ERW 3: We Act

On Thursday, May 30, CLEO hosted its third workshop of its 2019 four-series workshop, Empowering Resilient Women and Girls program in Overtown. Held at the YWCA, the workshop: “We Act,” 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 Alissa Farina from the Office of Resilience at the City of Miami, who spoke about its newly-launched Resilient 305 Strategy, a joint effort between Miami-Dade County, the cities of Miami and Miami Beach, the Miami Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program to address prioritized resilience challenges through intergovernmental and community collaboration organized in three categories: Places, People and Pathways.

Our second guest and speaker was Marta Viciedo from Urban Impact Lab, who 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. Marta emphasized the low voter turnout in our city and therefore why it’s so important to go vote at the polls.

Following this segment, Olivia Collins, CLEO’s Director of Programs, debriefed the participants with an Emergency Preparedness presentation which included the storm surge zones throughout the County, an emergency kit list, evacuation assistance program and shelter information.

To close the session, an advocacy kit was distributed to participants with information about how to contact local representatives, addresses and contact information for local elected officials was distributed to each participant to use as a guide to write the letters to their Commissioner 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 June 13 and will cover the topic of community leadership and inspiration.

Natalia Ortiz