Pinellas and Hillsborough to join South Florida counties in combating wage theft

By Rob Lorei Hillsborough and Pinellas counties will soon be joining several South Florida counties in passing local ordinances aimed at protecting workers from wage theft. Wage theft is when employees are withheld  rightly owed wages or benefits, sometimes through forcing workers to work off the clock, denying paychecks, or garnishing employee tips.  It especially affects service… Read more »

Florida This Week; Local Reverend wants less children arrested for misdemeanors

By Rob Lorei On today’s Radioactivity, we air the latest Florida This Week, a political talk show moderated by Rob Lorei that is broadcast on local PBS station WEDU on Friday nights. This episodes tackles the big stories in Florida News and Politics: Charlie Crist’s bid for Congress, the special session on senate seat redistricting, the teacher… Read more »

US Department of Education lambastes Pinellas County for educational disparities

Last Friday afternoon U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Campbell Park Elementary, one of the South Saint Petersburg schools singled out in a Tampa Bay Times investigation noting severely underperforming schools. Outgoing US secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, emphasized the educational disparity in Pinellas schools is man made. Duncan opines that probable causes were… Read more »

Bruce Wright

Peace in the Park will call attention to homelessness in St. Pete

This Saturday in downtown St. Petersburg’s Williams Park there will be music, poetry, art and local justice groups calling attention to peace, homelessness and social justice. Peace in the Park is being organized in part by Rev. Bruce Wright, director of Refuge Ministries. He is also on the national board of the Poor People’s Economic Human… Read more »

Andrew Joseph with Tampa For Justice

Diverse group calls for strong citizen review board for Tampa Police

Some members of Tampa City Council want to go against the legal advice of the city’s attorney and create a civilian board to review actions of the police – or at least appoint more members than Mayor Bob Buckhorn has in mind for a board he created by executive order. And diverse voices of citizens… Read more »

St. Pete to help organize restoration of MLK/Malcolm X monument in Cuba

The City of St. Petersburg will be part of an effort to restore a fading monument in Havana, Cuba that honors civil rights leaders Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X; Mayor Rick Kriseman recently led a city delegation to Cuba. During a press conference earlier this month, Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin said… Read more »

Public voices displeasure with Tampa citizen review board proposal by Mayor Buckhorn

Concerned members of the public packed this morning’s Tampa city council meeting to sound off on what they feel is targeted use of red-light cameras, police brutality, and Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposal for a citizen review board for police activity in which 9 of the 11 appointees would be assigned by him. Many felt that… Read more »

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 »

Fight for 15 activists and elected officials discuss low wages of child care workers

Last night local elected officials and minimum wage advocates met at the Seminole Heights Library in Tampa for a dialogue on the poverty-level wages of childcare workers. The town hall meeting was held by the local fight for 15 chapter, which is part of a national movement for a 15 an hour minimum wage. The… 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 »

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 »

fight for 15 workers attend hearing in Brazil on Mcdonald’s labor practices

Today Host Rob Lorei talks with two Tampa area workers who just returned from a trip to Brazil to testify at a global hearing on the working conditions of McDonald’s workers from all over the world. Bleu Rainer, a McDonald’s employee for three years, and Nadaije Pail Jajoute, a childcare worker and wage advocate, are part of… 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 »

Cecil The Lion. Donald The Caricature. Mama Africa.

The death of Cecil the lion resulted in headlines around the world, filled with outpourings of concern for the welfare of African wildlife. Gareth Patterson has dedicated his life to caring for and understanding African wildlife. From his home in a remote location on the edge of the Knysna forest, in South Africa, Gareth joins the program for an informative chat about Cecil,… Read more »

A Conversation with civil rights photographer Bob Fletcher

Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei speaks with photojournalist Bob Fletcher, who photographed the struggles of the civil rights movement in Mississippi during the 1960s. Fletcher, a native of Detroit, moved to Mississippi to after facing arrest for photographing a protest in New York City. While in Mississippi, He became affiliated with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC),… Read more »