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Tampa Peace House group uses comedy to combat Islamophobia listen

05/11/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: islam, Islamophobia, Muslim, Peace House, peace, humor, satire, comedy, Muzzies

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A new group in Tampa is using humor to fight Islamophobia.

A couple of weeks ago the daycare section of a mosque in Tampa caught fire. When news of the fire was posted on television websites the string of angry, mean and downright Islamophobic responses flooded in.

But a new group in Tampa, called Peace House, is fighting back against the Islamophobia with humor.

The guests on MidPoint are the creators and found...

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The Ralph Nader Radio Hour interviews Peace Activist Frances Crowe

02/24/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Frances Crowe, peace, Pacifism, Civil Disobedience, Ralph Nader Radio Hour, Libya, United Airlines, Steve Skrovan, David Feldman

Today Radioactivity airs the latest episode of KPFK's Ralph Nader Radio Hour. Nader conducts a fascinating interview with pacifist Frances Crowe, who has been objecting war since the nuclear bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshimi in World War II. During the Vietnam war she helped thousands register as conscious objectors of war and refused to pay war taxes since the beginning of the Iraq War. Her activism and civil disobedience has led to her arrest many times, although not enough, in her own wor...

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Exploring questions about traumatic brain injury in soldiers and veterans

02/16/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Iraq, Afghanistan, veterans, War, peace, traumatic brain injuries

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In the years between 2001 & 2014 about 230,000 soldiers & veterans self-identified as suffering from “mild traumatic brain injury," also called TBI. That's according to estimates by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Monday WMNF News interviewed Caroline Alexander a contributing writer for National Geographic Magazine. She’s also a bestselling author and has written a number of documentary films, most recently Tiger Tiger. She wrote the February 2015 National Geographic cover story, “[The Inv...

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USF Students for a Democratic Society will hold anti-war teach-in Wednesday listen

02/09/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: USF, SDS, War, CENTCOM, MacDill, Tampa, peace

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Some area students are holding an anti-war teach-in at the University of South Florida this week. The Books Not Bombs teach-in on Wednesday is focused on ties between USF and the U.S. military. Andrew Curry is a member of the USF SDS; Students for a Democratic Society. He’s a student at St. Petersburg College and helping to organize the teach-in.

update: In a press release on 11 February, SDS wrot...

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Peace coalition will protest "war profiteering" at Raytheon in Largo listen

10/16/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: St. Pete for Peace, Raytheon, Syria, Iraq, War, peace

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Tampa Peace activists opposed to more war in southwest Asia have demonstrated outside MacDill Air Force Base several times in the last few months as the U.S. escalated its wars in Iraq and Syria; but Friday there will be a new location for their anti-war protest: a Raytheon plant in Largo.

It begins at 4:00 p.m. at the corner of Bryan Dairy Road and Belcher Road and is being organized by St. Pete For Peace.

For a preview, I spoke with...

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Peace activists to demonstrate against action in Iraq Friday at MacDill listen

06/24/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Iraq, CENTCOM, MacDill, Macdill AFB, St. Pete for Peace, peace, War

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Local peace groups will protest possible U.S. military actions in Iraq this week near the Tampa command center for southwest Asia.

United States Central Command is housed at South Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base and for years, anti-war demonstrations have used the location to oppose military strikes.

During a forum on Iraq in St. Petersburg Monday night hosted by St. Pete for Peace, participants decided to [protest outside MacDill this Friday at 4 p.m.](htt...

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Peace advocates continue to raise awareness on Pinellas street corners listen

04/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: peace, Pax Christi, Kathleen Rumpf, Quakers, St. Petersburg

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Religious-based peace activists continue their weekly sign-waving on busy Pinellas County street corners.

During rush hour Wednesday afternoon, Kathleen Rumpf joined half-dozen others from Pax Christi and Quaker groups on the corner of U.S. 19 and 22nd Avenue South in South St. Petersburg.

They plan to peace corner again next Wednesday.



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Peace activists plan No War With Syria rally in Tampa Saturday listen

08/30/13 Samar Jarrah, Rob Lorei, Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Peace activists are planning a No War With Syria demonstration in South Tampa Saturday at 6 p.m. They’re gathering at the corner of Gandy Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway.

One of the organizers from St. Pete for Peace was on the WMNF program True Talk Friday morning. Host Samar Jarrah is in Jordan but used Skype to interview Chris Ernesto, who was in the studio with Rob Lorei.

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Peace activists deliver varied anti-war messages at USF Tampa listen

04/17/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As part of a national anti-war initiative called April Days of Action Against Drones and Occupation, some USF students and community activists are reaching out for peace. During a rally today representatives from different groups passed out literature to students on the Tampa campus. Tampa Bay Bradley Manning Support Network’s Bill Livsey defended whistle-blowing by drawing attention to Manning’s prosecution.

“What we can do to honor his sacrifice and bravery by releasing this inf...

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St. Pete for Peace celebrates "10 years of resistance" listen

03/08/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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One of the most active anti-war groups in the Tampa Bay area is celebrating ten years of resistance Saturday.

We spoke with Chris Ernesto, a co-founder of St. Pete for Peace, about what they've done since 2003 and what's to come for the anti-war and social justice group.

At the anniversary celebration hey will debut a film about their ten years of activism.

It's at 7 p.m. Saturday March 9 at L-Train, 900 Central Ave. in St. Pete.

"Ten years ago befor...

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