Tampa Bay Area 15 Now!

Launching this week!

adThe Movement for the $15/hour minimum wage comes to Florida beginning this Saturday.  And you should be there on the Ground Floor.  Activists from the Tampa Bay area and beyond will be gathering this Saturday, July 19, 3:30 p.m. at:

North Branch Library
861 70th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL

Hosted by Socialist Alternative, which led the successful fight in Seattle for the $15 minimum wage, the meeting will be a chance to get acquainted, get informed, and begin to lay out how we are going to win this in the Sunshine State.

For more information, please call:  (747) 482-9669.

 

Beware of Israel

CAIR has emerged as a defender of the Muslim people in the United States in response to the backlash from the World Trade Center 9/11 attacks & to balance the intense lobbying of our Congress by AIPAC. One of their spokespersons co-hosted a show called True Talk on the community radio station here (WMNF) and this has given people in this part of the state a better vision of realities for Muslim-Americans. It’s not unusual for them to visit their relatives in the Middle East or other parts of the world during school vacations.

Such is the case of young Tariq Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old Palestinian-American from Tampa who visited family in occupied Palestine. This trip became a nightmare for him & the rest of his family when his cousin, Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was abducted & burned alive by Israelis. Tariq, himself, was then severely beaten and held under house arrest. This all in revenge for 3 Israeli youths having been kidnapped & murdered ———— never mind that these 2 young men had nothing to do with that. Israel has encroached on Palestinian land for 60 years now & has made the daily lives of the Palestinians more torturous than we here in the US can imagine.

A vigil for Tariq was held here in Tampa on July 5th, ironically right after we here celebrate Independence Day, along with a massive phone call effort to the state department in DC.

Jennifer Sullivan
Tampa area Green

Jennifer has been a West Coast Florida activist for the Green Party, since 1996.

Eye Witness report from Gaza. At least 100 attacks through the night.

By Dr. Mona El-Farra
Gaza’s Ark 8 July 2014

Last night and while Israeli army forces launched military attacks all over Gaza, by sea, air and artillery shelling, hundreds of thousands of children were unable to sleep inside their roof tinned homes, clinging to their parents, crying, terrified. The shelling of last night was so strong and went through the tiny strip from north to south, east and west. At least 100 attacks took place.

In Gaza we do not have shelters to escape to, during the attack.

These attacks come on top of a deteriorating economic situation. Right now it is Ramadan, the month of fasting and an increasing number of families have difficulty to get basic food, survival is a constant fight.

Thousands of government employees could not reach banks to have their salaries. I know the salaries are affected by internal problems between Fatah and Hamas, but the outcome is severe hardship – in the meantime the bombs keep dropping on top of our heads. The feeling of insecurity throws its shadow against all the population. (more…)

Didier Ortiz: “How are they going to feed their families?”

“If we’re going to get people of color to join the Green Party, we’re going to have to worry about issues that relate to their economic needs. They are more worried about how they are going to feed their families. What kind of schools their kids are going to go to. How they’re going to keep their families safe.”

Didier Ortiz for Fort Lauderdale City Commission, Dist. 3.

didier02Ortiz is running for Fort Lauderdale’s non-partisan 3rd District Commission seat, running on “Ban the Box,” and the $15/hour minimum wage. The primary is next year on February 10, with a March 10 runoff if no one candidate gets 50% + 1. The city of 170,000 used to be famous as a Spring Break destination for rowdy college students, but is now known as a year-round tourist spot, as well as the “yachting and sport fishing capital of the world” with over 100 marinas and boatyards.

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3rd Party Gubernatorial Candidate: Forum or Jail

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.

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