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“Shut up. Cops lie. Get a lawyer.” National Lawyer's Guild advice to Republican convention protesters on police interaction listen

08/13/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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“Shut up. Cops lie. Get a lawyer.” That’s the advice for Republican convention protesters if they’re stopped by police. The succinct and bold summary came from an attorney during a National Lawyer’s Guild “know your rights” training Saturday at the downtown Tampa library. Twenty-three activists, including Roger Butterfield, learned strategies for how to interact with law enforcement during National Special Security Events like the convention.

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Activists demand release of NATO protesters charged under anti-terrorism laws listen

07/02/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In response to the three NATO protesters who today plead not guilty to charges that they were planning an attack on President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters, groups nationwide are asking Cook County State’s attorney Anita Alvarez to drop the charges.

“Hi, my name is Jared Hamil. I’m calling to demand that all charges be dropped against anti-NATO protesters. As a fellow activist, I was at the anti-NATO protest in Chicago. We were all there together to say no more killings...

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Videos: 29 Occupy Tampa members arrested while camping in Riverfront Park listen

12/02/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tampa Police say overnight they arrested 29 members of Occupy Tampa in a riverside park west of downtown. Before the arrests about 40 people attempted to camp on a hill inside the park, but many people complied with police orders to leave.

The hilltop encampment in Julian Lane Riverfront Park was in plain view for police helicopters. More than a dozen...

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Occupy Tampa complies with police order to remove their shade, but vows to stay listen

10/14/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Friday morning police told Occupy Tampa to take down parts of their sidewalk camp outside Curtis-Hixon Park. Tables and canopies have been removed, but the protesters are still allowed to stay and sleep.

Last Sunday night a police officer told Occupy Tampa that they could stay on the sidewalk. But two nights later [police told protesters they had to leave the sidewalk](http://www...

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Occupy Tampa holds first protest in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street listen

09/26/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement for democracy that began on September 17 with an encampment in the financial district of New York City. A Tampa group began similar protests against financial institutions at downtown’s Gaslight Park on Saturday.

Scott Shepard drove from Lakeland to attend the protest after seeing the new...

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RNC chair says protests of 2012 convention in Tampa will be handled the same as in the past listen

02/02/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Along with massive political conventions come massive political demonstrations, and Tampa’s 2012 RNC will likely be no different. How Tampa will handle protests – some of which may get violent – isn’t yet known. Today, RNC Chair Reince Priebus said he hopes law enforcement will handle demonstrations in the same way they have during past conventions.

Lawsuits stemming from police brutality alleged to have occurred during the St. Paul and New York Republican Conventions plagued those...

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"Seize BP" holds rally in St. Petersburg, and across the US listen

05/13/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Yesterday, activists in St. Petersburg protested BP's response to the oil spill in the Gulf. The protest was one of a score of demonstrations that took place across the country that insist that BP use its billions of dollars in profits to clean up the spill and pay for economic damages associated with the 4 million gallon leak.

Passing drivers honked their horns in support,...

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Veterans for Peace protests the 7th Anniversary of the Iraq War listen

03/22/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Military supporters flocked to see the Blue Angels fighter jets swoop and soar around MacDill Air Force Base for the annual air show. But dozens of people gathered near the base to protest the war in Iraq, a country that the US invaded seven years ago.

With traffic to the air show backed up for miles, the anti-war protesters took the opportunity to display their message to hundreds of passing cars.

Sonic booms, honking horn...

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Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush speak at Southeastern University listen

03/15/10 Alexis Chamberlain
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Security was tight at Lakeland’s Southeastern University Friday night as former president George W. Bush spoke, along with wife, Laura, at the fourth annual National Leadership Forum.

The media were prohibited from entering Southeastern University’s Bush Chapel—named after the university’s former president and Assemblies of God official—as the former president and first lady spoke to a sold-out crowd of more...

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Publix refuses to negotiate with farmworker coalition listen

03/01/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomato pickers are still lobbying for better wages for farm workers in operations they call modern-day slavery. Last Saturday Tampa residents including University of South Florida students and people of faith protested in front of a Publix supermarket because it has not agreed to work with Florida tomato pickers to end a range of alleged exploitations in its supply chain.

*What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now! What do we want? Justice! When do we wan...

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