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#SouthDade Profile: Mothers Fighting for Justice
Every month, our newsletter features an individual or organization in South Dade that is working to improve our community. This month, we are proud to feature Ms. Romania Dukes and her organization, Mothers Fighting For Justice. Mothers Fighting for Justice resulted from a community tragedy when Ms. Dukes lost her son, De-Michael Dukes, to gun violence. She began meeting with the Miami-Dade Police Department, local leaders and elected officials, determined to prevent another tragedy. She explained that Mothers Fighting For Justice became a support group for parents whose children were killed from gun violence: "There is no expiration date on our pain. We've lost a child."
Throughout her work in the community, Ms. Dukes emphasizes the importance of engaging the community and working with local law enforcement. Mothers Fighting for Justice has partnered with the Miami-Dade Police Department and encourages the community to speak out against gun violence: "We won't get justice if people won't speak. Get involved! This affects everybody."
Help stop youth violence and get involved with Mothers Fighting for Justice by emailing [email protected] or calling 786-366-2997.
Thank you to Ms. Dukes and all the Mothers Fighting for Justice for your tireless work
South Dade Hosts the State of the County
This year's State of the County address was held in one of our community's jewels: the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. I was proud to introduce Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and I thanked him for his work and support for South Dade. This community is experiencing exciting new activity that makes us Miami-Dade's best kept secret. But secret no more. There is More to Explore in South Dade.
I look forward to working with Mayor Gimenez and my colleagues on the County Commission to find smart, sensible solutions that promote prosperity for all in South Dade and throughout the county.
Did you miss the State of the County? Watch it, and all Miami-Dade County meetings, here.
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King taught us that the path towards progress never ends and that we must never stay silent in the face of injustice. I urge you to honor one of our nation's most inspiring heroes every day of the year by acting on his message of perseverance as we work towards a more just community.
The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project held its 25th annual MLK breakfast to salute the young men and their mentors who make us all proud. Another national hero, Congressman John Lewis, was the guest speaker and left us with words of wisdom from Dr. King: "We may have come over on different boats, but we are in the same boat now".