The Work!
Issue 5, Volume 1 * November 2019
From the Desk of the President

G reetings fellow Freedom Fighters and welcome to our final 2019 edition of the Miami Dade Branch of the NAACP monthly Newsletter “The Work”.
This year marked the commemoration of 400 years (1619-2019) since the first Africans on record were forcibly brought to this country and the struggle with racial and social injustice continues to this day. As a branch, we had an extremely busy year advocating for Civil Rights and Social Justice for the entire Miami-Dade Community and we achieved so much in terms of addressing racial and social bias issues with officials at the City of Medley and TSA/Miami International Airport respectively. With these incidents still fresh in mind, I know that we still have much work left for us all to do. We should remember that we stand on the shoulders of our ancestors who endured atrocities and hardships so that we can stand strong today. Let’s not forget our history!

We are growing stronger as we organize around issues that positively and adversely affect our community like Formula one racing in Miami Gardens, Voter suppression, and equity/ inclusion in vendor contracts and employment opportunities. Let’s not surrender our present!

In the coming year, the Miami Dade Branch of the NAACP will continue to work with our community partners to host economic development, housing, criminal justice, voter’s registrations workshops, and political round table discussions. Look out for future emails and newsletters for information about the upcoming events.
Finally, we encourage you to spend quality time with family and friends over the holiday season. Perform acts of kindness to strangers or give to an agency that serves the disenfranchised.

Thanks again for your support during 2019 and please remember the motto of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People - “When We Fight We Win!” – and know that we do the work we do to secure a world without hatred for present, and for future generations.

Your Fellow Freedom Fighter

Ruban Roberts

President of the Miami Dade Branch of the NAACP

Members In-Focus
Immediate-past President, Dr. Shirley Johnson, Honored by Miami Dade County Public Schools
F ormer educator and Miami-Dade Branch of NAACP President  Shirley B. Johnson was recognized for her historic and groundbreaking legacy in education and social justice in Miami-Dade County.

The honor was bestowed on Wednesday, Oct. 2, by District 2 School Board Member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall. Johnson was joined by her family, friends and members of the community at the school board meeting.

Johnson had a pioneering career for more than 40 years as a teacher and administrator in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Johnson, as a member of NAACP, paved the way for many Black Americans.
Meet Mr. C. Brian Hart
Mr. Hart is a dedicated member of the Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP. In addition to being a savvy businessman in our local community, Mr. Hart is a long-standing and devoted Freedom Fighter on the branch's executive committee.

Meet Ms. Paulette Bartlett
Ms. Bartlett is a devoted member of the Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP. A passionate and dedicated advocate for voters' rights and education, Ms. Bartlett serves on the executive committee and is the civic engagement chair of our branch.

To become a member of the civic engagement committee, email

Committee Spotlight
Residents of Public Housing to Get Educated About Rental Assistance Demonstration (R.A.D.)

By Daniella Pierre, Housing Chair

o n Tuesday, Oct. 29 miami-Dade County Commissioners voted unanimously to pass a resolution to design and create an educational program for its Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).

RAD is a federal program that will provide funding to the county to update more than 6,000 public housing units. After the announcement, residents expressed concern and confusion about the process.

The educational program will describe the benefits and pitfalls of RAD and inform tenants about their rights and obligations, the processes of conversion, grievance procedures and house rules.

Residents of public housing and interested parties also will be able to take part in tours of other public housing developments and model units of where the RAD conversion has already been implemented.   

The program aims to educate residents; the Overall Tenant Advisory Council Legal Services of Greater Miami; Miami Homes for All, the public and other advocacy groups throughout Miami-Dade County.

The resolution requires a funding source and a report from County Mayor Carlos Gimenez within 60 days.

The Branch In Action

Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP Hosts Conversation to Foment Unity Between The Haitian- & African-American Communities
U nity in the Community is an annual discussion that touches on issues that hinder cohesiveness between the African-American and Haitian-American communities and strategies to address those issues.
Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP Hosts an Evening with the Black Judges
T he Community gathered at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Miami Gardens, FL on Wednesday, November 13 to converse with and get to know the Black judges from Miami Dade County's Eleventh Circuit. Issues discussed ranged from criminal justice reform to encouraging more young Black people to pursue law and for Black lawyers to pursue judgeships.
Women In NAACP (W.I.N.) participates in the 2019 Miami Gardens Domestic Violence Awareness Walk
S ponsored by The Miami Gardens Police Department, the event was established to provide another way to bring awareness about domestic violence victims who suffer in silence. The walk also serves to bring attention, education and resources to those who need it the most.
The State View
Florida State Conference of the NAACP Annual Convention, Orlando, FL
T he Miami Dade Branch of the NAACP traveled to Orlando, FL for the NAACP Florida State Conference's 78th Annual Convention. As our state conference continues to grow, attending state-level quarterly meetings and annual conventions is an integral part of staying connected to the broader family of branches and units and to be informed about and to engage in initiatives, policy positions and the general information-sharing on issues from the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities to criminal justice reform.

A key election was also held for vice president and secretary for the executive board of the Florida Conference.
The National Connection
Derrick Johnson, CEO & President of the NAACP, encourages all communities to be COUNTED.
A s is the case every 10-years, the 2020 Census will be a critical one. The Census determines how federal, state and even local resources are divided among communities & neighborhoods all over this country. These resources include funding for schools, hospitals, public transportation, and other infrastructure and services. Please take a moment to review the pictograph below and encourage your friends, families and colleagues to be counted.
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The decennial Census is a crucial facet of our Republic because its results serve as the basis for redistricting, the enforcement of voting rights laws, and allocating congressional seats to each state. Census population data is also used by the federal government to distribute billions of dollars to local, state, and tribal governments.

Looking for ways to actively get involved with the Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP? Consider joining the Communications Committee today.
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If you care about fighting the racial disparities that are still too prevalent in America, the NAACP is the place where you can make a difference.  
To join the Miami Dade Branch of the NAACP, visit the following link. Our Unit Number is 5116 and our Zip Code is 33056