Michele Rayner Makes History as the First Black Queer Woman Elected to Represent District 70 in the Florida House.

Civil Rights Attorney, Michele Rayner declares victory in the Florida House race for District 70. With tears flowing, she gave a resounding and moving acceptance speech at the Carter G. Woodson Museum in the presence of her many supporters. This win is truly one for the history books. In a crowded field, Rayner emerged victorious by earning 31% percent of the vote with 100% of the precincts reporting. Rayner faced off against Keisha Bell, Michelle Grimsely, and Mark Oliver. The peoples champion is headed to Tallahassee. We ran with integrity.…

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Caprice Edmond – Candidate for Pinellas County School Board District 7

Experience, passion, and dedication both inside and outside of the classroom are qualities needed in a school board candidate and Caprice Edmond holds all of those plus more. Too often the practice of placing individuals in leadership that do not reflect the community of which they represent has been the tale of the tape in politics, especially in Pinellas County. However, in this race the community has been very vocal in its backing of Edmond because of her outstanding leadership and presence. Significant campaign endorsements have been received by, the…

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Black and Blue: A Conversation with Black Officers of the St. Petersburg Police Department

Black and Blue: A Conversation with Black Officers of the St. Petersburg Police Department The Tampa Bay Breakfast Club, held a virtual conversation with Black officers from the St. Petersburg Police Department and other community members. The event was moderated by Regional Director of  Organize Florida and President of the Child’s Park Neighborhood Association, Bro. John Muhammad and Unisha Bullard and Tony Williams. Chief Anthony Holloway, Assistant Chief Antonio Gilliam, Major Frank Williams, Major Mathew Furse, Major Patrice Hubbard, Major Frank Williams, Rev. Kenny Irby-non sworn officer – Civilian Director, …

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The Mis-Use of Black Images, “Writing” Wrongs and the Power of the Pen

We are living in a time where issues of social justice, inequity and systemic racism are the subject of many conversations, conferences and “community zooms.” At the time of this writing there have been 45 consecutive days of protest and demonstration in the City of St. Petersburg. On August 3, 1857, African-American social reformer, abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass gave a speech in New York. In this speech he made what would become one of his most quoted statements, “Power concedes nothing without a demand.” He is also known for…

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