Here’s a movement to stop gun violence in our own backyard

March 16, 2018. The Miami Herald.

The issue of guns has filled our thoughts, prayers, conversations, and debates.

With over 680 people shot in Miami-Dade in 2016 and the unwavering average of 200 people shot and killed each year since 2011 in our community, there is a crisis that begs for intervention.

A year ago, members from People Acting for Community Together (PACT) asked the Miami-Dade, Miami and Miami Gardens police to seriously research three gun violence intervention program and choose one for implementation.

We are proud of our police departments for doing just that. They chose: John Jay College’s Group Violence Intervention program (GVI).

Miami’s working-class neighborhoods organize to reject gentrification

April 24, 2017. The Architects Newspaper.

Across Miami-Dade County, organizations like Miami Homes For All (MHFA), Struggle for Miami’s Affordable and Sustainable Housing (SMASH), Miami’s People Acting for Community Together (PACT), and Fanm Ayisyen nan Miyami (FANM), among others, have been instrumental in launching affordability campaigns across threatened and economically distressed neighborhoods. In the process, these groups are lending a voice to many of the Miami working-class communities as the forces of gentrification and luxury development rewrite the region’s urban fabric.

Law enforcement community pledges to implement new gun violence prevention program

March 31, 2017. ABC 10 News.

MIAMI-DADE, FL – Law enforcement agencies in Miami-Dade recently pledged to give a new model designed to reduce gun violence a try. They will be working with People Acting for Community Together, a network of faith-based groups and academics.

During a gathering they called The Nehemiah Action Assembly, Rev. Ana Jackson, of Sellers Memorial United Methodist Church, said that in Miami-Dade a small group is responsible for the gun violence that is hurting the community.

Faith-based group offers affordable housing help. The message: ‘Don’t be discouraged’

January 9, 2017. Miami Herald.

Jose and Andrea Irias’ goal is to move out of her mom’s house, have their own place and raise their 17-month daughter.

But the couple, both 23, say that even with Jose working full-time and Andrea doing freelance photography, their salaries aren’t enough to cover rent in Miami-Dade County.

“We’ve looked everywhere,” said Andrea Irias. “The cheapest place we could find is $1,000.”