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Tampa activist undeterred by Ft. Lauderdale ban on sharing food in public parks listen

11/11/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: food not bombs, Homelessness, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Jimmy Dunson, hunger, poverty

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Activists continue to challenge a Ft. Lauderdale ban on sharing food in public; this Friday people plan to defy a new city ordinance and feed hungry people in a city park.

WMNF interviewed Jimmy Dunson with Food Not Bombs Tampa. He was cited for sharing food in Ft. Lauderdale last Friday and intends to go back there to feed people this Friday as well.

“Actually, there’s quite a few ordinances. The number one that’s getting all...

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Tampa state Rep criticizes Scott administration over All Aboard Florida listen

07/31/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: All Aboard Florida, rail, passenger rail, high-speed rail, Tampa, Orlando, miami, Rick Scott, Mark Danish

A passenger rail project that would link some of Florida’s biggest cities is coming under fire from an unexpected source – transit advocates.

All Aboard Florida is a private rail line proposed to link towns from Orlando to Miami. But there are connections between the company and Governor Rick Scott’s Chief of Staff. Before word of this private venture, Governor Scott rejected federal funding for high-speed rail from Tampa to Miami, through Orlando, killing the project.

Tampa state [Rep...

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Faith leaders and immigrants urge comprehensive immigration reform listen

03/11/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Monday in Orlando faith leaders and immigrant students held a prayer rally to reform the nation’s immigration system.

Minutes before the rally was to begin, WMNF spoke by phone with one of the organizers, Rev. Errol Thompson, pastor of New Life Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Orlando.

He’s also chair of PICO (People Improving Communities for Organizing) United Florida.

"The rally is about a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people here in the United States that...

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During NBA All-Star Weekend, Occupy Orlando activists call for civil rights and sharing listen

02/27/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Over the weekend, basketball fans were focused on Orlando, host of the NBA All-Star Game and associated festivities. But the group Occupy Orlando held their own, less flashy, celebration they called “All Share Weekend.” They billed it as a time for community, food, entertainment, art and education … all without the huge price tag of the All-Star Game. Activist Cat Duerr said the march was coordinated with the Florida Civil Rights Association.

“At Occupy Orlando we’re here in so...

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Protesters at CPAC Convention in Orlando want to Pink Slip Rick Scott listen

09/26/11 Jean Henry Telcy
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The group Pink Slip Rick protested Florida’s governor outside while he delivered the keynote address at the CPAC Convention in Orlando. Susannah Randolph, the executive director of Florida Watch Action organized the protest to raise awareness about Scott, who she describes as “anti-middle-class”.

Darden Rice, Florida Communications Director for the Protect Your Care campaign, points out w...

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Congressional hearings in Orlando on Florida's water pollution standards listen

08/08/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tuesday in Orlando there will be a Congressional hearing on Florida’s water pollution rules. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has imposed numeric nutrient standards on Florida’s water bodies, but they’re being challenged by some business groups. They’ll be well represented at the hearings called by U.S. Representative Cliff Stearns, which concerns Phil Compton, the Tampa Bay regional representative for Sierra Club Florida.

They are organizing a demonstration outside the ...

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St. Pete resident heads to court for feeding people in an Orlando park listen

08/03/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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More than 20 activists have been arrested in Orlando since the city began enforcing its ordinance making it a crime to feed people in public parks. But recently Orlando and the local Food Not Bombs chapter have come to an agreement that has, at least for the time being, stopped arrests. Instead of public feedings being in a downtown park, the activists have agreed to feed people in front of City Hall. But St. Petersburg resident Jimmy Dunson was arrested before the agreement. He has a court a...

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The Governor gives the go-ahead to commuter rail in Orlando

07/06/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk about Governor Rick Scott’s decision last Friday to okay a commuter rail project in the Orlando area called Sunrail. Just a few months after he killed a $2.7 billion high-speed train linking Tampa and Orlando, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday said he was giving the go-ahead for Sunrail - a $1.3 billion dollar Orlando-area commuter rail system that will cost state and local taxpayers even more money than high spee...

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Tarpon Springs Food Not Bombs has mellow protest in solidarity with its Orlando comrades listen

07/05/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The battle over the right to share food with the hungry may be raging in Orlando, but a solidarity demonstration in Tarpon Springs suggests that perhaps not all touristy Florida towns are ready to bring down the gauntlet on the practice. A demonstration on the steps of city hall Friday was heavy on passion, but light on the drama.

The city of Orlando has gotten a lot of attention lately – the kind the tourism hub probably doesn’t want so much. In addition to all the press, organization...

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After Casey Anthony found not guilty of murder, defense attorney speaks out against death penalty listen

07/05/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This afternoon in an Orlando courtroom a Pinellas County jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of murdering her 2-year old daughter. She was found guilty on four counts of lying to investigators. If Anthony had been found guilty of first-degree murder, she could have faced the death penalty. After the verdict, Anthony’s lead defense attorney Jose Baez said he was pleased with the verdict and spoke out strongly against state murder.

"I think that this case is a perfect example of why the d...

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