ERWG Workshop #3: We Act

On Tuesday, March 12, CLEO hosted its third workshop in the Allapattah edition of its 2019 Empowering Resilient Women and Girls program.

Held at the YMCA, the workshop was titled “We Act” and taught participants how to become civically engaged. 

After a brief Climate 101 recap by Claudia, CLEO’s Program Manager, the workshop started with a presentation by Marta Viciedo from Urban Impact Lab. The focus of the presentation was civic engagement from a local perspective. Attendees were asked what civic engagement meant in their lives, as well as if they had previously engaged in such activities. Marta provided an overview of Miami’s data, including the population, average household income, and how many cities are inside Miami-Dade County. Lastly, she covered the different levels of local government and explored gender gaps within city and county governments. She also emphasized the low voter turnout in our city and therefore why it’s so important to go to the polls.

Following this segment, Olivia Collins, CLEO’s Director of Programs distributed an advocacy kit with information about how to contact local representatives, addresses and contact information for local elected officials as well as an email and letter template to guide them.

To close the session, letters were distributed to the participants, to be immediately filled out and personalized, and then sent to their local commissioners expressing their concerns about climate change and local impacts such as sea level rise, extreme heat and health impacts, etc.

CLEO staff helped women identify who their commissioner was and how to prepare their letters. Participants expressed concern about their future and mentioned that they were motivated to attend community council meetings as well as find other ways to become more civically engaged. CLEO took their letters and posted them.

The last workshop in the series will take place on March 26 and will cover the topic of community leadership and inspiration.