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NAACP VP Hilary Shelton on new laws that restrict voter participation

12/15/11 Robert Lorei
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Coming up we’ll talk more about voting restrictions that 25 states have imposed since the 2008 election.

But first two listener comments about yesterday’s discussion of the new TLC program ALL AMERICAN MUSLIM. The cable show has drawn fire from the Tampa based Florida Family Association.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is warning politicians not to pass election laws that benefit themselves and their parties and to draw political districts that reflect voters' interests instea...

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Fair Districts Florida amendments 5 and 6 seek to stop gerrymandering listen

10/21/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida voters are deciding on two proposed amendments to the state Constitution that establish new rules for redistricting. Some say the current system is unfair and point to the statistics: over the last six years, only three incumbents have been defeated out of more than 420 races for the Florida Legislature. But opponents say minorities could lose seats.

If passed, Amendments 5 and 6 would establish more guidelines for the Legislature to follow when districts are realigned. They call ...

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Tomorrow Night a Forum On Fair Districts

09/29/10 Robert Lorei
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Tomorrow night (9/30; 6PM) at the University Area Community Development Center 914013 N 22nd St. Tampa) there will be a forum on proposed Amendments 5 and 6 to the Florida Constitution. The amendments are designed to take some of the politics out of the process of drawing congressional and legislative districts. The sponsors of the event include the Hillsborough chapter of the NAACP, the League of Women Voters, Democracia and the Florida Consumer Action Network. We're joined now by Mike Phenn...

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Voting rights groups file suit against Amendment 7 listen

05/24/10 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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It was only a matter of time before litigation was filed against the controversial redistricting amendment pushed through by GOP legislators in the final hours of the 2010 session. Last Friday, the League of Women Voters along with the NAACP and Democracia Ahora did just that.

The groups filed suit to have [Amendment 7](http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Florida_Redistricting,_Amendm...

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Microbrewery approved to sell alcohol in West Tampa listen

12/17/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today Tampa City Council approved alcohol sales for a microbrewery in West Tampa. Cigar City Brewing is owned by the son of Perennial City Council Candidate and Adult Club owner Joe Redner. About a dozen residents of the Carver City and Lincoln Gardens neighborhoods protested the approval of alcohol sales in their neighborhood.

In a 4-2 vote, Tampa City Council allowed a Tampa microbrewery to continue to sell alcohol at the site on Spruce Street. Joe Redner is the owner of the Cigar City ...

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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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Activists Discuss Upcoming Baywalk Decision listen

09/30/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The occupancy of the once-thriving complex is now at a dismal thirty percent. Some believe the only way to save it is to allow the owners of Baywalk to take over the sidewalk that skirts the main entrance; a site known for political demonstrations. Others, like NAACP president Ray Tampa, say the move would be blatantly unconstitutional and deliver a clear message about where the city’s true intentions lie.

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A coalition of groups that include the International People’s Democratic U...

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March in St. Pete to stop gun violence listen

04/27/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Eight-year-old Paris Whitehead-Hamilton’s death was a wakeup call for the community in Bartlett Park to mobilize against the crimes committed in their neighborhood. About 400 concerned citizens marched to end gun violence in South St. Petersburg on April 25.

The St. Petersburg Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), other community organizations, and City Council members marched from Bartlett Park to Campbell Park in honor of the victim killed d...

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President of St. Pete NAACP speaks at Tiger Bay listen

03/11/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Ray Tampa, a former school principal, was elected president of the St. Petersburg chapter of the NAACP in November.

Today in St. Petersburg he spoke to the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club about education, civil rights, and the continuing relevance of the NAACP.

The education achievement gap between African-American students and white students is as wide as 37 percentage points, according to Tampa. He says African-American males are most affected.

“Twenty-one percent of the black boys are ...

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Disability complaint filed against Hillsborough schools listen

10/01/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County schools are violating federal requirements by not providing adequate services to students with disabilities, according to a coalition of advocacy groups.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities and the NAACP held a press conference in downtown Tampa this morning to announce they have filed a class-action administrative complaint against the Hillsborough County School system alleging systemic violations of a federal law.

The...

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