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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 »

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 »

Puerto Rico’s Slow Recovery Tied to Lack of Statehood

A year ago hurricane Maria struck the island of Puerto Rico and the recovery has been slow. Our next guest blames the slow recovery on the lack of political representation in Washington DC that comes with statehood. At least 3,000 people were killed by the hurricane and its aftermath. (Although President Trump denies the death… 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 »

Why Puerto Rico’s death toll from Hurricane Maria is so much higher than officials thought

By Alexis R. Santos-Lozada, Pennsylvania State University “If you don’t get away from those areas, you are going to die.” That statement concluded Puerto Rico Secretary of Public Safety Héctor Pesquera’s press conference before Hurricane Maria. As of Dec. 29, the Department of Public Safety had certified 64 deaths due to Hurricane Maria. Pesquera was one… Read more »

Investigative Reporter Greg Palast Says There’s No Proof Widespread Illegal Voting in US Exists

Radioactivity 4 20 18 Today on WMNF’s Radioactivity investigative reporter Greg Palast (The Guardian, The BBC, Rolling Stone Magazine) says that while FOX News and President Trump say that millions of people voted illegally in the last election there is no evidence that is true. In fact he says a trial on the matter currently… Read more »

Health Care Activists Planning Summit in South Florida on Medicare for All

Radioactivity 2 7 18 I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— For the first time people interested in health care reform will be gathering here in Florida for a conference on how to fix our nation’s health care problems basing from the article on neuropathyreliefguide.com. The focus of the summit will be “Medicare for All”. The conference… Read more »

In the 1920’s the KKK relied on Fake News, Religious Conservatives and Anti-Immigrant Feelings

Radioactivity 1 30 18 Fear of immigrants. It’s been at the center of President Trump’s call to build a wall across the US border with Mexico. And at the center of his attacks on so called Sanctuary cities. And it’s entered into the debate over the future of the so called Dreamers—young who were brought… Read more »

Signs from The Women’s Rally 2018 in St. Pete

On a bright Florida winter day, over 5,000 people came to downtown St. Petersburg to send messages to political leaders, community leaders, and each other. Messages were funny, heartfelt, empowering, topical, optimistic, and inspiring. Here we have a sample, in no particular order. Clicking on the pictures makes them easier to scroll through. 

Democratic freedoms are waning in US, according to watchdog group

Watchdog says democratic freedoms waning in US under Trump By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Basic rights and political freedoms in the United States are deteriorating at a faster pace under President Donald Trump, exacerbated by attacks on key institutions like the press and the courts, according to a new report released Tuesday by… Read more »

A Night To Unite: One Tampa native and her vision for the future of women

From Women’s Marches to the #MeToo movement and a subsequent honor by Time magazine, it’s been an eventful year for women’s issues in America. The far-reaching topic is a contentious and necessary dialogue that lately has been seeing more attention than in recent years, and one Tampa-based producer, personal coach, and motivational speaker wants to… Read more »

How can sexual misconduct be prevented in the workplace?

What can be done to successfully prevent or reduce sexual misconduct in the workplace? Sexual Violence Prevention programs have been established in workplaces for decades. But as a barrage of incident reports flood our news feeds and consciousness, those programs seem useless. What can be done to measurably diminish harassment, violence, and abuse in organizations… Read more »

Women’s Show 11/16 Abusive Times – Sarah Posner and Sexual Harassment

We are living in very abusive times.  The universe is doing its best to shake us up… We had planned a different show.  We were going to talk about some of the myths around sexual harassment and assault and another abusive situation, tax reform.  We as people are not overtaxed.  We are underserved, underpaid and… Read more »

Chip Berlet on the Rise of the Far-Right and Lawrence O’Donnell on the Pivotal Year 1968

Radioactivity 11 16 17 Thursday Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—we’ll speak with investigative journalist Chip Berlet—who for decades has been tracking the far right in the US. With the rise of Donald Trump Neo Nazi and fascist groups are becoming more active and we’ll dive into the history, motives and aims of… Read more »

Jessica Mason Pieklo on Jane Doe in Texas and Samita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding on Nasty Women

And I thought The Handmaid’s Tale was fiction!  The truth will set you free – or at least help you understand why you are not free…. Have you been following Jane Doe in Texas – the refusal to allow the 17-year-old immigrant to get an abortion? Luckily JESSICA MASON PIEKLO, Vice President, Law and the Courts… Read more »

Play in Tampa about Spanish Civil War– an Example of the Anti-fascist fight from the 1930’s and Meet Two of the People Who Are Working to Relocate Hillsborough’s Confederate Memorial

Radioactivity 8 18 17 Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— We hear a lot about the anti-fascist movement these days. But the movement has a long history. In the 1930’s there was a strong anti-fascist (antifa) movement here in the US and around the country. Anti-fascists fought to preserve the democratically elected government… Read more »

LGBT Leader Wonders What’s Next After Trump Tweets Transgender Ban

Radioactivity Thursday 8 3 17 Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—President Trump issued three tweets last week calling for a ban on transgender people in the military. Since then there’s been confusion and the Trump administration has yet to move forward on enacting the tweets into policy. We’ll talk about the… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, July 13 – Victor Crist, Yvette Lewis and Doug Guetzloe

Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist kicked off the program, which was centered around the controversy regarding the Confederate monument that has stood outside a Hillsborough County courthouse for more than 100 years. Crist is critical in the discussion, because after voting last month with 3 of his GOP colleagues to maintain the statue (vs. three… Read more »

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Greg Palast Has the Scoop on the President’s Election Integrity Commission

Human rights workers arrested for investigating labor conditions in Ivanka Trump’s factories Three labor rights investigators were arrested in China in May while they were looking into working conditions at factories that make shoes for Ivanka trump — the president’s daughter. After a month in custody they have been released, but now they face trial… Read more »