Policy should always be shaped by the people it will impact. Everyday people should always have a say in the policy process, but that’s not historically the case. That’s why I am so grateful for local organizations (past and present), such as Neighborhood Housing Services South Florida and Catalyst Miami, that have intentionally educated and organized community members to be active in democratic processes.

The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women’s CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women) Committee aims to do just that — create space for community members across the County to have a…

If you live in Florida, the primary election season is at its climax. This year is unlike any previous year because it’s all going on in the back drop of the COVID-19 pandemic.

image of myself rocking my Yo Vote / M’ Vote / I Voted! sticker from Miami-Dade

The primary election is on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Today is the last day for early voting in Florida but I will focus in on Miami-Dade and Broward counties — two of the most populous counties in our state.

Despite health concerns, yes you can vote in person. I took my mother to vote early yesterday in Hialeah’s Early Voting site and there was only 4 people…

A panel of 7 femme-presenting people of different colors, ethnicities, and ages. Image source: http://www.equalpaytoday.org/

Yesterday was Women’s Equal Pay Day.

I have mixed feelings about acknowledging “All” Women’s Equal Pay Day because it easily can become an erasure of the nuances of our lived experiences — equal payday for moms, immigrants, Black women, native people, queer and trans folx, Asian and Latinx folx are a lot later in the year because our annual wages for full-time work are even lower. Let’s be clear, it’s NOT because of our identities either — it’s because of compounding systems of oppression and prejudice on top of one another.

Even more telling is that when you dive deeper…

Image description: the Miami Freedom Tower on 11/7/2020 with one of the vehicles parading in celebration, a Black SUV with three flags (a Pride flag, a Black Lives Matter flag, and a Biden 2020 flag).

Yesterday, Miami and several cities around the globe were celebrating that the occupant of the White House will be “fired” along with his cabinet/advisors & their racist, transphobic, ableist policies.
Including, but not limited to:

VP Michael R. Pence
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows
Attorney General William Barr
Secretary of Education Elisabeth “Betsy” Prince DeVos
Administrator of the EPA Andrew Wheeler
Secretary of Health & Human Services Alex Azar
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf
Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Benjamin S. Carson, Sr.
Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia
Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. …

Economic Inequality Between Genders

*Note this was originally written in September 2018.

Gender inequality in the economy is not a new problem. One might wonder why the issue is still the political and social status quo in the 21st century. While it has been argued that it is a myth, some disagree but choose to justify the gap. I support the perspective that the gender pay gap does indeed exist in most countries around the world. I, however, disagree that the solution to this injustice is solely in the individual level. We will look at the economic disparities between men…

Raisa Ḩb

Reiki Master. Scholar-activist. Mujerista.

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