Violent Crime; Equal Pay Day; Sunday Gathering Table; Blood Banks

Aug 13, 2020

Violent crime continues to be an issue in Jacksonville.

On Wednesday, Mayor Curry said during a press conference that he is working with Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, State Attorney Melissa Nelson and local community groups and nonprofits to address its causes.

Dan Scanlan, who covers crime for WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union, joined us with more.


Black Women's Equal Pay Day


August 13 is Black Women's Equal Pay Day. Nationally, Black women make $0.62 for every white man's dollar. In Florida, this figure is $0.60.


AAUW Florida has sponsored research on the economic security of working Black women, and the AAUW's Jacksonville branch contributed to the sponsorship.  Pat DeWitt, president of AAUW Florida; and Demika Jackson, Chair of Advocacy and Education with the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women, joined us with more information.

Sunday Gathering Table

Nowadays, we get really excited to hear about a new local business opening, given we are currently hearing so much bad tidings about businesses struggling in this pandemic.


Sunday Gathering Table, which recently opened in St. Augustine, combines two of our favorite things: food and art. Chef and co-owner Edwin Baltzley joined us with details.

Blood Banks

Blood banks still need donations. They especially need the plasma of patients on the mend from COVID-19. LifeSouth Community Development Coordinator Karen Patterson joined us to explain why.

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