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Saturday August 2, 2014

TAMPA BAY AREA CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE-Andrew Stelzer

Arnett Doctor, descendent of a rosewood massacre survivor.

ACT “The Ku Klux Klan was very active during the time we were demonstrating. White citizen council, one dressed in robes and overalls…..came to our meetings

ACT-doctor “Bob sanders came to us and said St Pete better be a part of it because St Pete is the retirement mecca…we had a false impression that racism was a small part of St Petersburg life..we had to sit behind the back sea…I was...

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FLORIDA ACLU ON FTAA - Mitch Perry

A draft report by an investigative panel which is reviewing the actions of the Miami-Dade County Police Department during last November’s Free Trade Area of the America’s Conference, says that demonstrators who came to Miami to protest are due “heartfelt apologies� because they were met by the equivalent of “martial law�……… some cases, police reacted with an ''unrestrained and disproportionate use of force'' and ``civil rights were tramp...

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IMPACT FEE FREE ZONES - Mitch Perry

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 fees….

The County has 8 such no-fee program, meant to encourage development of economically depressed areas...The County’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 heari...

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VETERANS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT - Radioactivity

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 People’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 co...

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THE DRIVE FOR A LIVING WAGE FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WORKERS AND CONTRACTORS - Radioactivity

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 ...

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FLORIDA'S CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY-THE JIM CROW ERA-Andrew Stelzer

This week at the University of South Florida’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 “Florida in the age of Jim Crow: seeds of the civil rights move...

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HILLSBOUROUGH COUNTY SUPERVISORS OF ELECTIONS FORUM - Mitch Perry

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 ...

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BEN COHEN AND UPCOMING ELECTION - Radioactivity

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...

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ION SANCHO ON THE FAIRNESS AND SECURITY OF OUR VOTING SYSTEM - Radioactivity

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...

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JOHN KERRY SPEAKS AT USF-Andrew Stelzer

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry spent the last 24 hours in the Tampa Bay area; last night he spoke to a rally at the St Petersburg airport, which was open to the public. Today, Kerry made and unscheduled stop at La Teresita, the same restaurant that Republican National Chairman Ed Gillespie visited two weeks ago. This afternoon, Kerry held a panel discussion about national security and emergency responses at the University of South Florida. As he has done for the last several ...

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