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A local chapter of the NAACP is warning officials about Ku Klux Klan recruitment efforts and how that could impact the Bay County area. It comes in the aftermath of the Charlottesville protest violence and the ongoing debate over the removal of Confederate statues across the U.S.

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The Florida Cabinet as well as stakeholders involved in the issue are reviving a discussion about what should be done with the now defunct Dozier School for Boys, surrounded by allegations of abuse and deaths over the course of a century.

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The Florida Legislature held a moment of silence for civil rights leader Julian Bond, who passed away over the weekend.

Echoes from South Carolina filled the Capitol basement Thursday as a commission named the latest finalists for the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Tensions ran high a day after the South Carolina Legislature voted to remove the Confederate flag from its capitol.

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An ever-changing measure initially mandating all law enforcement wear body cameras is now heading to the Senate floor, after passing its final committee Thursday.

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The FBI is now investigating the vandalism of another predominately black Wakulla County church and some signs on Wednesday.  It comes after a number of the “KKK graffiti” incidents have struck the rural community.

Since the weekend, the KKK graffiti has shown up on three churches—most recently Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church—a box truck, and some road signs. And, Wakulla NAACP Chair Anginita Rosier says if the culprit isn’t caught, they’ll strike again.

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The Wakulla County Sheriff’s office is offering a $1,000 reward for any information regarding possible hate crimes at two predominately black churches and a box truck outside a country club in Crawfordville over the weekend.

“And, I’ve had people calling in to want to donate to the award, which does my heart good, thinking that people are civic-minded enough to want to do like I want to do, which is to bring out community together and everyone get along, which is my major goal,” said Creel.

The investigation into a suspended sheriff’s deputy for comments he made regarding the Ferguson, Missouri protestors has extended to others within the Wakulla County Sheriff’s department.

The grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black teen, Michael Brown set off a series of protests and violent rioting around the nation. It also led many people to take to social media to vent their frustration either by empathizing with Brown’s family or Officer Wilson.

Groups Call For Elections Reform

Nov 20, 2012
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Protesters gathered at the Capitol Tuesday to help ensure elections reform would be at the front of lawmaker’s minds. Members from the NAACP, The League of Women Voters, and The Alliance of Retired people say no one should have to stand in line for hours to vote.

The group stood outside the chambers with signs in hand and bandanas around their mouths to symbolize what they call the suppression of their voice. But, one member of the coalition, Cynthia Gardner-Williams, wasn’t shy about explaining why she had come to Florida’s Capitol Tuesday.

The deadline to register voters in Florida is just days away, but there’s a group of people who won’t be able to participate in this year’s election regardless of their Florida residency. They’re ex-felons who, upon their release from prison, do not have their voting rights automatically restored. Florida is one of a few states in the nation to have such a policy, and the NAACP is working with others in a national campaign to stop what they call “felony disenfranchisement.”

“Cell doors can open. We can be given release, but yet access is still denied,” said Reverend Greg James.

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Restoring the voting rights of ex-felons is the focus of a campaign launched Tuesday by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP. The national campaign can be seen in states, like Florida and Virginia, where millions of ex-felons do not have their voting rights automatically restored upon their release from prison.