Alachua County Green Party

Move to Amend Barnstorming Tour came to Gainesville last Dec. 

MOVE to AMEND TOUR

Was GAINESVILLE in Dec. 2013


CREATING DEMOCRACY AND CHALLENGING CORPORATE RULE


"We Move to Amend" the Constitution to firmly establish that 
money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, 
are persons entitled to Constitutional rights



David Cobb
Move to Amend Spokesperson,
Principal of POCLAD - Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy
2004 Green Party Presidential Candidate

Dear friends,
 We're looking forward to us all making some serious noise over the upcoming month
with the Move To Amend Barnstorming Tour.  Thirteen great events across Florida over 11 days, featuring former Green Party presidential candidate and phenomenal speaker David Cobb
to inspire our fight to bring an end to corporate personhood!


On January 21st, 2010, two years ago tomorrow, the Supreme Court reaffirmed, in Citizens United v. FEC, that corporations are persons, and that their financial influence equals free speech, and therefore cannot be limited. Essentially the Supreme Court says, Corporations are entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government.

The MOVE to AMEND campaign asserts that "We the People" reject the Supreme Court ruling, and that "We Move to Amend" the Constitution to establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons.

David Cobb, MOVE to AMEND spokesperson, will be touring Florida cities from Friday Dec2 - Monday Dec 12, 2011, raising awareness about the Court's decision, and building a movement to strengthen our Constitution.

David is a nationally renowned dynamic speaker and freedom fighter.  His entire legal career has been directed to challenge illegitimate corporate power. He is a principal with the Program on Corporations Law & Democracy, and Campaigns Director for Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County, CA. As the Green Party Candidate in 2004, David, and the Libertarian Party presidential candidate, legally challenged the Presidential Election results in Ohio in 2004.

MOVE to AMEND Florida Tour

Gainesville contact:
Michael Canney, Green Party of Florida, 386-418-3791alachuagreen@gmail.com

FL Tour Info: Carla 386-677-1176

Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MovetoAmendFlorida

Events and Issues


  • No Nukes: Join us to stop Progress Energy from building two new nuclear plants in Levy County
  • Quarterly meeting of the Alachua County Green Party
  • Live sustainably and support our local economy
  • Green energy and green jobs
  • Foreclosures in Alachua County
  • Development in Alachua County: Green alternatives to "Hometown Democracy" vs "Smarter Growth"

Southeast Regional NO NUKES Speak Out Tour

Featuring Howie Hawkins and guest speakers
Friday October 7 @ 7:00 PM
Gainesville Friends Meeting House
702 NW 38th Street, Gainesville
Co-sponsored by the Green Party and Veterans for Peace

This event is part of a regional NO NUKES Speak Out Toursponsored by Greens and anti-nuclear groups in the Southeast. The Tour features veteran ant-nuclear activist Howie Hawkins and local guest speakers (see Howie's bio below).

No Nukes Tour events are scheduled for Georgia and the Carolinas, and tour sponsors (so far) include: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network, Southern Anti-Racism Network, South Carolina Progressive Network, Green Party of Georgia, Green Party of North Carolina, Green Party of South Carolina, Green Party of Florida, and Veterans for Peace.

The event will focus on the global public health threat posed by the nuclear industry, and in particular the threats we face in Florida, such as the 20-year license extensions being rubber-stamped for the aging nuclear plants (especially the Crystal River nuke), and also the proposed Levy County nuclear plant, 40 miles from Gainesville. There will be an update on the worsening Fukushima disaster and a discussion about the growing anti-nuclear movement in the US.

Howie Hawkins has a knack for connecting the dots on interrelated issues, so we expect the discussion will not be limited to the risks and costs of nuclear power.

Howie Hawkins Biography

Howie Hawkins has been an organizer in movements for peace, justice, labor, the environment, and independent politics since the late 1960s.

The Green Party has nominated Howie to run for public office many times. His 2005 campaign for Mayor of Syracuse put the issues of living wages, public power, and sustainability on the city's agenda. His 2006 campaign for US Senator called for an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, single payer health care, and a rapid transition to renewable energy to stop global warming. He received 41 percent of the vote in his 2009 race for 4th District Common Councilor in Syracuse in a campaign emphasizing living wages, green jobs, and a municipal bank to finance community-owned businesses.

A former Marine, Howie helped organize opposition to the Vietnam War and was a leader in the anti-apartheid movement to end US corporate investment in the system of racist labor exploitation in South Africa.

After attending Dartmouth College in the early 1970s, Howie worked in construction in New England and helped organize a workers cooperative that specialized in energy audits, efficiency retrofits, and solar and wind installations.

He was a co-founder of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in 1976 and the Green Party in the US in 1984.

Howie moved to Syracuse in 1991 to develop cooperatives for CommonWorks, a federation of cooperatives working for an economy that is cooperatively owned, democratically controlled, and ecologically sustainable. As a board member of the Southside Community Coalition, he is currently helping to develop a community- and worker-owned food cooperative in his inner city neighborhood where no grocery stores remain.

For the last decade Howie has worked unloading trucks at UPS, where he is a member of Teamsters Local 317 and active in Teamsters for a Democratic Union, US Labor Against the War, and the Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare.

Howie’s articles on politics, economics, and environmental issues have appeared in Against the Current, Green Politics, International Socialist Review, New Politics, Peace and Democracy News, Resist, Roll Call, Society and Nature, Z Magazine, and other publications. He is the editor of the 2006 book, Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate

 

Quarterly Meeting of the Alachua County Green Party 

Meet your local Green Party at 7 pm on the third Tuesday of December

Our next meeting is on December 15th at the Civic Media Center, 433 South Main ST, Gainesville, FL. Join us to continue to plan our forum on Sustainable Energy and the campaign against two new nuclear plants in Levy County. Hope to see you there!

Contact Michael Canney for more information about Green Party activities: alachuagreens@gmail.com or (386) 418-3791.

 

Act now to stop Progress Energy from building two new nuclear reactors in Levy county

Here are some things you can do today and in the near future:

  • Act NOW: Tell the Florida Public Service Commission not to allow Early Cost Recovery for nuclear plants. Learn how.
  • Learn more: read the Public Citizen summary about the proposed plants. Visit our news page for the latest update on our challenge to Progress Energy's license to build a nuclear power plant. Visit our links page for more information about sustainable energy and nuclear power.
  • Write letters to the editors of your local papers
  • Contact Progress Energy
  • Join our No Nukes campaign. Contact us today.
  • Attend the next meeting of the Alachua County Green Party and learn more.

 

Tell the FL PSC not to allow Early Cost Recovery for nuclear plants

Please read this message from our friends at Southern Energy Network, then take action.

Action Alert! If you don’t want to pay for risky nuclear power with no guarantees, you will want to read this!

Ever wanted to buy something but you didn’t have enough cash? Maybe you put it on your credit card. Maybe you asked a friend to cover you.

Well, right now, Progress Energy and Florida Power and Light (FPL) are asking you and other Floridians to pick up the bill for two risky nuclear projects.

That’s right, through a policy called Early Cost Recovery, these utilities are turning to their customers to make this investment for them. Early Cost Recovery allows increases in electricity bills now for nuclear reactors that take at least 10 years to build.  With the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission delaying operational licenses until serious water, environmental, and radioactive waste concerns are addressed, these reactors may never even produce energy. Although the delay is what we want, it is not fair for customers to continue paying for this risky technology.

Progress Energy and Florida Power and Light are charging their customers for energy that has no guarantees of ever being produced!

We need real solutions in Florida! We can’t waste our time on expensive, risky nuclear. We need Solar in the Sunshine State!

Join Southern Energy Network and others at the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) Meeting as we tell them we do not want to pay for their risky business.  Wall Street funders won’t touch these projects, why should we pay for them?

What:

The Florida Public Service Commission’s Early Cost Recovery Hearing will focus on financial problems associated with the new nuclear reactors that FPL has proposed at Turkey Point near Miami and Progress Energy has proposed at Levy County near Crystal River. The PSC will hear expert testimony from all sides to determine the if Early Cost Recovery is a legitimate way for utilities raise funds for these risky projects. In addition to showing presence at the hearings, we will also be rallying outside to support real solutions to climate change and energy security.

To access all the information relevant to this docket, visit http://www.psc.state.fl.us/dockets/cms/docketdetails.aspx?docket=090009,

For talking points, contact mandy@climateaction.net.

When: Hearing begins Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 9:30 am and will continue through September 11, 2009.

Where:

Betty Easley Conference Center at the FL PSC

Room 148

4075 Esplanade Way  Tallahassee, FL

For directions and parking, visit http://www.psc.state.fl.us/about/contact/map.aspx

 

Public Comment will not be heard at the hearing, please submit comments using one of the following options:

Submit written comments to the FL PSC in advance of the October 26, 2009 decision. Please make sure to reference Docket 090009.

Email: contact@psc.state.fl.us, reference Docket 090009 in the subject line

Mail:       Florida Public Service Commission 

2540 Schumard Oak Blvd.

Tallahassee, FL 32399

In addition to the PSC, concerned citizens can also call or mail comments to the Office of Public Counsel. Include reference to Docket 090009:

Office of Public Counsel

111 West Madison Street, Room 812

Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1400

Phone: 850-488-9330 or 1-800-342-0222

 

Listen to the hearings online at http://www.psc.state.fl.us/agendas/audiovideo/index.aspx 

 

Background Information:

Ultimately due to legislation passed by the Florida Assembly in 2006 encouraging development in nuclear power, FPL and Progress in March 2009 asked the FL PSC to approve early recovery of costs associated with building these four new nuclear reactors. The Office of Public Counsel, the Florida Industrial Power Users Group, White Springs Agricultural Chemicals, Inc./PCS Phosphate – White Springs, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and the Federal Executive Agencies have each been granted intervention in this docket. View the Notice of Hearing at http://www.psc.state.fl.us/library/filings/09/08471-09/08471-09.pdf.

For more information on the high costs of building new reactors in Florida, please visit http://www.cleanenergy.org/index.php?/Take-Action.html?form_id=51&item_id=49

 I hope to see you there!

 

Mandy Hancock

Florida Organizer. Southern Energy Network

mandy@climateaction.net 

 

Live sustainably and support our local economy

Ways to eat and live locally and sustainably:

Visit our Links page for more local resources. 

Protect Civil Rights: Reject the Amendment to Our City Charter

The Green Party of Alachua County joins with Equality is Gainesville's Business to urge the voters of Gainesville, FL to reject--at the March 24, 2009 City elections ballot--an amendment that would prohibit the City of Gainesville from protecting the civil rights of any category of persons not covered under the Civil Rights Law of the State of Florida. This amendment does more than merely rescind an earlier decision of the Gainesville City Commission to grant such protection to trans-gendered persons; the language of the amendment would infringe more broadly on the ability of a municipality to determine for itself its civil rights regulations. Any movement to restrict civil rights protection to any category of persons is contrary to the values of the Green Party.

Join with the Green Party to Challenge Progress Energy's Permit Application 

To all Alachua County Greens and concerned citizens of the county:

Many of us in Gainesville and Alachua County live within a 50-mile radius of the site where Progress Energy intends to construct a massive nuclear power station. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has designated this 50-mile radius as the "impact area" for a nuclear plant, which grants legal standing to all persons residing within this area who choose to intervene in the permitting process and challenge the deficiencies in the nuclear plant application (Email me for a copy of the 50-mile radius map in .pdf format). Organizations with members residing within the 50-mile radius also have legal standing. 

The Alachua County Green Party has decided to take action, as referenced in the last paragraph of this Resolution, which is "to join with the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) in filing an intervention with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the permitting process for the Progress Energy nuclear power facility in Levy County, challenging with a formal contention one or more elements in the application submitted by Progress Energy, with said intervention to be filed by the deadline of February 8, 2009 which is imposed by NRC rules." 

The Green Party of Florida is currently considering a proposal to intervene in the Progress Energy application process, and if the GPF adopts the proposal (which is likely), Alachua County will have the option of joining with the state party in filing one intervention. 

The filing of the intervention with the NRC will be handled by an attorney with the NIRS (Nuclear Information and Resource Service), and NIRS is assisting a number of co-intervenors in this action. Anyone wishing to assist with the work of researching and preparing our intervention is encouraged to get involved. We especially need volunteers with expertise in alternative energy, since our contention will be focused on the alternatives to nuclear portion of the application. Others will be filing contentions that address water issues, economic issues and other elements of the application, and they may be able to use assistance as well.

Those who cannot assist with the intervention but who wish to be listed as a party may do so, as long as they can prove residence within the 50-mile radius and membership in an organization filing an intervention. Registered  Green Party voters, for example, can become a party to this intervention simply by signing an affidavit. Anyone who wishes to join this action and is not currently registered as a Green Party voter can do so by filling out a voter registration form and turning it in to the Supervisor of Elections office. They will provide proof of party affiliation at that time, in case there is a delay in receiving the voter registration by mail. Only one individual with standing is needed to file our intervention, but everyone is welcome.

For more information, contact:

Michael Canney
386-418-3791
alachuagreen@ gmail.com 
 

NRC Announces Opportunity to Participate in Hearing on New Reactor Application for Levy County Site

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today announced the opportunity to participate in the hearing on a Combined License (COL) application for two new reactors at the Levy County site near Crystal River, Fla.

Progress Energy submitted the application and associated information on July 30. The application, minus proprietary or security-related details, is available on the NRC Web site at:
http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/new-reactors/col/levy.html. Progress seeks approval to build and operate two AP1000 reactors at the site, approximately 10 miles northeast of Crystal River. The AP1000 is a Westinghouse 1,100 megawatt electric pressurized-water reactor design the NRC certified in 2006. The agency is currently reviewing a Westinghouse application, submitted in May 2007, to amend the certified design. Progress also seeks a Limited Work Authorization to conduct activities such as preparing building foundation areas and installing rebar prior to a COL being issued.

On Oct. 6, the NRC staff determined that the Levy County application contains sufficient information for the agency to formally ³docket,² or file, the application and begin its technical review. Docketing the application does not preclude additional requests for information as the review proceeds; nor does it indicate whether the Commission will approve the license. The docket numbers established for this application are 52-029 and 52-030.

The NRC staff provided background information on the licensing and hearing process during a June public meeting held in Crystal River.

The NRC has published in the Federal Register a notice of opportunity to intervene. The deadline for petitioning to intervene is Feb.6, 2009. Petitions may be filed by anyone whose interest may be affected by the proposed license, who wishes to participate as a party in the proceeding, and who meets criteria set out in the NRC¹s regulations.

petition to intervene must be electronically submitted in a timely manner to the NRC's Electronic Information Exchange (EIE) system. The petition to intervene must be filed in accordance with the NRC's E-Filing Rule that appeared in the Federal Register on Aug. 28, 2007. Additional guidance and instructions regarding electronic submissions to the NRC EIE system is available on the NRC web pages at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals.html.

News releases are available through a free listserv subscription at the following Web address:
http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/listserver.html. The NRC homepage at www.nrc.gov also offers a SUBSCRIBE link. E-mail notifications are sent to subscribers when news releases are posted to NRC's Web site.

Glenn Carroll
Coordinator

NUCLEAR WATCH SOUTH
P.O. Box 8574
Atlanta, GA 31106
404-378-4263 
atom.girl@mindspring.com
http://www.nonukesyall.org

December 4th Nuclear Regulatory Commission Hearing

NOTE: Deadline to submit written statements to the NRC is December 23rd. Scroll down for details. For more information and resources on nuclear energy go to our Green Energy Links.

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held a public hearing on December 4th in Crystal River, FL. The purpose of the meeting was to prepare an environmental impact statement on the plan by Progress Energy to build two new nuclear power reactors on a site that has never had a power plant, let alone a nuclear power plant. This is the first "greenfield" site proposed for a new nuclear reactor in more than three decades in the USA.

While it was important to show up and express resistance and dissent, it is also important to bring real, specific concerns and issues about this project. Think of NRC as your students who must produce a research paper that will address the impact this development would have on water in the area--and how that local water is connected to a large freshwater resource. Not only would construction itself damage these treasures, the potential for groundwater contamination from operations is great. For info on ground water contamination at other nuclear sites in the USA, including sites in FL, see Union of Concerned Scientists at www.ucsusa.org/nuclear_power/reactor-map/embedded-flash-map.html 

In addition to water, it is important to call for consideration of environmental impact of ALL the waste associated with operating new reactors: all the wastes in mining the uranium and making the fuel (including CO2 from burning fossil fuels), all the so-called low-level wastes--at the moment Progress Energy has no place it can ship these wastes, so focus in on the possibility that Levy County will be a so-called "low-level" waste dump--and then the high-level waste (irradiated fuel). Environmental impact assessment must include transportation impacts as well as storage or "disposal".

For those who could not get to this meeting, please submit a written statement to:

The Levy environmental review
Chief, Rules and Directives Branch
Mailstop T6D59
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

The NRC asks that you "tag" your comments with the reference date, October 17, and [[Page 63519]]. To be considered in the scoping process, written comments must be postmarked or delivered by the comment period end date, December 23, 2008. Electronic comments may be sent by email to the NRC at Levy.COLEIS@nrc.gov  

Contacts:

Mary Olson, Nuclear Information and Resource Service  (828) 675-1792  nirs@main.nc.us
Mandy Hancock, Southern Energy Network  (229) 563-6090
Michael Canney, Ride Coordinator, (386) 418-3791  alachuagreen@gmail.com

 

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