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Nazis at Disney; mental health; affordable housing; RAW Talks

More than a dozen members of Jacksonville's Jewish community showed support for legislation to combat hate speech in January 2023.
Will Brown
Jacksonville Today
More than a dozen members of Jacksonville's Jewish community showed support for legislation to combat hate speech in January 2023.

Visitors looking for a fun-filled day at the Magic Kingdom were greeted Saturday with Nazi flags. About 15 people with flags displaying Nazi insignia gathered outside Walt Disney World in Orlando for about two hours, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Others displayed messaging in support of Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The U.S. is dealing with record highs of violence and hate speech directed at Jewish communities. According to the Anti-Defamation League, 3,697 antisemitic incidents were recorded in 2022, a 36% increase compared with 2021 and the highest number since the ADL started keeping statistics in 1979.

Claire Goforth covers hate and extremism in Florida for the Daily Dot and joined us in the studio.

Mental health

Concerns continue to grow about the effect social media has on the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents.

According to a new national survey conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of The On Our Sleeves Movement For Children’s Mental Health, half of parents of children younger than 18 feel their children’s mental health has suffered during the past 12 months because of social media use.

Today we spoke with Terrie Andrews, vice president of Baptist Behavioral Health.

Affordable housing

Ability Housing recently announced plans to bring a new affordable housing community to St. Johns County.

Villages of New Augustine will be Ability Housing's first development in St. Johns County. The community will have 92 units across four apartment buildings, plus amenities like a community center, computer lab, library, flexible space for workshops, training and events, outdoor recreational facilities and a walking trail.

With more information, we welcomed CEO Shannon Nazworth.

RAW Talks

Bob Arleigh White is back in town for RAW Talks at Babs Lab for two nights only — today and Wednesday.

He gave us a preview of what to expect — and if you’ve been to a past RAW Talks, you know it’s to expect the unexpected.

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Cortnye Jackson is a senior at the University of North Florida. She is majoring in multimedia journalism. Outside of class, she has her own business where she customizes pens for any occasion. After graduation, Cortnye hopes to work in the radio side of journalism or become a news anchor.