On a day when most people in South Florida began to prepare for the impacts of Hurricane Irma, thousands of Dreamers were forced to think about something equally difficult- their very future in the United States.
After the announcement from the Trump Administration that the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program would be ended in six months time, over 100 local activists and Dreamers took to Miami’s Freedom Tower to express their anger.
Here’s what they said:
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About the AuthorRich Robinson is the CEO and publisher of Rise News. He is also a journalist and a native of Miami. Robinson graduated from the University of Alabama and can be followed on Twitter @RichRobMiami.
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By Curt Evans
A month to go before national elections and Burkina Faso is enduring yet another military overthrow.
Just last week, General Gilbert Diendere and a group of presidential guards took over the government by deposing interim President Michal Kafando and Prime Minister Isaac Zida.
Diendere and the presidential guards were fiercely loyal to former President Blaise Compaore, the man who Kafando and Zida took down last year in a coup of their own.
General Diendere, the leader of the current coup had been given a take-it-or-leave-it deal by the Army Chiefs of the West African nation, to step down from his position by 10:00 GMT- 6 AM EST or he would be attacked. As the deadline came and went, there was no violence in the country, although the BBC reports that Army troops are massing in the capital of Ouagadougou to take back control.
Diendere has said that he was ready to hand over his power to transitional non military personnel powers.
“We do not want to fight but ultimately we will defend ourselves,” Diendere said according to Agence France-Presse.
Diendere and allies in the presidential guards assaulted a cabinet meeting and keeping the president and ministers that were present.
Diendere has a strong force behind him that consists of about 1,300 fighters ready to attack if he is harmed.The strong force is known as the presidential guard (RSP)- called that because they are devoted to former President Compaore (he also formed the group for his own protection.)
Compaore created the feared paramilitary unit to guarantee his own assurance in the wake of the 1987 assassination of his predecessor, the so called ” Che Guevara of Africa”, Thomas Sankara.
The troops were to surrender by 10 GMT or be attacked by the Army, but that deadline is now expired.
According to Al Jazeera reporter Nicolas Haque:“Minutes before the deadline expired, General Diendere called a press conference and released a statement saying he wants to stand by the framework agreement that was negotiated with ECOWAS.”
According to military leaders in the country, if the coup leaders were to surrender and disarm, they would be granted safety and not be attacked-hopefully avoided more bloodshed in a conflict that has already taken the lives of at least 10 protestors.
But even if that happens, there is still a big question hovering over the country: Can Burkina Faso really become a stable democracy?
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Climate change is real.
Most people in South Florida understand that things are changing in the local environment as the king tides seem to be getting worse, and as Hurricane Irma showed, we are at serious threat for more dangerous storm surge due to sea level rise.
Again, most people in this town believe that climate change is real.
Sadly, a glaring falsehood about what happens to certain Miami neighborhoods during king tides will only muddy the waters and give climate change deniers more ammunition in their fight to ignore reality.
Rolling Stone excerpted a few thousand word section of a freshly released book by one of its writers, Jeff Goodell.
The book, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World seems like an interesting and important read.
Full disclosure: I have not had the chance to read it.
Goodell seems to be a top notch reporter who has spent a great deal of time on the ground researching the book.
But, how can he explain this, from the excerpt?:
“In Miami Beach, streets are being elevated and LEED-certified condo towers are rising, but in low-income neighborhoods like Miami Shores, you have to walk through shit-filled water every time a big tide arrives.”
A few points here.
One: to anyone who has even spent a few hours traveling around South Florida would realize, Miami Shores is not a “low-income neighborhood”.
VIDEO: storm surge caused by Hurricane Irma in Miami Shores:
Miami Shores is geographically close to some of the poorest areas of Miami-Dade County, but the village itself is considered a wealthy one.
Census data shows that the median value of owner-occupied housing units in Miami Shores is $397,800.
The county average?
When looking at various Census data points, Miami Shores (on a per capita basis) could be considered wealthier than Miami Beach.
Look at median household income.
Miami Shores- $97,500.
Miami Beach- $44,342.
Miami-Dade County- $43,129.
Sorry to be a stickler, but when dealing with such an important crisis, all the facts matter.
Now, on to the second and far more important point.
Just to recap:
“…in low-income neighborhoods like Miami Shores, you have to walk through shit-filled water every time a big tide arrives.”
That is just not true.
I grew up in Miami Shores and my family has lived in the community for nearly 40 years.
None of us have ever heard of raw sewage flooding the streets during king tides.
A king tide just happened last week.
There were no reports of “shit filled water” flooding the area.
This is not to say that Miami Shores doesn’t have a shit problem.
In the village council election that took place in April, candidate Eddie Lewis made the potential for climate change induced septic issues, a centerpiece of his campaign. (The point was largely ignored by local voters.)
But he wasn’t talking about it as a current issue.
Lewis was projecting into the future and arguing for a proactive solution to tackle climate change issues before they arise.
Miami Shores, like many old South Florida neighborhoods, doesn’t have a municipal sewer system for the over 3,000 homes in the community.
Instead, it relies on an expensive and fragile septic tank and drain field systems.
This can be extremely problematic if the ground around the tank becomes overly saturated with water.
As Quartz explained in a poop primer piece published prior to the pummeling from Hurricane Irma:
“Backed up toilets are also becoming a more common occurrence. The waste produced by about a third of the people going to the bathroom any given day in Florida (that includes tourists) goes into a septic tank. In order for a tank to do its job, there needs to be room for the liquid portion of the waste to slowly filter down into the ground. When groundwater levels go up, though, they push the waste back up, sometimes resulting in a poop flood.”
Again, Miami Shores probably does have a real long-term problem here.
Florida had a raw sewage crisis unfold after Hurricane Irma.
And the Biscayne Waterkeeper recently discovered a pipe in Biscayne Bay that is spewing raw sewage into the water at a potential rate of millions of gallons a day.
And its been spewing for over a year.
So we’ve got real problems down here man.
We know it.
If we don’t get the world to make serious changes, there is a good chance that the place that we love will become Atlantis.
But, that’s why we need to stick to facts and not get sucked into hyperbole.
I’m sure that Goodell just made a mistake, and we’ll give him the chance to clear it up.
But climate change deniers take every mistake and twist them to undermine the overall reality.
We can’t let that happen.
Otherwise, we’ll end up drowning in the shit.
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The Major League Baseball regular season is about a week away from wrapping up. With just a few regular season games left before the playoffs start, certain players look to end the season in strong fashion as they make their final statements in order to be recognized as the most deserving players for the season awards.
These awards include the Most Valuable Player Award for each league, Cy Young Award which is given to one pitcher of each league, and the Rookie Of The Year Award for each league.
Here’s our best guess as to who will win the top awards:
American League Most Valuable Player (MVP): Josh Donaldson
In his first season with the Toronto Blue Jays, since being traded by the Oakland A’s, Josh Donaldson has been arguably the best player in the American League since the beginning of the season. Donaldson and the Blue Jays are in first place in the American League East, and he has been the leader of the MLB’s top offense. He has a batting average of .299 and has slugged 41 home runs, which is good for third in the American League. The third baseman also leads the American League with 122 runs batted in. Donaldson made the All Star team this season and has been the one player who has consistently been the most valuable for his team. The two time All Star should be a lock to win the AL MVP Award and he has already won it in the hearts of many fans.
National League Most Valuable Player (MVP): Bryce Harper
The Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper is only 22 years old and has had one of the best seasons ever by a player of his age. Harper, who was an All Star this season, leads the National League in the chase for the batting title, which is given to the player with the league’s highest batting average. The young star has a batting average of .336. He is tied for first in the National League in home runs with 41 and has 96 RBI’s which is fifth in the league. Although his team has fallen to second place in the National League East, Harper is the main reason the Nats stayed in the hunt for the playoffs late into the season. Although his team will not make the playoffs, it is very likely that Harper will win the NL MVP Award.
American League Cy Young Award: David Price
The 2012 Cy Young Award winner David Price has a good chance of winning the award for the second time in his career. Price, who began the season as the ace for the Detroit Tigers, has since become the ace for the first place Toronto Blue Jays after being acquired in a trade. The hard throwing lefty has a record of 18 wins and only 5 losses. The 18 wins put him second in the American League. Price leads the AL starting pitchers with an earned run average (era) of 2.45. He is also fourth in the league in strikeouts with 225. Since being acquired by the Blue Jays at the trade deadline Price has 9 wins and only 1 loss with an era. of 2.30. He has been everything that the Blue Jays hoped he would be when they traded for him.
National League Cy Young Award: Zack Greinke
In 2009 Zack Greinke was the Cy Young Award winner in the American League for the Kansas City Royals. In 2015 the Los Angeles Dodger’s star should win the Cy Young Award, but this time in the National League. Greinke has had an overall better season this year than he had in 2009. He has 18 wins and only 3 losses. His 18 wins this season is good for second place in the National League. The All Star righty leads all starting pitchers in the MLB with a 1.65 era. Greinke has pitched over 200 innings this season for the Dodgers and has struck out 185 batters. He has been the most consistent Dodger’s starting pitcher all year and has helped the team maintain a first place lead in the National League West throughout the season. This season for Greinke has been a pretty historic one for a starting pitcher, which is why he should be the NL Cy Young Award winner when the season comes to an end.
American League Rookie Of The Year: Carlos Correa
As a 20-year-old this season, Carlos Correa was promoted to the MLB by the Houston Astros. The rookie shortstop has since turned 21 years of age and has been a huge factor in the success of the Astros this season. He is one of the keys of why the Astros could in fact make the playoffs this season in the American League. Correa is batting .282 with 21 home runs and 61 rbi in just 93 games played this season. His 21 home runs lead all rookies in the American League. His 61 rbi is good enough for second place among all rookies in the American League. He plays the most important position on the field, and the impact that he’s made on his team’s success should be the reason why he wins the American League Rookie Of The Year Award.
National League Rookie Of The Year: Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs has been one of the more popular players talked about throughout the 2015 season. As a rookie this season, Bryant was selected as a reserve to his first All Star Game. The rookie sensation has been a big reason for the Chicago Cubs resurgence in 2015. He is hitting .282 with 26 home runs and 99 rbi. His 26 home runs put him first among all Major League rookies. His 99 rbi leads all Major League rookies as well. He’s helped the Chicago Cubs make it back to the playoffs after years of disappointment. The overall good season that the All Star has had should be good enough for him to win the NL Rookie Of The Year Award.
The 2015 MLB season has been a very exciting one. A lot of players have made a positive impact for their teams this season, but only a few guys have made a big enough impact to be considered for these awards.
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