Petition to Carlos A. Gimenez
Overturn Ban of Pit bull Breed in Miami-Dade
I have volunteered at the Animal shelter in Miami-Dade. To see all those puppy faces in a kennel as small as a closet is heartbreaking, they looked awefully sad and helpless and a big number were bully breeds or mixes of the pit bull breed. It's not fair. I own a pit bull myself and they are the most loyal and loving dogs, when raised right. It seems ridiculous to me that there are 2 counties right next to each other, one with a ban, the other without. Why are these dogs getting punished for the actions of selfish people? Shelter dogs and prisoners in jail are treated very much alike, with the dogs being innocent of any crime. This law on Miami- Dade is restricting so many people to adopt these amazing dogs that are just hoping for another chance. Then people wonder why some go in their backyard and breed puppies. One reason might be for money (selfish), but the other might be because they're not allowed to have the type of dog they desire because of foolish ban. For people pro Pit bull bans, educate yourself. Be around a pit bull that has been well taken care of. Elderly people always come up to me to pet my pit bull and hug and kiss him, because they know. They were around when these dogs had no problem being what they are, DOGS, and family dogs at that. Now they're dogs being treated like monsters. These are domesticated dogs, not wild animals from the jungle. A whole breed should not be punished because of a certain number that were TRAINED to be aggressive fighters. Too many pups and sweet adult dogs are euthanized because they are forbidden to go to happy homes in Miami. Let's change this around. Punish the humans not the dogs. Sign this petition guys, I'm going to make one until it makes a difference. They deserve to be adopted anywhere and everywhere, and have a real life too.
Petition to Commissioner Frank Carollo, Commissioner Ken Russell, Commissioner Willy Gort, Commissioner Francis Suarez, Commissioner Keon Hardemon, Mayor Tomas P. Regalado, Daniel J. Alfonso, Victoria Méndez, Nathan Kurland, Rafael Duharte, Jose Gell, Marlene Avalo, Emilio Callja, Alex Cardenas, Jeanie Hernandez, Marie Louissaint
Save Bayfront Park - Stop Ultra and Rolling Loud!
Bayfront Park is for the enjoyment of residents, not a cash cow for the city! We, the residents of Downtown Miami and its neighboring communities deserve to have daily access to Bayfront Park - our neighborhood park. Instead, since the beginning of 2017, Bayfront Park has been closed to the public or in a state of disrepair for over 100 days because of mega-concerts like Ultra and Rolling Loud. In recent years, the Bayfront Park Management Trust booked an increasing number of these events in the park. Marked by lengthy set-up and tear-down periods, these events have become larger and much more disruptive to our residential community. In addition to destroying the park's environmental elements, including trees, turf and landscaping, these events regularly force thousands of Downtown residents to flee the area to avoid the unbearable noise, traffic, and alcohol/drug-related violence present at and around these events. Ultra's contract is up for renewal. Rolling Loud's producers announced their intent to return to Bayfront Park next year. Tell the City of Miami, the Bayfront Park Board members and its Chairman, Commissioner Carollo: No More! The park is for the enjoyment of residents, not a cash cow for the city! SAVE BAYFRONT PARK - STOP ULTRA, ROLLING LOUD AND ALL FUTURE MEGA SIZED CONCERTS!
Petition to Rick Scott
Remove the Confederate monument at Florida Capitol, erect a statue of The Golden Girls!
Confederate monuments have always been symbols of white supremacy. The heyday of monument building, between 1890 and 1920, was also a time of extreme racial violence, as Southern whites pushed back against what little progress had been made by African-Americans in the decades after the Civil War. As monuments went up, so did the bodies of black men, women and children during a long rash of lynching. In the civil rights era, segregationists again sought to push back any attempt to challenge white male supremacy. Once again, they rallied under the banner of the Confederate battle flag. But this time, local and state officials from law enforcement and state agencies joined them in their effort. Today, the battle for white male supremacy has expanded in scope. Not only is it nativist, anti-feminist and anti-Semitic, it is also homophobic and as always, it is racist. Confederate “heritage,” as a unifying theme for the white South, also obscures the way that white elites use the white working class to do their bidding by pitting them against those with whom they have more in common economically than those in power. The path for the rise of the Southern Democratic Party, known as the “White Man’s Party,” was paved with racial violence. White elites showed their thanks by erecting Confederate monuments. Picture it: Hollywood, 1985. The first episode of The Golden Girls airs, introducing the world to Blanche Devereaux, Rose Nylund, Sophia Petrillo, and Dorothy Zbornak. The show attracted more than 25 million viewers, becoming the highest-rated program of the week and consistently ranked in the top 10 sitcoms during its run. Over the course of seven seasons, the show racked up 68 Emmy nominations, 11 wins, and is one of only 4 shows in TV history whose principal actors all won Emmys for their roles. While the entertainment industry pressures actresses to go to great lengths to maintain or restore their youth, The Golden Girls embraced aging and all the humor, wisdom, and vulnerability that comes with it. Despite Hollywood’s obsession with youth, The Golden Girls is still beloved by audiences thirty years after its premiere. Beyond the fact that the show is extremely well-written and well acted (thanks to Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, and Betty White), The Golden Girls also stands out for being one of the last sitcoms where progressive values were part of the show’s DNA. The Golden Girls boasted characters who were sharp in their humor and secure in their freedoms, what better way to celebrate and commemorate the freedom of Floridians? "Oh, you lost the war, get over it!" -Blanche Devereaux Sign my petition and thank you for being a friend!
Petition to Chairman Keon Hardemon, Vice Chairman Ken Russell, Commissioner Wilfredo Gort, Commissioner Frank Carollo, Commissioner Francisco Suarez
The Value of a Neighborhood
Buena Vista is a neighborhood in Miami that celebrates diversity. Yet, big money influence could tear apart our harmonious community. The City of Miami Commission will decide if the elite of the elite developers, the 1% of the 1%, can take whatever they want from a working-class neighborhood. The Commission will decide the value of a neighborhood compared to the influence of big money. The developers of Miami's ultra-luxury Design District want to change the zoning of single-family residential property to Major Civic Institution in order to build an approximately 800-car, 300,000 square foot, five-story, for-profit parking garage.* Imagine more than five football fields stacked on top of one another. Imagine this across the street from your house. Who among us would want to live next to this, or raise their kids, or risk their pets, or have this massive commercial garage anywhere within their residential neighborhood? Why should the children of this neighborhood have a lesser quality of life than the children of more affluent circumstances? Where is the water's edge to this greed and better-than-the-rest treatment? We believe this is illegal spot zoning and there is case law to substantiate. The fact that the project has gotten this far defies common decency. The law is on our side. We, the neighbors along with civic activist Elvis Cruz, won a decisive victory in front of the City of Miami's Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board. After twenty-two months of fighting Goliath, we just received the legal support of the Community Justice Project. Yet, we still need YOU. Please help us. The developers would never get away with this in a more affluent neighborhood. Sign our petition and let Chairman Keon Hardemon and the City of Miami Commission know that we want them to stand strong to big money, support smart growth development, and represent the people. (Thank you for reading this far!!!). PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION AND SHARE WITH YOUR SOCIAL NETWORKS http://www.buenavistamia.com Link to short video with directly impacted neighbors: https://vimeo.com/157710952 * The 800 car number was based on calculations from the U.S. Army - Dept of Transportation Engineering's online parking garage calculator from square footage and other information submitted by the developer in its application to the City of Miami.
Petition to Ken Russell, Abigael Mahony, Kevin Kirwin
Raise the PACE. Add 2 additional Volleyball courts to Margaret Pace Park!
Volleyball Courts at Margaret Pace Park have wait times up to 2 hours on many nights. We are requesting that Commissioner, Ken Russell approve 2 additional volleyball courts to Margaret Pace Park.