So far, 2018 has brought Miami-Dade County unprecedented opportunities for growth. Amazon announced that Miami is in the running to be home for its new headquarters. We recently learned that Miami secured a Major League Soccer team, a favorite sport of mine. In late January, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced that the County is negotiating a deal with Florida Power & Light to install one million solar panels and bring several other pioneering, high-tech projects to Miami-Dade.

Back in the day, the sale of marijuana was illegal and carried on with staggering racial bias through aggressive enforcement of possession laws that ensnared hundreds of thousands of Blacks into the criminal justice system.  Even as Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department is set to unveil the war on drugs 2.0, sale of cannabis is legal and one of the fastest-growing industries in America. Cannabis products are poised to make billions of dollars and provide jobs to thousands of Americans.  Yet, very few people of color have been able to get in on the ground floor.

FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg sent the following message to the university community on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

There was a crane last week with a hanging sign that overlooked the White House that read “Resist.” All over the country there are demonstrations and protests, and these actions are being directed at both parties as well as the federal government. Democrats are voting in favor of President Trump’s nominees even if the candidate has no experience in the position, and they don’t appear to have a strategy. The Republicans have concerns about some of President Trump’s picks, and they have voiced their concerns publicly.

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