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Tampa activists stand with Palestinians at USF, Temple Terrace and downtown listen

11/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The death toll in Gaza has reached at least 100 after a weekend of continued violence. More than 20 USF students protested the conflict in Palestine silently today at the Marshall Center on the school's Tampa campus following a weekend of other demonstrations across the city.

The Israeli military, or IDF, has increased bombing in Gaza claiming they are defending themselves against rocket fire from the Gaza strip and targeting Hamas militants. One reason is rocket fire into Israel has tak...

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Tampa peace activists honor lost lives in Israeli attack on Gaza listen

11/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday

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The death toll in Gaza has reached more than 20 after three days of continued violence. A group of peace activists held a candlelight vigil Friday in solidarity with Palestinians struggling through the conflict with Israel at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa.

Israel began firing missiles into the Gaza Strip Wednesday and Hamas immediately retaliated with rocket fire. Israel, the U.S.’s biggest ally in the region, has launched strikes from the air and from the sea in heavi...

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Violence in Gaza and Israel escalates despite calls for peace listen

11/16/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The death toll has risen to 23 Palestinians as Israeli military continues attacks on the Gaza Strip. Among the dead are at least 6 children and a pregnant woman. Peace activists sympathetic to both sides want officials to find a non-violent end to the conflict.

Rockets fired from Gaza targeted the city of Jerusalem Friday for the first time. The increased offensive by Hamas may pave the way for Israeli forces to unleash a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military has alr...

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New take on nonviolence: pillow fight for peace listen

10/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With uprisings in overseas countries and U.S. occupations of places like Afghanistan, peace activists called attention to the problems yesterday in downtown St. Pete by hitting each other with pillows.

“Everybody is out here just hitting each other, but laughing at the same time. So, it’s kind of like a play on words.”

Elizabeth Dunn planned the event because, as she put it, it was on her bucket list. The idea was to promote peace through togetherness.

“You end up fightin...

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Tampa Bay area college students march for peace on anniversary of invasion of Afghanistan listen

10/08/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The war in Afghanistan is now in its twelfth year and some students in the Tampa Bay area have had enough. Ten members of Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS, rallied at USF Tampa today to speak out against the continued occupation of Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern countries. Matthew Hastings said the military spending can be better used to fund public education.

“Well, if we’re spending trillions of dollars to maintain a military that is fighting overseas, we’re not g...

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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 fello...

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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 abou...

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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 personall...

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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 ...

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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 s...

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