On White Fragility

White fragility.

White Privilege and the Southern Strategy or …
Why your fellow Green called you a racist

Hint:  They probably didn’t.

“I include myself in that.  The best white people can do is recognize we’re recovering racists.  We’re born into a system that tells us we rule”

— Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept, 2015

Leftist groups — including the Green Party — have lately been struggling with fissures along identity lines, with race often being the most difficult.  A typical conflict goes like this:  Alice says Beverly has said or done something with racist overtones.  Beverly replies that Alice is the one who is bringing race into it.  Alice says that Beverly is suffering from and manifesting white fragility.  Beverly answers that actually it is Alice who is now the real racist.

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The Fight for Reproductive Independence Requires Political Independence

by Rose Roby
January 22, 2020

47 years ago women celebrated the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade, which stated that the right to abortion was a constitutionally protected right.  Since then, both the Democratic and Republican parties have colluded to make abortion more and more inaccessible for poor women, women of color, and women in general.  I write this in memory of that bitter history.  I also write it because 25% of women have had an abortion and yet we’re expected to be shamed into silence about our experiences; being open decreases the stigma attached to those of us who have done nothing more than made a choice about what we wanted to do with our own bodies and lives.

It was autumn of 2004 when I knew something was going wrong with my birth control pills.  I had been on the pill for over 9 years; it was effective and kept my cycle very precise, like clockwork.  People who have taken the pill know how it works; you have a 21 day supply of active pills and 7 days of placebos that are there to keep you on track with your daily routine.  But at some point, my cycle went haywire — I would be 14 days in and my period would begin!  Then I’d be 10 days in and another period!  I was getting up to 3 periods a month, which essentially had me menstruating more often than not.  Something was very wrong. Continue reading “The Fight for Reproductive Independence Requires Political Independence”

“We can’t shop our way to sustainability.”

by Joel Makower.

Ethical Consumerism aims to gradually reform our economic system into a more moral one by creating market incentives that discourage exploitation while attempting to encourage the creation of a humane version of capitalism.  These individual-based solutions might make consumers feel better about participating in capitalism, but they do not address the structural causes of capitalist exploitation or environmental destruction.  The choices of individual consumers are ineffectual within the context of capitalist production.  The fundamental error of a so-called ethical consumerism is the fantasy that a more compassionate capitalism is possible.

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The Madness of King Donald.

The Green Party of the United States offers bold alternatives on many fronts.  The Democratic Party offers domestic reforms, as long as they don’t challenge fundamental corporate power.  Some Democratic presidential contenders call for a Green New Deal, but fail to engage such changes as replacing the sprawling highway system with comprehensive light rail.  Democrats have nothing like the Green Economic Bill of Rights which demands healthcare, housing, jobs, income, education, and more as fundamental Human Rights.

But it is in the area of “foreign” policy that the choices are even more stark — as stark as the difference between war and peace!  The Democratic Party which fought however tepidly to get the U.S. out of Vietnam, and eventually complained that the murderous invasion of Iraq should be ended forthwith, became upon the election of Barack Obama the party of WAR. Continue reading “The Madness of King Donald.”

Stop the U.S. drive to war against Iran!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

— LeBeau Kpadenou
Co-Chair, Green Party of Florida

The Green Party of Florida condemns the warmongering being drummed up by the U.S. government against the government and people of Iran, and the insane drive to conflagration in the Middle East.

Donald Trump and his inner circle — which includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton —claim that Iran attacked “Japanese-related” shipping while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was meeting in Tehran with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.  The incident derailed any attempt to defuse tensions between the U.S. and Iran following the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the escalation of economic sanctions against Iran and anyone doing business with the Islamic Republic.

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Ranked-Choice Voting* to the Rescue in Presidential Primary

Our Current Voting Methods Are
Inadequate and Corrupt

 

 

 

Illustration by Walt Handelsman | whandelsman@theadvocate.com

By Steve Showen. May 23, 2019

The crowded field of the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary season further illustrates the need for an electoral process that determines which candidate actually has the majority support of the electorate when more than two people run for the same seat.  Majority support is the baseline criterion for the legitimacy of any election in a society that purports to be democratic.

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White Supremacy on the rise with Ron DeSantis — No Delay in Rights Restoration

Robin Harris, Co-Chair, Green Party of Florida.

With the seat of Governor Rick Scott still reeking of his stench, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis is making ready to add his own white supremacist aroma.  Since the passage of Amendment 4 — the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative — with more than 64% of the vote, DeSantis has been beating the drums for the Florida State Legislature to delay it taking effect on January 8, 2019 by adding “implementation language.”  Florida Republicans are conniving to find ways to gut its impact for the over 1.5 million ex-felons (10% of Florida’s adult population, and 21% of potential Black voters) who on that date will be eligible to register to vote.

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Green Party of Fla. Supports Tim Canova suit over 2018 Election for Florida CD 23

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

On December 5, Tim Canova, who had run for Congress as an NPA, filed suit against the Election Canvassing Commission and incumbent Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the disgraced former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman, in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District.

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Green Party of Fla. supports Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement in face of recent attacks.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

As the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) continues to grow, so have the illegal attacks against it from the Israeli government and U.S. state legislatures.

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Responding to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Mass Shooting

Yesterday afternoon, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Broward county, Florida, experienced the most deadly school shooting since 2012’s Sandy Hook massacre.

  Last year, Parkland was declared “The Safest City in Florida”.

  The Green Party of Florida’s members have no desire to politicize this tragedy. Nonetheless, it is appropriate that we make a statement as we are a political party. We believe policy affects outcomes.

  Floridians and Americans at large must ask ourselves a simple question. Do we care about these shootings? Do we care enough to act? Is 17 dead students enough for us to act, or to make our elected leaders act? Our current elected politicians do not care to act, and we all must make them.

 The Green Party of Florida will not publicly offer thoughts and prayer, as these are simply obvious statements of facts. No American with access to television or internet can avoid thinking about this tragedy. No American with faith in the power of prayer is not praying for the victims, or for an end to this uniquely American scourge.

  None of us yet has a sure solution to the problem of near-constant mass shootings, and school shooting, and random shooting plaguing our nation only.  Nonetheless, Americans, on the whole, agree on several simple common-sense policies. Republicans, Democrats, Greens and other independent voters alike agree on the same policies that our well-funded politicians refuse to even consider. We believe you know what these policies are already. We believe that Floridians deserve, demand more than what our current leaders offer us.

The Green Party of Florida Coordinating Council will be having an emergency Conference Call tomorrow night the 16th of February at 8pm to discuss the issues of Gun Violence in the State of Florida including the rise in mass shootings, police shootings, and the “Stand Your Ground” law. We know that Floridians are looking for new ideas and real solutions to the issues of Gun Violence in our Communities, Schools, and Work Places and we are committed as a Party to finding and advancing those ideas and solutions.