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CRB Minutes March 2012

CRB Minutes March 2012

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY COMMUNITY RELATIONS BOARD 
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING 
March 21, 2012, 2:00 p.m. 
Stephen Clark Government Center, 111 1st Street, Miami, 33128 
Conference Room 18-4 
 
Attendance 
Members Present                 Members Absent                                   Staff present 
Larry Capp    Mario Artecona   Amy Carswell  
Valerie Davis-Bailey   Priscilla Dames-Blake      Yvans Morisseau         
Ronald Fulton       Maritza Lopez    Edward Harris 
Vicki Smith Jackson   Harlene Silvern Kennedy     
Ahmed Kabani     Helen McGuire         
Lovette McGill    Grace ODonnell   
Brian Siegal      Lester Rosenberg  
Walter Richardson    Edward Shohat   
George Yap   Harold Vieux 
Wilfredo Ruiz     
 Solomon Schiff      
Farzana Tapia 
Reinaldo Valdes  
Marjorie York       
Sofian Zakkout    
Wilfredo Ruiz 
Adam Tavakoly 
 
The CRB General Membership Meeting was called order the chair, Dr. Walter Richardson.  
 
The Roll Call was conducted and quorum was affirmed. motion was made approve the meeting agenda. The motion was adopted.  
 
Dr. Richardson reported that the approval the Minutes the February CRB General Membership Meeting will delayed the minutes were provided verbatim the Clerks Office and are not format that members are accustomed and will need edited focus major action items and discussion.  
 
CRB Chairs Report:  
 Condolences were expressed the family CRB Executive Committee member Ronald Fulton upon the tragic death his nephew 17-year-old nephew Trayvon Martin Sanford Florida February 26. The young mans death has caught the attention local, state-wide, national and international communities. People are questioning the killing African-American youth during unexplained altercation with 28-year-old white male and self-described crime watch captain.  The Department Justice Community Relations Service monitoring community tensions and communicating regularly with the CRB staff.  

 Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Joe Martinez has submitted his mandatory resignation the Clerk the Courts and the Supervisor Elections.  Mr. Martinez has announced his candidacy for the Office Miami-Dade Mayor.  His resignation will effective November 20, 2012.   

 The CRB prepared letter Florida Legislators encouraging them protect the successful Miami-Dade Wage Theft Ordinance.  The letter was forwarded key members the Florida Senate this past week.    Fortunately, the bill was not heard the Senate and was not adopted. press release about the CRBs efforts generated some media coverage.  Mario Artecona was interviewed live Spanish language radio and newspaper articles about the CRBs efforts appeared Diario las Americas and the Florida Independent.  

 Miami-Dade Corrections Director Tim Ryan has agreed meet with the CRB the April General Membership Meeting.  

 The RACE Exhibit Fundraising Committee has met its goals for bringing the exhibit our community March April 2014. total $16,000 has been collected. Congratulations Reinaldo Valdes and other CRB members and supporters who have participated this initiative.  

 CRB member Maritza Lopez represented the CRB planning committee meeting for the Gideon Celebration.  The Miami-Dade Public Defender organizing activities our community.   

 The Commission for Women co-hosting the the Company Women event which this evening,  p.m. the Biltmore Hotel.  

 copy the CRB Member Roster will passed each member during the meeting. Members were asked update the contact information that the information may submitted the Clerk the Board County Commissioners and the Elections Department which will soon mail the required financial disclosure forms for all county advisory board members who served any time during calendar year 2011l.   

 
 
Conversation with Penelope Townsley, Miami-Dade County Supervisor Elections 
Discussion: MS. TOWNSLEY STATED THAT: THE DAY BLOOPERS OVER. ASSURED THAT ELECTIONS WILL CONTINUE CONDUCTED WITH INTEGRETY AND ACCURACY.  MS. TOWNSLEY INTRODUCED CHRISTINA WHITE, DEPUTY SUPERVISOR ELECTIONS FOR GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AND IN-HOUSE EXPERT ELECTION LAWS. ELECTION LAW CHANGES FROM 2011 INCLUDE: EARLY VOTING AVAILABLE FOR CONSEQUITIVE DAYS, 7AM 7PM, ENDING SATURDAY PRIOR ELECTION; 3RD PARTY VOTER REGISTRATION ORGANIZATION MUST REGISTER WITH STATE PRIOR ENGAGING VOTER REGISTRATION ACTIVITIES;   INDIVIDUALS MAY ONLY PROVIDE INFORMATION POTENTIAL VOTERS REGARDING HOW OBTAIN VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION; VOTER MOVES FROM ONE COUNTY ANOTHER, AND CHANGES THEIR ADDRESS ELECTION DAY, THE VOTER MUST VOTE PROVISIONAL BALLOT; ACTIVE VOTERS MAY WEAR CAMPAIGN PARAPHENALIA THE POLLING PLACE LONG THEY ARE VOTING, BUT CANNOT SOLICIT UNLESS OUTSIDE AND BEYOND 100 NON SOLICITIATION ZONE; POLLING ROOM MAY INSIDE POLLING PLACE THE POLLING PLACE MAY THE POLLING ROOM. THE 100 SOLICITATION ZONE FROM THE ENTERANCE THE BUILDING;  STATUTE REQUIRES ALL PROVISIONAL BALLOTS SHALL COUNT UNLESS THE CANVASSING BOARD FINDS PERPONDERENCE EVIDENCE THAT THE PERSON NOT ELIGIBLE VOTE; INELIGLE PERSONS ARE NOT REGISTERED ARE ATTEMPTING VOTE THE WRONG PRECIENT; VOTER MAY CHOOSE ANY INDIVIDUAL ASSIST THEM; THE PERSON PROVIDING ASSTANCE MUST COMPLETE DECLARATION;  THE DECLARED INDIVIDUAL MAY ASSIST THE VOTER THE BOOTH; THE TYPE AND DEGREE ASSISTANCE BETWEEN THE VOTER AND THE PERSON PROVIDING THE ASSISTANCE; VOTER MAY ASK FOR THE ASSISTANCE ELECTION OFFICIAL. 
 
MS. TOWNSLEY ALSO RESPONDED CRB MEMBER QUESTIONS FOLLOWS:  
 FLORIDA REQUIRES VOTERS PRESENT WITH PHOTO AND SIGNATURE. DOES NOT PROHIBIT VOTER FROM VOTING WITHOUT BUT THE PERSON MUST VOTE PROVISIONALLY. 

 THE ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT CONTINUES CONDUCT VOTER EDUCATION ACTIVITIES BUT NOT ABLE PROVIDE SERVICES AFTER NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS.  

 INDIVIDUALS MAY ONLY PROVIDE INFORMATION OTHERS HOW ACCESS VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATIONS MAY PROVIDE UNSOLICITED APPLICATIONS FOR INDIVIDUAL COMPLETE AND SUBMIT FOR THEM.  

 VOTER ASSISTANCE PAPERWORK COMPLETED THE VOTING PLACE.  

 VOTER STATUS INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM THE STATE AND THERE COULD MATTER TIME BETWEEN REGISTRATION AND THE ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT RECEIVING UPDATED INFO.  

 RESOURCES ARE NOT AVAILABLE AGRESSIVE PROVIDE VOTER EDUCATION AND OUTREACH. TAKE EVERY OPPORTINITY WORK WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND WITH INDIVIDUALS STEER THE RIGHT DIRECTION 

 EVERYTHING ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT BASED REDUNDANCY, CONTINGENCY AND BACKUP. 

  THE GREATEST  CHALLENGE GETTING PEOPLE VOTE 

 PROVISIONAL VOTERS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY COME THE ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT WITHIN DAYS AND PROVE THIER IDENTITY.  

 SEND REMINDERS VOTERS UPDATE SIGNATURES SINCE SIGNATURES CHANGE OVER TIME. 

  EMPLOYEES ARE TRAINED HANDWRITING ANALAYSIS. OUR GOAL ENSURE THAT EVERY VOTE COUNTS.   

 VOTING ABSENTEE ONE THE SAFEST AND MOST CONVENIENT WAYS VOTE. CANNOT CONTROL THE ABUSES OTHER PEOPLE FROM THE TIME THE BALLOT LEAVES OUR OFFICE UNTIL RETURNS. RECENT LEGISLATION HAS MADE MISHANDLING ABSENTEE BALLOTS MISDEMEANOR. HAVE PARTNERED WITH FLORIDA ASSOCIATION ASSISTED LIVING. REQUIRES FACILITY ADMINISTRATORS COMPLETE VOTER EDUCATION PART THEIR LICENSING AND CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS WILL GIVEN TOWARD LICENSE RENEWAL.  

 THE RELOCATION PERMANENT RESIDENCE, THEY MUST CHANGE THEIR VOTER REGISTRATION. TEMPORARY MOVE, YOU CAN HAVE THAT MAILING ADDRESS WITHOUT CHANGING THE REGISTRATION COUNTY.  

 PURGING VOTER REGISTRATION LISTS NOT AUTOMATIC. NOTIICATION SENT THE VOTER SEVERAL OCCASSIONS INFORMING HIM THE INTENT DROP FROM THE ROLLS.  

 .THE CANVASING BOARD THE ONLY BODY THAT CAN REJECT ACCEPT QUESTIONABLE BALLOT.   

 PEOPLE CAN SIGNATURE UPDATE. 

 THERE SEPERATE PROVISION THE LAW THAT SAYS WHO ALLOWED THE POLLING PLACE AND WHO WAS NOT, AND YOU WERE CANDIDATE THE BALLOT THEN YOU WOULD NOT AUTHORIZED. 

 CHRISTINA WHITE THE CONTACT PERSON FOR THE CRB STAFF THE ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT.   

 
Committee Reports 
 
50th Anniversary Commemoration Planning: 
Discussion: Dr. Larry Capp and Mr. Reinaldo Valdes, Co-Chairs, presented overview the committees report.  Dr. Capp reported the following: ARE GETTING GOOD RESPONSE WITH MORE FORMER CHAIRS AND CURENT BOARD MEMBERS INVOLVEMENT. ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH ESTABLISHING 501C3 AND WILL OBTAIN PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE. HAVE DECIDED WORK WITH TWO PARTNERS; THE FIRST BEING THE MIAMI DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. DR. BRADFORD BROWN, PAST CRB CHAIR, WILL MEET WITH PAST CRB CHAIR AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, DR. WILBERT HOLLOWAY, ASK FOR THEIR PARTNERSHIP AND DEVELOP CURRICULUM ACTIVITY, RESOURCE MATERIALS AND EXHIBIT LEARN ABOUT THE WORK THE CRB AND THE PROGRESS THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY OVER THE PAST YEARS. THE OTHER PARTNER THE UNIVERSITY MIAMI. CRB MEMBER MARIO ARTECONA HAS PROVIDED THE NAME PROFESSOR WHO COULD INSTUMENTAL BUILDING RELATIONSHIP. HOLDS THE ARCHIVES FORMER CRB EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BOB SIMMS AND WILL HELPFULL COMBINE ALL OUR FORCES.  
 
Hate Crimes Legislation and Resources Forum Planning: 
Discussion: Amy Carswell, CRB Program Officer, stated that report has not yet been completed for the committee meeting conducted March 15, 2012.  Ms. Carswell reported that:  DR. BRAD BROWN CHAIRED THE COMMITTEE MEETING. REPRESENTATIVES FLORIDA CITY, HIALEAH AND DORAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS AND OTHER CRB MEMBERS ATTENDED.  THE GROUP BRAINSTORMED ABOUT THE CHALLENGES AND WAYS IMPROVE THE ENFORCEMENT AND COUNTING HATE CRIMES MIAMI-DADE. THE INFORMATION GATHERED WILL SHARED WITH STAFF FROM THE  DEPARTMENT JUSTICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS SERVICE AND THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE PROPOSAL FOR EFFECTIVE EVENT WILL DEVELOPED AND BROUGHT BACK THE PLANNING GROUP ITS NEXT MTG.  DR. RICHARDSON ASKED STAFF PROVIDE INTERIM REPORT AND SENT ALL BOARD MEMBERS. 
 
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement: 
Discussion:  Vickie Smith Jackson, Committee Co-chair, presented overview the committee meeting follows: THE COMMITTEE HEARD DETAILED REPORT FROM WAYNE RAWLINS, CONSULTANT MIAMI-DADE COUNTYS ANTI GANG STRATEGY. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED: THERE ARE COST CONSTRAINTS BUT LOOKING FOR WAYS KEEP ACTIVITIES GOING. HOT SPOTS READING PROGRAM INVOLVED VOLUNTEERS GOING INTO JUVENILE FACILITIES, SPEAK WITH AND READ YOUNGSTERS.   ONE STOP WALKING TOURS INVOLVED AGENCY REPRESENTATIVES AND VOLUNTEERS GOING DOOR DOOR AREAS WHERE GANG ACTIVITY OCCURS FIND OUT WHAT HELP NEEDED. RAWLINS RECOMMENDED THE CHICAGO CEASE FIRE PROGRAM MODEL ADOPTED HERE WHEREINE. OUTREACH WORKERS INTO PLACES CONDUCIVE GANG ACTIVITY PREVENT, INTERVENE, SURPRESS AND ACCOMODATE REENTRY GANG MEMBERS INTO SOCIETY.  
 
The CRB Chair recommended that Mr. Rawlins the associated group should appear before the Board County Commissioners and that the CRB will support their efforts being present, forwarding resolution whatever other action appropriate. 
 
The CRB voted prepare letter that strongly recommends that the Board County Commissioners take all necessary steps continue implementation the Anti-Gang Strategy and particular, those components the strategy that seek foster coordinated and pro-active community response toward prevention, intervention, suppression and reentry, described the  Progress Report (July 15, 2010-December 15, 2011)  
 
 
Ms. Smith Jackson also reported that the committee awaiting response request submitted the State Attorney regarding Dispositional Reports Fatal Policed-Involved Shootings. The status report anticipated from the State Attorneys office has not been forthcoming. CRB staff was advised the SAO communications director submit public records request, which has been done. response anticipated soon.   
 
 
CRB Member Activity Reports 
Princeton Prize for Race Relations:  
AMY CARSWELL ANNOUNCED THAT HONOREES WERE SELECTED. AND THEIR NAMES WILL ANNOUNCED WHEN THEIR QUALIFICATIONS HAVE BEEN VETTED. HONOREES WILL ANNOUNCED THE NEAR FUTURE AND CRB MEMBERS WILL NOTIFIED THE EVENT DETAILS. 
 
Commemoration Right Council Criminal Cases 
AMY CARSWELL REPORTED THAT THE PUBLIC DEFENDERS OFFICE SPEARHEADING LOCAL EFFORT COMMEMORATE GIDDEON WAINRIGHT; SUPREME COURT DECISION PROVIDING RIGHT COUNCIL CRIMINAL CASES. MARITZA LOPEZ REPRESENTED THE CRB THE RECENT PLANNIG MEETING.  MS. CARSWELL ALSO ATTENDED.  EACH GROUP WAS ASKED CONSIDER ACTIVITIES WILL CONDUCT.  CRB STAFF WILL WORK WITH CRB MEMBERS DEVELOP RECOMENDATIONS FOR THE CRBS FUTURE CONSIDERATION. 
 
Discussions and Determinations 
 
STRATEGIES REDUCE TENSIONS OVER KILLING TRAYVON MARTIN:   
Discussion: THERE NOT HIGH LEVEL TENSIONS MIAMI-DADE COUNTY THIS TIME. THERE HIGH LEVEL CONCERN ABOUT WHAT LESSONS COULD LEARNED.  THERE NEED FOCUS PERSON WHO WAS SUPPOSED PART VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION CARRYING WEAPON, AGAINST ALL FEDERAL AND NATIONAL PUBLISHED RULES FOR CRIME WATCH ORGANIZATIONS. NEED REASSURANCE FROM OUR POLICE CHIEF COUNCIL POLICE CHIEFS THAT THIS NOT HAPPENING HERE. THE BLAME SHOULD NOT PLACED CRIME WATCH. CRIME WATCH VOLUNTEERS ARE NOT ALLOWED ENGAGE PROFILING VIOLENCE. MOTION WAS MADE THAT THE CRB ISSUE LETTER URGING LOCAL CRIME WATCH ORGANIZATIONS FOLLOW ALL APPROPRIATE GUIDELINES. THE MOTION WAS ADOPTED.  
 
DR. RICHARDSON ASKED STAFF PREPARE LETTER CAPPS ASSISTANCE.  
 
 THERE NEED EDUCATE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP, NOT ONLY THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, BUT OTHER COMMUNITY LEADERS OPINION MAKERS.   

 PROPOSALS WHAT THE CRB MAY RELEIVE TENSIONS ARE WELCOME. HAVE HAD REQUESTS FROM VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS FOR THE CRB CERTAIN THINGS.  

 SENIOR MEMBERS THE STATE ATTORNEYS OFFICE WILL MEET WITH THE CRB TOMMORROW TALK ABOUT THE STAND YOUR GROUND LAW AND ITS IMPLICATIONS. SAO STAFFERS HAVE SHARED CONCERNS ABOUT THAT LAW, RELATED THIS AND OTHER POTENTIAL CASES. THE CRB COULD INSTRUMENTAL BRINGING ABOUT CHANGE.  

 THE DEPT. JUSTICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS SERVICE HAS VERBALLY REQUESTED THAT CRB STAFF SANFORD. PEOPLE THERE ARE AFRAID MIAMI-DADE PEOPLE WILL COME SANFORD AND SOMETHING VIOLENT.  

 RONALD FULTON HAS SAID THAT YOUTH MICHAEL KROP SENIOR HIGH WHO BELIEVE FAIRNESS SHOULD PREVAIL WERE UPSET. WANTS HELP CHANNEL THEIR ENERGIES AND ASKED THAT YOUTH EVENT ORGANIZED. CRB STAFF HAS REACHED OUT THE NAACP'S YOUTH ORGANIZATION BUT HAS NOT YET CONNECTED.  

 COMMUNITY MEETING NEEDED POSSIBLY SPONSORED THE CRB; ONE SOUTH ONE NORTH EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE STAND YOUR GROUND LAW THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THE LAW, ITS PROPER APPICATION AND HAVE OPPORTUNITY ASK QUESTIONS.  

 SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES EXIST FOR TEACHING MOMMENTS FOR THE COMMUNITY AND ITS YOUTH AROUND THE ISSUES STREET LAW, AND KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES. 

 LESSON ABOUT SOCIAL ACTIVISM ARE IMPORTANT RECOMMENDED MR. FULTON.  

 GREW AGE SOCIAL ACTION. UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS.  THIS NEW GENERATION KIDS DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THE PRICE AND THE RISKS UNDERTAKEN GET THE FREEDOMS HAVE TODAY.  

 DONT WANT LEAVE OUT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, WHERE THE KIDS ARE. 

  
Questions for Miami-Dade Corrections Director: 
DR. RICHARDSON ASKED THAT QUESTIONS SUBMITTED FOR TIM RYAN, CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR. SOME QUESTIONS MAY NOT ANSWERED DUE THE ONGOING DOJ INVESTIGATION. 
 
CRB Members Retreat: 
THE RETREAT PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 18, CONFLICTS WITH THE PRESENTATION THE CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR.  THE MAY CRB MEETING DATE NOT OPTION SINCE THE CRB CHAIR AND OTHER MEMBERS WILL NOT AVAILABLE. DR. RICHARDSON ASKED THAT SURVEY MEMBERS CONDUCTED DETERMINE THE BEST DATE.  THE RETREAT BI-ANNUAL EVENT CONDUCTED THE BEGINNING EACH NEW CHAIRPERSONs TENURE FOR CRB MEMBERS GET KNOW ONE ANOTHER BETTER AND TALK ABOUT VISION AND MISSION FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS. SIMILAR GOALS CONFERENCE. MS. MCGILL HAS BEEN HELPFULL HELPING IDENTIFY AND OBTIAN APPROPRIATE VENUE THE PORT MIAMI. 
 
Issues Roundtable: Critical and Pressing Community Relations Concerns 
  
NEW MIAMI BEACH POLICE CHIEF RAY MARTINEZ HAS BEEN SELECTED THE NEW MIAMI BEACH POLICE CHIEF. WAS ASKED THAT THE CRB BOARD SEND LETTER CONGRATULATIONS CHIEF MARTINEZ AND INVITATION FOR HIM VISIT THE CRB ITS MAY MEETING DISCUSS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES, RESOURCES AND CROWD RELATED ISSUES. WAS NOTED THAT MR. MARTINEZ ATTENDED THE CRB EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING TWO MONTHS AGO. 
 
Other Business 
 
RABBI SCHIFF HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED THE COSMOS ORGANIZATION FOR HIS WORK BEHALF IMPROVING INTERFAITH RELATIONS. CRB BOARD MEMBER VICKY SMITH JACKSON WAS FEATURED 2012-13 AFRO AMERICAN HISTORY CALENAR MS. OCTOBER. 
 
THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED.