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New Jax City Council President warns ‘clearing jail’ targets Orange Crush festivalgoers

Newby is the highest ranking city official to criticize the jail clearing plan. Jacksonville’s new City Council President is wading into the ongoing controversy around the Juneteenth weekend Orange Crush festival, backing organizers and warning about potentially aggressive law enforcement actions. Council President-designate Sam Newby supports the festival and worries...
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Northside Coalition members to act as impartial observers at Orange Crush events

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – About a dozen members of the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville plan to observe events during the Orange Crush Festival over the weekend. In a letter to media outlets, Ben Frazier, the leader of the advocacy group, expressed concern over the decision of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to request help from surrounding counties for the temporary housing of inmates.
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Orange Crush kicks off 3-day festival around Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The first Orange Crush Festival in Jacksonville began Friday, and the first event to kick off the festival was at The Justice Pub downtown. Stephon Smith has been preparing for thousands to attend the festival. “It feels awesome. It feels great to have it here in Jacksonville,...
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