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Protests and civil disobedience expected in St. Petersburg after Ferguson grand jury announcement listen

11/21/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Ferguson, Michael Brown, Omali Yeshitela, Uhurus, St. Petersburg, Darren Wilson

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When the decision of whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson comes down, there are plans for protests and civil disobedience in St. Petersburg.

On Friday WMNF interviewed Omali Yeshitela about those plans. He’s chair of the African People’s Socialist Party.

In Missouri, activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm today as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But a spokesperson for St. Louis County's top ...

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Opponents of police violence say "Not One More Black Life" listen

10/20/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Ferguson, guns, police, police violence, St. Petersburg, Uhurus

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Because of the death of a black youth in Ferguson, Missouri, the issues of racism and police killings have been in the national spotlight; but a group in St. Petersburg wants to make sure police violence against the black community doesn’t fade from view.

WMNF spoke with Kefira Baron, the St. Petersburg chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, about Thursday’s event called “Not One More Black Life.” It's this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Akwaaba Hall, 1245 18th Avenue South, in St. Petersburg,...

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Could Ferguson happen in Tampa? listen

10/10/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, civil rights, Tampa, police, law enforcement, Ferguson, Florida Courier, Eric Deggans, Media, body camera, Patel Center

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The Black community perceives law enforcement through a lens of personal experience and how the media cover the news. It was evident during a forum Thursday night at USF on whether Ferguson, Missouri, styled civil unrest could happen in Tampa.

A recent Pew Research Center poll found a staggering racial divide in perception of the Ferguson p...

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Slavery historian sheds light on the dark past that continues to shape the present listen

09/30/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

Tags: slavery, Randy Browne, Eckerd College, Xavier University, slave drivers, Caribbean, Ferguson, reparations, Haiti, Navajo

Because of America’s role in the history of slavery, many people think the U.S. has a responsibility to repay those who are still being affected by this centuries-long legacy. Randy Browne is a history professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati and an alumnus of Eckerd College. He spoke Tuesday night at Eckerd in St. Petersburg. Browne thinks repaying the debt is all about acknowledging and accepting the role slavery played in shaping the Americas.

The ...

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Ferguson solidarity rally in St. Pete to end police violence and militarization listen

09/02/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Race, marijuana, Ferguson, police, police militarization, ACLU, police violence, Michael Brown, rally, arrests, St. Petersburg

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Some citizens of St. Petersburg are outraged the at the militarization of the city's police and systemic racial inequality. They gathered in peaceful rally Saturday to show solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri. The protesters' contempt for police injustice isn't a question of better police public relations; it goes much deeper.

Issues like ethnic injustice and inequality have reverberated around the country following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. So...

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CannaDay: Will medical marijuana fuel Florida’s next economic boom? listen

08/25/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: medical marijuana, cannabis, CannaMoms, Bill Wohlsifer, Amendment 2, Ferguson, One Florida Foundation, hemp, Florida Cannabis Coalition

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Will medical marijuana fuel Florida’s next economic boom? That’s what people attending last Friday’s CannaDay in Tampa are hoping. A cannabis economy isn’t about stoners and lava lamps anymore; it’s about big business.

Legalized growing and distribution of marijuana is often viewed in context of medical applications. Yet, hemp is a renewable cannabis product which has a range of uses like oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, paper, and even food. Steven Edmund, co-founder of [One Florida Founda...

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Tampa activists protest Ferguson shooting, call attention to racism and police brutality listen

08/18/14 Crystal Farina
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: African American rights, police brute force, police brutality, protests, Ferguson, civil rights, racism

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The recent shooting and death of Ferguson, Missouri teenager, Michael Brown, has shaken the St. Louis suburb, as well as the African-American community’s sense of security around the nation. While police and protesters continued to clash in Ferguson, WMNF’s Crystal Farina reported on Tampa’s own demonstration over the weekend.

Around thirteen people gathered in front of The Tampa Police Department on 22nd St., near Ybor City.

“Hands up, don’t shoot.”

The crowd chanted what has b...

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