News & Public Affairs


Food Not Bombs World Gathering feeds the hungry in Tampa before the Republican convention listen

08/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

An activist group fed 20 members of the Tampa community oatmeal and fruit this morning. Food Not Bombs is partnering with members of Occupy Tampa at their Voice of Freedom Park encampment where to feed the hungry this week. Elizabeth Toms, a member of Occupy Tampa, said the turn out has been good so far, but she hopes it will get better as the week goes on.

“Some were like, extremely grateful. Like, oh I’m not hungry, but I’ll definitely go get some coffee. There’s a couple ki...


Peace Activist Medea Benjamin on Drone Warfare

08/20/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up on the first part of today’s program we’ll talk with Medea Benjamin, founder of Code Pink and author of the new book DRONE WARFARE.

But first three listener comments about last Friday’s program. Most of the comments were about the open phone segment on which our listeners wanted to discuss the upcoming presidential election.


Our guest today is Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Global Exchange and Codepink (the ...

Be the first to comment

Mayor Buckhorn and Tampa officials hold third and final town hall meeting about Republican convention listen

08/17/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

In contrast to ongoing police trainings, the mood was a laid back Thursday night at the third and final town hall meetings about the Republican convention. Mayor Bob Buckhorn and other city officials voice confidence in their preparation.

More than 100 citizens and city officials filled the Kate Jackson Community Center in Hyde Park. The city has completed a number of beautification and infrastructure projects. Buckhorn said hosting the event is an investment in Tam...

Be the first to comment

Tampa Police share strategies of devices and tactics they'll use with Republican convention protesters listen

08/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Yesterday, the Tampa Police Department gave a behind the scenes look at security plans for the Republican National Convention. The training included a crowd control demonstration using bikes, horses and smoke bombs.

The federal government gave Tampa $50 million to fund security for the convention. Most of that money will pay for thousands of police officers from 60 outside agencies. Kris Babino, a Tampa police officer, has been training many of ...

Be the first to comment

Tampa's the place for Food Not Bombs "World Gathering" and the Republican National Convention

08/17/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

In a little more than a week, thousands of people will be heading to the Tampa area to make their voices heard outside the Republican National Convention. Some estimates put the number as high as 15,000. Regardless of what that number is, one thing is for sure – many of them will need a need a place to crash and food to eat.

While the folks at the Occupy Tampa and Romneyville are readying t...


Activist street medics give health and safety lesson to Republican convention protesters listen

08/16/12 Janelle Irwin and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

A group of street medics is gearing up for the Republican convention later this month by teaching people how to stay safe in large crowds and in the blazing summer heat. Juliana, one of the street medics who asked that her last name not be used, was a trainer at one of the several events held last week in Tampa and Clearwater. She said sometimes people like her are the only help available when something goes wrong during a protest.

“If anything happens and the police start to shut down...

Be the first to comment

Events in the Tampa Bay area during the Republican convention: in the halls of power and in the streets

08/16/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Here's an updated list in calendar form

Here are some things we know are going on in Tampa and nearby during the Republican National Convention. No endorsement implied.

Leave a comment if you have something to add. Or let us know using the Twitter hashtag #wmnfRNC. Or WMNFNews on Facebook.

Monday, Augu...


Occupy Tampa given 21 days to remove tents from park; that's after major activist gatherings during Republican convention

08/16/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Tampa code enforcement is giving Occupy Tampa 21 days to remove their tents from Voice of Freedom Park; but that deadline comes after the Republican National Convention. Members of the activist movement have said they will be vacating the West Tampa neighborhood shortly after the event is over. Council member Mary Mulhern said at a city council meeting Thursday morning, the promise of a move should be enough for the city to back off.

“We’ve already forced the Occupy Movement out of ...

Be the first to comment

Tampa Bay Times' John Hill discusses Primary results, RNC, Bob Buckhorn's budget and more

08/16/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

On today's Last Call Tampa Bay Times editorial writer John Hill gave us his take on the results of Tuesday's Primary election, the RNC, Bob Buckhorn's budget, and a host of other things.

Be the first to comment

Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin talks about her new book and the upcoming RNC

08/16/12 Mary Glenney/ Medea Benjamin
From A Woman's Point of View
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

Today Mary Glenney spoke with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, about her group's plans to protest the upcoming Republican National Convention, and her concerns for global peace and justice. Benjamin and her group also have growing concerns about the "war on women" being waged in this country and are urging their supporters to "Bring your Vagina to the RNC". ...

Be the first to comment

Healthy State Local Journalism Center