The one where I take a closer interest in Politics

When i started this blog i had assumed that I would be writng about gay rights all the time but as time went on I guess I realised that I’m not active enough in gay rights to pull that off.

So, I’ve posted other rights issues and filmmaking stuff, a little off track really.

But this post should hopefully be a bit closer. One thing that I’ve got more interested in over time in is politics. I’ve been involved with helping a few politicians with their campaigns and learned some things along the way. But last week I did somthing new and a little out of my comfort zone. I went lobbying in Tallahassee. As part of large group of various environmental organisations lobbying lawmakers at the state capitol.

We even took the kids as we felt they could learn something too. We were lobbying on issues sucjh as a fracking ban and continued funding for Florida Forever, a program that allocates money to preserve areas of land by purchase.

There were several hundred people involved and they came from all across the state. A four hour bus ride had us in Tallahassee by 10am and the event began with a rally in front of the capitol in front of a whole host of reporters. lobbying also began immediately with people forming groups and arranging meetings with a multitude of politicians some friendly to environmental causes and some not so much. There was a lot of paperwork involved as well as getting lost a lot. The Capitol building is very large and confusing to get around ( for me). Despite feeling on the spot thinking I might have to talk to Politicians luckily I could watch other people do the talking and gained a lot of insight into talking to politicians, how bills get passed. We got to watch the House of Representatives in session which was interesting. It was a great day. I will definitely be getting more involved. Here’s some video I shot.

Another upside of the day was there were a few favourable results. The fracking bill was given a hearing and a Senate Committed approved a fracking ban. It still has a long way to go, but it’s a good start. Also Florida Forever funding was approved to the tune of at least $1,000,000.