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Issues We Care About

We believe that the people most affected by a problem should be the ones deciding how to solve it. We need public policies that ensure everyone's needs are met, resources are distributed fairly, laws are just and equitable, and that we can respond to new challenges. At Catalyst Miami, we prioritize policies that our community identifies as important and that are critical to our people’s well-being.

Additionally, we know that enacting change in Miami-Dade will not be possible without simultaneously addressing Miami's long history of racial injustice. South Florida has been built on the exploitation and marginalization of Black and Indigenous people. This has decimated wealth in these populations; for example, the median liquid asset value for Black Miamians is $11 as compared to $10,750 for Whites. It's a matter of life and death: children in Miami's Black communities live 15 fewer years than those in communities just a few miles away. For these reasons, we place racial justice front and center in every aspect of our policy platform. 

Check out this brief video about how everyone wins when we learn our shared history and enact equitable policies. 

Through our open and intersectional coalition-building efforts, we bring together our program alumni, community organizations, and other residents to: communicate their needs and concerns; ensure proposed policies meet their community priorities; build grassroots leadership; and lay the groundwork for long-term, positive change.

Participatory Budgeting: Read how Miami-Dade residents are creating a county budget that's for the people, by the people.

Click here to view our collective 2023 state policy priorities in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.

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