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Transgender man and woman discuss issues trans community still face

06/18/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday

Tags: transgender, transphobia, discrimination, gender identity, LGBT, Grant Drain, Rachel Carey, Bruce Wright, social justice, US Social Forum, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, and Chelsea Manning. They are just a few of the increasingly visible transgender people in the public eye. Still, trans folk are often misunderstood in society, they face harassment, violence, workplace discrimination, and rates of suicide ideation that are significantly higher than the general population. Joining us today are two transgender people, Grant Drain and Rachel Carey, to explain transgender identity and the many social and legal issues the trans commun...

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Green Party to hold annual meeting in Tampa, and ACLU official calls for investigation into profiling by Tampa Police.

06/06/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Tags: Chris Eiler, Rich Carpenter, Green Party of Florida, Tampa. Joyce Hamilton Henry, ACLU Florida, Tampa Police, discrimination, Rob Lorei


Today we talk with Chris Eiler and Rich Carpenter from the Green Party of Florida, a progressive political party whose platform is based on social justice, environmentalism, and grassroots organization. The party has been active in the state for over 15 years, having, most notably, backed Ralph Nader in the 2000 presidential run. They will be convening at several locations through out Tampa over the weekend, as part of their [annual members...

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Tampa celebrates Civil Rights Act anniversary listen

07/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: civil rights, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Lyndon Johnson, Race, discrimination


It’s been 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Officials from Hillsborough County and Tampa along with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission took a trip down memory lane during an anniversary celebration today. Delano Stewart was the first black public defender in Hillsborough County.

“It was monumental legislation, but we cannot go to sleep. If we go to sleep there is a Tea Party. I listen to the Republican Party saying they want to d...

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FL Democrats take issue with bill banning insurance "discrimination" against gun owners that's heading to governor's desk listen

04/22/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: guns, Florida Legislature, Race, discrimination, NRA


The Florida House has passed a bill preventing insurance companies from discriminating against people who own guns. But several Democrats, like Clovis Watson, Jr. from Gainesville, took issue with using the word “discrimination.”

"As a gun owner, as someone who believes in the 2nd Amendment, as someone who's a descendant of slaves, it concerns me with the word 'discrimination' when we're speaking of firearms. As someone who owns a firearm and who believes in the 2nd Amendment. And when yo...

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Transgender woman in Pinellas denied access to restrooms at PTEC listen

09/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: LGBT, discrimination, Pinellas County Schools, transgender, PTEC, U.S. Department of Education, education, ACLU, wmnf

The ACLU of Florida is asking the U.S. Department of Education to compel the Pinellas School district to broaden transgender rights in schools. The civil rights group filed a complaint this week on behalf of Alex Wilson, a transgender nursing student who was denied access to restroom facilities at her school for either men or women.

“Because I did not have the sexual reassignment surgery which costs about $20,000 to do and that if I used those restrooms I would have charges pressed agains...


ACLU of Florida blasts SCOTUS decision overturning provision of Voting Rights Act as radical conservatism listen

06/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that had been used as recently as last year to ensure voting laws don’t discriminate. During a phone conference today, the ACLU of Florida condemned the high court’s decision as radical conservatism. Howard Simon is the group’s executive director.

Under section five of the Voting Rights Act certain states and localities, including Hills...

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Tampa man says PricewaterhouseCoopers discriminated against him for his Arab/Muslim background

08/17/11 Sean Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Our guest today was Issam Azziz. He is suing the auditing company PricewaterhouseCoopers for employment discrimination. He was fired in July 2009 from his position as senior audit manager in their Tampa office. Azziz says he was let go because he is an Arab, a Muslim, and was critical of PricewaterhouseCooper’s diversity hiring practices. He sued last week in U.S. District Court and wants his job back, plus back pay, and compensation for emotional suffering and humiliation. Our other guest ...

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ACLU slaps Pasco County Fair with discrimination lawsuit listen

01/08/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida announced their filing of a federal discrimination lawsuit. The ACLU accuses Pasco County Fair Association of violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against three Mexican-American Pasco County residents.

The Federal lawsuit alleges that when three Pasco county residents wanted to rent a hall they were overcharged because they were...

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St. Pete police officer cleared in Dawson killing listen

11/03/08 Seán Kinane and Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Police administrators have cleared St. Petersburg Police officer Terrance Nemeth of all wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Javon Dawson in June.

Nemeth had previously been cleared of wrongdoing by Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe. His supervisors were looking to see whether Nemeth had violated any departmental policy, while McCabe’s review focused on whether he broke any laws.

Both investigations concluded he was justified in shooting Dawson after the teen al...

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Uhurus to protest at World Series listen

10/21/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Several groups plan to challenge two new St. Petersburg ordinances before the first World Series game tomorrow night. One ordinance calls for a “Clean Zone” surrounding Tropicana Field, and the other forbids handing out fliers and other activities in street medians. Some groups, including the Justice for Javon Dawson Committee, said this morning that the success of their leafleting campaign to challenge what they call the cover-up of Dawson’s murder by a St. Petersburg Police officer in...

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