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Opponents of police violence say "Not One More Black Life" listen

10/20/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Ferguson, guns, police, police violence, St. Petersburg, Uhurus

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Because of the death of a black youth in Ferguson, Missouri, the issues of racism and police killings have been in the national spotlight; but a group in St. Petersburg wants to make sure police violence against the black community doesn’t fade from view.

WMNF spoke with Kefira Baron, the St. Petersburg chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, about Thursday’s event called “Not One More Black Life.” It's this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Akwaaba Hall, 1245 18th Avenue South, in St. Petersburg,...

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Uhurus oppose Pinellas Schools plan for assault rifles for school police listen

09/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Uhurus, Chimurenga Waller, Pinellas County Schools, War, weapons, guns, police

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A plan by the Pinellas County School District to acquire assault rifles for campus police is coming under fire from the black community.

Friday morning the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement held a press conference in front of the Pinellas County School Board building to criticize further weaponizing schools.

Afterward, WMNF spoke by phone with their local president, Chimurenga Waller.

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Syrian American Forum to join Tampa action opposing strike listen

09/06/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As the President makes the case for attacking Syria, anti-war activists continue to oppose a military strike. Saturday peace groups will once again take to the streets of south Tampa to say no to war on Syria. The rally begins at 6 p.m. just north of MacDill Air Force Base, the same location as last Saturday’s protest.

WMNF interviewed two organizers; Amer Baghajati with a group called the Syrian American Forum and Tom Lingo from St...

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Rallies in St Pete and Tampa for justice for Trayvon Martin after not guilty verdict listen

07/15/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Trayvon Martin

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People furious with George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict protested on both sides of Tampa Bay Sunday.

About fifty activists chanted and held signs on the four corners of a busy South St. Petersburg intersection early in the afternoon.

And a few hours later nearly 200 marched from downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to the Federal Courthouse and back.

Despite the 90 degree heat, many in the long line of marchers in Tampa are wearing hooded sweatshirts like the one Trayv...

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Husband of jailed attorney Lynne Stewart says she should be released because of cancer listen

03/22/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In 2009 attorney Lynne Stewart was sentenced to a ten year federal prison sentence for material support of terrorism. She originally got 28 months, but the government appealed the sentence. Stewart’s offense was to issue a press release on behalf of her client Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman.

Her advocates are asking for her release because she has stage 4 breast cancer.

Lynne Stewart spoke in St. Petersburg in April 2005.

Stewart's husband, Ralph Poynter, cha...

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Omali Yeshitela celebration at USF St Pete listen

01/22/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In 1966, Joe Waller was so fed up with the City of St Petersburg’s refusal to remove a repugnant racist mural that he tore it down and fled with the police close behind. But last night, he was honored in the same city.

The mural Waller tore down depicted what many felt were grotesque images of black musicians playing for a white audience. Joe Waller, who later changed his name to Omali Yeshitela, was arrested that day and spent nearly 3 years on one of Florida...

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African community mobilizes for Haiti listen

01/15/10 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning African community leaders spoke at the Uhuru house in St. Petersburg about how to mobilize aide for Haiti locally. Aisha Fields, Director for the all African peoples development and empowerment project spoke this morning about the need for the African community in Tampa to marshal humanitarian efforts for Haiti.

The conference was called to really call on the African community here in the Tampa Bay area to come together, to recognize our sameness with the Africans who live he...

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St. Pete delegation helps community projects in Sierra Leone listen

12/18/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A delegation of local activists recently returned from Sierra Leone in West Africa. They helped set up community projects there, and will talk about their trip on Sunday in St. Petersburg.

Aisha Fields is the director of the All-African People’s Development and Empowerment Project and Nyabinga Dzimbahwe is the director of Uhuru Radio and Uhuru News.

On Sunday at 4 pm they will talk more about their projects in Sierra Leone at the Uhuru House, 1245 18th Avenue...

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BayWalk protesters demand free speech not corporate bailouts listen

10/19/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Friday night, over 80 free speech activists demonstrated at BayWalk to protest the St. Pete City Council’s decision to give away the sidewalk in front of that failing entertainment complex.

Two weeks ago, after an earlier vote where the City Council refused to give the public sidewalk away, the activist group St. Pete for Peace said they would not protest there for a year as a good-faith gesture. But following Thursday’s reversal by City Council, that group, as well as others inclu...

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Deadlock kills Baywalk privatization listen

10/01/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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After a hearing that lasted nearly six hours, the St. Petersburg City Council voted 4-4 to reject an ordinance that would have privatized the sidewalk that lines the front portion of Baywalk.

Councilmember Herb Polson cast the final “no” vote on an ordinance that would have in effect barred protesters from demonstrating at the public entryway to the ailing shopping center. The site, once symbolic of Downtown St. Pete’s revival, has recently come to symbolize the disconnect between f...

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