NewFM 2016- 2017 Fact Sheet


New FM is an independent organization working to increase the voting power and political influence of Florida’s low-income black and Latino communities.

  • What We Do:
    • We train residents to be leaders, mobilize communities around issues, and build our collective voting power so our democracy works for EVERYONE. 
  • Voter Contact:
    • 31,000 new voter registrations in low-income black & brown neighborhoods.
    • 16,000 petitions for campaign finance reform (county-wide: 127K petitions).
    • 32,277 voters contacted (19,116 Black and 12,873 Latinos).
    • 11,682 new supporters, 54 new leaders, 559 new volunteers.
  • Community Wins:
    • This past year, New FM built power for our communities through convening power-building events and winning key victories at the local level.
    •  Helped to win $15/hr living wage legislation in the City of Miami.
    • Citizen-lobbying effort led to creation of low-income community representative on the City of Miami Sea Level Rise Committee.
    • Led effort to collect 127,000 petitions to get campaign finance reform on ballot.
    • Co-hosted neighborhood forums in Shorecrest, Liberty City, Little Haiti, Little Havana, Sweetwater, and Homestead.
    • Hosted Black Dollars Matter event in Liberty City.
    • hosted Forum for Black Lives candidate screening in Miami Gardens.
    • co-hosted Women’s Congress / Femme Agenda conference in Opa-Locka.
    • hosted Joy of Voting events in Perrine, Allapattah, Miami Gardens & N Miami.
  • Legal Wins: 
    • Won lawsuit to extend voter registration period after Hurricane Matthew, which enabled 108,000 additional people to register during this election cycle. 
    • Won initial lawsuit against Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners requiring County Elections Division to put campaign finance reform measure on Nov ballot. (appealed)
  • Electoral Wins: 
    • By running field programs we helped to win important down-ballot races including Opa Locka City Commissioner Matthew Pigatt, State Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez, State Representative Robert Ascencio.
    • By running a field program we helped win important ballot-initiatives:
      • Yes on 4 (pro-solar power ballot initiative during August primary).
      • No on 4 (eliminates FPL solar power monopoly; in November general).
  • Political Education:
    • New FM hosted many speakers this past year, including:
      • Orange is the New Black actor / immigrant activist Diane Guerrero.
      • NAACP Climate/Environmental Justice Director Jacqui Patterson.
      • Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza.
      • Organizing Director Tony Romano of the national Right to the City Alliance.
      • Gulf South Rising co-founder/climate justice activist Colette Pinchon-Battle.
      • Miami Dade County School Board Representative Steve Gallon.
      • Membership Director Serena Perez, National Domestic Workers Alliance.
      • Florida Immigrant Coalition Executive Director Maria Rodriguez.
      • FL State Senator Dwight Bullard.
  • National Action 2016:
    • New FM advances our mission by working with our national partners and by participating in national activations, including the following:
    • Sent delegation of leaders to Standing Rock demonstrations in N Dakota.
    • Sent delegation of leaders to People’s Congress in Pittsburgh, PA.
    • Anchored US Climate Action Network national conference hosted in Miami.
    • Organized 300 person climate justice rally at center of USCAN national conference; and this is just a partial list.
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