Jax By Jax Literary Arts Festival | River City Live
The Jax by Jax Literary Festival returns to an in person setting after last year’s virtual presentations. The event focuses on writers of all genres presenting poems, stories and more on this year’s theme Gun Violence. The event expands some to include a dramatic reading of event founder Tim Gilmore’s play “Repossessions: Mass Shooting in Baymeadows” on Friday night. Workshops begin at 10am Saturday at Jessie Ball Dupont Center. As well as literary art, attendees can take in the visual creations of local artist Overstreet Ducasse inside the Corner Gallery curated by Shawanna Brooks. Rance spoke with Tim and current co-coordinator Brad Kuhn about this weekend’s event.
Cuomo Declares ‘Disaster Emergency’ on Gun Violence in New York
At a presentation Tuesday, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a "disaster emergency" on gun violence in New York and issued an executive order expediting funding to address the problem, which he called a new "epidemic."news.yahoo.com
Event aims to restore peace in community, honor lives lost to gun violence
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An event took place Saturday that aimed to help restore peace in the community while honoring lives lost to gun violence. Families of Maurice Hobbs and DJ Broadus helped organize and attended the gathering. She said it’s important to come together to realize everyone in the community has a responsibility to bring peace to their neighborhoods. “There should be a murder charge, not a tampering with evidence charge,” Dominic Broadus said. Dominic Broadus is asking supporters to come to sentencing in Baker County that starts at 9 a.m. Monday.
Violent crime persists in Jacksonville despite coronavirus pandemic
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Violent crime continues in Jacksonville amid the coronavirus pandemic. That’s why Jo-Lee Manning, executive director of the Justice Coalition, said she’s not surprised by the violent crime numbers. The Justice Coalition, a nonprofit organization, helps families impacted by crime by offering moral support and helping them navigate the court system. “So you’re just another person on the end of the phone.”The Justice Coalition is not the only anti-violence group dealing with this challenge. To learn more about the Justice Coalition, or to donate, click here.
Gun safety bill stalls in Florida Legislature
It would also strengthen laws governing gun storage and introduce new requirements for private sales. “We need four Republican votes would be my guess in the Senate to pass a bill and it would shock me if we don’t have four Republican votes for common sense gun safety,” Lee said last month. And as session reached its midpoint, Senate President Bill Galvano signaled the measure still had many obstacles to overcome. “Anytime a bill’s sponsor is pessimistic about passage of a massive gun control bill it’s a good thing," former NRA President Marion Hammer said. We continue to watch, we continue to work and we continue to fight.”Even if the bill were to pass the Senate, convincing the House and the Governor would likely be a daunting task.