The Sanders campaign is working to play up on the consistency card as both the Nevada caucus and South Carolina primaries approach.
On Feb. 13, the campaign released footage of then Burlington, VT Mayor Bernie Sanders endorsing Rev. Jesse Jackson in his historic 1988 Presidential campaign.
The video shows Sanders giving a familiar pitch arguing for closing the gap between rich and poor and shifting government focus on those closer to the bottom of the economic ladder.
In fact, if you close your eyes, you wouldn’t be blamed to think it was a speech delivered in this election cycle instead of one from before most of us were born.
NPR has also picked up on how remarkably on message Sanders has stayed for over 30 years.
Just take the following quotes that the public radio giant dug up to really drive the point home.
Sanders in 2015:
“There is something profoundly wrong when the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, and when 99 percent of all new income goes to the top 1 percent.”
Sanders in 1976:
“The fundamental issue facing us in the state is that ½ of 1 percent of these people — the richest ½ of 1 percent — earn as much as the bottom 27 percent and the top 3 percent earn as much as the bottom 40 percent.”
Whether you like the guy or not, you have to admit that he has never given up the fight.
WATCH: Bernie Sanders endorses Jesse Jackson for President in 1988.
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–Brandon Okpalobi has made waves in Miami’s non-profit space with his organization Dibia Dream.
-The non-profit exposes at risk youth to unique opportunities in STEM fields and in sports.
–Okpalobi is a former University of Miami basketball player. He also runs a for profit youth sports training company.
–Okpalobi has big dreams for the organization and hopes to see it expand to more locations across South Florida and other parts of the world.
Giving is a trait that Brandon Okpalobi exercises every day.
This young CEO of a youth training program works with children frequently to unlock their potential through sports.
A former University of Miami basketball player, Okpalobi became an entrepreneur and nonprofit founder after his playing days ended.
And in many ways, Okpalobi has never been part of a more important team than he is now.
Okpalobi, 35, founded Dibia Athletic Development in 2011.
The company, which trains young people in various athletic skills operates in Miami, New Orleans and overseas in Bermuda and the Bahamas.
He also expects to expand the program to Latin American and Nigeria soon.
In 2014 he was able to expand the brand to Dibia Dream, a non-profit that helps underserved youth develop life skills.
Okpalobi said that he gives back to his community because of the example he saw from his father.
“In 2007 my father took me to Nigeria and built a community center for his village,” Okpalobi said in an interview with RISE NEWS. “I saw the impact from it and I realize I need to give back more because that is going to bring the change we want to see.”
Okpalobi grew up in New Orleans to a Nigerian immigrant family.
He was a standout high school basketball player and attended the University of Miami in the early 2000s.
He was a guard on UM’s basketball team from 2001 to 2005 when he went undrafted in the NBA Draft.
When playing in the NBA was no longer his goal, Okpalobi used basketball as a vehicle to pursue other ventures.
“Basketball is my everything,” Okpalobi said. “It brought me to Miami, it kept me in Miami, it allowed me to start my for profit and opened up doors I never had.”
Dibia Dream is Okpalobi’s nonprofit that he launched in 2014.
This venture exposes under-served children to activities like art enrichment, science education and athletic training so they can develop new skills.
It has quickly become established in Miami’s growing non-profit space.
Through this program, Okpalobi has helped expose over 4,000 children to experiences they would have never otherwise experienced and has given out 600 scholarships for summer enrichment experiences.
One of the major features of Dibia Dream is STEM Saturdays.
On Saturdays during the school year, Dibia Dream allows students to participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) projects.
Okpalobi designed the program to be a “safe haven” for at risk kids during the weekend.
In 2016 Okpalobi was a recipient of the BMe Community Award.
This is a $10,000 grant given to black men leaders in South Florida who are trying to better the community.
Okpalobi used his grant to expand the STEM and arts program at Dibia Dream.
“We want to give the kids as many options as possible,” Okpalobi said. “When kids have more exposure to these things they tend to look at different career opportunities.”
According to Okpalobi, Dibia means “master of knowledge/wisdom” in Igbo.
According to the Dibia website:
“The term refers to traditional healers, experts and doctors. The process of becoming a DIBIA involves years of training and many levels of initiation. DIBIA means TRAIN TO BE GREAT.”
In July 2017, Dibba Dream partnered with the Nyah Project to bring 10 students to South Africa.
The group worked with three schools on various projects and made an impact in the area according to Okpalobi.
Okpalobi has done a lot to serve the children and he plans to do even more in 2018.
Coming up in January, Diba Athletic Program is organizing the sports clinic for Zo’s Winter Groove, the event hosted by former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning.
He also plans to open two more facilities for Dibia Dream in North Miami and Liberty City.
Okpalobi’s latest act of giving was a toy drive he organized with Eneida M. Hartner Elementary School on December 20th.
The goal was to give toys to the less fortunate and homeless children at the school, but there was a problem.
How do you give toys to poor kids without embarrassing them in front of their classmates?
To keep the privacy of the children who were less fortunate, Okpalobi worked with 14 year old Ransom Everglades High School student Jack Fitzpatrick to provide a lunch from Jimmy Johns and a toy.
Fitzpatrick and his family raised $10,000 on GoFundMe for the kids at Eneida M. Hartner.
Last year, he raised $5,000 for the same cause.
Okpalobi is highly regarded at the school.
“It’s a blessing to have someone within the community to reach out and wants to be apart of the school,” Dr. Derick R. McKoy, the Principal of Eneida M. Hartner Elementary School told RISE NEWS. “He wants the best for children and he helps Eneida Hartner bring the world to the children.”
McKoy drove the point home further.
“You know the African Proverb, ‘it takes a village’?,” McKoy asked during an interview. “Well, I’m happy Brandon is in my village.”
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As Halloween fast approaches, people all across the US are gearing up to be their spookiest. But not all spooky places are created equal in America as a new study by WalletHub clearly indicates.
By using a detailed set of 16 metrics, WalletHub compared 100 of the most populated cities in the US to see which ones were the best and worst for Halloween 2015.
The consumer website, and their team of experts then focused on three main dimensions of comparison to come up with their list: 1) Safety & Surroundings, 2) Parties & Activities and 3) Halloween Weather.
NYC and Jersey City earn high marks on the list because of safety and the cheaper party scene, while St. Petersburg, FL gets very low marks in the same areas.
Best Places For Halloween 2015
10) Plano, TX
9) Chandler, AZ
8) Garland, TX
7) Santa Ana, CA
6) Irving, TX
5) Larredo, TX
4) Gilbert, AZ
3) Newark, NJ
2) Jersey City, NJ
1) New York, NY
Worst Places For Halloween 2015
10) Houston, TX
9) Nashville, TN
8) Indianapolis, IN
7) Charlotte, NC
6) Baton Rouge, LA
5) Oakland, CA
4) Winston-Salem, NC
3) Detroit, MI
2) Memphis, TN
1) St. Petersburg, FL
Do you agree with the list? Is your city the best place to celebrate Halloween in America? Let us know in the comments below.
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Miami-Dade county police officers shot and killed a 15 year old boy early Thursday morning after he allegedly robbed an area drugstore at gunpoint.
The boy, who police identified as Jorge Santiago Tapia was recorded on surveillance cameras holding up a gun to a cashier at a Walgreens located at SW 288th Street and South Dixie Highway. Wearing dark glasses and a bandanna around his mouth, the suspect who police say is Tapia quickly fled the scene.
CBS Miami has a rundown of what took place after Tapia allegedly fled the scene:
“Arriving officers spotted a car that matched the description of a vehicle that the armed man drove off in.
After a brief pursuit, Zabaleta said Santiago’s car got a flat tire and came to a stop. Shots were fired.”
The boy had recently celebrated his 15th birthday and was in the 8th grade at Coconut Palm Academy according to a local television report.
“There should be justice for what they did to him,” Angelica Santiago, the suspect’s sister told CBS Miami. “The cops should have waited to see who was the suspect, not just say he was a grown man, who was going to kill them.”
Seven police officers shot Tapia.
“Not only did he use the gun to commit the armed robbery, of course, we have to assume he is going to use the gun against the officers as well,” Detective Alvaro Zabaleta told Local 10 News.
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