Social Justice is a Winner for Greens!

15 Now is a winner in New York. Polls put Hawkins at 9% in a state where the pseudo-independent Working Families Party is set up to siphon the independent vote to the Democrats (WFP is backing Cuomo), and the state’s Democratic Party is one of the most powerful in the nation.

Reprinted from the Hawkins campaign:

Village Independent Democrats Endorse Howie Hawkins.  First Time Venerable Club Has Ever Endorsed Third Party Candidate

Posted by Daniel Goldstein October 12, 2014 10:02 AM

(New York City) – The progressive Village Independent Democrats endorsed Green Party Governor candidate Howie Hawkins at their Friday endorsement meeting.

It is the first time in the venerable club’s history that it has endorsed a third party candidate for any office.

Hawkins for 15.

“I know it is a bold move for any Democratic club to endorse outside the party. But it makes sense as I’m the only candidate who will stand up for the 99% who are getting a raw deal from politicians. I am the only candidate who will ban fracking, and create millions of jobs by moving to 100% clean energy by 2030. And I’m the only candidate that will put a floor on wages with a $15 minimum wage. The endorsement makes sense as I am the only progressive running for Governor.” Hawkins said greeting the endorsement with gratitude.

“This historic endorsement, by this storied Democratic club is further proof that my campaign is gaining momentum as more attention is paid to it and progressives disaffected with Governor Cuomo and Albany corruption are finding a home in my campaign and where I stand on the issues.”

The 57 year-old club is best known for helping put an end to Tammany Hall and for starting Ed Koch’s political career.

“I suggested that our club give thought to endorsing Howard Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, as he embodies many of our principles including his strong support of labor and the working man. His opposition to fracking is yet another way that he espouses our efforts,” said Village Independent Democrats Executive Committee member Frieda Bradlow.

“Howie Hawkins represents the kind of strong progressive politics this club has historically stood for; such as when, with the aid of Eleanor Roosevelt, it helped put the kibosh on the last vestige of Tammany Hall style corruption in New York in the early 1960s.Since the new breed of political corruption takes the form of corporate money smothering our democracy, our club is staying true to its roots by supporting Howie Hawkins: a genuine friend of the working and middle classes,” said long time club member John Bredin.

Meanwhile …

It’s a winner in St. Petersburg.

Rose Roby and Christian Brooks unite for 15.

Reposted from St Pete Green Party website.

Ban on Plastic Bags

gpf Plastic Bag Ban in Fla20 years ago the question was “Paper or Plastic.” This fight was won by the plastic industry. The question in our supermarkets changed to, Is plastic OK?

But Plastic is not OK. Plastic bags are an incredible waste of resources.  The average bag is thrown away after 10 minutes of use, many often ending up in our oceans – in Florida only 12% of plastic bags are recycled. They fill our landfills where they are blown away to our waterways. Once in the water and exposed to the sun, plastic breaks down relatively quickly but the plastic particles, toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) and PS oligomer, can survive 100’s of years. Of these particles, only 30% stay at the surface,  with the majority of the waste falling below the surface or to the ocean floor or ingested by marine life. Continue reading “Ban on Plastic Bags”

GPF Supports Amendment 2 for Medical Marijuana

medic marij 1For Immediate Release:
Sept. 15, 2014

Contact:
Didier Ortiz:  (954) 709-6172
https://www.gpfl.org/

Green Party of Florida Supports Amendment 2
The Medical Marijuana Initiative

“The fact that the medicinal benefits of cannabis are being increasingly understood and documented by the scientific community flies directly in the face of FDA’s refusal to remove the herb from its Schedule 1 most dangerous classification of drugs,” stated Cathy Gilbert, co-chair of the Green Party of Florida (GPFL). Powerful interests like it just that way, having benefited from cannabis prohibition, from big agriculture, the chemical and textile industries, big pharma, to sectors of law enforcement and the profit-driven prison-industrial complex.

“The Florida State legislature has acted to approve the use of one strain of cannabis for specific medical conditions, Charlotte’s Web, which has been approved by the FDA. Beyond that, it will take the will of the people of Florida to get full Medical Marijuana here,” added Gilbert.

Therefore, the Green Party of Florida unequivocally supports Amendment 2, the Medical Marijuana initiative.  Beyond that, we strongly support all steps toward decriminalization and legalization of cannabis/hemp, and our party’s support for the initiative has to be understood in that context.  This extremely narrow and somewhat flawed measure does not address the massive problems that have been created by Prohibition, such as mass incarceration and the profit-driven prison-industrial complex that feeds off our draconian drug laws.

The Medical Marijuana amendment is to drug laws what the Affordable Care Act is to health care.  It is a band aid that is designed to maintain the status quo while providing some opportunities for corporations and special interests to profit from minor changes in law that will benefit a small sector of the population.  Yes, Amendment 2 is a small step in the right direction, and most of all it is an opportunity for Greens and others to open up the debate and advocate legalization of industrial hemp (which will benefit family farms in Florida) and recreational use (like beer and wine) which will benefit those who prefer it to alcoholic beverages.

YES on Amendment 2

YES to building a popular movement to END PROHIBITION NOW and LIBERATE/LEGALIZE HEMP & CANNABIS!

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The Green Party of Florida (GPFL) is the Florida branch of the Green Party of the United States with affiliates in the counties of Alachua, Bay, Broward, Hernando, Miami-Dade, Orange, St. Pete, and Tampa.

Beware of Israel

CAIR has emerged as a defender of the Muslim people in the United States in response to the backlash from the World Trade Center 9/11 attacks & to balance the intense lobbying of our Congress by AIPAC. One of their spokespersons co-hosted a show called True Talk on the community radio station here (WMNF) and this has given people in this part of the state a better vision of realities for Muslim-Americans. It’s not unusual for them to visit their relatives in the Middle East or other parts of the world during school vacations.

Such is the case of young Tariq Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old Palestinian-American from Tampa who visited family in occupied Palestine. This trip became a nightmare for him & the rest of his family when his cousin, Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was abducted & burned alive by Israelis. Tariq, himself, was then severely beaten and held under house arrest. This all in revenge for 3 Israeli youths having been kidnapped & murdered ———— never mind that these 2 young men had nothing to do with that. Israel has encroached on Palestinian land for 60 years now & has made the daily lives of the Palestinians more torturous than we here in the US can imagine.

American-teenager Tariq Abu KhdeirMohammad Hussein Abu Khdeir

A vigil for Tariq was held here in Tampa on July 5th, ironically right after we here celebrate Independence Day, along with a massive phone call effort to the state department in DC.

Jennifer Sullivan
Tampa area Green

Jennifer has been a West Coast Florida activist for the Green Party, since 1996.

Florida Greens’ Annual Membership Meeting Elects New Chairs, Sets Goals for Coming Year

The Green Party of Florida successfully concluded its annual membership meeting the weekend of June 7, meeting at the Quaker Meeting House and Latino Leadership Center in Orlando. Presentations related to Green issues also took place.

The Green Party of Florida successfully concluded its annual membership meeting the weekend of June 7, meeting at the Quaker Meeting House and Latino Leadership Center in Orlando. Presentations related to Green issues also took place.

Josh Pritchett of Hernando County and Cathy Gilbert of Miami-Dade County were elected as male and female co-chairs for the coming year, respectively. DJ Chandler of Alachua was voted Secretary, and Harry Patterson of Alachua was voted Treasurer.

The meeting began with county local representatives updating the assembly on party building initiatives and local actions. Following this, the outgoing male co-chair Steve Showen, in his State of the State talk, outlined issues in which the Green Party could impact policy on its core issues, including medical marijuana, climate change and fracking. In discussing goals for the coming year, state level fundraising was discussed as a means to improve the state party’s ability to send delegates to the National meetings, send out quarterly or yearly mailings and pay for candidates filing fees.

  • Changes to the state website and strategies for better utilization of the site were presented by Kelly Duncan and Cathy Gilbert on behalf of the website committee.
  • Dr. Farid A. Khavari, economist, and Independent candidate for Governor of Florida, gave a short lecture based on the idea of creating a state bank for Florida, and showed how it could benefit the state, and its citizens.
  • Randy Toler, Green Party candidate for the District 6 School Board seat, gave an update for his campaign, and answered questions about his views of the educational system, mostly related to the Common Core program.
  • Various speakers described means by which U.S. and international groups have brought attention to their agendas. These groups included The Light Brigades for their use of social media, Florida’s Jennifer Sullivan who hosts a local access TV show, Nelson Betancourt’s work with Prometheus Radio in the Orange County area, Michael Canney’s work with WUBA, a full powered radio station in the High Springs area, and the swarm tactics of the Swedish Pirate Party.

This post was based upon reporting by Harry Patterson.

Why Americans Must Demolish the Political Duopoly and Create a New Progressive Alliance

The United States is experiencing a serious crisis and most Americans know it. Our government and the Washington establishment is disintegrating at near breath taking speed. A Unified Progressive Movement or Coalition: Periodic efforts have made to create and launch “third party” efforts by small groups around the nation but few achieve any kind of significant national recognition. The Green Party has made a gallant effort but generally fails to get more than a fraction of the national vote in presidential elections though their platform is appealing to many of us. In order to mount a significant challenge by a progressive movement, I believe a coalition of organizations must agree to cooperate to represent common values. This requires both a suppression of individual egos and a willingness to work together on common causes.

by Thomas Baldwin. Copyright 2013-2014. Reprinted by permission from Progressive Activists Voice.

The United States is experiencing a serious crisis and most Americans know it. Our government and the Washington establishment is disintegrating at near breath taking speed. It could well be the most serious situation in at least a hundred years. For years now several authors have described our government in Washington as being “broken” or “dysfunctional”. But these words seem inadequate now.

It is much more like a “living” entity which is dying and is in a critical state; all vital signs are poor. Crises are generated in Washington from incompetence and corruption. Little or nothing gets done; few if any serious problems are addressed. Everything is addressed as “partisan.” But that is a delusion because as I will mention later there is really only one party with two different factions serving the corporate fascists. When the two factions finally agree on something, then it is called “bipartisan” because the two political parties appear to be constantly fighting over power and money. What, if anything, is to be done about this evil charade?
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Florida Greens Hold Annual Gathering in Orlando

Building Today’s Party for Tomorrow’s World!

The Green Party of FL will be holding its 2014 Annual General Membership Meeting in Orlando, Florida on Fri, Sat & Sun, June 6, 7 & 8. (See the AGENDA here) Friday and Saturday will be at the Quaker Meeting House east of Highland Ave. and Sunday’s session (See Offices and Candidates for Sunday’s ELECTIONS here) will convene at the nearby Latino Leadership.

Mark your calendars! Register Early. (Instructions here)

Friday, June 6 (6-9pm open house)
and Saturday, June 7 (8am-5pm, followed by dinner and event till 9pm):
Friends Meeting House
316 E. Marks St
Orlando, FL 32803

Sunday, June 8 (8am-2pm):
Latino Leadership
8617 E Colonial Drive, Suite 1600
Orlando, FL 32817

Local affiliates will share ideas for how they’ll be relating to their communities, expanding their membership, building their organizational capacity, and gearing up to support the GPFL standard bearer for the 2016 presidential race.

We’ll also hear from our Green candidates running for office, and currently serving, in FL. And we’ll take a look at the hot issues in Florida, with a special presentation on public banking.

Fellow Florida Greens, Join Us in Orlando to Help Build Today’s Party for Tomorrow’s World!

Annual Membership Meeting, 2014. Click to download Acrobat Reader file (4.5MB)
Annual Membership Meeting, 2014. Click to download Acrobat Reader file (4.5MB)

Living in a Green Party Economy

Ask yourself the following question. How do we get from an unjust, broken down social–economic system to a Green Party world, where the Green Party’s 10 key values become the norm? The solution is that our government needs to take back the power to issue money and begin to gradually issue debt free money.

— submitted by Michael Wm. Delay
Green Party Member, Lake County, Florida
February 5, 2014

Ask yourself the following question.  How do we get from an unjust, broken down social–economic system to a Green Party world, where the Green Party’s 10 key values become the norm?

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The Constitution of the United States vs. the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Over time, powerful economic interests have leveraged their economic power to purchase law-makers, change laws, have corporations defined as people, and had money defined as speech. Now they want to give international corporations special status above the rights of people and beyond the control of governments. Fast Track, aka Trade Promotion Authority, is a direct assault on the Constitution. If passed, it will enable passage of treaties that will undermine the sovereignty of the United States, and the authority of U.S. laws and courts.

— submitted by Jim Howe*
January 19, 2014

constitutionThe Constitution of the United States was written to limit and define the powers of the government of the United States. It divides that government into three (3) branches, Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. The Bill of Rights was added to further limit the powers of government. The Constitution could not have been adopted without the Bill of Rights. The Constitution begins with “We the People”. It is written in plain English, takes up all of four (4) pages, and can be easily understood by “We the People”. It, and the Bill of Rights, were written as a defense against tyrannical government.

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