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Say his name: Jean “Samuel” Celestin

On this third anniversary of his death, keep the hope of justice alive

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By
Norine Dworkin

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

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Florida Bound

Banning abortion after 15 weeks, GOP lawmakers show the bill is about controlling women. They won’t stop there.

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By
Cindy Marie Jenkins

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

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The casualties are piling up from the Republican Party’s War on Knowledge

The GOP has adopted a strange definition of ‘freedom’ by proposing legislation that would essentially restrict the freedom to learn real history.

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By
Diane Roberts

Monday, January 31, 2022

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OCPS and the censoring of middle and high-school libraries

One man grabbed the spotlight at a fall school board meeting. Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins caved. Now LGBTQ and certain BIPOC books can’t be found in school libraries, and bills to make that permanent are under consideration in the Florida Legislature.

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Stephana Ferrell

Thursday, January 13, 2022

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$25 is a gift card — not a cost of living increase

With inflation, OCPS’ proposed teacher contract doesn’t even cover the costs for teachers to live in our communities.

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By
Eric Grimmer

Monday, December 27, 2021

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What Kwanzaa means for Black Americans

Kwanzaa is not just any Black holiday — it's a recognition that knowledge of Black history is worthwhile.

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By
Frank Dobson

Sunday, December 19, 2021

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Confederate Christmas ornaments are smaller than statues – but they send the same racist message

Christmas ornaments are among the seemingly charming souvenirs sold to commemorate many places in the American South. And while these keepsakes may seem apolitical, their very circulation enables Confederate myths and symbols to become “normal” features of people’s daily lives.

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By
Nicole Maurantonio

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

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Book banning isn’t "liberty”

After the Orlando Sentinel’s splashy Sunday spread on Moms For Liberty, SPEAKUp’s co-founder had to speak out against censorship.

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Stephana Ferrell

Thursday, November 25, 2021

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November Pogroms

Why we have to mark painful anniversaries like the Ocoee Massacre and Kristallnacht. Yes, every year.

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By
Norine Dworkin

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

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Learning is for commie-pinko wokesters and we don’t need any of it around here

We, the white, God-fearing, Trump-loving, Tucker-watching moms and dads of America are getting our own selves involved in the book-learning process, and if we have to crack a few heads and tweet out a few death threats, we will.

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By
Diane Roberts

Monday, November 1, 2021

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Why are highly educated Republicans like Gov. DeSantis so anti-education?

Florida’s governor sees universities as dangerous sites of elitist dissent against the divinely revealed truth that America is the greatest country ever, and American history is one long triumph piled on triumph.

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By
Diane Roberts

Monday, October 4, 2021

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This Labor Day, let’s renew our commitment to students, educators and public schools

Florida’s teachers rank 48th in the nation in average teacher pay, and wages for support staff rank near the bottom as well. Teachers and staff want job security, so they don’t face the threat of losing their employment when they speak up for kids. They want respect for their expertise and experience and to be able to make decisions.

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By
Andrew Spar

Monday, September 6, 2021

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Martin Luther King, Jr.