Now that I am the male co-chair of the Green Party of Florida, and running for the District 87 seat of the Florida House of Representatives, people ask me, “Why are you doing all this? What moves you to stick your neck out in these perilous, polarized times?”
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.”
- Yes on 2018 Constitutional Amendment #4
- No on 2018 Constitutional Amendment #1
- No on 2018 Constitutional Amendment #2
- No on 2018 Constitutional Amendment #6
… to the Constitution of the State of Florida …
… which is the document that establishes and describes the powers, duties, structure and function of the government of the State of Florida, and establishes the basic law of the state.
Or why we need to pay attention to what is happening with the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court.
We all know the lines from the Second Coming by WB Yeats:
“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;”
Indeed the centre is falling apart. I recall Rose and I watching from our 15th floor Jersey condo as the flames destroyed the Twin Towers on 911. I was on the phone to my brother in Ohio, telling him that one tower had just gone down, while Rose was frantically trying to get my attention and pointing out the window. I looked. There were NO towers. Only an unending plume of smoke that hovered for days.
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.”
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Contact: Elijah Manley, Communications Secretary,
(561) 672-4081, (954) 854-1555
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:
- “establish the use of ranked choice voting in elections for Representatives in Congress”;
- “require each state with more than one Representative to establish multi-member Congressional districts”; and
- “require states to conduct Congressional redistricting through independent commissions.”
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