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The Florida Roundup
The Florida Roundup is a live, weekly call-in show with a distinct focus on the issues affecting Floridians. Each Friday at noon, listeners can engage in the conversation with journalists, newsmakers and other Floridians about change, policy and the future of our lives in the sunshine state.Join our hosts, veteran journalists from our partner public radio stations: WLRN’s Tom Hudson, broadcasting from Miami and WJCT’s Melissa Ross, broadcasting from Jacksonville.

Florida Protests; COVID-19 And Nursing Homes

Protestors filled the steps of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in Downtown Jacksonville Saturday.
Protestors filled the steps of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in Downtown Jacksonville Saturday.

People took to the streets across Florida this week - from Pensacola to Key West - marching against police violence and for racial justice.

Most of the protests were peaceful, but police did use tear gas and rubber bullets in some places, and some demonstrations caused property damage. We spoke to reporters from around the state about them, including:


Protest Organizers

We also spoke to Ben Frazier of the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville, who organized a protest in Jacksonville; and  Kristi King and  Angela Herrera, who organized a protest in Orlando, about why they did so.

COVID-19 And Nursing Homes

As most of Florida enters Phase Two of the state’s reopening plan, there’s alarming news about nursing homes – where COVID-19 deaths are still on the rise. Many facilities, already ravaged by COVID-19, report having a lack of protective equipment. Mary Ellen Klas, Capital Bureau Chief for the Miami Herald, joined us to give a closer look at this issue. 

Denetra Lee can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org

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