First of all, Emerge Miami’s weekly meetings at Sweat Records continued every Tuesday evening of December.
In early December, the topic on everyone’s mind was, of course, Trump. With the new administration just weeks away from entering office, local organizing and activism is even more important than ever. Therefore, Emergers highlighted local issues like the Sabal Trail Pipeline being built in Collier County– South Florida’s own natural gas boondoggle (think Dakota Access Pipeline, but through the Everglades). Emerger Stephan is working on a documentary that focuses on the indigenous populations in Florida and elsewhere who are trying to protect our water).
Emergers like Dynamo have also spearheaded the formation of Emerge Miami’s Influence Committee, which aims to highlight what we’ve done and what we are up to in helping everyone accomplish their goals in the community.
For the second year in a row, MDC Live Arts asked Emerge Miami to collaborate. This year’s exhibit, called Traffic Jams, was held on December 3rd. This musical art piece used cars, bikes, and other modes of transit as musical instruments for a Traffic Orchestra that highlighted the impact traffic and commuting has on our area. Emerge Miami decorated a “Make-Out Car” with stereotypically cheesy decorations to add a cheeky, romantic touch to the proceedings.
The fourth annual Buskerfest was a huge success! Emerger Justin Trieger’s brainchild brings local musicians and various performers to give free shows along Downtown’s Metromover Inner Loop. Buskerfest ‘16 continued to revitalize downtown Miami by bringing in unique nightlife with songs, comedy, and art, all of which was capped off by a soulful finale by in Bayfront Park by local phenom, Ketchy Shuby.
Keeping up with Emerge’s love for Buskerfest, we are working together with a grant from the Miami Foundation’s Public Space Challenge to launch an open mic series, CULTRA, which will be held in local parks early this year.
Emerger Prem has continued his series of concerts with local bands at Naomi’s Garden Restaurant. Great food, local music, and like minds were there. At future Mother’s Garden events, Prem wants to extend the activist presence with information and tabling–you could find out at future Emerge Miami meetings.
Emerge ended 2016 by making our triumphant return to the King Mango Strut Parade in Coconut Grove! We represented Miami traffic, from texting while driving to the iconically loud afilador truck of Little Havana and Hialeah. Our “float” was actually a series of vehicles made out of repurposed cardboard, which minimized our environmental footprint.
Follow us on social media or attend a meeting– every Tuesday at 7pm at Sweat Records— to find out more about what we’ll be doing next month!
Calling Miami know-it-alls, no-nothings and everyone in between!
Talented street musicians will occupy the inner loop of metomover stations throughout downtown Miami this Friday, December 9th for Buskerfest Miami! From 4-9:30pm, drop by any inner-loop station to enjoy free live music, comedy, dance, culture and community. Buskerfest, now in its fourth year, has enlisted more than 50 incredible performers.
Volunteers in bright yellow shirts will be handing out passports which will be stamped at each station. Your passport gets you food and drink discounts at partner businesses, as well as entry into a sweet raffle.
Come to Buskerfest to enjoy your city at its finest!
Is your conspiracy theory the one to rule them all? Dueling Conspiracies is an evening of Nerd Nite-style presentations and an open house of science fair-style projects on participants’ conspiracies of choice. The audience votes for their favorites, winner receives bragging rights and a tin foil hat. Whether serious and well-studied or tongue-in-cheek and up for fun, those interested in hidden agendas, open secrets, and the smoking guns that prove them are welcome to share their truth.
Seeds of Peace needs your help to spread the word and raise awareness for its vital mission – to inspire and cultivate new generations of global leaders in communities divided by conflict. Seeds of Peace equips young people with the skills and relationships they need to accelerate social, economic, and political changes essential for peace through an intensive summer camp and year-long education program.
To that end, join us on Saturday, July 23rd for the first ever Bridges to Peace Walk in Miami. Walk over the Venetian Causeway with the beautiful Miami skyline in the background. We will meet at Trinity Cathedral’s parking lot at 7:45 am (located at 464 NE 16th Street, Miami, FL).
Each ticket serves as your registration for the walk. Along with serving as your registration for the walk, each ticket gets you: refreshments at the walk provided by Eternity Coffee Roasters, a free yoga class at 305 Yoga, and a $10 coupon of your next pair of running shoes at iRun. You can grab a ticket in advance here.
For more information about Seeds of Peace, visit www.seedsofpeace.org.