PULSE: Advocates for a voiceless Black community

caines | 5/16/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Clergy-based group prepares for its 32nd annual convention and elections Confronting a litany of broken promises made to the Black community dating back to the years immediately following the McDuffie Riots, the Miami-based grassroots organization known as P.U.L.S.E. often finds itself in the midst of controversy something you might expect given their goal of confronting, holding accountable and negotiating with the powers that be for the needs of the Black community, according to a recent press release. Now as the group prepares for its 32nd annual conference that will include the election of new officers, Executive Director Rev. Nathaniel Wilcox says, we do a whole lot more than just show up at press conferences. While we, People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality, are committed to eradicating injustice and discrimination perpetuated in areas from government and the justice system, to education and employment as experienced by citizens of Miami-Dade County, we understand that we have to remain diligent and steadfast both when all eyes are upon and when were working behind the scenes. Wilcox adds that impacting violence in the Black community remains one of P.U.L.S.E.s top priorities. We are always looking for ways to work with and engage our youth but realize that theres no magic wand we can use to fix things, he said. We know we can save some youth from a tragic future, but the truth is we cannot save everyone. In the past year, we have started going into tough, crime-riddled areas including the Pork & Beans, praying with families, encouraging young people who are out on the corners and asking youth what they need to change the direction of their lives for the better. Sadly, many of our youth just dont want to listen. But that doesnt mean we wont keep trying.

Convention highlights

During the convention, which kicks off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 at Zion Hope MBC [5129 NW 17th Avenue], Wilcox and the officers will present a list of resolutions for delegates and members to consider. The resolutions will focus on the following items: committee to end discrimination; fair share jobs; quality education; neighborhood issues; P.U.L.S.E. hotspot campaign; youth; economic empowerment; and self-support. Rev. James Pacley, senior pastor, Newborn Faith Deliverance MBC, is the groups president and is seeking a second term in office. He says the thing that P.U.L.S.E. does best is hold authorities, business owners and elected officials accountable. Blacks in Miami are used to being promised all kinds of wonderful things for our support and for our vote, he said. But far too often we are then forced to wait and wait to see those promises materialize. Look at Marlins Stadium. We were promised jobs, then they decided that to get hired you had to speak Spanish and English. Our young men are being killed like insects and sometimes its being done by other youth. We cant allow that to go on. I wish I could say otherwise, but in my 70 years I see that we are fighting for many of the same things that we were 30 years ago. Blacks still arent getting their fair share. Rev. Dennis Jackson, II, pastor of New Mt. Moriah MBC and a candidate for president, believes that P.U.L.S.E. is just as important to Blacks in Miami as it has ever been. This group is still an agent for change and we often tackle issues and concerns that never make the front page or the evening news, he said. Take for example the woman who was dragged from a local train recently. The ministers from P.U.L.S.E. met privately and then went to see Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez. He agreed to put things in place so that something like that would never happen again. Its in my blood in fact its in all of us to confront injustice wherever we see it happening. For more information call 305-576-7590. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com