MIAMI-DADE COUNTY COMMUNITY RELATIONS BOARDEXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORTMeeting date and location:
March 7, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
Stephen P. Clark GovernmentCenter, 111 NW 1
Street, Miami, FL 33128, 10
Floor CITT Conference Room Attendance: CRB Executive Members: Dr. Walter Richardson; Reinaldo Valdes;Vickie Smith Jackson; Ronald Fulton; Eduard Shohat; George Yap. Staff: AmyCarswellThe agenda was approved.The CRB February Executive Meeting Report was approved
CRB Chairs Report
Dr. Richardson reported the following:
Condolences were extended to the family of CRB Executive Committee memberRonald Fulton upon the tragic death of his 17-year-old nephew Trayvon Martin inSanford Florida. Mr. Martin was enrolled at Michael Krop Senior High and waspreviously a student at Miami Carol City Sr. He was shot and killed undermysterious circumstances while visiting family members in Sanford Florida. Thisyoung man’s death has caught the attention of local activists along with Miami-Dadefamily members who are questioning the killing of an African-American youth duringan unexplained altercation with a Sanford resident (a white male, age 28 years). The family is awaiting more information from the Sanford Police. CRB CommunityIntervention staff has also reached out to the Sanford Police Department and havealso not received any additional information. We understand that, at this time, theyoung man who shot Trayvon has not been arrested.
Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Joe Martinez has submitted hismandatory resignation to the Clerk of the Courts and the Supervisor of Elections.
The CRB forwarded a letter to Florida Legislators encouraging them to protect thesuccessful Miami-Dade Wage Theft Ordinance.
Local supporters of the Wage Theft Ordinance have conducted demonstrations anddistributed flyers outside the downtown Macy’s department store this past week.
Miami-Dade Corrections Director Tim Ryan has agreed to meet with the CRB at theApril 18 General Membership Meeting. Dr. Richardson and Amy Carswell met withMr. Ryan and a representative of the County Attorney and shared the CRB’s goal of engaging residents to reduce tensions. Mr. Ryan agreed to share information andwill decline to answer any questions on the advice of the county’s attorney.
The RACE Exhibit Fundraising Committee has met its goals for bringing the exhibitto our community. A total of $16,000 has been collected including a $500 donationfrom the CRB and $10,000 from the Children’s Trust.
CRB member Maritza Lopez will represent the CRB at a planning committeemeeting for the Gideon at 50 Celebration. The Miami-Dade Public Defender is
Obtained via FOIA by Judicial Watch, Inc.