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Meeting the community concerns at Liberty Square

In Miami, the Scott-Carver public housing project was no worse than other poor neighborhoods, says Yvonne Stratford, a former resi- dent and activist with the Miami Workers Center. “We had lots of generations there—grandparents and great-grandparents. We had a big ...

Another American civil war on the horizon

A civil war is defined as a war between groups in the same country. Apply that definition to what is happening between some citizens and law enforcement and it seems the United States is heading for a civil war, if ...

Where is the outcry from the community?

It seems that some of our legislators have forgotten how strenuous the testing experience can be on a child. Some of them believe that months of class instruction and homework time must reflect in a single test score. A score ...

Family income should not determine a child’s future

When I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 90’s, I moved to New York City. And I did what most young folks did them: found the cheapest apartment I could afford in the nicest neighborhood possible. That ...

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 ...