You may have thought 2016 was bad. It wasn’t just that the country elected Donald Trump to the Oval Office, though that was pretty bad to be sure. Rather, it was that American liberalism — always a treacherous force — took a sharp turn to the right, due to a confluence of two factors.
We are very pleased to feature a guest post by Michael Clarkson, a “70 years young” Afrikan International Freedom Fighter. He works with KonsciousKontractors which focus its primary work inside Ti Ayiti ( Lil Haiti ). That French-Creole-speaking neighborhood, settled by Haitian exiles, has long been a lively cultural center for Haitian and Caribbean culture. Clarkson references Wilfrid Deleus, a renowned Haitian painter who died last year while unable to pay his rent. Little Haiti now faces the eradication of its rich and distinct culture, as it has become one of the prime targets of the Miami Gentrification machine, along with other poor Black communities such as Overtown, Coconut Grove and Liberty City. They call it “Climate Gentrification,” as wealthy Miami residents flee rising sea levels, and drive out poorer residents, while turning the city into an ever-expanding playground for the tourist industry. Clarkson and others are fighting back, and he states that he is “still standing as an example of resistance to continued oppression & exploitation by capitalist/imperialism worldwide!”
The domesticated colonies of Black, Brown, Poor & Working Poor inside North amerikkka, have become the victims of the War of Gentrification.
“I’m going to shake this county up,” says 23-year-old Francisco Pierre-Louis, the Green Party’s candidate for Hillsborough Soil and Water District Group 3 Supervisor.
or the Sad State of the Unheeded Planner.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL, October 16, 2018 — It is as though the Archangel St. Michael looms over the Florida Panhandle, gazing upon mile after mile of devastation, while the lead article by columnist John Romano in the Saturday Tampa Bay Times plaintively asks:
“Why is Florida risking future hurricane misery?”
He then goes forth to blame the people of Florida:
“When it comes to storms, we’ve got the best experience misery can buy. We’ve been hit by major hurricanes in the Southeast (Andrew) and the Southwest (Charley). We’ve had hurricanes slowly creep south to north (Irma) and east to west (Jeanne). We’ve taken repeated hits (Opal, Dennis and Michael) in the panhandle every 10 years or so.
“So let me ask you this: Why are we so slow to learn? … The problem is our leaders get lax. We allow them to be forgetful.”
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:
Interact & Connect:
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!
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 of the United States prepared candidates and their teams for
successful campaigns in Orlando, Florida this past weekend!
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
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.
GPCFL CO-Chair/FL Delegate
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.
Responding to Hurricane Irma
By: Sean Declet
2017 GPFL Ast. Treasurer
Photo Credit: The NOAA satellite GOES-16 captured this geocolor image of Hurricane Irma passing the eastern end of Cuba at about 8:00 a.m. EDT on Sept. 8, 2017. https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/geocolor-image-of-hurricane-irma
Hurricane Irma is both a challenge and an opportunity for us as the Green Party of Florida. Let us also not forget that Hurricane Season does not end until the end of November two and a half months from now. The conditions that spawned Harvey and then Irma have already spun out 3 more Tropical Storms or Hurricanes. Hurricane Maria made landfall as a Category 5 this morning in Puerto Rico requiring the mobilization of another 3,700 FEMA responders as the 3rd U.S. State or Territory to become a Major Hurricane Disaster zone in less than a month.
Hurricane Irma has laid bare to all of us in Florida what it means to be on the front lines of the climate crises. The Green Party of Florida along with the United States Green Party has a platform to address the climate crises. We live in a moment where the question before Humanity is not what kind of world we will leave future generations but weather we will have a planet for future generations to even live on.
Hurricane Irma was a devastating storm to the entire State of Florida. Irma sustained Category 5 winds of 185mph for a record breaking 37 hours as she grew in the latest in a growing list of Super Storms to attack the United States. Over 7 Million Americans in Florida and Georgia were ordered to evacuate ahead of Irma. Over 6 Million homes and business lost power. A week and a half latter 100,000s across Florida remain without power, and some still without water. Evacuation Shelters were opened in 66 or 67 Florida counties. Florida’s entire retail business community did not have enough Hurricane supplies (Food, Water, Ply Wood, Gas, ect.) to meet the demand of the entire State bracing for a direct hit from a Major Hurricane (Cat 3 or more) all at once.
Forecasting Hurricane paths is not an exact science. Even the best computer models have a margin of error of 50-100 miles in their projections. When you put that in the context of Florida it meant the entire State was always in Irma path. Irma covered 300-400 miles and maintained an unexpected unpredictable path across the State.
In the days and weeks ahead, the recovery from Irma will bring forth more issues and concerns. Parts of Florida’s power grid will be offline for days or weeks to come still, affecting people’s homes and jobs. Floridians are concerned that FEMA is not adequately equipped to respond to the three disasters that are Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
In raising the reality of Hurricane Irma and her impact the Green Party of Florida in no way seeks to down play the real ongoing suffering of our brothers and sisters across Texas and Louisiana still reeling from the assault of Hurricane Harvey, or those whose lives are threated today and tonight by Hurricane Maria.
When you take Harvey, Irma, and Maria together our climate is demanding our urgent attention now. The time for discussion is over. The Green Party seeks a Green New Deal where we work as one community to save our State and our planet from the devastating effects of climate change. We seek a 100% renewably powered economy by the 2030s. We must rebuild and transition all of Florida’s power plants to Wind, Water, and Solar. We must decentralize our power grid so that when hurricanes come through millions of us don’t all lose power.
We need to be clear that what we are seeing is the Oceans starting to Boil! These are like the early bubbles in a pot of water that is about to explode into a full boil. As the Earths supply of ice continues to diminish we can expect that the planet will increasingly turn to these mega storms as a means to release the heat from the oceans and attempt to cool the planet back down. We need to be equally as clear that even Super Powers like the United States are not adequately prepared to deal with these sorts of global climate conditions. If Maria (or the next Hurricane behind her) threatens highly populated areas of Florida before we are able to restore ourselves and replenish our supplies we will be even less prepared to weather her and to recover from her.
We must also realize that some effects of climate change are now irreversible and others will take decades to subside just as they took decades to build up. We must seek to better prepare our society for the growing magnitudes of natural disasters we must now confront. Florida needs State or Regional stockpiles of hurricane survival supplies. We need to maintain the ability through government programs or regulations to store millions of gallons of drinking water and millions of pounds of ice, canned meats, vegetables, and fruit’s that can be released into the retail economy when tropical or hurricane watches and warnings are issued. Floridians had the monetary resources to be much better prepared to confront Irma and her after effects but we didn’t have access to the supplies we needed.