Maternally Yours host Laura Gilkey sits down to talk with Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Barbara Zdravecky, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida about the importance of the midterm elections in relation to women's health care issues.
On January 2009, an Israeli tank shelled the home of Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish in the Gaza Strip killing three of his daughters, Bessan, 21, Mayar, 15, and Aya, 13 as well as his niece, Noor. He founded the Daughters for Life Foundation in memory of his daughters. The foundation empowers young, underprivileged
Middle Eastern women through education by providing them with scholarships to schools in Canada, the US and the United Kingdom. Abuelaish spoke at New College of Florida which will be partnering with the program.
Would you leave all the things you know for a small glimmer of safety, hope, or growth?
Faces of Change: Growing America is an original play developed by gathering stories via interviews with community members: young, old, rich, poor, documented, and undocumented. Each interview was recorded, carefully transcribed, and then used as the basis for the text of the performance. These words will craft a collage of monologues and scenes that tell stories and capture life-changing moments to be performed by community members.
Shane Donglasan talked with director Tiffany Ford about the project.
In early January, Sarasota Police Officer David Dubendorf, Homeless Liaison, met with Rosemarie Stauffer from Bay Pines VAHCS, Christopher Davis of Goodwill Manasota and Deshane Collins and Tom Maxa with the Salvation Army, to provide outreach at the Resurrection House and the Salvation Army in Sarasota.
Every Tuesday, the four agencies come together to offer information on benefits, registration and links to services for employment, safe housing and health care. More than a dozen Veterans have met with the four agencies so far to set appointments for doctor visits, get copies of paperwork like the DD-214 and receive information for places for temporary shelter.
Officer Dubendorf said that in the past, the criminalization of the homeless never seemed to solve the underlying issues that plague many of those who are without shelter. So, he said the police department knew that
The effort by the department to work with community partners to help homeless veterans find shelter and seek healthcare options is part of a holistic approach that's been championed for the homeless in Sarasota by many in recent months, including police chief Bernadette Dipino and Robert Marbut, who was contracted by the city to assess the homelessness situation in Sarasota. In his assessment, Marbut outlined 12 recommendations that would improve homelessness in Sarasota. Among many suggestions that the effort will be made in a partnership of police, the city and county, and homeless advocacy organizations, the top priority states: Get the homeless into programs that help them instead of handing out food and money. With this program, Officer Dubendorf is hopeful that this community effort will serve as a solution, though its not quite there yet. The officer said t
while Robert Marbut, the Sarasota PD and other homeless advocates seek sustainable avenues for helping- rather than criminalizing - homeless individuals, they insist that the homeless must not be “enabled”, which many say got the city into its current predicament of not having enough services to help homeless veterans, families and individuals. Yet while officials caution against readily offering money or food – Sarasota and manatee counties are still home to over 2000 individuals who may or may not have a roof on a given night, which include nearly 500 children as of last years homeless census.
On Wednesday, we reported on Manatee County's Land Development Code changes that would allow for less stringent code adherence for developers in the county involving zoning codes, but would still follow regulations mandated in that county's Comprehensive Plan. But another issue concerning land development this weeks comes from the state legislature – House Bill 703. Charles Pattison, President of 1000 Friends of Florida, an organization which monitors comprehensive planing and growth management efforts in Florida, says they have 3 main concerns with the bill ...
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Manatee County is quietly pushing major changes to Land Development Codes in Manatee County that would make for less stringent requirements for developers. Originally, these changes were simply referred to as a "re-organization" of the plan. Once the county published the full changes, however, red flags were raised. Opponents to the changes say that these new codes could dramatically affect the quality of life for county residents. provisions include: an increase in building density and height limits, changes in fire codes, and an adherence to the Comprehensive Plan that does not apply to zoning codes. This makes for a redevelopment plan that has concerned everyone from the fire marshals to lawmakers, businesspeople, and citizens alike - albeit the comment period had ended as of January 31st. Joe Mcclash, former county commissioner and publisher of the bradentontimes.com, expressed concern that the commission would end up passing these changes in the summer, when most citizens are away from the county. For the full code changes, visit http://www.mymanatee.org/home/government/departments/building-and-development-services/planning-zoning/land-development-code-rewrite.html
On this edition of the Peace and Justice Report we take a look at the history of VDAY and talk to women involved in events that will be taking place in Sarasota to support efforts to end violence against women and girls.
Rachel Schaeffer and Lynn Jones discuss The Power of Love: Sarasota Women Rise for Justice - Friday, Feb. 14th 5-8pm
KT Curran and Zara Barrie from SOURCE PRODUCTIONS discuss TAPE, a play about sexual assault that will be performed at Fogartyville on Saturday, February 1st at 8pm.
Carol Green from UN Women discusses the 4th Annual Walk to End Violence Against Women taking place on Saturday, February 1 on Siesta Key Beach.
Tickets for the first two events are available at www.wslr.org.