Coke drops support of Republican National Convention

Many companies have been contributing to this year’s Republican National Convention. This or unusual and is disturbing but predictable. What is unusual and much more disturbing is that THIS year the RNC promises to be led by casino owner, favorite of white supremicists, and model for Biff Tanen Donald Trump.

The notable civil rights organization Color of Change therefore launched a petition campaign, focusing mostly the Coca Cola Corporation, to convict these concerns to cut of their support of the GOP convention.This effort has achieved its first victory. The New York Times has reported that Coke has dropped its support of the convention. 

Although many companies remain, Coke’s reversal is an excellent start that shows the power of petitions. Let us hope that it will be the first of many.

Tribal Citizens Rise Up Against Bakken Oil Pipeline

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March 29th, 2016

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Tribal Citizens Rise Up Against Bakken Oil Pipeline
Horse Ride and Spiritual Camp To Be Held Along Proposed Route of Dakota Access Pipeline

Cannonball, SD – On April 1st, 2016, tribal citizens of the Standing Rock Lakota Nation and ally Lakota, Nakota, & Dakota citizens, under the group name “Chante tin’sa kinanzi Po” will have a Horse Ride to celebrate the founding of a Spirit Camp that will be erected along the proposed route of the bakken oil pipeline, Dakota Access. This camp will be called Iŋyaŋ Wakȟáŋaǧapi Othí, translated as Sacred Rock, the original name of the Cannonball area. The Spirit Camp is dedicated to stopping and raising awareness of the Dakota Access pipeline,  the dangers associated with pipeline spills and the necessity to protect the water resources of the Missouri river.

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Victory! Pernicious Ga. Anti-LGBTQI Bill to be vetoed

According to the Political Insider blog, Georgia governor Nathan Deal (R) announced that he will veto the pernicious anti-LGBTQI bill passed by the legislature. He has been flooded with pleas to do so and  threats of business leaders to leave the state if the bigoted measure became law. That a Republican governor in a conservative state could be moved to take such an action is a tremendous victory for the LGBTQI movement, as is the fact that the law wil not take effect.
Supporters of the bill said that they would bring it up next year, which means that they will likely not try to override the veto. The travesty of a bill will have to be fought all over again, however.

Voters’ Bill of Rights -Here is a petition circulated by The Other 98% calling for a voters  bill of rights. The need for such a measure is underscored by the problems during the Arizona primary last night; no one should have to wait five hours to vote. It is about time that state governments did thei duty in that area.

Additionally, here is a petition asking the speaker of the Minnesota House  of Representatives to restore to vote to convicted felons who are on parole and/or parole. If someone has done their time they should be able to vote.

Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

Source: Battle For The Net – please sign the complaint to the FCC and Congress. We cannot allow them to stealthily sabotage net neutrality while our backs are turned.

Precinct 32 Update

I went back up to the parking lot of the precinct up the street at 6:45. What I saw was not impressive. All the available parking spaces  were filled up . And a few cars at a time were entering the lot. A trickle of 2-3 people at a time were awntering the precinct. This was more that at 2:15, but not huge. The turnout at this precinct does not appear to be particularly heavy.


I voted at 2:19 p.m down the street at Precinct 32 (Life South building). I was the 406th vote, which is much better than in a normal local election. The room was empty when I came in but 5 voters were in there when I left. These are good signs as turnout usually does not pick up until 4:30 p.m.  Turnout, of course, is key to Bernie Sanders and Lauren Poe. 

We must reverse this trend of Republican turnout in primaries exceeding that of Democrats. That tends to happen pre in closed primaries than open primaries and Florida’s is closed.Sadly, MSNBC reports that non-Democrat Sanders voters in Florida have been frustrated that his name does not appear on their ballots. That mean 

 s you Democrats had better get out and vote. One person on twitter is saying precincts have already run out of ballots in several places in Florida, which bodes very well for turnout although such a claim is also a notorious voter suppression trick.


Vote March 15 for Bernie, Lauren, and Adrian

The Florida Primary is on March 15. Early voting has already started. Let’s get out and vote. So far this year, more Republicans have voted in presidential primaries than Democrats. This is troubling. 

Here in Alachua County (Gainesville’s County) early voting started last Friday (March 4) and will end Sunday (March 12). The hours are 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. every day except Thursday (March 10), when the polls will be open from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M.

Two Gainesville City Comission are races are also on the ballot. In one, Adrian Hayes-Santos and Jim Konish vie for the District 4 seat. The both have lists of small contributors and none of them are developers. Hayes-Santos’s is more impressive, including some great activists. I would recommend a vote for Hayes-Santos pending Konis’s lawsuit claiming that Hayes-Santos has not lived in the district long enough  to run for the seat.

The other race is for Gainesvillle Mayor . The right-wing Tea Party Republican incumbent Ed Braddy, who won the seat in a runoff because his opponent was arrested on the eve of the primary three years ago, is running for re-election. He must go. A person of his mindset simply not a good fit for this city. Gainesville deserves better.Vote for Lauren Poe He is the better of the two alternatives to Braddy.