Ringing of the Bells

By : Maia Monet
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Join the public gathering on June 12 at noon as the First United Methodist Church in downtown Orlando will ring its bells 49 times, once for every life lost that tragic day. In a sign of solidarity, multiple churches across the U.S. and the world will join in the ringing of the bells.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum Lecture:Themes of Racial Injustice and Student/Youth Rights

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Join Natishia June, Regional Organizer, ACLU of Northeast FL Regional Office, as she talks about Themes of Racial Injustice and Student/Youth Rights.

Natishia Y. June is the Regional Organizer for the ACLU of Northeast FL Regional Office. June has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University (FAMU). She previously served as Project Manager for a Jacksonville faith-based youth program FISH Kids, Inc. and Health Educator for Shisa Inc. conducting HIV/AIDS testing, education and outreach to both LGBTQ and heterosexual high-risk populations. June is well versed on the Northeast Florida political structure and its’ powerbrokers. She is a native of Jacksonville and has organized extensively in the past three (3) years in local churches and community-based organizations such as the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment (ICARE), the Women’s Academic & Cultural Society, and National Black HIV/AIDS Network.

Free admission courtesy of Dale Montgomery ’60.
​No reservations required

White House: ‘Religious freedom’ EO will affect churches, not LGBT people

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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An expected “religious freedom” order from President Trump will address the tax-exemption status of churches as opposed to undermining LGBT rights, according to multiple media reports of a White House background briefing.

On the call Wednesday night, a White House official said the executive order would work to fulfill Trump’s promise to repeal Johnson Amendment — a 1954 that prohibits 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, such as churches — from making political endorsements, according to Buzzfeed. Repealing the Johnson Amendment was among the campaign promises of Trump, who said he’d “destroy” the measure.

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