Sunday, September 15, 2013

What are your thoughts concerning civil citations issued to youth instead of youth being arrested? Here are some points from a panel that took place in Jacksonville. (Source:
The state arrests 40 percent more children than its peers, and if a high school student is arrested, that doubles the student’s chances of dropping out. If that child then has to go to court, it quadruples those odds.
 "Florida’s juvenile justice system is broken"

“Jacksonville is the epicenter of Florida’s broken juvenile justice system.”
African-American students make up 40 percent of Duval County’s K-12 population, but they account for 66 percent of all children arrested.

                                                             -David J. Utter, Southern Poverty Law Center Policy Director
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Saturday, September 14, 2013


Some of today's headlines that caught my attention.

DCF Northeast Florida Region Director David Abramowitz, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Edward Waters College president Nathaniel Glover, Jr. acknowledge the gathered crowd as they hang a plaque in the Schell-Sweet Community resource Center on the Edward Waters College Campus Thursday afternoon. Representatives of local and state organizations wrapped up the Community of Hope event at Edward Waters College Thursday afternoon, September 12, 2013 with speakers at the Milne Auditorium on the school's campus. The group, organized by the Department of Children and Families, was seeking solutions to deal with the city's highest rates of poverty, health problems, crime and unemployment found in the 32209 zip code.  BOB SELF

'Great investment' being made in 32209 ZIP code's future

They spent Thursday morning talking about their largely impoverished neighborhoods on Jacksonville’s Northwest side and what changes need to be made to make their families safe, healthy and successful.
They spent the afternoon getting fired up about making those changes.
“I feel a lot of energy,” said David Abramowitz, Northeast region director for the state Department of Children and Families, which is leading the “Community of Hope” initiative.
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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Ben Jealous resigns...

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