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Reaction to trademark board calling Washington NFL team name "disparaging" listen

06/18/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Native American, NFL, football, racism

The nickname of the NFL team in Washington, D.C., is considered by many people to be a racial slur against indigenous Americans.

And today a federal trademark board concurred, calling it "disparaging of Native Americans" and recommending canceling the team's trademark protections. The team has faced pressure for years to change its name from the “R-word,” but it responded today by announcing it will appeal.

For reaction, WMNF spoke with Emelie Jeffries. She is host of Voices of Our Pe...

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Joyce Henry of the ACLU discusses racial disparities in Florida's criminal justice system.

07/23/13
Last Call Tuesday
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Joyce Henry of the ACLU discusses racial disparities in Florida's criminal justice system in the wake of Trayvon Martin's killing and the Zimmerman verdict.

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President Obama Discusses the Trayvon Martin Case

07/22/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Last Friday afternoon President Obama surprised reporters by showing up in the White House Press room. There he gave an off-the-cuff 17 minute soliloquy on Trayvon Martin, race, criminal justice, and his views on racial progress. We'll listen back to the entire speech and then open the phone lines.

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Justice for Trayvon rally St Pete listen

07/22/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On the lawn of the Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg Friday evening more than a hundred Trayvon Martin sympathizers gathered. Like thousands of people all across the country this weekend they came together peacefully and without incident. Activists demanded awareness of systemic racism as well as unity.

A summer downpour threatened the rally but it started on time. The keynote speakers addressed the seated and standing crowd from under a tent canopy. Alicia Daniels, a minister and a keynote spe...

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TD Allman's New History of Florida: Finding Florida

03/14/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with the author of a new book about the 500 year history of Florida. But first two listener comments about yesterday’s open phones. For much of the hour we discussed health care, health insurance and the proposed Big Gulp ban. Here’s what several listeners had to say.

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Most history books tell us that Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon discovered Florida for the Europeans in April 1513—500 years ag...

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Trendlines: future population and economic trends

05/20/12 Mabili
Revolution Time
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Minority births in U.S. has outpaced whites, student loan debt and public banks. Updates on G8, NATO summit and protest.

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Roy Kaplan on The Myth of Post-Racial America & eyewitness to Occupy Tampa general assembly

10/25/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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oming up today we'll talk with Roy Kaplan, PhD who has written a new book called THE MYTH OF POST RACIAL AMERICA (Rowman and Littlefield). We'll look at the unequal society in the U.S. which is a legacy of slavery.

Later we'll hear an excerpt from a general assembly meeting of the group Occupy Tampa. What is their attitude toward democracy, process, community and peace? We'll hear a portion of the assembly which took place last Saturday night in downtown Tampa and we'll also take your pho...

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The controversy over the firing of Shirley Sherrod from the USDA

07/22/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Earlier this week a long time USDA employee from Georgia was fired for remarks she made to an NAACP chapter meeting in March of this year. A few minutes of the speech were played by conservative and mainstream media outlets suggesting that Sherrod, an African American, discriminated against white farmers in carrying out her official duties as a USDA employee.

This week the NAACP issued a complete copy of Sherrod's 43 minute speech. In context and unedited, the speech indicates that, contr...

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Poor Peoples Campaign fights racism and Whirlpool in Michigan listen

06/17/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As WMNF reported last week, The Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign is in the midst of a 12-week, 24-city march. The march begins in the Mississippi Delta and ends in Detroit, where the US Social Forum begins next week. A contingent of homeless from the Tampa Bay area is with the march, which is now making its way across Michigan. WMNF's Kelly Benjamin is travelling with the group and brings us this report from Benton Harbor.

The town of Benton Harbor in South East Michigan has se...

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Arrest of the Michigan militia groups a sign of growing fascism in the US?

03/31/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Last weekend, members of a Christian militia group in Michigan were arrested for plotting to kill some police officers as a way to start a wider civil war in the US. In recent months we've seen growing violence by some on the far right of the political spectrum.

Our next guest has been writing about authoritarian movements for several years. She is Sara Robinson of the Campaign for America's Future. Last year she wrote an influential piece called *Fascist Ameri...

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