This is not a campaign. This is a movement!

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL, June 6, 2017 — We are young! We are Black! We are Green!  We are Red!  We are a movement!  That was the message from the diverse crowd of 50 gathered on the steps of City Hall for the two Uhuru candidates, Jesse Nevel for Mayor, and Eritha Akilé Cainion for City Council District 6

“For the first time in the history of St. Pete, radical solutions are on the ballot for radical times,” was the message Akilé delivered back to her and Nevel’s supporters.  She and Nevel had just handed in their filing papers to the St. Pete city clerk, placing them on the non-partisan August 29 primary ballot.  Now the campaign was officially on.

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Pinellas Greens at St. Pete City Hall Rally for Uhuru Slate

Rose Roby speaking on behalf of the Pinellas County Green Party in front of St. Pete City Hall at today’s press conference for Jesse Nevel for Mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida and Eritha Akile Cainion for Councilwoman for District 6. WE ARE WINNING!

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Rose Roby speaks out on Reparations.

“So today, I today say that the Pinellas County Green Party, we are leading the way not just in Florida, but in this entire United States, to say the Green Party is the party of unity through reparations, we are the party behind reparations, we are going to pay our debt! That’s why the Green Party is prepared to knock on every door, to call on every registered voter in St. Petersburg. And we are going to put Jesse Nevel and Akilé Cainion into City Hall and give City Hall back to the people. We are going to win!”

— Jeff Roby
June 6, 2017

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Syria — U.S. Hoists the False Flag

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“I will give propagandistic cause for the release of the war, whether convincing or not.  The winner is not asked later whether he said the truth or not.”

— Hitler to his generals, August 22, 1939

It started out with dead Polish soldiers, or at least their uniforms were Polish.  The bodies were strewn around a German radio station, and the story went that that they had snuck into Germany from Poland, seized the station and broadcast an anti-German message, only to be cut down by heroic German soldiers defending their sacred soil.  Such an outrage could not go unpunished.  On September 1, 1939, the Nazi divisions rolled over the Polish border and the war was on. Continue reading

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Homelessness — Human Rights supersede Civil Rights

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For decades, fighters for social justice have been fighting for our civil rights.  Many of these invaluable battles have been successful, grounded in the promises set forth in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.  We have had victories too numerous to mention.  We have hit a wall.  Thus in St. Petersburg, Florida, the city ran roughshod over the rights of the homeless.  They were sued.  The homeless won.  The homeless still live in misery.

A typical victory says:

“No person’s rights, privileges, or access to public services may be denied or abridged solely because he or she is homeless. Such a person shall be granted the same rights and privileges as any other resident of this state.” Continue reading

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Indignation is not Courage. Outrage is not Brains.

The Old Guard.

The Old Guard.

By most accounts, that Napoleon was a pretty smart fellow.  Riding the crest of the energy unleashed by the French Revolution, he revolutionized how war was fought.  Year after year, La Grande Armée laid low the feudal armies arrayed against him.  His Napoleonic Code established a New World Order.

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We, too, are “Deplorables”

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— An Interview with Don DeBar, conducted by Rose Roby

Don DeBar is a highly-respected broadcast journalist and a courageous leader and former candidate for the Green Party.  As Senior Producer at Community Public Radio CPR News (CPR), he has taken a strong stand against U.S. imperialism and is an outspoken advocate for social justice of every kind.  In 2010, he was among more than 100 activists and journalists from a variety of organizations, religious groups and media outlets who attended a New York gathering with former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the face of an incendiary media campaign that tried to silence them.

Don DeBar.

Don DeBar.

Now, the so-called “fake news” hysteria is again ushering in a new McCarthyism, with calls for silencing free political speech and for shutting down access to alternative news sites.  Following a recent trip to Havana, Mr. DeBar was locked out of his Facebook account based upon allegations of “suspicious activity.”  He has been informed that the only way to reinstate his account is to provide Facebook with sensitive documentation.  We will not allow him to be silenced.

Jill Stein’s Recount debacle has gone out with a whimper — no recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and Trump actually gaining 162 votes in Wisconsin.  But the media campaign to delegitimize Trump’s presidency — if not to actually overturn it — screeches on.  Amid rising hysteria over Russian hacking already at fever pitch, part 2 of this interview with Don DeBar (see here for part 1) continues with his remarks on the past election and the political terrain that is starting to take shape.

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Democracy and its Discontents.

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“Voting integrity does not rise or fall on vote counting … there hasn’t been integrity in the voting system since the founding of the republic.”

— An Interview with Don DeBar, conducted by Rose Roby

Don DeBar is a highly-respected broadcast journalist and a courageous leader and former candidate for the Green Party.  As Senior Producer at Community Public Radio CPR News (CPR), he has taken a strong stand against U.S. imperialism and is an outspoken advocate for social justice of every kind.  In 2010, he was among more than 100 activists and journalists from a variety of organizations, religious groups and media outlets who attended a New York gathering with former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the face of an incendiary media campaign that tried to silence them.

Don DeBar.

Don DeBar.

Now, the so-called “fake news” hysteria is again ushering in a new McCarthyism, with calls for silencing free political speech and for shutting down access to alternative news sites.  Following a recent trip to Havana, Mr. DeBar was locked out of his Facebook account based upon allegations of “suspicious activity.”  He has been informed that the only way to reinstate his account is to provide Facebook with sensitive documentation.  We will not allow him to be silenced.

Jill Stein’s Recount debacle has gone out with a whimper — no recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and Trump actually gaining 162 votes in Wisconsin.  But the media campaign to delegitimize Trump’s presidency — if not to actually overturn it — screeches on.  Amid rising hysteria over Russian hacking already at fever pitch, part 2 of this interview with Don DeBar (see here for part 1) continues with his remarks on the past election and the political terrain that is starting to take shape.

The real origins of Jill Stein’s recount efforts can be traced back to November 2000, when George W. Bush was declared the winner by the Electoral College based upon a questionable win in the state of Florida, a state that was coincidently governed by W’s brother, future failed presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

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Independent isn’t just another word for nothing left to sell.

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Already Greens are starting to leave. We fought hard, we fought brave, we endured the full viciousness of the Hillary machine. We were endangering the U.S. role as leader of the Free World. We are endangering the world order of corporate trade.

But Jill Stein was clear:

“Under Hillary Clinton, we could slide into nuclear war very quickly from her declared policy in Syria. So I won’t sleep well at night if Donald Trump is elected, but I sure won’t sleep well at night if Hillary Clinton is elected. Fortunately, we have another choice other than these two candidates, who are both promoting lethal policies. But on the issue of war and nuclear weapons, and the potential for nuclear war, it is actually Hillary’s policies which are much scarier than Donald Trump …”

She was under tremendous pressure.  She was unjustly getting the blame for Trump’s victory.  She buckled.  Now the official line is that this recount she is making possible is not for the sake of Hillary, but for fairness.  But consider the results in a few other states where Hillary’s margin of victory was quite thin:

New Hampshire
Maine
Minnesota
Nevada
Delaware
  3,000
20,000
44,000
26,000
50,000

If her true concern were fairness, she would have challenged results in these 5 states as well.  If her true concern were fairness, she would have been challenging the results in Democratic primaries all across the country where Sanders votes were found in dumpsters, where hundreds of thousands of Sanders supporters disappeared from the voter rolls right before the primaries where one had to be a party registrant.

Greens are leaving, or considering leaving.  But we must not.  This is our party, not Jill Stein’s party.  We fought for it.  We built it.  It is not hers to tarnish, to humiliate, to make us look like we are idiots.  We must recognize that being a Green means being a fighter.

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Hands Off Syria!

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The following was adopted on November 27, 2016, as an official statement on the situation in Syria by the Pinellas Greens of Pinellas County, Florida:

Jill Stein
(website):

“The situation in Syria is complicated and disastrous, with an all-out civil war in Syria entangled with a proxy war among many powers seeking influence in the region. US pursuit of regime change in Libya and Iraq created chaos that promotes power grabs by extremist militias. Many of the weapons we are sending into Syria to arm anti-government militias end up in the hands of ISIS. In Syria it’s extremely difficult to sort out this complicated web of resistance fighters, religious extremists and warlords with backing from regional and world powers. The one thing that is clear is that historic and current US military intervention in the Middle East is throwing fuel on the fire.”

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50 Shades of Green

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So you say you STILL want a revolution? Okay, let’s talk.

With the slamming of the door at the end of the Democratic National Convention still ringing in our ears, it appeared to us Bernie supporters that there were two paths to pursue.

The first was Our Revolution (OR), the outfit set up by Bernie’s top staffers. Yes, many were heaving in the bushes at Bernie himself having not only endorsed Hillary Clinton, but then going on the campaign trail for her. Still, the Greens claimed to be fielding only 279 candidates around the country for a variety of offices, and thousands of seats are up for grabs that the Greens are in no position to contend for. The promise of a vibrant grassroots organization, maintaining the momentum of the Sanders primary campaign, and backing the most progressive down-ticket candidates, seemed like an attractive option. High on that list of such candidates was Tim Canova, who was challenging disgraced former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in Florida in U.S. House District 23.

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