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2/28/2017: Undocumented Immigrants; 'Drop Your Drawers'; Judy Wells; Jimmy Moseley


Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we discussed the life of undocumented and other immigrants under President Trump with Kristellys Estanga from the Duval County Democratic Hispanic Caucus and immigration attorney Angela Reyes. Dignity U Wear Executive Director Nicole Brose talked about its upcoming annual Undies Campaign. Judy Wells shared some cautionary tales about changes in air travel and we heard an in-studio performance by local 12-year-old violinist virtuoso Jimmy Moseley. 

Undocumented Immigrants

Local immigration advocates are protesting a law to require local law enforcement officers to perform the functions of immigration officials and arrest undocumented immigrants. They are holding a panel discussion from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Cuba Libre. The panel will include representatives from Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services, World Relief, The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and University of North Florida professor Parvez Ahmed.  

‘Drop Your Drawers’

The annual Undies Campaign kicks off on Wednesday and runs through April 29. The goal is to collect 300,000 pieces of underwear  and raise funds for new, clean clothing to the homeless. Local residents are encourage to donate new, clean underwear during the “Drop Your Drawers” campaign at several locations around town, including the studios of WJCT.

Judy Wells

Wells said there are now some cheaper flight options available but there is a catch. American, United and Delta have them up on their web sites. Your carry-on has to fit under the seat, there are no assigned seat and you have to board last. The flight also rarely allows redeemable miles. She also provided a recap of the recent Whisky, Wine and Wildlife weekend at Jekyll Island.

Jimmy Moseley

It’s the hope of every aspiring musician to be discovered. LaVilla School of the Arts student Jimmy Moseley was playing his violin on the streets outside the new Hoptinger restaurant in Five Points when multi-platinum musician and humanitarian Michael Franti heard the young virtuoso and invited Moseley to play with him on stage during his recent concert at Mavericks at the Jacksonville Landing.

It was a smashing success, Moseley said the crowd was cheering so loud he couldn’t hear himself perform. He told us his story and what it was like to be on stage with a famous musician.                   

Producer Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.