Protect our local environment for the future
Earlier this month the GPoAC received an email alerting us to the fact that:
"Allegheny County Council will soon be voting on whether to allow fracking in our county parks. A growing group of county residents is joining in opposition to this idea.
We invite you to join us at the next County Council meeting to speak out & let them know that we don't want fracking in our Parks! Please urge your friends and family to attend also.
August 20, 2013 - 5:00pm
County Courthouse, 4th Floor - Gold Room
436 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Your request to speak MUST be in no later 24 hours BEFORE the Aug. 20 meeting. You can sign up online:
The Green Party of Allegheny County is encouraging people to attend this meeting and, if you feel comfortable, to speak at the meeting.
Local Greens plan to attend and speak at the meeting.
On Sunday June 16 several members and friends of the Green Party of Allegheny County took part in the annual Pittsburgh Pride Awareness March in downtown Pittsburgh.
In total seven people marched in the Green contingent and where enthusiastically cheered on by fellow parade goers and on lookers.
People yelled out, 'go Greens!' and 'Green Party!' as we walked by carrying our banner.
Photos from the event
On Monday, November 5 –the night before election day- Katrina Brabham and Robert Piemme spoke at the Management of Environmental Non-Profit Organizations class at the Space Resource Coordination Center of the University of Pittsburgh.
They were invited by the professor, Mr. Ward Allebach, to discuss the Green Party in the context of its organizational structure and environmental activities.
Both Katrina and Robert were introduced to the class and each student
Robert Piemme listens to a question from a student
Robert Piemme, the secretary of the Green Party of Allegheny County, spoke at the Oakland School on Monday, October 22.
The school had invited a representative of the Green Party to speak at their “Celebrate Democracy: Election 2012” event. The event was held from October 22 to 25 and included representatives from the Libertarian, Democratic and Republican parties as well as congressman Mike Doyle.
Eating sunflower seed at the green both
Campaign booths were set up for the Green, Democratic, Republican and Libertarian candidates. As part of the event students formed their own parties and had to develop platforms. A mock election was also held.
In his speech Mr. Piemme discussed the origins of green politics and the globe scope of green parties. He also covered the history of the Green Party in America, past presidential campaigns, ballot access and the current Stein/Honkala 2012 campaign.
Following his speech both students and teachers asked many questions from everything from party positions, campaign and ballot access efforts, environmental ideas and many other topics.
“The students and teachers were very welcoming and seemed to be interested in what I had to say. The questions were well thought of, many gave me pause. I enjoyed speaking at the school and would be happy to speak again in 2016 if invited” said Robert Piemme.
To read the speech Robert gave, click here.
_ Pennsylvania has some of the most restrictive ballot access laws in the United States. These laws require independent and third party candidates to obtain large numbers of signatures to appear on the ballot, whereas their Republican and Democratic counterparts need only a few hundred or thousand (depending on the office, the signature requirement varies).
For example, in 2006, independent and third party candidates were required to collect over 67,000 valid signatures simply to get on the state-wide ballot in Pennsylvania on Election Day. Democratic and Republican candidates required only 2,000 signatures. In a true democracy campaign laws should be equal, or at least fairer.
These laws hinder a “minor party’s” ability to run candidates. Is it any wonder that third parties are succeeding? The current laws make it impossible for any party other than Republican or Democrat to take part fully in state elections.
We urge all Pennsylvanians to support Senate Bill 21 Voters Choice Act which would ease many of the unequal restrictions on independents and third party candidates. This bill is supported by the Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition.
The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition, founded in 2005, is an organization of various political parties and individuals working together to support free, fair and open elections in Pennsylvania. The Green Party is a member.
For more information please visit: http://www.paballotaccess.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=53
_ Robert Piemme, current secretary of the Green Party of Allegheny County, ran for one of three seats on the Borough of Aspinwall Council against three other candidates.
Mr. Piemme has lived in Aspinwall since 1997 with his family and joined the Green Party in December 2009.
Running against three incumbents, two Democrats and a Republican, he focused his campaign on key town issues: traffic/ street layout issues and tree removal. Mr. Piemme also spoke out against what some residents saw as unfair ordinances.
The following is a newspaper article taken from the Post Gazette
House panel OKs drilling rules
Local ordinances would be voided under plan put forth by Republicans
Thursday, November 03, 2011
By Laura Olson, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG -- Local rules for gas drilling would be null and void under the Marcellus Shale legislation swiftly approved by a House panel on Wednesday, highlighting a key obstacle in crafting a drilling oversight measure.
The bill's party-line vote immediately drew criticism for the meeting's hasty announcement hours after a draft of the measure was posted on the General Assembly's website.
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