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 calls for Peace Treaty Process on Korean Peninsula

Green Party of Florida calls for a Peace Treaty Process on the Korean Peninsula

August 24, 2017

The Green Party of Florida joins the United States and South Korean Green Parties in calling for a political and diplomatic solution to the Korean War instead of further militarization of the situation. Green Parties across the world have called for global nuclear disarmament and a transfer of military funding to humanitarian programs including the fight against climate change.

Further escalation of military tensions on the Korean Peninsula does nothing to honor the sacrifice of the more than 35,000 United States service members who have already given their lives, or the more than 100,000 service members wounded in action in the Korean War. The Green Party of Florida remembers the over three million global citizens whose lives have already been ended by this conflict. The Green Party of Florida acknowledges the plight of the citizens of North Korea, who remain among the world’s poorest and most internationally isolated.

The Green Party of Florida demands that the United States government exhaust all diplomatic and political solutions to the Korean War before threating a return to open and active hostilities. The Green Party of Florida supports a suspension of U. S. and South Korean joint military exercises on the Korean Peninsula that serve only to make North Korea feel threatened and do not advance the cause of peace. The Green Party of Florida supports a return to the United Nations Security Council plus China sponsored Peace Treaty Process with the goals of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a Peace Treaty which ends the Korean War and provides both North and South Korea with a peaceful road map to future success and prosperity.

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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Senator Nelson, Stand up and protect Florida from fracked gas Sabal Trail Pipeline

Florida is in need of clean energy and jobs. We need you to protect Florida, not FPL.

Dear Senator Nelson,

Floridians have great concerns about the Sabal Trail pipeline being constructed through Florida. Representatives from several organizations visited your office on December 29th to hand-deliver over 95,000 signed petitions asking you to stand up to protect Florida from the Sabal Trail Pipeline. We visit your offices, hold rallies, make calls, but hear no word.

As this pipeline is nearing completion, we are distressed that you as our representative have not responded, nor taken a stand in opposition to this fracked gas pipeline project that serves the financial interests of its investor companies, NextEra, Duke, and Spectra, and the countries who will receive the exported fuel, but is already devastating to Florida’s delicate karst geology, accelerates fracking elsewhere with all the implicit and associated hazards, has inappropriately taken homes and property by eminent domain, threatens our aquifer and water supply with contamination and damage to its casing, is an explosive hazard to our communities, and undermines our future with faster more certain climate change. Continue reading “Senator Nelson, Stand up and protect Florida from fracked gas Sabal Trail Pipeline”

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

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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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David Cobb Debates on The Fairness Doctrine Radio Show

Join Jennifer Sullivan, a co-chair of the Green Party of Florida, along with her 2 charming and well spoken gentleman guests this Wednesday for The Fairness Doctrine where they will debate about the presidential debates on September 21st from 12:15 – 1:00 PM (EST)
They are: Alan Clendenin, the first Vice-Chair of the Florida Democratic Party and member of the Democratic National Committee and David Cobb a constitutional lawyer, the 2004 Green Party’s presidential candidate and spokesperson for Move to Amend.
We’re at 88.5 FM in the Tampa, Florida area and also at www.wmnf.org. Listen in real time or visit the stations program archives for the time and date later. We appreciate it if you can listen in real time, because it helps our program’s ratings . Plus you will be the first to know and possibly even be able to get on the air to comment.

A Snowball Settles it!

A Snowball Settles it!

By: Christoph L. Rocker

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Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) tries to prove global warming is a hoax today by bringing a snowball onto the senate floor.

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He then points to his favorite climate denying scientist from MIT, Richard Lindzen, as to how global warming is just a bureaucratic scheme to instill fear in the public to get approval for a carbon tax.

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This is his typical argument.

He goes on to say that 63% of newscasters say climate change is not man-made. How many of those are in big corporations pockets and what about the remaining 37%? Since when do newscasters understand science?

Rush Limbaugh, Radio Talk Show Host. Climate Change Denier who calls us Environmentalist Wackos.

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He brings up the announcement by Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) today of an amendment that “climate change is real and it is not a hoax.” Inhofe say’s he commented that it is “arrogant of man to think he can change climate and climate change is a natural cycle.” He even says that the Biblical scriptures talk about it. He is clearly not living in reality. He is living in a reactionary Christian view of the world that is non-scientific and depends on junk science to prove the Bible as accurate.

He discredits Gore’s popularized “hockey stick” graph to remind the people that 2014 was the warmest year on record.

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He has little faith in the IPCC or the UN.

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He brings up a 1974 Times magazine cover that say’s “the ice age is coming” and say’s that everyone believed that to be true although it was a hoax! He brings another Time magazine cover with a polar bear under the title “global warming” threat. His point is that these are two opposite predictions from the same magazine 30 years apart.

The Chart below is from a NASA website. See citations at end of article.
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He supported Whitehouse’s amendment but this whole thing is twisted madly to where he even co-sponsors the amendment now only with some bizarre exceptions. He agrees that climate is changing, in that it is normal for it to change & secondly he agrees it’s a hoax. The hoax is that people are so arrogant they think they have the power to change the climate – that’s the hoax, not the fact that the climate is changing. It is natural, not man-made in his belief.

Here is a simple chart to shows how CO2 can effect Global Temp.
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How much more confusing can anyone ever make this issue? I can see the public being drawn into this convoluted argument and becoming even more confused. It is a complete circus of misinformation and he should be withdrawn from office for trying to deceive the people or at least for his sheer ignorance of this issue.

Below is a simple chart explaining the many negative effects of Global Warming.

 

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Inhofe claims this whole “global warming” issue was cooked up by the United Nations along with the IPCC. He presents facts (the infamous 1999 email scandal) that scientists were purposefully lying and this, in his mind, proves conclusively they were cooking the science.

Below Image shows Antarctica’s rapid melting over 30 yrs.
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Since then, we have 97% of scientist agreeing that Global Warming is a real man-made threat and we need to lower CO2 emissions before we reach a tipping point. Other scientific evidence recently suggests that the West Antarctic Glacier is melting and has already passed its tipping point which means in as soon as 200 years from now, a rise in sea levels to 15 feet or more.

Image of Antarctica and the massive melting ice that will raise sea levels
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Who do you believe? A politician who is preaching junk science or a global community of scientists who are trying to inform the public of this eminent threat if we do not alter our course?


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Multinational Global Corporations and the politicians whom they have bought via lobbyists want everything to continue as is and in fact they want to increase CO2 levels for profit. That is the name of the game when it comes to capitalism. The name of the game people are more familiar with is “monopoly.”


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Therefore, Cap and Trade is the monster under the bed of this entrenched Republican Christian Junk Science Believing Millionaire Politician, and the “email scandal” is the only proof he has to convince us that global warming is not man-made and there’s nothing to worry about except the Liberal nut jobs who want to scare us into paying more taxes and regulate our companies to the point of bankruptcy.

James Inhofe Chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, which will have hearings and debates with prominent scientists on this very topic. He says the science is not settled and he will, I am sure, have more snowballs, Climate Deniers and obsolete charts to prove that the Glaciers are not melting because of CO2 and the future is in God’s hands not man’s. He dubs his team “The Truth Squad.”

He closes with remarks dismissing Obama’s 479 billion dollar plan that will not reduce CO2 emissions, allegedly claimed by its own director.

Dr. Jill Stein of the US Green Party

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The Green Party is well aware of the state of our planet and our economy. We are proposing a Green New Deal as a peaceful and comprehensive 4 tiered solution to these many problems we face. We need your support and voice to grow our grass roots movement. You make a difference. Register Green NOW! Get Involved in your community! Many can do what one cannot.

– C. L. Rocker
All images were labeled for reuse on google images. For more information on graphs and quotes in this post, please refer to below citations:
inhofe snowball youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT9ZeEFDVyMclimate misinformer richard lindzen – https://www.skepticalscience.com/skeptic_Richard_Lindzen.htmnasa climate scientist consensus – http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/West Antarctic Glacier melt unstoppable – http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-148

Nasa sea level rise from antarctic melt – http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/news/antarctic-ice-sheet-20140512/

inhofe’s net worth – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/business/congress-members-worth/

6000 year old earth – http://www.independencebaptist.org/6,000%20Year%20Earth/6,000_Year_Earth.htm

cap and trade – http://www.edf.org/climate/how-cap-and-trade-works

climategate email scandal 2009 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climatic_Research_Unit_email_controversy
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students guide to climate change – http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/scientists/clues.html

“Warning, I Choose The Politics Of Courage, Not Fear!”

“Warning, I Choose The Politics Of Courage, Not Fear!”

By: Christoph L. Rocker 2/24/15

Recent news reports warn that the terror threat level is up and shopping malls may be a target, yet, in the next breath, the newscasters claim the public should feel safe enough to shop. Why such contradictions? Who is deliberately creating this fear? Is it a coincidence that just this week Congress battles over whether or not Homeland Security continues to receive funding?

Citizen Four, the Oscar winning documentary portrays whistle blower Edward Snowden as self-sacrificing. Collecting the award, Poitras, flanked by journalist and collaborator Glenn Greenwald, said: “The disclosures of Edward Snowden don’t only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself. When the decisions that rule us are taken in secret we lose the power to control and govern ourselves.”

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In an interview with him last year Snowden claims that the NSA’s surveillance is so entrenched that he wishes he would have blew the whistle earlier. All it will take is a “major incident” to enact a policy with a flick of a switch to create “turnkey tyranny.”

This is the politics of fear and the endless war on terror in our new Orwellian Surveillance State in action. Does anyone else see this as more than coincidental, that they may be making stuff up in order to get more funding? Is it possible they are feeding us bits of intelligence and spinning it in order to keep us in fear and our money in their coffers? Or is this the media’s doing?

Edward Snowden was a successful young man who gave up his comfortable life and career as a high level security analyst for the NSA in Hawaii to warn the American Citizens of the abuses of power he eyewitnessed. His greatest fear regarding the outcome for America, is that after hearing all that has been disclosed, the public will do nothing, that they will not force their Representatives to take a stand for their own interests. We need to support him and the sacrifices he has made on our behalf. We need to be heard by our Representatives!

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After hearing all this hype in the news, I visited the National Terrorism Advisory System on Homeland Security’s website. I was expecting a color chart with red or at least yellow, but in 2011 they opted for a new system where anyone can sign up to receive alerts via email, Facebook or Twitter. I visited their Facebook page and could only find posts by Secretary Jeh C. Johnson telling the public how important they are to the DHS. There were no current alerts to be found anywhere.

To quote Noam Chomsky, “To stop terrorism, a good place to start is to stop participating in terrorism.” We export terrorism on a wholesale level, whereas “terrorists” fight with guerrilla tactics in Afghanistan, for example. Those terrorists are fighting a super power, who has invaded their country for oil and other selfish interests. Who has killed more innocent civilians in the war against terror since 9/11? I’ll let you answer that question.

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On WFLA Sean Hannity radio show recently I heard right wing Christians fundraising for soldiers of fortune to go overseas and fight the evil empire. I find this reminiscent of the Crusaders who would do anything to instill fear in their blasphemous Muslim rivals.

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Native Americans were dehumanized by colonialists and then the American government. This genocide occurred through propaganda to create a belief system with hatred and fear of the “savages.” The extermination of almost an entire indigenous population was all for greed, land, and power, not Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. It’s the same old song and dance. The question is, will we learn from history or be doomed to repeat it?

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Instead of the politics of fear and hate, I choose the politics of courage & love. I exercise my right to free speech before it is lost forever to the warmongers and unfettered capitalism. It is the multinational corporations who are buying governments and taking away all of our rights and destroying our planet at an alarming rate!

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Throughout all this talk, our young men and women are in a foreign country dying because private interests have convinced the public that it’s not about the oil but about the unethical, un-American, inhuman Muslim enemies. How many do we have to kill before it has been an “eye for an eye” for 9/11?

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Why don’t we clean up all the organized crime and white collar corruption here in our homeland before we start trying to fix other cultural problem thousands of miles across the ocean? There is no money in it, that’s why. The KKK is alive and well in America. They still exist and can rise and become more visible if we allow fear mongers to continue these violent and defensive knee-jerk reactions. We are the pot calling the kettle black if we arc going to play on emotions and public sentiment.

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Half of registered voters did not vote in the 2014 elections. We can change the world if we believe we can. You make a difference. Register Green today and vote! If you are not registered, register now! Choose the Green Party!

– Christoph L. Rocker

References:

c1- http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-split-on-dhs-funding-edging-closer-to-partial-shutdown/2015/02/23/4b2de138-bb76-11e4-b274-e5209a3bc9a9_story.html
c2- www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-split-on-dhs-funding-edging-closer-to-partial-shutdown/2015/02/23/4b2de138-bb76-11e4-b274-e5209a3bc9a9_story.html

c3a- (00:10:46) https://www.youtube.comlwatch?v=Hpvb-hln-ek c3b – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four

c3c – (00:11:32) https:llwww.youtube.com/watch?v=Hpvb-hln-ek

c4 (paragraph 13) – http:llwww.nytimes.com/201 5/02/23/us/mall-of-america-terrorism-threat-jeh-c-johnson.html?j=0

c5a – http://www.dhs.gov/how-do-i/check-national-terrorism-advisory-system-ntasc5b – https://www.facebook.comlhomelandsecurity c6 – https://www.youtube.comJwatch?v=kPj89C7bzOO

c7a – http://download.premiereinteractive.comlseanhannity/201 5/O2lSean%2oflannity%20-%2OFeb%2023%2020 I 5%20-%2OHour%203.mp3

c7b – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui9C6xVpVfO c7c – https://www.youtube.comlwatch?v=b51QFBZjN5M

c8a – http://election.dos.state.fl.us/voter-registration/voter-reg.shtml

c8b – http://gp.org/index.php

Ban on Plastic Bags

gpf Plastic Bag Ban in Fla20 years ago the question was “Paper or Plastic.” This fight was won by the plastic industry. The question in our supermarkets changed to, Is plastic OK?

But Plastic is not OK. Plastic bags are an incredible waste of resources.  The average bag is thrown away after 10 minutes of use, many often ending up in our oceans – in Florida only 12% of plastic bags are recycled. They fill our landfills where they are blown away to our waterways. Once in the water and exposed to the sun, plastic breaks down relatively quickly but the plastic particles, toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) and PS oligomer, can survive 100’s of years. Of these particles, only 30% stay at the surface,  with the majority of the waste falling below the surface or to the ocean floor or ingested by marine life. Continue reading “Ban on Plastic Bags”