Social Justice Weekend 2/21/14-2/24/14

Social Justice Weekend
Friday, February 21 – Monday, February 24, 2014
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2/21 Miami-Dade Regional Asset Mapping For Community Change, 9:30AM-3:00PM
Where: Temple Israel, 137 NE 19th St, Miami, FL 33132

What is it? Our Florida is changing. New immigrants, women, youth, Latinos, Blacks and communities of color represent the changing face of changing demographic. We hope to come together, bridge sectors and silos, and connect our strengths with our opportunities to realize the power this changing majority.
This event will be a powerful space to bring community organizations, social service providers, government, artists, health and education professionals, faith leaders, labor and other allies together to connect our different strengths with opportunities.  Asset Mapping challenges the idea that our communities are filled with only deficits by looking at what is working and to provide a resource map for new and deeper collaboration. We hope that all of our” organizations, institutions, and individuals will be more empowered and informed to move our efforts, campaigns, and projects.
Who is it and why? You have been invited because we believe that your institution and or you as a leader are an important asset in Miami-Dade County.  Your experience, networks, and knowledge are an important contribution to the overall ‘map’ that we’re trying to develop together.  We know that there is also power in our connectedness.  The diversity of Miami’s communities are our strengths:  African-American and Caribbean communities, Latinos, Women, Newer Immigrants, and Young People.  These constituencies are the bedrock of our communities in Miami Dade, and we will together begin connecting the dots of how are differences and commonalities can connect, combine, and converge.  Join with faith, service, government, culture, labor, youth and community organizations to connect our community’s assets with opportunities, help to bridge silos and work across sectors towards creating a new Miami.
Hosted by Florida New Majority, Catalyst Miami

Co-sponsors of Miami-Dade Asset Map for Community Change, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Diana Marie Lee, Sweet Livity LLC, Office of Senator Dwight Bullard, One Miami, Switchboard of Miami, Miami Workers Center, South Florida Voices for Working Families, Power U Center for Social Change, Curly House of Style, INC, Restaurant Opportunities Center
2/21 Social Justice Table Kick-Off Party, 3:00PM-6:00PM
Where: City Hall The Restaurant, 2004 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
Come celebrate the launch of the Social Justice Table, an initiative funded by the Allegany Franciscan Ministry that seeks to create a a synergistic and collaborative community of social justice organizations.
2/21 Freedom Flicks: Fruitvale Station, 6:30PM
Where: Catalyst Miami, 1900 Biscayne Blvd Ste 200, Miami, FL 33132
Screening of Ryan Coogler’s critically aclaimmed film. This follows the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina, who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana, their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.
2/22 Rethinking the Florida Narrative: A Provocative Communications Training with Subhash Kateel, 10:00AM-12:30PM
Where: Catalyst Miami, 1900 Biscayne Blvd Ste 200, Miami, FL 33132
This communications training will be led by Subhash Kateel, Deputy Communications Director of 1Miami and radio show host of Let’s Talk About It!. Subhash was a community organizer in immigrant communities for over twelve years. Subhash writes extensively on issues ranging from immigration and criminal justice to mental health, economic justice and gun control. When he isn’t writing or talking on the radio, Subhash is helping emerging leaders in Miami to develop their voice and leading workshops around the country to help social justice leaders communicate effectively.
2/22 County & State Legislative Overview: Connecting the Dots with Karen Woodall, 2:00PM-5:00PM
Where: Catalyst Miami, 1900 Biscayne Blvd Ste 200, Miami, FL 33132
This workshop will be co-facilitated by Karen Woodall, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy, and Francesca Menes, Policy and Advocacy coordinator at Florida Immigrant Coalition.  
Karen Woodall has over 30 years’ experience in supporting, developing and advocating for programs to improve the conditions of working families, children, seniors, people with disabilities, rural families, migrant and seasonal farm workers, immigrants and other vulnerable populations.  She has strong ties to labor and social advocacy groups throughout the state and has been noted in the past as one of the few voices advocating a broad and fair system of state taxes and against the continued use of tax breaks for narrow corporate gains.  She was appointed by the Senate President to serve on the Services Tax Commission in 1987, where she learned first-hand of the inequities of Florida’s tax structure.  She is a recognized expert in the area of health care, especially for children.  She has been a member of the Kidcare Coordinating Council since its inception. She has worked with the Children’s Defense Fund for years and was the recipient of the Lawton Chiles Award for child advocacy in 2007.
Francesca is from Miami’s Little Haiti community. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Florida International University and was also a McNair Scholar. She is pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration. With FLIC, she has coordinated the Wage Theft Task Force, coordinated a national network campaigning for Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, built the capacity of Afro-Caribbean membership, and conducted strategic legislative targeting and policy analysis. She is the FLIC representative to the Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition, the Black Immigration Network, and the States Voices Civic Engagement Table. Francesca served on the South Florida Jobs with Justice Board of Directors and was appointed by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman to the Commission for Women.
2/23 Picnic with john a. powell, 12:00PM-3:00PM
Where: Blue Marlin Fish House, 2500 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Join us to socialize, relax, and enjoy a delicious lunch in the company of john a. powell and fellow social justice collaborators.
2/24 Imagine Miami: Racing to Justice with john a. powell, 2:00PM-5:00PM
Where: UM, Bank United Center, 1245 Dauer Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Please join us for a conversation around ethical and practical considerations to build an inclusive society. This event will be led by Dr. john powell, internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties.

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