Jacksonville Progressive Coalition

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Thursday on First Coast Connect, on the heels of the deadly weekend in Jacksonville there are more calls to address the roots of Jacksonville’s gun violence.

We spoke with Ben Frazer from the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville, Wells Todd from the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition and Atlas Rankin, pastor of the New Life Community Church (01:10).  

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with local civil rights activists Ben Frazier and Wells Todd about the NAACP Legal Defense Fund investigating how Jacksonville police hand out tickets for jaywalking (01:00).

We spoke with Jacksonville’s Director of Neighborhoods Stephanie Burch and Director of Blight Initiatives Denise Lee on the upcoming Neighborhood and Community Summit (30:26).

We heard about the upcoming A Night at Roy’s to raise funds for the Monique Burr Foundation with Program Director Stacy Pendarvis (38:18).

Cole Pepper talked about a busy week for the Jaguars and the latest regarding the Armada (46:00).

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Jacksonville progressive activists are asking city Finance Committee Chairman Garrett Dennis to gut Mayor Lenny Curry’s plan to beef up the city’s police force.

Curry is recommending adding as many as 100 new officers, he said, to make neighborhoods safer.

But the Jacksonville Community Action Committee is arguing that more officers don’t equal less crime.


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Progressive activists say they’re keeping the pressure on State Attorney Melissa Nelson to drop charges against downtown protesters after an incident in Hemming Park earlier this month.

Members of the Progressive Coalition are framing Nelson’s handling of the “Jax Five” as the first real test of her career as the area’s top prosecutor.


  Monday on “First Coast Connect” we heard reaction to the Hemming Park protest Friday that turned violent, leading to six arrests. We discussed the event with Jacksonville Progressive Coalition members Wells Todd and Karen Morian and attorney John Phillips. We also heard about The Wall That Heals coming to Metropolitan Park later this week with the City of Jacksonville Public Affairs Director Bill Spann, WJCT board member Dan Bean and representative from Vietnam Vets local 1046 Bob Adelhelm. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and we spoke with neurologist from UF Health Jacksonville Dr. Odinachi Oguh, activist Jennifer Otero and Parkinson’s patient Bill Wilson  


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Six people were arrested Friday when a protest downtown against the U.S. firing missiles at a Syrian airbase turned violent.

Video of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s officers taking protestors to the ground has been shared around the world, including London’s Daily Mail.

On Saturday, protesters gathered in front of the Duval County Courthouse demanding the charges against those arrested be dropped.

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With the ouster of Angela Corey, eight years of tense relations between the state attorney’s office and Jacksonville progressive groups might be coming to an end.

Melissa Nelson will take control of the office in January after campaigning on promises of reform and accountability.


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The Jacksonville Progressive Coalition led a protest in Hemming Park Friday against the policies of Republican State Attorney Angela Corey.


Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Jacksonville progressive groups say State Attorney Angela Corey’s approach to juvenile justice should disqualify her from holding public office.

The coalition is calling on Governor Rick Scott to remove her.