CF100: 2016 05 22 – Fringe and More Fringe

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 here . 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?

The start of the Fringe Festival has everyone talking. What are you seeing? Which shows are not to be missed? Personally, I like to include a few risks on my agenda – take in a new or unknown offering – support something that might just be a good first outing. Of course, I’ll check out the popular shows, too. While most people talk about shows that are outrageous or hilarious, there is much that is tender and deeply insightful woven through the festivities. The good news is the festival continues through May 30 so you still have time to join the fun!

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

More Fringe!


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CF100: 2016 04 30 – Profiling

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 here . 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 Tubman comments were selected fro publication this week.


What was the biggest story of the week?

We want folks to report suspicious and potentially dangerous activity. We want law enforcement to take such reports seriously. The problem is exaggerated ideas about what is suspicious and potentially dangerous and responses that exacerbate rather than deescalate situations. We don’t know the catalyst that sparked an unfortunate social media alert in a UCF library this week. It may have been as simply as prayer or finals frustration. We do know it triggered a police response. While those involved reflect on their responses, we can all work to create a climate in which simple catalysts needs not generate oversized responses.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

No submission.


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CF100: 2016 04 24 – Harriet Tubman & Earth Day

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 here . 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 Tubman comments were selected fro publication this week.


What was the biggest story of the week?

Harriet Tubman will grace the front of our $20 bills in the not too distant future according to a decision announced this week. While many opinions were offered in recent years as options were considered, this choice is a good one. In honoring Tubman, we honor not only a women but also a former slave who was an activist and organizer. It is understandable that we honor presidents and those within the system. It is also right and good that we honor those who challenge the system, calling us to our highest values and to the nation we should be.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

As we wrap up our Earth Day celebrations, let’s hope the future leads to sustained efforts to create a sustainable future for Central Florida. A jump in the number of organizations at Central Florida Earth Day bodes well, as does increasing collaboration between groups. Environmental and climate issues are what design thinkers call “wicked” problems. They defy simple solutions and often require actions that seem contradictory. No one has all the answers, but working together, with our various skills, knowledge, and perspectives, we can create a peaceful, just, and sustainable future for our community and our world.


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CF100: 2016 04 17 – Film Festival & Community

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 here. 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?

Over the last week the 25th Florida Film Festival has provided a wonderful opportunity to view and discuss films that would not otherwise come our way. With over 170 current, independent, and international cinema, there’s more than any one person can take in but there’s certainly no ways anyone can say they didn’t have anything to do this week.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

In Central Florida we have a little break from the national storm that is dicey on all sides and an embarrassment on some. Presidential campaigning has highlighted different views of the kind of nation we want to be – not just in the policies we wish to enact but also in the way we treat one another and the way we engage our differences. What I find heartening is the number of local organizations and schools that are sponsoring events aimed at helping us engage difference in ways that are productive and that build rather than destroy community. Keep it up!


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CF100: 2016 04 10 – BETA Center & Earth Day

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 here. 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?

The BETA Center provided love, support, and education for pregnant teens for 44 years. Now their doors are closing. The decision is financial but other factors are also at play. Better information for young people means our region has seen a drop in teen pregnancy. Additionally, society is more accepting. These young women have more options and more services available. Still, the closing leaves a void that others (that’s us) will need to fill. One option is to stop the attacks on women and reproductive services coming out of Tallahassee. Information and services improve lives and sometimes even save them.d.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

It’s April! Central Florida is celebrating Earth Day! Winter Park holds its “Earth Day in the Park” today, Sunday, April 10 (Central Park, 11:00am-3:00pm). Orlando’s offering, the 11th Annual “Central Florida Earth Day” with over 20,000 attendees and 250+ exhibitors, takes place April 23 (Lake Eola, 10:00am-6:00pm). Casselberry wraps up the month with their “Earth Fest” on Saturday, April 30th (Secret Lake Park until 8pm). Florida’s water issues, climate change, and other environmental challenges mean every day must be Earth Day. Still, these festivities allow us to meet others who share our concerns, learn from one another, and unite in action.


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CF100: 2016 04 03 – Reproductive Justice & Intersectionality

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 here. 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 women and their advocates tried to get their heads around the draconian restrictions on reproductive health care passed by the Florida legislature and signed into law by the governor. In a vain attempt to justify his signing HB1411, the governor’s office distributed a press release. Its alleged facts are distortions and misrepresentations (read a detailed response to the press release on Planned Parenthood’s website.)  In reality, HB1411 has greatly reduced the availability of preventative services across our state with a significant impact of those most in need and in areas where other services are hard to find.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

April 4th marks the 48th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Central Florida has been marking the 50th anniversaries of milestones of the Civil Rights Movement. As these celebrations of progress continue, we note that in the two years before his death, King was connecting issues of racism, poverty, and war. 50 years later, this work of finding the intersection of issues, or intersectionality, is increasingly at the forefront among local activist groups. To King’s list, today we would add gender and environmental justice and remember his words, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”


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CF100: 2016 03 06 – Fair Food

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 here. 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?

No submission.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and the Alliance for Fair Food kicked off their annual event highlighting the Fair Food Program. This year’s focus is on Wendy’s (Publix also continues to hold out). The Workers’ Voice Tour kicked off in Immokalee on March 2 headed for New York City, Columbus, OH, and Louisville, KY. Returning to Florida with a stop in Gainesville, March 11, the tour ends with an afternoon rally in West Palm Beach next Saturday, March 12. A bus leaving Orlando will carry those wishing to stand in solidarity for safe and just working conditions for farm workers.


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