The Green Party of Florida supports efforts to stop the Sabal Trail Pipeline. Here are some resources for activists who want to help:
by Victor Agosto Brizuela
Today, the GPFL Council agreed to co-sponsor the North Carolina Amendment, an anticapitalist/ecosocialist revision to the GPUS platform. The amendment–reviewed and endorsed by Richard Wolff and Gar Alperovitz–addresses workplace democracy, a topic sorely missing from the otherwise excellent GPUS Platform. Florida joins Colorado, Maine, New York, and North Carolina, along with the Latinx, Lavender, Women’s, and Youth caucuses as a co-sponsor. More state parties are likely to sign on as co-sponsors. Green Presidential candidates Jill Stein and Bill Kreml have also expressed support for it. The GPUS National Committee will vote on whether to approve the amendment in the coming weeks. The text of the proposed revision is below.
“Sustaining our quality of life, economic prosperity, environmental health, and long-term survival demands that we adopt new ways of doing business. We need to remake commerce to encourage diversity and variety, responding to the enormous complexity of global and local conditions. Big business is not about appropriateness and adaptability, but about power and market control. Greens support small business, responsible stakeholder capitalism, and broad and diverse forms of economic cooperation. We argue that economic diversity is more responsive than big business to the needs of diverse human populations.”
Greens seek to build an alternative economic system based on ecology and decentralization of power, an alternative system that rejects both the capitalist system that maintains private ownership over almost all production as well as the old narrative of state socialism that assumes control over industries without democratic, local decision making. We believe the old models of capitalism (private ownership of production) and state socialism (state ownership of production) are not ecologically sound, socially just, or democratic and that both contain built-in structures that advance injustices. Instead Greens will build an economy based on large-scale public works, municipalization, and workplace and community democracy. Some call this small-scale, decentralized system “ecological socialism,” “communalism,” or the “cooperative commonwealth,” but whatever the terminology, Greens believe it will help end labor exploitation, environmental exploitation, and racial, gender, and wealth inequality and bring about economic and social justice. Production should be democratically owned and operated by those who do the work and those most affected by production decisions. This model of worker and community control will ensure that decisions that greatly affect our lives are made in the interests of our communities, not at the whim of centralized power structures of state administrators or of capitalist CEOs and distant boards of directors. Worker-owned production, embedded in and accountable to our communities, provides an incentive for enterprises to make ecologically sound decisions in materials sourcing, waste disposal, recycling, reuse, and more. Democratic ownership of the means of production would decentralize power in the workplace, which would in turn decentralize economic power more broadly.
Join activists from around the state at the Green Party of Florida’s annual conference in Tampa. Learn about hot issues, meet and greet fellow party members, and help plan the direction of the party in the coming year.
Friday, June 5, 6pm-10pm
Meetup at Ybor Daily Market – CORRECTION – 1920 E. 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605 for an informal pre-conference gathering.
Saturday, June 6, 8am-5pm
USF, Marshall Center 4103 Cedar Cir. Tampa, FL 33620, In the “3705 Manatee Room”
Hosted by: USF “Green Party Alliance” club
*PARKING: fees not enforced in Lots S, D, E on Sat. (respect handicapped or reserved parking spaces)
Join us for a great day of Reports, Discussion, Speakers and Workshops:
8:00am – 8:45
Registration/ Sign in
& Breakfast: Bagels, Fruit, Coffee, Tea
(Donations accepted for food provided by local members)
Welcome and Introduction by facilitator Kat Duerr
9:05 – 9:55 – Party Business
12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch
3:10 – 3:25 – Presentation:
TPP ( Stopping the Fast Tracking of the Transpacific Partnership Global Trade Agreement )
by Harriet Heywood, National TPP Team Co-Coordinator
See Recent interview with Harriet here
3:25 – 3:40 – Presentation:
Save Our Suwannee and Our Santa Fe River (Water Issues)
by Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson
3:40 – 4:10 – Workshop:
Issue & Candidate Campaigning
by Andrea Cuccaro, 1Sky National Organizer
4:10 – 4:25 – Presentation: Starting a Campus Greens Group
Green Party Alliance at USF
by Jared Austin
4:25 – 5:00 – 2016 Strategy Discussions
Saturday Evening, June, 6, 6-10pm
Meetup at Sacred Grounds Coffee House which Opens 6pm
Guest speaker Dezeray Lyn from the International Women’s Peace Service. She will give a report back from two months in the occupied Palestinian Territories and the inhuman & unjust conditions they endure. See interview with her here.
(See Event Page for alternate Restaurants and Bars for your Evening Plans in Tampa.)
Sunday Morning 6/7/15, 8-12pm
GPFL Elections and discussions, at Treehouse Yoga Center
(Please, No Shoes or Smoking in Building & No Food or Beverages in Meeting Room (except water w/lid) Thanks.
8:00-9:00 Breakfast will be in the Garden Room
9:00-12:00 Elections and discussions
There will be WiFi
Sunday Afternoon 6/7/15
1:30-4:30 at the John F. Germany Library Auditorium
“Open to the Public, FREE”
Speaking engagements by:
Michael Pheneger’s talk will titled: “Threats to our personal liberty” He will be speaking on ACLU’s various topics they are involved in, including but not limited to NSA’s the Mass Surveillance of all Citizens, the Patriot Act, the NDAA & more. See wmnf radio interview here.
@ 2:30 – USF Professor Martin Schönfeld, Climate philosopher
Martin Schonfeld’s Slideshow Powerpoint Presentation is titled: “Our Green Future—Designing Sustainable Cultures”
Robert Keim’s topic is titled “Slow violence: ecological sustainability”. It will be related to climate change and what we need to do to heal the planet. Robert is a Chaplin at Unitarian Universalist Church in the Pines, UU is a non-doctrinal, all inclusive church, so he will have a spiritual tone in his lecture.
(a brief Q&A time will be included after each speakers presentation.)
If the library’s multi level parking structure across from the library is full because of an event downtown, which is a possibility, then you can park a block away for $2 at the Royal Street Regional Lot. Just be wary of the one way streets when driving in downtown Tampa.
REGISTRATION for the GPFL/AMM: $20 (Make your payment to PayPal here).
Food: Breakfast and lunch on Sat, Breakfast on Sun. (donations)
Check our FB event page for more details and updates on speakers an.
Carpooling: Post if you need a ride or can offer seats.
Gram’s Place Hostel, 3109 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33603, (813) 221-0596. Make your online reservations now!
Upscale lodging: Floridian Hotel, 905 Florida Ave, Tampa FL 33602, Phone: 1-813-225-1700
Just north of Bush Gardens
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Tampa, 2701 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL, $75/night
La Quinta Inn & Suites Usf, 3701 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL, $89/night
Baymont Inn & Suites Tampa Near Busch Gardens, 3001 University Center Drive, Tampa, FL, $69/night
Days Inn Tampa/North Of Busch Gardens, 701 East Fletcher Avenue, Tampa, F, $49/night
Rodeway Inn Tampa, 210 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL, $59/night