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Tampa demonstrators shut down streets in solidarity with Ferguson protests listen

12/08/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Ferguson, Tampa, Michael Brown, Raices en Tampa, Dream Defenders, Eric Garner, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa Police

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On Friday night in Tampa about 150 Ferguson solidarity protesters shut down streets and bridges in and around downtown and even took their message against police violence to a city-sponsored Christmas celebration in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

In the streets they chanted things like “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” “Back Lives Matter,” and “I Can’t Breathe.”

After an hour of speeches and chanting at Gaslight Square Park near police headquarters, demonstrators marched west on Kennedy Boulevar...

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Ferguson solidarity rally planned for Friday in Tampa listen

12/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa, Ferguson, Michael Brown, Uhurus, St. Pete, Raices en Tampa, Eric Gardner, Race, police

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update: The rally is in Gaslight Square*

There have been several small protests around the Tampa Bay area since a grand jury in Missouri announced it would not indict a Ferguson police officer in the death of Michael Brown; now, several groups are coming together for one major rally in downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday morning WMNF interviewed Alekos Zambrano with Raices en Tampa, one of t...

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USF students will rally against police brutality and in solidarity with Ferguson protesters listen

12/01/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Ferguson, Michael Brown, USF, SDS, Students for Justice in Palestine, Amensty International, police, police brutality

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Over the holiday weekend the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri resigned from the force; but that hasn’t calmed the outrage in cities across the country that he will not be indicted.

Here in Tampa, students at the University of South Florida are organizing a rally and march Tuesday at noon to fight against police brutality and to demonstrate in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson.

For a pre...

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Uhurus protest in St. Pete over no indictment for Ferguson officer listen

11/25/14 Samuel Johnson and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Ferguson, Mike Brown, Uhurus, Omali Yeshitela

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At noon Tuesday in St. Petersburg, about 100 protesters and onlookers voiced their outrage in the Missouri grand jury's decision Monday not to indict the policeman who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager during the summer.

The police cordoned off Central Avenue from 3rd Street to 5th Street for the non-violent rally coordinated by the Uhuru movement. People of all ages and races protested and about 20 members of the Uhuru movement, mostly males, joined in the circular march at the i...

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Tampa activists upset after no indictment of Ferguson cop listen

11/25/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Ferguson, Raices en Tampa, Laila Abdelaziz, Marisol Marquez, Dezeray Lyn, SDS, USF, Tampa, police

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On Tuesday, the day after the St. Louis County grand jury handed down its decision it would not indict the white Ferguson police officer for the shooting of an unarmed black teen, there were demonstrations in St. Petersburg and in Tampa.

About twenty people braved the rain outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa Tuesday morning for a Ferguson Solidarity rally.

We h...

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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.

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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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