As the weekend begins, many people will head for their local air-conditioned movie theatre. But South Tampa residents and other film fans may be disappointed tonight, as the 9-month-old Madstone theatre closed earlier this week. Part of a national chain of 13 Madstone theatres which offered smaller budget movies and foreign films that often wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t be shown in larger theatres, the Tampa branch of Madstone was one of only 3 around the country that was actually making a profit. But a...
For the past nine months, the UHURU movement, an organization of activists who advocate for the self-determination of black people, have been holding demonstrations at Baywalk shopping center in downtown St Petersburg every Friday evening, to protest what they say are rules that unfairly target young black people. But tonight, there will be no demonstration.
Ã¢â¬ËAs of today, 36th Friday of protest. We are ending our protest at Baywalk.
Sateesh Rogers, spokesm...
Last night, the Hillsborough county commission heard arguments for and against installing a living wage for county employees and contractors. In October, the county created a 6-member task force last year to study the economic impacts of setting a standard living wage for anyone who works for the county as an employee or contractor. The suggested wages ranged from 7.33 an hour with benefits, to 11.97 an hour without health benefits. Earlier this year, the task force held 4 public hearings ...
Earlier this week an environmental watchdog group says a Florida Panhandle landfill with a long history of environmental violations is a prime example of law oversight by Florida's Department of Environmental Protection.
The DEP Permit issued a permit in August of 2001 for a landfill near Panama City. The landfill was owned by Big Wheel Recycling of Alabama, whose directors were under federal indictment. They now are in prison for convictions on mail fraud, money laundering and cons...
According to a study by a Latino group released last month, Hispanics could account for 1 million new voters in the presidential election, giving the fast-growing group additional clout in hotly contested states like Arizona and Florida.
The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, a nonpartisan group representing about 6,000 Hispanic officials, expects a record 7 million Hispanics to vote in November, or 6.1 percent of the total electorate, according to its voter pr...
A van pulling a 1000-pound slice of a 400-year-old tree stump came to Tampa today. The piece of stump came from a tree that was cut down by logging operation which many people say should be stopped, it came all the way from Oregon as part of the Ancient Forest Roadshow, an effort to educate the public about how few to protect the few remaining old growth forest remain in the United States. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer has the more.
Three activists joined us for this segment:
Tom Z. Collina, Executive Director OF 20/20 Vision
Mr. Collina has worked in the disarmament community for 15 years and brings to 20/20 experience in advocacy, lobbying, fundraising, communications as well as international relations. Also in the studio: local peace activists Bill Reed and Jay Alexander. The local activists will present a resolution next week to the St. Petersburg City Council to demand that Congress set up an independent investiga...
Psychologist Cecila Yocum spoke about her experience as a member of Friends Peace Teams and her work in trauma healing.
Cecilia Yocum, as part of Friends Peace Teams, traveled to Rwanda and Burundi and gave us an update on efforts in those countries to bring about trauma healing and reduce further violence. We heard the inspiring stories of those who survived and went on to develop peace and reconciliation programs within their countries.
Cecilia is a psychologist with a particular inter...
The growing problem of human slavery in the U.S. has become better known in the past few years, and now the U.S. Government is taking serious steps to address it.
It is estimated that at least 15,000 people annually are trafficked into the U.S. Human trafficking involves victims who are typically forced, defrauded or coerced into sexual or labor exploitation.
Today at the U.S. AttorneyÃ¢â¬â¢s Office in downtown Tampa, Federal & local law enforcement officers, as well as members of nonpro...
Ã¢â¬ÅDirty Air, Dirty powerÃ¢â¬? is the title of a new report which states the Tampa bay area is the 13th most dangerous area in the country in terms of deadly power plant pollution. According to analysis conducted by the same consultants used by the Environmental Protection Agency, pollution from power plants causes over 28,000 asthma attacks, 2,100 non-fatal heart attacks, and 1,400 premature births in the state of Florida every year. Five Florida cities are among the f...