March 23, 2019
October 24, 2019

MCCJ is understandably dismayed at the recent executive order preventing the arrival of new refugees to the United States for 120 days, as well as the hold for 90 days put on other immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries. We are further distressed by the indefinite ban on those from war-torn Syria, many of whom have fled to save their lives and that of their families. Those hasty actions do not reflect our core American values and can tarnish our reputation around the world in addition to damaging the social fabric of our own community. We are especially concerned that such immigration decisions may be based upon religious affiliation, nationality or ethnicity.

We urge everyone to examine their consciences and act as responsible citizens in contacting their elected representatives in Congress and local political offices to express their concerns. We also urge all officials, including those in Miami-Dade County, to act with compassion and to consider the impact on the lives of the many immigrant families in our own community as well as those across our nation.

Together, we need to maintain a country that continues to display compassion for those “yearning to breathe free” and welcomes them as we offer “liberty and justice for all.” This can be done without compromising the need for security nor the principles on which our nation is based.

In a time in which our country has been rocked by violence, injustice, and vitriolic rhetoric, we are reminded of how our great nation still struggles daily with the diversity that is our strength in light of the blessings our freedom offers. The work of organizations such as ours, and of people of good will everywhere, becomes even more important during such times, and we recommit ourselves to doing all in our power to work with others to build greater understanding and foster mutual respect among all who live in our community.

MCCJ Deeply Mourns the passing of Roberta Shevin, Executive Director 2009-2018 | MCCJ Statement on Vilification of Muslims PDF | MCCJ Clergy Dialogue Proclamation on Religious Freedom PDF | MCCJ Letter to the Editor of The Miami Herald on the Disparagement of African Countries and the Haitian Community

Thank you to all

Our Chair Emeritus, Dave Lawrence, was recently honored with a Florida Blue Sapphire Award in Orlando, Florida. This award was given for his efforts to improve the lives of children in Florida; he was one of only four finalists in the Individual category. The 13th annual Sapphire Awards, presented at the 2018 Florida Blue (BCBS) Community Health Symposium, recognized exemplary leadership, innovation and demonstrated successes in community health by individuals, non-profit organizations and programs in Florida.  Lawrence currently serves as chair of The Children’s Movement of Florida, a citizen-led, non-partisan grassroots movement of Floridians focusing on increased investment in the first five years of all children. The following video captures the impact Dave has had on quality early childhood education and health care in Florida.

We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating intolerance. We profoundly believe every person has the right to live in dignity and enjoy respect, regardless of race, gender, faith, ethnicity,national origin, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability or socioeconomic status. We aspire to make Miami a model of intercultural understanding.