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Friday May 22, 2015

How to Become a Conscientious Objector to War - by Emily Reddy

On Friday evening, St. Petersburg's Religious Society of Friends hosted a workshop on preparation for a possible draft. A few dozen people of all ages showed up to find out about the draft and in particular to learn about applying for conscientious objector status. WMNF's Emily Reddy attended the workshop.

Seventeen year old Tampa Prep senior Dana Putney led Friday's draft counseling works...

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JAN HOLMES, “Through Women’s Eyes: Sixth Annual Women’s International Video-Film Festival. The two-day festival, presented by the Gulf Coast Chapter of UNIFEM/USA celebrates the vision of women filmmakers that shapes their stories of the cultural and the political from around the globe. A particular focus this year is on films by local women filmmakers. This year, eight of the 16 films screened at “Through Women’s Eyes� showcase the work of West Coast ...

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"MISS LIL'S CAMP," film about Lillian Smith - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

SUZANNE NIEDLAND, co-director of “Miss Lil’s Camp.� Suzanne is an actor from St. Petersburg who decided that her interest in people and travel would make a great combination in pursuing a career in documentary filmmaker. She co-directed “Miss Lil’s Camp� with Anberin Pasha. The film tells the story of Lillian Smith, the director of an exclusive Georgia girls camp during the 1930’s and 40’s who taught white campers that segregation was wrong...

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"THE BEAUTY ACADEMY OF KABUL," at UNIFEM FEST - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

LIZ MERMIN, filmmaker, director of “The Beauty Academy of Kabul.� In July 2003, volunteer teachers – including 3 from the U.S. and 3 Afghan Americans returning home for the first time in mmore than 20 years – traveled to Afghanistan to create a school of cosmetology, the first since the fall o the Taliban. The film beautifully documents the poignant and often humorous process through which women with very different life experiences come to learn about one another. ...

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CAROLINE MARTEL, filmmaker, director of “The Phantom of the Operator.� Born in Montreal the year the cellular phone was created, Caroline has been synthesizing documentary theory and practice with a special interest in archival materials, cinema history, women and communication technologies. In this film Caroline assembles a dazzling array of clips – more than one hundred remarkable, rarely seen industrial, advertising and scientific management films produced in North Amer...

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CRIS WILLIAMSON - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

CRIS WILLIAMSON, singer/songwriter. Decades before indie labels were the norm, and years before women had any real access in the industry, in her own way, Cris Williamson was busy changing the face of popular music. She hasn't looked back since.

Cris's stellar vocals and compelling persona are regarded as legendary for good reason. Despite being like a well-kept secret, and dwelling almost completely in the independent music world, she nonetheless had an impact worldwide. During an interv...

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AL FROM ON BUSH PRESIDENCY - Mitch Perry & Rob Lorei

President Bush's standing with the public is slumping just three months into his final term, but Americans have an even lower regard for the job being done by Congress.

That’s according to an AP-Ipsos poll released this morning….

President Bush’s job approval is now at 44 percent, with 54 percent disapproving. Only 37 percent have a favorable opinion of the work being done by the Republican-controlled Congress

Al From is the founder and CEO of the ...

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CHEERS Pesticide Study

As we reported on our lead story last night on the Evening News, Florida Senator Bill Nelson, along with California’s Barbara Boxer, say they will block President Bush ‘s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency unless the EPA cancels a controversial program that will pay families in Jacksonville to join a study into the effects on pesticides on insects.

The program itself has NEVER gone into effect….When it was initially rep...

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MEL MARTINEZ - Mitch Perry

The office of Florida Senator Mel Martinez says it IS investigating whether an aide who resigned this week distributed a memo about the Terri Schiavo case to other Senate offices, and whether any other aides in the senator's office had seen it.

The Washington Post reports that an aide to Martinez – who refused to be named- said the fired staffer – Brian Darling - “may have disseminated to other offices" the memo that discussed the political ramifications of intervenin...

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This morning, the University of South Florida’s conference on the black child and family featured a presentation about The Black child and family in American Popular Culture. Dr Angela Johnson, chair of the department of popular culture at Bowling Green University in Ohio, first spoke about what she is currently studying, the history of the representation of Black families in comic strips. Leaving out strips which ad an occasional African American character in a stereotypical role, t...

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