Climate

Local Residents to State Commission: Clean Energy, Not Fracked Gas Plant Needed in Dania Beach

Residents of the historically black Florida community of Dania Beach traveled to Tallahassee to oppose a fracked gas burning plant proposed by power company FPL.

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NewFM Steps Up Voter Registration Efforts as Puerto Ricans fleeing Hurricane Maria begin to Arrive in Florida

New Florida Majority's voter registration efforts now include ensuring that those escaping the devestation of Hurricane Maria know that they have a political voice and a right to vote now that they are living in Florida.

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Tell Us A Bit About Your Hurricane Irma Experience

Fill out this survey about your Hurricane Irma experience so that we can improve local government's response to storms and implement plans that better serve neighborhood emergency response needs.

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Communities Look to Make Emergency Planning More Equitable After Irma

Liberty City activist and NewFM member Valencia Gunder hosts a post-Irma discussion that brings together a diverse group of almost 100 people across Miami Dade County to help generate solutions that prioritize low-income communities in storm and other emergency disaster planning efforts.

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Mercado on Facing South Florida: Poor Communities Dealing With Hurricane Irma

NewFM Executive Director Andrea Mercado talks to CBS4's Jim DeFede on Sunday's Facing South Florida program about this week's County Budget hearings and local goverment's response to Hurricane Irma.

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The New Tropic: When are we really going to talk about Hurricane Irma?

Ariel Zirulnick of the New Tropic writes about how Hurricane Irma should be a wake-up call for all policymakers on the equity of hurricane preparedness plans, especially as it related to "our most vulnerable populations: the elderly and those living at or near the poverty line."

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USA Today: Frustrations boil over in Miami following Hurricane Irma

Alan Gomez of USA Today files a report from Tuesday’s Miami-Dade County budget meetings. writing how local residents are growing increasingly frustrated that “government and power officials haven’t yet gotten the region completely up and running.”  “In the days after the storm, families went hungry, elders suffered from the heat, people with diabetes were desperately asking for…

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MIami Herald: We got through Irma. And now the King tides are coming.

The Miami Herald on how researchers and volunteers, including members of the NewFM staff, are collecting data on the chemical make-up of waters affected by the area's King tides.

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Community to County Commisioners: Post-Irma Response Was Not Good Enough

For almost two hours, speaker after speaker told the assembled group of elected officials, including County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, that government's response was unequal and insufficient. In many areas, grassroots groups like New Florida Majority, Dream Defenfers, FLIC and WeCount were the first people that residents saw in their neighborhoods when the power went out.

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Groups Demand County to Do More To Protect Vulnerable Communities in Budget

Grassroots leaders who have worked in low-income and other vulnerable communities before and through Hurricane Irma have one message to those overseeing on this year’s County Budget Hearings: You must do more.

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