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MIAMI IS A CITY IN NEED OF
COMMUNITY ACTIVISM
CATALYST MIAMI HOST’S A MEETING TO HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY ACTIVISM
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If there’s a city that is in desperate need of community activism, it’s Miami.

No matter where you turn in this city there are problems as diverse as trash pick-up, code enforcement, zoning issues, attempts to reshape communities - such as the current efforts to up-zone the East Little Havana area so that a small handful of politically connected property owners can screw the long-time residents - to the attempts to create a bogus CRA in the area around Marlin’s Stadium as a way to finance a portion of the proposed David Beckham Soccer Stadium, to the give away of tens of millions to the Worldcenter development - which could soon become hundreds of millions - in CRA money to finance a Tri-Rail connection into downtown and the new Marriott Hotel and Convention Center which is part of the Worldcenter project.


All of these, as well as other issues and problems are pissing people off, but the problem is that the people who are pissed are focused only on their issue - as important as it might be - and fail to understand that their problem is part of a larger mosaic of problems affecting ALL the citizens of the city.


That problem is the insolent, unresponsive and corrupt behavior of the Mayor and members of the Miami City Commission.  Most, if not all of the problems are at their core issues influenced and impacted by politics, and the only way to stop, slow down, or in the case of code enforcement, trash pick-up and other quality of life issues is to have people show up at every single City Commission meeting demanding the services that they are paying for.


The organized efforts last week by folks opposed to Commissioner Sarnoff’s persistent efforts to screw over the homeless people succeed because the people who showed up, knew the law, understood the issues, and were willing to go toe to toe with Sarnoff and the City.


That needs to happen a lot more often than it does, and the only way it can ever happen is if people in this community start coming together to learn, to organize, and to understand that you can fight and beat City Hall, but to do so, you have to come early, leave late, and be willing to use every tool at tool at your disposal to stand up for your rights.


That was the message that Reverend Scott Marks delivered at the Catalyst Miami meeting held at Grand Central on Friday. It was a powerful message, and one that a lot more people in this community need to see, hear, and understand.


That message is the first part of the video below.  The second part of the message in that there are folks in Miami who understand what it takes to accomplish change, but their ranks need to be expanded, and folks from the Upper Eastside, to Little Havana, to Allapattah, to Liberty City all need to understand that they’re all in the same boat when it comes to being screwed over by TOMAS, REGALADO, MARC SARNOFF, WILLIE GORT, FRANCIS SUAREZ, FRANK CAROLLO and KEON HARDEMON.


The proof of that is the third message in the video where once again, only in even more exacting detail Professor Frank Schnidman, spelled out just what a nasty piece of business occurred on December 29th, at the SEOPW CRA meeting where the bozos above - excluding the Mayor - gave the Worldcenter developers as much as $90 million dollars of tax payer money as a gift for their intention to build the Worldcenter development.


Camilo Mejia, Networks Director of Catalyst Miami and Cynthia Hernandez, from the AF of L - CIO Community Eengagement and Research Coordinator, and to Brad Knoefler, from Grand Central who continues to show his commitment to the community by hosting all of these events.


Because I know that many folks have a short attention span when it comes to videos, I did an edit and took the first part of the meeting where folks who are active in community activities were asked to come up and say a few words, and made that a separate video, which is the 2nd video.  Also, this meeting was an attempt to discuss and understand what a Community Development Agreement is, and I have included the handout from Catalyst Miami at the bottom.


I urge you to take some time and at least watch the first video because there is some very powerful and important information that might convince you to stand up for yourself, you family, and your community.


To contact Catalyst Miami, here is their information.


Catalyst Miami

1900 Biscayne Boulevard Suite 200

Miami, FL 33132

786.527.2575

796.302.8842 (c)

www.cayalystmiami.org