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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

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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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Florida voters decided to ban nearshore oil and gas drilling beneath state-owned waters


Last week a federal judge called Florida a “laughingstock,” thanks to our shambolic voting process. When it comes to amending our constitution … that was ridiculous this year too. Especially so was Amendment 9, titled: “Ban Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Ban Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces.” However absurd it was to bundle vaping and drilling together in one proposal, voters approved Amendment 9 by almost 70 percent. Maybe they didn’t read the fine print, or were too excited about the chance to register their disapproval of vaping, because Amendment 9 doesn’t exactly ban drilling – it “prohibits drilling … beneath all state-owned waters.” And barely two weeks later, the Florida Petroleum Council is back to pushing for offshore …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

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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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Local Beer Made With Florida Ingredients


What comes to mind when you imagine the aroma and flavor of a beer made with only Florida ingredients? If your first thoughts are sunscreen and swamp water, think again. Local brewers are determined to create an all-Florida beer, and climate change, of all things, is helping the dream come true. Barley and hops don’t do well in our tropical conditions and sandy soil. Another drawback is the length of daylight in summer – it’s actually shorter here than up north because of the angle of the earth as it tips toward the sun. But climate change has increased drought in the Western states, where most American hops are grown. And warmer temperatures overall mean even less risk of a …
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Image: Francesco Cairo, (1607-1665), Judith with the Head of Holofernes, ca. 1633-37, Courtesy of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum: Dangerous Women


Dangerous Women. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum may not have done it intentionally, but their latest show is incredibly timely. The current cresting wave of female rage – and the pushback against it – makes this collection of Baroque and Renaissance paintings perfectly modern. These women are “dangerous” because they fought back. Here’s the Jewish widow Judith, decapitating a general who’d sworn to annihilate the Jews. Here’s Salome, relishing John the Baptist’s head on a platter for daring to slander her mother. Mary Magdalene, Esther, Bathsheba – all of them extraordinary for refusing to knuckle under to injustice. Some of the artists were just taking advantage of biblical stories as a socially permissible way to paint beautiful naked ladies, but …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

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 …
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Image: Monarch Butterflies nectaring on Swamp Milkweed. Photo by Peg Urban
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Native Milkweed is important to the success of the Monarch Butterfly


As summer weather winds down, conservationists are keeping an eye on the annual monarch migration. And many local gardeners are trying to do everything they can to support the black-and-orange butterflies on their journey south – but they might be loving them to death. Pollinator gardens help monarchs by providing them with their preferred food, milkweed. There are dozens of varieties of milkweed. Tropical milkweed lives in Florida year-round, which is cool if you just want to see butterflies in your yard all year. But if you want to help rebuild the declining population, you need to plant the right kind of milkweed – a native variety that dies back in the fall. If monarchs stay here all winter stuffing …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Stonewall brings ‘Pose’ cast members to Orlando for Pride Events


Dominique Jackson doesn’t believe in tolerance. It’s a lesson she learned growing up on the island of Tobago as a little girl who was assigned male at birth. The transgender teen escaped to the United States and lived as an undocumented immigrant. Her family offered to help her become a legal resident as long as she kept her truth a secret. Jackson refused. The actress and model says, “”My life is not for someone else to accept. … When people told me they were tolerating the LGBTQ+ community, those feelings were coming from a place of privilege and superiority, not from a place of equality.” Jackson, though, found a real home in underground ballroom culture – much like Elektra Abundance, …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Dual-location exhibition portrays scenes of the African American experience


Too often art by what we refer to as “minorities” is forced to bear a double weight. We expect it to be not just beautiful, but also educational. Under that expectation, looking at art by women, people of color, disabled people and other artists in marginalized communities can then feel more preachy than pleasurable. Without leaving meaning or history behind, the show currently co-located at the Crealdé School of Art and the Hannibal Square Heritage Center is a pleasure to take in. Vibrant Vision is a selection of works by 20th-century African American artists drawn from the collection of Charleston painter Jonathan Green. Barbara Tiffany, Crealdé’s exhibitions curator, has chosen 26 works, some that “told profound stories about the artists …
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Image: Jamilah Sabur, Untitled, 2017, Video still ,rollins.edu/cornell-fine-arts-museum
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Cornell Fine Arts Museum: Ibine Ela Acu by Jamilah Sabur


Before she left Orlando, Cornell Fine Arts Museum curator Amy Galpin organized a show by Miami artist Jamilah Sabur called Ibine Ela Acu/Water Sun Moon. It’s Sabur’s first solo show in a museum, but it’s unlikely to be her last. Sabur works in performance and multimedia installation, often incorporating video of herself performing ritualistic actions. In this show, the videos give the viewer the feeling of having trespassed on a secret rite, a hidden process by which Sabur physically unearths memory, transforming history into intention. The title, Ibine Ela Acu, is in the now-dead language of the Timucua, the extinct indigenous Northern Florida people, and this show uses Florida’s history of violence and colonialism, as well environmental erosion, pollution and …
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