LTEM Symposium October 7, 8 & 15


Love the Everglades Movement Fosters Citizen Empowerment at 4th Annual Symposium October 7, 8 and 15

South-Florida full spectrum conservation and activism group organizes yearly gathering and cleanup

Miami, FL – September 19, 2017 –The Love the Everglades Movement  invites residents of all ages to learn how ways to participate in conservation and activism during their annual symposium, to be held next month at the Miccosukee Resort & Convention Center, at Florida International University and the Everglades. As in years past, the series of talks, lectures, and workshops features local industry leaders, elected officials and candidates running for office, indigenous voices, and other officials in a collaborative, artful and spiritual manner.

“By combining education with the arts, spirituality and the inclusion of diverse communities, Love The Everglades Movement utilizes a full spectrum approach to activism and outreach,” says Reverend Houston Cypress, one of LTEM’s founders. “Our main goal this year is to empower people and provide outlets to protect the Everglades and our natural resources. The Symposium will feature a series of people who are making a difference in our communities by being pro-active and committed to a cause. We want to inspire people to learn from their examples and get involved.”

The event kicks off Saturday, October 7 at 9 a.m. (location: 500 SW 177th Ave, Miami, FL 33194) and is free to attend with registration. Confirmed speakers include: Tim Canova (Progress For All); Sam Van Leer (Urban Paradise Guild); Mike Matthews (Miami Dade College Earth Ethics Institute); Craig Van Der Heiden (Miccosukee Fish & Wildlife); Lyanne Mendez (Miccosukee Real Estate Services); and Julian Douglas (Miccosukee Water Resources).

Also slated to appear: Gean Moreno (Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami); Trenise Bryant (Miami Workers Center); Daniel and Lorna Bravo (The Florida Monarch Waystation School Project); Steven Machat (candidate for Congress); Garrett Rowe (Miami-Dade Regulatory & Economic Resources Planning Division); and Cody Phillips (Saving the Face of Florida). Additional speakers will be announced.

There will also be a digital art show curated by local activist and promoter Flash (who is producing the 10th Annual Everglades Awareness Concert at Gramps on November 4).  The Symposium will feature videos, networking and live entertainment by Michelle GrantMurray with the MDC Jubilation Dance Ensemble and Florida folk artist, Grant Livingston.

The following organizations are slated to have display booths: Love the Everglades Movement, Miccosukee Water Resources, Miccosukee Fish & Wildlife, Miccosukee Real Estate, Urban Paradise Guild, Well of Ancient Mysteries, Sierra Club Miami, Artists In Residence In Everglades (, and Minnie Lou Billie. Booths are free and available to community organizations, but will be prioritized by actionable items of environmental concerns. A complimentary lunch will be served by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida.

Day two will happen at F.I.U.’s Modesto Maidique campus, located at 11200 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33199, on Sunday, October 8. Some of the topics include “Indigenous Sovereignty and Land Use”, “Impacts of Phosphate Mining in Central Florida”, “The Urban Development Boundary in South Florida”, “The health of Biscayne Bay”, and others to be announced.

The event culminates with a volunteer environmental cleanup near the Valujet Crash Memorial Site. Specifically, the location is the L-29 Levee and L-67 Levee, west of the resort and along the Tamiami Trail.

Admission to the events on the 7th and 8th is free, but because space is limited, registration is required. For more information, visit


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