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Floridians, We must demand more!

Posted on November 9

by Cara Cooper, KY Campus Organizer, SEAC/ KSEC

Posted in Power Vote at Florida International UniversityPower Vote at Florida State UniversityPower Moves at Florida A&M UniversityPower Vote at The University of FloridaPower Vote at Florida Gulf Coast UniversityPower Vote with SEA at USF Tampa

Amidst the celebration that the election is finally over (was that the longest campaign ever, or was it just me?) and that the candidate that I hoped would win, won I’m left with a sort of bitter sweetness. Sure there are lots of things to celebrate with four states passing marriage equality laws, record breaking youth-voter turnout, and the popular vote and electoral vote both standing on the side of good, but what about those things that didn’t go so well.

Being a Floridian through and through is usually something I like to brag about. I mean nearly every day of the year here is 80+ degrees and we have warm ocean waters surrounding us on three sides… But then an election comes around and I am thrown into shame. Why is it that we can’t seem to get our shit together? We’ve only been a state (ie. holding elections here), oh for the last hundred and sixty-seven years.

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Haunted Food Forest Festival – Get Out The EARLY Vote

Posted on November 2

by Cara Cooper, KY Campus Organizer, SEAC/ KSEC

Posted in Power Vote at Florida International UniversityPower Vote at Florida State UniversityPower Moves at Florida A&M UniversityPower Vote at The University of FloridaPower Vote at Florida Gulf Coast UniversityPower Vote with SEA at USF Tampa

What a weekend! Shuttles to the polls, long lines, dunk tanks, sweet potato fries, environmental justice, and corporate zombies only begins to describe it.

This past weekend at Florida Gulf Coast University we held our Trick-Or-Vote Haunted Food Forest Festival, a collaboration between the Power Vote Campaign, Students for Environmental Justice, the Dominican Republic Outreach Program, and the Food Foresters to engage our community and to get folks out to the polls.

Each morning started off with shuttles to the closest early voting locations from the freshman dorms (and a TWO HOUR wait at the poll, totally worth it!) then in the afternoon we had a family friendly fall festival, complete with freshly fried sweet potatoes and sugar cane directly from the food forest and pin the blade on the wind turbine. But it wasn’t until the sun went down that the real fun started.

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Florida Climate Groups Show Evidence of Sea Level Rise, ask Candidates to Lead on Climate Change

Posted on October 21

by Jacquie Ayala, Florida Organizer, Southern Energy Network

Posted in Power Vote at Florida International UniversityPower Vote at Florida State UniversityPower Moves at Florida A&M UniversityPower Vote at The University of FloridaPower Vote at Florida Gulf Coast UniversityPower Vote with SEA at USF Tampa

As I stood ankle-deep in sea water on the corner of 10th and Alton Street, one of the busiest intersections in Miami Beach, I wondered what else it was going to take to get our candidates to recognize the urgency of climate change. When we say its the most important issue of our generation, we’re not kidding. Because of sea-level rise, Florida is already experiencing the effects on climate change in our coastal cities. Check out the new study done by the Union of Concerned Scientists with all the details here.

Together with Climate ParentsUnion of Concerned Scientiststhe CLEO Institute, and Urban Paradise Guild, we came together on Thursday to call on President Obama and Governor Romney to be leaders on climate change. We can no longer deny its existence or ignore it for the sake of political gain. We must take action now. Take a look at the video above, and spread the word.

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Categories: Power VoteBuilding Political Power

Tags: 2012 ElectionFL YES CoalitionfloridaPower Votesea level risesouthern energy network

 

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Florida Youth Activists Shake Pres. Obama’s Hand and Ask Him to Support Clean Energy

Posted on October 14

by Jacquie Ayala, Florida Organizer, Southern Energy Network

Posted in Power Vote at Florida International University

Last Thursday, October 11th, students from Florida International University made their way over to one of President Obama’s many campaign stops in Florida. The mission: shake the President’s hand, while asking him to support real clean energy solutions, and break the silence on climate change.

It was a tall order. Not only were there about 10,000 other people also trying to get into the campaign event, but trying to bird-dog the President was a mission in itself.

After waiting in line for nearly three hours under the blazing South Florida sun, student leaders Alexandra Colby and Javier Zapata were finally able to get through the airport-tight security and make it inside the Bank United Center, where they were determined to get close to Obama, who has been campaigning heavily in Florida over the past few months. By the time we got in, the event was nearly over, and we were ushered into a small room where the President would be greeting constituents right after his speech.

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Tags: floridaPower VotePresident Obama

 

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300 Youth Activists Break the Silence on Climate Change at SSREC

Posted on October 7

by Jacquie Ayala, Florida Organizer, Southern Energy Network

Posted in Power Vote at Florida International UniversityPower Vote at Florida State UniversityPower Moves at Florida A&M UniversityPower Vote at The University of FloridaPower Vote at Florida Gulf Coast UniversityPower Vote with SEA at USF Tampa

Wow, what an incredible weekend.

Over 300 young people converged at Florida A&M University for the Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference (SSREC) this weekend, coming together to learn the skills they need to fight big polluters and take action on climate change in their campuses and communities. Young clean energy activists from all over the southeast converged to learn from each other through a series of workshops, speakers, and trainings, and to share with their communities all over the region.

But it didn’t stop there.

We knew this year was a special year right away. Not only was SSREC being hosted in Tallahassee, Florida – the Capitol of a very important swing state – but this year’s SSREC had a renewed energy and spirit that you could feel in the air. With the help of the incredible FAMU Green Coalition, climate activists at SSREC organized an amazing march and rally to call on the candidates to break the silence on climate change and promote true clean energy solutions.

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Categories: Moving Beyond Dirty EnergyPower VoteBuilding Political PowerConference Updates

Tags: Climate SilenceSSREC

 

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We’ll be at the polls, will you?

Posted on October 1

by Cara Cooper, KY Campus Organizer, SEAC/ KSEC

Posted in Power Vote at Florida International UniversityPower Vote at Florida State UniversityPower Moves at Florida A&M UniversityPower Vote at The University of FloridaPower Vote at Florida Gulf Coast University

People who know me, know that I am fairly opinionated, and for the past couple of weeks I’ve been sharing my opinion on voting with everyone who will listen! As a young voter in this country I know that it can sometimes be very difficult to get my opinions heard. Often times I feel like no matter how much I try and how loud I get my voice is silenced by the very dirty energy companies (and their lobbyists) who are poisoning our air, water, and political systems. But lucky for us there is a place where the voice of the people matters more than their money, and that is at the polls.

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USF Students Call for Clean Energy: #DukeEnergy #DumpALEC

Posted on September 21

by Jacquie Ayala, Florida Organizer, Southern Energy Network

Posted in Power Vote at Florida International UniversityPower Vote at Florida State UniversityPower Moves at Florida A&M UniversityPower Vote at The University of FloridaPower Vote at Florida Gulf Coast UniversityPower Vote with SEA at USF Tampa

by Shaza Hussein, University of South Florida

On Thursday, the Student Environmental Association (SEA) at the University of South Florida in Tampa joined campuses across the country in a National Day of Action to “Get Dirty Energy Money Out Of Politics.” The students stood – clipboards in hand, cellphones ready, and with plenty of pens – outside the USF Tampa campus’ Student Center urging their peers to make a pledge to the environment with Power Vote.

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Florida youth voters to Duke/Progress: #DumpALEC

Posted on September 10

by Jacquie Ayala, Florida Organizer, Southern Energy Network

Posted in Power Vote at Florida International UniversityPower Vote at Florida State UniversityPower Moves at Florida A&M UniversityPower Vote at The University of FloridaPower Vote at Florida Gulf Coast University

Written by Shaza Hussein, University of South Florida

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