News & Public Affairs

Friday January 30, 2015

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Tampa demonstrators shut down streets in solidarity with Ferguson protests

On Friday night in Tampa about 150 Ferguson solidarity protesters shut down streets and bridges in and around downtown and even took their message against police violence to a city-sponsored Christmas celebration in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

In the streets they chanted things like “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” “Back Lives Matter,” and “I Can’t Breathe.”

After an hour of speeches and chanting at Gaslight Square Park near police headquarters, demonstrators marched west on Kennedy Boulevar...

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David Cobb, attorney and spokesperson for Move to Amend

photo by Rob Lorei

Attorney David Cobb discusses Corporate Personhood on Radioactivity.

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei discusses Corporate Personhood with Attorney David Cobb. Cobb is a national spokesperson for Move to Amend, a grassroots organization working to end corporate money in political campaigns, in response to a 2010 Supreme Court decision which extended 1st amendment rights to non-profit and for-profit organizations. This decision allows campaign spending by such entities as a form of free speech. Cobb also addresses comments made by Texas Senator Ted Cruz agains...

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Local Christmas Charity enters its 21st year of gift-giving to underpriveleged children

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to Bill and Sheri Brown, whose Christmas charity, The Cookson Hills Toy Run, will be held at the the Veteran's Memorial Park in East Hillsborough this Sunday.The Run began in 1993 and has grown from giving gifts to a little over a dozen needy children to serving over 500 children, veterans, special needs, and seniors.

Later in the hour, Rob talks about the growing development on Downtown Tampa's riverfront with local professor Tom Sanocki, who [rec...

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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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