Florida International University: FIU awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grant to highlight contributions of Miami’s Black residents

Florida International University: FIU awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grant to highlight contributions of Miami’s Black residents. “The grant will help provide enhanced access to the papers of Dana A. Dorsey, a successful businessman known as Miami’s first Black millionaire. At the project’s conclusion, implemented data collection methodologies and access strategies will be analyzed and shared through a white paper to help establish best practices in the field. The paper will include plans for potential partnerships and will identify additional resources, collections, organizations, and individuals to help expand the work.”

Midterm Elections: Data-Mapping Tool for Voting Locations Now Available in 14 States (University of Southern California)

University of Southern California: Midterm Elections: Data-Mapping Tool for Voting Locations Now Available in 14 States. “The Voting Location Siting Tool uses a web-based interactive data mapping system to identify areas within a half mile in diameter where vote centers and polling places would likely have the most success in serving voters…. Launched in California in 2018, the tool is now available in 14 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Over the coming months, CID will be conducting trainings for election officials and community advocacy groups on how to use the tool to identify accessible and equitably distributed polling locations in their communities. ”

Bill shifts public notices away from newspapers

Keys News: Bill shifts public notices away from newspapers. “The Florida Legislature has been roundly condemned this year for focusing on ‘culture war’ issues and ignoring real issues that affect constituents every day — things like property insurance, affordable housing and building safety issues. We agree. There’s another issue, though, that legislators should have ignored but didn’t: If HB 7049 is signed by Gov. DeSantis, it will allow local governments to place public notices somewhere on their own websites instead of in the local newspaper.”

Opinion: How does Ron DeSantis sleep at night? (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Opinion: How does Ron DeSantis sleep at night?. “Florida residents were, since vaccines have been widely available, nearly seven times as likely to die from covid-19 as residents of D.C., nearly three times as likely to die as residents of California and 2½ times as likely to die as residents of New York. With Florida’s population of about 22 million, that’s a lot of unnecessary deaths.”

Opinion: Vaccines work for children. Ignore the nonsense spoken in Florida. (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Opinion: Vaccines work for children. Ignore the nonsense spoken in Florida.. “The final decision about whether youths should get vaccinated against the coronavirus is up to them and their parents. We think they should receive the shots; scientific evidence shows that vaccines protect young people from serious illness and death. Unfortunately, though, the message about the efficacy and safety of the vaccines has failed to reach many families. That is why the Florida surgeon general, Joseph Ladapo, was irresponsible to announce on Monday that the state health department plans to formally recommend against vaccination for healthy children.”

ABC News: DeSantis aide bucks medical consensus that healthy children should get COVID vaccine

ABC News: DeSantis aide bucks medical consensus that healthy children should get COVID vaccine. “Despite widespread support for pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations from the nation’s top health officials, Florida will become the first state in the country to advise against vaccinating healthy children for COVID-19, the state’s Surgeon General, Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo, announced on Monday.”

St. Pete Rising: The world’s largest collection of artist sketchbooks is moving to St. Pete

St. Pete Rising: The world’s largest collection of artist sketchbooks is moving to St. Pete. “After spending over a decade in Brooklyn, the world’s largest collection of artist sketchbooks is moving to St. Pete. The Sketchbook Project will be located inside The Factory, a new creative arts destination in St. Pete’s Warehouse Arts District, at 2622 Fairfield Avenue South, Building 8A.”

University of South Florida: New web portal documents and catalogues the Black experience in Tampa Bay

University of South Florida: New web portal documents and catalogues the Black experience in Tampa Bay. “The USF Institute on Black Life (IBL) has created a new web portal to better document Tampa Bay’s historic and contemporary African American communities. The African American Neighborhood Project portal offers a multitude of resources accessible to the community, including oral histories, heritage sites, archival photographs and research addressing anti-Black racism.”

Florida governor: school districts that defied no-mask mandate to lose $200m (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Florida governor: school districts that defied no-mask mandate to lose $200m. “Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, is backing a controversial proposal to strip $200m in education funding from Democratic counties that defied his executive order last year banning mask mandates in schools. DeSantis, who is widely seen as a leading heir to Donald Trump in the Republican party, plans to send the money instead to mostly Republican counties that supported him.”