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Tallahassee, leave police body cam video alone

It can be a perilously slippery slope when lawmakers try to limit public information. Sen. Chris Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale) may have had good intentions when he crafted the Senate Bill 248 but creating loopholes for police departments who choose to ...

No importing of racism from Cuba

Now that President Barack Obama plans to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the U.S. is another step closer to normalized relations with the island nation, just 330 miles from Miami’s shores. The announcement came last ...

Not all guilty Black men deserve to be gunned down

have been trying to figure out for the life of me what it is about Black men that law enforcement doesn’t like. Why are there so many excuses being made for their every hardship? Currently, there’s an African American male ...

Concealed weapons bill is dangerous, consequential

I rise in opposition to the bill, Carrying a concealed weapon or concealed fire arm (CS/CS/SB 290). When I think about emergency evacuations, chaos, stress and anxiety are words that come to mind, and now we want to introduce guns ...

Voter suppression laws hurt all Americans

Voting makes us who we are as Americans. Our democracy is special because we value equal and fair elections. Manipulating voting laws for an advantage in an election is something we expect to hear about in countries with dictatorships. It ...

Don’t make Overtown a political football

Overtown has been trying to recover from the extreme damage inflicted by the displacement of residents and businesses for the construction of Interstate 95 in the 1960s and the subsequent I-395. For those who stayed, Overtown is an almost wasteland ...

No punishment for the death of Raymond

On March 17, 2015, the Miami-Dade State Attorneys’ Office published its decision not to prosecute any officers in the May 2011 shooting death of Raymond Herisse on Miami Beach. In the aftermath of the State Attorneys’ decision, there has not ...

Stop the bills pushing guns in schools

Creeping through the 2015 Florida Legislative session is the idea of putting guns on college and high school campuses. The Senate Criminal Justice Committee passed a bill on Monday 3-2 to allow school district superintendents and principals to appoint teachers ...

Churches wants to help in Liberty City

On behalf of the Collective Empowerment Group of South Florida Inc., we add our voices to those of the residents of Liberty City and Liberty Square. Some of their views and wishes were expressed in an article, “Project tenants make ...

Miami-Dade should not be Ferguson

One police officer in Ferguson, Missouri sent an email with a photo depicting President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee. Here, a Black man in the same city lost his job after a police officer accused him of being a pedophile ...

Fifty years later, Selma’s struggle is not over

The Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 were part of the Selma Voting Rights Movement and led to the passage that year of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark federal achievement of the American Civil Rights Movement. Neither the demonstrators ...

Miami Gardens civil unrest troubling

At a time when people of all walks of life have joined together to say Black Lives Matter, Florida’s largest predominately Black city has diluted the message. Weeks after Miami Gardens police officers had a confrontation with mentally-ill Lavall Hall ...

Black History Month looks back, looks forward

South Florida is wrapping up another successful Black History Month. The history lessons, dedications and cultural events were a great display of ethnic pride and empowerment. Readers of The Miami Times enjoyed the paper’s special section, A New Generation of ...

Lipstick on a pig

Plans to raze and rebuild Liberty Square apartments have been received with mixed feelings from residents. Announced Feb. 2, Miami-Dade County Housing and Urban Development told the community a better Liberty City is on the way. While residents are ready ...

Afro-Cubans need our support

They are our brothers and sisters, but they are also Cubans. Dozens of Afro-Cubans turned out to a recent community discussions to share experiences of racism that are similar to what others in the African Diaspora face. Afro Cubans talked ...

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