of Greens and the policies and changes in society for which we work such as excellent universal healthcare for all in the U.S., improvements to K-12 public education, tuition-free college education, cutting the U.S. military budget by more than half, ending U.S. funding of and involvement in violent conflicts around the world, ending fossil fuel extraction and use, and making our economy 100% reliant on clean and renewable energy sources benefit the physical, mental and emotional health of people within the United States and around the world. 

As a Green Party member and the GPPA’s 2018 candidate for Lt. Governor of PA I feel obligated to those who put their trust, support or money into Green Party projects and candidates to make the following statement a permanent truth about the Green Party: Defenders of workers’ rights on and off the job, environmental activists, those working to make high quality healthcare obtainable by all, social justice advocates, anti-war/peace activists, reformers of our criminal justice system, and protectors and expanders of civil liberties, human rights, political expression, and economic justice for all and especially historically marginalized groups—You can all find a nurturing home in the U.S. Green Parties where people are fighting through electoral politics and activism to make the solutions you want a part of our everyday reality. The commitment to make society more compassionate and just through a greater expression of the Green Party’s Ten Key Values in all aspects of our daily lives is what makes the Green Party such a uniquely superior political party. 

 

To volunteer now, contact Green Wave in our efforts to secure ballot access.


PA Greens open letter regarding the West Valley nuclear waste site

An open letter, send registered mail, asking for the removal of nuclear waste from West Valley, NY near Cattaraugus Creek.

 


Green Party of Pennsylvania
P.O. Box 59524
Philadelphia, PA 19102
717-839-2395
contact@gpofpa.org

 

Mr. Martin Krentz, DOE Document Manager
West Valley Demonstration Project
U.S. Department of Energy
10282 Rock Springs Road
AC-DOE
West Valley, NY 14171-9979


April 20, 2018


RE: Scoping for DOE/NYSERDA SEIS for Decommissioning and/or Long-Term Stewardship at the West Valley Demonstration Project and WNY Nuclear Service Center


Dear Mr. Krentz:


The Green Party is an international political party founded on ten Key Values. Two of these values are Ecological Wisdom and Future Focus. For this reason, the Green Parties in Canada and the United States, which share a Lake Erie shoreline and are listed below, understand the importance of protecting Lake Erie from radioactive contamination, now and in the future.


Therefore, we are writing to express our strong support for full cleanup of the West Valley nuclear waste site. The site contains vast amounts of radioactive and hazardous waste, which threaten our Great Lakes, public health, economy, and our quality of life. The safest, most responsible, and most cost-effective solution offered in the draft scope is the “Sitewide Removal Option,” which will ensure that all radioactive, hazardous, and mixed waste is removed from site facilities, soil, sediment, and groundwater throughout the site. The other alternatives (close-in-place, no action, and hybrid) are unacceptable, as they fail to protect our Great Lakes, public health, and future generations. The SEIS must focus on “how” to clean up all the waste, not “if”.


It is not possible to secure nuclear waste at West Valley in unlined surface burial grounds, when the site cannot meet current siting standards for even low level radioactive waste. Nuclear waste also should not lie on top of a sole source aquifer. It must be excavated, containerized, secured, and monitored until it can be transferred to permanent disposal sites, as the West Valley Demonstration Project Act requires.


As the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) prepare the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), our organizations collectively urge you to ensure transparency for the public by providing full access to all of the information, codes, models, and assumptions in a publicly-available, searchable, electronic library.

 

We urge you to include the following in the scope of the SEIS:

 

The SEIS Must Consider Impacts to the Great Lakes Ecosystem

The Great Lakes contain 20% of the world’s fresh water, over 90% of the U.S. supply, and provide drinking water to over 40 million people. The Great Lakes generate more than $50 billion in economic activity to the regional economy annually from fishing, wildlife viewing, and tourism.

The West Valley nuclear waste site is located in the Town of Ashford, about 30 miles south and upstream of Buffalo, NY. The site sits in the Great Lakes watershed, with tributaries running through and adjacent to the site. Currently, there is a large plume of contaminated, radioactive groundwater moving off-site into Buttermilk Creek, which flows into Cattaraugus Creek through Zoar Valley and the Seneca Nation into Lake Erie. A major loss of containment of nuclear waste would be a catastrophic failure, leaking high concentrations of radioactive waste into the watershed and then quickly into Lake Erie. What goes into Lake Erie will ultimately travel down the Niagara River and into Lake Ontario, potentially impacting drinking water for the four million New York residents that depend upon the Great Lakes for drinking water. The Great Lakes are also unique in that long-lasting pollutants are
circulated continuously between the atmosphere and the vast watershed. This magnifies the hazard of allowing any amount of long lived radionuclides to contaminate the Great Lakes.


The SEIS should study the adverse impacts of potential radioactive releases into the Great Lakes, expanding the study to include Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and St. Lawrence River (using a zero-discount rate, so as to reflect damage in the future for such events). The SEIS must consider impacts to drinking water for millions of people, a multi-billion-dollar fishing, recreation, and tourism industry, millions of jobs that are dependent upon the Great Lakes, wildlife, and economic development along our waterfronts. The SEIS should also consider that a radioactive release threatens recent investments in the Great Lakes and progress to restore the lakes—the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) has invested $198 million in 338 projects in New York State alone since 2010, including successful projects to clean up toxic hot spots, reduce polluted runoff, restore critical habitat, and more.


The SEIS Must Consider the Impacts of Climate Change


There is clear scientific evidence that climate change is resulting in an increase in extreme weather events. In the past year the nation has experienced multiple rain events that exceeded 20 inches in 24 hours. The Northeast region has experienced more than a 70% increase in extreme rainfall events—those in the top 1% for amount of rainfall in 24 hours—since 1958. Extreme rainfall events can cause far more erosion than increases in annual rainfall.


Erosion is a powerful and fast-moving force at the West Valley site, as it sits on a geologically young and continuously changing landscape. An extreme weather event in West Valley in August of 2009 demonstrated how quickly the landscape can be altered. In this event, rapidly moving floodwaters scoured the toe of the Buttermilk valley wall, resulting in a large landslide that moved the valley wall 15 feet closer to the State burial grounds. Increased extreme weather events associated with climate change increase the likelihood of erosion, mass wasting and landslides, as well as the potential release of radioactive waste from West Valley into the Great Lakes.


Regrettably, the scoping notice failed to mention climate change as a potential environmental issue for analysis or as having potentially severe adverse impacts. A performance assessment of West Valley’s nuclear waste facilities must address worst case scenarios that address the site’s unique vulnerabilities and potential impacts from extreme weather caused by worsening climate change. Scenarios that cause the loss of containment and the potential for release of radioactive waste into the surrounding environment should be studied. The modelling performed must be capable of capturing multiple extreme weather events rather than just long-term averages.


The SEIS Must Consider Impacts on Public Health for Thousands of Generations


Much of the site is heavily contaminated with dangerous radioactive wastes, many of which will be radioactive for tens of thousands of years, and some for millions of years. There is no safe level of exposure to radioactive waste[i]– every exposure increases the risk of serious adverse health impacts, including cancer, birth defects, neurological effects, and other health damage. Leaving any waste buried onsite, risking a release of dangerous radioactive waste into the surrounding environment and our Great Lakes, threatens public health for thousands of generations to come.

 

The SEIS Must Consider the Long-Term Cost Benefits of Full Cleanup


The Sitewide Removal Option provides the most cost-effective approach over the long term. An independent, state-funded study released in 2008—The Real Costs of Cleaning Up Nuclear Waste: A Full Cost Accounting of Cleanup Options for the West Valley Nuclear Waste Site—revealed that leaving buried waste at the site is both high risk and expensive, while a waste excavation cleanup presents the least risk to a large population at the lowest cost. Full site cleanup was estimated to cost $9.9 billion (in 1996 dollars) while future costs of remediation of onsite buried waste costs would cost $13 billion, and $27 billion if a catastrophic release of only a small portion of the radioactive waste occurred. While a full exhumation of waste appears costly, the costs associated with a catastrophic release over the long term would be significantly higher. The SEIS must report and assess using a ZERO discount rate. It is essential to not discount future costs as this would skew and minimize the significance of future releases and consequences.


In closing, we strongly support the Sitewide Removal Option to clean up the West Valley site as soon as possible. We can no longer kick the can down the road, passing along this burden to future generations. To do so is irresponsible, dangerous, and costly.

The SEIS must focus on how to clean up all the waste, not if. 


Glover 2018

For Release on April 4, 2018

Paul Glover for Governor of Pennsylvania
http://paulglover.org

CONTACT: 
Campaign Manager Brittany Anuszkievwicz 
(410) 440-4188 and balphabet@gmail.com

 

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) endorsed Paul Glover as candidate for Governor at their state convention on March 18. A resident of Philadelphia, Glover is a long-time social entrepreneur who has founded 18 campaigns for ecology and justice. He has authored six books on community power and previously taught urban studies at Temple University and ecological economics at Philadelphia University.

Glover urges Democrats and Republicans alike to quit expecting urgent change through the traditional parties, saying, "The Republican Party is no longer the party of Lincoln. The Democratic Party is no longer the party of FDR. Instead, both are dominated by major corporations and their lobbyists." As a Green Party candidate, Glover will accept no corporate or PAC funding.

Central to Glover's campaign will be support for a statewide Medicare for All bill (HB 1688). A long-time champion of medical co-ops, Glover will advocate for complete reform of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, which he says "hobbles our middle class by protecting a profitable health insurance industry." His book A Crime Not a Crisis details "decades of a revolving door between regulators, legislators and insurers that makes health care costly."

In keeping with the Green Party's environmental platform, Glover calls for a complete ban on fracking, which he says "poisons the future." In lieu of continued dependence on fossil fuels, he will advocate for the creation of a Green Labor Administration responsible for creating 500,000 jobs in PA, as detailed in his book Deep Green Jobs.

"As governor," Glover adds, "I will also support progressive taxation, alternatives to incarceration, funding equity for public education, regional organic agriculture, expanded rail systems, decriminalization of marijuana, bolder union organizing, and a state bank whose deposits serve Pennsylvania." Glover notes that he supports "gun rights but not machine gun rights," favoring tighter gun background checks, raising age for purchase, prohibiting silencers, and setting ammo limits.

For more information about Paul Glover's candidacy visit paulglover.org/governor.issues.html. To volunteer with the Paul Glover Campaign for Governor of PA, please visit gpofpa.org/ballot_access.

GPPA is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. GPPA stands for grassroots democracy, nonviolence, ecological wisdom, and social justice/equal opportunity. For further iformation about GPPA, please visit www.gpofpa.org. Follow GPPA on social media: Facebook and Twitter.


From the Chair

Greetings fellow Greens! 

The mission of the Green Party of Pennsylvania is to promote Green values throughout Pennsylvania by participation in the political process: electing candidates; enacting legislation; organizing communities; providing viable new political options; supporting the development of county Green Parties; and making government more open, democratic, and participatory for all Pennsylvania citizens.

Last month at our 2018 Convention in Scranton, we endorsed seven candidates to run for state or federal office in Pennsylvania.   As we move into petitioning and face months of hard work ahead of us, let’s keep in mind what we are working for.  Greed and intimidation are running our country right now. International weapons deals have been legalized and normalized and we are actively creating conflicts (and death) throughout the world to keep up the demand for our “national interests.” Our economy has been rigged so that the harder we work the poorer and less secure we get. The war on drugs has been escalated and new, private prisons are being built to rake in the money (that we will pay through taxes) for locking people up for minor offences.  The rights of women, people of color, and our LGBTQ population have especially been under assault. Pipelines full of poison snake their way across our beautiful state, threatening our water, while fracking drills break apart the foundations of the earth, creating new instability and earthquakes. Wind and solar energy are actively stifled along with the voices and votes of anyone who opposes the insanity that has become our corporate government.  Although this is all flagrantly obvious right now, it has been trending over the past 30 years, through periods of governmental control by both major parties.

Whether or not we win, we have made a commitment to provide an alternative voice and an alternative choice.  Petitioning to get Green Party candidates on the ballot is a major step in that commitment.  If you would like to join our efforts toward a green (and sane) future by petitioning or helping with a campaign, go to  gpofpa.org/committees_greenwave and sign up for GreenWave.

I’m looking forward to a spring and summer filled with meeting new people and sharing my hope for a brighter future.  Thank you all for joining me in this effort.

 

Sheri Miller, Chair

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 


Green Party of Pennsylvania Announces Seven Candidates for 2018 State and National Election

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 27, 2018

 

CONTACT:

David Ochmanowicz Jr, DaveO@GP.org

Sheri Miller, Sheri.Miller@gmail.com

 


GREEN PARTY OF PENNSYLVANIA ANNOUNCES SIX CANDIDATES FOR 2018 STATE AND NATIONAL ELECTION

 

State Party endorses candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, US Senate, State Senate, and State House of Representatives

 

SCRANTON, PA--- PA Greens from across the state convened in Scranton at the IBEW Local 81 on March 17th & 18th for their Annual State Convention and Business Meeting. The two-day event was filled with workshops and training, such as “How to Run a Local Campaign,” “Event Planning 101,” and “Encouraging more LGBT and Women Candidates.

During the Sunday business meeting, the Greens endorsed 6 candidates running for state and national offices this year. This announcement comes after a successful 2017 election in which 12 Green Party candidates were elected to a variety of positions throughout the state. Pennsylvania currently has the 2nd most elected Greens in office after California.

 

The endorsed Pennsylvania Greens running in the 2018 election are as follows:

 

     Neal Gale, US Senate

     Paul Glover, Governor

     Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick, Lt Governor

     Jay Sweeney, State Senate 20th District

     Jay Ting Walker, State House 23rd District

     Garrett Wasserman, State House 45th District

 

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties.

Our 2018 candidates will promote public policy based on the Green Party four pillars: Grassroots Democracy, Nonviolence, Ecological Wisdom, and Social Justice/Equal Opportunity. Currently, there are 147 Green Party members holding elected offices in 18 states.

For further insight on the actions that the Green Party of Pennsylvania is taking to improve our democracy and serve the needs of people over profits, please visit www.gpofpa.org

 

Follow us on social media for future candidate news:

Facebook: Green Party of Pennsylvania

Twitter: @GreenPartyofPA 

 


New (2018) Leadership for Philadelphia’s Green Party

News Release

For release: March 1, 2018

For more information please contact 
 
Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256
nwgreens@yahoo.com
 
New Leadership for Philadelphia’s Green Party
 
Members of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) elected their 2018 leaders while meeting at Shissler Recreation Center in Fishtown. The new leadership is young and energetic, two characteristics which will be useful in their rejuvenation of the Green Party. This was recognized by Margie Neary, the newly elected GPOP Membership Secretary, who had told the Greens, “lf elected, I would bring positive energy, organizational skills and fresh ideas to the position.”
 
The new GPOP City Committee will be the youngest in its history, and it is faced with several long-term problems, including a dwindling Green Party membership. This is the result of a continuous membership slide during the past eight years.
 
Another obstacle is the constant turnover in Green Party leadership. New ideas and youthful vigor are, of course, beneficial to any political party. GPOP, however, has changed leaders every two years in the face of a 25 percent membership decline from 2,033 voters in November 2010 down to 1,551 voters in November 2017.
 
Fortunately, newly elected GPOP Chair Taj Magruder recognizes the challenge before him. In running for office, Magruder told the members in a campaign statement, “I want to increase the number of registered Greens and ensure we recruit and support more candidates for public office.” Most of the other members of his new City Committee expressed similar desires.
 
Christian Banch, newly elected as City Committee Member at Large, had spent 2017 on the Pennsylvania Green Party steering committee. Banchs gave a more specific anticipation of his plans for GPOP’s future. “Some things I would like to get done,” said Banchs, “would be to build on our infrastructure for communication with membership, recruit more members via increased outreach, build coalitions with organizations for issue based campaigns, increase the number of registered Greens in Philadelphia and recruit a candidate to run a viable campaign for upcoming elections.”
 
New GPOP Recording Secretary Michael “Georgie” Georgeson said, “My main goals going forward are to continue using my skills as a professional graphic designer and animator to increase the general public's knowledge of the party and invite more people into our party.”
 
For information about the Green Party of Philadelphia, please email gpop@gpop.org. Follow them on Twitter at @GreenPartyofPHL and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreenPartyOfPhiladelphia.
 
Chris Robinson is a freelance poet and writer. He was a member of the GPOP City Committee from 2011 until 2017. He may be reached at 215-843-4256 and nwgreens@yahoo.com.
 
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March Green Star 2018

PA Green Party Newsletter

News, Candidates, Information, Events Nationally, Statewide & Locally

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If you find that you share these ideals and want to work toward a future where people and planet are valued and our government represents all of us, come and join the movement. 

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Everything we do is based on our Four Pillars and Ten Key Values.

Want to help?   Sign the PA Green Party Petition to decriminilize below!

 

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Green Party of PA News Highlights

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The Operations Team is recruiting! 

This group is at the heart of party functioning: maintaining the website, facilitating nominations and elections, updating the platform and rules, and evaluating and assisting with the many electronic applications and tools we use to help us function smoothly. Operations meets twice a month on Tuesday evenings.  If you are interested, visit gpofpa.org/committees_operations and sign up. Report by Sheri Miller.

 

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Green Wave offered an Organizer Training web conference call on 2.28 that was well-attended by 

 

Greens interested in organizing effectively in their communities and looking for guidance on the tools, resources & support that Green Wave can offer. A recorded version should be available.

At the March 17-18 state party meeting in Scranton Green Wave will introduce the PA Green Party’s nominee for U.S. Senate, Neal Gale of the Montgomery County Greens for approval by the full delegate body.  Neal’s candidacy has already been tentatively approved by the Steering Committee and he is working to develop his campaign committee.  Petitioning begins March 7 and we will need to collect 8,000 signatures statewide so all hands on deck!  We are actively recruiting volunteers through the Green Wave website.  

Please sign up here to get involved in your region if you won’t be joining us in person at the March 17-18 convention! Report by Jenny Issacs.

 

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New memberships are rolling in following the January release of the new Green Party of Pennsylvania Membership program.

New members should begin receiving membership benefits ASAP!

The Finance group has taken the additional step of honoring those valued sustaining donors who had made their commitment prior to the new Membership program by issuing them membership cards and buttons. We want to thank our longtime sustaining and first time donors for making our Membership program a success. Report by Tim Runkle.

 

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The GreenStar newsletter re-launch in February 2018 was an overall sucess. We were republised by the GPUS Media team and our little undertaking made a big impact and spurred a lot of interest. Remember all issues can be found under “GreenStar” in the “News” subsection of www.GPofPA.org. Lon has been a great contributor as co-editor. 

We are still seeking issue based writers and professionals for subcommittee work in writing and outreach. Subcommittee work to possibly include written statements / education / to date updates for the Quarterly Newsletter(s), providing “resources and education” will allow our party to share valuable information and build our reputation and presence directly through the content. i.e. Cannabis, Single Payer, Labor etc..   

We are grearing up for a good showing of fellow Greens around the state at the Cannabis Festival in April. We have created and a new graphic and hope to make signs in support of our efforts to promote decriminalization.  More information under State News.

#BeSeenBeingGreen and help support the party! We have also created new buttons for the new membership program and will be distributing them at the Convention to Green Supporters, Advocates and Champions.  You can see the "join_us" page here to see what the levels mean. Current sustaining donors will be included in the new membership levels.

As GP of PA Communications Committee - we must educate and communicate current events and be involved in participatory actions, becasue that's what Greens do. Report by Dave Ochmanowicz

 

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March PA Green Party Convention

March 17 & 18, 2018  |  Scranton, PA

Save the Date!International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers, 431 Wyoming Ave # 10, Scranton, Pa 18503

The March 2018 meeting of the Green Party of Pennsylvania is a two day Convention hosted by the Lackawanna County Greens!  All interested members of the public may attend to learn more about the Green Party of Pennsylvania and Party operations.

During the March Convention we will host a number of workshops focused on Green Campaigns.  We share experiences from our local and statewide candidates, dive into diversifying our representation, learn media and marketing tools, and face our legal challenges.

The Convention will be held Saturday March 17 through Sunday March 18 between the hours of 10am and 4pm at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, 431 Wyoming Ave #10, Scranton, PA 18503.  Saturday will include a day of events hosted by the Lackawanna County Greens.  Sunday is reserved for the business meeting of the Green Party of Pennsylvania. 

Registration for the Saturday workshops is $35 in advance and $40 at the door.  Please register in advance to ensure adequate accommodations.

Saturday night join us for an after party and enjoy live music and community at the Case Quattro Winery, 1542 Main St, Peckville, PA 18452. There is no door fee for the after party however a silent auction held.

Organizations interested in sharing their work on Saturday can apply for a table by contacting the Lackawanna County Green Party at lackawanna.greens@gmail.com.

 

 

Want to  help us at the convention and can't make it? We are accepting contributions for the silent auction from everyone, and you can send your contribution with someone attending or we can work something out like a pick up/drop off!  

Here is a link where you can give us information about you contribution:  https://goo.gl/forms/pL1K5n4U56GNCL3m2   

BONUS: There will be prizes for the most unique items.  

 

 

Green Party of PA is proud to support the 2018 

Cannabis Festival Earth Day weekend

Nay Aug Park - Scranton, PA    |    April 22, 2018

LOTS of MUSIC, Vendors, Food, Community Organizations

Join Greens from all over the State and help us raise awareness for our Party and our candidates by joining thousands from around the state to demand decriminalization on cannabis.

Be Seen Being Green!

We will be there in numbers and you can come visit our table, make a donation and maybe buy a shirt or decriminalization sign and support our State Party.

 

PA Greens Hail February 1, 2018 Court Decision as a Win for Democracy, Commend Counsel and Third Party Plaintiffs

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is praising a Federal Court Order, issued Thursday February 1, 2018 by Chief Judge, Lawrence Stengel. The Order brings an end to six years of litigation, regarding Pennsylvania’s restrictive ballot access requirements for third party and independent candidates, resulting in major reform of those requirements. The party considers it a major win for democracy, and it extends congratulations and appreciation to their attorney, Oliver Hall with the Center of Competitive Democracy, Washington, DC. In addition, the Green Party thanks its co-plaintiffs, the Libertarian and Constitution Parties of Pennsylvania.

“Basically, the case results changed the requirements for the total number of signatures a third party candidate in a statewide office race must gain in order to qualify for a ballot position in the general election; lowering those totals to 5,000, or 2,500 voter signatures depending on which office is sought. The original ruling was issued in July of 2016, but, despite its lowering the signature threshold, it imposed a requirement to obtain a minimum number of signatures in several counties. Thursday’s Order removes the county-distribution requirement.” said David Ochmanowicz Jr., Green Party of Pennsylvania Media Coordinator.

“This decision represents a complete victory in the court case, and a major victory for democracy,” said Green Party of Pennsylvania Chair, Sheri Miller. “Since the 2016 Order, Greens have fielded candidates for statewide elections, including Jules Mermelstein, a 2017 Green Party candidate for Judge of the Superior Court. We look forward to offering candidates for Pennsylvania voters who are committed to peace, justice, ecology, and grassroots democracy,” she said.

The case also disposes of the practice of assessing fees and costs on candidates that do not prevail in a petition challenge. Besides previously requiring candidates to get tens of thousands of signatures, Pennsylvania was also infamous for imposing legal fees and court costs on candidates who lost petition challenges. Most notable are the cases of Independent Presidential candidate, Ralph Nader (2004) and Green Party US Senate candidate, Carl Romanelli (2006), who both were charged more than $80,000 in costs and fees. Romanelli is also a plaintiff in this case.

“It is exciting to see this historic victory for ballot access in Pennsylvania. It is not easy to prevail in a court case like this, so the magnitude of this correction should not be overlooked. This is a day that, not only our adversaries, but also our friends, never thought we’d see. It also shows that folks of varied political views can come together for the betterment of all. However, there is still much work to be done, both in policy and in matters of election integrity and voting justice,” Romanelli said.

The case has been full of ups and downs, as it was originally dismissed by Judge Stengel, who decided the third parties lacked standing to bring the action. That decision  was appealed, and in 2015 the Third Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the dismissal. This case was again in front of the Third Circuit in 2017, and again the third party plaintiffs won, resulting in the February 1st Final Order. The terms of Order will be the standard until the Pennsylvania General Assembly acts to correct the constitutional violations in the Election Code.

“Although we are thrilled with the outcome of this case, there is still much to do. For example, this ruling does not change the standard for candidates for Congress. That means that Green Party candidates for the US House of Representatives are still subject to 2% of the highest vote in the previous election. We truly hope the legislature will act and properly reform our state’s election issues,” said, Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick, Green Party of Pennsylvania Steering Committee Member.

This legal case was also covered in Philly.com

 

PA Medical Marijuana Program Is Up & Running 

On April 17, 2016, Gov. Tom Wolf signed SB3, Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana (PAMMJ) Program, into law. 669 days later the first Medical Marijuana dispensaries opened. CY+ in Butler, Pa (Butler County) and Solevo Wellness Center in Squirrel Hill, Pa (Allegheny County) opened their doors on February 15th to patients that have received their medical cards. Two days later TerraVida in Sellersville, Pa (Bucks County) and Keystone Shops in Devon, Pa (Chester County) followed. Over the next few months more dispensaries will begin to open as the Health Department gives them the go ahead. Restore Integrative Wellness Center, is slated to be the first dispensary to open in the city of Philadelphia come mid April.

Currently, there is one medical marijuana cultivation center providing medicine to the 6 open dispensaries throughout the state. Dispensaries will only be able to offer patients their medicine in the following forms: Pills, Oils, Topical, such as, gels, creams and ointments. Also, tincture, which is a sublingual liquid you put under your tongue, and other forms of liquid medicine. Finally, vaporization of oils and nebulization will be the only way a patient can inhale their medicine. Smoking flower, or bud, is prohibited under state law.

Over 17,000 patients and caregivers have registered with the Department of Health and 4,000 have been certified by a registered physician. Among those 4,000 patients more than 400 have received their medical cards. To be eligible for the PAMMJ Program you must meet the 17 serious medical conditionsoutlined by the state. Physicians are required to take a four hour course approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health if they want to certify a patient for the PAMMJ Program. You can find more about the PAMMJ Program at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's website

 

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) is seeking candidates to run for elected office in 2018  

 

The Green Party is especially interested in interviewing those who have been traditionally excluded from running as candidates for the two corporate political parties. Our door is open for qualified women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ and other citizens who agree with the Green Party’s Ten Key Values,”

Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) Bimonthly Report 

 

Lancaster Greens to meet at Millersville University

 

 March 7, 2018 @ 6PM 

 Millersville University

 

 

LTE: Government Spending Isn't Like Household Budget

"Many believe that the federal budget cannot exceed tax revenues. If it did, the national debt would make the White House the poor house. Then why does Washington allow the debt ceiling to rise? How can we be $20 trillion in debt and still be the world’s leading economy? How can we propose a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan or continue to pump a quarter-trillion dollars into military spending annually?

It’s because government spending does not operate on a household budget, and until we understand this, we will not be able to truly make America great again."

Read the full letter here. 

 

Sign the PA Greens Petition to Decriminilize HERE!

 

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We had great results for election year 2017. 

We're ready in 2018, including several special elections.

 

If you want to get involved and work with us directly on these efforts, consider volunteering or joining a committee.    

 

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News Highlights from GPUS & More

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party of the United States, following the lead of the party's Black Caucus, has endorsed U.S. House Resolution 40 -- Commission to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals.

The text of the Green Party resolution follows below. The resolution was passed by the party's National Committee, in which all accredited state Green Parties and Green Caucuses are represented.

 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders reacted with shock and grief to the news that Muhiyyidin d'Baha, a Black Lives Matter activist, was gunned down in New Orleans on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Mr. d'Baha was co-chair of the Charleston Green Party in South Carolina.

The Green Party of the United States expressed deep sympathy and condolences for Mr. d'Baha's family and friends. Click the headline to read the full statement.

 

L.A., California Green Party Candidate, Kenneth Mejia secures ballot access  

The Green Party will be on the ballot for the 34th Congressional District of Los Angeles!  

Kenneth is a 27 year-old first generation Filipino-American who is a member of the Green Party and is a candidate for California’s Congressional District 34. He ran for this same seat during the 2016 Democratic Primary as a write-in candidate and as a Green Party member in the 2017 Special Election. 

Kenneth knows firsthand what working families have gone through and the challenges they continue to face such as: access to quality public education, college affordability, quality health insurance, safe neighborhoods, a clean environment, a living wage to support their families, navigating a broken immigration system, and how owning a home is becoming unattainable for so many people. That is why Kenneth is committed to fighting on behalf of the residents of Congressional District 34 and will run a grassroots campaign funded by small dollar donations, NOT corporations or Super PACs. It is possible for our Government to put People, Planet and Peace over profits!

The co-chairs of the Turkish Greens and the Left Party of the Future (Yesiller ve Sol Gelecek Partisi) Eylem Tuncaelli and Naci Sönmez were released on Saturday morning at 5am after having been held in custody for just over one week. They have been charged with supporting terrorism as well as signing a press release calling for peace and criticising Turkey’s military action in Afrin, Syria.
They are banned from leaving the country and will be placed on parole. 

 

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What is PA GreenWave? Why is it so important?

GreenWave is a committee of the Green Party of PA overseeing a regional network of support for candidates, campaigns, and new county affiliations.

2017 was a very good year for local Green wins, and we are looking forward to cultivating numerous candidates for state and federal offices in 2018 -- and to establishing local affiliates in counties that lack them.

 

 

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It takes hundreds of Greens just like you to make the Green Party work. 

We are a people-powered party. 

Seeking small donations from many (rather than huge donations from just a few) ensures that the party and its candidates represent real, everyday people and not just special interests.  

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

Join us and help bring about a future where people and planet are valued over profits.

 

If you want to get more directly involved, consider volunteering or joining a committee.  

Work with other committed progressives in activities such as planning events, developing media content, or helping with campaigns. Lets join together to make 2018 the year of progressives!

 

Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications & Media Committee 

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Issue Credits: Dave Ochmanowicz, Lon Diffenderfer

 

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PA Medical Marijuana Program Is Up & Running

 

Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Program Is Up & Running

Megan L. McElhinney, CPhT

February 26, 2018

 

On April 17, 2016, Gov. Tom Wolf signed SB3, Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana (PAMMJ) Program, into law. 669 days later the first Medical Marijuana dispensaries opened. CY+ in Butler, Pa (Butler County) and Solevo Wellness Center in Squirrel Hill, Pa (Allegheny County) opened their doors on February 15th to patients that have received their medical cards. Two days later TerraVida in Sellersville, Pa (Bucks County) and Keystone Shops in Devon, Pa (Chester County) followed. Over the next few months more dispensaries will begin to open as the Health Department gives them the go ahead. Restore Integrative Wellness Center, is slated to be the first dispensary to open in the city of Philadelphia come mid April.


Currently, there is one medical marijuana cultivation center providing medicine to the 6 open dispensaries throughout the state. Dispensaries will only be able to offer patients their medicine in the following forms: Pills, Oils, Topical, such as, gels, creams and ointments. Also, tincture, which is a sublingual liquid you put under your tongue, and other forms of liquid medicine. Finally, vaporization of oils and nebulization will be the only way a patient can inhale their medicine. Smoking flower, or bud, is prohibited under state law.


Over 17,000 patients and caregivers have registered with the Department of Health and 4,000 have been certified by a registered physician. Among those 4,000 patients more than 400 have received their medical cards. To be eligible for the PAMMJ Program you must meet the 17 serious medical conditions outlined by the state. Physicians are required to take a four hour course approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health if they want to certify a patient for the PAMMJ Program. You can find more about the PAMMJ Program at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's website

 

For more information on the Green Party of Pennsylvania's position on cannabis, click here.

 

Care about decriminalization, democracy, peace, the environment and social justice? 

We do too …

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Greens Hail February 1, 2018 Court Decision as a Win for Democracy, Commend Counsel and Third Party Plaintiffs

 

Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

For Immediate Release: February 12, 2018

 

Contacts:

Carl Romanelli, cjromanelli@gmail.com

Oliver Hall, Esq., oliverhall@competitivedemocracy.org

Sheri Miller, sheri.miller@gmail.com

David Ochmanowicz Jr., daveo@gp.org



Greens Hail February 1, 2018 Court Decision as a Win for Democracy, Commend Counsel and Third Party Plaintiffs

 

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is praising a Federal Court Order, issued Thursday February 1, 2018 by Chief Judge, Lawrence Stengel. The Order brings an end to six years of litigation, regarding Pennsylvania’s restrictive ballot access requirements for third party and independent candidates, resulting in major reform of those requirements. The party considers it a major win for democracy, and it extends congratulations and appreciation to their attorney, Oliver Hall with the Center of Competitive Democracy, Washington, DC. In addition, the Green Party thanks its co-plaintiffs, the Libertarian and Constitution Parties of Pennsylvania.

“Basically, the case results changed the requirements for the total number of signatures a third party candidate in a statewide office race must gain in order to qualify for a ballot position in the general election; lowering those totals to 5,000, or 2,500 voter signatures depending on which office is sought. The original ruling was issued in July of 2016, but, despite its lowering the signature threshold, it imposed a requirement to obtain a minimum number of signatures in several counties. Thursday’s Order removes the county-distribution requirement.” said David Ochmanowicz Jr., Green Party of Pennsylvania Media Coordinator.

“This decision represents a complete victory in the court case, and a major victory for democracy,” said Green Party of Pennsylvania Chair, Sheri Miller. “Since the 2016 Order, Greens have fielded candidates for statewide elections, including Jules Mermelstein, a 2017 Green Party candidate for Judge of the Superior Court. We look forward to offering candidates for Pennsylvania voters who are committed to peace, justice, ecology, and grassroots democracy,” she said.

The case also disposes of the practice of assessing fees and costs on candidates that do not prevail in a petition challenge. Besides previously requiring candidates to get tens of thousands of signatures, Pennsylvania was also infamous for imposing legal fees and court costs on candidates who lost petition challenges. Most notable are the cases of Independent Presidential candidate, Ralph Nader (2004) and Green Party US Senate candidate, Carl Romanelli (2006), who both were charged more than $80,000 in costs and fees. Romanelli is also a plaintiff in this case.

“It is exciting to see this historic victory for ballot access in Pennsylvania. It is not easy to prevail in a court case like this, so the magnitude of this correction should not be overlooked. This is a day that, not only our adversaries, but also our friends, never thought we’d see. It also shows that folks of varied political views can come together for the betterment of all. However, there is still much work to be done, both in policy and in matters of election integrity and voting justice,” Romanelli said.

The case has been full of ups and downs, as it was originally dismissed by Judge Stengel, who decided the third parties lacked standing to bring the action. That decision  was appealed, and in 2015 the Third Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the dismissal. This case was again in front of the Third Circuit in 2017, and again the third party plaintiffs won, resulting in the February 1st Final Order. The terms of Order will be the standard until the Pennsylvania General Assembly acts to correct the constitutional violations in the Election Code.

“Although we are thrilled with the outcome of this case, there is still much to do. For example, this ruling does not change the standard for candidates for Congress. That means that Green Party candidates for the US House of Representatives are still subject to 2% of the highest vote in the previous election. We truly hope the legislature will act and properly reform our state’s election issues,” said, Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick, Green Party of Pennsylvania Steering Committee Member.

For further insight on the actions that the Green Party of Pennsylvania is taking to improve our democracy and serve the needs of the people, please visit www.gpofpa.org

 

The Green Party of Pennsylvania, an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties, promotes grassroots democracy, social justice, nonviolence and ecology.  

Follow us: www.facebook.com/gpofpa & twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA

 

Civil Action Final Order: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/gpofpa/pages/3351/attachments/original/1518396579/Stengal_Order_Final.pdf?1518396579 


Feb Green Star News 2018

PA Green Party Newsletter

News, Candidates, Information, Events Nationally, Statewide & Locally

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If you find that you share these ideals and want to work toward a future where people and planet are valued and our government represents all of us, come and join the movement. 

Everything we do is based on our Four Pillars and Ten Key Values.

 

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Green Party of PA News Highlights

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15 Elected Greens in PA Office!

We had great results for election year 2017. 

We're gearing up for 2018, including several special elections. 

If you want to get involved and work with us directly on these efforts, consider volunteering or joining a committee.    

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State of the GP of PA from our NEW 2018 Chair, Sheri Miller

Greetings fellow Greens! I want to thank you for electing me as your Chair for 2018. It is my hope that together we will grow the party, increase engagement among members, become skilled at fundraising, and use our campaigns to provide a progressive voice in the current political void.

2017 was a challenging year in many ways. Each day seemed to demand greater effort to protect our healthcare, our freedom, our planet, and our most vulnerable friends and neighbors from the destructive policies of this administration. Unfortunately, the current government has functioned as a lightning rod for the ruling class, diverting our energy away from the real, deep-seated issues that have plagued our country for many years and will not be solved by simply “flipping” the congress. 

2017 was also a year of amazing energy, courage, and hard work throughout the country and throughout our state. The Green Party of Pennsylvania gained minor party status due to successful campaigns in 2016, granting us a spot on the registration form and ballot access for special elections. Recognizing that grassroots democracy begins in our local districts, we developed GreenWave, a regional network of support, to recruit and promote candidates for 2017 local races. Through GreenWave, many people just like you and I, came out to run for elected office. In Pennsylvania, 12 Greens won their races or ran successful write-in campaigns, bringing the number of elected Pennsylvania Greens to 15. And our candidates who were not elected had amazing showings. But more importantly, our candidates’ voices, conveying the Green vision of economic and social justice, sustainability, real democracy, and peace, were heard by thousands of people during their campaigns.

GreenWave was so successful, it was expanded to provide outreach and support to local Green organizers as well as candidates. Additionally, all Green Party of Pennsylvania committees were organized into four major divisions, to provide that same level of mentoring and support across all activities. So far this year, it’s been working - the committees have been active and engaged.

I’m really looking forward to a dynamic and successful 2018 as we work together to bring a strong, persistent, progressive voice to Pennsylvania politics, and prepare for a Green tsunami in 2019.

Sheri Miller
Chair, Green Party of Pennsylvania

 

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The first official virtually attended PA State Green Party meeting was held in late 2017, expanding the opportunity for Greens from across the state to participate, while saving time, money, and, most importantly, fossil fuel!

As we dive into 2018 campaigns, watch for upcoming workshops on how to develop media contacts locally. This is an exciting year for us - lets show the world who we are!

A primary state goal this year is engagement of our members.  We have restructured committees into four teams and they are off to an awesome start!  Watch for new and exciting things coming out of these new groups! If you are interested in joining one of these teams, visit our committees page here. Report by Sheri Miller

 

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Green Wave celebrated a total of 12 Green electoral wins in the 2017 municipal elections in PA once write-in victories and “stealth” candidates were counted!  This is a 50% increase since 2013 and -- per the US Green Party’s online figures -- puts us 2nd in the country for the number of Greens holding public office.  

We started 2018 strong with 15 identified members of the committee and several folks interested in participating/volunteering informally.  We have identified coordinators for regions 1-7 and are actively seeking formal representation from our newest county local in Erie (Region 10).  A systematic program of outreach to folks who have contacted the Green Party of PA website in the last year or so has begun, and a step-by-step guide to creating new county local affiliates is being prepared.

All county representatives are now actively recruiting candidates for the state legislature in their areas, with an intentional strategy of courting activists who may not currently be registered as Green.  Bucks County successfully recruited one such activist -- a regular at local pipeline and fracking protests and an active member of Move To Amend, recently endorsed by the Green Party of PA -- to nominate to the ballot in the scheduled special election for State in the 178th district.  In special elections we have the privilege of naming individuals directly to the ballot; during the regular election cycle, we are excited to motivate more Greens than ever before to participate in collecting signatures for local and statewide candidates.  Petitioning is both a form of campaigning and an important factor in local party-building, and our success as a minor political party depends on our effectiveness in assisting candidates in gaining ballot access.

Looking beyond 2018 to the next round of municipal elections, we are also planning a get-together in June for our current elected Greens to share their experiences holding office with those considering candidacy for local offices such as city or borough council or school district. Check back on our candidate list on GreenWave from time to time! Report by Jenny Isaacs

 

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The Membership Workgroup is pleased to announce the creation of the Green Party of Pennsylvania Membership program!  Members are provided access to a variety of news, discounts, events, and Green Party merchandise.  We are offering several levels of membership engagement from a no-cost Green Follower level to monthly sustaining donations which allow you to decide what level of support is best for you.  The Green Party is a people powered party and relies on grass-roots support by people just like you. Head to www.gpofpa.org/join_us to find your membership level and sign up today!

The Green Party of Pennsylvania has set an expectation of growth with our 2018 budget. Continuing the success of last year’s events and outreach the Budget Committee has built a framework to empower Greens with a path to execute their goals. During 2018 you will see more Green Party sponsored events in all corners of the Commonwealth. We are planning on expanding our State Meetings into two day convention or retreat style events, similar to those held last year in Harrisburg and Erie. We will be generating more Green Party logo material and merchandise so our members can be sure to #BeSeenBeingGreen while out in our communities. We will continue to propel candidates into elections we will be backing them through training and support provided by our successful GreenWave committee. Report by Tim Runkle

 

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The GP of PA Communications Committee is happy to welcome new members.

GreenStar newsletter re-launch scheduled for February 1, 2018. All previous issues can be found under “GreenStar” in the “News” subsection of www.GPofPA.org upgrading GreenStar into a web based interactive newsletter. Previous versions were produced with the intent for them to be printed and distributed. Lon D. has signed on to the GS team to assist with co-editor duties.

Targeted communication pointed to be reported in in the newsletter include: State committee “briefing” opportunities for: Finance, Communications, Operations and GreenWave to communicate with the State membership and readers. This opportunity is intended to touch on to date efforts and committee focuses currently and in the upcoming months.  Additionally State and National Party news will be published.

Communications Committee seeks issue based writers and professionals for subcommittee work in writing and outreach. Subcommittee work to possibly include written statements / education / to date updates for the Quarterly Newsletter(s), providing “resources and education” will allow our party to share valuable information and build our reputation and presence directly through the content. i.e. Cannabis, Single Payer, Labor etc..   

As GP of PA Communications Committee - we must educate and communicate current events and be involved in participatory actions engaging in actions around large issue subjects when possible. Report by Dave Ochmanowicz

 

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Congratulations to our winning Pennsylvania Green candidates in 2017

Jim Keller, West Reading Twp Judge of Elections (Berks)
Julia Zion, Maxatawny Twp Judge of Elections (Berks)
Dave Ochmanowicz, Quakertown Community School Board (Bucks)
Stuart Chen-Hayes, Newtown Twp Judge of Elections (Bucks)
Bradley Granlun, Philipsburg Borough Council (Centre)
William Pilkonis, Scranton Judge of Elections (Lackawanna)
Tim Runkle, Elizabethtown Judge of Elections (Lancaster)
Cem Zeytinoglu, Stroudsburg School Board (Monroe)
Olivia Faison, Philadelphia Inspector of Election (Philadelphia)
Kristin Combs, Philadelphia Judge of Elections (Philadelphia)
Ethan Leatherbarrow, Philadelphia Judge of Elections (Philadelphia)
Kerry Foose, Lenox Twp Judge of Elections (Susquehanna)

Special Election Candidate Announcement PA 178th District

Solebury, New Hope, Upper Makefield, Wrightstown and Northampton. 

The Bucks County Green Party announced that Adrienne Taffoni Morgado will secure the Green nomination. 

“The upcoming special election in the 178th is the first opportunity the Bucks County Green Party has had to exercise this privilege,” Isaacs wrote. ”[Adrienne] will focus her campaign on bringing attention to the perils that pipelines and fracking pose to the environment, and urge her fellow candidates to join her in signing the Pledge to Amend, which calls for amending the U.S. Constitution to make clear that corporations and other artificial entities do not have Constitutional rights, money is not speech, and campaign spending should be limited through regulation.” 

 

 

March PA Green Party Convention - save the date!

Save the Date!

March 17, 2018   

Location, PA 

The PA Greens will have their annual convention.

Details to follow.

 

 

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) is seeking candidates to run for elected office in 2018  

 

 

The Green Party is especially interested in interviewing those who have been traditionally excluded from running as candidates for the two corporate political parties. Our door is open for qualified women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ and other citizens who agree with the Green Party’s Ten Key Values,”

 

 

What is GreenWave?

 

GreenWave of PA is a committee of the Green Party of PA overseeing a regional network of support for candidates, campaigns, and new county affiliations.

2017 was a very good year for local Green wins, and we are looking forward to cultivating numerous candidates for state and federal offices in 2018 -- and to establishing local affiliates in counties that lack them.

 

 

LTE: Green Party offers a better alternative.

In response to the Jan. 10 letter “Reasons to vote Democratic,” which was in turn a response to the Jan. 3 letter “Reasons to vote Republican,” allow me to suggest a better alternative. Find a party that that does not do what those two have done, but instead does the following: Read here

 

LTE: Don’t suppress words of proof and evidence

We must be cautious that we are not taking steps backward in education. Employees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been directed to stop using words such as “transgender,” “science-based” and “evidence-based,” according to news reports. In a recent interview with Elizabethtown Area High School’sNormal Format ... Read here

 

 

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News Highlights from GPUS & More

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) is seeking candidates to run for elected office in 2018

 

The Green Party is especially interested in interviewing those who have been traditionally excluded from running as candidates for the two corporate political parties. Our door is open for qualified women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ and other citizens who agree with the Green Party’s Ten Key Values,”

Not in Philadelphia? visit GreenWave and check in with our team of candidate coordinators! 

GPUS Co-Chair Chris Blankenhorn talks ACA (Obamacare)

Green Party co-chair Chris Blankenhorn corrects the fiction that Obamacare is a blessing for working Americans.

"Every year it's the same story. Your premiums are skyrocketing and Benefits crashing... This is the reality of life for millions under the ACA."

 

Also visit the Single-Payer / Medicare For All! GPUS Page

 

Green Party National Women's Caucus demands passage of House bill upholding human rights for Palestinian minors and international law

The Green Party, for which nonviolence is a founding principle, opposes all violence directed at unarmed civilians, regardless of which side commits such violence in any conflict, and endorses a cutoff of U.S. aid for countries that violate human rights.

"The Green Party stands unequivocally opposed to torture and rape and threatening women and girls with violence," said caucus member LuAnne Kozma. "Given the current publicity about sexual predation being raised by the #MeToo campaign, it is an outrage that any remotely professional journalist could write, referring to the detention of women and girls: 'In the case of the girls, we should exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark, without witnesses and cameras.'"

NYGP: A Green state of the state message

New York can lead the nation and the world toward economic justice and ecological sustainability. Our state can be an inspiring example of full employment at living wages, health care for all, affordable housing, quality public education, and 100 percent clean, climate-stabilizing energy.

With a gross domestic product of $1.5 trillion, New York would have world's 11th largest GDP as an independent nation, ahead of countries like Russia and South Korea. New York has a strong economic foundation on which to build a sustainable prosperity for all.

 

A Peace Dividend: End War Get Paid

From the Green Pages

Commentary by Daniel Martin - GP of PA - on author John Rachel's ideas, presented in his book "Peace Dividend."

The premise is to pay back every U.S. taxpayer what it cost her/him for the U.S. to go to war over the past 16 years (4 presidential terms). The funds would come from the government's war machine.

 

Green Party marks Dr. King's birthday, 50th anniversary of Poor People's Campaign

The Green Party of the United States celebrates Dr. King's birthday on January 15, 2018 and the 50th anniversary of the Poor People's Campaign, launched by Dr. King, which culminated with the Solidarity Day Rally for Jobs, Peace, and Freedom on June 19, 1968.

 

What is PA GreenWave? Why is it so important?

GreenWave is a committee of the Green Party of PA overseeing a regional network of support for candidates, campaigns, and new county affiliations.

2017 was a very good year for local Green wins, and we are looking forward to cultivating numerous candidates for state and federal offices in 2018 -- and to establishing local affiliates in counties that lack them.

 

 

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It takes hundreds of Greens just like you to make the Green Party work. We are a people-powered party. 

 

Seeking small donations from many (rather than huge donations from just a few) ensures that the party and its candidates represent real, everyday people and not just special interests.  

 

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

Join us and help bring about a future where people and planet are valued over profits.

 

If you want to get more directly involved, consider volunteering or joining a committee.  

Work with other committed progressives in activities such as planning events, developing media content, or helping with campaigns. Lets join together to make 2018 the year of progressives!

 

Green Party of Pennsylvania Communications & Media Committee 

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Issue Credits: Dave Ochmanowicz, Lon Diffenderfer, Sheri Miller

 

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PA Greens Laud Women’s March, 2018 Mission; Participating in Philadelphia, and Across the State

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

For Immediate Release: Thursday January 18, 2018

Contact: David Ochmanowicz Jr., DaveO@GP.org

Sheri Miller, Sheri.Miller@gmail.com

Carl Romanelli cjromanelli@gmail.com 

 

PA Greens Laud Women’s March, 2018 Mission; Participating in Philadelphia, and Across the State

 

When citizens and activists take to the streets for the Women’s March in Philadelphia on Saturday, the Green Party will proudly be among those participating. Greens plan to assemble on the Ben Franklin Parkway, and the party is applauding the spirit, and mission, of the action.

“The self-empowerment of American women is a beautiful and a transformative movement that’s emerged, despite the very troubling backdrop of our country under Trump. There is no doubt that this administration has made clear the urgency of a new approach to politics, but the need is longstanding, and long overdue,” said Kristin Combs, Chair of the Green Party of PA. “The Mission Statement of the Women’s March (https://www.womensmarch.com/mission/) is very reflective of the Green values we promote everyday. The call for mobilization of diverse communities, within those communities, is as Green as it gets. The demand for justice, building new structures, embracing diversity, ecology and civil rights, with local non-violent action is exactly what the Green Party has been about, since our founding.”  

"This march, one year after the largest demonstration of women to come together in cities and states all over the country, is a reminder that we will not be silenced. Once again we come together in solidarity to remind elected officials that we hold them accountable in recognizing we have a voice in decisions that affect our everyday lives." says Adrienne Morgado, Bucks County Green Party candidate for the 178th District Special Election in May.  

The Greens have chosen to highlight Philadelphia following the Special Election for State Representative in the 197th District, held in March, 2017. The election, which included Green Party candidate and community activist, Cheri Honkala, was wrought with accusations of vast election fraud. Honkala and her Republican opponent have a Federal lawsuit currently pending on such issues. In the autumn of 2017, Pennsylvania Attorney General, Josh Shapiro filed charges against an entire election board in Philadelphia for election impropriety, as well. “An immediate need that women can step up to plate on, is learning and serving on election boards in your home precinct. Voting rights and civil rights go hand-in-hand,” said Honkala. “Since the cornerstone of this march is political action, the need for integrity and voting justice is as important as our advocacy on issues. We can’t have non-violent change, if we can’t trust our elections,” she said.

Pennsylvania is one of three states where Jill Stein attempted a recount following her presidential campaign. Stein, also, has a pending Federal lawsuit which directly challenges the state’s predominantly paperless voting equipment. The suit also zeroes in on the extremely difficult process of requesting recounts in Pennsylvania. The PA Greens, along with other third parties, have won significant victories on ballot access, as a result of constitutional challenges, including lowering the once vexing standard for qualifying candidates for the ballot.

Greens fight for social justice and equality everyday. With Feminism as one of our core values, we must continue in our fight united to gain momentum and help lift more progressive women into elected offices.

March on Saturday and be seen being Green!

 

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. The Green Party of Pennsylvania promotes grassroots democracy, social justice, nonviolence, and ecological wisdom.

 

Follow us: www.facebook.com/gpofpa & twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA



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Saturday Events in PA:

 

  • WOMEN’S MARCH ON PHILADELPHIA  

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia PA 19103 10:30 a.m.

 

  • WOMEN TO THE FRONT!

WOMEN'S MARCH ON DOYLESTOWN ANNIVERSARY RALLY   

Bucks County Old Courthouse

55 E Court St. Doylestown PA 18901  11:30 a.m.

 

  • WOMEN’S MARCH IN CARLISLE  

The old courthouse on the square

1 Courthouse Sq

Carlisle PA 17013 12:00 p.m.

 

  • WOMEN’S MARCH ON GETTYSBURG

Downtown Gettysburg

Lincoln Square

Gettysburg PA 17325  12:30 p.m.

 

  • WOMEN’S MARCH -- BLOOMSBURG  

Bloomsburg Fountain

Main & Market Streets

BLOOMSBURG PA 17815  1:00 p.m.

 

  • BLAIR COUNTY WOMEN’S MARCH  

Blair County Courthouse

423 Allegheny Street

Hollidaysburg PA 16648  11:00 a.m.

 

  • SHARON WOMEN'S MARCH 2018   

Downtown Sharon

Sharon PA 16146

  

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PA Green Party celebrates 6 wins in 10 races in 2017

Statement update: As of January 13, 2018 12 total PA Green candidates have been elected or appointed in PA after including non-declared and write in efforts for 2017.

Jim Keller, West Reading Twp Judge of Elections (Berks)
Julia Zion, Maxatawny Twp Judge of Elections (Berks)
David Ochmanowicz Jr., Quakertown Community School Board (Bucks)
Stuart Chen-Hayes, Newtown Twp Judge of Elections (Bucks)
Bradley Granlun, Philipsburg Borough Council (Centre)
William Pilkonis, Scranton Judge of Elections (Lackawanna)
Tim Runkle, Elizabethtown Judge of Elections (Lancaster)
Cem Zeytinoglu, Stroudsburg School Board (Monroe)
Olivia Faison, Philadelphia Inspector of Election (Philadelphia)
Kristin Combs, Philadelphia Judge of Elections (Philadelphia)
Ethan Leatherbarrow, Philadelphia Judge of Elections (Philadelphia)
Kerry Foose, Lenox Twp Judge of Elections (Susquehanna)

 

 

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

For Immediate Release: Wenddsday, November 22, 2017

Contact: David Ochmanowicz, DaveO@GP.org

Sheri Miller, Sheri.Miller@gmail.com

 

PA Green Party celebrates 6 wins in 10 races in 2017

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is celebrating several election victories for 2017. Out of ten candidates running, six were elected to office. Jules Mermelstein, statewide candidate for PA Superior Court Judge was not one of those elected.  However his strong showing was a victory in its own right, ensuring minor party status for the Green Party of Pennsylvania for two more years.

More than one out of every 20 voters across the state voted for Jules.  His vote count of 106,131 was more than eight times the number of registered Greens in the state, showing strong cross-party support. Jules's campaign achieved over 9% statewide and over 10% in 15 Counties; Jules’s campaign for Superior Court Judge was a victory for PA Greens.

Nate Craig received an outstanding 10.3% of the vote in the race for Phoenixville Mayor in Chester County, giving encouragement to future Green candidates throughout PA.

 

Congratulations to our fellow Green’s across Pennsylvania who have been elected to serve in and for their communities and towns.

2017 elected Pennsylvania Greens:

  • David Ochmanowicz, Quakertown Community School Board (Bucks)
  • Stuart Chen-Hayes, Newtown Twp Judge of Elections (Bucks)
  • Bradley Granlun, Philipsburg Borough Council (Centre)
  • Tim Runkle, Elizabethtown Judge of Elections (Lancaster)
  • Cem Zeytinoglu, Stroudsburg School Board (Monroe)
  • Olivia Faison, Philadelphia Inspector of Elections (Philadelphia)

 

Greens across the United States celebrate a successful 2017

  • 127 Green candidates were on the ballot on Nov. 7, at least 22 were elected.

  • 13 Green Party candidates ran for state or federal office.

  • Nationwide municipal victory count is 22 out of 114 races.

  • In all 2017 elections (not just Nov. 7), Greens won 44 out of 164 races. (http://www.gp.org/green_victories_highlights)

 

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. The Green Party of Pennsylvania promotes grassroots democracy, social justice, nonviolence, and ecological wisdom.

Follow us at www.facebook.com/gpofpa/ and twitter.com/GreenPartyofPA

http://www.gpofpa.org/pa_green_party_celebrates_6_wins_in_10_races_in_2017

 

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THE GREEN PARTY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY URGES MAYOR AND COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO INCLUDE CONDITIONS ON AMAZON PROPOSAL

PITTSBURGH-- The Green Party of Allegheny County (GPOAC) understands that Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald will submit a proposal tomorrow in attempt to convince Amazon to establish a second headquarters in the Pittsburgh area, as was recently reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Tomorrow is the deadline for municipalities to submit their proposals in response to Amazon’s RFP. Amazon will announce its decision where it will locate its second headquarters in 2018.

 

GPOAC is a political party with a mission based on four pillars: social justice, democracy, ecology and peace. We are grassroots activists using collective action to affect change at the local, regional, national and international level.

 

GPOAC believes that all residents must benefit from the resources that this

region has to offer regardless of financial wealth or political status. We support workplace democracy, and the development of new technologies that are ecological and accountable to the communities that support it.

 

GPOAC urges the Mayor and County Executive to ensure that any proposal submitted doesn’t give away the store. Other cities like San Antonio have decided not to submit proposals because the tax abatements required to entice Amazon to set up shop are simply too high. This would place a heavy burden on Pittsburgh, a city already strapped with an inordinately high percentage of tax-exempt real estate. “I wonder if the incoming tax paying Amazon employees would make up for the property taxes lost to abatements,” said Tim Jones, GPOAC chair.

 

A USA Today Tech article from January 2017 1 states that “Amazon has a troubling labor history, marred by lawsuits, picketing, grueling work conditions, complaints of management tactics and lower wages.”

 

According to the article, Amazon pays 15% less on average than the prevailing wage in similar warehouse jobs, uses temporary and on-demand employment to “erode job security”.  “Having a company come here with such a poor labor track record could be very disruptive to the Pittsburgh area economy. We should be careful what we wish for,” said Garrett Wasserman, GPOAC Media and Technology Coordinator.

 

GPOAC calls on Mayor Peduto and County Executive Fitzgerald to require, as a condition for doing business in Allegheny County, that Amazon address its poor labor practices, including but not limited to: providing living wages (above today's poverty-level minimum wage), providing healthcare, improving working conditions, working with union organizers if demanded by employees, and assure affordable housing. We also expect Amazon to pay its fair share of taxes, and invest in our community’s education and child day-care programs.

 

In addition, an estimated influx of 50,000 Amazon employees could have a destabilizing effect on area property rental rates. Amazon must commit to policies that will spur development of affordable housing in our low-income communities.

 

We encourage all concerned citizens to contact their local elected officials and let them know these are the basic demands of any business wishing to locate to the Pittsburgh area, including Amazon.

 

 

Contact:

 

Tim Jones, 412/552-8145

David Hughes, 412/421-4163

 

 


Green Party endorses upcoming marches for climate justice in April

Green Party calls Trump "criminally negligent" for reckless policies as the climate crisis worsens

Green Party endorses upcoming marches for climate justice in April

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders spoke out today about the environmental and public health threat posed by the Trump Administration's reckless industry-friendly actions, including attacks on regulations and Scott Pruitt's appointment to head the EPA.

The Green Party has endorsed upcoming marches for environmental and climate justice, including the March for ScienceApril 22 in Washington DC; the People's Climate Movement March for Jobs, Justice and the ClimateApril 29 in Washington DC; and satellite climate marches throughout the U.S.

Greens are continuing to promote the Green New Deal as an alternative to regressive Republican and compromised Democratic policies.

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Have you had trouble changing your PA Voter Registration in the last year?

Have you attempted to change your voter registration within the last year? 

 

Have you clearly registered as a specific party, but received the incorrect Party designation returned on your Voter ID? 

 

There is a reasonable suspicion there is a current Statewide problem in Pennsylvania.

The current online voter registration system seems to be causing errors in the registrations of some voters registering around the state.

We have been made aware by several concerned citizens from Pennsylvania who have been returned incorrect and inconsistent voter registration from their initial request. 

At first, I thought it would be fixed shortly, but after some asking around - there seems to be no one individual or department working on this resolution.

Can you please complete this contact form?

Give us some detail on your experience, we are building a list of affected PA citizens. 

 

Additionally ...... 

As of the 2016 election - the Green Party of Pennsylvania gained minor Party status - granting us acknowledgement as a recognized minor political party in Pennsylvania.  

We (as well as the Libertarian Party) should be listed as a recognized Party option on the online Voter Registration Portal.

These voter issues, combined with possible troublesome redistricting legislation that may be moving forward, are concerning for third parties.

We need to be attentive and forward thinking about this issue, and many others and their long term damage and undue burden on our State Party that has been looked at as an "oversight" or "mistake" by our State.


Green Party endorses Cheri Honkala

Green Party endorses Cheri Honkala for PA State Representative in District 197

Cheri Honkala, candidate for Pennsylvania State Representative in District 197, has been endorsed by the members of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) at their January 25 General Membership Meeting.

 

 

 

Green Party of Pennsylvania endorsed Cheri Honkala at their State Convention on January 29. Honkala will campaign as the Green Party candidate in a Special Election scheduled for March 21. She ran for Sheriff of Philadelphia in 2011 and for Vice President of the U.S. in 2012.

"Democrats have been playing games with our lives in Philadelphia and especially inDistrict 197, and I plan to do everything I can to change that in Harrisburg," Honkala said at the GPOP meeting in Roxborough. 

Honkala, a formerly homeless, single mother, co-founded the Kensington Welfare Rights Union in 1991 and, in 1998, launched the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, where she currently serves as the National Coordinator.

"Cheri has worked tirelessly on behalf of families who face homelessness and poverty long before she ever considered running for office," said Galen Tyler, chair of the GPOP City Committee. "She knows their pain and the real struggles they face everyday because she has walked in their shoes."

Chris Robinson, the GPOP membership secretary, declared, "The Green Party is proud to run a candidate with Honkala's qualifications, dynamism and unbridled opposition to poverty."

The Special Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, to fill the seat left vacant by convicted felon Leslie Acosta (Democrat), who resigned in January after pleading guilty to a federal felony charge of conspiring to commit money laundering.

The Green Party is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of nonviolence, grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom and social justice. For information about the next Green Party meeting, please call 215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org. Visit the Green Party of Philadelphia's website at www.gpop.org.


Green Party condemns the "Trump Wall of Shame"

Green Party condemns the "Trump Wall of Shame" and other racist executive orders targeting immigrants

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party of the United States strongly condemned President Trump's executive orders, announced on Wednesday, imposing severe immigration restrictions, expanding the criminalization and deportation of undocumented immigrants, and authorizing construction of a massive border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Greens urged all Americans to reject the "Trump Wall of Shame" and to stand up for the basic rights of documented and undocumented immigrants, racial justice, protected legal status and amnesty for the undocumented, and hospitality for refugees.

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GPUS: Mass Pressure for #NoDAPL

Green Party urges mass public pressure to reverse Trump's order Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party is calling for mass public resistance in reaction to President Trump's announcement that he is permitting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines to move forward.

"The public protests, on-site camps, direct action, citizens' lobbying efforts, and law suits that persuaded President Obama to reject the KXL and halt the DAPL must resume, with appeals for congressional action to reverse President Trump's decision," said Robin Laverne Wilson, 2016 Green nominee for the U.S. Senate in New York and co-chair of the Green Party Black Caucus.

Green Party urges mass public pressure to reverse Trump's order Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party is calling for mass public resistance in reaction to President Trump's announcement that he is permitting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines to move forward.

"The public protests, on-site camps, direct action, citizens' lobbying efforts, and law suits that persuaded President Obama to reject the KXL and halt the DAPL must resume, with appeals for congressional action to reverse President Trump's decision," said Robin Laverne Wilson, 2016 Green nominee for the U.S. Senate in New York and co-chair of the Green Party Black Caucus.

"Unfortunately, President Obama left the door open for a future president to resume the pipelines. In December, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would seek an alternative route. The Green Party calls new pipelines unacceptable and dangerous in the era of global warming," said Ms. Wilson.

On Tuesday, Mr. Trump signed executive actions to accelerate construction of the pipelines and expedite environmental review and approval for infrastructure projects favored by the oil industry.

Greens support public works projects to repair damaged roads, bridges, and other unsafe infrastructure, but insist that such repairs take into account environmental concerns, without promoting fossil-fuel extraction and consumption. The Green Party has called for a 100% fossil-fuel-free economy by 2030. (See the Green New Deal )

In 2016, Green candidates and activists joined members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribeprotesting construction of the DAPL less than a mile from their reservation. Among the Greens were presidential nominee Jill Stein and running mate Ajamu Baraka, who were charged for nonviolent civil disobedience, and U.S. Senate candidates Robin Laverne Wilson (New York) and Margaret Flowers (Maryland).

The proposed route of the DAPL endangers Lake Oahe, the reservation's main source of drinking water. The original pipeline route, across the Missouri River near Bismarck, was rejected because of concerns that it might contaminate the city's water sources and mostly-white residential areas.

"The pipelines are a danger both locally and globally," said Chris Blankenhorn, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. "Locally, the risk of spills and explosions threatens human lives, health, and the environment, as numerous incidents have proved, most recently in rural Alabama with the explosion of the Colonial Pipeline in October 2016. Globally, pipelines contribute to the release of greenhouse gases that are heating up the atmosphere."

"Crude oil extracted from tar sands fields in Alberta, Canada, which the Keystone XL and Enbridge pipelines would transport across the U.S., is especially harmful. Pipeline construction and maintenance would provide few permanent jobs and would deliver the oil to ports for export -- not for domestic energy needs," said Mr. Blankenhorn, who will participate with other Illinois Greens in a rally against the pipeline in Springfield, their state's capital, on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. CT.

According to The New York Times, "The State Department estimated that Keystone would support 42,000 temporary jobs for two years -- about 3,900 of them in construction and the rest in direct support, like food service -- but only 35 permanent jobs."

The Keystone XL (XL for "Export Limited") pipeline's destination at major shipping ports in the Gulf of Mexico indicates that the primary purpose of the pipeline is to make Canadian oil available to foreign markets, enriching oil companies. (See "Pipe Dreams?", Cornell University Global Labor Institute )

See also:

Green Party condemns the violent suppression of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters
Press release: Green Party of the United States, November 1, 2016

Green Party urges President Obama, Sec. of State Kerry to reject the tar-sands pipeline
Press release: Green Party of the United States, February 5, 2014

Petition to tell Trump Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

7 hurt as pipeline explosion lights up the sky in Alabama

USA Today, October 31, 2016

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Green Party: Republican plan to repeal Obamacare should spark a new public demand for Single-Payer healthcare

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders said that the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare, Medicare, and Medicaid should motivate Americans to demand Single-Payer national healthcare ("Medicare For All").

Greens asserted that making healthcare a right for all Americans -- instead of saving Obamacare -- should be among the demands that are front and center at the Inauguration Day protests next week.

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JUDGE STOPS RECOUNT, GREEN PARTY CALLS FOR VOTING INTEGRITY

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The Green Party of Pennsylvania calls for the elimination of Direct Recording Electronic voting machines and replacement with a verifiable paper ballot.  Paper ballots can be tabulated with an optical scanner.  This system is now used in several Pennsylvania counties.  Random audits can verify the accuracy of the scanners.
The Jill Stein for President campaign recounts have raised some serious issues about the integrity of our elections.  Most notably, 75,000 ballots in Michigan were found to have no choice for president.  These votes were all in Detroit and Flint, yet Michigan law says these votes cannot be counted, and the reported totals stand. In Pennsylvania, the recount sought to examine voting equipment in counties were recounts were conducted, but these attempts were denied by county level judges.  While US District Judge Paul Diamond struck down the recount in Pennsylvania based on the Stein campaign contending unverifiable elections are unconstitutional. So, there is still no assurance of an accurate vote count.
“In Wyoming County, we used to have a paper ballot and a pencil to vote.  We would joke that the only way to improve the system was to use a pen”, said Green Party Auditor General candidate Jay Sweeney.  “The Help America Vote Act was passed and we now have electronic voting machines with no paper trail.”
In addition, the Green Party of Pennsylvania calls for the adoption of Ranked Choice voting.  This will allow voters to rank their choice in order of preference without fear of electing a candidate they oppose.  Maine was the first state in the nation to adopt this system in November.
Hillary Kane, GPPA Secretary, said "This is not the end of the Green Party's efforts around electoral reform.  The Green Party of Pennsylvania has long supported multiple reforms to improve access to the ballot such as Same Day Registration, Instant Runoff Voting, Ranked Choice Voting, and reduced signature requirements for those seeking elected office."  Kane was one of hundreds who filed a petition earlier this month requesting a recount in her precinct in West Philadelphia.
Finally, voter suppression must be reversed.  Long lines made it difficult for the elderly and disabled to tolerate the wait.  Broken machines were found in use in predominantly black voting districts.   Voting on paper ballots allows more people to vote simultaneously rather than wait for one of a limited number of machines to become available.
The Green Party of Pennsylvania thanks Dr. Jill Stein for her presidential campaign, promoting awareness of the Green Party’s values and shining a light on the problems with our voting system.
The Green Party of Pennsylvania is independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties.  The Green Party of Pennsylvania stands for grassroots democracy, social justice, nonviolence, and ecology.
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The Green Party of Pennsylvania declares victory in the general election

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The Green Party of Pennsylvania‘s status is elevated from Political Body to Minor Party as a result of the General Election. Row Office candidates Kristin Combs, Treasurer and John J Sweeney, Auditor General, reached 3% of the vote total in their respective races.

This will place the Green Party option on voter registration forms and allow the Green Party of Pennsylvania to place a candidate on the ballot in the event of a special election.


Attention: News Editor
For Immediate Release
November 21, 2016

Contact:
Kristin Combs 512-789-9416 kristin.r.combs@gmail.com
Hillary Kane 267-971-3559 hillary.aisenstein@gmail.com

GREEN PARTY OF PENNSYLVANIA
http://www.gpofpa.org


“We entered this race with a very specific goal: win 2% to make sure we start 2017 in the best position possible,” said State Treasurer candidate Kristin Combs. “Thanks to Pennsylvania voters, we not only met our goal; we nearly doubled it. I can’t wait to get working on the next round of local elections.”

“At least 165,000 people voted Green. That is the largest vote total the Green Party has ever achieved in Pennsylvania,” said Auditor General candidate John J Sweeney. “I was shocked when I discovered it exceeds Ralph Nader’s 2000 total by over 60,000. That is 60% more than Nader’s 103,392 votes.”

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. The Green Party of Pennsylvania stands for grassroots democracy, social justice, nonviolence, and ecology.

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Jill Stein signs! Get yours by mail!

GP of PA is currently mailing all $20 donors a Jill Stein Lawn sign!


Donate right here and we will mail one to you within a few days! 

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Rally for Stein/Baraka at Penn State

 

 

Rally for Stein/Baraka at Penn State

 

Jill Stein

 

Jill Stein will be visiting Penn State on Wednesday, 9/21 from 11:30 to 12:30 in Freeman Auditorium in the HUB

 


Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential Candidate to Deliver Policy Address at Wilkes U. 9/21/16

Jill at WU

 

Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential Candidate to Deliver Policy Address at Wilkes University

Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, will be in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, September 21, from 7 - 9 to deliver a policy address regarding her domestic and foreign policy positions. She will be at Wilkes University’s Student Union Ballroom on the second floor, West South Street in Wilkes-Barre. The stop is part of Stein/Baraka campus tour, which has become of staple of the campaign in 2016. Earlier in the day Stein will also appear at the main campus of Penn State University. Media requests may be sent to the contact listed above.

Stein is expected to comment on Green Party of Pennsylvania’s effort to ban fracking, enact state-based single payer healthcare, ballot access reform and efforts to end the drug war. In addition, the campaign is seeking to gain support to be included in the presidential debates. “We have a candidate that is on 46 ballots, and running write-in campaigns in three additional states, yet we continue to be ignored by media and shut of debate,” said Carl Romanelli, Coordinator for Stein/Baraka in Pennsylvania. “We are determined to see a debate with all candidates included, not just the two despised corporate candidates,” he said.

Jill Stein is a physician who has been active in the Green politics for the past 20 years. She was the party’s 2012 candidate for President of the US and she ran against Mitt Romney for Governor of Massachusetts in 2002.

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Green Party Hails Ballot Access Decision

The Green Party of Pennsylvania hailed a new ballot access ruling that immediately cut the required number of signatures to get statewide candidates on the 2016 ballot from over 21,000 to 5,000 signatures.

"This is a game changer," said GPPA Secretary Hillary Kane.  "We have been fighting these unfair ballot access rules in court for almost ten years.  Finally, we have prevailed.  This is welcome relief to the Green Party and all of those who care about equal access to the ballot."  Ms. Kane served as GPPA Chair 2007-2009; during her tenure GPPA joined with other third parties in what would be the first of many law suits.

 

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2016 PA Green Party Caucus Information and Schedule

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Presidential Caucus Information & Schedule

 

How will it work?

One Green, One Vote! If you are a registered Green, you may attend ANY OFFICIAL GPPA CAUCUS LISTED and vote.

You will be permitted to vote one time in total.  

Once you arrive at a caucus location the coordinator will prompt you for ID and provided with a ballot.

 

Locations & Schedule

Allegheny County:  April 7th, 7pm at Citizen Power 2121 Murray Ave. Pittsburgh contact Robert Piemme <robertpiemme@gmail.com>

Bucks County: April 28th, 6PM - 8PM at Tausif Khan's Home (Email Tausif for location information)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1103864442993064/

Centre County: April 2nd, 10-6pm at St John Lutheran Church 216 N McAllister St Bellefonte

Chester County: see Delaware County

Dauphin County: April 30 @ 10 AM - Noon at Harrisburg Friends Meeting 1100 N 6th St, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17102

Delaware County: April 23rd, 1-3 pm at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081

CONTACT Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick · 610-662-4502

Fayette County: TBA

Lackawanna County: April 19th, 7pm at Case Quattro Winery 1521 Main St, Peckville contact Jay Sweeney 570-587-3603

Lehigh County: see Northampton

Luzerne County: April 23rd, 11am-2pm at Wilkes University, Kirby Hall S. River and South Sts

Montgomery County: April 23rd, 1-4 PM.  See details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1739885629580771/

Northampton County: April 13th, 7-9 PM at Northampton Community College - South Side Bethlehem Campus (Fowler Center), 511 E. 3 St, Bethlehem

Philadelphia County: April 16th, 10:30 AM-2:30 PM at Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square

Susquehanna County: April 24th, 12 - 2 PM at Keystone College Miller Library Rm 204 Contact Jay Sweeney 570-587-3603

Wyoming County: April 24th, 12 - 2 PM at Keystone College Miller Library Rm 204 Contact Jay Sweeney 570-587-3603 

FAQ

Q - Can You schedule your own caucus in April?

A - Yes, email contact@gpofpa.org for information and guidance.   

 

Q - Where can I find good information on the candidates?

A - http://www.gp.org/the_green_party_recognizes_five_candidates_for_the_green_presidential_nomination

 

 


Sex and Public Policy at Green Night Out | GPOP

Sex and Public Policy at Green Night Out

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Lindsay Roth and Kelly Sebetka spoke with members and friends of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) at Green Night Out on March 12. Discussing "Sex and Public Policy," Roth told her audience, "Legislators in Harrisburg design new bills without consulting the people who will be affected, especially sex workers."

Roth is executive director of Project SAFE, an all-volunteer organization providing advocacy and support for women working in street economies, including sex workers. Sebetka is a volunteer with Project SAFE.

There are four legal models for controlling sex work, according to Roth: criminalization (like Pennsylvania), partial criminalization (like Sweden), legalization (like part of Nevada), and decriminalization (like New Zealand). Most sex-worker-rights activists endorse decriminalization, which has been shown to work. Green Party members present were critical of their party's support for partial criminalization of sex work, and they agreed to seek a change in the Green Party platform.

Roth and Sebetka also discussed a bill under consideration in Harrisburg. Senate Bill (SB) 851, also known as, 'Safe Harbor' legislation, according to Roth, "needs a lot of work before it will actually serve the interests of young people. We worry that poorly written legislation, like this, will blur the line between the criminal justice and social service systems. Law enforcement officers are not trained to provide services to youth. This legislation should require that youth survivors of the sex trade be included in the training of law enforcement officers."

"At-risk youth should be formally included in the development of this legislation," said Sebetka, "to protect the priorities of those most impacted. There should also be a non-discrimination clause that will insure LGBTQ youth not only have access to critical services," Sebetka continued, " but also that those services are safe, welcoming, and tailored to meet the needs of all youth."

Green Night Out is a quarterly Green Party gathering which is open to the public. Green Night Out is held at Su Xing House, in center-city Philadelphia. The diners discuss politics while they enjoyed a Chinese feast.

The Green Party is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of nonviolence, grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom and social justice. For information about the next Green Night Out, please telephone 215-843-4256 or email gpop@gpop.org.

Chris Robinson has been a member of the Green Party of Philadelphia City Committee since 2011. He can be reached at 215-843-4256 and nwgreens@yahoo.com

 

http://www.gp.org/sex_and_public_policy_at_green_night_out

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Green Party of Pennsylvania Denounces Gridlock, Calls for Fair Budget Now

State College, Pa - The Green Party of Pennsylvania calls on the Republican-controlled state legislature and the Democratic Governor Tom Wolf to put aside politics and finally pass a fair and equitable state budget.

Overdue by almost six months, the lack of a state budget is causing food banks to go underfunded, schools to close, and domestic violence services to fail. KDKA political editor Jon Delano reports that School officials from both Greenville Area and Sharpsville School Districts in Mercer County, may not re-open the schools after the winter break. The money is just not there.

"Once again it is up to us to stand up and demand that right be done. The budget must be passed now!" said Neil Haagen, a Green Party member from Centre County.

As of last Wednesday, Reuters reported that "school districts across Pennsylvania have borrowed about $900 million altogether since July 1 to stay open because of the state's budget impasse," quoting State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

County Governments in Pennsylvania have exhausted their ability to front the tens of millions of dollars needed to manage promised services to our citizens.

"This is one of the most egregious examples of how the two major parties have failed us," said Hillary Kane, the Secretary of the Green Party of Pennsylvania. "We need new blood in Harrisburg to break this partisan gridlock. The lack of budget is causing real pain for real people across the state."

Lancaster Online reports that Chester County has spent $30 million of its own money to support human services but cannot continue to do so alone. It also added that Allegheny County has paid $10 million of its own money to cover part of the November bill of $35 million for human services. Luzerne County has agreed to borrow $20 million to cover these types of costs. Both Bucks and Chester Counties will be withholding real estate transfer taxes and court fees which normally are transferred to the state instead.

The Allentown Morning Call reported that a recent United Way survey tells that during this nearly 170 days there have been about 700 non-profit employees laid off with countless others working with no pay. Over 500 other employees lost benefits and approximately 300 will receive 30% cuts in pay.

"Poor and working people are bearing the brunt of the failure to sign a timely budget and will be made to suffer more if a regressive sales tax increase is included in the final deal", said Jay Sweeney, Chair of the Green Party of Pennsylvania.

Loans have been taken out to keep the House and Senate open and running – including the salaries of Senators, legislators and staff carry incremental interest rates- one such loan presently is at 3.25% interest and will climb to 4.25% as of January. The long-term cost to taxpayers is huge and will continue to grow.

The budget crisis will not ultimately benefit the citizens of Pennsylvania. It would have been better to have efficiently and effectively placed a fair, completed, budget before the Pennsylvania public nearly 170 days ago. This delay has netted the banks and capital providers a very heavy toll from the taxpayer in interest and fees placed on loans to support schools and local government services.

Haagen has this to add: "Be prepared to open your wallet, not to pay for the needs of your fellow citizens, but to pay the interest on the money borrowed to pay our legislators' salaries."

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. The Green Party of Pennsylvania stands for grassroots democracy, social justice, non violence and ecology.

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Green Party of the United States: Statement on the attacks in Beirut and Paris

GPPA Statement on Paris

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party has released a statement in response to the mass murder of civilians in Beirut, Lebanon, on Nov. 12 and in Paris, France, on Nov. 13: "We in the Green Party of the United States express our sorrow and anger over the attacks in Beirut and Paris and deep sympathy for those who lost their lives, for the injured, for their loved ones, and for the people of Lebanon and France.

"We also express sympathy for civilians killed in Syria, Baghdad, Garissa University College in Kenya, the downing of a Russian airliner, and other recent massacres.

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The Green Party is seeking a Photographer volunteer to work in coordination with designated contacts within the GPUS Merchandise Committee

Photography

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The Green Party of the United States is a federation of state Green parties united in the common good of grassroots democracy, social justice, non-violence and ecological wisdom.

 

The Green Party is seeking a Photographer Volunteer to work in coordination with designated contacts within the GPUS Merchandise Committee.

 

Production of quality, publishable photography of Green Party merchandise for various purposes using diverse models when necessary.

 

Photos will be utilized in a wide variety of projects and will be shared widely. Photos and final product may / will be branded with the Green Party logo. If you choose, your photos and work will be credited to you.

 

This photography work will be used in whole, or in part by utilization into projects consisting of, but not limited to:

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GPPA welcomes Pope Francis to Pennsylvania

GPPA welcomes Pope Francis to Pennsylvania

 

The Green Party of Pennsylvania welcomes His Holiness Pope Francis to our beloved Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. His much-anticipated visit to Philadelphia is a joy to so many.

 

In Pope Francis’s recent encyclical about climate change and the environment, Laudato Si’ (Praise Be to You), he has shown his passion to live up to his adopted papal name Francis, after the Christian patron saint of animals and the environment.  

 

“Pope Francis shares many of the The Green Party of Pennsylvania’s values.” said GPPA Chair Jay Sweeney.   “He is outspoken on social justice, environmental and economic issues that our party has been equally outraged over”, Sweeney concluded.

 

“Pope Francis’s encouraging words and efforts to address climate change, his implicit opposition to fracking, his care and respect for people of all nations and his criticism of the ‘cheerful recklessness’ of pure unregulated capitalism show that we share mutual goals in these important areas”, said GPPA Steering Committee member David Ochmanowicz Jr.

 

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. The Green Party of Pennsylvania stands for grassroots democracy, social justice, non-violence and ecological wisdom.

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GPPA Green Star - September 2015


Green Party Hails Federal Court Ruling Concerning Pennsylvania’s Restrictive Ballot Access

For Immediate Release
July 27, 2015
 
Contacts:
Hillary Kane  267-971-3559
 
Green Party Hails Federal Court Ruling Concerning Pennsylvania’s Restrictive Ballot Access
 
The Green Party of Pennsylvania applauds Friday’s Federal Court ruling which has declared Pennsylvania’s restrictive ballot access procedures as unconstitutional. The July 24, Order by US District Judge, Lawrence Stengel takes aim at the restrictive, two-tiered scheme of forcing a disproportionate number of voter signatures, compared to the requirement for major parties; and the threat or imposition of litigation costs and fees on candidates whose nominating petitions are challenged successfully.  In cases where independent candidates prevail in a petition challenge, the legal costs can be as high as $50,000.00, Judge Stengel properly notes.  
 
“The restrictions placed on third party candidates is equivalent to a modern day poll tax. Judge Stengel’s decision has made it clear that limiting access to the ballot is an unacceptable infringement on the citizen’s rights to self-determination and their ability to elect candidates that truly represent the citizen’s views and desire for change,” said Hillary Kane, Secretary,  Green Party of Pennsylvania.
 
The initiating suit was filed in 2012 on behalf of Green, Libertarian and Constitution Parties of Pennsylvania, as well as various individuals from the three parties.  All three parties have long held the notion that Pennsylvania’s treatment of third party and independent candidates blatantly violates not only the US Constitution, but also the Pennsylvania Constitution, which states that “elections must be free and equal.”  The Greens have been plaintiffs in several actions during the past 15 years, and have won some minor victories, but see Judge Stengel’s Order as the most resounding, by far.
 
Since the Pennsylvania Courts imposed over $80,000.00 in costs and penalties on Ralph Nader (2004) and Carl Romanelli (2006), many candidates from third parties have simply withdrawn from the ballot due to the concern over life ruining fees being imposed on them.  That has led to a conspicuous absence of third party candidates on Pennsylvania ballots in subsequent years.
In July of 2008, following the “bonusgate” indictments, it was learned that in both the Nader and Romanelli cases the original challenge was only possible through the unlawful use of taxpayer resources and Democratic personnel of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
 
Carl Romanelli offered, “We have seen that the excessive number of signatures independent candidates must obtain is so obscene that even the very wealthy Democratic Party cannot bring a challenge without employing vast criminality. Even worse is the total disinterest on the part of the Pennsylvania Courts in correcting the situation.  Thankfully the Federal Court gets it, and has responded appropriately.”
 
Jay Sweeney, Chairperson of the Greens in Pennsylvania expressed his appreciation for the representation the party has in Attorney Oliver Hall, “First of all, the Green Party of Pennsylvania would like to thank Oliver Hall, from the Center for Competitive Democracy, for his superlative effort in presenting this case.”  He also is calling on the General Assembly to act at once in amending Pennsylvania law at once, as there is legislation pending in the Pennsylvania Senate which would bring Pennsylvania into Constitutional compliance.
“This decision proves what the Green party of Pennsylvania has known all along, elections in Pennsylvania are not open, free and fair. It means that it is now time to move Senator Mike Folmer's Voter's Choice Act, SB 495, through the General Assembly in order to correct this situation,” he suggested.
The Green Party of Pennsylvania is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties.  The Green Party of Pennsylvania stands for grassroots democracy, social justice, non violence and ecology.
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Don't reverse defeat of fast track for Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

Green Party to Democratic U.S. Senators: Don't reverse defeat of fast track for Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

      WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party called on Democrats in the U.S. Senate not to reverse their defeat of fast-track trade authority for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

       On Tuesday, May 12, Senate Democrats blocked passage of legislation to grant President Obama fast-track authority to promote the TPP, which Greens called a temporary victory for democracy and transparency.
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GPPA Green Star Newsletter, April 2015


Green Party of PA May Day Statement 2015

Friday May 1, 2015

Green Party of Pennsylvania supports May Day USA march and rally

 

May 1, May Day, is an internationally recognized celebration of labor.  The date was chosen to commemorate the Haymarket Riot.  The riot was a result of police action against laborers organized to obtain an 8 hour work day and a bomb thrown by one of the protesters.

While some countries around the world celebrate May Day as Labor Day, efforts to do so in the U.S. have been unsuccessful.  The Green Party of Pa endorses the May Day USA march, rally and celebration in Philadelphia.

 

"Eighty countries have a public holiday on May Day, but, not the United States, where the 8 hour work day originated", said Vivek Ananthan member of both the Green Party of PA Steering Committee and the International Committee of the Green Party of the United States.  Ananthan initiated a proposal, which was unanimously accepted by the May Day Committee, to ask Philadelphia City Council to declare May Day a public holiday.

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Pennsylvania Green Party Opposes Governor Tom Wolf's regressive tax plan

Governor Wolf’s tax plan negatively impacts working and low income people in Pennsylvania. Already considered one of the “Terrible Ten” states with the most regressive tax systems, Wolf’s plan does little to address the problem.  Property tax is a major Pennsylvania issue, but Wolf offsets cuts with significant increases in regressive sales and income taxes.

 

In addition, Wolf proposes cutting corporate taxes by 50%.  Figures from Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center indicate that Wolf’s revenue will be derived mostly from Personal Income Tax 41% and sales tax 31% while Corporate Tax will only generate 8% of his budget.

 

Combined reporting, requiring a corporation and all of its subsidiaries to file a single tax return, will help generate lost tax revenue.  Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group claims Pennsylvania lost $5.2 billion in corporate tax revenue last year.  This alone would cover Wolf's proposed Property Tax reduction and education spending increases.

 

Counting on long term tax revenue from gas extraction makes no sense. When the process ends, so will the revenue. Sustainable funding for education is imperative.

 

Governor Wolf should take a more conservative approach. Eliminate corporate tax loopholes first. Pennsylvania’s lower income and working people need a break, not to be broken,” said Jay Sweeney, Chair Green Party of Pennsylvania.

 

"As my Green Party gubernatorial campaign made clear, Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf offered voters a choice between two Republicans.” said Green Party candidate Paul Glover. “Governor Wolf is now proposing to cut business taxes while funding schools through fracking our water and raising sales taxes including clothing sales.  Ronald Reagan would be proud of him."

 

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. The Green Party of Pennsylvania stands for grassroots democracy, social justice, non violence and ecology.

 

 

 

 

http://www.pennpirg.org/issues/pap/close-corporate-tax-loopholes

http://pennbpc.org/who-pays-pas-tax-system-grows-more-regressive-low-income-pay-highest-share-income-taxes

http://thirdandstate.org/2013/january/pennsylvania-among-terrible-10-most-regressive-tax-states


Green Party opposes U.S. military aid for Ukraine

Green Party of the United States
http://www.gp.org

For Immediate Release: Monday, February 16, 2015
This release is online at http://www.gp.org/newsroom/press-releases/details/4/778

Contacts:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-904-7614mclarty@greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805starlene@gp.org


Green Party opposes U.S. military aid for Ukraine

• Washington is using Ukraine to provoke a NATO vs. Russia face-off in a new Cold War, say Greens

• View and download Green Party responses to the 2015 State of the Union: http://tinyurl.com/greenplaylist-2015sotu


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party opposes proposed plans to provide Ukraine's armed forces military aid to fight rebels who are allegedly receiving assistance from Russia and urges President Obama to reject the advice of warhawk advisors and Congress members.

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GPOP Approves Cancellation of PGW Sale

The City Committee of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) approves of the cancellation of the sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) to UIL Holdings. The Green Party is also looking forward to a new plan for Philadelphia to become a hub of sustainable energy.

 

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Green Party Fields General Assembly Candidates

The Green Party has 2 candidates on the ballot for the November 4 election. Ryan Hazel is running for State Representative in the 98th District. Glenn Davis is running for State Rep in the 190th District.
Glenn Davis is the chair of the Green Party of Philadelphia (www.gpop.org) from West Philadelphia.

 

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Glenn Davis Files for PA State Representative in District 190

On August 1, Glenn Davis filed nomination papers to be the Green Party of Pennsylvania’s candidate in PA House District 190. Davis is the chair of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) from Haddington in West Philadelphia.

After filing with the PA Secretary of State, Davis said, “I am tired of the present-day political system that does nothing for our community. It is time for a change. A vote for Glenn Davis will be a vote against mass incarceration. I will work to redirect funding out of the prison system and into public education. I will also work for a minimum wage of $15.00/hour and a 40 hour workweek throughout our Commonwealth.”


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Green Party: Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling should boost the movements for single-payer national health care and abolition of corporate personhood

Green Party leaders and candidates strongly condemned the Supreme Court's Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores ruling, and said that the decision should motivate more people to demand single-payer national health care and abolition of corporate "personhood."

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Obama's new EPA rules are a modest start, US needs a clean-energy economy

Green Party candidates and leaders said that President Obama's new EPA regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generating power plants represented no more than a modest step forward against global climate change.
Greens reiterated the party's call for conversion to an economy based on clean renewable energy, with the added benefit of millions of new jobs. The president's plan also promotes more nuclear energy and natural gas extraction (fracking), which the Green Party opposes because of the danger they pose to public health and security.

 

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Proposed US-EU trade pact threatens wages, food safety, eco protections

Candidates and activists in the Green Party of the United States are expressing strong opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as currently negotiated between the United States and European Union.
"Trade barriers between the U.S. and Europe are already low, but the TTIP would lower it even further by weakening labor, food safety, and environmental protections, enabling further privatization of public resources and services, and gutting corporate regulations," said Friedemann Buschbeck, co-coordinator of the Green Party of Tampa, Florida.
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Green Party to FCC: Make Internet a free public resource

Saving the Internet as we know it will take perpetual public pressure on the FCC, the Obama Administration, and future administrations not to enact new rules repealing net neutrality, said Green Party leaders and candidates.
Green Party leaders said that telecommunications lobbies will continue to press the FCC to abolish net neutrality and said that the U.S. must remove the Internet from corporate control by providing public access through free broadband.
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Green Party of PA State Committee to meet June 7 in Bloomsburg

Save the date!  The Green Party of Pa State Committee will meet on Saturday June 7, from 11am to 3pm, at Bloomsburg University.  Exact location to be determined.  All supporters of the party are welcome to attend.


Green Party TV online broadcasts on May 3: NJ & ME

Green Party TV will air special events planned by two state Green Parties on Saturday, May 3 on the party's Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus).
• Green Party New Jersey, 10 am to 4 pm ET: The Green Party of New Jersey will hold its state convention (http://www.gpnj.org/2014_annual_convention). Featured speaker Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for Governor of New York (http://www.howiehawkins.org), will speak at 3 pm.

 

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Green Party: Stop the deportations, enact legal protections for undocumented immigrants

Candidates and leaders of the Green Party of the United States expressed support for the ongoing protests against deportations and confirmed the party's demand for protected legal status for undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S.
Recent protests against deportations include hunger strikes and a peaceful sit-in by members of the Orange County DREAM Team at the Washington D.C. office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).
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Green Party blasts Supremes' ruling on campaign checks, calls for public campaign financing

Candidates and other members of the Green Party of the United States sharply criticized a Supreme Court decision declaring limits on the total amount of money contributors may give to all candidates, committees, and political parties to be unconstitutional, which was announced on April 2.
"The court's ruling on McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission is a victory for plutocrats and a serious blow to democracy," said Paul Glover, Green Party candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania (http://www.glover4governor.com).

 

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Green Party blasts Supreme Court's ruling on campaign contributions, calls for public campaign financing

Greens call McCutcheon v. FEC "a victory for plutocrats," urge public protest over the selling of publ ic office to the highest bidder, demand passage of amendment abolishing corporate personhood

WASHINGTON, DC -- Candidates and other members of the Green Party of the United States sharply criticized a Supreme Court decision declaring limits on the total amount of money contributors may give to all candidates, committees, and political parties to be unconstitutional, which was announced on April 2.

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Green Party of Philadelphia Endorses May Day Celebration

The City Committee of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) has endorsed the May Day Rally and Family Celebration which will be held at the Elmwood Park Labor Monument in Southwest Philadelphia on the afternoon of Saturday, May 3. GPOP has traditionally endorsed and actively participated in this celebration since it began in 2007.

Originally, May Day (also known as International Workers' Day) was a commemoration of the Haymarket Massacre in 1886 in Chicago. During the anti-communist hysteria of the 1950s, celebrations on the first day of May were suppressed, especially because of May Day’s international appeal.

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Green Party: The U.S. must cease meddling in Ukraine and the Crimean crisis

The U.S. and NATO must cease meddling in Ukraine and attempting to manipulate the Crimean crisis for geopolitical advantage, said leaders of the Green Party of the United States.
Greens said that the complex crisis must be resolved by Ukraine, Russia, and other countries in the region, and that the U.S. should encourage negotiation and respect the democratic rights of Ukrainians without outside interference. Such interference includes military and economic pressure.

 

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Dr Wendy Lynne Lee selected for Lt. Governor candidate *

Dr Wendy Lynne Lee, prominent opponent of extreme fossil fuel extraction, has been selected as the Green Party's candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. Lee is professor of philosophy at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania specializing in philosophy of language, philosophy of animal cognition, environmental and feminist theory.

The author of "Contemporary Feminist Theory and Activism," Lee also writes a regular blog called The Wrench http://thewrenchphilosleft.blogspot.com, and is a founding executive member of the Shale Justice Coalitionhttp://shalejustice.org/. Lee is a stalwart warrior in the resistance to the criminalizing of nonviolent dissent. "Sometimes in order to stand up for what is right, one must sit down with one's fellow citizens and lock arms," she said.

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Green Party Nominates Glover for Governor, Prigg to run for Congress & Sweeney for State Senate

Green Party Nominates Glover for Governor, Prigg to run for Congress and Sweeney for State Senate
Boalsburg, PA – On Sunday, March 2, 2014, the Green Party of Pennsylvania approved nominations for three candidates to compete in the November general election.  Longtime social entrepreneur Paul Glover will be at the top of the ticket as the Green Party candidate for governor.  
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Green Party joins Global Climate Convergence: Earth Day to May Day 2014

The Green Party of the United States has endorsed the "The Global Climate Convergence -- Earth Day to May Day, 2014" (http://globalclimateconvergence.org), joining the Green Shadow Cabinet and other organizations in a series of events to take place from April 22 to May 1.
The Global Climate Convergence's "10 days to change course" offer an educational and direct-action campaign to promote collaboration between grassroots movements against "the global assault on our shared economy, ecology, peace, and democracy."
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Greens elect new leaders in Philadelphia

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Greens elect new leaders in Philadelphia

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Bucks County Greens work Voter Registration Drive at Bucks County Community College March 12 & 13

Looking for a Green Party Volunteer to help man the Green Party voter registration table at the Bucks County Community College voter registration drive March 12th & 13th.

We have table space for the 4 sessions on Wednesday & Thursday
10AM - 2PM & 5PM - 7PM each day

Greens email BCPAGreens@Gmail.com


Green Party mourns, remembers Chokwe Lumumba, Mayor of Jackson, Miss.

Green Party leaders, activists, and candidates are remembering Mayor Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, Miss., who passed away on Feb. 25 at the young age of 66.
Chokwe Lumumba's four-decade involvement in the struggle for justice included work as an attorney for Black Panther Assata Shakur and the late hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur and as vice president of the Republic of New Afrika. He co-founded the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'COBRA), the National Black Human Rights Coalition, and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. He was elected as a Democrat to the Jackson City Council's Ward 2 seat in 2009 and was elected Mayor on June 4, 2013.
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Green Party calls for a halt to drone strikes, Obama's unconstitutional use of war powers

• Greens oppose Defense Sec. Hagel's plan for a "more drones" Armed Forces, continue to urge an end to the Afghanistan War and deep cuts in military spending
• Green Party Speakers Bureau: Green leaders available to speak on foreign policy and peace
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Green Party called for an immediate halt to all drone warfare and for the Obama Administration to comply with the Constitution's assignment of war powers to Congress.

 

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Green Party urges President Obama, Sec. of State Kerry to reject the tar-sands pipeline

• Greens see danger of approval after the State Dept.'s report and call the pipeline a test for Obama: Will he fight climate change or surrender to Big Oil?
WASHINGTON, DC -- "President Obama is standing at a crossroads right now. He can say no to the Keystone XL pipeline and prove that his administration is serious about reducing production and consumption of fossil fuels. Or he can satisfy Big Oil and major investors by okaying the pipeline's conveyance of dirty, dangerous tar-sands crude oil from Canada across the U.S.," said Darryl! L.C. Moch, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.
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Green Party will host a Livestream broadcast of President Obama's State of the Union

• Viewers can participate in the chat and phone in questions during the broadcast
• When: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 9:00 pm ET, 6:00 pm PT
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Green Party invites the public to participate in an online chat during President Obama's 2014 State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Jan. 28, on the Green Party's Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus).
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Green Party defends American Studies Assoc. endorsement of economic pressure on Israel

Green Party of the U.S. defends American Studies Association's endorsement of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) to press Israel on human rights
• Green Party Speakers Bureau: Green leaders available to speak on foreign policy: http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-foreign-policy.php
WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders and candidates expressed support for the American Studies Association's (ASA) Dec. 4 endorsement of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) to pressure the government of Israel to observe human rights (http://www.theasa.net/from_the_editors/item/council_statement_on_the_academic_boycott_of_israel_resolution/).
Greens said that, despite harsh criticism, growing numbers of people and organizations have begun to support BDS as a nonviolent way to end Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and apartheid policies, and bring about real peace and security for all Israelis and Palestinians.
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Dems, GOP are 'waging war' on working people

Democrats and Republicans are waging economic war on working people, the unemployed, students, and veterans, says the Green Party
• "Let 2014 be the year that voters wake up to the reality that no real change is possible as long as the two parties of war and Wall Street remain in charge."
• Green Party Speakers Bureau: Green leaders available to speak on economic justice, taxation, and budget policy: http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-economic-justice.php
The Democratic and Republican parties are waging economic war on working Americans, the unemployed, students, and veterans, said Green Party leaders and candidates on New Years Day 2014.
Greens hoped that 2014 would be the year that Americans realize that the two corporate-money parties are causing the erosion of the middle class and driving poor people into destitution and desperation.
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Green Party urges Congress to pass the "End Polluter Welfare Act of 2013"

WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders are urging support in Congress for the "End Polluter Welfare Act of 2013" introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Bernie Sanders (Ind-Vt.) and in the U.S. House by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).
"The first step in ending our addictively high consumption of fossil fuel energy is ending handouts to Big Oil," said Audrey Clement, co-chair of the Eco-Action Committee of the Green Party of the United States (http://www.gp.org/committees/ecoaction/index.php). "The passage of this bill should be accompanied by a halt on fracking, mountaintop detonation mining, and offshore drilling in U.S. coastal waters, and disapproval for proposed pipelines from Canadian tar-sands oil fields. Without these initial steps, promises of action to avert a global climate catastrophe can't be taken seriously."
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Last Briefs Filed in Pennsylvania Ballot Access Lawsuit

Here are links to the last two briefs filed in Constitution Party of Pennsylvania v Aichele, 13-1952, in the Third Circuit. Here is the state’s brief. Here is the reply brief of the Constitution, Green, and Libertarian Parties.


Green Party mourns Nelson Mandela

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Green Party of the United States is remembering former South African President Nelson Mandela as an inspiration in the struggle for global justice, liberation, and peace.
Greens expressed their sympathy for President Mandela's family and the people of South Africa and paid homage to his fight against apartheid and economic oppression, the courage that sustained him through 27 years of imprisonment, and his "Rainbow Nation" legacy.

 

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Green Party calls for a halt on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after leak of secret docs

Green Party calls for a halt on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the publication by Wikileaks of secret documents from the trade deal

• Congress should reject President Obama's request for fast-track authority on the secretly negotiated pact, say Greens
• Green Party Speakers Bureau: Green leaders available to speak on corporate power and globalization: http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-corporate.php
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Green Party today called for an immediate halt in the Obama Administration's closed-door negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), following the publication by Wikileaks of the TPP's intellectual property chapter on Nov. 13.
Greens also demanded that Congress reject President Obama's request for fast-track authority to implement the TPP, a proposed commercial pact between the U.S. and 11 Asian and Latin American countries.
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Young Green Party candidate wins Borough Council Seat

Neil B. Haagen III led several Green Party candidates to victory on Tuesday.  The 23 year old FedEx dockworker was elected to Snowshoe Borough Council in Centre County.   He ran on a platform of meeting the needs of his community in a cost effective manner.
In other races, Tausif Khan was elected Judge of Elections, Falls Township 1 – 5, Bucks County.   Eric Hamell was elected Inspector of Elections, Ward 59, Division 21, Philadelphia County.  Kevin Mock won a write in campaign for Auditor in Dimock Township, Susquehanna County.
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Greens Win Elections From California to Maine

This Tuesday was Election Day for over a hundred Green Party candidates in local elections across the country. Here are some Green Party members who were elected and are now serving their communities with Green values in mind:  


In California, 16 Greens were elected to local office this week - a record number for a local election year, with 90% of incumbent Green officeholders winning re-election. Several Green Party members were elected for the first time. Click here for a complete list of Green victories in California.  

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The solution to Obamacare defects is Medicare For All

Green Party: The solution to Obamacare's defects is Medicare For All
WASHINGTON, DC -- The solution to problems with the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") is a "Medicare For All" Single-Payer universal health-care system, said Green Party leaders and candidates.
"Obamacare offers a set of modest positive reforms and a substantial expansion of Medicaid which are thoroughly offset by numerous defects and continued deficiencies that can be readily remedied by legislation that expands Medicare to all Americans," said John Battista, MD, former Green candidate for state representative in Connecticut and co-author of his state's single-payer legislation in 1999 (the Connecticut Health Care Security Act). "The Green Party has advocated a Single-Payer program since the party began."
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Green Party candidates to watch in the Nov. 5 general election

 

WASHINGTON, DC -- Nearly 100 candidates are representing the Green Party in state, county, and municipal elections on November 5, 2013.
Below are some of this year's Green candidates who are running noteworthy campaigns, listed by state. For several of the candidates, victory is achievable.

For a list of all 2013 Green candidates, see the party's election web pages (http://www.gp.org/index.php/2013-candidates.html and http://www.gp.org/elections/candidates/index.php). For contact information, see the candidates' web sites.

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After the shutdown, American people still need Medicare For All

WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders spoke out today about the budget impasse, government shutdown, bipartisan plans to scale back Social Security and Medicare, and looming negotiations on the debt ceiling.

Greens emphasized that the Affordable Care Act, which remains at the center of the stalemate between Democrats, traditional Republicans, and extremist Tea Party Republicans, must be replaced with a single-payer national health care system ("Medicare For All").

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Green Party: "60% of Americans want an alternative party? Let's talk."

• Green Party Speakers Bureau: Green leaders available to speak on democracy and electoral reform: http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-democratic.php
WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party candidates and leaders said that a recent Gallup poll shows that the recent shutdown left millions of Americans feeling betrayed by both Democrats and Republicans in Washington and open to a major new political party.
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GREEN PARTY CALLS “HEALTHY PA” A PRIVATIZATION SCHEME

Green Party calls “Healthy PA” a privatization scheme
Corbett’s proposal should be rejected by federal government

 

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA [www.gpofpa.org]) is calling out Governor Tom Corbett for once again playing politics with people’s lives, this time in the healthcare arena. Announced on September 16, Corbett’s proposed “Healthy PA” would be a drastic diversion from the Medicaid expansion provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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Green Party to Congress: Don't Cut Food Stamps

• Greens call poverty a national crisis that needs solutions like the Green New Deal instead of Republican punishment of the poor and Democratic compromises

WASHINGTON, DC — The plan passed by House Republicans on Sept. 19 to cut $40 billion from food aid would, if enacted, result in deepening poverty and hunger, said Green Party leaders.
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Green Party praises restraint toward Syria; Keep Up Anti-War Pressure

Green Party: President Obama’s pause in the drive to attack Syria is good news, but anti-war pressure on White House must continue
WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders said that President Obama’s decision for a temporary pause in the rush to win congressional authorization and launch an air strike against Syria was good news and a monumental achievement by the American people. Greens now urge the President to call off the attack permanently and instead support nonviolent efforts to end the strife in Syria.

 

 

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GREEN PARTY OF PENNSYLVANIA DECRIES LACK OF STATE FUNDING FOR PHILADELPHIA SCHOOLS

Green Party of Pennsylvania Decries Lack of State Funding for Philadelphia Schools
As students head back to school this week, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPAwww.gpofpa.org) looks to Governor Corbett as the source of Philadelphia’s school funding woes.
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GREEN PARTY OPPOSES THREATS OF U.S. INTERVENTION IN SYRIA

Green Party opposes threats of U.S. intervention in Syria
and Obama’s ‘blank check’ abuse of military power

• Greens cite conflicting accounts regarding which side used chemical weapons and U.S. attempt to stymie the U.N. probe

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States opposes threats by the Obama Administration to launch an attack on Syria and said that an order to attack would be a serious abuse of presidential power. Greens called for repeal of the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress on September 18, 2001, which the two most recent presidential administrations have used to justify attacks on other nations.

 

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GREEN PARTY BACKS RESTORATION OF GLASS-STEAGALL PROTECTIONS

Green Party backs restoration of Glass-Steagall protections, but calls proposed Warren-McCain legislation only a first step

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders are calling for passage of legislation to reinstate the protections of the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933.

But Greens are calling such legislation, which has been proposed by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), a modest first step towards reining in the power of major financial corporations whose fraud and recklessness led to the 2008 economic meltdown.

 

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PA GREENS SUPPORT MARRIAGE FOR SAME SEX COUPLES

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) supports Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes for issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.  In doing so, Hanes is defying Pennsylvania’s backward and discriminating Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) of 1996, a law which the Green Party has always maintained is inconsistent with their social justice policies.  Emily Cook, chair of the Green Party of Montgomery County said, “Any official actively challenging DOMA is commended by the Green Party, no matter their political affiliation.”

 

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