News & Public Affairs

Friday March 27, 2015


A gopher tortoise in St. Petersburg's Boyd Hill Nature Park.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (March 2012).

Environmentalists fight to save pristine Florida forest

Environmental groups in South Florida are fighting to save a pristine forest that’s being clear-cut for high-tech development; there has already been civil disobedience trying to slow or stop the destruction of the Briger Forest in Palm Beach County.

There are protests planned for the next two Fridays, December 5 and 12.

To find out about the issue, WMNF in...

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Labor activists rally for higher wages and an end to wage theft which includes not paying employees for work completed off the clock.

photo by Janelle Irwin File Photo 2013

Tampa Bay fast food workers unite to demand a higher minimum wage

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Taco Bell fast food worker Shetara Brown from Tampa. Shetara is involved in an effort calling on fast food companies to pay a higher minimum wage.

Fast-food workers in St. Pete will for the first time join workers in Tampa on strike this Thursday, joining a growing movement for $15 an hour and union rights that has spread to over 160 cities across the country. Two years after New York City fast-food workers sparked a nationwide movement for h...

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Some people rallied in Tampa the day after the Missouri grand jury failed to indict the Ferguson police officer.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Ferguson solidarity rally planned for Friday in Tampa

update: The rally is in Gaslight Square*

There have been several small protests around the Tampa Bay area since a grand jury in Missouri announced it would not indict a Ferguson police officer in the death of Michael Brown; now, several groups are coming together for one major rally in downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday morning WMNF interviewed Alekos Zambrano with Raices en Tampa, one of t...

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The Hillsborough River in Tampa.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Sept. 2009).

A look at the struggle between the feds and Florida for regulation of some state waters

It’s still an open question: who will regulate hundreds of small waterways and wetlands in Florida; will it be the federal EPA or the state?

To look at the history of the controversy and what the near future might hold, WMNF spoke with Jennifer Rubiello, a field organizer with Environment Florida.

According to a press release, Senator Bill Nelson's staff issued the following statement at Tuesday morning’s news conference:

“Florida’s tourism economy, fisheries and natural resources ...

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Dr. Richard Conard and Glen Gibellina

photo by Rob Lorei

Activists and local doctor discuss efforts to bring healthcare to low-income Floridians

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Stan Brock, founder of medical relief non-profit Remote Area Medical (RAM), about efforts to change Florida law that currently prohibits doctors licensed out of the state to practice medicine within it. Also joining Rob are local healthcare activists, Dr. Richard Conard and Glen Gibellina, who discuss the need for RAM's work in Manatee county.

Approximately 900,000 Floridians fall within the 'healthcare coverage gap', ...

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Fast Food workers in Tampa went on strike in May demanding a $15/hr wage.

photo by Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (May 2014).

Fast food workers will strike Thursday in Tampa and across America

Fast food workers across the country and here in Tampa plan on striking this Thursday, demanding a fifteen-dollar an hour wage.

For a preview, this week WMNF interviewed Shetara Brown, a fast food worker at the Taco Bell at 56th Street and Fowler Avenue in Temple Terrace who makes $8.10 an hour.

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Radioactivity airs Ralph Nader Radio Hour Show

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei airs an episode of The Ralph Nader Radio Hour. In this episode, Nader speaks with Lori Wallach of Global Trade Watch, a branch of consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, about the various impacts of modern free trade agreements.

Ralph Nader, David Feldman, Steve Skrovan - Co-hosts.

Jimmy Lee Wirt - producer

John Mathews - line producer

Alan Minsky - executive producer

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Tampa FNB activist ends hunger strike after judge's decision halting Ft. Lauderdale feeding rule

Tuesday a judge in Broward County issued a temporary ban on citations or arrests for a controversial ordinance that outlawed most public food sharings in Fort Lauderdale; as a result seven people who had been on hunger strike to protest the rules could celebrate with a meal.

Dezeray Lyn is with Tampa Food Not Bombs. On her way to break her hunger strike, she took a few minutes Tuesday afternoon to stop by WMNF and tell us why she was striking and what she thought of the judge’s decision....

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Developers want to swap property on the Manatee County end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge for land that's already protected.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (2011).

Florida environmental land group holds rare meeting in Bradenton

update, 5 December 2014: Mariella Smith tells us:

'Not a single one of the ten members of Florida’s Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) showed up for their twice-yearly “Regional Public Meeting”'

If you’re concerned about which environmentally sensitive lands in Florida should be protected with funds from recently passed Amendment 1, there’s a little known meeting wh...

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