Hundreds of new voices speaking up to prevent gun violence

Today we had the largest gathering of Moms Demand Action Miami ever. It lasted just about an hour. It was a far cry from the first one I attended just about a year ago. Just a few of us sitting in comfortable chairs in a midtown coffee shop trying to figure out how we'd ever gather the momentum to make common sense gun laws a reality. Our momentum would come from 17 lost souls. The Parkland 17 are raising their voices from their graves and lending them to us to tell their horrible story and the stories of the thousands of Americans who've been affected by the horror of gun violence.

Avoid a hurricane if you're poor. Oh, you can't.

Hurricane Irma taught me that Miami-Dade County needs a different sort of emergency response plan for low income neighborhoods. That plan should include community-based organizations as part of the response. It must acknowledge that the financial burden of preparing for emergencies leaves low income families even more vulnerable. These communities need a more thorough response. A storm shouldn't allow them to slip further down the economic ladder. 

Go Home

Governor McAuliffe told the neo-Nazis and white supremacists to "Go Home." They are not wanted in Charlottesville. What are their homes like? What do they talk about over Sunday dinner when they are home?

What costs $24.60? An apartment.

I’m trying to make sure I understand just how hard it is for so many families to make ends meet in Florida, especially in Miami. To help me remember it better, let’s call it a straight $25. That’s how much a person would need to earn per hour to afford a two bedroom apartment, spending the recommended 30% of their income on rent. Guess what minimum wage is? $8.05 an hour. Guess what the average renter earns per hour? $15.46

People, Get Ready Rod Stewart

Miami, Get Ready. We have never had the ability to mobilize quickly as a community when something we disagree with happens.  Many friends and like-minded neighbors have told me that they are willing to be ready to stand up against injustice and nonsense - the minute it happens. Want to be part of it?

This is a ghost story, a story of this world and another, of befores and afters. Before his mother leaves him. After she went to Chicago. After Bishop was raped. Before Samuel's story revealed Bishop's secret to Bethany. Before Faye knew Sebastian for a fake. Before the war.

If you know who the murderers are, why don’t you arrest them?

In Richmond, CA police identified a mere 25 people causing 70 percent of the city’s violence. When I learned these statistics were similar to ours in Miami, I asked what I thought was a simple question. “If you know who these murderers are, why don’t you just arrest them?” The answer is not so simple. These people often escape arrest and prosecution because witnesses are too fearful to testify. So, no, the police can’t just arrest them even though they’d like to.