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Democratic leaders say their party is unified behind Crist

By By Anthony Man , Sun Sentinel – They did everything but sing “Kumbaya” as the victors and the vanquished came together Thursday to profess their admiration and respect for one another — and pledge that Democrats would work together to defeat Republicans in November. …read more Source: Broward Politics     ...
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I raise my hands

By Carma Henry Bobby R. Henry, Sr. I raise my hands … 2 Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help, When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary…7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him..” Psalms 28:2-7 (NASV) Please read the entire 28 Psalm By Bobby R. Henry, Sr. In memory of all those who have “Raised their hands” in the symbolic gesticulation of surrendering and giving up the ghost, remember death is God’s way of calling us home no matter how we leave this place. By the time that you read this, we would have placed some people into new leadership positions and aligned others for hopeful quests. As the tear gases settle and the tears yet still flow for the pitiful treatment suffered by an almost broken people, we raise our hands not in submission to man but in our faith in God. I raise my hands free from weapons and unballed fists in a sign that’s non-threatening and it makes me vulnerable. I …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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An eyewitness account of violence in Ferguson, Mo.

By Carma Henry An eyewitness account of violence in Ferguson, Mo. Yaya Bey after being beaten in Ferguson, Mo. (Photo courtesy of Yaya Bey) By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNPA) – At noon on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 Michael Brown, 18, and his friend, Dorian Johnson, crossed paths with Ferguson, Mo. Police Officer, Darren Wilson. By 12:04 p.m., Wilson had fatally shot Brown six times. His body was left out for hours as other officers responded to the scene. The next evening, his family and community gathered at the site of his death for a vigil in his honor. After a while, they decided to march down West Florissant Ave. to a QuikTrip gas station/convenience store. After that, the details of what is happening in Ferguson become murky, depending on the source. “We are on a whole other level now, people don’t even know. Don’t believe what you’re seeing on mainstream TV. We are in a state of emergency here in Ferguson, so the government basically has the right to make the rules up as they go,” says Danie Rae, a St. Louis resident. Rae has been demonstrating on …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Florida Primary Election: More absentee voters but low overall turnout expected

By Carma Henry Florida Primary Election: More absentee voters but low overall turnout expected … Hundreds of people poured out of churches after services in South Florida’s historic Black neighborhoods Sunday to march to the voting booth. By 4 p.m. Sunday, more than 19,000 had cast ballots in Broward County, according to county election officials., (File photo from Oct. 29, 2012 elections of 2012) By Jessica Palombo/ WFSU News Twenty-two percent. That’s the benchmark voter turnout Florida’s elections chief says we can expect for today’s primary. Secretary of State Ken Detzner says although more people have been voting absentee since the election night snafus of 2012, overall turnout usually isn’t high in non-presidential primaries. As of 9:30 Tuesday morning, Detzner said voting was going smoothly. The only exception in the state’s 6,222 precincts was one Orange County poll worker who overslept and opened a few minutes late. (No voters were affected, Detzner says.) And before polls opened Tuesday, he said 296,902 people had voted early and 856,378 voters had cast absentee ballots. He says he’s heard sporadic reports from Lee and Orange counties of “dramatic” increases in absentee voting compared to previous elections. “I think the long lines of 2012 sent a message to people that it’s easy and …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Trayvon Martin’s mom writes open letter to Michael Brown’s family saying, ‘Neither of their lives shall be in vain’

By Carma Henry Trayvon Martin’s mom writes open letter to Michael Brown’s family saying, ‘Neither of their lives shall be in vain’ Nationwide — Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin who was killed two and a half years ago by a volunteer neighborhood watch captain, has penned an open letter to the mother of Michael Brown, who was killed recently in Ferguson, Mo. by a police officer. Fulton’s compelling letter from one mother to another was printed exclusively in Time magazine. The letter reads: To The Brown Family, I wish I had a word of automatic comfort but I don’t. I wish I could say that it will be alright on a certain or specific day but I can’t. I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours but it won’t. What I can do for you is what has been done for me: pray for you then share my continuing journey as you begin yours. I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents and relatives who have lost loved ones to senseless gun violence. Of particular concern is that so many of …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Students of color now match white school enrollment

By Carma Henry Students of color now match white school enrollment By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNPA) – As the nation’s families head back to school, they may notice that for the first time, elementary and middle school students of color will equal the percentage of white students, according to Department of Education projections. White student enrollment has steadily declined, as have birth rates among white families. Hispanic-American students have, and will continue to have, the largest presence in public elementary and middle schools. Asian and multiracial student populations have also grown in that time, although much more modestly. In recent years, Black public school enrollment has remained steady at around 17 or 18 percent of all students. It began to decline in 2006, falling to 15.3 percent of all K-8 public school students in 2011. That’s the most recent actual enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); but the Department of Education predicts Black enrollment continued to decline in 2012 and 2013, will plateau for the next few years, and will begin rising again in 2017. This year’s “majority-minority” demographic shift is speculation for now – the Department of Education won’t have the actual enrollment figures …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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How to help end police brutality in your community

By Carma Henry How to help end police brutality in your community By Charlene Carruthers and Terrance Laney President Barack Obama’s statements on the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., left many young Black folks feeling that the Administration was either unwilling or inept at addressing racial injustice in the United States. While the focus on America’s first Black President is understandable, it has unfortunately provided every mayor, city council and police department with the cover they need to continue to refuse to implement common sense reforms that would keep everyone safe from police misconduct and abuse of power. The truth is that the presidency, a federal office, has limited authority over local government agencies like police departments. Local elected officials hold the most power to create the kind of change we need. While pressuring an unknown city councilman may not earn activists national recognition and Twitter stardom, doing so effectively may end stats that show a Black person is killed by police, security officers or vigilantes every 28 hours in the U.S. Young people are crowding streets across America, confronting local police, screaming, “Don’t shoot!” and boldly asking “Am I next?” — But clear policy demands directed at the appropriate targets have been lacking. While the …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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From ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ to ‘hands up, vote’

By Carma Henry Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. From ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ to ‘hands up, vote’ By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist Out of every momentous national tragedy that Black Americans have continued to endure in the United States, there has always emerged a redeeming moment to push harder and further on the long journey toward freedom, justice and equality. The continuing unrestrained fatal police killings of Black American males in St. Louis County, Missouri is now described as part of a national “open season” to kill Blacks in America. What should we do now? What is the redeeming action that should be taken? In the aftermath of the murders of Michael Brown, Eric Gardner, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis and so many others, what should be our next course of action? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., writing in his last book, pointed the way. Writing in Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? Dr. King stated in 1967: “The persistence of racism in depth and the dawning awareness that Negro demands will necessitate structural changes in society have generated a new phase of white resistance in the North and South.” Dr. King’s prophetic words, written 47 years ago, are equally true …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Differences in Black and white

By Carma Henry George E. Curry Differences in Black and white By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Public opinion polls confirm a fact that has been documented in instances ranging from the O.J. Simpson verdict to recent events in Ferguson: When it comes to race, Blacks and whites largely view events through a different set of lenses. Several recent polls provided yet more proof of this disheartening trend. According to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, more than half of Black Americans polled – 57 percent – said the killing of the unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo. Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014 was “not justified.” Among whites, 25 percent said the shooting death was unjustified. In addition, 31 percent of white Americans, and 71 percent of Blacks, said they think police are generally more likely to use deadly force against a person of color than a white person. The performance of Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, also received mixed reviews, so to speak. He mobilized the Missouri State Highway Patrol and then activated the Missouri National Guard after declaring a state of emergency and imposing a curfew. Blacks were twice as likely as whites to say involving the National …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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My Dream

By Carma Henry My Dream By Yolonda Reed The most recent, apparently senseless death of another African American male has our community in an uproar. The shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo. Police officer Darren Wilson has ignited racial flames that always lay simmering just below the surface. We are doing a great job of killing ourselves with Black-on-Black violence, HIV/AIDS, drugs, etc. We don’t need any help from our so-called enforcers of the law! Yes, I said it – we are doing a fabulous job of genocide all on our own without the help of those sworn to protect and to serve us lending a hand. Undoubtedly this statement will upset some folks; well, the truth hurts, doesn’t it? I’ve heard so many Black men’s grievances about the system and how hard it is for them to find a job, let alone a good job. I’ve witnessed the struggle of Brothers who have been incarcerated try and get reintegrated into society. I’ve seen the “By Any Means Necessary” mentality of putting food on the table that some men have resorted to for their families. In short, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly – from a Black woman’s perspective. The most feared species …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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History often unfolds the politics of political injustice

By Carma Henry Derek Joy History often unfolds the politics of political injustice By Derek Joy Check this out. . . The aftermath of Michael Brown’s shooting by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson has ignited a barrage of public sentiment and media attention. Brown was an unarmed Black American teenager. Wilson is Anglo. Hence, local attention focused even more when WPLG/Local 10’s This Week in South Florida hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg embraced the topic with guests. One by one, Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley, Major Delrish Moss, public information office commander for the City of Miami Police Dept., community activist Brian Dennis and El Nuevo Herald Executive Editor Myriam Marquez weighed in. “I wouldn’t say we’re over armed,” replied Adderley, when Marquez pointed out the heavy artillery armored personnel carriers police departments work with. “When you’re the person waiting to be rescued you want them to have every advantage.” No doubt about that. And absolutely no doubt about Moss’ assessment: “Sensitivity training is key. Being sensitive is an extension of my ability to help. If you can’t respect the people you police, then you can’t police them.” History shows as much. Arthur McDuffie, Neville Johnson and a number of other unarmed Black Americans who were killed by police – the …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Spaniard convicted of laundering drug profits in Miami condos and cars faces possible life sentence

A reputed drug lord convicted of laundering $20 million in cocaine profits in Spain through Miami’s luxury condo and car markets will soon learn whether he will be spending the rest of his life in prison. …read more Source: Miami Herald     ...
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Body found in vacant lot in Pompano Beach

A body was found in a vacant lot Wednesday in Pompano Beach. Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies said the body was discovered in a lot off Hammondville Road. Sky 10 was above the scene as deputies were covering the body. The body was tucked in the corner of the lot next to a concrete wall and fence. Homicide detectives said the body was of a homeless person and foul play was not suspected. Follow Peter Burke on Twitter @PeteBurke Follow Local 10 on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Hollywood motel fire forces tenants out

Occupants of at least five motel units were forced to evacuate Wednesday night after a fire started on the second floor. The fire happened around 9 p.m. Wednesday at a motel on Scott Street in Hollywood. A worker with Florida Power & Light Co. was fixing a transformer next to the building just before the fire started. A resident said while the FPL worker was working, he walked up to his place and that’s when the motel caught fire. A worker ran up with a fire extinguisher and put out most of the fire, but it had already spread to the attic. The fire department was then called. No injuries were reported. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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