The Association for Community Organization Now, or ACORN is conducting a nationwide campaign against Jackson Hewitt, a chain of tax preparation offices. They say that Jackson Hewitt uses takes unfair advantage of poor people through its holiday loans refund anticipation ,loans and other overprices products. This afternoon, that campaign cam to Orlando, where ACORN held a demonstration outside a Jackson Hewitt branch On Curry Ford Road. WMNF spoke today with ACORD organizer Stephanie Portay...
For the past two days, Almost 800 employees of at the Florida Crystal sugar mill in Palm Beach County have been on strike. Although contract negotiations have been taking place since October 28th, the workers did not see hope in the talks with management and a federal mediator could not bring the two sides together. Joaquin Almazan is a janitor and works in the parts division at the Sugar mill owned by the Okeelanta Corporation, a subsidiary of Florida Crystal.
SCRIPT: This past Christmas marked the fifty-third anniversary of the killing of Civil Rights activist, and Executive Director of the state's NAACP, Harry T. Moore and his wife, in Brevard County Florida. While it is widely believed the killing was racially motivated and the Ku Klux Klan was behind the killing of Moore and his wife, Harriette, no one has ever been arrested or brought to trial. State Attorney General Charlie Christ has announced that he will direct the FDLE to re-open the inve...
Several professors in the Florida State University College of Medicine are threatening to resign if school administrators continue to pursue a proposed chiropractic school. The threatened resignations from assistant professors who work part time reflect a belief among many in the medical establishment that chiropractic is a "pseudo-science" that leads to unnecessary and sometimes harmful treatments. The professors are circulating a parody map of campus that places a fictional Bigfoot Insti...
This summer a Florida delegation to the Presbyterian Church USA came to the churches bi-annual assembly with a proposal to stop investing in companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, and remove all investments that are currently made in those companies. The proposal passed, and now a group on Presbyterians concerns about the religious rift it may cause is trying to get the church to take back the policy. Jerry Van Marter is director of the Presbyterian News servic...
INTRO: The fear of law enforcement agencies can put undocumented immigrants in danger. Pitfalls such as rape and spousal abuse occur more and more frequently as these people arrive, pressures rise, and just to survive strains families and immigrant communities. Margueritta Romo is with the Farmworkers SelfHelp in Dade City. She speaks of one such case. Roll Tape:
There are other problems such as spousal abuse. Roll Tape:
In a 1982 ruling, Plyer v. Doe, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William...
A new report leaked to the Miami herald has found that harassment and detention of immigrants and others seeking asylum in the United States is on the rise and is actually making the country less secure from terrorists. This afternoon, WMNF spoke to Cheryl Little, the executive director of the Florida Immigrant advocacy center and author of the report, titled Ã¢â¬ÅSecuring our borders: Post 9/11 Scapegoating of Immigrants.Ã¢â¬?
That was Cheryl Little,...
Dave Anderson, also known as Dave Ratt, or scooter was stabbed in the chest while trying to break up a fight at the New World Brewery in Ybor city on October 24th. This weekend, several local bands, including Dumb Waiters, Vagina Sore Jr., and The 39 Steps performed both Thursday and Sunday night at the New World, in benefit shows to help AndersonÃ¢â¬â¢s family pay for the funeral.
Attorney General Charlie Crist said today that a total of 275
hate crimes were reported by local law enforcement agencies in
2003, a decrease from 306 a year earlier.
Race was the motivating factor behind virtually half the
reported hate crimes. A combination of just two motivations
categories, race and ethnicity/national origin, accounted for
two-thirds of all reported hate crimes in 2003.
The report shows a clear pattern of growth in hate
crime incidents motivated by ...