Ruban Roberts, Branch President
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
Are we really ready to open up? Disproportionate rates of COVID-19 in our communities say not just yet.
As a civil rights organization and as stewards of human rights, this outbreak calls on us to maintain vigilance and lift our voices to demand the policies and practices that will preserve the well-being of all. 

COVID-19 has exposed many inequities in the African American community.

Reports from the Florida Department of Health (DOH) Data and Surveillance Dashboard reveals substantially higher rates of COVID-19 cases within Miami-Dade County.

For these reasons and more, the Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP says "no to re-opening."


Make our communities count
Communities of color have historically been undercounted in the United States of America. 

The Three-Fifths Compromise of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 counted enslaved Black people as three-fifths of a person in apportioning congressional districts for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Since then, the Census has severely undercounted the Black population, to great disadvantage in representation, resources and power. Let's do our part to not let that happen again.

2020 will be the first year that the census will be online.

Virtual Public Hearing on May 5
County commissioners to discuss recommendations for Model City
The Board of County Commissioners will meet virtually on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 beginning at 9:30 a.m. to discuss recommendations to amend the citizen participation plan concerning the Model City.

The proposed amendment includes eliminating the requirement that the County consult with the Model City Community Advisory Committee (CAC) on matters related to the Consolidated Plan for Community Development Block Grant, Home Investment Partnerships, and Emergency Solutions Grant funding and the Model City Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA). 

Interested parties may: (1) join a Zoom meeting to speak, where permissible, on an item by registering in advance of the meeting at https://miamidade.live/BCCMeeting; (2) call in live by phone to speak, where permissible, on an item at (305) 375-5777.

Happy National Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8, 2020

We are grateful for the contributions of all teachers!

Thank a teacher today. Use #ThankATeacher to show support.
Employment opportunities

Career Source South Florida launches Operation Impact
Housing Assistance
Beginning Monday, May 4, the City of Miami’s Emergency Rental & Utility Assistance Program will be accepting applications from City of Miami residents who lost their jobs due to COVID19 .

The program provides eligible households with one-time assistance of up to $1,500.00.

Program is subject to funding availability. Qualifying utility costs to be paid include electricity, water, and gas. It does not include telephone, internet or cable bills.
This program is only available to applicants who are renters and live in The City of Miami.

The City of Hialeah launches a landlord and tenant relief fund for residents impact by COVID-19.

Beginning Monday, May 4, 2020 applications will be available online or in-person at John F. Kennedy Library at 8:00 A.M.

Restrictions apply,

For more information, click here.
Health & Wellness
Testing for COVID-19

There are two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: 

  • A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
  • An antibody test tells you if you had a previous infection

An antibody test may not be able to show if you have a current infection, because it can take 1-3 weeks to make antibodies after symptoms occur. We do not know yet if having antibodies to the virus can protect someone from getting infected with the virus again, or how long that protection might last.

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention. More information is available here: CDC website.
Committee Spotlight

Civic Engagement
Ms. Paulette Bartlett, Chairwoman

Contact information:
civicengagementmdb@gmail.com