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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

11/24/15: Refugee Resettlement Legal Issues; 'The Bully's Trap'; 25 Years Of The Art Ventures Fund


A Russian warplane was allegedly shot down near Turkey's border with Syria Tuesday morning. Syria has been embroiled for four and a half years in a brutal civil war that has killed hundreds thousands of people, and sent millions of others fleeing.

The incident at the border with Turkey comes as the nation continues its heated debate about the resettlement of Syrian refugees.

This week, Florida Coastal School of Law will host a panel discussion on the crisis and the legal issues around refugee resettlement. We speak with Ericka Curran, immigration attorney and Clinic Director with the school, and Florida Coastal law student Elizabeth Lazar. Her family, Assryian Christians from Iraq, fled persecution there decades ago. 

Author Andrew Faas joins us to discuss his new book, "The Bully's Trap." Faas writes that bullying in the workplace destroys careers and lives, and many companies condone and even encourage bullying and don’t even realize it. We speak with him about this dynamic, and solutions for managers and employees.

This year marks 25 years that the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida has been awarding grants to individual artists and small arts organizations through the Art Ventures Fund. We find out how the organization is marking the anniversary from Amy Crane, Program Director with Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, and First Coast artist Jim Draper.

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Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.