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Civil liberties advocate takes issue with some provisions of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's proposed rules for RNC protesters listen

03/29/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Yesterday Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced a proposal for a temporary ordinance during the week of the Republican National Convention in August. Buckhorn proposes what the city is calling a "Clean Zone" that covers about six square miles near downtown Tampa. Gatherings of more than 50 people will be required to apply for a permit for a demonst...

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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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Teachers protest in Pinellas County, demand more funding listen

02/03/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last year the Florida Legislature cut $1.35 billion from public education. Yesterday teachers and other education advocates protested the sweeping cuts at two busy intersections in St. Petersburg.

On the corner of 38th Avenue and 4th Street North, motorists honked in support of teachers. Educators lined all four corners of the intersection wielding signs demanding more funding. St. Pete High teacher Colleen Parker got a jump on her retirement becau...

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Occupy Tampa protester says officers used excessive force while arresting two protesters Sunday night listen

01/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Two Occupy Tampa protesters were arrested last night while marching along North Dale Mabry. The march was in response to more than 400 arrests and the use of chemicals at Occupy Oakland. This morning WMNF’s Janelle Irwin spoke with Occupy Tampa member Daniel Walford about the Tampa arrests.

“We were marching in solidarity with Oakland, CA because they got shot and Tasered and smoked gassed the other night.”

“And a couple of your people were arres...

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The Republican Presidential candidates meet opposition at USF debate listen

01/24/12 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Republican Presidential debate at the University of South Florida was crucial for those four candidates, but many groups oppose their agenda. Hundreds flooded the campus to fight back against the positions of candidates on immigration, LGBT issues and tuition hikes.

Outside USF’s administration building more than 200 people held up signs. Some shouted speeches through bullhorns before marching to the site of the debate. The groups were greeted and riled up by D...

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As Tampa GOP debate nears, Republicans and protesters weigh in listen

01/20/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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After tomorrow's South Carolina presidential primary election, national attention will turn to Florida, where the next primary will be held on Tuesday, January 31. This coming Monday, Tampa's University of South Florida will host a Presidential primary debate in a state that has been recently been penalized by the National Republican party for moving the date of it's primary election forward.

Florida is a political battleground state that typically sees a lot of action during national elec...

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Journalist Arun Gupta has travelled 10,000 miles across the US covering the Occupy movement

01/02/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

The Occupy movement in this country is in its 5th month. The movement which says it represents the 99% of Americans against the extraordinary power wielded by the 1% has seen mass marches, confrontations with police, arrests, serious injuries and has changed the public debate over what national issues are most important.

Journalist Arun Gupta has covered the Occupy movement since it began in September in New York City. Since then he’s traveled to occupy sites around the country. He’s a...

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Some protesters think Tampa police are handing out too many trespass warnings listen

12/28/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Occupy Tampa activists and some advocacy groups are wondering why the City of Tampa is giving trespass warnings to so many protesters. This month two groups of people were trespassed from areas where they thought it was safe to assemble.

Cari Welsh thought she was going to be arrested based on the actions of police officers during an Occupy Tampa meeting last week. Instead, about 30 people were given trespass warnings from a parki...


Videos: 29 Occupy Tampa members arrested while camping in Riverfront Park listen

12/02/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa Police say overnight they arrested 29 members of Occupy Tampa in a riverside park west of downtown. Before the arrests about 40 people attempted to camp on a hill inside the park, but many people complied with police orders to leave.

The hilltop encampment in Julian Lane Riverfront Park was in plain view for police helicopters. More than a dozen...


Occupy Tampa complies with police order to remove their shade, but vows to stay listen

10/14/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Friday morning police told Occupy Tampa to take down parts of their sidewalk camp outside Curtis-Hixon Park. Tables and canopies have been removed, but the protesters are still allowed to stay and sleep.

Last Sunday night a police officer told Occupy Tampa that they could stay on the sidewalk. But two nights later [police told protesters they had to leave the sidewalk](http://www...

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