'People’s Budget;' 'The Choice 2020;' Chemo-Free Cancer Treatment; Selfies for Change

Sep 22, 2020


  

Professors from the University of North Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville have formed a coalition of academics to work with other local advocates to ask the mayor and City Council to pass the “People’s Budget” for Jacksonville.

 

 

The “People’s Budget,” presented by the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, implores the city to divert 50% of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s budget to invest in social services and infrastructure.

 

The pland would city divert funds to fire and rescue, public works, libraries, parks and recreations, neighborhood investment, mental health funding, and transportation. The group asks the city to reallocate $20 million and $15.5 million to funding for the Kids Hope Alliance and to address community members experiencing homelessness, respectively. 

 

Angela Mann, associate professor at UNF, reacted to Gov DeSants’s proposed legislation to curb “disorderly assemblies.” She also discussed the budget, wealth disparities between Black and white communities, and disproportionate incarceration for Black community members. 

The Choice 2020

Tonight at 9, Sept. 22, on WJCT TV 7.1, The Choice 2020: Trump versus Biden, a new, two-hour Frontline special, examines the lives of Joe Biden and Donald Trump. The program recalls the presidential candidate’s experiences from childhood to the 2020 election.

 

The show is a primer for voters on the eve of the election and reveals what Americans can expect from the president who will lead a country in crisis.

We spoke with Michael Kirk, producer and director, about the program.

men and shaped how they would lead America over the next four years.

Frontline will also be live streamed here on WJCT.org.

Chemotherapy-Free Cancer Treatment

A new, chemotherapy-free lung cancer treatment is available through the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. John Vu, a medical oncologist at the cancer center, joined us to discuss the treatment.

Selfies for Change

 

According to Jessica Scott, Public Relations Strategist for TIAA Bank, the bank and the Jacksonville Jaguars are “teaming up with fans to tackle social injustice.” Each game day, a new Jaguars player will take virtual selfies with fans who can unlock donations to organizations fighting for justice.

Katherine Hobbs can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org or on Twitter at @KatherineGHobbs.