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Victor Jiames was one of a couple hundred at last night’s vigil in Bayfront Park for the victims in Charlottesville. Caitie Switalski / The New Tropic

HATE IS ALIVE IN FLORIDA, TOO.

It was hard to follow the news this weekend, but it was also hard to turn away. Nothing in the past couple months could have prepared most of us for the display of hatred that went down in Charlottesville.

But it’s all around us here, too.

Florida has more than 30 Confederate monuments throughout the state. One NAACP leader who is trying to get one in Lee County dismantled told us that he’s bracing for death threats as his campaign ramps up. (This is our roundup of all the monuments standing today, and what’s being done to take them down.)

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are 63 hate groups in the state. Five of those are Miami-based. They’ve got them classified by type: neo-Nazi, white nationalist, racist skinhead, Ku Klux Klan, black separatist, anti-LGBT, and even just “general hate.”

A couple months ago, white nationalists crashed a Broward racial justice training institute. Organizer Lutze Segu wrote about it for us.

She told us that when the intruders first walked into the room, she wondered if this was going to be the next Charleston church shooting – and started looking for the exits. Her column was a call for everyone to wake up to the prevalence of white supremacy today.

“Miami is a beautiful place to live. There is no city like it. However, it is a young city that is still waking up to social justice and it is also a city firmly planted in the South, a truth we tend to forget,” she wrote.

Confederate monuments. Hate groups roosting in our city. White nationalists crashing workshops on tolerance and justice.

We hope we stop forgetting.

Last night about 200 people gathered in Bayfront Park for a vigil in memory of those killed in Charlottesville this weekend standing up to hate and trying to keep the peace. It’s a start.

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In the wake of tragedies like the Pulse mass shootings, city police departments are enacting safe space initiatives to demonstrate solidarity with LGBTQ community members. Here’s why that matters, and how Miami Beach is leading the charge.

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What's New In The 305

They finally matched. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has agreed to sell the team to a group of investors led by Derek Jeter and New York biz man Bruce Sherman for a cool $1.2 billion. Local billionaire Jorge Mas, who was trying to buy the team with his own group of investors, is now hoping for an invite. Wondering who Sherman is? This is how he made his dough. (Miami Herald)

Hold up. Yes, wages in Miami are rising. But the extra bucks aren’t making much of a difference for most because our median wage is lowest among the country’s 15 largest metro areas. And there’s a lot of reasons why. (Miami Herald)

#IAmAnImmigrant. The Washington Post sat down with five first-generation Latino House members to hear their coming-to-America stories. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen reminisced about her Pam-Am flight here in 1960 and how Miami “was like a motion picture in our eyes.”  

All the mangoes. We know it’s extra hot RN, but there are still reasons to love Miami in the summertime. (Miami New Times)  

Sketch.  Mayor Philip Levine’s fundraising committee took $200,000 from a billionaire Ukrainian oligarch linked to people linked to the Trump-Russia FBI Investigation. Leonard Blavatnik owns a “huge stake” in an aluminum company in Russia “with direct ties to the Kremlin.” Not a good look for a Democrat in 2017. (Miami New Times)

Scary times. Sen. Marco Rubio has been guarded by security detail for the past few weeks because the U.S. believes that a powerful Venezuelan leader, the former military chief, may have put out an order to kill him. (Miami Herald)

Karma’s a bitch. Premier Booting, the company that probably put a metal boot on your tire that time you parked illegally in Downtown, is being investigated to determine whether it committed fraud against the city of Miami. (Miami Herald)

Can’t buy your way outta this one. Researchers dropped a bunch of drifters at the site of the year-long sewage leak discovered earlier this month and discovered that all that polluted water probably ended up over by ritzy Fisher Island and a wildlife preserve at Virginia Key. (Miami Herald)


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