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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 ha...

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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 ...

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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 homel...

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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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Tampa panhandling ban stalled in a City Council stalemate listen

09/23/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa City Council failed to pass a panhandling ordinance Thursday afternoon. With only 6 members voting, and Council member Charlie Miranda on leave with health issues, It's hard to tell if the three-to-three stalemate will let up any time soon.

The fate of beggars, charities, and independent newspapers hangs in the balance as Tampa's City Council failed to d...

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Occupy Wall Street protesters bare tops: "We can't afford a shirt!" listen

09/23/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests in New York enter their second week Saturday. But, unlike much smaller conservative Tea Party demonstrations, most of the media continues a black-out of these radical anti-capitalist gatherings. During one demonstration this week, men and women bared their naked tops, chanting “We can’t afford a shirt.”

The audio is from a [video](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBy9YDwqzwg&featur...

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St. Pete resident heads to court for feeding people in an Orlando park listen

08/03/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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More than 20 activists have been arrested in Orlando since the city began enforcing its ordinance making it a crime to feed people in public parks. But recently Orlando and the local Food Not Bombs chapter have come to an agreement that has, at least for the time being, stopped arrests. Instead of public feedings being in a downtown park, the activists have agreed to feed people in front of City Hall. But St. Petersburg resident Jimmy Dunson was arrested before the agreement. He has a court a...

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Panhandling policy workshop at Tampa Chamber fails to draw support for ban listen

07/27/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This morning the Tampa Chamber of Commerce tackled the controversial issue of a possible ban on Panhandling in Tampa. Only two in attendance supported a full or partial ban. Everyone else expressed with a show of hands, their desire to give the matter further consideration.

It took effect in St. Petersburg last June. Parts of unincorporated Hillsborough County adopted it early this year. So far though, the city of Tampa has managed to thwart a ban on street solicitation. That could cha...

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