In Richmond, CA police identified a mere 25 people causing 70 percent of the city’s violence. When I learned these statistics were similar to ours in Miami, I asked what I thought was a simple question. “If you know who these murderers are, why don’t you just arrest them?” The answer is not so simple. These people often escape arrest and prosecution because witnesses are too fearful to testify. So, no, the police can’t just arrest them even though they’d like to.
I’d never heard of a sanctuary church before and now I’m part of one. It ends up they have a long history in the U.S. of protecting runaway slaves along the underground railroad and assisting conscientious objectors during the Vietnam War. At least four houses of faith that I know of have already declared themselves as sanctuaries to protect our undocumented community members from government overreach.
Here are a few more ideas for just how important voting yes on the Miami Forever Bond can be. These ideas are just from Downtown, but every neighborhood has important new capital projects on the list. Because the last bond is winding down, we can approve this new one without worrying that our property taxes will increase much.
A lot! I’ve been thinking a lot about the next City of Miami General Obligation Bond, fondly referred to by City staff and commissioners as the GO Bond or #GOBond. That’s probably because GO sounds a lot more exciting than General Obligation. With a #GOBond, we can go places, we can achieve things, we can actually build some of the things we need for the City’s future.