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Palestinian unity in the face of hardship

A street is shown in the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 18, 2021.
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A street is shown in the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 18, 2021.

The 65th annual American Federation of Ramallah convention was scheduled to take place in Ramallah, Palestine, but it was displaced by conflict. Instead, the convention will be moved to Jacksonville. We talk to the event’s organizers and keynote speakers about life in the American Palestinian community at a time of war.


Then, voices lifted in song to help raise awareness for local nonprofits. We are joined by members of the River City Chorus to discuss their free concert series and why this year’s event is dedicated to the Downtown Ecumenical Services Council.


  • Dale Choate, director of the River City Chorus.
  • David Clark, executive director of the Downtown Ecumenical Council Services.

And, a new JaxParks partnership brings free yoga to Friendship Fountain.


  • Dawn Clapp, studio manager for Hot Spot Power Yoga.
  • Bernard Sugar, yoga instructor.
  • Garrett Callis, program manager for Jax Parks.
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Jamie Valet has covered local news and entertainment in Northeast Florida/Southeast Georgia for over 25 years. One of her favorite roles was co-producing and booking guests for a live local talk show, "The Chat," which aired live weekdays on First Coast News. Jamie has a decade of experience working in corporate communications, most recently for IKEA U.S., where she was responsible for media relations, marketing, and external and internal communications in the Jacksonville market. She also has experience in the nonprofit sector, where she coordinated area events and managed multiple social media platforms. <br/><br/>