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–Miami Waterkeeper Rachel Silverstein has built her non-profit into a legit force in the South Florida political and legal world.
-They’ve entered the scene at the perfect time to give our waters a fighting chance.
-From pollution to ecosystem crushing algae blooms to sea level rise and a nuclear power plant that could end up being swallowed by the sea- there’s a lot at stake right now.
–Silverstein leads a team of five lawyers and scientists who advocate for ecological protections and smart public policy through advocacy and scientific research.
–They also sue polluters. And they threaten people who are trashing Miami’s waters with lawsuits. They do that a lot.
–In 2014, Miami Waterkeeper sued Miami-Dade county to protect coral reefs that were impacted by the Port Miami dredging project. The county settled with Miami Waterkeeper and paid over $400,000 to relocate the corals to a University of Miami lab.
–Silverstein is concerned about the future of FPL’s Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant. She thinks that the plant will be submerged by the impacts of sea level rise by 2040. FPL wants to continue to use the site until at least 2052.
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We’ve covered all the strange things that happen at Donald Trump rallies a lot recently.
With Trump still holding a commanding lead in the GOP primary (at least in national polls and in most state polls), it is important to know what his supporters think.
At a rally in Rock Hill, SC last Friday a Muslim woman named Rose Hamid was silently protesting Trump’s anti-refugee and pro racist policies was removed after standing up during the event. It became national news.
Hamid and other protestors were wearing yellow star shaped patches that seemed to be a reference to similar emblems worn by Jews in Nazi controlled termites during the Holocaust.
Reid Jeffries, a 21 year old native of Cincinnati and a student at the University of Mississippi was also at the same rally and he protested Trump in a truly hilarious way.
“I went to the Trump rally because I knew that years down the line, the whole world would look back at his campaign, whether successful or not, as important history,” Jeffries said in a message to RISE NEWS. “Also, we hear a lot about Trump via the media and I know that this isn’t the most fair representation of him as the media is bound to skew him one way or the other. So I knew by seeing him in person I would get a definite idea of what he is actually like.”
Jeffries said that he is moderately politically active. He’s worked as a House page for Republican Speaker John Boehner in the past but has since identified himself as an Independent.
Jeffries also loves pranks and decided to bring a “Trump likes Nickleback [sic]” (Nickelback is the proper spelling) sign to the rally, playing on the longstanding Internet meme.
Here’s what happened according to Jeffries:
“The event was electric. It started out like the Rolling Stones concert I went to earlier this year. The people there were full of energy and emotion. If you would have asked any one of them who was going to be the next president, every single one would have told you Trump without a stutter. When I talked to people individually they seemed normal. But when Trump spoke there was a mob mentality that came over them.”
After holding up his sign, Jeffries walked out in solidarity with the other protestors.
“When I walked out with one of the protestors, I remember people screaming ‘fuck you’, ‘terrorist’, ‘get the fuck out’. They were chanting USA which made no sense because I’m pretty sure he was an American citizen though I do not know this for certain.”
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House Republicans overwhelmingly voted for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to be the party’s nominee to be the next Speaker of the House in a vote Wednesday afternoon.
Ryan made quick work of his only active opponent for the job- Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) and is expected to face a full house vote tomorrow before taking office. (Ryan is expected to easily win the full house vote, considering his party has a solid majority.)
According to the Huffington Post, the final vote count among Republicans was 200 votes for Ryan, 43 votes for Webster, 1 vote for Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN.) and 1 vote for Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
If he is elected tomorrow, Ryan will be the youngest Speaker of the House since the Civil War.
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A gay couple was physically separated from each other Saturday night by a bouncer working at a Boca Raton, Florida bar.
Joseph Raia, a 22-year-old Florida State University graduate and Miami native, said on his Facebook that he and his boyfriend were singled out because of their sexuality.
Raia’s social media post quickly went viral after he blasted Blue Martini Boca for the treatment he said that he received at the bar.
“The bouncer was paid to remove us from the bar because the men who ordered the bottle service did not want us there anymore because we were gay.”
“For the past four years I have been openly gay and extremely fortunate to have never had a problem, felt threatened, or been discriminated against because of who I am until Saturday night, Raia wrote on the social media site. “I am proud and happy of who I am but unfortunately I experienced how hateful homophobia can be at Blue Martini Boca.”
Raia said that he was dancing with his boyfriend within a group of four other friends when he was grabbed and separated from them.
“The bouncer had pulled me off saying ‘We can’t have this here, you two can’t be here, you need to stop it and leave,'” Raia said. “I was genuinely shocked and did not understand why or where it was coming from. I kept asking why this was happening, what was his reason for attempting to kick us out.”
Raia said that he knows the reason for the physical treatment he received.
“A friend had come up to us to see what was going on and said he had witnessed a man who had ordered bottle service give the bouncer cash, thinking to himself that it was weird, but now making sense,” Raia said. “The bouncer was paid to remove us from the bar because the men who ordered the bottle service did not want us there anymore because we were gay.”
Another bouncer at the bar came over to Raia and apologized about the incident and said that the bouncer who touched Raia would be “reprimanded.”
“The manager on duty had said the same thing, that Blue Martini does not stand for this, and gave us $100 gift card to use when we return. I said I would never be coming back and we had spent much more than that, having a great night until that point but he would not let us leave without taking it,” Raia wrote on Facebook. “We left upset, hurt, and threatened since we did not know if the men would become physical towards us. I have never in my entire life felt wrong for being who I am and after the support from friends and family now realize that we were not wrong for dancing with each other.”
In an interview with Rise News, Raia said that he thinks the bouncer who got physical with him should be fired.
“As for the bouncer that tried to eject us, I would like to know that he has been removed from his position. The manager said there would be an investigation and then he would be reprimanded, but a slap on the wrist isn’t enough of a consequence for his illegal act of discrimination and bribery,” Raia told Rise News. “In our shock and being upset, we did not file a police report l, which we should have. At the time all we wanted to do was leave before someone got physically hurt.”
Raia said that he was fearful that the men who ordered the bottle service would turn physical toward he and his boyfriend.
“I am unapologetically proud of who I am and who I have become and I will not change because of pressures from someone else.”
“The men who ordered bottle service did not directly speak with us, only the bouncer,” Raia said. “They just stared at us, which was why the second bouncer suggested us to move.”
Rise News has tried to reach Blue Martini Boca for comment numerous times. A manager on call Wednesday evening said that she did not know who the on-call manager was on Saturday, and had not heard about the incident. The general manager of the bar could not be reached for comment before publication of this story.
Raia said that he would not be returning to any of the 12 Blue Martini locations.
“It is true that the actions of one man does not represent the actions of the group, but all the locations look the same. I would not feel comfortable being in the same environment that the incident occurred in,” Raia told Rise News. “As it stands now, I feel like I have to watch my back while walking down the side walk with my boyfriend. I know there is a time and place to show affection freely but I stand by my belief that we did nothing wrong.”
Raia ended his viral Facebook post with a poignant message.
“Our love is the same as anybody else’s love,” Raia said. “I am unapologetically proud of who I am and who I have become and I will not change because of pressures from someone else.”
Rise News will update this story with additional information as it becomes available.
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