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CODEPINK holds activist training ahead of several RNC demonstrations listen

08/27/12 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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CODEPINK, the women’s peace group, is in Tampa this week -taking part in protester against the Republican convention.

About a dozen women singing protest tunes only blocks away from the Republican Convention in downtown Tampa Sunday.

The organization’s founder Medea Benjamin has been working to keep budding protesters on their toes.

”We actually started two days ago, we protested and we’ve been making a lot of our props and now we’re here teaching people chants, trying o...

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Rev. James Forbes on Spiritual Depression

08/24/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk with The Rev. James A. Forbes Jr., Senior Minister Emeritus, The Riverside Church, New York City; Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor, Union Theological Seminary, NY; Founder & President, The Healing of the Nations Foundation. He'll be speaking on the topic of "spritual depression" this Sunday, August 26, 2012 at the following religious communities.

8:00 a.m. St. John Progressive Baptist Church Rev. Ba...

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Republican convention protests accelerate this weekend in Tampa Bay listen

08/24/12 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Thousands of protesters, activists, and political groups are traveling to Tampa to protest this year's Republican National Convention.

Occupy Tampa and Occupy Wall Street will be joining with a wide range of activist organizations in protesting the RNC. Nathan Pim is a member of Food Not Bombs, which plans to feed protesters during the convention.  Pim and other Food Not Bombs activists began joining forces with Occupy Tampa at their encampment at Voice of Freedom Park on Wednesday. "A ...


Rae Abeleah, co-director of Code Pink previews their RNC schedule

08/23/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Rae Abeleah the co-direcvtor of Code Pink talked about Code Pink and their plans for the Republican Convention schedule for next week in Tampa, Fl. For more information go to the code pink websight and the wmnf web sights- events too numerous to mention.

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Republican convention protesters say they won't be scared off by tropical storm listen

08/22/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Some forecast models predict Tropical Storm Isaac could affect Tampa during the Republican National Convention. Most of the secure area cordoned off for the event is in the first evacuation zone. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told CNN this morning that the city has been preparing for hurricane contingencies and will evacuate the area if needed.

“Absolutely we’re prepared to call it off. I mean, human safety and human life trumps politics….the only difference will be that there’s a f...

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Mayor Buckhorn holds first of three town hall meetings on impact of Republican convention listen

08/15/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Is Tampa prepared for the challenges the Republican National Convention will bring with it? It is according to Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Tuesday night was the first of three scheduled Town Hall meetings before the convention. It was at the Florida Aquarium on Channelside Drive. When the small conference room swelled to full capacity of around 100 people a second close circuit viewing area was set up to accommodate more than 100 others.

Representatives from transportation, law enforcement, fire...

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New app shows you where Tampa's surveillance cameras are during Republican convention

08/15/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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In less than two weeks the Republican National Convention kicks off in Tampa, and Big Brother will be watching.

Today on Last Call we talked with Jon Gales about the new closed-circuit surveillance cameras installed in Tampa for the convention. He has a new website called It has a map of the location of dozens of the cameras.

We talked about why they are there and whether they might come down after the convention.

I invited the Tampa Police Departmen...


Tampa voter given provisional ballot because she didn't bring photo ID listen

08/14/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida voters need to bring picture identification to the polls. One voter learned that the hard way Tuesday morning at a precinct in east Tampa. Inside the Cathedral of Faith Church on North 30th Street, Elaine – she did not want to give her last name – was surprised to learn she could not vote on a regular ballot because she didn’t bring picture ID.

Elaine was given a provisional ballot instead. They are evaluated separately from other ballots and counted if the canvassing board d...

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposes leaner budget without layoffs or millage increase listen

08/09/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday morning Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn unveiled his proposed fiscal year 2013 budget to City Council; he calls it “Changing Tampa’s Economic DNA.” It’s based on a small-government philosophy, avoiding a property tax increase, without laying off any current employees.

“You should be proud of this staff behind me. They have done an amazing job in some very difficult times crafting this budget and putting this together on top of dealing with all of the other things that they de...

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Republican convention protesters have questions for Tampa officials during ACLU rights forum listen

08/08/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Republican National Convention begins in Tampa in less than three weeks; areas of the city designated as the Event Zone and Designated Protest Area will bear additional restrictions. The ACLU of Florida hosted a panel discussion Tuesday night at the University of Tampa to screen questions about personal freedoms during the event.

The panel discussion between city officials and citizens was the [thi...

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