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.
That’s what should concern us now. When the nightly dance of angry protesters, opportunistic criminals and inept police clashing over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown finally ends, what steps should civic-minded people take to address the ongoing abuse of African Americans by the criminal injustice system? Not just in Ferguson, Mo., but in America? Read more.
FABIOLA SANTIAGO: THESE BRATS NEED A HARD LESSON
MIAMI HERALD, August 19, 2014
The break-in at the Coral Gables home of Miami Heat guard Ray Allen and his family matters on a slew of fronts.
The case holds up a mirror — and what one sees is troubling: What kind of society raises college-bound 18-year-olds who think that it’s okay to break into someone’s house because it looks empty and they’re “curious” about how a basketball player lives?
Ours does. Let’s, at least, face that fact. Some of us have raised a generation of self-entitled brats. Read more.
Like at other summer camps, the young people who spent a week at MetroTown last month put on skits and competed in sports. But the purpose of MetroTown, unlike a typical recreational summer camp, is to teach students empathy. Students engaged in camp-wide discussions on race, diversity, gender, sexuality and religion…Read more.
MCCJ WORKS TO EMBRACE DIVERSITY IN THE MIAMI COMMUNITY
Miami Herald, August 1, 2013
MCCJ is hosting a monthly book club this summer, using books to get people comfortable talking about difficult issues in Miami, like race, immigration and religion. The idea is that after reading about different cultures, participants will feel at ease talking about their differences and learning about their neighbors….Read more
SEEKING THE AMERICAN DREAM
Miami Herald, July 21, 2013
Please read this message from MCCJ to the community following the verdict in the George Zimmerman Trial. Read more.
JOHN QUIÑONES IS HONORED BY MCCJ
WPLG May 6, 2013
ABC News anchor John Quiñones is honored by MCCJ with the Headliner Award for excellence in journalism. In an interview with Local 10, Quiñones explains the societal issues he explores in his What Would You Do? series, and how MCCJ has used dilemmas presented in his show to spark dialogue.
METROTOWN SUMMER CAMP TEACHES TEENS ABOUT TOLERANCE
Miami Herald, August 15, 2012
Gathered in a St. Thomas University conference room, about 50 high school students recently took turns yelling, “Jew, Christian, Muslim, Atheist.” They were trying to guess the religions of five people sitting on a panel, all religious leaders in the community. Called Guess My Faith, the interactive game is designed to teach the students about different faiths, and be mindful of their differences…Read more.