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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we heard about the upcoming Florida Refugee Cup soccer match, held to highlight the importance of refugees and immigrants to the Jacksonville community, with ANSL League Director Josh Kimball, Coach of the Jax Eagles and Florida Eagles soccer teams Henry Howard, and Florida Immigrant Coalition refugee organizer Basma Alawee (01:05).

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Dr. Jeff Goldhagen, Professor and Chief, Division of Community and Societal Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville on the trauma children are experiencing after being taken away from their parents at the U.S./Mexico border (01:09).     

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State Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach) is sponsoring, for the second year in a row, a measure that would levy penalties against cities and counties that don’t fully cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.


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Northeast Florida Congressman John Rutherford, R-FL4, says people who have a special visa for creating business in the U.S. should also have a path to citizenship.


Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Florida Times-Union Tallahassee Bureau Chief Tia Mitchell (01:15) regarding her recent column regarding a rift between the Florida Democratic chairman and African-American officials and if the party takes them for granted. Local attorney David Ward and director of World Relief-Jacksonville Jose Vega (23:02) discussed the refugee crisis and the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the hold on President Trump’s travel ban. Servpro chief operations manager Chandler St. Peter (44:31) told us about environmentally friendly ways to prepare for hurricane season. 


       

  Wednesday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with Baptist Health CEO Hugh Greene about the Mental Health First Aid initiative. Florida Coastal School of Law professor Kara Roberts and student Lance Francis talked about Saturday’s Citizenship Day and Sulzbacher Center CEO Cindy Funkhouser and Board Chair Pam Chally told us about Thursday’s groundbreaking of Sulzbacher Village. 


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Lawyers from around Jacksonville are offering to help get the city’s immigrant residents on the road to citizenship this weekend.

It’s all in advance of Florida Coastal School of Law’s annual Citizenship Day. And for many of the counselors, the charity work is intensely personal.


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Hundreds of people protested Tuesday in front of the Duval County Courthouse before marching to City Hall.

The “no human is illegal” protesters rallied against President Trump’s order to temporarily ban travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.


Monday on First Coast Connect, we discussed President Trump’s executive order to ban travel from seven Muslim-majority countries with Travis Trice and Michelle Clowe from Jacksonville’s World Relief, Asghar Syed from Emerge USA and immigration attorney Ericka Curran with Florida Coastal School of Law. In this month’s segment of First Coast Success, Karen Brune Mathis spoke with Native Sun founder Aaron Gottlieb and we were joined by former TV anchor Donna Deegen to talk about next month’s 26.2 with Donna Marathon and Dr. Keith Knutson, immunologist and breast cancer researcher at the Mayo Clinic about a breast cancer vaccine trial.     


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A Florida House panel's decision to hear Thursday from a speaker with a history of inflammatory statements about minorities and immigrants roiled the normally peaceful legislative committee week in Tallahassee and prompted Democrats to walk out of the hearing.

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Children dressed in the traditional garb of their respective countries stomp and swirl across the stage in Hemming Park, while music booms over loudspeakers.

The cultural dances and fashion show are part of Jacksonville’s observance of World Refugee Day, which the United Nations designated for June 20. 

We see headlines and controversy about immigrants and refugees coming into this country, but what are their experiences really like?

TEDxFSCJ will explore the topic Wednesday night in its first Salon of 2016, a selection of TED Talks on the immigrant and refugee experience. This event, titled "Immigrants, Refugees and Jacksonville’s Muslim-American Community," will feature a number of local voices.

We preview the event, and discuss the lives of Jacksonville's refugee and Muslim-American populations, with Dr. Paul Hendrickson, Assistant Professor of Speech Communication at FSCJ’s Deerwood Campus; Ranna Abduljawad, member of Floridians Responding to Refugees; and UNF professor Parvez Ahmed, with the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida.


The five Democratic presidential candidates - Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jim Webb, Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee - took the stage Tuesday night for their first debate. Ben Weaver, local Democratic activist and organizer for Bernie Sanders, joins us to discuss it.


President Obama, immigration reform, Bill Cosby and Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown are making headlines this week.

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Fifty years ago Bob Moses organized volunteers to register voters in Mississippi during the Freedom Summer.

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