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Amid Republican convention's glamour, Tampa homeless move into abandonded house listen

08/27/12 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In preparation for the Republican National Convention, the City of Tampa has spent a large amount of money sprucing up some of its finest neighborhoods in an attempt to bolster the city image to the international community. But not all of Tampa is lined with mansions, palm trees and newly paved roads, like its iconic waterfront along Bayshore Boulevard. Only a few blocks away from the city’s busy financial and nightlife districts lie unnoticed pockets of poverty which local activists point ou...

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Hillsborough coalition has ten-year goal to eliminate and prevent homelessness listen

07/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County has come up with a ten year plan to address the problem after a week-long discussion with members of the community. It’s a comprehensive list of changes to how services are provided that streamline the system. Edi Erb, interim CEO for the coalition, said the changes will help more people get the help they need.

“And wrap around them with services that they need, not that somebody goes into a program and hears the services of that program and...

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Today Is the Anniversary of the Last Time the Minimum Wage Was Raised

07/24/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. On the first part of today's program we'll talk about the minimum wage. Today (July 24) is the anniversary of the last federal minimum wage increase to $7.25 in 2009. The minimum had been increased on July 24 on 2007, 2008 and 2009 and not since. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa and Rep. George Miller of California have proposed raising the minimum wage to $9.80 by 2014 in three annual steps and then adjusting it for inflation.

An AP survey...

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Tampa's Romneyville is the new Hooverville for Republican Convention listen

07/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Another activist encampment has popped up in Tampa ahead of next month’s Republican National Convention. Supporters of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign are slowly setting up a camp they’re calling Romneyville. Bruce Wright is leading the effort to make the area accessible to protesters and safe for people seeking refuge.

“A lot of the homeless community and poor people are going to be displaced and persecuted anyway during this time frame and so this is also a safe have...

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Stand Your Ground Series in the Times and Sticking It to the Poor?

06/06/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today- How corporations and governments are extracting large amounts of money from the poor…we’ll talk in the second half hour with an author who writes for the newly created Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

But first The Tampa Bay Times this week carried a two part series on the impact of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. The newspaper identified nearly 200 “stand your ground” cases and found that the law has been unequ...

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Results: The Grassroots Citizen's Lobby

02/06/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll speak with activists with the grassroots citizen's lobby called Results. The mission of Results is to create the political will to end the worst aspects of poverty and to empower individuals. Our guests are Ken and Linda Schatz who live in Tampa and are volunteers with the organization. On the phone with us is Ken Patterson who is the national grassroots manager of results. there will be a local meeting for people interest...

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Tampa police officers hand out 250 turkeys to needy families listen

12/22/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Many residents in Tampa’s Sulphur Springs neighborhood can’t afford a traditional Holiday celebration. Wednesday morning the Tampa Police Department made sure residents there will have food on the table and gifts under the tree for Christmas.

More than 250 families were given a turkey dinner, sides and desserts to enjoy this Holiday weekend. Wednesday marked the third and final day of what organizer and Tampa police officer Debbie Boles calls the Christmas marathon. Earlier this week chil...

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Tampa area food pantries face greater demand, fewer donations listen

11/23/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Many families will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday at home with family for a traditional dinner. The Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County estimates more than 17,000 people are on the county streets without a home every night, including this holiday weekend.

With the slumping economy, many of the area’s homeles...

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Tampa passes partial ban on panhandling listen

10/20/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the Tampa City Council passed a partial ban on panhandling on street corners. After the four to one vote, street solicitation is now banned every day but Sunday. Newspaper sales are excluded from the ban. Dozens of members of the public showed up comment on the three controversial panhandling ordinances.

After years of deliberation, Tampa City Council has decided to partially ban panhandling in public right of ways. Former City Council m...

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Tampa's partial panhandling ban advances toward final vote listen

10/06/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council has broken the tense deadlock by passing a partial panhandling ban. Council vice chair Mary Mulhern fought to stop the ban, to no avail.

The proposed panhandling ban has been tied up in a stalemate for several weeks, and finally passed a first reading this morning with a 6 to 1 vote. Council chair Charlie Miranda has been recovering from health issues, and missed the previous vote. He was preparing to phone in his vote today, but Mulhern took advantage of her position as...

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