Local Leaders, Clergy, Elected Officials to Hold Panel on Campaign Finance and Black Political Participation in Miami-Dade

MIAMI — On Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, New Florida Majority will host a panel discussion on money, politics and power in Miami-Dade County. Featured local panelists include State Senator Dwight Bullard, Rev. Dr. R. Joaquin Willis of Church of the Open Door, and Elaine Black of Liberty City Trust.

recent study by the civil rights advocacy group Demos pinpoints a huge government-access problem in South Florida—while black people make up one-fifth of the county’s population, they represent only two percent of donors to mayoral campaigns. “Black people,” the study says, “can’t keep up with the deluge of campaign money coming from Miami’s cadre of rich lawyers, lobbyists, and real-estate tycoons.” Emmanuel Caicedo of Demos will join the panel to discuss the findings of the report and how campaign finance reform can begin to address some of these inequities.

Yesterday, New Florida Majority joined Accountable Miami-Dade at the Elections Department to drop drop off over 125,000 signed petitions in efforts to put a campaign finance reform measure on the November ballot. New Florida Majority collected over 16,000 of the petitions.

Wednesday’s panel is part of New Florida Majority’s RunMIA effort to engage traditionally underrepresented communities in local politics and tackle the problem of corruption and big money in county and municipal elections.

***please RSVP to press [at] newfloridamajority.org***

WHAT: “Can we Run MIA?” #BlackDollarsMatter panel discussion on Money, Politics and Power in Miami-Dade

WHO: State Senator Dwight Bullard, Rev. Dr. R. Joaquin Willis of Church of the Open Door, Elaine Black of Liberty City Trust, Emmanuel Caicedo of Demos, and Ginna Green of ReThink Media; moderated by New Florida Majority Executive Director Gihan Perera

WHERE: Belafonte TACOLCY Center, 6161 NW 9th Ave, Miami, FL 33127

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

VISUALS & MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Q&A portion with attendees. Members of the press will have the opportunity to interview panelists and ask questions following the public Q&A portion.