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Planning meeting on August 3 for September 27 Jill Stein events……………. and invitation to Abolition 2020: Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration, August 6

Jill Stein is coming to Orlando, Tuesday, September 27.  
 
Will you help to plan and spread the word about the events?
 
There will be a planning meeting on Wednesday, August 3, 6:00 pm at Communications Workers of America local 3108, 2220 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, Fl. 32804
 
Please consider attending and adding your energy and expertise.  
 
  Facebook event: 
 
Jill's campaign website: http://www.jill2016.com/
 
and...
 
We invite you to show your support for a nuclear-free world, especially at this time when military tensions between US/NATO and Russia are at a very dangerous.  
 
Please plan to attend: Abolition 2020: Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration.
 
Saturday, August 6, 6:00 pm at the Guang Ming Temple, 6555 hoffner Ave, Orlando, Fl 32822
Here is a link to Orlando Sentinel article on the event:    Nuclear-free world: You can make it more than a dream
 
Sincerely,
 
Nelson Betancourt
Awakening/art & culture,
 
Rich Hillwig, 
 
Jim Howe
 
When
August 3rd, 2016 6:00 PM
Location
2220 Edgewater Dr,
Orlando, FL 32804
Orange
United States

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Why I’m NOT Ready for Hillary

Lest we forget: EVERY presidential ticket that the Green Party has offered this country has had a woman on it The last two had ONLY women. Since the beginning we, Greens, have been ready for a woman. We are certainly ready for a woman president alright, but not THIS woman!

If you, like me, ever sent a donation to help any of the few (less than 10 – really) fairly decent Democrats you have probably gotten the mailings asking if you are ready for Hillary. Or maybe, as a political woman, you’ve heard from Angie’s List with the same unimaginative Disappointingacrat backed feminine push for Hillary. It’s only fair to have female leadership for the USA, after over 200 plus years of male rule. I’m sure that we would see a better direction with a woman’s heart. However, with a hawk like Hillary, we will see only superficial change and the reality won’t be better. Women will feel like they have “arrived”. Greens will feel that, while a milestone for women, it’s really a millstone around our necks as we drop further into the greedy sea of corporate rule.

If you get past her blah personality and idolize her as “a strong woman who has been successful”, I counter with the fact there are a lot of strong women out there and women with much better moral compasses. That list is way long and includes many women of color and certainly includes every woman that Greens have run on a presidential ticket. Again, this is the 2 party system telling us that we have to settle. They pat their loyal constituents on the head like little pets. After the winning political move of presenting the first token black president, the lesser evil is throwing out a woman this time. But where is her passion? Her ideas are worn old slogans that seem to ring radical to her supporters ears, even as Greens have better ones and have never had to come to any sort of epiphany about human rights, justice or peace.

It’s what Greens do, it’s who we are.

Many blacks have caught on to the familiar Obama fake left move right continuance of the Disappoiintingacrats formula to appear as the liberal side. Hillary is great at being fake! Women will secretly suffer, but like Stockholm Syndrome victims, lots will still cling to the hope that Hillary will be their champion — just as she claims to be.

As young as age 13, Hillary worked the South Side of Chicago for Republicans. She became a Goldwater Girl, volunteering to campaign for Republican candidate Barry Goldwater in the U.S. presidential election of 1964. Then when future Greens (like me) were trying hard to get the Disappointingacrats to support Eugene McCarthy, who was the progressive peace candidate for president, she attended the 1968 Republican National Convention in Miami in support of Nelson Rockefeller! Arguably, her first rubbing of elbows with the multi-millionaires.

She then went on to be a lawyer who would end up defending a child rapist — as a favor to a powerful person and a chance to move up in her field. Now I understand that someone has to defend these individuals, but there are times when a lawyer can refuse to take a case. Most true feminists would turn that down cold. Hillary calculated otherwise. As a partner at Rose Law firm she ran into conflict of interest issues, since her husband Bill was the governor of Arkansas, and appointed judges to hear the case of her firm Whitewater. As the Secretary of State she was cozy with Monsanto and Wall Street. She’s another Teflon political figure that seems to be able to have a long history of unsavory dealings in her past and yet emerge in a clean freshly pressed pantsuit.

Hillary was on the corporate board of TCBY, LaFarge and (of course Arkansas own) Walmart. In fact, Hillary was one of the legal advisers that got Walmart’s anti-union system in place. Are we now to believe that she identifies with the working poor?

While she stood by her man to retain their combined fame, wealth and power, she’s had her share of scandals such as: Travelgate and the Whitewater investment where the Clintons got their losses subsidized, leaving others to suffer the financial repercussions.

She pulled the old fame card strategy out to win the Senate seat for New York, even though she was just barely a resident. Once in, she preceded to cast aside civil liberties for us regular folks and voted yes (twice) for the Patriot Act. To show that she was as tough as the guys (among these “guys” were GW Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney) she supported military action in Afghanistan and the Iraq invasion. She voted for the Wall Street bailouts, that used taxpayer money giving the banksters a break that they never deserved. Greens were the very first to speak out against these bailouts. Supporting a woman who voted in favor is out of the question.

Greens never miss the fact that Democrats have some of the very same Wall Street operators in their cabinets or as Fed reserve chairs. Bill Clinton had Robert Rubin from Citicorp who was instrumental in setting the stage for a financial coups de tat transfer of wealth from the middle class that Hillary claims she is siding with. Every day Hillary lives and thrives on being part of the less than one percent. Bill’s’ moral compass never did seem to bother her, once again, as she witnessed the Glass-Steagal Act being dismantled, NAFTA being signed into law and their supposed pet project of single payer healthcare never even remotely happening. At what point do you separate your moral and political views from what your husband is perpetrating?

While she was Obama’s secretary of state, husband Bill raked in $200,000.00 in a speaking engagement at Goldmann Sachs. A bargain as his going rate is $500 K to $700 K. The funds go to “The Clinton Foundation”. Rostrum, a Russian atomic energy agency, gave a booster donation of 2.3 million dollars to the Clinton Foundation. Then they acquired over 20% of US uranium mines during that period. Oh yes, a Moscow bank paid Hillary’s husband (AKA Slick Willy) a $500K fee for speaking. Other top donors? Not your grandma ! How about $40 million from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Oman!

Now we are liberated enough to separate a husband’s actions from the wife, but Hillary is clearly benefiting from all of Bill’s smoozing and liking it. It does not take a genius to see that Bill is game to go down in history as the first “first man” of the White House. He lies and she lies right along with him. The question is: which one is really the better liar? She plays naive about having a personal e mail handling national business while being the tax payer pay-rolled top diplomat of this nation. A little space out reminiscent of the banksters who “could never recall” how their derivatives became so toxic..

As women, we know about betrayal. It’s even more bitter when done by one of our own. There is no track record here for any belief in a change of pattern, once she reaches her goal. Hillary is a master tactician and has inspired a new term superPACalitical – that means that she takes money from anywhere. She has worked hard for this goal and made all of the right moves to play this role (and I do mean right). She knows the people who can put her there and Hillary will put on a performance to seduce women so eager to vote for and attach their dreams to this likely winning wagon. Yes, I think that we are all hungry for our rightful place at the top, but we can not lose the moral compass on the journey. I get so frustrated with this repetitive pattern that I just want to shout out to them in a voice reminiscence of my childhood: Liar liar pantsuit on fire!

We do know that she is smart, but please don’t let her out smart you. Vote clean and vote Green.

Jennifer Sullivan
Florida Green

WHY SUPPORT THE GREEN PARTY OVER BERNIE SANDERS – THE SOCIALIST RUNNING AS A DEMOCRAT

Women are especially clamoring for the first female president ever. For progressive women, Hillary, Carly and Bernie do not fit the bill! Greens stand strong for women and for all who have been over-looked in this country for too long.

The election year excitement takes it’s toll. It costs those involved energy, time and money. Greens regret seeing people throw it away on Bernie, because the track record of the Disappointingacrat Party has been well proven over the years. Come November of 2016 Jill Stein will be on the ballots, for sure. We sincerely welcome everyone back to support of Jill Stein and appreciate it, but the costs of the Bernie mania will certainly be a hit for the progressive voter.

In 2012 there were only 4 candidates on the presidential ballot that each had enough potential electoral votes, in enough states, to have won. These candidates were on enough ballots in bigger states, even though not on every state ballot. The two you may not have known about were the Libertarian Gary Johnson and The Green Party’s Jill Stein. Thank the corporate media for leaving that out. Thank the overly tough ballot access laws requiring absorbiant amounts of signatures to get on the presidential ballot — if you’re a “third party”.

While Bernie Sanders declares that he is for the people, he has aligned with the “lesser evil” and Greens do not agree that this is strategy. It’s what we have seen over the years as sheepdogging the herd to keep the progressives split in a false hope. To have gotten in this position, rest assured, Bernie WILL owe someone. As we already know, he has vowed to support Hillary if she wins. Where do you go then? If you must go all out for Bernie, at least have an escape plan. We, Greens, will be working overtime, but we will succeed. So you’re welcome to return anytime and help us.

As Greens, we stand strong against the corporate parties and have removed ourselves from them. So we offer the voter a clean and honest vote for progressive values that can’t be bought and we have had well planned solutions in the Green New Deal. If you go to www.Jill2016.comyou can view these for yourself. If you go to www.greenshadowcabinet.us/you can see the sort of new direction Greens would have and the wonderful people filling these positions. Never will you see the revolving door of corporate boardroom members or CEO’s deciding for the wealthy against we the people.

So we can only agree with Dr. Jill Stein when she quotes Alice Walker: “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” We won’t give up.

Jennifer Sullivan
Hernando Green
Former co-chair of the Green Party of Florida
Alternative Delegate to the National Green Party Women’s Caucus

Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders: Sheepdogging for Hillary and the Democrats in 2016 | Black Agenda Report

Many of us have been discussing what this years “anointment” of Hilliary Clinton means for progressives. Like years past, the “bait and switch” of the Democratic primaries a similar dynamic of a “progressive’ish” candidate as “bait” for progressives to direct their energies into a primary they can’t win to ultimately get progressives to “switch” to support the neoliberal democrat of whom Wall Street already anointed (this year it’s Hillary).

Bruce Dixon describes this better than anybody in his article below:

Source: Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders: Sheepdogging for Hillary and the Democrats in 2016 | Black Agenda Report

Like in past primaries with the likes of Kucinich and all the other “sheepdogs” herding progressives ultimately for neoliberal democrats, Bernie is the latest “sheepdog”. What’s interesting is that he’s come into the Democratic party with generally more bold “progressive’ish” rhetoric than most sheepdogs might dare. However, nobody should be fooled by that.

Interviewed by George Stephanopoulos on ABC News “This Week” May 3.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So if you lose in this nomination fight, will you support the Democratic nominee?

 

SANDERS: Yes. I have in the past.

 

STEPHANOPOULOS: Not going to run as an independent?

 

SANDERS: No, absolutely not. I’ve been very clear about that.

Support a Green with Green

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Message from the candidate (1/24/15):

Please contribute, and spread the word that I am running. With your help we can run earlier and harder than ever to turn this country around and actually begin to have a government “of by and for the PEOPLE”!

Fan-out this fan page by sending out:

https://www.facebook.com/prezkent

Note that the “Donate” button is under the star to the left.

I will run full-time,once the sufficient level of support comes in that would enable me to retire early and become engaged, daily, in important political work:

Building the Green Party, improving government and getting lobbying (bribery) out of politics; Advancing Sustainability as a Security Measure, especially in light of Climate Change and Global Economic Crises; and seeing that U.S. Tribes get their fair share via Treaty advocacy and enforcement.

The bigger picture is that my life’s work involves helping save rain-forests and other “undeveloped” areas and helping with indigenous representation and protection. When we live sustainably we are being responsible.  Native people are currently under attack and are losing their “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” in part as a consequence of the “civilized ones” being disconnected to the earth and living in a short-sighted manner based upon (over-)consumption. Our species has “lost” half its ethno-sphere! Greens value Nature and Diversity. We would do well to heed the wisdom of earth-connected ancient cultures, not destroy them!

One cannot run a campaign without money and organization. So…help me organize! Spread the word and be generous with your contribution(s). (Please note that such contributions are not tax-deductible.) I am registered with the F.E.C. (Federal Election Commission; Mesplay for President). During my three previous candidacies (2004, 2008, 2012) I worked full-time and couldn’t really RUN! I have many supporters and well-wishers (and “fans”…hey, I didn’t start this page) who deserve an opportunity to easily support me, financially. Well, now you have it! Explore the PayPal button at the star to the left at

https://www.facebook.com/prezkent

and get this campaign airborne!

Thank You!

Jill Stein Green Party Presidential Candidacy Announcement

Jill Stein, the 2012 Green Party presidential nominee, made an announcement on her plans for the 2016 presidential election in an event at the National Press Club.

 

Progressive Didier Ortiz Runs Historic Campaign!

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Election Day is February 10 for Fort Lauderdale City Commission District 3

We’re getting into the home stretch of Didier’s final fundraising campaign.

To donate now: http://igg.me/at/OrtizForCommissioner

Didier Ortiz, who has been endorsed by 15 Now Florida, has a great message:

  • $15 / Hour Minimum Wage
  • Ban the Box / Rights Restoration
  • Feed the Homeless
  • Participatory Budgeting

Didier Ortiz is the best candidate the Green Party of Florida has had for years. Young, passionate, and a fiery speaker, he embodies the future of our party here in Florida (see his video). It’s not a stretch to see him as Florida’s Kshama Sawant, whose election to City Council has shaken up Seattle politics.

  • Ortiz is the one candidate fighting for the $15 minimum wage, to lead the district’s people out of poverty.
  • Ortiz is the one candidate who supports Rights Restoration initiatives including Ban the Box, which would give ex-felons a fighting chance in the job market.
  • Ortiz is the one candidate endorsed by Love Thy Neighbor food-sharing activist Arnold Abbott in defiance of Fort Lauderdale’s vicious attempt to ban feeding the homeless.

Now, he needs your help to get that message to the people of his district. $10, $25, $50 or more — anything helps make a difference. His opponents are rolling in cash. Incumbent Robert McKinzie has “voted lock-step with the City on its remaining anti-homeless agenda.” A former banker (collections department) and real estate mogul, McKinzie complains that the district has too many rental properties. He wants to drive out renters and bring in middle-class professionals.

 

So yes, Didier needs your help. He has a winning message in this financially depressed district. But he can only win if he can get that message out to the people. Every donation counts, $10, $25, $50 or up to a $250 maximum contribution.

If we all pitch in, we can put this over the top. Thank you for coming through for us!

Didier Ortiz Progressive for 15 Now

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Hi guys,

Just wanted to make you guys aware of this great young candidate that is running for city council in Ft Lauderdale.  He’s doing a great job, but could certainly use a hand.  If you can toss him a couple bucks and share his fundraising campaign on your facebook pages, it would make a world of difference.

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Thanks in advance!!