An Open Letter to Orlando City Commissioner Ings

For over 40 years, entrenched powers have hidden behind a political smokescreen using the “war on drugs” as a tool to criminalize specific communities, particularly those of color. According to a 22-year-old interview recently published in Harper's Magazine, one of Richard Nixon’s top advisers, John Ehrlichman, admits the “war on drugs” was mainly designed as an assault on Nixon’s two main “enemies” in his 1968 campaign: “the antiwar left and black people.” Read more

Orlando Climate Change Rally Seeks To Give Minorities Voice In Debate

Ever since U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio denied the existence of climate change earlier this year, protesters have waved signs outside his office demanding he acknowledge science. But a climate change rally in Orlando this week had a different message – one that demanded people of color and low-income families have their voices heard in the debate. Read more

Fast Food Workers rally for $15 minimum wage in downtown Orlando - Frank Torres, The Orlando Political Observer

Workers and activists rallied on the front steps of Orlando’s City Hall Thursday, joining organizers across Florida who showed support for the $15 minimum wage increase in New York.  Read more

"Fantasyland" Protest Calls Out GOP Clown Car Economics - Brooke Hines, The Florida Squeeze

The “Florida Deserves Better” than Fantasyland action was held Tuesday, June 2 outside of the hotel where Rick Scott held his “cattle call” for GOP candidates to strut their campaigns in front of monied-up interests like the Chamber of Commerce and their members.  Read more

Citizens voice concerns about body cameras for police officers - Tracy Jacim, WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -Law enforcement agencies across the country are adopting the use of body cameras.  They are seen as a way for officers to protect themselves from false accusations of police brutality and for citizens to protect themselves aggressive use of force. Read more

Plasencia meets with Protesters outside his office to discuss Medicaid Expansion - Frank Torres, The Orlando Political Observer

What should have been another routine sign-waving demonstration, turned into an impromptu Town hall meeting, when State Representative Rene Plasencia met with protesters outside of his office, to answer their questions and clarify his position on the Medicaid expansion fight, that currently has the State House and State Senate at odds over a budget. Read more

50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday honored in Orlando - Caitlin Dineen, Orlando Sentinel

Even though she lived more than 400 miles away from Selma, Ala., Brenda Purnell-Morris knew the impact of March 7, 1965, also known as Bloody Sunday. Read more

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