Salon Juste is a bi-monthly series of evening discussions hosted by Community Justice Project with the generous support of the Knight Foundation. Inspired by the salons of the Harlem Renaissance, we are creating space for robust exchanges of ideas to spur the creativity that emerges from increased connectivity and understanding across different backgrounds. Each month, the discussions will touch on timely topics, centered around the stories of incredible Miami community leaders whose expertise and talents arise from their lived experiences as people directly impacted by social injustice.
JOIN US JULY 12, 2017 FOR salon juste no. 5: on GENTRIFICATION + ART
The LAB Miami | 400 NW 26th Street | 6:30-8:30
We couldn't let our Salon Juste series go by without doing one on the thing on everyone's mind these days: gentrification. Miami is no exception to the trend of gentrification in urban centers, a prime example being the neighborhood in which our event will take place - Wynwood. Now everyone's talking about "the next Wynwood," with many a contender on the list - Little Haiti, Allapattah, Overtown. The West Grove is desperately trying to hold onto their community. Liberty City feels like the next frontier.
This Salon Juste will start with a conversation (mediated by photographer and journalist Carl Juste) with Alfredo Garcia, sociology scholar on Wynwood and Marleine Bastien, Executive Director of FANM (Haitian Women of Miami), one of the groups engaged in the struggle aroundLittle Haiti. But this time we have a twist on the conversation to follow.
So much of the changing landscape of cities is locked in zoning/land use laws and numbers that make our heads spin. But how does the conversation look from the community side? We are bringing art into this conversation to visually depict what words (sometimes) fail to capture: What does community LOOK like? How can we use art to illustrate the vast imagination of the community beyond the maps, renderings and architectural drawings that developers present to us when it's all too late to weigh in?
Salon Juste No. 4 - On Land: Climate Change and Environmental Justice in Miami
We held our fourth salon as the sun set over the bay on the Miami Science Barge. The CLEO Institute's Caroline Lewis moderated a lively conversation with local activists/advocates Michael Clarkson, Valencia Gunder & Ajani Stewart of the City of Miami Office of Resiliency who discussed the challenges facing Miami but also lifted up the ways in which people are trying to address them. People reflected on their own practices and conversed in groups gathered around big tables about what is currently happening in Miami and how they can help. Our designer Heidi Lellelid used vases of different heights and sizes to illustrate the number of inches the sea level is set to rise in a given year, and invited people to write their hopes and commitments on strips of fabric that were hung on line along the Barge. It was beautiful.
Special thanks to Zak the Baker for delicious bread and pastries that we all enjoyed so much!
Be sure to fill out the City of Miami's Resiliency Survey here!
Salon Juste No. 1 "On Mobilizing, Against the Odds" took place on September 28, 2016 at The Anderson. It featured an interview with community leader Anthony Butler, a New Florida Majority organizer from Miami Gardens who has been mobilizing hundreds of people in his community to vote and participate in efforts to better their neighborhood.
Salon Juste No. 2 "On Getting Around: A Conversation on Taxi Drivers, Uber and the Consumer in Between" was held at Venture Cafe on December 8, 2016. It centered the perspectives of drivers Niel Homy and Wallex Dumesle of New Vision Drivers Association in a discussion moderated by The New Tropic's Roshan Nebhrajani on the challenges and questions for drivers and consumers as the face of transportation is rapidly transformed by technological innovation. More on that salon on our taxi drivers page here.
On the heels of the historic Women's March, we held Salon Juste No. 3: On Women and Work on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Soya e Pomodoro in downtown Miami. We anchored our reflections with a discussion on women and work with the story of domestic workers, a cross-section of workers who are overwhelmingly women and particularly vulnerable to workplace abuse. The conversation between June Barrett and Carla Hansack, two local powerhouse domestic workers and leaders of the Miami Workers Center, and incredible lawyer/advocate Adele Valencia was moderated by Kathie Klarreich. The setting was beautifully created by our designer Heidi Lellelid, with paintings made specially for the occasion by art students from Miami-Dade College.
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