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Memorial Day: Remembering the first South Florida soldier killed by anti-US insurgents in Iraq - Sgt. Edmond L. "Dakie" Randle

Sgt. Edmond L. Randle
On Jan. 17, 2004, Sgt. Edmond L. Randle, Jr. of Miami Gardens became the first documented South Florida soldier to be killed by anti-US insurgents in Iraq.
Today is Memorial Day. It is the day we honor those that have given their lives in military service to this country. It is not just a day off from work or school or a day to have a barbecue with family and friends; it is a day to celebrate men and women such as Sgt. Edmond L. Randle, Jr., known by family and friends as Dakie.
 
On Jan. 17, 2004, Sgt. Edmond L. Randle, Jr. of Miami Gardens became the first documented South Florida soldier to be killed by anti-US insurgents in Iraq. Randle was one of three soldiers who died that day when their vehicle was struck by a homemade explosive device near Baghdad. I recall sitting through Dakie's funeral at Ebenezer Baptist Church, in Miami, listening to the FAMU Band play and the moving tributes to him by friends and military officials. I'd known Dakie's parents from high school; his dad and I were classmates at Miami Central and later at Florida A&M.
 
Dakie attended American Senior High for part of his high school years but continued the family tradition by graduating from Miami Central Senior High. Like his Dad, Dakie was a standout musician in the Marching Rockets at Miami Central and continued at Florida A&M University where he earned a music scholarship and was a section leader in the famous Marching 100. Because he wanted to be a pharmacist, Dakie gave up his music scholarship and volunteered for the Army which would help fund his educational plans. He was the type of young man not celebrated enough, in life, in this community.
 
The war in Iraq takes on a different meaning when you actually know a soldier that was killed. Like Sgt. Edmond L. “Dakie” Randle, many other lives have been lost and are being lost in service to this country. On Veteran's Day, I honor several men and women I know, living and deceased, who have served and are serving this country. Dakie, however, is the only soldier I know personally that died in military service. I have remembered him each Memorial Day since his death, that is the least I can do.
 
If you have loved ones who died while serving this country, take a moment to thank them, feel free to leave their names in the comments section. For all of our fallen heroes, known and unknown, thank you, you are not forgotten.
 

 

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Listen to Our Youth on How to Stop the Shootings in Our Community

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In response to the rash of fatal shootings and other violence in our community, youth and young adults in Miami-Dade County are invited to a series of community forums on How to Stop the Shootings.

Young people are encouraged to come out and share their special insights about what can and should be done to make our communities safer.

A forum will be held this coming Thursday, March 10, at the West Perrine Park, 10301 SW 170 Terrace at 6:30 p.m.

The Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board (CRB) along with County Commissioner Dennis Moss and local community-based organizations are convening the event.

Future forums will be held later this month at Edison Community Resource Center and at the Miami Gardens Community Resource Center.

When they participate, our youth and young adults will be empowered to share their ideas, create partnerships and identify resources that are needed to stop the shootings. The CRB will be pleased to have you join us for this important opportunity.

Please spread the word about this event, especially to young people that you know. Free refreshments will be served.

 


“How to Stop the Shootings” forums to discuss making high-impact neighborhoods safer

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MIAMI – The Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board, in partnership with elected officials and other advocacy organizations, will be hosting a series of youth and young adult forums over the next several weeks to discuss the rash of fatal shootings in high-impact neighborhoods and what can be done to make these communities safer.

The “How to Stop the Shootings” forums – which are designed to help reduce tensions and empower community members by engaging youth, providing a forum to share information, identify resources and facilitate partnerships and relationships – will take place at the following times and locations:

Thursday, Feb. 25, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

African Heritage Cultural Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave.

Miami, FL 33142

 

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

West Perrine Park, 10301 SW 170th Terrace

Miami, FL 33157

 

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Edison Community Resource Center, 150 NW 79th Street

Miami, FL 33130

 

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Miami Gardens Community Resource Center, 16405 NW 25th Avenue

Miami Gardens, FL 33054

 

For more information, contact the CRB at 305-375-1406 or CommunityRelations@miamidade.gov or visit www.miamidade.gov/advocacy

 


Arrangements for Retired Police Director Robert Parker

 

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South Florida is still in shock after learning of the death of retired Miami-Dade County Police Director Robert "Bobby" Parker on Wednesday evening, July 22, 2015 by apparent suicide. Parker was well thought of and respected in the community. He will be missed by so many. Please continue to pray for his family and friends.

Arrangements for Robert "Bobby" Parker

Viewing/Memorial Service: Friday, July 31, 2015, 6pm - 9pm, New Birth Baptist Cathedral of Faith International, 2300 NW 135 Street ,Opa-Locka, FL 33167

Funeral: Saturday, August 1, 2015, 10am, Florida International University (South Campus), 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199

 


Another day…another shooting?


Another young man is dead after a shooting in Miami yesterday. There was another shooting today. This is pure madness in so many ways but this problem can be solved. Perhaps those really in control feel certain people are expendable so just let them destroy themselves. Think about it.

It's really sad but the violence in our community is partly the result of budget cuts to programs that helped our children and families. Too many of us remained silent as the cuts were made. We didn't really advocate for those programs to our elected officials. We didn't really hold folks accountable who were responsible for administering academic, cultural and social programs in our community. We sat back and watched funding shifted to various projects and then quietly accepted our leaders excuse of inadequate funding when it comes to education and educational programs. So two or three generations later, we now co-exist with undereducated hopeless people with little respect for life ---- theirs or anyone else's. It's sad that many of the victims and perpetrators of violence don't understand their role as pawns in this game of greed and power.


Don't contribute to your own demise:

Stop the Violence

Increase the Peace

Know Your History

THINK for Yourself

DO for Yourself

Stand Up

"I never ever ran from the Ku Klux Klan and I shouldn't have to run from a black man." - Kool Moe Dee

(This video was released in 1989 by a coalition of East Coast rap stars. Twenty-six years later, the message is the same.)


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JUSTICE HAS FAILED OUR COMMUNITIES

 

The Miami Workers Center responds to the Grand Jury's decision in Ferguson and recent developments in Marissa Alexander's case 

 

Miami, FL - This has been a somber week for African-American families across the country. The same day that the Grand Jury in Ferguson decided not to indicte officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, Marissa Alexander is forced to agree to an unfair plea deal for defending herself from her abusive husband.

Once again, the criminal justice system has failed the people it is supposed to protect, and has turned its back to the values of justice, freedom and equality it is supposed to uphold. In less than two years, the country has cried for the deaths of unarmed youth like Trayvon Martin (Sanford, FL) and Michael Brown (Ferguson, OH), and has tirelessly asked for justice without results.

"A justice system that cannot protect our youth while walking down the streets and cannot prosecute armed men who unnecessarily shoot and kill unarmed teenagers, is a failed system. On top of that, a system that questions the innocence of our youth and instead criminalizes their appearance and their living conditions, is a system we can no longer trust or respect," says Saraí Portillo, Interim Executive Director for the Miami Workers Center. 

That same system has proven it also fails to protect women victims of domestic violence like Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot to stop her husband from beating her. After years of being away from her children, this week Marissa Alexander agreed to a plea deal to put a closure to the unfair criminal case against her.  

"As a woman of color and a mother, my heart understands the reasons that lead Marissa Alexander to accept the unfair charges against her and re-victimize herself. But the fact that our justice system gave her no other option, is cruel and inhumane. No woman who has been a victim of domestic violence should be forced to chose between justice and her children," says Marcia Olivo, Gender Justice Coordinator for the Miami Workers Center and Co-founder of Sisterhood of Survivors. "The justice system has failed to protect black and brown mothers and their children, and we cannot accept that anymore." 

 


Message from the NAACP on the fatal shooting of Michael Brown

 

By now we've all seen the shocking, horrifying images and videos of the Ferguson and St. Louis County police department responses over the death of Michael Brown. It is clear they are more interested in intimidation than pursuing justice and the truth.

But our work to discover the truth about Michael Brown's death continues unabated. Our hearts ache for the Brown family, and our anger, sadness, and frustration drive us forward to ensure a full, unrestricted, unencumbered investigation by the FBI is performed, and justice is served.

If you're like me and you can't let the shooting of another young, unarmed black man by police go unanswered, here's what you can do to help right now:

If you have information on the Michael Brown shooting, share it here.

We are united with one voice in support of justice in this case, and we will not allow Michael Brown's death to be swept under the rug.

There is a disturbing lack of action and answers about the circumstances of the shooting, and we're doing something about it. The NAACP petitioned the FBI to take the case, and they are now on the ground. We are providing a safe outlet for people with information on the case to come forward and be heard.

Stay up to date on our work on the ground.

We're working with the St. Louis County and city branches, the Missouri Youth and College Division, and the Missouri State Conference of the NAACP to get answers to some serious questions: Why was Michael Brown shot in the first place? Why has the response to potential witnesses dragged on, while the response to community gatherings has been so swift and intimidating? Stay up to date by visiting our "Justice for Michael Brown" page.

Share our "I support justice for Michael" graphic on social media.

Continue spreading the word that we are united with one voice in support of justice in this case, and we will not allow Michael Brown's death to be swept under the rug. Every tweet, Facebook share, and conversation moves us a step closer to justice. We're honored to have your support and help.

Thank you,

Cornell William Brooks
President and CEO
NAACP

 


Education legend Dr. Harold E. Guinyard succumbs

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Dr. Harold E. "Hal" Guinyard

 
Dr. Harold E. "Hal" Guinyard passed away on Thursday, May 1, 2014. He will be remembered for the number of people he helped including students and adults. He began his career with Miami-Dade County Public Schools in 1957. Early in his career he taught fourth grade at Douglas Elementary School, and physics, chemistry, and biology at North Dade Junior-Senior High School. He proudly served as assistant principal at Miami Norland (1968-69) and principal at both Miami Northwestern (1969-73) and Miami Central High Schools (1978-83).  He also served as a region administrator until his retirement in 1995. 
 
A proud alumnus of Bethune-Cookman University, was a devoted member of the Baha'i Faith, and a loyal member of the 100 Black Men of South Florida, Rotary Club of Hialeah/Miami Springs, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
 
Visitation and funeral services will be held at New Birth Baptist Church, 2300 NW 135th Street in Miami.  Visitation: Friday, May 9, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm.  Funeral Service: Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11am.  Burial will be held at Hollywood Memorial Gardens North Cemetery. Royal Funeral Home will be direct the funeral.  Their address is 17475 NW 27th Avenue, Miami 33056, 
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Dr. Harold Guinyard's name to:  
 
Bethune-Cookman University
Institutional Advancement
640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3099
 
100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc. 
c/o Steven Henriquez, Treasurer
5825 Sunset Drive #201
South Miami, FL 33143
 
Safe Space 
c/o Hialeah/Miami Springs Rotary
P.O. Box 1635
Hialeah, FL 33011-1635

 


Poetry Groove: when will it stop by terry fernando newton

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when will it stop


Another drive by shooting another youth that will not to live a life
that is so full dreams-another mother in tears a community living in
fears--another drive by shooting another young life taken--when will
it stop when will the blood of the youth be planted into hope and a
better life--school is cool pick up a book and uplift your mind you
dont have to die by a nine another drive by shooting another mother in
tears a community living in fears when will it stop someone tell them
they can live a life of dreams they can fly high in the sky like
winston scott of cocount grove he even walk in space and played his
trumpet in the spaceship to show pick up a book make school cool
uplift your mind drop the nine--pictures of youth on tee shrits that
have had their life taken by another drive by shooting when will it
stop

 

...poet terry fernando newton

 

 


Memorial service for Rev. Dr. Mary Tumpkin

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MIAMI GARDENS – A memorial service to honor the life and legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Mary Ann Tumpkin will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, November 21, 2013, at the Universal Truth Center for Better Living, Inc., 21310 N.W. 37th Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33056. A repast will immediately follow the service.


Dr. Tumpkin was the President of the Universal Foundation for Better Living, an international association of New Thought Christian churches, centers, and study groups founded by the Rev. Dr. Johnnie Colemon in 1974. Tumpkin also was the Founding and Senior Minister of the Universal Truth Center (UTC), a New Thought Christian “Bible-based church for thinkers,” and a UFBL affiliate, founded in Miami in 1982. For 31 years, Dr. Tumpkin carried out UTC’s mission to “empower people to develop their potential by awakening their divine nature.” The Center offers a classes and services dedicated to the development of the whole person. Under the leadership of Dr. Tumpkin, UTC has grown from being housed in rental space to having its own facility that houses a sanctuary, a community room, a bookstore, adult education classrooms, staff offices and the Universal Academy, a not-for-profit child care and early learning center.


“The work Rev. Tumpkin did in growing the ministry is phenomenal. People are excited to learn about Christianity that they can use on a practical level,” said Karen McKenzie, president of the UTC Board of Directors. “Her messages were empowering and uplifting. She meant so much too so many people, not only at the Center, but also throughout South Florida and around the world.”


Dr. Tumpkin was highly regarded around the world as a biblical scholar and was an acclaimed teacher and preacher who authored numerous publications. She lectured and preached throughout the United States, as well as in England, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean. She was known for her powerful, energetic, and often humorous preaching style and her ability to express the message of Jesus the Christ in a relevant, practical, and accessible way. She earned her Doctorate of Ministry degree at the Florida Center for Theological Studies. Dr. Tumpkin served on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion; the International New Thought Alliance; the Florida Center for Theological Studies; and the Westar Institute.


The memorial service will be streamed at www.utconline.org/memorial/. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Universal Truth Center. For more information, please call the Universal Truth Center at (305) 624-4991, or visit the website, www.utruthcenter.org.