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Thursday July 31, 2014

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Students for Justice in Palestine and its allies collected more than 10,000 signatures on a human rights petitions circulated for two months.


photo by Janelle Irwin

Pro-Palestine divestment effort fails at USF Tampa

A USF Foundation committee killed an effort Wednesday to divest from companies considered human rights violators by pro-Palestinian groups. The move, initiated by USF Foundation board member Alan Bomstein, comes after Students for Justice in Palestine spent two months collecting more than 10,000 signatures supporting pulling investments from companies like Lockheed Martin and Caterpillar.

“The USF Foundation will not divest investments based on requests from individuals or groups nor will...

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Ladd Everitt, Director of Communications Coalition to Stop Gun Violence


photo by http://csgv.org

National Coalition works to reduce gun violence

Yesterday, an estimated 20,000 people including students, families and community members at the University of California, Santa Barbara held a vigil mourning six of their fellow students who were killed last week in a deadly rampage.

The killer, Elliot Rodger, fatally stabbed his roommates and then went on a shooting rampage in the Isla Vista community near the campus, before apparently fatally shooting himself. Another 13 people were injured in the attack.

In recent years we’ve been ...

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Supreme Court rules in favor of developmentally disabled Florida death row prisoner

Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly ruled for a developmentally disabled Florida death row inmate saying states must consider things besides just an intelligence test score to determine if a prisoner with borderline mental disability can be executed.

The justices ruled that Florida cannot only rely on an IQ score above 70 to keep an inmate from claiming mental disability.

WMNF interviewed Mark Elliott, executive director of [Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty](http://...

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Expert witness testifies Florida Congressional maps are gerrymandered

A statistics professor testified Tuesday that new political maps drawn by Florida legislators have a significant partisan bias.

Professor Jonathan Katz was questioned on the stand by attorney Abha Khanna during the trial to determine whether legislators broke the law when drawing up new maps for Congress.

"All we really need to do is to follow that simple recipe that I gave you about how to draw an efficient partisan gerrymander. In fact all this technique is doing is allowing us ex po...

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photo by Crystal Farina

Hundreds rally against Monsanto, crop pesticides and GMOs in Ybor City

This past Saturday, protesters gathered in 52 countries to March Against Monsanto. Groups in St. Petersburg and Ybor City gathered to send a message that poisoning food is not OK.

Organizers say three hundred protesters marched a mile through Ybor City to protest. The target was Monsanto, that’s a giant agribusiness company that manufactures pesticides and genetically modified seeds. Other agribusiness companies were also targeted. Organizer, Nathan Schwartz, says the purpose is to raise ...

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Incumbent David Jolly (left) debates former Republican primary opponents Mark Bircher and Kathleen Peters.


photo by Janelle Irwin, January 2014

Democratic reaction to no candidate for Pinellas Congressional race

Pinellas County Democrats don’t have a candidate in the Congressional race against Republican David Jolly. But they could have and that’s leaving a bad taste in some mouths. Some Democrats are left wondering if a series of missteps have left the party weakened.

The party refused to get behind one of their own in the Congressional District 13 race. Rev. Manuel Sykes was told if he kept his name in the hat, he wouldn’t be welcome.

“I was persona non grata from the beginning.”

That’s w...

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You can adopt pets at Pasco Animal Shelter. This one already has a home.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF.

Pasco Animal Shelter desperately needs adoptions Memorial Day weekend

The Pasco Animal Shelter in Land O Lakes tells us they are getting full and need people to adopt pets this weekend to avoid having to euthanize animals. Monica Pollens is a member of the Pasco County Animal Advisory Board

You can find out more by calling 813-929-1212.

"We really need people to come and adopt animals as of this weekend as we are overflowing and would have to start euthanizing if we don't start getting some animals a...

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Tampa activists March Against Monsanto last year.


photo by Roberto Roland, May 23, 2013

Rally against Monsanto in Ybor City and Cuba's role in the Florida Governor’s race

Today on Radioactivity, we discuss tomorrow’s rally against Monsanto in Ybor City. Rob Lorei speaks to Christine Wall who is one of the organizers of tomorrow march against Monsanto- a multinational corporation heavily involved in genetically modifying food. Activists demanding that consumers have the choice to select genetically modified or not when they grocery shop will rally.

Rally will be held 2106 East 15th Avenue in Ybor City from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Later in the show, we loo...

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