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Sept. 24 “Effects of Mass Incarceration in Florida” Raymer Maguire IV

  • What effects do tough-on-crime policies have on crime rates, tax rates, incarceration rates, and communities in Central Florida?
  • Why forgiveness and rehabilitation should be the focus of Florida’s criminal justice system instead of punishment and incarceration. 
  • Why members of FUMCO should care about mandatory minimums, drug laws, direct file laws, and outdated sentencing laws even though these issues may seem far removed or not very relevant to FUMCO’s congregation. 
  • Florida’s felon disenfranchisement laws and why people who don’t care about criminal justice reform or voting rights, should care about ACLU’s efforts to restore voting rights for 1.5 million Floridians. 

Raymer Maguire, IV, is the manager of ACLU of Florida’s Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform. Raymer obtained a degree in Economics and Finance from Bentley University. Prior to entering Florida’s political landscape in 2013, he founded and managed three successful, small businesses from 2006 to 2013. He worked for Florida’s two medical marijuana ballot initiative campaigns from 2013 to 2016, serving as the Deputy State Director during the 2014 campaign and Deputy Campaign Manager during the 2016 campaign. Raymer hopes to bring real and lasting change to Florida’s criminal justice system by focusing on compassionate, common sense based changes to the current system.

Oct. 1 “Feeding Children in OCPS”

Lora Gilbert

Oct. 8 “The Case of the Cast Iron Dog: or You Can’t Teach an Iron Dog New Tricks”

Gene Zimmerman

This collection is a reprint of Gene’s original book, “Why Do Mullet Jump?”, published in 1986, with the addition of previously unpublished and new works, including essays on gay marriage and the Pulse nightclub shooting. We find profound wisdom in all, as well as humor and a warm, authentic voice.

Oct. 15 “The Decline of Mainline Churches”

Kathleen McLaurin

Oct. 22 “The Rise of the Religious Right”

Kathleen McLaurin

Oct. 29 “The Future of Mainline Churches”

Kathleen McLaurin