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SPLC, advocates urge Miami-Dade to resist Trump

The SPLC and a broad coalition of advocates and legal scholars today urged Florida’s Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners to uphold a county resolution that has saved millions of tax dollars and improved community relations with police by not requiring officers to detain people for immigration authorities in county jails. The resolution’s future has been…

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NewFM and Partners Seek to Halt Vote on Little Haiti Gentrification Project

New Florida Majority, Haitian Women of Miami (FANM) and Partners Seek to Halt Vote on Gentrification Project in Little Haiti at City of Miami Urban Review Board Meeting MIAMI – On Wednesday, Jan. 18 New Florida Majority and partners will join residents at the City of Miami Urban Review Board meeting to voice concerns and…

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South Florida Activists Prepare for Life Under Trump

(Via Miami New Times, Lauren Anguiera) A few friends, some oysters, and a lot of Ketel One were Rand Hoch’s day-after-election hangover remedy. But the president and founder of Palm Beach County Human Rights Council was back at work the next day. Aiming to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender, he quickly planned…

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United We Can Coalition Knocks on More Than One Million Doors Across the State

United We Can Coalition Knocks on More Than One Million Doors Across the State In partnership with SEIU Florida, FLIC Votes, Organize Now, New Florida Majority and Faith in Florida, the statewide United We Can coalition has been tremendously successful in supporting candidates and increasing African American, Haitian and Latino voter turnout FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…

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Florida Gains 108,000 Additional Registered Voters After Deadline Extended

A lot of people in Florida apparently agree with U.S. District Judge Mark Walker, who said that no right is more precious than the right to vote. More than 108,000 people registered to vote from Oct. 11-18, the extra week that the judge ordered because of Hurricane Matthew after the Democratic Party filed a lawsuit…

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Statement on Today’s Ruling to Extend Voter Registration Deadline

Extension gives opportunity to those affected by Hurricane Matthew an extra week to register or update voter information MIAMI — Today, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ordered the voter registration deadline to be extended until Tuesday, Oct. 18. In the days leading up to the original deadline, Gov. Scott ordered the evacuation of hundreds of thousands…

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Judge Slams Miami-Dade Commission for Killing Campaign Finance Bill, Puts Initiative on November Ballot

(via Miami New Times, Jerry Iannelli) Less than 48 hours ago, nine Miami-Dade County commissioners hemmed and hawed over a citizen-backed initiative that would have cut campaign donations to just $250 per person and banned people who get huge checks from the county from donating. Those same commissioners decided Wednesday afternoon to prevent voters from…

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Count petitions for campaign-finance reform

Miami Herald Letter to the Editor by Gihan Perera  This summer, an unprecedented grassroots effort collected enough petition signatures — more than two and a half times the legal requirement — for a November ballot initiative that would bring accountability and transparency to Miami-Dade county elections. More than 127,000 voters sent a message loud and clear…

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Embraced by the public, Miami-Dade campaign finance reform initiative meets official resistance

(via Facing South, Alex Kotch) Real estate interests have outsize influence in Miami-Dade politics. For example, Gimenez has raised over $1.6 million for his re-election campaign, much of it coming from real estate developers and builders. His challenger, Raquel Regalado, has raised less than a quarter of that amount. The real estate industry’s influence is…

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NewFM Member Pens Miami Herald Letter on the Importance of Domestic Workers

FNM member and Miami Workers Center volunteer Carla Hansack's Letter to the Editor on the importance of domestic workers and their rights was published on July 19, ahead of the 1st Domestic Workers Assembly, which is scheduled to be held this Saturday, July 23 on Miami-Dade College Wolfson's Campus.

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