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What can I do in my community to hold leaders accountable?
Attend public meetings, go to jury duty, learn about local candidates, join a citizen’s police review board, the PTA, or your neighborhood association.
Ask tough questions:
- Does this action help just my community or the entire city?
- What do different voices say are the problems in our city? Are their voices being heard and concerns addressed?
- Why do my kids attend the schools they attend?
- What is the relationship with the police to my community? What is the relationship of the police with different communities in my city?
- Is our police department training officers in unconscious bias and de-escalation? If so, how many hours? If not, why not?
- What is the history of my city? Who are the experts in this area? How can we learn from past mistakes?
Examine My Media Choices
- How biased is your news source?
- Look for sources with minimal bias/partisanship AND strong original fact reporting, like: Reuters, AP, AFP (future blog post coming soon)
Central Florida Resources:
- Orange County League of Women Voters
- Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
- The Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College
- Bias on the Bench, Herald Tribune Project
Central Florida History:
- Even Breathing Is A Risk In One Of Orlando’s Poorest Neighborhoods
- The ‘Slave Power’ Behind Florida’s Felon Disenfranchisement
- The Florida Terror, the KKK and Murder of Harry T. Moore
- Remembering Rosewood, 1923 massacre of a black town in Levy Co, Fla.
- Orange County ranks 6th in lynchings from 1877-1950
- Ocoee struggles with racial legacy as national memorial recognizing lynching victims opens
- Wells’ Built Museum, was a hotel that housed prominent African-Americans who couldn’t get lodging elsewhere in the Jim Crow South.