Julia Mandell

Tampa retains outside lawyer to advise on conflicts of interest

Tampa’s City attorney has retained an outside attorney to answer conflict of interest questions that have come up while the city is debating the specifics of a citizen board to review the Police Department. Gwynne Young with Carlton Fields will be paid $10,000 for opinions on who the clients are that are represented by the City attorney… Read more »

St. Pete to help organize restoration of MLK/Malcolm X monument in Cuba

The City of St. Petersburg will be part of an effort to restore a fading monument in Havana, Cuba that honors civil rights leaders Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X; Mayor Rick Kriseman recently led a city delegation to Cuba. During a press conference earlier this month, Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin said… Read more »

Public voices displeasure with Tampa citizen review board proposal by Mayor Buckhorn

Concerned members of the public packed this morning’s Tampa city council meeting to sound off on what they feel is targeted use of red-light cameras, police brutality, and Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposal for a citizen review board for police activity in which 9 of the 11 appointees would be assigned by him. Many felt that… Read more »

Eric Ward & Tampa City Council.

Tampa City Council will workshop mayor’s police review board — but with more appointees

Later this month Tampa City Council will workshop the idea of a citizen board to review police activity. That decision came Thursday afternoon in what started out as a citizen-driven call for oversight of the Tampa Police Department but morphed into what the City Council attorney says could be the “most significant” thing that he… Read more »

Florida This Week looks at congressional maps mess; Bush v. Trump on immigration

By Rob Lorei Today we listen back on the latest Florida this week from local PBS station WEDU, a political discussion show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. This week’s panelist ( 70th district rep. Darryl Rouson, Political Consultant Adam Goodman,  Former TV Reporter and Documentary filmmaker Lynn Marvin Dingfelder, New College Professor Frank Alcock) look… Read more »

Laila Abdelaziz

Critic says Buckhorn’s Police review board not independent

On Friday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced a new Citizens Review Board to keep an eye on the city’s police department; on WMNF’s MidPoint, Seán Kinane spoke with Laila Abdelaziz, a critic who is part of a movement that thinks an independent board is needed instead. Abdelaziz is legislative and government affairs director at CAIR Florida… Read more »

ACLU of Florida on redistricting and “prison Gerrymandering”

During the recent special session to re-draw Congressional districts, the Florida Legislature did not end up agreeing on maps; but during the discussion there was renewed focus on how prisoners affect the population of districts and who represents communities. For example, Congress member Corrine Brown said if her district is re-drawn heading west from Jacksonville… Read more »

Biking While Black DoJ

“Biking While Black” citations decline in Tampa

Update from Friday, August 28: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has announced the creation of a Citizens Review Board to review issues related to the Tampa Police Department.  The number of citations Tampa Police are issuing to bicyclists has sharply declined over the past three months; during a presentation to Tampa City Council Thursday morning the… Read more »

Women’s POV – New Orleans Recovery / Welfare Reform 20 Yrs Later 8/27

All week we have been hearing about New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina, and that New Orleans better than ever.  What about the 100,000 African Americans that were displaced, particularly African American women and their children? Why has the lower 9th Ward been written off?  The much heralded school system – charter schools?  Is that really the best? … Read more »

10 years after Katrina: Who is being left out of New Orleans’ Renaissance?

this Saturday marks the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit the northern gulf coast, devastating New Orleans as the storm overwhelmed its aged levee system and flooded 80 percent of the city, leaving over 1800 dead. Over the last few years New Orleans has experienced what many see as a renewal with as it economy… Read more »

Kathy Castor at USF

Low-performing Pinellas schools prompts Castor letter to feds

Tampa-area Congress member Kathy Castor has written to the U.S. Department of Education asking them to look at how the Pinellas County School District is spending federal money that is supposed to go to schools in high-poverty areas; it’s in response to an investigation by the Tampa Bay Times finding that five south St. Petersburg… Read more »

Devan Cheaves, BAAC. WMNF News.

Preview of Know Your Rights workshop in St. Pete

In the twelve months since Michael Brown was shot dead by police in Ferguson Missouri renewed attention has been paid to interactions between police and residents of the communities they monitor, especially people of color; a group called the Bay Area Activist Coalition (BAAC) is hosting a workshop in south St. Petersburg Friday evening to… Read more »

Rene Flowers

Pinellas School Board member reacts to Times report

This week the Tampa Bay Times began publishing results of an investigation into several low-performing elementary schools called “Why Pinellas County is the worst place in Florida to be black and go to public school.” In 2007 Pinellas schools turned back racial integration policies and started to become more segregated. Since then the investigation found… Read more »

A Conversation with civil rights photographer Bob Fletcher

Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei speaks with photojournalist Bob Fletcher, who photographed the struggles of the civil rights movement in Mississippi during the 1960s. Fletcher, a native of Detroit, moved to Mississippi to after facing arrest for photographing a protest in New York City. While in Mississippi, He became affiliated with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC),… Read more »

India Clarke

Florida activist fed up that another trans woman of color is killed

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Wednesday morning that they are still investigating the homicide of a transgender woman found dead Tuesday outside the University Area Community Center north of Fletcher Avenue; but instead of using the name India Clarke has used for years, the Sheriff’s Office referred to her by her legal name, Samuel…. Read more »

Lisa Montelione

Community discussion Tuesday on “bicycling while black” in Tampa

On Tuesday evening The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is asking for the public’s input on the Tampa Police Department’s practices of issuing citations for traffic and bicycle infractions. It stems from a Tampa Bay Times report in April that found that out of 2500 bicycle citations over… Read more »

Department of Justice forum gets input from Tampa residents on “biking while black” citations

The US Department of Justice is getting community input about the Tampa Police policy of handing out bicycle citations – overwhelmingly to black residents. They held a community listening session at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Tuesday night. “Always have been and still is,” was all James Delain can say when WMNF asked him… Read more »