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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…

Teacher Abe Coleman, who mentored students at Liberty City school, dies of COVID at 55

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Teacher Abe Coleman, who mentored students at Liberty City school, dies of COVID at 55 Miami Herald / Howard Cohen / September 4, 2021 Abe Coleman, a longtime Holmes Elementary teacher and mentor to thousands of young men in Miami — "one of the best that the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project ever had" — died Wednesday, Sept. 1, after being hospitalized with COVID-19. …

Wilson Responds to Sentencing of Derek Chauvin for the Murder of George Floyd

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Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson issued the following statement in response to the sentencing of former police officer, Derek Chauvin:"Last year, then-Officer Derek Chauvin shocked the nation's conscience when he brutally murdered Floyd on a Minneapolis street in front of a group of witnesses that included young children. Today he was sentenced to 22 ½ years in prison. He also faces…

Wilson Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of George Floyds Murder

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Miami, FL – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson issued the following statement to mark the anniversary of George Floyd's murder: "Today marks the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd, whose life was barbarically cut short as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin literally took his breath away. Because of then-17-year-old Darnella Frazier's courageous decision to…

Wilson Statement on Verdict in Derek Chauvin Trial

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Today, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson issued the following statement in response the jurors' verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial:"I am both elated and relieved that the jurors in the Derek Chauvin trial delivered a swift verdict of on all counts. They believed their eyes and justice prevailed. I am also relieved for the Floyd family, who throughout this ordeal has acted with…

Wilson Statement on the Passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 202

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Congresswoman Wilson issued the following statement following the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act:"Tonight, I voted to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021. The horrific public execution of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer last May resurrected painful experiences that many African Americans have experienced for decades. This legislation is…

Kamala Harris tells Florida teens to lead with conviction at MLK Jr. event

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Kamala Harris tells Florida teens to ‘lead with conviction' at MLK Jr. eventMiami Herald / Samantha J. Gross / January 18, 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic's wrath in Florida has put a strain on families, had an outsized effect on Florida's Black communities and forced schools to go virtual. Marked by interruption and uncertainty, young people had a particularly challenging 2020. During a…

5000 Role Models Of Excellence Hold Virtual Scholarship Breakfast

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5000 Role Models Of Excellence Hold Virtual Scholarship BreakfastCBS Miami / Lauren Pastrana / January 18, 2021 MIAMI (CBSMiami) – For more than two decades, the 5000 Role Models of Excellence have held their scholarship breakfast in Miami in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. However, due to COVID-19, that tradition was held virtually this year. That didn't stop students,…

The Commission on Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act signed into law

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The Commission on Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act signed into lawThe Miami Times / Gregory Reed / August 19, 2020Congresswoman Frederica Wilson's dream has finally come true. On Monday, President Donald Trump signed into law the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act (S.2163/H.R. 1636). This landmark legislation, introduced by Congresswoman Wilson, establishes a…

5000 Role Models scholarship signing ceremony goes virtual this year

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5000 Role Models scholarship signing ceremony goes virtual this yearWPLG / Michelle Solomon / August 17, 2020MIAMI, Fla. – U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-24th District) has a lot to celebrate, including the signing into law of a proposal she's been working on since 2019. On Friday, President Donald Trump signed a bipartisian bill, the Commission on the Social Status of Black…