At least 704 people in the United States have been sickened this year by measles, the highly contagious and potentially life-threatening disease, according to a new report released Monday morning, April 29 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s the greatest number of cases in a single year in 25 years and represents a huge setback for public health after measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. More than 500 of the people infected were not vaccinated. Sixty-six people have been hospitalized, including 24 individuals who had pneumonia. More than one-third of the cases are children younger than five. […]
Tifanny Burks and Chanice Lee, activists with Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward, led a community forum to address the viral police beating of Delucca Rolle, a 15-year-old Black boy in Tamarac. […]
Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony’s planned meeting on Saturday with members of Broward County Black Elected Officials and other community leaders was intended to be another opportunity for him to get better acquainted and hear their concerns. But, a Black teenager’s rough arrest by deputies in a local McDonald’s parking lot on Thursday, and a widely shared video of it, put a test on the young relationship. […]
Several community leaders, clergy and parents have been extremely outspoken concerning the conduct of these deputies who are shown on video pepper-spraying, body slamming and punching students and forcefully smashing one face into the asphalt. This all occurred at a McDonald’s restaurant near J.P. Taravella High school. Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony recently stated he would have a “thorough investigation” concerning the deputies response to this situation. […]
“And even within that, while this nation espouses the valuing of children in general, this does not appear to be the reality as evidenced by the failure to act in the face of the onslaught of mass school shootings from Sandy Hook to Stoneman Douglas where the majority of those killed were middle class white youth,” Dunn said.
“Therefore, we see less media attention paid to missing children, particularly those of color,” he said. […]
The Florida Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed Senate Bill 7030, which implements the legislative recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, including the ability of eligible teachers who volunteer to carry guns. […]