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–Valencia Gunder and her non-profit organization Make The Homeless Smile made a special effort for Miami’s homeless dad’s on Father’s Day.
–Gunder, who spent nearly a month homeless in 2009, started the organization in 2014 to give back.
–Gunder said that she knows that Father’s Day can be sad for dads who live on the streets because many of them aren’t in touch with their children.
–25 volunteers spent a few hours feeding over 100 people under the shadow of the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami.
–An organization from Tallahassee called Coach’s Closet brought sneakers to give to the homeless and a barber was on hand to give out free haircuts.
–Gunder and her group do this every third Sunday of the month at the same spot on NE 1st Ave and 6th St.
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Democracy Spring: Hundreds Of Progressive Activists Start Sit In On Capitol Building Steps To Protest Money In Politics
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Hundreds of progressive activists are currently sitting in on the steps of the United States Capitol building to protest the outsized influence of corporate money in American politics.
The movement called Democracy Spring is based on Moral Monday‘s, the religiously driven campaign that increased voter engagement and participation on a number of political issues.
Police have started arresting the peaceful protestors, who include The Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur.
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) April 11, 2016
“It’s time to take mass nonviolent action on a historic scale to save our democracy,” a statement on the Democracy Spring website. “This April, in Washington, D.C., we will demand a Congress that will take immediate action to end the corruption of big money in our politics and ensure free and fair elections in which every American has an equal voice.”
— Jordan (@JordanChariton) April 11, 2016
According to the movement’s website, the campaign started on April 2nd with a “march from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia” and it culminated today at the Capitol building.
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) April 11, 2016
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By Nate Nkumbu
Housing discrimination is an issue that is being faced by many cities across the United States.
In South Florida, housing discrimination is nothing new.
In a place where real estate is such an important part of the local economy, tales of housing discrimination are prevalent within minority communities.
Morgan Williams is the Director of Enforcement & Investigations for the National Fair Housing Alliance in Washington D.C. Williams explained in an email the history that housing discrimination has had the U.S.
According to Williams, in the 1930’s, a phenomenon known as redlining became a common practice in areas where minority people lived.
Redlining was a federal housing policy that explicit denying housing services to residents of certain areas based on the racial or ethnic makeups of those areas.
Williams said that the practice is still in effect today with banks often at the front.
“Today, some lenders structure their loan products, restrict broker services, site branch locations, and/or target their marketing on the bases of race, national origin, sex, familial status, disability, or other protected class,” Williams told RISE NEWS.
“In restricting lending services in a discriminatory manner—whether limits services in communities of color or that isolated prospective female borrowers on parental leave—the more subtle contemporary redlining practices have the same practical effect of limited credit access on a geographic basis.”
One such case that Williams talked about is Providence v. Santander Bank.
According to the Providence Journal, the city’s lawsuit alleged that Santander Bank had reduced lending in minority neighborhoods over a multiyear period while expanding its business dealings in “predominantly white neighborhoods.”
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Santander Bank bought Sovereign Bank in 2009 and as a result occupied a large share of the overall mortgage market in the city, meaning that people had few options outside of Santander.
This case saw the city of Providence settle with Santander Bank for $1.3 million in grants for lower income houses in return for dropping the housing discrimination case.
In South Florida, there are organizations that fight housing discrimination.
Each one has different experience with the issue.
Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence or HOPE is an organization that operates in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
Daniel Howe, an expert for HOPE said that that the most common cases that HOPE deals with are REO house.
REO houses are bank owned houses that are maintained and kept during foreclosure or unsuccessful sales.
Howe said that the REOs in richer, more white communities are maintained and well kept better that their Latin American or African American community, leaving areas of Miami looking dilapidated in stark contrast to the richer areas only a few blocks or miles away.
Another organization up in Palm Beach County has a different take on the housing discrimination in South Florida.
Vince Larkins is the CEO of Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches.
His organization recently took the city of Boca Raton to court accusing the city of discrimination towards families with children.
During an interview, Larkins said that housing discrimination cases are prevalent in the Haitian Community.
“The level of discrimination towards Haitians is disproportionate to the number of cases we get at the the office,” Larkins said in an interview with RISE NEWS.
This assessment is followed by Marleine Bastien, executive director of Fanm Ayisyen nan Miyami, a organization based in Miami that helps Haitian families.
Bastien said in an email that the Haitian community often gets short shrift when it comes to housing.
“Most affordable housing seems to go to more politically connected and empowered immigrant groups like Cuban-Americans,” Bastien said.
“Those Haitian families that finally gotten through after long waiting periods often find themselves uprooted from their neighborhoods to Homestead, Florida City ….far away from their milieu ambient, extended families and friends.”
Just recently, Bastien’s organization fought to officially define the border for Little Haiti, an area that is the center of Haitian-American cultural and economic life in the city of Miami.
Last week, the city of Miami commission voted to make official the borders of Little Haiti.
Bastien said that there are plans for improvements across the area.
“Now we’re on a plan to revitalize the area and [create] a community land trust, to recoup spaces and land in the district/area and redevelop them for affordable housing,” Bastien said. “The second part of the plan is beautification and a CRA to bring resources to Little Haiti that strengthen businesses and spur growth.”
Florida is home to nearly two thirds of the Haitian American population. According to the 2009 census, Haitians Americans numbered at 830,000 people.
This community while growing in clout, is also at the heart of housing discrimination fights around the country.
Larkin pointed towards one case in particular with a Haitian family trying to buy a condominium. The family was flat out rejected by the condo’s owners, saying that they had a policy of “not allowing any colored people inside the community.”
“In the end, we were able to get the family into the house and won a settlement, but that family reached out to us first and were able to get their case heard,” Larkin said.
For Bastien, the work in Miami is not completely over.
She said that affordable housing isn’t much of reality anymore because the prices prohibited large sections of the population.
“It has been very difficult for folks to have access due to very limited resources,” Bastien said.
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VIDEO: Clemson Tiger Fan Launches Into Racist, Homophobic Attack On Miami, Before College Football GameBy Staff Report
Update: With the Miami Hurricanes set to play the Clemson Tigers in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 2, this story has started to go viral. It is worth noting that this piece was originally published on October 21, 2015 in the run-up to the regular season UM-Clemson matchup that season. But clearly the increased interest in this article shows that fans on both sides of this matchup are going to be fired up for the ACC Championship.
The UM- Clemson “rivalry” doesn’t really exist. The ‘Canes and Tigers are on opposite sides of the ACC and rarely play each other.
But the Miami Hurricanes may have a little more bulletin board material than usual for the game upcoming on Saturday.
A Clemson fan going by the name of SAVAGE TIGERR on Youtube posted and then deleted a racist and homophobic video attacking South Florida in preparation for the game.
The video was saved and then published on a popular Facebook page run by Miami based film director and massive Hurricane fan Billy Corben.
The video below is very NSFW and contains very strong language:
Video/Photo Credit: Billy Corben/ “The U” on Facebook
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