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! 

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

Is the T.P.P. Constitutional?

by Jim Howe

Friday after noon, June 12, 2015, just in time to make the lowest point in the news week, the Trade Adjustment Assistance (T.A.A.) bill failed, 102 -302. Then a vote followed on Trade Promotion Authority (T.P.A.). It passed, 219 to 211 (218 being the bare minimum to pass if all 435 members are present). But… the rules in effect prevent the bill moving forward unless T.A.A. is passed. So T.A.A. will be reintroduced the week of June 14.

T.P.A. was passed, but the bill that was voted on was not the final form of the bill. IF T.A.A. is passed then the T.P.A. could move to conference with the senate bill and on to the president. Would the T.P.A. have to be amended and re-voted due to the T.A.A. language being added post facto? Logically, there would be a vote on the actual final language of T.P.A. But this is the U.S. House of Representatives and pretty much anything goes after happy hour lunch on a Friday afternoon.

Of course, the process is meant to be convoluted and confusing. We can compare it to Abbott & Costello’s “Who’s on First” routine (here).

“Our good friend, President Obama,” and the Republican majority have put the labor movement, the environmental movement, and the greater coalition against the corporate power grab treaties in the position of urging supporters to call their congressman to oppose T.A.A. That is, to oppose assistance to workers that have lost their jobs as a result of the very trade agreements that voting for the T.A.A. would enable. We’ve moved beyond Abbott and Costello into Alice’s Wonderland to the tune of Jefferson Starship’s “White Rabbit” with Obama as the rabbit and Hillary as the Red Queen. Bernie as the Cheshire cat?

Magicians call this an illusion. The audience (citizens) are misdirected and distracted while some (underhanded and dirty) trick is done.

Pay no attention to that Constitution in the display case! Try and follow the spider through the tangled web of purposeful deception.

The Constitution proscribes a much clearer path. Under the Constitution, international treaties must be negotiated with the “advice and consent” of the Senate and ratified by a two thirds (2/3) majority of the Senate. (Article 2, section 2, paragraph 2) Wow, that’s not confusing at all!

Fast Track, T.P.A., was misbegotten by “Tricky Dick” Nixon (was Kissinger the father?), the only president to resign (to avoid impeachment). His legacy is resurrected when the corporate elite feels the urge to expedite the outsourcing of jobs by passing a “Free Trade Agreement” by unconstitutional means.

Congressman Alan Grayson (D Orlando, Fl.) is one of very few congressman to raise the Constitutional issue. He explains the Trans-Pacific Partnership (T.P.P.) here.

Treaties are agreements between two or more countries. Twelve (12) countries are participating in the T.P.P. negotiations. All treaties are covered by the above sited section of the Constitution. Calling them trade agreements, or magical job creation miracles does not change that.

Let’s take a look at the T.P.P. in class terms. Class is a concept little discussed and virtually unknown in mainstream media in the U.S. The media portrays almost everyone as “middle class.” Most of those not vaguely defined as “middle class” are “the poor.” “The poor” might also be “middle class” if they have only been poor for a short time or if they hope to find work soon, or if they are students. These are pretty muddled definitions, but if we do not have words with defined meanings the thought process is difficult! If we do not have clearly defined words to explain the divisions in our society, we cannot understand our society, we are unlikely to take rational action to improve it.

Those six hundred some corporate “advisors” that have been intimately involved in the secret negotiations over the past six (6) years have written the T.P.P. to serve the interests of the elite corporate class, the owners of the vast majority of wealth, those few thousand greedy inhumane elite that sit on the boards of the largest corporations, and their families. The small fraction of the 1%.

The rest of the 1% is made up of this inner circle’s close associates, their henchmen, C.E.O.s, C.F.O.s, corporate executives, and their families, the way less than 1%, or more precisely, the Capitalist Class.

The rest of us all have needs or interests that are in competition with the interests of the Capitalist class. The 99% are divided into several classes. Small and medium business owners, professionals that own their own businesses, doctors, lawyers, truck drivers that own their own trucks. The French call them petite bourgeois, little capitalists. We have workers, those that sell their labor in exchange for wages. We have people that have been pushed to the fringes of society, people which the capitalist system can provide no productive role, the unemployed, homeless, and marginalized.

Even without well-defined words most Americans understand that Capitalism has a way of organizing society. We understand that it seeks to keep wages low and to maximize profit for the corporate elite. We understand that it organizes the workplace to maximize productivity and to control and increase the pace of work.

We understand that capital seeks to expand and to introduce new technology in order to increase production, labor productivity, and most of all, profits.

When capital is ready to build new production centers, it will strive to build in places where it can obtain the best advantage. Many of the advantages derived from location in the U.S. are diminishing. The advantages of locating close to the source of raw materials or close to the customer have been radically undercut by cheaper transportation costs. The availability of cheap labor is ever increasingly a more central determining factor in where to locate new facilities. We call this “outsourcing.” That’s code for displacing workers here by exporting their jobs to places with cheaper labor costs, and lower standards, and therefore higher profits. (This concept is documented in “uneven and combined development,” summarized here.)

Capitalism’s tendency to move its centers of production to those places where it can best maximize profits by exploiting cheap labor is clearly accelerating. This tendency is limited by some remaining obstacles, some of which include poor infrastructure, unskilled workforces, unstable governments, taxes or tariffs, environmental laws, patent laws, minimum wage, child labor, overtime, and safety laws.

Governments might be inclined to play a role in limiting corporate profits by enacting laws to protect their environment, local industry, consumers, and workers. The T.P.P. and the other treaties waiting approval of Fast Track are designed to remove any impediments to corporate expansion and world domination. The investor state resolution process within the T.P.P, creates corporate kangaroo courts that are empowered to decide disputes between corporations and governments based on possible impact on future corporate profits.

The fact that only the corporate elite have played a role in crafting the language of the T.P.P. and that only they have seen the full text is a clear indicator of which classes’ interests are advanced by T.P.P. The fact that our elected representatives have only seen limited portions of the text and, that, under strict controls is sad commentary on the state of our representative democracy.

Every class below the corporate elite have strong vested interests in stopping Fast Track and the T.P.P. Defense of our representative republic and the Constitution are the first line of defense against the corporate power grab that is the T.P.P.

Now we must make the argument that we must defeat Trade Adjustment Assistance (T.A.A.) for workers thrown out of work by past and future outsourcing of their jobs in order to defeat a Treaty that will accelerate the outsourcing of more jobs!

Pay no attention to that constitution in the display case.

Jim Howe is a member of Communications Workers of America, local 3108, a Delegate to the Central Florida AFL-CIO, and a member of the Green Party of Florida.

 

The Constitution of the United States vs. the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Over time, powerful economic interests have leveraged their economic power to purchase law-makers, change laws, have corporations defined as people, and had money defined as speech. Now they want to give international corporations special status above the rights of people and beyond the control of governments. Fast Track, aka Trade Promotion Authority, is a direct assault on the Constitution. If passed, it will enable passage of treaties that will undermine the sovereignty of the United States, and the authority of U.S. laws and courts.

— submitted by Jim Howe*
January 19, 2014

constitutionThe Constitution of the United States was written to limit and define the powers of the government of the United States. It divides that government into three (3) branches, Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. The Bill of Rights was added to further limit the powers of government. The Constitution could not have been adopted without the Bill of Rights. The Constitution begins with “We the People”. It is written in plain English, takes up all of four (4) pages, and can be easily understood by “We the People”. It, and the Bill of Rights, were written as a defense against tyrannical government.

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