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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…

Congresswoman Wilson Highlights New Government Watchdog Report Finds Growing Racial Segregation in Schools

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Miami, Fla. – Today, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24) highlighted a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which found persistent and growing racial and socioeconomic segregation in K-12 public schools. The report finds that more than one in three public school students in the 2020-2021 attended a school of 75 percent or more of…

Almost a dozen high school graduates in Duval County receive scholarships to attend HBCUs

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First Coast News ArticleJACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Eleven recent Duval County high school graduates received scholarships to attend Historically Black Colleges or Universities, or HBCUs thanks to a program started by Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson.  The 5000 Role Models for Excellence Program began by the Miami-Dade County School Board in March 1993 to intervene in…

Wilson Scholars vow to go to college and shatter stereotypes at 5000 Role Model ceremony

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Miami Herald ArticleOver 100 young men of color from South Florida pledged Sunday afternoon at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts that they will transcend disadvantaged circumstances growing up by going to college — using higher education as a vehicle to greater social mobility and attaining economic prosperity. The teens donned black suits, white shirts and bright…

Rep. Wilson Presents Check for Body-Worn Cameras to Hollywood City Commission

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Miami, Fla. – Yesterday, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24) presented a check for $1.7 million dollars to the Hollywood City Commission for body-worn cameras intended for the Hollywood Police Department. The funding for body-worn cameras is an effort to increase the transparency and accountability of local law enforcement that will help build trust and…

Hollywood PD receives nearly $2 million to buy body cameras for officers

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CBS Miami Article $1.7 million in grant money was presented to the Hollywood Police Department Wednesday afternoon.  That money gets all 321 officers a body camera. "It's important for the nation to build trust around of law enforcement officers and that begins with our law enforcement officers being able to provide transparency," said Congresswoman Frederica Wilson.…

Hate crimes, unfair policing: National, FL officials push to improve conditions for Black males

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Florida Phoenix ArticleBlack males in Florida and across the nation face extraordinary challenges, from becoming targets of hate crimes to navigating a criminal justice system that can involve unfair policing practices, convictions and even deaths, according to civil rights leaders and members of Congress and federal agencies. The national Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and…

COVID plagues Miami-Dade school system

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COVID plagues Miami-Dade school system Miami Times / Bianca Marcof / September 14, 2021 Bus drivers are dying in the midst of a shortage. Educators are wondering where their colleagues are. The number of deaths in Florida's largest school district paints an alarming picture of the state of schools reopening in the middle of a pandemic. Thirteen unvaccinated Miami-Dade County Public…

Rep. Frederica Wilson on Liberty City teacher who died of COVID-19: He was irreplaceable

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Rep. Frederica Wilson on Liberty City teacher who died of COVID-19: ‘He was irreplaceable' Local 10 News / Terrell Forney / September 8, 2021 MIAMI – Rep. Frederica Wilson and a group of students met on Wednesday in Miami to honor the memory of a beloved 55-year-old teacher from Liberty City. The weather hampered a plan to release balloons in honor of Abe Coleman, who…

13 Miami-area school staffers have died of covid-19 this school year

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13 Miami-area school staffers have died of covid-19 this school year MSN News / Kim Bellware / September 7, 2021 Miami-Dade County Public Schools are reporting at least 13 employee deaths from covid-19 since mid-August, a tally that forecasts what could be a grim autumn for Florida educators. Spokeswoman Jaquelyn Calzadilla told The Washington Post in an email that the district is…