Spence-Jones bows to pressure over $500M demand
Commissioner may agree to settle for $100 million
By Sandra J. Charite
Miami Commissioner Mi-
chelle Spence-Jones, who could
be holding the decisive vote on
plans for a Florida Marlins sta-
dium, is prepared to lower her
sights on the money she is de-
manding for Overtown as a con-
edition for her support.
Spence-Jones told The Miami
Times Tuesday she is willing to
settle for $100 million, instead
of the $500 million promised to
the neighborhood in a Global
Agreement between the city and
the county signed more than a
She said that "$100 million
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goes a long way in Overtown. If
$100 million is given to Over-
town then we will take it."
The commissioner softened
her position after Commission-
er Marc Sarnoff noted during a
special workshop that the $500
million was projected during
different economic times.
"The amount of money that
you are discussing, based on
the numbers that I have seen
and the reality that we find our-
selves in today -- remember a
lot of the projections were made
over a year and half ago and
those projections are going to
turn out to be very wrong," said
"The political and the eco-
nomic reality of things are you
probably only have a maximum
of and this is pushing it to
the very limit -- $100 million of
bonding capacity, not $500 mil-
lion," he said.
The discussions took place at
the special workshop that Spen-
ce Jones convened Thursday at
the Overtown Youth Center in
her capacity as chairwomen of
the Southeast Overtown/Park
West Community Redevelop-
Sarnoff and Commissioner
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Blacks step up bid to get voice in Congress
Candidates enter race to
replace Kendrick Meek
By Tariq Osborne
and Sandra Charite
Haitian Americans, who have
been slowly gaining political
clout in local elections, are
making a strong bid to gain a
foothold in Congress.
The opportunity being pre
sented is the decision by in-
cumbent U.S. Rep. Kendrick
Meek, D-Miami, to run for the
U.S. Senate seat being vacated
by Republican Mel Martinez.
Plans to run
The Haitian American can-
didates who have declared in-
clude former State Rep. Phillip
J. Brutus and state Rep. Yolly
Considering a run
'Has entered the race
Activist Marleine Bastien has
not declared officially but has
told The Miami Times she in-
tends to enter the race. State
Rep. Ronald Brise said he has
SHIRLEY GIBSON YOLLY ROBERSON
Considering a run Has entered the race
not decided whether to run but
has not ruled it out.
But they will face power-
ful opponents, including state
Sen. Frederica Wilson, state
FREDERICA WILSON JAMES BUSH III
Has entered the race Has entered the race
Rep. James Bush III and prob-
ably Miami Gardens Mayor
Wilson has formally entered
the race and Gibson said she is
still weighing her options. Both
are seen as the candidates to
beat in the election taking
place in fall 2010.
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CHURCHES RESPOND TO
THE AIDS CRISIS
By Tariq Osborne
And Sandra J. Charite
Statistics on HIV/AIDS paint
a grim picture but a glimmer
of hope is emerging in what
faith leaders see as a changing
attitude in the Church towards
those who are fighting the
And as pastors and ministers
step up an awareness campaign,
so too is an organization geared'
to encouraging Black women to
be tested and get treated.
A twin offensive opened up
over the past week when some
40 church leaders launched
the Pastoral Care and
Empowerment Initiative during
Breakfast on March 5 and the
Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Center hosted a conference on
HIV/AIDS on Saturday.
The pastors' breakfast at
Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist
Church coincided with the
Black Church Week of Prayer
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ence held at the Joseph Caleb Center on Saturday.
Organizing to Survive Confer-
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Shooting in Miami Gardens injures five
Incident is latest in series of gun violence
By Tariq Osborne
A dispute at a Miami Gardens
party Saturday night led to five
people being shot as they drove
home, police said.
This was the latest in a string
of incidents involving gun
violence that have happened in
The Miami Gardens incident
began at about 11:30 p.m.
at a party where two groups
of attendees began fighting,
Miami Gardens Police Capt.
Ralph Suarez said. The reason
for the dispute was unclear.
The groups left the party in
separate cars but the dispute
did not end there.The victims
were attacked while riding in
a minivan at the intersection
of Northwest 183rd Drive and
22nd Avenue, according to
Suarez. A small car drove up
alongside the van and someone
inside started shooting. It
was unclear whether the
victims fired back. Police
said the injuries were not life
Neither the victims nor the
suspects have been identified.
At the time of this writing,
police were still searching for
the smaller car and did not
have a full description of the
vehicle.Suarez said police
found the van with the victims
inside on Northwest 191st
Street. Four of the five who
were wounded were taken to
hospital and were reported in
In a separate incident on
March 4, Shenel Gibbs was
shot while working at a Florida
City Wal-Mart by an assailant
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ERIC HOLDER H.T. SMITH
U.S. Attorney General Attorney
H.T. Smith supports
U.S. attorney general
Big changes are expected in Justice Department
By Tariq Osborne
Eric Holder made history when the United States Senate
confirmed him on a 75-21 vote on Feb. 2 as U.S. Attorney
General. The confirmation made Holder the first Black-to
hold the highest law enforcement post in the country. It set
the stage for wide expectations that the office will be run
much differently than it was in the eight years of the Bush
Attorney H.T. Smith predicts that the Barack Obama
pick would mark a change in the Department of Justice's
approach to civil rights.
"As Barack Obama said,
'Change has come to America.'
The least, the last, the lost, "-
the leftover and the locked /
out will find a fresh breeze /
blowing in Eric Holder's Justice
Department," Smith said in a
ON THE SIDE OF THE VICTIMS i
"I think that well have a Civil
Rights Division in the Justice
Department that's on the side of
the victims of discrimination, rather than
the perpetrators," Smith said. "The Bush Administration
often went to court on the side of businesses that did the
discriminating and urged the courts to more narrowly
define the rights of people."
Christine McKinnon, immediate past president of the
Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association and owner of
the law offices of Christina A. McKinnon, in a separate
interview, said much the same.
"Being that this is a new administration under a different
ideology, it will lead to the appointment of more diverse
attorneys in this district," McKinnon said of Holder's
appointment. "Typically, it is an apolitical position but,
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BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY
The issue is one of fairness
C county Mayor Carlos Alvarez may have his reasons for Post Office Bo
picking a fight, with members of the Miami City Corn- PhoBuena Vista 305-69
mission who have grown skeptical of the huge project
for the building of a retractable roof stadium in Little Havana H.E. SIGISMI
for the Florida Marlins. In a memorandum dated March 2 that GARTH C. Rl
the mayor sent to County Clairman Dennis Moss, he said the
GARTH C. RI
negotiations "have been hijacked." He also claimed there was RACHEL J. R
now "political grandstanding, the dissemination of half-truths
and intellectually dishonest assumptions."
It is a pity the mayor has not named those to whom he is re-
ferring in his memorandum to Mr. Moss but it seems evident
he is talking about city commissioners and it leaves open the
assumption that he is painting all the stadium doubters on
that commission with the same brush. f %
There is nothing wrong with the elected leaders of the city
and the county, for that matter to have second thoughts
when it comes to spending hundreds, of millions of dollars of
revenue money for what will be a privately owned sports fa- -
cility at a time when the national economy is in considerable
retreat. It is better to be prudent and to proceed with caution,
rather than making it a done deal when it should not be. It
bears repeating that, with the cost of the stadium put vari-
ously at between $515 million and $635 million, the Florida -
Marlins organization will spend just about $155 million of its
own money on the project. The county is being asked to come
up with nearly $350 million. The city's share is much lower, -
at about $13 million, including the Orange Bowl site. Is it fair
tq revisit the agreement now? Given the current economic cli- "
mate, that seems almost mandatory. .. .
But the greater issue, which Mayor Alvarez did not address,
is why Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones is refus --
ing to give final approval to the stadium deal. That issue is
whether the county and the city will honor their commitment .
to the Overtown component.of the Global Agreement. To un- .
derstand the position which Commissioner Spence-Jones and .. -
the Black community are taking, it is necessary to appreciate - -
the significance of that commitment. -
This will probably be the only chance for the Black com- -
munity,to obtairi any substantial economic benefit among the -
mega-projects that are slated to come on line down the years -
and it is entirely appropriate to draw a line in the sand and *
use political power for economic 'advantage. That's the name --
of the game and it is played that way all the time. -
What the Black community wanted to hear from Mayor Al-
vare2 was a promise that he would ensure that the Overtown
component of the Global Agreement, would be honored, in'
full. That assurance was not forthcoming.
In, -fact, it is a promise that should come from both mayors
and all commissioners and especially from the four Black
county commissioners, including County Chairman Dennis -
Moss who must be aware of the gross neglect to which Over- -
town has been subjected down the decades. "
If it is a question whether the bondable monies expected
to be realized from the Global Agreement projects would not
allow for. $500 million to be dedicated to Overtown, then by ,
that same argument the county should consider reducing -
its financial commitment to the stadium, which is unlikely
to happen, so Commissioner Spence-Jones should not back
down and should continue to press the case for the full $500 -
million. The fundamental issue must remain: that Overtown
must substantially benefit from this agreement or else the
agreement is worthless. Fairness is non-negotiable.
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AIDS scourge must be faced head-on
It has been no secret that when it comes to our community
the HIV/AIDS picture has been grim. But they bear
repeating, if only to make the point that the situation is
so dire that the disease must be confronted head-on: Blacks
are 21 percent of the population of Miami-Dade County but
were 51 percent of the 1,411 cases of AIDS and 45 percent
of the 1,549 HIV cases in 2008, according.to the county's
health department. One in 68 non-Hispanic Black women
is living with HIV/AIDS, compared to one in 1,281 non-
Hispanic White women and one in 472 Hispanic women.
For more than 15 years, HIV/AIDS has been the leading
cause of death for Black women aged 25-44 in Florida.
There is no inevitability about HIV or AIDS; the spread of
the disease can be contained and, while there is no known
cure, those who have been infected can receive treatment
and care that improve the quality of life.
The key, however, is awareness and that must come from
a recognition that the disease exists,. the manner in which
is generally transmitted, which is through sexual contact,
and there should not be a judgmental attitude towards its
victims and no stigma attached to them.
Victims of the disease first are infected by HIV the Human
Immunodeficiency Virus which develops into AIDS --
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome -- in the late stages.
Early detection and treatment can help contain and prevent
HIV from developing into AIDS, the disease stage when the
body's immune system, which fights diseases, can no longer
do so. That is why awareness and early detection, followed
by treatment, are so important to staunch the loss of life in
our community from this disease.
And that is why individuals and organizations that
are seeking to create awareness of the tragedy, must be
commended for taking a stand to save lives. They are a
growing number and they include the dozens of churches
that started a Pastoral Care and Empowerment Initiative
during Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of
AIDS, as well as Sistas Organizing to Survive and the Teen
Pregnancy Center's SISTA Project which hosted a seminar
over the weekend. The churches, in particular must be
commended for what several pastors see as a changing
attitude towards the disease and its victims.
Caring for those who are already victims of the disease
and making a mighty effort to turn back this scourge are
a call to all people of good will. No one can still stand idly
Use stadium money to help needy people and communities
I am writing this letter to
protest against the proposed
spending to fund a stadium for
the Flodrida Marlins.
To spend money for the con-
struction of a stadium is a com-
plete joke. Communities like
Overtown, Liberty City and Opa-
locka need money poured into
their rebuilding and restructur-
ing. The stadium will not be of
any benefit to them.
Teachers are losing their jobs
because there isn't enough mon-
ey to pay their salaries. City and
county workers are losing their
jobs. The average John and
Jane Doe are losing their jobs.
Yet you want to give the taxpay-
ers' money to a billionaire who
should build his own stadium.
Why should we, the people, pay
for someone else's luxury toy?
Mayor Manny Diaz of Miami
and Carlos Alvarez of Miami-
Dade are out of touch with the
real working man and woman.
They just want to pour water on
an already drowning man. They
are insinuating that the build-
ing of a stadium will create some
6,000 jobs. Who do you think
those jobs will go to? What ar-
eas do you believe will benefit
from the erection of a stadium?
Certainly not the areas and the
people who need it most.
Everything they say is a big
lie. The so-called contractors
will bring in their own people
(from out of town) to do the'
work. Only a handful of locals
may be lucky enough to get any
of the work.
The passing of the resolution
in favor of building the stadium
will be an injustice to the com-
munity, especially the Black
community. When is it enough?
Get real, people. Let's say no to
Invest the money where it
is sorely needed and will be
of benefit to our teachers and
the most dilapidated neighbor-
The Florida Marlins are a big help to our children
As head basketball coach at Mi-
ami Carol City Senior High School
and as an RBI baseball head
coach/manager, I would like to
take a moment and express how
appreciative we are to the Florida
Marlins and its RBI Baseball Pro-
Over the last 10 years, the Flori-
da Marlins have had great involve-
ment in the Miami Gardens com-
munity in revitalizing baseball for
many kids by providing baseball
equipment, uniforms, umpires
and transportation for kids to play
They also have provided an op-
portunity for high school kids to
participate in summer baseball,
as well as an opportunity to play
They have provided an opportu-
nity to,earn college scholarships, to
travel to other states, to see Major
League baseball up close and, most
important, to gain high esteem of
themselves that they can achieve
and be productive citizens.
With respect to myself as a high
school coach, I can say the Flor-
ida Marlins have donated many
dollars in assisting our baseball
program at Miami Carol City Se-
nior High School and we are very
appreciative of their involvement
with the school.
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More important matters
confront the president than
debating Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh has challenged President Ba- .K
rack Obama to a debate because, after a long
election season, Mr. Limbaugh feels that there -
has not been enough debate on the policy issues. -
But it seems to me that President Obama spent
more than a year debating first debating his Democratic rivals and
then Republican presidential candidate John McCain. At this point,
with two ongoing wars, the Middle East erupting in violence, the,
worst unemployment rate in, decades and a plunging stock market
- it seems to me that the president has more important things to
do than debate a fat cigar-smoking, former drug addict with a big
When President George W. Bush wanted to go to war with, Sadd-
am Hussein, because Mr. Hussein allegedly had weapons of mass
destruction, it was unpatriotic not to vote for the war. Those few
who had the sense not to vote for the war were deemed weak and
unpatriotic. When President Bush pushed a stimulus package at
the end of his term, Democrats and Republicans thought it was the,
What is scary about Mr.. Limbaugh is since his attacks on
Obama his radio audience has gone from 14 million to 25
million. Does this mean that 25 million people want the
president to fail so that their fellow Americans can suffer?
right thing to do to save the financial industry. Both sides voted for
Now, Republicans are claiming that the same type of stimulus
package is no good because President Obama is the proponent. It is
now patriotic for Republicans like Limbaugh to hope the president
fails. This is a new type of patriotism, one where an American hopes
that the president fails to solve the mortgage crisis, unemployment
crisis, health crisis, two wars and a recession. It is where an Ameri-
can -- Rush Limbaugh -- hopes that his fellow Americans suffer
because he is- a Republican and a Democrat is leading the country.
This is a crazy type of patriotism but it seems consistent with
Limbaugh, who espouses family values but has gone through three
marriages, who expounds on the ills of drug use but was addicted
to pain killers.
What is scary about Mr. Limbaugh is since his attacks on Obama
his radio audierice has gone from 14 million to 25 million. Does this
mean that 25 million people want the president to fail so that their
fellow Americans can suffer? .. ...
Even scarier, only three Republican senators had the guts to vote
for the stimulus package. The rest were too chicken to face their Re-
publican constituents or party leaders so they opted to vote against
a plan that could ease the immense suffering in this country and,
for that matter, the world. The two-party system has failed when
one group of Americans hopes the president fails so that all Ameri-
cans can suffer.
Reginald J.Clyne is an attorney.
President Obama's mortgage plan is what we need
What is, sometimes lost in the
public discussion of our current
economic crisis, amid the $787
billion stimulus package and the
multibillion dollar bailouts of
banks and insurance companies,
is the root cause. The economic
downturn began as a mortgage cri-
sis and will not end until we solve
The Obama administration
seems to understand this. The
president's Homeowner Affordabil-
ity and Stability- Plan, announced
last month and designed to help up
to five million families modify their
mortgages to avoid foreclosure,
lays out an effective strategy to ad-
dress this problem. Therefore, it is
incumbent on Congress and the
states to work with the adminis-
tration to implement this plan and
address the crisis at its source.
The problem is dramatically
worse today than when it began 18
months ago, magnifying the need
for federal action. What started in
the subprime sector, often with
borrowers in mortgages that were
inappropriate from inception, has
now expanded to a broader group
of borrowers. More homeowners
with traditional, "safe" mortgages
that were appropriate for their cir-
.cumstances now find themselves
unable to' recover financially from
a job loss, illness or divorce. Un-
fortunately, the decline in property
values has in many cases elimi-
nated the option to refinance to
a lower rate mortgage with lower
Yesterday's report on foreclosure
mitigation by the Congressional
Oversight Panel, a five-member
group tasked with overseeing
Treasury's Troubled Asset Relief
Program, is must reading for Con-
gress and the administration as we
embark on implementing the pres-
and the mortgage lenders and ser-
vicers' capacity for effective bor-
There is a critical role for the
public sector to play in supporting
efforts to preserve homeownership.
Despite the fact that modifications
are proven to be in the best inter-
est of both the lender and the bor-
rower, the voluntary efforts by the
financial community have not been
sufficient. The number of modifica-
within six months
of the modification.
The president's plan includes
provisions tailored to borrowers in
diverse circumstances and takes
account of the impediments iden-
tified by the Congressional Over-
sight Panel in a thoughtful and
comprehensive way. It contains
numerous incentives to encourage
lenders and services to enter into
loan modifications and to encour-
age borrowers to stay current on
their modified mortgages. It also
provides funds to communities
and nonprofit groups to engage
in outreach to eligible borrowers.
Thus there is reason to expect that
the plan will be considerably more
effective than prior voluntary mod-
ification efforts alone.
There is no quick fix for the
housing market and no plan will
satisfy everyone, but doing nothing
is not an option. No plan can help
everyone. Some loans will not be
eligible for modification, because
they cannot be made affordable at
current market rates. But for mil-
lions of borrowers at risk of foreclo-
sure who are willing to work hard
to stay current on their mortgages,
modification will be a win-win.
This will keep more families from
being uprooted, prevent commu-
nities from being blighted by fore-
closed properties, and halt further
decreases in property values.
ident's bold plan to stem foreclo-
sures and restore stability to the
housing sector. I am pleased that
the panel membership includes
my Superintendent of Banks Rich-
ard H. Neiman, who also leads our
state's foreclosure prevention ef-
The panel's report highlights the
symptoms that gave rise to the
housing crisis, as well as major
impediments to a solution. The re-
port correctly identifies the critical
issue of affordability, as well as the
interaction between affordability
and negative equity, the potential
hurdles for securitized mortgages,
tions has not kept pace with the
rising volume of defaults, and too
frequently past modification efforts
did not lead to affordable long-term
solutions. One study estimates
that only 49% of loan modifications
resulted in a reduced monthly pay-
ment, while 34% resulted in an
increased monthly payment. This
shows that in many cases the in-
tent was not to reduce the monthly
payments but to collect overdue
payments through ,a repayment
plan or recapitalization. Federal
regulators report that over 50% of
the current modification plans re-
sult in the borrower redefaulting
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Is it fair for teachers to be asking for their promised raises
while the school system is facing financial problems?
MOSES HOLLAND, 21
Teaching assistant, Liberty City
I think that teachers still
should" get a
raise because P
they have to
go through a
whole lot ev- .r a
eryday. They .
have to deal
with 150 bad i
are not necessarily bad but just
need to be trained properly.
Even though we are in a reces-
sion, the government designates
the money for certain things and
the school system can downsize
on some other things rather
than denying teachers their
raises. It will make no sense to
have a teacher on the job when
they don't want to be there. If
you don't give them their de-
mands then you are losing more
teachers. Without the raises,
you will have a lot of teachers
who don't want to be teachers
and the students will suffer.
TABITHA LAURENVIL, 37
Supervisor, North Miami
It is fair be-
cause they ..
what is due
to them re-
what is going ,.
on with the .
were promised to them and they
should not get it. The school sys-
tem should've taken care of the
money better. The school system
does not hold back on teachers
so why should they hold back on
LESLIE GRISSETT, 41
Student, Liberty City
Without the .
would we be?
These are peo-
ple who spend
more time with
our kids to help
them succeed .
in this society
and they don't
ask for very much. Of course
they need their money because
they too have families that they
need to support. It is not fair for.
them to have to wait because they
have been waiting for too long. I
wouldn't want to wait for my pay-
check or a raise. The school sys-
tem seems to take money and do
whatever they want with it. They
need to pay these teachers.
ANTHONY STRACHAN, 46
Maintenance, Liberty City
They should not have to wait
for the school
system to bal-
ance the bud-
get in order to
thing that they
ised. These are
edge into our children daily with-
out asking for much.
LOUIS BRISE, 20
I think that it is not fair be-
cause we are in a recession.
Teachers should not be asking
for raises right now but under-
stand that the school system is
facing a crisis. When you teach,
you teach to make the kids learn
them with an
There are a .
lot of teachers
with no jobs
kicked out of
so those who
are working should be happy to
have their job.
JEFF DECLARI, 23
Miami Edison Senior High
to low test
scores, so if
they are not
get a raise?
ers need to
be teaching the kids. If they do
get a raise then they would be
increasing the school system's
financial debt. When the school
system gets their finances to-
gether, then the teachers can
ask for raises.
The president's plan complements the aggressive steps we have
already taken in New York to prevent unnecessary foreclosures.
But there is only so much that any one state can do to stabilize
the housing market and keep people in their homes.
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continued from 1A
for the Healing of AIDS. The con-
ference at the Joseph Caleb cen-
ter marked National Women and
Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
For Mt. Tabor Pastor Dr.
George E. McRae, the church
is the answer to stopping the
spread of AIDS. The Rev. Gas-
ton E. Smith calls it is a crisis
that is "too legit to quit," using
the words of rapper MC Hammer
to illustrate the pervasiveness of
the virus and the disease and to
call upon Black churches -- and
Black church leaders -- to fight
For Kalenthia Nunnally, ex-
ecutive director of the Teen Preg-
nancy Prevention Center, the
theme of Awareness Day was a
call to action: "HIV is right here
at home. Get tested. Know your
The center's SISTA Project
teamed up with Sistas Organiz-
ing to Survive (SOS) for the Wom-
en's Conference on HIV/AIDS.
"The goal is to test 100,000
Black women each year by 2010,"
said Leisha McKinley-Beach,
who founded SOS. Since she was
a University of Florida student,
McKinley-Beach has been push-
ing action against the disease for
almost 18 years.
McKinley-Beach is now a pre-
vention program supervisor
with the Florida Department of
Health's Bureau of HIV/AIDS.
She said 88,000 Black women
were tested last year after an
"We have seen a decrease in
death rate, which means that
they are not dying from AIDS but
living with AIDS," she said.
The figures are particularly
grim for women, according to
data released by the Miami-Dade
County Department of Health:
In Miami-Dade, one in 43
Black women was living with
HIV/AIDS in 2006.
In 2008, 381 cases of HIV
and 341 cases of AIDS were
reported among women in the
county, for a total of 7,085 adult
women living with the virus or
disease the majority of them
In Florida, one in 68 non-
Hispanic Black women is living
with HIV and AIDS, compared
with one in 1,281 nion-Hispanic
White women and one in 472
For more than 15 years, HIV/
AIDS has been the leading cause
of death among Black women
McKinley-Beach is continuing
to call for HIV/AIDS to be includ-
ed in Sunday sermons.
Florence Greer, regional mi-
nority AIDS coordinator with
the county health department,
agrees and is worried that if pas-
tors do not promote awareness,
the next generation of women
will be affected.
"We have to overcome the fear
that is there and the uncertain-
ty and believe that is OK to talk
about it," she said. "What scares
me is what is happening to the
girls at Liberty City Elementary,
Charles Drew Middle, Miami
Northwestern High and Central
High when they are not informed
about the disease.
"The sisters in the church can
do something. We can pass the
information by informing one an-
other," Greer said.
The call for church action may
be on the way to being answered
- and has been answered for
years now by at least one pastor.
"From 1989 until now, there
has not been a day that I have
not been involved in the AIDS
fight," said McRae, who has been
preaching for 50 years.
According to McRae, the Black
church had a discomfort with
discussing HIV/AIDS issues that
it is now overcoming.
Terrence Cribbs-Lorrant, co-
owner of Better Communities
of America, which engages in
various philanthropic activities,
shares that view.
"There's a sense of embarrass-
ment," he said. "There's still the
stigma of homosexuality being
responsible for the spread of
Cribbs-Lorrant said the "stig-
, ma" has long kept the church
from addressing HIV- and AIDS-
related issues. A new willingness
among pastors to do so now is a
positive change, he said.
Calvin Walker, who chairs the
Initiative, which sponsors rou-
tine HIV testing, says the stigma
was slowly being reversed.
"It was a taboo conversation,"
Walker said in an interview,
"because people don't want to
talk about sexual activity in the
church. But the attitude now is
that sexual discussion is not a
nasty thing, it's a human thing.
What we have to do now is teach
the healthy way to engage in this
ordained act of God."
Walker described the pastoral
breakfast as "very successful,"
saying it was a sign of a change
"When we began this," he said
about the breakfast, "we had five
churches participating and now
this year we have something like
47, so people are beginning to
answer the need."
The Rev. Darryl K. Baxter of
Bethel Apostolic Temple, who
was at the breakfast, also came
out in support of a more active
role for the church. "For many
years, the church was closed to
the topic of AIDS," he said.
Representatives of the county
health department, the South
Beach Aids Project, and The Jes-
sie Trice Family Health Center
were among groups that joined
the pastors at the breakfast,
where the Rev. Devin Brown
of Community of Faith Baptist
Church served as presiding min-
"One thing I have said and will
keep saying is that the African
American community has never
overcome anything, from slavery
until now, without the involve-
ment of the church of Jesus
Christ," said McRae.
Eric Holder's charge that Americans are cowards on race sparks debate
continued from 1A
in practice, most times .they fol-
low the ideology of the particu-
lar administration. This is a new
administration under a different
Michelle Samaroo, of the Law
Offices of Michele Samaroo, P.A.,
and the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr.
Bar Association's current presi-
dent, pointed to flaws in the pre-
vious Justice Department.
DIVERSIFYING THE DEPARTMENT
"We should see -change in
terms of diversifying the Depart-
ment of Justice," Samaroo said.
"The previous administration
had a [habit] of only hiring peo-
ple with the political views of the
administration. If you weren't a
Republican, you weren't going to
be hired at that time. Basically,
the way I see it, his willingness
to talk about racial issues open-
ly and bluntly will perhaps lead
to him diversifying the Justice
Holder stirred controversy in a
comment on race relations when
he spoke at a Justice Depart-
ment ceremony' commemorating
Black History Month.
"Though this nation has
proudly thought of itself as an
ethnic meltiAg pot, in things ra-
cial we have always been, and
we, I believe, continue to be,
in too many ways, a nation of
cowards," Holder said. "Though
race-related issues continue to
occupy a significant portion of
our political discussion, and
though there remain many un-
resolved racial issues in this na-
tion, we, average Americans sim-
ply do not talk enough with each
other about things racial."
Holder said work places may
be more diverse but that, as a
nation, Americans still' "self-
segregate in our free time." He
called for more "meaningful dia-
logue" between the races. "This
will be, at first, a process that is
both awkward and painful but
the rewards are, I believe, poten-
tially great. The alternative is to
allow to continue the polite, re-
strained mixing that now passes
as meaningful interaction but
that, in reality, accomplishes
very little," Holder said.
CHALLENGE TO DISCOURSE
Smith said he is "100 percent"
"I thought those comments
were true and provocative,"
Smith said. "He is trying to insti-
gate a conversation about race
between the races."
Smith said he knew the com-
ment would be controversial but
he too saw Holder's bluntness as
having a positive effect.
"He wasn't trying to hurt peo-
ple's feelings," said Smith. "He
was trying to provoke them. He's
saying, 'I bet you all won't talk
"Right now in Arherica, Blacks
talk to Blacks about race and
Whites talk to Whites about
race," said Smith, "Arid so At-
torney General Holder basically
said, 'I challenge you Blacks to
talk to Whites about race and I
challenge you Whites to talk to
Blacks about race.' The response
is supposed to be 'No, I'm not a
For his own part, Smith said,
he is willing to discuss race open-
ly with anyone. "As a matter of
fact," he- said, "I've not only talk-
ed to Whites about it, I've talked
to White Republicans about it. I
don't need to talk to the people
who agree with me. I need to talk
about it with people %who don't
agree with me."
PROGRESS TOWARDS HARMONY
Samaroo, too, supported Hold-
"He's not afraid to say what he
thinks and he's not afraid to not
seem politically correct. I don't
Wilson and Gibson seen as early favorites
continued from 1A
"This is a district I know well.
These are the same schools, busi-
nesses and families I've worked
with and fought for my whole ca-
reer. And just as I've made sure
these communities had a voice in
Tallahassee, I will do the same for
them in Washington," Wilson said
in a statement Friday formally an-
nouncing her candidacy.
Wilson, who was elected to re-
.place Meek in the Florida House and
then the Senate, has to leave Talla-
hassee in 2012 due to term limits.
She will kick off her congressional
campaign between 10:30 a.m.- and
1 p.m. Saturday at her state senate
district office in Miami Gardens.
Brutus, who, in 2000, became
the first Haitian American elected
to the Florida House was an early
entry into the race for Congress.
"My six years in a Republican-
dominated _Legislature have en-
abled me to sharpen my legislative
skills, as Democrats could not get
any bills passed without working
across the aisle," Brutus said.
Brise said he will not enter the
race -- for now. "As it stands right
now, no," he said in an interview.
"I'm looking at it frojn the perspec-
tive of the field as it's filling up. At
this point I think I'll better serve
my community as a state legislator.
What I am thinking about is maybe
positioning myself for the state sen-
ate, which may become available as
a result of this race."
"There's a long time between
now and qualifying. I'd consider it
if there aren't many viable candi-
dates, 'cause people tend to [drop
out] when they recognize how much
money they have to raise and how
A story in the Feb. 18-24 issue titled
"Black History event salutes pioneers"
gave incorrect information for
Christopher Norwood. He is not director
of Lawyers for Children America.
much work it, is," he said.
Asked whom he viewed as the
likely replacement for Meek, Brise,
said the "natural frontrunner"
would likely be Wilson.
Another heavyweight, Brise said,
would be Gibson.
"I've heard rumblings that she's
interested," he said. "Her district
is primarily the same as the con-
gressional district, so that would
put her in a good position as far as
name recognition [is concerned]."
rarily unable to safely return to
their home country because of
ongoing armed conflict, an envi-
ronmental disaster or other ex-
traordinary and temporary con-
ditions, until those conditions
abate. TPS status is issued to a
nation by the U.S. government.
"It is an abomination that Ni-
caragua, El Salvador and Hon-
duras, have TPS status but Haiti,
which has been hit by more hur-
ricanes, does not," said Brutus.
The plight of Haitian refugees could emerge as a cen-
tral election topic
But lie saw Wilson, who publicly
announced her candidacy ear-
lier this month, as the person to
"When you have 5000 role
models," he said, referring to the
5000 Role Models of Excellence
Project that Wilson founded, "you
have a group of people who sup-
port you from the business com-
munity and all these kids who
have come through the program.
That makes her a very formida-
The election of a Haitian Atmer-
ican to Congress could have a
strong impact on the lives of Hai-
tians in the U.S.
Brutus said that one of the first
issue he would tackle would be
to see that Haiti is granted Tem-
porary Protected Status (TSP) a
provision that allows nationals of
a foreign country to stay in the
United States if they are tempo-
"We have two different sets of
people and two different laws
that apply to them."
"I will make sure I have that on
my agenda -- that is, if President
[Barack] Obama hash't done it
by then. And even if he has, we
need comprehensive immigra-
tion reform. We have 12 million
people who can contribute to this
economy and are working under
the table instead," Brutus said.
Similarly, Wilson's recent an-
nouncement plays up her role in
lobbying Congress when Haitian
refugees where incarcerated in the
Krome Detention Center and her
being named to the Haitian Refu-
gee Center Board of Directors.
Additionally, it is difficult to
imagine, that Marleine Bastien,
long an advocate for Haitian im-
migrants, would not place these
issues high on her agenda as
think that's a bad thing. People
should be able to confront issues
bluntly and openly if that's how
they feel about it," Samaroo said.
McKinnon also agrees, with a-
caveat: "I would have sweetened
it a bit but it was right on."
At the same time, the three lo-
cal attorneys believe the nation
has seen significant progress to-
ward racial harmony.
"As we're beginning to do more
things together, you get more
people finding common inter-
ests, whether it's music or sports
or, increasingly, relationships,"
Added McKinnon, "We're not
there yet but we are taking steps
and, of course, with .the election
of Obama and the appointment of
Holder, we'll move in that direc-
They also expect progress to-
ward gender equality under the
GENDER PAY EQUITY
"He may be willing to take on
more cases involving gender and
race," said Samaroo.
"A perfect example," said Smith
"is the Ledbetter case. The first
bill that Barack Obama signed
was a law to change that," he
In Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire &
Rubber Co., a five-justice major-
ity U.S. Supreme Court held that
employers are, protected from
lawsuits over race or gender pay
discrimination if the claims are
based on decisions made by the
employer 180 days ago or more.
Congress attempted to remove
that time limitation but the pro-
posed bill failed in the Senate
after President George W. Bush
threatened a veto.
"You can hide discrimination
for six months," said Smith.
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continued from 1A
Tomas Regalado cast the op-
posing vote when the commis-
sion met on Feb. 13 to give
final approval of the stadium
plans. Spence-Jones was ab-
sent on maternity leave. The
issue will surface again at a
special commission meeting
on March 19.
During Thursday's work-
shop, Spence-Jones explained
two resolutions which will
come before commissioners
at their regular meeting this
One draft resolution deals
directly with Spence-Jones'
insistence that the city move
ahead with plans for the neigh-
borhood's redevelopment. The
amount mentioned in the res-
olution, $500 million, could
be reduced to $100 million,
based on the commissioner's
new thinking on the subject.
That new position was re-
inforced during Thursday's
workshop by Larry Spring, the
city's chief financial officer.
He agreed with Sarnoff that
the projection was made more
than a year ago, adding, "The
bonding capacity will be deter-
mined on the level CRA is ac-
tually receiving at the time we
go to market."
The other' draft resolution
calls on the commission to
declare Overtown "a slum or
blighted area" as defined by
Florida law and direct the Ex-
ecutive Director James Vil-
lacorta to send a copy of the
finding to City Manager Pedro
Hernandez to review.
"In the midst of all the proj-
ects and the major deals that
are going on, the small people
will not be forgotten," Spence-
Jones told the workshop au-
dience of about 100 people,
including City Manager Her-
"It has been more than a
year since the commitment
was made to the Overtown res-
idents and still no action. My
decision to support the Global
Agreement was based on the
promises and commitments
made on the record during the
Dec. 13, 2007, commission
"The residents of my district
are tired of the broken prom-
ises and my decision to sup-
port the stadium can only be
addressed when the promises
Spence-Jones has said she
will not support the stadium
deal unless the Overtown'com-
ponent of a Global Agreement
between the city and the coun-
ty is honored.
The agreement, which lays
the foundation for several
mega-projects, including the
stadium, was.signed in 2007 by
the city, the county, the South-
east Overtown Park West CRA
and the Omni CRA.
The interlocal agreement
calls for funding for projects
such as a baseball stadium, a
museum park, a port tunnel
and a performing arts center
which has already been built,
Spence-Jones has said she
will vote against the stadium
proposal if her demands are
nating Overtown a slum at meeting Thursday
..J,, CRA's northern boundary ends
-i-i. 'at Northwest 14th Street and
Overtown residents attend a special workshop on Thursday at the Overtown Youth Center to
hear about plans to revitalize Overtown. --Miami Times Photo/Sandra J. Charite
"My purpose is really not
about museum, the tunnel
or the Marlins stadium; it is
about my district," she told
the workshop. "We do know
that in Overtown we need bet-
ter housing, it's obvious; we
need better road and streets,
it's obvious; we need better in-
frastructure, it's obvious; we
need to preserve our historic
buildings, it's obvious. The list
goes on and on."
Spence-Jones spoke of her
vision of an extended South-
east Overtown/Park West CRA
district that would offer jobs,
more housing and business
opportunities for residents.
"My main thing is about se-
curing the legacy of Overtown,"
she said. ,,
Spence-Jones noted that the
CIsal. tAeret wOas a ioL oi worUJ
to be done beyond that point
and it should be extended to
20th Street. Also, the western
boundary should extend from
the current Third Avenue to
Seventh Avenue to take in the
Advanced Biomedical Center
and Camillus House and allow
for additional housing and up-
grading existing units.
Spence-Jones is also push-
ing for revitalization of some of
Overtown's historic buildings,
including the Lyric Theater,
the Black Police Precinct and
Courthouse Museum and the
X-Ray clinic by helping them
The District 5 commissioner
is also hoping for funds to cre-
ate the Overtown Folk Life Vil-
lage which is a project dear to
the heart of historian Dorothy
Jenkins Fields, founder of the
Fields said in an interview
she supports the historic pres-
ervation and restoration as-
pects of the plan. "We can't op-
erate the Lyric Theater without
funding," said Fields, who was
instrumental in the renovation
of the historic landmark.
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Black leaders set records in state legislatures
628 hold state offices
By Wendy Koch
President Obama is
not the only Black lead-
er making history. As of
last month, a record five
African Americans lead
state legislative -bodies,
and the number of Black
state lawmakers has
reached record levels.
Those leaders are part
of a growing movement of
African Americans serv-
ing in state legislatures,
often steppingstones to
higher office. The num-
ber of Black state leg-
islators has risen from
401 in 1986 to a record
628, accounting for 9%
of state lawmakers, says
Morgan Cullen of the
National Conference of
Obama is part of a
that benefited from the
gains made by civil rights
leaders, says Gwen Ifill,
host of PBS' Washing-
ton Week and author of
The Breakthrough: Poli-
tics and Race in the Age
of Obama. "They're not
race-driven" and seek
support from all voters,
California Assembly speaker
"It's too soon to say"
whether Obama's suc-
cess will encourage more
Blacks to seek office, If-
ill says. Still, "the ceiling
seems a little higher."
-did not prompt more
Blacks to seek federal
office, says David Bosi-
tis, political analyst at
the Joint Center for
Political and Economic
Studies, a private re-
search group. He says
the number running for
Congress, 56, was lower
than in 2004 or 2000
because of a drop in
Black Republican can-
In California, Assem-
, bly Speaker Karen Bass
is the first Black woman
to lead any legislature.
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'In Colorado, for the first
time in U.S. history,
Black men, Terrance
Carroll and Peter Groff,
preside over the House
In January, Malcolm
Smith became Senate
majority leader in New
York. In February, Ste-
ven Horsford took the
same post /ihi Nevada.
Both are the first Afri-
can Americans to lead
Obama "provides hope
and inspiration" to pro-
spective Black candi-
dates, says Bass, a phy-
sician assistant elected
to the California Legis-
lature in 2005. "We're
going to have a whole
generation that thinks
this is no big deal."
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Mayor speaks out against 'disregard for life'
continued from 1A
she apparently knew. The man,
later identified as George Shep-
pard killed himself later. Gibbs
survived the shooting. In Feb-
ruary, four people were shot,
including an 8-year-old boy, at
a North Miami apartment com-
plex.In January, Brandon T.
Mills, 16, and Derrick Gloster,
18, were killed and seven oth-
ers wounded when a gunman
operied fire with an assault
weapon while they were playing
craps in Liberty City.
In December, an infant, Der-
rick Days Jr., 10 months old,
was shot and killed after a gun-
man fired at a group of men
playing dominoes near the cor-
ner of Northwest 591h Street and
Suarez said the shootings tak-
ing place within such a short
time were just "coincidence" and
did not signify an across-the-
board increase in violent crime.
"They're definitely not related;
it's just the times, I guess," he
-said. "There're a lot more high-
powered weapons out there, so
kids are using them more."
Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley
Gibson expressed dismay at the
latest incident in her city.
"It's unfortunate that we're
having all these shootings,"
she said. "It speaks to the total
disregard for life, both for the
people being shot, as well as the
perpetrators, who will go to jail.
They seem to have no regard
for their lives and no regard for
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7A THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 11-17, 2009
BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR. OWN DESTINY
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Tiffany Ross-Williams jumps
over a hurdle in her quest for
the gold medal at the 2008
Beijing Olympics in China.
By SandraJ. Charite
Tiffany Ross-Williams has been
running most of her life.
The Opa-locka native recalls .
running track at age 12 for r-
Coach Jesse Holt at Moore Park
"I used to race the girls. My first
race, I ran outside of my lane and
just ran," she recalls. "I raced the
boys at Moore Park, too, and I
used to beat them. I guess that's
when I realized that I really loved
It was the beginning of a journey
that would lead Ross-Williams, 26,
to fulfill her dream.
Last August, she traveled to China
as a member of the U.S. team compet-
ing in the Beijing Olympics.
"ft was great experience," said Williams.
who was-not among the top,three fhrashers
in her race, the 400 meter hurdle.
Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain won
gold, Shericka Williams 'of Jamaica took
the silver and American Sanya Richards
brought home bronze.
"When I think about it, I was upset to get
eighth place but then maybe it wasn't my
time to get the medal," said Williams.
With her father incarcerate at the time,
Williams's grandparents, Clifford and Clif-
fonia Williams, were her biggest influence
in her childhood, helping to motivate her to
do after her dreams and to put education
She ran track at Miami Northwestern
Northwestern's girls track and field coach
Carmen Jackson remembers Williams well.
"When she came ini the ninth grade, she
was very energetic but always focused,"
Jackson said. "She was very competitive
and always wanted to be :the best. In the
ninth grade, we went to the state champi-
onship. She fell in the preliminary round
but she got up and continued running. She
thought that she was not going to make it
after she fell but she won second place."
Jackson said during the four years she
trained Williams, she saw her develop as an
"In her senior year, she came. up to me
and she was determined to win the state
championship," said Jackson.
Williams won the championship that year
in the 400 meter hurdle, bringing home one
of the five championships in Northwestern's
track and field history.
Her speed and her ability on the track
field eventually gained her a scholarship to
the University of South Carolina. She be-
came pregnant in 2003. in
her sophomore year.
"It seemed like e\ eryone had
turned their back on me and I
was a failure in their eyes," she recalls.
She credits people like her grandparents
and uncles Emmanuel and Clifford Ross Jr.
for helping her through a bleak period in
her life, saying they didn't give up on her.
Her grandfather died in October 2007 and
her grandmother this Feb. 18.
Determined to become the champion that
they believe she was, Williams stayed fo-
cused on running track and pursuing her
education during her pregnancy.
"I ran track and trained until I was eight
months pregnant," she said.
She got a break after her daughter was
born because she didn't have to return to
college for her senior year of college since
she had excelled in her classes and had a
3.5 GPA. But she had to retrain as an ath-
lete because she was still sore from the
Williams says she had to push herself
harder than the rest of her team mates. She
would do early morning workouts and also
put in a few extra hours after practice.
"It was hard but it was all worth it," she
Williams went on to place fourth at the
2002 World Junior Championships, sec-
ond in the 400 meter hurdles at the 2002
National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA) Outdoor & U.S. Junior Champion-
ships; was the 2002 U.S. Junior 100 meter
hurdles champion; placed third at the 2005
NCAA. 400 meter
hurdles: was the
2007 USA Outdoor 400
meter hurdles champion; won the
2007 Visa Championship Award for
best performance at the U.S. Champi-
onships; and was the 2008 Olympic Trials
champion in the 400 meter hurdles.
, Williams won her second consecutive na-
tional title and qualified for the 2008 Olym-
pics team. She won the women's 400 meter
hurdles in 54.03 at the 2008 U.S. Olympics
Today, Williams, who is married to her
agent, Steven Williams, trains up to four
hours a day but sets aside time for their
4-year-old daughter Samya.
"I love my daughter. She is such a bless-
ing to me, she said.
Williams is looking forward to the next
Olympics in 2012 in London as she trains
for the 400 meter hurdles in the 12th an-
nual International Association of Athletics
Federations (IAAF) Championships sched-
uled for Berlin Aug. 17-20.
"I am proud to see her live her dreams,"
said her husband Steven. "I am glad that
her grandparents were able to witness her
dream come true before they passed."
The couple lives in Orlando with their
Williams takes time to visit schools around
, the state to tell her story, especially to teen-
"I encourage young people to surround
themselves with people who will elevate you
and having fun isn't everything," she said.
A day to celebrate the power of women
By Navanethem Pillay
In my lifetime, I have been un-
imaginable change in my coun-
try, South Africa, and around the
world. I have seen the power of
ordinary people who have stood
up against injustices they faced
and triumphed. As a woman of
color raised in poverty, I have
experienced gender, 'race and
class discrimination. This Sun-
day, on International Women's
Day, I will celebrate the power of
women to overcome the vulnera-
bilities resulting from these mul-
tiple forms of discrimination.
My mandate as U.N. commis-
sioner is the protection and pro-
motion of human rights, includ-
ing women's rights. I fear that
the current global economic cri-
sis will have a disproportionate
impact on women. Women are
the majority of the poor and dis-
enfranchised. Women face de-
privation of economic and social
rights, as well as civil and politi-
cal rights. The recognition of all
these rights, to which women
are entitled, is fundamental to
Women still do not get equal
pay for equal work, and do not
enjoy the legal protections af-
forded to others in the work-
place. Domestic workers, par-
ticularly migrant workers, often
fall outside the scope of labor
laws. In many countries, laws
restrict women's access to fi-
nancial independence, discrimi-
nating against them in matters
of employment, property and iri-
Violence against women com-
pounds their vulnerability. The
U.N. regards it as a pandemic. I
have seen firsthand the effect of
this violence on women, children
and families, wrecked by these
crimes that are too often hidden
and protected with impunity.
Despite the enormity of such vi-
olence and discrimination, this
weekend I am celebrating the
power of women to survive and
even thrive. I am celebrating the
vision of equality between wom-
en and men that is enshrined in
the framework of international
human rights law, and our col-
lective efforts to make it a real-
There are benchmarks of prog-
ress women in parliament, fe-
male heads of state, women on
the highest courts and in the
U.N. Perhaps as a result, I see
girls worldwide growing up with
a new sense of themselves that I
and most women of my genera-
tion were not given. These girls
are powerful. They say "no" to
harmful practices such as early
marriage, female genital muti-
lation and sexual harassment.
They want to go to school and
get an education. They want to
be lawyers, doctors, judges and
members of parliament. They
want to change the world. I cel-
ebrate these girls on Interna-
tional Women's Day. They are
Navanethem Pillay is United
Nations High Commissioner for
Marleine Bastien, executive director of Fanm Ayisyen Nan
Miyami (Haitian Women of Miami), moderates an Interna-
tional Women's Day discussion about the struggles and the
accomplishments of women throughout history on Sunday at
the Libreri M apou in Little Haiti. -rii. iT..T. r.,: .I :),., ".3-,i,' r e
Marleine Bastien: Strong voice for
Haitians at home and in the Diaspora
By Sandra J. Charite
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Nlarleine Bastien turned 50 on
Instead of gotng to celebrate
her birthday \%ith family and
friends. Bastien. executive direc-
tor of FANM A'isi en Nan NMiyami
IHaitian Women of Miami). spent
much of the time observing In-
ternational Women's Day when
a diverse group of individuals
gathered at the Libreri Mapou in
Little Hati, to salute the strug-
gles and the victones of women.
"It is important to celebrate
this day because we have had a
lot of struggles but yet we have
overcome many obstacles." Bas-
tien said in an inter-iesw.
The Haiti-born activist is
working on a plan that she had
as she set foot on America soil
27 years ago.
Today, she says, things have
changed for women but they
suffer from many types of dis-
crimination, including being
paid less than men even when
their qualifications are superior
and not always promoted.
"We still don't. have equal
rights," said Bastien.
The U.S. Census Bureau re-
ported in 2007 that women were
paid 77cents for every dollar a
man was paid.
Bastien founded the FANM in
1991 to help immigrant women
and their families gain access
to resources to help them prog-
ress in this country. She helped
women start their own busi-
nesses and in making the tran-
sition to the new social reality in
In today's grim economy, Bas-
tien says, her organization has
taken a big financial hit.
"We lost 30 percent of our bud-
get," she said.
Bastien's role as a voice in the
Haitian community has. been
recognized outside of Miami and
her willingness to serve others
has won her accolades such as
the Human Rights Award from
Amnesty International (2000),
the MS Women of the Year
Award (2001), the Leadership
For a Changing World Award
from the Ford Foundation 120021
and she was named "One Of The
35 Most Remarkable Women In
The World" by Essence Magazine
The mother of three -- Omar,
20; Akim. 15. and Tarik, 12
-- considers herself to shy, re-
served and quiet as a rule. But
she can be vern vocal on some
issues, such as the struggle to
persuade the U S. government
to grant Haiti Temporary Protec-
tive Status which would allows
Haitian refugees currently living
in the U.S. to stay temporarily
because of conditions in their
Most recently. Basuten joined
other Haitian activists at a rally
in front of the Broward Transi-
tional Center in Pompano Beach
to protest the planned massive
deportation of more than 30,000
"The goal of the rally was to
ask [President Barack] Obama
to fulfill the promises that he
made during his campaign. Hai-
tians have suffered a lot for the
past eight years. Haiti qualifies
for TPS than any other coun-
try," said Bastien.
Bastien is also hoping that
Haiti's foreign debt will be can-
celed so that the .country can
use its money for healthcare,
education and other areas of
She says Haiti must be able
build its roads and other infra-
structure, enhance security and
fix its judicial system, as short-
"I believe that Haiti has the
resources to get themselves out
of the hole," she said.
Meanwhile, Bastien is getting
ready to make a big entry into
elective politics, with plans to
enter the race to succeed U.S.
Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Miami,
"I see myself as someone with
a vision for women to partake
in all aspects of society and be-
come involve with the decision-
making process in our society,"
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Panelists say women in
the pulpit bring special
qualities to the church
By Sylvia Mitchell
Miami Times Writer
Women faith leaders bring
to the pulpit a distinct per-
spective that can enhance
the role of the Black Church
in the lives of the people to
help them meet the chal-
lenges of today.
Women also possess a
collaborative style and ap-
proach to solving issues and
have the ability to comple-
ment and bring balance to
They also have an innate
gift of nurturing.
Those points were made
dunng a panel- discussion
on the State of the Black
Church in the 21st Century
held at Second Ebenezer
Church in Detroit on Feb.
bishops, prophets, proph-
etesses and overseers from
many denominations shared
their perspectives on the top-
ic during the discussions.
The women's panel fea-
tur.ed Dr. Toni Alvarado, Dr.
Joann Browning, Dr. Clau-
dette Copeland, Overseer
Sabrina J. Ellis, Prophetess
Janet Floyd, Bishop Milli-
cent Hunter, Bishop Cynthia
James, Bishop lona E. Locke,
Bishop Vashti Murphy McK-
enzie, Dr. Pat McKinstry and
Dr. Jasmine Skulark.
As each panelist weighed
in on the topic of women
in ministry, listeners were
advised from this group of
women with more than 150
years of combined experi-
ence that their families come
before their ministry; they
should go to school because
the face of the Black Church
was more educated and so-
phisticated; they should be
certain that they are called;
they should walk in the au-
thoritry they have been or-
dained with; and they should
not be afraid to use technol-
, ogy to reach the masses.
McKenzie, the first wom
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Will Obama stand up for these kids?
By William Mcgurn
Dick Durbin has a,nasty sur-
prise for two of Sasha and Malia
Obama's new schoolmates. And
it puts the president in-an awk-
The children are Sarah and
James Parker. Like the Obama
girls, Sarah and James attend
the Sidwell 'Friends School in
our nation's capital; Unlike
the Obama girls, they could
not afford the' school without
the $7,500 voucher they re-
ceive from the D.C. Opportunity
Scholarship program. Unfortu-
nately, a spending bill the Sen-
ate takes up this week includes
a poison pill that would kill this
program and with it perhaps
the. Parker children's hopes for
a Sidwell diploma.
Known as the "Durbih lan-
guage" after the Illinois Demo-
crat who came up with it last
year, the provision mandates
that the scholarship program
ends 'after the next school year
unless Congress reauthorizess
it and the District of Columbia
approves. The beauty of this
language is that it allows oppo-
nents to kill the program sim-
ply by doing nothing. Just the
sort of sneaky maneuver that's
so handy when you don't want
inner-city moms and dads to
catch on that you are cutting
one of their lifelines.
Deborah Parker says such a
move would be devastating for
her kids. "I once took Sarah to
Roosevelt High School to see its
metal detectors and security
guards," she says. "I wanted to
scare her into appreciation for
41 what she has at Sidwell." It's
not just safety, either. Accord-
IL ing to the latest test scores,
fewer than half of Roosevelt's
". students are proficient in read-
ing or math. .
iThat's the reality that the
Parkers and 1,700 other low-
,income students face if Sen.
Durbin and his allies get their
way. And it points to perhaps
the most odious of double stan-
dards in American life today: the
way some of our loudest cham-
pions of public education vote
to keep other people's children
S mostly inner-city Blacks and
Latinos trapped in schools
where they'd never let their own
Sarah and James Parker attend Sidwell Friends School with kids set foot.
the presidents daughters, thanks to a voucher program Sen. This double standard is large-
Dick Durbin wants to end. -Photo by Deborah Parker ly unchallenged by either the
teachers' unions or the press
corps. For the teachers' unions,
it's a fairly cold-blooded calcu-
lation. They're willing to look
the other way at lawmakers
who 'chose private or parochial
schools for their own kids -- so
long as these lawmakers vote in
ways that keep the union grip
on the public schools intact and
an escape hatch like vouchers
As for the press, complaints
tend to be limited to the odd
column or editorial. That's one
reason it was so startling back
in 2000 when Time magazine's
Tamala Edwards, during a live
televised debate at Harlem's
Apollo Theater, asked Al Gore
about the propriety of sending
his own son to private school
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Greater Bethel celebrates 113th anniversary in the Overtown Community I St. John Baptist Disability Awareness Day
"Climbing Jacob's Lad-
der: Preserving the Past,
Celebrating the Present, and
Securing Our Future"
Greater BethelAME Church,
the oldest Black Church in
the City of Miami, will be cel-
ebrating its 113th anniver-
sary on Sunday, March 15 at
Come and worship with us
during this great event and be
a part of the Overtown Legacy
to be presented through mu-
sic as we share our accom-
plishments made throughout
these many years.
We are inviting our Greek
and Civic organizations to be
with us on this special day
which we are sure will be a
reminder of your history.
Our Pastor, the Rev. Samuel
E. Sullivan I, welcomes you
to this place that was once
called "Lil' Bethel."
REV. SAMUEL E. SULLIVAN I
Using as a theme 'Christ And
The Mind', the church will ob-
serve its annual Disability
Awareness Day. The speaker for
the 11 a.m., service will be Dr.
A presentation on Alzheimer
and Autism will be made by
The Miami Institute For Hu-
man Genomics: Alzheimer and
Research Studies. This institute
is directed by our speaker.
The colors for the day are yel-
low and white (optional). Dea-
coness Mazie Baker is Chairper-
son of this event.
The church family mourns
the passing of one of its long-
time and faithful members, Sis-
ter Ernestine Milton. Service
will be held on Wednesday, 12
noon here at the church.
For additional information,
you may contact the church
at 305-372-3877. Rev. Charles
Uptgrow, Assistant Pastor.
If lotas her Imso0e 0to cwu
DR. MARC ROYSTER
9B THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 11-17, 2009
BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY
Remember the story of the woman at
the well and don't look down on others
This is still Women History's
Month and, this week, I would
like to talk about the teaching
of Jesus concerning His meet-
ing with the Samaritan Wom-
an who is also known as the
"Woman at the Well." The ac-
count is related in the Gospel
of John, Chapter 4.
As I have stated previously,
many today still do not be-
lieve the love that Jesus had
for women. Of course', I do not
mean in a sexual or romantic
way but a love for women as
He had for men to be set free
and be all that God intended
them to be. Some still do not
believe that Jesus wants wom-
en to prosper or to be used to
serve Him in the positions of
the five-fold ministry gifts that
were given to the Church.
In John 4, Jesus purposely
went to the village of Samaria.
This alone was a surprising
and puzzling move because
Jews tried to avoid the Samar-
itans at all costs. Though the
Samaritans also had Jewish
roots, because they had in-
termarried with other nation-
alities, the Jews considered
them "tainted" and did not fel-
lowship or even acknowledge
When Jesus reached the vil-
lage, He stayed behind while
His disciples went into town to
buy food. I would like to point
out that verse 6 says that Je-
sus was tired from His journey
to Samaria. This is a reminder
that even when we may not
necessarily feel our best we
should still not miss any op-
portunity to minister. The
woman who was at the well to
draw water was obviously in
need of ministering. No wom-
an came to the well during the
noontime. Who wanted to draw
water and carry heavy pitchers
of water in the midday sun?
This woman was at the well
during this time because she
was ostracized and not want-
ed by the women of the town.
She was a "loose" woman and
had many lovers; even then
she was living with a man to
whom she was not married.
The religious people shunned
her. She was an outcast in
her own hometown. Does the
church sometimes shun those
who are not accepted by soci-
Jesus sat with this woman
and spoke to her. For an un-
married Jewish man to speak
to a woman at all in these cir-
cumstances was unheard of,
and especially one who had
the reputation of this one. Je-
sus not only spoke to her, He
prophesied to her and, most
importantly, He ministered to
her and validated who she was
as a person. He revealed Him-
self to her.
Jesus did not think that
this woman was too far down
for Him to pick her up. He did
not believe her to be hopeless
and without merit or worth. He
also moved past his weariness
and His own need to show her
love and concern.
That is not the end of the
story. This woman recognized
in the spirit to Whom she was
speaking. She did something
in which the church is a little
lacking: she evangelized. The
Bible says that she left her wa-
ter pot something that was
important to her to spread
Now think about this. She
was ostracized and ignored
but yet she went to the same
people who looked upon her
with disdain and shared the
Good News with them.
Do we sometimes avoid tell-
ing "certain" people the Good
News because of their color,
race, nationality or social sta-
tus? Do we sometimes avoid
sharing that Jesus is indeed
the Messiah because we do not
like someone or they have of-
fended us in some way?
Are you willing to put aside
what is important to you for
the greater cause of introduc-
ing others to the Lord? Are you
willing to look past the outward
appearances or stereotype to
spread the Word that Jesus is
Lord and is returning soon for
those who are anxiously wait-
ing for His appearance?
Don't disregard that woman
whom others seem to have no
use for. Jesus can do anything
Miami Northwestern class
of 1979 is calling for all alumni
as they prepare for the 30th year
anniversary. They need all class
members' current informa-
tion which includes addresses,
phone numbers and e-mail ad-
dresses. Jacqueline Ferguson,
com; Debra Johnson, 786-399-
Miami Dade College will host
a Downtown Business Expo at
the Wolfson Campus 10 a.m.-4
p.m. Thursday, March 12. 305-
Miami-Dade Chamber of
Commerce will hold its annual
business leaders luncheon at
Jungle Island 11:30 a.m. Fri-
Sday, March 13. 305-751-8648,
And the Women Gather will
host a Jazz and Literary ses-
sion featuring authors rDr. ,Nieca
Goldberg; Cecil Hayes, Fabiola
Santiago and Laurence Leam-
er and singer Nicole Henry, 11
a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March
14, Ritz Carlton, Coconut
Grove. $80 in advance, $120 at
the door. Proceeds will benefit
women behind bars. Lorna Ow-
National Council of Negro
Women, Metropolitan Dade-
County Section, will hold its
first Hattitude Luncheon at the
Miami Woman's Club, 1 p.m.,
Saturday, March 14. 305-754-
Overtown Community Over-
sight Board is sponsoring a
Strategic Planning Workshop 9
a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March
14, also, a town hall meeting 5
p.m., Thursday, March 19, both
at the Overtown/Culmer Neigh-
borhood Center. Stephanie Van
Switchboard of Miami will
.hold its annual gala, "Hooray
for Hollywood," at the Four Sea-
sons Hotel, 7-11 p.m., Saturday,
March 14. 305-358-1640 ext.
Miami Northwestern High
Class of 1989 will hold its 201
annual class reunion planning
committee meeting, 5 p.m.,
Saturday, March 14. 786-285-
9917 or Bulls89reunion@hot-
The Sunshine Jazz Organi-
zation of South Florida and
Miami-Dade Parks will sponsor
Jazz at the Caleb at the Joseph
Caleb Center, 4-7 p.m., Sunday,
March 15. 305-693-2594.
Leadership Miami will pres-
ent Michael McKeever's award-
winning play Melt at the Gus-
man Center in downtown Mi-
ami, 3:30 p.m., Sunday, March
The U.S. Naval Academy will
hold an admission information
forum at Shula's Hotel and Golf
Club's Grand Slam Ballroom, 1
p.m. 3:30 p.m., Sunday, March
15. 410-293-1858 or www.usna.
Dade Heritage Trust's Afri-
can-American Committee will
host its 11t" annual Women's
History Luncheon at Legion
Memorial Park, noon, Monday,
March 16. 305-638-5800 or
Make-A-Wish Foundation of
Southern Florida will hold an
informational session for those
wishing to become volunteers,
United Way, The Ansin Building,
5:45 p.m., Tuesday, March 17.
The Miami-Dade State At-
torney's Office will hold a
Sealing and Expungement Pro-
gram at Corpus Christi Catho-
lic Church, 4-8 p.m. Tuesday,
March 17. 305-547-0724.
The Police Athletic League,
Inc. (PAL) will kick off a six-week
program focusing on making
healthy choices, Liberty Square
Community Center, 4:30 p.m.,
Tuesday, March 17. Also, Mi-
ami PAL will host an H.A.P.P.Y
Program Award Ceremony and
Reception at the Miami Police
Department, 5:30 p.m., Thurs-
day, May 14. Ashaala S. Jen-
kins, 305-579-6184, ashaala.
South Dade Adult Educa-
tion Center/South Dade Skills
Center Campus will hold its
third annual Career Fair at the
South Dade Skills Center Cam-
pus, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday,
March 18. 305-248-5723.
The Liberty City Trust holds
a Foreclosure Prevention and
Housing Stabilization Clinic at
Charles Hadley Park, 6 p.m.
every fourth Thursday of each
Jackson Health System is
offering mental health sup-
port to. those struggling with
the economic crisis, Jackson
South Community Hospital and
Jackson North Medical Center,
5-6 p.m. Thursday, beginning
World Literacy Crusade/Girl
Power Program will present its
sixth annual "It Takes A Vil-
lage" conference on the theme
"Improving Our World One Girl
at a Time," 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat-
urday, March 21, American Le-
gion Hall. 305-756-5502.
Florida State Association
Daughters of Elks Food Bank
Department is sponsoring
its second annual Mardi Gras
Dance at Elks House, 9 p.m.,
Friday, March 21. 305-757-
Sickle Cell Disease Associa-
tion of America, Miami-Dade
County Chapter, will hold its
annual 5K Walk/Run for Sick-
le Cell Anemia at the Dolphins
Stadium, 8 a.m., March 21.
Carol City Middle School
will hold a Youth Crime Watch
parade at 9:30' a.m. Friday,
March 27 at the school.
Miami Gardens will host its
fourth annual Jazz in the Gar-
dens concert Saturday, March
28,. and Sunday, March 29, at
Dolphin Stadium. 305-576-
Miami Northwestern Class
of 1965 will attend worship
service at Mt. Calvary Mission-
ary Baptist Church, 11 a.m.,
March 29. Margurite Bivins-
Fourth annual 5K Walk/
Run for Asthma will take place
at Metrozoo, 8 a.m., Saturday,
April 18. 305-233-4594..
Sant La Haitian Neighbor-
hood Center will host its an-
nual dinner and auction at the
Hilton hotel, in downtown Mi-
ami, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April
23. 305-573-4871, kevinb@
Miami Northwestern High
Class of 1959 meets at the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center 10:30 a.m. every third
Saturday of the month. 305-
'Miami Jackson High Class
of 1979 will hold its 30th annual
reunion with a week of events
highlighted by a trip to Montego
Bay, Jamaica. The festivities
will be June 5-14. Louis Fish,
president, 954-895-5441; Car-
ol Jones, secretary, 786-566-
Crusade for Christ Temple is
hosting Christian film and en-
tertainment nights, 7:30 o'clock,
Sunday. 305-523-5952. The
Christian teaching series is held
11 a.m. Sunday.
A Mission With A New Begin-
ning Church holds Sunday ser-
vices at 11:30 a.m. and weekly
Bible classes at 7 p.m. Thurs-
Christ's Kingdom Life Cen-
ter International is asking for
donations of diapers (sizes 5 and
6) and baby wipes and feminine
products for the Women's Shel-
A pastors and leaders prayer
fellowship is held at the Best
Western Hotel at 7:30 p.m. Mon-
New Jerusalem Prayer Min-
istries International holds a
seminar at 7 p.m. Tuesday on
"How to do Web Broadcasting,
Video Mail, Conferences and
Chat" 'for your church or minis-
Holy Zion Temple of Deliver-
ance is holding a Holy Ghost re-
vival, '7:30 p.m. through Friday,
March 13. Bishop Greene, 954-
638-4251 or Pastor Richardson,
Memorial Temple Mission-
ary Baptist Church is celebrat-
ing its 41st church anniversary
March 11-13, ending 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 15. 305-624-
Lively Stones for Jesus Min-
istries will be in revival 7:30
p.m. March 11-13. 305-685-
7739. Also, Lively Stones is ac-
cepting applications for Florida
Pride and McKay scholarships.
Mt. Sinai Baptist Church will
hold its fourth annual Women's
Conference at 6 p.m. March 12-
13 and 9 a.m., March 14. 305-
Raina L. Kemp Ministries will
hold its Miracle Healing 2009 at
the Missionary Evangelist Out-
reach Center Holiness Church
at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 13.
LaFaries Mortimer, 305-693-
Mt. Nebo Baptist Church will
host a Peace, Love and Unity
Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m., Sat-
urday, March 14. 305-667-3696
Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church's pastor's aide
ministry will travel to Sarasot|a
at 4:30 a.m., Saturday, March
14, returning at 8 p.m. Pat Ev-
John Wesley Methodist
Church's Women's Ministries
will host a presentation on the
Women of the Bible at 3:30 p.m.,
Sunday, March 15. 305-693-
The Greater Sweet field Mis-
sionary Baptist Church will
hold its Men and Women's Day
Fellowship at the 11 a.m. and 4
p.m. service, Sunday, March 15.
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Abundant Life Worship Cen-
ter will celebrate its pastor's
seventh anniversary at 4 p.m.,
Sunday, March 15. 305-620-
Greater New Bethel Mission-
ary Baptist Church will cele-
brate "Old Fashion Day" on Sun-
day, March 22. 305-624-4929.
True Light Church Unity Day!
Oh Sunday March 15 at 4 p.m., Saint LukeBaptist Church,
1' True Light Church of Jesus Christ will be having their Annu-
al Unity Day, Sunday, March 15th. You are cordially invited to
come join and fellowship with Pastor Hozie White and the True
Light church family! Services will start at 4 p.m. Guest speaker
will be Pastor, Christopher Byras of St. Peter's Church of God In
Christ. 8449 N.W. 22nd Avenue.
Gospel Concert at St. Luke
On Sunday March 15 at 4 p.m., Saint Luke Baptist Church,
1790 N.W. 55 Street will hold a gospel concert featuring, Roger
Whitehead and The New Gospel Express of Charlotte NC, The
Doe Family, Smiling Jubilaires and others.
Admission $15 at the door, kids under 5, $5.
Noble Lady Zethel's 35th Anniversary!
On Sunday, March 15th, the members of Noble Lady Zethel,
Chapter #220, will celebrate their 35th Anniversary. This event
will be held at New Providence Missionary .Baptist Church, 760
N.W. 53rd Street, starting at 4 p.m.
We invite you to please attend and witness, a spiritually-anoint-
ed Minister, Michael Menzie. Also performing, the dynamic, New
Providence Youth Choir.
Sister Zethel Surrency, Worthy Matron.
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an to elected bishop of the Af-
rican Methodist Episcopal
Church, told the audience,
"Just as in any other pro-
fession, women are going to
face the stained glass ceiling.
Therefore, a woman has to
work a little harder to show
people that you are for real
and are truly called of God."
An issue that sparked pas-
sionate discussion among the
male guest panelists was how
to reach the Hip Hop culture.
Several panelists said they
and their congregations dress
down by wearing jeans and
this choice of attire did not
compromise or water down
their teaching of the Gospel.
Prelates from the old church
leaned toward, the biblical
teaching in 2Corinthians 6:17
to "come out from among them
and be ye separate." More con-
temporary Black church lead-
ers felt that in order to reach
this generation of youth, there
must 'be outreach and they
love should be shown to them
even though they may appear
different. Those who held this
view pointed to Matthew 9:9-12
and Luke 5:27-32 that teach
the principle of seeking out
unpopular people and sharing
God's love with them, as Jesus
'did when He went places and
ministered to people whom the
religious leaders of His day did
not think he should engage.
'Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bry-
ant, pastor of Empowerment
Temple in Baltimore, cited
the story of Greek and Troy in
TheTrojan Horse as told in Vir-
gil's The Aeneid and the inef-
fectiveness of the Greeks' mili-
tary strategy of flinging rocks
and fireballs over walls of Troy
in order to penetrate the city.
After almost 10 years of failed
attempts to seize Troy, the
Greeks came up with a cre-
ative strategy to bring Troy to
its knees: soldiers hidden in a
Bryant was making the point
that the Black Church could
position itself to meet the chal-
lenges of people worldwide by
examining traditions that may
possibly exclude sharing salva-
Lion and begin to explore cre-
ative methods to meet the lost
where they are.
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CHILDREN SHOULD NOT SMOKE
Maturity is Needed to Make an
We all agree that children should not smoke.
Until a person has the maturity to understand and
appreciate the consequences of smoking, they should
be discouraged on all fronts. Parents, teachers,
guardians and mentors should talk to young people
about not smoking. Retail
stores must be diligent so0%
in carding consumers to
ensure that no one under --- __S_ 1
the legal age purchases 40%
cigarettes. These and
many other preventive 30% ,
measures some funded ',
by the tobacco industry- ;- "-,"-.
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The good news is o' .' *. .
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that these measures
are working. According to the 2008 Monitoring the
Future study conducted by the National Institute
of Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan, the
teen smoking rates are "at or near record lows."' The
study also reported that the smoking rate for 12th
graders is at its lowest rate since the study started
tracking smoking behavior 33 years ago.
The results in the black community are the most
encouraging. The Monitoring the Future study found
that smoking rates among African American youth
are dramatically lower than that of other race groups.
Specifically, the study of 12th graders showed the
rate of white students who reported using cigarettes
within the prior 30 days of the survey is more than
twice the rate for African American students; and
that the rate for Hispanics is nearly one and one-half
times that for African American students."
Lorillard Markets to Adults
Some claim that there is a conspiracy by the
tobacco industry to target African American youth.
We believe that such a
claim has no basis.The
people who comprise
Lorillard Tobacco Company
have families too, and
are concerned about the
S health and well-being of
our children. We represent
S", all races and walks of life.
Further, we share a common
,...*--- -. -11, set of beliefs: that farmers
_*_-____ __ -_ have a right to make a living
by growing tobacco, as
they have in this country
....... ........ since before it was the
United States; that tobacco
companies have a right to
manufacture and market products to adults who
choose to smoke; and that convenience stores and
tobacconists have a right to sell them to adults.
Adults who understand the risks of smoking should
continue to have the right to choose to smoke and to
smoke the brand of cigarettes that they prefer.
To help preserve and protect those rights, visit
www.mentholchoice.com and learn more.
'Johnston, L. D., O'Malley, R M., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (December 11, 2008). "More
good news on teen smoking: Rates at or near record lows." University of Michigan News Service: Ann
Arbor, MI, http://www.drugabuse.gov/Newsroom/08/MTF2008Tobacco.pdf
4Johnston, L. D., O'Malley, RP. M., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (December 11, 2008). "Trends
in 30-Day Prevalence of Use of Cigarettes by Subgroups in Grade 12." University of Michigan News
Service: Ann Arbor, MI, http://monitoringthefuture.org/data/08deta/pr08cig8.pdf
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MIAMI, FLORIDA, MARCH 11-17, 2009
Annual Walk/Run will raise funds for fight against sickle cell disease
Andrew Dawson, Ricky Williams will headline the event
Miami Times Staff Report
The Miami-Dade County
Chapter of the Sickle Cell Dis-
ease Association of America, in
partnership with the 100 Black
Men of South Florida and Dol-
phin Stadium, will host the
chapter's 30thh annual Walk/
Run for a Ciure starting at 8
a.m., Saturday, March 21, at
the stadium, 2269 Dan Marino
Blvd., Miami Gardens.
The chapter, in cooperation
with the University of Miami
Sickle Cell Center, reaches out
to help individuals and families
affected by sickle cell disease in
the Greater Miami-Dade com-
A chapter announcement
said Miami-Dade County has
around 2,500 people with sick-
le cell disease in a population of
nearly 2.3 million.
Nationally, the inherited
chronic blood disorder affects
about 72,000 Americans and
parents of children of all races
are encouraged to screen their
infants at birth.
Residents are being invited to
support this year's Walk/Run
in the fight
org; by col-
lecting tax DAWSON
donations from other support-
ers and then
walk; or by
on the day of
The pre-registration fee is $20
in advance and $25 the day of
Eight-time National League
All-star Andre Dawson, cur-
rently special assistant to the
Florida Marlins manager, will
be the grand marshal. Miami
Dolphins running back Ricky
Williams will present prizes to
the top three overall male and
female race winners. Medals
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Liberty City health fair
will kick off UM initiative
Trice Center will be
venue for the event
Miami Times Staff Report
The Jessie Trice Community
Health Center, in partnership
with Sylvester Cancer Center, the
Miami Workers Center, and the
Department of Community Ser-
vice at the University Of Miami
Miller School Of Medicine, will
hold a free health fair from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March
21, at the Trice Center, 5361 NW
22nd Ave. in Liberty City.
Nearly 100 volunteer physi-
cians, medical students and
educational volunteers will be
present for the fair, part of a com-
munity initiative that will include
seven other health fairs and two
weekly clinics organized by medi-
cal students to support the mis-
sion of the UM's Department of
Community Service to provide
quality healthcare to the under-
The fair will offer, screening for
prevalent diseases such as hy-
pertension, diabetes, high choles-
terol, vision loss, obesity, depres-
sion and osteoporosis, as well as
prostate, colon, breast, cervical
and head and neck cancer.
Each attendee will have an op-
portunity to speak one-on-one
about their health concerns with
physicians and medical students.
Patients will also be able to ob-
tain educational information re-
garding smoking cessation and
other health care concerns.
They will also have an oppor-
tunity to choose Trice as their
The health fair is open to chil-
dren and adults with or without
Those who plan to attend
should not eat for eight hours
prior .to the fair if they wish to re-
ceive glucose or cholesterol test-
* Registration can be done at
For more information, call 305-
243-4898 or log on to www.UM-
State health officials
urge awareness of
Miami Times Staff Report
Colorectal cancer is the third
most diagnosed cancer and the
third most common cause of
cancer death for both- men and
women, the Florida Department
of Health said as the agency
recognized March as National
Colorectal Cancer Awareness
According to the Florida Can-
cer Data System, 10,173 col-
orectal cases were diagnosed
and 3,738 deaths recorded in
2006, the most current year
that data are available.
While colorectal cancer, most
commonly known as colon can-
cer, is one of the most prevent-
able cancers, fewer than half of
people who need a colonoscopy
receive one. Screening tests can
help prevent the cancer by find-
ing pre-cancerous polyps so
they can be removed before they
turn into cancer.*
"We need to ensure that Flo-
ridians get the appropriate
screening because early detec-
tion and treatment can prevent
colorectal cancer deaths," said
Annette Phelps, the DOH divi-
sion director of Family Health
Colon cancer develops in the
colon or rectum slowly over a
period of several years. There
are often changes in the lining
of the colon or rectum that may
be non-cancerous (benign) or
cancerous (malignant) that can
be removed easily.
According to federal experts,
screening for colorectal can-
cer should include fecal occult
blood testing, sigmoidoscopy
or colonoscopy to detect early-
The physician chooses the
screening method determined
by the person's age and other in-
dividualized factors. All screen-
ings aim to save lives and im-
prove health outcomes through
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Risk factors that increase a
person's chance of getting col-
orectal cancer include aging
(the average age at diagnosis
is in the late-60s), consuming
a high-fat diet, having polyps
or being diagnosed 'with bowel
disease, having a family. or per.-
sonal .history of colorectal can-
cer, and smoking.
The state health department
is encouraging Floridians 50,
and older to discuss their risk
for colorectal cancer with their
physicians, as well as recom-
mendations for 'colorectal can-
cer screening and treatment, if
For more information on the
disease, call the National Can-
cer Institute at 1-800-4-CAN-
CER or log on to www.doh.state.
More education options are good for kids
continued from 8B
while opposing any effort to
extend the same choice to.
his financial wherewithal. As
I |l CNN's Jeff Greenfield would
S| flote later in the same debate,
|ial Mr. Gore "bristled" when Ms.
Edward's put the question to
S Virginia Walden-Ford, exec-
Sutive director of D.C. Parents
for School Choice, wouldn't.
mind making a few more poli-
SlvI ticians bristle. -"I'd like to see
rrolvaers a reporter stand up at one
PIroVIdler of those nationally televised
press conferences and ask
.* President Obama what he
thinks about what his own
party is doing to keep two
innocent kids from attend-
ing the same school where he
As for Sidwell, the school
has welcomed the Opportu-
nity Scholarship program.
Though headmaster Bruce
Stewart declines to get into
either politics or the Obamas,
he says that a program that
gives parents more educa-
tional options for their c'hil-
dren is not only good for their
kids, it's good for the com-
munity. Plainly he's not do-
ing it for the money: Even the
full D.C. voucher covers only
a small fraction of Sidwell's
All of which leaves the
First Parent with a decision
to make: Will he stand up
for those like his own chil-
dren's schoolmates or
stand in front of the Sidwell
door with Mr. Durbin? It's
hard to imagine white con-
gressional Democrats going
up against him if he called
them out on an issue where
they have put him in this
embarrassing position. This,
after all, is a man who has
written of the "anger" he felt
as a community organizer,
when his attempts to improve
things for Chicago school
kids ran up against an "un-
"The biggest source of re-
distance [to reform]," he said,
"was rarely talked about .
namely, the uncomfort-
able fact that every one of
our churches was filled with
teachers, principals, and
Few of these educators sent
their own children to public
schools; they knew too much
for that. But they would de-
fend the status quo with the
same skill and vigor as their
white counterparts of two de-
Let's just say that Sarah
and James Parker -- and
thousands just like them --
could use some of that same
Obama anger right about
Walk/Run will create awareness and raise funds
continued from 11B
will be presented to the top three
male and female winners in 13
Immediately following the
Walk/Run, health screenings
will be offered and several high
schools will compete in a Battle
of the Drum Lines contest. First
place winners will get $1,000,
second place $500 and third
"These events, including the
Walk/Run, are offered to en-
courage health and wellness for
the entire family and a uniting of
the whole community, while in-
creasing awareness and raising
funds for research and service to
those individuals and families
affected by sickle cell disease,"
said Dr. Astrid Mack, the chap-
Incentives for participation will
include prizes for top individual
winners in a
variety of age groups, male
and female; top organization,
church, fraternity, sorority; and
'top elementary, middle and high
schools in each district.
The chapter is seeking spon-
sors to donate to the event:
Reach sponsor, $5,000; Educa-
tion sponsor, $2,500; Champion
sponsor, $1,000; Patron spon-
sor, $500; Benefactor, $250;
and Partner, supplying in-kind
For more information about
the chapter or to sign up as a
participant, volunteer or spon-
sor for the Walk/Run, call 305-
324-6219 or log on to www.
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The Episcopal Church of
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..... ....... 15260 NW 191h1Avenue
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j""' 730'a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
""'" "' "" "" /Second Wednesday 7 p.m.
Church ofBrownsville 6702 N.W. 15Avenue
2799 N.W. 46th Street
305.634-6721 Fax: 305-635-8355 Order of Services
Order of Services New time for T.. Program
ChurclvSunday School..... 8&30 am FOR HOPE FOR TODAY
Smuday Worship Service .... 10 oa.m cartcI coaAIrc
L Mid.Week Service ... Wednesday's S.0,9 o...-3 p.m. Soaay 5 p.m.
Hour of Power.Noci Day Prayer Iom.a ngerimy........cr....m... 12pm.
12 p.m.-I p.m. %ut, -Eve. Wobship .......s7:30 p.m.
[T Praycr Mptsing i ...... 7330y pm.
avenrringWorship... 7 prM. F6. -Bible Study ............7:30 p.m,
740 N.. 58th Street
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Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue
Order of Services:
Ss7:45 eviac........- .:15 a.m.
1 M .e Study/PrayerNightlpm.
Prayer Mecting7 p.m.
"TlCorner iston pace for BibleYou"
2001 N.W. 87 35thStreet
Order of Services:
1 Sunday Morning Services
7:45 am -l :15am.
Sunday School -9:. a.m.
Bibl Suday Evciyg Worhip
P rayerMeeting -Tues. 6 pa.,
MdCornerstone Bible... 7
2390 NW 87 Street
Order of Services:
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue
305-635.-053 Fax: 305-635-0026
Order of Services:
Sunday School..............10 am,
SThursday .........7 p.m. Bible Study,
S~Baptist Thurs. before
S first Sun..7 p.m.,
*Co nininon First Sun........
, 7:30 & 1I1 a~m. i
New Harvest Missionary
12145 N.W. 27th Avenue
Order of Services-
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/ Temple Missionary \
1723 N.W. 3 Avenue
Fax 305-S73-4060*Fax 30S-255-8549
Order of Services:
Stmday School..... 9:45 a.m.
Sun. Morning Ses...... a.m.
4' Sun....BTU.,..:1:30-2:30 p.m.
Feeding Ministry......10 a.m.
Wed. Bible Study/Payer..6:30 p.m.
Thurs. Outeach Ministry... 6:30 pm
/ Logos Baptist Church Mt. Calvary Missionary"
16305 N\ 48th Ave. Baptist Church
305-430-9383 1140 Dr. Martin Luthexr King, Jr. Blvd.
305-759-8226 Fax: 305-759-0528
Order of Services
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Word Of Faith
2370 MW 8711 Street
Order or senices:
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Wor hip Ses ice. I I i r.,
Tuciday filble lrijl,, 14 p IT,
w i Thunwy Prayer lls Spin
Mon. thru Fri. Noon Day Prayer
Sunday Worhip...7-, a.m.
Sunday School.9:30 a.m.
Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court
305-634-4850/Fax & Messages.
Order of Services
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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral
of Faith International
2300 NW 135th Street
Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a.m., 11
a.m., 7 p.m.:
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
1 (800) 254-NBBC
St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3" Avenue
Order of Services:
\t omi ng Worship ....7:30 a.m.
Sund.t, Sichool .......9:30 a.m.
N, l.mng Worship .11 a.m.
P,.' er and Bible Study
.lecimp ........ (Tues.) 7 p.m.
/ Zion Hope \
5129 N.W. 17th Ave.
305-696-4341 Fax: 305-696-2301
Order of Services:
SSraU lay School .............9:30 a..
I Moning Praisc Womlip.. 1 s1. I
Brt and Tlidrl Sunday
I evening worship a6p.m
I Prayer Meeting & Bible Study
I iTuesday 7 p.m.
LTInspotao n AwAilabt for Sundav
New Day "N" Christ "\
3055 N.W. 76h" Street, 33147
Message Ctr.: 305-836-7815
Order of Services:
Sunday. (l urch School...............10 a.m.
Worship S vice .............11:15 a.m.
Tusdays. Bible Clas..........7 |n.r.
4th Sunday Evening Worship ..6 pm
93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93" Street
Order of Services
7:30 a.m. EDay Moming Woralip
11 am. ..Morngin Worship
Mt.Hermon A.ME. Church
17800 NW 25th Ave.
305-621-5067 Fax: 305-623-3104
Order of Services:
J- Sunday Worship Services
7 a m. & 10 a.m.
(hmiu-ch School: R 30 a.m.
Pastor's Noon Day Bible Study
Bible Institute, 6:30 p.m.
Mid-week Worship 7:30 p.m.
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/Jordan Grove Missionary\
5946 N.W.12 Ave
Order of Services:
I i Earl ScWhool ............. 9a.m.
NBC "......... ... 10:5 a.m.
W ,rshi p ....... ........ IIam.
S lay ......... 30................4p.m.
OVA )o ih *ietrng!Choir reheasa
I5i ,l.. ,. ....... 630 p.m.
2171 N.W. 56th Street
305-637-4404 Fax: 305-637-4474
Order of Services:
BibleSday, Trhsday..7:30) pm.
St. Luke Missionary Baptist
1790 N.W. 55th Street
-I Orler of Services:
Early Momring Worship.7:30a.m.
Sunday School ..........9:30am.
Morning Worship .....11 am.
Prayer Meeting ............7:30 p.m.
Bible Study ................8 pin.
New Shiloh M.B. Church
1350 N.W.951' Street
305-835-8280 Fax# 305-696-6220
SN- i, MIon l aVrsbip7:30a.m.
S,, (irnh School 930 a.m.
S"- M ig,2 worshipp .....11 a.m.
S Tue -ld\ ible Class 7 p.m.
I ihe t-bia.re the la Sun.....? p.nm.
d-iJ -eck Worship
/ Liberty City Church '
1263 N.W. 67th Street
Order of Services:
S Sunday Morning ...........8 a.m.
Sundjt c l............10a.m.
W nda) Ecning .............6p.m.
MlonI xellnnce .......7:30p.m.
T.I Rible Ilas.........730p.m.
Ii Sun song Practice ..6 p.m.
St. Mark Missionary
1470 N.W. 87th Street
Order of Services:
Sunday 7:30 and 11 a.m.
9:30 a.m...... Sunday School
Tuesday........7 p.m. Bible Study
8 pm........Prayer Meeting
Monday. Wednesday, Friday
12 p.m.......Day Prayer
New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. l10 Avenue
Order of Services:
Early Sunday Worship...7:30 a.m.
M le F>t 30an.
S lr 14 ite r -, r *. e rr7. 1 30pm
Bible Teaching Seminar
8620 N.W. 17th Ave.
Miami, FL. 33147
And now abide
faith, hope, love...
I Cor 13:13
I Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 SW. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023
(Office) 954-962.9327 (Fax) 954-962-3396
Order of Services
Bible Study ............. 9 a.m. *** Morning Worship ............. 10 m
Evening Worship.............. 6:p.m.
Wednesday....General Bible Study ..... 7:30 p.m.
TV Program Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.- 9 a.m.
Comcast Channels: 8, 19,21,22, 23,30 & 37/Local Channels: 21 & 22
Web page: www.pentbrokeparkchurchofchrist.com Email: email@example.com
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