Open the Debates!

Open the Debates!

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It’s time for the 60% of Americans who say we need a new major party to stand up for our right to open debates.  

Sign the petition to show your support for opening up the debates!

To the Commission on Presidential Debates:

We, the undersigned, demand that the Presidential debates include all Presidential candidates who have qualified for enough state ballots to be a choice for a majority of voters.

Polls show that 50% of Americans do not identify as either Democrat or Republican. This means that the Presidential debates as currently managed are locking out the diverse voices and views of half of all Americans.

The Commission on Presidential Debates may sound like an impartial, public body, but it is actually a private organization run by the Democratic and Republican parties. When these two establishment parties took over the debates in 1989, the League of Women Voters withdrew its sponsorship, rightly observing that the “unprecedented control” demanded by the Democrats and Republicans would make the debates “campaign-trail charades” that would “perpetrate fraud on the American voter”.

The need for “more voices and choices” can be met by including all candidates who are on the ballots for a majority of voters, a number that has typically ranged from 4 to 6 candidates in total.

Voters have a right to hear directly from their possible choices for the highest office in the land. These choices should reflect the diversity of American political opinion, and not be restricted to two candidates nominated by establishment parties awash in corporate donations and billionaire support.


Please read letter I received from Jill Stein. We all need to help make this a reality. This is what I have been wanting ever since Jill was denied to debate in 2012. Remember when she was handcuffed to a folding chair for hours in a warehouse. That was not the America I signed up for, nor did anyone! Let’s get someone with integrity and intelligence into the debates and see what happens! We have everything to loose and everything to gain. Forward this info to everyone on all your social media pages, to all your friends. This MUST go viral. It is imperative we do all we can do at this crucial hour. You make a difference. Peace.

-Christophe Rocker

Jill 2016

Dear chris,

This is impressive. We’ve gotten 100,000 signatures from people like you who want Jill Stein on the debate stage September 26.

With less than two weeks left until the first debate, we’re ramping up our efforts with a multi-pronged strategy. In addition to putting pressure directly on the debates commission — asking why they oppose the 76 percent of Americans who want open debates — we’ve set the ambitious goal of doubling the signatures on our petition to show we mean business.

We’d like to be able to walk into the Washington, D.C. offices of the Commission on Presidential Debates on September 20 and hand them all 200,000 signatures.

Add your name to demand the presidential debates include all four ballot-qualified candidates.

Our first milestone is to reach 125,000 signatures by tomorrow.

By the way, the Commission on Presidential Debates may sound official, but it’s really a private corporation run by Democratic and Republican elites to keep our voices out of the debates.

Tell them you’re not having it anymore.

Sign and share the petition for open debates today.

It’s in our hands!

The Stein/Baraka Campaign Team

P.S. Share this email with your friends if you have already added your name to the petition.

P.P.S. We’re marching in front of the Commission on Presidential Debates tomorrow evening. Join us!

Jill Stein’s 2016 Florida Tour

Jill Stein is coming to Florida in September on her 2016 Presidential Campaign Tour.

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Help make Jill’s visit a success by attending any of these events and show your support by volunteering or donating.

4 events planned for Jill’s Florida 2016 Presidential Campaign Tour

NEW LOCATION: The Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa, FL 33605. Hosted by: Green Party of Tampa (aka Green Party of Hillsborough County) Weds. Sept. 28th, 6:30pm-9:00pm

Meet & Greet Potluck Event in Sarasota at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex (RLTCC) Thursday, September 29 at 11 AM – 2 PM. ( Limited seating, please RSVP by 9/28/16)

Jill Stein will be in Orlando, Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM,  as part of her tour of Florida at Acacia’s El Centro Borinqueño, 1865 N Econlockhatchee Trl, Orlando, FL 32817. Please attend this very important event.  “My Power to the People Plan creates deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit.” -Jill Stein

She will be speaking at MDC Chapman Hall,  (Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus) on Friday evening, September 30th, 6pm – 10pm

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For more information about Jill’s Campaign tour and to volunteer  www.Jill2016.com

Student Leader, Jared Austin, Kicks Off State Green Party Annual Meeting

As many of you know environmental degradation is no single issue, it is embedded in the same system that has plagued workers, minorities, and various other oppressed groups for going on centuries; this system, of course, is capitalism and it was this realization within our organization that got us much closer to the actual Green Party platform and got us into the streets.

wThis young student organizer and president and founder of Green Party Alliance of USF, launched our annual state conference with this thoughtful opening speech, where he spoke of the systemic problems of capitalism and imperialism and of the actions he and his fellow student greens and activists are taking on, including calling for USF to divest from all fossil fuel use and investments by 2020. He speaks eloquently about the bigger picture as well as concrete efforts on the ground and the work ahead for all of us working for a fair, just and sustainable future.

Jared Austin, president of the Green Party Alliance, USF.

Good afternoon, I want to first thank Cathy Gilbert and Josh Pritchett for allowing the Green Party Alliance at USF to host this wonderful event today, our organization is truly honored and excited especially given where we began, the current state of the world today and given what events like today will mean in the future. I would also like to thank the members of the Tampa chapter of the Green Party who saw a young student passionate Continue reading “Student Leader, Jared Austin, Kicks Off State Green Party Annual Meeting”

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.

3rd Party Gubernatorial Candidate: Forum or Jail

On July 10, the 2014 Convention of the Florida Press Association/Florida Society of News Editors will be holding its gubernatorial candidate forum at the Biltmore in Coral Gables.  In an all too familiar story, the Libertarian candidate for governor, Adrian Wyllie, will be denied his rightful place at the rostrum.  The sponsors claim he lacks public support, even though he is polling between 5% and 6% of the vote.  Lacks public support? Catch 22: how can a candidate gain support when he or she can’t be heard?

Over the years, minor party candidates have been systematically excluded from the public dialogue by the two-party system, but Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is fighting back.  In his statement below, he declares, “I refuse to accept your rules, and I present you with the following ultimatum. I will attend the FPA/FSNE Gubernatorial Forum on July 10th in Coral Gables. You may either allow me to participate in the forum, or you may have me arrested.”

In fighting for his right to speak, he is fighting for all minor party candidates who have been shut out of the public eye for so many years.  The Green Party of Florida therefore insists that his voice be heard on an equal footing with all the gubernatorial candidates.

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SB Candidate Forum

Green Party Candidate for Florida Representative, District 6: Henry Lawrence

I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Small Business Forum for Florida Representative Candidates – District 6. This forum was a first outing for the eight candidates running for the seat held by Jimmy Patronis, who is term limited and can not run for the seat this election cycle.

Henry Lawrence, co-chair of the Green Party of Bay County was among the candidates at the forum, and guests got to hear a little about Henry, and about what a Green Representative will bring to Bay County. Other candidates speaking at the forum were: Tho Bishop, Melissa Hagan, Thelma Rohan, Jamie Shepard, Jay Trumbull, Ryan Jack Singletary, and Jerry Wyche.

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Henry Lawrence speaks at the Small Business Association Candidate’s Forum.

Each candidate got two minutes to share some information about themselves, and tell the audience why they felt they would be the best person to represent the citizens of Bay County. Then the moderator, Don Arias, asked a series of question, three per candidate, and each person got 90 seconds to answer the question asked of them.

Henry Lawrence performed well in representing Green values as he introduced himself to the audience. Having lived in northwest Florida most of his life, Lawrence is aware of the issues facing this area, and as a small business person himself, he knows how important small business is to Panama City. Promoting jobs, and economic growth is vitally dependent on education at all levels, and providing good jobs is key to keeping young people in Bay County after they have graduated from high school or college – good quality job candidates will not stay in an area that does not offer the high paying jobs they seek in order to make a decent living.

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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.