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Amended complaint filed to remove Confederate monuments; 'The U.S. and the Holocaust'; Hispanic Heritage Month; local sports

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Bob Self
Florida Times-Union
Civil rights activist, Earl M. Johnson Jr. is asking a federal judge for an order blocking the city of Jacksonville from adopting budgets that spend any money on maintenance of preservation of tributes or memorials to Confederates or the Confederacy, including street signs carrying Confederate names.

A new amended complaint has been filed in federal court seeking the removal of dozens of monuments to the Confederacy across North and Central Florida — 10 of which are in Duval County.

The lawsuit, which names Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, claims that keeping the monuments up at taxpayer expense is a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 13th Amendment, the 14th Amendment due process clause and more.

Guest: Earl Johnson Jr., community activist.

'The U.S. and the Holocaust'

Americans consider themselves a “nation of immigrants,” but as the catastrophe of the Holocaust unfolded in Europe, the United States proved unwilling to open its doors to more than a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking refuge.

This story is being told on PBS Television this week in a new documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. "The U.S. and the Holocaust" is a three-part, six-hour series that examines America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the 20th century. Part Two airs tomorrow on JAX PBS.

It screens just as a new report documents the rise of extremism and anti-Semitism in Florida and as the national debate over immigration intensifies.

At the same time, a new documentary from Stacey Goldring examines the effect of the Holocaust on the second generation of survivors.

Guest: Stacey Goldring, producer.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is underway, and the city is celebrating with events around town.

Guest: Monica Hernandez, president, First Coast Hispanic Chamber.

Local sports

WJCT Sports Analyst Josh Torres joined us with his analysis of the Jags’ first win of the season against the Indianapolis Colts.

Guest: Josh Torres, WJCT sports analyst.

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