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Celebrating Freedom: May 20 Florida Emancipation Day

Celebrating Freedom: May 20 Florida Emancipation Day

VoxPopuli talks with Orange County NAACP President Tiffany Hughes about their mission to have Orange County cities issue proclamations that mark the day Florida's Black enslaved population was freed.

The FCC wants to pay your Internet bill. Really.

The FCC wants to pay your Internet bill. Really.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit aims to close the digital divide with $50-a-month payments for Internet service, plus $100 toward new computer equipment.

CDC’s eviction moratorium may end next week

CDC’s eviction moratorium may end next week

VoxPopuli talks with Jeffrey Hussey from Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida about what comes next.

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

Brave New Films' new documentary (free on YouTube) examines how the misdemeanor system grew out of post-Civil War Black Codes laws and is still disproportionately controlling Black and Brown lives today.

 Controversial GOP voting bill passes Florida Senate; heads to House

Controversial GOP voting bill passes Florida Senate; heads to House

Passed largely along party lines, the GOP-backed bill curbs voting by mail and drop box use; imposes more ID requirements and makes it a crime to hand out water.

Controversial GOP voting restrictions bill clears Florida Senate panel; heads to floor

Controversial GOP voting restrictions bill clears Florida Senate panel; heads to floor

Born of Republicans' 2020 election fraud lie, SB 90 is one step closer to becoming law. Proponents say it makes elections more secure. Critics say the provisions in the bill will make voting unnecessarily difficult for many Floridians.

“The Republicans won't even give this bill a hearing"

“The Republicans won't even give this bill a hearing"

Freshman Florida Rep. Andrew Learned (D) wanted to establish a nonpartisan council to examine the socio-economic issues underlying driver's license suspensions for nonpayment of court debt — something that disproportionately affects low-income and communities of color. He just couldn't get it on a committee agenda.

Bipartisan education bill may let students test in their native languages; improve graduation rates

Bipartisan education bill may let students test in their native languages; improve graduation rates

VoxPopuli talks with Johanna Lopez, Alianza Center executive director and OCPS school board member, about how this proposed legislation helps level the academic playing field for non-native English speakers.

Florida House OKs controversial DeSantis-supported bill that critics say will stifle free speech, peaceable assembly

Florida House OKs controversial DeSantis-supported bill that critics say will stifle free speech, peaceable assembly

Along party lines, the Republican-dominated Florida House easily approved a controversial bill that critics say would chill free speech and dissent and criminalize peaceful protest. The legislation has attracted significant opposition from many civil justice groups, student organizations and other activists.

So, what is critical race theory? Here's what you need to know

So, what is critical race theory? Here's what you need to know

American University antiracist scholar Dr. Traci Dennis on why critical race theory doesn't make students "hate their country" — no matter what Gov. DeSantis says

Puerto Rican leaders gather with state legislators for virtual "Puerto Rico Day in Tallahassee" conference; you can tune in too

Puerto Rican leaders gather with state legislators for virtual "Puerto Rico Day in Tallahassee" conference; you can tune in too

The March 17 conference will address inequities with Covid-19 vaccine distribution, voting rights, and housing insecurity, along with proposed legislation that may impact the Hispanic community.

Florida House subcommittee clears bill that would limit debt-based driver’s license suspensions

Florida House subcommittee clears bill that would limit debt-based driver’s license suspensions

A Florida subcommittee on Friday unanimously cleared legislation that would curtail driver’s license suspensions because Floridians couldn’t pay a fine or court fee that is unrelated to a driving incident.

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