P.U.L.S.E. History

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People United To Lead the Struggle For Equality

 South Florida has long been preceived to be the "Southern International Gateway to America."  As a result, Miami experienced an increase of people from diverse ethnic background sin the 80's.  During that time police brutality was at an all time high and the basic human dignity of minorities was flagrantly disregarded by those in authority.  Miami was on the brink of an explosion.  In May 1980, that explosion occured when a clear miscarriage of justice was perpetrated against all of Miami's Black Community.  The injustices came in the form of  a not guilty verdict for four Metro Dade Police Officers in the beating death of insurance executive Arthur McDuffie.  For several days and nights, arson, looting, killing and assaults raged throughout the county.


The underlying causes of the riots revolved around constant police brutality, high unemployment, poverty and poor eqality schools. The 1980 riots damaged at least 238 established businesses, destroying 71 completely, mainly white owened.  A conservative estimate  of the impact on employment was a loss of an equivalemt of 3,000 regular jobs and as economic loss of $10,000,000 in community wealth.


The clergy and civic leaders wanted to form a local grassroots organization which would address the concerns of the low to moderate income citizens, giving them an alternative to street rebellion. P.U.L.S.E.  focuses locally, not nationally on issues facing facing the disenfranchised and the voiceless.  

Our Troubled Pass

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Change Has Come Hate is no longer accepted


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NEEDLESS DEATHS

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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