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Tampa Bay region occupy movements join forces to plan their protest during Republican National Convention listen

06/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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About 75 Occupiers met at South Straub Park in downtown St. Pete last weekend where they brainstormed new ideas on how to protest things like corporate greed at the Republican National Convention in August. Members from across the Tampa Bay region are coming together for bi-weekly planning sessions. Occupy Tampa’s John Thomas also asked others in the movement to come up with a unified message.

“I’ve seen a big division. It seems almost like teams, like Occupy Tampa, Occupy Wall Street,...

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Occupy St. Pete seniors endure the rain to protest predatory banking practices listen

06/01/12 Liz McKibbon
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It’s been less than a month since Bank of America’s annual shareholders meeting and protesters say they haven’t made any changes to benefit their customers. So members of the Occupy movement called for people to “Move Your Money” at a rally in downtown St. Pete.

“Move you money honey, move your money honey, move your money honey.”

Through drizzli...

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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 nominee was...

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Tax Day brings Occupy tax protesters in St. Pete listen

04/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As people hurried into the main post office in St. Petersburg to file their taxes before tonight’s midnight deadline, 40 people stood outside waving signs demanding tax equality. The protesters representing at least three different advocacy groups said it’s not fair that wealthy individuals and corporations have access to tax credits and loopholes that often let them pay a lower tax rate than the middle class. Jasmine Carter, a member of Occupy St. Pete and Awake the State, said instead tax...

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Cheers, activists give state Rep. Jeff Brandes "unwelcome" home party listen

03/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Friday, 75 activists from several progressive groups gave state Representative Jeff Brandes what they called an unwelcome home party. It was complete with party hats, noise makers, champagne, and a Monopoly guy jumping out of a box. One protester at Brandes’ office on North 4th Street in St. Petersburg, Bill Hurley, said he was there to send a message: don't be Governor Rick Scott's patsy.

“Loopholes on repairers of private jets. For-profit charter schools that, the schools, we can ta...

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In St. Pete, Arun Gupta dissects the Occupy Movement listen

01/03/12 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The rage against Wall Street greed has galvanized the Occupy movement across the nation, including in Tampa Bay. A journalist, who has traveled to dozens of Occupy sites around the country, told an audience in St. Petersburg Monday night there’s a common thread: each Occupy site is creating a mini alternative society based on shared values.

Over the past three months, journalist, editor, and political activist Arun Gupta and his partner Michelle Fawcett have traveled about 9,000 miles to v...

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Occupy St. Pete goes after Progress Energy: Don't make us pay for your mistake! listen

12/21/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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About 75 Occupy St. Pete protesters lined the streets and crowded the corners in front of Progress Energy’s downtown St. Pete offices last Saturday. Reports they want the energy giant to stop asking rate payers to foot the repair bills on its nuclear plant.

Progress Energy’s Crystal River nuclear power plant sustained serious damages that caused it to go offline. One protester, Christian Haas said Progress Ener...

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Rain doesn't deter USF St. Pete students from rallying against tuition hikes listen

11/28/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Public college students across the state are experiencing sharp increases in tuition costs. An organization called Fight Back Florida is organizing protests at seven different universities this week. Today, students at University of South Florida St. Petersburg rallied to end tuition hikes.

Despite the rainy weather, organizers came out to make sure students knew about the 15 percent boost to the...

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Veterans for Peace and Occupy Tampa remember Armistice Day listen

11/11/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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It’s Veterans Day in the US and Europe celebrates Armistice Day marking the official end of hostilities in World War I. Veterans for Peace gathered at the Iraq and Afghanistan war memorials in downtown Tampa this morning at 11:11 on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

A small group of about a dozen people marked the historic time in silenc...

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Sarasota's Medieval Fair compares Peasants Revolt of 1381 with Occupy movement listen

11/08/11 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Occupy movement is spreading across the globe because people are tired of the 1%'s greed forcing the 99% further into poverty and wage slavery. But a theatrical rendition in Sarasota Sunday reminded people this isn't the first time in history the rich have been targeted by angry crowds of common folk tired of being stepped on.

About 25 Common people from the Peasant Revolt of 1381 are preparing to storm London Tower, intent on murder. Fourteen year old...

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