Homeless in the Sunshine State

— submitted by Jeff Roby
March 30, 2014

family in carThe New York Times cites a 2007 report stating that Florida led the nation in unprovoked attacks against the homeless.   This past September, Think Progress reports, “Earlier this year, a survey of 250 homeless people living in South Florida conducted by the Task Force for Ending Homelessness found that more than 4 in 10 women (44 percent) and 3 in 10 men (34 percent) have been victims of violent attacks since living on the streets.”  Things have only gotten worse since 1969’s Midnight Cowboy when Jon Voight put Dustin Hoffman’s Ratso Rizzo on the bus to Florida for Ratso to die just outside Miami.  These assaults are only a companion piece for the broad assault on the poor being made by city and county governments across the State of Florida, backed up by the $20 billion/year U.S. private prison system.

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So now I’m a Commissioner …

— 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”!

— 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

— 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. — Jeff Roby, 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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Alachua County Greens join protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline

— submitted by Michael Canney
February 9, 2014

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Light Brigade occupies Federal Building entrance. (Photo: Connie Canney)

GAINESVILLE, FL, February 6 — Members of the Alachua County Green Party were among the more than 60 protesters who showed up on the evening of February 3 at downtown Gainesville’s Bo Diddley Community Plaza to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline and call upon President Barack Obama to reject the project.  One sign carried by local Greens said, “Just Say NO to Big Oil!  Yes to Carbon Free, Nuke Free!”

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Greens Support Re-election of South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard

— Submitted by Steve Showen
Miami Green, and Co-Chair of the Green Party of Florida
January 31, 2014

stoddardResidents of South Miami are fighting to maintain the small town character of their fair city of some 12,000 residents nestled between Pinecrest and Coral Gables.  The largely residential, racially-mixed city is under heavy pressure from developers who would threaten its family-friendly character.  A leading champion for the city has been FIU Professor Philip Stoddard, who is running for his third two-year term as Mayor of South Miami.

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Green Leader Randy Toler Runs for Hillsborough School Board

— submitted by Rose Roby
Co-chair, Green Party of Florida
January 31, 2014

toler“The Democrats and the Republicans have some good points, but the Greens have excellent points for the middle class,” states Randy Toler, running in the August 26 primary for Florida’s Hillsborough County School Board in District 6, one of the Board’s two at-large districts.  Hillsborough is the third largest school district in Florida and the eighth largest in the United States, with over 200,000 students and a budget of $2.8 billion.  “That’s going to be part of my mission, to evangelize that, and talk about how creating jobs without pollution, without new taxes, for example by utilizing eco-software and Green IT, appeals to both sides of the fence.”

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