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October 2015

Please Help Find Missing Teen - A’Miya Feagin


PLEASE HELP. This is a picture of 15 year-old A’MIYA FEAGIN, she is missing. A’Miya was last seen leaving her school, Miami Edison Senior High, at 2:20 p.m. on Thursday. She was wearing a black & white dress and might be in the company of a 15 year-old boy called Dre. A'Miya's family, friends and loved ones are praying for her safe and speedy return.

If you have seen A’Miya or have any information on her whereabouts, please call Detective A. Canaves at 305-995-COPS or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

- vb


Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins Sunday November. 1st. Community Health of South Florida Inc.(CHI) will open its doors on Sunday from 9am to 5pm at three of its sites to help those looking to enroll in health insurance plans.

Doris Ison Health Center 10300 SW 216th St. Miami FL 33190

Martin Luther King/Clinica Campesina Health Center 810 W. Mowry Dr. Homestead FL 33030.

Womankind 1511 Truman Ave, Key West, FL 33040 Appointment required (305)804-3257.

CHI has nearly 20 certified enrollment specialists that will sit down one on one to help enroll and educate people for free.

The health insurance marketplace is designed to make sure Americans are covered by health insurance regardless of their budget. Insurance plans are available to cover a comprehensive set of benefits, including doctor visits, hospital stays, preventative care and prescriptions. The government’s program includes plans that are designed to treat everyone fairly. No one can be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. This year if someone decides not to enroll in a health insurance plan, they might expect to pay as much as 7.8% of their income as a penalty.

Open enrollment runs from November 1st, 2015 to January 31, 2016. In addition to walk-ins at CHI’s health centers for enrollment assistance, those interested can call (786) 272-2100 to make an appointment with a Certified Enrollment Specialist.
“We have seen the benefits of the Affordable Care Act first hand,” said Brodes Hartley Jr., President and CEO of Community Health of South Florida Inc. “CHI is a place that cares for everyone regardless of whether or not they have insurance. In the past three years, the number of insured patients that we see here has tripled.”

Community Health of South Florida Inc (CHI) is a non-profit health care company with 11 health care centers from Marathon to South Miami Dade and Coconut Grove. It also has 31 school based health centers within Miami Dade Public Schools. For more than 40 years, CHI has been caring for both the insured and uninsured. Community Outreach is part of its core mission.

CHI’s Certified Assistant Counselors will be based all over South Florida from the Keys to South Dade and Miami.

5000 Role Models Regional Tie Tying Ceremonies 2015

What auspicious celebrations this week as more than 1,000 young men were inducted into the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project in school district regional ceremonies hosted by Miami Carol City Senior High (North); Miami Central Senior High (Central); and Miami Coral Reef Senior High (South).

Congratulations to the Mentees and thank you to the Role Models.

Photos: Twitter

Message from PowerU: Get Cops out of Schools!


What happened at Spring Valley High School is part of a larger problem

We who believe in freedom cannot rest. We who believe in freedom can not rest until it’s won. Until the killing of Black girls, Black mothers and daughters is as important as the killing of white girls, white mothers and daughters.

We at Power U are outraged by the recent video showing a Black young woman being pulled out of her school desk, dragged across the floor, and roughed up by a police officer in Columbia, SC.
This is an absolute abuse of power. This is child abuse.  But as disgusting as this is, unfortunately it is an all too common experience for Black youth across this country.  Time and time again we see cases of our young people’s human rights being violated in the one place above all others they should feel safe, in their schools.    

We know that what happened in South Carolina is not an isolated event. Certainly this officer should be fired and charged with child abuse.  However, this is not just about one police officer or any number of “bad apples.”  This problem is systemic.  To get at the root of this injustice we must examine the institutions of policing and schooling themselves. 

In Miami we are all too familiar with the crisis facing black girls and young women.  In our schools, Black girls are six times more likely than their white peers to be suspended.  An overwhelming amount of research demonstrates that the hammer of punitive discipline largely targets Black students.  In this context of structural racism, it’s no wonder we get the type of horrendous incidents depicted in the video above. 

Police have no place in our learning environments.  Arrests, expulsions, and suspensions are not appropriate ways to deal with issues of student conduct.   If school districts are serious about addressing the school to prison pipeline, we must stop putting money into school police.  Instead, we must reinvest resources in social workers, counselors, and restorative justice.  We must dig deep and imagine something entirely different, liberatory solutions for our young people and communities.      


- Ruth Jeannoel, Lead Organizer of Power U Center for Social Change

The Motivational Edge Fuses Music and Technology for Local Youth

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Miami, FL - The Motivational Edge, iTech, DJ Affect and Irie Foundation, have partnered to bring new music and technology educational opportunities to middle and high school students for free. Programs offered include Lyrical Expression & Audio Recording, The Edge Radio Station and the Irie Rhythms Percussion Program.

Lyrical Expression & Audio Recording classes give students the opportunity to turn their words and thoughts into song lyrics, then allow them to ‘lay down tracks’. This program also teaches students about music production, giving them hands-on experience, working with music software, sound boards and recording equipment.

With live internet radio streaming a huge part of today’s lifestyle, we have partnered with DJ Affect to launch The Edge Radio Station. This platform will let youth create their own personalized Live Digital Radio station to showcase and broadcast their music, conduct interviews, learn about the radio production industry and more. The Edge Radio Station is scheduled to launch fall of 2015.

Classes are offered Monday - Thursday, afterschool, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at iTech @ Thomas A. Edison Educational Center. iTech is located at, 6101 Northwest 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127




Important Date Change: Miami Gardens Walking One Stop Moved to November 9

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The Walking One Stop originally scheduled for this Monday, November 2 has been postponed to November 9. Logistically, it is necessary to postpone the Walking One Stop as the Miami Gardens Police Department is in the process of moving into their new headquarters. Please mark your calendar – more details are forthcoming.  A special edition Walking One Stop is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – Noon, in Richmond Heights.


100 Black Men of South Florida to host its 5th Annual College & Career Expo

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Event will focus on education and career opportunities for students throughout Miami-Dade County

MIAMI – October 26, 2015 – The 100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc., in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, will host its 5th Annual College & Career Expo on Thursday, October 29th at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition Center from 8AM-2PM.

The College & Career Expo gives students the opportunity to visit various colleges and universities on-site and gather valuable information regarding financial aid, applications and more. The students are able to meet face to face with college representatives and ask pertinent questions related to their area of interest. Additionally, students will learn more about the various routes they can take after graduation from admissions representatives, including four-year college programs, two-year college programs, technical training and military careers. The event will also offer tips and information for students interested in entering the workforce immediately after graduation and for those students who are still undecided about what to do next. More than 5,000 students throughout Miami-Dade County are expected to attend the event.

“The 100 Black Men of South Florida is honored to once again partner with Miami-Dade County Schools for our annual College & Career Expo, where thousands of students are exposed to colleges and universities from across the country along with the Armed Forces and corporate industry leaders,” said Stephen Hunter Johnson, Esq., President of 100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc. “Our organization is committed to providing students with the exposure they need to succeed in college and in life because we know that education has the power to not only change the trajectory of individual lives, but entire communities, here in South Florida and across the nation.”

Several of South Florida’s top corporations will also be in attendance including Publix Super Markets, Inc., Gordon Food Service, Florida Power & Light Company, Burger King, and the Miami Dolphins. Registration for this event is required. For more information please visit,

Marlins Valuable Professionals (M.V.P.) Internship Program


The M.V.P. Internship Program aims to offer young leaders an opportunity to enhance their academic and professional development at Marlins Park. The M.V.P. Internship Program is a signature offering of the Miami Marlins and endeavors to positively contribute to the workforce development and marketability of young professionals in our community.

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Marlins Park
501 Marlins Way
Miami, FL 33125

Full-time hours is addition to game day responsibilities are required. All internships are Paid Positions. We have the following positions* available, beginning January 2016:

  • Accounting
  • Ballpark Operations
  • Baseball Operations
  • Broadcasting
  • Communications
  • Community Outreach
  • Corporate Partnerships
  • Creative Services
  • Digital & Social Media
  • Engineering/Audio Visual
  • Fan Loyalty
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing & Promotions
  • Marlins Foundation
  • Retail Operations
  • Sales & Customer Service
  • Security
  • Ticket Operations
  • Turf Management
  • Video Production

*Departments are subject to change.

If you are looking for a great way to get started in the business world of Professional Sports & Entertainment or Major League Baseball in particular, the Marlins Internship Fair is the place for you. We hope to see you there!

Attire: Business attire is REQUIRED. Please bring several resume copies.

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for employment.

There will be complimentary parking inside the Home Plate Garage (corner of NW 7 ST and 15 AVE).

Please enter the Job Fair through the Marlins Park Home Plate Entrance (501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125).


NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund Statement on the Video of Police Officer Assaulting Student in South Carolina Classroom



(Washington, DC) - The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund (LDF) deplores the shocking video showing a police officer violently assaulting and removing a student from a public school classroom in Columbia, South Carolina. While more details emerge about this troubling video, what is clear is that it shows a disturbing and violent interaction between a white male school police officer and a young African-American female. We urge a full and thorough investigation into not only this incident, but also into the history of use of force by school police in the district.

Furthermore, we are concerned that we learned of this incident from what appears to be a student video. Teachers must be properly trained to promptly report incidents of police abuse of students.

LDF has long advocated for eliminating police presence in K-12 grades because police dramatically increase the criminalization of students of color. Janel George, LDF's Senior Education Counsel, stated, “This horrific video represents the problem with police in schools in its starkest terms. Police should simply not have a regular presence in an educational environment." LDF calls for a full investigation of the incident and policing practices in this school district.


Apply for grant for up to $5,000 from Allegany Franciscan Ministries

Allegany Franciscan Ministries is accepting applications for the Tau grant. The deadline for submission is noon, November 5, 2015. The application is simple and grants are for up to $5000, for organizations in Miami-Dade County.  
Generally, Tau grants are awarded to local nonprofit organizations to assist with organizational or program needs that are limited in time and scope. Tau grants may also be used to support basic and emergency needs such as food, shelter and medication. 
Additional information and a link to the application are available at