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WMNF Peace Awards

Saturday Aug 29 10:00PM Add to Calendar
The Straz Center (formerly Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center) [map]


Tickets for this event, are completely sold out ~ Thanks for your support

The WMNF Peace Awards will be a very special evening!

The WMNF Peace Awards will honor those who have made great strides and efforts in the areas of human rights, social and economic justice, the environment and non-violence.

Please join us as we honor Lou and Karen Putney and the late Susan Hussey with the first-ever WMNF Peace Legacy Award.

We have also nominated the following individuals in these categories:
Peace & Freedom
Faith Fippinger, Peace Activist;
Becky Steele, Regional Executive Director, ACLU;
Kelly Benjamin, Independent Journalist and Activist

Peace & Justice
Coalition of Immokalee Workers & Lucas Benitez;
Linda Moreno, Attorney for Sami al-Arian;
Melva Underbakke, Social Justice Advocate
Rev. Warren Clark,FUSE;
Davida Johns, Pro-Nica;

Peace, Love & Understanding
Ahmed Bedier and Sammar Jarrah, True Talk;
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!;
Connie May Fowler, author

Peace & Humanity
Nadine Smith, Equality Florida;
Rev. Bruce Wright, Advocate for the Homeless;
Freedom Playground Foundation and Stefani Busansky;
Linda A. Osmundson, Executive Director, CASA;
Little Red Wagon Foundation;
Anna Rodriguez, Founder, Florida Coalition Against Human Traffiking;
Dr. Kiran C. Patel and Center for Global Solutions

Special Merit Award - Community Tampa Bay

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, who is up for an award, will serve as the evening's emcee. Additionally, we're thrilled Steve Earle will join us and perform for a half-hour. All this and dinner, too!

The WMNF Peace Awards Saturday, August 29, 2009 6-9pm Maestro's at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place Tampa, Florida 33602

This is a fundraiser, and all proceeds benefit WMNF.

Watch this video of Steve Earle singing his beautiful song/vison for peace, "Jerusalem".


$75.00 advance $75.00 at the door

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  • Phone: 813-238-8001

The Straz Center (formerly Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center)

1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa , FL 33602 [map]
Phone: 813-239-STAR From I-275, take the Ashley Street/West Tampa Exit 44 (old 25) to downtown. Once on Ashley Street, go to the first traffic light and turn right on Tyler Street and go a half block to The Center. From the Orlando-Lakeland area, take I-4 West to I-275 South and take the Ashley Street/West Tampa Exit 44 (old 25). From I-75 North or South, take I-4 West to Tampa then to I-275 South. The Ashley Street/West Tampa Exit 44 (old 25) is the second exit. If you are coming via Bayshore Boulevard, go over the Platt Street bridge and turn left on Florida Avenue. Go straight nine blocks, turn left on Tyler Street and drive three and a half blocks to The Center. From Selmon Expressway East-bound, take Kennedy Boulevard and turn right on to Florida Avenue. Turn left on Tyler Street and go three and a half blocks to The Center.


Great Event - Can't Afford To Attend

Looks like a great event. Sorry I can't afford the $75 clams to attend. Good luck with it. BTW: who votes on the nominees? Do the winners get a prize? For what its worth, I vote for Warren Clark, Davida Johns, Ahmed & Sammar, and Kiran Patel.

Love to attend

It would be an honor to be at this event!

Host the silent auction online

Consider hosting your silent auction (or a portion of it) online for free at This will allow more of your community to participate for this worthy cause.

Rob, et al, WMNF needs to do a more thorough job in recognizing local activists. It isn't so hard. They don't all need to be brought up on stage, but 10 minutes of the event can be dedicated to naming many people who have been key in this area for YEARS. Far too many are being ignored here- without even a mention. For example, here are 3 people who should be recognized who have worked successfully in this area for free-- unlike some of those named in your info... Jay Alexander has been a fixture in Tampa Bay's peace movement since the beginning of the Iraqi war in 2003 and is famous for his Avery Stickers, updated almost daily giving the number of US soldiers killed in action, and more lately his work with the CCC for a national green jobs program, which he has pushed tirelessly, also for years, and which is recognized by many national figures as worthy of consideration. Sam Simpson, who has run two campaigns against Rep. Bill Young (R- Cong. Dist. 10) with startling success and support from the Tampa Bay community and nationally. Sam was the first candidate in recent history to qualify for public office by petition, saving her campaign tens of thousands of dollars. The Group "St. Pete for Peace" has been instrumental in leading the anti-war movement in Pinellas County and is core to protest events at Baywalk over the last two years. They should be recognized, if not Chris Ernesto, who was pivotal in that group.

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