News & Public Affairs

Monday December 22, 2014

THE NEW FREEDOM BUS TOUR

A multi-racial group of activists is holding a series of actions in St. Petersburg today, seeking people who are homeless, trapped in low-paying jobs and living in substandard housing. The groups (the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, the Tampa Bay Action Group, and the Coalition of Immokalee Farmworkers) say that the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls for all people to have the basics of living. The bus tour is a way of highlighting the fact that many Americans do not have acces...

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BUY NOTHING DAY

For 11 years, the group Adbusters has called on people the world over to buy nothing on the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally the largest shopping day of the year in the United States. It's a way to decrease the impact on the environment and to roll back rampant consumerism. Our guest: Kalle Lasn, founder of Adbusters and one of the creative minds behind Buy Nothing Day.

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NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST WAL-MART

More than 100 organizations (labor, civil rights and church groups) have banded together to put pressure on Wal-Mart today. They are calling for the company to institute a living wage, health benefits, respect for labor rights and greater emphasis on safety for customers and employees. Wal-Mart is now the nation's largest private employer and one of the most profitable corporations in history, yet critics say that profit comes at the expense of small business owners and workers. Our guest wa...

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TOTAL INFORMATION AWARENESS

The Pentagon has begun developing a giant computer database capable of keeping extensive files on every American. There has been little public notice or debate over this system - which will be capable of tracking every transaction: store purchases, bank info, film rentals, travel, magazine subscription, every web site visited, etc. Civil libertarians are up in arms over this program and calling on the Bush administration and Congress to stop it. Mihir Kshirsagar was on this program to explain...

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CONSERVATIVE INTIMIDATION OF PEACE GROUPS?

Bruce Gagnon runs the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power In Space. The small Gainesville-based peace group recently received a letter from the Center for Security Policy, a pro-SDI group based in Washington, DC. The letter demanded the peace group's financial records. Not only was the Gainesville group contacted, the CSP also contacted several other peace organizations around the country. Gagnon says this is an example of pro-military groups trying to intimidate non-violent acti...

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REMOTE CONTROLLED LOCOMOTIVES

The federal agency in charge of rail safety has given the industry the go-ahead to allow locomotives to be operated by remote control. Right now most of that activity is legal in train yards, but the industry would like to see the program expanded. Our guest, Dave Lavery is a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. His union says that remote controlled trains are dangerous because there is no operator in the cab. Lavery says that trains frequently carry ammonia, chlorine and other ...

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VANDALISM AT THE NEW LINCOLN BRIGADE MEMORIAL IN YBOR CITY

More than 20 people from Ybor City volunteered to fight against fascism and for Spain's democratically elected government in the late 1930s. Known as the Lincoln Brigade, 2800 men and women from this country participated in the fight. One of just a few memorials in the U.S. to these veterans was just constructed in Tampa's Ybor City. The site was vandalized just a few days after it was erected. Our guest, historian Fraser Ottanelli, is a professor at the University of South Florida who has wr...

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STUDENT ACTIVISTS RESPOND TO DISCRIMINATION AGAINST HAITIANS AND OTHER UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

Haitians and other non-Cuban immigrants are discriminated against by the federal government, according to our guests, members of several campus organizations at USF Tampa. While undocumented Cuban immigrants are routinely granted asylum here, residents of other Latin American and Caribbean nations who flee undemocratic governments or failing economies are routinely sent back. Our guests were Urvick St. Jean, President of the Black Student Union at USF, Esque Dollar BSU Political Action Chair,...

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