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?
Black Power is what is needed to ensure black lives matter. That same power is needed for black deaths to be respected as well. There are countless African American cemeteries in Florida that have been abandoned. Completely forgotten. The physical appearance of most of these neglected sites reflect the defiant attitude Florida has harbored against the African Community. Torn, ripped, pillaged, and neglected describes the numerous cemeteries of those of African lineage.
Between 1882 and 1930, African Americans were more likely to be lynched in Florida than in any other state. With less than a month before 2021 cycles in, Ron DeSantis plans to keep this lynching legacy alive. The Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act is the Governor’s imperialistic and racist package to stop public assemblies and protect law enforcement.
If you read the outline of this horrific bill, you will see that its historic manipulative flare cannot be ignored.
A hashtag. A response. An outrage. Heartfelt. It ignited. It moved. #Blacklivesmatter resonated with individuals that repeatedly watched Black lives executed by hands of police or White folks who used their privilege to murder unarmed Black lives.
In 2013, after the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the unnecessary slaughter of Trayvon Martin, Alicia Garza posted using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter — and the rest is history. #BLM became a passion. Black Lives Matter started as a movement in a moment and became a principle. Black Lives Matter is a profound statement. A declaration. We have witnessed a profound uprising by those ignited by the fire of Black Lives Matter! Therefore, my question to those who are calling for the disregard of #BLM is: Shouldn’t Black lives matter? Why is it problematic to move in the moment that has ignited a historic movement? What harm is there in organizing around a principle? Why not allow a hashtag to become a living organism? Most that wear the shirts, hats, and so on, are NOT tied to a Black Lives Matter chapter. There are signs posted all around the nation and most that share those signs are NOT part of any formal organization. However, they have aligned themselves with the Black Lives Matter PRINCIPLE.
— 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
This month the Green Party of Florida donated $200 (10% of our available funds) into “Shaking up Tallahassee” with our endorsed candidate Ahmad Saadaldin in the December 19th special election for Florida House District 58. Many Greens from across Florida have also joined in supporting this campaign with their own money and volunteer efforts. If you haven’t joined the fight for People, Planet, and Peace over Profit in 2017 now is the time!
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