On July 10, the 2014 Convention of the Florida Press Association/Florida Society of News Editors will be holding its gubernatorial candidate forum at the Biltmore in Coral Gables. In an all too familiar story, the Libertarian candidate for governor, Adrian Wyllie, will be denied his rightful place at the rostrum. The sponsors claim he lacks public support, even though he is polling between 5% and 6% of the vote. Lacks public support? Catch 22: how can a candidate gain support when he or she can’t be heard?
Over the years, minor party candidates have been systematically excluded from the public dialogue by the two-party system, but Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is fighting back. In his statement below, he declares, “I refuse to accept your rules, and I present you with the following ultimatum. I will attend the FPA/FSNE Gubernatorial Forum on July 10th in Coral Gables. You may either allow me to participate in the forum, or you may have me arrested.”
In fighting for his right to speak, he is fighting for all minor party candidates who have been shut out of the public eye for so many years. The Green Party of Florida therefore insists that his voice be heard on an equal footing with all the gubernatorial candidates.
“Thank you, Seattle, for leading the way in this national fight for our economic lives! We write to express our gratitude and support for the $15 Now campaign … Working people across the country are inspired and encouraged by your campaign for a $15 dollar an hour minimum wage, which carried Kshama Sawant to her historic election to the Seattle City Council … We must follow their lead by building a broad national movement in the fight for 15 Now.
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.