Siskind records Blitzkrieg to our democracy

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blitzkriegAs our country “erodes before our eyes”, Amy Siskind has been keeping a list of our country’s vanishing norms and long-cherished values these past five months under Trump’s “blitzkrieg” of our democracy.  It records in black and white the frightening changes that have come about since the Russians’ cyber attack successfully installed their pick into the White House.  It’s a lengthy itemization and an ugly thing to behold and will surely lead to more sleepless nights as concealed things are revealed.  For example, one tidbit I hadn’t heard of:

“AP reported that a company that partners with both Trump and (son-in-law) Jared Kushner is a finalist for a $1.7bn contract to build the new FBI building.

Amy advises that “Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.”  And, hopefully, one day with a Congress that isn’t aiding and abetting treason, we’ll be able to find our way back to Democracy.

So many of us, in an attempt to preserve our sanity, are averting our eyes to the carnage being carried out in Washington under this regime.  Ms. Siskind deserves a medal for her arduous task of recording for history this revolting and illegal depravity being waged upon our country.

Expose on Florida voting problems

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From the same producer of the “Hacking Democracy” film, Simon Ardizzone created the short film (above) “Protecting Democracy.”  It shows glaringly some of the problems that continue to haunt voting in Florida and the hard work that Susan Pynchon, Executive Director of Florida Fair Elections Coalition, has done and continues to do to promote election integrity.  She and Associate & Research Director Kitty Garber will conduct a panel discussion after the movie event on June 24th.  The questions surrounding the 2016 elections, which are still being investigated by the federal government, have yet to be resolved.  This short film generates even more questions and concerns.

Telecon today @ 2:00–healthy soils

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wecanFree teleconference today at 2:00 p.m. by Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, International (WECAN).  WECAN is a solutions-based, multi-faceted effort established to engage women worldwide to take action as powerful stakeholders in climate change and sustainability solutions.

The subject of today’s telecon is “Women for Soils: Healthy Soils, Restorative Small-Scale Farming and Carbon Sequestration.”  Link with info is below:

http://wecaninternational.org/pages/international-climate-justice-calls

The Fourth Estate, alt-facts and Russian hacks

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By Keith Simmons, USA TODAY

Also tying into the upcoming event and pertinent to the recently released information about Russian hacking of our election system, is a link to a piece in the CFL Grassroots Progressives website.   There’s a letter from the Supervisor of Elections in Seminole County stating that Russian hacking into our elections “didn’t work” and a rebuttal based on the recently leaked NSA document

The “fourth estate” is becoming an increasingly important resource for the protection of our democracy.  By forsaking alt-facts and publishing the truth, even if leaked by career civil servants, the legitimate media organizations are fighting against the extensive dysfunction and rampant rot within our three branches of  governmental “checks and balances.”  Sadly, these checks are now proving useless in protecting our country against “enemies foreign and domestic” but, thankfully, we still have a free press that is proving resilient in combating this corrupt administration.

Regarding the upcoming “Hacking Democracy” movie event, Daily Kos had a write up about the movie recently with a link to viewing the movie for free on-line. 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/5/8/1660116/-Hacking-Democracy

Please view it on-line if you can’t attend or view it at home and come to the event later for the panel discussion to ask questions (around 3:00 p.m.)  If you can’t make it to the event, questions can be sent here or to email: cflgrassrootsprogressives@gmail.com or twitter account: @CenFLGrassroots and we’ll compile the questions/answers and publish the results from the panel.  We’d like to start a seriously overdue dialogue about the state of our electoral system and this could be a good start. 
Also, please sign up for email updates from CFL Grassroots Progressives as they continue to add to their site with useful information for resisting and winning.
 

Next Event–“Hacking Democracy”

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Our next event through the CFL Grassroots Progressives organization is June 24th–the Emmy award-nominated movie “Hacking Democracy” featuring a panel discussion with activists from the Florida Fair Elections Coalition.  They have inside and up-to-date data on our current election system/results from the 2016 election.  Information is above.  Please reserve a seat as seating is limited.  Parking is limited so car-pooling or parking on Edgewater Drive or side streets is recommended.  Publix is one block south of the Hall and parking is allowed there as well.  See you there!

Regarding the upcoming “Hacking Democracy” movie event, Daily Kos had a write up about the movie recently with a link to viewing the movie for free on-line.  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/5/8/1660116/-Hacking-Democracy

Please view it on-line if you can’t attend or view it at home and come to the event later for the panel discussion to ask questions (around 3:00 p.m.)  If you can’t make it to the event, questions can be sent here or to email: cflgrassrootsprogressives@gmail.com or twitter account: @CenFLGrassroots and we’ll compile the questions/answers and publish the results from the panel.  We’d like to start a seriously overdue discussion about the state of our electoral system.  Hopefully, this could be a good start.    Here’s some additional information about Russian election hacking from the Supervisor of Elections in Seminole County and a rebuttal letter to his claim.

Bottling hypocrisy

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Give-away to water bottling plant in Florida is on the wrong side of sustainability in many ways. We must follow the lead of those on the right path.

Good read by one of my favorites writers, Carl Hiaasen, on the irreparable and villainous damages being inflicted upon our state by the man who imagines himself our future President, Rick Scott. The alt-fact definition of political hero in our current world:  Sucking up to deep pockets while selling out your constituents (and sucking our Florida aquifer dry.)  Rick Scott takes his place among the pantheon of heroes who deserve a medal.

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/carl-hiaasen/article152954739.html

The most important trade deal you’ve never heard of ?

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TiSALearn about TiSA, a secret trade deal being worked now which would include 50 countries and apply to 80% of the world economy.  We can thank WikiLeaks for bringing this to the attention of the public.  A webinar will be taking place today at 7:30 p.m. EST to fill us in on the details that have been kept under wraps for so long.  Hope you can listen in and voice your opinions and concerns.  Here’s the link to the site:

https://actionnetwork.org/events/tisas-threat-to-democracy?referrer=harriet-heywood&source=direct_link