New Black Panther Party Rallies in Downtown Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Fla. -- The New Black Panther Party held a rally in Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville.

The rally was for the "national and International Day of Action and Unity."

About 100 people showed up for the demonstration led by Malik Zulu Shabazz.

The Chairman of the party discussed several topics including the crisis in Libya, corruption of local government.

He also had some harsh words for President Obama.

"He was a good man," says Shabazz. "But he went in and got bit by the virus. of the CIA. He got bit by the virus of multi-national oil company. He got bit by the virus of Wall Street and big-time bankers and super-capitalists. He got bit by the virus."

Shabazz also discussed cleaning up the image of Black communities.

New Black Panther Party Endorses City Council Candidate

New Black Panther Party Endorses City Council Candidate

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Kimberly Daniels, candidate in the runoff for the At-Large Group 1 City Council Seat has the attention of a couple national activist groups.

She has been called to end her run by a group called Truth Wins Out because of comments she made regarding homosexuals, Jews and slavery.

MORE: City Council Candidate: "I Thank God for Slavery."

But a different group, the New Black Panther Party said today that TWO is threatening the candidate.

"We warn the white community, and other conservative groups, that we won't sit idly by while another black leader, and especially a black woman is threatened," said a spokesman for the party during a downtown rally on Friday.

City Council Candidate: "I Thank God for Slavery"

City Council Candidate: "I Thank God for Slavery"

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Kimberly Daniels doesn't shy away from her past, which is obvious in a YouTube video put together by the activist group Truth Wins Out.

Daniels is in a run-off against David Taylor for the At-Large Group 1 seat on City Council.

She offers her story candidly in an interview on the video; she says there are examples of how she has found God's grace.

"I wound up going to Florida State and getting addicted to drugs," she told the interviewer in the video. "Then dealing drugs, getting addicted to drugs and winding up in prostitution."

According to its website, Truth Wins Out (TWO) is an organization that fights anti-gay speech and religious extremism.

The Jacksonville Journey Oversight Committee Meetings

  • May 26, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • June 16, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • July 21, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • August 18, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • September 15, 2011, 4:00 pm

JAXBIZ Announces General Election Endorsements

JAXBIZ announced its constitutional officer and city council endorsements for the May 17 General Election today.

City Goes Online for Budget Feedback

City Goes Online for Budget Feedback

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- City hall is reaching out to taxpayers online for feedback on a billion dollar budget and guidance on where tax dollars should be spent.

This week, the city of Jacksonville launched an online survey complete with budget background on 11 divisions in city government.  The survey asks respondents to rank the value of services from "want more" to "don't want."

Earlier this year fewer than 200 people took part in five budget workshops sponsored by the city to explain the budget and complete a similar survey. This is the second year the mayor's office has taken the budget into communities.

The online survey will reach a much bigger audience for feedback. The city this year is projecting a $60 million shortfall - a number that could climb higher.

Wednesday Marks 125th Anniversary of Vote to Fund Jacksonville Fire Department

Wednesday Marks 125th Anniversary of Vote to Fund Jacksonville Fire Department

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wednesday marks the 125th anniversary of the Jacksonville City Council's vote to create a paid fire department, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

Several fires destroyed the downtown area a few months prior to the vote, according to a timeline on the Jacksonville Fire Museum's Website.  Three volunteer firefighters were injured and a fourth was killed while trying to fight that blaze.

The website indicates that the men did not know how to use the city's new fire engine.

Months later, on July 15, 1886, the Jacksonville Fire Department became a fully paid professional department.

If you'd like to learn more about the history of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department click here or visit the fire museum, located at 1406 Gator Bowl Boulevard.