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.

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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.

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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