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'Community rally' planned for 6 p.m. Friday at Miami Beach City Hall to protest Urban Weekend

Update: 10:32 p.m. June 1, 2011:

More than 2,500 Facebook users have liked a new page, END: Memorial/Urban Weekend in Miami Beach.

From the page's About: "Gunfire, Death and Crime Spur Calls For End to Miami Beach's Urban Beach Weekend."

According to the page, a community rally is planned for 6 p.m. Friday at Miami Beach City Hall.

From an email sent tonight by Herb Sosa, president of the gay Unity Coalition:

memorial day

PLEASE ATTEND COMMUNITY RALLY-

This Friday, June 3rd @6pm, Miami Beach City Hall

- END URBAN WEEKEND VIOLENCE, CRIME, MOBS & FILTH.

Memorial Weekend on Miami Beach belongs to ALL - All are welcome, but RESPECT & SAFETY are NOT NEGOTIABLE for Miami Beach residents, business owners & tourists.

THE COSTS TO OUR COMMUNITY, PROPERTY & LIVES IS TOO HIGH!

WHEN: FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd - 6pm

WHERE: Miami Beach City Hall -1700 Conv. Center Drive

WHY: OUR NEIGHBORHOODS ARE TO BE SAFE, RESPECTED & FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY -

NOT OVERRUN BY FEAR, MOBS & FILTH

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Hey Steve, why does it have to be "gay" activist Herb Sosa.

Why should anyone care if anyone connected to this protest is straight or gay or whatever?

What role does that play in people wanting an end to this Urban Beach weekend? Why do you have to inject "gay" into everything?

COS HES GAY MENG!!!!!!!

Steve- Thank you for your latest post, re to the rally in Miami Beach tomorrow.
I have to seriously ask you & the Herald to not to repreatedly fuel tensions between communities by continually referring to Unity Coalition or to me as a Gay activist - NEITHER has anything to do with my support of this cause or involvement. You don’t mention me as a business owner, preservationist, writer, etc - any of which are more relevant to the issue - why a gay activist or president of UC|CU, when the organization or my work in the LGBT community has nothing to do with this?
It is only creating unneccesary tension with other communities that I work with and fully support, and taking away from the core issues - Miami Beach's crime, trash, violations, shootings, arrestes, property & personal damage, loss in sales revenues and much more is negatively impacted by the lawlessness brought by Urban Weekend.
ATLANTA, a predominantly black community, SAID NO MORE to this event for the same reasons a decade ago.
This event and its participants must be held to the same standards & expectations as anyone else visiting and living in Miami Beach. Our Residents & visitors have had ENOUGH of being held captive by the crime, trash & negative impact on our city that Urban Weekend brings.
The losses far outweigh the benefits.
Herb Sosa

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