Northside Coalition

Wells Todd holds a microphone in front of the Duval County Courthouse.
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Several dozen advocates for police reform gathered peacefully outside the Duval County Courthouse Wednesday night in response to the verdict earlier this week in the Minneapolis murder trial of Derek Chauvin, convicted of killing George Floyd. 

Protesters hold signs outside of DCPS main offices.
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Progressive activists are continuing the fight to change the names of nine Jacksonville schools, this time at the main offices of the Duval County Schools District. 

Outside of the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office on Jacksonville's Northside.
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Following a report by WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union that cited rules violations, Duval County Canvassing Board Chair Brent Shore has resigned from his role

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
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After a summer of protests, with local activist groups calling for more accountability and transparency from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, one city councilman is introducing legislation to form a citizen review board.

Ben Frazier, along with other acitivsts, holding their fists in the air at the steps of City Hall.
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A group of local activists spoke outside Jacksonville City Hall Friday morning, demanding a timeline for the removal of Confederate monuments throughout the city that was promised last month and a dialogue between themselves and local leadership. 

People holding up a Northside Coalition sign, someone in the back holding up another sign, outside of the courthouse
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Nine Jacksonville African American Civic and Social Organizations are urging the black members of the City Council to form a Black Caucus to represent underserved communities in the city. 

Three people holding signs that read "Kalil Resign Now", "Florida Bar Investigate" and "Justice For All" out in front of the courthouse, next to the street.
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Protestors from Jacksonville’s NAACP and the Northside Coalition circled the Duval County Courthouse in their cars with horns blaring on Tuesday, calling for recently elected Circuit Judge Michael Kalil to resign.

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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).

WJCT

Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Northside Coalition of Jacksonville members Ben Frazier and Wells Todd about their upcoming rally calling for the removal of Confederate monuments from public places on the First Coast (01:14).  

We were also joined by Sharika Cunningham, assistant director of Stompdown, which is coming to the Florida Theatre Saturday (46:00). 


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Leaders of Jacksonville’s Northside African-American community on Friday held a town hall to consider their response a traffic stop in which a Jacksonville police officer allegedly drew his gun on a Fernandina Beach minister and his nephew.

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Around 75 people turned out Thursday night for Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams’s update on the future of police body cameras in Duval County.

Safety Plan For Deadly New Kings Road In The Works

Dec 9, 2016
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A state plan is in the works to make New Kings Road more safe.

Five pedestrians have been hit and killed on the Northside roadway over the last couple of months News4Jax reported.