Brook Hines

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Brook Hines is a writer, photographer, activist and former alt-weekly publisher. As an award-winning advertising creative she has more than 20 years’ experience crafting “words + pictures” for clients ranging from banking and financial services, to global commercial real estate brokerage, to radical nuns.

She’s now happy to be a full-time member of the professional left, providing creative consulting to progressive groups, partisan campaigns and entrepreneurs of all stripes. She’s the Communications Chair for the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida, and the 2015-2016 Co-Chair of New Leaders Council, Orlando which is a leadership development organization for political entrepreneurs.
A frequent political blogger and commentator, when she’s not raising the blood pressure of party insiders of either side, Brook can be found stalking Florida wildlife and social justice actions to photograph. Other artistic pursuits include handcrafted journals and calendars, painting epic canvasses with bright acrylics, and shadowbox collage (which is really just an excuse to buy tiny plastic toys).
With a background in philosophy, humanities and social theory, Brook takes an approach to commentary that seeks to help the reader understand whole issues in context, bringing global ideas into local conversations.

You can easily find Brook Hines on Facebook and Flickr.

Read all of Brook’s articles here.

One comment

  1. Hello,

    My name is Don Festge and I have been a teacher in the Miami-Dade County Public School system for the past twenty-five tears.

    I have gone to Washington DC and Tallahassee the past four years lobbying with both the United Teachers of Dade, Miami-Dade County PTA/PTSA, Florida PTA/PTSA and Miami-Dade County Public Schools Career and Technical Education Department.

    Over the past three weeks many people have asked my why I wanted to run for office. My answer is because I care about my community. I care about the students I teach every day, I care about the parents who come to talk to me about issues with jobs, their children and their lives. I care about being actively involved in my son’s and his friends community activities like baseball and football teams and the 10 years I was a cub scout leader.

    So this is what happened and was the true turning point in my decision. I have wanted to run for office for several years but I made the decision in October of 2015. Then, in January of 2016 I was lucky enough to travel to Tallahassee with the United Teachers of Dade and take part in Target Tallahassee where we lobbied on behalf of the students, teachers and parents of Miami-Dade County Public Schools for education.

    On the last day there, we tried to meet with Representative Frank Artiles. Mr Artiles refused to come out and talk with us. His aid then went on to tell us that, “Mr Artiles doesn’t care about education.” We were shocked. We said, “but he is going to vote on education issues.” She then told us that, “Mr Artiles would vote however the party wanted him to vote.”
    I said that was unacceptable. Mr Artiles is now running for Florida Senate District 40.

    We can no longer let our government be run and controlled by people who don’t care about us.
    It is UNACCEPTABLE to be told a legislative representative REFUSES to meet with you. It is UNACCEPTABLE to be told a legislative seat BELONGS to a representative. It is UNACCEPTABLE that a legislative seat is PROMISED to a MILLIONAIRE once the sitting representative leaves.
    It is time that we the people, take back our government from the Special Interest Groups, Millionaires and Corrupt Political System that we are currently under and replace the Status Quo with citizens who truly care.

    This will happen one PERSON at a time, one SEAT at a time and one VOTE at a time.
    I will be the CHANGE by PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST!

    My campaign strengthens the hope that the “Common Man and Woman” can once again take part in the political process. A process that seems to have escaped us only to be ruled by those with money and power. A power that now must be won back by a grassroots revolution for progressive change.
    I am proud as a teacher, a parent, and an advocate to put PEOPLE FIRST once again. This election is about taking back our government and giving the people a voice. United, we can make a change.

    Florida Senate District 38 covers the following cities:
    Aventura
    North Miami
    North Miami Beach
    Golden Beach
    Sunny Isles Beach
    Bal Harbour
    Bal Harbour Island
    India Creek
    Surfside
    Miami Shores
    North Bay Village
    El Portal
    Miami Beach
    Biscayne Park
    City of Miami

    I would love to talk with you more about my campaign.

    Thank you so much for your time and have a great day,
    Don

    http://www.votedonfestge.com

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