Even though organizing sometimes slows down during the holiday season, Emerge Miami kept at it! Here’s what we were up to last month:
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.
King Mango Strut
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!