Florida

The Discussion focused on the issues affecting our communities. A coalition of community organizations, faith-based leaders, and residents, hosted the State Attorney Freedom Forum on Thursday July 19.  StateAttorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle was invited to face challenger, Rod Vereen, to discuss the tough issues facing the vast majority of county…
Students at Miami Dade College’s InterAmerican campus received funds to help undocumented high school students go to college. A student-led project to improve undocumented students’ access to higher education received a boost Sunday from Mobilize.org and the Knight Foundation at the closing ceremony of the Target 2020 Florida Summit at…
via Palm Beach Post Florida elections supervisors said Friday they will discontinue a state-directed effort to remove names from county voter rolls because they believe the state data is flawed and because the U.S. Department of Justice has said the process violates federal voting laws. Late Thursday, the Department of…
via Florida Independent Gov. Rick Scott signed the state’s $70 billion budget at a ceremony held in Cunningham Creek Elementary School in St. Johns County at noon today. The governor vetoed $142.7 million in line-items, including money for specialized health programs. The budget, yet again, makes steep cuts to health care…
via The Florida Independent The Center for American Progress released a report today on voter suppression efforts carried out by Republican-led state legislatures around the country, listing Florida as one of “five worst states for voting rights in 2011.” As we at The Florida Independent have been reporting, Florida lawmakers passed a…
via Miami Herald More than 1,000 people rallied peacefully Sunday and heard the Rev. Al Sharpton and others call for an arrest in the teen’s shooting death. As more than 1,000 people flocked to Miami’s Bayfront park Sunday under a blazing sun, Trayvon Martin’s hometown rolled out the most elaborate…
via Huffingtonpost Get ready for the "death spiral." Harsh questioning by conservative Supreme Court justices Tuesday sparked concern that the health care reform law's individual mandate could be stricken. Without it, health insurance companies and the White House are worried the health care market could blow up come 2014. "If…
As a tribute to Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old shot and killed Feb. 26 in Central Florida, LeBron James posted a photo of the Miami Heat team in which 13 players are wearing Heat hoodies It's not that common for modern athletes to take stands on controversial topics or major news…
SANFORD -- At the lakeside park, hundreds of rally-goers streamed in Thursday as the humid evening buzzed with electricity and anticipation. Television news helicopters droned over a domino-line of satellite trucks. Spontaneously, pockets of people erupted into chants demanding justice for slain teenager Trayvon Martin. The few police officers visible…
In the three weeks since Trayvon Martin, a 17 year-old African American youth from Miami, was gunned down in Sanford, Florida, global attention has been drawn to the state of Florida.  Due to the actions of George Zimmerman, the shooter, we are once again reminded about how young African-American males…
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