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OCCUPY FORT LAUDERDALE(.org): All events at City Hall courtyard, 100 North Andrews Avenue. Bring a chair.


Tues, Jan 3,7 p.m. Direct Action Group – Plan actions re Walmart, MLK Weekend,etc


Sat, Dec 31 and Sat Jan. 7, 4:30 p.m., Labor Outreach: Plan actions re Walmart, MLK Weekend


Sat, Jan 14, 11 a.m., MLK Rally and March



WAR vs HUMAN NEEDS– No fee, hat passed.


Thursday, January 5, 7 p.m., Discussion, Bender’s, 159 Keswick C, Deerfield Beach 33442. Rsvp required to be called in. Directions and instructions will go to all positive rsvpers.


John Iacovelli: Seymour Melman wrote extensively on the subject of war spending, which he saw as the prime influence in the deindustrialization of the U.S. He began writing on this subject in the 1960’s. He advocated economic conversion, i.e., a transition from a military to civilian economy, and helped insert an “economic conversion” plank in the 1976 Democratic party platform. War Inc. was published posthumously in 2008. It is generally recognized as a summation of his work on military vs. civilian spending. It is only 125 pages, and is published on the web, where it can be found at: Come whether or not you’ve read it.



Thursday, January 26, 7 p.m., General Meeting, Melodi Willis’, Tamarac- rsvp for specifics.


Thursday, February 2, 7 p.m. 1st Congregational Church, Lake Worth, Discussion,: Carol Lewis and Bob Bender on Chalmers Johnson , Dismantling the Empire: America’s Last Best Hope Please Rsvp for specifics.


Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m., Place to be determined. Visiting Prof Harry Targ, Purdue U,” Jobs Not War: Impact of the 2012 Election on War Spending, Militarism, and the Economy.”


April – Carol Lewis on Lester Brown, World on the Edge



NETWORK OF SPIRITUAL PROGRESSIVES PALM BEACH COUNTY- meets second Sunday monthly, 3 – 5 p.m., Church of our Savior MCC, 2011 South Federal Highway, Boynton Beach – no fee


Sunday, January 8, Advancing Priorities for People, Impact of War on Meeting Needs of People. Carol Lewis and Melodi Willis.




Tues, January 10, 1 p.m. Kit Rafferty, Florida Jobs with Justice. “Union Representation in the State of Florida” South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach. 561-736-7928. Hat passed.


Sun, Feb. 12, 1 p.m. Prof. Mark Solomon,Simmons College, Emeritus, Global Economic Crisis: Policy Failure or Systemic Failure? Hagen Ranch Library, Delray Beach.  Free.


DEERFIELD PROGRESSIVE FORUM: 10 a.m., Activities Center, Century Village East. Suggested Donation $5. Contacts 954-428-1598 and


Sat, Jan 7: Rev Steven Barnes, “The Encroachment of Religion on U.S. Politics”


Sat, Jan14:Prof. Gerald Friedman, U.Mass, “Re-Ignite the Labor Movement?”


Sat, Jan 21, Brian Jones, “Marx in Soho”


Sat, Jan 28: Ray McGovern, “Has the CIA Gone Rogue?”


Sat, Feb 4: Prof Mark Solomon, Emeritus, Simmons College, “The Class War: Where Do We Stand?”



PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA PALM BEACH COUNTY – Boca Raton,–RSVP required. For information, email, Hat passed.


Thurs, Jan 26, 7 p.m., “What is Occupy Palm Beach County?


Thurs, Feb 16, 7 p.m., Mark Solomon, Emeritus, Simmons College





Phil Ochs was born in El Paso, Texas on Dec. 19. 1940. He grew up in a non-political middle class family. While in college at Ohio State University, he met Jim Glover who became his roommate and whose father was Phil’s political teacher. It was during this time, while he was majoring in journalism, that Phil formed his political beliefs and started putting them to music. After 3 years of college, Phil dropped out and went to New York City. This was during the early ’60’s when things were booming in Greenwich Village. Phil started out singing at open mikes and passing the hat. By 1964 he was well enough established to release his first album, “All the News That’s Fit To Sing”. His second album, “I Ain’t Marching Anymore”, was released in 1965, and by 1966 he was able to sell out Carnegie Hall for his solo concert. Most of Phil’s songs were very political, some humorous and some very serious. He wrote about the topics of the day – civil rights, Viet Nam, hungry miners, and personalities such as Billy Sol Estes, William Worthy and Lou Marsh. In 1967 he signed with A&M Records where his first release was “Pleasures of the Harbor” in which he used heavily orchestrated arrangements for the first time. Some fans criticized this change, while others accepted it. Phil continued to perform and to travel around the world. While in Dar Es Salaam, he was mugged and lost the top three notes of his vocal range. This event seemed to send him on a downward spiral. His last years were troubled ones. He suffered from manic depression plus an affinity for the bottle. He committed suicide on April 9, 1976 at the age of 35. There have been 2 biographies written about him. Death of a Rebel by Marc Elliot was written in 1977, and There But For Fortune – The Life of Phil Ochs by Michael Schumacher was published in 1996. Rhino Records released a 3-cd compilation titled Farewells and Fantasies in 1997 which includes all of his best known works plus some previously unreleased tracks. Sliced Bread Records released a double cd of covers of Phil’s songs performed by 28 artists in 1998 entitled The Songs of Phil Ochs. History of Phil Ochs Song Nights (written by his sister, Sonny)


Sunday, Feb.19: Lake Worth The Songs of Phil Ochs, In Concert at the Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth Fl 33460. Tel# 561-586-8410. Two shows. Matinee at 2:00 pm and an evening show at 7:00 pm. Sonny Ochs will be with us. Tickets $20/$25 in advance, $26/$30 at the door. Performers are Megan Eversole, Joey George, Scott Goldblatt, Sean Hanley, Rod MacDonald, Kat Mahoney, Mel and Vinnie, Pink Slip. Tracy Sands, Matt Turk (Special Guest), and Mike Vullo.


Sun, Feb 26, 2 p.m. Labyrinth Café, Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Lauderdale, 3970 NW 21st Avenue, Oakland Park 33309. $20. Nick Annis, Ellen Bukstel, Jennings & Keller, Rod MacDonald, Amy Carol Webb, Annie Wenz. MC: Sonnie Ochs.




Sun. Jan 1, 1 – 3 p.m., Teach-In on Intentional Community, North Olive Avenue and Banyan Avenue, West Palm Beach. 


South Florida Divide: Haves, have nots, and fine line between them sometimes


picture of a cartoon money tree christmas tree with red starSo a colleague of mine calls because he is offended by crass comments by an attorney whose office is down the hall.  Apparently, the two were observing President Obama discussing a bi-partisan collaboration on the latest healthcare reform proposal.  He called and asked my opinion on the opposing viewpoints at hand.

“Economics”, I said.  “Economics…actually, socio-economics rather”.

This instance is not about Republicans versus Democrats for political ideals and whether to provide for sick and elderly people…well not primarily.

If one politician were to stand up and explain the mechanics between “haves” and “have nots” with differing views on this sensitive topic, it would likely leave a majority of citizens absolutely dumbfounded.

“Haves”, like the colleague-office neighbor of my friend, will generally prefer not co-financing everyone else’s healthcare in the form of nationalized or socialist systems.

Reason being is economics, not necessarily political values or personal viewpoints. 

That “have” can afford to have his teeth cleaned and penicillin for the family during flu season.  Why should he have to ante up for the bill to cover a stranger’s family is his argument.

The “have not”, on the contrary, differs.  An individual with tooth decay, diabetes and no health coverage has nothing to lose of course, therefore, such an individual will be likely to vote in favor of a program to “pool together” benefits of a revamped healthcare system.

Someone with nothing to lose and minimum earning powe usually will support a tax increase. Again, basic economics; a hierarchy of needs at hand.

The media and other such spheres of influence are the ones turning this into a political and personal show down.  What probably stings the most is this: For figures within the elite socio-economic circles, those either practicing politics professionally or as a hobby…many are wealthy and can therefore remain virtually unaffected, financially, regardless of outcome.

Tax hikes will be annoying at worst for such an individual, as lack of affordable healthcare is not a threat.  It is easier for a wealthy individual to enjoy the luxury of not having to play economics.

For example, a Kennedy running for office knows, much like corporate strategists, the majority of a population is comprised of “have nots” as a rule of thumb.  Statistically, the population of those in the “have not” category overshadow the “haves” almost universally.  The prudent political campaign, therefore, must satisfy the concerns of the “haves” while still leaving the majority, the “have nots”, with hope.

This potentially accounts for the grandiose promises a political campaign would typically make which, to most, such as in the case of the Palm Beach attorney we began with.  It is fairly natural to comment in frustration at a healthcare program designed to accommodate a majority.  These are, however, more economic concerns than social class or personal insensitivity as those on television hosting talk shows often depict.

In my friend’s case, we both concluded the gentleman’s comments were likely not a byproduct of his lack of compassion for healthcare to those less fortunate, but rather the degree to which he would be find himself fiscally affected by new legislation.

Economics.  Most members of Congressional committees and those in various political offices with differing opinions are likely the same as my friend and his colleague.  They both agree as to the importance of an efficient healthcare system and sincerely mean to harm.   The economic impact of financing it is another story.

How to Gain Political Leverage for Would-be Candidates

For the love of God, what might it take for a candidate to stand in front of a group of voters and declare an interest in certain issues only to follow with specific action plans and a summary of the costs and political lobbying involved in the measure?


For example, “I hereby plan to reduce crime in the city of XYZ.  I will be meeting with the police chief and the Broward County sheriff to brainstorm and come up with a plan of attack within X time frame.  The estimated costs associated in term of time and money are estimated at 123”.


Problem is, these buzzwords are played out and voters are half disenfranchised, half ignorant.


To engage, articulate one or two key concepts and go from there instead of lobbying votes with the same old, “We want fair taxes and a good educational budget”.

That was the case during the American Revolution against King George of England, it was the tag line a hundred years later during the Civil War, and almost everyone’s political campaign tag line.


To get House and Senate committee members to vote accordingly and effect policy amendments takes very specific influence. Most Americans like the simple campaign mottos because they are easy to grasp; somewhat like the score to a football game.


Real life does not work that way.


Economics.  It is all economics.  Who gets what, how much of it, and at what price.

Coffee Party vs. Tea Party Debate on May 11

c/o my friend Ilene Singer
If you’re not familiar with the Coffee Party Movement, check out the National Website
Let’s show the Tea Party people, a better way to bring about change.
Please sign up and get your ticket today, before they’re all gone.

Sent: 4/26/2010 4:29:18 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Coffee or Tea Summit


Hello Coffee Party Broward Members,

I would like to tell you about a very exciting event we have coming up next month. The Sun-Sentinel is sponsoring a debate between the South Florida Tea Party and the Coffee Party Broward. The event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday,May 11th at Nova Southeastern University’s Terry Building, from 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m.
You must have a ticket to be allowed inside for the event so I am linking the web site in this email. Please register and show your support for the Coffee Party Movement.
We are hoping to have some National members attend the event too, so with any luck we may even have Annabel Park come down to show her support too. As soon as I have absolute conformation on that I will let you know.

Our representative will be Jonathan Abramson from Coral Springs and the Tea Party representative will be Ed Fulop from Palm Beach County. We’re looking forward to a healthy civil debate on the issues that both parties feel strongly about. The Sun-Sentinel has made it clear that this is not a political event and that they will not tolerate signs inside the building.

I hope to see you all there! Please feel free to share this link with your friends too, the more support we can show for Jonathan and the Coffee Party the better. This event is getting a lot of attention in the South Florida Tea Party circles as well as the South Florida “9/12 Project” circles. CPM needs a lot of friendly faces in the audience too!

Thank you all so much for your support. If you have any questions please email me at this address or send me a message on Facebook.

See you there!

Lucy Rowles-Springer

Coffee or Tea Summit – sign up here

Relaunching for the *2012* Florida House District 96 Race

Coral Springs Mayor Scott J. Brook has begun his race for Florida House District 96, getting an early start on the 2012 cycle. He is not running against Rep. Ari Porth, who will be running for his final term this Fall before running up against term limits. Scott is finishing his final term on the Coral Springs City Commission, with a new Mayor to be elected this Fall.

To follow Scott’s campaign, please volunteer or sign up for his email list at

District 96 includes Coral Springs, Tamarac, and parts of Sunrise, Lauderhill, and North Lauderdale.

Congressman Klein: Olbermann Calls out Allen West on Threats

Reposting this message from Congressman Klein. He turned it into a fundraising appeal, which is perfectly legitimate when you consider how important it is to counter this kind of a dangerous opponent.

Olbermann Calls out Allen West on Threats

Dear Friend,

Yesterday, I wrote to tell you about the outrageous behavior of our tea party radical opponent who issued a threat by telling his supporters ‘You’ve got to make the fellow scared to come out of his house’.

His outrageous behavior is drawing national attention. Last week, Sarah Palin endorsed him and last night Keith Olbermann made note in his special comment of his despicable threats regarding his threatening behavior.

The national Republicans, the media and the political pundits are watching our fundraising totals in the next few days in order to gage West’s chances against me in November. We cannot let the spewing of hate, intimidation and violence get the last word.

We set a goal of raising $10,000 more for our urgent rapid response funds before Friday. We are close to hitting our goal but it’s clear we are going to need additional support.

We must show our strength.

Check out Keith Olbermann’s special comment on this and contribute $20, $35 or even a generous gift of $100 to send Sarah Palin and her friends a message – we stand united and strong!

You can count on me to stand strong in the face of whatever dirty tricks or shameful attacks that Sarah Palin and her tea party friends want to throw at us. But, I will need resources to make sure that I can continue to make sure to set the record straight.

I wouldn’t ask this of you if it weren’t so important that we have these resources to fight back.Keith Olbermann said it best when he said there is no room in our democracy for threats and intimidation. I couldn’t agree more.

Check out Keith Olbermann’s special comment on this and contribute $20, $35 or even a generous gift of $100 to send Sarah Palin and her friends a message – we stand united and strong!

Thank you for always standing with me.

Onward to victory,

Rep. Ron Klein

Palm Beach Post Endorses Ted Deutch

Endorsement: Pick Deutch for U.S. House

In the Florida Legislature, Ted Deutch has shown he can work across the aisle to get things done. But the Democratic state senator from Boca Raton also knows when to take a stand on principle. Sen. Deutch is the best choice to fill the U.S. House District 19 seat in the April 13 special election. Early voting starts tomorrow. The seat will be up for election again in November.

Democrats are badly outnumbered in the Florida Senate and House. But last year Sen. Deutch persuaded the fervently anti-tax Republicans to support a $1 per pack tax on cigarettes. The revenue has been important to the state this year, even if Sen. Deutch’s primary goal was to discourage smoking.

Given that he’s running in an overwhelmingly Democratic district to replace Rep. Robert Wexler, who resigned to run a Middle East think tank in Washington, it’s no surprise that Sen. Deutch is reliably liberal. It’s also no surprise he frequently has been on the losing side in the Legislature. When the Florida Senate approved SB 6, a heavy-handed attempt to impose FCAT-based merit pay on teachers, Sen. Deutch voted against it and said, “Let’s be clear about one thing. Testing is not teaching.” He was one of only two senators who also stood up to the gun lobby to vote against a bill to keep adoption agencies from asking prospective parents about gun ownership.

Mr. Deutch will fit in better in the U.S. House, which is controlled, at least until the November election, by Democrats. There, he will be a supporter of President Obama’s recently passed health care legislation, particularly covering existing conditions and closing the doughnut hole.

Sen. Deutch also supports Mr. Obama’s policy of sending more troops to Afghanistan. To justify the U.S. commitment, however, Afghanistan has to assume increasing responsibility. Keeping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and threatening the United States and Israel is another top foreign policy concern. He has said such issues outweigh any momentary U.S.-Israeli disagreements, such as Israel’s announcement of housing construction in East Jerusalem during Vice President Biden’s recent trip.

Domestically, he wants to ensure that stimulus dollars are disbursed as quickly as possible and that future spending is focused on helping small businesses. Helping homeowners facing foreclosure is another priority.

He faces two opponents, Republican Edward Lynch and Jim McCormick, a former Republican with no party affiliation. Neither has supported key domestic objectives of the Obama administration. Mr. Lynch’s record features a number of financial disputes. Most recently, his homeowners’ association filed a lien against him for unpaid maintenance assessments. Both opponents are long shots in the district. Both deserve to be, and not just because it is a Democratic stronghold.

Marleine Bastien: Help Me Change How Business Is Done In Washington

Sharing this on behalf of my friend and client Marleine Bastien.

Help Me Change How Business Is Done In Washington

My Dear Friends:

Several months ago, I declared my candidacy to be the Congresswoman for District 17. I want to change the way business is done in Washington. For too long, we’ve bailed out companies that hurt our communities. We have used our resources to wage unnecessary wars.

On Tuesday, January 12th, a strong earthquake hit Haiti. Thousands, including members of my own family, lost their lives. After the earthquake, I went to Haiti to advocate for a strong and immediate recovery. I brought food, water, tents, and medication to those in need. While there, I was struck by the vibrancy of the community and the incredible resilience of the Haitian people.

Americans are also resilient in the face of adversity, but we need leadership to achieve goals like affordable healthcare and fair economic recovery. Our country needs to regain its strength if it is to continue to extend a helping hand when other nations suffer, or even, to protect its own people when the next Hurricane Katrina strikes.

My recent experiences have strengthened my resolve to become your Congresswoman.

Our economy needs to be rebuilt. I am running for Congress to make government work for you instead of rich corporations. You deserve to have stable, gainful employment to take care of your family, send your children to college and save for your retirement. Your children deserve the best education so that they can look at the future with hopeful eyes and trusting hearts, not with the anxiety of a fearful nation.

My life has been one of service. My parents taught me the importance of caring for others and giving back. For more than 28 years, I have championed issues like immigration reform, affordable housing, health care, good jobs, women’s and workers’ rights. I have been deeply engaged in the district, and I know the challenges facing our community today. We are tired of more of the same. We need new visionary leadership, and I’m ready for the challenge.

But I cannot do it without you. Please make a $20, $50, $100 donation to my campaign before the March 31st reporting deadline so that I can fight for you in Washington. You can give as much as $2,400. Go to and make your donation today.


Marleine Bastien

Profiles of Obama’s Courage on Health Care

These columnists remind us what a long, hard slog it has been to get to this point in the healthcare debate. Good to reflect on when it’s so easy to be discouraged at how far short this deal may fall from our ideals. If the voters agree with the conclusion that this shows courage and determination, we may yet see better results in November than we have been led to expect.

New York Times Columnist Charles M. Blow: Could Obama Be Invincible?

Barack Obama Is Not A Wimp – Politics – The Atlantic