Gallon School Board Meeting

At the upcoming School Board Meeting on March 15, District 1 School Board Member and Role Model, Dr. Steve Gallon III, will salute 62 Miami-Dade County Public School students who comprise the 2017 graduating class of the 5000 Role Models known as Wilson Scholars. He will also recognize the invaluable contributions of school social workers and March, as National Social Work Month.

The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, founded in 1993 by then-Miami-Dade County School Board Member, Dr. Frederica S. Wilson, now a member of the United States House of Representatives. A dropout prevention program, the mission of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project is to intervene in the lives of at-risk youth and provide them with alternatives to dropping out of school and self-destructive behaviors. The program pairs male students, ages 9-19, with successful professional adult mentors, who provide them with advice, guidance, and educational assistance.

This year, Wilson Scholars in Miami-Dade County include students from the following senior high schools: Booker T. Washington, Coral Gables, Coral Reef, Felix Varela, Miami Beach, Miami Carol City, Miami Coral Park, Miami Jackson, Miami Lakes Educational Center, Miami Norland, Miami Northwestern, Miami Palmetto, North Miami Beach, South Dade and William H. Turner Technical Arts. Since the inception of the program, over $10 million in scholarships have been awarded to graduating seniors.

The primary mission of the School Social Work profession is to enhance well-being and help meet the basic needs of all students, especially the most vulnerable or at-risk. School Social Workers embody the theme of this year’s National Social Work Month Theme, “Social Workers Stand Up!, and School Social Work Week on March 6-10, 2017, “Be The Change” by working with students, parents, schools, and local entities to improve and maintain a safe learning environment and empowering students to reach their academic and social/emotional potential.

For over 100 years, school social workers have provided services to students who face serious challenges to school success, including poverty, disability, discrimination, abuse, addiction, bullying, loss of a loved one, and other barriers to learning. School Social Workers also advocate ensuring equal rights for all students, including females, African-Americans, Latinos, people who are disabled, people who are LGBTQ and various ethnic, cultural and religious groups.

The next School Board Meeting is Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., in the School Board Administration Building Auditorium at 1450 Northeast Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33132.

NAACP Task Force to Hold Hearing on Education Quality in Orlando


National NAACP Leadership, Charter and Public School Advocates to Discuss Impact of Charters on Underfunded School Districts


ORLANDO, FL – A new NAACP task force studying education quality will hold its third of at least seven national hearings on the impact of charter schools on underfunded school districts. The task force will take input from advocates, teachers, parents, and policy experts on Friday.

The National Task Force for Quality Education, along with Florida State Conference of the NAACP, will host its latest in a series of national public hearings concerning public education quality and the impact of charter schools on underfunded school districts from 2 p.m. – 7p.m. on Friday, Jan 27.

“In our communities all around the nation, public education has always been the fountain of opportunity; we, unintentionally let it run dry,” said NAACP CEO and President Cornell William Brooks. “Ensuring that underfunded districts are not disparately impacted by the growth of charters or privatization has always been a priority for the NAACP.”

NAACP Board Chair Roslyn Brock sees these hearings as a continuation of the NAACP’s push for equal opportunity.

“The NAACP historically and today remains in the forefront of the struggle for equal opportunity and advocates for free high-quality, fully funded and equitable public education for all children,” said Chairwoman Brock, Chairman of the National NAACP Board of Directors. “We are dedicated to eliminating the severe racial inequities that continue to plague the education system.”

This event is the third hearing organized by the NAACP’s National Task Force for Quality.

The task force was created in October after board members approved a moratorium on expanding public charter school funding until safeguards are in place to provide better transparency regarding accountability, and to prevent cases of fraud and mismanagement.

The hearing for the NAACP Taskforce Florida Hearing on Quality Education and Hosted by Florida State Conference NAACP will be on Friday, January 27, 2017  at the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9780 International Drive, Orlando, FL beginning at 2 p.m.      

The first task force hearing was held in early December in New Haven, CT and the second on Jan. 10 in Memphis, TN. Future hearings are planned in Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY and New Orleans.

Educators, administrators, parents, students, elected officials, and education policy experts from throughout Florida, and NAACP officials from around the nation will participate in the hearing.

"The issue of school funding and accountability are not just Florida or Orlando issues, but issues which affect our communities around the nation. We owe it to our communities to take a deep look at the issues facing public schools as well as the pros and cons of charter schools," said Adora Obi Nweze, NAACP Task Force member and President of the NAACP’s Florida State Conference.

Invited key participants include:

  • Chancellor Herschel Lyons, Florida Department of Education
  • Randi Weingarten , President, American Federation of Teachers
  • James Hare, President and Chief Technology Officer , Wayne State University Research Park  Detroit, Michigan
  • Dr Karega Rausch, Vice President , Research and Evaluation NACSA, Chicago, IL
  • Hilary Shelton, Senior Vice President, NAACP Washington Bureau
  • Victor Goode, Interim Director, NAACP Education Department
  • Rev/Dr. Russell Meyer , Executive Director, Florida Council of Churches
  • Robert Runcie, Superintendent Broward County Schools, Broward County, FL
  • Joanne McCall, President, Florida Education Association ( Affiliate of AFT and NEA)
  • Atty. Jodi Siegel, Southern Legal Counsel
  • Dr. Rosa Castro Feinberg, Florida League of United Latin  American Citizens ( LULAC)
  • Brendien Mitchell, Member, NAACP  National Board of Directors; President , Youth and College Division  FL State Conference
  • Jianna Green , Former,  Charter and Public School Student
  • Chenoah Rucker, President , Marion County Youth Council  Ocala, FL
  • David L. Watkins, EdS, Director, Equity and Academic Attainment Broward County Schools , Broward County , FL
  • Dr. Amanda Wilkerson, Post Doctoral Associate Urban Teacher Initiatives Program Director College of Education and Human Performance University of Central Florida

National NAACP Leadership and other notables include:

  • Roslyn Brock, Chairman, NAACP National  Board of Directors
  • Adora Obi Nweze, Member, NAACP National Board of Directors, President, NAACP Florida State Conference, Member, NAACP Quality Education Taskforce
  • Minister Jabari Paul, Member , NAACP Florida Quality Education Hearing Planning Committee
  • Kran Riley, Area Director, NAACP FL State Conference
  • Atty. David Honig, Special Counsel, NAACP FL State Conference
  • Dr. Barbara Jenkins School Superintendent, Orange County Schools
  • Bruce Antoine, FL State Representative District 46, Orlando, FL
  • Alice Huffman , Member, NAACP National Board of Directors ; President, NAACP California-Hawaii State Conference; Chair, NAACP Quality Education Taskforce
  • Leon W. Russell, Vice Chairman, NAACP  National  Board of Directors
  • Presiding- Dr. Shirley B. Johnson, Chair, Education Committee , NAACP FL State Conference; President, NAACP Miami-Dade Branch                   

“Our goal is bringing people from our community together from both sides, so we can better understand the impact of charters on school funding and be sure that we have a clear say in the ways that decisions about public schools are made,” said Alice Huffman, chairman of the task force and president of the California State Conference of the NAACP.

Visitors who wish to speak at the hearing are asked to pre-register before the session begins. To accommodate the public, individual speakers may be asked to adhere to a time limit or to appoint a representative to speak on behalf of a group.  


Forum to bring together Miami's diverse Black population

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Miami-Dade County Commission Chair Jean Monestime is hosting a free day-long community conference to bring together black Miamians of all backgrounds and nationalities to discuss issues affecting the African diaspora and to develop a collective action oriented agenda. County Commissioners Barbara Jordan, Audrey Edmonson and Dennis Moss, and Miami City Commission Chairman Keon Hardemon are co-hosting the conference.

The “ONE HERITAGE: State of Black Miami” community forum conference will take place on Thursday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Florida Memorial University, Smith Conference Center, 15800 NW 42nd Ave., Miami Gardens, FL 33054. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

This activity is long overdue. If applied and executed with genuine concern for the potential of the collective rather than other individualized agendas, this could be the tipping point for realizing advancement of blacks throughout this community. Hopefully, assignments with deadlines and follow-up will result from this conference. There have been far too many forums in this community that have largely only been opportunities for residents to vent frustrations.  

Please make every effort to participate in “ONE HERITAGE: State of Black Miami” if you are concerned about the current and future of blacks in Miami. 

For more information or to RSVP, call 305-694-2779, email, or visit #SOBM2016



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

  CRB Youth Forums Flyer Update

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


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 or visit


Will special meeting of FAMU Trustees be tipping point for University's future?

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Florida A&M University

Alumni, students, faculty and supporters of Florida A&M University are encouraged to attend, view or listen to the upcoming called meeting of the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees (FAMUBOT). This meeting is crucial as the composition of the FAMUBOT has changed recently, and there will be an election of its Board Chair and Vice Chair. Many FAMUans and FAMU supporters think this election may give Gov. Scott total control of the FAMUBOT.

The meeting, scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in the Grand Ballroom of Florida A&M University, will be webcast at and also available via Internet radio at WANM 90.5. Listen online or via TuneIn on your smartphone.


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FAMU Alumni to meet Sat. 4/19


The Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association will meet on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 10 AM at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142. Among the important topics to be discussed is the controversial split of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Other important topics include the upcoming FAMU National Alumni Convention and activities during the FAMU vs. UM football game on September 6.

All former FAMU students and parents or spouses of current or former FAMU students are invited to attend the chapter meeting. 




FAMU BOT Schedules Emergency Called Meeting to Discuss the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering


The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees has scheduled an emergency called meeting today, April 3, at noon. The general subject matter is the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

The public may access the meeting via telephone by dialing (877) 884-1929. The conference ID number is 25159849. 

For more information, call (850) 599-3413 or visit:



Florida Hearing on Voting

Monday, March 31, 2014

3:00pm - 7:00pm

University of Miami School of Law

1311 Miller Rd

Coral Gables, FL 33146

Attention voters, activists, elections officials and all with a stake in Florida’s elections! We invite you to come out to the University of Miami School of Law to hear about the state of voting in Florida and share your voting experiences.The hearing is free, nonpartisan, and open to the public! There will be two panels of witnesses testifying on topics such as voting discrimination, registration and polling place problems, access for voters with disabilities and language minorities, and more.

This hearing is part of a series of fact-finding hearings hosted by theNational Commission on Voting Rights that are taking place across the country. The goal of these hearings is to learn more about the current landscape of elections. Over the past few years, numerous states have enacted restrictive voting laws, while many others continue to grapple with recurring election administration and electoral reform challenges. The Commission will document what keeps voters from the ballot box and election reform efforts that expand access.

The public can participate by providing oral testimony during the hearing’s public comment periods and by submitting written testimony before the hearing by email

RSVP is strongly encouraged, but not required. RSVPhere.

Please share this email notice with your networks, and follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag#NCVR.

For questions, please contact Rebecca Kelly Arnold at

Register Now

Our Growing List of Partners:

Advancement Project • American Civil Liberties Union of Florida • Common Cause • Disability Rights Florida • Florida New Majority • Florida State Conference of the NAACP • LatinoJustice PRLDEF • League of Women Voters of Florida

Understand, monitor and engage in the County's budget process... Voice your concerns on how resources are used


Please be mindful of the upcoming State of the County address by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez --- Wednesday, February 26, 2016, 10:00 a.m., Milander Center for the Arts & Entertainment, 4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah, FL 33012. Attend in person, if you can, or watch via the internet

Like the Facebook page of Time 2 Rally - Miami, attend the Mayor’s address, and learn more about the process at Cocktails and Conversations  at Wine Vault, Shops at Midtown- 3201 N. Miami Avenue, #105, Miami, FL, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. R.S.V.P. . The event is free and open to the public.

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From Facebook:

February Rally Plan

Miami-Dade County Budget Action Items 

  • Mayor’s State of the County Address – Wednesday, February 26, 2014 – 10:00 am – Milander Center for Arts and Entertainment, 4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah, Florida 33012
  • Departmental budget submissions and business plans are due to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on February 28, 2014
  • Requests are reviewed and linked to the priorities of the departmental business plans
  • Department budget meeting are held with OMB to discuss service priorities and begin the process to match them with the available funding/cash. These meetings are publicly noticed.


Rally Recommendations 

  1. Attend the State of the County Address on February 26, 2014
  2. Briefly review the “Executive Overviews” of the business plans and funds being requested by the departments of interest for you:
  3. Stay tuned to our FB posts and notes to find out when meetings are taking place and what happened:
  4. Make the Mayor’s staff and department directors aware of your thoughts, comments, concerns and opinions:  (OMB Director – Jennifer Moon,, 305-375-5143)
  5. Watch or speak before the County Commission committee and board meetings:
  6. Contact your elected County Commissioners:


Understandably, to some folks, this appears to be a lot of boring reading and confusing numbers. Don’t take this lightly, if we don’t get educated and actively engaged in our government’s processes we will continue to be on the proverbial short end of the stick.  


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