ST. PETERSBURG, FL, October 16, 2018 — It is as though the Archangel St. Michael looms over the Florida Panhandle, gazing upon mile after mile of devastation, while the lead article by columnist John Romano in the Saturday Tampa Bay Times plaintively asks:
“Why is Florida risking future hurricane misery?”
He then goes forth to blame the people of Florida:
“When it comes to storms, we’ve got the best experience misery can buy. We’ve been hit by major hurricanes in the Southeast (Andrew) and the Southwest (Charley). We’ve had hurricanes slowly creep south to north (Irma) and east to west (Jeanne). We’ve taken repeated hits (Opal, Dennis and Michael) in the panhandle every 10 years or so.
“So let me ask you this: Why are we so slow to learn? … The problem is our leaders get lax. We allow them to be forgetful.”
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.
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.
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.”
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:
“establish the use of ranked choice voting in elections for Representatives in Congress”;
“require each state with more than one Representative to establish multi-member Congressional districts”; and
“require states to conduct Congressional redistricting through independent commissions.”
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.
I, Samson LeBeau Kpadenou, am running to represent Florida’s 87th legislative district as a member of the Green Party.
I am a life-long restaurant worker and native of Michigan. I have lived in Florida for 11 years.
Because of gerrymandering, big money influence and the Two Party Trap, this will be the first election for state rep here since the district was created in 2010! Like so many other districts in Palm Beach County and Florida, the people have not ever been given a chance to decide who will write their laws in Tallahassee.
Reposted from Pinellasgreens.com – 2018 Candidates, posted
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.