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Confederate Monuments; Abortion Rights; Welcoming Week; Hunger Action Month

Bill Bortzfield

A few dozen activists gathered in front of City Hall ahead of Tuesday’s Jacksonville City Council meeting to remind Mayor Lenny Curry of his promise more than a year ago to remove Confederate monuments in the city.  

One large monument in Springfield Park remains, though it’s been covered up.  A representative for the mayor’s office said in an email to WJCT News last week there is no update on the removal of any remaining Confederate monuments in Jacksonville. 


History of Abortion In The U.S. 

Local retired nurse Mary Marcus was in the courtroom when the country's first abortion trial took place after the ruling in Roe v Wade. The trial saw a Boston physician in 1975 become convicted for performing a legal abortion, which sparked contraversy and questions surrounding abortions ever since. 

Guest: Mary Marcus shared her thoughts a potential new Florida law restricting abortion rights

Welcoming Week

This is Welcoming Week, celebrating immigrants’ contributions to our society. To mark the occasion, the First Coast YMCA will join Welcoming America alongside other YMCAs and organizations nationwide to observe the occasion. 

Guest: Amber Dodge, senior program director of First Coast Y’s New American Welcome Center 

Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month, and tomorrow is Hunger Action Day. Nearly 240,000 people living in Northeast Florida are food insecure, including approximately 76,000 children.  

Guest: Susan King, president and CEO of Feeding Northeast Florida, explained what you can do to help fight hunger on the First Coast  

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