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Peace activists implore feds to call off "witch hunt" domestic terrorism investigations listen

09/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Peace activists nationwide are speaking out Monday against what they see as FBI oppression against protesters. In downtown Tampa, ten people protested anti-terrorism tactics and legislation in front of the Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse. Jared Hamil heads the Tampa Committee to Stop FBI Oppression which is participating in a national call-in day to ask a U.S. attorney to call off investigations of 22 anti-war activists.

“Hi, my name is Jared Hamil. I’m from Tampa Bay. I’m a fellow acti...

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International college students celebrate International Day of Peace with elementary and middle school students listen

09/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Friday is the International Day of Peace. People all over the world celebrate the day with festivals, concerts and moments of silence. At an elementary and middle school in Pinellas County, they have a whole week’s worth of events. Joyce Reichle is the primary years program coordinator at James B. Sanderlin IB World School. She said students in all grades are talking with international students from Eckerd College about what happens in their home countries.

“We have them talk about pe...

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9/11 remembered by peace activists for resulting in more violence listen

09/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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While groups around the country are remembering the victims of 9/11, other groups are marking the day for a different reason. A group of Peace activists rallied at USF and downtown Tampa today to remind people that American lives weren’t the only ones lost as a result of the attacks that day. Gonzalo Valdes with the group Tampa Against the War on Terror said more people were lost post 9/11.

“9/11 was the beginning of this war on terror. That’s when the world changed. I personally feel...

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Anti-drone protest at Raytheon draws more than 100 peace activists to Largo listen

08/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Tribune reports the city will use drones for surveillance during the Republican National Convention next week. More than 100 peace activists protested the use of unmanned drones in countries overseas at Raytheon in Largo Thursday afternoon.

Tighe Barry is with the group Code Pink. One of their main focuses is on anti-war efforts. Barry has long suspected that the U.S. might start using the technology on American soil.

“And they’re going to be used on us. They’re going ...

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"Stop the Machine" protest merges with Occupy Tampa for rally against wars listen

10/07/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Friday marks the 10th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan. Thursday protesters marched on Washington D.C. in protest of American militarism. Several local peace groups marched on Tampa’s federal courthouse in solidarity with the D.C. rally.

After the 2001 attacks on the twin towers, the US invaded Afghanistan, ostensibly retaliating against som...

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9/11 remembered by peace supporters listen

09/12/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As America marked the tenth anniversary of September eleventh yesterday, the county’s attention was fixed on remembering lives lost in the now infamous tragedy. But while many folks used the day to justify retaliatory military action such as the Wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, some people in Tampa promoted a message of peace.

Musicians, activists, and people of faith gathered for a second day of performances for peace at the Straz Center in downtown Tampa last ...

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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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More Orlando Food Not Bombs activists arrested for sharing food in Lake Eola Park listen

06/07/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday, four more Food Not Bombs activists were arrested in Orlando for sharing food in a public park. Last night WMNF spoke with Ben Markeson, the media liaison with Orlando Food Not Bombs, who was one of three people arrested last week.

We hope to speak with Ben Markeson by phone during tomorrow’s Last Call at 5:30 p.m.

"The Orlando police made 4 more arrests under the city's 'large group' feeding ordinance. They had a police officer out there with a video camera and he videotaped...

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St. Pete activist organizes Tampa rally to end occupation of Afghanistan listen

06/03/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The U.S.-led war and occupation of Afghanistan has gone on for nearly a decade and many Americans are fed up with the carnage. One St. Petersburg activist has even formed a new group to gather support for ending the war. Kofi Hunt’s organization, Project O.A.T.H. is organizing an anti-war rally tomorrow in South Tampa. The "Bring the Troops Home" rally tomorrow is between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

"This Saturday I'm having an event I'm calling "Bring the Troops Home". It's a rally at the corner o...

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Food Not Bombs movement grows in Tampa Bay listen

05/13/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Across Florida the Food Not Bombs movement is going through a revival. It may be due to unemployment, foreclosures, and restrictions on homeless feedings in Orlando. In Tampa Bay new Food Not Bombs chapters are formed and volunteers share food and literature in support of the Orlando volunteers who got arrested for handing out poor to the homeless and needy. The St. Petersburg chapter is growing fast, says volunteer Alex Nadeau. He quit his corporate job and now works for free: he feeds the h...

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