Robin Harris, Orange County Commission, District 6

Robin Harris is running for Orange County Commission, District 6, and resides in Pine Hills, an unincorporated subdivision of Orange County, home of the Disney empire.  She is a long-time social justice activist, writer, poet, public speaker and minister.  A Texas native, Robin currently lives in Florida where she fights alongside other activists in Orlando, Florida.  She has spoken at press conferences and rallies surrounding issues that affect marginalized communities.  Robin also organizes and assists in many community events, including engaging in civil disobedience for an important cause.  Approximately one month after the horrific shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Robin, along with 9 others, were arrested at Marco Rubio’s office.  In Tampa, Robin and 23 other activists were arrested during a protest for economic and wage rights! Last year, Robin was arrested in Washington D.C. with and 23 others in front of the White House as a means of protest against Trump’s administration’s healthcare policy.

Robin was recently elected Female Co-Chair of the Green Party of Florida.  She is also Co-Chair of the Central Florida Green Party, a state council member, and a delegate to the national party.  Robin is Co-Chair of the Green Party US Black Caucus and is an observer on the GP International Committee and the Diversity Committee.

Robin has several activist duties within Central Florida and abroad.  She wishes to fulfill her humanitarian endeavors in Accra, Ghana by implementing a clean water initiative when she can return with a global-minded activist team.  After visiting the Motherland three times, Robin has observed the interplay of many social inequities that mirror the same injustices in the United States.

As Orlando Rising states:

“Harris, 51, of Orlando, said she hopes to be able to energize marginalized communities within District 6’s predominantly black population to get interested and involved in public activities. … Her activism signals a progressive politics approach to the race, as she has worked with progressive community organizers including Ida and Ana Eskamani and Chardo Richardson in various causes in Orlando. …

“She’s particularly concerned about the county becoming engaged in dealing with future effects of climate change.  She cited Hurricane Irma, and noted that many communities in her district were not just without power for a long time, but without food. Her district also includes the Orlo Vista community, which suffered some of the worst flooding in Central Florida. They all must be better prepared, she said.

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Francisco Pierre-Louis for Hillsborough County Soil & Water Conservation Board, District 3

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Francisco Pierre-Louis is running for Hillsborough County Soil and Water Conservation Board, District 3.

The Hillsborough Soil & Water Conservation District is intended to advance conservation needs at a local level, working in partnership with the federal government to serve producers and residents. “How you do your job every day matters!” they say.  “We believe that everyone, from students to farmers, can contribute to conservation in some small way.”  It serves as a liaison between local owners and state and federal agencies, and focuses on issues like floodwater control, soil erosion and natural resource management.

Running for the unpaid office is seen as a springboard into politics, and is generally not taken seriously.  Francisco disagrees.

“I am running not only to encourage more people to run for office, but because we are facing a behemoth,” Francisco explains.  “That behemoth is Mosaic.  We shouldn’t forget that Mosaic is the same company that dumped 215 million gallons of radioactive waste down the Florida Aquifer.  This is unacceptable. I am one of the few people currently running that is willing to work with local and statewide organizations to push Mosaic out of Hillsborough County because at the end of the day, water is life.”

As the Tampa Bay Times reported in September 2016, “A massive sinkhole that opened underneath a gypsum stack at a Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant in Mulberry may have dumped at least 215 million gallons of contaminated water into the Floridan Aquifer over the past three weeks, company officials say. …

“It drained millions of gallons of acidic water laced with sulfate and sodium from a pool atop a 120-foot gypsum stack. An unknown amount of gypsum, a fertilizer byproduct with low levels of radiation, also fell into the sinkhole, which is believed be at least 300 feet deep.

“The pond is now drained, but aerial video taken Friday shows polluted water is still seeping from the gypsum stack and plunging like a waterfall into the sinkhole. More contaminated water will leak with every new rainfall until the sinkhole is filled.”

A few months ago, a Mosaic spokeswoman said it had been finally sealed and would be completely filled by the end of May.

While Mosaic, Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection claim everything is under control, Pierre-Louis is putting the public eye on a situation he knows will never be “under control” with corporate power running the Sunshine State.

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Elijah Manley for Broward County School Board, at-large District 8

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Elijah Manley is running for one of the Broward County School Board’s at-large seats, District 8.

He is a community organizer, activist, and a writer.  Elijah is currently studying political science at Broward College and will pursue a career in constitutional law. When not engaged in politics, he spends his time writing, helping people, organizing action, and traveling.  He has served with a wide array of organizations, including:

♦  Vice President/Board of Directors at the National Youth Rights Association.
♦ Publisher/CEO at Holt Press, a digital news service.
♦  Organizer at the Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward.
♦  Member of the Miami Climate Alliance.
♦  Member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).
♦  Contributor to The Westside Gazette

He has a powerful Educational platform that states:

“Our school district has a multi-billion dollar budget.  There is no reason why any child should be sleeping out on the streets, or going to school hungry. … As someone who was a disadvantaged student with disabilities, I believe that more funding should be allocated towards protecting students with disabilities …

“I believe that we should not allow any student to be arrested from our campuses for non-violent offenses.  We must reform our discipline matrix to ensure that recidivism rates go down. … I will fight to fully end the use of corporal punishment in Broward County Public Schools.

“We have a very top-heavy district. It is beyond time that we return power to the classroom level . Micro-management of teachers is not the way to address our district’s issues.  I believe that common core has kept our county behind in education, and so has standardized testing.  We must opt out now.  …

“Our district has forgotten about non-instructional/clerical staff.  The district should be ashamed of how they’re treating and paying them.  I propose a 42% salary increase for ALL clerical staff.  We need an end to the authoritarian form of schooling, and the begining of a democratized system that value student voice and rights.

“Public Money for Public Schools ONLY.  Public revenue should be going to public schools before charter and private schools.

Please donate to the Elijah Manley for Broward campaign!

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