Miami's rough history With Nelson Mandela

In June 1990, Miami's politically powerful Cuban exile community protested a visit by Mandela, newly released from a South African prison, for his praise of Fidel Castro, arch-enemy of right wing, Cuban exiles but friend of the anti-apartheid movement.
Despite pleas by local African-American leaders, the cities of Miami and Miami Beach, along with Miami-Dade Country, refused to recognize Mandela when he visited the area for a labor conference.  The Miami City Commission rescinded a proclamation honoring Mandela.
Tourists angry at the Mandela snub launched a boycott that cost the city $25 million in lost revenue. Business leaders helped end the boycott in 1993, but tensions continued in the 1990s between blacks and Cubans after several incidents between Miami police and immigrant Haitians.
"I offer now an apology to Nelson Mandela for the way he was received  in Miami," Penelas told 10,000 delegates attending the national convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
"I am proud of how far we have come," Penelas said. "President Mandela's visit was one of the many challenges we have learned from."

From The Desk Of Jeb Bush

Dear Friends,

I believe in a strong America; an America that is the definitive beacon of opportunity, an America that is the global leader in economic prosperity, an America that has the most competitive workforce in the world.

But the daunting truth is that we are not that America. We are falling behind. We have to do better, for our children, and for generations to come who deserve a revived, strong nation.

Yesterday, results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) were released. The assessment compares 15 year olds from developed countries across the globe in math, science and reading. The results point to a jarring reality we all need to face in our country: our education system is not equipping our children for the competitive workforce.

Other countries are making faster progress. U.S. teenagers are now ranked 26th in math, 21st in science, and 17th in reading. Shanghai, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong are leading the pack, while countries like Poland and Ireland surpassed us for the first time.

There is no excuse in the book to justify our performance on the world stage. We are in a competitive 21st century and it’s time we start preparing our kids to compete. Without adequately preparing our kids with the fundamental skills needed in school, how can we expect them to go on and contribute to a vibrant workforce? We need to do better.

Yesterday’s results dramatically underscore the need for higher, internationally benchmarked standards and a focus on foundational skills in K-12 education. We accomplish this by holding schools accountable for performance and providing teachers with the supports they need to help students meet these higher expectations. This improves our children’s opportunity to achieve success in school, college, career, and life, thereby preparing them to successfully compete with their peers around the globe.

However, we do see a positive outcome in the PISA results that reaffirms my core belief: all students can and will learn when education is focused on them. Massachusetts participated for the first time in the international benchmarking system and received separate scores. Massachusetts’s average scores were higher than both the U.S. and global average scores in all three subjects. The reason Massachusetts out performs not only the rest of America but other countries? Reform works. In 1993, Massachusetts adopted a bold package of education reforms to transform the failing status quo and focus the system on students’ learning. They implemented rigorous standards and achievement tests that students have to pass to graduate.

Today other states are following their lead and it couldn't come at a more critical time.

I hope that you will join me in this mission of giving every child in America a quality education. Your voice has a significant impact. Here’s how you can do your part to guarantee a strong America:

ADL Seeking Applications to Honor Top Florida Law Enforcement

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is delighted to announce its call for applications for the centennial edition of ADL’s 2013 Doris and Murray Felton Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards.
Recognizing two essential components of the law enforcement community – the sworn officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect Americans from the threat of extremism, terrorism and hate – often our community’s first line of defense; and the prosecutors, who work tirelessly to ensure the offenders receive the punishment accorded by law – ADL’s Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards recognizes both the investigative and prosecutorial roles of law enforcement, identifying those members who are so deeply committed to their work that they have gone above and beyond expected efforts to protect the community.
“ADL has ten decades of experience in fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry, and exposing domestic extremist groups,” stated Hava Holzhauer, ADL Florida Regional Director. “Today, ADL is the largest non-governmental law enforcement training organization in America, and has emerged as the most esteemed private authority on hate groups, extremism and domestic terrorism. As an important partner and ally to law enforcement agencies nationwide and here in Florida, ADL’s Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards represents and honors the best of law enforcement.”
“The ADL Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards is unique not only in the State of Florida, but across the United States,” stated Michael Freeling, Chairperson, ADL Florida Law Enforcement Committee. “No other organization publicly recognizes leadership in law enforcement in the areas of hate crimes, domestic terrorism, civil rights and public-private partnerships quite like ADL.”
Capt. Rick Wierzbicki (ret.)
In 2011, Capt. Rick Wierzbicki (ret.), former Commander of the BSO Hate Crimes/Anti-Bias Task Force was honored with ADL’s prestigious award, and this year, he is proud to chair the Selection Committee for the 2013 awards: “It’s a privilege to work with some of the most dedicated and accomplished law enforcement leaders within the State of Florida who are current members of the ADL Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards Committee. As Chairperson, I reached out to Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger and Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith, both of whom had the national spotlight focused on them and their respective agencies due to some trying times this last year. Like the other Committee invitees, both Sheriff Eslinger and Chief Smith accepted positions on the Committee without hesitation, which shows their strong commitment to the Award and to ADL.”
One of the Awards’ Selection Committee members, Doug Muldoon, Chief of Police, City of Palm Bay Police Department, reflected, “I am very honored to be asked to participate on the ADL Committee in 2013-2014. Not only do I represent the City of Palm Bay, but law enforcement in general and the FBI National Academy Associates where I currently serve as the President of the Association and represent over 18,000 members in over 170 countries.”
The ADL 2013 Doris and Murray Felton Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards application is due by January 31, 2014 and is available online. The application includes information regarding:
  • Criteria for nomination
  • Selection process
  • Past Award recipients

Doris and Murray Felton Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards Selection Committee:
  • CHAIRPERSON: RICK WIERZBICKI, CAPTAIN, Broward Sheriff’s Office (Ret.)
  • DAN ALEXANDER, CHIEF OF POLICE, Boca Raton Police Department
  • RIC L. BRADSHAW, SHERIFF, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
  • JANE CASTOR, CHIEF OF POLICE, Tampa Police Department
  • STEVE CASEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Florida Sheriff’s Association
  • JERRY L. DEMINGS, SHERIFF, Orange County Sheriff’s Office
  • DONALD F. ESLINGER, SHERIFF, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
  • AL LAMBERTI, SHERIFF, Broward County Sheriff’s Office (Ret.)
  • PAUL C. MAY, SHERIFF, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office
  • AMY MERCER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Florida Police Chiefs Association
  • DOUG MULDOON, CHIEF OF POLICE, Palm Bay Police Department
  • HON. KATHERINE F. RUNDLE, STATE ATTORNEY, Eleventh Judicial Circuit
  • JOHN H. RUTHERFORD, SHERIFF, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
  • LARRY SCHROEDER, CHIEF OF POLICE, Delray Beach Police Department (Ret.)
  • MIKE SCOTT, SHERIFF, Lee County Sheriff’s Office
  • CECIL E. SMITH, CHIEF OF POLICE, Sanford Police Department
  • JOHN SULLIVAN, JR., EXECUTIVE LIASION, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

ADL Law Enforcement Committee Members:

Charlie Crist Speaks on HIV/AIDS and Marriage Equality

During our private meeting in his hotel suite, Crist and I discussed our departure from the Republican Party and how we aligned ourselves with the Democratic Party because it values and prioritizes the needs of all people.

We spoke candidly about our families and life experiences and I reminded him of a public dialogue we once had relating to abstinence-only sex education and how it fails to factor in the needs of LGBTQ youth and at-risk youth. We also discussed the staggering impact of HIV/AIDS in Florida and how South Florida leads the nation with the highest rates of new HIV-infections.

Gov, Charlie Crist well received at Democratic Conference

Several Florida Democrats groveled over previous Gov. Charlie Crist this weekend at their Biannual conference, appropriating a victor's welcome more than a prior week he formally declares his bid for senator.

The Florida Democratic Party's gathering gave Crist, who wasn't an official speaker, a stage to do
what he appears to fondness best - posture for photos, whisper expressions of consolation and wait long enough with admirers to make a logjam wherever he went.

"He has the same mystique as John Kennedy, that same undefineable thing," said Mary Mackenzie, a Pinellas Park designate who said she shook Jfk's hand twice as a youthful young lady and gets the same excite from her cooperations with Crist decades later. "He makes you have a feeling that you are the one and only on the planet, for instance you truly matter."

Down the lobby, gubernatorial hopeful Nan Rich, a deep rooted Democrat and previous state official who served as Senate Minority Leader, didn't get about the rock-star gathering as Crist, Crist reported he had exchanged his enrollment to Democrat at a Christmas occasion a year ago at the White House with President Obama.

The majority of the discourses at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort were concentrated on overcoming occupant Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican who beat Democratic rival Alex Sink by less than 1 rate focus three years back.

For some gathering supporters, previous Republican Gov. Crist represents an issue.

"He's exceptionally amiable. Anyhow I'm a doubter. So I'm in the again of my head thinking what's the cause and how is he set to benefit off the constituents?" said Lois Porcella, who exists in Palm Beach County. "It truly descends to the center theory of the gathering and how that applicant is anticipating those standards to the voters. I comprehend that the final objective is to annihilation the Republicans. Anyway still you can't surrender your middle being."

Rich called the race a decision between "substance and style" and said Democrats are at a defining moment.

"This essential is set to be about what sort of Democrats we are. In the ballpark of a year out, Democrats dependably begin to consider we have to have a progressive Democrat and that we can't stand to have an ongoing. I can't help disagreeing with them. We have chosen Barack Obama twice in this state, an African-American man twice who has orderly standards," Rich said. "I accept there's a developing continuous development in the state… I'm finding it as I travel. Individuals are energized. They need a Democrat that has the center Democratic qualities and standards. That is what I'm set to present."

Yet being closed out of the senator's manor since Jeb Bush was chosen in 1998 has made numerous Democrats more even minded. Furthermore national Democrats are now arranging with an eye on Crist, who will formally proclaim his bid Nov. 4 in the place where he grew up of St. Petersburg and who has recently been going around the nation to rustle up backing.

"Whatever issues individuals need to raise about Charlie Crist, he is a matchless government official. He knows his individuals. As a Democrat, I will say that I suppose he did a mess of reasonable things for the state of Florida as far as training. I suppose we might be route more distant ahead in social insurance in Florida in the event that he were representative. Also I suppose he can decimate Rick Scott. Furthermore we require an applicant who can defeat Rick Scott," Bonnie Sklaren of Gulfport said.

Crist said the agents have demonstrated to him moving generosity.

"I suppose they see my heart and comprehend. They see what the administration of the Republican Party has come to be," Crist said. "I'm the place my heart is and I feel extremely at home. What's more I suppose they have respected the believer and I'm appreciative."

Yet Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry, who set up shop in a pub in the lodging where the Democrats are gathering, jeered at Crist's change.

"He's simply an entrepreneur. He's incapable in the matter of overseeing and he's an entrepreneur in the matter of his own political profession," Curry said.

Tending to the Democratic dark council in a flooding gathering room, Crist spoke of the prejudice Jackie Robinson experienced on the baseball field. Robinson needed to push his quality by accepting punishment silently, said Crist, who has been ambushed determinedly by Florida Republicans.

"These individuals impending after you like that, they're making sensitivity for you. In light of the fact that you're that great. You stand straight. That is the reason you're here. That is the reason you have to join. That is the reason you have to have an effect. I don't give a second thought who it is. I don't give a second thought what part of the state you're from. 2014 is imperative. We're impending. We're advancing. Barack did it twice in Florida on account of you. Get prepared. It's impending," Crist said before being smashed by dark supporters.

Outside, representative Gloria Goolsby of North Lauderdale gripped Crist and begin crying uncontrollably. Crist shepherded her far from the swarm as Goolsby mournfully informed Crist concerning her child, who was discharged from jail four years back yet couldn't uncover a vocation in light of the fact that he is a sentenced criminal. As representative, Crist was instrumental in making it less demanding for criminals to have their rights, incorporating the right to vote, restored after their sentences were finished. In one of his first activities in the wake of taking office, Scott and the Cabinet turned around the procedure and rather infringed a base five-year defer before criminals can start to have their rights restored.

With his arm around Goolsby, Crist called her offspring and left a message.

"I need to leave you know you're not be. We're set to do something about this," Crist s

Michael Emanuel Rajner's comment before the Broward County School Board relating to homophobic statements

Video from my public comment before the Broward County School Board relating to homophobic statements by a State Representative serving on the K-12 Education Subcommittee. A special thank you for 2 amazing lesbians who are nurturing a child in a home with 2 mommies who let me share your story that serves as a model of a loving family and home.
South Florida LGBT Community speaks at Broward County School Board meeting to publicly respond to bigoted and homophobic statements made by State Rep. Dennis Baxley of Ocala, Florida.

In a K-12 Subcommittee meeting of the Florida House of Representatives Committee on Education, Representative Baxley stated a home with 2 mommies is a dysfunctional structure and no different than a home filled with commercial sex work, drug and alcohol abuse and violence.

Equality Florida Statement on Outrageous Comments by Representative Baxley Disparaging LGBT Families 
“We hope Representative Baxley has the decency to apologize for his comments disparaging gay parents and our children.  More than that, we invite Representative Baxley to educate himself, talk with us and actually meet our families. We are a diverse state and no elected official can fulfill their oath of office if they only respect and care about the people and families that look just like their own,” said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida.

“The entire child welfare community, every credible agency and all research, is unanimous in recognizing that gay parents are equally capable of of raising children and that our kids do just as well as their classmates.”

Equality Florida has requested a meeting with Representative Baxley after his comments on Tuesday, October 8 in the House, K-12 Subcommittee disparaging LGBT parents, comparing them to abusive parents and equating having same-sex parents with alcoholism. 

Below is the text of his statement:

"It's easy to say parents need to get involved, but half these kids are raising themselves; they don't have any parents that are functional.  How can we address that?  I know it's scope and I know it's hard, but you're probably their only hope.  I mean I sat an hour and a half with a teacher telling me, well this child has got serial men coming through the house, this one has two mommy's, this one has abusive father whose home, this has alcoholism, this one has drug abuse.  It was a casualty warfare event to hear - just her classroom - how many dysfunctional, atypical - to me - uh, structures are in the way of a kid having a chance to learn." Representative Dennis Baxley

Michael Emanuel Rajner

Urban Family Engagement Network project.

Broward County

The Broward County Council of PTA has been selected by the National PTA as one of
six sites for the Urban Family Engagement Network project. The Urban Family Engagement Network project is designed to train parents and community leaders, engage underserved families, and connect families to valuable community resources through a series of 12 workshop sessions.

The goal of this grassroots training is to equip parents with the tools to support their children’s academic success, provide opportunities to build leadership skills and empower parents to get engaged in active advocacy efforts to ensure that all children have access to a quality education.

Each 3 hour workshop will consist of two sessions for a total of 12 sessions. We encourage participants to attend all the sessions in order to complete this National PTA training.

We invite all PTAs, parents and members of the community to register and attend these workshops. Materials, child care and food will be available for participants. Please fill out the attached registration form or you can find the form online at and email it to
Workshop Sessions
1.  Orientation/Parent Involvement / 2. Parents’ Rights and Responsibilities
3. The Parent Teacher Partnership/ 4. Structure and Function of School Site
5. Structure and Function of the School District and Board/ 7. The Politics of Education
6. Engaging Father Figures/ 8. Responsible Leadership and Teamwork
9. Facilitating and Participating in Productive Meetings/ 10. Developing an Action Plan
11. Strengthening Communication Skills / 12. Reflection as Leaders

Thank You
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__        10/23/13          5&7                              Horizon Elementary                6:30-9 PM      
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House Democrats chose Rep. Mark Pafford of West Palm Beach as their next leader

House Democrats chose Rep. Mark Pafford of West Palm Beach as their next leader in a vote last night, capping off a 48-hour campaign following the ouster of their first choice for the position.

Pafford, who will formally take over the caucus after the 2014 elections, defeated Rep. Alan Williams of Tallahassee in a 29-12 vote with one abstention. He replaces Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg, who was voted out of the post Monday after a series of clashes with other members of the caucus and with the leadership of the Florida Democratic Party.

"Our differences are actually what make this minority caucus stronger," Pafford, 47, said in remarks after his election. "And we need to take a moment to embrace our differences and make those differences our strength."

It will now fall to Pafford to try to reunite House Democrats and prepare for the 2014 elections, when the party hopes to increase the size of its 44-member minority in the 120-seat House. Speaking with reporters, Pafford said it would take some time for him to develop "a blueprint" for his efforts. 

"But the first thing is getting everybody comfortable and understanding that we've hit the reset button and we are one," he said.

For his part, Williams tried to shrug off any idea that there would be divisions left in the caucus after the vote. Williams said that, had he not run for the position, he would have voted for Pafford.

"I believe in his leadership," Williams said. "I think he's going to be a hell of a leader."

Williams also said he hoped Pafford and Democratic leaders would try to rehire Jeff Ryan, a former finance director for the House campaign effort who was fired as part of the standoff between Rouson and Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant.

"I think it's critical that we have him back to help in our fund-raising efforts," Williams said.

Pafford didn't rule out rehiring Ryan, saying only that he would "have to take a look at" the idea.

Throughout Wednesday night's activities, Democrats tried to push the case that they were united despite the three-day whirlwind that deposed Rouson and installed Pafford. Rep. Katie Edwards of Plantation paraphrased "The Godfather" movies while speaking on behalf of Williams.

"Whatever this war is, it ends now," she said.

Republicans, meanwhile, made the case that the election of Pafford -- who is generally viewed as more liberal than Williams -- would mean trouble for former Gov. Charlie Crist, a onetime Republican who is expected to run for the Democratic nomination for his old job. Crist would face former state Sen. Nan Rich, a champion of the party's more liberal wing, in the primary.

"With Mark Pafford anointed as the incoming leader for the House Democrats, this means that the House Democratic Caucus is lurching further to the left and tacitly rejecting Charlie Crist as their standard bearer," Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry said in a statement issued after the vote.

The Wednesday election was set in motion Monday, when Democrats met behind closed doors and voted to replace Rouson, who had set up a controversial campaign account to pay for House races without the knowledge of Florida Democratic Party leaders or members of the caucus.

While Rouson's decision to set up the "Affiliated Party Committee" was the immediate spark for his removal, trouble had been brewing for months. He won a narrow vote for the leadership post against Rep. Mia Jones, D-Jacksonville, in February after Democrats deadlocked on the first ballot.

After his election, Rouson had contentious exchanges with a pair of House members at a public caucus meeting this summer about his choice of political consultants and strained relationships with trial lawyers and teachers, key groups in the party's infrastructure.

But for Democrats, the committee was particularly problematic because many of them, including Rouson, had voted against a bill that allowed the creation of such committees. Democrats blasted the committees as a revival of the old "leadership funds" and warned they would corrupt the process.

Tant later fired Ryan and another employee in connection with Rouson's committee, and several members started calling for Rouson to step aside. Rouson reportedly raised $147,000, which has since been transferred to the party.

In a statement Wednesday, Tant congratulated Pafford on his election.

"I look forward to working with Rep. Pafford and all House Democrats in building a unified and strong caucus," she said.

Senator Rubio decided to block the nomination of Judge William Thomas to the Southern District of Florida

This week, Senator Rubio decided to single-handedly block the nomination of Judge William Thomas to the Southern District of Florida. Why should this matter to you? Because it's just another example of Senator Rubio putting extremist politics ahead of what's best for Floridians, denying a highly qualified nominee from serving on our federal bench.
If confirmed, Judge Thomas would become the first black openly gay man on the federal bench, adding needed diversity to the Southern District. Judge Thomas grew up in a family of 10 children and rose to be regarded as one of the hardest-working, most competent judges on the Miami-Dade criminal court division. His qualifications were endorsed by the American Bar Association and he is supported by the Dade County Police Benevolent Association, the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, and the League of Prosecutors.
Despite all of these qualifications, and the support of President Obama and Senator Nelson, Senator Rubio still will not let Judge Thomas’ nomination go to the Senate floor for a simple yes or no vote.
The question for Senator Rubio is why? It sure looks like politics to me.
The vacancy in the Southern District has sat open for nearly 600 days. During this time, legal cases have backed up, making it harder for Floridians to access their courts. We need hard working, well qualified judges like William Thomas on the bench.
Floridians deserve to have their courts working at full capacity and Judge William Thomas deserves a simple yes or no vote.

Democrats voted to replace Rep. Darryl Rouson

House Democrats ousted their future leader,in a closed-door vote, opening up the position charged with leading their campaign efforts less than 14 months before the next general election.

On a 24-17 vote, Democrats voted to replace Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, who was set to take over as the party's leader in the House after the 2014 elections. While a replacement was not immediately named, Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, emerged as a likely candidate to take over in a vote Wednesday.

Rouson was toppled after setting up a controversial campaign account to pay for House races without the knowledge of Florida Democratic Party leaders or members of the caucus. Rouson's support in the caucus crumbled after reports about the campaign fund broke into the open.

"I asked for the opportunity to appear in front of the caucus and explain why I did what I did and the purpose for doing it," Rouson said after the vote. "The caucus afforded me that opportunity tonight, and I'm very grateful."

While he did not necessarily back away from his decision to set up the "Affiliated Party Committee," Rouson conceded he might have done things differently in retrospect.

"I admitted to the caucus that I maybe should have called in a few more members, that it might have been handled a little bit differently," he said.

House Minority Leader Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, repeatedly attempted to downplay the kerfuffle over Rouson's leadership as one of the "minor disagreements" that can be expected in party caucuses, and brushed off concerns that it could divide Democrats, who hold just 44 seats in the 120-member House.

"I'm sure we're going to come together," he said. "Whoever we decide that will lead us in 2014 to16, we're going to do that united as well."

Rouson reportedly spoke to the caucus for about 20 minutes and then took questions from members for another 20 to 25 minutes. A handful of members asked questions.

After a break, members were able to make comments about what the party should do about the situation before the vote.

While Rouson's decision to set up the "Affiliated Party Committee" was the immediate spark for his removal, trouble had been brewing for months. He won a narrow vote for the leadership post against Rep. Mia Jones, D-Jacksonville, in February after Democrats deadlocked on the first ballot.

And he had contentious exchanges with a pair of House members at a public caucus meeting during the summer about his choice of political consultants and strained relationships with trial lawyers and teachers, key groups in the party's infrastructure.

The vote to select a new leader will be held Wednesday, Thurston said. Pafford said he would likely run.

"If the caucus feels that I'm the person to kind of get things back on track and to probably mend some fences with the party and House Victory and also begin stewarding some of those long-time relationships, I'm happy to do that," he said.

Republicans giddily observed the intraparty battle, noting that it had been set off when Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant told House members about the campaign committee.

"Is Allison Tant leading the charge to purge her party’s incoming House leader because he did a better job at fundraising than she did?" asked Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry in a statement on the party's website.

For Democrats, the committee was problematic in part because many of them, including Rouson, had voted against a bill that allowed the creation of such committees. Democrats blasted the committees as a revival of the old "leadership funds" and warned they would corrupt the process.

Tant later fired two employees in connection with Rouson's committee, and several members started calling for Rouson to step aside.

Rouson reportedly raised $147,000, which has since been transferred to the party.

After Rouson defeated Jones in February, he said that he recognized the challenge he faced in trying to reunite the party.

"I've got my work cut out for me," he said.

Monday's ouster appeared to show it was work he never truly finished.