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Good morning *|FNAME|*. The turnout for March for Our Lives rallies across South Florida this weekend has us feelin’ inspired and determined this Monday.
While tens of thousands turned out at rallies across South Florida, hundreds of local students hopped on buses and planes and headed to the main march in D.C. to make their voices heard. Among them were a couple dozen teenagers from Liberty City and nearby neighborhoods, who traveled thousands of miles to make sure the country heard that “[gun violence] is every day for us.”
Among them was Shatony Rivers, who appeared on the Van Jones show on Saturday. And now we’ve got her words right here at The New Tropic. Read on.
Snaps from the "March for Our Lives" rally on Miami Beach Photos courtesy of John David Arroyo
WHO DOES “NEVER AGAIN” APPLY TO?
This weekend, tens of thousands of you turned out to “March for our Lives” demonstrations in Miami Beach, Westchester, Doral, and Parkland. Politicians, activists, and students called out for change and shouted, “never again!.”
But who is included when we say that? Liberty City teenager Shatony Rivers doesn’t feel like it includes her or her neighborhood friends.
Gun violence happens every day in her neighborhood, and there are no marches, no hashtags, and no meetings with politicians.
“For us, there is silence,” she writes.
She has a question: What will it take for “never again” to include her and her neighbors?
GREEN LIGHT LIKE A RED CARPET
The South Dade TransitWay already transports riders between Homestead and Dadeland, but soon, the buses will also be able to bypass traffic. The “Smart Signals” that Miami-Dade Transit is installing along the TransitWay will roll out the red carpet for the buses. It gives them the green light so they don’t have to stop and wait for cross traffic. Find out more here.
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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305
From the beginning. Through interviews with everyone from survivors to 911 operators, from bystanders to FIU’s president Mark Rosenberg, the Miami Herald has pieced together what happened in those moments just before the stunning, catastrophic collapse of the 950-ton pedestrian bridge on March 15 – the near-misses, the thoughts that ran through people’s minds as they saw the concrete crumble, how the survivors felt in the aftermath. It’s well worth a read as we wait to find out what actually happened that day.
About damn time. Every state has two statues honoring important figures in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall, and until recently, one of ours honored Confederate soldier Edmund Kirby Smith. But now he’ll be replaced with a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune, an African-American educator, civil rights activist, and former NAACP vice president. Get this: she’s the first African-American period to be included in the Statuary Hall. We can’t believe it’s taken this long, but we’re proud to see Florida leading the way. (Smithsonian)
These gy-roes are coming to town. If you’ve ever spent time in New York, you know the iconic street cart chain Halal Guys. Now, even if you’ve never been to New York, you’ll know them and their delicious gyros, because they’re opening two brick-and-mortar stores in the 305 – one in South Miami and one in Brickell. (Miami.com)
Out of time. Miami Beach has had more than 500 households on the city’s affordable housing waiting list since 2015, so it’s a particularly big problem that they just eliminated one of their affordable housing complexes. Why’d the city do that? Here’s a fun fact: When property owners receive grants for affordable housing, they only have to keep it affordable for a certain time period. The time ran out on this one, and rent is about to jump up anywhere from $400 to $728. (Miami New Times)
RIP. A local giant passed away last week: Wayne Huizenga, the original owner of both the Marlins and the Panthers and the man who saved the Dolphins from “financial ruin” by buying them. Back in the 1990s, he owned all three teams at once, a first in the U.S. He was also a big-deal businessman, founding three Fortune 500 companies, and a cornerstone of the philanthropic community. In short, he’s the kinda guy who will be missed in the community he helped to build. Here’s his Miami Herald obituary. (Miami Herald)
Toning it down. The Wynwood Business Improvement District board just approved a bunch of zoning code changes, including looser parking requirements and allowing more rooftop use, after realizing that its emphasis on large-scale development was often leading to no development. They’re hoping for fewer vacant lots and more small-scale development like the Wynwood we once knew. What we’re hoping for: more rooftop bars like No. 3 Social and chill hangs like Concrete Beach Brewery. The changes still need city approval. (The Real Deal)
Filling in the gaps. Little known fact: 20 percent of the revenue from that half-penny transit tax passed in 2002 goes toward cities throughout Miami-Dade County to spend on their own transit needs, while the rest goes to the county. And as the SMART Plan drags on (and on and on), those cities are talking about ways to use the money to fill the gap. Most of them are eyeing starting or expanding free trolley systems. (Miami Today)
💡3/26: Take a peek inside Miami’s most innovative companies at NewCo Miami (Various locations)
🧘3/26: Get your zen on at Mindful Mondays (Wynwood)
🍽4/3: Hunt for the afikomen at Seder at The Yard (Wynwood)
🎨 Talk shop with local creatives at the Creator’s Lounge (Allapattah)
🎮 Show off your pinball skills (North Miami)
🍹 Learn how to make “garden-to-bar” cocktails (Wynwood)
🎵 Keep Miami Music Week going with Kelly Lee Owens (Downtown)
🏫 Discuss what it means to make schools safe (Overtown)
🍳 Waffles After Work heads to Vizcaya (Coconut Grove)
😆 Play bingo with Miss Toto (Wynwood)
💃 Tango on Lincoln Road (South Beach)
👻 Take it back with a screening of Ghost (Wynwood)
🎞 Watch the doc “Do Not Resist” on police militarization (Coral Gables)
🎤 Catch Yoli Mayor, aka the Cuban Adele (Wynwood)
🍻 Enjoy beer, bourbon, burgers and blues at the Biltmore (Coral Gables)
🎞 Watch back-to-back-to-back Wes Anderson flicks (Coral Gables)
🎤 Big Freedia comes to Churchill’s (Little Haiti)
Are you hitting up one of these events? Tag us in your pics with @thenewtropic.
HANG ON. ONE MORE THING.
There’s at least one very simple thing you can do to help keep the “March for Our Lives” momentum going: VOTE.
If you haven’t registered yet, you’re in luck. Florida launched online voter registration last year, which means all you have to do is click on this link. If you’re not yet 18 years old but you will be before November, you can pre-register to vote, too.
Now, let’s make this a great week. 💪