GPFL Co-Chair Kpadenou Responds to Tampa Bay Times: Clearly a political hit piece!

PALM BEACH, FL, October 3, 2018 — Today the Tampa Bay Times ran a baffling column entitled “Daniel Ruth:  For pot-using commission candidate, campaign funds are going up in smoke.”

“Thanks to recently defrocked [sic] public servant Kim O’Connor, this may be the first (and last) time you will ever read anything about the Hillsborough Soil and Water Conservation District.

“And see? You are probably wondering, ‘I didn’t know we had a Hillsborough Soil and Water Conservation District.’  But we do! It’s good to know.”

O’Connor is the Green Party candidate for Hillsborough County Commissioner District 7.

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In Defense of Passionate Intensity.

Or why we need to pay attention to what is happening with the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court.

We all know the lines from the Second Coming by WB Yeats:

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;”

Indeed the centre is falling apart.  I recall Rose and I watching from our 15th floor Jersey condo as the flames destroyed the Twin Towers on 911.  I was on the phone to my brother in Ohio, telling him that one tower had just gone down, while Rose was frantically trying to get my attention and pointing out the window.  I looked.  There were NO towers.  Only an unending plume of smoke that hovered for days.

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“The Gentrification Juggernaut rolls on.”

No to the Machine.

On the morning of July 3, 2018, two crews showed up without warning at a wooded lot on North Halifax Avenue in Daytona Beach.  Brandishing chainsaws and other implements of destruction, they set about hacking down underbrush, small trees, and 29-inch, 32-inch and 38-inch Live Oaks of a size as to be deemed “historic.”  Destroyed along with the site and buried in mulch were the archaeological remains (human and otherwise) of a Native American village that had occupied that beautiful land some 2,000 years ago.

Also destroyed, by the way, were the homes of about 50 homeless people who had been living there, along with the few shards of their belongings.

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Green Power 2018

(l. to r.)  GPFL Co-Chair Samson LeBeau Kpadenou for Florida State Representative District 87;  Elijah Manley for Broward County School Board at-large District 8;.  GPFL Co-Chair Robin Harris for Orange County Commission Distrct 6;  Francisco Pierre-Louis for Hillsburough County Soil & Water Board District 3.

This has been a very different election year.  We all know how 3rd party candidates are dismissed as merely “protest votes,” or “symbolic,” or “marginal,” etc.  Worst yet, they are excoriated as “spoilers”!  But to the Democratic Party professionals, they are generally brushed off as a nuisance.  They have been rightly defended by Greens for “raising important issues,” and indeed they do.  But typical was Henry Lawrence’s 2014 run for Florida House District 6, where his courageous but underfunded campaign got 3%, which translated into 1,606 people who voted “None of the Above.”

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Green Party of Florida endorses Fair Representation Act

PRESS RELEASE:

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Contact:  Elijah Manley, Communications Secretary,
(561) 672-4081, (954) 854-1555
elijah.manley@usa.com

Green Party of Florida endorses Fair Representation Act

The Fair Representation Act (HR 3057), introduced in the U.S. House in June 2017 by Rep. Donald S. Byer, Jr. (D-VA-8), would introduce three pro-democracy changes to our voting system:  ranked choice voting; proportional representation; and fair redistricting.  The bill proposes:

  1. “establish the use of ranked choice voting in elections for Representatives in Congress”;
  2. “require each state with more than one Representative to establish multi-member Congressional districts”; and
  3. “require states to conduct Congressional redistricting through independent commissions.”

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Robin Harris, Orange County Commission, Dist. 6

Reposted from pinellasgreens.com – 2018 Candidates, posted July 18, 2018

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.

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Samson LeBeau Kpadenou for State House Dist. 87

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.

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

Reposted from pinellasgreens.com – 2018 Candidates, posted July 18, 2018

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, the Miami Climate Alliance.
♦  Member, the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH).
♦  Contributor to The Westside Gazette

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Election 2018 – Florida Greens running for office