Trump’s decision to detach from the Paris Accord should not come as a surprise to anyone. Especially the more Progressive thinker. He has expressed repeatedly his view, or lack of, from the very beginning. He has made clear that he is anti-science and does not take climate change serious.
However, Trump and his administration are mere symptoms of this issue. To be shocked or blame him alone would be myopic. Neglect of the environment and climate issues did not just begin. Both parties have contributed to our present calamity. People have been suffering as a result for years.
Unfortunately, the Island Nations of Oceania have experienced the wrath of this increasing disaster long before June 1. The Islanders of the Pacific were probably the first of many climate refugees. They have been seeking constant asylum not from corrupt government tactics but from climate change! These poor people have been on the front line of climate change. One of the Islands Tuvalu is almost wiped out. But we have to note that this has been happening post Trump administration! I must add that Ghana is also on this list of having climate refugees. This coastal country on the Motherland is experiencing tragedies from the sea warming and impacting their villages. The increase of climate refugees is becoming clear.
The USA has to acknowledge our own climate refugees from turbulent weather patterns and disasters. Have we forgotten Hurricane Katrina? In 2005, Katrina killed 1,200 people and caused more than $100 billion in damages. We witnessed tons of people having to leave their homes and migrate to other states. This was not a choice. They were forced out of their homes. The blatant neglect before and after Katrina can only be to the impact of climate change and environmental racism.
People here in the U.S. that live in deplorable and low socioeconomic places carry the burden of health risks and targets for catastrophes. For example, many black and brown people live in areas withdangerous industrial pollution. Also, these groups live near hazardous waste and toxic sites. Native Americans also experience these same living conditions. Low income families also attend schools with lead and asbestos. All of these issues have been ongoing.
So, climate change and environmental racism is not a new problem or a Trump issue. The corporate greed and privileged attitudes have made it easy to turn our heads or place blame.
Therefore, the Green Party will have to take the lead on this. Align with other Progressives and resist. Execute plans that will slow climate trends down. We will need to employ programs that will create jobs and transitions for people of color that are being effected by climate change. If the power is in our hands as it should be, we will need to become a party of action and resilience.
GPFL State Spokesperson
Please join us for the Green Party of Florida 2017 Annual Membership Meeting and Elections on May 26-28. This has been an exciting year of campaigns, politics, and revelations.
On Saturday, we will be having presentations and discussions on issues and organizing. Sunday will be elections of officers and board. Friday evening is a relaxed social to welcome greens from around the state and kick off the weekend.
Total Conference Weekend Registration Fee
To Register for the GPFL 2017 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (May 26-28), please make a donation of $29 for both registration and lunch: $20 (suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds), and optionally $9 for a delicious vegetarian/vegan lunch including beverage served on site brought by the area’s famous Taco Bus. If you prefer, you can bring your own food and drink.
Donation/Registration Fee Page: https://www.gpfl.org/donate/
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Event listed on FB at https://www.facebook.com/gpflorida/
GPFL AMM Agenda – MAY 26-28, 2017
FRIDAY 5/26 (@PEACE HOUSE: 8052 N. 56th Street, Tampa, FL 33617 )
6-9pm Peace House meet and greet sponsored by Tampa Greens they are bringing food and 7:00 PM Pedro will do his act. Pot luck by local.
SATURDAY 5/27 (@SAUNDER’S LIBRARY: 1505 Nebraska Ave. Tampa, Florida 33602-2849, 813-273-3652)
Library opens at 10:00 am. Set up chairs. Get mic ready at podium. Set up 2+ tables at sides of room for merchandise and fliers & one by entry way. Bagels and Coffee : )
10:15 Convene meeting – Co-chairs Victor Agosto (Broward) and Jennifer Sullivan (Hernando) – Welcome and explain stack Overview of agenda & Intros
10:30 Eritha “Akile” Cainion and Jesse Nevelsky speak about their current campaigns for offices in St Pete.
11:00 Karen Morian (Duval) Voting Rights Restoration
11:30 Joshua McAdams speaks on mushrooms and fungi. He is the largest forager in the state of Florida
12:00 lunch break – Taco Bus Mex fare
12:30 Steve Showen (Miami)- Carbon sequestration presentation
1:00 Modern Monetary Theory – Brian Schatz (Hillsborough)
1:30 Robin Harris (Central Florida GP) Speaking for the LGBTQ community
2:00 John Debus (Duval) Building the party as state organizer
2:30 Plastic bag campaign Friedemann Buschbeck (Hillsborough)
3:00 Sheridan Murphy – Native American Rights and pipelines
3:30 Ahmad Saadaldin (Hillsborough) speaks on Palestine
4:00 Connie Burton speaks on poverty issues and the Homeless Bill of Rights
4:30 – 4:45 break
4:45 Jason Kofender (Hillsborough) social media campaign strategy
5:15 Harry Patterson (Alachua) treasurer report – State growth overview and national lobby Victor and Jennifer/ adjourn and breakdown room at 5:45 – 6 :00 library closes
Dinner at The Mermaid – 6719 N Nebraska Ave – https://www.mermaidtaverntampa.com/
SUNDAY 5/28 (@PEACE HOUSE: 8052 N. 56th Street, Tampa, FL 33617)
10-11 Karen on CCC issue organizing and creating caucuses.
11 – 11:30 Kim O-Connor (Hillsborough) and Anita Stewart (Hernando) speak on campaign strategy
11:30 Richmond California Skypes in about coalition forming (time may vary as this is 8:30 AM on west coast)
State elections commence until 3:00 (may be done sooner) adjourn
New board should meet before they leave
- Providing unifying direction to the State Board of Trustees.
- Drafting an agenda and chairing regular meetings of the Board.
- Helping the Board to coordinate and achieve its work.
- Assisting the Board in coordinating and assisting the work of the State Party committees
Official Secretary – Serves as the SEC’s official Florida state listed secretary for the purpose of fulfilling state and federal election law and state corporation law requirements. Receives and sends official party correspondence and keeps copies of all official documents.
Official Treasurer – Serves as the official treasurer of the Party for the purpose of fulfilling state and federal election law and state corporation law requirements. The treasurer is also responsible for presenting financial reports to the Board of Trustees, State CC and the General Membership Meeting.
Assistant Treasurer – Trains under the official treasurer and also in charge of state fund raising efforts.
Recording Secretary – Maintains the minutes of the Board of Trustees, the minutes State Coordinating Council and the minutes of the meeting(s) of the General Membership. To record and report State CC proposals, votes, and resolutions.
Communications Secretary –Liaison to the state IT team. Has access to GPFL’s info.org to maintain party communications between and among the State CC and the various county parties and locals as well as outside inquiries. Keeps track of delegate and local contact information, adds new delegates and contacts the appropriate official state spokespersons for comments or appearances.
Serve as the members of the State Executive Committee. Develop a State Party strategic plan (to be approved by the State CC). Do party building. Lead state-wide initiatives, and other such projects as necessary or directed by the State CC. Serve as liaison to the various state committees.
- North Florida
- Central Florida
- South Florida
Tasked with voting if a delegate is unable to vote. Should stay informed about the current voting issues on the national list and be prepared to vote within the final 24 hours of a vote should they not see a delegate responding
Observers to GPUS Delegate list
- GPUS Animal Rights
- GPUS Coordinated Campaign Committee Liaison
- GPUS Black Caucus
- GPUS Dispute Resolution
- GPUS Eco Action
- GPUS Fundraising Committee
- GPUS International
- GPUS Latinx Caucus
- GPUS Lavender Caucus
- GPUS Media
- GPUS Merchandising Committee
- GPUS Outreach
- GPUS Platform and Rules Committee
- GPUS Presidential Campaign Support Committee
- GPUS Women’s Caucus
- GPUS Youth Caucus
The Green Party of Duval County invites you to participate in a Legislative Academy in Jacksonville on Feb. 25-26, 2017
In one session we will get an overview of progressive issues with regards to the upcoming Florida Legislative session, which begins March 7. We will have an afternoon/early evening forum, (which will be open to the public), then a closed session on Sunday morning to determine which pieces of legislation the Green Party of Florida will take up as coordinated campaigns.
The plan is to have presentations on the following issues:
Voting Rights Restoration
I also hope to present a bit of information on the legislative process and lobbying tips. This is for the general public who will be in attendance, as well as those of us who need a refresher.
In peace and solidarity,
Event page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/740564872767670/
The Green Party of Florida supports efforts to stop the Sabal Trail Pipeline. Here are some resources for activists who want to help:
it was a sorrow-filled so-called “Thanksgiving” at Standing Rock as the Indigenous peoples and Water Protectors kept their vigil against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in spite of unspeakable police violence. There were unrelenting assaults against the human rights of these peaceful demonstrators.
And frankly, there was nothing to be thankful for except the courage of the Earth and Water Protectors as well as others engaged in peaceful protest.
Indeed, if anything, Standing Rock is a bitterly ironic challenge to the colonial concept of “Thanksgiving”.
There were horrific scenes, reminiscent of the genocidal Indian Wars of the late 19th century, except this time with modern-day weapons of water cannons, rubber bullets, and concussion grenades.
In fact, the police nearly blew the arm off one of the activists, Sophia Wilansky from New York, early Monday morning.
She was airlifted to a hospital in Minnesota where she faces potentially dozens of surgeries to try and save her arm.
Hundreds more have been hurt and dozens have been hospitalized. Green activists and the Water Protectors have literally put their lives on the line to protect the land against toxic oil spills and the desecration of sacred Indian sites.
Greens from all over the country are at Standing Rock, and a delegation of 7 people (6 from Colorado and 1 from Maine) were dispatched from the Stein/Baraka campaign from November 2 through November 9.
They went to stand in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples laying their lives on the line to protect the sacred earth and their traditions – an earth that we all live on – as well as to demonstrate for human rights and the right to peaceful protest.
That delegation, led by National Co-Chair Andrea Mérida Cuéllar, not only went to stand in ideological solidarity, but also delivered much-needed cold-weather supplies and gear to the camp.
Why are we Greens standing in solidarity? Why are we trying to support the Standing Rock action and help keep it going?
Because the earth they seek to protect is the same earth the Green Party is pledged to protect.
In fact, as you read this letter, Andrea Mérida Cuéllar and other members of the Green Party’s Steering Committee are working together to see how we might fund a semi-permanent warming station at the camp, which would be sponsored by our Outreach Committee.
And that’s why I’m writing you today. We need your help to make this warming station a reality.
We need your financial support so the Green Party can deliver this badly needed support throughout the harsh North Dakota winter to the Water Protectors and other anti-DAPL activists.
The situation in Standing Rock is dire, with the State Police and Sheriff’s Department clearly ramping up the violence against peaceful, unarmed civilians.
But the Water Protectors are determined to lay their lives on the line to stop the pipeline. Right now, work on the pipeline – just a quarter of a mile from the Missouri River – has been stopped as tribal leaders talk to the Army Corps of Engineers.
Can you help today to make sure that the Green Party can deliver the warming station and continue its presence at the camp? The movement to stop DAPL is the most visible struggle against the rape of our environment right now, and it’s up to us to stay in the fight with those who are on the ground.
Please, before you forget, give as generously as you can to GPUS today so that we can fund these and other actions. Our platform commits us to protecting the environment.
Ground zero is at Standing Rock.
P.S. Your donation of any amount will help the Green Party fund the Standing Rock support and a myriad of initiatives designed to help create the world that we believe in and deserve. Please don’t delay. Give today, as generously as you can.
Green Party of the United States
A TIME TO MOURN AND A TIME TO RISE
CELEBRATE THE GREEN VICTORIES WITH US
Now that the dust is settling around the presidential election and people like you and me are coming out of the profound shock of a Trump presidency, it’s become apparent that the Green vote – and Green issues – gained a lot of ground this year.
In short, our movement scored several victories! Just look at this list below:
Ballot Access – We maintained ballot lines in 12 states thanks to voters casting over 1.2 million votes for Jill and Ajamu. (We are on the ballot in lots of other states as a result of Green Party voter registration).
Marijuana legalization – California, Massachusetts and Nevada all passed marijuana legalization (recreational and medical for those 21 years or older). Marijuana for medical use was also approved in Florida, North Dakota, and Arkansas.
Minimum Wage – In Alabama, Colorado, and Maine, the minimum wage will increase to $12 by 2020; in Washington, the minimum wage will increase to $13.50 by 2020.
Repealing Citizens United – Washington state passed initiative 735 and California passed Proposition 59 calling for a constitutional amendment to abolish the illegitimate, court-created concepts of “corporate constitutional rights” and “money equals political speech.”
District of Columbia – A resolution in favor of DC statehood passed.
Ranked-Choice Voting – Maine and Benton County, Oregon both adopted measures approving Ranked-Choice Voting.
Standing Rock/DAPL – In this election, we also participated in the growing movement at Standing Rock being led by indigenous people.
We were the only presidential campaign to stand in solidarity with the water protectors, and Jill and Ajamu were the only Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates to actually go and lend their support. The campaign also sent a delegation for an entire week.
We’re proud of that record.
(By the way, Jill and Ajamu will still have legal expenses to travel back and forth to North Dakota on charges of criminal mischief, and will need legal representation, too. If you’d like to help defray travel and legal expenses, click here.)
Also, Greens were elected at the local level! We elected 3 in Minnesota, 5 in Michigan, and 10 to 13 in California, and 1 in Florida.
Overall, the Green Party had many victories!
Now, you may still feel shell-shocked and you may feel it’s a little soon to focus on our accomplishments.
We get it. Trump’s election came as a shock to everyone. And it came on the heels of the nastiest, most bitter campaign in our history.
Fully 80% of voters in America were “repulsed” by this election according to a poll in the New York Times.
Not only did the DNC sabotage Bernie Sanders, they actively worked with corporate media to elevate Donald Trump as a “Pied Piper Candidate” to encourage the most extreme elements of the Republican party.
It’s simply despicable what they did.
But the Green Party is the answer to despair and doubt!
It’s natural to feel sad at the election of Trump, but ultimately we must pick up, move on, and continue with the really great momentum we have.
We are the political arm of this ongoing peaceful, revolutionary, social movement. Our democracy demands we fight on in defense of our values. Fighting for what is right is always worth it – and there is much more work to do.
Green Party activists are hitting the ground running by organizing and calling for actions against harmful policies, as well as for much needed reforms to the political system.
In the face of a Trump presidency, we need to organize and speak out even more!
We are calling for immediate, direct actions against the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the lame duck session. We already have plans in place to mobilize against it!
We’re also co-organizing for “Occupy the Inauguration” demonstrations on January 20 and 21 (the anniversary of Citizens United).
Nothing has changed for us. Nothing has changed in regard to our leftist party-building directives. We were going to have to fight either way, and resist “empire” no matter what.
But this campaign has been costly.
We thank you for being the engine of this revolution and we are with you on this team. We will continue to carry on.
More than one million people stood up for what they knew was right and voted for the Green Party. That’s almost three times more votes than Jill garnered in her 2012 run.
Our movement is growing – this is the beginning, not the end. We will not mourn forever – we will organize.
This message is to encourage you, fellow Green. We’re with you. Shake off the despair and continue onward and upward with us! There is much to be thankful for and much more to be done …
And it’s in our hands.
Stein/Baraka Campaign Chair
Jill Stein – Ajamu Baraka
US House District 11:
US House District 13:
US House District 20:
US House District 23:
US House District 25:
Alina Valdez, M.D.
NO (Sponsored by 4 energy companies that gives dirty energy a cut instead of free independent solar – corporate solar trick amendment)
State Senate District 18:
State Senate District 34:
State Senate District 39:
State Representative District 35:
State Representative District 93:
State Representative District 103:
State Representative District 104:
State Representative District 105:
Supreme Court Justice retention:
Charles T. Canady NO
Jorge Labarga NO
Ricky L. Polston NO
Clerk of Circuit Court-
Write in Shandrell Roscoe
Write in Willie Jones
Supervisor of elections-
Fourth District Court of Appeals-
No recommendations for Cory J. Ciklin, Dorian K. Damoorgian, Jonathan D. Gerber,
Robert M. Gross, Spencer D. Levine, Melanie G. May
Circuit Judge 17th Judicial Circuit
County Court Judge Group 3
County Commissioner Districts 3 & 5
County Commissioner District 9
Broward Soil & Water Conservation District 3
Jelani Anthony Harvey
Broward Soil & Water Conservation District 5
South Broward Drainage District
None of the above
Broward Charter Review commission member terms and future appointments.
Amending charter to eliminate the management and efficiency study committee.
- Funding for countywide transportation system through levy of ½ penny sales surtax.
- Funding for local government infrastructure projects through levy of ½ penny sales surtax.
Supervisor of Elections:
Commissioner District 1:
Commissioner District 3:
Commissioner District 5:
2. Citizens Bill of Rights Including
Right to Copy County Records YES
City of Miami Charter Amendments:
3. (Provide Further Independence of
the Civilian Investigation Panel) YES
4. (City Charter – Allow Residents to
Enforce Charter) YES