Why Americans Must Demolish the Political Duopoly and Create a New Progressive Alliance

The United States is experiencing a serious crisis and most Americans know it. Our government and the Washington establishment is disintegrating at near breath taking speed. A Unified Progressive Movement or Coalition: Periodic efforts have made to create and launch “third party” efforts by small groups around the nation but few achieve any kind of significant national recognition. The Green Party has made a gallant effort but generally fails to get more than a fraction of the national vote in presidential elections though their platform is appealing to many of us. In order to mount a significant challenge by a progressive movement, I believe a coalition of organizations must agree to cooperate to represent common values. This requires both a suppression of individual egos and a willingness to work together on common causes.

by Thomas Baldwin. Copyright 2013-2014. Reprinted by permission from Progressive Activists Voice.

The United States is experiencing a serious crisis and most Americans know it. Our government and the Washington establishment is disintegrating at near breath taking speed. It could well be the most serious situation in at least a hundred years. For years now several authors have described our government in Washington as being “broken” or “dysfunctional”. But these words seem inadequate now.

It is much more like a “living” entity which is dying and is in a critical state; all vital signs are poor. Crises are generated in Washington from incompetence and corruption. Little or nothing gets done; few if any serious problems are addressed. Everything is addressed as “partisan.” But that is a delusion because as I will mention later there is really only one party with two different factions serving the corporate fascists. When the two factions finally agree on something, then it is called “bipartisan” because the two political parties appear to be constantly fighting over power and money. What, if anything, is to be done about this evil charade?
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Green Candidate: Henry Lawrence

 UPDATE: Henry Lawrence Qualifies!

Master Gardner, Henry Lawrence, tending sunflowers, the symbol of the Green Party.The Green Party of Bay County is proud to announce that Henry Lawrence has successfully collected the required number of signatures needed to qualify for the ballot on November 4, 2014! Lawrence is running as the Green Party candidate for the District 6 Florida House seat to represent the residents of Bay County, Florida.

Despite having a broken neck from a near fatal car crash on March 1, 2014, Lawrence was out daily collecting signatures, and has been busy promoting a greener Bay County – something that will not only help local residents, but will bring in tourists and businesses looking for an environmentally friendly community in which to vacation and do business. Lawrence sends a heart-felt thank you to the staff at the Bay County Public Library and the Government Complex at 898 West 11th Street for allowing him to collect signatures throughout the month of May, and is grateful to the citizens of Bay County for having faith in his ability to speak on their behalf in Tallahassee.

Having been active in local transportation issues since 1995, Bay County has benefited from Henry Lawrence’s activism in the form of the positive changes that have been fought for and won on behalf of bicyclists and pedestrians. A direct result of his bicycle advocacy with the Panama City Flyers Bicycle Club has been the creation and implementation of a Comprehensive Bicycle Plan with results that can be seen throughout Bay County – it was Lawrence’s hard work that was instrumental in spearheading the drive for bicycle lanes on 11th Street and North Lagoon Drive bicycle lanes.

Lawrence was recently awarded the Pioneer Award from the Florida Bicycle Association for his pet project – the Share The Road specialty license plate (1999). His dedication and service in helping to pioneer the Share the Road license plate have helped generate funds for much needed funding bicycle projects and education over the past 14 years, benefiting the bicycling community all over Florida, including two local projects. The Cove signed Bicycle Route and the new bicycle racks in St. Andrews have both been supported with funds generated by the specialty plate funds, and both projects have contributed to the revitalization of our community.

The original sparkle of the idea that later became known as the Gail’s Trails System, a system of walking trails and bike trails originating in Frank Brown Park on Panama City Beach, initially occurred years ago when Lawrence encouraged Gail Oberst and Paul Casto to tour the Blackwater Heritage Trail in Milton, Florida. The trails have expanded into Conservation Park, an undisturbed patch of native Florida beauty, and have become very popular with local residents and tourists alike. In an area with towering condominiums and tourist attractions, Conservation Park and Gail’s Trails treat residents and visitors alike to a taste of natural Florida.

Henry Lawrence talks about the ecology of St Andrew Bay.
Earth Day Bay County, which Lawrence re-birthed in Panama City, along with his political involvement with the Green Party, have been his inspiration since 2004 when Lawrence made his first effort at campaigning for a local political office by running for District 3 County Commissioner in Bay County . This local effort to bring the environmental community together with local craftsman and artists and musicians just marked its 10th Annual Earth Day Celebration in McKenzie Park on April 19th of this year.

To stay current on events and functions where he will be appearing, follow Henry on Facebook.

Make a donation today!

Henry Lawrence Campaign
1725 Palmetto Avenue
Panama City, Fl. 32401
Or you can go to http://www.newmenu.org/votehenry to make a donation via Paypal.

Email:  hnlbicycle@yahoo.com

Wise Woman Media

WISE WOMEN MEDIA for June 20th, 2014
Returning Guest, Investigative Reporter, Author and Journalist, Janet C. Phelan
We will be LIVE BROADCASTING on Friday night, June 20th, 2014 at 10PM EDT.
http://wisewomenmedia.blogspot.com/2014/06/wise-women-media-for-june-20th-2014.html

For tonight’s show we welcome returning guest, Journalist, Author and Investigative Reporter, Janet C. Phelan.
We will be talking about her latest book, EXILE. Snowden is not the only American living in exile because of fear of reprisals by the American government. Janet’s story is one of many that has remained unreported until now.

LINK TO THE SHOW: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/here-be-monsters/2014/06/21/wise-woman-media-for-62014-author-and-investigative-reporter-janet-c-phelan#ixzz356pgTZCp

This will be a LIVE SHOW, so feel free to call in to ask our guest questions or to comment.
CALL IN #: (213) 816-0357

A bit about the book and Janet’s story:
“In the year 2000, an out of work reporter is approached by a man who is not whom he appears to be. Lured into a romantic affair with him, the reporter is soon to lose everything-her family, her home, her country and nearly her life. EXILE is the true story of Janet Phelan, who fled the US after the attempts to permanently silence her went awry. The lengths to which the intelligence community will go to cover their tracks is revealed in this memoir. The ultimate question-what is the meaning behind this grave assault on an American citizen-unfolds as the story is told.

DON’T MISS THIS SHOW!

Iraq Panel Discussion

Iraq Panel Discussion and Q&A
Monday June 23, 7:00pm
Genaro Coffee, Co.
1047 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, FL – On Monday, June 23, beginning at 7:00pm, St. Pete for Peace will host a panel discussion on Iraq at Genaro Coffee Co. Panelists, consisting of a wide range of community activists, will discuss their perspectives on the current situation in Iraq. Following the discussion will be a Q&A session where everyone is encouraged to be involved.

“The Obama administration is arming ISIS in Syria and now it may bomb them in Iraq? We have destroyed Iraq with two wars and ten years of sanctions. The idea that we can play any role today in fixing what’s happening there is nonsensical,” stated St. Pete for Peace spokeswoman Marianne Huber.

Panelists for the evening will be Melissa Baird and Susan Le (St. Pete for Peace), Mike Fox (Progressive Democrats of America), Brian Moore (NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice), Jennifer Sullivan (Green Party of Florida), Jesse Nevel (Uhuru Solidarity Movement), and Amer Baghajati (Syrian American Forum).

The evening’s discussion will be moderated by Sean Kinane of WMNF.

The panel discussion will begin at 7:00pm, so please arrive ahead of time. The earlier we get started, the more time there will be for everyone’s questions and comments. The evening will finish no later than 9:30pm.

Visit http://stpeteforpeace.org/Iraq2014.html for more, and join the discussion and sign up for the event on Facebook.

Peace

Florida Greens Hold Annual Gathering in Orlando

Building Today’s Party for Tomorrow’s World!

The Green Party of FL will be holding its 2014 Annual General Membership Meeting in Orlando, Florida on Fri, Sat & Sun, June 6, 7 & 8. (See the AGENDA here) Friday and Saturday will be at the Quaker Meeting House east of Highland Ave. and Sunday’s session (See Offices and Candidates for Sunday’s ELECTIONS here) will convene at the nearby Latino Leadership.

Mark your calendars! Register Early. (Instructions here)

Friday, June 6 (6-9pm open house)
and Saturday, June 7 (8am-5pm, followed by dinner and event till 9pm):
Friends Meeting House
316 E. Marks St
Orlando, FL 32803

Sunday, June 8 (8am-2pm):
Latino Leadership
8617 E Colonial Drive, Suite 1600
Orlando, FL 32817

Local affiliates will share ideas for how they’ll be relating to their communities, expanding their membership, building their organizational capacity, and gearing up to support the GPFL standard bearer for the 2016 presidential race.

We’ll also hear from our Green candidates running for office, and currently serving, in FL. And we’ll take a look at the hot issues in Florida, with a special presentation on public banking.

Fellow Florida Greens, Join Us in Orlando to Help Build Today’s Party for Tomorrow’s World!

Annual Membership Meeting, 2014. Click to download Acrobat Reader file (4.5MB)
Annual Membership Meeting, 2014. Click to download Acrobat Reader file (4.5MB)

John Kiriakou Day of Action

Friday May 9th is a Day of Action to help John Kiriakou, the CIA agent serving a prison sentence for whistleblowing against the C.I.A. torture program. The day is being organized by FireDogLake. The Green Party of the United States has consistently called for a halt to the prosecution of whistleblowers. Though perhaps less known than others such as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, Broward County Greens believe that Kiriakou has performed a service to his country by his defense of the Constitution.

Friday May 9th is a Day of Action to help John Kiriakou, the CIA agent serving a prison sentence for whistleblowing against the C.I.A. torture program. The day is being organized by FireDogLake. All concerned members of the public are encouraged to visit their local Representatives’ and Senators’ offices to lobby for Kiriakou’s release to a half way house. For those unable to visit an office, FireDogLake recommends calling the Bureau of Prisons to ask them to move Kiriakou, or to donate to a fund for Freedom of Information Act requests concerning the case.

Electronic Frontier Foundation - Creative Commons
Electronic Frontier Foundation – Creative Commons

Kiriakou is a former C.I.A. analyst and case officer. In the wake of September 11, 2001, he refused to be trained in “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which many understand to be a euphemism for the cruel and unusual punishments inflicted upon detainees of the United States in violation of the 8th amendment of the Constitution. These actions include waterboarding, a crime for which the United States has been said to have executed Japanese soldiers for, after World War II.

Kiriakou, after leaving the CIA, was the first CIA officer to confirm that the agency waterboarded prisoners as part of official U.S. policy. Subsequently, the U.S. government investigated and prosecuted him. It has been noted ironically, that the sole C.I.A. officer to be jailed in relation to the torture program was the one to publicly oppose the program. He is currently serving a thirty month sentence under the Espionage Act. Reports by writers such as Kevin Gostolza have described his ill treatment by the Bureau of Prisons and repeated attempts to silence his public communications which have become known as the “Letters from Loretto.”

Kiriakou has been honored in the well known portrait series by Robert Shetterly “Americans Who Tell the Truth.” Other honors he has received include the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civil Courage. While with the C.I.A. he received 10 Exceptional Performance Awards, the Sustained Superior Performance Award, the Counterterrorism Service Medal, and the State Department’s Meritorious Honor Award.

The Green Party of the United States has consistently called for a halt to the prosecution of whistleblowers. Though perhaps less known than others such as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, Broward County Greens believe that Kiriakou has performed a service to his country by his defense of the Constitution.

The call to action by FireDogLake includes an “Action Packet.”

This post was originally published by the Broward County Green Party under the Creative Commons License.

So now I’m a Commissioner …

So somebody asked me, “Bill, what’s it feel like, now that you’re actually serving on an official county committee?”

Good question, and I hope my answer can encourage others to do the same, become a small but real part of our local government. I really hope to see other Greens get onto committees in their counties, fire districts, cities, etc. If we can show our commitment on citizen advisory committees, maybe the public will trust us more when our members run for elected offices.

— submitted by Bill Pollard, Green
member of High
highlandslands County Historic Preservation Commission

So somebody asked me, “Bill, what’s it feel like, now that you’re actually serving on an official county committee?”

Good question, and I hope my answer can encourage others to do the same, become a small but real part of our local government.  First, it wasn’t my first time, since I had served as a public member on two committees back in the 1990s, when I lived in Osceola County.  In those days, I was a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat.  But I found the dye was not very good, so I finally gave up on the Democrats.

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Henry Lawrence talks to our schools for Project Democracy 2014

 — submitted by Henry Lawrence and Kelly Duncan
February 25, 2014

Project Democracy 2014 is a unique project run by Mark Anderson, Supervisor of Elections in Bay County, Florida.  Anderson not only encourages young people to exercise their right to vote, but also encourages the various political parties in the county to participate by visiting area high schools with him.

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Henry Lawrence pictured at right.
image courtesy of the Bay County Supervisor of Elections

Thanks to Anderson for allowing the Green Party to participate this year, along with the Republican, Democratic and Libertarian parties.  Green Party leaders Kelly Duncan and Henry Lawrence had the opportunity to speak with juniors and seniors in local high schools about the Green Party and the political process.

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South Miami Mayor Stoddard Wins 3rd Term in a “Mudslide”!

They called it a “mudslide” because of the exceptionally dirty attacks that had been leveled against incumbent South Miami Mayor Phil Stoddard. But those smears only gave the hoots and cheers from the exuberant gathering of neighbors, supporters and volunteers (including a contingent of Greens) at Stoddard’s victory party a more special meaning. Commission meetings have been notorious for divisive bickering, with some factions being backed by special interests. In a more positive vein, the city is also noted for intense citizen engagement at its commission meetings. With Stoddard’s progressive majority growing from 3-1 to 4-1, they now have a mandate to build on that work of moving the city ahead, independent of special interests. Stoddard now plans on holding a series of public workshops to develop a strong agenda for the city.

— Submitted by Steve Showen
Miami Green, and Co-Chair of the Green Party of Florida
February 15, 2014

stoddard02SOUTH MIAMI, FL, February 15, 2014 — They called it a “mudslide” because of the exceptionally dirty attacks that had been leveled against incumbent South Miami Mayor Phil Stoddard.  But those smears only gave the hoots and cheers from the exuberant gathering of neighbors, supporters and volunteers (including a contingent of Greens) at Stoddard’s victory party a more special meaning.

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Big Oil moves against Florida panther habitat

Many on this list are aware that an oil boom is rapidly taking shape in the southwest corner of Florida. Media attention began with a surprise notice sent to residents in May of 2013, advising them of an evacuation plan in the event of a hydrogen sulfide gas release. The source for that gas would be a proposed oil well located approximately three-quarters of a mile west of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Here are a couple of things you might want to do. First, please consider a donation to the South Florida Wildlands Association to enable us to continue this fight. In my own capacity, I have filed an administrative petition (pro se) challenging the Hughes permit to drill next to the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. That petition will be heard later this month in Ft. Myers.

— submitted by Matt Schwartz
Executive Director, South Florida Wildlands Association

[We are proud to present this article by Executive Director Matt Schwartz of the South Florida Wildlands Association.  It outlines corporate plans for the destruction of some of our most precious wildlife habitats, and offers ways that you can fight back against those plans.  Note that the organization Preserve Our Paradise (whose Vice President Dr. Don Loritz is a leading Green in Collier County) has engaged legal counsel and scientific experts in the fight to preserve people’s homes and their very health in the targeted area.  Both organizations are up against the same corporate powerhouses, Collier Resources and the Dan A. Hughes Company.  The fight for the people of Southwest Florida and the fight for the Florida panther is the same fight. — JR, Managing Editor]


Dear Friends,

Don't tread on me!
Don’t tread on me!

Many on this list are aware that an oil boom is rapidly taking shape in the southwest corner of Florida.  Media attention began with a surprise notice sent to residents in May of 2013, advising them of an evacuation plan in the event of a hydrogen sulfide gas release.  The source for that gas would be a proposed oil well located approximately three-quarters of a mile west of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.

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