Florida This Week; Palestinian activist says Israel is polluting the village of Wadi Fouqin

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160222_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 On the first half of today’s show we listen back to the latest Florida This Week, a political talk show on local PBS station WEDU that is moderated by Rob Lorei. This episode’s panel of political experts tackle the week’s biggest stories in Florida Politics: President Obama’s announcement to visit Cuba next month, The… Read more »

Laila Abdelaziz

CAIR opposes Florida bill it says targets human rights defenders

A bill in the Florida Legislature would sanction groups that organize boycotts of or divestment from Israel or from companies that contribute to alleged human rights abuses in Israel and Palestine. But HB 527 isopposed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. Our guest on MidPoint, Laila Abdelaziz, is legislative and government affairs director at CAIR-Florida.  Listen to this segment… Read more »

Extended Maternity and Paternity Leave for Military

In an effort to better serve military families, and raise retention, the Defense Department is increasing maternity leave to 12 weeks paid time off, Defense Secretary  Ash Carter announce Thursday.  The new guidelines apply to all active duty members, reserve members working in a full time status, definite active duty recall or mobilization orders for… Read more »

Women’s Show discusses birth, death and taxes… 1/28

Roe vs Wade was a hot topic on From a Woman’s POV    this week. The war on a woman’s right to choose continues. The Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-3 on the “Florida for Life Act” or HB865. If made law, it will ban all abortions with the exception of the health and… Read more »

Florida Subcommittee Votes to overturn Roe vs Wade

Just after the Planned Parenthood decision in Texas, where a grand jury not only did not indict Planned Parenthood for selling fetal tissue, but instead chose to indict the Planned Parenthood accusers, the attack on women’s rights to control their bodies continued. On Tuesday the Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-3 in favor of passing Bill HB865, with… Read more »

USF petition Palestine Israel divestment

USF student government votes to divest from human rights abusers

This week the University of South Florida student government Senate overwhelmingly passed a resolution to pull the university’s investments from companies involved in human rights violations against Palestinians; but USF appears ready to reject the students once again on this issue. Muhammad Imam, a 2nd–year medical student at USF and a student government senator, helped… Read more »

Year in Review: Stories that had us talking in 2015

As the year 2015 comes to an end this week, we take time to review some of the top stories that had us talking this year. Gay marriage was legalized by the Supreme Court in June and COP 21 was signed in December. However, unfortunately in 2015 there was an increase in gun violence, police… Read more »

Surprise?! U.S. Not Leader in Women’s Rights

Experts from the UN Working Group recently concluded their 10-day study of how U.S women’s rights compare to the international community and the results don’t look too good. Big surprise, right?! Visiting Alabama, Oregon and Texas, here’s what they found: In a global sense the U.S. is behind international standards in public and political representation,… Read more »

Women’s Show on “Standing Up to Terrorism” 12/3

With the recent Paris attack, terrorism is in all of our minds…..  Congress seems to be obsessed with the dangers from Syrian widows and orphans.  Women throughout this country are in daily fear when they go to their neighborhood Planned Parenthood Clinic.  Domestic terrorism has been a problem for a very long time.  Anthrax?  The… Read more »

Human rights activist speaks out against Columbian paramilitary training in the US

On Midpoint Wednesday, Host Rob Lorei speaks with Deborah Barros Fince, a Columbian Attorney, artist and human rights advocate for the Wayuu , an indigenous ethnic group in Columbia and Venezeula. In 2004, Fince witnessed a massacre of 12 Wayuu people by paramilitary forces in Bahía Portete, Columbia. She is a critic of the School of the Americas,… Read more »

Kathy Castor

Tampa Bay gets grant to fight human trafficking

Victims of human trafficking in Tampa Bay will have more access to legal help thanks to a $600,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant announced Friday in St. Petersburg; during a press conference outside the Pinellas County Courthouse in downtown the executive director of Gulfcoast Legal Services said the 3-year grant will let them to hire more lawyers…. Read more »

Bruce Wright

Peace in the Park will call attention to homelessness in St. Pete

This Saturday in downtown St. Petersburg’s Williams Park there will be music, poetry, art and local justice groups calling attention to peace, homelessness and social justice. Peace in the Park is being organized in part by Rev. Bruce Wright, director of Refuge Ministries. He is also on the national board of the Poor People’s Economic Human… Read more »

Adolphus Parker

Homeless Helping Homeless to reduce services after raid

A grassroots homeless charity group in Tampa is in danger of reducing services because of a police raid and code citations last week. Homeless Helping Homeless provides several services including emergency shelter. But the group is being forced out of its primary headquarters. Adolphus Parker is president and founder and says he thinks Homeless Helping… Read more »

The 30 million word gap between rich and poor children; Local charity helps displaced Haitian Dominicans

    Today we look at the latest research in early childhood development with Dr. Dana Suskind, founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative at the University of Chicago. ‘Thirty Million Words’ to a 1995 study that found that children from affluent backgrounds are exposed to over 30 million more words than low-income children by… Read more »

Kriseman Cuba

Kriseman told Cuba its consulate should be in St. Pete

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has returned from what he called a “very worthwhile trip” to Cuba. During a press conference at City Hall Tuesday afternoon, Kriseman said he was blown away by the beauty and the arts in Havana. The St. Petersburg delegation met for two hours with the deputy director for American affairs… Read more »

Gianna Love

Preview of Trans Lives Matter rally in Tampa

At least eighteen transgender women have been killed this year in the United States. This week there have been vigils and rallies across the country calling attention to violence against trans women. Friday night there is a rally in downtown Tampa called Trans Lives Matter #SayHerName to remember victims like Tampa resident India Clarke, who… 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 »

The enduring impact of atomic bombing on Nagasaki and Hiroshima

  Today Host Rob Lorei interviews Susan Southard, author of Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, which looks at the enduring effect of the 1945 atomic bombing of the Japanese city through the stories of five survivors. This week marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of the  Hiroshima and Nagasaki, an event that resulted in a massive… Read more »