Green Party of Florida endorses Fair Representation Act

PRESS RELEASE:

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Contact:  Elijah Manley, Communications Secretary,
(561) 672-4081, (954) 854-1555
elijah.manley@usa.com

Green Party of Florida endorses Fair Representation Act

The Fair Representation Act (HR 3057), introduced in the U.S. House in June 2017 by Rep. Donald S. Byer, Jr. (D-VA-8), would introduce three pro-democracy changes to our voting system:  ranked choice voting; proportional representation; and fair redistricting.  The bill proposes:

  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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GPFL Donates $200 to Ahmad For 58 in Dec 19th 2017 Special Election

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!

Learn More & Volunteer:

https://ahmadfor58.com/

Donate:

https://www.launchgood.com/project/fund_the_political_revolution_in_florida#!/

Interact & Connect:

https://www.facebook.com/AhmadFor58

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! 

Robin Harris joins Press Confrence with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

Green Party of Florida Delegate Speaks at Congressional Press Conference

Sean Declet – 10-28-2017

Earlier this week Central Florida Green Party Co-Chair and Green Party of Florida Delegate to the United States #GreenParty Robin Denise Harris got to speak at a Press Conference hosted by Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard about the Off Fossil Fuel Act yet another call for a #GreenNewDeal. Robin also talks of her personnel experiences living through both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Robin takes the stage just after the 22 minute mark in this video.

Green Party Hosts Campaign Training School in Central Florida!

Green Party of the United States prepared candidates and their teams for
successful campaigns in Orlando, Florida this past weekend!

Approximately 25 participants traveled from various parts of Florida to participate.

Orlando, Florida– (October 14 -15, 2017) GPUS and GPCFL, is excited to inform everyone of
the accomplishment of the Campaign Training School. The presenters for the weekend were Erin
Fox (MI), Hillary Aisenstein Kane (PA), and Karen Morian (FL). Each Presenter facilitated
and interactively engaged participants. Also, the class was broken up into workshop style
modalities and encouraged questions and dialogue.

The GPUS team presented topics such as: Why Run for Office 101?  Goal Setting for your
Campaign, Voter Targeting & Voter ID, Building a campaign Infrastructure, and many more
essential topics. Also, each Facilitator conveyed through their instruction the importance of
Movement/Party Building.

The next Campaign Training School will be sometimes next year. However, the goal of the next
class will be to have those who attended this past training to teach and train as well in their local
areas and state.

The GPFL is working on editing video content recorded at our workshop and will make that content available through our website in the near future. The GPFL also Live-Streamed some session on our Facebook page which you can watch here.

Robin Harris
GPCFL CO-Chair/FL Delegate

Ahmad Saadaldin Endorsement

Green Party of Florida Endorses Ahmad Saadaldin in the Florida House of Representatives District 58 Special Election

The Green Party of Florida proudly endorses the campaign of Ahmad Saadaldin for Florida House of Representatives in the District 58 Special Election. .

His campaign calls for repairing the broken political system with independent action to reimagine Florida as a State that supports quality education, supports worker’s rights through the Fight for 15, and addresses the need for action on climate change to protect Florida and her citizens.

www.AhmadFor58.com

www.facebook.com/AhmadFor58

Green Party of Florida Endorses Candidates in August 29th St. Petersburg City Elections

Eritha Akilé Cainion, for St. Petersburg City Council District 6, and Jesse Nevel, for Mayor.  Omali Yeshitela (l.) in background.

VOTE THIS TUESDAY AUGUST 29th!

The Green Party of Florida has endorsed Jesse Nevel for Mayor and Eritha “Akilé” Cainion for City Council District #6 in next Tuesday’s St. Petersburg, Florida City Primary Elections. Both of these candidates hold the most progressive values of all the candidates in their city and the best environmental and social justice ideas.

Learn More and Donate to Support these Candidate’s Election Day Efforts!

http://jessenevel.com/

http://akilefordistrict6.com/

Legislative Agenda – Green Party recommendations

The Green Party of Florida recommends the following response to the upcoming House and Senate proposed bills in whatever method or methods you can best manage :

1) People can visit locally now until March 6th and locals and/or individuals should endeavor to contact their legislators about these current bills via phone emails or post a letter in the mail. Calls are the easiest. Emails are recorded I suppose, but actual written letters have to be kept on file.

2) Attend town meetings.

3) Meeting in small groups of 2 -6 people with the elected rep (or their aides) with a good speaker to bring up the wishes and one other to take notes on the response.

4) Be vocal with social  media and other areas where you communicate at work, school,  etc.

5) Be sure to register to vote and urge others to do the same. If our votes did not matter they would not spend so much to try and buy them or suppress them.

6) The session starts March 7th, so join a coalition (or go as united Greens) and lobby in Tallahassee.

7) The Senate is identified as the primary focus, as there are new senators and less senators to lobby. If we can block bills with this group, the bills will not pass into law, even if the whole house votes yes for them.

Strongly suggest that we bring back the Intangible Tax here on Florida which is a tax on EXCESS wealth (it was abolished under Gov. Jeb Bush)

Push for the implementation of SB90 which is the Solar Tax exemption.

Bills we support:

Florida Homeless Bill of Rights

HB 451/SB 442 Fracking ban – of course!!

HB 387/SB 458 Create a Criminal Justice Task Force.

HB51/SN 270 and HB53 /SB 934 – Ex – felon Voting Rights Restoration

HB93/SB 162 Ban plastic bags in coastal communities of 100,000 or less – it’s a start!

HB 319/SB 410 Equal and fair pay for all genders.

HB623/SB 666 No discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Bills we Oppose:

HB 17  (no Senate Bill – which is good!) Destruction of grassroots control – this bill weakens local government’s ability to regulate !

HB 697/ SB Bans sanctuary cities for immigrants.

SB 622 Guns on campuses (no house bill which is good)

HB 351/ SB 478  Secrecy Act which by passes the Sunshine Law

HB 373/ SB 856 Unfair to the best teachers.

HB 11  (no Senate Bill ) HB 599 and SB 534 These bills weaken unions – which, of course,  we need for living wages and benefits.

HB 819/SB 610 Punishes businesses for making safety choice about guns on their property.

For more information on these bills and any others, visit MyFlorida.Com  and put the bill number into the search at the top left of the page.

Note HB = House Bill and SB + Senate Bill

In addition, there will be a statewide citizens’ lobby day (March 21-22) to support a ban on fracking and to protect water and restore the Everglades, as well as to push enforcement of clean energy Amendment 4 that passed last August.

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Third Party Spoiler Myth and the Solution called “Rank Choice Voting”

David Morales, a high school student who wrote a report on Proportional Representation asked us to post his paper on our website. It gives me great hope for the future in that we have Green Youth such as David and others like him who are getting involved now to help create positive change for the future of our country and the world. Thanks David! CLICK HERE FOR DAVID’S REPORT

David Morales, High School Student
David Morales, High School Student

The United States falls victim to a system of voting which does not truly represent its people. In the United States we use a system called “First Past the Post” or FPTP. FPTP presents a system in which voters elect the candidate with the most votes to win the election. A seemingly simple, fair and logical system and yet it presents a multitude of issues. FPTP seems natural to us because it provides a winner based on the person with the most votes: the winner, however, in most scenarios problems arise when this system is used to vote. For example, the majority of voters will inevitably be left without a voice.

Our voting system is a “winner take all” system and discourages people from even bothering to vote. Notwithstanding the Electoral College, in which the Green Party calls for reforming.

I’d like to also post here, a link to a youtube video David Cobb created for the Jill/Baraka campaign concerning this topic of Rank Choice Voting (RCV).

 

There is Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), Proportional Representation, which David Morales writes about (STV – Single Transferable Vote), and other forms of voting that are similar in nature. This is the only way a third party will be recognized in our country and the only way the people’s voice will be heard and counted. We have a responsibility and this is our civic duty to ensure that we get a bill passed which enables our voice and our choice be heard. Contact your State Legislators today by writing them to enact a bill. It could be something as simple as a letter like this. CLICK HERE.

No party has claim to my vote. To call my vote for a third party a “spoiler” is disrespectful to my freedom as an American Citizen to vote for who I think best represents myself and my community.

how the world sees us

These two clowns are not our only choices!

Voting for the less of two evils has lead us to this dark place we see on television during the debate between Clinton and Trump, a pathetic mockery and embarrassment to Americans.

They do not represent us, they represent big money, the military industrial complex President Eisenhower warned us about and all that’s wrong with our society. The League of Women’s Voters call the Presidential Debate Commission a farce and call for third party’s to be heard in debates. We have let the wolves take over the chicken coup and it’s no one’s fault but our own.

 

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OPEN THE DEBATES!!!

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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.