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Jacksonville press conference slams Angela Corey

By Fernando Figueroa |
April 11, 2016
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Wells Todd of the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition (JPC) calls for Angela Corey to resign or be removed from office by Govenor Rick Scott. (FightBack!News/Ryan Benk)
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The Rev. R.L. Gundy prepares the activists for the press conference. (FightBack!News/Ryan Benk)
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Several speakers and activists gather for a group photo after the successful press conference. (FightBack!News/RyanBenk)

Jacksonville, FL - About 25 people gathered in Friendship Park here, April 9, for a press conference to demand Angela Corey be removed from office. Angela Corey is the Florida state attorney responsible for prosecuting more death penalty cases in Duval County than anywhere else in the country, and for being third in the country for the number of minor offenders charged as adults. An overwhelming majority of those minors charged as adults with felonies are African American. Angela Corey is also responsible for letting George Zimmerman walk after the murder of Trayvon Martin and for locking Marissa Alexander up after Alexander was found guilty of firing a warning shot against her abusive husband. The press conference was called for by the Jacksonville Leadership Coalition, headed by the Reverend R.L. Gundy.

Several groups were invited to speak at the press conference, including the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition (JPC) and Mad Moms: Mothers on a Mission. Many of those present were African Americans with family members who had been victimized by Angela Corey's policies. Wells Todd spoke for the JPC in front of several news cameras and microphones, stating that the fight to get Angela Corey out of office was heating up and that activists were targeting financial backers of Corey like Firehouse Subs and Safetouch Security Systems, as well as W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractors. Todd called for a boycott of these local businesses because of the financial donations made to Corey's last election campaign.

Several of the family members of incarcerated youth and activists were interviewed by local news stations after the press conference. Everyone who attended the event vowed to strike a blow against racism and national oppression by stepping up the fight to get Angela Corey out of office.

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