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High school age students at a rally one of the teens who is Black holds up a sign that says "Don't Shoot."

Students of Color Condemn Proposals to Arm Teachers During #NationalWalkoutDay

Many student activists walked out of class, advocating for responses to gun violence that don’t strengthen the school to prison pipeline.

People stand at voting booths, faces covered by black partitions

Federal Judge: Florida's Voting Ban for Formerly Incarcerated People is Unconstitutional

The judge said that civil rights cannot be withheld based on “partisan, religious or racial bias.”

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Florida Declares State of Emergency Ahead of White Nationalist Event

National Policy Institute leader Richard Spencer is scheduled to give a speech at the University of Florida.

Man fills plastic bottle with water from hose, woman stands nearby holding an organge container

House Committee Approves $36.5 Billion in Hurricane and Wildfire Recovery Aid

“These funds are vital right now, in the near term, to get the aid where it is needed most.”

Black man stands among his family's ruined possessions

Climate Justice Roundup: Methane Rule Reinstated, Disaster Relief Aid Requested, Clean Power Plan in Trouble

Two steps forward, one step back.

People walk through flooded streets the morning after Hurricane Irma swept through the area on September 11, 2017 in Naples, Florida.

8 Ways to Help People of Color Recover From Hurricane Irma

A list of organizations working to rebuild communities in the path of one of the most powerful hurricanes in history.

Brown woman in maroon t-shirt holds white sign with red, black and blue text in front of Black and Brown people in front of blue sky with white clouds and green and brown palm trees

Florida Judge Strikes Down Updated 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Critics say the latest version of the law that helped exonerate George Zimmerman allows more people to claim self defense, even when they provoked the encounter.

 The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of the storm at 12:48 p.m. Central Time (17:48 Universal Time) on June 20, 2017. (Caption by Adam Voiland)

What the Numbers Tell Us About Tropical Storm Cindy

It’s hitting an area with a high concentration of Black people.

Fernando Sanudo walks along a flooded dock to his boat at the Haulover Marine Center on November 14, 2016, in North Miami, Florida. The flood waters are caused by the combination of the lunar orbit, which causes king tides, and climate change.

READ: Climate Change Already Impacting South Florida Residents With Increase in 'King Tides'

The state is home to some of the country’s largest concentration of immigrants, many of whom will now live in coastal areas prone to flooding.  

Voters cast their ballots at voting booths at PS198M The Straus School on November 8, 2016, in New York, United States.

How This Year's 3 Big Climate Initiatives Will Impact Communities of Color

Washington, Colorado and Florida all have climate initiatives on the ballot today—and all three have the potential to change lives.  

Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, delivers remarks during a press conference September 29, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Yesterday, he called the Zika virus "not controllable."

CDC Director Says Zika Virus 'Will Become Endemic'

There have been more than 4,000 Zika cases in the United States and over 27,000 in U.S. territories.

Jason Brock (L) and Kevin Hunter put up hurricane shutters in front of a business as Hurricane Matthew approaches the area on October 6, 2016, in Delray Beach, Florida.

Hurricane Matthew Intensifies To Category 4 as It Nears Florida

There have been nearly 30 deaths from the storm. 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, speaks to the media after meeting with House Congressional members on September 14, 2016, in Washington, D.C. to discuss efforts to eradicate the Zika virus in Florida.

Florida Governor Declares Miami Neighborhood Zika-Free

However, there are new, non-travel related cases elsewhere in the state.

Light brown building surrounded by red fire trucks with red lights against dark night sky

Florida Mosque, Once Attended by Omar Mateen, Burned in Arson

The blaze corresponded with both the anniversary of 9/11 and the beginning of Eid al-Adha.

A U.S. flag is bent by the wind as the eye of Hurricane Hermine passes overhead in the early morning hours on September 2, 2016, in Shell Point Beach, Florida. Hurricane warnings have been issued for parts of Florida's Gulf Coast as Hermine makes landfall

First Hurricane in More Than a Decade Hits Florida

Tampa and Orlando, cities with majority populations of people of color, are the most at risk. 

Dr. Stella Guerra performs physical therapy on an infant born with microcephaly at Altino Ventura Foundation on June 2, 2016, in Recife, Brazil. Microcephaly is a birth defect linked to the Zika virus where infants are born with abnormally small heads.

CDC Study Links Hearing Loss in Infants to Zika

The global virus continues to stump researchers, as new cases are reported in Florida.

Carlos Varas, a Miami-Dade County mosquito control inspector, attempts to kill mosquitos that may be in storm drains or other places where standing water leads to their breeding in the Miami Beach neighborhood as the county fights to control the virus.

Planned Parenthood Canvassers Go Door-to-Door in Miami to Prevent More Zika Outbreaks

Latinx and Haitian women are among the groups who will be targeted for outreach.

READ: Why Some Parts of U.S. Are Seeing an Explosion of Death Sentences

The New York Times Magazine explores how racism and bias impact crime and punishment.

A city environmental health worker displays literature to be distributed to the public on April 14, 2016, in McAllen, Texas. Health departments, especially in areas along the Texas-Mexico border, are preparing for the expected arrival of the Zika Virus.

Texas Sees First Zika-Related Infant Death

Hillary Clinton is urging Congress to do more to stop the spread of the virus.  

Barbara Betancourt holds her baby Daniel Valdes after being given a can of insect repellent by a City of Miami police officer, on Aug, 2, 2016, in Miami, Florida. A reported 17 individuals have been infected with the Zika virus by local mosquitoes.

Sobering Zika Updates Released for the US

The virus is spreading to other parts of Florida and appears to hurt fetuses more than doctors originally thought.