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.
Broward County Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness joins Gov. Rick Scott on the first day of the Team Florida Trade Mission to Bogota, Colombia, December 2-5. As a result of the successful inbound trade mission and official visit from 13 Colombian mayors and business owners to Broward County July 9-13, 2012, the Broward County Commission approved Commissioner Holness to represent Broward County. The Governorâ€™s mission includes networking events, one-on-one business matchmaking and meetings with U.S. Ambassador Michael McKinley, Vice Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Gabriel Duque and President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos.
Commissioner Jean Monestime, joined by nearly 100 volunteers and employees from various county agencies, conducted a large-scale community clean-up in District 2 on Saturday, December 1, 2012.During the first-ever â€œClean-Up, Green-Upâ€ community event, houses were rehabilitated, vacant lots were cleared, more than 130 trees were planted, Arcola Park was beautified, and an unsafe structure was demolished. The event targeted the areas from N.W. 7 Avenue to N.W. 17 Avenue and from N.W. 79 Street to N.W. 103 Street.