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Faith-based activists call on reduction of juvenile arrest rates listen

04/07/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: juveniles, law enforcement, school to prison pipeline, marijuana, FAST, Nehemia

Juvenile arrest rates are the focus of a faith-based group in St. Pete meeting Monday night. The group FAST, which stands for Faith and Action for Strength Together is co-chaired by Reverend Willie McClendon. He says the group is asking elected officials to embrace a statewide program that allows police officers to issue civil citations to juveniles for non-violent offenses, like marijuana possession.

McClendon expects about 3,000 interfaith activists at the rally in Tropicana Field Monda...

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Religious group demands help for impoverished Pinellas County residents listen

03/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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More than 3,000 faith-driven residents are demanding help for Pinellas County’s poor. During an action at downtown St. Pete’s Tropicana Field last night, the group Faith and Action for Strength Together, or FAST, asked elected officials to implement programs that would improve healthcare, housing, jobs and schools. Glad McCurtain is a member of FAST’s education committee.

“We know that if a child cannot read at grade level by the third grade, there is a huge likelihood that the ch...

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Faith-based group's efforts to reduce unemployment among people with records delayed again by St. Pete City Council listen

01/10/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Pete City Council members deferred a vote on an ordinance today that would require city contractors to hire Florida residents for certain jobs. The plan presented Thursday was met with opposition from people on both sides of the local hiring argument.

The politically-motivated coalition of religious groups, called Faith in Action for Strength Together, or FAST, wants a local hiring ordinance. But they want it to include a provision that would make contractors hire people with crimina...

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Pinellas County school board members decline request for new reading curriculum, called out for accepting status quo listen

03/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last night, 3,000 members of churches and other religious institutions in Pinellas County put some elected officials in the hot seat. Committees from the group Faith and Action for Strength Together forced yes or no answers about proposed policies from school board members, St. Pete City Council members, and the Pinellas County Sheriff. Only one proposal was declined. Several school board members rejected a program that Joe Magri, co-chair of FAST’s education committee, said has been des...

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Ethel and Kerry Kennedy join protest at Publix headquarters in Lakeland where farmworkers break 6 day fast listen

03/12/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday after 6 days without food, more than 60 farmworkers and supporters ended their fast for fair food outside the Publix Supermarket corporate Headquarters in Lakeland. Nearly 1,000 people marched to the fast breaking ceremony organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

Publix supermarkets is the largest and fastest growing employee owned supermarket chain in the United States. They are also one of the longest hold outs from signing on to a Fair Food Agreement with Florida tom...

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Pinellas FAST leaders call for action listen

04/12/11 Andrea Lypka
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Budget cuts and the slow economic recovery are crippling Pinellas County’s public schools, affecting local jobs, affordable housing, and public programs. Organizers from a number of faith communities grilled public officials on these issues at the annual Nehemiah Action at the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks on Monday, April 11. 3000 community members from 38 faith congregations came together as one group, called Faith and Action for Strength Together ([FAST](http://www.thedartcenter.o...

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Interfaith group makes annual requests listen

04/21/09 Amy Beeman
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Nearly 2,000 people from 35 interfaith congregations met in Largo on Monday night at the Indian Rocks Baptist Church. The annual meeting of Faith and Action for Strength Together (FAST), was called to address problems in Pinellas County and commit to working on solutions.

Clergy members from Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish houses of worship led the discussion on issues affecting Pinellas County. They called on school board and county and city officials to commit to working toward solution...

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