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The Fifth Annual Missing Children Awareness and Prevention Rally
Florida National University Raises Their Voices in Recognition of National Missing Children's Day
Who:Florida National University, FNU’s POWERHOUSE & The Jose Regueiro Foundation
What:Fifth Annual Missing Children Awareness and Prevention Rally
When: Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at 10 AM
Where:Florida National University Main Campus (4425 W 20thAve. Hialeah, FL 33012)
HIALEAH, Fla.– April 1st, 2019- PRLog-- Florida National University (FNU), its POWERHOUSE, and the Dr. Jose Regueiro Foundation have collaborated to present the Fifth Annual Missing Children's Awareness and Prevention Rally.
Missing Children is an epidemic that plagues our global community every single day. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that roughly 800,000 children are reported as missing in the United States each year. Of those children that are reported missing, about 20 percent are not found alive.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25thas National Missing Children's Day. Each year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) commemorates Missing Children's Day with a ceremony honoring the heroic and exemplary efforts of agencies, organizations, and individuals to protect children.
Dr. Maria Cristina Regueiro, President/CEO of Florida National University proclaims: "Together, we are creating the educational awareness needed to avoid our children and youth from being taken by criminals." FNU, its POWERHOUSE and the Dr. Jose Regueiro Foundation cannot sit idly by and let our children continue to be taken from their families and stripped of their freedom.
Missing Children's Day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority. This and other missing children rallies serve as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families as well as educate more than a thousand youth that attend this rally every year.
Many elementary, middle and high school students attend the awareness and prevention rallies at FNU joined by dignitaries, law enforcement officials, corporate and non-for profit entities, and the list goes on… Numerous experts in the field inform and educate the crowd on the many tactics that criminals utilize to steal our children every day. Tips and facts are given at the rally on this atrocious crime to prevent further victimizations.
Ana VeigaMilton, President of the JOSE MILTON FOUNDATION exclaims, “My family is proud and elated to commit to a safer Miami by investing in and partnering with FNU’s Powerhouse over the next three years. I am proud to continue our family‘s mission to elevate our community and our world through education and engagement. Together, we will eliminate these abhorrent maladies of Human Trafficking, Missing Children and Domestic/Teen Dating Violence which plague society!”
We are asking all the media, print, radio and TV to be present on May 30that 10:00AM or earlier for much needed coverage. Your coverage will massively spread awareness to our multi-cultural communities and assist us in saving lives.
Community Medical Group • Toyota of North Miami • 1First Bank • Larking Community Hospital – Palm Springs Campus • SFM Services, Inc. • Renaissance Premium Event Venues • CEMA Home • Flanigan’s • MagicWaste Management • Lions Club of Hialeah Pan American • Hitex Marketing Group, Inc. • PROVIDENCE Healthcare Services • ABC Healthcare of America, LLC. • Dr. Jose Regueiro Foundation • Florida National University
Miami Dade County Public Schools • Miami Dade Schools Police • Department of Justice US Attorney’s Office • Department of Justice Southern District of Florida • United States Army • State Attorney, Katherine Fernandez Rundle • Miami-Dade Police Department • Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police • United States Marshalls – Department of Justice • Human Trafficking Task Force • Coral Gables Police • North Miami Police • Hialeah Police • Miami Beach Police • Hialeah Gardens Police • The City of Miami Police Department • Hialeah Fire Rescue • The Hialeah Firefighters Benevolent Association
Hialeah Park Racing & Casino • Kristi House • Be Strong • LZ Events • City of Hialeah • YBC Printing • RITECARE Medical Center • El Vocero News • Pace • Foundation of the Americas • Florida Freedom Writers
Haribo • La Finquita • Kentucky Fried Chicken • Robeks • Erase Child Trafficking • 411 Taxes.com • Caribe Latin Cuisine • Little Caesars • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen • Casola’s Pizzeria • LongHorn Steakhouse • The Sweet Tooth • Yarumba • La Per Hair Salon • Applebee’s • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan • Sedano’s Supermarkets • Sweet Swam By Yoanny Fernandez
1First Bank • Abel Gonzalez-Singer • Albizu University • ALS (Accelerated Learning Solutions) • APOLLO BANK • Autism Soccer • Axcess WorldWide LLC • Barry University College of Nursing • Be Strong • Bencomo Foundation Corp. • Black Nurses Association • Buena Vida Media • Caballero Rivero Cemeteries and Funeral Homes • Census Bureau • Citrus Health • City Of Coral Gables Police Department • Community Connections For Life, Inc. • Community Medical Group • Cuban American Bar Association Pro Bono Project, Inc. • Doral Human Resources Consulting, LLC • El Nuevo Herald • Empire Title Services • En Que Basas Tus Exitos? • Experti Corp • Financial Solutions & Advisors. Corp. • FIU • Florida Department of Education • Foundation of The Americas • Gift of Life Marrow Registry • Global Innovative Consulting Network, LLC. • Government Affairs & International Relations • Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida, Inc. • Haitian American Professionals Coalition • Haynes Harbour, Inc • Hialeah Chamber of Commerce and Industries • Isa Law, P.A. • Jackson Health Foundation • Jewish Community Services-211 Miami • JMG International Group International Ministry • Kristi House- Project Gold • La Creme Modeling and Acting • Larkin Community Hospital Palm Springs Campus • Lions Club of Hialeah Pan American • Magicwaste Management • Mas Children 4Life • Miami Dade Community Relations Board • Miami Dade Juvenile Services • Miami-Dade Police Department • Miami Dade Schools Police Department • Miami Rescue Mission Broward Outreach Centers • Miami-Dade County Public Schools • Miami Dade College - Medical Campus • Missing Children Global Network • Drakonx Investigations • NAHN-National Association of Hispanic Nurses • Nat'l Alliance of Black Professional Women • North Miami Chamber Of Commerce • Office Of Economic Self-Sufficiency • Office of The Attorney General State of Florida • One Billion Rising • Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc. • Penina Corp • PNA Miami and South East Florida • Port Miami • PRIMERICA • Programa Radial Impacto Positivo Con Celina Herrera • Prosperity Of Warriors CDC • Providence Home Care • P-swap (Professionals Sharing With A Purpose) •RITECARE URGENT CARE MEDICAL CENTER • Rosana Yma-RN, M.S.N, FNU Alumna • Sapoznik Isurance • Securivue • Southern Winds Hospital • South Region Florida Action Coalition • State Attorney's Office Community Outreach • State Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. • Survivors' Pathway Organization • Talento Artistico Juvenil • TFKM Foundation/YBC Printing • The 360 Evolution Academy, Inc. • The One Meeting Place Only.org • The Women's Fund • U.S. Department of HomeLand Security • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement • U.S. Senator Marco Rubio's Office, Florida • Un Dia Con Bereshit • US National Committee UN Women • USHEALTH Advisors • West Coast University
By: Nikki Suarez
The movement of #MeToo and #HeforShe that have come out to play in recent years are a result of the female voice and power that has proven to be essential and dominant in today’s culture. Feminism is a word that many have likened to be akin to simple “man-hating,” however, a prominent figure in our society strived to redefine that definition. Emma Watson, in her #HeforShe campaign back in 2014 stated: “feminism, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes." Watson’s voice and movement became the pivotal turning point for all women to be seen and heard with her call for action from men to join in on the conversation and provide a new reality for women, one that isn’t harmful and degrading. Moving forward to the year 2018, a new, young, and captivating voice has entered: Anna Cecilia has provided a visual artifact through her incredibly raw, powerful, and brave rhetorical discourse presented in her book, Naked. Through analysis of Sonja Foss and Cindy Griffin’s invitational rhetoric and Adrienne Rich’s “repossession of the power of language,” Naked is the epitome of this new rise in a sisterhood and tribe of women striving to be heard.
Before getting into the much-needed analysis of Naked as a cultural and visual artifact, it is important to define a few terminology and theories voiced by feminists in today’s culture. To begin, Sonja Foss and Cindy Griffin have outlined a new form of rhetoric they have termed invitational rhetoric. Its main intent is not to persuade their audience but instead to be viewed as “an invitation to understanding as a means to create a relationship rooted in equality, immanent value, and self-determination” (Herrick 280). It is an organic and open conversation in which the rhetors (speakers) can offer differing points of view in their “vision of the world and show how it looks and works for them” (Foss and Griffin 2-18). With this sharing, there comes a risk in how their audience will react to what is being said and here is where the conditions of dialogue are created: safety, freedom, and value. These three conditions describe that a safe space must exist or must be created for the rhetor to “receive respect and care” in regards to her “ideas and feelings”, freedom to be “developed […through] no restrictions on an interaction”, and value is determined by the idea that “individuals are allowed to tell of their experiences without the listeners interrupting, comforting, or inserting anything of their own”, basically all undivided attention granted.
Anna Cecilia is a 24-year old entrepreneur focused on creating such an open digital and physical space for all women to be able to share her stories. Before her company, Project Babewas launched in March 2018, Cecilia was in the process of constructing a space that would entail everything that Foss and Griffin laid out in their invitational rhetoric. In her book, Naked, Cecilia details,
I was creating to heal. Project Babe was initially a reflection of my own stark reality […] The community of women built around Project Babe was genuine, compassionate and understanding. Each woman had a story (Cecilia 73).
Her purpose wasn’t to create a shelter but to build an open space that was safe, free, and provided value for these abused women. Cecilia wanted to connect women to others that had gone through the same difficult and heart-wrenching ordeals and were trying to find their peace on this ever-looping journey. Naked, as a title for this book that portrays images designed by Cecilia which are very welcoming and feminine in capturing the essence of the woman, delves much deeper than the concept of being exposed and nude. As John Berger stated in 1972, "To be naked, is to 'be oneself'; but to be nude is to be seen by others 'and yet not recognized for oneself …Nakedness reveals itself. Nudity is placed on display" (Leppert 10). His concept of the naked connects seamlessly with Cecilia’s purpose of being true and open with yourself. It isn’t the aspect of the body being on display in all of its glory but for you, as a woman, to own your body and fall in love with who you are and everything that makes up that powerful beauty within.
This leads in nicely to Adrienne Rich’s call for a sisterhood and a “repossession of the power of language.” Her dream for a common language stemmed from her observation that “in a world where language and naming are power, silence is oppression, is violence” (Herrick 277). Rich wants to take the power that language has over us in a way where she is conscious of its meaning and the historical context in which it has been used. Put simply, she understands the power of language and wants her audience to be careful in using the words that are at our disposal by acknowledging the full cycle and deciding if it is the best phrase to use in the situation at hand. Rich’s end goal is separatism, where “the premise that words mean no more, no less, than what they have been used to mean in particular contexts” (Hedley 118). Marcia Pointon ties this in with the female gaze and why it has become so important, to "possesses the power to name patriarchy and to demonstrate how its rhetoric operates in representation" (Leppert 13). The reason that the patriarchy has labeled nakedness as this controversial ideal is because the fear of how powerful female bodies can truly be. As women, we possess “the ability […] to satisfy a desire that men cannot satisfy themselves” (Linda Williams qtd. in Leppert 13). In that regard, Naked celebrates exactly that power that women hold by being alive and striving for that voice to be heard. An insane responsibility exists for the feminine: greatness can only come through love and we can’t ever let that be taken away again.
Personally, for me, Naked brought me hope, strength, love, and courage to continue to build my life, to pursue my passions and not allow one man to stand in that way. In this way, it definitely is a visual artifact for it encompasses a piece of soul that is passed on to each of us that purchases the book. We are able to connect and to feel because as women we stand together, we don’t throw each other down as society has conditioned us to. To be a woman is to be a force of nature and we can only make a difference to the patriarchy of our world when we hold hands and march as one. Anna Cecilia’s message of love and the feminine power that we hold with our nakedness is our true selves being seen at the height of our dominance. Once we begin to name and to take that power back into our lives and truly see how much love we have, a sisterhood begins to rise. The platform and space have been established for women and we must take advantage of it as Cecilia and Rich have laid out for us. Foss and Griffin’s invitational rhetoric is the only form to communicate with each other through the strength and confidence that is carefully crafted for our voices to flourish in such a society that is slowly but surely progressing.
“Let’s get naked” (Cecilia 2).
Cecilia, Anna. Naked, Anna Cecilia, 2018, pp. 2, 6, 9-10, 12, 15-16, 68, 80.
Foss, Sonja. & Griffin, Cindy. “Beyond persuasion: A proposal for an invitational rhetoric. Communication Monographs, 1995, pp. 2-18.
Hedley, Jane. "Surviving to Speak New Language: Mary Daly and Adrienne Rich." Language and Liberation: Feminism, Philosophy, and Language, edited by Christina Hendricks and Kelly Oliver, State University of New York Press, 1999, pp. 99-100, 113, 118-119, 121.
Herrick, James A. “Feminism and Rhetoric: Critique and Reform.” The History and Theory of Rhetoric: An Introduction, 6th ed., Routledge, 2018, pp. 275-277, 279-280.
Leppert, Richard. "Introduction: The State of Being without Clothes - in Art" The Nude: The Cultural Rhetoric of the Body in the Art of Western Modernity, Westview Press, 2007, pp. 8, 10, 13-14.
Sharing this post about Sexual Assault Awareness Month by our board member Reyna Noriega:
So when I saw #36daysoftype I was reluctant to join in because committing to a 36 day challenge is ALOT and also I've been in a mode of not producing content for contents sake. Sooo Im putting my own spin on it. I'll be doing the 26 letters of the alphabet and associating them to something I'd like to spark awareness of or open a conversation. ⠀
A is for Assault, specifically sexual assault. The month of April is #SAAMSexual assault awareness month. We have been forced to confront the nuances that exist in our society that creates abusers lately. Some are tired of the conversation, but truth be told those are the ones that need to hear it the most. I'm looking forward to a future where we've done what needs to be done to eradicate the cycle, to prevent further victims and support those that exist. Where we collectively stand up for whats right. It is not a contest of who has suffered the most, it is not a debate as to whether it exists, if survivors can be trusted or policing when they should speak out. They exist, too many exist, we exist. ⠀
Understanding the numbers:⠀
-One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives.⠀
-In the U.S., one in three women and one in six men experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime.⠀
-51.1% of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance ⠀
-52.4% of male victims report being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger⠀
-Understanding the likelihood of false reports are isolated and microscopic and using them to explain away your lack of empathy continues the cycle.
This mothers day, what better way to celebrate than by taking a step towards revolution. The Miami based collective, Fempower, is taking a stand against the gross disparities and oppressive tendencies of our prison justice system by bailing out black mothers.
Through fundraising, events, and generous donations of both time and money, the organization seeks to educate their community on the issues with our prison system, while bailing out black mothers, and organizing legal assistance and programs for them moving forward.
We are almost programmed to criminalize poor prisoners although our justice system states “innocent until proven guilty” but more and more we see the only group that actually gets to enjoy that privilege is the wealthy and fair skinned. Poverty is a tool of capitalism and criminalized harshly when we do not take a stand.
These mothers are not afforded visitation with their children in most cases, and even nursing mothers are forbidden from pumping to nourish their youth.
How can you help?
Any amount will help us bail more mothers out. If you cannot donate, please share: bit.ly/freemamas
Educate yourself on the injustices so that you can break the stigmas that follow poverty stricken individuals in the prison system.
Learn more: nationalbailout.org
Refer public defenders
We are in desperate need of attorneys and public defenders in the miami-dade area. If you know someone that may be able to help the cause please pass. The email firstname.lastname@example.org to them.