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• A Martin Luther King Jr. quote has made the rounds this week, as civil unrest erupted in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder-by-cop last Monday: “A riot is the language of the unheard.” But we do ourselves a disservice by reading this line, nodding, and stopping there. Dr. King continued, “What is it that America has failed to hear? … It has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity.” For centuries, white America has failed to hear, valuing “tranquility” over Black “justice, equality, and humanity.” These protests aren’t just about Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while three … Read More »
• Groveland city officials passed a proclamation calling for the exoneration of the so-called “Groveland Four”. The proclamation asks Governor Rick Scott and his cabinet to pardon the four – Samuel Shepherd, Walter Irvin, Charles Greenlee and Ernest Thomas. Read More »
• Civic leaders and social activists from across the country will meet in Orlando today in a push to “ban the box,” the prior convictions box that appears on job and college applications. Social advocates say it keeps ex-offenders who have been rehabilitated from having a chance at educational and job opportunities. Read More »
• The new Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice will seek to provide people with representation in court, regardless of income. Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga signed an order to create it Monday. Read More »