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Coalition to March on the RNC holds organizing meeting at USF in Tampa listen

06/18/12 Michelle Friedline and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Coalition to March on the RNC is solidifying its plans to march on the first day of the Republican Convention in August. On Saturday Representatives from community and student groups from around Florida and as far away as Atlanta and Asheville traveled to the University of South Florida in Tampa to learn tactics used in past large-scale protests which they could apply this year to increase their numbers and effectively maintain a strong presence. Mick Kelly, an activist in the anti-war an...

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Banks in downtown Tampa are again facing 24-hour a day protests from Occupy Tampa listen

05/23/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Members of Occupy Tampa are in their first day of a five-day continuous protest starting at the Bank of America in downtown Tampa. Supporters of the movement will take turns protesting in front of banks and parks to send a variety of messages to citizens. Occupy groups from across the country have been criticized for lacking a specific direction.

Opponents of the Occupy movement and even some people who share some of the group’s core values have said they don’t know what occupiers wa...

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Tampa passes temporary "Event Zone" ordinance for Republican convention; protesters infuriated listen

05/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council passed an ordinance Thursday that will prohibit certain items and actions in downtown Tampa during the Republican National Convention this August; protesters say it violates their free speech rights and city officials are still working on finding a way to skirt a Florida law that allows guns in the so-called Event Zone.

Among the provisions passed today, groups of 50 or more will have to get permits to march or assemble in certain areas. Even though Tampa City Council a...

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What do Ron Paul supporters have in store for Tampa before the Republican convention?

05/17/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Although Ron Paul announced earlier this week that we no longer compete in the remaining Republican presidential primaries this year, that doesn't mean his supporters are going away quietly.

In fact, their working hard on raising the amount of delegates Paul can amass before the Republican National Convention in Tampa this August, and in the process, alienating some in the pro-Romney GOP establishment.

Joining us on the program today is Josh Tolley is a nationally syndicated radio talk...

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In St. Pete, Mitt Romney protesters say he's not the guy for the job listen

05/16/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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At an early morning rally in downtown St. Petersburg this morning, Mitt Romney told supporters he wants to cut government spending. More than 25 demonstrators lined the street in front of the Mirror Lake Lyceum to protest the presidential hopeful’s policies.

"I’m so disillusioned that I don’t’ even know if I’m going to vote.”

Maria Agosto spent a half an hour shouting messages from the sidewalk across the brick road in front of where the presumptive Republican presidential...

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Last Call guest speaks out against Tampa's Republican convention Clean Zone ordinance

05/16/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Thursday Tampa City Council will hold a public hearing and final vote on the proposed temporary Clean Zone ordinance for the Republican National Convention. It has been altered and is now rebranded the Event Zone.

My guest this afternoon is Amos Miers, a critic of Tampa’s proposed Clean Zone or Event Zone ordinance for the Republican National Convention. He is with ResistRNC. We heard why he is opposed to the Clean Zone?

*note, the Event Zone ordinance [passed](http://www.wmnf.org/new...

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Occupy Tampa takes to the Hillsborough River to build community and remind Tampa they're still here listen

05/14/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Occupy Tampa has been in and out of the spotlight since relocating to West Tampa in December. Members gathered to Occupy the Hillsborough River on Saturday, to have fun and to remind Tampa they are still here.

Seven people, most from Occupy Tampa, put their kayaks in the water just north of downtown Tampa while a police boat circled the area. Although there was no confrontation, three police boats stayed close during the journey. The gr...

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Code Pink activist Rae Abileah on the Middle East, and talk on gay marriage

05/10/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Code Pink activist Rae Abileah comes on the program to talk about her work regarding the Middle East with Palestinians and Jews.

Rae also speaks about coming to Tampa to protest at the Republican Convention later this summer.

In the second half of the show, the topic was President Obama's risky political move in coming out in support of same-sex marriage.

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Occupy Tampa says it won't protest the Republican Convention from inside the "Event Zone" listen

05/04/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Occupy Tampa will not be protesting inside the proposed Event Zone for the Republican National Convention in August. During their general assembly last night the group decided to explore other demonstration options.

Tampa city council passed the first reading of an ordinance yesterday that would establish a restricted area in downtown Tampa for the week of the Republican National Convention. Members of Occupy Tampa have spoken out at every city council meeting that dealt with what was fo...

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Tampa's Republican Convention Event Zone passes first reading; protesters bid farewell to First Amendment listen

05/03/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council passed the first reading of their modified “Clean Zone” ordinance Thursday morning; in the past few weeks the city has addressed some concerns with the proposal, like increasing time limits on protests and shrinking the area. They even changed the name to “Event Zone”. But some activists still aren’t happy with it.

In the original “Clean Zone” ordinance, protesters would only have 60 minutes to hold demonstrations in certain areas. It also would have cha...

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