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Tampa demonstrators shut down streets in solidarity with Ferguson protests listen

12/08/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Ferguson, Tampa, Michael Brown, Raices en Tampa, Dream Defenders, Eric Garner, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa Police

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On Friday night in Tampa about 150 Ferguson solidarity protesters shut down streets and bridges in and around downtown and even took their message against police violence to a city-sponsored Christmas celebration in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

In the streets they chanted things like “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” “Back Lives Matter,” and “I Can’t Breathe.”

After an hour of speeches and chanting at Gaslight Square Park near police headquarters, demonstrators marched west on Kennedy Boulevar...

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Tampa Bay fast food workers unite to demand a higher minimum wage

12/04/14 Robet Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: minimum wage, fast food workers, Tampa, Shetara Brown

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Taco Bell fast food worker Shetara Brown from Tampa. Shetara is involved in an effort calling on fast food companies to pay a higher minimum wage.

Fast-food workers in St. Pete will for the first time join workers in Tampa on strike this Thursday, joining a growing movement for $15 an hour and union rights that has spread to over 160 cities across the country. Two years after New York City fast-food workers sparked a nationwide movement for h...

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Ferguson solidarity rally planned for Friday in Tampa listen

12/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa, Ferguson, Michael Brown, Uhurus, St. Pete, Raices en Tampa, Eric Gardner, Race, police

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update: The rally is in Gaslight Square*

There have been several small protests around the Tampa Bay area since a grand jury in Missouri announced it would not indict a Ferguson police officer in the death of Michael Brown; now, several groups are coming together for one major rally in downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday morning WMNF interviewed Alekos Zambrano with Raices en Tampa, one of t...

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Tampa FNB activist ends hunger strike after judge's decision halting Ft. Lauderdale feeding rule listen

12/02/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: FNB, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, food not bombs, Dezeray Lyn, Homelessness

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Tuesday a judge in Broward County issued a temporary ban on citations or arrests for a controversial ordinance that outlawed most public food sharings in Fort Lauderdale; as a result seven people who had been on hunger strike to protest the rules could celebrate with a meal.

Dezeray Lyn is with Tampa Food Not Bombs. On her way to break her hunger strike, she took a few minutes Tuesday afternoon to stop by WMNF and tell us why she was striking and what she thought of the judge’s decision....

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Fast food workers will strike Thursday in Tampa and across America listen

12/02/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: labor, unions, strike, Fast Food Strike, minimum wage, Tampa

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Fast food workers across the country and here in Tampa plan on striking this Thursday, demanding a fifteen-dollar an hour wage.

For a preview, this week WMNF interviewed Shetara Brown, a fast food worker at the Taco Bell at 56th Street and Fowler Avenue in Temple Terrace who makes $8.10 an hour.

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Some Tampa WalMart workers will walk out on day after Thanksgiving listen

11/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Walmart, labor, unions, strike, Tampa

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Friday is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. And advocates for retail workers are using the opportunity to make their struggle for workers’ rights more visible.

Here in Tampa and at several stores across the country some WalMart workers plan to walk out of their jobs on Friday.

For a preview of Friday’s actions in Tampa and across the country, WMNF interviewed Angela Williamson with Our WalMart.

Why are you marchin...

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Tampa activists upset after no indictment of Ferguson cop listen

11/25/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Ferguson, Raices en Tampa, Laila Abdelaziz, Marisol Marquez, Dezeray Lyn, SDS, USF, Tampa, police

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On Tuesday, the day after the St. Louis County grand jury handed down its decision it would not indict the white Ferguson police officer for the shooting of an unarmed black teen, there were demonstrations in St. Petersburg and in Tampa.

About twenty people braved the rain outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa Tuesday morning for a Ferguson Solidarity rally.

We h...

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Documentary fuels Tampa protest for better treatment of migrant farmworkers listen

11/24/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: farm workers, Publix, Food Chains, Student/Farmworker Alliance, tomatoes, migrant, protest, Tampa, CIW

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Migrant farmers join forces with social justice advocates to demand fair wages and treatment of migrant workers. Saturday evening people protested along the sidewalk in front of a North Tampa Publix. The demonstration coincided with the national theatrical release of the documentary Food Chains. The protesters chanted and waived signs until put them down to go to the documentary screening.

There were about 30 people at the beginning of the protest but that number swelled to nearly 60 as th...

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SDS wants USF to end its association with CENTCOM listen

11/20/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: SDS, USF, Tampa, CENTCOM, MacDill Air Force Base, education

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The U.S.-led wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in southwest Asia are coordinated from Tampa at U.S. Central Command – CENTCOM; in a press conference Thursday afternoon Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society launched a campaign to end the relationship between the University of South Florida and CENTCOM and another command, U.S. SOUTHCOM, based in the Miami area.

Thursday morning WMNF...

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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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