CALL TO ACTION! - The Shameless Assault on Public Education in Florida Continues with Dirty HB 7055

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Florida's Republican leaders are at it again. If you are not following the shenanigans in Tallahassee during this Legislative Session, please take a moment to listen to comments by Rep. Shevrin Jones (Dist. 101) and Rep. Kionne McGhee (Dist. 117) regarding the very bad education bill — HB 7055. These are just a few points of which we should be aware. Recognize this for what it is. The continued dismantling of public education, redirecting public dollars to private entities, destruction of public schools in predominantly black neighborhoods, and assault on the middle-class and poor in Florida. Please commit to helping concerned parents and citizens put a stop to this madness.   

 

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CALL TO ACTION from the Florida AFL-CIO (adapted). HB 7055 will go before the Florida House on Wednesday, February 7 for questions and Thursday, February 8 for vote and debate.  HB 7055 is a massive last minute education bill full of poorly vetted policies aimed at defunding public education in our state and busting up teachers unions. 

Call 855.235.2469 and enter your zip code NOW to be connected with your local Florida Representative. Leave them with the message that they need to stand up for our public schools, our students, and our teachers by voting NO on HB 7055.

Hidden in this legislation is the same public union-busting language that House leadership rammed through the process last week. HB 7055 specifically strips our state’s educators and staff from having a voice on the job.

HB 7055 also sets up a system that tells children who have been bullied to simply leave their public school and go somewhere else. Rather than focusing on programs that directly combat the problem of bullying in Florida schools, House leaders are using this issue as another means to please their donors and expand the unaccountable for-profit charter school industry in our state.

At over 200 pages, this bill is so big that it also includes provisions to divert hundreds of millions of tax dollars to private, for-profit schools, reduces accountability for student performance, and hurts programs for struggling students.

Call 855.235.2469 NOW and leave your local representative with a message to vote NO on HB 7055. This bill would spell disaster for the future of public education in our state. We need the Florida House to say NO to this massive scheme to bully our students, our schools, and our teachers.

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Thank You Desmond Meade and the FRRC! Almost 2 Million Floridians Are One Step Closer to Having their Rights Restored!

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Congratulations to Desmond Meade and the team of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition for leading the movement that has gotten 1.68 million disenfranchised Floridians one step closer to having their voting rights restored. Shout out to all of the grassroots organizations and dedicated individuals who made a seemingly unreachable goal a reality. Now the amendment needs at least 60% approval from the voters. Start now encouraging your family and friends to vote YES on  Amendment 4 on the November 2018 ballot. 

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 6pm until 10 pm, South Florida will celebrate the Second Chances Voting Restoration Amendment making the November 2018 ballot. RSVP on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/148648512464863/.

  

#SayYEStoSecondChances   #Redemption

 


MLK Youth Symposium Sun. Jan. 14, 2018

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PARENTS AND YOUTH GROUP ORGANIZERS: PLEASE BRING YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL AGE AND HIGH SCHOOL AGE YOUTH TO THIS IMPORTANT COMMUNITY EVENT.

The WISH Foundation, Inc. (Women Involved in Service to Humanity) and Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. present the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Symposium - A Conversation on Race, Sunday, January 14, 2018, 2 pm - 5 pm, Universal Truth Center for Better Living, 21310 NW 37th Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida 33056.

Featured Speakers are Miami-Dade County School Board Member Dr. Steve Gallon III who will engage in a Conversation with Parents and Bacardi Jackson of the Tucker Law Group who will deliver the closing challenge.

#MLKYS2018 #AKAGZO #AKA1908 #LNDS #SAR


Haiti Earthquake Anniversary and the Injustice Continues

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Today is the eighth anniversary of the devastating earthquake from which Haiti has yet to recover. Several people were pulled from the rubble of buildings by the sheer will of the Haitian people. Sadly, hundreds of thousands of lives were lost. Haitian people in the United States have been subjected to so much disdain, disrespect and discrimination by Donald Trump and his administration. Enough is enough.

As we remember the lives lost on January 12, 2010, and the survivors, let's continue to fight for human rights for Haitians and others caught up in the United States immigration debacle. Let's make this an issue in the upcoming 2018 elections. 

No justice. No peace. No justice. No vote.

 

 


The Flores-Braynon Apology: An Unforgettable Start of the 2018 Legislative Session

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Last Tuesday's opening of the 2018 Florida Legislative Session, the last for Gov. Rick Scott, was overshadowed by the joint public apology of Florida Senators Anitere Flores (R-Dist. 39) and Oscar Braynon (D-Dist. 35) for their extramarital affair. Their relationship had been the subject of rumors but was confirmed via an anonymous website which is now inaccessible. 

During last year's Legislative Session, Braynon discovered a hidden camera in the hallway of the sixth floor of the Tennyson condominium in downtown Tallahassee. The Tennyson is the temporary housing choice of many lawmakers during Legislative Session. Flores and Braynon each lived in a unit on the sixth floor. Their units were practically across the hall from each other. It was later determined that the camera had been placed by a private investigator. There is speculation that the surveillance is retribution by Sen. Frank Artiles who was forced to resign last year because of his use of racial slurs. 

While the Flores-Braynon affair is very different from the sexual harassment incidents that ensnared former Senators Jack Latvala and Jeff Clemens, Flores and Braynon have not indicated they would resign. 

 

Related Links:

Florida politicians become surveillance targets as political payback rumors swirl

Smile! Legislators Caught on Hidden Surveillance Cameras Secretly Placed in Condo Building

 

 


Opa-locka CDC offers workshops for first-time homebuyers

The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) is offering workshops for first-time homebuyers. These sessions are designed to guide first-time homebuyers step by step through the home buying process. Homebuyers will be provided one-on-one counseling with an OLCDC certified Housing Counselor. Hear from industry professionals on the 7 steps to becoming a homeowner. 

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2018 WORKSHOP DATES
 
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  • Jan 27
  • Feb 24
  • March 24
  • April 28
  • May 19
  • June 23
  • July 28
  • Aug 25
  • Sep 29
  • Oct 27
  • Nov 17
  • Dec 8
 
Spanish
  • Jan 13
  • Feb 10
  • March 10
  • April 14
  • May 12
  • June 9
  • July 14
  • Aug 11
  • Sep 15
  • Oct 13
  • Nov 3
  • Dec 1
 
Time: 9AM - 5PM
Location: Opa-locka Train Station
Address: 490 Ali Baba Avenue, Opa-locka, FL 33054

Click here to sign up!


Celebrate Kwanzaa in Miami Fri. 12/29/17

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"Kwanzaa: Celebration of Family, Community and Culture"

Join us for the 28th ANNUAL MARY WILLIAMS WOODARD LEGACY KWANZAA CELEBRATION in Miami, Florida. This joyous celebration of family, friends and community is the largest and longest-running local public celebration of the Nguzo Saba (Principles of Kwanzaa).

MARY WILLIAMS WOODARD LEGACY KWANZAA CELEBRATION

Friday, December 29, 2017

4:30pm - 8:00pm

African Heritage Cultural Arts Center

6161 NW 22 Avenue

Miami, FL 33142

This year, we are excited to have Javonté Anyabwelé and his family join us. They embody the Principles of Kwanzaa and have garnered a social media following as the deliberate in supporting Black-owned businesses and teaching Black culture. We will also be treated to the talents of musician, dancer and artist, Prince Emmanuel Abiodun Aderele and the OsunDara Dance Theater, Grammy-nominated spoken word artist Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns and the award-winning Next Generation Dance Academy.

Nickelodeon HALO Awards winner, culture influencer, philanthropist, speaker and mogul-in-the-making, Zoe Terry returns with her Zoe’s Great Doll Give-Away. Zoe’s Dolls collects and distributes little brown dolls for little brown girls.

Our unsung hero community salute goes to Valencia Gunder, James Mungin II BKA “Munch” and Konscious Kontractors for their incredible demonstration of the Principles of Kwanzaa in our community, especially during and after Hurricane Irma when many were without food and were faced with debris and damaged homes.

Hosted by the Miami-Dade Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association, the Dr. Arthur & Mary Woodard Foundation for Education and Culture and Osun's Village African Caribbean Arts Corridor.

The event is FREE but we do ask that you register at KwanzaaMiami28.eventbrite.com. Kwanzaa is a non-religious, non-political, family-friendly holiday. Enjoy the Soul Food Feast, music, dancing and celebrating with friends.

Donations of books and new, unwrapped educational toys are greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions, email Vanessa Byers at vanessawbyers@gmail.com or call (305) 343-9088. Thank you. HARAMBEE!

 

 The Kwanzaa Song:  Clinton Sockwell II

 

#Kwanzaa #KwanzaaMiami #LiveWoke365 #NguzoSaba #TheSevenPrinciples

 

 


Miamian favored by FAMU football team to be next permanent FAMU head football coach

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As a surprise to no one, Florida A&M University head football coach Alex Wood will not return to lead the football program next season. Wood resigned a couple of days after a loss to Bethune-Cookman in the Florida Classic. Although FAMU holds a tremendous lead in the series matchup, 49-22-1, this year would be the seventh consecutive loss to BCU.

It is understood that there are two games a FAMU football coach must win each year for job security — Homecoming and the Florida Classic. A FAMU coach could probably go 2-9 and get less grief from FAMU fans if those two wins are Homecoming and the Florida Classic. If the truth be told, considering the Homecoming and Florida Classic losses under Coach Wood’s tenure, the FAMU fans were much kinder to Wood than they were to some of his predecessors. I’m not justifying that position but it is what it is.

To those of us alums not directly involved with the FAMU football program, Coach Wood seemed to be a nice guy. He was close to winning several games this season but it didn’t happen for him and the team. When a new coach replaces all of the previous staff except one person, FAMU fans expect a winning season quickly. Wood might have accomplished that with the opportunity to coach the team another season but that was not to be.

FAMU offensive line coach Edwin Pata was named interim head coach by outgoing athletic director Milton Overton who has taken the athletic director position at Kennesaw State. Overton will be succeeded by interim athletic director John Eason.

Pata is that only person from the previous coaching staff that Wood did not replace. Pata has coached at FAMU for five years and earned his masters degree in sports management from FAMU. The FAMU football team has already let it be known that they want Coach Pata as the permanent head football coach. They’ve even started a hashtag on social media — #NoOneButCoachPata.

Edwin Pata is a graduate of North Miami High School where he earned honors on the gridiron as an All-State tight end. He earned his undergraduate degree at Florida State University and played football under Coach Bobby Bowden. Pata was very complimentary of Coach Wood’s progress with the program. Pata could be that person to make the program a winner again.

In the meantime, a nine-person search committee for the FAMU head football coach has been established. The committee members are: interim Athletic Director John Eason, former FAMU trustee Spurgeon McWilliams, FAMU National Alumni Association President Lt. Col. Gregory Clark, Rattler Boosters Treasurer Selvin Cobb, FAMU professor Ebenezer Oriaku, FAMU linebacker Elijah Richardson, 220 Quarterback Club President Eddie Jackson, SBI Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud and FAMU’s director of track and field Darlene Moore. Although the need for a Committee is questionable, it would really be great if the search committee included FAMUans from South Florida who are not current FAMU employees. 

It has been stated that there is no timeline for selecting the head coach but that interim status does impact recruiting. Dr. Larry Robinson was named permanent president of FAMU today. The selections to fill the interim athletic director and head football coach positions should not be rushed but should be filled as quickly as possible for the sake of program stability.

Let’s Go, Rattlers! 

 

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Related Link: Watch it: Edwin Pata introduced as FAMU's interim head football coach

 

 

 


Thankful Everyday

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Prayerfully you enjoyed today with family and friends doing exactly what you desired to do. Watching parades and football games. Or just chilling. I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving the same as many people. I do recall the indigenous people who settled here before the land was discovered. I do recall how those people were murdered and their land stolen so I don’t feel the way many marketers and PR folks want us to feel about today.

i do celebrate being with family and friends. I do celebrate and am grateful for all of the blessings bestowed upon me. Just miss me with the pilgrim and Native American accoutrements. Please and Thank You.

Happy Thanksgiving everyday.

 

 

 


Tuesday Nov. 7th is Election Day

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If you live in the City of Miami, Miami Beach, Homestead or Hialeah, and you haven’t voted early or by mail, get out and vote TODAY, Tuesday, November 7, 2017. There are races for mayor, councilman, charter amendments and and questions on bonds that are to be decided. Every election is important. Your vote matters.

The polls are open from 7am until 7pm. Visit the Miami-Dade County Department of Elections online if you have any questions.

Run-off elections are scheduled for November 21, 2017 for the cities of Miami, Miami Beach and Hialeah.