On December 16th, Commissioner Diaz, dressed as Santa brought some holiday cheer to the children at the Miami Childrenâ€™s Hospitalâ€™s Hematology-Oncology Center that are undergoing treatment for cancer and were unable to attend their annual holiday party at the Miami Seaquarium.
Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson marked the holiday season with a salute to "Unsung Heroes of District 3" at the Miami-Dade County Commission meeting Dec. 18, 2012 at Commission chambers, 11 N.W. 1 St., Miami. Vice Chairwoman Edmonson presented proclamations to Susana Baker, founder of the Wynwood-Design District and Midtown Experience, for her efforts to promote businesses and artists in Wynwood; to Helen Viviand, a long-time volunteer at Unity on the Bay in Edgewater and founder and leader of Angels Everywhere which distributes toys and backpacks to needy children; and to Cuthbert Harewood, resident and businessman, who is helping to revitalize N.W. 18th Avenue in Liberty City and feeds homeless and senior citizens.
One of the most popular post election narratives remains that voter suppression efforts were soundly defeated. While the concept is essentially true, it says very little about how voting rights will fare in the near futureâ€”or how activists are continuing the work they began to preserve voting rights. Many voter ID measures, cut offs to early voting, and excessive voter purges were blocked or weakened at the state level in 2012, but lawmakers are aiming to propose new measures in 2013. The Supreme Court, meanwhile, has announced that it will hear a challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 next year. Thatâ€™s in addition to Arizona v InterTribal Council of Arizona, which stems from a rule that demands voters demonstrate proof of citizenship when registering to vote. The two cases, which hinge on the courtâ€™s interpretation of federal legislation that bars discrimination and its interpretation of whatâ€™s known as the Motor Voter Act, could make sweeping changes to the ways voting rights areâ€”or are notâ€”protected. Those stakes arenâ€™t lost on community groups around the nation that hope to continue their voting rights work, even without the spotlight of a presidential election.
Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson and Mayor Carlos Gimenez cut the ribbon on the new Fitness Zone at Marva Bannerman Park, 4830 N.W. 24 Ave., Miami on Dec. 6, 2012. This new free of charge Fitness Zone will help neighbors to become more physically active so that they can prevent heart disease, obesity and other ailments that seriously threaten their health. Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson and Mayor Carlos Gimenez cut the ribbon on the new Fitness Zone at Marva Bannerman Park, 4830 N.W. 24 Ave., Miami on Dec. 6, 2012. This new free of charge Fitness Zone will help neighbors to become more physically active so that they can prevent heart disease, obesity and other ailments that seriously threaten their health.