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On August 15th CBS12 meets with community leaders and citizens for an engrossing and honest conversation about were we are after the protests in Baltimore, Ferguson and other cities around the nation.  A special town hall meeting will be held at the Calloway-Tate Complex in Riviera Beach and CBS12 will make the event available on demand here.  

“I have a dream.”
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation
where they will not be judged by the color their skin but the content of their character.”
“We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Selma, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Memphis are cities where blood spilled. It’s where a dream began. Decades later, we are still seeing images on television of unarmed men shot by police. We still see rioting in the streets. We still see mass killings and churches set on fire.

“The fundamental problem you have anywhere is when people think their lives
and the lives of their children don’t matter. They are somehow disposable.”
-President Bill Clinton

But while the violence is hauntingly reminiscent of the civil rights movement, the times have certainly changed. Today we see black, brown and white faces marching together and protesting peacefully. We see a rainbow of people speaking out starting a conversation.

“I cannot believe that we do not have the heart in this body to do something
meaningful such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds.”
–South Carolina Rep Jenny Horn on taking down the confederate flag

It’s Your Voice, Your Future. It’s time for America’s Tough Conversation on the new issues facing race relations in this country. CBS12 brings you a very special town hall meeting where every side of the issue is explored, opinion shared and voices listened to. Watch what was said and form your own opinion on one of the most important issues that face our society.

Jeff Clemens
Dan Calloway
Jeri Muoio
Harold Calvin Ray
Priscilla A. Taylor
Danny D. Jones

Jeff Clemens

State Senator Jeff Clemens was elected to the Florida Senate in November 2012. He represents Florida’s 27th District which includes parts of Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Palm Beach, Greenacres, Haverhill, Lake Park, Lantana, Hypoluxo, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Shores, Cloud Lake, Glen Ridge and Unincorporated Palm Beach County. He previously served as State Representative of the former Florida House District 89 which covered much of the same area from 2010-2012.

Mr. Clemens graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Political Science. Mr. Clemens moved to the City of Lake Worth in 2000. In 2002, he accepted a position working as an aide to a State Representative. He was later hired by the Florida Secretary of Health as Chief of Strategic Planning for the Florida Institute of Public Health, before contracting out his public relations skills to various non-profits.

Mr. Clemens was elected Mayor of City of Lake Worth in 2007. Outside of politics, Mr. Clemens served as the president of the Lake Worth Kiwanis Club and as Lt. Governor for Division 21 of Kiwanis. He is a former president of the College Park Neighborhood Association and served on the Neighborhood Association Presidents Council.

Dan Calloway

Dan Calloway married Delores Oliver in 1981, “The love of his life, and the eyes to see, if, he goes blind.” Dan Calloway attended Roosevelt Senior High School in West Palm Beach. He graduated in 1956. He founded the Youth Recreation Association of Palm Beach County in 1965. YRA helps youth through scholarship & mentorship in sports & recreational activities. The YRA has been an invaluable resource to numerous star athletes such as Lemar Parrish, Otis Anderson, Anquan Bolden, Carlos Carson and Abe Elam. All of whom have publicly acknowledged how the YRA has been instrumental in their success and careers in sports. Additionally, they all have come back to Palm Beach County to help youth in their own way through camps, events and scholarships. Throughout the year the YRA participates in events such as: Stonybrook Labor Day Picnic, Senior breakfasts, Halloween kids day, Thanksgiving dinner, Miami Dolphin football game with kids, Christmas dinner and toy giveaways for children.

Dan Calloway is a U.S. Military Veteran. He was in charge of special services in the Army, Captain of Special Service. He was the first black captain of the Army baseball team in 1963. He is listed in the German Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in baseball. Following a successful career in the military Mr. Calloway began a career in law enforcement. Dan Calloway is a retired Palm Beach County sheriff's office detective and sergeant as well as a sports coordinator. Calloway is a member of the Palm Beach County Community Relations Board. He was among more than a dozen professionals - lawyers, contractors, radio personalities - who issued a call to black men to step up as mentors and role models.

Jeri Muoio

Jeri Muoio was first elected Mayor of the City of West Palm Beach March, 2011.

She was reelected to the office of Mayor in March, 2015. She previously served on the West Palm Beach City Commission for four years, having been reelected twice by the voters.

During her administration, Mayor Muoio has presided over the important first stages of an economic resurgence in the city. Her focus on strengthening the economy has led to hundreds of new jobs in the city since taking office.

Mayor Muoio has pledged to make the City of West Palm Beach more business friendly, understanding that progress and growth are the keys to the city’s future.

She frequently tells business and industry leaders that the City of West Palm Beach is not only open “for” business, but also open “to” business.

Mayor Muoio is a strong advocate for open, transparent government. Her ongoing “Open Access” campaign has led to numerous town hall meetings, neighborhood chats, and outreach efforts. She is the first mayor in the city’s history to make herself available for a weekly “no question off limits” press briefing.

She is also the first mayor to reach out directly to residents with a Twitter Town Hall, and she and her team have rolled out new customer survey tools to collect feedback on City performance.

Since taking office, Mayor Muoio has fulfilled her pledge to make government more responsive. She reorganized several departments, and demanded they focus on customer service.

Mayor Muoio has worked to make the City of West Palm Beach a great place to live, work and raise a family. She has led the fight against the building of Roebuck Road and State Road 7 and has been instrumental in the building of fire stations to serve the communities which were underserve.

A strong proponent of equality, the Mayor was responsible for securing family health benefits for domestic partners of employees of the City of West Palm Beach. The creation of a vibrant Downtown, the maintenance of safe, beautiful neighborhoods and the open communication with constituents are all priorities for Mayor Muoio.

Mayor Muoio holds a doctorate in Education Leadership from Syracuse University and worked for many years as a school district leader.

She resides in West Palm Beach with her husband Charles and is the mother of Jessica and grandmother of Jordan, Jada and Julian.

Harold Calvin Ray

Bishop Harold Calvin Ray is Founder and Senior Pastor of Redemptive Life Fellowship church of West Palm Beach, Florida, and CEO of Redemptive Life Global Impact Ministries.

Bishop Ray received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1978 from Oral Roberts University, where he served as Student Body President and later served as a member of the University Board of Regents.

He is an honors graduate of The University of Notre Dame Law School where he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree, and served as an annual guest lecturer and as a member of the Law School’s Alumni Board of Directors.

He is a licensed member in good standing of the Texas State Bar since 1981, and a member of the National Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He is also a member of numerous local, regional and national boards, and the recipient of numerous distinguished service awards including three honorary doctorates from various universities.

Bishop Ray is the author of fourteen books and numerous published articles. He is widely respected for pioneering successful economic and entrepreneurial development initiatives resulting in millions of dollars of economic, community development and lifestyle empowerment initiatives within the local community. He has also designed and directed numerous innovative health and educational initiatives targeted at disproportionately impacted economically disenfranchised local communities.

Bishop Ray is the Founder and CEO of The National Center for Faith Based Initiatives which provided more than ten thousand 501 C 3 organizations with training and organizational compliance guidance pursuant to a White House initiative during the administration of President George W. Bush, and for which his leadership and influence resulting in public/private partnerships was widely acclaimed by national leaders throughout the United States.

Bishop Ray was ordained to The Office of Bishop in September 1996. He is the Senior Prelate of The Kingdom Dominion International Church Fellowship. Functioning primarily in the ministry gift of Apostle, Bishop Ray is widely recognized for his prophetic revelation and insightful teaching which has blessed thousands around the world.

Bishop Ray has been married for thirty one years to his life partner and Co-Pastor, Brenda Ray. They are the parents of two children and grandparents of five grandsons and one granddaughter.

Priscilla A. Taylor

Commissioner Priscilla A. Taylor, former mayor of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, is a native Floridian, born and raised in Fort Pierce. She currently resides in West Palm Beach where she was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in November 2004 and re-elected twice as the District 84 representative. She brought to the House more than 25 years of business experience in the insurance industry.

Commissioner Taylor served as Democratic Whip for the 2004-2006 term and Speaker Pro Tem designee for the 2008-2010 terms. Prior to being elected to the Florida House, Commissioner Taylor was a twice-elected member of the Port of Palm Beach District Commission. During her tenure, she served as chairwoman in both 2001 and 2003. Commissioner Taylor received her undergraduate degree from Barry University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She has received numerous business and civic awards recognizing her outstanding service to the community. Commissioner Taylor’s accolades include being named Business Woman of the Year by the Gold Coast Business and Professional Women’s Organization. She received the Sojourner Truth Award for Community Service, the Phillip Morris Crystal Award for Business Accomplishments, and the Glass Ceiling Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Commissioner Taylor was the recipient of the Take Flight Leadership Award for unwavering commitment, support and dedication to displaced and at-risk veterans and their families, named Palm Beach Atlantic University’s 2012 Distinguished Alumnae, named American Jewish Committee Palm Beach County – A Woman of Valor – December 2009, one of the 25 most influential women of South Florida by Success magazine and one of the 50 most powerful and influential black professionals in South Florida. She was honored by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers for her work to improve the administration of justice by sponsoring legislation to end discrimination and restore civil rights, and is the recipient of the 2007 A. Philip Randolph Institute Distinguished Legislative Service Award. Commissioner Taylor is also a graduate of the Policy Institute with the designation of Flemmings Fellow.

As an elected official, Commissioner Taylor represented the state of Florida at the 2005 National Summit on Hurricane Insurance in San Francisco, California. She has also served on the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, the Palm Beach County Overall Economic Development Committee, the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization. While on the Port of Palm Beach Commission, she served on the Executive Committee for Discover Palm Beach County. She was recently appointed to serve on the International Economic Development Task Force of the National Association of Counties (NACo) for the 2014-2015 term.

Danny D. Jones

Best described as a respected professional who is dedicated to serving the community; Danny D. Jones is an intelligent and focused local government administrator with a dynamic personality. These traits are the foundation of Mr. Jones' successful professional life.

Mr. Jones is employed with the City of Riviera Beach as the Deputy City Manager and previously served and the Assistant Chief of Police. Mr. Jones is committed to the community he serves and is focused on creating economic opportunities for Riviera Beach citizens and businesses.

Deputy Manager Jones graduated from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL with a Masters of Science Degree in Crime and Criminology, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and from Palm Beach State College, West Palm Beach, FL with an Associate of Arts Degree. He has received specialized training from the Florida City and County Management Association, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and from Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.

Mr. Jones is actively involved in many professional and civic organizations including the Florida City and County Management Association (FCCM), National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the Florida Association of Chiefs of Police. Mr. Jones is also a Rotary International, Rotary Club, Past President and was the recipient of the Rotarian of the Year Award.

Mr. Jones’ career in public service spans over 30 years and begin in 1985 as a law enforcement officer. Mr. Jones has extensive experience in local government and has served as the Director of Public Safety (chief of police and fire), Police Major, an Assistant Chief of Police and as a Deputy City Manager. Mr. Jones is married to Diane Michelle Jones and together they have three children, Danielle Alexandria, Danny Jr. and Daniel Dakota. They are fondly referred to as the 5 DJ’s.

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