- Faith & Family
For the past 31 years, the civil rights organization, PULSE, which stands for People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality, has been fighting to ensure that Blacks and other minorities receive fair treatment.
At their annual convention at Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church this Saturday, the civil rights organization will be asking the community and its own members exactly how it should best fight for equal treatment for Blacks and other minorities.
PULSE was founded in 1981 in response to the McDuffie riot to deal with discriminatory treatment that Blacks received when dealing with law enforcement.
Blacks must fight complacency
“There seems to be a complacency in the community that we have arrived now, but the issues of the Black community have pretty much remained the same [since PULSE was founded],” said Executive Director Rev. Nathaniel Wilcox. “We must continue to make this community better one day at a time.”
The theme for the convention will be “People United to Save Our Youth.”
“Our future is our youth and if we don’t work with them then the future of the Black race is bleak,” he said.
In addition to concerns about local youth, the convention will also highlight the “Miami 8” — a title that refers to the eight Black men who were shot and killed in police-involved shootings in Miami-Dade County.
Currently, the shootings are being investigated, but “we want to keep them in the minds and hearts of the community because we don’t want those young men to seem like they died in vain; we don’t want their families to think that we have forgotten them,” Wilcox said.
Other resolutions that PULSE will be considering for the upcoming year include: decreasing the high unemployment rate among Blacks; increasing quality education opportunities; ensuring that minority and Black businesses receive a fair distribution of community development grant funds; and addressing the need for adequate garbage disposal systems in lower-income neighborhoods. The organization hopes to reinvigorate a “Hot Spot” campaign to encourage local citizens to anonymously report crime they witness in their community.
The convention kicks off at 9 a.m.
By Kaila Heard