More ways to engage

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There are lots of ways to help out in this growing national and world-wideemergency-town-hall resistance.  Here are a some you may be interested in. 

Emergency Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, February 7 at the Doubletree Hotel across from Universal.  The theme is how to equip yourself to respond to Trump’s executive orders (border wall, immigration order).  See the attached flyer for more information about this meeting.

Orange County Board of Commissioners’ Hearing on Tuesday, February 7 at 9 AM at 201 S. Rosalind Ave., Orlando (first floor).  Sign up and attend this meeting to encourage officials not to detain local immigrants for federal authorities.  More information at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1846746038905164/

First Mobilization Meeting–Women’s March FL-Central Florida–Join the Central Florida Women’s March on Washington Team as they turn the organizing efforts that brought the world the largest march on Washington ever into a mobilized women and community-centered movement.  Saturday, Feb. 11, 11:00 to 1:00, First Unitarian Church of Orlando, 1901 E. Robinson, Orlando  More informationhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1262219917189122/

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Legislative training class

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sierra-clubFlorida Sierra Club legislative training class in Orlando

When:   Sat, February 18, 10am – 3pm
Where:  Communications Workers of America (CWA), Local 3108 Union Hall, 2220 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL (mapDescription:  Sierra Club Central Florida Group — Florida Sierra Club is holding a legislative training class in Orlando.  The class will be presented by Fla. Sierra Club lobbyist, David Cullin. This is an interactive session where volunteer members and supporters will be provided the resources to use when meeting with our elected representatives. No matter how much experience you have, this is the chance for you to learn to speak up! Loan your voice to protect the environment, in all its glory, or support citizen access to voting.

That didn’t take long

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Is your head spinning yet as dear leader “makes America great again”?  Breaking news, less transparency now that Tillerson is in.  Let the bucks roll into our ruling plutocrats’ bank accounts.  Surely you must agree that they deserve it and it’s only for our benefit!

Here’s a little laugh before we go insane or up in smoke.  Also, here’s a link to the executive orders Jon Stewart refers to in his piece.

Thank you progressives!

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The meeting last night to introduce CF Grassroots Progressive Resource Center and livestream  Bernie Sanders was a big success.  On such short notice, it was gratifying to see how many took time out of their busy lives to attend.  It shows a real pent-up feeling and need for us to organize in order to combat the negative and dangerous agenda coming from Washington.  As Bernie said in his excellent address, despair is not an option now.  We need to shake it off and work with other groups in an efficient and powerful manner to fight the extremist agenda being enacted rapidly in Washington by Congress and the President.

During the excitement last night, we failed to mention our appreciation of stalwart supporters of the progressive agenda attending the event, Linda Chapin, Wes Hodge, head of the Orange County Democrats, Susannah and Scott Randolph, Mary-Slatter Linn from the Sierra Club, Robert Moore, professor emeritus of anthropology at Rollins, and probably more that haven’t been mentioned here.  Thank you all for your support.  We also want to thank all the many volunteers who made this event such a success.  Without you, it wouldn’t have happened.

 

Bannon’s Blitzkrieg

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blitzThe malevolent forces in the oval office continue their “blitzkrieg” of our country with a flurry of extreme executive orders and congressional actions, hurried confirmation of dubious cabinet members and now sabre-rattling against our neighbor, Mexico, and veiled threats against Iran.  Trying to keep up with it all is confusing, exhausting and debilitating, the aim of a blitzkrieg and apparently a coup in the making.  It’s frightening that the ruling party in Washington is conducting a war on its own citizens.  Trying to make sense of it all, an excellent letter in today’s “Orlando Sentinel” by Aidan Coffey.  The aim of the Leninist in the oval office who is wielding so much power behind Trump is antithetical  to everything our country was founded upon.  It would be wise for us to learn about the enemy among us.  We applaud Rep. Stephanie Murphy’s (D-Fla.) bill to oust Bannon from the National Security Council.

Silent Spring Returning?

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bee-smallThere was a fantastic movie on WUCF last Tuesday about Rachel Carson, author of “Silent Spring,” the book that ignited the environmental movement over 50 years ago.  Until Ms. Carson’s book came out, we lived blissfully ignorant of the real dangers of chemical pesticides.  We learned through her investigations that poisoning  certain undesirable creatures is not done in a vacuum and has negative consequences all the way up the food chain, eventually harming us.  Consequently, we became less naive about trusting the corporations pushing their products and the government in charge of regulating them.

President Kennedy acknowledged the importance of the book and a long, slow journey began to outlaw DDT in this country and put into place stronger governmental safeguards to our health and environment.  Far from perfect, the advances made should be built upon and strengthened not thrown out and eviscerated  as is feverishly being done by the new administration.  However,  we’re in a new era, with seemingly no remembrance of history and an arrogant boastfulness of using “alternative facts.”  The same guilty corporations from the past are taking advantage of our ignorance with a new leader determined to sell our environment out to the highest bidder.

We must not sit passively by and let that happen.  Please get involved with an environmental group that will work to protect our precious world.  Sierra Club, Earthjustice and National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)  are excellent four star charities with the legal know-how to fight these criminal acts.  Please support them any way you can.

Priestly Wisdom

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trump-jesusIn this brave new world of “alternative facts,” Jesus must be proud of his spokesman.  Backing up the Trump administrations’ edict to State Department employees to either “get with the program or….go”, Father Philip Pizzo, a New York Catholic priest,  upped the ante and had these holy words of wisdom for Trump protestors on his facebook page.