CF100: 2017 02 05 – Exec Orders & Grassroots Organizing

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 second offering, truncated as shown, was printed.

What was the biggest story of the week?

The Executive Order states in part: “The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law. In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including “honor” killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.” My question: If Mr. Trump travels outside the US, will he get back in?

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

Grassroots collaborations will continue to spring up all around Central Florida in response to the draconian actions of the new administration. As we see more and more of our family, friends, neighbors and co-workers threatened and impacted by recent executive orders, people who have never been activists are stepping up and reaching out. Organizations doing related work in our community for years or even decades are seeing increased donations and more volunteers. (Especially heartening is the way diverse groups are uniting around the intersection of injustice. As they do, these new coalitions are invigorating a vibrant Human Rights Movement.)*

*  ( ) indicates not printed in the paper


The series focuses on state and local news.

Read the Sentinel’s introduction to the series

Read my first post on the series.

My posts related to this can be found using the categories in the right sidebar. Click either Central Florida or Current Events.

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