Bradenton Bridge

Former inmates and employers join fight to save Bradenton Bridge

Update 12 May 2016: The Department of Corrections has extended the contract (with revised terms) for Bradenton Bridge. An all-female inmate transitional facility in Bradenton could close soon because its contract has not been renewed by the state. The re-entry center provides substance abuse services and has a popular jobs program. Catherine Rodeheaver got a… Read more »

Andrew Joseph with Tampa For Justice

Tampa for Justice wants civil rights investigation of police

Last week the U.S. Department of Justice concluded that although the Tampa Police Department issued disproportionately more tickets to black bicyclists that it was not intentional and therefore not racial discrimination. That study was done by Justice’s COPS program – Community Oriented Policing Services. We played a summary from the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District… Read more »

Religious group protests Hillsborough Sheriffs rejection of civil citations for minors caught with pot

Demonstrators gathered outside the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office in Ybor City  Thursday afternoon, calling on Sheriff David Gee to reverse his decision to arrest minors caught with small amounts of marijuana instead of issuing them civil citations. The vigil was put together  by The Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality, also known as  HOPE, which is made-up of various religious groups through out the county…. Read more »

Tropicana Field

FAST will press Pinellas leaders on issues

A coalition of religious groups is asking Pinellas County leaders for improvements in three areas: reducing education disparities, alternatives to arresting youth and funding basic human services. Joining us in the studio for MidPoint were Pastor Manuel Sykes of Bethel Community Baptist Church, Kathy Filippelli from St. Matthews Catholic Church and Rev. Jean Cooley from Lakewood Presbyterian… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, March 17 – ACLU of Florida and The Florida Squeeze’s Kartik Krishnaiyer

On the program – Baylor Johnson, spokesman for the ACLU of Florida, on the group’s report card on specific issues regarding civil rights and civil liberties in the just concluded Florida legislative session. And, Kartik Krishnaiyer, the editor and chief purveyor from the liberal Florida political blog The Florida Squeeze.

President Obama Makes Supreme Court Nomination

President Obama announced his Supreme Court nominee, political moderate Merrick Garland. Merrick’s nomination came as a surprise to some, who assumed that Sri Srinivasan, also a judge for the D.C. federal court, would be the top pick. Garland was confirmed to the federal bench under former President Bill Clinton’s second presidential term in 1997. He… Read more »

1 in 6 people in Tampa Bay are going hungry; Family of Elias Guadarrama says he did not commit suicide during police chase

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160128_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 by Rob Lorei In the 10 counties making up West Central Florida Area, one in 6 people, or about 700,000, are not getting enough to eat. Many are trying to live off of a four dollar daily allowance for food, and many children come to school on Monday having not had a solid meal at… Read more »

Women’s Show discusses birth, death and taxes… 1/28

Roe vs Wade was a hot topic on From a Woman’s POV    this week. The war on a woman’s right to choose continues. The Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-3 on the “Florida for Life Act” or HB865. If made law, it will ban all abortions with the exception of the health and… Read more »

Best Books from 2015 according to From a Woman’s POV

We had several authors chat with us on the show this year and Arlene has compiled a list of her favorites. They’re listed below in alphabetical order:     Cynthia Barnett, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History. Crown. Like the air we breathe and the earth we walk, rain is elemental. We accept it as… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, Dec. 17 – Mark Elliot talks about the death penalty in Florida

According to a new report issued by the Death Penalty Information Center, the number of death penalty sentences issued and executions carried out in the US both dropped to historic lows in 2015. The fewest number of states since 1992 – only six ‒ executed a total of 28 death row inmates in 2015. Nationally,… Read more »

Regulate Florida cancels legal cannabis petition for 2016 ballot, sets sights on 2018

By Rob Lorei Today we look at the latest developments in a statewide push to regulate recreational marijuana. Activist group Regulate Florida announced yesterday that it will be ending its campaign to make cannabis completely legal for adults over 21, citing a lack of petition signatures and funding needed to get the issue on the… Read more »

Kathy Castor

Tampa Bay gets grant to fight human trafficking

Victims of human trafficking in Tampa Bay will have more access to legal help thanks to a $600,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant announced Friday in St. Petersburg; during a press conference outside the Pinellas County Courthouse in downtown the executive director of Gulfcoast Legal Services said the 3-year grant will let them to hire more lawyers…. Read more »

Radioactivity talks with editor of investigative expose on Florida’s mental health hospitals

By Rob Lorei This week, the Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald Tribune released the first part of an investigative series into the state of Florida’s mental health hospitals titled “Insane. Invisible. In Danger.”, the result of a year-long collaborative effort between the two newspapers. The project reveals have millions of dollars in budgets… Read more »

Jane Castor

Is there a connection between gun violence and mental illness?

After a mass shooting it’s common for analysts to examine the mental health of the suspect. But at a forum Friday hosted by the University of South Florida in Tampa, a behavioral sciences researcher downplayed the connection between gun violence and people with serious mental illnesses. Jeffrey Swanson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences… 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 »

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 »

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 »