Imani Thomas

Imani Thomas

Gov. DeSantis signs into law Alzheimer’s education programs as more Floridians battle the disease

By: - June 23, 2022

With more than 580,000 people in Florida living with Alzheimer’s disease — and thousands more diagnosed by 2025 — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed into law efforts to educate health care practitioners on disease and dementia-related disorders. The bill, which becomes effective July 1, is called “Ramping up Education of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia […]

Juneteenth federal holiday: ‘Slavery and racism are a part of the history of the United States’

By: - June 20, 2022

A year ago, President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth law declaring a legal public holiday annually on June 19, saying signing the bill was “one of the greatest honors I’ve had as president.” This year, the Juneteenth law fell on a Sunday, and therefore the federal holiday was celebrated on Monday with several closures such […]

FL Congressional delegation isn’t saying much about the second U.S. hearing on Jan. 6 insurrection

By: - June 13, 2022

Monday was the second hearing of the House select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S Capitol, but so far, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a Florida Democrat who serves on the panel, hasn’t spoken during the hearing. Later, in an interview with MSNBC, Murphy said, “It’s up to the American people to […]

It’s been six years since the Pulse Nightclub shooting massacre in Orlando

By: - June 9, 2022

It’s been six years since the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, a venue for the LGBTQ+ and Hispanic community. The tragedy left 49 innocent victims dead in one of the deadliest attacks in our nation’s history. Since then, not much has changed when it comes to gun violence in America: Just last month, […]

GOP-controlled FL Senate approves HB 7; Dems say the bill falls on the wrong side of history

By: - March 10, 2022

The Florida Senate on Thursday approved a culture-war bill that would limit certain conversations about racism and sexism in schools and workplaces. The legislation, which has resonated across the country, now goes to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk for his consideration. It was one of the governor’s signature bills pushed through in the two-month legislative session […]

Heated exchanges over HB 7: ‘Are you trying to whitewash the history of African Americans?’

By: - March 9, 2022

Tensions rose in the Florida Senate Wednesday, as the GOP scuttled all amendments of HB 7, another culture war bill that would limit certain conversations about racism and sexism in schools and  workplaces. HB 7, described as “Individual Freedom,” posits a handful of principles that students may not be subjected to in public school classrooms. […]

FL Senate approves 15-week abortion ban; next step, Gov. DeSantis’ desk

By: - March 3, 2022

Late in the evening Thursday, amid tears, personal stories, and fears about women’s freedom, the Florida Senate approved a 15-week abortion ban for Florida, allowing the legislation to go to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk for his consideration. The bill passed on a party-line vote of 23 to 15, with Republican Sen. Ileana Garcia, of Miami-Dade, […]

15-week abortion ban getting closer to passage in the FL Senate

By: - March 2, 2022

Democrats’ attempts to make changes to a 15-week abortion ban failed Wednesday in the Florida Senate, and the legislation, HB 5, is expected to be up for debate and potentially a vote on Thursday. Senators filed up to 15 amendments on the bill, mostly about health care for women who need abortions, among other concerns. […]

Abortion advocates speak out against 15-week abortion ban before FL Senate votes

By: - March 2, 2022

Abortion advocates, patients, and providers stood in front of the Florida Senate chambers Wednesday morning before the vote on HB 5  — the ban that would prohibit abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The state House has already passed the legislation similar to the Mississippi ban that is under review by the U.S. Supreme Court. […]

A 15-week abortion ban in FL is close to reality; Dems will try to push back on the legislation

By: - March 1, 2022

After weeks of speeches and raucous protests, numerous votes in legislative committees and a full vote in the state House, Florida is at the endpoint for a decision on a 15-week abortion ban that doesn’t include rape, incest and human trafficking. The Florida Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on HB 5, which was the […]

Senate OKs Ladapo as surgeon general; to Dems, he’s ‘not the right person for the job’

By: - February 23, 2022

The Florida Senate confirmed Joseph Ladapo as surgeon general on Wednesday, even as Democrats criticized the doctor over his stance on COVID-19 safety and other concerns. State Sen. Lori Berman, a Democrat representing part of Palm Beach County, urged colleagues to vote against Dr. Ladapo — a favorite of Gov. Ron DeSantis, who chose Ladapo […]

‘Ban off our Bodies’: A rallying cry for reproductive freedom as 15-week abortion ban appears imminent

By: - February 22, 2022

Florida lawmakers and hundreds of activists on Tuesday rallied to raise their voices in the fight for reproductive freedom, chanting “Ban off our Bodies” as the Legislature gets closer to a final vote on a 15-week abortion ban. The group carried signs and the speakers crowded into the Capitol complex area, near the Florida Senate […]