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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we heard about the upcoming Florida Refugee Cup soccer match, held to highlight the importance of refugees and immigrants to the Jacksonville community, with ANSL League Director Josh Kimball, Coach of the Jax Eagles and Florida Eagles soccer teams Henry Howard, and Florida Immigrant Coalition refugee organizer Basma Alawee (01:05).

Blekic family via The Florida-Times Union

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we talked about the fate of the Blekic family, who, despite following all the rules while living on the First Coast for 10 years, were denied asylum status and deported back to Bosnia. We spoke with Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods, who has been following the family, and Professor Ericka Curran, who runs the immigration clinic at Florida Coastal School of Law.

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Dr. Jeff Goldhagen, Professor and Chief, Division of Community and Societal Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville on the trauma children are experiencing after being taken away from their parents at the U.S./Mexico border (01:09).     

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we discussed the controversy over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy with Stephanie Mickle and Katie Ross with Mickle Public Affairs (01:16).   

Travis Trice (far right), pictured with Elaine Carson (left) and World Relief Jacksonville CEO Jose Vega, compares the refugee vetting process to "torture."
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Monday on First Coast Connect  we spoke with Travis Trice with World Relief Jacksonville about the work the organization does to help refugees who relocate to the First Coast and some upcoming fundraisers to benefit the group’s efforts (01:09).

Florida Immigrant Coalition


Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Basma Alawee from the Florida Immigrant Coalition on recent national news regarding immigrants and what they are doing to help refugees in Florida (01:13).

Our latest edition of Art Attack featured:

 

Shawana Brooks with the Jacksonville Public Library

Adonnia Toler, Ritz Museum Administrator and Curator

Christa Sylla, director of Culture Moves101 Nan Nkama, Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble

Hope McMath, former Cummer Museum director and founder of Yellow House (30:53).   

Phase 8 Theatre Company founder JaMario Stills and actress Myles Para told us about their upcoming presentation of the play Noises Off (46:00).

Kerry Speckman told us about some of the upcoming events in Jacksonville (48:02).   

       

 

Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Florida Times-Union Tallahassee Bureau Chief Tia Mitchell (01:15) regarding her recent column regarding a rift between the Florida Democratic chairman and African-American officials and if the party takes them for granted. Local attorney David Ward and director of World Relief-Jacksonville Jose Vega (23:02) discussed the refugee crisis and the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the hold on President Trump’s travel ban. Servpro chief operations manager Chandler St. Peter (44:31) told us about environmentally friendly ways to prepare for hurricane season. 


       

Today on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed how Jacksonville helps refugees from around the world with Michelle Karolak, director of the Refugee Resettlement Program for the diocese of St. Augustine; Tracy Kovach, program director for the Children’s Refugee Program Project; Akbar Hakim Zoda, who immigrated from Afghanistan in 2001 and works with Catholic Charities; and caseworker Siamand Ando (01:08), who immigrated from Iraq in 2010. We also spoke with Michael Casey Kocijan (36:26) about a new book detailing the life of his father, former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Hugh Casey. 


World Relief Jacksonville

It’s been less than a week since the U.S. State Department quietly alerted refugee resettlement organizations it was lifting a weekly quota of refugees entering the country.

But officials at one local resettlement nonprofit said the move is nothing more than a temporary reprieve.

Florida Bill Would Pull State Out Of Federal Refugee Resettlement Program

Mar 10, 2017
Dima Vitanova

Florida is the largest recipient of refugees in the U.S, welcoming more than 62,000 refugees last year. That’s according to the Florida Department of Children and Families. 


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Florida House of Representatives

Florida House members took the first step Thursday in seeking to withdraw Florida from a federal refugee-assistance program.

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Hundreds of people protested Tuesday in front of the Duval County Courthouse before marching to City Hall.

The “no human is illegal” protesters rallied against President Trump’s order to temporarily ban travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.


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Jacksonville is the primary hub for refugees entering Florida through the U.S. Department of State program.

Many River City natives aren’t aware how hard it can be for their new neighbors to adapt to life on the First Coast.

A University of North Florida professor is aiming to change that by getting her students to walk a mile in a refugee’s shoes.

World Relief Jacksonville

A bill to slow the flow of refugees may not have reached the governor's desk, but its impact will still be felt by those looking to resettle in Florida.

Republican Representative Lake Ray’s measure was aimed creating stricter guidelines before allowing Syrian refugees to relocate to Florida.


We see headlines and controversy about immigrants and refugees coming into this country, but what are their experiences really like?

TEDxFSCJ will explore the topic Wednesday night in its first Salon of 2016, a selection of TED Talks on the immigrant and refugee experience. This event, titled "Immigrants, Refugees and Jacksonville’s Muslim-American Community," will feature a number of local voices.

We preview the event, and discuss the lives of Jacksonville's refugee and Muslim-American populations, with Dr. Paul Hendrickson, Assistant Professor of Speech Communication at FSCJ’s Deerwood Campus; Ranna Abduljawad, member of Floridians Responding to Refugees; and UNF professor Parvez Ahmed, with the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida.


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