Issue 18         Tallahassee Edition

                     April 5, 2011

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Rally in Tally
Fair Districts
Get on Bus: JustWork
Make the Call: Save Service
Protect Healthcare
Jobs @ Catalyst Miami
Anti-Poverty Law
4/14 Roundtable on Civic Health
4/6 Tune in to Prosperity
BankUnited Builds Prosperity
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Catalyst Miami's Rally in Tally Highlights   


Abby Asgaralli, Sen. Oscar Braynon II, Cheryl Mizell, Mathias Oma  



Jacob Coker-Dukowitz, Paulette Richards, Rep. Esteban Bovo, Comr. Sallly Heyman, Cheryl Mizell, Colleen Perdue   



 Catalyst Miami on the steps of the Florida State Capitol


EMPOWERED VOICES... Participants from the Parent Leadership Training Institute: Naomie, Trudy, Jose, Paulette, Dahlia & Joali went with Catalyst Miami to Tallahassee for the annual Days of Action and returned as empowered citizens ready to make a difference in their communities. In their own VOICES... LISTEN here for their stories. 


To see more photos, check out the NEW Catalyst Miami Facebook Fan Page.  

Working Together

Call to Action: Catalyst Miami in Tallahassee




Click the links below for rousing media coverage of Catalyst Miami in Tallahassee


FAMU-TV 20 Rally in Tally coverage  


NPR coverage of Affordable Care Act birthday rally      


Capitol News Service on ACA Birthday Rally


NPR on M.A.S.H. "survival" tent and kit   



Catalyst Miami thanks the Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation and staff for their enthusiastic reception during our Days of ACTion in Tallahassee. Special kudos to Rep. Esteban Bovo who allotted a substantial amount of time to meet with our team and Rep. Cynthia Stafford who graciously hosted us and even greeted our advocates with a big welcome sign!




Feds to Review Fair Districts  


In response to public outrage and the lawsuit by League of Women Voters, Democracia Ahora and  NAACP, as well as great work by FairDistricts, the Florida Legislature resubmitted Amendments 5 & 6 to Department of Justice for pre-clearance leading to full implementation.


We will continue to monitor the situation in order to ensure that the changes, approved by over 3 million voters in 2010 are not disregarded.



Get on the Bus! "JustWork" Rally in Tally  


Join Florida New Majority April 6th and 7th for their Rally in Tally to defend unemployment insurance, create more jobs and ensure pension plans and public sector jobs do not get slashed. Become part of the speakers bureau and share your story




Contact: Serena Perez,, 305-979-2323

Make the Call to Save Service in America  


We only have a few days left to convince Congress that funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service is an essential priority for communities and constituents.


That's why we need to pick up the phones one more time and call the U.S. Senate. Please schedule two minutes to MAKE THE CALL by calling 1-855-US-SERVE.

Protect Healthcare: Call Today 


A Senate Subcommittee is proposing to eliminate ALL funding for community-based mental health and substance abuse services for adults, except for Baker Act Units. Send your letters now to the key Senators on the Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations.


Catalyst Miami & Partners

Jobs @ Catalyst Miami: Connect Retirees to Service 


Reserve Miami Program Director


Catalyst Miami seeks creative, energetic, experienced program director to launch ReServe Miami, a new initiative that matches retirees age 55 and over with stipended positions in the nonprofit and public sectors. Click here for full position description. Submit resume, cover letter and references to by April 12.


Community Learning Coordinator - AmeriCorps VISTA Program  


The VISTA Member will support, develop and implement the Community Learning Program, deepening educational and mutually beneficial relationships between students, community members, local organizations and educational institutions with a focus on increasing opportunity and decreasing poverty. Click here for full position description.


Volunteer and Internship Positions 


Catalyst Miami identifies and launches innovative strategies to help people and communities thrive.  We are seeking volunteers and interns who wish to collaborate for community change. View our available positions here, and remember we are always receptive to new ideas for contributions and connections. To apply, please send your resume, the title of the position, and any questions you may have to Susan Jacobs at

TACOLCY Star: Partnership Profile 

Listen to this interview to hear Alison Austin, CEO of the TACOLCY Center highlight some significant developments from the winning partnership created with Catalyst Miami. Then stay turned to find out how you can help Tacolcy win an incredible new makeover.  Listen here. 



                            Alison Austin                                                    

Listen in as City of Miami Commander Dana Carr shares rewarding experiences from her participation in Catalyst Miami's Dialogue to Action Circle, facilitated at the TACOLCY Center. Her group developed a plan that advocates for youth in the surrounding community which is largely comprised of the Northwestern feeder pattern. Listen here to be inspired and learn how others are coming together to make a difference in Liberty City. Thanks to JPMorgan Chase for their support of this program.

Commander Carr @ Catalyst Miami Project Mgt Wkshp
Anti-Poverty Law: Legal Services Training 


Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. is pleased to offer the 2011 Legal Education Institute. The Institute is an opportunity for providers and community groups to be trained on legal issues concerning low-income people. The Institute is also a forum for dialogue and enhanced collaboration. Click here for list of trainings and registration form. Please RSVP no later than April 6th, 2011 for first session on Legal Solutions to Combat Homelessness. 


Civic Health Roundtable: Join Us April 14


Tune in to Prosperity Campaign on WLRN


Catalyst Miami's VP for Community Partnerships Karla Gottlieb visits WLRN's Topical Currents Wednesday, April 6th from 1 - 2pm to make the public aware of FREE Tax Prep Services, Earned Income Tax Credit, how to access public benefits, financial literacy education and more. Karla will be accompanied by a tax expert and an IRS rep. Tune in to 91.3 FM or WLRN online radio to learn how you can get your taxes done for free.


BankUnited Builds Prosperity One Computer at a Time  


BankUnited invested just in time for tax season, proving that the energy and enthusiasm of champions like Randy Melby can make a huge difference. As senior executive VP and chief risk officer, Randy realized that the recycled computers could make it possible for thousands to receive free tax preparation services generating millions in tax refunds for low and moderate income households.


Linda's Story: WPBT on Financial Planning for Retirement 


Long time Catalyst Miami partner, Parent Leadership Training Institute facilitator and leading child advocate Linda Carmona-Sanchez of the A+ Early Learning Center, was featured on WPBT's Nightly Business Report's Money Profiles series. Her story offers insight for others on how to plan for retirement despite the pressing and unpredictable demands of a special needs child . To view the video (and 11 other stories of Catalyst champions) click here.  


Nominate a Funder for the Donors Forum IMPACT Awards  


It's that time of year again when Donors Forum is seeking nominations for the annual IMPACT Awards.  This program honors funders for specific grants/initiatives that have had a positive impact on the community and for long-term support of a nonprofit. Nominations are due by Wednesday, April 13th.  Download the nomination form

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