The former U.S. secretary of state urges UM students to join the “participation generation,” and get involved.
Great event tonight at University Of Miami, With Former Secretary Of State, Hillary Clinton congratulations to President, Donna Shalala staff and faculty, and a large congrats for making this about the students, the best seats in the house,went to UM students only.
The most moving moment of the evening for me, was when, Hillary Clinton walked on stage, she made the announcement, that moments ago, Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, has just vetoed, the anti-gay bill, the crowd of mostly UM students gave the largest yell and applause of the evening, Ladies and Gentlemen, this Country's future is in good hands.- Ron Mills
She spoke of the importance of everyone playing an active role in bettering society, noting that even the earliest Americans, such as farmers who would travel miles just to help build a barn, understood the concept.
She recalled attending a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago and being inspired by the great civil rights leader’s plea for citizens to “participate in the cause of justice.” She talked about health care, renewable energy, and how she and President Obama had a shared vision of democracy and economic prosperity for Latin America.
Just a few of the Thousands of UM Students who turned out for Hillary Clinton
We are opening phone banks for Alex Sink running for Congressional Seat 13. We are starting Monday 2-17-14 5pm at the Camp Live Oak Office, 1131 NE 45th St, Oakland Park, FL 33334 (954) 491-2917 If you can join us you would need to use your own cell phone, we would be making long distance calls. I will ask today if they can provide some cell phones. Would you please give me a few hours of your time? I would greatly appreciate your help..It's a close race.. As always if we can get Democrats out to vote ..she will win.. Please let me know ASAP
Thank you .. Ken Evans 954-684-3690
Seventeen-year old Alexis Fairchild was on vacation in Panama City last year when she lifted into the air strapped to a parasail. Moments later, caught in the fierce winds of an approaching storm, she and her teenage friend dangled helplessly after their tow line snapped, hurtling them into a 13-story building and power lines before both teens crashed to the ground.
Ms. Fairchild, who suffered a traumatic brain injury from the accident, will join state Senator Maria Sachs (D-Delray)on Thursdayto talk about her horrifying experience, and the largely unregulated parasailing industry in the state. Joining them will be Shannon Kraus and Crystal White. Ms. Kraus is the mother of Amber White, a 15-year old Florida teenager killed in a similar parasailing tragedy in 2007. Crystal is Amber’s older sister, who was parasailing with Amber when their tow line also snapped as a storm approached, and suffered permanent brain damage as a result.
All of the women are supporting legislation sponsored once again by Senator Sachs for the upcoming session which would improve safety standards and impose certain weather restrictions for parasailing operators.
The press conference will be held Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. on the Plaza Level of the Capitol.
This morning, Washington Lobbyist David Jolly is raising campaign cash from Governor Rick Scott – who was responsible for the largest Medicare fraud in U.S. history.
“When it comes to making Pinellas seniors pay more, Washington Lobbyist David Jolly and Rick Scott are two peas in a pod,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesman Joshua Karp. “Just like Scott, Lobbyist Jolly would protect unfair tax loopholes for his corporate clients and the wealthiest few while balancing the budget on the backs of seniors: praising the Ryan Budget that turns Medicare into a costly voucher program, supporting privatizing Social Security, and pushing for a return to the Medicare prescription drug donut hole. Just like Rick Scott, seniors simply can’t trust Washington Lobbyist David Jolly.”
After more than a year of work the first Pembroke Pines vote to add DP benefits for city employees, firefighters, and police is tonight. I have met with the swing vote and believe there is a very real chance we could lose 3-2. I fear that a general disbelief in our community that Pembroke Pines could conceivably vote against domestic partnership in this day and age has folks taking lightly a very difficult vote.
We need a show of force tonight. Please email me back to let me know if you can attend (meeting details below in our action alert). Feel free to call me on my cell if you want to discuss strategy - 954-682-6094.
Here's the latest:
Commissioner Angelo Castillo has put forward a motion to provide health care coverage to same sex couples who marry in another state. Although this sounds like a fine thing to do, it's also likely a ploy to restrict DP benefits to these couples only. While we can support the motion, it is absolutely not enough. Forcing same sex couples to travel to another state and marry just to receive basic health insurance for their partners is unfair. Beyond that, all unmarried partners, gay and straight, need these vital benefits. Which is why nearly every DP policy in Florida is accessible to both same sex and opposite sex partners (and opposite sex partners are the majority of enrollees).
Also, despite admitting at the workshop that their numbers are complete guesswork, the city's actuaries continue to cling to a ridiculous cost estimate that we believe is 10 times too high. I'll send more on that separately.
Commissioner Iris Siple, who is an all out hero and who has been fighting this battle while also undergoing chemotherapy, has put forward a motion to draw up a comprehensive domestic partner benefits policy.
Bottom line is they need to hear a clear unified voice from our community that these benefits are essential, that Pembroke employees have waited far to long, and there will be shock if Pembroke does not take this very basic step towards fairness.
PS - Here is a link to Pembroke Pines equality rating by HRC. Note that at 43 Pembroke Pines is one of the lowest rated cities in Florida. However even that number is generous. If it were not for the bonus points Pembroke receives because of policies Broward County has passed, Pembroke's score would be a 7. http://www.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/MEI_pembrokepines_2013.pdf
there's at least one Broward judge who is fighting back against selective enforcement of the drug laws, detailed in this New York Times Editorial. Gisele Pollack is working to get each and every cannabis case automatically diverted to her misdemeanor Drug Court division upon filing by the Clerk, no matter how bad a Defendant's prior record may be. Those who qualify by statute and choose to stick with the program can get the charges dropped, while felons can earn a withhold if they follow through, keeping their driver's licenses and jobs in the process. Howard Finkelstein has already signed off. Here's what Pollack had to say when asked why she's pushing for widespread cannabis diversion:
"I don't want the disproportionate arrest factor being perpetuated in the criminal justice system any longer. It bugs me. It really does. I want to eliminate it by giving every individual a fair opportunity to participate in a misdemeanor Drug Court program."Not much to add to that, except all judges need to listen up when Gisele's talking ...
It takes courage, honesty, dedication to admit that you are struggling and that you will seek counseling. Judge Gisele Pollack did it, and she did it,because she wants to be healthy and strong to continue serving the community she loves so much.
Judge Gisele Pollack is the most caring and compassionate person. She is the BEST judge Broward County has. She is an outstanding, caring jurist who brings a human touch to the criminal justice system.
I believe she has the strength and desire to overcome this difficulty. I am certain that she will continue to serve our community and she will continue to make a positive difference for so many of our residents.
Judge Gisele Pollack, like every human being, has challenges but she is a strong woman that has proven to be one of our wisest and most compassionate jurist.
In June 1990, Miami's politically powerful Cuban exile community protested a visit by Mandela, newly released from a South African prison, for his praise of Fidel Castro, arch-enemy of right wing, Cuban exiles but friend of the anti-apartheid movement.
Despite pleas by local African-American leaders, the cities of Miami and Miami Beach, along with Miami-Dade Country, refused to recognize Mandela when he visited the area for a labor conference. The Miami City Commission rescinded a proclamation honoring Mandela.
Tourists angry at the Mandela snub launched a boycott that cost the city $25 million in lost revenue. Business leaders helped end the boycott in 1993, but tensions continued in the 1990s between blacks and Cubans after several incidents between Miami police and immigrant Haitians.
"I offer now an apology to Nelson Mandela for the way he was received in Miami," Penelas told 10,000 delegates attending the national convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
"I am proud of how far we have come," Penelas said. "President Mandela's visit was one of the many challenges we have learned from."
I believe in a strong America; an America that is the definitive beacon of opportunity, an America that is the global leader in economic prosperity, an America that has the most competitive workforce in the world.
But the daunting truth is that we are not that America. We are falling behind. We have to do better, for our children, and for generations to come who deserve a revived, strong nation.
Yesterday, results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) were released. The assessment compares 15 year olds from developed countries across the globe in math, science and reading. The results point to a jarring reality we all need to face in our country: our education system is not equipping our children for the competitive workforce.
Other countries are making faster progress. U.S. teenagers are now ranked 26th in math, 21st in science, and 17th in reading. Shanghai, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong are leading the pack, while countries like Poland and Ireland surpassed us for the first time.
There is no excuse in the book to justify our performance on the world stage. We are in a competitive 21st century and it’s time we start preparing our kids to compete. Without adequately preparing our kids with the fundamental skills needed in school, how can we expect them to go on and contribute to a vibrant workforce? We need to do better.
Yesterday’s results dramatically underscore the need for higher, internationally benchmarked standards and a focus on foundational skills in K-12 education. We accomplish this by holding schools accountable for performance and providing teachers with the supports they need to help students meet these higher expectations. This improves our children’s opportunity to achieve success in school, college, career, and life, thereby preparing them to successfully compete with their peers around the globe.
However, we do see a positive outcome in the PISA results that reaffirms my core belief: all students can and will learn when education is focused on them. Massachusetts participated for the first time in the international benchmarking system and received separate scores. Massachusetts’s average scores were higher than both the U.S. and global average scores in all three subjects. The reason Massachusetts out performs not only the rest of America but other countries? Reform works. In 1993, Massachusetts adopted a bold package of education reforms to transform the failing status quo and focus the system on students’ learning. They implemented rigorous standards and achievement tests that students have to pass to graduate.
Today other states are following their lead and it couldn't come at a more critical time.
I hope that you will join me in this mission of giving every child in America a quality education. Your voice has a significant impact. Here’s how you can do your part to guarantee a strong America:
Recognizing two essential components of the law enforcement community – the sworn officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect Americans from the threat of extremism, terrorism and hate – often our community’s first line of defense; and the prosecutors, who work tirelessly to ensure the offenders receive the punishment accorded by law – ADL’s Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards recognizes both the investigative and prosecutorial roles of law enforcement, identifying those members who are so deeply committed to their work that they have gone above and beyond expected efforts to protect the community.
“ADL has ten decades of experience in fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry, and exposing domestic extremist groups,” stated Hava Holzhauer, ADL Florida Regional Director. “Today, ADL is the largest non-governmental law enforcement training organization in America, and has emerged as the most esteemed private authority on hate groups, extremism and domestic terrorism. As an important partner and ally to law enforcement agencies nationwide and here in Florida, ADL’s Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards represents and honors the best of law enforcement.”
“The ADL Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards is unique not only in the State of Florida, but across the United States,” stated Michael Freeling, Chairperson, ADL Florida Law Enforcement Committee. “No other organization publicly recognizes leadership in law enforcement in the areas of hate crimes, domestic terrorism, civil rights and public-private partnerships quite like ADL.”
Capt. Rick Wierzbicki (ret.)
In 2011, Capt. Rick Wierzbicki (ret.), former Commander of the BSO Hate Crimes/Anti-Bias Task Force was honored with ADL’s prestigious award, and this year, he is proud to chair the Selection Committee for the 2013 awards: “It’s a privilege to work with some of the most dedicated and accomplished law enforcement leaders within the State of Florida who are current members of the ADL Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards Committee. As Chairperson, I reached out to Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger and Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith, both of whom had the national spotlight focused on them and their respective agencies due to some trying times this last year. Like the other Committee invitees, both Sheriff Eslinger and Chief Smith accepted positions on the Committee without hesitation, which shows their strong commitment to the Award and to ADL.”
One of the Awards’ Selection Committee members, Doug Muldoon, Chief of Police, City of Palm Bay Police Department, reflected, “I am very honored to be asked to participate on the ADL Committee in 2013-2014. Not only do I represent the City of Palm Bay, but law enforcement in general and the FBI National Academy Associates where I currently serve as the President of the Association and represent over 18,000 members in over 170 countries.”
The ADL 2013 Doris and Murray Felton Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards application is due by January 31, 2014 and is available online. The application includes information regarding:
Criteria for nomination
Past Award recipients
Doris and Murray Felton Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards Selection Committee:
CHAIRPERSON: RICK WIERZBICKI, CAPTAIN, Broward Sheriff’s Office (Ret.)
DAN ALEXANDER, CHIEF OF POLICE, Boca Raton Police Department
RIC L. BRADSHAW, SHERIFF, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
JANE CASTOR, CHIEF OF POLICE, Tampa Police Department
STEVE CASEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Florida Sheriff’s Association
JERRY L. DEMINGS, SHERIFF, Orange County Sheriff’s Office
DONALD F. ESLINGER, SHERIFF, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
CHARLES F. KAPLAN, FL. REGIONAL 13 VICE PRESIDENT, ASIS International
AL LAMBERTI, SHERIFF, Broward County Sheriff’s Office (Ret.)
PAUL C. MAY, SHERIFF, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office
AMY MERCER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Florida Police Chiefs Association
DOUG MULDOON, CHIEF OF POLICE, Palm Bay Police Department
MARCI HORWITZ REX, ASSISTANT STATE ATTORNEY, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit
HON. KATHERINE F. RUNDLE, STATE ATTORNEY, Eleventh Judicial Circuit
JOHN H. RUTHERFORD, SHERIFF, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
LARRY SCHROEDER, CHIEF OF POLICE, Delray Beach Police Department (Ret.)
MIKE SCOTT, SHERIFF, Lee County Sheriff’s Office
CECIL E. SMITH, CHIEF OF POLICE, Sanford Police Department
JOHN SULLIVAN, JR., EXECUTIVE LIASION, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
BREEZYE TELFAIR, ASSISTANT STATE ATTORNEY, Eleventh Judicial Circuit
During our private meeting in his hotel suite, Crist and I discussed our departure from the Republican Party and how we aligned ourselves with the Democratic Party because it values and prioritizes the needs of all people.
We spoke candidly about our families and life experiences and I reminded him of a public dialogue we once had relating to abstinence-only sex education and how it fails to factor in the needs of LGBTQ youth and at-risk youth. We also discussed the staggering impact of HIV/AIDS in Florida and how South Florida leads the nation with the highest rates of new HIV-infections.
Several Florida Democrats groveled over previous Gov. Charlie Crist this weekend at their Biannual conference, appropriating a victor's welcome more than a prior week he formally declares his bid for senator.
The Florida Democratic Party's gathering gave Crist, who wasn't an official speaker, a stage to do
what he appears to fondness best - posture for photos, whisper expressions of consolation and wait long enough with admirers to make a logjam wherever he went.
"He has the same mystique as John Kennedy, that same undefineable thing," said Mary Mackenzie, a Pinellas Park designate who said she shook Jfk's hand twice as a youthful young lady and gets the same excite from her cooperations with Crist decades later. "He makes you have a feeling that you are the one and only on the planet, for instance you truly matter."
Down the lobby, gubernatorial hopeful Nan Rich, a deep rooted Democrat and previous state official who served as Senate Minority Leader, didn't get about the rock-star gathering as Crist, Crist reported he had exchanged his enrollment to Democrat at a Christmas occasion a year ago at the White House with President Obama.
The majority of the discourses at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort were concentrated on overcoming occupant Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican who beat Democratic rival Alex Sink by less than 1 rate focus three years back.
For some gathering supporters, previous Republican Gov. Crist represents an issue.
"He's exceptionally amiable. Anyhow I'm a doubter. So I'm in the again of my head thinking what's the cause and how is he set to benefit off the constituents?" said Lois Porcella, who exists in Palm Beach County. "It truly descends to the center theory of the gathering and how that applicant is anticipating those standards to the voters. I comprehend that the final objective is to annihilation the Republicans. Anyway still you can't surrender your middle being."
Rich called the race a decision between "substance and style" and said Democrats are at a defining moment.
"This essential is set to be about what sort of Democrats we are. In the ballpark of a year out, Democrats dependably begin to consider we have to have a progressive Democrat and that we can't stand to have an ongoing. I can't help disagreeing with them. We have chosen Barack Obama twice in this state, an African-American man twice who has orderly standards," Rich said. "I accept there's a developing continuous development in the state… I'm finding it as I travel. Individuals are energized. They need a Democrat that has the center Democratic qualities and standards. That is what I'm set to present."
Yet being closed out of the senator's manor since Jeb Bush was chosen in 1998 has made numerous Democrats more even minded. Furthermore national Democrats are now arranging with an eye on Crist, who will formally proclaim his bid Nov. 4 in the place where he grew up of St. Petersburg and who has recently been going around the nation to rustle up backing.
"Whatever issues individuals need to raise about Charlie Crist, he is a matchless government official. He knows his individuals. As a Democrat, I will say that I suppose he did a mess of reasonable things for the state of Florida as far as training. I suppose we might be route more distant ahead in social insurance in Florida in the event that he were representative. Also I suppose he can decimate Rick Scott. Furthermore we require an applicant who can defeat Rick Scott," Bonnie Sklaren of Gulfport said.
Crist said the agents have demonstrated to him moving generosity.
"I suppose they see my heart and comprehend. They see what the administration of the Republican Party has come to be," Crist said. "I'm the place my heart is and I feel extremely at home. What's more I suppose they have respected the believer and I'm appreciative."
Yet Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry, who set up shop in a pub in the lodging where the Democrats are gathering, jeered at Crist's change.
"He's simply an entrepreneur. He's incapable in the matter of overseeing and he's an entrepreneur in the matter of his own political profession," Curry said.
Tending to the Democratic dark council in a flooding gathering room, Crist spoke of the prejudice Jackie Robinson experienced on the baseball field. Robinson needed to push his quality by accepting punishment silently, said Crist, who has been ambushed determinedly by Florida Republicans.
"These individuals impending after you like that, they're making sensitivity for you. In light of the fact that you're that great. You stand straight. That is the reason you're here. That is the reason you have to join. That is the reason you have to have an effect. I don't give a second thought who it is. I don't give a second thought what part of the state you're from. 2014 is imperative. We're impending. We're advancing. Barack did it twice in Florida on account of you. Get prepared. It's impending," Crist said before being smashed by dark supporters.
Outside, representative Gloria Goolsby of North Lauderdale gripped Crist and begin crying uncontrollably. Crist shepherded her far from the swarm as Goolsby mournfully informed Crist concerning her child, who was discharged from jail four years back yet couldn't uncover a vocation in light of the fact that he is a sentenced criminal. As representative, Crist was instrumental in making it less demanding for criminals to have their rights, incorporating the right to vote, restored after their sentences were finished. In one of his first activities in the wake of taking office, Scott and the Cabinet turned around the procedure and rather infringed a base five-year defer before criminals can start to have their rights restored.
With his arm around Goolsby, Crist called her offspring and left a message.
"I need to leave you know you're not be. We're set to do something about this," Crist s
Video from my public comment before the Broward County School Board relating to homophobic statements by a State Representative serving on the K-12 Education Subcommittee. A special thank you for 2 amazing lesbians who are nurturing a child in a home with 2 mommies who let me share your story that serves as a model of a loving family and home. --- South Florida LGBT Community speaks at Broward County School Board meeting to publicly respond to bigoted and homophobic statements made by State Rep. Dennis Baxley of Ocala, Florida.
In a K-12 Subcommittee meeting of the Florida House of Representatives Committee on Education, Representative Baxley stated a home with 2 mommies is a dysfunctional structure and no different than a home filled with commercial sex work, drug and alcohol abuse and violence.
Equality Florida Statement on Outrageous Comments by Representative Baxley Disparaging LGBT Families
“We hope Representative Baxley has the decency to apologize for his comments disparaging gay parents and our children. More than that, we invite Representative Baxley to educate himself, talk with us and actually meet our families. We are a diverse state and no elected official can fulfill their oath of office if they only respect and care about the people and families that look just like their own,” said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida.
“The entire child welfare community, every credible agency and all research, is unanimous in recognizing that gay parents are equally capable of of raising children and that our kids do just as well as their classmates.”
Equality Florida has requested a meeting with Representative Baxley after his comments on Tuesday, October 8 in the House, K-12 Subcommittee disparaging LGBT parents, comparing them to abusive parents and equating having same-sex parents with alcoholism.
Below is the text of his statement:
"It's easy to say parents need to get involved, but half these kids are raising themselves; they don't have any parents that are functional. How can we address that? I know it's scope and I know it's hard, but you're probably their only hope. I mean I sat an hour and a half with a teacher telling me, well this child has got serial men coming through the house, this one has two mommy's, this one has abusive father whose home, this has alcoholism, this one has drug abuse. It was a casualty warfare event to hear - just her classroom - how many dysfunctional, atypical - to me - uh, structures are in the way of a kid having a chance to learn." Representative Dennis Baxley
Broward County Council of PTA has been selected by the National PTA as one of
sites for the Urban Family Engagement Network project. The Urban Family
Engagement Network project is designed to train parents and community leaders,
engage underserved families, and connect families to valuable community
resources through a series of 12 workshop sessions.
goal of this grassroots training is to equip parents with the tools to support
their children’s academic success, provide opportunities to build leadership
skills and empower parents to get engaged in active advocacy efforts to ensure
that all children have access to a quality education.
3 hour workshop will consist of two sessions for a total of 12 sessions. We
encourage participants to attend all the sessions in order to complete this
National PTA training.
I am progressive. I am liberal. I make no apologies. I believe government has an obligation to create an even playing field for all of this country's citizens and immigrants alike. I am not a socialist. I do not seek enforced equality. However, there has to be equality of opportunity, and the private sector, left to its own devices, will never achieve this goal. This site is for Liberals and progressives news and commentary.- Ron Mills 954-394-4980Ron@RonMills.us