National Kickoff of Don’t Take My Life, Let Me Live Initiative in Liberty City

School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) was proud to join Pastor Gaston E. Smith, State Representative Kionne McGhee (D-117) , State Representative Cynthia A. Stafford (D-109), School Board Member Dr. Steve Gallon (D-1), Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez (D-4), UTD President Karla Hernandez Mats, Mr. Terry Wright, and Don’t Take My Life Let me Live supporters at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty City. 

Thanks to Commissioner Suarez for presenting a $20,000 check to Mr. Wright to expand his initiative “The Eyes of God” throughout our community. Let’s honor Black History and declare an End to senseless gun violence towards our precious children. “We’re painting the City Yellow, because we’re tired of seeing Red…” 

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Saving Lives at No More Broken Hearts – Domestic Violence Workshop 

School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) hosted another successful No More Broken Hearts Domestic Violence Workshop today at Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle School. Thanks to our MC Benjamin Evans, Moderator Director Lucia Davis-Raiford, Panelists: Judge Rodney Smith, Chief Therese Homer, Ms. Belkis Amaroa, Ms. Venus Miller, Mr. Desmond Daniels, and Cassandra Armstrong; Youth Presenters: Jonathan Spikes Foundation/Affirming YOUth (Signature Sponsor) and Urgent, Inc.; Performers: Miami Northwestern PAVAC, Denisia Purcell, Madame Butterfly Vaughns, and Jon Kelly; our wonderful sponsors, tremendous supporters, dynamic volunteers, over 30 community organizations, and the hardest working Planning Committee ever!  

Special thanks to our hosts at Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle School – Principal Bernard Edwards, AP Earl Allick, custodians, security, teachers, and staff. Our event could not have been a success without each and every one of you! Let us ensure that we work together to End domestic violence once and for all.