Protesters Take to the Streets on Nights of Lights

Pastor Ron Rawls and hundreds of people were there to rally against two Confederate statues, and the city of St Augustine’s decision to keep them. Groups from Jacksonville also joined the march, which began at St. Paul A.M.E. Church and ended at the city’s main plaza during the Nights of Lights celebration. The protesters’ main goal was to be heard and impact tourism at perhaps the city’s biggest event of the year.

SJC Republican Party Fundraiser Big Success

The SJC Republican Party Hosted Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Ron DeSantis in a Fundraiser in Ponte Vedra, FL.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) joins Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL6) as the guest speakers at a fundraising dinner for the St Johns County Republican Party Friday October 6th at the Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.  While Democrats and Republicans on the Hill continue to fight President Trump and his agenda, Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Ron DeSantis stand by the President and keep working to promote his agenda. The Sawgrass Country Club was filled with those in support of Republican Party and its Pro Trump agenda. Great guests, great music, and great food made the event a success. 

Republican Party Event Coming Our Way

The St Johns Republican party will host Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL 6th District) as special guest speakers for the SJC REC Texas BBQ Fundraiser on Friday, October 6th 2017, 6:30pm – 8:30pm. The event will take place at Sawgrass Country Club, 10034 Golf Club Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak with Diane Scherff, the present Vice Chairman of the St Johns County Republican Executive Committee, to get a more detail on the event of October 6th.

St Augustine Speaks About Confederate Monuments

St Augustine citizens came to St Paul AME Church to have an orderly forum concerning the fate of some confederate monuments in public spaces. The event was hosted by Rev. Ron Rawls and people spoke against and for the these symbols of the confederacy.

To see the entire forum of 1 hour and 13minutes go to :

St Augustinians Go to “Rubio Empty Suit Town Hall”

St Augustinians took a trip to support the Indivisible”Rubio Empty Suit Town Hall” in Jacksonville this last Wednesday, May 31st. A good size crowd talked to a Trump impersonator, and an empty suit that represented Senator Marco Rubio, wanting both to confront issues that seemed to be of great importance to the attendees of this Town Hall. First Coast.TV went to see what this event was all about.

Trump Rally at the Castillo San Marcos

Trump supporters held a rally on Monday, Feb. 28, on the grounds of the Castillo San Marcos in St Augustine, FL. Diane Scheriff introduced a series of speakers, including local party chair Bill Korach, local party secretary Eric West and others. They spoke in support of the president’s administration and the cabinet members he has been able to get confirmed by the Senate. Some spoke of the Trump “movement” and how the president won the election, while others promised to keep pressure on members of Congress to make sure they support Trump policies. Trump protesters were near, but the rally went on peacefully, and without incident.

Indivisible Meets in Ponte Vedra

The Indivisible movement met at the Ponte Vedra concert Hall. The venue was packed with residents of St Johns County. The Indivisible movement is based on the guide by the same name, its main goal is to resist the Trump agenda just as the Tea Party was formed to resist the Obama agenda.

Panelists Search for Answers and Hope

Compassionate St. Augustine was proud to present “Both Sides Now: Bridging Our Differences in A Divided World,” a panel discussion grounded in civil discourse with Republicans, Democrats and those who cross party lines from St. Johns County. Frank Denton, Florida Times Union Editor-at-Large and Vice President of Journalism for Morris Communications, moderated the panel. At a time when our county, and the world are deeply divided by lines in the sand that represent political affiliations, personal beliefs, and interests, the diverse panelists focused on what each believes should happen for residents to help erase those lines and come together collaboratively, cooperatively, creatively and compassionately for the greater good locally and beyond.

The panelists (in alphabetical order) included Ron Brown, Jerry Cameron, Deltra Long, Kris Phillips, Ron Rawls, Lynn Straughan, Tracy Upchurch, and Doug Wiles.

The Willie Gallimore Center was filled for this event, with local residents eager to have this discussion.

Unity March Brings Huge Crowds

St Augustine marched in synchronicity with hundreds of other cities in the U.S. and abroad. A march where hundreds were expected, over two thousand probably marched. The march started on the east side of the Bridge of Lions headed to the Plaza de la Constitucion, where the marchers heard guest speakers, and listened to musicians play folk music.

Dakota Access Pipeline Protest in St Augustine

On Tuesday, November 15th, downtown St. Augustine saw protesters at 12 Noon and 5:30PM in a nationwide day of action in solidarity with those at Standing Rock, and demand the Federal government and the Army Corps reject the Dakota Access pipeline.

The Army Corps fast-tracked the Dakota Access Pipeline without proper consultation, and as a result, bulldozers are now approaching Standing Rock. But with coordinated, massive demonstrations across the country, we’ll make it clear that we will not allow the sacrifice of Indigenous rights, our water, or our climate.

Right now protesters feel they have to keep the pressure on President Obama to do what’s right while he’s still in office and stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Indigenous leaders are calling on people to take to the streets and disrupt “business-as-usual” one week after the election to demand that President Obama’s Army Corps of Engineers and the incoming administration stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

In solidarity with the Sioux Water Protectors at Standing Rock, protesters demonstrated against the banking institutions which are funding the Dakota Access Pipeline, to demand that they withdraw from the pending loan that would make DAPL possible.

Banks are more susceptible to public pressure than the big oil and gas companies, as they rely on their image and brand. 2 of the 17 banks directly funding DAPL have branches in downtown St Augustine: Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Protesters were asking people to close their accounts with Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and a dozen more banks financing DAPL.