CRB Exec Minutes March 2012
Number of Pages:2
Date Created:July 9, 2013
Date Uploaded to the Library:February 20, 2014
Autogenerated text from PDF
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY COMMUNITY RELATIONS BOARD EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT Meeting date and location: March 2012, 1:00 p.m. Stephen Clark Government Center, 111 1st Street, Miami, 33128, 10th Floor CITT Conference Room Attendance: CRB Executive Members: Dr. Walter Richardson; Reinaldo Valdes; Vickie Smith Jackson; Ronald Fulton; Eduard Shohat; George Yap. Staff: Amy Carswell The agenda was approved. The CRB February Executive Meeting Report was approved. CRB Chairs Report Dr. Richardson reported the following: Condolences were extended the family CRB Executive Committee member Ronald Fulton upon the tragic death his 17-year-old nephew Trayvon Martin Sanford Florida. Mr. Martin was enrolled Michael Krop Senior High and was previously student Miami Carol City Sr. was shot and killed under mysterious circumstances while visiting family members Sanford Florida. This young mans death has caught the attention local activists along with Miami-Dade family members who are questioning the killing African-American youth during unexplained altercation with Sanford resident white male, age years). The family awaiting more information from the Sanford Police. CRB Community Intervention staff has also reached out the Sanford Police Department and have also not received any additional information. understand that, this time, the young man who shot Trayvon has not been arrested. Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Joe Martinez has submitted his mandatory resignation the Clerk the Courts and the Supervisor Elections. The CRB forwarded letter Florida Legislators encouraging them protect the successful Miami-Dade Wage Theft Ordinance. Local supporters the Wage Theft Ordinance have conducted demonstrations and distributed flyers outside the downtown Macys department store this past week. Miami-Dade Corrections Director Tim Ryan has agreed meet with the CRB the April General Membership Meeting. Dr. Richardson and Amy Carswell met with Mr. Ryan and representative the County Attorney and shared the CRBs goal engaging residents reduce tensions. Mr. Ryan agreed share information and will decline answer any questions the advice the countys attorney. The RACE Exhibit Fundraising Committee has met its goals for bringing the exhibit our community. total $16,000 has been collected including $500 donation from the CRB and $10,000 from the Childrens Trust. CRB member Maritza Lopez will represent the CRB planning committee meeting for the Gideon Celebration. The Miami-Dade Public Defender organizing activities our community and the CRB has been invited participate the planning. The Commission for Women co-hosting the the Company Women event March the Biltmore Hotel. Administrative Issues: Amy Carswell reported that the following committee meetings have been scheduled: CRB 5th Anniversary Commemoration Planning, Thursday, March 15, 2012, Noon; CRB Hate Crimes Forum Planning Group, Thursday, March 15, 2012, p.m., CRB Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Committee, Monday, March 19, 2012, a.m. Staff was asked poll the CRB members about potential dates May for the CRB Member Retreat. Issue Proposed Jackson Hospital CRB and Community Liaison Discussion: Ronald Fulton reported that there growing public conflict between employee groups and the administration the countys public hospital system concerning appropriate staffing levels, proposed lay-offs and the impact staff moral and patient care. There need for community liaison implement strategies aimed reducing tensions between JMH administrators, employees and consumers. Dr. Richardson will reach out County Commissioner Jose Diaz, Chair the Board County Commissioners Public Safety and Healthcare Administration, determine what may appropriate role for the CRB help reduce tensions. Issue Florida Alien Land Law Discussion: The CRB received Resolution adopted the Miami-Dade Asian American Advisory Board (AAAB) urging the CRB support the repeal the Alien Land Law from the State Florida Constitution. The law, adopted 1926, outlaws the sale property any person ineligible for U.S. citizenship. This original intent the law was keep the many immigrants Chinese and Japanese heritage from purchasing farmland the state. The AAAB Resolution states that the law discriminatory, hurtful and insulting all Asian Americans and non-Asian Americans and should removed from the Florida Constitution. The CRB members stated that the repeal the law multi-cultural, equal protection issue and appropriate for the CRB address. CRB staff was asked reach out the leadership the AAAB determine what specific action recommended. Actions may include resolution, letter support, educational activities. representative the AAAB will invited address the CRB Executive Committee this issue. Issue Questions and Comments for Miami-Dade Elections Supervisor Discussion: CRB staff was asked poll the CRB members and submit their questions for review and approval the CRB Chair. Issue Critical and Pressing Community Relations Concerns Discussion: The CRB will continue monitor community tensions related the death Miami-Dade teenager Trayvon Martin.