Extending the validity of TPS-related documentation

11/3/19 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a Federal Register notice extending the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan through Jan. 4, 2021.

The notice automatically extends the validity of Employment Authorization Documents; Forms I-797, Notice of Action; and Forms I-94, Arrival/Departure Record (collectively, TPS-related documentation) through Jan. 4, 2021.

Marleine Bastien, Executive Director of Family Action Network Movement (FANM), stated, “This is wonderful news. Folks have been frantic and restless worrying about the January deadline. Now , they have a reprieve  while we continue our efforts to find a permanent solution for the 300,000 TPS recipients and their families . A lot of folks will sleep better tonight and it is a step forward.”

Florida is home to over 50,000 TPS holders from Haiti (~35,000), Honduras (~9,000), and El Salvador (~6,000). Over 2750,000 U.S.-born children in the U.S. have parents from Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Nepal, Sudan and El Salvador who have TPS.

Miami Beach Declares Climate Emergency

Miami Beach has declared a climate emergency, thanks to the advocacy efforts of Miami youth climate advocates.

They see it as a victory, and a first step toward convincing the city to do more to slow carbon emissions and climate change.

“It’s not just us holding up signs now. There’s literally legislation that says we need to put this at the top of the agenda,” said John Paul Mejia, a 17-year-old Miami Beach Senior High School student and member of several Miami-based climate action groups.

Read the full Miami Herald article HERE.

Help 350 South Florida meet their fundraising goal


Help 350 South Florida meet their fundraising goal of $10,000 to receive a matching grant from the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation.They’re only $2,000 short from their goal.  Right now, every dollar you donate will be worth 5 times more.  $5 X $1! They will only get the funds if the $10,000 goal is met by October 31st. Donate HERE.

Mission: To build a future that’s prosperous, equitable, just, inclusive, and safe from the effects of climate change through the elimination of fossil fuels. “350 South Florida” is affiliated with 350.org, an international non-profit that is building a global movement to solve the climate crisis. Growing stronger daily, the 350 family is active in 188 countries. This movement thinks and acts globally.

Miami-Dade County approves purchase of battery-electric, zero emission buses

Last week, Miami-Dade County Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of 33 battery-electric, zero emission buses from the manufacturer Proterra, the largest purchase of zero emission buses in the the East Coast. This is the first substantial step made towards achieving the County’s commitment to a 50% battery-electric, zero emission fleet by 2035 since the commitment was made exactly one year prior and is the result of tireless advocacy from environmental and transit advocates.

We are hopeful that these buses will be deployed to improve air qualities in areas that need it most. As MCA Steering Committee member Zelalem Adefris urged Commissioners, “I want to emphasize that when we do get these buses hopefully the locations of the routes will be determined by the disproportionate asthma risk among youth throughout the county who really need cleaner air first in their neighborhoods, because we do have disproportionate access to clean air throughout the County.”  Read the full blog post on Sierra Club Florida News.

Climate Ready Miami Survey

The City of Miami would like your input as they finalize their strategy for addressing risks from climate change and severe weather. Please take this survey to help them determine where the City should focus limited funding and staff time. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes.

#STRIKEWITHUS

THIS FRIDAY, September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Millions of us will take the streets to demand a right to a future, and we’re inviting you to #strikewithus.

Climate Strike 350 South Florida
Friday, September 20, 2019 • 10AM – 12PM, 4PM – 6PM
Miami Beach City Hall – 1700 Convention Dr – Miami Beach, FL 33139

Broward County FL Strike
Friday, September 20, 2019 • 11:30 AM
Broward County Public Schools Building
600 South 3rd Avenue – Fort Lauderdale, , FL 33301

Open Letter from Organizer and Community Leader Michael Clarkson

Acknowledgement & forgiveness, My Natives Sistas & Brothers, we seek atonement for not joining you in the struggle 4 life on Mother Earth. May I have your permission to speak!

Thanks 2 the organizers of MCA 4 giving KonsciousKontractors, Inc. this opportunity.

What’s the legality of a genocide when a whole ethnic group lives in a particular kommunity which is destroyed by economic development. Therefore, without intent to destroy that whole group, the group is in fact destroyed. Legally, this is Genocide! The terrible irony, is that Miami City officials face the same question, with regards to Magic City Innovation and its destruction of Ti Ayiti. This time, for the whole of Miami City, because at the kurrent pace, kommunity after kommunity, will be destroy.

It is a krime to plan or incite genocide, even before killing starts, and to aid or abet genocide: kriminal acts include konspiracy, direct and public incitement, attempts to kommit genocide, and komplicity in genocide.

In the recent August 25, 2019 article Alison Cole a war crimes investigator and international lawyer specialising in climate justice, stated “climate change is Genocide”. We are on an irreversible path to a climate which will not support human life, says Alison Cole. Climate change is genocide. That’s right, I said it. And on Monday, I will say it to the Select Committee for the Zero Carbon Bill.

Our topic as follows and copies of our paper is available to those sincerely willing to build a serious Konsciousness.

1. The ongoing kollusions by elected developers & real estate developers as kommunities are being targeted with klimate change gentrifikation throughout Miami Dade kounty, must be stop. We Demand a moratorium on so-kalled kommunity development, which is a guise for further displacement and gentrifikation.

2. Defining what is Kommunity Engagement and how its non presents within City/Kounty Governments and the local non=profit social justice movement; affects the kurrent state of citizen apathy and how the policies of Equity is effecting the legitimacy & real work needed to educate, agitate, organize & mobilize residents towards empowerment by the means of Kommunity Kontrol.

Equity is a branch of law that developed alongside kommon law in order to remedy some of its defects in fairness and justice,

However, the four interrelated  principles of social justice; equity, access, participation and rights, have and are kontinuously negated by the all local officials of Miami Dade county.

The so-called Kommunity Benefit Agreement, with the Magic City Innovation Iniatative by City Commissioners Keon Hardemon undermine the principles of kommunity engagement.

When decision makers don’t realize what well-konsidered projects with specific benefits attached kan bring to the kommunity, its Genocide. The City must enacts kommunity benefits policies that set the stage for lifting thousands of people out of poverty.

This magic city project is designed for exclusion of residency of Ti Ayiti & one that establish premanent division and segregation for the majority of the kurrent residents. The impact of this project is a death sentence for any real Economic stimulants or fighting poverty.

The kommunity benefit agreement by City Commissioners Keon Hardemon though a gallant effort for business as usual. undermines the very principles, goals & primary objective of the kommunity benefits agreement.

(1) instances where koalitions are formed specifically to negotiate CBAs they may not be fully representative the differing viewpoints, and have the accountable to the entire kommunity.

(2) projects where local government is involved in the negotiation and execution of an agreement, that have constitutional ramification.

First, koalitions formed specifically to sign CBAs are not representative of the entire kommunity interests, and agreements signed with such groups should not be kalled CBAs.

Second, when government actors are running land-use approval processes, which kould include a CBA negotiation, and attempt to add government officials as parties to the agreement, the U.S. Constitution protects developers from the government setting certain konditions on the approvals being granted.

(This is very important since Keon took it upon himself to be the negotiator of this CBA?)

KLIMATE CHANGE IS GENOCIDE

Kulture Gentrifikation is the engine behind the onward march of KLIMATE change Genocide in Miami Dade County. It’s the physical changes in Ti Ayiti ((Little Haiti) that bring in wealthier residents, greater investment, and more development, as a stragety & tactics.

The urban planning for traditionally defined low-income neighborhoods &  (red-lined) by banks: have become the playground for Politrickers & deep pocket moneybaggers. Gentrifiers, & social justice advocates.

Kommunity Kontrol of the land is key, and both Miami City & Miami Dade Kounty have the resources to secure Community Land Grants.

Furthermore they have a duty to declare Eminent domain, land acquisition, compulsory purchase, resumption, resumption/compulsory acquisition, or expropriation is the power of a state, provincial, or national government to take private property for public use.

The Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution reads as follows: Nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Freedom is Free, you just need the GUTS to Fight. All Power To The People!

Kommunity Kontrol is Power for all!

“Dust, the Wind Blows it Everywhere! Are the People Dust they, ask? “

PEOPLE-CENTERED SOLUTIONS

Thank you to everyone who attended the MCA General Meeting last Saturday. Your energy and dedication to finding people-centered solutions for our climate crisis is inspiring. We look forward to continuing these conversations.

If you could not attend, please see the list for calls to action that you can get involved with today.