Among the various proposed Constitutional Amendments that state activists are working on to get on the November Ballot include a grass roots appear to put growth controls in the hands of votersâ€¦â€¦
But it now appears that Floridians will NOT get the chance to try to slow down growth in the stateâ€¦.Thatâ€™s because the group behind such a plan â€“ Florida Hometown Democracy â€“is woefully shy of the nearly 500,000 signatures they need to turn in to the Secretary of Stateâ€™s Office in a ...
Arnett Doctor, descendent of a rosewood massacre survivor.
â€œThe Ku Klux Klan was very active during the time we were demonstrating. White citizen council, one dressed in robes and overallsâ€¦..came to our meetings
â€œBob sanders came to us and said St Pete better be a part of it because St Pete is the retirement meccaâ€¦we had a false impression that racism was a small part of St Petersburg life..we had to sit behind the back seaâ€¦I was arrested for sittin...
A draft report by an investigative panel which is reviewing the actions of the Miami-Dade County Police Department during last Novemberâ€™s Free Trade Area of the Americaâ€™s Conference, says that demonstrators who came to Miami to protest are due â€œheartfelt apologiesâ€? because they were met by the equivalent of â€œmartial lawâ€?â€¦â€¦â€¦ some cases, police reacted with an ''unrestrained and disproportionate use of force'' and ``civil rights were trampled.''
Those are some of the s conc...
Yesterday (Wednesday) the Hillsborough County Commissioners voted down a motion proposed by Commissioner Pat Frank that would have allowed Citizens to have their say on a county program that forgives development impact feesâ€¦.
The County has 8 such no-fee program, meant to encourage development of economically depressed areas...The Countyâ€™s Impact Fee Manager says the zones have cost the county more than $13 million dollars since it began 4 years ago.
During the public hearing portio...
Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and Willie Bolden were our guests.
Willie Bolden is a civil rights veteran who was active in the SCLC and the Poor Peopleâ€™s campaign in Washington, D.C. in 1968.
Fred Shuttlesworth is the legendary leader of the Birmingham, Alabama civil rights struggle in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Known for his courageous stands against Bull Connor and other white supremacists, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1961. Bolden and Shuttlesworth are participating at a confere...
Susan Ketterer, Co-Chair of HOPE's (Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality's) Jobs and Living Wage Committee. Ketterer is a leader in the movement to bring a living wage to the county. She discussed the difficulty in providing for a family on less than a living wage. She pegged such a wage at $9.97 and hour- which she says would be enough to lift a worker and his/her family of four just above the poverty line. Her coalition is asking the Hillsborough County Commission to create ...
This week at the University of South Floridaâ€™s St Petersburg campus, scholars, activists and historians and gathering for a conference of the history of the civil rights movement in Florida. The conference is being held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown versus board of education decision, which allowed black children to go to school with white children. This morning featured a panel discussion called â€œFlorida in the age of Jim Crow: seeds of the civil rights movement. WM...
Last night in North Tampa, Republican Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson met in a forum with the 2 Democrats -Rob McKenna and Steve Henley, who are trying to unseat him this November.
The Forum was sponsored by the Democratic 537 Club and monitored WMNF's Rob Lorei. It delved into 2 of the biggest issues facing Florida Supervisors of Election and their challengers this year - the concern about the lack of a paper trail for the electronic voting machines that will be ...
Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry's and TrueMajority.org about his new book: 50 WAYS YOU CAN SHOW BUSH THE DOOR IN 2004. Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry's and president of the online activist organization TrueMajority.org, and Jason Salzman, former campaign director for Greenpeace and president of Cause Communications, this practical guidebook explains what people can actually do to show George the door. In the interview Cohen was asked whether Republicans might find the book interest...
Supervisor of Elections for Leon County in Florida, Ion Sancho said today:
"Florida's 2000 felon purge program resulted in over 50,000 legal voters
being disenfranchised. Officials in the Secretary of State's Division of
Elections misled county election supervisors about the 2000 election purge
list, blaming the vendor (DBT/Choicepoint) for the errors that were
disenfranchising citizens. After the election was over, public record
requests revealed that Division of Elections ordere...