Piper Anderson, League of Pissed Off Voters and author of one of the chapters in How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office. Poet Piper Anderson writes about New York's No More Youth Jail Beds campaign, which made uneasy allies of prison activists, artists and a councilman with close ties to law enforcement. Anderson, who moved to Brooklyn from North Philly, is clearly passionate about spending money on education instead of incarceration. She also talks about the Books not Bars campaign init...
Tami Gold and Kelly Anderson, filmmakers of "Every Mother's Son." In the late 1990s, three victims of police brutality made headlines around the country: Amadou Diallo, the young West African man whose killing sparked intense public protest; Anthony Baez, killed in an illegal choke-hold; and Gary (Gidone) Busch, a Hasidic Jew shot and killed outside his Brooklyn home. "Every Mother's Son" tells of the victims' three mothers who came together to demand justice and accountability. Tami Gold sa...
Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou, is the founder of the Amadou Diallo Foundation, dedicated to the promotion of racial healing through educational programs. She has worked closely with members of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care to improve relations between the police and the community. She has worked with politicians in an effort to pass state and federal racial profiling laws. In 2003 Kadiatou published her autobiography, My Heart Will Cross This Ocean: My Story, My Son, Amadou. In...
Robert Reich was the secretary of labor under president Clinton, he is now advising John Kerry on economic policy. Reich is author of a new book titled "Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America," WMNF spoke with Reich this morning, to begin the interview we asked about statement heÃ¢â¬â¢s made that political Ã¢â¬Åcentrism is bogusÃ¢â¬?, and how he can work for John Kerry, being that Kerry has been criticized for playing towards what is called the center of the American poli...
As the Bush administration seems intent on delaying new standards on mercury pollution; Physicians for Social Responsibility, PSR, has released a new guide to help inform the public and the medical community about the consumption of mercury and PCB contaminated fish. Jen Germaine reports.
Their main focus, according to PSR deputy director Karen Perry, is the fish and seafood being consumed by at risk groups.
Almost every state, including Florida, has i...
A non-partisan organization of lawyers came to Tampa last week to train local lawyers and law students on being a watchdog during the elections. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Grace Santos went to the workshop last week.
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve private lawyers in providing legal services to address racial discrimination.
The LawyerÃ¢â¬â¢s Committee created the Election Protec...
A new report issued yesterday says that since 1999, health care related interests have contributed over $162 million dollars to federal candidates and party committees. Seventy-four percent of that total has gone to Republicans.
This is just one of the major findings in a new national report, PAYBACKS: How the White House and Congress Are Neglecting Our Health Care Because of Their Corporate Contributors. It was produced by a consortium of public interest groups, including ACORN an...
Students at The University of South Florida begins their fall semester next week, and while the faculty has not declared their intention to strike, they are warning that action will be taken because of the UniversityÃ¢â¬â¢s presidents and board of trustees unwillingness too grant them a fair contract. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer was at the UniversityÃ¢â¬â¢s board of trustees meeting today, and has more on the discontent at USF
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Today at the Hillsborough County Commission, County Commissioners heard a discussion of how the County handled last week's preparations for Hurricane Charlie.
As the Hurricane looked inexorably that it would descend upon Tampa Bay, County officials announced last Thursday that there would be a Mandatory evacuation at 6AM Friday morning for Levels A, B, and C in the County.
County Administrator Pat Bean (roll tape#1 "moved and moved safely")
And Bean asked for an Amendment to the Cur...
Concerns over economy persist
Recovery touted by Bush sputters in recent weeks
As President Bush continues to stump on the campaign trail, he frequently invokes the phrase, that the economy has Ã¢â¬Åturned the corner,Ã¢â¬? but the recovery he's counting on to help drive him to re-election Nov. 2 has hit some potholes lately.
In the past few weeks, job creation has stalled, oil prices have soared to record heights, and the overall economic recovery has slowed. Groups that track pover...