The following article comes out of the ongoing discussions within the newly formed Green Socialist Organizing Committee (GSOP), which was formed in the wake of the 2020 Howie Hawkins/Angela Walker presidential campaign. GSOP states:
“We need to build a political party that brings issues and constituencies around a common program and mutual support. Building that party must become a common effort of Green and other independent socialist and progressive parties and groups who want a united mass party of the working people and all who love peace, justice, freedom, and the environment.
“Uniting the existing independent left is not enough. We must organize into the party of the people who now vote in low numbers because they feel the two corporate parties don’t represent them. These people are disproportionately working class, people of color, and young. They are the future mass base of an independent party of the green and socialist left.
Debt is what is holding the American Empire together. It is also what is destroying it.
At the personal and family level, there is medical debt, student debt, rent, mortgages, car payments, credit card payments, water and electric bills, and insurance. Add on bank loans just to stave off all the other debts. Once payday rolls around, millions are left with deciding whether to stick to an all Kraft macaroni-and-cheese diet (hold the butter), or start fighting it out with the creditors jangling their phones off the hook. The one thing you can’t give up is the roof over your head. At this point, CBS News reports:
“Millions of middle-class Americans are just one missed paycheck away from poverty, with 4 of 10 considered “liquid-asset poor,” or without enough money socked away to cope with even a sudden disruption in income.”
Pete Seidman is a long time socialist who is active in the US Hands Off Cuba and Venezuela South Florida Coalition.
— by Peter Seidman
On Sunday, February 28, more than 100 bicycles and cars supporting the Miami Caravan Against the Blockade made its way through the streets of Miami. Plastered with signs and banners, flashers blinking and horns blaring, the caravan demanded an end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba. It was the eighth in a series of caravans held on the last Sunday of each month by a movement that has grown from 11 bicycles last July. Their numbers have been doubling from month to month, with an ever-more-certain voice, and greater level of organization.
“the Department of Defense will be prepared to defend the homeland, remain the preeminent military power in the world, ensure the balances of power remain in our favor, and advance an international order that is most conducive to our security and prosperity.”
To the Empire, the mass starvation of children via sanctions is merely another tool of war under the banner of human rights and a “rules-based international order.”
2021 is the year the shit is going to hit the fan.
As bad as 2020 has been, there is still a heavy backlog of bills (financial and political) that are coming due. Hunger and homelessness rise inexorably, as does long-term unemployment. Loss of medical insurance will leave millions at the mercy of overcrowded Emergency Rooms, as the Covid-stressed medical system continues to break. Corporate profit-seeking has stalled the emergency vaccination plan. Unpaid rent and mortgages will put legions more on the street. They’ll keep cranking up war hysteria. Oh, did I forget the coming across-the-board breakdown of state and local governments, and their accompanying safety net?
This has been a hard piece to write. I’ve spent over a week starting and stopping and deep down I know why – because I never wanted to write a memorial to my friend and one time co-chair of the Pinellas County Green Party, Rev. Bruce Wright. I still keep expecting to find links on my facebook page from him. I keep expecting to see another text. And more than anything I keep wishing I had spoken to him at least one more time. But I got busy, as we all do, and after all, he’d be there, he was always there. And so in writing this I have to come to terms with his untimely death and I’ve put it off as if to stop it all from being true.
Black Power is what is needed to ensure black lives matter. That same power is needed for black deaths to be respected as well. There are countless African American cemeteries in Florida that have been abandoned. Completely forgotten. The physical appearance of most of these neglected sites reflect the defiant attitude Florida has harbored against the African Community. Torn, ripped, pillaged, and neglected describes the numerous cemeteries of those of African lineage.
January 6, 2021 will be remembered as the day the President of the United States whipped his supporters into a violent frenzy and the rage-filled mob stormed a shockingly unsecured Capitol Building while it was in the process of confirming Biden’s Electoral College victory. It wasn’t hard. Trump has been howling about being the real winner of the election since his defeat to Joe Biden last November.
— Robin Harris Co-Chair, Green Party of Florida January 6, 2021
Rioting. Looting. Broken glass. Disrespect to media and cops. It wasn’t Black Lives Matters protesters or anarchists. This was the scene at and in the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon. MAGA protesters stormed the Capitol and walked right in. One MAGA supporter walked into the Chambers and announced that Trump had won the election! Another rioter went to Nancy Pelosi’s office and put his feet on her desk to declare the same.
Between 1882 and 1930, African Americans were more likely to be lynched in Florida than in any other state. With less than a month before 2021 cycles in, Ron DeSantis plans to keep this lynching legacy alive. The Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act is the Governor’s imperialistic and racist package to stop public assemblies and protect law enforcement.
If you read the outline of this horrific bill, you will see that its historic manipulative flare cannot be ignored.