A friend of a friend, Mimi Eicholtz, shared this on Facebook, and I wanted to share it here.
By now many of you have read or heard about the Supreme Court ruling in favor of CEO Dave Green of Hobby Lobby. There were five male Justices who voted in favor of Mr. Green, allowing him to personally choose what insurance services are available to his female employees. This is a fiasco and a threat to individual rights. To protest this decision here is what I’m doing: To both Dave Green and to the Justices that voted against a woman’s reproductive rights, I am sending a brief letter. One to Mr. Green at his corporate headquarters and another to the group of Justices. I am simply writing that I protest this choice and am enclosing a hermetically sealed condom. Continue reading “SCOTUS and Hobby Lobby”
In keeping with the Green values of Future Focus/Sustainability, Personal & Global Responsibility, Community-Based Economics, and Ecological Wisdom, Jennifer Sullivan of the Green Party of Hernando County, and fellow Green Larry Waller of Polk County, wanted to share a listing of CSAs in Florida. CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a means by which those of us living in urban areas can help support small family farms and farming cooperatives while enjoying the benefits of their hard work.
Special Guest: Organizer Nancy Pyne from oceana.org
Join us for this week’s show and an engaging conversation about the Health of our Oceans and the impacts of Climate Change. Nancy will be talking about offshore drilling and the current proposal to allow seismic air-gun testing in the Atlantic Ocean, Climate Change and its continuing impact on our oceans, grassroots organizing and building the movement and her experience in environmental advocacy and activism.
We broadcast live on Friday night, 6/27/14 at 10:00pm EDT/9:00pm CDT
The Greens’ Economic Justice Caucus is a page on Facebook devoted to issues of economics and economic justice and injustice, both in this country and worldwide. The page got its start about a year ago (spring 2013) as one of a number of Green Facebook pages. These pages have evolved. Originally the page in question was titled “Green Party Economic Justice Caucus” and the name has changed a few times.
‘Green Party’ had to be taken out of the name, since this page is not actually a part of the Green Party of the U.S. and the name was not allowed to imply it was an official Green Party organization. The page, however, is proud to show it has green values. Anyone can comment and contribute to it and I know some of the contributors and visitors are not Green Party members. This is an open group and currently it has 100 members from across the country.
Green Party Candidate for Florida Representative, District 6: Henry Lawrence
I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Small Business Forum for Florida Representative Candidates – District 6. This forum was a first outing for the eight candidates running for the seat held by Jimmy Patronis, who is term limited and can not run for the seat this election cycle.
Henry Lawrence, co-chair of the Green Party of Bay County was among the candidates at the forum, and guests got to hear a little about Henry, and about what a Green Representative will bring to Bay County. Other candidates speaking at the forum were: Tho Bishop, Melissa Hagan, Thelma Rohan, Jamie Shepard, Jay Trumbull, Ryan Jack Singletary, and Jerry Wyche.
Each candidate got two minutes to share some information about themselves, and tell the audience why they felt they would be the best person to represent the citizens of Bay County. Then the moderator, Don Arias, asked a series of question, three per candidate, and each person got 90 seconds to answer the question asked of them.
Henry Lawrence performed well in representing Green values as he introduced himself to the audience. Having lived in northwest Florida most of his life, Lawrence is aware of the issues facing this area, and as a small business person himself, he knows how important small business is to Panama City. Promoting jobs, and economic growth is vitally dependent on education at all levels, and providing good jobs is key to keeping young people in Bay County after they have graduated from high school or college – good quality job candidates will not stay in an area that does not offer the high paying jobs they seek in order to make a decent living.
From Karen Dwyer, of Stonecrab Alliance:
We have just learned that DEP is hosting 2 media events here in Collier County (FL West Coast) that we should try to get people to attend and hold signs at, both at the Collier-Hogan well site just outside the gate. We need to send out the word far and wide to get as many people as possible at these two events with signs. Please contact Anita Stewart for more information.
Tuesday June 24th at 2:30pm with DEP staff Danielle Irwin
Wednesday June 25 th at 10am with Secretary Vinyard.
Directions to well site:
From Intersection of I-75 and Immokalee Road, go 20 miles East to intersection of Oil Well Grade Road. Turn Left onto Oil Well Grade Road and follow road for 1 mile. Turn Left onto New Road, go .8 miles and turn left on New Road to rig.
I have been very fortunate in my life in many ways and having a German Mother opened travel opportunities to me at a young age. I was 2 on my first trip to Europe…and have been there many times since.
I was also able to spend summers in Toronto during my adolescence because I had an aunt living there and I lived in N. Ohio. It recently occurred to me that we have been so indoctrinated, our expectations so sub-standard, we don’t even realize ourselves how bad things are . Perhaps that explains our complacence. On a visit to Germany when I was 18, I attended some classes with my cousin who was in her final year of high school. The kids there were talking about socialism vs. capitalism vs. communism as systems of government. Not what is good vs. evil but actually contemplating the different approaches to government administration. They were 17 years old. I felt really stupid and duped. I was never given the chance to contemplate such things. I was basically told that “Socialism is bad. Communism is evil.“ We ”are right.“ They ”are wrong.” Americans are not educated to consider these differences. We are indoctrinated.
“I was really impressed with the weekend, it made me really happy,” related Cathy Gilbert, the newly-elected Female Co-Chair of the Green Party of Florida (GPFL). The long-time Green continued, “The discussions weren’t just worthwhile for getting business done, but they actually excited and energized people. Folks who had never met face-to-face had the chance to talk in person, to actually get to know their partners from around the state. Their commitment was apparent, and I could see that people are working in their locals with a lot of passion.”
Some 30 members had just wrapped up three days of deliberations (June 6 – 8) in Orlando, Florida, at the Quaker Meeting House on Friday and Saturday, and at the Latino Leadership center on Sunday. The weekend began with concerns over the state of the party. The GPFL is small, it had lost several officers in the course of the past year, and heavy issues over the character of the party itself remained unresolved.
But attendees emerged hopeful, pleased by the creation of new affiliates in Broward and Orange counties, many new faces among the old, with a mix of seriousness and camaraderie shown in tackling the hard and potentially divisive issues.
The Green Party of Florida successfully concluded its annual membership meeting the weekend of June 7, meeting at the Quaker Meeting House and Latino Leadership Center in Orlando. Presentations related to Green issues also took place.
Josh Pritchett of Hernando County and Cathy Gilbert of Miami-Dade County were elected as male and female co-chairs for the coming year, respectively. DJ Chandler of Alachua was voted Secretary, and Harry Patterson of Alachua was voted Treasurer.
The meeting began with county local representatives updating the assembly on party building initiatives and local actions. Following this, the outgoing male co-chair Steve Showen, in his State of the State talk, outlined issues in which the Green Party could impact policy on its core issues, including medical marijuana, climate change and fracking. In discussing goals for the coming year, state level fundraising was discussed as a means to improve the state party’s ability to send delegates to the National meetings, send out quarterly or yearly mailings and pay for candidates filing fees.
Changes to the state website and strategies for better utilization of the site were presented by Kelly Duncan and Cathy Gilbert on behalf of the website committee.
Dr. Farid A. Khavari, economist, and Independent candidate for Governor of Florida, gave a short lecture based on the idea of creating a state bank for Florida, and showed how it could benefit the state, and its citizens.
Randy Toler, Green Party candidate for the District 6 School Board seat, gave an update for his campaign, and answered questions about his views of the educational system, mostly related to the Common Core program.
Various speakers described means by which U.S. and international groups have brought attention to their agendas. These groups included The Light Brigades for their use of social media, Florida’s Jennifer Sullivan who hosts a local access TV show, Nelson Betancourt’s work with Prometheus Radio in the Orange County area, Michael Canney’s work with WUBA, a full powered radio station in the High Springs area, and the swarm tactics of the Swedish Pirate Party.
This post was based upon reporting by Harry Patterson.
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.
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? Continue reading “Why Americans Must Demolish the Political Duopoly and Create a New Progressive Alliance”