Race & Criminal Justice; What's Good Wednesdays; Mike Fayvo; PPP; Going Green

May 27, 2020

On Monday, an attorney for the family of Ahmaud Arbery said the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the shooting death of the Brunswick, Ga. man as a hate crime.

Arbery, who was black, was jogging in a neighborhood outside of Brunswick on February 23 when Gregory McMichael and his son, who are white, chased him after him, authorities said. Arbery and Travis McMichael struggled over the latter's shotgun and Arbery was shot three times. Gregory McMichael told police Arbery attacked his son, according to the police report.

Arbery’s killing sparked sadness and outrage around the country. This week, two other controversial incidents have also gotten a lot of attention. One took place in Central Park in New York, the other in Minnesota.

We took a closer look at these cases with Civil Rights Attorney and Duval County Court Judge candidate Rhonda Peoples-Waters; and Senior Research Scientist JeffriAnne Wilder, a sociologist and scholar specializing in diversity and race relations.

What’s Good Wednesdays!

This week’s What’s Good Wednesdays!, our new weekly look at some positive things happening all around town, included good news from:

Mike Fayvo

As the state reopens, families are venturing back out to stores, restaurants, and even the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Our occasional Contributor Mike Fayvo joined us with more.

Paycheck Protection Program

Right now there is perhaps nothing more important to many business owners than understanding the federal PPP, or Paycheck Protection Program. Rules are being updated constantly and things can be more than a little confusing. David Marovich, CEO of 121 Financial Credit Union, joined us for a closer look.

CREST members participate in a clean-up near McCoys Creek
Credit CREST

Going Green

Groundwork Jacksonville has created a unique program through a Florida Sea Grant designed to build community stewardship within the North Riverside community along McCoys Creek. It’s called CREST, which stands for Community Restoration and Environmental Stewardship Training. Gloria McNair, Groundwork Jacksonville’s Community Engagement Specialist, joined us now with more in today’s Going Green.

Heather Schatz can be reached at hschatz@wjct.org or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.