News & Public Affairs

Wednesday April 1, 2015


Last week Tampa residents protested the decision by the grand jury in Missouri not to indict the Ferguson Police officer.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Nov 2014).

USF students will rally against police brutality and in solidarity with Ferguson protesters

Over the holiday weekend the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri resigned from the force; but that hasn’t calmed the outrage in cities across the country that he will not be indicted.

Here in Tampa, students at the University of South Florida are organizing a rally and march Tuesday at noon to fight against police brutality and to demonstrate in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson.

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photo by Gene Han

Radioactivity Listeners weigh in on working retail on Black Friday

Today on Radioactivity, listeners phone in to share their experiences on working Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend as well as their opinions on the growing 'Black Thursday' shopping trend.

Rob Lorei also speaks with Lauren Mitchell, whose band will be playing at the Bradenton Elks Lodge on Sunday as part of a fund-raiser for Elks Feeds Little Empty Tummies (EFLET), a Bradenton-based charity working on feeding the over 2000 children in Manatee County that have been identified as homele...

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Solar Panel at first zero net energy office in St. Pete

photo by Janelle Irwin File Photo 2012

The Florida Public Service Commission slashes energy savings goals

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei discusses how solar and energy conservation standards were slashed yesterday by the Florida PSC with Kelly Martin, Sierra Club Senior Florida Representative. The decision to cut back goals will lead to higher bills for families and businesses.

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Angela Williamson with Our WalMart.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Some Tampa WalMart workers will walk out on day after Thanksgiving

Friday is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. And advocates for retail workers are using the opportunity to make their struggle for workers’ rights more visible.

Here in Tampa and at several stores across the country some WalMart workers plan to walk out of their jobs on Friday.

For a preview of Friday’s actions in Tampa and across the country, WMNF interviewed Angela Williamson with Our WalMart.

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Marisol Marquez with Raices en Tampa.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Tampa activists upset after no indictment of Ferguson cop

On Tuesday, the day after the St. Louis County grand jury handed down its decision it would not indict the white Ferguson police officer for the shooting of an unarmed black teen, there were demonstrations in St. Petersburg and in Tampa.

About twenty people braved the rain outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa Tuesday morning for a Ferguson Solidarity rally.

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Omali Yeshitela.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (June 2008).

Uhurus protest in St. Pete over no indictment for Ferguson officer

At noon Tuesday in St. Petersburg, about 100 protesters and onlookers voiced their outrage in the Missouri grand jury's decision Monday not to indict the policeman who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager during the summer.

The police cordoned off Central Avenue from 3rd Street to 5th Street for the non-violent rally coordinated by the Uhuru movement. People of all ages and races protested and about 20 members of the Uhuru movement, mostly males, joined in the circular march at the i...

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Food Not Bombs activists marched at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.

photo by Mike Madison/WMNF News (Aug. 2012).

Ft. Lauderdale hunger striker continues to protest city's ban on sharing food in parks

A woman in south Florida is in the 24th day of a hunger strike protesting the city of Fort Lauderdale’s ban on sharing food in public parks.

We heard briefly last week from Jillian Pim with Food Not Bombs Ft. Lauderdale, when she was about to defy the ban again.

Tuesday morning WMNF interviewed her by phone about why she was on hunger strike and learned that because there are others hunger striking in solidarity she may end her strike soon because for health reasons.

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Backyard Chickens

On today’s Sustainable Living program we spent the hour talking about how we can produce our own organic, sustainably raised eggs in our backyards. Our very special guest today was Kenny Coogan, a certified bird trainer and local teacher with a BS in Animal Behavior. He also writes about his animal experiences and writes monthly about chicken issues in The Back Yard Poultry Magazine. Also, Dacia Mitchell, owner of the Main Street Homestead, an urban farm store, brought her wealth of knowled...

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