Anatomy of a Revolution or Not?  From the Front lines.

Jesus casts out the moneychangers.

— Rev Bruce Wright
June 6, 2020

So here is the Problem that I saw firsthand while at the site in Minneapolis where George Floyd was lynched and murdered by Police.  White Evangelicals, who are otherwise supporting an openly racist and fascist President — the Orange Julius Caesar Trump —come to the sacred site of where George Floyd was murdered …  and try to convert people to Jesus.  Not the real Revolutionary Jesus, a person of color, of Indigenous people enslaved by an Empire, who overturned the Merchandisers in the Temple, and destroyed property, but instead the Jesus of the sweet bye and bye.  Just like the white slave masters did to the slaves.

Then they preach love, without real repentance on the part of White privilege.  I witnessed them being sectarian, as they drove away some Muslims, and others who weren’t “Christians.”  I witnessed a young Trans person, who I interviewed, express their hurt, their heart break, as so called Christians stood in judgment of them.

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Legacy.

The smoke is beginning to dissipate.  The chants and the echoes of the chants are starting to fade.  Now the real fight begins.  The fight over what all this means.  The horrific murder, the headlines, the jam-packed streets spreading across the country, and the heavily armed troops prowling the streets of America — all will reverberate for years.  And the flames.  Don’t forget the flames.

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Insurrection.

April 20, 1914: Ludlow Massacre. An American tradition.

Why does the spectre of Insurrection haunt America?

Sez Donald Trump:  “Our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, or, arsonists, looters, criminals, rider rioters, Antifa and others … acts of domestic terror … If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem.”  He would invoke an 1807 law called the Insurrection Act.

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Minneapolis Burns. America Burns.

Say the Democratic Party politicians:  “Something inappropriate has happened.”

We say it was murder.  Again.   Even now, Donald Trump says he plans to send in the troops.   If looting starts, he will start killing more of the people of Minneapolis and anywhere else where the rule of capitalism is threatened.

We stand with the people of Minneapolis and all Black and Latino people in defense of their communities.

May 29, 2020

Green Party of Florida endorses Fair Representation Act

For Boss Tweeds then and now, the people are coming for you!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Contact:  Mark Patterson, Communications Secretary,
communications@GreenPartyFL

The state Coordinating Council of the Green Party of Florida (GPFL) has endorsed the Fair Representation Act (HR 4000), and calls on Congress and the President to swiftly implement this key pro-democracy reform.  Originally introduced in the U.S. House in June 2017 and re-introduced in July 2019 by Rep. Donald S. Byer, Jr. (D-VA-8), the measure would:

  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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State of Florida Continues to Attack Felon Voting Rights

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his Republican-led State Legislature are doubling-down in showing how the Florida government is among the most backward in the nation.  It’s the state where ALEC-inspired “Stand Your Ground” law allowed white vigilante George Zimmerman to walk away scot free after the cold blooded murder of Trayvon Martin.  Now, DeSantis & Co. have instituted a poll tax intended to restore the disenfranchisement of the poor and disproportionately Black ex-felons who had been excluded from the political process by barring ex-felons from voting.

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Hillary simply lost Black votes because of her own arrogance.

From Green Party of Florida Co-Chair Robin Harris:

Adam Peck, editor of ThinkProgress, obviously doesn’t accept that the duopoly system has gone into self-destruct mode, nor that the Democratic Party has abandoned all pretense at being a force for progress.  Instead he blames its woes on Jill Stein and the Green Party.  His ThinkProgress article of December 22 begins:

“The extent of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election is well-documented and yet still not fully understood. Russian agents were responsible for stealing and releasing emails from the Democratic National Committee.  Russia used Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms to spread disinformation and sow discord among the American public.  This was done to benefit then-candidate Donald Trump.”

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When I was 15 my mother told me about her abortion. Here’s why, and why it matters this election.

Now that I am the male co-chair of the Green Party of Florida, and running for the District 87 seat of the Florida House of Representatives, people ask me, “Why are you doing all this?  What moves you to stick your neck out in these perilous, polarized times?”

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In Defense of Passionate Intensity.

Or why we need to pay attention to what is happening with the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court.

We all know the lines from the Second Coming by WB Yeats:

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;”

Indeed the centre is falling apart.  I recall Rose and I watching from our 15th floor Jersey condo as the flames destroyed the Twin Towers on 911.  I was on the phone to my brother in Ohio, telling him that one tower had just gone down, while Rose was frantically trying to get my attention and pointing out the window.  I looked.  There were NO towers.  Only an unending plume of smoke that hovered for days.

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200 Sustainers for 12 Goals by 2020

1.) Double Registered Greens in Florida to 16,000 

2.) Start 15 new Local Chapters (5 a year) 

3.) Field a Full Slate of Candidate’s (State-Wide, Congress, State Legislative, County Commissioner, School Board, Sheriff, Mayor, City Council, Soil & Water Districts) 

4.) Develop and Maintain State-Wide network of Phone/Text bankers, and canvassers for campaigns through the 10 More Votes App (or other identified platforms.) 

5.) State-Wide Constitutional Amendments by the GPFL (Rank Choice Voting, Electoral College Reform, $15 minimum wage, Civilian Police Oversight Boards at the State/County/City levels) 

6.) County Charter Amendments on above issues to address at a Local Level if we are unable to address at a State Level. 

7.) Peer 2 Peer Conflict Resolution App 

8.) Op-Ed/Newspaper Writers (Letters to Editors/Paid Opinion piece placements) 

9.) Community Outreach (Community Events/Tabling/Materials & Resources) 

10.) Community/Organizational Coalition Building (Faculty Forward, Black Lives Matter, Equality Florida, Unions, NAACP, ACLU, Planned Parenthood) 

11.) Issue Advocacy to promote Systemic Change (Medicare4All, Banking Reform, Modern Monetary Theory, Israeli & Fusil Fuel Divestments) 

12.) Digital Infrastructure Capacity Development (GPFL Software, Nation Builder, Loomio, other proposed and approved upgrades to our Website or Digital Office Space.) 

In order for the Green Party of Florida to turn these 12 Goals into 12 Realities by 2020 we need 200 Sustainer Donors of $10 a month or more so that the Green Party of Florida has the resources necessary to achieve these goals. You can take a stand towards putting People, Planet, and Peace over Profit in Florida every month at www.gpfl.org/Donate To sign up for a re-occurring monthly donation scroll down to the bottom of the page and there is our PayPal donation form. Select your donation amount and then check the box marked “I would like this donation to automatically repeat each month.” Then fill in the rest of your information which the GPFL must collect for Campaign Finance Reporting purposes and click submit!