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State Senator Audrey Gibson; Southern Restaurants For Racial Justice; UNF Coding Course

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The Confederate statue in Hemming Park was removed early Tuesday morning.

Florida Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville), and Dr. Tra’Chella Johnson Foy, a past president of the Duval Medical Society, joined us to discuss the need for more coronavirus testing in vulnerable neighborhoods, and a number of other subjects – including the protests, unemployment, and the removal of a Confederate statue from Hemming Plaza early Tuesday morning.

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Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice

A number of southern chefs, bakers, and restaurateurs  have formed a coalition named Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice. It will raise funds for groups that support and fight for racial justice across the South. Local Captain and 1748 Bakehouse co-owner Allison D’Aurizio chatted with us about the group's mission and ways people can support their efforts.

UNF Coding Course

The University of North Florida is offering a coding course to benefit people looking to shift careers or adapt a new skill amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The course focuses on learning how to code and is not limited to people who are enrolled at the university. We talked with the co-founder of Fullstack Academy, Nimit Maru to get more information.

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