Tampa police review policy pushed to 2021 following citizen pushback

The Tampa City Council Thursday voted unanimously to push considering changes to its police Citizen Review Board until early 2021. Citizens came out in droves in person and virtually to call for citizen-led oversight of police amid a call for resistance from police unions. LISTEN: The call came from Tampa Mayor Jane Castor’s office in… Read more »

In Florida, budget woes won’t get you out of accessibility responsibilities

The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act provided federal civil rights safeguards for people with physical and mental impairments. But in the years since numerous pieces of federal and state-level legislation have determined exactly how those protections are enacted. Florida’s guidelines for transportation compliance often encourage going beyond minimum standards, including putting budget concerns in the… Read more »

Man who pulled gun on St. Pete Black Lives Matter protesters identified, but charges haven’t been filed

The man who pulled a gun on Black Lives Matter protesters in St. Pete last month has been identified as Lawrence Arnold Davis. An investigation is ongoing, but lawyers representing a woman who Davis allegedly pushed to the ground before pulling the gun are calling for the lead prosecutor to recuse himself. LISTEN: When Kimberly… Read more »

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Tampa attorney, lawmakers announce suit to block ‘All Voters Vote’ Amendment 3 from general election

On Tuesday, attorneys in Tampa and Orlando filed a lawsuit with the Florida Supreme Court to block the “All Voters Vote” Amendment 3 from the current general election. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle held a news conference announcing the effort in light of studies that found the amendment could disenfranchise Black voters. Listen: The perfect storm It’s… Read more »

Radioactivity Wednesday: Leaked messages show far-right group’s plans for violence in Portland

October 7, 2020 Good Morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei. The summer of 2020 has seen the city of Portland, Oregon, become a symbol and a venue for the further, dramatic polarization of the United States. More than a hundred nights of intense protests against police violence by left-wing activists have led to further… Read more »

Trump supporters gather in Downtown St. Pete to counter Black Lives Matter activists in tense, but peaceful night

One week after a counter-protester pulled a gun during a Black Lives Matter march in downtown St. Petersburg, activists and counter-protest groups again clashed in St. Pete Saturday. With an increased police presence, no violence broke out, but tensions ran high. Listen: When the flames wouldn’t catch, Gary Snow grabbed the Nazi flag from the… Read more »

Hillsborough State Attorney won’t file charges against activist who jumped on hood of car that drove through June protest

The Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office said it will not file charges against an activist who jumped on the hood of a car as it drove through a June protest in Tampa. His attorney said he shouldn’t have been arrested in the first place. Listen: Jason Stuart Flores might not be facing prison time any… Read more »

St. Pete protesters supporting Breonna Taylor face threats from police supporters and more vehicles after viral video

Before they marched, they prayed. Protesters marched with renewed vigor this week after a grand jury in Kentucky chose to not bring charges against officers who killed Breonna Taylor. Listen: After four straight months of near-daily, peaceful marches, tensions were among the highest they’d been Thursday night. Wednesday, a Tampa Bay Times reporter tweeted a… Read more »

Pasco Black Lives Matter leader to plead not guilty on police battery charge, activists say he’s being targeted

A Black Lives Matter activist in Pasco was arraigned Friday on charges he battered a New Port Richey police officer in July and obstructed the officer without violence. Marlowe Jones will plead not guilty to the charges and maintains he, and other activists, are being targeted by New Port Richey police. Listen: Despite facing a… Read more »

Tampa protestors show support for Jacob Blake, call for police reform

Protesters gathered in Tampa Friday to show support for Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man killed by police in Kenosha Wisconsin last week. Demonstrators gathered to protest ongoing police killings of Black people and violence against protestors. Listen: Dolores Bartels said before this year she’d never been scared to be alive. But as police killings… Read more »

Black Lives Matter, other activists, respond to beating of Jae Passmore with Rally in Tampa park

Dozens of activists gathered in Tampa’s Lykes Gaslight Park Friday morning in response to the arrest and beating of prominent Black Lives Matter activist Jae Passmore. The smell of burning sage mixed with palpable frustration as Passmore led chants calling for the ousting of Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, who… Read more »

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Civil liberties group warns about face recognition system considered by Florida law enforcement departments

Civil liberties advocates are warning about powerful face recognition software that could be coming to a police department near you. The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that about a dozen law enforcement agencies in Florida have tested or purchased a facial recognition system from a company called Clearview AI. WMNF interviewed Nate Freed Wessler, a… Read more »

The local leaders of the effort to pass the ERA; A new documentary explores the Taser related death of a South Florida teen

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 12/10/19 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In The first part of this program was videotaped and put on our WMNF News Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/WMNFNews/ Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Congress first approved the Equal Rights Amendment in… Read more »

Neglected African American cemeteries are a haunting testament to perpetual racism

The Robles Park Village government housing project that sits atop Zion Cemetery is falling apart. Apartments are riddled with dangerous mold. Leaks and structural issues disturb the residents. Many are without air conditioning to ward off the deadly summer heat. Daily life is a struggle, and now there’s a spiritual fervor in the air. Since… Read more »

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Judge stops parts of Tampa’s same-sex ‘conversion therapy’ ban

Free speech or harmful action? TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A federal magistrate is stopping the enforcement of a portion of Tampa’s ordinance prohibiting same-sex conversion therapy for minors. The U.S. magistrate judge issued a preliminary injunction on Wednesday. Magistrate Judge Amanda Arnold Sansone’s recommendation then goes to the US District Court, which then decides whether… Read more »

American History You Should Know

The subtitle to David Treuer’s latest book, Heartbeat Of Wounded Knee, explains the American history you should know: Native America From 1890 To The Present. Sadly, as Treuer meticulously shows in over 500 pages the history of Native Americans is the history of the United States. David Treuer grew up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota,… Read more »

Activists Protest Killing of Civilians by Border Patrol

Last Wednesday in Tampa’s Ybor City a group of about a dozen people protested the killing of people in Mexico by US Border Patrol agents. The Associated Press is reporting this morning that: “U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who tried… Read more »

New Book by Veteran NYT Reporter Chronicles Some of the Major Events of Civil Rights Movement

Radioactivity 11 30 18 The late NYT reporter John Herbers often covered major the news of the 1950’s and 60’s: civil rights marches, Vietnam War protests, the 1968 presidential campaign, the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the Watergate scandal and the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. But perhaps the most important part of… Read more »

Women’s Show 8/16: Red and Green “Monsters;” Kavanagh Hearings

Red and Green “monsters” continue… Who?  What?  Why?  How dangerous?  Nutrient enhanced? …300 tons of dead fish and aquatic life…  The tragedy is compounded by the fact that when we most need science and epidemiological data, there is none because it was discontinued.   In the guise of frugality, the scientists and engineers were dismissed and thus… Read more »

Social media anonymity may not be guaranteed as free speech

Judge: Social media user isn’t entitled to anonymity By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press A social media platform can be compelled to divulge account information belonging to a woman who anonymously chatted online about plans for last summer’s deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a federal magistrate judge ruled Monday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero’s 28-page… Read more »

Voter registration in Florida ahead of the primaries

Today was the last day to register to vote/change registration, to be able to vote in the August 28th primary. The deadline for voter registration for the November election is October 9, 2018. There are 12,927,318 people registered to vote in Florida as of June 30, 2018, according to Florida’s Division of Elections: 4,562,533 registered… Read more »

FL Senator Nelson & Rep. Wasserman Schultz barred from migrant children detention center

Lawmakers barred from child migrant facility in Florida By JOSHUA REPLOGLE and BEN FOX, Associated Press HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson accused the Trump administration of a “cover-up” after officials denied him entry Tuesday to a detention center for migrant children in South Florida where he had hoped to survey living conditions. Nelson… Read more »

Felon voting rights fix deadline is tomorrow: Scott meets with clemency board tonight (UPDATED)

Update: From the Orlando Sentinel: …the Atlanta-based U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals prevented a late-night meeting of the Florida Clemency Board, which was called by Gov. Rick Scott to comply with the lower court’s Thursday deadline to adopt new voting rights restoration rules.  A felon voting rights fix will appear on Florida’s November ballot, but a court… Read more »