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- Ask Allyson Schwartz to run for Governor
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- Jan. 14 Workshop:HOW TO RUN FOR ELECTION BOARD IN 2013; HOW TO RUN FOR COMMITTEEPERSON IN 2014
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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!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 email@example.com.
[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 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.
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)
From Philadelphia Weekly (read the whole article here):
Hugh Giordano, a 26-year-old, Roxborough native and food workers’ union organizer for UFCW Local 152, ran on the Green Party ticket against Democrat Lou Agre for a seat in the 194th. He lost, but garnered 18 percent of the vote (23 percent in Philly)—an unprecedented number for a third-party candidate. He may have his district’s attention, but Giordano and the Green Party of Philadelphia want everyone to know that when it comes to the ballot, three isn’t a crowd. What’s more, they’ve got heavy union support—typically an automatic vote for Democrats—to help them.
“They want you to be stupid,” he says of the “party button,” which essentially allows citizens to vote along party lines without looking at who’s up for election...
From the Green Party of Philadelphia:
Green Party Says “No” to Stop-and-Frisk Policy
A representative of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) testified against the stop-and-frisk policy at Philadelphia City Council hearings on Tuesday, December 14. Stop-and-frisk has been enforced by Mayor Nutter, City Council, and the police for the last three years. Stop-and-frisk involves a police officer running his or her hands along the outer garments to detect any concealed weapons. The stop-and-frisk program is being criticized by opponents who say that it leads to racial profiling and direct violations of citizens’ Constitutional Rights.
On December 17th, the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, headed up by nationally known Philadelphia activist Cheri Honkala, will be hosting a fundraiser, with support from the Green Party of Philadelphia and Hugh Giordano. Hugh posted the following on his facebook:
The Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign IS A GREAT ORGANIZATION. We share a common interest in uniting against the prevailing conditions and around our vision of a society where we all have the right to health care, housing, living wage jobs, and access to quality primary, secondary, and higher education.
Its for a GREAT cause and you will feel good about doing it.
The Cost is $25 ($30 at door) dollars and you get :
Domestic Beer and Well Mixed Drinks along with Open Buffet!
LIVE MUSIC from The K & A MOB / Plus a 50/50 Drawing!
For more info and tickets please call :
I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We must remember that there are many out in this city and state that did not have such a happy Thanksgiving. Families who who can’t pay their bills, have no healthcare, bad jobs or no jobs, poor education - Or live in the street and shelters. Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks, but we must remember to care for others besides just family and friends. If we all showed even half the love to human kind as we do our primary family, the world would be a better place.?
From the Facebook event:
At the next meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP), the membership will harness the new energy generated by the General Election. Meet the new, young GPOP leadership and help them work for single-payer healthcare, an end to the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq and electoral reform. Greens will mobilize to achieve dedicated funding for SEPTA. Registered Greens cannot miss this meeting! Neighbors who want to meet some real Greens may attend to see what the Green Party is all about.
This is for Greens and non-Green alike. We are seeking to build a broad coalition of Democrats, Republicans, Greens, independents, and everything in between as a voice for things like the poor, the environment, clean elections and government, and public education in Philly politics. This IS young Philly politics.
Tuesday, November 30 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
6900 Stenton Avenue
A thank you note, with some announcements about the future, from Hugh Giordano, the strongest Green candidate in Pennsylvania's history (for all you Philadelphians reading this...the choice is yours to support the unsustainable status quo or get on board with the future and the Greens):
To My Supporters,
I have sat back and thought about what to say, and all I can say is – Thank you! Thank you to all the thousands of citizens who opened up their mind up and didn’t just vote “A straight corporate ticket.” I earned every single one of your votes on Tuesday because you actively had to look for my name and push that button. I did not have to ride on other politicians’ coattails - or run with a huge corporate party that allows you to just hit a single button to vote for a line of politicians who you don’t even know.
I am a volunteer for Hugh Giordano's campaign for state legislature in Philadelphia, and today we had some interesting events unfold. What I'm writing here I know from talking to Hugh and one of our campaign workers.
From the Giordano campaign:
Hugh Giordano, the independent Green Party candidate for the 194th District, is sponsoring a free event to meet his future constituents to be held at the Roxborough Development Corporation (RDC). “I want everybody to come out and talk to me and just relax. This is a great time to sit down and talk about the issues that are affecting our community and state,” said Giordano. The event is kid-friendly said Giordano, “Bring the whole family, and even if you already met me – bring some friends!”
Hugh Giordano has called a press conference for Wednesday, April 28, 6:45 PM at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Avenue.
He will speak about his campaign and discuss why he will not be participating in a candidate debate being held the same evening, also at the hospital.
Giordano is a Green Party candidate in the 194th state representative district.
Crossposted at several national blogs
This Earth Day, while an oil rig was burning and sinking and spilling out into the Gulf of Mexico, I joined a small band of protesters during my lunch break to tell the government to stop a similar crime against nature, one that is taking place in my home state of Pennsylvania. There are no offshore oil rigs here, of course, but the new and dangerous method of extracting natural gas through fracking is becoming a larger and larger threat to our water, our land, and our climate. And Pennsylvania is ground zero.
So I took to the streets at a Green Party-organized protest. We stood outside the regional Department of Environmental Protection and made our voices heard.