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The following is a letter to Green Party members written by Chris Robinson. He asked me to post it here.

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Hello, Green Party Member.

I want to share with you a discussion we had at the end of the last Green Party General Membership Meeting, www.gpop.org. If you were present at that meeting, please forgive my repetition.

At the November meeting of Green Party members, I took a few minutes to speak about my disappointment with the 2012 Presidential Election. I believed that the Green Party candidates, Jill Stein for President and Cheri Honkala for Vice President, www.jillstein.org, deserved a much higher vote than they received. Looking at that election – and all of the Presidential Elections during this century -- I have arrived at the following analysis.

If you look at the political geography, we now have a Democratic Party, which is in the service of the corporate establishment. That Democratic Party has seized the Republican’s high ground. All of the Democratic Party’s current policies are now really Republican Party policies, or what used to be called “moderate Republican” policies.

By seizing the high ground from Republicans, the Democratic Party has forced the new Republican Party to move way to the right into the valley which used to be called “extremism.” There are now very few Republican policies which are acceptable to voters. In fact, very few of the Democratic Party’s policies are acceptable to voters, either, because they are really corporate policies which serve the Top One Percent.

Take for example health care. The Democratic Party moved way to the right, accepting Obamacare (really Romneycare or government welfare for the insurance industry) as their policy, which will bankrupt the U.S. in the near future. This left the Republican Party with no healthcare policy, except anti-Obamacare.

Green Night Out - Discuss the road to universal healthcare with Dr. Walter Tsou and the Philly Greens

GREEN NIGHT OUT
Single Payer Healthcare after the Supreme Court Decision

Saturday, July 21

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Singapore Restaurant,
www.singaporevegetaian.com,
1006 Race St., Chinatown, Phila. PA

GREEN NIGHT OUT welcomes Dr. Walter Tsou, who will discuss
"Single Payer Healthcare after the Supreme Court Decision"
at 6:00pm on Saturday, July 21.

Dr. Tsou teaches Family Medicine and Community Health
at the University of PA. and was formerly the
Health Commissioner of Philadelphia.
He is a board member of Health Care for All PA, www.healthcare4allpa.org.

Please join us at Singapore Restaurant in Chinatown.
Green Night Out is open to the public.
Enjoy this stimulating discussion
and a vegetarian, kosher, Chinese feast
for only $25/person.
RSVP (seating is limited) to the
Green Party at 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.org.

Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks Endorses Cheri Honkala for Sheriff

From the campaign website of Philadelphia's first female candidate for Sheriff, Cheri Honkala of the Green Party:

Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks today endorsed Green party candidate Cheri Honkala for Sheriff of Philadelphia. Neighborhood Networks is a grassroots organization that works to push for progressive candidates and policies in Philadelphia. We at the Cheri for Sheriff headquarters are ecstatic about this endorsement.

From NN website:

Cheri Honkala is the one candidate on the ballot in November who reminds City voters that it’s Wall Street and the banking industry that has brought our City down, not “greedy” government workers or any other right wing whipping boy. By treating home mortgages like gambling chips, the financial sector has collapsed the national economy, destroyed the retirement funds of individuals, cities and states alike, and created the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression. Millions of jobs disappeared, and millions of families lost their homes. Millions more remain at risk of losing theirs as well. As Sheriff, Cheri plans to ride to the rescue.

Cheri’s main campaign pledge is that she will refuse to evict any family from their home due to the complicity of the judicial branch in foreclosing on their mortgage or terminating their lease. At a time like this we don’t need more families in the street. We need more programs to enable workers to find jobs, and to get them over the hump until they do. By refusing to evict, Cheri will force the system to come to grips with the real causes and cures for the crisis. Cheri, and Neighborhood Networks, recognize that the legal system will fight back against her plan. And perhaps they will succeed. But the fight itself will raise the issue of who is really to blame and where the route out truly lies. And that is how real progress begins.

http://www.phillynn.org/news/default.php?a=article&&nid=286&&ref=1

"People's Sheriff" Cheri Honkala to ride through Kensington on horseback, promoting end to foreclosures and concert on 9/14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2011
Contact: Jason Bosch
cheriffcampaign@gmail.com

"PEOPLE’S SHERIFF" CHERI HONKALA TO RIDE THROUGH KENSINGTON ON HORSEBACK
Green Party Candidate focuses on "Protecting the Hood" & "Keeping Families in Their Homes"

PHILADELPHIA -
Green Party candidate Cheri Honkala running for Sheriff of Philadelphia will be riding a horse through her neighborhood of Kensington on Monday August 29 at 11am. The campaign will be playing songs from Artists supporting her including political hip hop group Rebel Diaz, Yeye Organic Pop and more to promote the Cheri for Sheriff Party / Fund-raiser scheduled for September 14 at the Palladium. The candidate will be giving a press conference and taking questions from the press at the end of her ride.

Who:
Philadelphia Sheriff candidate Cheri Honkala

What:
Riding a Horse through Kensington

Where:
From Kensington & Allegheny (riding on Allegheny) to the Palladim (229 W. Allegheny Avenue)

When:
Monday August 29, 2011 at 11am

For more information about the Cheri Honkala for Sheriff of Philadelphia campaign, please visit cherihonkala.com.

Yeye Organic Pop: Vota por Cheri
http://youtu.be/_tqes4cBYjc

Mary Bricker-Jenkins and Neighborhood Networks urge support for Cheri Honkala for Sheriff

Two recent updates to Cheri Honkala's website show exciting signs of support for a campaign based on the promise to keep people in their homes and help give communities control over their land.

The first is from Mary Bricker-Jenkins, a social worker, author, and professor emeritus at Temple urging her fellow social workers to support Cheri in any way they can. She wrote, in part,

You came into social work because you wanted change.

You learned quickly that we need fundamental, systemic change.

The “change we could believe in” hasn’t delivered.

So let’s listen to Ghandi:

We need to BE the change we wish to see in the world. . .

One of Philly's best alternative media sites 'sees Cheri Honkala as Robin Hood'

ThisCantBeHappening.Net is not only one of the most interesting news sources on the web, it's also based just outside of Philadelphia. We're lucky to have such talented independent journalists in our city. John Grant, one of the site's writers, recently profiled the Green Party's candidate for Sheriff, Cheri Honkala, and he might cover the campaign more in the future. Here is a sample, but you can read the whole thing here:

I see Cheri Honkala as Robin Hood. Instead of running around in green tights and using bows and arrows to engage the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham, she's using the ballot box to take the Sheriff of Nottingham's job.

Does Cheri Honkala exist? Not according to the Committee of Seventy

Cheri Honkala is running for Sheriff. She's been nominated by a party (the Greens). She's been a community activist - and an activist in other parts of the country - for decades. She has participated in candidate forums and debates. She is running a serious campaign.

Yet the Committee Of Seventy thinks voters don't deserve to know she exists. They have devoted absolutely zero attention to her candidacy, not even giving her the space on their website that other candidates for Sheriff have received. This is WRONG. Just because Cheri has decided not to run with one of the two major parties, that doesn't mean that voters are either a) not interested in her or b) too stupid to understand this.

The good news is that there are two ways you can directly tell the Committee Of Seventy to put Cheri on their website and acknowledge her candidacy. One is an online petition posted at Change.org:

Green Party's 2004 presidential candidate coming to Philly on May 5th to talk about reigning in the corporations!

Another exciting event from the Green Party of Philadelphia. We'll also be out at Mt. Airy Day this Saturday, and we're having a dinner to discuss fracking with Iris Marie Bloom that night at Singapore Vegetarian at 1006 Race St. And Cheri Honkala is attending the candidates' forum on the fourth, she just helped to found a new farm in Kensington (opened this past Sunday), and she'll be opening an office at 718 Market on the 19th. Things are gettin' busy!

Move to Amend and Challenge Corporate Rule

Date:

Thursday, May 5, 2011
Time:

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Location:

First Unitarian Church
Street:

2125 Chestnut St.
City State Zip:

Phila., PA
Phone:

215-243-7103 and gpop.gpop.org
Notes:

Update on Cheri Honkala's Green campaign for Sheriff of Philadelphia

[Originally posted at IndependentPoliticalReport.com, so that's why it sounds like it was written for people outside of Philly and there's a somewhat dry tone about a campaign I actually have been slightly involved in. The Green Party of Philadelphia will also be nominating candidates for other offices this Thursday, and we've been keeping busy with fracking protests, a May Day event, a monthly dinner, among other things.]

The Green Party of Philadelphia's candidate for Sheriff, long-time activist Cheri Honkala, recently opened an official campaign office. Other news from the campaign is also below, including a protest against the current Sheriff of Philadelphia resuming sheriff's sales.

Green Party in April: meeting to decide candidates and demonstration against fracking (join us!)

Two events coming up (visit http://gpop.org for the Green Party's website):

Earth Day Demonstration Against Fracking

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Dept. of Environmental Protection, 2 Main St., Norristown, PA

Notes: Demonstration at DEP to demand a ban on gas drilling. Stop polluting our drinking water as well as our waterways.

This demonstration has been called by the Green Party of Philadelphia and endorsed by Brandywine Peace Community, BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action, Citizens for Clean Water, Green Party of Delaware County, Green Party of Montgomery County, Protecting our Waters and Saint Vincent’s Peace and Justice Ministry.

For more info: Green Party of Phila. 215-243-7103 or gpop@gpop.org.

Green Party Of Phila. General Membership Meeting, 4/28/2011, 7:00 pm (open to public)

Date: Thursday April 28, 2011

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Why have Democrats abandoned labor? Discuss with fmr. AFSCME DC 47 Pres. Thomas Paine Cronin at the next Green Night Out!

From the Green Party of Philadelphia:

Green Party of Philadelphia
www.gpop.org
GREEN NIGHT OUT

Saturday, March 12, 7:00 pm

Enjoy an endless supply of
vegetarian, kosher, Chinese food.

Discuss how too many Democrats have turned against Labor
with Thomas Paine Cronin,
retired president of AFSCME District Council 47.

Please join us.
GREEN NIGHT OUT
will be open to the public,
an exceptional bargain
for only $25/person.

Singapore Vegetarian Restaurant
www.singaporevegetarian.com
1006 Race Street
Chinatown, Philadelphia

For more information:
215-243-7103 or email gpop@gpop.org.

[I went to the last Green Night Out, when an organizer from Action United (btw, good luck to them in their fight for sick days for Philly workers) spoke, and both the food and conversation were great]

And here's the facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=196479820376770

Wisconsin (and Ohio?) solidarity rally Thursday, anti budget cut rally Saturday

There are two events in downtown Philly this week against austerity and against pro-corporate policies. The first is a rally, endorsed by several unions, at City Hall on Thursday at 11 AM in solidarity with workers in Wisconsin (although the attacks on collective bargaining and the power of unions, those last bastions of working class power, are now spreading to Ohio: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/2/22/labor_protests_to_defend_collectiv... ). The second rally is at the Comcast building, and the message is this: collect corporate taxes, don't cut programs that the poor and middle class need!

More info below the fold.

Cheri Honkala for Sheriff announcement - Thursday at 11 AM

From the Green Party of Philadelphia, via Hugh Giordano:

Cheri Honkala for Sheriff

Join Us on Thursday, February 17, 10:00 am

Cheri Honkala, www.cherihonkala.com, will announce her run for the
Green Party nomination as Sheriff of Philadelphia .

718 Market St, Home of Casino Free Philly, 10:00 am

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Cheri Honkala for Sheriff
Keeping Families In Their Homes
www.cherihonkala.com

Veteran Philadelphia Activist for the Poor to Run for Sheriff on No Evictions Platform

Cheri Honkala Says Appealing to the Banks to Restructure Loans for Families Facing Foreclosure Did Not Work So She Will Run for Sheriff and Refuse to Evict Families.
If Elected, Honkala Would Suspend Sheriff Sales of Properties Indefinitely.

Hugh Giordano to unions: The two parties have sold us out and the Greens are 100% pro-labor!

The following is an open letter sent to every Philadelphia area union by Hugh Giordano, printed with permission. Make sure to check out the Green Party of Philadelphia's upcoming events, like a meeting on the 27th and a concert on the 4th.

STOP Supporting the Democrats and Republicans!
LET’S RUN OUR UNION REPRESENATIVES FOR CITY COUNCIL AT LARGE AND CITY COMMISIONER IN 2011 AS GREEN PARTY CANDIDATES!

Dear Union Brothers and Sisters,

My name is Hugh Giordano, and I am fellow union representative for the UFCW, Local 152. Many of you know me or have heard about me in my run for State Representative where I produced the highest percentage of vote of any third party candidate in a three-way race – beating the Republican in Philadelphia!

I produced this great victory because I stood for the issues, used basic union organizing skills, took NO corporate money, and had union support. Just imagine what I could have accomplished if I had all the unions behind me, the man power, and financial backing; I could have done so much more to defeat the CEO/corporate Democrat.

Although I did not win that election, I opened the doors for us, as a united labor front, to do great things for the future. We have a duty to do what is right and to fight back against the status quo. That is why we are labor leaders and chose this activist life. I use the word ‘activist’ because that is what we are supposed to be, NOT businessmen and businesswomen.

Keepin busy with the Philly Greens - a march, a dinner, a meeting, and a concert

The Green Party of Philadelphia has three events in the next few weeks, and we're also supporting a march to end foreclosures in Philadelphia organized by the Poor People's Economic Rights Campaign, taking place on Martin Luther King Day. The first event is a community dinner to discuss organizing on the 22nd, the second is a party meeting (of course open to whoever wants to go) on the 27th, and the third is a fundraising concert with the folk singer Tom Neilson, aka the bard insurgent. More info below.

THE MARCH
March to Stop the War on American Families

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people!” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

One in five families is in foreclosure in America. Join us as we lift up the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stop foreclosures now!

January 17th – 12:00 PM
West Side of City Hall (across from Love Park)

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