United for Care Does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Honor of Cathy Jordan

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The folks over at United for Care have jumped on the ALS Ice Bucket challenge and decided to get doused for the cause. But for United for Care, the challenge also hits home for a fellow medical marijuana advocate.

This challenge was done in honor of Cathy Jordan, president of the Florida Cannabis Action Network, who suffers from ALS. Jordan has been an advocate for medical marijuana legalization for herself and others who suffer from diseases like ALS.

See also: Cathy Jordan Wins Legal Fight

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Police Arrest Seven Immigration Activists at Broward Transitional Center

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Elizabeth Taveras
Policeman monitoring the seven immigration activists who are seeking immediate relief.

Police arrested seven student activists yesterday afternoon at the Broward Transitional Center (BTC), after they blocked the entrance of the detention center. The seven were part of a demonstration of about 70 people who are urging President Obama to help alleviate the fears of many undocumented people who fear deportation.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Boca Businessman Bringing Firetruck Filled With Ice Water to Douse People

Categories: Activism, Bidnizz

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In case you haven't heard or if you have been trapped under something heavy, the latest internet craze has been the ALS Ice Bucket challenge. But this is actually a very cool and noble thing, as internet crazes go. It's all about raising awareness and money for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

The challenge was started by former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who has ALS. It entails someone dumping a bucket of ice water over their own heads and then challenging someone else to do it, or else donate to the ALS Association.

The challenge has been taken on by everyone from all walks of life -- from everyday folks, to celebrities, to pro athletes. And now, a local businessman has challenged his entire staff as well as other local business to take on the challenge.

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New Earth Tribes to Hold Meditation to Create Unity and Resolution to Boynton Art Walk Ban

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Last week, Boynton Beach announced that it was putting the kibosh on the the Boynton Beach Art District (BBAD) monthly art walks.

The art walks had revitalized what was previously your run-of-the-mill warehouse district. What was once a wasteland of old hollow buildings buried in the shadows west of I-95 turned into a flourishing art scene.

"Boynton Beach finally did something before Miami and Delray Beach: It banned its own signature, award-winning art walk. Go figure that one out," artist and gallery owner Rolando Barrero told New Times' music blog last week.

A group of artists and spiritualists are meeting at sunset this evening to bring awareness in hopes of shifting the city's perspective on why shutting down the art walk is wrong for the community.

See also: City of Boynton Beach Shuts Down Popular Monthly BBAD Art Walk

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South Florida Activists Protest Israeli Assault on Gaza

Categories: Activism, Politics

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In recent weeks, Israel has unleashed a torrent of military attacks on Gaza. Though the Israeli government claims it's just a response to bombing by Hamas, it's all really part of a multi-decades-long, U.S.-backed Israeli occupation of the seaside strip. To suggest otherwise is simply to attempt to flip reality upside down.

So on Monday, South Florida protesters, many of whom are connected to Muslim and other activist communities keenly aware of this power disparity, decided to demonstrate. Targets included the Sun Sentinel and the offices of U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Ted Deutch.

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Hey, Pitbull! Impersonator Ariel Tojo Hits Dolphin Mall (Video)

Categories: Activism

It's the dinner hour at Dolphin Mall, and the food court is a busy hive.

Teenagers guzzle from Smoothie Kings while tables full of abuelitas fire Gatling-gun Spanish over steaming plates of Lotus Express. At the Segafredo Zanetti Expresso kiosk, a young girl in black shirt and pants offers a sample tray, her face wearing a look you'd see in a dentist's waiting room. People snatch toothpicked mini-sandwiches off her plate. She stares off, bored and brooding. Then an immaculately white suit sleeve crosses her vision.

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Same-Sex Couples Deliver Petitions to Pam Bondi's Office

Categories: Activism, The Gays

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When Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia overturned Florida's 2008 constitutional gay-marriage ban and ordered that couples wishing to be married in Key West should be allowed to do so as early as this week, Attorney General Pam Bondi worked quickly to stamp out the ruling.

Bondi's office issued a statement this week saying that the issue needs to be tackled by the U.S. Supreme Court and appealed Garcia's ruling to the Third District Court of Appeal.

On Thursday, same-sex couples walked into Bondi's Tallahassee office and delivered 7,000 petitions signed by Floridians asking her to "stop wasting taxpayer resources defending the state's discriminatory exclusion of gay and lesbian couples from marriage."

See also: Gay Florida Couples Suing the State Will Be Heard in Court Today

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Rick Scott Comes to South Florida to Sign Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act

Categories: Activism, News

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For the some 70,000 people each year, it was already too late. But thanks to the push from some concerned citizens -- including a lot of South Floridians -- bike riders, pedestrians, and motorists struck by hit and run drivers will now have a little justice. And to mark the occasions, yesterday Gov. Rick Scott was in the region to pay his respects to one of the more high-profiles lives claimed by the disastrous hit-and-run loophole.

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Frack No More: Collier County Activists Drive Texas Oil Company From the Everglades

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Prospectors from Texas oil company Dan A. Hughes won't be drilling throughout the Big Cypress Swamp watershed anytime soon. That means (1) diminished revenues for Old Florida plutocrats Barron Collier, (2) one fewer threat to the Florida Panther and other species, and (3) one fewer worry for Collier County residents concerned about toxic contamination of the environment.

See also: Fracking the Everglades: Enviros Claim State Deception on Water Quality

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"Stay In Miami LeBron" Rally Going Down Today in Broward

Categories: Activism, Sports

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So it's come down to this. For now is the hour of desperation.

While the world waits (still!!) for LeBron James to make his decision on where he'll sign, and the Internet is being scoured for clues like a Dan Brown novel, South Florida sports talk radio station 104.3 FM The Ticket is holding a "Stay In Miami LeBron" rally.

Rumors and "reports" and sources have been swirling like an EF-5 tornado ripping through a trailer park, and all signs seem to be pointing to LeBron going back to the city that had pictures of his face made into urinal cakes at a local sports bar restroom.

Things, at least perceptively, are not looking good for Miami.

So, the station and its listeners have decided to hold an impromptu rally Thursday afternoon to show LeBron how he needs to not go back and play for an owner who publicly called him a coward and instead stay with the team that helped him win two championships.

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