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Tuesday September 23, 2014

MI FAMILIA VOTA - Mitch Perry

Many election poll watchers have said that Whichever Presidential candidate wins Florida will win the election. Some go further than that, saying that Florida itself will come down to the I-4 corridor stretching from Tampa to Palm beach, and beyond that, it may come down to how the Hispanic population is this area votes. With that in mind, a new campaign was launched today to register 50,000 new Hispanic voters. George Murselli is leading the campaign.

ACT “more than 300 thousand...

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TAMPA CITY COUNCIL VOTES AGAINST PATRIOT ACT-Andrew Stelzer

When the USA Patriot Act was passed in the after math of September 11th 2001, many Americans opposed the legislation, saying it was an infringement on civil liberties; allowing the government to spy and eavesdrop on citizens, jail people indefinitely without any cause, and keep more information secret. Since then, over 270 other cities towns and counties, including Alachua, Broward, and the city of Sarasota have passed resolutions against the Patriot Act, symbolic gestures meant to express t...

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JULIA LAW AGAINST POLLUTED BEACHES IN PASCO COUNTY - Mark Antokas

INTRO: In Pasco County, a concerned mother appeared before the Pasco County Board of Commissioners demanding the closure of one beach she insists, ruined the health of her child. Mark Antokas has the story.

Script: Julia Law took her infant son to the beach in Hudson only one time. She says it was the wrong time. For the past twenty months, her son Ian, now two and a half years old, has had a bacteria lodged in his stomach which causes cronic intestinal bleeding, daily diareah, and occasio...

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LIVING WAGE TASK FORCE VOTES AGAINST ORDINANCE-1 MEMBER WALKS OUT-Andrew Stelzer

The campaign for a living wage for Hillsborough county employees is in trouble, as the task force assigned to study the issue voted 5 to 1 against adopting a living wage. After that vote, Dr W.L. Lee, the lone yes vote, walked out of the meeting, disgusted with what he says is an insult to the public process. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer has more

Doctor W.L. Lee works with the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality, abbreviated HOPE. He has been leadin...

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BECKY STEELE NAMED ACLU WEST FLORIDA DIRECTOR - Mitch Perry

Local Tampa attorney and former WMNF Board President Becky Steele has been named Director of the ACLU of Florida's newly-opened West Florida Office near downtown Tampa.

Steele has previously worked for the powerful lawfirms of Trenam, Kemker and Holland & Knight, and a year ago opened her own practice primarily representing employees in benefits disputes and appeals. She is also currently the president of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers.

Contacted today, Steele said t...

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MUSLIM MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT ATTACKED-Andrew Stelzer

The harassment of a 12-year-old Muslim middle school girl in Palm Beach County is the latest of several recent acts of harassment of Muslims in Florida and across the country. Ahmed Badir works with the council on American Islamic relations, or CAIR. ACT “She was hit with a belt and they called her Osama.�

The other students also told the young girl not to tell the principal or they would hit her again, instead she told her teacher, who dismissed the incident as unimportant, ...

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LOCAL NEWSPAPER CREATES NATIONAL UPROAR - Mitch Perry

A local St. Petersburg news weekly made national news today after it was publicized on Matt Drudge's Website and on Rush Limbaugh's Syndicated radio show......

The paper is the Gabber, and the reason it made its way into the Right Wing media Vortex as because of an ad placed in it by the St. Petersburg Democratic Club...WMNF's Mitch Perry reports:...

The Ad - in the April 8th edition-, entices those who are angry at the Bush Administration's ongoing war in Iraq, to make a fin...

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CHALLENGING THE CORPORATE SECURITY STATE - Radioactivity

Our two guests were part of a tour: "Called to Solidarity: Challenging the Corporate-Security State." It makes the connections between poor peoples' movements and campaigns here in the United States, the practice of solidarity, and the political consequences of standing with those on the underside of corporate globalization and its military muscle. The tour's speakers, Romeo Ramirez and Dave Robinson draw on their own experiences, including the work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and t...

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STATEWIDE MINIMUM WAGE CAMPAIGN MUST FIGHT FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS-Andrew Stelzer

A grassroots campaign to raise Florida’s minimum wage has now been forced to take on another cause—protecting citizen’s rights to amend the Florida’s constitution. Today, about 30 people gathered in front of a government services building on Tampa Street; Denise Hilton is an organizer for ACORN, a group that organizes people in low-income neighborhoods to become advocates for causes that are important to their lives. ACT “We have starving children….n...

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SENATE MAY ELIMINATE MEDICALLY NEEDY PROGRAM--Andrew Stelzer

Florida’s State legislators returned to work today for the final three-week stretch of their regular session with a lot of work still ahead of them. Just the same, things appear set to end on time. The House and Senate passed budgets before leaving for last week's break for the Passover and Easter holidays. But they still have to negotiate spending on health care, education, tax cuts and other issues. Lawmakers knocked off one big issue early in the 60-day session. They eli...

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