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Will St. Pete privatize a popular protest spot near Baywalk?

09/30/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Our guest is Dwight Lawton, a spokesperson for the St. Petersburg chapter of Veterans for Peace and a member of St. Pete For Peace. The group is concerned about tomorrow's St. Pete City Council vote, which could result in the privatization of a sidewalk in downtown St. Pete. The group recently issued a press release which said in part:

The proceedings will take place at St. Petersburg City Hall beginning at 8:30am, at 175 Fifth Street N (map). There will be a public hearing to discuss t...

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Tampa Tea Party draws hundreds listen

04/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A crowd of about 500 people gathered in downtown Tampa today as part of the nationwide Tax Day Tea Parties protesting government spending, particularly spending plans of President Barack Obama.

The event has received large coverage on conservative media outlets, like talk radio and Fox News. Their presence has become so large that in the past few days, the left leaning cable network MSNBC has held several reports about Fox’s involvement.

Although many in the audience were conservati...

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Activists jailed for protesting Palm Beach County fossil fuel plant listen

02/03/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In West Palm Beach yesterday, two environmentalists were jailed and five others received probation for protesting the construction of a planned new natural gas fired power plant last February.

The protest had involved the activists linking themselves with chicken wire and PVC pipe to protest the negative effects they say the plant will have the environment.

Originally, 27 activists werearrested after the protests at the site Florida Power and Light’s West County Energy Center, but ...

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Activist Kelly Benjamin arrested at the RNC listen

09/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Protests continued today in St. Paul, at the site of the Republican National Convention. The largest arrests took place on Monday – and among those swept up was Tampa activist Kelly Benjamin.

Benjamin wasn’t released from jail until 3 a.m. today. Benjamin told WMNF that the arrests have created a chilling effect in St. Paul.

Benjamin ran for City Council in Tampa back in 2003.

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Rev. Bruce Wright discusses political protests listen

09/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Protests are continuing in St. Paul today, at the site of the Republican National Convention.

Last night, local police estimated about 2,000 people took part in an anti-poverty march. It ended near the convention arena with police using tear gas and flash-bang grenades to disperse protesters, who a St. Paul Police spokesman said were trying to get past security fences.

Ten people were arrested.

On Monday, violence erupted following a largely peaceful anti-war march by some 10,000 p...

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Protesters mark Iraq War anniversary listen

03/19/08 Emily Reddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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About 250 people gathered in front of the federal courthouse in Tampa this evening for a rush-hour protest of the Iraq War. Today is the five year anniversary of the start of the conflict.

For many gathered in downtown Tampa today, it was just one more in a long succession of actions against the Iraq War.

Chris Ernesto has been protesting the war in Iraq with St. Pete for Peace once or twice a week since the war began. Along with the reasons they’ve always had for opposing the war...

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