The Chief Press Foundation (CPF), Miami Dade Association of Chiefs of Police and Miami Children’s Initiative as a part of its ongoing collaborative partnership and collective vision to improve outcomes for the youth and families of Liberty City are hosting its 1st annual peace march to cultivate a unified approach to safety and community policing. This march is unique in that local law enforcement officials sought to broker a thoughtful partnership that encourages dialogue with the residents of Liberty City.
Alicia Wilson, a resident of Liberty City shared the following thoughts in relation to the upcoming peace march, see us as you see yourself, treat as a family and nothing else, love us, because we love you – united is how we will make it through.
The Peace March will commence at Charles R.Drew Center at 9:00 am
Charles R. Drew Center
1775 NW 60th Street
Miami, FL 33142
March attendees will walk through the MCI Impact Zone holding hands, singing and chanting positive messages. The MCI Impact Zone is located between 15th and 22nd Avenue and 59th and 63rd Streets.
Marchers will make a brief pause for prayer at the Church of God of Prophecy.
Church of God of Prophecy
5901 NW 22nd Street
Miami, FL 33142
The Peace March will be followed by a Back to School Summer Jam at the MCI Community Space, located at 1907 NW 60th Street. The Back to School Summer Jam will feature at community barbeque, games for the entire family, school uniform giveaways, personal hygiene kits, backpacks and much more.
About Miami Children’s Initiative
Miami Children’s Initiative is a 501© (3) nonprofit organization focused on transforming Liberty City, one of South Florida’s most challenging and promising neighborhoods, into a more prosperous community. Like the Harlem Children’s Zone project, Miami Children’s Initiative takes a block-by-block approach to breaking the cycle of poverty by investing in the potential of every child. In partnership with Liberty City’s residents, youth, religious centers, schools, businesses and non-profit organizations, Miami Children’s Initiative provides a unified continuum of support, education and care that begins before birth and continues through college and career. More information about Miami Children’s Initiative is available at www.miamichildrensinitiative.org
About Chief Press’ Charitable Foundation
For over twelve years, Chief Press and the police department have worked to positively impact the relationship between the police and the children in Liberty City. Building on Chief Press’ charitable work, in 2013, the Village of Key Biscayne partnered with the Miami Children’s Initiative to create a sister-city partnership around the neighborhood of Liberty City. Through this partnership, both communities strive to grow and learn from one another. The main objective is two-fold: 1) provide better outcomes for children in underserved communities; and, 2) provide opportunities for neighbors of different cultures and socio-economic levels to learn about each other and care about each other.