RENT IS TOO HIGH!

SMASH and Miami Workers Center (MWC) are having another meeting in the community, and this time, we’re going to talk about what everyone has on their minds: the rent. (Because it’s too DAMN high!)

We will not only talk about our experiences dealing with the high cost of rent, but also, talk about solutions. We’ll be meeting at the site of one such solution, the SMASH Housing Project and Community Land Trust. But there are so many others that we need to work on including the formation of a county-wide tenant union, and a state-wide rent control policy. Surely, you have your own ideas too, and we need to hear them! We need to ORGANIZE!

The Rent is Too DAMN High Meeting and SMASH/MWC Update
Thursday, Mar 28th at 6PM
SMASH Community Land Trust
2264 NW 63rd St, Miami, FL 33147

In addition, we need help doing community outreach for this meeting. If you’re interested in volunteering with us for this important event, then please attend the volunteer training happening this Thursday at 6PM at the Miami Workers Center (720 NW 55th St, Miami, FL 33127)

Got Plans for Earth Day?


What are your plans for Earth day? Join The CLEO Institute for their annual Empowering Capable Climate Communicators Symposium in partnership with Florida International University’s Sea Level Solutions Center.

This will be the most important climate and resilience symposium in South Florida for 2019, with keynote speakers Dr. Michael E. Mann and CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Terry Tamminen.

WHEN: APRIL 26-27, 2019
WHERE: THE CLEO INSTITUTE
Get your tickets here.

Help Protect Florida’s Outdoor Workers Now

Join the Farmworker Association of Florida, South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice, and WeCount! as we launch a statewide heat stress campaign to tell our state law makers to pass heat stress protections for all of Florida’s vulnerable outdoor workers! Join the campaign by signing on to this letter.

Florida works, because people work! And, workers in the Sunshine State are at growing risk from rising temperatures as a result of global warming. Our state’s economy depends on the work of agricultural laborers, who harvest the food that feeds us, and construction workers, roofers and others who build our homes, our cities, and our roads and highways.

Please join other organizations – including the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy, Organize Florida, Miami Workers Center, Food and Water Watch, SEIU 1199, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Latino Justice, Farmworker Self-Help, Agricultural Justice Project and more! – and join the campaign by signing on to this letter.
Add your organization to our sign on letter, and let’s show the broad coalition of groups that are saying “Yes! We want heat stress protections now!”  Deadline for sign-ons is March 8th

 

We Loved Seeing You!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Miami Climate Alliance’s General Meeting this past Saturday! We are looking forward to a great year ahead.

Huge congratulations to our newly elected Steering Committee members: Natalia Ortiz, David McDougal, Cynthia Hernandez, Melissa Taveras, Zelalem Adefris, and Gabriela Noa Betancourt. They will join Emily Gorman, Adrian Madriz, Claudia Tenzer, Salome Garcia, and Trenise Bryant to form the 2019-2020 Steering Committee!

If you weren’t able to attend the General Meeting last weekend, you still have an opportunity to give your feedback on the priorities the Alliance should focus on by taking our survey here.  You can also check out our “What is MCA” section at the bottom of this email.

If you are an individual or organization that would like to join the Miami Climate Alliance or get involved with the Standing Committees and Working Groups, please visit our website to view groups here, and email us at MiamiClimateAlliance@gmail.com to sign up for a committee today.

Building A Brighter Future In Ti Ayiti (Little Haiti)

Since Hurricane Irma Konscious Kontraktors, Inc. has stayed true to our path of building sustainability & resiliency against Klimate Gentrifikation in the Ti Ayiti kommunity. Also, edukating Ti Ayiti on the effects of Global Warming, karbon emission, sea level rise and the kontinued dangers of Klimate Change. By hosting, lecturing & presenting our programs of Kulture, Art & Science, we have been able to provide information, that has edukated & mobilized the kommunity, towards building ekonomikally, Greener/Environmental kommunity.

The launching of our Beautifikation initiative is to help residents & business remain in Ti Ayiti, by providing services that help give a sense of normalcy and peace. Fighting poverty must be done by building an ekonomikally enriching kommunity.

Our goal is to raise $1000.00 for our 2006 F-150 XLT FORD new Transmission, and tons of resources & funding for all the konscious kontraktor’s programs and grassroots initiatives.

K’s are being used as an artistic expression of kombining Kreyol & English

USE YOUR VOICE

The City of Miami is setting criteria for qualifying projects funded through the Miami Forever Bond on the evening of Thursday, Jan 31.

Join us at City Hall at 6PM to USE YOUR VOICE to influence the projects that are funded with YOUR tax dollars. Join us to ensure that the bond projects reflect community concerns and true equity.

CITY OF MIAMI TO STUDY CLIMATE GENTRIFICATION

The City of Miami Commission recently passed a resolution directing the administration to research gentrification in areas of low median income and high elevation, and ways to stabilize property taxes in these areas. The City will also dedicate $4 million of the Miami Forever Bond to help residents at risk from climate change to make improvements on their homes. Miami is the first city in the U.S. to formally consider the topic.

Check out the Miami Herald article featuring MCA members: Valencia Gunder (New Florida Majority), Yoca Arditi-Rocha (CLEO Institute), and Marliene Bastien (Family Action Network Movement).

AMENDMENT 4 VOTING RESTORATION

In November 2018, Florida voters approved Amendment 4, the Voting Restoration Amendment. The amended Constitution restores the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions, excluding murder or sexual offenses, after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation.

As of January 8, 2019, Amendment 4 goes into effect. If you or someone you know is planning to register to vote, please review the helpful information provided by the ACLU of Florida here.