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After interviewing Mike Stovall and Jacksonville Progressive Coalition Spokesman Richard Blake, Folio Weekly sat down with two additional co-organizers. Dustin Ponder is a 29-year-old union activist …
LOVE Wins, Finally Tuesday, February 14
The path to tonight’s vote amending the human rights ordinance extends back further than a few weeks ago when the city cringed through another round of punishing public comment, further than …
Not in My BACKYARD Wednesday, March 15
Behind a bright façade of economic development, population growth and urban renewal, Jacksonville has a secret: It doesn’t quite know what to do with—or about—the homeless. …
INDIAN Baymeadows Wednesday, March 22
Wearing glasses and a bright blue turban, Gurdev Singh stares right into my eyes, his face tilted slightly forward. It’s not his thick Punjabi accent that makes him difficult to understand so …
Some might say I am an opportunistic feeder. Chalk it up to being a dog, but I think I have a problem. I gobble everything and it drives my mom crazy. I ran into a friend who told me, “Maybe …
Seeking REFUGE Wednesday, March 8
Tall and lean, Patrick Manson rose from his seat at the back of a conference room at World Relief Jacksonville. A refugee from Uganda, he spoke in crisp English to …
Vibrating Off The WALLS Wednesday, March 1
The walls of the second floor of the New York Steam Laundry building in Downtown Jacksonville are replete with long, snaking cracks and veins of escaping mortar among stacks of brown and grey bricks meticulously placed nearly a century ago. It's early evening and only darkness is visible through …
SAVING Cumberland Island Thursday, February 2
On Feb. 7, there is to be a meeting to decide whether Cumberland Island, a designated national seashore and the untamed pride of Georgia’s southern coast, will see new development. Heirs to the …
King of The DRAGON-SLAYERS Wednesday, March 1
Even amidst 20,000 runners at the 2016 Gate River Run, no one missed Carey Hepler. In the kaleidoscopic crowd clad in neon-hued shoes …
Long, Hard, Misshapen & DELICIOUS Wednesday, February 15
One of my favorite soapbox items to preach to students is the dwindling variety of foodstuffs we consume in these United States. It comes down to corn, wheat, potatoes, rice, three kinds of meat and …