The Work!
Issue 5, Volume 1 * August 2019
From the
President's Desk

  G reetings, Fellow Freedom Fighters!



Welcome to this edition of the Miami Dade Branch of the NAACP monthly Newsletter “The Work”.

Our Freedom Fund Soiree will be held on September 21st and we invite all to attend. If you attended last year's Freedom Fund you definitely want to attend this year’s affair it’s going to be Epic. See details on how to purchase tickets and location below. Tickets are going fast so purchase your tickets now.

Our National Convention was held in Detroit Michigan this year and as usual it was a stellar event. We adopted 2019 resolutions, held workshops to update members on the NAACP process, and Presidential Candidates were interviewed by Apryl Ryan. We encourage all members to attend next year's National Convention which will be held in Boston. If you are not a member, we encourage to join the Miami-Dade Branch and travel with us to Boston.

The Miami-Dade Branch has spoken out about the abhorrent behavior of the TSA employee’s and Supervisors involved in the hideous Noose incident at Miami International Airport. I heard of this incident while on vacation and released a public statement with Vice President Daniella Pierre stating our concerns about a quasi-governmental entity funded by public dollars having this type of behavior exhibited by its employee’s. The supervisor reportedly called it a prank. If you know the history of lynching in the United States this could never be viewed as a prank. I sent letters to TSA and several law enforcement entities demanding further investigation that should lead to chargers for all those involved. If we truly want to change the racial climate in this country, we cannot allow this type of behavior in our public institutions established to protect all Americans. We will keep you posted on all updates.

Our Religious affairs Chairman Pastor Arthur Jackson III held his first “Pastor’s with a Passion” (PAP) meeting at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens. We encourage all local pastor’s to join the PAP as the Miami Dade Branch continues our historic collaboration between the NAACP and Churches, Synagogues, and Mosque.

Our very on Jawan Strader and Florida Memorial University hosted a town hall discussion “Breathing While Black” this thought-provoking Town Hall touched on the dynamics of interaction between Police and the Black community.

Paulette Bartlett Chair of civic engagement committee along with all branch committees held our first “Are You Ready” Community Fair in partnership with Dade County Library Systems.

I invite you to review details about these events and more in this edition of our newsletter. Be sure to share a copy of this Newsletter with a friend.

“Remember When We Fight We Win”

Your Fellow Freedom Fighter,
Ruban Roberts
President of the Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP  
Members In-Focus
Pastors with a Passion (PAP)

T he Pastors with a Passion (PWAP) Initiative has become an active segment of the Religious Affairs Committee of the Miami Dade NAACP. It's purpose and mission is to galvanize leaders in the religious community across Miami Dade County to drive positive change, empowering the lives of individuals and entire neighborhoods.

To lead this august group, Rev. Arthur Jackson III senior pastor & teacher at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Miami Gardens, has been appointed.
For such a time as this, spiritual leaders must be out there in the community, fighting for justice, empowering the people, uplifting our neighborhoods one street at time.


Rev. Jackson says he is excited about leading this initiative and making an even deeper impact in his community.
Committee Spotlight
"On Time. Ready to Learn"
G reetings and Welcome Back to School from the NAACP Miami-Dade Education Committee!
 
Parents, Guardians, Educators, Students – Are You Ready?
 
Seems that the summer break ended too soon this year. Now we must get back in the school mode.
 
The Education Committee has a few suggestions to share with you that could impact the success of students.
 
Research confirms that children whose parents or guardians are actively involved in their education are more successful in school. There are many levels of involvement; starting with parents or guardians getting their children to school “on time” ready to learn “every” day.
 
If your school is a Title I school, get to know your CIS or CLS, he or she is an amazing person with access to resources to assist families with practically everything even beyond the school walls.
 
Become an education advocate; one who becomes aware of the needs of your child’s classroom or school. Communicate with other parents who have the same or similar concerns. Use your collective voices to meet and speak with the school administrator and hopefully the end result will be positive decisions for the children.
 
We encourage you to be aware of organizations that are involved in standing up and speaking up for children’s education. Almost every school has a PTA or PTSA (Parent, Teacher, Student Association). NAACP (Children, Youth, Young Adults & Adults) is a civil rights organization who continues to fight against discrimination and inequities in education. For more information –  mcmillonactivist@aol.com .
 
Get Ready for an Awesome School year!
 
Dannie McMillon                                                                                                              
Education Committee Chair
NAACP Miami-Dade
The Branch in Action

"Are You Ready?"
Community Fair A Huge Success!
D espite the inclement weather, the community came out to the "Are You Ready" Community Fair. This event was put on by the Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP in conjunction with other community partners, such as the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS), the U.S. Census, Miami Dade County, Florida Department of Health (Florida Health), Red Cross of Greater Miami & the Keys and many others. Several branch committees tabled the event as well, such as, Membership, Education, Housing and Environmental & Climate Justice.

"Members of the Civic Engagement Committee felt that this event was necessary for our community to not only get them ready for back-to-school, but also to make sure as many people as possible are ready for hurricane season," says Ms. Paulette Bartlett--Civic Engagement Chair. "We worked closely with other branch committees and community organizations, making our first community fair a tremendous success!"

There were also health screenings and book-bag & school-supplies give-a-ways for the children.
Branch members journey to Jamestown, Virginia to Commemorate Year of Return.
Read more about here:
Pictured from left to right: Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP; Jamila Ross and Akino West,
co-owners of The Cooper Door Bed & Breakfast, in Overtown.
Two members of the Miami-Dade Branch NAACP Housing Committee Complete Catalyst Miami's first-ever H.E.A.L. ( Housing, Equity, Advocay & Leadership ) Six-Week Program.

Read more about HEAL here: https://catalystmiami.org/heal/
Pictured from left to right: Daniella Pierre, housing chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Branch NAACP;
and Mrs. Shalonda Rivers, committee member.
The National Connection
W hen we fight; we win! Was the rallying cry for the 110th Annual NAACP National Convention held in Detroit, MI from July 20-24, 2019. Naturally, the Miami-Dade Branch was out in full force!
Community
Tools & Resources
Upcoming Events
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT
THE CENSUS

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.



College Board
Scholarship Opportunities
Take advantage of these free opportunities.

Click the following link for details on how to apply : Opportunity Scholarships
Women in the NAACP (WIN)
Recognizes Women's Equality Day
BECOME AN NAACP MEMBER TODAY

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