In Philadelphia, ‘Green Party acts to build membership’

The following article ran in several newspapers in the Philadelphia, PA area (you can read the full thing here):

On November 30, the monthly meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP), www.gpop.org, provided a look at a rejuvenated political organization…

Much of the discussion focused on Hugh Giordano, www.hughgiordano.com, who recently ran for PA Representative in District 194 (Roxborough/Manayunk). Giordano received 23 percent of the vote in the Philadelphia portion of his district (18 percent overall), and he ran on issues including corruption in Harrisburg, the poor education received by working-class children, and workers’ rights on and off the job. Giordano was the first GPOP candidate to receive significant support from organized labor.

As part of the discussion of Giordano’s campaign, Chris Robinson, Green Party organizer in Ward 59 (Germantown) pointed out a problem faced by Giordano. Despite a large investment in voter education and mobilization, some people did not vote for Giordano because they were unsure of what the Green Party stood for…

…2010 was a turning point for the Green Party because it showed a six percent growth in registered members. Robinson predicted that a new GPOP City Committee will do more neighborhood outreach and will run several vigorous electoral campaigns in 2011.

(Full disclosure:  I worked on the Hugh Giordano campaign and I was at the meeting this article talks about.)

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