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Miami-Dade County commissioner — and family — targeted over library funding


IMG_1313A visitor to Rebeca Sosa’s West Miami home Sunday morning was met with an unusual welcome.

The front page of the previous day’s Miami Herald was taped to the door handle, scrawled in ominous red letters.

“You think about blood,” said Sosa, the chairwoman of the Miami-Dade County Commission.

The angry message, written in magic marker: Don’t mess with public libraries.

“A VOTE AGAINST LIBRARIES = A CULT OF IGNORANCE!” the page said. Circled in the bottom right-hand corner was a news story about thousands of students failing the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

It wasn’t only Sosa who was targeted. Her two adult children found the same newspaper page taped to their front doors, too. “TELL MOM,” they read, repeating the library message.

“Usually, family is off limits,” Sosa said Friday. “My grandson didn’t want to sleep after that.”

Late Friday, the Coalition to Save Our Libraries, an advocacy group, issued a statement condemning “any form of intimidation” against Sosa or any other commissioners.

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