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Tackling health disparities in Black men and boys at the roots

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When Michael Stern was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago he was shocked. He’d had no idea a disease was attacking him from the inside. Multiple surgeries later, Stern, an Aventura, Florida Commissioner, began to realize how lack of access and information contributes to the health disparities among different ethnicities in the United States. Now, he advocates for others by raising…

‘We have to try to do what we can to give Black men and boys more time on this Earth’

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Gun violence, diabetes, colon cancer, hypertension, mental illness, and lack of access to healthcare. Those are some of the challenges Black men and boys face in the United States, according to U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson. The Democrat from Miami-Dade County, who is the chairwoman of the Caucus on the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, hosted a briefing Thursday…

Congressional Black Caucus members demand Florida remove ‘racist tropes’ from new African American history standards

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Florida’s members of the Congressional Black Caucus are putting the Florida Department of Education on blast for its new African American history standards, which among other things require students to learn how slavery was beneficial to Black people. They’re calling for an immediate reversal of the Board of Education’s decision to adopt the lesson guidelines and excise the…

Senate confirms Mark Lapointe as Miami U.S. Attorney. He's the first Haitian-American in post

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Markenzy Lapointe was confirmed by the United States Senate Tuesday night as the U.S. attorney for South Florida, making him the first Haitian American lawyer to serve in the region’s most powerful federal law enforcement position. Lapointe, a former U.S. Marine and ex-federal prosecutor who was raised in Haiti and Miami, was nominated in September by President Joe Biden to fill the…

A year after border crisis, Haitian asylum seekers face discriminatory treatment, report says

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Miami Herald ArticleHaitians crossing the southern border of the United States without proper documentation are being subjected to arbitrary detention and discriminatory and humiliating ill treatment that amounts to race-based torture, Amnesty International says in a new report marking the first anniversary of the migration crisis at the U.S. border in Del Rio, Texas. A year…

Nancy Pelosi Turns to Frederica Wilson to Lead Push to Expand Pell Grants, Reform Student Loans

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Florida DailyLast week, U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., introduced the “Lowering Obstacles to Achievement Now (LOAN) Act.” Wilson’s bill would “lower the cost of college for current and future student borrowers and their families” and builds on President Biden’s historic one-time student loan debt relief announcement last month to…

Milestone for Miami: First Haitian-American nominee for U.S. attorney named by Biden

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Miami Herald ArticleMiami attorney Markenzy Lapointe, a former U.S. Marine and federal prosecutor who was raised in Haiti and Liberty City, was nominated Thursday by President Joe Biden to become the next U.S. attorney in South Florida. If confirmed by the Senate, Lapointe, 54, would become the first Black lawyer to serve in the most powerful federal law enforcement position in South…

A third of U.S. House Democrats oppose Manchin permitting deal in stopgap spending bill

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Florida Phoenix ArticleThe group of U.S. House Democrats asking the chamber’s leaders not to include environmental permitting changes in a stopgap spending deal this month comprises 76 members, including senior leaders of budget and spending committees and factions across the caucus’ ideological spectrum. The 76 signers on a letter sent late last week make up a third of the…

Florida Delegation Calls on U.S. Trade Rep to Investigate Fruit, Vegetable Importers From Mexico

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Florida Daily ArticleAt the end of last week, the Florida congressional delegation, led by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., called on U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai “to initiate a Section 301 investigation of fruit and vegetable imports from Mexico, and to secure trade relief for Florida growers.” U.S. Sen. Rick…

Miami designates part of Coconut Grove as Little Bahamas to honor areas history

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Miami Herald ArticleA swath of Miami’s oldest neighborhood has been formally designated “Little Bahamas of Coconut Grove,” a recognition of the historically Black enclave settled by Bahamians in the 19th century even before Miami was incorporated as a city. Miami commissioners voted on Tuesday to mark the area’s cultural and historical importance with the…