Ocoee's racist mayor is up to his old tricks

The racist mayor of Ocoee is up to his old tricks – insulting black people and trying to ruin the 100th anniversary memorial of the most infamous racial atrocity in Orange County history.

During the last Ocoee City Commission meeting (July 21) Mayor Rusty Johnson insulted State Sen. Randolph Bracy and called him a liar. Bracy is black and his senate district includes the west Orange County city of Ocoee. (To see that exchange, click here.)
More fireworks on this topic are expected at the next City Commission meeting this coming Tuesday (Aug. 4th), starting at 6 p.m.
Bracy attended the July 21 meeting to discuss plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Ocoee Massacre when racist whites attacked black residents and killed them or drove them out of town. Whites were jealous that some black residents were becoming prosperous.
During the 1920 rampage several hundred black Ocoee residents were murdered; their homes were burned, property was stolen, black survivors were chased out of th…

Meet Orlando's worst cops

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala just released a list of local bad cops who can’t be trusted.

Commonly called a Brady List, these officers have been identified as untrustworthy by prosecutors because of internal investigations and other matters. These lists must be provided to defendants and their attorneys.
You should check this list in case you’ve had negative encounters with these cops because it may give you grounds to get charges dropped or clear your name.
The List:
Orlando Police Department ·Samuel B. Cunningham – Terminated ·Laurin Gantt – Terminated ·Roderick D. Johnson -Retired ·Andrew S. Peczinka – Terminated ·Frederick Rolle, Jr. – Terminated ·Frank Sikos – Retired ·Jonathan Mills – Not actively patrolling. Medical Retirement Request ·Gabriel Pagan – Not actively patrolling. Relieved of Duty
In a statement, OPD wrote that the following officers “completed lengthy discipline processes.Some of these officers did go through the arbitration process to refute the discipline impose…

Children will march this Saturday (7/18) to show Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter movement is calling all children and teens for a special rally at Orlando City Hall this coming Saturday, July 18th.
“You know how that song goes ‘the children are our future’. They really are,” said Lawanna Gelzer, a leader of The Movement Coalition, which is organizing the event.

“Just last week,” Gelzer said, “I participated in a march organized by Cypress Creek High School students and I was so impressed to hear them express their concerns for justice and fairness for all people – especially black lives. They are a lot better informed than what adults give them credit for. These young people don’t like what they see and they’re demanding change. We’re giving them a platform to speak and be heard.”
Orlando’s Children’s March for Justice on Saturday was inspired by the Birmingham Children’s Crusade in 1963 when black students left their schools and flooded the streets where many were attacked by police and jailed. Their efforts publicly shamed local leaders and r…

Documents and experience tell the tale in Orange County Property Appraiser race

Longtime real estate broker Khalid Muneer may not be a household name, but he is challenging high-profile two-term Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh in the August Democratic primary.
Muneer, who is known in some real estate and civic circles, said in a recent interview, “It’s important to elect a person who will handle the property taxes and value them in an expert way.”

The property appraiser is charged with “identifying, locating, and fairly valuing all property, both real and personal, within the county for tax purposes.”, according to the property appraiser’s website.
“I am running.” Muneer said, “because the property appraiser office is a very important office in Orange County. It needs an intimate knowledge of the appraisal process and a technical knowledge of real estate to run it efficiently and effectively.”
On June 14 Muneer posted a message on his campaign Facebook page asserting that he has “23 years of real estate and appraisal experience.”

However, according to the …

How House Negro politics is blocking Orlando police reforms

Remember Stephen, the loyal slave plantation House Negro in the 2012 movie “Django Unchained”?
That role of Stephen the House Negro is being played out in real life by political operative Russell Drake, who is working behind the scenes to block one of Orlando's most outspoken black activists from Orlando City Hall discussions to end police brutality and systemic racism. Drake is the first vice president of the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida.

Monday night in a lengthy Facebook thread, Drake wrote that Lawanna Gelzer should be barred a meeting that Mayor Dyer is planning with some of the activists who organized recent massive street protests held after the police murder of George Floyd.
One of the activists T.J. Legacy Cole posted the message: “I informed @citybeautiful @orlandomayor office I will NOT exclude prominent activist Lawanna Gelzer from our police reform meeting. Black women’s voices are so critical to our movement. She deserves to be heard.”

True to the character of Step…

Orlando City Hall pissed on Parramore again

Orlando City Hall must think people in Parramore don’t need to pee.
What other reason would there be for leaving Parramore out of the DTO Go Public Bathroom Pilot Program?

The bathroom program is a product of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency to improve life in Orlando’s urban core.
The demographics of Parramore -- a historically black, struggling community -- were used to create the CRA, which is roughly bounded by Westmoreland Drive, Colonial Drive, Gore Street, and Summerlin Avenue.
Yet since late last year when this portable bathroom project was launched it has not been stationed in the Parramore community.
It is mainly located and operated to serve the mostly white patrons of downtown’s nightclub and restaurant district east of Interstate 4.
A city fact sheet on the bathroom project explained: “There is an increasing need to provide public restrooms in the downtown core.”
Asked why Parramore was excluded, even though the community played a pivotal role in the establishment of th…

Orange County residents required to mask up

Starting Saturday (6/20) everybody who goes outside on Orange County will be required to wear a face covering to slow the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings signed an executive order requiring everyone to wear a mask starting at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

The mask requirement is a big step backward as Orange County and the rest of Florida had relaxed many of the tough measures imposed this spring when officials issued stay-at-home orders as the deadly pandemic ripped across the nation.
After the orders lifted recently and people ventured out to shopping and work, some people ignored warnings to wear masks.
Now the number of Covid-19 cases is starting to soar again with 3,200 new cases reported in Florida. Nearly 86,000 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Florida resulting in more than 3,000 deaths, 48 deaths in Orange County.
Data shows that this deadly disease disproportionally harms black and brown people, especially those with chronic illnesses. Recently th…