November's "First Thursday" program looks closely at two of the Florida constitutional amendments that will be on the November ballot. We recommend that you vote "NO" on Amendment 1 (The Solar Scam), and "YES" on the County Referendum (The Lagoon Clean Up Plan).
The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) works to empower small farmholders and develop democratic control of food systems. Each year they honor a domestic and international organization for their work. This year the US winner was The Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF).
Data collected by the ACLU on juvenile civil citations, an alternative to arrest for common youth misbehavior, show it to be an effective program for reducing crime.
Cities and towns in the US are compiling private DNA databases, separate and apart from the FBI national database. Methods of collecting DNA vary from place to place, are unregulated and often have no citizen oversight board. Melbourne and Palm Bay are on the forefront of this effort. This article from ProPublica sheds more light on what is taking place in our communities.
UPDATE: County Commissioners vote 5-0 to proceed with 10-year restoration plan, sales tax proposed for November ballot.
The Save Our Lagoon Project Plan requires a systematic and scientifically supported analysis of the measures required and the economic analysis and prioritization of how to proceed in an optimum fashion. The Plan is rigorous and thorough and is designed to get the maximum reduction in pollution from the dollars invested.
Danny Glover said it best: “I'm going to be very frank: When I go to the polls, I'm going to vote for Hillary Clinton. ... I want to make her live up to that platform and everything else. I want us to exceed what has been put in that platform. I want us to see a movement come out of this.” I am and always will be a Bernie supporter, and I agree with him that the only way not to derail the train is to vote for Hillary as a stopgap measure. This will undoubtedly be the second most important presidential election in history, following the election of 1860.
Total sewage spills into the Indian River Lagoon during 2015: 25,625,952 gallons. That's 25.6 MILLION gallons of sewage dumped into a sick and dying lagoon. What we don’t have and have never had, is an elected public official to be our Indian River Lagoon Champion, to finally take action.
Activists publish independent 'UnConventional Times' newspaper to cover protests and walkouts at Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Rick Scott stripped protections from Dept. of Environmental Protections, appointed members to Environmental Regulatory Commission, which just voted to approve more toxic chemicals in Florida waters. Are we outraged yet?
Day 3: Many interesting speakers, who tried to show that Hillary would be an effective Commander-in-Chief. There were also attempts to show where Hillary and Bernie had similar views. Let’s summarize the major speeches, starting with Leon Panetta.
Scientists from Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) should be trying to “protect” the public. But not now. Not with Rick-Scott Science. MORE bad stuff per drop of water is allowed...
Day 1, speeches of Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders were undoubtedly the highpoint of this convention. After the excitement of the first day, I can’t imagine how the remaining days of the DNC will have the same impact. The real questions remaining...