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Local redistricting fight; Child Abuse Prevention Month; mental health resources; Cesar Chavez Day

Andrew Pantazi
The Tributary

In Jacksonville, redistricting maps for local officials are moving forward despite protest. Gov. Ron DeSantis is bringing lawmakers back to Tallahassee next month for a special session. He has vetoed the redistricting maps. In this fight, published reports say the governor is not only trying to eliminate minority access districts in Florida but trying to weaken or overturn provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act itself.

Guest: Andrew Pantazi, of the Jax Tributary.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and members of the Downtown Exchange Club, Beaches Exchange Club and the Nassau County Exchange Club are once again participating in projects to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect. This Saturday, local Exchange Club members will gather at spots around town to plant ‘Pinwheels for Prevention’ gardens.

Guest: Jim Hanson, president of the Beaches Exchange Club.

Mental health resources

To combat the growing need for accessible mental health resources, Baptist Health and Wolfson Children’s Hospital are collaborating with Crisis Text Line, the nation’s largest text-based crisis-intervention service, to help make mental health support only a text away.

Guest: Terrie Andrews, Ph.D., vice president of Baptist and Wolfson Children’s Behavioral Health.

Cesar Chavez Day

Today is Cesar Chavez Day. It’s a U.S. federal commemorative holiday, proclaimed by President Barack Obama in 2014. Today, the Mexican Chamber of Commerce of Jacksonville is celebrating the one-year anniversary of City Council's unanimous vote to pass a resolution designating March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day in Jacksonville.

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Patrick Cantin is joining WJCT from the University of North Florida as a news intern for the fall 2020 semester.