CF100: 2016 07 31 – Who We Love & Voting on Sunshine

Each week the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read normally all of this week’s 100-word responses when there are published online  usually Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday edition while the on-line comments are available a day or two before.

What was the biggest story of the week?

What a joy to watch Commissioner Patty Sheehan beautifully describe our community’s strengths and challenges to Secretary Clinton. Her work in the weeks since Pulse has been outstanding. During the conversation, she sat next to Imam Muhammad Musri who has tirelessly shared moderate Muslims condemnation of violence and commitment to peace. Sheehan was rightly proud saying, “Hating another group of people is not the answer. Hating a Muslim is the same as hating a gay person, and hating a Hispanic person, or hating any person because of their background…. We’ve got to start being defined by who we love.”

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

Here in the Sunshine State we have not one but two chances to vote on sunshine in the upcoming elections. Sadly, the ballot question process once again conspires to confuse voters. As someone with solar panels on my roof this frustrates me. The question on our August ballot deserves our support. It encourages homeowners to install solar panels. The question that will appear on our November ballot is an energy industry ploy to limit our use of this abundant, clean and renewal energy source. Having trouble keeping it straight? Match the letters. Aye in August. Nay in November. Shine on!


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CF100: 2016 07 24 – Twilight Sparkle & Signs of the Times

Each week the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read normally all of this week’s 100-word responses when there are published online  usually Saturday (Note: convention coverage seems to be making obscuring the online versions, just now). For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday edition while the on-line comments are available a day or two before. My entry on campaign signs appears in print this week.

What was the biggest story of the week?

The rancorous election season got a breath of fresh air when staff writer Meredith McIver disclosed that Michelle Obama is someone Melania Trump “has always liked.” Elections highlight our differences, yet this speaks to our common humanity. Sadly, this was not before the Trump campaign and RNC had a chance to utter complete nonsense in their denial and defense. Particularly odd was RNC’s Sean Spicer’s comparison of what both women said to My Little Pony, Twilight Sparkle. His tone was demeaning, of the pony, and by association the women. I’m giving the win on this one to the ladies.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

(Note: This is a repeat from last week since the on-line tool didn’t pick up this entry last week.)

Campaign signs of all types will continue to appear as political conversations take place, VP choices are announced, and local primaries enter the pre-election month. Let’s hope that signs don’t also disappear. Too often, people think that removing (i.e. stealing) the signs of opposing candidates is a wise tactic. It is not. Not only is it mean-spirited and petty, it is illegal. Let’s support our chosen candidates by lifting them up… not by tearing others down.


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CF100: 2016 07 17 – #SitInForThe49 & Signs of the Times

Each week the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses when there are published online, usually Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday edition while the on-line comments are available a day or two before.

What was the biggest story of the week?

Monday’s #SitInForThe49 drew attention to much needed gun reform and the need to keep our communities safe and free from discrimination of all kinds. A diverse coalition occupied the atrium of the building housing Senator Marco Rubio’s Orlando office, maintaining a presence of 70-80 from 10:00am-7:00pm. The group presented the senator’s office with a list of demands and invited a representative from the office meet with the group in the atrium, which they eventually did. Upon eviction, 10 brave members of the coalition chose to be arrested, demonstrating their commitment to ending the epidemic of violence plaguing our country.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

Campaign signs of all types will continue to appear as political conversations take place, VP choices are announced, and local primaries enter the pre-election month. Let’s hope that signs don’t also disappear. Too often, people think that removing (i.e. stealing) the signs of opposing candidates is a wise tactic. It is not. Not only is it mean-spirited and petty, it is illegal. Let’s support our chosen candidates by lifting them up… not by tearing others down.


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Keep Dancing, Orlando

“1U is working hard to be part of the solution to disarm hatred on many fronts, and in many ways. Though the work is challenging and likely will continue for a long time, we believe the work must also contain joy. And so, on the one month anniversary of the Pulse shooting, in honor of the victims of this horror, we join in celebrating life the way they did-DANCING.”

Pleases and spread the love, then donate to OneOrlando.org.

You can see videos made by other groups at Keep Dance Orlando!

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CF100: 2016 07 10 – Finding Unity & Reducing Guns

Each week the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses when there are published online, usually Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday edition while the on-line comments are available a day or two before.

What was the biggest story of the week?

Orlando is not alone in our grief at the violence in our world. Attacks, by people claiming a religion they do not in reality practice, continue to target innocent people worldwide. News of black men killed by law enforcement continues to draw attention to the statistical reality of a justice system needing reform. Disturbing language continues to fuel division and cultivate misplaced anger and hatred. Yet, here in Orlando we find a united community as we reap the blessings of long-term work at every level to create a more compassionate community. May our commitment deepen and continue to grow.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

Those who understand that now is the time to make our state and our country safer will continue to pressure legislators to enact responsible gun regulations. Politicians, catering to a rich and vocal minority, continue to resist. Yet, the pressure will continue until the violence is ended. It is only by acting that we can prevent needless future tragedy. By acting, we can make sure that those who should not have access to guns don’t. By acting, we can ensure that guns whose only purpose is massive destruction of human life are accessible to no one.

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CF100: 2016 07 03 – More Angels & Fewer Guns

Each week the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses when there are published online, usually Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday edition while the on-line comments are available a day or two before.

What was the biggest story of the week?

This week, I feel in love with angel wings. Such a beautiful symbol that love can overcome hate. They not only kept WBC out of view at local Pulse funerals, they then flew to Columbus, OH, where the annual General Assembly of Unitarian Universalist Association was meeting. Because of our historic stand in support of LGBT+ justice, WBC had announced plans to protest our gathering as well. The angels made short work of their visit and then flew back to Orlando to stand, with a total assembly of 50, around the Sennef Plaza as beautiful witness to lives lost.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

A coalition of community groups and leaders, led by the League of Women Voters, sent a letter, which I signed, to the Florida legislature, calling for a special session to pass responsible gun legislation in the wake of the Pulse tragedy. The letter asks that this session be called by July 4. The news to watch is whether the Legislature will act on the clear will of the people or continue to ignore it.  It is time we take all guns out the hands of some people and some guns out of the hands of all people.


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CF100: 2016 06 26 – Angels & Bears

Each week the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses when there are published online, usually Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday edition while the on-line comments are available a day or two before.

What was the biggest story of the week?

This week, angel wings provided comfort and privacy to those mourning friends and loved ones lost in the Pulse shooting. A hate group, well known for its picketing of the funerals of LGBT+ service people, came to town to disrupt funerals. But it was not to be. The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre fashioned giant angel wings that when worn by people standing in a row, created a beautiful shield against the ugliness that had come to town. This, in addition to an overwhelming counter protest, silenced the hate and sent it quickly on its way out of our town.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

In the weeks ahead Florida bears can rest assured that they are safe from hunters for another year. The 4-3 vote by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission allows non-lethal methods to continue to help ease tensions between the native bear population and the growing human population… for now.


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