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–The Freedom Tower (600, Biscayne Boulevard) is Miami’s most historic landmark.
-Known as the Ellis Island of the South, the tower recently reopened to the public with a slew of new features.
-And with the changes, the facility is poised to be a center of action for those who want to move the Magic City forward.
–The additions to the museum include the Kislak Center- a 2,600 square foot space that includes books, manuscripts, maps, and other artifacts from both before and after Christopher Columbus’ journey to the new world.
–The museum also features the Cuban Legacy Gallery, a space that looks at the impact of Cuban’s to South Florida’s history.
–The museum is trying to position itself as a place where Miami can come to learn about its past while also brainstorming ideas for its future.
–The museum also features the Cuban Legacy Gallery, a space that looks at the impact of Cuban’s to South Florida’s history.
–Opened in 1926 as the original home for The Miami News, the tower became iconic after it was pressed into service as the processing center for Cuban refugees who were fleeing the rise of the Castro regime.
–The building has been owned by Miami-Dade College since 2005 and in recent years the offices for the Miami Film Festival and the Miami Book Fair were moved into the tower. The building was previously owned by a number of private owners, including the Mas family, who donated it to MDC.
**IF YOU GO: Open 1-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays; and 1-8 p.m. Saturdays.
The Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College- Freedom Tower (600, Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, 33132)
Admission: $12 general, $8 senior and military, $5 students, children under 12 enter free. MDC students, faculty and staff enter free. Ticketed events vary in price.
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By Lissette Calveiro
On Wednesday night, undocumented rights activist and dreamer Juan Escalante made a trip to Rockefeller Center carrying a large box that had a 522,080 taped on it.
That number represents the amount of people who’ve petitioned NBC to drop Donald Trump as a host of tonight’s Saturday Night Live,” following his continuous racist remarks about Latino immigrants. What this number also represents is people who feel disrespected, and are flat out fed up with, the antics of Donald Trump.
The #RacismIsntFunny campaign was a collaborative effort between multiple organizations including America’s Voice, Change.org, CREDO Action, Latino Rebels, MoveOn.org, NCLR, UFW, Voto Latino Action Fund and many others.
Juan Escalante serves as Digital Campaign Manager of America’s Voice, leading the delivery of the signatures and getting them in the hands of NBC Executives.
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Aside from the hand-delivery of signatures, many of these organizations are working to host peaceful protests throughout the day to help amplify the voice of the Latino community. The hashtag #RacismIsntFunny connects people on social media and streamlines the ability to reach more people.
In case you don’t remember, NBC previously dropped the Miss USA Miss Universe Pageants that Trump is associated with.
“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” the company said in a statement back in June. “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBC is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.”
Now, NBC has allowed Trump to return as the host of one of their most successful television shows.
One SNL encore episode costs advertisers $26 thousand for a 30-second bit; on special nights it can cost upwards of $100 thousand. Add Trump to the recipe and this becomes one of the network’s most important nights for ratings and dollars. It’s this “hypocrisy,” as Escalante puts it, that the Latino community and its allies should not stand for.
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The now 530 thousand signatures seek to remove Donald Trump from hosting Saturday Night Live, but it doesn’t look like the network will budge.
The flash drive inside the box also holds a note with Escalante and other organization’s contact information but no one has reached back with any comments. An open letter has also been delivered to SNL talent inviting them to engage in dialogue on the subject matter.
Donald Trump may very likely continue his host duties tonight, but Escalante encourages leaders to continue to do more.
“If they turn off the show tonight because of Donald Trump’s comments, they should turn it off indefinitely,” Escalante told Rise News. “SNL has had a troubling relationship with the Latino community in the past and we need make sure to draw the line.”
Trump is still in the top tier of the GOP primary.
As Escalante notes, Trump is an “showman” but the lack of substance and explanation toward his policies will catch up to him. Trump is an expert at getting reactions from people and it’s only a matter of time before he gets enough bad ones, Escalante said.
Escalante and his team visited the weekly “overnight line” for SNL tickets and staff tells them, it’s the shortest line they’ve ever seen.
Trump strongly believes his appearance will cause a huge boost to ratings, per usual.
During a phone interview with Fox and Friends, Trump dismissed the possibility of SNL dropping him. “Lorne Michaels is a very smart guy. NBC are very smart people,” Trump told the hosts of the Fox News morning show. “If they want to do a show with a third of the ratings, they might do that.”
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Will ratings go up? Maybe. Will Trump actually make people laugh? Quite likely. What triumphs the “Trump Effect” of tonight’s SNL episode is the unity seen with groups like Escalante’s. Many are angry, and even more are over the appeal of Trump.
With studies showing you need much more than 40 percent of the Latino vote to win a presidential election, tonight may be a seminal moment in the campaign.
So, Mr. Trump, your show tonight might be HUUUUGE, but the voices of the Latino community can be just as impactful. Visit RacismIsntFunny.com to learn more about the petition and ongoing campaigns.
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After over twenty years, a South Carolina family is able to have closure thanks to the help of some resourceful Internet sleuths.
Known only as “Grateful Doe” for two decades, Jason Patrick Callahan was involved in a fatal Emporia, VA car accident in June 1995 while following The Grateful Dead’s 1995 tour.
According to The Washington Post, authorities were able to quickly identify the driver but not the passenger.
Due to the extent of Callahan’s injuries, it prevented them from accurately sketching or describing him. Callahan was hitch-hiking along the East Coast, WSOC-TV reported, which further increased the difficulty in identification.
On Dec. 9, the Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUS) confirmed that Grateful Doe was 19-year-old Callahan from Myrtle Beach.
Volunteers and amateur detectives on the true-crime forum WebSleuths began working on Grateful Doe’s case in July 2005.
Ten years ago users on the site started cross-referencing the case with hundreds of entries in the missing persons’ database, The Washington Post reported.
WMBF-TV reported that following an updated facial reconstruction of Grateful Doe this past year, the case caught fire once more. This time, users on Reddit and Facebook joined the efforts to give him a name and his family closure. On the Grateful Doe subreddit and Facebook page, many people came together to post tips, updates, photos, and even the original newspaper article describing the accident.
Information indicating that Grateful Doe may be Jason Callahan was received on social media a year ago. It led to the Myrtle Beach Police Department working diligently alongside other agencies to link both cases by collecting DNA samples.
As they waited in anticipation, many people following the case expressed their elation in the mere possibility of it being solved after so long.
11 months later, upon the news of Callahan being identified, people from different corners of the Internet united.The relentless support and hard work of countless strangers, in a mission to bring a name to the nameless and closure for a family, has finally paid off.
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What Do I Tell My Daughter After Trump’s Win?By Contributor
By Caroline Galloway
What just happened in America is beyond anything I could have ever imagined.
The soul of this country was torn apart at the very moment when we had a chance to rise above the hateful rhetoric we have been forced to listen to for months and to unite with a compassion for those who are different, a love for our country beyond measure and an acceptance of opinion and ideals that makes this country great….Not Great Again … GREAT!
Instead we watched a wild witch-hunt supported by a predominantly white male force incessantly run after our first female candidate as if she was the most horrendous human being alive. The emails, the emails, and the emails….must I say more.
We have allowed a man to escape the same trials beset on a woman and skate free through a remarkable path of no consequence for things that otherwise make us gasp in disbelief.
Has anyone, including the media, dared to bring out the stories of Donald Trump’s association with a convicted sexual predator who he has called “a decent man?”
Has anyone, especially the media, given any of the women who accused Donald Trump of mishandling them more than a story or two, or a conversation sparking protests and demands for the truth within their own circles?
Does anyone who voted for Donald Trump even understand how many lies he told during the campaign and how many facts he got wrong, all proven in written form by fact-checkers, historians and other leaders?
Does anyone who voted for Donald Trump really think he is going to be honest with anyone when he takes the Oval Office?
What do I tell my teenage daughter when she asks why a man who has obviously done so much wrong in his life doesn’t get held to the same standard as a woman?
In this case, one who devoted her life to public service and the betterment of the lives of children and women?
What do I tell my teenage daughter when she asks me how an election can be won by a man who has proven to be unfit?
Donald Trump fed into the weaknesses of this group just like the schoolyard bully.
He surrounded himself with people who feed negative and unfair propaganda to the masses each and every day.
He has been fed by a silver spoon all his life and has never known what it feels like to mine for coal, live in rural America on a fixed income or work all day every day for minimum wage barely making ends meet.
I do. How can anyone expect him to understand? What do I tell my daughter?
This president-elect has admittedly, and in his own words, grabbed women by their “pussy” and let’s not forget had extra-marital affairs.
A man who has bankrupted companies more than I like to count at the risk it puts such great fear in my heart for our country that I can’t even keep my head up.
A man who openly made fun of a disabled person on national television with the world watching. A man who couldn’t even bring his ego in long enough to pay respect to a four-star father who lost his son fighting for our country.
A man who has no military experience whatsoever and had the fortune of money behind him when he escaped serving our country because of a spur in his foot, a spur he cannot even remember correctly.
A man who has made clear he has no tolerance for immigrants, minorities, gay people and the like. Is this really what my America looks like? What do I tell my daughter?
I am old enough to remember several elections and while my candidate of choice didn’t always win, I don’t remember our country protesting with such fervor at the prospect of an individual not fit to run our country ever before.
How can this be? Why didn’t the majority of people who voted for this man understand this? How can a narcissistic egomaniacal liar make it to the oval office? How can bad behavior continue to be awarded in a country that was to represent “strength, power and honesty?” What do I tell my daughter?
He fed into the uneducated and the displaced, allowing them to believe he will save them. That’s what bullies do.
They find the most disenfranchised weak individual on the playground and pick on them. Does anyone not see this and how this played out for someone who has the world in dismay and our allies bewildered?
Does anyone not notice that headlines across the globe are using such words as “W.T.F” and “Are you Kidding Me?. While those headlines circulate, can we not sit here and really ask ourselves if that is OK, if it is OK for a man to allow our country to now be a joke, a misfit, a low-lying power that doesn’t take all the risks involved with letting this man through the front door seriously. What do I tell my daughter?
I worked for someone who bears the exact same traits and behavior of Donald Trump.
They don’t change my friends, but they keep on winning despite their arrogance, lies and ugly behavioral traits.
I worked for a narcissistic man who treats women horribly, depletes the human spirit as a game of fun and thrives on power he exerts to make the “little person” feel even smaller.
The day I was able to leave that horrendous work situation was the best day of my professional life.
It is because of that and why I anxiously wait for four years to fly by faster than anything imaginable.
I am ashamed our country has gotten to the point where decency didn’t outweigh ignorance.
When I woke this morning I was hopeful to feel a bit of anxiety leaving my body, a sense of “we shall overcome” and a certain bit of optimism that would take me through the next four years.
It didn’t happen.
The tears keep flowing and the idea of uncertainty and embarrassment override any sense of understanding I can possibly relate to what just happened in this country…my country.
We have an Electoral College system that I believe is flawed and antiquated.
We have a process that doesn’t allow for certain standards of conduct to be upheld for the highest office in the world.
We have people who still believe that black Americans and women have only defined places in their lives.
Yet none of that thought process, none of that diabolical way of life compares to the remarkable and unprecedented statement on humanity in which the election of Donald J. Trump leads to.
And that is the purpose of why I write today.
As of this morning Hillary Clinton continues to win the popular vote. I now know how Al Gore felt.
Our electoral college process which Donald Trump, in his own words and in his own tweet said “our electoral college process is a disaster, it is not democracy” proves once again to not honor the real power of our people.
I am hopeful that enough Americans join in to petition for this process to be reviewed, refined and changed so the people do speak in our next election and that the process is changed.
I know that I will do what I can to encourage and persuade those I come in contact with or know to support this change. “We the People” is exactly what we should be thinking!
I will close with recognizing that people wanted change. They wanted change in Washington and they wanted change in policy and for this, I can agree.
There were so many better choices for change throughout the entire election process. There were so many candidates who could have brought about change while keeping our country’s reputation alive with our allies, protected our country from the threat of all kinds of evil, changed our education, health system and environment for the good and protected our children.
But yet the hate-filled people who couldn’t get past their own simple way of thinking that someone who has billions will also make them billions have a very rude awakening coming their way.
It is hard to try to determine how change will be brought on by someone contemplating putting the same “old white men” in his cabinet and some who have questionable pasts…Giuliani, Gingrich, Christie. Is that an example of the change this country was looking for?
When the DOW drops 7,000 points in one night everyone needs to pay attention. When social media trends with #notmypresident in a democratic society, everyone needs to pay attention.
When women are asking “why have we not come any further?” everyone needs to pay attention. When immigrants who are the very fabric of our nation, and black Americans who gave more than they should have ever had to so we could build this country, ask am I safe, everyone needs to pay attention and when gays and transgender people ask if they can walk the streets and be free anymore, everyone needs to pay attention.
I simply ask “What will I tell my daughter?” And what will my daughter tell her daughter?
Open your eyes and ears America.
Be a voice stronger than you ever expected.
Please bring about change and force yourself to not tire in this fight and trying to make a difference, blocking hatred in any way or form possible. Be proud of who you are and for who will become.
Take a stand and be a force for those who need to be held up.
Don’t let this get away from you over time, don’t become complacent and don’t ever stop making sure your path to greatness is an important opportunity for all of us!
This is what you can tell your daughter.
Caroline Galloway is a PR specialist with 23 years experience in Entertainment and Consumer Brand Marketing & PR. She is based in Cleveland, Ohio and is a working mother of two, who has published numerous announcements and articles on a variety of topics.
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