Miami Shores isn’t normally known for its political activism. But students at Miami Country Day School poured out of class and marched to a nearby park in order to send a message to the gun lobby.
Let’s just say that they didn’t hold back.
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A surprising new poll by Reuters/Ipsos finds businessman Donald Trump with a commanding lead over his Republican rivals in the 2016 presidential election.
The poll was conducted over the course of five days and included a sample size of 534 Republicans.
According to Reuters, “The pool of likely Republican primary voters was based on sample of 257 voters with a credibility interval of 7 percent.”
According to the poll, Trump leads with 34 percent while Carson finishes a distant second with 20 percent. Marco Rubio is stuck at 10 percent while Jeb Bush is struggling at 4 percent.
This is big change from the Reuters/Ipsos that was released on November 6th. That poll showed Trump and Carson nearly tied with both around 25% of support.
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This is one of the cutest things you’ll see on the Internet today.
A little turtle riding on the back of a manatee as a large group of sea cows swim through the El Portal neighborhood of Miami.
You seriously can’t make this stuff up.
I mean you could, but this is totally real.
The photo was taken back on Feb 21 by José Ángel Gonzalo. He then posted them to the neighborhood social media site Nextdoor.com.
Manatees are not an uncommon sight in South Florida waters and are often in the news as many of them are killed each year by boaters who run over them with propellors.
So far this year, already four manatees have been killed in Miami-Dade County.
“I just wanted to share with all of you these beautiful pictures,” Gonzalo wrote in a social media post. “I saw like 20 manatees in our Little River. Pls, lets take care of them and protect their environment. Btw, have a look at the little turtle!!!”
For the record, that turtle is now our spirit animal.
You can read more about this story [in Spanish] on Univision.com.
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Folks, there is finally a website that is making fun of Miami, the sunshine capital of the world, in the bro-tastic way ever.
Welcome: The Plantain
It is a satirical news website in the style of The Onion run by some folks at Engage Miami, a non-profit that seeks to raise youth involvement in Miami’s public life.
And by satirical, the creator of The Plantain, Justin Wales, means fake, even if it sometimes sounds somewhat real.
Here’s some recent headlines from the site:
“I would not take anything in The Plantain as factually accurate,” Sara Yousuf, a member of Engage Miami said in an interview with RISE NEWS. “The Plantain does not ask people to do things. It is certainly not a tool for political organizing, but it does create conversations and awareness about things that happen in Miami.”
The target of these bitting jokes are millennials from across South Florida who are from all walks of life.
According to the Census Bureau, millenials have become the largest population in the country, but they are also considered to be the most recent generation to become highly detached from political institutions, based on a study made by the Pew Research Center.
While millennials can be perceived as disconnected from the political process, Wales says that they are connected in terms of philosophy of thought.
“That connection means that you are able to mobilize much easier,” Wales said. “Examples like Black Lives Matter, the current Bernie Sander’s Campaign, even the previous presidential campaign for Obama showed that millennials were able to be connected through these movements.”
But in order for a movement to happen then people in it have to be able to connect with each other and have a common well of knowledge to draw upon.
“Any person can have access to any type of information,” Wales said. “We have seen over the course of the past years, the democratization of content, in which, any person can distribute information to whoever they want.”
To hone on this newfound democratized content flow, The Plantain’s content producers, some members of Engage Miami as well as other freelance writers, are providing humorous stories not only to entertain millennials, as well as other generations, but also to bring awareness to local issues in Miami.
“In order to communicate with young people, you need to speak to them at their level, through humor and other unique ways.” Wales said. “All this to present an idea and make it enticing for a reader to take it in.”
But political content is only interesting if it is fun according to Yousuf.
“There is something about satire that makes you laugh, and then it makes you think and ask questions,” Yousuf said. “We are making fun as who we are in Miami, but the point that we are trying to make is very real.”
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