Responding to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Mass Shooting

Yesterday afternoon, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Broward county, Florida, experienced the most deadly school shooting since 2012’s Sandy Hook massacre.

  Last year, Parkland was declared “The Safest City in Florida”.

  The Green Party of Florida’s members have no desire to politicize this tragedy. Nonetheless, it is appropriate that we make a statement as we are a political party. We believe policy affects outcomes.

  Floridians and Americans at large must ask ourselves a simple question. Do we care about these shootings? Do we care enough to act? Is 17 dead students enough for us to act, or to make our elected leaders act? Our current elected politicians do not care to act, and we all must make them.

 The Green Party of Florida will not publicly offer thoughts and prayer, as these are simply obvious statements of facts. No American with access to television or internet can avoid thinking about this tragedy. No American with faith in the power of prayer is not praying for the victims, or for an end to this uniquely American scourge.

  None of us yet has a sure solution to the problem of near-constant mass shootings, and school shooting, and random shooting plaguing our nation only.  Nonetheless, Americans, on the whole, agree on several simple common-sense policies. Republicans, Democrats, Greens and other independent voters alike agree on the same policies that our well-funded politicians refuse to even consider. We believe you know what these policies are already. We believe that Floridians deserve, demand more than what our current leaders offer us.

The Green Party of Florida Coordinating Council will be having an emergency Conference Call tomorrow night the 16th of February at 8pm to discuss the issues of Gun Violence in the State of Florida including the rise in mass shootings, police shootings, and the “Stand Your Ground” law. We know that Floridians are looking for new ideas and real solutions to the issues of Gun Violence in our Communities, Schools, and Work Places and we are committed as a Party to finding and advancing those ideas and solutions.

WMNF Hosts Radio Debate in Florida House District 58 Special Election

Green Party of Florida endorsed candidate Ahmad Saadaldin debates with Democrat Jose Vazquez and Libertarian Bryan Zemia in a radio debate hosted by WMNF in Tampa, Florida on November 27th, 2017.

The Green Party of Florida thanks WMNF Tampa for hosting an Open Debate in the December 19th special election for Florida House District 58.

Source and Audio recording can be found at:

3 Florida House District 58 candidates debate on WMNF

GPFL Donates $200 to Ahmad For 58 in Dec 19th 2017 Special Election

This month the Green Party of Florida donated $200 (10% of our available funds) into “Shaking up Tallahassee” with our endorsed candidate Ahmad Saadaldin in the December 19th special election for Florida House District 58. Many Greens from across Florida have also joined in supporting this campaign with their own money and volunteer efforts. If you haven’t joined the fight for People, Planet, and Peace over Profit in 2017 now is the time!

Learn More & Volunteer:

https://ahmadfor58.com/

Donate:

https://www.launchgood.com/project/fund_the_political_revolution_in_florida#!/

Interact & Connect:

https://www.facebook.com/AhmadFor58

Misión Boricua: First Recovery Summit for Puerto Rico

The Green Party of Florida has been invited to be one of the co-hosting/sponsoring organizations for this summit along with the U.S. Green Party Latinx Caucus. Please contact our point person and Co-Chair Jennifer Sullivan at greencat9@juno.com if you wish to attend this event as a representative for the Green Party of Florida.

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1370574293069324/

We want to invite you to Misión Boricua’s First Recovery Summit on Thursday November 16th from 5pm – 8pm. This is the initial conversation of the several that we will have regarding the reconstruction of Puerto Rico. We will be discussing two major topics: Jones Act and voting. Phillip Arroyo, JD., will be one of our speakers with his presentation “The Jones Act: Breaking Puerto Rico’s Shackles” as well as Doug Head, Chairman of County Watch, who will be presenting “Secret of Success for Community Voting.” We will also be registering people to vote and taking voter restoration signatures. In addition, we will also be accepting grocery and household donations for recent arrivals from Puerto Rico which will be donated to Latino Leadership. For food count, please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mision-boricua-first-recovery-summit-tickets-39336708153?aff=eac2. The Misión Boricua: First Recovery Summit will be held at the Ana G. Mendez University System’s Library: 5601 S. Semoran Blvd. We encourage all who want to learn more about Puerto Rico’s situation to join us in this important conversation.

Queremos invitarlos a la Primera Cumbre de Recuperación de Misión Boricua el jueves 16 de noviembre de 5pm – 8pm. Esta es la conversación inicial de las varias que tendremos sobre la reconstrucción de Puerto Rico. Discutiremos dos temas principales: el Acta Jones o Ley de Cabotaje y votación. Phillip Arroyo, JD., será uno de nuestros oradores con su presentación “El Acta Jones: Rompiendo las Cadenas de Puerto Rico”, y Doug Head, presidente de County Watch quien presentará “Secreto de Truinfo en las Votaciones Comunitarias”. También estaremos registrando personas para votar y tomando firmas de restauración de votantes.Ademas estaremos colectando alimentos y articulos del hogar para recien llegados de Puerto Rico. Por favor hagan reservación para la comida en https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mision-boricua-first-recovery-summit-tickets-39336708153?aff=eac2. Misión Boricua: Primera Cumbre de Recuperación se llevará a cabo en la Biblioteca del Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez: 5601 S. Semoran Blvd. Deseamos que todos los que quieran aprender más sobre la situación de Puerto Rico a unirse con nosotros en esta importante conversación.

 

200 Sustainers for 12 Goals by 2020

1.) Double Registered Greens in Florida to 16,000 

2.) Start 15 new Local Chapters (5 a year) 

3.) Field a Full Slate of Candidate’s (State-Wide, Congress, State Legislative, County Commissioner, School Board, Sheriff, Mayor, City Council, Soil & Water Districts) 

4.) Develop and Maintain State-Wide network of Phone/Text bankers, and canvassers for campaigns through the 10 More Votes App (or other identified platforms.) 

5.) State-Wide Constitutional Amendments by the GPFL (Rank Choice Voting, Electoral College Reform, $15 minimum wage, Civilian Police Oversight Boards at the State/County/City levels) 

6.) County Charter Amendments on above issues to address at a Local Level if we are unable to address at a State Level. 

7.) Peer 2 Peer Conflict Resolution App 

8.) Op-Ed/Newspaper Writers (Letters to Editors/Paid Opinion piece placements) 

9.) Community Outreach (Community Events/Tabling/Materials & Resources) 

10.) Community/Organizational Coalition Building (Faculty Forward, Black Lives Matter, Equality Florida, Unions, NAACP, ACLU, Planned Parenthood) 

11.) Issue Advocacy to promote Systemic Change (Medicare4All, Banking Reform, Modern Monetary Theory, Israeli & Fusil Fuel Divestments) 

12.) Digital Infrastructure Capacity Development (GPFL Software, Nation Builder, Loomio, other proposed and approved upgrades to our Website or Digital Office Space.) 

In order for the Green Party of Florida to turn these 12 Goals into 12 Realities by 2020 we need 200 Sustainer Donors of $10 a month or more so that the Green Party of Florida has the resources necessary to achieve these goals. You can take a stand towards putting People, Planet, and Peace over Profit in Florida every month at www.gpfl.org/Donate To sign up for a re-occurring monthly donation scroll down to the bottom of the page and there is our PayPal donation form. Select your donation amount and then check the box marked “I would like this donation to automatically repeat each month.” Then fill in the rest of your information which the GPFL must collect for Campaign Finance Reporting purposes and click submit! 

Robin Harris joins Press Confrence with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

Green Party of Florida Delegate Speaks at Congressional Press Conference

Sean Declet – 10-28-2017

Earlier this week Central Florida Green Party Co-Chair and Green Party of Florida Delegate to the United States #GreenParty Robin Denise Harris got to speak at a Press Conference hosted by Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard about the Off Fossil Fuel Act yet another call for a #GreenNewDeal. Robin also talks of her personnel experiences living through both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Robin takes the stage just after the 22 minute mark in this video.

Green Party Hosts Campaign Training School in Central Florida!

Green Party of the United States prepared candidates and their teams for
successful campaigns in Orlando, Florida this past weekend!

Approximately 25 participants traveled from various parts of Florida to participate.

Orlando, Florida– (October 14 -15, 2017) GPUS and GPCFL, is excited to inform everyone of
the accomplishment of the Campaign Training School. The presenters for the weekend were Erin
Fox (MI), Hillary Aisenstein Kane (PA), and Karen Morian (FL). Each Presenter facilitated
and interactively engaged participants. Also, the class was broken up into workshop style
modalities and encouraged questions and dialogue.

The GPUS team presented topics such as: Why Run for Office 101?  Goal Setting for your
Campaign, Voter Targeting & Voter ID, Building a campaign Infrastructure, and many more
essential topics. Also, each Facilitator conveyed through their instruction the importance of
Movement/Party Building.

The next Campaign Training School will be sometimes next year. However, the goal of the next
class will be to have those who attended this past training to teach and train as well in their local
areas and state.

The GPFL is working on editing video content recorded at our workshop and will make that content available through our website in the near future. The GPFL also Live-Streamed some session on our Facebook page which you can watch here.

Robin Harris
GPCFL CO-Chair/FL Delegate

Ahmad Saadaldin Endorsement

Green Party of Florida Endorses Ahmad Saadaldin in the Florida House of Representatives District 58 Special Election

The Green Party of Florida proudly endorses the campaign of Ahmad Saadaldin for Florida House of Representatives in the District 58 Special Election. .

His campaign calls for repairing the broken political system with independent action to reimagine Florida as a State that supports quality education, supports worker’s rights through the Fight for 15, and addresses the need for action on climate change to protect Florida and her citizens.

www.AhmadFor58.com

www.facebook.com/AhmadFor58

Responding to Hurricane Irma

Responding to Hurricane Irma

9-20-2017

By: Sean Declet

2017 GPFL Ast. Treasurer

Photo Credit: The NOAA satellite GOES-16 captured this geocolor image of Hurricane Irma passing the eastern end of Cuba at about 8:00 a.m. EDT on Sept. 8, 2017.  https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/geocolor-image-of-hurricane-irma

Hurricane Irma is both a challenge and an opportunity for us as the Green Party of Florida. Let us also not forget that Hurricane Season does not end until the end of November two and a half months from now. The conditions that spawned Harvey and then Irma have already spun out 3 more Tropical Storms or Hurricanes. Hurricane Maria made landfall as a Category 5 this morning in Puerto Rico requiring the mobilization of another 3,700 FEMA responders as the 3rd U.S. State or Territory to become a Major Hurricane Disaster zone in less than a month. 

Hurricane Irma has laid bare to all of us in Florida what it means to be on the front lines of the climate crises. The Green Party of Florida along with the United States Green Party has a platform to address the climate crises. We live in a moment where the question before Humanity is not what kind of world we will leave future generations but weather we will have a planet for future generations to even live on. 

Hurricane Irma was a devastating storm to the entire State of Florida. Irma sustained Category 5 winds of 185mph for a record breaking 37 hours as she grew in the latest in a growing list of Super Storms to attack the United States. Over 7 Million Americans in Florida and Georgia were ordered to evacuate ahead of Irma. Over 6 Million homes and business lost power. A week and a half latter 100,000s across Florida remain without power, and some still without water.  Evacuation Shelters were opened in 66 or 67 Florida counties. Florida’s entire retail business community did not have enough Hurricane supplies (Food, Water, Ply Wood, Gas, ect.) to meet the demand of the entire State bracing for a direct hit from a Major Hurricane (Cat 3 or more) all at once. 

Forecasting Hurricane paths is not an exact science. Even the best computer models have a margin of error of 50-100 miles in their projections. When you put that in the context of Florida it meant the entire State was always in Irma path. Irma covered 300-400 miles and maintained an unexpected unpredictable path across the State. 

In the days and weeks ahead, the recovery from Irma will bring forth more issues and concerns. Parts of Florida’s power grid will be offline for days or weeks to come still, affecting people’s homes and jobs. Floridians are concerned that FEMA is not adequately equipped to respond to the three disasters that are Harvey, Irma, and Maria. 

In raising the reality of Hurricane Irma and her impact the Green Party of Florida in no way seeks to down play the real ongoing suffering of our brothers and sisters across Texas and Louisiana still reeling from the assault of Hurricane Harvey, or those whose lives are threated today and tonight by Hurricane Maria. 

When you take Harvey, Irma, and Maria together our climate is demanding our urgent attention now. The time for discussion is over. The Green Party seeks a Green New Deal where we work as one community to save our State and our planet from the devastating effects of climate change. We seek a 100% renewably powered economy by the 2030s. We must rebuild and transition all of Florida’s power plants to Wind, Water, and Solar. We must decentralize our power grid so that when hurricanes come through millions of us don’t all lose power. 

We need to be clear that what we are seeing is the Oceans starting to Boil! These are like the early bubbles in a pot of water that is about to explode into a full boil. As the Earths supply of ice continues to diminish we can expect that the planet will increasingly turn to these mega storms as a means to release the heat from the oceans and attempt to cool the planet back down. We need to be equally as clear that even Super Powers like the United States are not adequately prepared to deal with these sorts of global climate conditions. If Maria (or the next Hurricane behind her) threatens highly populated areas of Florida before we are able to restore ourselves and replenish our supplies we will be even less prepared to weather her and to recover from her.  

We must also realize that some effects of climate change are now irreversible and others will take decades to subside just as they took decades to build up. We must seek to better prepare our society for the growing magnitudes of natural disasters we must now confront. Florida needs State or Regional stockpiles of hurricane survival supplies. We need to maintain the ability through government programs or regulations to store millions of gallons of drinking water and millions of pounds of ice, canned meats, vegetables, and fruit’s that can be released into the retail economy when tropical or hurricane watches and warnings are issued. Floridians had the monetary resources to be much better prepared to confront Irma and her after effects but we didn’t have access to the supplies we needed. 

Hurricane Harvey and Other Apocalyptic Nightmares

Hurricane Harvey and Other Apocalyptic Nightmares

September 4, 2017
Jennifer Sullivan
Co-Chair of the Green Party of Florida

Led Zeppelin asked in their classic song – “How Many More Times?” As a Green since 1996 and an Independent since 1972, I also am asking this question. I’ll even throw in a dab of Jr. Walker and The All-stars and say “What Does it Take?”

Greens have formed since the 80’s, when it was very clear to those who started the party that the trends in our country (and the world) were heading in the wrong direction. We are a worldwide party, by the way.
Greens are often asked to be everything to everyone, or else the support veers back to the terrible 2 corporate parties. When it comes to the environment, though, I think that’s one place where almost every person could agree that we have stood on the side of preserving a clean and safe planet.

Other parties feel like they are on the cutting edge when their elected leaders actually come out with the words “climate change”. Meanwhile, Greens have been aware of and following the science put forth by the people who have known that it was yes happening and yes accelerated by human activity. They base these facts on years of their life’s work. These people are called: climatologists.

Greens know that “clean coal” is a figment of some marketers imagination. We know that tar sands oil needs to be left undisturbed in the soil. We know that fuel efficiency has been bandied about for nearly 50 years in DC and Detroit and that the USA falls behind Europe (and even China) in standards for that. Greens have offered many solutions that would give people sustainable jobs and keep our ecology running smoothly. All of that has been outlined in our Green Party platform and Green New Deal for years!

People ask me – why don’t more people know about it?
I would offer that it’s because of the same old tactics that have been perpetrated on citizens of our country and of any other country that would listen. Examples of how disinformation works abound if one cares to look. The tobacco industry’s spin of denial, Big Sugar subsidized to be allowed to cause an unhealthy addiction in our children, the push back on auto safety, corporations rights to not disclose, Wall Street over taking savings banks, iffy reasons for wars and on and on. Too overwhelmed? Take this pill. Too underwhelmed? Take that pill. Advertise. Advertise. Advertise. Then our info comes spoon fed out in safe and completely researched little sound bytes. If you can read this whole piece – congrats – feel great that you can still focus that long.

The corporate run media is out to stay in business and they must do these two things:
1) Produce products that people want to see such as – a hit mini series, talk shows and of course “reality” TV. Known in the business as “buying our eyes”.
2) Make money from the sponsors so they can show those programs of news, disinformation and good old distracting entertainment.
Turns out, Americans prefer to be entertained than informed of facts that may be not fun and even worse – they could be disturbing facts.
So the 12 year old in us falls easy prey to the market. We want more, we have more, we never feel fulfilled even with free home delivery. It’s all paid for by the same companies that join in this vicious cycle of pumped up value and non-disclosure of potential dangers.

With the ever growing amounts of money in all elections, our elected mis-leaders fear telling the real truth, because they might offend a potential or current campaign donor. When faced with doing the right thing, they either blatantly side with the money (Republicans) or apparently they are waiting for a better day when they can really speak truth to power, even though that day has never seemed to come (Democrats).

The spin most folks hear on Greens (if they even hear about us at all) will be designed by highly paid think tanks to divide and conquer any support for a party with our best interests as their goal and no strings attached. Their trolls come out to use the following ploys wherever necessary:
1) Greens are too “out there” for the main stream, but not enough if you ask certain anarchists or hard line Communists, etc.
2) Greens are caught in a catch 22 – We don’t take any dark money, special interest PAC funds or dark money in elections. Therefore, so they say, we can’t compete against that money and can never win. If we go ahead and take that money we would not be able to have the objectivity that is needed to lead.
3) Our ideas are “not practical”, even though they are working great in other countries – that’s not disclosed, of course.
4) We are scapegoated as that big reason that the Democrats loose, but still not significant enough to get into the debates.
5) We can’t get into the debates, unless we poll at 15% or higher. Which would be hard to have happen, as there is an enforced policy of not mentioning us as an option – even when were one of only 4 parties in the whole country to have had the electoral votes to win the presidency in 2016. This is also rather shocking when you consider that 14 Republicans got national debate TV air time in a two tiered schedule. It’s a fairly safe bet that even Paul Ryan could not name those 14  – if asked point blank.
6) So we don’t seem to be able do enough, or win, because we have been suppressed to not be heard from.
7) Everyone wants a “3rd party” but just not this important election – wait until….
8) People who have had enough of all that are urged to say “let’s start a new party!” They say this without realizing how very hard it is to go out and start a unified national party. Whereas, Greens have developed over the years, nearly 35 and counting.
9) Greens want too much, but not enough – and yet maybe someday….
All these reasons to either ignore us, fight against us or put off support buys time for those who are profiting off the exploitation of our masses and loses time for the rest of us on crucial issues.

Weirdly the end result of all this indoctrination is that, instead of doubting the failed and (at best) under performing leadership that we have been getting from the same old 2 parties, we are programmed to doubt trying something new!

We have been taught to keep our expectations of government really low. It’s great to register No Party Affiliated or Independent to show the distaste for these 2 parties that are shoved down our throats, but not if you end up voting for either of them or not voting! If our votes did not matter, they would not spend so much time and money to seduce our votes towards them alone. Why should we be giving them ever widening chances to get worse and then beyond worse?

Despite the hampering from the powers that be, Greens are the only truly progressive party to have achieved a national presence in electoral politics.

Greens have grown with the times, while the other parties pretend that everything is the way it must be.
Greens have had solutions and worked to form new solutions, as time moves on.

Our candidate for president in 2016 (Jill Stein) was the only candidate for that office to bother to go to the Paris Climate talks! The rest just shook in their boots, afraid that they might rock the donation boat.

Bottom line is: It’s up to you to step up and support us. Waiting until the fixable becomes un-fixable (even by Greens with the best intentions) is not good strategy.

We just can’t keep having these disasters shatter people’s lives and leave no one accountable.

Give Greens a chance, rather than sitting home on election day shaking your head in disgust – again. Vote, Vote clean and vote Green. If you  are able to register Green in your state (and Floridians can) then that is also great support.
As Jill Stein says: It’s in your hands.
As I say: WHEN will it be the right time?
Greens are the party for the rest of us and the time is NOW