Women’s Show – Florida Phosphates and the new National Museum of African American History and Culture 9/22

Have you been following the massive sinkhole – just 30 miles east of Tampa in New Wales? JACLYN LOPEZ, Florida Director, Staff Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity. Jacki thinks Florida may be beginning to wake up to its massive phosphate mining problems.  The sinkhole has already caused at least 215 million gallons of contaminated water to… Read more »

Thursday MidPoint – sports editor Dave Zirin talks about Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for national anthem

On today’s program, Dave Zirin, the sports editor of The Nation  and the host of the popular Edge of Sports podcast, was our guest for the first part of the program. He discussed San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s controversial decision not to stand for the national anthem, and the fall out from that.  

Eric Ward and Bob Buckhorn

Tampa Police chief: body camera pilot worked

Tampa’s Police Chief told City Council Thursday that the number of bicycle stops and citations continue to decrease; Eric Ward also pointed to results of a USF pilot study showing that Tampa Police officers wearing a body camera responded with physical force less often. Chief Ward says the Mayor’s proposed budget did not include funds for more… Read more »

Donald Trump

In Tampa, Donald Trump says he should get minorities’ votes

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump held a rally Wednesday afternoon at the Florida State Fairgrounds near Tampa; before the rally about 18 immigrants’ rights supporters held a press conference criticizing Trump’s policies toward immigrants and refugees. During his speech, Trump promised to fix inner cities and appeal to Latino and African-American voters. “And I say to the African… Read more »

Florida Senate District 19 forum

Florida Senate District 19 Democrats face off

The Republican National Convention began Monday; on MidPoint we continue our look at this year’s election with audio from candidates running for a Florida Senate seat that covers parts of four counties. Four Democrats are running for a state Senate district that’s been gerrymandered to snake through parts of South Pinellas, Central Hillsborough and northwestern Manatee… Read more »

Candidates for state senate seat all want to tackle poverty; just differently

Four Democrats are running for a State Senate seat that includes parts of Hillsborough and South Pinellas Counties. They faced-off at a forum in the Enoch Davis Center in St. Petersburg. But the pre-screened questions provided for a subdued, almost scripted atmosphere. The NAACP Branch of Saint Petersburg organized the forum; attended by nearly 100… Read more »

Women’s Show – So Many Shootings?

After last week, do you feel you are on a powder keg that is just about ready to explode?…. …or have we been on an active volcano for a long time and just haven’t paid any attention to the lava flow?  Everything is connected, and I am more and more feeling that the problems at… Read more »

Minneapolis civil attorney discusses racial tension following shootings of black men, Dallas ambush of police officers

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160708_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 By Rob Lorei Public outrage once again flared over the shooting deaths of two black men at the hands of police. A video  uploaded to social media on Tuesday show Alton Sterling, 37, being shot and killed at point-blank range while being apprehended by Baton Rouge police. Less than a day later, Philando Castile… Read more »

Bob Buckhorn Eric Ward

Tampa Mayor & Police Chief respond to Dallas shootings

Five police officers were killed by gunfire in Dallas Thursday night at a peaceful protest march protesting the shootings by police of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota; Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn called a press conference Friday morning with the city’s police chief to show solidarity with the Dallas officers who were killed. Listen: “Now, make no mistake,… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, July 7- Harold Meyerson and Michelle Williams

On today’s program we spoke with the American Prospect’s Harold Meyerson about the impact that Bernie Sanders still has on the Democratic Party, and in particular where the platform committee of the DNC is moving as the convention nears. Meyerson recently penned a piece called “The First Post Middle Class Election” which we discussed on… Read more »

Fixing the Failure Factories: Pinellas school board candidates offer their plan

Pinellas County School Board candidates are sharing their ideas to change the school system. During a forum last Saturday at Childs Park Recreation Center in Saint Petersburg, three candidates acknowledged dire problems. But they differed on the tools to fix them The three candidates differ in their approach to combating the racial disparity of behavioral… Read more »

Eric Ward and Bob Buckhorn

Tampa Police Chief takes questions from council on “biking while black”

The Tampa Police Chief answered questions Thursday morning from members of City Council about last month’s Department of Justice report that found police disproportionally stopped black bicyclists. The report concluded that despite evidence of “stark racial disparities” there was not racial discrimination because of “race-neutral motivations.” City Council member Lisa Montelione asked Chief Eric Ward how… Read more »

Andrew Joseph with Tampa For Justice

Tampa for Justice wants civil rights investigation of police

Last week the U.S. Department of Justice concluded that although the Tampa Police Department issued disproportionately more tickets to black bicyclists that it was not intentional and therefore not racial discrimination. That study was done by Justice’s COPS program – Community Oriented Policing Services. We played a summary from the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District… Read more »

Eric Ward and Bob Buckhorn

Tampa Police didn’t racially discriminate when handing out more citations to black bicyclists: DoJ

The Tampa Police Department issued disproportionately more citations and tickets to black bicycle riders – but it was not intentional racial discrimination; those are some of the conclusions of a Department of Justice report released Tuesday morning. It found 73 percent of bicycle stops in 2014 and the first eight months of 2015 involved black bicyclists, even… Read more »

Tropicana Field

FAST will press Pinellas leaders on issues

A coalition of religious groups is asking Pinellas County leaders for improvements in three areas: reducing education disparities, alternatives to arresting youth and funding basic human services. Joining us in the studio for MidPoint were Pastor Manuel Sykes of Bethel Community Baptist Church, Kathy Filippelli from St. Matthews Catholic Church and Rev. Jean Cooley from Lakewood Presbyterian… Read more »

Bombingham & Dynamite Hill: Birmingham Civil Rights Trail with Julie Armstrong

Dr. Julie Armstrong is in Birmingham, Alabama, her home town. She is blogging about following the official and unofficial Civil Rights trails, and here the hills are alive, walked by residents and ghosts alike. History That Counts For part of my civil rights pilgrimage, I stayed at an Airbnb in Birmingham’s College Hills neighborhood, within… Read more »

A Surprise on the Civil Rights Trail in Birmingham

Dr. Julie Armstrong is in Birmingham, Alabama, her home town. She is blogging about following the official and unofficial Civil Rights trails through a town that starkly flaunts its contradictions. She had a wonderful surprise while following the trail yesterday, which led her farther afield, and yet right back to the beginning. Beautiful Freedom Surprise… Read more »

Walking Through Birmingham – Telling its Civil Rights Stories with Julie Buckner Armstrong

How do bricks and cement store the history that have passed upon them? What happens in a town that then lingers in the air, sensed by some and refused (or refuted) by others? Dr. Julie Armstrong, Professor of English at USFSP, is a Birmingham native. The civil rights battles – both the victories and defeats –… Read more »