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MIAMI, FL – To address the growing trend of gun violence and crimes against children, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson hosted the Pastors and Principals Fighting Crime through Spirituality Summit on Friday, March 3, 2017, at Jungle Island. More than 500 people, including 100 pastors, were treated to an inspirational message from national civil rights and social justice activist, Reverend Al Sharpton, and House Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (D-SC).
The sold-out breakfast turned into an impromptu tribute to civil rights icon, John Lewis
No one said the name “Donald Trump” at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast Monday but it was clear that most of the speeches supported the keynote speaker, Congressman John Lewis, who is in a feud with Trump.
“We are in the presence of a true American hero,” U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio told the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project young men.
A decade ago, when Carlos Martinez was vice chair of The Florida Bar Legal Needs of Children Committee, he urged members to “unchain the children.”
Now Miami-Dade Public Defender, Martinez issued a 10-year status report on stopping the practice of indiscriminately shacking detained children with handcuffs and leg irons in Miami-Dade Juvenile Court.
What has happened since Judge William Johnson granted, on September 11, 2006, the motions that made Miami-Dade the first county in Florida to stop the indiscriminate shacking of children?
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson released this statement after the Justice Department closed its investigation into the death of Kendrick Johnson:
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) hosted a summit on Capitol Hill focused on mentoring for African American males. Wilson was joined by Reps. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.).
Rep. Wilson created a program called “5000 Role Models,” a dropout prevention and mentoring program that operates within the public school system. The forum, which focused on public policy around mentoring, was moderated by Michael Smith of the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative (MBKI).