HALLANDALE BEACH - By Mayor Joy Cooper - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. event really hits close to home this year in Hallandale Beach
This past weekend, the Community Civic Association and the City hosted the Annual Scholarship Breakfast and the MLK Parade and Festival. It was an honor to speak at the breakfast to discuss my views on how do we all get through the City, state and national transitions. What would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. do if he was still alive? We cannot be sure, but in my opinion he would tell everyone to organize peaceful protests. Just like many people are doing around the country this weekend.
The Women’s Solidarity March is taking place in DC. There is also one in Bayfront Park and in Palm Beach. I plan on attending the one in Miami. If you would like to join me, let me know and I can send you the link. This is when we need to stand up against our rights that are being stripped away. On Saturday, I shared that these times seem like a bad version of the movie Back to the Future.
I also spoke about how Dr. King handled a situation during a rally. His body guards counter a protester who came up to the stage seeming to harm him. Reporters watched as he embraced the young man instead. It turned out, he was a young Jewish man only wanting to thank him for standing up against hatred.
I have been asked many times how I deal with such turmoil. Well, the short answer is, it is not easy and I pray a lot. When I believe a policy or action is wrong, I do stand up for my opinion and what residents share with me. Discourse and change will happen in a democratic society. There will continue to be plenty of discourse. We all need to look at the realities and the beauty of living in a free society. We all have different views and different ways of doing things. Only time will tell if these changes will be good or detrimental.
We need to remember to hold those accountable for their decisions and stand up and get involved. Just like over 50 years ago, the many men and women that stood up in the face of violence. They stood up for what was right. It is like the saying “Bad things happen when good people do nothing.”
After the wonderful day, regretfully Hallandale was struck by violence. Not at our City event, but along Foster Road at a private gathering. Our police officers had a large presence and were monitoring the neighborhoods. It has been a long-standing tradition in many communities that families will BBQ and sell food and snacks during the day. Last year, we had one block where the party went into the evening. Neighborhoods complained and the crowd was dispersed. Our departmental direction was to monitor street gatherings and disperse them at sunset.
Around 6:15 police heard shots fired, three people were victims and regretfully, one died at the hospital. The shooter is in custody. A full report has not been issued. In Miami Dade, a similar incident occurred where eight people were shot. It is terrible to think that after recognizing the great work of MLK, that these acts of violence are still occurring. We all need to come together and work harder to stand up against gun violence.
For years, the US Conference of Mayors and Mother’s Against Guns have been lobbying for stricter gun laws. It seems, we have gone backwards on this issue. Rather than passing common sense gun laws, our state and national leaders want more guns in more places.
Guns, healthcare, women’s rights and public schools, are just a view of the institutions and laws that are under assault. There are certainly different ways of governing, but we all need to remain involved, so the great laws that have helped so many are not destroyed, but improved.
Please remember this month’s meetings; Commission Workshop, CRA Board of directors and the regular meeting will be held the next week. On Monday, the workshop followed by the CRA will begin at 6 PM and the Wednesday meeting will begin at 6:30.
Please visit our city website at www.cohb.org for more information on all our meetings and meeting agenda material.
Please visit our City’s web-site at: www.cohb.org for more information on all our meetings and meeting agenda material.
As always please feel free to contact me anytime with your questions/concerns and ideas at my office: (954) 457-1318. On my cell/text at: (954) 632-5700. Or e-mail me at: email@example.com.
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