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Occupy Tampa remembers 6 months of continuous outdoor occupation listen

04/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This weekend, Occupy Tampa is celebrating their six-month anniversary by holding what they are calling Day of Rage 2.0. In addition to holding marches today and tomorrow, members of Occupy Tampa are also remembering the good times they’ve had along the way.

A half of a year later, Occupy Tampa is continuing to plan actions to voice their opposition of corporate greed and a local political process they see as flawed. But the group wants to do more. Nathan Schwartz joined the movement a...

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St. Pete group calls on community involvement in the city's budget listen

03/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Political activists launched a non-partisan initiative this morning that aims at giving citizens of St. Petersburg a louder voice in the budgeting process. On the steps of City Hall, 40 supporters of the People’s Budget Review learned details of the process that reaches out to residents to gather their ideas on how tax dollars should be spent at the city level. Christian Haas spoke about the process at a press conference.

“Essentially we want to have aggregate data of the citizen’...

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Dogs Against Romney protests in Tampa listen

03/12/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Animal rights activists have found a creative way of protesting GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. On Saturday ten people calling themselves, “Dogs against Romney” converged on Al Lopez Park in Tampa.

Mitt is mean! Mitt is mean!

The founder and chief architect of “Dogs Against Romney”, Scott Crider, was shocked in 2007 when he read about the news of how Mitt Romney treated his dog on a family vacation to Canada. He started a blog that ...

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USF students protest budget cuts on both sides of the Bay listen

03/01/12 Janelle Irwin & Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Occupy Education, an off-shoot of the Occupy Movement, called for a national day of action today demanding legislation that would increase educational spending instead of cutting budgets. At the University of California, Santa Cruz, student protesters shut down most of the campus. Students at USF campuses in Tampa and St. Pete held events today in solidarity with that effort. Students at both campu...

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Greenpeace holds direct action training camp in Manatee County listen

02/28/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The environmental activist organization Greenpeace is in the Tampa Bay area this week holding a direct action training camp for young activists interested in using non-violent civil disobedience to call attention to environmental problems.

Over 70 activists from around the country are in the woods of rural Manatee County this week to learn how to more effectively commit non-violent direct action. That's actions that are meant to raise awareness and effectively achieve political, economic, ...

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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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Actor/activist Danny Glover on Haiti elections listen

03/17/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is leaving South Africa today and plans to return to Haiti tomorrow at noon.

Actor Danny Glover flew to South Africa to accompany Aristide back to Haiti.

The impoverished nation of Haiti is still feeling the pain of the earthquake that ravaged the country over a year ago, not to mention a chaotic presidential election many have deemed fraudulent. Actor Danny Glover recently made a film about a 1791 slave uprising in that country, and has m...

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Actor/Activist Danny Glover stresses community at Tampa school listen

02/25/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As part of Black History Month, scores of students at a Tampa school heard from a famous visitor this morning. Actor and human rights activist Danny Glover told students at Just Elementary that it’s important to be community-minded – and to keep studying.

Hundreds of grade school children beamed as the actor implored them to be conscientious. The Color Purple star was there as part of Just Elementary’s Black History program. He recited the Langston Hughes poem “I, Too, sing America...

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USF St. Pete students plant trees ahead of international climate change event listen

10/07/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The political climate in Florida may often be icy when it comes to the environment, but that’s not curbing action by green activists. An environmental group at USF-St. Pete is greening things up around campus ahead of an international observance of climate change.

Kira Barrera is a spokesperson for USF St. Pete’s Student Environmental Awareness Society, also known as “SEAS.” She says the group had a lot of red tape to cut through in order to do what it’s doing today. You can hear...

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International Day of Climate Action was biggest yet listen

10/26/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As part of the International Day of Climate Action, local activists rallied on Saturday in Tampa. According to the website http://350.org, people in 181 countries held 5200 events for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet’s history. They were asking national leaders from all over the globe to take a strong stance on supporting climate change legislation.

An Associated Press-commissioned statistical analysis released Monday confirms that the Earth is still...

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