Northside Coaliton of Jacksonville's Ben Frazier

Jacksonville activist remembers Axe Handle Saturday; GOP convention will be there on 60th anniversary

The sixtieth anniversary of what’s called Axe Handle Saturday is in August. A White mob in Jacksonville, Florida, beat up Black civil rights activists in August 1960 in what was called Axe Handle Saturday. The sixtieth anniversary this year coincides with when the Republican National Convention will be in Jacksonville. WMNF spoke with a Jacksonville… Read more »

Truck drives into Tampa activist at Black Lives Matter protest

Over the weekend several Juneteenth marches and celebrations continued across the Tampa Bay area. On Sunday one march landed in front of Meat Market in Hyde Park Village, which was hosting brunch despite an employee recently testing positive for COVID-19. Former Hillsborough County Commission candidate and military veteran Jae Passmore was struck by a car… Read more »

Two Compelling Books

Peter Bergen – Trump And His Generals; The Cost Of Chaos It is a simple fact that no president in American history brought less foreign policy experience to the White House than Donald J. Trump. The real estate developer from Queens promised to bring his brash, zero-sum swagger to bear to cut through America’s most… Read more »

Dianne Hart on Primary Election Day, 2018

With Florida coronavirus outbreaks, state representative wants at-risk prisoners released

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Some of the major hotspots for coronavirus cases in Florida are in jails and prisons. That’s why State Representative Dianne Hart (D-Tampa) has asked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and State Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch to release inmates who are at high risk for COVID-19. “Florida… Read more »

Hillsborough County Florida coronavirus

Hillsborough Commission approves full-time body cameras for Sheriff’s deputies

The Hillsborough County Commission voted Wednesday to fund full-time body-worn cameras for Hillsborough Sheriff’s deputies. Sheriff Chad Chronister said he now prefers cameras that record whenever a deputy is working instead of ones that record only when a deputy draws a weapon. “But I think there’s an outcry for our public, as we know, to… Read more »

Black Lives Matter counter-protests “Back the Blue” rally

More than a dozen Black Lives Matter marches gathered across Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg last weekend with about 2,000 in attendance at the Bayshore Boulevard march on Saturday. In response to three weeks of global protests against police brutality, about 50 law enforcement advocates held a rally in support of officers. WMNF was on… Read more »

Bad Books, Bad Movies, & Polite Behavior

Since its publication in 1966, Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls has reigned as one of the most influential and beloved pieces of commercial fiction. Selling over thirty-one million copies worldwide, it revolutionized overnight the way books got sold, thanks to the tireless and canny self-promoting Susann. It also generated endless speculation about the author’s… Read more »

Ross Spano / Florida Congressional District 15

3 Democrats hoping to unseat Rep. Ross Spano debate online

The three Democrats trying to become their party’s nominee to face incumbent Republican Congress member Ross Spano debated online Friday. Florida’s 15th Congressional District covers parts of Polk, Hillsborough and Lake Counties. The candidates were asked about recent demonstrations and police violence. Listen: State Representative Adam Hattersley said if he’s elected to Congress he’ll push… Read more »

Violent, racist posts in Facebook group administered by Hernando County Commissioner

Hernando County residents have publicly shared screenshots from a private Facebook Group called “Defend Hernando County”. The screenshots feature both overtly racist and incendiary calls for violence. The group was created in reaction to potential protests in the county including at the County Courthouse in Brooksville. The administrators of the group include Hernando County Commissioner… Read more »

Andrew Warren

Ten Hillsborough residents regain voting rights through “Rocket Docket”

Ten Hillsborough County residents are getting their right to vote back Tuesday afternoon after serving their felony sentences. That’s despite the fact that they are too impoverished to pay for fines and court fees. Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren calls it the “rocket docket.” Listen: Warren says there’s no danger that these people will… Read more »