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NAACP Forum: The Culture of Gun Violence in South Florida
While murder rates dropped significantly across the country in 2013, there has been an alarming incidence of gun violence in some communities in South Florida.
Miami's violent crime rate is the highest in the nation, with especially high incidences of robbery and assault. Miami Gardens has the 14th highest murder rate in the country and is one of the most dangerous cities in the country just behind cities Newark, New Jersey, Baltimore, Maryland and Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Miami Dade Branch of the NAACP is hosting a forum: "The Culture of Gun Violence in South Florida: the Public Safety, Social and Business Challenges" on Thursday, February 27th at New Way Fellowship Baptist Church located at 16800 NW 22nd Avenue in Miami Gardens at 6:30pm.
The confirmed panelists are:
Dr. Santarvis Brown, Director of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Department of Education
Cathy Burgos, LCSW, Division Director of Operations, Miami Dade Juvenile Services Department
James Hannon, Personal Injury Attorney, Hannon & Boyers, P.A.
Adora Obi Nweze, President, Florida State Conference of Branches, NAACP, and President, Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP
Joanna Matthews Pace, Co-Advisor, Youth Council, Miami Dade Branch of the NAACP
Robert Parker, Former Director, Miami-Dade County Police Department
Moderated by: Andre Williams, a real estate attorney and former City Councilman in the City of Miami Gardens.
This roundtable discussion between law enforcement, the business community and social services will discuss the rising gun violence in South Florida and efforts to address the problem. There will be a special focus on causes and effects of gun violence in cities like Miami Gardens. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and engage the panelists at the forum.
This culture of gun violence is not a problem that can only be solved by more arrests and heavy handed law enforcement. We have to provide greater opportunities to support and rehabilitate the troubled young people who commit many of these acts of violence.
Please join us for this important conversation and share this information with family and friends.
Pafford and NAACP blast Scott for voter purge
by John Kennedy | January 13th, 2014
The latest attempt by the Gov. Rick Scott administration to remove ineligible voters from the rolls drew heat Monday from the Florida NAACP and incoming House Democratic Leader Mark Pafford of West Palm Beach.
In a state where Democrats still hold a significant voter edge over ruling Republicans, the governor up for re-election this fall has been focused on the voter rolls since 2012. Earlier attempts to purge voter rolls have been met with lawsuits and opposition from election supervisors, but the governor ordered Secretary of State Ken Detzner in August to renew the effort.
Detzner announced last month that the state was poised to move forward in coming weeks with a review based on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAVE list — the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements.
Advocates on Monday said they have concerns about the accuracy of the database, saying it may not accurately reflect the voting elibility of many recent immigrants. NAACP officials said the move also looks designed to remove black voters from the rolls.
“It was a conspiracy then (in 2012) and it’s a conspiracy now,” said Dale Landry, a vice president with the Florida NAACP, saying the state wasted more than $100,000 on its initial attempt.
“We are doing the same thing. People need to get angry,” he added.
Pafford said the effort by the Scott administration seems “cyclical, running parallel to election cycles.”
Scott ordered Detzner to renew scrutiny of state voter rolls after the U.S. Supreme Court last summer overturned portions of the Voting Rights Act, freeing Florida and most southern states of federal oversight of their election laws.
Election Supervisors said the SAVE system is more reliable. Detzner also has said that any final decisions about a voter’s eligibility will rest with county supervisors, with anyone targeted for possible removal having plenty of opportunities to appeal a ruling.
Detzner spokeswoman Brittany Lesser said, ““Secretary Detzner worked with the Legislature last year to make effective changes to elections laws to give Florida’s eligible voters more access including increasing voting hours and expanding early voting locations. These changes will increase voter opportunities because his priority is for 100 percent of voters to vote and that zero percent fraud is found in elections. Integrity of the voter rolls must be upheld to ensure that elections are accurate, efficient and fair.”
Dear Community Partners,
I’d like to share with you the attached PDFs(PDF1, PDF2) that give you an overview of the cultural programs and offerings accompanying the Race exhibition at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. I’d like to thank you all for your support and enthusiasm for this seminal exhibition over the last two years and hope you will take advantage of the many cultural offerings we’ve developed.
You may also find this information on the following pages on our website: http://www.miamisci.org/www/events.php and http://www.miamisci.org/www/race-exhibit.html
Additionally, please visit our Facebook page and feel free to share the listed events for the exhibition on your personal and organizational pages. The RACE Cultural Series was uploaded earlier today. You may click here: https://www.facebook.com/FrostScience/events to view these events.
Again, thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you all soon. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.
Mariela Rossel Pritikin
Public Programs Assistant Manager, Community Outreach and Engagement