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The ACLU fights the Florida anti-protest law, then “JUSTICE MATTERS” from Legal Aid of Manasota, Wednesday August 18 at 9am on Peace & Justice

Written by on Monday, August 16, 2021

Our first guest this Wednesday, August 18 at 9am, will be Max Gaston, an attorney with ACLU Florida. Max will update us on the lawsuit against H.B.1, the new Anti-Protest law in Florida. Among other things, H.B.1 risks criminalizing peaceful protest, discourages people from protesting, and otherwise infringes on First Amendment rights.

The second half of our show will feature the NEW segment JUSTICE MATTERS, a half-hour of questions and answers on legal matters presented the third Wednesday of every month at 9:30am by Legal Aid of Manasota.

Legal Aid of Manasota has been a voice/advocate/champion for the most vulnerable in our community in Sarasota and Manatee counties for 30 years. More than 90,000 residents of Sarasota-Manatee live in poverty, and Legal Aid of Manasota provides FREE civil legal services to these residents by partnering with local lawyers. Their mission is to give everyone, regardless of their ability to pay, a fair shake at justice.

The show will be hosted by the Executive Director of Legal Aid of Manasota Linda Harradine and Public Defender Larry Eger, who is also Legal Aid’s Board Chair.

Linda writes, “Sometimes, it’s hard to know when you have a “legal” problem.  For example, there are legal solutions for evictions, domestic violence, discrimination, debt collection, consumer fraud and guardianships to name a few.  These are life-changing problems. It’s important to know your rights and seek help before a small problem becomes a bigger one. The legal system touches every aspect of our lives, and the inability to hire a lawyer can make a life-changing difference.”

The first topic they will address is “Can employers require you to get vaccinated for COVID?

Their expert guest attorney on the 18th will be Jennifer Fowler Hermes, a partner at Williams Parker who leads the Labor and Employment practice.

Missed the show? Hear it at archive.wslr.org. Jennifer Hermes mentioned that some good information for employers and employees may be found at the EEOC website HERE.


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