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Fighting hate speech; 'Traces, Voices of the Second Generation'; childhood obesity; What’s Good Wednesday

Members of the audience at a OneJax vigil begin lighting candles at a ceremony meant to push back against groups who malign those of the Jewish faith.
Dan Scanlan
Members of the audience at a OneJax vigil begin lighting candles at a ceremony meant to push back against groups that malign those of the Jewish faith.

Local officials are mobilizing to prevent more hate speech, which seems to be on display more and more often around Jacksonville.

The Jaguars’ playoff victory on Saturday night was once again marred by hate speech.

A swastika and a cross were projected onto the CSX building downtown, the latest message in a series of white supremacist messages that have been displayed around town during high-profile Jaguars games.

Republican City Councilman Rory Diamond, District 13, says he’ll sponsor legislation that would impose penalties on parties responsible for hate speech. District 5 Republican LeAnna Gutierrez Cumber is also set to introduce legislation targeting this “awful antisemitism.”


Giving voice to the children of Holocaust survivors

The film "Traces, Voices of the Second Generation" gives voice to the children of Holocaust survivors as they bring to light their personal stories.

The resilient “second generation survivors” share their parents’ remarkable accounts of surviving history’s darkest evils. They reveal how the Holocaust affected their lives through its generational and inherited effects.

Stacey Goldring, filmmaker and founder of Searching for Identity, produced "Traces, Voices of the Second Generation" to inspire all of us to join the resilient “second generation survivors” and ensure these stories and their influence on the next generation are remembered.


New guidance on treating childhood obesity

Children with obesity should be offered more intensive treatment options earlier, including therapy and medication, according to the leading U.S. pediatricians group.

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ new guidance on childhood obesity, the first in 15 years, moves away from “watchful waiting,” or delaying treatment to see if children outgrow obesity.

A local doctor played a role in this new study.

Guest: Dr. Madeline Joseph, medical director at the UF Pediatric Weight Management Center, UF College of Medicine Jacksonville, and local district chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

What’s Good Wednesday

  • The Florida Forest Service’s Waccasassa Forestry Center will celebrate Prescribed Fire Awareness Week next week with the second Flatwoods Fire and Nature Festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 28 at the UF/IFAS Austin Cary Forest Campus, 10625 NW Waldo Road, north of Gainesville. The event is a celebration of Florida’s forests and the role of fire in maintaining and enhancing their beauty, diversity and habitat value.
  • The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum, a longstanding fixture of historic Aviles Street, will relaunch “I Lived Here, As Well” Black History Tours. “I Lived Here, As Well — Together” will run Jan. 19 through Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings. The tour is open to the public, led by costumed historical actors, and lasts about 60 minutes.
  • Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a 2023 lunar new year celebration hosted by the Jacksonville Chinese Association. The event takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday in Room 3703 (ballroom) of the John A. Delaney Student Union building at the University of North Florida.
  • The city of Atlantic Beach, a Tree City USA designee, invites the community to join in the celebration of Arbor Day on Friday. The festivities will begin at 9 a.m. in front of the police station (at the five-way) with opening remarks by Mayor Curtis Ford and Mark Gabrynowicz, the chair of the Environmental Stewardship Committee. Atlantic Beach Elementary School Principal Kim Gallagher will then introduce the school’s Going Green Club, and the Arbor Day flag-raising will follow.
  • Attendees are then invited to walk to Atlantic Beach Elementary School, where a tree-planting will be held on the back side of the school off of Poinsettia Street, before walking to Bull Park, where a Heritage Tree plaque will be unveiled.
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Special Projects Producer Brendan Rivers joined WJCT News in August of 2018 after several years as a reporter and then News Director at Southern Stone Communications, which owns and operates several radio stations in the Daytona Beach area.