“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

Welcome to our new officers, delegates and spokespersons!

After a successful Annual State Meeting, the Green Party of Florida is proud to announce our new officers, delegates and spokespersons.

Co-Chairs:

Samson LeBeau Kpadenou
Robin Denise Harris

Secretary:  Emma Naclerio

Treasurer:  Aaron Frost

Communications Secretary:  Elijah Manley

Recording Secretary:  Chris Cordola

Assistant Treasurer:  Rogelio Perez Gonzalez

Delegates to the Green Party US National Council:
(Delegates serve on the National Committee, the final decision-making body of the GPUS)

Elijah Manley
Maggie Gouldin
Henry Lawrence

Alternate Delegates to the Green Party US National Council:

Emma Naclerio
Regelio Perez Gonzalez
John Debus

Observers to the Green Party US National Council:

Steve Newman
Nick Osterman

Spokespersons:

Karen Morian
Robin Harris
Anita Stewart
Steve Showen

PS: Three of our officers are qualified candidates in 2018 elections:

Elijah Manley (manleyforbroward.com)
Robin Denise Harris (Harris4Six.com)
Samson LeBeau Kpadenou (Samson2018.com)

Go Green in 2018!

GPFL Annual General Membership Meeting 2018 in Lake Worth

We will be holding our 2018 General Membership Meeting in West Palm Beach this year, during the weekend of Friday, June 29th to Sunday, July 1st.

Day 1: FRI Jun 29, 6-10PM
Location: Compass Community Center – 201 N Dixie Highway, Lake Worth 33460
Friday night is social night, where we’ll hear from candidates, report-backs from community activists, and hang out a bit.
https://www.facebook.com/events/179760386023622/

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