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Painting a world in which women, migrants have more power

I am the child of first-generation immigrants, and I grew up in Oakland, California, in the 1980s and ’90s, when Oakland was one of the most dangerous cities in the country.

Oakland was the home of the Black Panthers, and the powerful remnants of the Black power movement remained alive in my city even while my neighborhood was being ravaged by the war on drugs, mass incarceration and gangs. My parents taught me the importance of creating something out of nothing. I was always a creative child; art allowed me to create another world for myself in my imagination, where I could be seen in my full humanity.

Favianna Rodriguez
Favianna Rodriguez

My experiences also taught me that I could tap into the power of art and culture to bring about lasting social change.

I work on climate issues because I grew up in a polluted community. I experienced sexism my

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Winter Park’s Park Avenue looking to reclaim bustling vibe in a post-pandemic world

Winter Park has long been a place where locals can people-and-dog watch, flight of rosé at hand, from the Park Avenue sidewalk in front of The Wine Room or where tourists escape the theme parks to soak up some Central Florida art and culture at the Polasek Museum.

That vibe is fading, another casualty of the prolonged public health crisis that has many people avoiding crowds and retreating to their homes with takeout instead of lingering at a sidewalk table.

At least four shops along the tony retail stretch have already closed and many of the 140 others have reduced their hours. The city has temporarily stopped organizing the type of street events that make Winter Park a regional hub.

And last month shop owners at a meeting for the Park Avenue District reported businesses losses of up to 40%, said Sara Grafton, president of the group.

She said the

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