Tallahassee Reports has learned that Tallahassee City Commissioner Jack Porter is one of over 300 members of the progressive group, Local Progress, that recently signed a resolution related to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Local Progress describes their organization as “a community of powerful progressive leaders.” A number of media outlets have reported that progressive politicians have generally been more sympathetic to Palestinians than their Democratic colleagues.
A review by TR found no reference to any resolution or statement by Local Progress condemning or expressing outrage over the October 7 attacks by Hamas on Israel citizens.
On January 5, Local Progress posted on their website that “At the urging of member leaders across the network, Local Progress released an open letter with local electeds calling on the White House and Congress to take immediate action for a durable ceasefire in Israel and Palestine.”
The resolution does not denote any distinction between the October 7 attacks by the terrorist group Hamas and the response by Israel. The resolution notes, “we are heartbroken by the violence and bloodshed of the October 7 attacks by Hamas on Israel and by the Israel Defense Forces ensuing assault on Gaza.”
In addition, the resolution singles out the treatment of individuals in the U.S. that speak out on behalf of Palestinians while ignoring the treatment of those who speak out on behalf of Israel.
The resolution states, “As local leaders, we remain steadfast in our defense of the right to free speech and non-violent protest, and we reject attempts to erode these rights. That includes the doxxing and weaponized charges of antisemitism directed at local elected officials who speak out or take nonviolent action on behalf of Palestinians.
Local Progress states it is “a network of more than 1400 and growing across 673 localities and 48 states…”
Porter is listed as a member of the state organizing committee – “a group of LP (Local Progressive) Florida members that meet regularly to weigh in on policy priorities, propose statewide campaigns, and drive the strategic vision for our work.”
City Commissioner Porter Silent on Support for the Resolution
Commissioner Porter, who is included on the signatory list of the resolution as “Jacqueline ‘Jack’ Porter, Commissioner, City of Tallahassee, FL” has been silent on her support for the resolution.
TR reviewed Porter’s social media accounts and her affiliated websites and could not find any reference to the her support for the resolution.
Why the silence?
One reason may be related to the growing rift between young progressives and the Democratic party over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Axios has recently reported that progressive politicians have generally been more sympathetic to the Palestinians than their more moderate Democrats. As an example, Axios cited the decision by Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) to leave the Congressional Progressive Caucus due to stark disagreements with other members of the group on the Israel-Hamas war.
TR has submitted the following questions to Tallahassee City Commissioner Jack Porter:
Why have you not informed your constituents about your support of the Local Progress resolution related to the Israel-Palestinian conflict?
Did you sign any resolutions or statements expressing concern over the October 7, 2023 attacks by Hamas?