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The controversy over the firing of Shirley Sherrod from the USDA

07/22/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Earlier this week a long time USDA employee from Georgia was fired for remarks she made to an NAACP chapter meeting in March of this year. A few minutes of the speech were played by conservative and mainstream media outlets suggesting that Sherrod, an African American, discriminated against white farmers in carrying out her official duties as a USDA employee.

This week the NAACP issued a complete copy of Sherrod's 43 minute speech. In context and unedited, the speech indicates that, contr...

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Poor Peoples Campaign fights racism and Whirlpool in Michigan listen

06/17/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As WMNF reported last week, The Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign is in the midst of a 12-week, 24-city march. The march begins in the Mississippi Delta and ends in Detroit, where the US Social Forum begins next week. A contingent of homeless from the Tampa Bay area is with the march, which is now making its way across Michigan. WMNF's Kelly Benjamin is travelling with the group and brings us this report from Benton Harbor.

The town of Benton Harbor in South East Michigan has se...

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Arrest of the Michigan militia groups a sign of growing fascism in the US?

03/31/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Last weekend, members of a Christian militia group in Michigan were arrested for plotting to kill some police officers as a way to start a wider civil war in the US. In recent months we've seen growing violence by some on the far right of the political spectrum.

Our next guest has been writing about authoritarian movements for several years. She is Sara Robinson of the Campaign for America's Future. Last year she wrote an influential piece called *Fascist Ameri...

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Hate groups on the rise in US

09/29/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Our guest is Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center. He closely monitors hate groups in the US and has documented a rise in such group activity since the inauguration of President Obama.

As director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project and editor of its award-winning, quarterly investigative journal Intelligence Report, Mark Potok leads one of the most highly-regarded operations monitoring the extreme right in the world today. In addition to editing the magaz...

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Sami Al-Arian to go on trial on contempt charges listen

01/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A federal judge in Virginia ruled today that Sami Al-Arian should stand trial in March for criminal contempt.

The ruling was a blow to the former USF professor, who was released on bail by Judge Leonie Brinkema back in September after being incarcerated in numerous prisons and jails since his arrest in February 2003 on federal terrorism charges.

Mel Underbakke is with the group Friends of Human Rights. She says she was one of nearly two dozen supporters of Al-Arian from Tampa in the ...

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Civil rights group reports rise in hate crimes

11/18/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.

Since Barack Obama’s election to the presidency two weeks ago, there has been a wave of hate crimes and incidents of racial intimidation, according to our next guest, Mark Potok, director of the intelligence project at the Southern Poverty Law center in Montgomery, Alabama.

Potok says the crimes are committed by a small subset of white America, that they don't foretell a race war, but they do cause his group concern. M...

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St. Pete police officer cleared in Dawson killing listen

11/03/08 Seán Kinane and Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Police administrators have cleared St. Petersburg Police officer Terrance Nemeth of all wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Javon Dawson in June.

Nemeth had previously been cleared of wrongdoing by Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe. His supervisors were looking to see whether Nemeth had violated any departmental policy, while McCabe’s review focused on whether he broke any laws.

Both investigations concluded he was justified in shooting Dawson after the teen al...

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Uhurus to protest at World Series listen

10/21/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Several groups plan to challenge two new St. Petersburg ordinances before the first World Series game tomorrow night. One ordinance calls for a “Clean Zone” surrounding Tropicana Field, and the other forbids handing out fliers and other activities in street medians. Some groups, including the Justice for Javon Dawson Committee, said this morning that the success of their leafleting campaign to challenge what they call the cover-up of Dawson’s murder by a St. Petersburg Police officer in...

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Al-Arian released from prison listen

09/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday Dr. Sami Al-Arian was released from custody for the first time in more than five years. Even though his criminal sentence ended 16 months ago, Al-Arian had been held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody since a federal judge ordered him released on bail in July.

WMNF spoke with Al-Arian’s daughter, freelance journalist Laila Al-Arian Tuesday night.

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Brother of slain teen says police harassed him listen

09/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In June, teenager Javon Dawson was shot twice in the back and killed by a St. Petersburg Police officer. Yesterday at school, his younger brother, Keon, was pulled out of class and his belongings were searched because the school received a tip that he had a gun.

Dawson’s family and supporters are calling it another example of the St. Pete Police harassing and intimidating people who witnessed his brother’s shooting.

At a press conference Wednesday morning at the Uhuru House in St....

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