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A UF DREAMer Speaks Out

The University of Florida is home to many students who are referred to as DREAMers, individuals who were brought without documentation to the United States at an early age, who have assimilated to U.S. culture and have been educated by U.S. school systems.

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“Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech”, or Taking Away Your Healthcare.

CALL TO ACTION: Last weekend, Donald Trump intentionally threw gasoline on the flames of the culture wars when he called for the firing of NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem. His statements have bounced around the internet and grabbed the attention of the media. While all of this has been going on, there is still a bill in Congress to repeal and destroy Obamacare. Read more

Dear Rick Scott, Climate Change Is Real

“While we do not yet know whether Scott’s actions played a part in the inexcusable deaths at the Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills after Irma, it is clear he values corporations more than the safety and care of our elderly.”

Governor Rick Scott did a good job in the week preceding Hurricane Irma’s Florida landfall. But before we heap on too much praise, we should remember all that Scott has done during his tenure to make Florida residents more vulnerable to storms like Irma. His championing of government deregulation and continued denial of the effects of climate change have increased the risk that Floridians face during hurricane season. Read more

CALL TO ACTION: URGE CITY COMMISSIONERS TO PRIORITIZE VOTING IN SEPTEMBER 2017 COMMISSION MEETING

“City of Gainesville Commissioners: The Voters are Ready for This!”

Again this past Thursday, your city commissioners postponed the action of placing a referendum on the March 2018 ballot that would move our city elections from the spring to the fall federal elections cycle. This shift would save the city money and allow more people to participate in our elections. The primary reservations for the referendum were held by Commissioner Harvey Budd and Commissioner Charles Goston.  Mr. Budd expressed concern that only an activist minority supports this change and that it will create more partisanship so he wants to hear more opinions; Mr. Goston expressed concern that this is an attempt to place more white officials on the commission. Read more

Gainesville Community Comes Together to Reject Hate

We did it! We united as a community. We stood up against hate. Our hearts are full of pride and love for the people of Alachua County, Gainesville, and the University of Florida. We thank you for calling and writing in opposition to Richard Spencer speaking in our town. We also thank President W. Kent Fuchs for protecting his students, faculty, staff, and community from the risk of imminent violence. Read more

NOAA: Indivisible Gainesville Comments on Marine Mammal Harassment during seismic tests for oil drilling

Numerous reputable studies have confirmed that whales and other marine animals experience stress, if not direct physical harm, from exposure to seismic surveys such as those currently being proposed. These surveys have clearly been shown to affect the foraging and mating behaviors of ecologically sensitive species.  They have been linked to transit from feeding and mating grounds. In addition, multiple incidences of mass beaching of whales have resulted from exercises with military sonar.  This evidence alone should give pause to those who would undertake these surveys. Read more

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