‘Tsunami’ of violence erupts, DeSantis pursues school rules over race, and cruise titans tiptoe around law
It's Monday, June 14th. Happy Flag Day. Two hundred and forty-four years ago, in 1777, the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia took a break from writing the Articles of Confederation and passed a resolution designating the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.
During the War of Independence against the British, the colonists had not fought under a single flag, as most regiments fought under their own flag. President George Washington realized that the new nation needed a single banner to symbolize freedom and serve as both a unifying factor and a confidence-maker. So Old Glory was made the official flag.
In these polarizing times, it's good to remember that we called ourselves the United States and gave each other a single flag.
WHAT WE SEE
Prohibiting What Is Not Taught: Governor Ron DeSantis got off to an ambivalent start last week when he reached out to the State Board of Education asking for a rule to be passed banning critical racial theory and The 1619 Project from Florida's curriculum.
Both are not currently part of the curriculum so it was a preemptive strike. The 1619 Project is a New York Times initiative that focused the nation's history on the year of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans. Critical Racial Theory is the science surrounding the notion that racial prejudice is anchored in our legal system, as well as in our housing, police, medical care, and other systems. It contradicts the notion that the US offers every American equal opportunities for prosperity and recognizes the importance of historical context.
The governor argued that while current state law prescribes the doctrine of slavery and civil rights, “the theory of critical races teaches children to hate our country and to hate one another. It's state-sanctioned racism and has no place in Florida's schools. ”Previously, he said he would continue to politicize this and vowed to“ involve the Florida political apparatus so we can ensure that there isn't a single member of the school board who is critical Racial Theory Supported ". The board agreed unanimously.
Fundraising Focus: Meanwhile, DeSantis was on the West Coast for most of the week for a number of fundraisers in San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine and Manhattan Beach, Calif., And Las Vegas, Nevada as he prepares his 2022 re-election campaign.
Police officers investigate a shootout in a Publix on Okeechobee Blvd. at Royal Palm Beach on Thursday June 10, 2021.
"Tsunami" of violence: Back in Florida, mass shootings continued to rock the communities.
Timothy J. Wall opened fire at a Publix in Royal Palm Beach Thursday morning, killing a year old boy and grandmother before he died himself. In South Miami Dade, police detectives arrested three teenagers believed to be part of the gang feud that resulted in a graduation mass shooting in Kendall on Sunday that killed a prison officer.
Miami-Dade County's chief police officer called the shootings a "tsunami" of violence, and the district commission held a special session to allocate $ 7.8 million to provide employment for young offenders. It is part of Mayor Daniella Levine Cava's "Peace and Prosperity Plan" to reduce shootings, increase surveillance, including police surveillance on social media, and reduce shootings over the next two years.
DeSantis nods to the victims: DeSantis ordered that the flags remain half-occupied in honor of the five-year anniversary of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, and on May 30, he tweeted his condolences for the two victims and 20 people injured in a mass shooting Miami on Memorial Day weekend.
In 2016, 49 people were killed in a mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida
Biden commemorates the deaths: In contrast, President Joe Biden issued a nine-paragraph statement commemorating the victims and their families on the anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting. He also said he would sign a bill designating the nightclub's location as a national monument and "anchoring" the place where happiness and acceptance once reigned would be "sacred ground."
And on Tuesday night, he surprised graduates from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland with a video address telling the class to celebrate "turning pain into meaning and darkness into light" after they saw the deadliest high school shootout survived in American history, followed by the disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic.
Candidate for gubernatorial and US MP Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg (left) during an election freeze in Miami Beach on Friday morning with Mayor Dan Gelber talking to local executives of small businesses.
Crist swears gun reform: Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Florida governor Charlie Crist picked up on the outbreak of violence and promised during an election freeze in Miami Beach on Friday that he would work to pass gun reforms in response to deadly shootings.
WHAT WE SPEAK
Titanic Clash: The return of operations for one of South Florida's most famous industries has become a battle of the heavyweights. The clash puts DeSantis, encouraged by growing approval ratings, against the cruise industry, a strong pillar of Florida tourism. While the governor refuses to lift his ban on cruise lines looking for vaccination records, the industry is quietly working on a workaround that will give the unvaccinated more protection but will be billed for it.
Celebrity Edge, Celebrity's new ship, features a distinctive bow and an orange hydraulic steel jack to raise and lower the Magic Carpet.
Passengers tested positive: Just five days after the first cruise in the Caribbean in seven months, the value of vaccinations was revealed. Two passengers aboard the Celebrity Millennium ship tested positive for COVID-19. Like almost all passengers on board, the cabin members were vaccinated and allegedly asymptomatic.
Judge Grills CDC: Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all cruise passengers be vaccinated, it is not mandatory, DeSantis has sued the CDC, suggesting that their rules governing whether cruise lines can resume travel are unfair to the industry. Last week, a federal judge grilled the agency for three and a half hours over the CDC's rules and authority to require cruise lines to try to prevent the disease from spreading.
Roll Back Gambling: The Miami Dade communities continue to oppose the prospect of expanded gambling in the area, even weeks after the governor negotiated a $ 500 million gambling deal with the Seminole tribe of Florida. While the deal is being reviewed by the federal government for approval, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber sent a letter to the US Department of the Interior asking it to reject what he calls a "tortured device" involving the Negotiated corrupt intent to expand the gambling industry in Florida - in violation of state and federal law.
President Donald Trump reported $ 76 million in revenue from his Trump National Doral Resort in 2018, up slightly from $ 75 million in 2017, but significantly less than in 2016.
Last week, Doral City Council, where Trump's resort is located, unanimously voted to ban gambling and casinos out of town unless residents voted in a referendum.
Jones reprimanded: Rebekah Jones, who managed Florida's COVID dashboard until she was fired, had her account suspended by Twitter last week for "platform tampering and spam." The suspension came after Jones repeatedly shared a recent Miami Herald article about law enforcement officers ransacking their home, their observations while at the Florida Department of Health, and more.
Bitcoin COVID: Days after Miami hosted the 2021 Bitcoin conference, several attendees reported that they tested positive for COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still advise people to avoid large events and gatherings, but the event drew thousands, with at least 12,000 people circulating through an enclosed space, most of whom were maskless.
Omar Feud: Three South Florida Democrats signed a statement with nine of their colleagues in the US House of Representatives criticizing recent statements by Minnesota Democratic MP Ilhan Omar, in which alleged human rights abuses by the United States and Israel with Hamas and Taliban were lumped together. US MPs Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel, who are Jewish, urged Omar, who is Muslim, "to clarify her words that put the US and Israel in the same category as Hamas and Taliban."
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