The Coalition of Justice Northwest Florida invited South Florida Senator Dwight Bullard to speak on the issues impacting Pensacola and Escambia County’s African-American communities. The Roy Middleton shooting by the Escambia County Sherriff Deputies, served as a catalyst for the organizing of the Coalition of Justice Northwest Florida. The Town Hall meeting on October 11th was held at its Personal Venue at 2600 West Cervantes St.
Senator Bullard is a Democratic member of the Florida State Senate representing the 39th District, which includes Hendry, Monroe, and parts of Collier, and Miami-Dade Counties. He stated that if Northwest Florida voters feel that there are concerns that the Florida State government needs to address in the region they should not hesitate to reach out to their Republican State representatives and also to his office to have their voices heard. The senator spoke on the education needs of students to remain motivated and focused on their studies. “Anything you want is not going to be a sprint; it’s a marathon,” he said. He called on parents to stay engaged with their children on their homework and engaged in a dialogue of what is going on in school. “There will always be some obstacle preventing you from where you want to go. You should not let that stop you. We have a collective responsibility to not only make sure that the next generation is prepared, but more prepared than we are. You have a responsibility to pass it on.”
The alleged excessive force used by the Escambia County deputies in the altercation with Roy Middleton was acknowledged and he was asked to stand and be recognized. The Senator, also, spoke on the importance of civic engagement in voter registration and participation in the upcoming 2014 mid-term elections and the new Affordable Health Care Act.
“Some action steps you can take are: 1) Call Senator Greg Evers and Representative Mike Hill. They should be a part of the justice effort. Their jobs are to work for you and your vote. 2) Hold people accountable. Their compassion doesn’t grow greater by your inaction. 3) Register people to vote. One simple rule: get active. Sometimes our need as African Americans to be proud gets in the way of our need for progress. If you’re not at the table, you are on the menu.”
Proclamations were presented by Escambia County and the City of Pensacola to the senator spotlighting the legacy of the Bullard family in South Florida politics. “Justice is the conformity to moral rightness in attitude and action.” The Senator added.