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Friday May 29, 2015

Women's Show-STARHAWK - Global Justice Activist and Author

Longtime activist, veteran of progressive movements, deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism. She will be the keynote speaker at the “Globalize This Rally/Protest FTAA� in St. Pete November 15th. Her focus for the last several years has been the global justice movement, training participants and taking part in many of the major actions, including those in Seattle, Washington DC, Quebec City, Genoa, and New York City, an...

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Women's Show - ALIX OLSON-Poet, Singer-Songwriter

Poet and singer-songwriter. Voted by the Concerned Women for America, a conservative women’s group named Alix Olson as one of the ten most dangerous women in this country. Decide for yourself, listen to this young poet, activist, electrifying performer. Winner of many national slam poetry awards. Alix and Pamela Means can be heard in concert Friday, November 14th at Viva La Freda. Latest album: "Independence Meal". Subtle Sister Productions. 2003.

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Women's Show-PAMELA MEANS-Singer-Songwriter-Activist

Singer. Songwriter. Activist. Influenced by Audre Lord and bell hooks. Often performs with Alix Olson. Wants to speak out and shine a light on the darkness that will never go away unless it is first acknowledged, i.e., racism, sexism, homophobia, misogyny, classism, etc. Wants to inspire self-reflection and activism. New album: "Single Bullet Theory". WIRL Records. 2003.

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John Howes of the Green Party, spoken word activist Empress Carrins and Chris Kern of AFSCME join Rob to discuss a rally and march on Saturday, November 15 from noon-3PM at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg. Activist, Starhawk will be the keynote speaker. The rally is to prepare for the November 20-21 Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) meeting in Miami.

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Rob is joined by Phil Compton of the Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN), and Alan Sager, co-director of the Health Reform Program at Boston University's School of Public Health in a discussion about the Medicare Rx Drug bill in Congress. The bill would make a number of changes - including higher costs, ending Medicare Guarantee and beginning privitization.

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St.Petersburg Times columnist Diane Roberts and Tampa Tribune columnist Dan Ruth join Rob to talk about Florida politics. The two will be appearing at the Florida Center for Teachers in St. Petersburg on Sunday, November 9 from 4:00-6:00PM.

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HOWARD DEAN - Kim Farley

Last night Howard Dean supporters staged flash mobs around the country. On three street corners in Pinellas County, Dean supporters held signs proclaiming Howard Dean as the one to vote for in the next presidential election. WMNF’s Kim Farley reports.

The event was termed “End the Stupor Tuesday.� Tom Lally, chairman for the Pinellas for Dean steering committee explains the purpose for the event. (SB 1, OQ …make a change in the United States)

Supporters stood...

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Crystal Pruitt and Francis Feeney joins Rob in a discussion on Pinellas County's First Time Homebuyers Program for low income people. The program provides a low rate as well as a 4% grant of the loan amount to assist with closing costs and down payments.

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Rob interviews Jari Sheese, the wife of a soldier stationed in Iraq. She says that although at one time her husband felt the U.S. was doing good there, this is no longer the case. He says that everything is orchestrated; when politicians come they meet with soldiers who just got there, so they don't get a real assessment of how demoralized the soldiers are.

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Last night at Ben Davis Beach a candlelight vigil was held in support of victims of domestic violence. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the Million Mom March and the Florida Consumer Action Network organized the event. WMNF’s Kimberley Farley reports.

Although it was a windy night and difficult to keep any candles lit, the message of the vigil still shined through.

Coming at the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the organizers hoped the vigil would draw attention to the natio...

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