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Monivette Cordeiro


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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Florida Woman makes 85 Cents for every Dollar Florida Man Makes

A lot of Florida Man stories went viral last week because of an internet challenge, but few Florida Woman headlines. Here’s one that should be trending: Florida women working full-time make about $5,515 a year less than men, a new report from the National Partnership for Women & Families. That’s 85 cents for every dollar a man makes, according to an analysis from the Sun Sentinel. The gap varies by race and ethnicity. Latina and Black women are paid about $20,000 less a year than white, non-Hispanic men, the biggest gap out of any group, according to the report. If the annual gender wage gap were eliminated, a working woman in Florida would have enough money, on average, to pay …

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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Orlando currently has the most severe affordable housing shortage in the country

Orlando’s affordable housing crisis has just imploded, in case you were wondering. Last year a 2018 report ranked the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area second in the country for having the most severe affordable housing shortage, offering only 17 available and affordable units for every 100 extremely low-income renters. It is now worse. The Orlando metro area currently has only 13 affordable and available units for every 100 extremely low-income households, making it the most severe affordable housing shortage in the country, according to a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The report also found that Florida ranks first among states where low-income renter households are severely cost-burdened, with 80 percent of households spending half their income on rent or mortgage rather than food …

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Orange County Gets $10 Million For HIV/AIDS Care

The grant will help enhance access to high-quality care for people with HIV and supports strategies to reach communities of color for the estimated 10,000 to 12,000 living with HIV or AIDS in the Metro Orlando area.

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UCF developed real-time mass surveillance artificial intelligence software for Orlando

Amazon’s facial recognition technology isn’t the only tool that Orlando is considering in its efforts to monitor the public using street cameras – the University of Central Florida has also developed a mass surveillance system for the city. UCF researchers have installed an artificial intelligence-powered software that can recognize facial characteristics and body movements to detect assaults, robberies and even explosions in real time. Orlando was the subject of blistering criticism last year after reports revealed that the police department was piloting Amazon’s Rekognition, a facial-recognition technology that plugs into security cameras to identify and track people of interest as they walk down the street. But by early 2016, students and professors from UCF’s Center for Research in Computer Vision …

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Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando: The 12 cats of Christmas

Since last year, Orlando Weekly has been writing fantastical dating profiles for 12 adoptable felines from Orange County whose Christmas wish is a home for the holidays – and this year, we’re focusing on kittens. Kittens have special needs that make shelter more challenging, such as not having a developed immune system and getting sick quicker, says Orlando resident Lisa Krakosky, who fosters kittens until they’re ready for adoption through Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. People may not realize that some shelters simply euthanize kittens under eight weeks old. Cats that young require the kind of individual nursing both feeding and vigilance against illness that most shelters can’t provide. Cathy Rodgers, who’s also with the local pet alliance, says the …

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Gun Violence Analysis Report: 358 people have been shot and killed in Orlando since 2014

In the past five years, 358 people have been shot and killed in Orlando, according to an analysis from The Trace. A new map created by the nonprofit journalism organization tracks fatal and non-fatal shootings in the U.S. from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 13, 2018, using data from the Gun Violence Archive. The map excludes individual suicides committed with firearms (which make up the majority of deaths associated with guns), but nonetheless paints a stark picture of what 150,000 incidents of gun violence looks like at the local level. The map shows there have been at least 710 shootings in Orlando since 2014, leaving 358 dead and 687 people injured. Within Orlando and Orange County, there have been 19 …

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Proposed Assault Weapons Ban for Florida’s 2020 Ballot

A constitutional amendment that would ban semiautomatic assault weapons in Florida has been proposed for the state’s 2020 ballot. The amendment was pushed forward by Ban Assault Weapons NOW, a Miami-based political action committee that includes victims’ family members and survivors of the mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the gay nightclub Pulse. The organization says, “The Florida Legislature won’t act. The only way to ban assault weapons like AR-15s and other weapons of war is for the people of Florida to go to the polls and vote.” The proposal prohibits possession of assault weapons, which it defines as “semiautomatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition at once, either in fixed …

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Remembering the 1920 Election Day lynching of July Perry

Florida is embroiled in a recount process that’s taken over our newsfeeds and has every other elected official screaming “fraud,” but not too long ago on Election Day, Central Floridians left voting stickers on the grave of July Perry at Orlando’s Greenwood Cemetery. Close to a century ago, Perry was an African American man who was shot and lynched by a white mob in Orlando after encouraging Ocoee’s black residents to vote on Election Day in 1920. In the days before his murder, local Ku Klux Klan members had threatened terror against black people who dared to vote. On Election Day, white residents who resented the large number of African Americans voting tried to stop them at the polls. The …

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LGBTQ advocates in Florida seek statewide anti-discrimination protection

Gov. Rick Scott remained mum this week about signing an anti-discrimination order protecting LGBTQ state employees in the wake of the Trump administration’s latest attempt to roll back federal protections for transgender and gender non-conforming people. Since the Pulse massacre, LGBTQ advocates in Florida have pleaded with Scott to sign an executive order protecting state employees against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. State civil rights laws don’t explicitly protect queer and trans communities from being denied housing, service and employment. Equality Florida advocates say Scott broke his promise by refusing to sign the order and insisting that protections for sexual orientation already existed for Floridians on the federal level. That logic has been put to the test …