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Despicable police conduct exposed on Miami Beach

The undesirable and despicable racist and sexist e-mails exchanged between Miami Beach police officers and exposed at a press conference last Thursday by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates still convey shock but ...

My Brother’s Keeper should be Obama’s legacy

The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance announced by President Barack Obama May 4 aims to give young, Black men a chance to improve their lives. An outgrowth of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative launched more than a year ago, the nationwide ...

Miami Gardens is a city of purpose

In 2003, the City of Miami Gardens was incorporated and instantly became the third-largest city in Miami-Dade County. Twelve years later, the city continues to stretch its imagination to attain greater achievements for our residents and our children. Project developments ...

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 ...