Enter the Debt Jubilee.

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.”

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“Bridges of Love” — Something big is happening in Miami’s Cuban community!

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.

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Nobody’s Feet are going to be held to the Fire (part 2)

Two different economic systems in the World Arena.

(continued from part 1.)
According to the official “Summary of the U.S. 2018 National Defense Strategy”:

“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.”

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Nobody’s Feet are going to be held to the Fire (part 1).

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?

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Rev. Bruce Wright — Rest in Power

Said Bruce Wright, running for Pinellas County Shadow Sheriff in 2013: “I know what evil lurks. So whenever any politician, like Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, spouts their usual bullshit, such as announcing that he is handing complete control of Safe Harbor, a shelter for the homeless, to a private security firm, I, the Shadow Sheriff, will have something to say about it.”

— Rose Roby

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.

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The Chickens Come Home to Roost

— Madelyn Hoffman
—Rose Roby

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.

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Sugarcane Nightmare:

Our Children must not live in a Hazard Zone!

Florida’s Palm Beach County braces for its annual “burn season,” which begins each year in October and runs for six months at least through March to as late as May.  The Florida sugar industry begins its harvest season for 400,000 acres (625 square miles) of sugarcane fields.  Assuming a six-month burn season, this means there were approximately 43 fires per day in 2019.  During the burning, walls of fire rise from 30 to 40 feet in the air, and then create smoke plumes reaching over a half-mile high, stretching as much as 26 miles from the actual burn sites, around four small Black and Latino communities in Palm Beach south of Lake Okeechobee — Belle Glade, Pahokee, South Bay and Canal Point.  Hendry, Glade and Martin counties are also targets.  This is all designated as part of the “Hazard Zone.”

Roads become impassible.  Children walk to school wearing trash bags to protect themselves from the noxious “Black Snow” which bombards everything in the area.  The greasy, sticky, toxic ash accumulates on parks, schools, roads, hospitals, restaurants, and shopping areas.

Smoke filters into people’s homes, schools and hospitals.  Schools stock up on asthma inhalers.  Air conditioner and water filters become clogged.  Still-lit embers sometimes rain down from the fields.  Flowers die and gardens are poisoned.  Children wheeze and cry, and adults cough when they breathe.  Everything stinks.

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Green Party under Siege:  Wisconsin edition

Ballot access for an independent presidential candidate requires at least 2,000 valid signatures.  On August 4, 2020, Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins and vice presidential candidate Angela Walker filed 3,996 signatuires.   Those signatures were accepted by the State of Wisconsin.  Three days later, a complaint was filed on the grounds that Walker had changed her address during the petition period.  Although each group of petitions had listed the correct address at the time of their gathering (the only requirement) and the state had been notified of the change, the bogus challenge was accepted.  On a 6–0 vote, the Wisconsin Election Commission subsequently removed Hawkins and Walker from the Wisconsin ballot.

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Election 2020: the Tyrant Kings Sally Forth

“A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.”

— opening line of Gravity’s Rainbow

The Democratic Party’s crescendo screams at us but is somehow hollow. MSNBC — the official mouthpiece of the Democratic Party — has dropped all pretense of being a news network. They complain, of course, that Fox News has dropped all pretense of being a news network. Both are right. The Green nominees — Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker — are drowned out. The “independent” progressive media has been eerily silent. Bought or not, their silence on Hawkins/Walker is deafening.

A Black Biden rep on MSNBC is asked what “lock ’em up” Joe will do for the Black community. She repeats over and over that Biden/Harris is a great team for doing something. Not a word about what that something would be.

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GPFL drafts new bill — Gains sponsors in Legislature

Harriet Tubman.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Proposed Legislation will correct 5 Legal Florida Holidays that celebrate Confederates & Colonizers

August 21, 2020

Senator Bobby Powell and Representative Geraldine Thompson will be sponsoring a new bill for the 2021 legislative session.  The legislation was created by The Green Party of Florida and introduced to members of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus which is supporting this bill.

The Repair Legal Holidays of Confederates and Colonizers bill (FS 683.01) will rename five state legal holidays.  It will replace holidays that currently celebrate colonizers and supporters of Confederate slavery.

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