Nobody’s Feet are going to be held to the Fire (part 1).

2021 is the year the shit is going to hit the fan.

As bad as 2020 has been, there is still a heavy backlog of bills (financial and political) that are coming due.  Hunger and homelessness rise inexorably, as does long-term unemployment.  Loss of medical insurance will leave millions at the mercy of overcrowded Emergency Rooms, as the Covid-stressed medical system continues to break.  Corporate profit-seeking has stalled the emergency vaccination plan.  Unpaid rent and mortgages will put legions more on the street.  They’ll keep cranking up war hysteria.  Oh, did I forget the coming across-the-board breakdown of state and local governments, and their accompanying safety net?

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Rev. Bruce Wright — Rest in Power

Said Bruce Wright, running for Pinellas County Shadow Sheriff in 2013: “I know what evil lurks. So whenever any politician, like Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, spouts their usual bullshit, such as announcing that he is handing complete control of Safe Harbor, a shelter for the homeless, to a private security firm, I, the Shadow Sheriff, will have something to say about it.”

— Rose Roby

This has been a hard piece to write.  I’ve spent over a week starting and stopping and deep down I know why – because I never wanted to write a memorial to my friend and one time co-chair of the Pinellas County Green Party, Rev. Bruce Wright.  I still keep expecting to find links on my facebook page from him.  I keep expecting to see another text.  And more than anything I keep wishing I had spoken to him at least one more time.  But I got busy, as we all do, and after all, he’d be there, he was always there.  And so in writing this I have to come to terms with his untimely death and I’ve put it off as if to stop it all from being true.

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The Chickens Come Home to Roost

— Madelyn Hoffman
—Rose Roby

January 6, 2021 will be remembered as the day the President of the United States whipped his supporters into a violent frenzy and the rage-filled mob stormed a shockingly unsecured Capitol Building while it was in the process of confirming Biden’s Electoral College victory.  It wasn’t hard.  Trump has been howling about being the real winner of the election since his defeat to Joe Biden last November.

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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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Defend the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective

— Robin Harris and LeBeau Kpadenou
Green Party of Florida co-Chairs

The Green Party of Florida supports the Embassy Protection Collective, Code Pink and prominent Greens such as Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers as they protect the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC from a violent mob of opposition operatives.  We demand that the Secret Service and local police do their jobs and protect the safety of the Embassy and the American citizens within.

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The Climate War — Crisis to Emergency to  Desperation

Nebraska drowns.  New York is entombed in ice.  Florida cities are flattened.  California burns.  An unspoken but very real current of fear spreads.  Who will be hit next?  Today’s Washington Post sums it up:

“In 2018, it is estimated that natural disasters cost the nation almost $100 billion and took nearly 250 lives. It turns out there is nowhere in the United States that is particularly insulated from everything. … declarations that the communities will bounce back stronger than ever are made.  Hashtags like #houstonstrong spread on social media.  But for some smaller towns, the question is not when they will rebuild — but whether they will rebuild at all.”

From corporate board rooms to Air Force bases to Black and poor neighborhoods to college campuses to the reeking-of-liquor back rooms of our politicians, this Climate Change stuff is for real.  It is no longer the jabber of middle-class tree-huggers.  The movement is concentrated in Europe, especially England, and it is spreading.  Awareness grows that something needs to be done.

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Bernie rides out …

November 7, 1972.  Election Day.  Richard Nixon beats Democrat George McGovern.

I remember the night far too well.  First time I ever voted.  Nixon supporter Sammy Davis, Jr. was cavorting with joy on TV while I was getting blotto on Southern Comfort and Dr. Pepper, then puking my guts out the back door into the chilly Michigan darkness.

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Pinellas County Green Party Supports Yasmine James against Racist Attacks

Ronald McDonald unmasked.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Pinellas County Green Party fully supports brave McDonald’s employee, Yasmine James in the face of her being assaulted on January 1st by a violently racist customer, Daniel Taylor.  While Ms. James admirably defended herself during the assault, other McDonald’s employees initially stood idly by before finally pulling her away from her attacker.  They then proceeded to take the attacker’s order as though nothing had happened.  McDonald’s didn’t contact the police about the assault against Ms. James or another co-worker, Tateona Bell, who had been kicked in the stomach as he left the establishment.  Ms. James was left to contact law enforcement on her own and the police only became involved after Taylor himself made a false report of being robbed by African Americans and was recognized as Ms. James’ attacker from a surveillance video.

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Black is Back! — and so is the anti-war movement.

WASHINGTON, DC, November 3, 2018 — It was a chilly autumn afternoon in Washington, DC as my mother Maggie Gouldin and I wandered to Malcom X Park for the Black Is Back Coalition’s annual march to the White House.  As colorful fall leaves crunched beneath our shoes, I saw an African flag — the Red, Black and Green waving triumphantly in the distance and I knew we had found our destination.  The chill in the air didn’t dampen the red hot revolutionary spirit of that crowd as they gathered to demand nothing less than the total liberation of Black people and all the colonized people of the world.

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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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