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Demonstrators meet to "Occupy Tampa" listen

10/03/11 Jean Henry Telcy
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The growing “Occupy” movement began on Wall Street in New York and has resulted in several hundred arrests thus far. The Tampa event was coordinated by Chris Dorsey, a graduate student at the University of South Florida.

The crowd is eclectic. Among those in attendance are teachers, parents, local business owners, and members of the online activ...


Mayor Buckhorn: Tampa will have 4,000 police for 2012 RNC listen

09/28/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today Tampa’s Mayor took a trip across the bay to build connections with members of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. The Mayor has seems bent on having a heavy police presence during next year’s RNC.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn has lost many elections in the past, but many of his opponents had consistently won every one of their races. He said that moving past his losses has given him courage.

But some f...


Occupy Tampa holds first protest in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street listen

09/26/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement for democracy that began on September 17 with an encampment in the financial district of New York City. A Tampa group began similar protests against financial institutions at downtown’s Gaslight Park on Saturday.

Scott Shepard drove from Lakeland to attend the protest after seeing the new...


Thousands protest in Spain listen

06/20/11 Sean Kinane & Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Yesterday in Spain, mass demonstrations took place across the country. Spain’s youth unemployment rate hovers at about 43 percent, and 21 percent for the general population. WMNF’s Sean Kinane caught a rally in the city of Cabra, where he spoke with demonstrator Sierra Ramos about what’s causing tens of thousands to take to the streets.

"This movement began the 15th of May in Madrid. It's a strike* against all the kind of abuse that the politics nowadays are trying to do against peo...

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Pro-democracy protests In Egypt

02/01/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Robert Lorei. The AP is reporting today that:

"More than a quarter-million people are flooding Cairo's main square for the largest demonstration so far against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

"The protest has been peaceful, with people standing shoulder to shoulder, chanting and singing nationalist songs.

"A 23-year-old unemployed university graduate pushing for Mubarak's ouster says, 'This is the end for him. It's time.'


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Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush speak at Southeastern University listen

03/15/10 Alexis Chamberlain
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Security was tight at Lakeland’s Southeastern University Friday night as former president George W. Bush spoke, along with wife, Laura, at the fourth annual National Leadership Forum.

The media were prohibited from entering Southeastern University’s Bush Chapel—named after the university’s former president and Assemblies of God official—as the former president and first lady spoke to a sold-out crowd of more...

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Protesters Demonstrate Outside Obama Townhall Meeting listen

01/28/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The line outside the Bob Martinez Sports Center wound throughout the University of Tampa campus. It reportedly had begun forming in the early morning hours. Most in line, like UT music major Alison Weinstien, were elated that the President would come to town on the heels of his State of the Union address.

Some, like Curtis, an engineer from Tampa, wanted to hear concrete ways on how the President plans to approve the economy.

Many, including USF graduate student Joshua Yanapa, wanted to...

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Activists protest Petraeus appearance listen

01/15/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Thursday evening protesters gathered in front of the Rennaisance Vinoy Resort to denounce the St Petersburg Chamber of Commerce for choosing Central Command General David H Petraeus to give the keynote speech at their 110th annual dinner.

It was a great day for a protest at St Petersburg’s Straub park on the shores of Tampa Bay. 68 degrees...

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Nonviolent demonstrations against Israel's wall in Bil'in are met with violence listen

01/12/10 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A small farming village near the Israeli border in the West Bank of Palestine is gaining international notice. According to the Friends of Freedom and Justice Bil'in website, Israeli soldiers have responded to weekly nonviolent demonstrations against Israel’s occupation and land confiscation with tear gas, rubber bullets and house raids. The result has been several injuries and a death last April.

Hamde Abu Rahma was born and raised in Bil’in. He says he st...

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St. Pete's homeless protest Mayor Baker's farewell party listen

11/09/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Saturday night, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker was given a farewell celebration at Demens Park, courtesy of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. The event was protested by homeless activists who believe that Mayor Baker’s record deserves scrutiny for his mistreatment of the homeless population.

A small bridge and a waterway separated the attendees of Mayor Baker’s farewell party from the homeless protesters outside. Tickets for the farewell celebration ranged from $125 up to $10,0...

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