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- February 4 Non-Partisan Training: HOW TO RUN FOR ELECTION BOARD IN 2013: HOW TO RUN FOR COMMITTEEPERSON IN 2014
- Republican Governors Opt-In to Medicaid Expansion
- The Reports of Unions' Death Are Greatly Exaggerated
- Ask Allyson Schwartz to run for Governor
- Mind the gap: Opting Out of Medicaid Expansion Leaves Low-income Families Behind
- Jan. 14 Workshop:HOW TO RUN FOR ELECTION BOARD IN 2013; HOW TO RUN FOR COMMITTEEPERSON IN 2014
- Seth Williams on Guns, Jasmine Rivera on School Closures @PFC Meetup Wednesday
- PA Revenue Strong Midway Through Year; Tax Cut Could Have Big Impact
- What to Make of the Fiscal Cliff Deal?
The following is a letter to Green Party members written by Chris Robinson. He asked me to post it here.
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.
I would love Green Party candidate Jill Stein to be President since I agree with almost all her proposed policies and programs. I would also like myself to be President because I like all my proposed policies and programs. Here’s the problem. Jill Stein and I have an equal chance of being elected President. That chance, of course, would be zero.
So why would anyone engage in the futile act of voting for Jill Stein, or no less usefully, writing in their own name for President? Five reasons are usually offered.
First, of course, is the well-worn cliché that there is no difference between Romney and Obama; therefore there’s no reason to vote for either one of them. That is just patently false. Here are just a few obvious differences:
• Obama would keep Obamacare, and Romney would repeal it. Romney’s win would mean that tens of millions of low wage workers who would otherwise have health insurance would not get it. Their only health care provider would be the emergency room. Many of them would die of diseases diagnosed too late for them to get the medical care that would save them.
• Romney would voucherize Medicare, making it unaffordable for millions of seniors. He would also do everything in his power to privatize, i.e., destroy, social security;
• Romney would raise taxes on working people, cut them for the rich;
• Romney would appoint judges intent on repealing Roe v. Wade, and eliminating affirmative action;
• Romney would attack the ability of unions to exist;
• Romney budgets, if they follow the lead of his running mate and other House Republican leaders, would decimate food stamps, education funding, and federal aid to cities of all sorts;
• Romney would make the EPA into something as fierce as a big slice of pumpkin pie.
Register to vote here, and fight for your picture ID This is meant to be a big poster in front of a table or a leaflet
YOUNG-PHILLY-POLITICS-ers help me to set up pro-Vote Philly tables.
Harrisburg hates SEPTA and public transit, and Republicans have always been against a National ID,
Philly is one place in the US that one is not handicapped not to have a driver's license, and if Philadelphians yawn it may mean no more SEPTA.
You don't have to blame Romney if you want to register Republican. As governor of Massachusetts he supported Public Transit, but he picked Paul Ryan for VP who wants to destroy SEPTA.
Register to Vote here, whether Dem, Repub, (or Green to expand SEPTA), or Libertarian, despite Republicans systemically trying to prevent Libertarians or Constitutionalists from Running a Presidential Candidate in Pennsylvania.
The effort to get Philadelphia the Public Transit Oasis in this country not to be denied the vote is being run by the National Obama campaign. But all of Philadelphia is being screwed. We all must get together to prevent Philly's Voice from being muzzled in Harrisburg, Help me set up a Pro-Philly less partisan vote and ID effort. Get some non-profit organization money involved to help people get ID's and register instead of just politicos such as League of Woman Voters.
LINK for Paul Ryan will destroy Septa,
LINK for Green Party and better Cheaper SEPTA
LINK to Democratic Party hurts their cause by refusing to help Libertarians and Constitutional Party stay on the ballot
As soon as I find a good link for Green Party registration drives I will post the Obama site by editing this site. Of course a commenter can post it as well.
Material on our local hero and icon Cheri Honkala, unless comments added regularly comments will close on that site,
AFTERTHOUGHT Lack of ID in this modern world is a handicap. So many people without one in Philly is probably at least a slight economic drain on the whole city. I understand it is illegal to ask people to get a free ID without asking them to vote. A party with a former homeless mother in the Vice President slot can be at the forefront of getting Philadelphians the ID they need.
Could someone clarify what I can and can not say to get thousands of new people to get the ID they need, some of which will take the opportunity to vote, maybe more than those who see the ID helper as trying to force Obama in their face.
New suggestion for tabling
Register to vote here and let up help you to get the picture ID you need for many purpose. Sponsored by the Green Party (We process all voters regardless of party).
Informational note Harrisburg opposes Philadelphia and public transit,
So does Paul Ryan but not Romney. Green Party fights to lower fares and improve service. And fights voter depression. There are many issues, but please register and vote the way your conscience dictates. And if you don't have valuable picture ID take this public voting crisis as an opportunity to get one.
Green Night Out - Discuss the road to universal healthcare with Dr. Walter Tsou and the Philly GreensSubmitted by rossl on Tue, 07/10/2012 - 11:04pm.
GREEN NIGHT OUT
Single Payer Healthcare after the Supreme Court Decision
Saturday, July 21
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will be a GREAT discussion about OPEN PRIMARIES AND BALLOT ACCESS. Independents, Greens's, Libertarians, and even Democrats and Republicans are tired of voting for the same old two party corrupt-corporate system...AND WHO CAN BLAME THEM! This discussion will be led by Jennifer Bullock of Independent Pennsylvanians. Below is the contact information. Hope you all can come and have a wonderful discussion and dinner. P.S. It is unlimited food for only $25 dollars!
Hugh Giordano, Union Organizer, Green Party City Committee Member - True Progressive.
Title: Green Night Out
Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Singapore Vegetarian Kosher Chinese Restaurant, www.singaporevegetarian.com
Street: 1006 Race Street, Chinatown
City State Zip: Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215-243-7103 and email@example.com
Notes: Green Night Out returns with speaker Jenn Bullock from PA Independents, www.paindependents.org. You will not want to miss this discussion about independent voters, open primaries and ballot access.When is the last time you saw an independent candidate on the ballot? Let’s discuss why.
Independent Pennsylvanians is an association of voters that supports issues and campaigns at the local, state and national level designed to increase the visibility and power of the independent voter.
Green Night Out is open to the public. Enjoy an endless supply of vegetarian, kosher Chinese food, an exceptional bargain for only $25/person.
Please RSVP. Seating is limited. For more information, contact (215) 243-7103 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
"People's Sheriff" Cheri Honkala to ride through Kensington on horseback, promoting end to foreclosures and concert on 9/14Submitted by rossl on Fri, 08/26/2011 - 1:49pm.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2011
Contact: Jason Bosch
"PEOPLE’S SHERIFF" CHERI HONKALA TO RIDE THROUGH KENSINGTON ON HORSEBACK
Green Party Candidate focuses on "Protecting the Hood" & "Keeping Families in Their Homes"
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.
Philadelphia Sheriff candidate Cheri Honkala
Riding a Horse through Kensington
From Kensington & Allegheny (riding on Allegheny) to the Palladim (229 W. Allegheny Avenue)
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
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.
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. . .
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.
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!Submitted by rossl on Mon, 05/02/2011 - 10:16pm.
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
Thursday, May 5, 2011
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut St.
City State Zip:
215-243-7103 and gpop.gpop.org
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 email@example.com.
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!Submitted by rossl on Tue, 03/01/2011 - 11:21pm.
From the Green Party of Philadelphia:
Green Party of Philadelphia
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
1006 Race Street
For more information:
215-243-7103 or email firstname.lastname@example.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
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
Cheri Honkala for Sheriff
Keeping Families In Their Homes
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.
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.
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)