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FL judge rules school has to temporarily allow transgender teacher to use preferred pronouns

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Two trans teachers and one nonbinary teacher filed a lawsuit in December over the state’s Parental Rights in Education Act — which opponents have called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill — that restricts teachers and educators from using pronouns that don’t align with their biological sex.

A Florida judge temporarily blocked the law from being enforced against one nonbinary and two transgender teachers this week, according to Fox News.

“Once again, the State of Florida has a First Amendment problem,” Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker wrote in the temporary injunction. “Of late, it has happened so frequently, some might say you can set your clock by it.”

“This time, the State of Florida declares that it has the absolute authority to redefine your identity if you choose to teach in a public school,” the opinion, released Tuesday, continued. “So, the question before this Court is whether the First Amendment permits the State to dictate, without limitation, how public-school teachers refer to themselves when communicating to students. The answer is a thunderous ‘no.’”

Walker granted Katie Wood, one of the trans teachers, a temporary injunction, arguing in the legal opinion that the law violates the First Amendment. The injunction does not reverse the law for everyone completely. Only Wood will be allowed an exception to the rule, since students called the teacher “Ms.” prior to the 2023 law. After the law went into effect, students called Wood “Teacher Wood,” instead of “Mr.,” which Wood claimed was stigmatizing.

“Katie Wood is a transgender woman who is known at school — indeed, in every aspect of her life — as ‘Ms. Wood.’ She uses she/her pronouns to refer to herself and would prefer that others do as well,” Walker wrote. “AV Schwandes is nonbinary and is known as ‘Mx. Schwandes.’ Mx. Schwandes uses they/them pronouns to refer to themself and would prefer that others do as well.”

However, the judge did not conclude the other two teachers “demonstrated a likelihood of success” in their allegations that the law violated their rights.

“In short, Mx. Schwandes has not come forward with any evidence showing that they intend to engage in speech in the foreseeable future that would violate” the law, Walker wrote.

Woods argued in the lawsuit that the law is discriminatory on the basis of sex and violates the equal protection clause, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX of the education amendments of 1972.

“I am hopeful that this ruling will encourage those who feel powerless to stand up for themselves,” Wood said in a statement. “Where there is pain, there is power. And anything can happen when good people stand up together.”

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Leader of the radical pro-Palestine group Manolo De Los Santos arrested in New York

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The head of a radical organization in favor of the Cuban regime and that also openly supports the Hamas terrorist group in New York, was arrested Tuesday after the NYPD evicted an anti-Israel camp at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan.

A video posted by The People’s Forum (TPF) on X, formerly Twitter, depicts Manolo De Los Santos, executive director of TPF, an anti-Israel organization that sympathizes with the Chinese Communist Party, was arrested by several NYPD officers wearing riot helmets near the institute’s campus on West 27th Street.

On April 29, more than 100 masked activists met in Manhattan at the office of the TPF, an organization backed by American businessman Neville Roy Singham, a self-proclaimed socialist known for financially supporting left-wing causes, to plan their next moves, while protests Anti-Israel protests reach a fever pitch across the country, reports ADN America.

Manolo De Los Santos urged the group to “give Joe Biden a hot summer” and “make it unsustainable for politics as usual in this country.” Likewise, he asked to recreate “the summer of 2020,” in reference to the violence that besieged major cities in the United States months after the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

A few hours after the meeting was called, dozens of protesters illegally broke into Columbia University’s Hamilton Hall and gained entry through a glass-paneled door that one of those involved broke with a hammer.

Police arrived at the scene after being called by Columbia President Minouche Shafik. In total, 44 people were arrested, including two university staff members and 13 “outsiders” who were not affiliated with the school, Columbia confirmed in a news release Thursday.

The People’s Forum, an organization that describes itself as “a movement incubator for working class and marginalized communities,” has been a mainstay of anti-Israel protests since Hamas’ attack on the Jewish state on October 7, 2023.

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