News & Public Affairs

Monday February 2, 2015


Solar Panel at first zero net energy office in St. Pete

photo by Janelle Irwin File Photo 2012

The Florida Public Service Commission slashes energy savings goals

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei discusses how solar and energy conservation standards were slashed yesterday by the Florida PSC with Kelly Martin, Sierra Club Senior Florida Representative. The decision to cut back goals will lead to higher bills for families and businesses.

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Angela Williamson with Our WalMart.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Some Tampa WalMart workers will walk out on day after Thanksgiving

Friday is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. And advocates for retail workers are using the opportunity to make their struggle for workers’ rights more visible.

Here in Tampa and at several stores across the country some WalMart workers plan to walk out of their jobs on Friday.

For a preview of Friday’s actions in Tampa and across the country, WMNF interviewed Angela Williamson with Our WalMart.

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Marisol Marquez with Raices en Tampa.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Tampa activists upset after no indictment of Ferguson cop

On Tuesday, the day after the St. Louis County grand jury handed down its decision it would not indict the white Ferguson police officer for the shooting of an unarmed black teen, there were demonstrations in St. Petersburg and in Tampa.

About twenty people braved the rain outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa Tuesday morning for a Ferguson Solidarity rally.

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Omali Yeshitela.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (June 2008).

Uhurus protest in St. Pete over no indictment for Ferguson officer

At noon Tuesday in St. Petersburg, about 100 protesters and onlookers voiced their outrage in the Missouri grand jury's decision Monday not to indict the policeman who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager during the summer.

The police cordoned off Central Avenue from 3rd Street to 5th Street for the non-violent rally coordinated by the Uhuru movement. People of all ages and races protested and about 20 members of the Uhuru movement, mostly males, joined in the circular march at the i...

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Food Not Bombs activists marched at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.

photo by Mike Madison/WMNF News (Aug. 2012).

Ft. Lauderdale hunger striker continues to protest city's ban on sharing food in parks

A woman in south Florida is in the 24th day of a hunger strike protesting the city of Fort Lauderdale’s ban on sharing food in public parks.

We heard briefly last week from Jillian Pim with Food Not Bombs Ft. Lauderdale, when she was about to defy the ban again.

Tuesday morning WMNF interviewed her by phone about why she was on hunger strike and learned that because there are others hunger striking in solidarity she may end her strike soon because for health reasons.

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Backyard Chickens

On today’s Sustainable Living program we spent the hour talking about how we can produce our own organic, sustainably raised eggs in our backyards. Our very special guest today was Kenny Coogan, a certified bird trainer and local teacher with a BS in Animal Behavior. He also writes about his animal experiences and writes monthly about chicken issues in The Back Yard Poultry Magazine. Also, Dacia Mitchell, owner of the Main Street Homestead, an urban farm store, brought her wealth of knowled...

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photo by Samuel Johnson

Documentary fuels Tampa protest for better treatment of migrant farmworkers

Migrant farmers join forces with social justice advocates to demand fair wages and treatment of migrant workers. Saturday evening people protested along the sidewalk in front of a North Tampa Publix. The demonstration coincided with the national theatrical release of the documentary Food Chains. The protesters chanted and waived signs until put them down to go to the documentary screening.

There were about 30 people at the beginning of the protest but that number swelled to nearly 60 as th...

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