News & Public Affairs05/12/04
Muslim Kids May Sue for being kicked off The Bus
The families of 14 Muslim middle school pupils removed from a school bus last year say they are close to suing the Duval County School Board, alleging the youngsters were victims of religious discrimination.
The families filed notice under a Florida law that requires six months warning before suing a public agency. Under Duval County's unified city-county government, city attorneys represent the school system.
In a letter to the School...Be the first to comment
Late last week members of the group Food Not Bombs celebrated the news that they had persuaded Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio to drop criminal charges against members of their group who had been arrested recently for feeding the homeless at Massey Park in downtown Tampa.
So For now, Food Not Bombs can continue to provide food in the Parks on Sunday without fear of arrest.
And City Attorneys are working on re-writing a City Ordinance on how people can use City Parks....David Smith is th...Be the first to comment
The trial of Tyron Lewis continued today in St Petersburg. Lewis was killed by a St Petersburg police officer in 1996, a civil disturbance followed, in which angry black residents set fires in the street, angry about another act of violence by law enforcement against African Americans. Lewis family is seeking a verdict of wrongful death, and wants the city of Saint Petersburg to pay them. Today featured testimony by several of Lewisâ€™ family members; Lewis families lawyers were attem...1 comments
FORREST CHURCH IS A UNITARIAN MINISTER BASED IN NEW YORK AND AUTHOR OF THE AMERICAN CREED, A BIOGRAPHY OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (St. Martin's Griffin)... AND MARJORIE BOWENS WHEATLEY IS MINISTER OF THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH IN TAMPA AND CO-EDITOR OF THE BOOK "SOUL WORK: ANTI RACIST THEOLOGIES IN DIALOGUE"... THEY DISCUSSED UPCOMING WORKSHOPS ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND TOLERANCE SPONSORED BY THE UNITARIANS AS WELL AS THE RELIGIOUS PHILOSOPHY OF THE FOUNDERS, SLAVERY AND THE SEL...Be the first to comment
OUR NEXT GUEST WAS GARY NOLAN, A RADIO TALK SHOW HOST, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE GROUP CAPITOL WATCH AND CURRENTLY HE IS SEEKING THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION. Nolan discussed the economic and foreign policy that he would advocate if he were elected: free enterprise, cutting military expenses, privatization, and his opposition to the Iraq War.Be the first to comment
INTRO: Last night, the Zephyrhills City Council attempted to put to rest racial divisions which have resulted from a street name change. In October of last year, City Council voted to change the name of Sixth Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, infuriating many of the white community. Last nights vote to restore the street name to Sixth Avenue, with a token reference to King, attracted national media attention as Zephyrhills has become the only community in Florida to change a street nam...Be the first to comment
About 200 people, many of them veterans of war, gathered for a rally to support the campaign of President Bush. Only days ago, the closure of several Veterans administration medical facilities was announced, and the past few months has seen massive criticism of the Bay Pines facility, where an inefficient computer system has led to long waits for care for sick veterans. Literature defended Bush against allegation of defunding veteranâ€™s medical care, and several speakers, including Bo...Be the first to comment
CONTINUED LIVE COVERAGE OF HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE HEARINGS ABOUT ABUSE OF IRAQI PRISONERS; FOLLOWED BY FIFTEEN MINUTES OF PHONE COMMENTS FROM LISTENERSBe the first to comment
Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson was in Clearwater this morning, speaking to the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce.... ...Although it was announced that he would be speaking about new anti-tobacco legislation, Nelson instead focused predominantly on the war and occupation in Iraq.
Unlike his fellow Democrats in the Senate, Bob Graham, Nelson voted to give authorization to President Bush to attack Iraq militarily in the fall of 2002.
But today he appeared to sound like he had been...Be the first to comment
On Friday night in Sarasota, the Southwest Florida Peace Coalition sponsored a screening of the short documentary â€œHuman Shield.â€? It has currently been screened at over 20 film festivals around the nation, and won best short documentary at the Tampa Bay Film Festival. Filmmaker Debra Hussong and former human shield Ryan Clancy were among those in attendance. WMNFâ€™s Kimberley Farley files this report.
The film centers on the experiences of Faith Fippinger, who was a huma...Be the first to comment