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"Defending the American Dream" protesters oppose Florida budget cuts listen

03/16/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As the Florida Legislature session opens, many Floridians are fed up with proposals to lay off state employees and cut funding to education as a way to deal with the state’s massive budget shortfall. One week after the statewide Awake the State protests, activists with rallied around the Federal Courthouse in Downtown Tampa yesterday afternoon.

Governor Scott’s pledge to create jobs is being met with anger and frustration as he threatens to slash sup...


"Seize BP" holds rally in St. Petersburg, and across the US listen

05/13/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Yesterday, activists in St. Petersburg protested BP's response to the oil spill in the Gulf. The protest was one of a score of demonstrations that took place across the country that insist that BP use its billions of dollars in profits to clean up the spill and pay for economic damages associated with the 4 million gallon leak.

Passing drivers honked their horns in support,...


World March for Peace and Nonviolence comes through St. Petersburg listen

12/07/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Almost a week has gone by since Obama announced an additional 30,000 troop increase in Afghanistan but many people around the world aren’t convinced that war will bring peace.

Since October, hundreds of thousands have joined in The World March for Peace and Nonviolence. The three month march involves people in 100 countries with the goal of promoting nuclear disarmament and a withdrawal of invading troops from occupied territories.

Last Saturday Florida peac...


Veterans for Peace to protest the School of the Americas this weekend listen

11/20/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Anti-war protesters held signs today in South Tampa; some of the signs said “Honk if you want to close Gitmo”, and “bring them home.”

Early in 2006, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid criticized President Bush's speech at US Central Command in Tampa, questioning his pre-war claims of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq. Ever since then, Jay Alexander with the Tampa Veterans for Peace has been holding vigils for peace near Mac Dill Air Force Base, and asking for a moratorium...


Report from School of Americas Protest

11/22/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Nov. 21-23, 2008, thousands will converge on Fort Benning, Georgia, for the November Vigil to Close the School of the Americas.

Terri Binder, a listener from Sarasota, will report live from the protest.

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Activists use web to oppose Progress Energy rate hikes listen

09/05/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last Friday, Progress Energy submitted a request to Florida’s energy regulators to increase customers’ bills by 31 percent. But activists who oppose the rate hike are using the web to organize.

Among the reasons Progress Energy gives for the increase are increased costs of fuel and two proposed nuclear reactors in Levy County.

The nuclear plants were approved by Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) in July. The construction costs of the nuclear power plants are expected to ...


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