News & Public Affairs09/07/04
State senator Jim Sebesta was in Clearwater today, speaking to the Clearwater tiger bay club about the future of lightrail, both for the state and the Tampa bay area. Sebesta, who represents much of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, is on the states transportation committee, and has focused much of his time speaking about how he convinced governor Jeb Bush to provide funding to improve the Tampa Bay areas roads and interstates, because of increasing traffic. Sebesta wants to finish a 450 ...Be the first to comment
Beginning in 1967 and through the end of the Vietnam War, there was a strong peace movement involving veterans of the Vietnam War. Our guest was Gerald Nicosia, author of HOME TO WAR: A HISTORY OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS' MOVEMENT. Nicosia describes the growth of the movement, its influence on the national peace movement, John Kerry's role in the Vietnam Veterans Against the War and efforts by the Nixon administration to undermine the groups. He also says that compensation for Agent Orange damag...Be the first to comment
Medea Benjamin gave an update on Code Pink and other protest activities at the Republican National Convention. At this moment, June Brashares of Code Pink is still in jail. She was within 50 feet of President Bush as he gave his acceptance speech and she held up a sign that said, "Bush lies, people die."Be the first to comment
Mothers Opposing Bush mission statement is "We are Mothers (and others) opposing Bush because this administrationâ€™s policies endanger our families and our country.
Our mission is to get the facts out, get the voters out and get this administration out of office."
She talked about how she has voted Republican in the past, but feels passionately that family values necessitate change.Be the first to comment
Amberly Banks, a student at USF and Christine Aikman went to New York to protest the lack of responsiveness of government. They are concerned about many issues including peace. Christine was arrested while there and shared her experiencesin the infamous 57th St. Armory and Amberly talked about the lengths she had to go to to avoid being arrested while walking toward Madison Square Garden. They talked about their hopes for change in the future.Be the first to comment
KATE CLINTON will be appearing at the Players Theatre in Sarasota, Saturday, September 18 at 7:30 pm. This is a benefit for ALSO OUT YOUTH which provides peer support services, educational programs, advocacy and referrals for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning youth, their families and friends and the community. Kate talked about gay marriage, the Republican National Convention and other current political issues.Be the first to comment
The Tampa city council discussed the possible construction of a cultural center in new Tampaâ€”the contentious discussion brought out issues of neighborhood favoritism, the renewal of downtown Tampa, and suburban sprawl. WMNFâ€™s Andrew Stelzer has this report.
ACT â€œIf new Tampa can truly support a 5 or 6 hundred seat theatre, why should we not support that.â€™
City council member Shawn Harrison represents new Tampa, a rapidly growing a...Be the first to comment
Betty Castor, now officially the democratic partyâ€™s nominee for senate, spent her entire election day yesterday in Tampa, going from one neighborhood to another trying to drum up voters support. After winning an overwhelming victory yesterday over Peter Deutsch, Castor appeared this morning surrounded by democratic senators, who are now on board the castor campaign. The event took place at The American Legion Hall number 5 on west Kennedy Boulevard.
ACT â€œBob graham is...Be the first to comment
For the past year consumer advocates have been trying to force TECO to admit they signed a contract with one of their on subsidiaries to transport coal to Florida across the gulf of Mexico, and paid them more than the market rate, resulting in higher electricity rates for consumers. The State Public Service Commission had hearings on TECOs business practices related to the contract earlier this summer, and last week, the PSC staff came back with a recommendation to reduce the amount that TEC...Be the first to comment
While the protests surrounding the republican national convention have brought together ordinary Americans from all 50 states, celebrities have also lent their names and faces to the crowds of people upset with the direction of the country. WMNF volunteer Bill Hamilton spoke with musician and activist Michael Franti, from Spearhead, about the importance of year's election.
That was Michael Franti, speaking with Spearhead singer Michael Franti in new York City.Be the first to comment