Miami, FL – On Saturday, July 20 at the Miami Gardens offices of UNITE HERE, a coalition under the umbrella of Florida New Majority (FNM,) made up of community organizations, faith-based leaders, and residents - officially endorsed Commissioner Barbara Jordan in her bid for re-election to the District One seat of the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners.
“I am humbled, really,” Jordan said, and “I’m more than honored to accept this endorsement. What you stand for is what I have stood for all my life … it gives me great pleasure to know that you recognize the work that I’ve done, and will continue to do.”
Standing behind Commissioner Jordan, and in front of a banner that read, “We Choose Freedom” dozens of hardworking volunteers from FNM, SEIU and UNITE HERE spoke about the important issues that concerned their families, including the need for good jobs, affordable healthcare and education.
“We support candidates who stand behind the tenets of the Florida Freedom Charter … a document, which is a vision for change,” Wendi Walsh, president of UNITE HERE said. Walsh added that, Barbara Jordan “has fought for those tenets every single day in her role as Commissioner” and that she is, “the right person to back as our first endorsement.”
Father Richard Aguilar of the Episcopal Church backed up the sentiments of the organizers, saying, Commissioner Jordan, “stands for education, for better jobs and housing for all.”
The endorsement rally was also the official launch of FNM’s ‘Our Florida, Our Vote, Our Freedom’ campaign. After the speeches, FNM’s Miami Regional Coordinator, Hashim Yeomans-Benford told the canvassers, volunteers and key invitees gathered to celebrate Ms. Jordan’s support of hardworking families, that teams would be “hitting the streets and talking with thousands of voters” immediately after the event, causing the volunteers to break into an impromptu chant of “Yes We Can.”
FNM, and like organizations such as Catalyst Miami, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, WeCount, SEIU, 1Miami, Miami Workers Center, UNITE HERE, PICO, Sisterhood of Survivors and the Florida Immigrant Coalition, along with faith-based leaders, hardworking families and individuals have come together around the values and issues set forth in the Florida Freedom Charter, which lays out a framework to ensure every Floridian has the freedom to pursue the American Dream. The non-partisan document focuses on access to good jobs, healthcare, public education and transportation, along with the housing disaster that plagues our county, and civil rights.