Harvey Disaster Relief

Relief Efforts being organized by some of same people who organized Common Ground in NOLA after Katrina.

Instead of giving to RedCross please donate to local efforts, local decentralized efforts are more efficient and have no overhead, and we have issues with Red Cross in these situations.

All of these groups & others are coordinating efforts to assist in Houstonarea, and assist evacuees from other areas already in Austin. We are involved with the first two and vouch for them, a group is headed to

Houston with boats tomorrow:

Austin Common Ground Volunteer Form
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdk0SkSJLXTEuaBcL4WGPB7z-X41qwp8iyQRuKVqH5P22U8fQ/viewform?usp=send_form

@ATXFlood on twitter & FB

Austin Disaster Relief Network
https://adrn.org/disaster-relief/hurricaneharvey/

Houston DSA
https://www.youcaring.com/peopleimpactedbyhurricaneharvey-914409

In response to Donald Truth USA from the Paris Accord

Trump’s decision to detach from the Paris Accord should not come as a surprise to anyone. Especially the more Progressive thinker. He has expressed repeatedly his view, or lack of, from the very beginning. He has made clear that he is anti-science and does not take climate change serious.

However, Trump and his administration are mere symptoms of this issue. To be shocked or blame him alone would be myopic. Neglect of the environment and climate issues did not just begin. Both parties have contributed to our present calamity. People have been suffering as a result for years.

Unfortunately, the Island Nations of Oceania have experienced the wrath of this increasing disaster long before June 1. The Islanders of the Pacific were probably the first of many climate refugees. They have been seeking constant asylum not from corrupt government tactics but from climate change! These poor people have been on the front line of climate change. One of the Islands Tuvalu is almost wiped out. But we have to note that this has been happening post Trump administration! I must add that Ghana is also on this list of having climate refugees. This coastal country on the Motherland is experiencing tragedies from the sea warming and impacting their villages. The increase of climate refugees is becoming clear.

The USA has to acknowledge our own climate refugees from turbulent weather patterns and disasters. Have we forgotten Hurricane Katrina? In 2005, Katrina killed 1,200 people and caused more than $100 billion in damages. We witnessed tons of people having to leave their homes and migrate to other states. This was not a choice. They were forced out of their homes. The blatant neglect before and after Katrina can only be to the impact of climate change and environmental racism.

People here in the U.S. that live in deplorable and low socioeconomic places carry the burden of health risks and targets for catastrophes. For example, many black and brown people live in areas withdangerous industrial pollution. Also, these groups live near hazardous waste and toxic sites. Native Americans also experience these same living conditions. Low income families also attend schools with lead and asbestos. All of these issues have been ongoing.

So, climate change and environmental racism is not a new problem or a Trump issue. The corporate greed and privileged attitudes have made it easy to turn our heads or place blame.

Therefore, the Green Party will have to take the lead on this. Align with other Progressives and resist. Execute plans that will slow climate trends down. We will need to employ programs that will create jobs and transitions for people of color that are being effected by climate change. If the power is in our hands as it should be, we will need to become a party of action and resilience.

Robin Harris
GPFL State Spokesperson

2017 Annual Membership Meeting

Please join us for the Green Party of Florida 2017 Annual Membership Meeting and Elections on May 26-28. This has been an exciting year of campaigns, politics, and revelations.

On Saturday, we will be having presentations and discussions on issues and organizing. Sunday will be elections of officers and board. Friday evening is a relaxed social to welcome greens from around the state and kick off the weekend.

Total Conference Weekend Registration Fee
To Register for the GPFL 2017 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (May 26-28), please make a donation of $29 for both registration and lunch: $20 (suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds), and optionally $9 for a delicious vegetarian/vegan lunch including beverage served on site brought by the area’s famous Taco Bus. If you prefer, you can bring your own food and drink.

Donation/Registration Fee Page: https://www.gpfl.org/donate/
Please write to info@www.new.gpfl.org if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Event listed on FB at https://www.facebook.com/gpflorida/

GPFL AMM Agenda – MAY 26-28, 2017

FRIDAY 5/26  (@PEACE HOUSE: 8052 N. 56th Street, Tampa, FL 33617 )

6-9pm Peace House meet and greet sponsored by Tampa Greens they are bringing food and 7:00 PM Pedro will do his act. Pot luck by local.

SATURDAY 5/27 (@SAUNDER’S LIBRARY: 1505 Nebraska Ave. Tampa, Florida 33602-2849, 813-273-3652)

Library opens at 10:00 am. Set up chairs. Get mic ready at podium. Set up 2+ tables at sides of room for merchandise and fliers & one by entry way. Bagels and Coffee : )

10:15 Convene meeting – Co-chairs Victor Agosto (Broward) and Jennifer Sullivan (Hernando) – Welcome and explain stack Overview of agenda & Intros

10:30  Eritha “Akile” Cainion and Jesse Nevelsky speak about their current campaigns for offices in St Pete.

11:00 Karen Morian (Duval) Voting Rights  Restoration

11:30 Joshua McAdams speaks on mushrooms and fungi.  He is the largest forager in the state of Florida

12:00 lunch break – Taco Bus Mex fare

12:30 Steve Showen (Miami)- Carbon sequestration presentation

1:00 Modern Monetary Theory – Brian Schatz (Hillsborough)

1:30 Robin Harris  (Central Florida GP) Speaking for the LGBTQ community

2:00 John Debus (Duval) Building the party as state organizer

2:30 Plastic bag campaign Friedemann Buschbeck (Hillsborough)

3:00 Sheridan Murphy – Native American Rights and pipelines

3:30 Ahmad Saadaldin (Hillsborough) speaks on Palestine

4:00 Connie Burton speaks on poverty issues and the Homeless Bill of Rights

4:30 – 4:45 break

4:45 Jason Kofender (Hillsborough)  social media  campaign strategy

5:15 Harry Patterson (Alachua) treasurer report – State growth overview and national lobby Victor and Jennifer/  adjourn and breakdown room at 5:45 – 6 :00  library closes

Dinner at The Mermaid –  6719 N Nebraska Ave – https://www.mermaidtaverntampa.com/

SUNDAY 5/28 (@PEACE HOUSE: 8052 N. 56th Street, Tampa, FL 33617)

10-11 Karen on CCC  issue organizing and creating caucuses.

11 – 11:30 Kim O-Connor (Hillsborough) and Anita Stewart (Hernando) speak on campaign strategy

11:30 Richmond California Skypes in about coalition forming (time may vary as this is 8:30 AM on west coast)

State elections commence until 3:00 (may be done sooner) adjourn

New board should meet before they leave

GPFL Annual Membership Meeting Elections

ATTENTION ALL REGISTERED GREENS IN FLORIDA!!!
These are the offices that will be up for election for the GPFL. They are all for one year terms, except where otherwise noted. Registered Greens can self-nominate or nominate other Greens to any position. All nominations must be seconded by another Green. Elections will be held at the Peace House on Sunday, May 28th. Time 10 am – 3 PM. Location details are on our website. Nominations can be made here or via the GPFL Coordinating council or at the state meeting.
For officer positions: Current or past members of state coordinating council recommended but not mandatory.
For national delegates: Current or past delegates, or observers, highly recommended.
Also recommended that members limit themselves to no more than 3 offices or national committees as not to spread themselves too thin.
The goal is to do all that you can to help grow and strengthen our party of common sense and good conscience in the state of Florida and/or nation-wide thereby giving us increased relevance and more elected Greens.
 
State Board Members:
Co-chair of a different gender than male heterosexual ( a 2 year term )
The co-equal co-chairs are responsible for the following:
  1. Providing unifying direction to the State Board of Trustees.
  2. Drafting an agenda and chairing regular meetings of the Board.
  3. Helping the Board to coordinate and achieve its work.
  4. Assisting the Board in coordinating and assisting the work of the State Party committees

Official Secretary – Serves as the SEC’s official Florida state listed secretary for the purpose of fulfilling state and federal election law and state corporation law requirements. Receives and sends official party correspondence and keeps copies of all official documents.

Official Treasurer – Serves as the official treasurer of the Party for the purpose of fulfilling state and federal election law and state corporation law requirements. The treasurer is also responsible for presenting financial reports to the Board of Trustees, State CC and the General Membership Meeting.

Assistant Treasurer – Trains under the official treasurer and also in charge of state fund raising efforts.

Recording Secretary – Maintains the minutes of the Board of Trustees, the minutes State Coordinating Council and the minutes of the meeting(s) of the General Membership. To record and report State CC proposals, votes, and resolutions.

Communications Secretary –Liaison to the state IT team. Has access to GPFL’s info.org to maintain party communications between and among the State CC and the various county parties and locals as well as outside inquiries. Keeps track of delegate and local contact information, adds new delegates and contacts the appropriate official state spokespersons for comments or appearances.

Board of Trustees Responsibilities:
Serve as the members of the State Executive Committee. Develop a State Party strategic plan (to be approved by the State CC). Do party building. Lead state-wide initiatives, and other such projects as necessary or directed by the State CC. Serve as liaison to the various state committees.

Spokespersons: Represent the GPFL with various media or at functions such as meetings and rallies. One each area.
  • North Florida
  • Central Florida
  • South Florida
GPFL Membership Coordinator
Credentialing of new affiliates membership lists. Examining and recommending to the CC the paperwork submitted by locals wishing to affiliate statewide.
 
3 Delegates to the Green Party of the United States
GPF is currently accredited for 3 delegates to the National Green Party of the United States Coordinating Committee their job is to vote the interests of the GPFL on the national list.
 
3 Alternate delegates

Tasked with voting if a delegate is unable to vote. Should stay informed about the current voting issues on the national list and be prepared to vote within the final 24 hours of a vote should they not see a delegate responding

Observers to GPUS Delegate list

Members on GPUS Committees and Caucuses:
(up to 3 Florida Greens per committee. May volunteer to what ever may be of interest as a voting member or an observer but must be approved by state Greens)
  • GPUS Animal Rights
  • GPUS Coordinated Campaign Committee Liaison
  • GPUS Black Caucus
  • GPUS Dispute Resolution
  • GPUS Eco Action
  • GPUS Fundraising Committee
  • GPUS International
  • GPUS Latinx Caucus
  • GPUS Lavender Caucus
  • GPUS Media
  • GPUS Merchandising Committee
  • GPUS Outreach
  • GPUS Platform and Rules Committee
  • GPUS Presidential Campaign Support Committee
  • GPUS Women’s Caucus
  • GPUS Youth Caucus
For more details: