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Amid Republican convention's glamour, Tampa homeless move into abandonded house listen

08/27/12 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In preparation for the Republican National Convention, the City of Tampa has spent a large amount of money sprucing up some of its finest neighborhoods in an attempt to bolster the city image to the international community. But not all of Tampa is lined with mansions, palm trees and newly paved roads, like its iconic waterfront along Bayshore Boulevard. Only a few blocks away from the city’s busy financial and nightlife districts lie unnoticed pockets of poverty which local activists point ...

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CODEPINK holds activist training ahead of several RNC demonstrations listen

08/27/12 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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CODEPINK, the women’s peace group, is in Tampa this week -taking part in protester against the Republican convention.

About a dozen women singing protest tunes only blocks away from the Republican Convention in downtown Tampa Sunday.

The organization’s founder Medea Benjamin has been working to keep budding protesters on their toes.

”We actually started two days ago, we protested and we’ve been making a lot of our props and now we’re here teaching people chants, trying o...

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Charlie Crist to Address the DNC; We'll Talk with the Young Invincibles and Open the Phones

08/27/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to special coverage of the RNC on WMNF. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk with Steve Bousquet, Tallahassee Bureau Chief of the Tampa Bay Times about the announcement that former governor Charlie Crist will address the Democratic National Convention next week in Charlotte. We'll find out how delegates to the RNC are reacting to the announcement. We'll also discuss that topic with Chris Ingram who is Republican political commentator for...

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WMNF's Live Call-in Coverage of the RNC

08/27/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk with labor activists Cheryl Schroeder and Aaron Carmella from the West Central Federation of Labor, On Wednesday, August 29th from 6:00PM to 7:30PM the West Central Florida Federation of Labor AFL-CIO Central Labor Council will host “Welcome to Romney’s America,” a satirical look at what life under a Romney/Ryan administration would look like. The event will feature street theatre performed along the official ...

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Protesters in Tampa march on the RNC with a host of complaints listen

08/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Hundreds of activists rallied at a park in downtown Tampa this morning against the Republican Party. After hearing from dozens of groups representing interests from healthcare to women’s rights, protesters marched through the streets of Tampa under tight police control. William Sloan, a Vietnam veteran, ignored the sweat cascading down his face to demand peace.

"Well first a foremost, I want an end to war."

He became emotional talking about his memories of all the killing he witnes...

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A few alternative events during this week's Republican convention listen

08/27/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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There are a lot of events coming up during the rest of the week while the Republican Convention is in town.

On Saturday at Occupy Tampa’s Voice of Freedom Park I asked local activist Jimmy Dunson about some of the things he’s helping to organize.

One is the Really, Really Free Market. Another is Fix Sh*t Up.

"Tell us what some events are that are coming up after Monday."

"...

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Some media kept from interacting with delegates at RNC kick-off event listen

08/27/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Despite the weather, events for the Republican National Convention kicked off last night with the Host Committee’s welcome party in St. Petersburg. Hundreds of delegates and invited media mingled on the artificial grass inside the major league baseball dome near downtown. Media covering the event were kept in a Tropicana Field sky box and were prevented from mingling with the delegates on the field. This was news to Ken Jones, president and CEO of the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee for the R...

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Ron Paul rallies in Tampa before Republican convention listen

08/27/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Yesterday Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul rallied supporters before his party’s convention, where he hasn’t been invited to speak. Nearly 8000 attendees at the University of South Florida witnessed an afternoon of political invigoration which culminated in Ron Paul’s hour long speech calling for an ideological revolution.

Ron Paul, his supporters and delegates may not be taken seriously by the old guard of the Republican Party but they are making a beachhead on the establ...

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Death of Democracy protest at RNC kick-off party draws more than 1,000 grieving protesters listen

08/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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More than 1,000 activists from around the country took to the streets in St. Petersburg yesterday in protest of Republican policies. Marches were planned by two different groups the night before the Republican National Convention begins. But all of the demonstrators came together for one march with an endless list of complaints. Warren Lundquist traveled from Palm Bay on Florida’s west coast with signs saying Mitt Romney should run for president of China, not the U.S. He said he’s not ...

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Code Pink members dressed as vaginas protest Republican convention in Tampa

08/27/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Sunday Code Pink members dressed in vaginas chanted "Hey Hey GOP - Women want equality." They're protesting the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

They have several other events planned throughout the week.

All of our Republican convention coverage is at rnc.wmnf.org

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Republican convention protests accelerate this weekend in Tampa Bay listen

08/24/12 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Thousands of protesters, activists, and political groups are traveling to Tampa to protest this year's Republican National Convention.

Occupy Tampa and Occupy Wall Street will be joining with a wide range of activist organizations in protesting the RNC. Nathan Pim is a member of Food Not Bombs, which plans to feed protesters during the convention.  Pim and other Food Not Bombs activists began joining forces with Occupy Tampa at their encampment at Voice of Freedom Park on Wednesday. "A ...

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Anti-drone protest at Raytheon draws more than 100 peace activists to Largo listen

08/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Tribune reports the city will use drones for surveillance during the Republican National Convention next week. More than 100 peace activists protested the use of unmanned drones in countries overseas at Raytheon in Largo Thursday afternoon.

Tighe Barry is with the group Code Pink. One of their main focuses is on anti-war efforts. Barry has long suspected that the U.S. might start using the technology on American soil.

“And they’re going to be used on us. They’re ...

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Rev. James Forbes on Spiritual Depression

08/24/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk with The Rev. James A. Forbes Jr., Senior Minister Emeritus, The Riverside Church, New York City; Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor, Union Theological Seminary, NY; Founder & President, The Healing of the Nations Foundation. He'll be speaking on the topic of "spritual depression" this Sunday, August 26, 2012 at the following religious communities.

8:00 a.m. St. John Progressive Baptist Church Rev. Ba...

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Adelle Stan, Washington bureau chief for AlterNet talks about the upcoming RNC

08/23/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Adelle Stan, the Washington Bureau Chief for Alter Net talks about her interpretation and analysis of the recent choice of Paul Ryan for Vice President on the Republican ticket. She also gave her thoughts on the recent comments of Rep. Todd Akin and questioned if this was a mere "slip of the tongue" or something deeper reflected in the many policies of not only Todd Akin but many other elected officials to limit access to American Women of abortion services. For more information go to altern...

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Amy Taylor director of the Action Project of Planned Parenthood and the Aug 29 rally in Tampa

08/23/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Amy Taylor, the director of the Action Project for Planned Parenthood, talks about the "Women Speaking Up" bus tour which has been touring the country for the last six weeks . She gave a summary of the events so far and talked about the "pink bus" tour which is coming to Tampa, Fl. on Wednesday August 29 for a planned protest and rally at the Republican National Convention.

The bus will arrive at noon at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, 1001 North Boulevard in Tampa. There will be speech...

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