News & Public Affairs04/28/05
A coalition of African American educators and community leaders met with St Petersburg police chief Chuck Harmon today to discuss the handcuffing of a 5 year old girl at Fairmount elementary school last week. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.
ACT Ã¢â¬ÅThe school system the police department and the parents failed this young girl,
Clifton Burney is a retired social worker
ACT Its my belief that as previously been stated, police shod have had no role in...Be the first to comment
BRADENTON TEENS SEEK HELP IN PAYING TO ATTEND THE JUNIOR NATIONAL YOUNG LEADERS CONFERENCE - Radioactivity04/27/05
Charles MacKenzie is a social studies teacher at Haile Middle School in Bradenton, where six of his students have been accepted to attend this conference (part of the Congressional Youth Leadership Confrence) this June. Unfortunately the cost is prohibitive- $16,000. MacKenzie has been able to raise $9,000 but he is still short. He described to WMNF what the conference is and how people can support the student's efforts.Be the first to comment
Tyson Slocum, research director for Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy Project discussed the reasons gasoline prices are so high, President Bush's call today for expansion of the number of nuclear power plants in the U.S., the energy bill passed by the House last week, the lack of focus on renewable energy and how citizens can get involved in these issues.Be the first to comment
Broward voters could decide on sales tax hike for transit system
Earlier this month, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio said that the city and Hillsborough County need to something to improve mass transit in the community.
For public transportation advocates, it was encouraging to hear ANY public official speak up for public transitÃ¢â¬Â¦Back in 1999, a committeeÃ¢â¬â¢s recommendation to spend more on roads and buses was ignored by the Hillsborough County CommissionÃ¢â¬Â¦.A transpor...Be the first to comment
A 60 (m) million-dollar state commitment to help build a 420 (m) million-dollar retractable roof baseball park in Miami for the Florida Marlins today passed the
After almost an hour of debate, the House voted 90-to-26 on the economic development proposal with the subsidy for the stadium along with millions of dollars for other pro sports projects.
The House bill diverts $2 million a year for the Marlins and $2 million a year for four spring training sites, as ...Be the first to comment
A new study by the association of Community Organizations for reform Now, or ACORN is lending ammunition in their campaign against predatory lending, and specifically Wells Fargo. For the past several months, Periodic protests have been held outside the Wells forgo branch on Central avenue in St Pete and at other branches around the country. But now an examination of Wells FargoÃ¢â¬â¢s Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data has found racial and economic differences in the type of leans made by...Be the first to comment
INTRO: Florida is now the first and only State in the Nation to have completely privatized itÃ¢â¬â¢s child welfare services. FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s Governor Jeb Bush has been working eight years to see the privatization of the States welfare system. FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s Department of Children and Families, or the DCF, oversee private contractors who manage all foster care and adoption services. The department has been rocked in the past decade by a series of high profile scandals, prompting the priv...Be the first to comment
The Tampa Housing AuthorityÃ¢â¬â¢s lawsuit to try and evict Robles park resident and community activist Connie Burton continued today. A jury was chosen at the end of the day Monday, it consists of 3 women, and 4 men, none of whom are black. During opening arguments, BurtonÃ¢â¬â¢s attorney, Guy Burns warned the jury not to confuse the fact that BurtonÃ¢â¬â¢s son was convicted of selling drugs, with any inference that Burton her self was involved in illegal activity
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Last year, the Bush administration stepped up blockade against Cuba and instituted tighter travel restrictions of Cuban Americans who wanted to visit their families. They are now only allowed to travel to the island once every 3 years, where previously they could go once a year. This week there is a national mobilization in Washington DC of people protesting against the travel restrictions. WMNF spoke with Tampa area historian and activist Maura Barrios, one of a contingent on Tampa area r...Be the first to comment
Castor is the founder and president of The Committee For Fair Elections, a group tring to get a series of constitutional amendments on the Florida ballot to reduce the partisan politics in the redistricting process. Castor appeared with Committee staff member Kristin Pasicheck. They said that the redistricting process is really the "Incumbent Protection Act" because not a single incumbent state legislator or Congress member was defeated in 2004. They are hoping voters will pass amendments es...Be the first to comment