Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill passes first reading in Senate Committee, is met with community protest
Protestors marched up the John Ringling Bridge at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 27, each holding up a 700-foot long pride flag, some also carrying signs.

Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill passes first reading in Senate Committee, is met with community protest

Florida House Bill 1557: “Parental Rights in Education” quickly gained the nickname “Don’t Say Gay Bill” by opponents and LGBTQ+ activists when it was first proposed on Jan. 11, 2022. On top of requiring school district boards to “reinforce [the] fundamental right of parents to…

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Unbanning Maus with Professor Jessica Young
A crowd of students and faculty gathered in the library on Feb. 17 to do a group reading of several selected pages from Maus.

Unbanning Maus with Professor Jessica Young

On Jan. 10, approximately two weeks before Holocaust Memorial day, the McMinn Country School Board in Tennessee unanimously voted to ban Art Speigelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus. As part of what some have identified as a larger effort to censor books dealing with critical…

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Kimberly Cox’s charges officially dropped, organizers celebrate and demand apology
Kimberly Cox on the Manatee County Courthouse at an Oct. 23 protest in order to have her charges dropped.

Kimberly Cox’s charges officially dropped, organizers celebrate and demand apology

The Women’s Voices of South West Florida (WVSWF) have announced an exciting victory for organizers in the fight for reproductive rights—on Nov. 12, Kimberly Cox’s charges were officially dropped. For those not familiar with the troubling saga, Kimberly Cox was arrested some weeks ago at…

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New Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo likely to be loyal to DeSantis’ coronavirus approaches
Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo standing with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

New Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo likely to be loyal to DeSantis’ coronavirus approaches

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has found a replacement for Dr. Scott Rivkees—whose contract as Florida Surgeon General recently expired—in Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a proponent of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin, and an opponent of masks, vaccine mandates and lockdowns. As Florida Surgeon General, Ladapo will have primary…

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The takeover of Afghanistan: how history repeats itself
A map demonstrating how the Taliban has gained near complete control of Afghanistan since Aug. 16. Photo courtesy of BBC.

The takeover of Afghanistan: how history repeats itself

On Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, the Taliban had successfully taken control of the presidential palace, thus finalizing their takeover of Afghanistan. The Taliban’s expedient takeover took place over a matter of days—as U.S. forces pulled out of the region and Afghani security forces trained and…

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Middle school science teacher and democratic socialist Richie Floyd running for St. Pete city council
The homepage of Richie Floyd's website, including a headshot.

Middle school science teacher and democratic socialist Richie Floyd running for St. Pete city council

St. Petersburg’s citywide general election is rapidly approaching in just under a month, and one candidate has amassed attention and success during the August primary election—self-described “unabashed democratic socialist” Richie Floyd. Previously a middle school science teacher and now running for the District 8 City…

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Manatee County to protest anti-abortion legislation on Oct. 2
Pro-choice demonstrators gathered in the Manatee County Commissioner chambers on Aug 24. Photo courtesy of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Manatee County to protest anti-abortion legislation on Oct. 2

A new wave of anti-abortion legislation headed by district and state policymakers in Texas has successfully enacted laws that dramatically inhibit access to safe reproductive care. SB8, a Texas law that took effect on Sep. 1, prohibits all abortions procedures taken after just six weeks…

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DeSantis versus Florida schools: the continued battle for mask mandates
Governor DeSantis has been at odds with President Biden over the past week on the subject of mandatory masks and COVID-19 vaccines.

DeSantis versus Florida schools: the continued battle for mask mandates

As of Sept. 20, Florida has had a total of 3,503,976 COVID-19 cases and 51,884 COVID-19 related deaths, with a seven-day average of 7,227 cases and 376 deaths. Every county in Florida also qualifies as an “area of substantial or high transmission” of COVID-19 according…

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Elections across Florida and how to participate
The deadline to register for an upcoming election is 29 days before that election, according to registertovoteflorida.gov.

Elections across Florida and how to participate

Several municipal and special elections are taking place in Florida in the coming months. For residents of these towns and counties who wish to have their voices heard, it is essential to understand how to register to vote in these elections, what offices are up…

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