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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.

As the Rich get Richer, Two Who Were Once Desperately Poor, Inspire

Looking at the 1st Presidential Debate led me to take a stiff drink, Romney blaming the poor while Obama is afraid to mention them only mentioning the middle class. Logically it is better to be ignored then blamed. There is a persistent drift over many elections that less and less people are paying attention to politics. But maybe if the Greens can inspire the stay-at-homes as the Libertarians and Constitutionalists shave votes from Romney, the future will be brighter even if a last minute economic meltdown leads to a Romney win.

After the debate was over I turned on my computer to watch the last half of the expanded debate with Jill Stein the Green Presidential candidate and Rocky Anderson the Justice Party candidate offering inspiration despite my being tipsy with alcohol. I promise if Pennsylvania is no longer Obama Blue but a toss up state November 6, I will vote for Obama unless Obama depresses me so much I couldn't make it to the polls. Part of the economic depression is Obama endless compromises even though it is good to get excited about Romney's last hurrah foreign policy which is in this declining economic period is suicidal.

Thursday's expanded Vice-Presidential debate Oct 11, on Democracy Now might be very inspirational. Both Cheri Honkala and Luis Rodriguez came out of extreme poverty and are getting poor folk involved in politics,

http://www.democracynow.org/events#events_anchor
democracynow.org/events#events_anchor
http://www.democracynow.org/events/2012/10/kunm__democracy_now_vice_pres...

If the Libertarians join, a former judge, Libertarian Judge Gray who once liked to convict people like the young hood Lois Rodrogues who used to deal drugs can debate Judge Gray who used to make a faddish of putting jail drug dealers in jail. Since he reformed Rodrogues became a prize winning author. Thank to all the 3rd party efforts with a particular appreciation for the Libertarians and Constitutionalists for destroying or at least raining on the super-rich conspiracy, I may not have to get drunk and forget it any more.

7pm New Mexico I hope is 6pm Philadelphia where I can hopefully watch it on Democracy Now Channel 35 TV.Try to get a hall or movie theater to hook itself to the internet.

Politics turned Rodrogues's and Honkala's life around, collective self-help politics is making Honkala's life soar. Kids heading for trouble have football and basketball stars put in their face, Don't let the hacks say registration to vote is almost over, if someone gets turned away from the voting booth for being unqualified or in some way indicates interest everyone even Obama diehards make sure you have a registration form to hand them for future participation.

I would like to see 5 second ads on the TV screen, “'Vote “No!” to two party corruption shop for 3rd party hope election day.

Staying home is giving corrupt politicians the world they want”; with a link or several at the bottom of the screen. If one can't buy a less then 15 second TV ad perhaps the Sierra Club and the ACLU could each have 5 seconds.

Why sit around depressed as things slowly get worse under Obama or rapidly collapse under Romney when we can do better? Winston Churchill inspired Britain with his Blood, Sweet and Tears policy, the Libertarians with a no foreign bleeding policy would be better than Obama-Romney as well.

PS in Philadelphia there was a small Peace Demonstration with no war on Iran or Syria signs at 30th Street bridge, and the Schuylkill Expressway light, as cars gave a quick toot of approval like they used to at the height of the Vietnam War. I hope this is repeated all over the country. I want a one hour demo at that spot twice a week.

By Richard Kane

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.

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

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.

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)

Philadelphia Weekly: 'Third-party candidates emerge as champions of the working-class'

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...

Green Party Says “No” to Stop-and-Frisk Policy at City Council Hearing

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.

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