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Confederate monument supporters in Tampa mourn its upcoming removal

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On Saturday morning, supporters of the Confederate monument in Tampa that is now slated to be moved to a cemetery in Brandon held a vigil to mourn its removal.  

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The Dream Defenders launches #SquaDD2016

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The Florida-based activist group Dream Defenders is debuting a “presidential cabinet,” dubbed #SquaDD2016, with the goal of “speaking truth to power by elevating the voices of young Black and Brown people.” According to the organization, “We organized #SquaDD2016 with the intention of conveying the message that we demand more from the Presidential Candidates, particularly those who benefit most from and claim to represent the voices of Black and Brown youth and communities, Hillary and Bernie. #SquaDD2016 used political theater as a means…

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Activists to rally against Klan tonight at Capitol; militia group vows counter-protest

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Amid reports of ongoing public recruitment efforts on the part of a Ku Klux Klan-affiliated group — this reporter received a pro-Klan flyer last month in midtown Tallahassee — the city’s chapter of Students for a Democratic Society will march from the campus of Florida State University to the state Capitol this evening as a public symbol of opposition to white supremacy in the capital city. “We’re out here because the KKK has been flyering in our neighborhoods, just minutes…

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ACLU & other groups now oppose police body camera bill in Tallahassee

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After the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of law enforcement agencies last year, there was a nationwide clamor for police officers to begin wearing body cameras as a way to provide transparency and accountability for both the police and the citizenry. President Obama announced $263 million in funding for law enforcement agencies to buy body-worn cameras and improve training, and police departments throughout the Tampa Bay area said they would begin implementing their usage as well.…

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