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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