GREENS ON THE BALLOT
The following Green Party candidates will appear on all ballots in Allegheny County:
President -Jill Stein and Vice President -Ajamu Baraka
State Treasurer - Kristin Combs
Auditor General - Jay Sweeney
The Green Party of Allegheny County endorses all of these candidates.
The following are candidates running in other counties of Pennsylvania:
State Representative, 60th District - Gabe Lytle
State Representative, 64th District - Michael Bagdes-Canning
State Representative, 117th District - Jay Sweeney
The Green Party of Allegheny County supports all of these candidates.
GENERAL ELECTION DAY INFORMATION
When do the polls open and close?
The polling place will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Do I need an ID to vote?
Only voters who are voting for the first time in their election district need to show ID. Acceptable ID includes both photo and non-photo ID. Non-photo ID must have your address on it.
Where do I vote?
You can find your poll station by using http://www.vote411.org/ (affiliated with the League of Women Voters) or https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/PollingPlaceInfo.aspx (State Dept. of Pennsylvania).
RESOURCES / VOTERS RIGHTS
Where can I get more information about election rights, procedures and policies?
ACLU OF PA
Know Your Voter Rights:
Voters can call the following nonpartisan voter hotlines for basic information, such as the location of their polling place or how to obtain an absentee ballot, as well as report problems on Election Day:
PA DEPT. OF STATE VOTER SERVICES
PDF Booklet with lots of useful information / voter rights/ Q and A:
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Hello again! We're in the full swing of the campaign season, and we'd love to have your help with some of the upcoming events. Please do take a look at the upcoming items below and plan to get involved where you can see yourself fitting in. As usual, if there's anything you'd like to make sure gets in this newsletter next week, please email it to email@example.com.
First off, another reminder that the Schwartz Living Market, 1317 E Carson Street is now our effective Pittsburgh Jill 2016 Campaign Office! There are no paid staff here, so we rely on volunteers like you and me to make this happen. Volunteers can use the space to further the following aims:
The office will be open the following days and times this week:
We are looking for volunteers for all of these times, and it would be ideal to have at least 1-2 people signed up for each time slot. You can sign up to volunteer using this handy doodle poll. We especially need volunteers for making signs and art, and we would be glad to take donations of craft supplies to help enable this effort. Please come by and help!
We are planning a Jill Stein honk and wave/light brigade day for Sunday, October 23rd, weather permitting. We will meet at 2:30pm at the Schwartz Living Market and have a honk and wave on the 10th Street bridge from 3-5pm, followed by pizza at the Schwartz Living Market, and an overpass light brigade from 6-9pm, location TBD. Here's a video of another group in Bellingham, WA that did a similar event recently. It would be awesome to make a similar video of our event here in Pittsburgh, so let's make a bunch of cool signs this week and plan to get good use of them, both on the streets and online.
The outreach working group has been planning a lot of street leafleting events in different neighborhoods. We have leafleting groups targeting Market Square, Northside/CCAC, the E. Liberty busway, the Strip Distrcit, Downtown, and UPitt. To find a person to partner with and do street leafleting in an area near you, or to pitch suggestions for other outreach ideas, email Marty firstname.lastname@example.org. The next official Outreach planning meeting will be Wednesday, October 26th, at 7pm at the Schwartz Living Market, but please feel free to plan ad hoc outreach events with other volunteers and make use of the campaign literature we have available in the office.
Suzanne Bishop is planning a GPOAC-sponsored Happening to focus on art and music against war for Friday, October 28th. This event will be a great opportunity to focus creative and peaceful energy into building public understanding of what war is and how the Green Party values lead us to oppose it. It will consist of a series of artistic workshops and discussions held throughout the day at the Schwartz Market. Check the GPOAC facebook page and website for more event information, to be forthcoming. If anyone is willing to speak at this event, please contact Suzanne at email@example.com.
When I'm not volunteering to write newsletters for GPOAC, I run the Pittsburgh Peace Lights, and do light brigade events in support of Jill Stein and progressive politics here in Pittsburgh. Most of the news about what we are doing can be found on the Facebook page, the Twitter account, and other social media. We're having a light brigade tonight (Saturday 10/15) and we have another planned for next Sunday as described above. Additionally, we're planning an event in Franklin, PA on 10/21 in support of Mike Bagdes-Canning (see below); and will probably have one for Jill Stein in Gettysburg, PA the following night as well. Please feel free to join us at any of these events if you can!
Mike Bagdes-Canning, who is running for PA State Representative in Butler County, put together a detailed email update for those who have already signed up to volunteer for his campaign. There are a few upcoming events I want to emphasize:
We expect to hear details very soon from the Stein campaign about their Pittsburgh visit. This event has been in the works for about a year and we are very excited to make it happen. Please be prepared to do what you can to get the word out this event, and watch for another email update from us once we have a set date and time.
Thanks for reading all the way through. We hope you can contribute to the success of these efforts! See you soon.
Hello everyone! We had a lot going on the past few weeks with the fundraiser and other happenings, but the newsletter returns this week with a lot of great updates!
First off, I want to say "Thank you!" to everyone who helped out with the fundraiser at the Schwartz Living Market earlier this month. We managed to raise well over $500, of which close to $300 stayed with GPOAC. We could not have done this without all of the volunteer help and donations of baked goods and vegan dishes, so thank you for making this happen! You can see pictures and videos from the event at the Green Party of Allegheny County facebook page.
To enable our visibility and outreach efforts during the election season, the Executive Committee has negotiated an arrangement with the owner of Schwartz Market, and we are pleased to announce that 1317 E Carson Street will serve as our Pittsburgh Green Party headquarters starting October 1st. More details to come, but the October and November GPOAC monthly meetings will be held in this new space.
With that, another reminder that the October GPOAC meeting will be held at 7pm, October 6th at the new location, Schwartz Living Market, 1317 E Carson Street.
We had an outreach working group meeting this Monday, where we had a lot of great discussion about how to reach potential voters. Many of these events are listed below. Another outreach working group meeting to plan for more events will be held at 7pm next Thursday, September 29th at Schwartz Living Market. Marty Freundt also wanted to emphasize the importance of writing letters to the editor and opinion pieces for local papers in support of Jill Stein being in the debates; Jill Stein's candidacy; or Green politics in general. He has a great set of tips he's compiled for writing these letters, contact him at marrondun at comcast.net and he should be able to send them to you!
The light brigade had a honk and wave/leafleting event at the Squirrel Hill Night Market last weekend. This was a lot of fun and we were able to hand out lots of fliers to passerby. We are having an overpass light brigade event this Friday, September 23rd starting at 7pm on the Gerst Way pedestrian bridge over I-279 N, 1700 Howard Street. As usual, the Pittsburgh Peace Lights social media accounts are the best place to get updates on upcoming and past light brigade events. We are also planning another Jill Stein/Green Party light brigade event to catch traffic before/after the Steelers game Sunday, October 2rd, so please look for more information in the coming week.
We will be distributing fliers at farmers markets in South Side (Tuesday, September 27th), East Liberty (Monday, October 3rd), and North Side (Friday, October 14th). For more information or to get involved with the South Side event, contact Joe Boots at lightseekingdude at gmail.com; for the East Liberty event, contact Marty Freundt at marrondun at comcast.net; and for the North Side event, contact Sam at woundedefiant at gmail.com. We will discuss these and other events at the outreach working group meeting next Thursday, but do put some of these on your calendar and note that the South Side farmers market date is before the meeting.
As was the case for the last newsletter we sent out, there are a number of non-GPOAC events, both local and non-local where it would be great to have a contingent of GPOAC folk in attendance. The first is the 6th Annual Peaceful Gathering of Hands in Schenley Park this Saturday, September 24th. You can read more about it on the facebook event page. The next is the first presidential debate at Hofstra University, this coming Monday, September 26th, where Jill Stein is expected to address supporters and civil disobedience actions are planned in support of her being included in the debates. A few yinzers are carpooling to Long Island, NY for this event, contact Sam at woundedefiant at gmail.comfor more information. Also coming up next month is the GPPA state committee meeting October 22nd, in Gettysburg, PA. We can discuss a GPOAC delegation at the October meeting on the 6th, those interested in more information can contact Robert Piemme at robertpiemme at gmail.com.
GPOAC has Jill Stein buttons, bumper stickers, and yard signs available for suggested donation. For more information, contact Marci Henzi at profhenzi at aol.com. Additionally, I've added green LED lights to my yard sign to improve its visibility. You can do the same with this kit I'm selling online. A group in Washington state is also encouraging green porch lights in support of Jill Stein, though for either of these options please consider the environment before leaving lights on 24/7.
The Jill 2016 campaign has confirmed that they do intend to make a Jill Stein campaign stop in Pittsburgh late October/early November. We will be planning the schedule of speakers for a rally soon, so please contact Tim Jones at timjones285 at rocketmail.com to get involved in the Stein Visit working group!
Thanks for reading all the way through! We're looking forward to seeing you at these upcoming events! I'll send out another email next Friday with news from the outreach meeting, so if there's any news you'd like included please email me at I will make sure to add it.
gpoac.news at gmail.com
Hello everyone and happy Friday! This is Keith Maki with the first edition of what will hopefully become a familiar newsletter for the GPoAC. It was determined at the extra meeting last weekend that it would be useful to have a weekly mailer summarizing general information about upcoming events, so if anyone has notes they would like included in a given week's mailer, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
A few reminders and updates...
We will be having our regular monthly party meeting next Thursday, September 1st, starting at 7pm. This will likely be at the usual location (the Citizen Power building at 2121 Murray Ave.), but please check the website at gpoac.org for the most up-to-date location information, as we are looking for larger/more accessible options for the monthly party meetings moving forward.
The Jill Stein/Green Party fundraiser, organized by Joe Boots, is two weeks away, September 9th and 10th. You can find a flier for the event attached. Please plan on coming to the event even if you are not volunteering!
Additionally, there is a night-time block party called the Squirrel Hill Night Market happening September 17th from 6-10pm. This would be a great opportunity to leaflet/raise visibility for the Green Party and progressive issues in general. We will discuss ideas for this at the party meeting next Thursday.
In conjunction with the previous two items and the general enthusiasm of the first Pittsburgh Peace Lights outing, we are considering investing in a green party light brigade banner to raise awareness for the Green Party at nighttime events. We will discuss the costs and potential uses of such a banner at the meeting next Thursday, and if it is determined to be a worthwhile investment we will also discuss what to put on it and when to put it together. "VOTE GREEN", "IT'S IN OUR HANDS", and "GPOAC.ORG" have all been suggested for possible messages, but feel free to bring other ideas to the meeting.
Finally, a reminder that there is a Jill2016 campaign stop in the works for Pittsburgh. We are looking into options for a rally at one of the universities, and will discuss the state of planning at the meeting next week.
Thanks for reading all the way through. We hope to see you all on Thursday! Feel free to forward this to others, and just email me here if you'd like something to be included next week.
Great turnout for the CNN Green Party Town Hall Watch Party!
On August 17th the Green Party of Allegheny County hosted a party to watch the Green Party Town Hall on CNN.
About 40 people attended; many new faces, young and old (and young at heart) alike! Green Party members, Democrats, Independents, activists of all kinds, college students, retirees -a diverse crowd was present.
The event was held at Ryan's Pub & Grill (near Frick park). Jim Sheets, a former Bernie Sanders organizer and Robert Piemme, the Green Party of Allegheny County's vice-chairman quickly put together this event. Ryan's Pub was a meeting place for some of Bernie's supporters and Jim offered to contact the restaurant to see if we could host a Jill 2016 related event there. Thus this event was born.
A few folks who attended offered to share their thoughts with us:
Keith Maki, a 24-year-old PhD student at Carnegie Mellon says he's voting for Jill Stein because he doesn't trust politicians whose platforms reflect the political climate, rather than their values. "I love the way Jill Stein's whole political platform is motivated by a sincere ideology," he says. "She's the only candidate who's not beholden to corporate lobbyists and special interests, and she speaks intelligently and from the heart."
“I really enjoyed the CNN watch party. It was nice to see a room packed full of folks who, like me, are voting for the greater good, not the lesser evil,” said Robert Piemme, 27, Green Party member and college student.
There were not enough chairs, people had to stand, some were sitting on the floor. The room was packed with enthusiasm!
On Thursday August 4 the Green Party of Allegheny County held it's monthly meeting with the main focus of the agenda on the 2016 presidential election. Green Party members, progressive friends, students, retirees, activists, members of the International Socialist Organization's Pittsburgh branch and others filled the conference room where the party was meeting in Squirrel Hill.
Many of those at the meeting had supported Senator Bernie Sanders during the Democratic Party primary.
However, it was not Sanders, but the campaign of Dr. Jill Stein, the Green party's presidential candidate, that was the main topic of the meeting. Ideas where shared on hosting Jill Stein and organizing a campaign event with her in Pittsburgh. Outreach and fundraising were just some of the other topics covered at the meeting.
Campaign literature, as well as Green Party fliers, where handed out. Sign up sheets where passed around the room and ended up being filled with the names and contact information of those interested in helping the 'revolution' move forward.
The meeting lasted about and hour and a half. When it was over, people stayed afterward to talk with one another and to enjoy some refreshments.
“The room was full of old friends and many new faces. It was great. Everyone shared their ideas for how to promote the Jill Stein campaign. There was such passion and dedication in the voices of those present. I have been coming to these meeting for the past six years and this was the most lively meeting I have been at for the Green Party of Allegheny County,” said college student Robert Piemme, the party's vice-chair and a member of the Green National Committee.
“I have been working for an alternative to the duopoly for decades and I have never seen such a rejection of the flawed lesser evil approach to voting. This combined with the high quality candidacy of Jill Stein presents a historic opportunity to begin the real movement toward a viable, progressive movement in the belly of the beast,” said David Hughes, at-large members of the party's executive committee.
“I am very excited, not just about the Presidential candidacy of Jill Stein, but also about the chance to work together with other Progressives to swell the ranks of the Green Party, both here in Allegheny County and nationally. I find the Green Party’s platform and the voices of leaders within my new party to be a refreshing change of pace from the “Shut Up and Vote For Us” message to which I had grown all-too accustomed when I was still a Democrat," said Joe Kennedy. It was the first time he had attended a Green Party meeting. During the meeting he went online using his phone and switched his voter registration from Democrat to Green.
The party, working with progressive and activist friends, plans future meetings and events to promote the Jill Stein for President movement.
To learn more about local efforts in Pittsburgh for the Jill Stein campaign visit: www.gpoac.org
Green Party Moves Towards Declaring Itself Eco-SocialistIn a major development, the Green Party took a key step towards declaring itself Eco-socialist. The party’s National Committee voted Sunday night to approve a proposed amendment to the party’s platform entitled “Ecological Economics.” The proposed platform position declares that the Green Party is anti-capitalist and in favor of a decentralized vision socialism.
The proposal to amend the 2016 platform will go to the Green Party National Convention for a final vote. The convention will be held in Houston, Texas, August 4-7, a week after the Democratic Party’s National Convention. Almost 78 percent of the National Committee voted in favor of sending the proposal to the convention (76 voted “yes,” 22 voted “no,” with 9 voting to “abstain,” on Proposal 835).
The proposal would have the Greens go on the record, for the first time, that they want to go beyond reforms intended to make capitalism greener, in favor of a democratic and decentralized conception of green socialism. The proposal, “addresses the economic inequalities, social inequalities, and productivism of both capitalism and state socialism and emphasizes grassroots democracy in the workplace. This workplace grassroots democracy has been largely absent from the Green platform, and many believe it is the way forward for a truly ecological economy and a new system...The Green Party seeks to build an alternative economic system based on ecology and decentralization of power, an alternative that rejects both the capitalist system that maintains private ownership over almost all production as well as the state-socialist system that assumes control over industries without democratic, local decision making. We believe the old models of capitalism (private ownership of production) and state socialism (state ownership of production) are not ecologically sound, socially just, or democratic and that both contain built-in structures that advance injustices...Production is best for people and planet when democratically owned and operated by those who do the work and those most affected by production decisions.” http://gp.org/cgi-bin/vote/propdetail?pid=835
Andrea Mérida Cuéllar, the National Co-Chair of Green Party, told IndyBay, “The themes of the left that we saw develop in the early parts of the 20th century are timely again because of the economic, social and environmental upheaval wrought by late-stage capitalism. Even though these themes have been co-opted by the political center, it's clear that the working class in this country is ready for revolution. As the true left discusses reform vs. revolution, the Green Party is now uniquely positioned to finally be the electoral tactic of grassroots movements ... we are now ready to finally become the party of the 99 percent and be worthy of the attention of an anti-oppressive and leftist worker cadre.”
By Jonathan Nack
Wednesday June 15, 2016
Posted from the website of the Green Party of Pennsylvania.
Green Party Hails Ballot Access Decision
POSTED BY HILLARY KANE 1288.60SC ON JULY 03, 2016
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.
The Green Party would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of their pro bono attorney, Oliver Hall, of the Center for Competitive Democracy. "Without the persistence of Mr. Hall, none of this would have been possible," said Jay Sweeney, GPPA Steering Committee member. Sweeney, also a former Chair, helped manage GPPA's involvement in the litigation as well.
Anyone who has been gathering signatures for the 2016 campaign is urged to contact the party to send in their petitions as soon as possible.
* Added 7/5/16
On Sunday June 12th members and friends of the Green Party of Allegheny County took part in the Equality March in Downtown Pittsburgh to show their solidarity with the LGBT community. Besides local party member and officers, a few friends and greens from Armstrong county joined in the march.
Besides the Green Party, Equality March participants included various churches, Planned Parenthood, healthcare organizations, the ACLU of PA, various colleges, LGBT clubs and support groups and various other organizations.
Both before and after the march signatures were collected as part of statewide petitioning efforts to get the party's candidates on the state ballot.
Gabe, from Armstrong County, PA, said, "This was my first year marching in the Pride Parade. All of the hatred and bigotry in the world, especially as of late, I have been losing faith in the world. Being in the parade with all of the people supporting us really gave me a renewed sense of hope." He added, "Thank you to the Allegheny County Green Party for inviting me to walk with you!"
Green Party of Allegheny County Vice Chair Robert Piemme shared his thoughts as well, "I try to take part in the march every year. I do it as a small way to show my support for the GLBT community. It is really a unique experience to help carry the banner and walk down the street with hundreds of people on either side of you watching the parade, clapping and cheering for everyone. It is a fun time."
The Green Party of Allegheny County held its presidential caucus on Thursday April 7th. The caucus was held in Squirrel Hill at Citizen Power on Murray Avenue.
Five people are seeking the Green Party of the United States presidential nomination. They are: Jill Stein, William Kreml, Kent Mesplay, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry and Darryl Cherney.
Dr. Jill Stein won the caucus with one hundred percent of the vote. Dr. Stein was the Green Party's presidential candidate in 2012. Other county level Green parties will be holding their caucuses throughout April.
After the caucus the general assembly meeting for April was held. Discussion took place on the 2016 elections (local, state and federal elections), building the party, outreach and other issues.
Twelve people were present for the meeting. Eleven were registered Greens, one was a guest and a thirteenth person took part via an absentee ballot. Besides Allegheny County, Greens came from Armstrong, Westmoreland and Butler Counties (Greens living in counties that do not have an organized Green Party may take part in the Allegheny County Green caucus).
Forty-five dollars was donated during the meeting.
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