Statement on the Passing of Jack Lieberman

Today we learned that COVID-19 has taken a pillar of our community, Jack Lieberman.

This loss is incalculable. Jack was a fierce advocate for progressive candidates and causes who reminded us all to live our values every day. He was a true fighter whose commitment to the cause of basic dignity and empathy for all people has been evident for decades.

We are deeply saddened by this loss, and our hearts go out to his family. We ask all of you to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. In this time of mounting loss, we must all remember to love each other, to remember that we are a community and to strengthen that community with the bonds of shared hardship, solidarity, and empathy—just like Jack always told us.

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Statement on Reports of Human Rights Violations at Krome Detention Center

MIAMI-DADE, FL: Credible reports have emerged concerning egregious human rights violations against Muslim detainees being held at the Krome Service Processing Center in Miami. The reports claim that “ICE officers at Krome have repeatedly served pork or pork-based products to Muslim detainees, contrary to the detainees’ sincerely held religious belief that they are forbidden from consuming pork.”

Statement from Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Steve Simeonidis:

“I am deeply disturbed by the credible reports from ICE’s Krome Processing Center in Miami. These actions, if true, represent more than abuse and neglect, they represent a violation of basic human rights. The men and women who work for ICE are charged with upholding the United States Constitution, including the First Amendment, which guarantees the free exercise of religion, and the Eighth Amendment, forbidding cruel and unusual punishment. These constitutional rights do not end at the front door of the Krome Processing Center. We call on ICE to respond immediately to these allegations and to ensure that it is treating our Muslim brothers and sisters with dignity and respect.”

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Miami-Dade Democrats Congratulate Commissioner Eileen Higgins on Her First-Place Showing

MIAMI-DADE, FL: Commissioner Eileen Higgins won the highest vote share in today’s primary and will move on to the November runoff in a position of strength. 

The Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair, Steve Simeonidis, issued the following statement, congratulating Commissioner Higgins for her first-place showing.

“Commissioner Higgins has shown the strength of her support throughout County Commission District 5. I congratulate her on her first place showing tonight and I look forward to celebrating her reelection in the November runoff. We were proud to endorse her reelection, and we are proud that she has earned the support of the overwhelming plurality of her Miami-Dade constituents. It is clear that national Republicans like Marco Rubio wanted to take her out, but apparently his robocalls aren’t as effective as he thinks they are.”

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Miami-Dade Democrats Congratulate Jean-Pierre Bado on Winning the Democratic Nomination to Florida House District 114

MIAMI-DADE, FL: Jean-Pierre Bado has become the Democratic nominee for House District 114. The Miami-Dade Democratic Party will work to defend this seat in November.

Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair, Steve Simeonidis, issued the following statement, congratulating J.P. Bado on his victory.

“I congratulate J.P. on becoming the Democratic nominee for House District 114. J.P.’s story is an inspiring one of service to his country, and I know he will make an excellent representative for his constituents in Tallahassee. We are excited to work with him to defend this seat.”

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Miami-Dade Democrats Congratulate Dr. Mara Zapata on Advancing to a November Runoff

MIAMI-DADE, FL: Doral City Councilwoman Dr. Mara Zapata has advanced to the November runoff in the race for School Board District 5. 

The Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair, Steve Simeonidis, issued the following statement, congratulating Dr. Zapata for her strong showing.

“Dr. Zapata has shown the strength of her support throughout School Board District 5. I congratulate her on her strong showing tonight and I look forward to celebrating her election to the School Board in the November runoff. We were proud to endorse her in this race, and we are proud that she has earned such strong support throughout her district. We are ready to get to work to ensure she is elected in November, along with the rest of our slate of Democrats.”

Dr. Mara Zapata has dedicated her professional life to education and supporting both teachers and students. She currently serves as Associate Director of the FIUteach program in the STEM Transformation Institute. She has served as an Instructional Supervisor for Miami Dade County Public Schools in the division of Human Capital Management, supported and mentored many pre-service teachers; many of whom are current teachers in the field. Prior to this she served as an administrator in Curriculum & Instruction for Miami Dade County Public Schools, overseeing the implementation of several federally funded district wide programs and initiatives.

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