Posts Tagged ‘Central Florida’

To download right click and select “save link as” >>> PRISON PT. 2

We had 3 exciting local guests: Miguel Adams (cofounder of Speak-Up-Florida: for the Movement to End the New Jim Crow), Teresa Pugliese (secretary and executive board member of Speak Up Florida and founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UCF), and Tommy Cullar joined us also.

We had a particularly stimulating and wild chat even by our standards and even got to stay on the air for a 3rd hour. We split the podcast in 2 parts THIS IS PART 2.

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Human Rights Campaign to End the New Jim Crow.
Community Voices Speak Out and being heard to End Mass Incarceration and The War on Drugs with 1 voice. A fight against injustice! 

Speak Up Florida: https://www.facebook.com/groups/speakupfla/

SSDP at UCF: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ssdpucf/

To download right click and select “save link as” >>> PRISON PT. 1

We had 3 exciting local guests: Miguel Adams (cofounder of Speak-Up-Florida: for the Movement to End the New Jim Crow), Teresa Pugliese (secretary and executive board member of Speak Up Florida and founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UCF), and Tommy Cullar joined us also.

We had a particularly stimulating and wild chat even by our standards and even got to stay on the air for a 3rd hour. We split the podcast in 2 parts THIS IS PART 1.

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Human Rights Campaign to End the New Jim Crow.
Community Voices Speak Out and being heard to End Mass Incarceration and The War on Drugs with 1 voice. A fight against injustice! 

Speak Up Florida: https://www.facebook.com/groups/speakupfla/

SSDP at UCF: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ssdpucf/

Right-click and select “save link as” to download a copy: Punkonomics2014-5-21

My son Felix was in the studio to lead a discussion on the education system. He solicited a bunch of very insightful comments and complaints from some of his fellow students at Winter Park High School and it was very encouraging to see how smart the young’uns are (not just MY boy… though he’s pretty damn smart for sure!).

I personally, despite being a 48 years old geezer, am tired of people blaming the young for all the crap society WE created: Solidarity is our only hope and that should include INTER-GENERATIONAL solidarity too. 

Felix gave a shout out to a few of his WPH friends who gave us specific contributions: Kate, Riley, Nicky, Parker, …

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Friend and twice former guest Brooke Hines from Community Business Association of Central Florida wrote to let us know they’re kicking off a new campaign today called “VOTE LOCAL.” The idea of the campaign is to engage people in local elections during the midterms. They did a survey of the candidates for county offices asking questions pertaining to issues they have control over at the county level.

The survey can be found at www.votelocal2014.org

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Brook Hines, Director
Community Business Association of Central Florida
Main Street Alliance
Click here for Facebook page

VOTE LOCAL KICKOFF
March 19, 2014, 11:00AM

Welcome & Introductions:  STEPHANIEThe battle for Earned Sick Time uncovered a pattern of arrogance and greed so widespread it has united our diverse community to take our local government back.  And that’s what VOTE LOCAL is all about.

I would like to introduce the speakers for today…

The campaign:  Beverlye Colson Neale, National Congress of Black Women

Today, Orange Rising – a coalition of more than 20 organizations – is announcing the launch of a new campaign called VOTE LOCAL to encourage greater voter participation in local elections.

Here in the I-4 corridor presidential elections get a lot of attention.  But local elections are all too easy to ignore.

One reason for that is that local offices are voted on during the primaries.  Not many independent voters vote in primaries, so they also tend not to vote in important local elections.

We want to fix that.

The Survey—Fred Barr, Main Street Alliance – Florida, formerly Community Business Association
VOTE LOCAL will mount a public information campaign to ensure Orange County citizens can and will vote confidently in our upcoming August 26th local elections and beyond. (THIS IS GOING LIVE TOMORROW AT www.votelocal2014.com and .org)

The first thing we thought would be helpful is a survey of all the candidates for Mayor and County Commission.  We’re posting their answers – or lack of answers – online so voters can see where they stand on issues that matter to them.

We asked about quality jobs, good government and livable communities.  We hope that these questions spark more discussion and enlarge the debate.

Why these issues are important:

• Good Government/LGBT issues:  Mary Meeks
• Quality Jobs:  Eric Clinton, AFLCIO
• Livable Communities: Brook Hines, Director Main Street Alliance – Florida (formerly Community Business Association)

Why is this campaign needed?  Stephanie Porta, Organize Now

Even if Orange County voters approve Earned Sick Time it won’t count because of a backroom deal to have Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature preempt local sick time referendums.

Following the infamous ‘textgate’ scandal, a court ruling found that the County Commission violated their own charter by keeping the sick time proposal off the ballot, and criminal fines were levied against several commissioners for destroying text messages that documented a coordinated effort with business interests and the Orange County Republican Party that corrupted the democratic process.

The Brummer backfire:  Marcos Vilar, Florida New Majority

Instead of taking steps to avoid such unseemly machinations in the future, Commissioner Fred Brummer’s ill conceived proposal sought to muffle citizens altogether.

He put forward a reckless and misleading scheme that would have made citizen’s initiatives impossibly burdensome by increasing the number of signatures needed and halving the time to submit them to a brief 90 days.

Brummer’s proposal would have added two Republican-appointed members to the Commission, shielded the partisan ties of elected officials from the public, and gotten rid of the independently elected Tax Collector’s position, eliminating an important check on the board’s ability to grant political favors through selective enforcement.

At a time when the Mayor and Commission have proved unable to govern fairly, they’re pushing for less oversight, less transparency, less accountability and less voter participation.

Thankfully, the citizens of Orange County turned out in force to voice their opposition to this costly and misleading proposal to stifle citizen initiatives through a rushed and unnecessary special election.

This reckless scheme would have cost taxpayers more than a million dollars and would have disenfranchised thousands of voters.  Thankfully, Orange County voters stood up against this power grab.

We will remember March 11th for some time as the day we finally forced the Orange County Board of County Commissioners to do the right thing.

Emboldened by their actions during the Earned Sick Time campaign, some Orange County Commissioners thought they could once again stifle citizens’ voices and get away with it.

What they didn’t count on was that the battle for Earned Sick Time had uncovered a pattern of arrogance and greed so widespread that it united our diverse community to show up and take our local government back.  And that’s exactly what happened.

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Support Walmart workers from across Central Florida standing up for their right to speak out and improve working conditions at Walmart.

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Time-iconSeptember 5 • 04:00 pm

Location-iconCentral Florida Jobs with Justice, 231 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, Florida

Phone-iconAngela Williamson – 409-365-9643 or Jazmine Salas – 407-791-1566


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This was the 1st day of the public school year and Kenny Goldman, Felix Balak, and Charlotte Trinquet came to help me rant about education — uncharacteristically positively and enthusiastically I might add!

We opened the show by discussing some positive developments in the Orange County Public School system’s curriculum and went on to talk about some of my ideas about technologically enhanced pedagogy, using video games in education, and gamifying my classes.

 

 

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Patrick is involved with the Walmart workers’ attempts to fight for their basic rights and living wages.

Check out some info here:

(1) Central Florida Jobs with Justice (http://cfjwj.org/)

(2) OUR-Walmart (http://forrespect.org/)

(3) Making Change at Walmart (http://makingchangeatwalmart.org/)

(4) Dream Defenders (http://dreamdefenders.org/)