TACOLCY Hosts Community Climate Forum

Author  Sherri Jones

Thanks to community activist and new board member, Valencia Gunder, the TACOLCY Center hosted its first of many to come Liberty City Community Climate Forums. Organized by The CLEO Institute and supported in part by The Miami Foundation, this forum – held last Saturday, March 19, 2016 – was awesome. With the overall theme being, “Changes are coming to our Liberty City community,” the discussion focused on gentrification, climate change and awareness, and most importantly emergency preparedness.

TacolcyWith so many new plans developing for Liberty City, lots of voices spoke about how residents, community leaders and government should work together to build awareness of, and solutions to any urgent issues our community may face as a whole. Ms. Gunder facilitated the conversation and Catalyst Miami, FIU’s Sea Level Solution Center, MOMS Clean Air FORCE, The New Florida Majority, Women in Leadership, Union of Concerned Scientists and The Red Cross were all in attendance to drive the dialogue and answer questions. All comments and concerns were insightfully and respectfully articulated.

Special guests included: Jose Regalado, City of Miami Sea Level Rise Committee; Pat Santangelo, PR Office of Mayor Tomas Regalado; Ajani Stewart, City of Miami; Steve Detwiler, Whole Community Recovery Planner of Emergency Management Department, Miami-Dade County; Katiana Desir, Office of Commissioner Audrey Edmonson; James F. Murley and Katherine Hagemann, Miami-Dade County; Monica Perry and Carlos Gonzalez, Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development; Gihan Perera, The New Florida Majority; and Dr. Susan Jacobson, FIU