Monday, October 27, 2014

Ban plastic grocery bags in Florida!

Members of the Green Party of Tampa have started a campaign to ban plastic grocery bags in Florida.

Click here to sign their petition.

Sign the Green Party of Florida Petition to the
Florida Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation
Let's overturn this Florida law: Title 29, Chapter 403, Section 7033 on the protection of Plastic Bag regulation !
Please sign our petition to overturn current Florida law that prohibits local governments from enacting bans on plastic bags. It would allow Florida local governments to adopt ordinances that prohibit stores from handing out free plastic carryout bags.
The Petition would make it possible to establish uniform statewide standards for cities and counties that want to implement plastic bag rules. It simply allows citizens and their local governments the authority to ban plastic bags, if they so choose.
The Florida Committee on Environment should be at the forefront of important issues like this and come up with uniform plastic bag regulations for Florida. They should not use this law as an excuse to drag any decision endlessly away.
More and more coastal cities enforce a ban on plastic bags to protect beaches from litter. California Governor Jerry Brown will sign the first state wide law that will encourage customers to bring their own bags. Customers who refuse to bring their own bags will have to pay 10 cents for every  single use carry out bag. Such regulation would be illegal in Florida under current law.
13 average plastic bags equal one gallon of gas, so they affect the price we pay at the pump.  On average, a carry out bag is used 10 minutes before it gets thrown away. Only 12% of plastic bags are recycled in Florida according to the Surfrider Foundation.
Our petition will reduce litter on our beautiful beaches, encourage recycling, and potentially save thousands of animals from accidentally ingesting plastic. It is estimated that more than 100 million marine animals are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean. More than 80% of this plastic comes from land. It washes out from our beaches and streets. It travels through storm drains into streams and rivers. It flies away from landfills into our seas. As a result, thousands of sea turtles accidentally swallow these plastics, mistaking them for food.
It is such a small effort to bring your own bags when shopping and the benefit would be to eliminate so much waste. Customers who choose not to bring their own bags should pay a fair price to offset the costs of the clean-up effort in our cities.
With the right incentives people can change their old habits. More than one hundred cities in the US already ban plastic bags. In Europe entire countries ban plastic bags with no negative impact on their economy. Plastic bag companies can change their production to more durable bags. McDonald's, Burger King, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Aldi and other big corporations have already changed their habits in our country. It's a global trend that Florida, as one of the largest states, should not ignore.
A similar bill, SB 0830 "Carryout Bags" was introduced by Sen. Dwight Bullard from South Florida but was voted down in April 2014 from the FL Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee. Yes, Florida Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee voted to keep a law that prohibits any regulation on plastic bags.
Sad to see how such a good effort is killed with lame arguments. Watch the video how the Senator introduced the bill and citizens spoke up.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ballot recommendations for 2014 General Election

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In the races we have a few that we recommend, but in general we say things are not going so well for people these days. That said, we advise voting the incumbents out!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October Green Screen

The Hernando County Green Party’s October Green Screen will be:

Next Tuesday, October 7th, the Hernando County Green Party will show the film "Chisholm '72 Unbought & Unbossed" (76 min.) 

The film will be at the Zopp Memorial Library located at 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free & open to the public with complimentary refreshments available. Please come & educate yourselves with some fascinating history. Discussion is encouraged after the film.

We will also have special guests who will join us from the weekly Hernando County Farmer's Market. They will have along their World Famous Healthier Coffee that promises to balance PH level, provides energy, detox & boosts the immune system. They also have better baked goods that are free of sugar, soy, gluten, egg & dairy.
Samples will be available & also the opportunity to purchase at a discount. Please come & take advantage of this extra treat.

Description of the film that you will not want to miss!

1972 was an extraordinary year. Richard Nixon was president, running for his second, ill-fated term. The voting age had just changed from 21 to 18, and millions of new voters were expected at the polls. The Vietnam War was in full swing, as were anti-war protests, a burgeoning women's movement, and the rise of the Black Panther Party. Into the center of this maelstrom — shocking the conventional political wisdom — stepped Shirley Chisholm, a determined, rather prim and unapologetically liberal black woman with a powerful message: Exercise the full measure of your citizenship and vote.
 Announcing her candidacy for president on the evening news, Walter Cronkite quipped, "A new hat — rather a bonnet — was tossed into the presidential race today." As revealed in Chisholm '72 — Unbought & Unbossed, this first-ever run by a woman and person of color for presidential nomination was no laughing matter. Nor was it a polite exercise in symbolic electioneering. The New York Democratic congresswoman's bid engendered strong, and sometimes bigoted opposition, setting off currents that affect American politics and social perceptions to this day. Shirley Chisholm died at the age of 80 on January 1, 2005, at her home in Florida.

Featuring stirring archival footage, period music, interviews with supporters, opponents and observers, and Chisholm's own commentary — then and now — Chisholm '72 is a remarkable recollection of a campaign that broke new ground in politics, and truly reached out to 'the people.' Among those interviewed are author/activist Amiri Baraka (then known as LeRoi Jones), Black Panther founder Bobby Seale, authors Susan Brownmiller and Octavia Butler, former Congressmen Reverend Walter Fauntroy and Ronald Dellums, and journalist/historian Paula Giddings.
Chisholm championed the causes of the poor, the young, minorities, gays, women, and other marginalized Americans. In doing so, she prefigured Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition campaigns, not only in substance but in style. Chisholm saw the presidential race itself as an opportunity to draw people to politics who traditionally did not participate. In her words, "I ran for the presidency, despite hopeless odds, to demonstrate sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo." In a race with 12 other candidates, Chisholm's ultimate goal was to reach the Democratic National Convention in 1972 with a strong show of support.

At a time when Americans were just beginning to contemplate the possibility of a black man running for president, Chisholm was black and female. Chisholm '72 describes her formative years, from modest roots in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood and a childhood in Barbados, to winning election to the New York State Assembly and then, in 1968, to become the first black woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress. Although she was no stranger to controversy, the documentary reveals the visceral opposition and blatant disregard to the Congresswoman's candidacy that came from the establishment and the media.

Many reporters assumed she had no chance of winning and felt she was a spoiler. Feminists, who agreed entirely with Chisholm's politics, preferred a different strategy, looking to Senator George McGovern as the realistic Democratic candidate. (McGovern eventually won the nomination.)
All the while, Chisholm remained the "Unbought and Unbossed" candidate, poised and determined to direct the debate and news coverage of her candidacy to her stands on education, employment, health care, and the rights of minorities, women, and gays to full participation in American life. She won a Federal Court order to break the front-runners' lock on televised debates, winning the chance to talk directly to a national television audience. Chisholm, in fact, struck a populist progressive chord with many Americans. Managing surprisingly strong showings in some state primaries, she carried 151 delegates at the severely divided 1972 Democratic Convention in Miami and won the right to speak from the main podium.

"I had something important to explain," recalled Chisholm about her historic speech. "I ran because somebody had to do it first. I ran because most people thought the country was not ready for a black candidate, not ready for a woman candidate. Someday — it was time in 1972 to make that someday come."

Chisholm '72 recaptures the times and spirit of a watershed event in American politics, when a black woman dared to take an equal place on the presidential dais.
"Our goal was to make a documentary as passionate and powerful as Chisholm herself," says director and co-producer Shola Lynch. "Her story is an important reminder of the power of a dedicated individual to make a difference." It also reminds us that the country belongs to each of us only if we dare to claim our place in it.

More Herstory:
Chisholm was assigned to the House Agricultural Committee. Given her urban district, she felt the placement was irrelevant to her constituents. When Chisholm confided to Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson that she was upset and insulted by her assignment, Schneerson suggested that she use the surplus food to help the poor and hungry. Chisholm subsequently met Robert Dole, and worked to expand the food stamp program. She later played a critical role in the creation of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

All those Chisholm hired for her office were women, half of them black.Chisholm said that during her New York legislative career, she had faced much more discrimination because she was a woman than because she was black.
Chisholm joined the Congressional Black Caucus in 1971 as one of its founding members.

She also struggled to be regarded as a serious candidate instead of as a symbolic actor; she was ignored by much of the Democratic political establishment and received little support from her black male colleagues. She later reiterated, "When I ran for the Congress, when I ran for president, I met more discrimination as a woman than for being black. Men are men." In particular, she expressed frustration about the "black matriarch thing", saying, "They think I am trying to take power from them. The black man must step forward, but that doesn't mean the black woman must step back." Her husband, however, was fully supportive of her candidacy and said, "I have no hangups about a woman running for president."

Call Jennifer (352) 683-3151 for more information

Monday, May 5, 2014

Green Party of Florida 2014 State Meeting

The Green Party of Florida will hold its Annual State Meeting on June 7th in Orlando at the Quaker Meeting House. The meeting will continue on the 8th, but at a different location. Details for Sunday's location will be posted when it has been finalized. We will post further details on the meeting it becomes available.
Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7: Friends Meeting House 316 E. Marks St Orlando, FL 32803 Sunday, June 8: Latino Leadership 8617 E Colonial Drive, Suite 1600 Orlando, FL 32817 For more information on the state meeting and the agenda, please click here. Information at this link is courtesy of the Bay Greens.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NAACP campaign

The NAACP Florida State Conference is mounting a campaign to challenge Florida legislators to listen to constituents' desires on several issues of great interest and import to the public. The first issue is pending legislation to eliminate "Stand Your Ground" laws . Matt Gaetz, House Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee is holding HB 33 preventing it from coming to a vote on the House floor during this session. We are asking you to call him at two locations and twitter him requesting That He Stop Playing Partisan Politics and allow HB 33 to be released from his committee so that voters can see which politicians don't care how many Floridians are murdered so long as the Gun Lobby keeps the money flowing.

Please pass this on however you're able to.

Representative Matt Gaetz

Tallahassee 1-850-717-5004

District Office 1-850-833-9328