News & Public Affairs03/08/06
In January, WMNF covered the story about a group of Muslims who were forced to relocate a youth retreat after the facility received death threats. The Muslim American Society of Tampa had planned to hold a leadership workshop for Muslim youth at Cedarkirk Camp, a Presbyterian conference center in Lithia.
Just prior to the event the facility received death threats after right-wing blogger Joe Kaufman wrote on the website AmericansAgainstHate.com that the event would be a "children's ...Be the first to comment
You might see them on a street corner at an anti war protest or maybe in the chambers of the city commission. Theyâ€™re the ones dressed in the wide-brimmed hats and brightly colored shawls. They are the Raging Grannies.
The Raging Grannies were formed in Victoria, Canada in 1987 when a group of women, worried about nuclear-armed vessels coming into Canadian waters, decided to get their message out by singing protest songs. Their first action took place on Feb 14th when they presente...Be the first to comment
Several studies, from university professors here and abroad, say that girls have become more violent.
James Garbarino, the author of the book â€œLost Boysâ€?,also thinks so. His new book is entitled, â€œSee Jane Hit: Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What We Can Do About itâ€?..Heâ€™s also the a Professor of Pscyhology at Loyola University in Chicago.
He told WMNFâ€™s Mitch Perry that part of the increase in violence is what he calls the Toxic Social Environment of our culture (...Be the first to comment
Mary spoke with Nadje Al-Ali, one of the Iraqi women visiting the US now with Code Pink and Women Say No to War. Nadje is a writer/researcher specializing in women in the Middle East. She is founding member of Act Together: Women's Action on Iraq and mother of a 3-year old daughter. She is currently living in the United Kingdom and working on a book about women in Iraq. She spoke about current conditions in Iraq and the importance of US forces getting out of Iraq.Be the first to comment
A brief history of International Women's Day -- the importance of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York in 1911 and the strike in Boston in 1912 leading to the eventual establishment of International Women's Day.Be the first to comment
Anuradha Mittal, a native of India, is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights, democracy, and agriculture issues. She talked with Mary about global issues and her open letter to President Bush. She is the founder and director of a policy think tank, The Oakland Institute, that works to ensure public participation and democratic debate on the most crucial economic and social policy issues that affect peoples' lives through nonpartisan research, analysis, and ad...Be the first to comment
Ruskin resident get satisfaction from Hillsborough County Commissioners Denying a developer by Mitch E. Perry03/08/06
The Hillsborough County Commission today did something that critics say is uncharacteristic â€“ saying no to a developerâ€™s projectâ€¦.
Scores of residents from the Hillsborough County town of Ruskin came to Tampa today, some supporting, but many opposing a proposed subdivision at the County Land Use Meeting today.
The Developers â€“ Manatee Bay Associates, and its parent company â€“ Earthmark â€“ had plans for 2 new neighborhoods â€“ totaling about 427 new homes â€“ to...Be the first to comment
Planned Parenthoods across the United States will come together in a day of solidarity with South Dakota on Thursday, holding rallies and events protesting South Dakota's new law banning abortions. The law makes illegal all abortions except those done to save the life of the mother, with no exceptions for rape or incest. As of July 1st, performing an abortion would be a felony with a penalty of up to 5 years in prison. WMNF's Emily Reddy talked with Wendy Grassi, Planned Parenthood of Sout...Be the first to comment
A group called Voices for Creative Nonviolence is engaged in a 34-day fast in Washington, D.C. in order to end the war on Iraq. Last weekend, on the 19th day of their fast, WMNFâ€™s SeÃ¡n Kinane spoke with them and has this report.
Voices for Creative Nonviolence is a group based in Chicago, with members from around the country. But they chose the nationâ€™s capital, Washington, D.C., for this five-week fast, which they call The Winter of Our Discontent. They want members of Cong...Be the first to comment
The Pinellas county school board spent the entire day discussing how to cut 22 million dollars from next years budget. The cuts proposed by superintendent Clayton Wilcox included the cutting of 270 jobs, which has drawn protest from many non-academic employees, such as maintenance and cafeteria workers. Cuts suggested at the workshop were not binding, but are meant to advise Wilcox, as he draws up a proposal to bring before the board later this month. The districts Chief business officer ...Be the first to comment
This was an interview with Lamar Waldron, co-author of the new book ULTIMATE SACRIFICE: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK. The book reveals for the first time John and Robert Kennedy's top-secret plan to stage a coup against Castro and invade Cuba on December 1, 1963.
But the Kennedy coup plan was infiltrated by three Mafia bossesâ€”of Chicago, Tampa, and Louisiana/Texasâ€”who were under intense pressure from Attorney General Robert Kennedy.
The...Be the first to comment
As you just heard, Governor Bush talked proudly about giving out more than a billion dollars in tax cuts this yearâ€¦But if he does so, heâ€™ll be doing it against the wishes of most of the citizens in Florida.
According polling data collected last month, by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, registered voters in Florida told pollsters for Quinnipiac University of Connecticut that they would prefer this year's budget surplus to be spent on other state needs..And that includes64 percent of de...Be the first to comment
Governor Bush today gave his 8th and final State of the State address today, and though his tenure has less than a year left in office, Bush shows no sign of being a lame duck.
His actual speech today was devoid of suprises, mainly because he has advertised since the New Year his plan of attack in 2006â€¦.
Bush took pride on where the state is economically from when he took office, saying Florida economically speaking is in perhaps the best shape it has ever been (roll tap...Be the first to comment
As the 2006 state legislative session is set to open on Tuesday, the rising cost of home insurance will be one of the main topics on the agenda. More and more companies are refusing to issue new policies, leaving thousands of Floridians with no choice but to go without insurance, or use the high priced insurer of last resort, Citizens. Many citizens are upset about rising utility prices as well, and there is a growing movement to try and address both of these issues by having the regulators...Be the first to comment
This morning, a brand new daily newspaper was distributed throughout the bay area â€“ Itâ€™s called tbt â€“ or Tampa Bay Times â€“ and is published by the St. Petersburg Times. But unlike the Times, the TBT comes in tabloid form, with lots of colored photos, as well as wire stories, along with content that was also published in the St. Pete Times.
There had been some suspense on whether the paper would publish after the Tampa Tribune sued, complaining about trademark infringement...Be the first to comment