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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Legislative Agenda – Green Party recommendations

The Green Party of Florida recommends the following response to the upcoming House and Senate proposed bills in whatever method or methods you can best manage :

1) People can visit locally now until March 6th and locals and/or individuals should endeavor to contact their legislators about these current bills via phone emails or post a letter in the mail. Calls are the easiest. Emails are recorded I suppose, but actual written letters have to be kept on file.

2) Attend town meetings.

3) Meeting in small groups of 2 -6 people with the elected rep (or their aides) with a good speaker to bring up the wishes and one other to take notes on the response.

4) Be vocal with social  media and other areas where you communicate at work, school,  etc.

5) Be sure to register to vote and urge others to do the same. If our votes did not matter they would not spend so much to try and buy them or suppress them.

6) The session starts March 7th, so join a coalition (or go as united Greens) and lobby in Tallahassee.

7) The Senate is identified as the primary focus, as there are new senators and less senators to lobby. If we can block bills with this group, the bills will not pass into law, even if the whole house votes yes for them.

Strongly suggest that we bring back the Intangible Tax here on Florida which is a tax on EXCESS wealth (it was abolished under Gov. Jeb Bush)

Push for the implementation of SB90 which is the Solar Tax exemption.

Bills we support:

Florida Homeless Bill of Rights

HB 451/SB 442 Fracking ban – of course!!

HB 387/SB 458 Create a Criminal Justice Task Force.

HB51/SN 270 and HB53 /SB 934 – Ex – felon Voting Rights Restoration

HB93/SB 162 Ban plastic bags in coastal communities of 100,000 or less – it’s a start!

HB 319/SB 410 Equal and fair pay for all genders.

HB623/SB 666 No discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Bills we Oppose:

HB 17  (no Senate Bill – which is good!) Destruction of grassroots control – this bill weakens local government’s ability to regulate !

HB 697/ SB Bans sanctuary cities for immigrants.

SB 622 Guns on campuses (no house bill which is good)

HB 351/ SB 478  Secrecy Act which by passes the Sunshine Law

HB 373/ SB 856 Unfair to the best teachers.

HB 11  (no Senate Bill ) HB 599 and SB 534 These bills weaken unions – which, of course,  we need for living wages and benefits.

HB 819/SB 610 Punishes businesses for making safety choice about guns on their property.

For more information on these bills and any others, visit MyFlorida.Com  and put the bill number into the search at the top left of the page.

Note HB = House Bill and SB + Senate Bill

In addition, there will be a statewide citizens’ lobby day (March 21-22) to support a ban on fracking and to protect water and restore the Everglades, as well as to push enforcement of clean energy Amendment 4 that passed last August.

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Legislative Academy

The Green Party of Duval County invites you to participate in a Legislative Academy in Jacksonville on Feb. 25-26, 2017

In one session we will get an overview of progressive issues with regards to the upcoming Florida Legislative session, which begins March 7. We will have an afternoon/early evening forum, (which will be open to the public), then a closed session on Sunday morning to determine which pieces of legislation the Green Party of Florida will take up as coordinated campaigns.

The plan is to have presentations on the following issues:

Women’s rights
Healthcare
Environmental Protection
Education
Racial Justice
Immigration Reform
LGBTQIA+ Rights/Equality
Economic Justice
Voting Rights Restoration
Criminal Justice
Gun Control

I also hope to present a bit of information on the legislative process and lobbying tips. This is for the general public who will be in attendance, as well as those of us who need a refresher.

In peace and solidarity,
karen

Event page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/740564872767670/

Stop Sabal Trail

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                                                                              Artwork by Frank Lopez

We want to #StopSabalTrail pipeline, a natural gas pipeline that will threaten the lands, waters (including aquifers, watersheds, rivers, springs, ponds, wetlands), our environment and flora & fauna in three states. Over 160 eminent domain lawsuits have been filed. Citizens’ properties are being seized to complete this project. Most of the people that live closest to the pipeline are not even aware that it is being installed.
Natural Gas would be transported on commuter trains and the entire system will consist of staging areas, compressor stations and areas to process and export the natural gas. One of the latter is close to a nuclear power plant. This puts lives in danger. The human impact cannot even be estimated at this time and could occur from mistakes such as work hazards, derailments and possible explosions.
We don’t have much time, perhaps weeks as Sabal Trail under Spectra and other parent Big Oil and Gas companies have already broken ground in three states: Alabama, Georgia and Florida. The pipes are being installed rapidly and in multiple locations throughout the three states right now. This pipeline is expected to be operational by June of 2017.
It is important to note that this pipeline has been APPROVED. There is no more asking nicely from elected representatives. They can’t help us. We need to move forward in an attempt to save our future.
We all want the same things for our families. Clean lands, pure water and air, properties untainted by chemicals or gasses, an ability to farm, safety for our children, animals, plants and endangered species so they can all thrive. We want to leave the beauty of this region even better for the next generations.
The time is now. 

JOIN US!

 

#STOPSABALTRAIL
#STOPSABALTRAILPIPELINE
#NOSABALTRAIL 
#WATERISLIFE 
#SOUTHEASTCONNECTION 
#TAILOFTHEBLACKSNAKE
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Ballot recommendations

President:

Jill Stein – Ajamu Baraka


US Senate:

Steven Machat


US House District 11:

David Koller

US House District 13:

Charlie Crist

US House District 20: 

No recommendations

US House District 23: 

No recommendations

US House District 25: 

Alina Valdez, M.D. 


 Amendment #1:

NO (Sponsored by 4 energy companies that gives dirty energy a cut instead of free independent solar – corporate solar trick amendment)

 Amendment #2:

YES 

Amendment #3:

YES

Amendment #5:

YES


 State Senate District 18:

Joe Redner

State Senate District 34:     

No recommendations

State Senate District 39:

Dwight Bullard


State Representative District 35:

Ramon Gutierrez

State Representative District 93:

Ken Keechl  

State Representative District 103:

No recommendations

State Representative District 104:

No recommendations

State Representative District 105:

 No recommendations


Supreme Court Justice retention:

Charles T. Canady NO 

Jorge Labarga NO 

Ricky L. Polston NO 

 


Broward County: 

Clerk of Circuit Court- 

Write in Shandrell Roscoe

Sheriff- 

Write in Willie Jones

Supervisor of elections- 

No recommendations

Fourth District Court of Appeals-

No recommendations for Cory J. Ciklin, Dorian K. Damoorgian, Jonathan D. Gerber,

Robert M. Gross, Spencer D. Levine, Melanie G. May

Circuit Judge 17th Judicial Circuit

No recommendations

County Court Judge Group 3

No recommendations

County Commissioner Districts 3 & 5

No recommendations

County Commissioner District 9

Dale Holness

Broward Soil & Water Conservation District 3

Jelani Anthony Harvey

Broward Soil & Water Conservation District 5

Fred Segal

South Broward Drainage District

None of the above

NO on

Broward Charter Review commission member terms and future appointments.

Amending charter to eliminate the management and efficiency study committee.

NO on

  1. Funding for countywide transportation system through levy of ½ penny sales surtax.
  2. Funding for local government infrastructure projects through levy of ½ penny sales surtax.

 Hernando County:

 Supervisor of Elections:

Debra Myers

 Property Appraiser:

Jeff Huffman

 Commissioner District 1:

Jimmy Lodato

 Commissioner District 3:

Diane Rowden

 Commissioner District 5:

Paul Douglas


Miami-Dade County: 

County Questions:

2. Citizens Bill of Rights Including
Right to Copy County Records  
YES 

City of Miami Charter Amendments:

3. (Provide Further Independence of
the Civilian Investigation
Panel) YES 

4. (City Charter – Allow Residents to
Enforce Charter) YES 

Mayor

Raquel Regalado


Tentative agenda for Annual Membership Meeting

Saturday, June 4th

Location – Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library 2902 W Bearss Ave, Tampa, FL 33618 (Carrolwood) ROOM D

10:00 am – 10:30 Introductions approval of schedule/ choose facilitator & time keeper

10:30 – 11:00 Treasurer, secretary, co-chair reports

11:00 – 11:30 Local reports

11:30 – 12:15 workshop – John Henry – Manager from an electronic recycling business in Tampa. We encourage you to bring along any old or broken electronics, cell phones, etc. – better than land fill – here’s his contact number if you have questions (813) 463-0079 – You can arrange a Sunday tour of the facility.

12:15 – 1:00 lunch on your own

1:00 pm – 1:45 skype from POTUS candidates and Elijah Manley presentation

1:45 – 2:30 – workshop – Organizing locals and outreach to nearby counties.

2:30 – 3:15 workshop – TBA

3:15 – 4:00 workshop – TBA

4:00 – 4:45 workshop – TBA

4:45 – 5:00 closing plans

Sunday, June 5th

Location – Dome Auditorium at the John F Germany Public Library 900 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 

12:30 pm – 1:15 voting rules

1: 15 – 2:30 meet the candidates for state offices/ nominations

2:30 pm – 3:15 meet candidates for GPUS committees & delegates/ nominations

3:15 – 4:00 – Voting

4:00 – 4:45 – View the results of POTUS voting so far plans going forward. Adjourn

 

5:00 pm – 6 pm – Dinner and after meeting at Cafe Hey (1540 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL ) New co-chairs, Treasurer and Secretary should get together with old co-chairs to plan upcoming year.

New Documents Show Hughes Planned to Frack Orangetree Well

Naples, FL, October 8, 2014 — New public records documents  reveal that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection knew on December 23 of last year, and possibly as early as October, that the Dan A. Hughes oil company was planning to hydraulically fracture their Orangetree oil well outside of Naples. The documents were received on Friday, when Hughes dropped their “trade secret” opposition to a public records lawsuit filed by Preserve Our Paradise, Inc. against the DEP.

The DEP and the oil industry continues to deny even photographic evidence of fracking
The DEP and the oil industry continue to deny even photographic evidence of fracking with hazardous chemicals

The first released document is a Halliburton “Fracpro 2012 Hydraulic Fracture” recommendation to Hughes dated October 21, 2013.  The second released document is a “Well Proposal” dated 23 December 2013 prepared for Dan A. Hughes Company by the Baker-Hughes oil services company notifying the Florida Department of Environmental Protection of Hughes intention to conduct “fracking-like” activities. Although the second document nowhere uses the term “hydraulic fracturing”, the technical specifications are virtually identical to the earlier Halliburton hydraulic fracturing recommendation.  Hughes has continued to claim that the workover operation conducted at the well was not a “fracking” operation.

Don Loritz, Vice President of Preserve Our Paradise, reiterated the organization’s concern that Hughes had long planned to secretly conduct the fracking operations at the Orangetree well over the Christmas holidays, while no one would be paying attention.  An anonymous phone tip on December 27, 2013 alerted Preserve Our Paradise to an oil services convoy heading for the Orangetree well alerting Preserve to concerns about fracking. Because information and public records on the Orangetree Well was not promptly provided, Paradise filed a public records case in circuit court on April 2, 2014 seeking the release of all public records on the Orangetree Well (1394). Less than a week later, on April 7, 2014, the DEP and Dan A Hughes Company signed a consent order imposing a $25,000 fine on Hughes and requiring Dan A. Hughes Company test for possible contamination. On April 18, the DEP revealed this consent order to the press alleging that it had “caught” Hughes performing an “unauthorized operation” on January 1, 2014.

Loritz explained, “For some reason, these new documents do not include cover letters or the usual DEP timestamps, so we do not know exactly when the DEP obtained the Halliburton recommendation.  DEP has filed a lawsuit against Dan A. Hughes in circuit court regarding the workover, but Preserve or Paradise still has concerns about:

1) what was done to protect the public health in advance of the ‘fracking-like’ incident in Orangetree and 
2) whether fracking that has changed the landscape in many parts of the nation will be allowed in Florida.”

A chronology of events surrounding the “fracking” of the Orangetree well is available at http://preserveourparadise.org/?page_id=3703.
The trade secret documents, along with other public records concerning the Orangetree Well released to Paradise in the DEP records response, are available at ftp://vsymp.org/prr%20fdep%204-2-14/Brookes%2010-3-14.