P.U.L.S.E 35th CONVENTION 2016
  The P.U.L.S.E. Organization look forward to celebrating  35 successful years of community organizing.  The purpose of the 2016 Convention is to elect new board members, discuss and vote on resolutions, discuss business, financial matters, and projects and share the accomplishments of P.U.L.S.E. for the past year. The convention will bring together hundreds of community members from across Miami-Dade.



The Resolution Committee Report

 

The Resolution Committee for the P.U.L.S.E. 35th Annual Convention has carefully considered the following Resolutions to be presented and considered by the delegates at this convention.

 

Please note that this is a preliminary report, and the Resolution Committee reserves the right to add additional resolutions at the convention.  The following pages list the resolutions to be reviewed and voted on by the delegates.

 

P.U.L.S.E.  2016-17 RESOLUTIONS

 

COMMITTEE TO END DISCRIMINATION RESOLUTION

 

Whereas, real trust between the community and our local government can only develop when citizens are involved in holding accountable those officials who abuse their power by dealing unjustly with minorities, and Whereas, police brutality and adverse conduct against black men and women is prevalent in the city of Miami and Miami Dade County Police Departments and continued police brutality and disparate treatment of blacks in Corrections has led P.U.L.S.E. to confront these departments of Miami-Dade County in order to stop their unjust actions, and Whereas the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County government has promoted a discriminatory application of policy when applied to the Black community for over sixty years, and Whereas, the Citizens Investigative Panel (CIP) has been established by mandate of the City of Miami voters to investigate the improprieties of sworn officers within the City of Miami Police Department, and Whereas, black workers at major municipalities such as City of Miami, Hialeah, Miami-Dade County, Florida City, Hialeah Gardens and Homestead Governments, have complained of discriminatory actions against them in the work place, and Whereas, accountability to all employees must be rendered by Miami-Dade County and all governments, and Whereas, the Metro-rail Transit line was promised to the Black community over 21 years ago, and the community voted  to pay additional taxes to build the rail line from 79th street to county-line road, and Whereas, the county has failed to keep its promise and obligations to the Black community for building the North Corridor and securing the needed resources from Washington, anBe it Resolved that the P.U.L.S.E. Committee to End Discrimination will continue to closely monitor the actions of Corporate groups and the city officials of Miami, Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County government and other municipalities to stop discriminatory actions and take the needed actions against these municipalities and Now therefore be it Resolved that P.U.L.S.E. will continue to support the  C.I.P and such entities, which vow to vehemently fight systematic injustices and practices and uphold the struggle to maintain affirmative action and equality for all, andBe it further Resolved that P.U.L.S.E. will continue to organize and fight discriminatory practices and police brutality and demand periodic meetings with the proper officials to ensure that the above-mentioned practices are eliminated.

 

   FAIR SHARE JOBS RESOLUTION

 

Whereas, dismantling of the Affirmative Action Plan in Florida has caused a higher rate of unemployment and diminished the enrollment of Blacks in State colleges and universities in the State of Florida and the Fair Share Jobs Committee is charged with investigating discriminatory practices against African Americans and other minorities, and Whereas, unemployment is rampant among Black people in Miami-Dade County, greater than twice the rate of the population as a whole, and as much as eight to ten times higher for black youth, and Whereas, such a high rate of unemployment in any community leads to low morale, high crime and deterioration of the family and community, and Whereas, private companies and major corporations have only token Black representation in supervisory and upper management positions, and Whereas, the high unemployment rate exists because private businesses have failed to hire Blacks at a proportionate rate equal to the total population in the County, and Whereas, the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has picked up the pace in reviewing work related complaints and is networking with P.U.L.S.E. to accrue more community input, and Now, therefore, be it Resolved, that this 35th Annual Convention supports the Fair Share Jobs Committee for its efforts in the community, and Be it further Resolved, that P.U.L.S.E.’s Fair Share Jobs Committee will target and meet with City Government, County Government and major corporations in Miami-Dade County to move the Fair Share Jobs efforts, and suggest training, promotional goals and ways to reduce the overall high unemployment rate of the Black population and any ethnic group, using appropriate tactics to reach the same level for the total population of the County.

                                       

QUALITY EDUCATION RESOLUTION
Whereas, Miami-Dade County Schools when hiring new teachers, mandated March, 2011, only one year contracts, no tenure.  There is critical sho rtage which will result in even poorer quality education for all students and with the recent decision by the State, will exacerbate poor test scores and Whereas, Whereas, the public schools and teachers in Dade County are graded based on student FCAT scores, which will result in lack of merit increases, therefore teacher and student morale will decline and Whereas, the Public School System is deteriorating due to all State control and FCAT test scores determining school and/or grade placement verses basic teaching methods to enhance the student’s learning and Whereas, disparate treatment toward Black students has been founded and documented by the Miami-Dade County Public School system itself, and Whereas, our children are being indoctrinated to accept "gay lifestyle" for themselves as well as an alternative lifestyle, which is morally wrong, and Whereas, parental discipline and control of the child should be restored and defined as discipline verses abuse ,Whereas, teachers need to be allowed to properly (appropriately) discipline a child and disciplinary action not be defined as abuse, and Whereas, schools with a predominance of minority students have been founded and documented by the Miami-Dade County Public School System itself, to be failing academically, and Whereas, our society at large has abdicated the majority of the responsibility for educating our children to the government and less to the home, and Whereas, schools and teachers cannot be expected to remedy all of society’s ills, however, the “technology” (teaching methods and curriculum materials) does exist and has proven to be effective with “at-risk” students and is being successfully utilized in a variety of schools around the country and should be incorporated into the curriculum of Miami-Dade County Schools, and Whereas, it is necessary to monitor and improve the schools’ social, physical and mental environment to allow effective teaching, therefore, Be it Resolved, that the P.U.L.S.E. Education Committee will visit various schools to monitor the daily academic progress, extra-curricular activities, student-teacher relationships, facility, management, and grounds maintenance, and Be it Resolved, that the P.U.L.S.E. Education Committee will move more aggressively toward the goal of holding the superintendent and school board accountable and insure every student’s right to obtain the highest quality of education in academic, vocational, and technical arenas, and Be it Resolved that the P.U.L.S.E. Education Committee move aggressively to investigate the effects of the FCAT on minority students, the impact on teachers working with yearly contracts and no tenure, merit increases based on student FCAT scores and call upon the State and local school officials to be accountable, and Be it further Resolved, that the Education Committee will continue to monitor the school's budgetary process and how it affects the local schools in the Black community.

 

  

NEIGHBORHOOD ISSUES RESOLUTION
Whereas, Black citizens in Miami-Dade continue to be affected by crime, abandoned houses, increasing open drug sales, junk cars, overgrown lots, prostitution, untrimmed trees, unkempt roads and increased dumping and other problems that warrant attention, and Whereas, these conditions contribute to developing a permanent minority under-class; and increased dumping has escalated within the Black Community because of inadequate monitoring by police and other appropriate public officials, and Whereas, P.U.L.S.E. should establish a committee to resolve issues of disparate treatment of our neighborhoods, push to have adequate garbage dumps for disposal of debris and junk that deteriorates our neighborhoods, and Whereas, many drug raids have taken place in Black communities and hundreds of thousands of dollars have been confiscated in property and currency and few of those dollars are put back into the community for drug prevention and treatment, and Be it Resolved, that P.U.L.S.E. Area Vice Presidents promote the “HOTSPOT” anti-crime campaign, establish community meetings in their areas to bring people together to discuss neighborhood problems and issues.  Once an issue has been identified---Area Vice Presidents must bring it to the attention of the P.U.L.S.E. Board of Directors for  directions and determination, and will support the City of  Miami and Miami-Dade County Police Departments with our HOTSPOT anti-crime campaign, and Be it further Resolved, that the P.U.L.S.E. Board of Directors appoints a committee to investigate the use of funds confiscated in drug raids.  Once this information has been gathered, a decision will be made on how to confront the proper authorities for a fair share of these funds to be used for drug prevention in the Black community.

 

  

YOUTH RESOLUTION


Whereas, The P.U.L.S.E. organization has identified the need for more youth involvement in understanding and participating in the operation of the churches, schools, courts and community governments, and 
Whereas, there is a growing need for our youth to become more advanced in the use of computers in this ever growing “Computer Age,” and Whereas, the P.U.L.S.E. Board of Directors will solicit the assistance of pastors in involving youth of their churches to become involved in the P.U.L.S.E. youth group and computer program, and Whereas, the P.U.L.S.E. Board of Directors commends the help of community professionals for their contribution of knowledge, skills, time and effort to train and direct the youth in more positive goals in community involvement and productive lifestyle, and Be It Resolved, that P.U.L.S.E. will revamp the Youth Computer Program which not only provides for the growth and development of practical computer skills, but endeavors to comprehensively serve its youth participants, and Be it also Resolved, that the entire 35th Annual Convention endorses and promotes the P.U.L.S.E. Youth Group as it strives to reach its maximum growth and success.

 

 

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT RESOLUTION

Whereas, the City of Miami has consistently failed to fairly and adequately distribute funds from Community Development Block Grant Funding to ensure the success of Black businesses and the refurbishing of African-American homes, and Whereas, Black citizens suffer politically and socially in Miami-Dade County because of their lack of "economic clout" or “buying power”, and Whereas, sound financial planning for our churches, our potential/current businesses and our individual lives is essential to our economic well being and the key to our success in this endeavor, and Be it Resolved, that P.U.L.S.E. will monitor and ensure the equitable distribution of funds via Community Development Block Grant programs for the development of minority and Black businesses and refurbishing of existing Black residences, and Be it further Resolved, that P.U.L.S.E. will move expeditiously by any means lawful and necessary to educate, coordinate and implement networking resources, whose specific task will be to strenuously pursue Economic Empowerment in the Black community.

 

 

SELF-SUPPORT RESOLUTION

Whereas, P.U.L.S.E. must continue to strive to bring in new groups because new membership is essential for the growth of the organization, and Whereas, P.U.L.S.E. must raise the majority of its annual budget from its member groups and the community at large, and Whereas, in order for P.U.L.S.E. to remain as an independent organization responsible only to its membership, it must become totally self-sufficient, and Whereas, the membership dues the "Annual Sponsor Drive" and "Direct Contributions are three key elements by way of arriving at self-sufficiency, and Whereas, the corporate community supported the work of P.U.L.S.E. by contributing   over $50,000 toward the total Sponsor Drive goal, therefore Be it Resolved, that the entire P.U.L.S.E. 35th Annual Convention commends all of the member groups who have paid their annual dues completely and have worked hard to make the Sponsor Drive successful, and Be it Resolved, that the entire 35th Annual Convention recommends that all P.U.L.S.E. member organizations place their annual dues in their budget to ensure prompt payment, and Be it Resolved, that all P.U.L.S.E. Board of Directors, Area Vice Presidents, and staff continue to seek new groups for membership and additional corporate support for the organization, and Be it resolved, that the Board of Directors, Member Groups and Staff continue to promote the Direct Contribution plan within the membership of P.U.L.S.E. and the community at large. Be it Resolved, that P.U.L.S.E. sets a goal to encourage complete member involvement during the Sponsor Drive from all of its member groups, and by doing so will render the organization self-sufficient in 2016-2017.


 

                            
       
   

Our Special Guest Commander Eunice Cooper :