Melissa Ross
A member of the National Rifle Association plugs his ears with his fingers as he walks past protesters during the NRA's annual meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Friday, May 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Melissa RossMarch 15, 2016

The Florida-based activist group Dream Defenders is debuting a “presidential Cabinet,” dubbed #SquaDD2016, with the goal of “speaking truth to power by elevating the voices of young Black and Brown people.” According to the organization, “We organized #SquaDD2016 with the intention of conveying the message that we demand more from the presidential candidates, particularly those who benefit […]

Melissa RossMarch 14, 2016

The Jax for Bernie Sanders campaign is circulating a video that shows an unidentified man on a bicycle taking down Bernie Sanders campaign signs. You can check out the short clip on YouTube. According to the poster, “This occurred less than 10 minutes from the Jacksonville campaign office. People have been complaining to the office […]

Melissa RossMarch 14, 2016

In a very intimate setting, former President Bill Clinton stumped for his wife Hillary Clinton by rallying dozens of local union members gathered at the Ironworkers Local 597 Hall on Jacksonville’s Northside. It was one of two Jacksonville stops for the HRC campaign’s most high-profile surrogate. And the message was straight-up economic populism. “Even though […]

Melissa RossMarch 11, 2016

The University of North Florida and its former women’s basketball coach Mary Tappmeyer have announced a settlement in Tappmeyer’s sex discrimination and retaliation claims associated with her termination from UNF in March 2015. UNF will pay Tappmeyer $1.25 million to settle her claims, according to attorneys representing Tappmeyer. She left the program as the only […]

Melissa RossMarch 8, 2016

Solar activists are crying foul about proposed changes to JEA’s net metering program. They’ll be airing their concerns at a community forum on solar Wednesday evening at Jacksonville University. The JEA board is considering whether to adopt reductions in the credit that is provided to customers who send power back to the grid through JEA’s net metering policy. Net […]

Melissa RossMarch 7, 2016

Activists fighting the decades-long struggle for LGBT equality in America have long been skilled at the long game. From the 1969 Stonewall riots to the 2015 nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage, this is a patient movement, one that has nudged the culture inexorably over a half-century toward greater acceptance and inclusion. To that end, the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality […]


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