CF100: 2017 05 07 – Lifting Up Progressive Values

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 late Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday print edition.

What was the biggest story of the week?

No offering this week.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

It’s time to turn to the future and lift up what a progressive world view can offer our community and the world. The Resistance has been relentless and, this week’s major step backwards on healthcare notwithstanding, it is clear that much of current leadership’s dangerous rhetoric will not become policy. Progressive activists now pivot to engage those newly activated in Central Florida in advocacy for the best that we can become. We must articulate a compelling vision of a peaceful, just, and sustainable world for everyone, for only in that world will we find the unity we seek.


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CF100: 2017 04 16 – Progressive Activism & 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 when there are published online,  usually late Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday print edition. This week my Earth Day post appeared in print.

What was the biggest story of the week?

It is an interesting, and busy, time to be a progressive activist in Central Florida. Last weekend various community groups shared plans and inspiration at the Florida Resistance Training. Yesterday, (4/15), a Tax March called on Trump to release his taxes to increase transparency. If you missed these, there is more. On Earth Day, 4/22, there is a March for Science at Lake Eola at 10:00am. The People’s Climate March takes place the following Saturday, 4/29, in Pine Hills at 1:00pm. All marches parallel events in DC on the same days. Lots of ways to get connected and involved.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

Central Florida Earth Day will once again be celebrated at Lake Eola in a large and wonderful event with something for both committed environmentalists and those who are seeking a greater understanding of how to make a positive difference. There are exhibits and speakers and panel discussions. There are food vendors and earth friendly products. There is live music and art and activities for kids. It’s a wonderful outing focused on our health, as well as the health of our communities and planet. Bring the family or a friend. Come spend a beautiful and meaningful day in the park.


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CF100: 2017 04 05 – Florida Coalition for Reproductive Health

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 late Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday print edition.

What was the biggest story of the week?

With Florida legislature in session, many folks from Central Florida are headed to Tallahassee to chat with legislators and aides about issues of importance. I was there with a new group introducing itself to lawmakers. The Florida Coalition for Reproductive Health encouraged opposition to bills limiting or obscuring access to abortion including HB19/SB384, HB203/SB1140, HB841/SB1006, and HB969/SB1130. We also asked for their support of HB1339/SB1740 which protects patients and healthcare workers from violence and harassment outside healthcare facilities. Our interfaith group highlighted justice issues involved as well as the need to respect individual conscience and religious freedom in our pluralistic society.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

No offering this week.


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CF100: 2017 03 05 – Anxiety & V.O.I.C.E.

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 late Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday print edition.

What was the biggest story of the week?

I am struck by the level of anxiety I hear on a regular basis from friends and neighbors feeling threatened by the growing messages of intolerance in our country. An Indian mother worries that her son will be shot. Muslim women are warned not to go out alone in hijab. A Jewish school receives another bomb threat.  Children of immigrants cry during a civics writing assignment as they worry their parents will be deported. Meanwhile, a delayed and tepid response by the administration makes folks wonder whether their concerns are heard and if they will receive the protections they count on.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

Even though spring is upon us, the chill in the air will continue to grow as an administration that claims it wants to reduce government regulation and bureaucracy instead creates a terrifying new taskforce. V.O.I.C.E. stands for Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement. It will publish a list of crimes committed by immigrants as a way of continuing to stir up anti-immigrant sentiment. This is a red herring. As Americans, our values should have us equally or more concerned about how we treat the stranger among us. Sadly, the list of crimes committed against immigrants by citizens is appallingly long.


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CF100: 2017 02 26 – Restrooms & Human Rights

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 late Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday print edition.

What was the biggest story of the week?

In a giant step backwards, this week the White House revoked Obama’s landmark guidance to public schools regarding the inclusion of Transgender students. The argument is that local schools and the states should be allowed to discriminate against these students if they choose. How absurd to think that a student clearly presenting as male should use the girls’ bathroom… or vise versa. Locally we are fortunate that Orlando and Orange County have Human Rights Ordinances that already include gender expression as a protected class. There is no reason not to expect this protection for everyone living in our nation.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

No submission this week.


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CF100: 2017 02 19 – Jacksonville & The Fall of a Regime

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 late Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday print edition.

What was the biggest story of the week?

Congratulations to the supporters of justice and equality in Jacksonville. Years of effort have finally resulted in an updated Human Rights Ordinance in their city. Sexual orientation and gender identity and expression have now been added to the ordinance which had previously banned discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations (such as stores and restaurants) based solely on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or familial status. As the largest city in Florida, the 12 to 6 vote sends a clear message for the future of our state… A message that all people are welcome here!

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

When and how will the current regime fall? Not will it, but when and how. When will those in positions to take action admit what is right before their eyes? Think there’s no issue? Investigate and be sure! There is also the question of which of a myriad of challenges will take it down … the Russia connection, unresolved conflicts of interest, gross incompetence, or concerns about mental health.  The question for Central Florida is, “will our lawmakers do the right thing?” Will they investigate and demand accountability? Will they represent the best interests of the people and our nation?


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CF100: 2017 02 12 – Indivisible & Nevertheless, She Persisted

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 late Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday print edition.

What was the biggest story of the week?

Every Tuesday rallies take place in Orlando to express concern over events in our nation’s capital. Two weeks ago, a rally outside Senator Rubio’s office asked him to take stands against the Muslim ban, unqualified presidential nominees, and the dismantling of our healthcare system. This last Tuesday, a rally outside Senator Nelson’s office offered encouragement for him to continue to stand strong in the face of the destruction of American values. Similar rallies are taking place across the nation thanks to the collaborative efforts of groups including the newly emerged “Indivisible,” which now boasts several chapters in Central Florida.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” This line, uttered in the US Senate this week, makes me think of the first minister of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. The congregation, founded 105 years ago this week, was first served by Rev. Elinor Gordon. Women ministers were rare in 1912, but Rev. Gordon was also a suffragette. I, for one, am glad that she persisted in her work. This week, as First Unitarian breaks ground on a renovation of our campus, I dream that future generations will say of Orlando women today, “Nevertheless, she persisted.”


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