Eric Ward & Tampa City Council.

Tampa City Council will workshop mayor’s police review board — but with more appointees

Later this month Tampa City Council will workshop the idea of a citizen board to review police activity. That decision came Thursday afternoon in what started out as a citizen-driven call for oversight of the Tampa Police Department but morphed into what the City Council attorney says could be the “most significant” thing that he… Read more »

The 30 million word gap between rich and poor children; Local charity helps displaced Haitian Dominicans

    Today we look at the latest research in early childhood development with Dr. Dana Suskind, founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative at the University of Chicago. ‘Thirty Million Words’ to a 1995 study that found that children from affluent backgrounds are exposed to over 30 million more words than low-income children by… Read more »

Laila Abdelaziz

Critic says Buckhorn’s Police review board not independent

On Friday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced a new Citizens Review Board to keep an eye on the city’s police department; on WMNF’s MidPoint, Seán Kinane spoke with Laila Abdelaziz, a critic who is part of a movement that thinks an independent board is needed instead. Abdelaziz is legislative and government affairs director at CAIR Florida… Read more »

gun control advocate says Roanoke shooting part of an “epidemic” of gun violence

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity tackles the topic of gun violence in the wake of the tragic shooting in Roanoke, Virginia, in which two TV journalists were gunned down live on air by a disgruntled former employee. Ladd Everitt with The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence joins us to talk about the alarming rate of… Read more »

Gianna Love

Preview of Trans Lives Matter rally in Tampa

At least eighteen transgender women have been killed this year in the United States. This week there have been vigils and rallies across the country calling attention to violence against trans women. Friday night there is a rally in downtown Tampa called Trans Lives Matter #SayHerName to remember victims like Tampa resident India Clarke, who… Read more »

ACLU of Florida on redistricting and “prison Gerrymandering”

During the recent special session to re-draw Congressional districts, the Florida Legislature did not end up agreeing on maps; but during the discussion there was renewed focus on how prisoners affect the population of districts and who represents communities. For example, Congress member Corrine Brown said if her district is re-drawn heading west from Jacksonville… Read more »

Biking While Black DoJ

“Biking While Black” citations decline in Tampa

Update from Friday, August 28: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has announced the creation of a Citizens Review Board to review issues related to the Tampa Police Department.  The number of citations Tampa Police are issuing to bicyclists has sharply declined over the past three months; during a presentation to Tampa City Council Thursday morning the… Read more »

10 years after Katrina: Who is being left out of New Orleans’ Renaissance?

this Saturday marks the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit the northern gulf coast, devastating New Orleans as the storm overwhelmed its aged levee system and flooded 80 percent of the city, leaving over 1800 dead. Over the last few years New Orleans has experienced what many see as a renewal with as it economy… Read more »

Kathy Castor at USF

Low-performing Pinellas schools prompts Castor letter to feds

Tampa-area Congress member Kathy Castor has written to the U.S. Department of Education asking them to look at how the Pinellas County School District is spending federal money that is supposed to go to schools in high-poverty areas; it’s in response to an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times finding that five south St. Petersburg… Read more »

RegulateFlorida.com

Regulate Florida pushing ballot initiative to legalize marijuana

There’s a new effort to make marijuana legal in Florida – nope, not just medical marijuana. We’re talking legal recreational use of marijuana by adults; a new group will announce its new voter initiative this week. It’s called Regulate Florida and it is an effort to amend the state constitution to legalize and regulate marijuana… Read more »

Devan Cheaves, BAAC. WMNF News.

Preview of Know Your Rights workshop in St. Pete

In the twelve months since Michael Brown was shot dead by police in Ferguson Missouri renewed attention has been paid to interactions between police and residents of the communities they monitor, especially people of color; a group called the Bay Area Activist Coalition (BAAC) is hosting a workshop in south St. Petersburg Friday evening to… Read more »