Butterflies attack at Rally for Rocklands, Saturday

Hundreds of protestors are expected at the Rally for the Rocklands this Saturday. Here’s how I imagine the rally will go:

A giant butterfly the size of a T-Rex will emerge from the forest and swat away the greedy developers. Wait, that already happened at the King Mango Strut parade!

MPRC logo colorThose angry butterflies, more human than dinosaur-sized, will reappear at the Rally for the Rocklands, sponsored by the new Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition. You can show up with or without a costume to participate. Here’s what you need to know:

Rally for the Rocklands

  • Saturday, January 17 at 2 p.m.
  • Where: Zoo Miami parking lot (free!), 12400 SW 152 Street
  • What to bring: your friends and comfortable shoes.

From the parking lot, the crowd will walk to busy SW 152nd Street (as in crazy traffic busy) and converge on the sidewalk near the proposed Walmart site. Yes, Walmart wants to bulldoze the forest, and you can also place blame on the faciltators:

  • University of Miami: former property owner
  • Ram Realty: new property owner
  • Commissioners of Miami-Dade County: voting on March 3 to decide if the forest is a “slum.”

Ugh. There are almost as many guilty parties as there are endangered species within the rocklands.

You can bring your own sign, or join the pre-rally session for a group picnic and sign-making effort in Larry and Penny Thompson County Park (just south of the zoo), starting at 11 a.m. in Pavilion 2.

The rally may last until the zoo’s ticket booths close at 4 p.m., although parking remains until 6 p.m. It’s B.Y.O.O. Bring Your Own Outrage.

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